New 'Avalon Faire' opens in Kilgore Video

A medieval, renaissance and pyratical adventure opened in Kilgore this weekend at the newly-established festival, Avalon Faire. The festival will kick off the weekend of March 28-29 and held each weekend through April 25-26. Festival hours are Saturdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.…

Camp Ford's history re-enacted Video

Camp Ford was the largest Confederate prisoner of war camp west of the Mississippi River during the American Civil War. Established in August of 1863, the camp was not closed until May 19, 1865. At its peak in July 1864, over 5,300 prisoners were detained there. The site of the Camp stockade is now a public park, owned by Smith County.

Cavender's, celebrating 50 years, is undeniably Texan

Cowboys have a saying about unnecessary change: “Don’t interfere with something that ain’t botherin’ you none.” That type of common sense and western wisdom appears to be the foundation of Cavender’s Boot City, a family-owned firm that believes honesty, hard work and a commitment to quality merchandise are the keys to keeping the

More than 500 run in Azalea 10K

  On a beautiful East Texas day more than 500 runners made tracks in the Azalea District. The annual Tyler Azalea 10K run saw youngsters all the way to masters division runners dashing their way through the colorful azaleas, dogwood trees and spring flowers on a sun-swept Saturday morning. Some 539 runners took part in the 10K and 5K, which

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