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March 11, 2017 at 4 a.m.

Thumbs up: Marshall ISD students are taking advantage of today's latest technology to find innovative ways to learn in the classroom. South Marshall STEM Academy students started using the Osmo game system about a year and a half ago and students are using the system's games to make strides in learning in every subject. The school's Osmo system has eight different game options that use augmented reality to help students learn. This is a fabulous system to keep Marshall students' education on the cutting edge.


Thumbs up: In the next few weeks, Susan Pool, local resident and owner of The ART Event, will be granted a patent for a specialized teaching technique called Art GPS. Pool has been using this technique to teach students at her program, which takes attendees through painting their own masterpiece. Local patent attorney Alan Loudermilk helped Pool navigate this five-year process.


Thumbs up: Shoppers in downtown Jefferson have a new hotspot to try as Wicked Glitter, a rockabilly or alternative children's clothing store, has set up shop. The owners aim to provide unique and unusual wares and are certainly offering something different for the Bayou town. We hope many residents stop by and check them out.


Thumbs up: The Hallsville Park Project is making gains in its efforts to update and improve the city's downtown park area, thanks to recent help from the community. Hallsville High School's FFA students recently held a Glow Run 5K benefiting the Hallsville Park Project, which raised more than $600. Since fundraising began in October, the committee has raised $10,425 toward its $150,000 goal to update park facilities and is currently seeking grants.


Thumbs down: Law enforcement is seeking 10 more suspects, having already arrested three, in connection with a widespread East Texas drug trafficking operation with ties to a Mexican drug cartel. Officials have traced more than a dozen illegal marijuana grow operations in the region to the Los Zetas cartel. This operation has invaded at least 10 East Texas counties, including Harrison. Hopefully officers can find those involved and nip this operation in the bud.


Thumbs up: With a match remaining on the regular season soccer schedule, the Hallsville Ladycats have already wrapped up the first district championship in program history. Hallsville clinched the program's first district title with a 4-0 win on Tuesday.



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