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Hallsville coffee shop offers healthy choices, homey atmosphere
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
She’s been a hairdresser, salon owner and stay-at-home mom, but since 2011, Traci Dionisio has been the proud owner of Main Street Coffee House, a safe haven for caffeine addicts, the lunch crowd and

Mexico sees sign of hope for Monarch butterflies
mysanantonio.com / Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:41:56 UT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts in Mexico said Tuesday there is a tentative sign of hope for the mass migration of monarch butterflies, whose numbers dropped to their lowest level ever last year. Last year, the black-and-orange butterflies covered only 1.65 acres (0.67 hectares) in the pine and fir forests west of Mexico City, down from more than 44.5 acres (18 hectares) at their recorded peak in 1996. Because the butterflies clump together by the thousands in trees, counting individuals in near impossible; instead they are counted by the area they cover. Mexican writer and environmentalist Homero Aridjis, said the butterflies face a number of challenges, including climate change and illegal logging in Mexico, in addition to the loss of habitat in the United States.

Menus will sport new calorie labels for alcohol
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:58:03 UT
New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November. After years of lobbying for more nutritional information on alcoholic beverages, public health advocates say the menu labeling rules are a first step. "Alcoholic beverages are a key contributor to the calories Americans are consuming, and most of the time when people have a drink they have absolutely no idea what its caloric impact is," says Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. [...] FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the agency decided to include it in the final rules this year after those who commented on the rule were largely in favor of such labeling because of its potential impact on public health. Treasury's oversight, which includes minimal input from FDA, has "well served the consuming public," a coalition of alcohol groups wrote in a 2011 comment asking to be left out of the menu labeling rules. Endless combinations of mixed drinks won't have to be labeled at bars, unless they are listed on a menu, and the FDA is allowing restaurants to use estimates of calories and ranges of calories without listing the exact amount in every different drink. Last year, Treasury's Alcohol and Tobacco Trade and Tax Bureau said for the first time that beer, wine and spirits companies could use labels that include serving size, servings per container, calories, carbohydrates, protein and fat per serving.

Wonderland adds weekend events, extended hours
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
The “Rediscover the Spirit of Christmas – Return to Wonderland of Lights” festival is in full swing, and organizers are adding additional events to the schedule this weekend for more holiday fun.

AP Newsbreak: Source says Rice video sent to NFL
mysanantonio.com / Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:54:22 UT
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn't see the violent images until this week. The law enforcement official, speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, says he had no further communication with any NFL employee and can't confirm anyone watched the video. The person said he sent a DVD copy of the security camera video to an NFL office and included his contact information. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell initially suspended Rice for two games following the February incident, but the Ravens released Rice on Monday and the NFL suspended him indefinitely after the website TMZ released the video. "In the context of a criminal investigation, information obtained outside of law enforcement that has not been tested by prosecutors or by the court system is not necessarily a reliable basis for imposing league discipline," he wrote.

Havertys Angel Tree organizers seek volunteers for weekend gift giveaway in Longview
news-journal.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
Organizers of the Havertys Angel Tree said Wednesday volunteers are needed to deliver gifts to about 550 children this weekend.

Luminant to fire up Martin Lake unit
news-journal.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
Luminant power company will fire up the third generation unit at its Martin Lake plant by New Year’s Day in anticipation of colder weather predicted in early 2015, a company spokesman said Wednesday.

Parade tops Hallsville council discussions
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
HALLSVILLE — Fourteen days later, the 2014 Hallsville Lions' Club annual Christmas parade still is topping the list of discussion, and not for the outstanding decorations or lighting displays.

Hallsville culinary arts teacher takes food preparation to new level
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
Delicia Church, culinary instructor at Hallsville High School, teaches four culinary arts classes. And it is something she is passionate about.

Gilmer football team remembers Pollard in trip to championship
news-journal.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
GILMER — As the eyes of East Texas look to Arlington where one of its own may bring home yet another state football title, the Army of Buckeyes was looking upward Wednesday night to one they lost just

Hallsville ISD staff members get crazy with Christmas trees
marshallnewsmessenger.com / Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600
Hallsville ISD staff had a Crazy Christmas Tree Contest and donated their trees to the Hallsville Angel Tree recently. The winners included, from left, best entry, Traci Beard; most unique material, C

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