Sonic Cruise Night: Where cool rides rule

B.I. Owens, of Red Springs, wasn’t necessarily in the market for a new project a few years ago when he spotted a rusting 1951 Ford truck in need of a little attention. The tires were flat, the interior was trashed and varmints had adopted it for a vacation home. But Owens had to have it, dirt daubers and all. “It was just a piece…

Celtic culture on display at Tyler festival

Men and women in Celtic attire including kilts and tartans gathered on the grounds of the Goodman Museum, 624 N. Broadway Ave. in Tyler Saturday for the Tyler Celtic Fest. The festival was the brainchild of George Jones, owner of Tours of Tyler. Jones whose Celtic ancestry includes Scottish and Irish, said that many vendors and sponsors were

Lake Palestine Adaptive Aquafest gives disabled East Texans opportunity to water ski

A Bullard couple opened up their home for the fifth time for the annual Lake Palestine Adaptive Aquafest Saturday. Fifty-four special needs adults and children registered for the event, which provided handicap-accessible fun on the lake for East Texans. Debbie Bryant and Mike Schovianec got the idea to host the event at their home on Lake

Lindale kicks off Fourth of July events early with weekend celebration featuring concerts, contests and a children's parade

The city of Lindale gave East Texans an early start to this year’s Independence Day festivities with its second annual Pre-Fourth of July Celebration. Seong MacLaren, director of Downtown Development and Tourism, said she anticipated more than 5,000 people to turn out to the event. She said the

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Celtic culture on display at Tyler festival

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