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Feb. 25, 2017 at 6 a.m.


Thumbs up: Collins Academy of Jefferson took another great stride toward restoration recently when it held an archaeological dig at Union Missionary Baptist Church to uncover any buried treasures before construction can begin in earnest to save the 100-year-old church. The building is filled with history that can never be replaced and we are thrilled this organization has dedicated itself to saving it.

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Thumbs up: Marshall Lions Club's 55th annual Charity Horse Show drew competitors near and far recently, showcasing their star studs. The event is always a treat and Lions brought a new component this year, offering free eye screenings with its new screening device.

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Thumbs down: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality determined in a hearing this month that Harrison County will need to pay more than $5,000 for failing to conduct a leak detection test on its underground storage tanks. The county is taking the next step in the appeals process and we hope they are able to avoid paying the fine, but it would have been best to do the test on time originally and avoid all this.

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Thumbs up: Harleton ISD teachers and instructional aids spent their day off recently participating in a poverty simulation at the district hosted by East Texas Human Needs Network out of Tyler. The purpose of the simulation was to teach the district's instructors how best to identify and meet the needs of Harleton ISD's growing low socioeconomic student population. It is good for educators to become more versed in this issue to better serve their community.

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Thumbs up: The Marshall High School Mavettes brought home several awards recently following their first competition of the season. The 44 Mavette members traveled to Kilgore College for the American Dance and Drill Team competition where they earned "Sweepstakes" with top ratings in each category. Congratulations. We can't wait to see their spring show, set for April 28-29.

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