Author: East Texas Review

Guardsman saves life of blind man

Disaster can strike at anytime. Citizen-soldiers of the Texas Army National Guard are taught to always be prepared. Texas Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Aaron Dias, recruiting and retention officer for the Recruiting and Retention Battalion, Region II, Team VII in Tyler, was driving back from the Military Entrance Processing Station in Shreveport, Louisiana, to his armory in Tyler with his recruit when disaster struck. “The sun was starting to set,” said Dias. “It was to that point where you run into the sun it kind of casts a glare on you.” Hiwatha Hudson, a legally blind 55-year-old man had just stepped off to cross the street with his cane. “My applicant in the passenger seat hollered at me ‘there’s someone on the road!’ said Dias. “Sure enough, as soon as we cast over the hill, I saw a silhouette of a man and I swerved to miss him.” At that moment Dias was thankful he avoided the man, but as he was pulling over, he saw something horrid. “Then I looked back in my rearview mirror, I saw someone hit him so I turned around, jumped in the suicide lane and jumped to assist him,” said Dias. Without hesitation, Dias immediately called 911 and took the situation into his own hands. “I jumped out, got my applicant to start blocking traffic. When I came up to the man...

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Graduate Student Art Exhibit Announced

The University of Texas at Tyler Fine Arts Complex Gallery is currently showing the Master of Arts/Fine Arts Thesis Student Exhibition, “Stratum Antithetical,” Michelle Taff, gallery coordinator, announced. Featured UT Tyler graduate student artists are Cristina Camin Blau of Flint, Jake Arnold of Bullard and Brandon Witschi of West Virginia. “‘Stratum Antithetical’ is an exhibition in partial fulfillment of an MA/MFA-coordinated degree program requirement,” Taff said. “Arnold, Blau and Witschi all have a focus in three-dimensional art and work in wood and metal, cast stone and steel respectively.” A public reception with gallery talks is 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan....

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Fling A Disc To Help End Hunger

The Tyler Parks and Recreation Department is inviting players of all levels to fling a disc for the East Texas Food Bank during the 2015 Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 16. The event will be held at Lindsey Park located at 12557 Spur 364 W. Registration forms are available at the Parks Department office at 2000 W. Front St. or online at www.TylerParksandRec.com under the blue “Events and Programs” tab. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The fee is $25 per player for participants 18 years of age and older.  For participants ages 17 and younger, the...

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LUNCHEON HONORING TEXAS SUPREME COURT SET

A luncheon honoring the Texas Supreme Court will be held at LeTourneau University’s Allen Family Student Center at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, featuring remarks by Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, whose topic will be “The Texas Supreme Court—Past and Present.” Tickets for the luncheon are $30 each and are available to the public on a first come/first served basis. Seating is limited.  Tickets can only be purchased by mail, with checks made payable to LeTourneau University with the notation of “Supreme Court” on the check.  Checks should be mailed to Texas Supreme Court in East Texas, 1725 FM 2751, Longview, Texas, 75605. The luncheon will follow the court’s hearing of two cases in the university’s Belcher Center as part of Texas Supreme Court Day on campus.  The public is invited to attend the oral arguments from 9 to 11:30 a.m. free of charge. Those attending the oral arguments and/or the luncheon are advised to arrive early to secure parking and clear security screening. The Texas Supreme Court visit to LeTourneau University is expected to be an exciting opportunity to educate students and the public about Texas government and give them the opportunity to witness live oral arguments before the Court. A schedule of events, information about the two cases to be argued, the “Law as a Career Day” for students, and descriptions of the afternoon breakout sessions for the...

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Questcor Reaches $100M Settlement

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Texas, the Federal Trade Commission and four state attorneys general reached a $100 million settlement with Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. over a lawsuit accusing Questcor of monopolizing the market for Achthar, the only adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)-based therapeutic drug sold in the United States. Questcor allegedly blocked competition for Acthar by disrupting the bidding process and acquiring the U.S. rights for Synacthen Depot, the only other ACTH-based drug sold in the world. In 2001, Questcor bought the rights to Acthar and increased the price of it by 85,000 percent, charging over $34,000 for a...

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