Christmas came early Thursday for seven local deserving children as they were given the gift of a lifetime — a forever family — during Harrison County’s annual National Adoption Day.

HALLSVILLE- Hallsville ISD celebrated U.S. military veterans and their families on Monday during the district’s annual Veterans Day ceremony at Hallsville Junior High School with guest speaker and U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Larry Ward. 

Harleton track team members Rondo Wilson, Leslie Johnson, Mayo Hodge, Gerald Wesley and Chip Gatlin go for a run on May 12, 1981. Each day, the Marshall News Messenger publishes a photo from our files that is at least 30 years old.

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HALLSVILLE — This #GivingTuesday, the Hallsville Community will celebrate giving by supporting the Hallsville Outreach Center, Hallsville City Park Project, Hallsville Angel Tree, and the Hallsville Education Foundation’s Teacher Wish List Campaign.

In observation of National Adoption Awareness Month, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Service invites the public to witness a precious moment and one of the special highlights of the year – Harrison County National Adoption Day.

After offering up a prayer over more than 400 shoeboxes and the children who will receive them, Summit United Methodist Church opened up its doors this week as the central drop-off location for Operation Christmas Child, a global ministry that brings Christmas and the gospel to children overseas.

A child plays with a beach ball on July 15, 1980. An identification was not available. Each day, the Marshall News Messenger publishes a photo from our files that is at least 30 years old.

While Thanksgiving hasn’t yet come to East Texas, winter weather is on its way this week, according to the National Weather Service in Shreveport.

The Marshall Music Club is proud to invite all citizens to participate in the Parade of American Music to be held, 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Gold Room of the Marshall Public Library.

“Live your lives, enjoy your liberty, pursue your happiness, and do your best to make this country great, or make it better,” was the challenge Lt. Col. Gabriel Cantu gave citizens, Sunday, as he delivered the keynote address at Marshall’s annual Veterans Day program.

Local judges, police officers and elected officials will return to the runway next Saturday, flaunting trendy handbags and ladies boots, as The Martin House Children’s Advocacy Center presents its sixth annual “Bags, Boots & Bingo” fundraising event.

In observation of Veterans Day, the Martha McCraw Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution in Jefferson paid tribute to the unsung, yet revered “band of angels” — a heroic group of military nurses trapped on Bataan in World War II.

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CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center on Friday celebrated U.S. military veterans in honor of Sunday’s upcoming Veteran’s Day holiday by hosting a reception for its employees, patients and volunteers who served.

UPDATE: I-20 eastbound at the state line reopened early Friday morning, officials with the Caddo Parish and Harrison County Sheriff’s offices announced. The entities advise to please continue to drive with caution due to the ongoing construction project at the Louisiana state line.