Despite having to be rescheduled due to rain, about 1,500 people turned out to Marshall's National Night Out Thursday. About 400 hot dogs and 400 hamburgers were given out to residents who also got to enjoy games, inflatables, demonstrations and good fellowship with their neighbors and law enforcement. Several departments around the county held indoor NNOs on Tuesday and they were each well attended and a good time.

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Thumbs down to the large number of uneven bricks in downtown Marshall. The bricks give the historic spot lots of charm, but they also create the need for diligent maintenance to prevent dangerous tripping hazards.

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Thanks to the Warriors Educate About Rescue (WEAR) program out of Conroe, pets, strays and shelter animals in Harrison County received free food to eat recently as more than 12,000 pounds of pet food were gifted to Marshall Animal Shelter and local residents.

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The Hallsville City Park now has a set of newly-constructed restrooms open to the public. With private donations and gifts, the restroom facility came in slightly under the $30,000 budget the city council had earmarked for the project. The restroom facility features a single unit women's restroom and a single unit men's restroom, both with a stainless steel toilet, sink, mirror, paper towel dispenser and baby changing station. The restrooms are part of the Hallsville Park Project, which seeks to revitalize the downtown park and eventually replace the outdated play equipment.

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The Historic Jefferson Railway will not be offering up the usual "all aboard" this holiday season as the owners announced this month the railway will be closed throughout the fall and winter. The railway's annual Fright Train for Halloween and Rail of Lights for Christmas and New Year's have officially been canceled, owner "Diamond" Don Rainey said. We understand the owners made the decision in order to get some much needed rest, but residents will miss the fun of the train.

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The spices were rolling and the heat was turned up last Saturday as residents and chefs turned out in droves for the second annual East Texas Gumbo Cook-off at Hallsville City Park. The event yielded about $3,500 in proceeds, which will again go to the Hallsville park project, which is seeking to replace the park's outdated playground equipment with new pieces. This is more than double last year's profit of about $1,500.