Igniting the dream: Longview Museum of Fine Arts renovations begin in new building

Plans are taking shape for the Longview Museum of Fine Art’s new home, and its director said those plans involve turning a bank into a “world-class art museum.”

A 75-foot mosaic counter — a piece by artist Herbert Mears — lines a wall in the lobby. Nearby, The Great Lone Star, made by sculptor Richard Lippold, gleams as it hangs from the ceiling. They’re a hint of what’s to come in the museum’s new home in the building that housed Longview National and Regions Bank at the corner of Methvin and

Pine Tree grad thankful for community, headed to Notre Dame

Editor’s note: This is part of a series profiling East Texas high school graduates.

Pine Tree High School senior Joseph Cordova has some advice: “Take the risk. Go for it; always go for it.”

Cordova, who has attended Pine Tree ISD since preschool, will graduate this evening with his classmates during a ceremony at Pirate Stadium. He said he has enjoyed his time in the district, but he is eager to start the next chapter.

The senior said he will be the first person in his family to attend colle

Spring Hill senior overcomes challenges, looks to the future

Editor’s note: This is the second story of a series profiling East Texas high school graduates.

When Spring Hill High School senior Abigail Cook walks the stage Friday evening, it will be in large part because she knew her father would have wanted her to succeed.

Cook was a sophomore when she lost her dad, and it made school difficult for her.

“Losing my dad was the hardest thing,” she said. “Struggling to keep up with my grades, it kind of affected that a lot my sophomore year.”


Deep Waters

Sulphur River Basin Authority's Kirby Hollingsworth spoke to the Titus County Commissioners Monday about the DFW metroplex's thirst for East Texas water. “What I’m here to talk to you today about is what is reality and what is fact. Over the last several years the Sulphur River Basin Authority has been engaged to oversee many many studies having to do with our river,” said Hollingsworth. “The

metroplex is very interested in getting water out of our river.”

Hollingsworth stated that the rules

City celebrates grand opening of sports complex

Locals celebrated the highly anticipated grand opening of the Mount Pleasant sports complex Thursday evening. Festivities included live music, miniature train rides; kiddos enjoyed the two play areas and splash pad. The park, located at 100 Billy Wayne Flanagan Parkway off of Business 271, includes playgrounds, soccer fields, concession area, splash pad and trails. Symmetry Turf and MHS…

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Mount Pleasant man arrested for murder

A suspicious house fire on the 100 Block of County Road 3070 claimed the life 75-year-old Gary Doyle Strawn on Nov. 26. According to reports, Strawn became aware that his residence was on fire, and woke up his sleeping granddaughter and her friend; the two were able to escape. Strawn was unable to make it out of the residence and died before someone could get him out, according to reports. …

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