Author: East Texas Review

New Study: Blacks Feel Ignored by Democratic Party

Cornell Belcher, the CEO of Brilliant Corners Research, said that it’s no surprise that Black voters have presented a very clear mandate to the Congressional Black Caucus to oppose the Trump Administration, because 92 percent of African Americans voted against President Trump. “However, to maintain this broad level of support among African American voters, Democrats more broadly will have to reevaluate the way they are engaging this critical section of [their] base,” Belcher said in a statement on February 9. Belcher made a presentation and presented his new study to members of the Congressional Black Caucus at their retreat...

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UT Tyler Accounting Professor Earns State ‘Outstanding Educator’ Award

Dr. Veronda Willis, associate professor of accounting at The University of Texas at Tyler, is a 2016 recipient of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Outstanding Accounting Educator Award, Dr. James Lumpkin, College of Business and Technology dean, announced. The statewide award honors Texans who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and who have distinguished themselves through active service to the accounting profession. Judging criteria includes instructional innovation, student motivation, the pursuit of learning opportunities for students, involvement in student and professional accounting organizations; and research accomplishments and publications. “This award is another recognition of the outstanding faculty in...

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What Will You Do When You See God? (Part 1)

By Carey Kinsolving  “When I see God, I will give him a big hug,” says Whitney. “Then I will go say ‘hi’ to all the people in Bible times. Then I will ask him everything I ask my parents that they can’t answer.”  Whitney, I’m sure your parents will rejoice with you.  “I will fall down on my face and worship God,” says Blain, 8. “Then I will go to see my dog in heaven. Next, I will go see my cousin.”  If Blain’s cousin is reading this column, please don’t feel bad about waiting in line behind Blain’s dog....

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Tourney Keeps City Beautiful

Keep Longview Beautiful held its first fund raising golf tournament this week at the Pinecrest Country Club golf course.  Kim Droege, executive director of Keep Longview Beautiful is very ecstatic about the event. “I was blessed to have so many community partners support our nonprofit during our first golf tournament.  It was the perfect day to enjoy the gorgeous greenspace at Pinecrest.,” she said. “All of the golfers were extremely complimentary of the course and tournament.” According to Droege, Keep Longview Beautiful is enthusiastic about the success and is already in a planning mode for next year’s tournament.  The...

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County Employees Recognized

The Smith County Veteran Services Office can now add counseling to the services it provides veterans.  Smith County Veteran Services Officer Mike Roark and Assistant Veteran Services Officers Andrea Odom and Colt Webb were recently certified as Certified Peer Specialists. After undergoing a 40-hour training course and passing a required test, they are now peer-to-peer counselors.  “This is another level of help we can give veterans in Smith County,” Roark said.  The Smith County Veteran Services staff are all veterans and can now counsel those veterans coming into their offices for other services.  “We do have some veterans with...

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