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April 1, 2017 at 4 a.m.


Thumbs up: The width and the breadth of the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce will soon be expanding to include Waskom, according to Executive Director Stormy Nickerson. Adding more business to Harrison County will surely benefit all.

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Thumbs up: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dakota "Dak" Prescott will bring his record-shattering story April 28 to Longview to help raise funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Pines, which serves Marshall and Longview among other areas, a group that tells young people every day that they don't have to be second-team. This is a fabulous opportunity for residents and we hope many come out to see this neat young man and support an equally neat organization that does so much for area youth.

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Thumbs up: The Harrison County Commissioners Court approved a resolution requesting the county's monetary participation in an intersection improvement project that would make U.S. 59 at North Marshall Industrial Avenue safer. The project, which will improve the intersection at U.S. 59 and North Marshall Industrial Avenue, which is County Road 4016, is a joint effort between the county, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), business partners and Marshall Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) and would add a deceleration lane. Anyone who has driving past this intersection knows it is in dire need of such improvement. This will surely make that part of the county safer.

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Thumbs down to the Texas Senate for shifting school funding costs to local school districts. This means local property owners will wind up paying increased property taxes for our schools. There is only so much taxpayers can afford. Not a good move.

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Thumbs up: Thursday afternoon marked the beginning of the Claude Mathis era for the Marshall Mavericks when Marshall ISD board members voted unanimously to name Mathis as the new athletic director and head football coach. Mathis most recently served as running backs coach at Southern Methodist University for the past two seasons. Prior to that, he was athletic director and head football coach at DeSoto High School Eagles, who finished as back-to-back semifinalists. Besides his impressive credentials Mathis brings with him a desire to win and invest in Marshall kids. We wish him every bit of luck.

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