Thumbs up to the Marshall Mavericks for winning their first outright district championship since 2005 and Claude Mathis on being the first head coach to win district in his first year with the program.

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Thumbs up: A new service pulled into East Texas this week as GoVet, a collaboration of at least five East Texas agencies all working to provide reliable, alternative transportation for veterans who need to travel to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Shreveport, launched Thursday. With GoVet, veterans from seven area counties - Camp, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Panola, Rusk and Upshur - will be able to use a bus service from those counties to train depots in Longview and Marshall, then continue to and from Shreveport.

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Thumbs up to the many Veterans Day events set in East Texas today honoring the brave men and women who gave so much of themselves to ensure our freedom.

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Thumbs up: With 500 letters in the mail and both a Facebook page and website setup online, local philanthropist Steve Carlile reported Thursday that the Memorial City Hall fundraising effort is underway. This effort will help raise funds for expenses that are not covered in construction costs, like furnishings. We hope many residents will give to help get MCH outfitted right.

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Thumbs down: With numerous abstentions and 'no' votes during Thursday's meeting, Commissioner District 4 William "Doc" Halliday appears to want it his way or no way. This includes voting against provisions that would ensure Wonderland of Lights makes its Nov. 22 opening for the second meeting in a row and badgering a business owner at the podiumwho was looking to change a needed zone ordinance. This does not set a good example for anyone wanting to do business with the city.

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Thumbs up: Mobberly Baptist Church in Marshall's new church building was a hive of activity this week as about 70 volunteers gathered to package meals for those East Texans in need as part of the church's "Jerusalem Project." The church, which has its main campus in Longview, bought supplies for and packaged about 130,000 meals between its Marshall and Longview locations on Wednesday.

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Thumbs down: To whoever stole the Marshall Lions Club sign at the bus stop in front of the Goodwill Store across from Walmart. The Lions Club will now have to purchase for another sign. We do hope whoever stole the sign has a guilt complex and returns the sign.