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Sylacauga Meteorite

When I was a high school student, one of my classmates wrote a research paper on the number of people killed or injured by ballast sandbags that had been dropped from hot-air balloons.  If I recall correctly there were no deaths or injuries and the paper was confined to the documents he researched.  I can’t

Longview Christmas Parade December 1

“A Blue Christmas” will roll through Downtown Longview during the annual  Longview AMBUCS Christmas Parade at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 1.  Starting at the intersection of Green Street and Whaley Street, the parade route travels west along Whaley Street, turns south onto Horaney Street, turns east along Methvin Street, and concludes at the intersection of

Grafton St. Homicide

Updated 11/28/2016 – 11:40am On Monday, November 28 at approximately 4:30 a.m. the Marshall Police Department received a call about a shooting that occurred at a residence in the 1500 block of Grafton Street. When officers arrived, they located a deceased male with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The victim has been identified

Thanksgiving Tradition: Woodsman Style

A new Thanksgiving tradition has begun in the Piney Woods, and it is beginning to have a family flair.   The second East Texas Baddest Woodsman contest was held in Jefferson, Texas November 26, 2016 with good turnout.  The contest pits contestants in a timed event to see who can split four logs, each into

The Hustle

When I was younger, I assumed many things about adulthood.  I assumed, for instance, that I would be feasting on the finest ice cream this beautiful world has to offer at each meal.  Well, that one ended up coming true since Blue Bell is so widely available, but that’s beside the point.  Another assumption I

Thanksgiving

On November 26, 1789, President George Washington declared the first nationwide celebration of thanksgiving.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt later signed a bill that officially established the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.   How did the United States come to celebrate this holiday on the fourth Thursday in November?  Why does Canada celebrate the

Iran-Contra Affair

For many individuals the Iran-Contra Affair was difficult to follow.  It might be compared to a shell game, in which three inverted cups or nutshells are moved about, and contestants must spot which cup or shell has a pea or other object underneath.  The simplest explanation of this political scandal is that it was an

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