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ND THEY GATHERED. The economic environmentalists including the decision-makers made the unprecedented debut for 2014 Longview Chamber of Commerce member annual banquet at the Maude Cobb Auditorium. What would an average person on the street think of the purpose for the gathering? What does an average person know about the Chamber of Commerce? What was the mission of individual decision-maker at the gathering? What is the essence of the Chamber of commerce to the community it serves? What are the external and internal interlinks of the Chamber? Why should an average person desiring to become an entrepreneur be interested in the Chamber of Commerce? Is the Chamber for small or big business? Julie Rucker, market director, Fountainview Estates answered these questions. LCC members present at the occasion have answers to these questions. Better yet, Julie Rucker, marketing director, Fountainview Estates, a superior assisted living community, succintly explained:

“As a new Chamber member, we were offered the opportunity to come and set up a table at the Prime Time Event. It was a great time. I was able to make some strong contacts, see some old friends and catch up. The exposure was great. To sweeten the deal, I was able to give a tour of my assited living community to someone I met at the Event. I feel the exposure we received from participating was fantastic, and we will do it again. I highly encourage everyone to be a part of the Longview Chamber of Commerce."

The Longview Chamber of Commerce (LCC) is regarded as the leading business resource in Gregg County. Their mission is to engage in and promote projects that have a positive impact in the Longview Trade Area. For more information, please call 903.237.4000 or visit Longview Chamber of Commerce website at http://www.longviewchamber.com

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From the cover

Richard Manley picked Longview because he and his wife, Carol thought it has so much potential. It was open to new people and new ideas, especially those people who wanted to get involved. "That has proven to be true beyond my expectations!" He even found time to successfully run for City Council in District 5. In this he follows his father's example. Read all about it on page 6. The Stars are Shining in our city. Longview Regional Medical Center (LRMC) recently held its 14th Stars over Longview Awards Ceremony and Luncheon. The signature event was well-attended. Twelve local outstanding ladies were recognized as stars for their dedication to the city and their contributions to making it a better place to live. See more on page 8. Natalie Portman and George Clooney are the talk of Hollywood. See page 18.

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LCC Chairman Brad Tidwell presents award to AAON Coil Products, Inc.,2013 Manufacturer of the Year

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Chamber Business Unmasking the Possibilities

Oil Expo Exec Stunts Open House

Longview decision makers and the community at large recently gathered for the 2014 Longview Chamber of Commerce (LCC) annual membership banquet at Maude Cobb Convention Center.

Longview-based Texas Classic Productions LLC, pulled out all the stops for their recent Longview Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and open house ceremony.

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Just for Laughs

The cartoon depicts the NSA's relevance in our lives today. Don't forget to test your brain against our trivia quiz! Check our Facebook for our riddle answer.

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Jill Jackson's Hollywood

“King of Cups� with Christian Bale and Natalie Portman, and the untitled Mallick musical drama with Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, and Val Kilmer.

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Money Talk

What will your beneficiaries do with the life insurance you leave to them?

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Living Well

What is committed, stable, and unconditional love?

Body, Mind, And Soul

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Grubs Up

Adam Holland, a local chef and food enthusiast divulges his best tips for how to not wreck your Valentine's Day. Cooking up this delicious dinner certainly couldn't hurt your odds!

When was the last time your doctor asked "How much love is in your life?"

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COVER STORY :: LEADERSHIP

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By Joycelyne Fadojutimi n 1955 Richard Manley was born in the cradle of the American military-Quantico, Virginia, where his Marine Corps father was stationed during the Korean War. Young Richard grew up, however, in Demopolis, Alabama, which is 500 miles down Highway 80 from Longview. His mother was a teacher who eventually earned a Ph.D. in biology, while father spent his post-military years as a small-town lawyer in Demopolis. Richard was an active kid who threw himself into an endless succession of such activities as football, baseball, basketball, year book staff, key club, student council, church and six years in the band, where he blew a hot trumpet. His love for music also led him to learn the piano, which he still plays, but "Not as well as I used to!" His own stint in the Marine Corps included participation in the 1980 Iran rescue mission and won him a scholarship to Vanderbilt University, where he took a B.A. in political science, and his baseballplaying earned him a Southeast Conference championship ring his freshman year. He even served as a cheerleader for one year.  Following his honorable discharge from the Corp, he relocated to California and took a job with a major medical company, American Hospital Supply. He learned that big business did not agree with him. He would only work with them until they got too big. From 1986 through 1993, he worked in a number of roles at start-up Ballard Medical Products, Inc. in Salt Lake City. After leaving this firm he bought his first company, Cardiovascular Concepts in Arlington, Texas, which he transformed from a $10 million company to one selling $21 million after he retooled it into a purveyor of new medical technology. Richard Manley 6

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COVER STORY :: LEADERSHIP In 2005, he co-founded VitalMedix, Inc. as a provider of supplies and technology to nursing homes. He divested this firm in 2010. From 19982000 he served as president of the Independent Medical Distributors Association, and in 1995 he founded a real estate investment company named R. Manley Enterprises, which he still operates.  "I loved the industry, but hated the big company. I started down the road I am still on today of working with small, start-up medical technological companies," he said. "After ten years with one start-up, I bought an Arlington, Texas-based company and grew it from three states and $9 million in sales to 25% of the U.S. market and $40 million in sales. I sold that company in 2009."  In January 2012, he bought another small company, Avcor Healthcare Products, Inc., that is in "turn-around" mode. "We still have much work to do to get it back on its feet and profitable again," he said. In 2002 he and wife Carol moved to Longview. Carol has family near here, and Deep East Texas reminds Manley of the part of the South where he was raised. The couple quickly made new friends who invited them to church and to join civic organizations. Manley joined the Downtown Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. "The Chamber invited me onto the board of directors, and I also served on the executive committee for several years," he said. "Both are fine organizations, and I still belong today." When not squeezing in opportunities to pursue his hobbies of golf, hunting and reading, he has also been active with Junior Achievement, the United Way, chaired the mayor's CIP Task Force, Letourneau University President's Advisory

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Council, as co-chair of City of Longview Vision 2015 Committee, the Springhill Independent School District Education Foundation, and Community Healthcore. He worships at the First United Methodist Church. He is particularly focused on helping the mentally ill, especially veterans. He stretches himself thin in pursuing his career and in making his adopted home a better place for all its residents. His love for Longview is unmistakable. "We picked Longview because in 2001-2002 we thought it had so much potential. It was open to new people and new ideas, especially those people who wanted to get involved," he said. "That has proven to be true beyond my expectations!" He even found time to successfully run for City Council in District 5. In this he follows his father's example. The elder Manley spent more than a quarter century serving in the Alabama House and Senate, and was speaker pro tem of both. A natural leader, he excels at creating, developing and leading teams to serve their community and other worthwhile causes. A lifetime of serving on teams has honed his group-leading skills to a scalpel's edge. He also www.infinitieplus.com

realizes the vital importance of such a gift. "Having been part of so many types of sports teams, military units, corporate teams and non-profits, I have seen the best and worst of people," he said. "It is one of my beliefs that people yearn for leadership, and in the absence of good leadership will follow even poor leaders." Son Richard III is a chiroptactor in California, son Winston lives and works in Houston, and daughter Shannon is a junior at Texas A&M. Their success is a testament to their father's influence. Despite his immense, positive influence on civic matters,

there is no room for conceit in Richard Manley. He keeps his ego in the background, regarding himself not so much as a local leader, but as first among equals, with duties to perform to improve the quality of life for his fellow residents. "I have greatly enjoyed serving on the council," he said. "While of course my direct responsibilities are to the citizens in District 5, I see myself as a servant of all the citizens of Longview." As liaison to the Development Services Office, he is heavily involved in the city's fiscal and operational functions. In hopes of improving the local government's influence on helping residents in every category, Manley is striving to establish what he calls a "customer service attitude." This is a strategy well-understood by every successful businessman. "I aspire to a higher level of service to our citizens," he says. It is unlikely anyone could be better-qualified to achieve this goal. He and wife of 27 years, Carol, delight in their calling to serve. "Carol and I have really grown to love our adopted city," he said. "We have made so many wonderful friends. Longview is a terrific place to live."

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COVER STORY :: COMMUNITY CONNECTORS

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ongview Regional Medical Center (LRMC) recently held its 14th Stars over Longview Awards Ceremony and Luncheon. The signature event was wellattended. Twelve local outstanding ladies were recognized as stars for their dedication to the city and their contributions to making it a better place to live. Longview Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jim Kendrick welcome the packed audience who have come to Longview's first ceremonial event of 2014. “This award and program was developed to honor twelve women in the community each year, who generously share their time, talents and loyalty to our community and its citizens,” he said. “Each year Longview Regional Medical Center and our Women Advisory Council look forward to honoring these twelve women.” He explained the countless hours the Council spends in reviewing the myriad of nominations in order to chose the brightest star. “To be named a Star Over Longview speaks highly of one's hard work, commitment and service to the deserving organization and citizens of our community. February Star Linda Davis and LRMC CEO Jim Kendrick xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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May Star Jennifer Harris and LRMC CEO Jim Kendrick

Tonya and Jim Kendrick Jenna Hager, a contributing correspondent on NBC's Today keynoted the event. Hager holds an English degree from the University of Texas, and has co-authored the book Read All About It! Editor-at-Large of Southern Living magazine, she is daughter of Former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, and grand-daughter of former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush.  Hager spoke of her 2006 trip to Latin America as a UNICEF intern where she met and befriended a 17-year-old mother who, despite being infected with AIDS, worked to insure her own child would not suffer the abuse and neglect that seared her own childhood. This poignant episode inspired Hager's book Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope, which made the New York Times' best seller list. Hager currently chairs the UNICEF initiative Next Generation, which is striving to prevent childhood deaths internationally.

June Star Dr. Julie Fowler and LRMC CEO Jim Kendrick

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July Star Martha Glasgow and LRMC CEO Jim Kendrick LaDana Moore a Longview native and senior at University of Texas at Tyler was impressed with the ceremony and luncheon. “It shows community spirit- with family, friends and others coming out to support the Stars. According to Ms. Moore, this is her first time to attend the event. “I was shocked and at the same time excited to attend the event. Everything was perfect.” Julie Rucker, marketing director of Fountainview Estates, a superior assisted living loved the keynote speaker and more. “The speaker was fantastic, and very informative,” she said. “Just seeing the women in our community, who are moving, shaking and shaping things is very inspirational.” The Stars over Longview for 2014 are as follows:

February Star--Linda Davis   March Star--Marion Mack   April Star--Susan K. Smith   May Star--Jennifer Harris

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October Star Karen Maines and LRMC CEO Jim Kendrick

September Star Paula Cargill Kaplan and LRMC CEO Jim Kendrick

November Star Renee Slegeir and LRMC CEO Jim Kendrick

January Star Barbara McMichael and LRMC CEO Jim Kendrick

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Longview Chamber of Commerce holds 2014 annual awards banquet

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ongview decision makers and the community at large recently gathered for the 2014 Longview Chamber of Commerce (LCC) annual membership banquet at Maude Cobb Convention Center. Prior to the banquet, the Chamber held what it dubs Prime-Time. Prime-Time is a networking opportunity for members to meet and greet; and visit with selected businesses that set up tables to present their products and services. Julie Rucker, marketing director for Fountainview Estates, a superior assisted living community attended Prime-Time. She was very satisfied. She liked it so much, she is encouraging every business in Longview to join the Chamber, that is, if they are not already a member. “As a new Chamber member, we were offered the opportunity to come and set up a table at the Prime-Time event. It was a great time. I made some strong contacts, and saw some old friends,” she said. “The exposure was great. I was able to give a tour of my community to someone I met at the event.

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CHAMBER BUSINESS

I feel the exposure we received from participating was fantastic. I highly encourage everyone to be a part of the Chamber.” Gary Hoover, the keynote speaker, shared some of his successful experiences as an entrepreneur. When he was just 30 years old, he created pioneering book superstore BOOKSTOP which helped change the nature of book shopping in America. When the company was seven years old, it was sold to Barnes & Nobel for $41.5 million cash. The Longview Chamber of Commerce recognized three major award recipients: • AAON Coil Products, Inc.: 2013 Manufacturer of the Year • Warfab: 2013 Large Business of the Year • Chapin Miller: Ambassador of the Year • Anne Hugman: Chairman's award Longview Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Kelly Hall, is appreciative of the support that LCC receives. “Each year, it continues to amaze me how the business community and our community in general, continue to support the Chamber of Commerce annual membership banquet,” she said. “Their personal attendance is a public statement that they believe in, and support the direction the Chamber is going so the community can continue to grow, attract and retain business for a prosperous future.” Tyler Street Bistro, in Longview catered the banquet. The Longview Chamber of Commerce (LCC) is regarded as the leading business resource in Gregg County. Their mission is to engage in and promote projects that have a positive impact in the Longview Trade Area. For more information, please visit the Longview Chamber of Commerce website at http://www.longviewchamber.com 14

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CHAMBER Connections BUSINESS Community

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COVER STORY :: RED CARPET

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By Tony Rizzo Robert Redford won the New York Film Critics Circle Award and is Oscar bound for “All Is Lost,” in which he was the only actor on screen for the entire film. After that, why do you suppose he chose (at 77) to do a featured role in the upcoming sequel “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” with Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, “Revenge” star Emily Vancamp and Samuel Jackson? It’ll be out in April. Cate Blanchett, who won a best actress nod from the Critic Circle for Woody Allen’s film “Blue Jasmine,” has completed five films, starting with “The Monuments Men” with George Clooney and Matt Damon; the animated “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” with Gerard Butler and Jonah Hill; the third and final installment of “The Hobbit: There and Back Again”; and two films for Terrence Mallick: “King of Cups” with Christian Bale and Natalie Portman, and the untitled Mallick musical drama with Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara, Val Kilmer and Benicio del Toro. Cate currently is filming Kenneth Branagh’s live action “Cinderella.”

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COVER STORY :: RED CARPET Dan Stevens died in the season three closer of “Downton Abbey” and was the topic of the season four premiere, watched by 10.2 million viewers, because he wanted to move on. He’s filmed “The Guest,” screened Jan. 17 at The Sundance Festival; “The Cobbler,” with Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman and Steve Buscemi, arriving in November; and is playing Sir Lancelot in “Night at the Museum 3,” with Ben Stiller, Robin Williams and Ricky Gervais. And everyone thought he was crazy to leave “Downton Abbey”! CBS will send off “How I Met Your Mother” to rerun heaven March 31 with a special hour finale. ... “Friends With Better Lives,” which stars James Van Der Beek (last seen in “Don’t Trust The B—— In Apartment 23”), Brooklyn Decker (wife of tennis pro Andy Roddick in real life) and Kevin Connelly (who will reprise his character Eric Murphy in the film version of “Entourage”) will follow it, hopefully to fill the void. NBC plans a mid-season premiere of Jon Favreau’s “About a Boy,” with Minnie Driver and David Walton (of “Burlesque” and seven episodes of “New Girl”); and “Growing Up Fisher,” with Jenna Elfman (“Dharma & Greg”) and J.K. Simmons (so good on “The Closer” and in all those Farmers Insurance commercials). The show’s executive producer is Jason Bateman, who also will be the narrator. The pilot was directed by “Friends” star David Schwimmer. Bateman just completed “Horrible Bosses 2” with Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Kevin Spacey, out in November. Wouldn’t it be funny if executive producer Jason Bateman turned out to be a “Horrible Boss” 2? © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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MONEY TALK

Insurance Concept: Heirs Get Installment Payments

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hat will your beneficiaries do with the life insurance you leave to them? I'll bet that's a question you haven't given much thought. The idea of life insurance is to protect those who depend on you. And most of the discussion focuses on leaving "enough" money to offset your absence, at least in financial terms. But few pause to think about what their heirs will do with the cash that is paid out, tax-free, at your death. You probably intended to create long-term financial security, but your spouse may have no experience at managing money and might fall into the hands of an unscrupulous financial adviser. Or your adult children who are beneficiaries might decide it's time for that new sports car or an exotic vacation. The possibility that the payout from your hard-earned insurance premiums won't be appropriately used by your beneficiaries should make you cringe. That's why a new concept has recently been developed by the life insurance industry: installment payout life insurance. Instead of receiving a million dollars in one lump sum, you can plan for the money to be paid out over five to 30 years in amounts of your choice. For example, half of the million dollars in cash could be paid immediately, with the balance stretched out over the next five or 10 years. Or you could direct the insurance company to pay it out in equal installments over 10 years. The added benefit of structuring your payouts is that the premiums

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are a lot lower — as much as 50 percent lower, depending on the payout plan you choose. That's because the insurance company will get to keep — and use — your money over a longer period of time before it is all paid out. For example, a 40-year-old man in good health could purchase a $1 million, 30-year level term insurance policy for a premium of $1,475 annually. That policy would pay out $1 million in a lump sum at his death. But if instead he chose to have the money paid out in equal installments over 20 years, the annual premium would drop to $1,170 annually, a savings of $305 per year. Or if he was prepared to pay the original higher premium every year, he could actually purchase more life insurance — a total of $1.325 million in benefits, for the same money he is paying on his traditional term insurance. Plus, if he has young children, he has the assurance that the money will be paid out over the years, including the higher-cost college years when his heirs will need the cash. This installment payout program not only works with term insurance, but with more traditional cash-value insurance, as well. Take a 55-year-old man who is considering the purchase of a $1 million guaranteed universal life policy. That means he will pay an annual premium of $11,771 every year — and the insurance is guaranteed to stay in force until his death. If instead he chose to take a 20-year installment payout for his heirs, who would receive $52,500 annually for 20 years, his annual premium payment would drop to $9,362 — a savings of nearly $2,500 a year. And he would know that his spouse or other surviving heirs would have an income that would not be misspent or poorly invested, as might happen with a lump-sum payout. Or he could buy even more life insurance for his current premium — an additional $320,000 in benefits, a nearly one-third increase in his life insurance for the same dollars he is paying — just for creating the installment payout. I've used a man in these examples, but the same structure works equally well for women. And because of their greater longevity, the premiums are typically even lower for women. Of course, you've figured out one of the drawbacks: Delaying payouts exposes the payout your beneficiaries will receive to the ravages of inflation, while letting the insurance company invest your money for a longer period. And that is why the premiums are lower with this type of delayed payout. To hedge against the reality of this inflation risk, you may want to consider purchasing a slightly increased amount of installment payouts. Of course, stretching payments over the lifetime of the beneficiary and children of the beneficiary helps with estate planning. So this insurance should be purchased after discussion with your attorney. These new policies are being offered by some of the largest life insurers. www.infinitieplus.com


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LIVING WELL

Valentine's Day brings back that lovin' feeling A fun and humorous look at love and relationships.

By Rusty Wright

February is known for cold weather, presidents' birthdays and Cupid's delight. As Valentine's Day approaches, hearts flutter, lovers sigh and Charlie Brown hopes that little red-haired girl will like the card he's been gathering up the courage to give her. Love, sex and amorous relationships have dominated the news over the past year. Not every culture is as comfortable as ours with public displays of affection. In one Malaysian state, laws ban total darkness in movie theaters "to prevent immoral acts like kissing, cuddling and other activities," as one official explained it. Public kissing there usually rates a $70 fine.

Smooch Cops

In Venezuela, extended public kissing and embracing can get you arrested. "If you kiss for more than five seconds, the police will grab you," complained one young woman whose friends were jailed. "It's ridiculous," groused a 24-year-old man. "Whoever invented this law must not have a girlfriend." Defining immoral kisses can be difficult admitted one policeman, but "when you see it, you should know it." (Has he been reading U.S. Supreme Court decisions?)

and because of are based on personality or performance: "I love you if you go out with me, if you have a good sense of humor, if you sleep with me. I love you because you're attractive, intelligent or athletic." But the best kind of love says, "I love you period: even with your weaknesses, even if you change, even if someone better looking comes along. Even if you have zoo-breath in the morning. I want to give myself to you." and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough." Martin (age 10) sees the bottom line: "On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date." When is it OK to kiss someone? Pam (7): "When they're rich!" Curt (7): "The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that." Howard (8): "The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them....It's the right thing to do.� How does one decide whom to marry? Allan (10): "You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dips coming." Allan may find it prudent to slightly revise that theory in a few years.

Do You Love Me?

This season pundits ponder, "What is genuine love?" Popular speaker Josh McDowell delineates three kinds of love that can inform kids' (and adults') attitudes: love if, love because of, and love period. Love if

Kids on Love, Dating and Marriage

Kids often have unique insights into adults' urge to merge. A friend passed along from the Internet children's answers to questions about love. What do people do on a date? Lynnette (age 8): "Dates are for having fun, 22

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Real Love

Paul, an early Christian writer, eloquently described this unconditional love: "Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. ...Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love will last forever...." Committed unconditional love could probably heal many romantic rifts. Solid spiritual roots that help produce it can help undergird stable relationships. And the children have noticed that families and adult relationships can use some strengthening. How can a stranger tell if two people are married? Derrick (8): By "whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids." And how would the world be different if people didn't get married? Kelvin (8): "There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?"

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BODY, MIND AND SOUL

Fitness 101: Getting to the Heart of What Matters By Marilynn Preston I've been saving this delicious quote for this week's Get Ready for Valentine's Day column. It's from an interview with John Robbins, the best-selling author, health visionary and thought leader. It gets to the heart of what really matters in life, not just this February, but every month of every year you have left. "If I could ask only one question of someone and I wanted to learn the most I could from their answer about their health and how long they are likely to live, my question would not be, 'Do you smoke?' "It would not be, 'Are you overweight?' "Nor would I ask, 'What's your cholesterol level?' or, 'How's your blood pressure?" Instead, I would ask, "How much love is there in your life?" When was the last time your doctor asked you that? Does "never" ring a bell? How thoughtless, because your emotional health is a big factor when it comes to preventing heart disease, right up there with quitting cigarettes, eating more fruits and veggies and exercising vigorously 10 to 30 minutes a day. Now hear this. The research is in. Loneliness kills. So do anger, stress and secretly plotting to disgrace your evil boss. February is also American Heart Month, and cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in this country. So to lighten up, calm down and live longer, I'm offering three prescriptions:

#1. De-fuse Your Anger

Anger happens, and it would be madness to deny it. But the problem is hostility — feelings of distrust, cynicism and suspicion — harms your heart by dumping stress hormones into your system. That, in turn, boosts your blood pressure, your pulse rate and your risk of a fatal heart attack. A hospital study has shown that in the two hours following an episode of intense anger, the risk of a heart attack more than doubles. So what can you do to save yourself? Plenty! Popping your cork is a habit you can break. You may not be able to prevent the stressful event, but you absolutely can learn — must learn! — healthier ways to react. President 24

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Did you know that increased job control-which reduces job stress-was associated with lower incidence of ischemic heart disease, taking into account leading risk factors such as smoking. Source: www.cdc.gov

Obama, for instance, is a model of nonreactivity, and people accuse him of being detached. News flash! Detachment saves. As long as you stay engaged, not enraged. One smart way to defuse your stress is to let go of tension. Stop what you're doing and thinking, and take three deep, conscious breaths. Deep breathing — inhaling and exhaling through your nose, expanding and contracting your belly and diaphragm, making a sound or silently repeating a mantra — is a simple secular way to instantly reduce the strain on your heart. It works even better if you add a visualization: picture yourself in a favorite calm setting. The takeaway is: Evolve a strategy for anger control. Then surrender to what is, and move through an infuriating event with calm acceptance. Keep reminding yourself that the more you let go of anger, jealousy and resentment, the healthier your heart will be.

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#2. Learn to Forgive

No, you haven't wandered into Miss Annan's Bible class. Life can be painful. Humans do thoughtless, cruel, brutal things to one another. As a result, people go around holding a grudge. They seek revenge. The problem with that kind of thinking is that it perpetuates the harm. Holding a grudge — even when you're right — takes a toll on your heart and your health. Letting go of those negative feelings and learning to forgive people who have hurt you will help heal your wounds and make your heart whole again. That's ancient wisdom from Confucius to Dr. Phil.

#3. Love and be Loved

Whom do you love, and who loves you? Answer this question easily, with deep gratitude, and you can probably eat all the double-cheeseburgers you want. Your heart isn't just a mindless pump that pushes about 1,917 gallons of blood a day throughout your body. It's the center of joy and spirit in your life, and there's plenty of evidence that both of those are major contributors to a healthy heart. To reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, strengthen your social network of loving family and friends. How? Be kind, be nurturing, be funny, be a good listener, and be ready for a bucketful of valentines. "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." — Aristotle

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COVER STORY :: LOCAL BUSINESS

Vice President of Marketing Amy Double a Texas Classic Productions LLC.

Texas Classic Productions LLC cuts ribbon at Open House

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Story and photos by Joycelyne Fadojutimi ongview-based Texas Classic Productions LLC, producer of oil and gas shows pulled out all the stops for their recent Longview Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and open house. This is a ribbon cutting yet to be topped. As soon as they announced there will be a flyover, Steve Dean, a pilot and curator of the Flight of the Phoenix Aviation Museum in Gilmer, appeared in the Downtown skyline acrobatically flying a World War II epoch plane. The “Screaming Eagle” T-6 Texan directed all eyes to the sky. For nearly 10 minutes, ribbon cutting attendees, passersby, and others looking through office windows admired Steve Dean and his Screaming Eagle. Dean a retired United States Air Force captain and veteran, is a 47th Fighter Squadron Pilot who flew the A-37 “Dragonfly” in Special Operations/Air Commandos.

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According to Tycoon Eli Logan, president of Texas Classic productions, the Longview-based company moved into their new 10,767 square foot downtown office space at 315 North Center Street to accommodate the current and projected growth, the professional oil and gas trade show management company will experience in coming years. “With the growth we have experienced, we have outpaced our current footage. With the growth trajectory we are anticipating, we need a large space to accommodate a complete team,” Logan said. Ensuring that every Expo is fully staffed is key to ensuring the success for all of our Expo participants. Texas Classic Productions was created in 2011 and has grown steadily with a personnel increase of 200% to meet the demands of the upcoming Oilfield Expo schedule.

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KFWS • MindGym December•23,MindGym 2013 KFWS

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1. GEOGRAPHY: In what U.S. state is Salt Lake City located? 2. HISTORY: Where did abolitionist John Brown’s famous raid take place in 1859? 3. ENTERTAINERS: Which stand-up comedian, who starred in the movie “Back to School,” was born with the name Jacob Cohen? 4. ANATOMY: What is the most common type of blood? 5. MOVIES: “Anne of the Thousand Days” is a film about which historical couple? 6. GAMES: What early version of a video game mesmerized TV viewers in the mid-1970s? 7. RELIGION: What are the first four books of the Bible’s New Testament, in order? 8. COMICS: What is Catbert’s title in the “Dilbert” comic strip? 9. BUSINESS: What popular business did Judy Sheppard Missett create? 10. TELEVISION: What was Ray’s last name in the series “Everybody Loves Raymond”? © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

1. Utah 2. Harpers Ferry, (West) Virginia 3. Rodney Dangerfield 4. O positive 5. Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII 6. Pong 7. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John 8. Evil Director of Human Resources 9. Jazzercise 10. Barone © 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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GRUBS UP

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s far as I’m concerned, Valentine’s Day is not an official holiday. (But my opinion doesn’t matter on this one.) Sure, there was a Saint Valentinus way back in the day … and some Christian denominations hold a feast in his honor. But, the whole candy and greeting card thing was more of a cultural phenomenon that started — (no) thanks to Geoffrey Chaucer — around the time Chris Columbus was sailing the ocean. It’s been about 600 years since the first child brought a heartdecorated shoe box to school for the annual exchange. About the same amount of time has passed since the first woman said to her beau ‘Please don’t get me anything for Valentine’s Day. It’s just a holiday invented by the greeting card companies.’ Such words are just as untrue now as they were in the days when people referred to each other as Lord Hallmark and Lady Nestle. Believing equals blundering It was about a year ago, within these very pages, that I unveiled a sampling of my blurry Valentine’s Day visions. My horrible success rate is largely due to the fact that I tend to take my woman at her word. Yep. When your girl utters any of the following phrases, you’d be advised to head directly to the florist and the chocolatier:

No matter the candles or waiters in tuxedos, romance is difficult in a crowded restaurant. When Catherine and I went to Raimondo’s (on Long Beach Island, NJ) for ‘romantic’ dinners, we were really going for the food. Though I don’t remember what it was called, my favorite on Raimondo’s mid-1990s menu was a breaded chicken breast topped with Prosciutto and Provolone cheese, served atop a bed of Balsamic-sautéed spinach. If you ever get the chance, make reservations and bring your own bottle. Otherwise, your Valentine is sure to love your homemade version of this dish. • 5 – Chicken breast halves (about 6 oz. each) • ½ lb – Prosciutto, sliced thinly -or- Cured ham, sliced thinly • 5 – Smoked Provolone slices • 2 – Eggs, beaten • Plain bread crumbs • 2 lbs – Fresh spinach • 2 TB – Balsamic vinegar • ½ cup – Water • About ½ cup – Extra virgin olive oil • Kosher salt and freshly ground Black pepper Preheat oven to 350ºF. Trim any fat from the breast halves. Between two sheets of plastic wrap (or one large sheet, folded over) flatten breast halves to about 1/2 inch. Season lightly with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high. One at a time, dip flattened breast halves in egg bath. Coat completely with bread crumbs. (I do this part in a bag. Just shake.) Fry in olive oil about 2 minutes per side, until nicely browned. Do not crowd the pan. — Set cooked breast pieces aside on a paper plate to drain. Top each cooked breast half with slices of Prosciutto (or cured ham), then top with cheese slice. Place2014 all prepared breasts ininf a init largeieplu s 30 February

‘It’s a made-up holiday. Don’t waste your money.’ ‘Flowers don’t last, so don’t bother.’ ‘They jack the prices on roses this time of year. Wait until our anniversary.’ ‘I’m still doing well with my New Year’s resolution. Chocolate would only ruin it.’ Why do I consider comments like these to be the biggest falsehoods since she told me I was the best lover ever? Because, I’ve lived to tell about the numerous times that we agreed to ignore hype — only to come home and find Green Apple Jelly Bellys (my all-time favorite) and a six-pack of Anchor Steam Liberty Ale (another all-time fave). There are also the scenes at her work, when everyone — except for her — receives something gaudy and red. She tries not to act disappointed, but can’t help having the facial expression that resembles Dorothy’s (when she learns that the Wizard of Oz has nothing in his bag for her). One thing’s for sure. If that look finds its way to your wife’s face on February 14, you’ll need an electric blanket to keep you warm that night.

oven-proof skillet, or on a baking sheet. Bake on the middle rack for about 5 minutes, until cheese is nicely melted. (You can broil the pieces if you prefer a browned cheese.) While chicken is in the oven, place Balsamic vinegar and water in a large Dutch oven. Turn heat to high. Add fresh spinach and a pinch or two of Kosher salt. Using tongs, toss and turn the greens until they are greatly reduced and cooked lightly (they’ll still be bright green) — about 2-3 minutes. Continue reducing the liquid as you are plating the dish. Using tongs, divide spinach equally on five plates (shaking excess moisture from spinach). Place breast halves atop the bed. Drizzle each breast half with Balsamic reduction, if desired. www.infinitieplus.com


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