Author: East Texas Review

Liberty Hall welcomes The Jason Roberts Band

On Saturday, July 8 at 8 p.m., Liberty Hall welcomes Grammy award-winning fiddle player, Jason Roberts, to the stage. Roberts has spent more than 20 years playing in the legendary Western swing band, Asleep at the Wheel. With them, he won two Grammys. He is also a four time inductee in to the Western Swing Hall of Fame – the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame in 2010, the Western Swing Society Hall of Fame in 2010, the Western Swing Music Society of the Southwest Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Cowtown Society of Western Music in 2015. Now a songwriter, Roberts has struck out on his own. His latest album, That’s My Home, was released in 2014. “(The album) feels as fresh as it does familiar, a subtle updating of vintage music,” said Preston Jones of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Ticket prices range from $10 to $20. There are also three V.I.P. boxes (each seat four) available for $125. Tickets are available at www.libertytyler.com. For more information about upcoming events, sponsoring an event or renting The City of Tyler’s Liberty Hall, go to www.LibertyTyler.com, or call Interim Manager John Baggett at (903) 595-7274.   The mission of Liberty Hall is to create an exciting arts and entertainment experience that will integrate the arts into the downtown’s social, economic and community fabric by providing diverse opportunities for entertainment,...

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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Texas Businesses and Residents Affected by Severe Storms

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Texas businesses and residents affected by the severe storms that occurred May 28-29, 2017, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Linda McMahon announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Greg Abbott on June 28, 2017. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Gregg, Harrison, Rusk, Smith and Upshur counties. “SBA is strongly committed to providing Texas with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for businesses and residents affected by the disaster,” said McMahon. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.” “Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s Dallas/Fort Worth District Director Herb Austin. “Beginning Thursday, July 6, SBA representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application,” Austin continued. The center will be open on the days and times indicated below. No appointment is necessary. GREGG COUNTY Disaster Loan Outreach Center Maude Cobb Convention & Activity Center...

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New ‘Color Blind(ed)’ art exhibit opens Saturday

Gallery Main Street’s newest exhibit, “Color Blind(ed),” will open with a reception for the public on Saturday, July 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Gallery, 110 W. Erwin St.   “Color Blind(ed)” is a large exhibit, featuring more than 30 works of art, in a wide variety of media.   Saturday’s reception will feature an opportunity to meet the artists and purchase artwork. Best in Show will be announced at approximately 6:30 p.m. As always, the event is free and open to the public.   Prior to the gallery opening, the public is invited to be part of the unveiling of the newest work of public art in the Downtown area: “The Eyes of Tyler”. “Eyes” is a large mural painted on the stucco surface of the Lindsey Building at Elm and Broadway. Invest in Tyler sponsored the contest and partnered with Heart of Tyler to conduct a call to artists for entries. Dace Lucia Kidd of Tyler won the contest, and she will be honored at the event.   In addition, Strada Caffe will be on hand to offer free samples to the public in celebration of the new artwork.   The gallery opening and mural unveiling will coincide with “Hit the Bricks,” a Second Saturday event organized by Visit Tyler. The event will feature a variety of activities throughout the central Downtown area.   “In...

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An America First Korea Policy

By Patrick Buchanan “The North Korean regime is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with, and probably dealt with rapidly.” So President Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden this week. But how this is to be done “rapidly” is not so easy to see. North Korea has just returned to us Otto Warmbier, a student sentenced to 15 years hard labor for stealing a propaganda poster. Otto came home comatose, and died within days. Trump’s conundrum: How to keep such a regime from acquiring an ICBM with a nuclear warhead, which Kim Jong Un...

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Senator Cornyn’s Letter to Texans on 4th of July

Dear Fellow Texans, Happy Independence Day!  I am pleased to join you in celebrating the 241st birthday of the United States of America. On July 4, 1776, the thirteen original colonies declared their independence and formed the beginnings of a new country founded upon three unalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. John Adams, a member of the Continental Congress and a drafter of the Declaration of Independence, shared with his wife Abigail the day’s incredible significance.  He wrote to her, “I am apt to believe it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary...

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