SUNDAY April 12, 2020
Here we are in week 4,000 of quarantine. Just kidding. It only feels that way sometimes. We continue to update our ongoing list of fun ways to pass the time in our Pandemic Pause article. The live streaming concerts continue to be a favorite way for some to spend their evenings. More in the region are starting to get creative with virtual offerings -- check out the new TJC Virtual Planetarium Field Trips for one.

Stay home. Stay safe. Start planning your visits to the Upper East Side of Texas.
Photography of Hank O'Neal
Hank O'Neal has taken photographs all over the world but none better than those in East Texas where he has emotional attachments. Shown here is a group of domino players at Starnes Store in Winona, Texas, 1972. See more and learn about his book with East Texas roots in the County Line archives .
People who NEVER thought of gardening as a hobby are finding it more appealing now with more time on their hands. Van Zandt County Extension Agent Tommy Phillips offers these tips.
The award-winning Caldwell Zoo in Tyler offers a variety of experiences including late-night adventures from time to time. Check them out and add to your bucket list for when it's time to get out and about again.
The Texas Forest Trail invites people to take the time to share a story about East Texas. The roots of those who live in East Texas run deep and strong. The area is known as the gateway to Texas. Texas heritage and culture are everywhere – from historic downtowns, restored buildings, landmarks, and designated historical sites. Deadline for entires is May 31. Get details in this article.
Kilgore's Van Cliburn won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow on April 13, 1958, at the height of the Cold War. Read more about his life defined by big and small moments.
The second annual Van Go Art Show was scheduled to take place Saturday, April 11 in Van, Texas. It cancelled due to COVID-19. Please take a look at the artwork of these artists and visit their sites (follow links on their names) to see more and purchase if you can — all their spring and summer shows are cancelled so support them if you can and get yourself some really beautiful art.
Covering the Arts Across the Upper East Side of Texas
Bob Luman was born in Nacogdoches April 15, 1937, and began playing music at an early age. He attended high school in Kilgore and formed his own band during that time. After meeting and being inspired by Elvis Presley he soon became a regular on the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport. In 1965 he released a new album,  Livin’ Lovin’ Sounds  featuring some of his biggest hits including "I Love You Because" (written by fellow East Texan Leon Payne), "Oh Lonesome Me," "Hey Joe," "Let’s Think About Living," and "You Win Again." 
The award-winning Four Winds Steakhouse is a destination dining experience that pleases all who enter their doors in the middle of a hay field among shady oak trees near Wills Point, Texas. Check out this review by Patti Light and make sure this is on your go-to list.
Feel free to send story ideas, poems, letters, and beautiful photography from the region to Let us know what you enjoy most about this area.
County Line Magazine
PO Box 608
Ben Wheeler, TX 75754
Office: (903) 963-1101
Text: (903) 312-9556