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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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hen my husband and I moved to Longview in 2005, it was the simple pleasures that made us feel at home. The warmth of the people who live here helped us say goodbye to the community we were once part of and hello to the opportunities that await us. It is the natural warmth of being embraced into the culture of our region that shines brightly when someone asks, where’s Longview? There is no doubt, it is our fiery spirit that led us to creating LongviewNOW! We are a strong get things done community. Status quo is not an acceptable term in our vocabulary. We welcome the opportunity to look towards the future and build a community that makes us proud to call home. It is this story we want to share with our readers. It is our hope that you will want to experience the hidden treasures of Longview and East Texas!! With our inaugural issue it is important to us to connect our lifestyle with our natural beauty and outdoor spaces. On these pages, we want to lead you

through our downtown and begin exploring our rich culture. We want to help you get to know our area and see why we call Longview home! Our goal? To help you see why Longview is a great place to live work and play!

We welcome the opportunity to look towards the future and build a community that makes us proud to call home.

P.S. We’re thrilled to report that the LongviewNOW! Magazine will be available at least two times a year. Plus, we have added a video and website to help tell our story. 

EDITOR KELLY HALL

PUBLISHER DEAN WASKOWIAK ENCORE MULTIMEDIA

PROJECT MANAGER MELISSA MILLER

DESIGNERS KIMBERLIN BOYD HANNAH DAVIS

WRITER ALAYNA GILL

PHOTOGRAPHERS ZOE MARTIN PAUL ANDERSON TYE JACKSON SAM SMEAD

KELLY R. HALL Editor and CEO of the Longview Chamber of Commerce

ON THE COVER GARY FORD AND FAMILY ON THE PAUL G. BOORMAN TRAIL

COVER DESIGNER KIMBERLIN BOYD

COVER PHOTOGRAPHER ZOE MARTIN

VISIT THE LONGVIEW CHAMBER SITE!

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SPRING/SUMMER 2021

Contents

FEATURE

4 Hidden Treasures

4 PULSE

HOME

12 Down for Downtown

28 Woolley G’s

16 A Home for Every Season

29 LeTourneau University

Belcher Center

30 Gregg County Fair 30 Longview Rodeo 31 The Great Texas Balloon Race 32 Bourbon & Bowties

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EXPLORE ETX

36 Day Tripping HEALTH

43 Healthcare

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IN EVERY ISSUE LOCAL FLAVOR

1 20 The Foodies

40 Longview Education

22 Nightlife

42 Community Data

23 Weekend Warriors

COMMUNITY

27 Community Athletics

Letter from the Editor

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The interactive star icon throughout this issue indicates Longview Chamber members. Click it to learn more!

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Abounding with family-friendly atmosphere and natural beauty, the Longview Trail system has become a jewel in Longview’s crown. With four trails, including the most appreciated Paul G. Boorman Trail, the system has long been a great asset to the community. How to improve greatness? Expand it! Longview citizens have called for the trails to connect and create miles of interworking paths. This would connect neighborhoods and sections of city to foster a closer bond among citizens. Construction to link established and beloved trails with connecting paths and bridges has begun and will soon allow for an even greater amount of family friendly fun.

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The Longview trail system has provided family-friendly atmosphere for decades. The trails are a place where families can walk, run, or cycle together plus experience Longview’s natural splendor and wildlife. Now with the extension of the trails underway there are new possibilities for even more exploration. LongviewNOW! met with one such family to see what they are looking most forward to about this exciting project. Gary Ford and family have enjoyed Longview’s trails in several ways and now have front row seats to the newest project to its trails: expansion.

You and your family are avid cyclists, what do you appreciate the most about the existing trails?

What do your children appreciate the most about the trails?

“We live right off Cargilll Trail. We love the convenience that the trail offers. Cargill has a very natural path with tall pine trees. It’s nice to walk and be surrounded by nature. I’ve been running the trails since High School, starting on the Boorman Trail, so it has been exciting to see how the trails have grown in Longview.”

“Anna and Connor both enjoy the curvy and rolling path on Cargill Trail. We have made memories on this trail. Connor learned to ride his bike in the neighborhood but accomplished a big milestone on Cargill trail by riding the length and back all by himself.”

How do you spend your time on the trails?

What aspect of the trail extension excites you and your family the most?

“My wife and I run on the trails, while our two children, Anna, who’s eleven, and Connor, who’s four, ride their bikes. The kids also like to stop and play at the playground at Akin park at the end of the trail. We usually take a break there to catch our breaths before we turn back to head home.”

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“We’re looking towards the fact that it would connect all the trails to our house. Since we live next to Cargill, we would never need to drive to another trail again. Our children would also have the ability to ride their bikes alongside Jackson Park on Boorman Trial and Akin Park on Akin Trail, keeping every ride interesting and different.”


PAUL G. BOORMAN TRAIL One of the longest and newest trails in Longview, totaling 3.0 miles, Paul Boorman trail offers a meandering and peaceful walk through lovely pine woods. The trail is a wonderful place to cycle, longboard, and even rollerblade. Look for tiny animal tracks stamped in the paved trail, or better yet, spot the native wildlife present in the fields as you walk this trail. If you prefer high intensity workouts, machines are interspersed, perfect for cross-training. Two dog parks are also located on the trail for your furry friends. Make sure to take a congratulatory selfie at the end of your journey at the art installations at each trailhead!

STRAGENT DOG PARK Stragent Dog Park has provided canine citizens in Longview space to exercise and socialize for nearly ten years. Beginning as a brainchild between Kristen Ishihara and Jennifer Ware in 2009, and fully funded by fundraising efforts, this park is perfect for small pups and large dogs alike. Seven acres complete with interactive obstacles and wooded areas are available for large dogs, while a smaller two-acre area is perfect for smaller pups. Without a doubt, Stragent Dog Park is exactly what the community needed for not only dogs to exercise and play, but also for like-minded folks and neighbors to come together as a community.

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PICKLEBALL Take a trip past Guthrie Park on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday morning and you will notice a group of all ages bustling around the former tennis courts. What was once the park’s dedicated tennis facility has recently evolved into the local hub for enthusiasts of the nation’s fastest growing sport - Pickleball. Played on a court roughly half the size of a tennis court using somewhat similar equipment and strategy as tennis, pickleball provides a great cross-training workout for those looking to sweat or for a fun outdoor activity for the whole family.

GUTHRIE TRAIL Guthrie Trail, one of Longview’s moderately sized trails at 1.25 miles, weaves through Guthrie Park. Rotary/AMBUCS Park provides the perfect entrance to Guthrie Trail providing a picnic area, pavilion, restrooms, play area, water fountains, and water connection. This trail offers shaded pathways where you can observe local disc golfers play on the 18-hole course present at the park. Thick oak trees and tall pines offer repose in their shade once you’ve worked up a sweat. With many activities available such as Basketball and Tennis courts, a splashpad, and exciting playgrounds, everyone is sure to find enjoyment at Guthrie Park. Additions to the Guthrie Trail to connect to Akin Trail at Eden will be competed in Fall 2021.

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Want to learn? Come visit Guthrie Park on Saturday mornings starting at 8 a.m.

What to bring: A beginner paddle and pickleballs. Equipment can be found at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Looking for advanced play? Guthrie park offers come-and-go Intermediate/Advanced play on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and Beginner/Open Play on Saturdays starting at 8 a.m.

Follow the Longview Pickleball Club on Facebook for updated information.

Where to play: Guthrie Park: 301 Tupelo Drive Hinsley Park: 3101 N. HWY 259 Ingram Park: 1400 N. 10th Street

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DISC GOLF

Pick up a fairway driver and putter for a few dollars and get started!

The City of Longview has three-disc golf courses available to the community. Each location varies in difficulty, terrain, and distance to provide an exciting change of pace while playing this great game. Here you will find players ranging from early teens to seasoned veterans who have played for forty years. Shawn Hagenbucher, Longview local and avid disc golf player, recommends Guthrie Creek Disc Golf Course. Though watch out for hole 10, as it’s a tricky one! If you’re a newbie, Shawn suggests visiting the course and striking up a conversation with local golfers, who are always eager to show you the ropes. Also, make sure to check out The Longview Disc Golf Association (LDGA) on Facebook to connect with other like-minded golfers in the area.

Looking for advanced play? LDGA hosts a Sunday mini tournament every Sunday afternoon, courses rotate weekly so check the LDGA Facebook page for details.

Follow the LDGA on Facebook for updated information.

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Akin trail offers a shorter trail with a punch! At 0.75 miles long, Akin trail borders a newly improved playground, offering an eagle eye view of the young ones as you take a stroll. Surrounded by trees, summer is bearable under the shade, and during autumn crisp fall leaves blanket the area. A shaded pavilion provides space for a variety of events. Whether you’re in the mood for Tennis or Pickleball, Akin has tennis courts for your enjoyment as well. Akin Trail has recently been connected to the Cargill Trail at Delwood in accordance with the Master Trail Plan.

Only the second trail in Texas to be designated a National Recreation Trail by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, this threemile-long trail follows an old railroad right of way and possesses an abundance of nature. With tall pine trees that provide ample shade and a bubbling creek, you can be sure to witness the wonders of nature on this trail. The winding trail is perfect for cyclists seeking a scenic view, and walkers looking for the perfect stroll. Exercise stations also dot the trail, and a restroom is available for public use. You can reach Akin Trail through Cargill at the Fourth street trailhead.

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THE GREEN The Green is a nine-acre, outdoor event area doubling as a reforestation effort, with a half-mile walking trail meandering through native East Texas trees and natural wildlife. Educational installations strive to teach about health, nature, art, and music. Climbable obstacles, including rock climbing in miniature for your thrill seekers in training, evoke a sense of natural adventure. A large pavilion is available for any event or bring a picnic basket and settle in the shade for a wonderful afternoon. The Green is open every day from 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

ARBORETUM Repurposing land near the city center, the Longview Arboretum and Nature Center opened its gates November of 2019, and have given area residents and guests another reason to value the beauty of this community. Situated on 29 acres just east of Maude Cobb Convention Center, the Longview Arboretum is a walkable green space showcasing native trees, shrubbery, and plant life unique to East Texas. With formal gardens, paved walkways, sweeping lawns, woods, and water features, the intention is not only to provide a place to unplug from the stress of life, but to appreciate conservation and ecology. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the Visitor Center at 706 West Cotton Street welcomes daily admissions or group tours with a gift shop, classrooms, and rentable meeting spaces. Events like the outdoor concert series have become significant to folks who enjoy relaxing with nature. ď‚Ť

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CHALLENGING CONVENTION IN A HISTORIC DOWNTOWN LANDMARK TURNED APARTMENTS

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ith idyllic tales in mind told by her Grandmother of a tight-knit community where vibrance, connectedness, and convenience abounded, and where the five and dime was just a walk away, Ryan and Melissa Miller took the plunge and traded their 2500 sq.ft Ranch home for the newly transformed Alton Plaza Apartments, previously the historic Petroleum Building, nestled in Downtown Longview. This new adventure promised a more modern experience from these days of old. Armed with the historical charm that the Millers admired, the abandoned Petroleum Building always held potential for greater things. Once that potential was realized, the Millers knew that was the only place they wanted to be. With original exposed air vents, pipes, open floor plans awash with natural light from large windows that offer views of the United Methodist Church, the space had all the historical charm that the Miller’s admired. When they were accepted into Alton, the Millers packed up their young daughter, Rynn and moved Downtown.


...The biggest appeal to downtown living is all the art, culture and cuisine within walking distance of home.” Certainly, concerns over downsizing abound with young children, and the Millers were no exception. As for their daughter, Rynn, people asked “where will she ride her bike or play in the yard?”. With Downtown doubling as neighborhood and back yard, there were abundant alternatives. According to Ryan, the Sculpture Garden at the corner of Tyler and Fredonia streets has metamorphosed into Rynn’s backyard where she not only practices her cartwheels and handstands but also convinces her older brother, Karson to practice his push-ups with her on his back. As for the bike, it has been replaced by a scooter, which has made it hard to keep up with her. No worries though, “we decided to buy two of our own. So now we are the ‘scooter family.’ If you see a family scooting around downtown, that’s us!” says Melissa. All in all, the Millers love that they don’t require a typical neighborhood for their daughter to enjoy those things in life. What decor fits a historic 1950’s building? Why mid-century of course! Melissa realized the Magnolia Furnishings of her previous home didn’t quite fit her family’s colorful personalities. “We are bright, energetic people and I wanted our space to show that. So, I went vibrant!” she says. Vibrant indeed, the space is filled with family heirlooms as well as hand crafted art pieces created by her beloved Grandmother and friends. The best part? “We love walking down our hallway and admiring the pieces our loved ones have created for us over the years.” she says.

The enlivened atmosphere of the Downtown offers many activities such as live music and the bi-annual Art Walk hosted by the Longview Museum of Fine Art. The Millers take advantage of such events “We love attending events at Heritage Plaza and lounging at Silver Grizzly or the Oil Horse Taproom.” says Ryan. Craving fresh and local produce? Longview’s Saturday Farmer’s Market is a great place to get fresh eggs and fruit for homey breakfasts in bed. If brain food is what you crave instead, the WOW Science Center is a great place to learn and do crafts. The overall appeal to Downtown living? “With all the different types of restaurants and businesses here and the ones to open soon, the biggest appeal to downtown living is all the art, culture, and cuisine within walking distance of home,” says Ryan. Downtown life seems to be treating the Millers well, “We have art days and meet “at the corner” with our neighbors and have made close friends with the owners of the downtown businesses.” Melissa says. Perhaps this is the dream, to be surrounded by art, culture, great food, and fantastic company.

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Warmth exudes from the Miller’s space with the help of beautiful floral arrangements and unique lighting from these locally owned businesses: CASA FLORA

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Fresh, vibrant, and beautiful floral arrangements for every occasion are hand-delivered by this family owned and operated business. Casa Flora’s florists commit to bringing you the finest floral arrangements that are sure to delight your recipients. Order online at Casafloraflowers.com or visit at 314 Magnolia Lane, Longview, TX 75605.

COOKS LIGHTING

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Sure to impress, Cooks Lighting, possesses a formidable showroom featuring fantastical crystal fixtures, and a wide selection of accessories, lamps, and décor to brighten up your home. Carrying an extensive selection from top manufacturers, you can find lighting for every style. Visit the showroom at 118 Johnston St, Longview TX, 75601.

s e t i r o v a F Downtown WILD HONEY CREAMERY

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LUMBERJACK AXE THROWING

It started with a simple but adorable pushcart selling unique ice cream concoctions. Now, with a hip scoop shop Downtown, Wild Honey Creamery creates award winning small batch ice cream to satisfy the most decerning of connoisseurs. These specialty ice creams are a labor of love from two Longview Locals, Macy Bannert and Sarah Ward. Indeed, custom created flavors such as Oatmeal Cream Pie and Butter Pecan Caramel Crunch, possess a wow factor that pay off. Visit Wild Honey’s new Scoop Shop at 108 E. Tyler Street in Downtown Longview, M-TH 12 p.m.-9 p.m. and FRI-SAT 12 p.m.-10 p.m.

Dust off your plaid and grab an axe at Lumberjack Axe Throwing, where you can participate in lively competition with friends and family over who would make the best mountain man or woman. If you’re looking for a fun and unique night out, axe throwing offers the perfect experience. Of course, wielding sharp objects with accuracy is the perfect way to blow off steam, but if you’re more conservative, Lumberjack offers local craft beers and other beverages to those who wish to spectate instead. Hours: M-TH 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m., F 4:30 p.m.-11 p.m., SAT, 12 p.m.-11 p.m.

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HISTORIC LONGVIEW FARMERS MARKET

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Those longing for a cozy and atmospheric bookstore look no further than Books & Barrels. Offering not only a carefully crafted catalogue of the newest and best books, but customers can also relax on comfy velvet Chesterfield couches with a glass of wine. Walk through the unique book arch on your mission for the perfect book. Or bring your youngster to Saturday morning readings in the Children’s Corner, where imagination takes flight. This haven is perfect for those who wish to relax in a comfortable and welcoming area. 206 N Center St Longview, TX, T-SAT 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

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Vetted local farmers and artisans gather Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. to sell organic produce and handcrafted items at the local Farmers Market. Among the stalls, breakfast breads, cinnamon rolls, and cookies can be found along with fresh free-range eggs, grass-fed beef, goat cheeses and more. Durable and handmade wooden utensils, soy candles, and soap also exemplify the talent present in Longview. Come support the community Saturday mornings between the months of April and November at the corner of High and Cotton St. 


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It is said that it takes a village to raise a child, and for Ryan and Julie Darr, parents to three young boys, the charming Longview neighborhood filled with young families and potential lifelong best friends for their boys was the perfect choice. After living in both the DFW and San Antonio areas this Longview home was ideal for their next season of life:

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yan and I both grew up in neighborhoods with friends down the street. It was important to us for our boys to have similar experiences and memories that could be cherished. We wanted them to have the chance to ride bikes with friends and/or run down to a friend’s house,” Julie shared. She went on and stated, “these neighborhood features were part of home search requirements.” Indeed, their new home in an established neighborhood proved perfect, with a stunning lake bordered by a scenic walking trail, and of course young families. With the perfect house chosen, the task became making it into their home. KJ Gleason, a designer with Edelman’s Design, was chosen to help begin this journey. KJ, blessed with an eye for design at an early age, joined the Edelman’s team. The Darrs knew he was the right person to help them create the spaces they would love living in. The design came together through a series of meetings with KJ. “One of my gifts is pulling critical information from customers to better understanding their design goals. Everyone has a style and a story. Once I understand them, they are incorporated into my designs and showcased in the customer’s home,” KJ says about his process. It was important to KJ to create a beautiful space that blended modern and traditional, timeless and authentic pieces. He wanted to infuse elements that were hand selected or tailored specifically for the Darr’s. KJ curated pieces from a variety of sources, including a few heirloom pieces close to the family’s

heart. “The goal was to collect “trend-transcendent” pieces to add timelessness to the ‘new-looking’ space,” KJ states. The process paid off! “Now we have a blend of old and new in a comfortable family-living space that makes us feel like we are home,” Julie shared. KJ pointed out by incorporating a new cabinet for the dining room we were able to create a way to bring together two generations by featuring china that belonged to her mother. Each piece was carefully and lovingly chosen. Having these types of features are important to Julie as the china belonged to her mother. “KJ’s ability to create a timeless approach of incorporating pieces I’ve always admired has great sentimental value,” Julie explained. The home’s floor plan held great appeal for the family. “We enjoy the open kitchen, dining, and living areas which allow us to eat dinner together as a family and also have a space for our boys to play, create, and imagine” say the Darrs. KJ too loved the openness of the home, but alongside its charm there came proportion and scale issues. “It became imperative we find customized solutions,” KJ shared. One such solution appeared in an extra-long Chesterfield sofa. According to KJ, the central fireplace was huge, so wide that whatever was placed in front, would need to be of similar scale. He knew the Chesterfield would do just nicely. And to the Darrs it became their favorite piece. “Whether it’s cuddling with our boys reading books or folding laundry, it has been a comfortable and practical addition to our home,” Julie explained. Settled in and wonderfully satisfied with their new home, the Darrs are free to enjoy the amenities that first enticed them to the neighborhood. Fantasy has become reality, according to Ryan and Julie! Now they can raise their family alongside other parents. Julie closed the interview with, “We are in the season of parenthood and feel very blessed to have a home and live in a neighborhood that fits us.”

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Timelessness as a concept is key at Edelman’s, with customers that still have furniture decades after purchasing them. For the Darr’s home, KJ strove to fulfill this philosophy to create a space that possesses style that lasts despite trends that come and go.

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An open floor plan allows for cohesive style throughout your home and a seamless transition from room to room. “We collected other trend-transcendent pieces to help add a little timelessness to the new looking space. As well as multiple functions for the openness,” says KJ.

Utilize colors intended to last, avoid vivid colors that will clash with furniture. Ultimately these will need to be changed out regularly to stay on trend. Instead choose colors that will translate well across a multitude of styles. The Darr’s home utilizes neutral tones, warm grays, and calming blues, giving a sense of warmth and comfort to the space.

“Be honest about how you will use or live in a space, then try to do that as ‘stylish as possible’ as ‘honestly as possible’,” KJ states. Choose pieces that fulfill both form and function, not only items to achieve a sense of style. “If you have a real gourmet kitchen with no intentions to cook in it, that is a real waste” says KJ. 

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Foodies rejoice as Longview restaurants and businesses are revitalizing their practices with fresh ideas and recipes utilizing locally sourced ingredients. These restaurants and wineries are at the forefront of this movement in the Longview area, let’s take a tour to find gourmet offerings that are now available.

Crust & Crumb A family owned, naturally leavened, bread company that focuses on long fermented sour bread, pastries, and brick oven pizza. They provide a family friendly atmosphere with indoor/outdoor seating. Crust & Crumb collaborates with the neighboring businesses like Shivers to provide a fun atmosphere for all ages. One can relax either inside or outside on the lawn with friends. 1908 E US Hwy 80 #4, White Oak, TX 75693

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Shivers This revamped airstream provides a fresh take on foods trucks and traditional shaved ice. Shivers serves scrumptious seasonal favorites and unique flavors using all-natural ingredients, all from a vintage airstream. During the heat of the summer Try out “The Honeymoon”, or for the holidays taste the “Ninny Muggin” a playful hot drink concoction featuring nutmeg, cloves and pumpkin. Enjoy these sweet treats under warm string lights and catch live musical performances. 1908 E US Hwy 80, White Oak, TX 75693

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Enoch Stomp Perfect pairings abound at local winery Enoch Stomp. Having received awards from various international wine competitions, Enoch Stomp has varietals that will please savvy connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike. With a restaurant on site complete with charcuterie trays and gourmet pizza, you’ll find the perfect space for date night at this hidden East Texan gem. 871 Ferguson Rd (CR 4312), Harleton, TX 75651

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Haute Goat Creamery Haute Goat Creamery has been making goat and cow milk cheese by hand for the past 9½ years. Using the freshest milk sourced from South Spoon Dairy located near Yantis, TX. The animals have free access to pasture year around (no hormones or antibiotics). Haute Goat also makes one of a kind unflavored and flavored soft goat milk cheese (chevre). In addition, aged goat milk feta style, bloomy rind cheeses as well as cow milk blue, Gouda, and several other cheeses are handmade at this artisanal Cheesemongers.

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Impressively smoked slice beef brisket, smoked chicken and turkeys, and beautiful summer sausages can all be found at Bear Creek Smokehouse. Here they have perfected the art of smoking premium meats for 77 years and fostered a community of followers. Struggling for gifts ideas for the men in your life? Bear Creek’s meats never fail to impress the hardest to please. 10857 TX-154, Marshall, TX 75670 Learn More

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Nightlife Longview nightlife features lounging with friends and family at these locally owned spots. Whether you prefer coffee and tea or locally brewed beer with your ambiance these spots exude comfy atmosphere and good vibes.

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Oil Horse Taproom Cozy down at the local beer brewery, Oil Horse Taproom. Chill vibes await at this craft brewery where knowledgeable staff are keen to educate about their handcrafted beers and offer tastings of their most popular wares. Live music and board games round out the experience at the Oil Horse. Grab your friends and make a night of it at this local hangout.

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Silver Grizzly Within Silver Grizzly Espresso, a beloved espresso bar, are craft coffee roasters and professionally trained Baristas who strive to provide espresso that’s backed with precision and passion. With wooden booths, greenery, and an airy atmosphere, a homey feeling can be found in this sizable coffee shop. In addition to coffee, Silver Grizzly also offers a selection of teas, pastries and cookies that are sure to satisfy. Local ales and craft beers are also available for your sampling. If you are a student, a creative or a professional, Silver Grizzly strives to make a home for the community, and for you. 100 W Tyler St, Longview, TX 75601

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After a long and hectic week, take a load off and shift your attention to excitement with these fun activities for the weekend warrior within you.

Top Shot Indoor Range & Guns Take your shot at Top Shot. This indoor shooting range tempts those who wish to sharpen their sharpshooter skills or simply let off some steam. At 30,000 sq. ft and with eight lanes, this facility promises a good time for dedicated shooters. All are welcome and Top Shot also hosts Ladies Night every Tuesday night to spice up your weekly girls’ night.

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Nip-It Golf Can’t make it to the course? No problem! At NipIt Golf, devotees and novices join together to virtually practice their golf games on TruGolf simulators. From over 100 courses from both the PGA and LPGA level you’ll find interesting and challenging courses to suit every mood. Pizza and beer are available to fuel your fun. 414 W Loop 281 Suite 8, Longview, TX 75605

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Dodson Action Sports Complex The Dodson Action Sports Complex offers a haven for all action sport enthusiasts who may have not had an outlet to indulge their passion. Here you’ll find rookie skateboarders as well as practiced veterans. In the air there’s a feeling of community where skateboarders, inline skaters, BMX bikers, and scooters are welcome. Ingram Park - 1400 N 10TH St, Longview, TX 75601

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REO Starplex The Reo Palm Isle is one of the best-known historical landmarks in Texas. Established in 1935, it has hosted every big name in country music including Elvis, Garth Brooks, Willie, Miranda Lambert, and the list goes on. The Reo has had to evolve over the years and opened as a skating rink in 2019. The Reo Starplex is now host to thousands of children, teenagers, and birthday parties. The Reo Bar & Grill continues to host live music to ensure the rich tradition continues. 10857 TX-154, Marshall, TX 75670  Learn More LOCAL FLAVOR

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Longview ISD believes in Education With Purpose, and our innovative and diverse Magnet School curriculums and programs allow students to become lifelong learners, develop marketable skills, and prepare for their futures wherever they may lead. MAGNET SCHOOLS Longview ISD Magnet Schools are open to all and attract students from across the district and surrounding areas. MONTESSORI Montessori lessons are individualized and child-centered, so kids are engaged. Plus, a Montessori education at Longview ISD is FREE. STEAM STEAM focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math and teaches problem-solving skills, collaboration, and creativity through hands-on, real-world experiences. INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATEÂŽ PROGRAMME IB graduates from Longview ISD achieve high academic standards, develop intercultural understanding and respect, and are prepared to help build a better world.

For enrollment information or questions, please contact us at 903-381-2200 or visit MagnetLISD.org.


Community Athletics Whether your child has big dreams of becoming a star athlete, or just enjoys playing and socializing with friends who share common interests, The Longview Parks Department works with local Youth Sport Associations to provide plenty opportunities to engage in sports. Take a look at these associations and get connected today. • Longview Boys Baseball Association • Spring Hill Dixie Baseball Inc. • Deep East Texas Baseball Association • Longview Girls Softball Association • East Texas Little League Football • Greater Longview Soccer Association • Longview Tennis Association • Longview Swim Club • Youth Basketball League The Longview PARD also offers youth basketball leagues for boys and girls ages 5-14, with the season typically beginning in November. All teams playing through the PARD will be either Division II or III and will play by Division II rules.

Adult League Teams Craving the team atmosphere of your youth? Competition? Longing for the trill of the homerun? Or a swift touchdown? Maybe even the satisfaction of a three-point swish? Longview’s Adult League teams is where you can enjoy a little friendly competition and connect with the community. With seasons in March, June, and September these leagues are always open to fresh players. • Adult Softball League Multiple divisions of teams allow for greater competition in this league and foster • Adult Kickball League A more recreational team focused on recreational play and the joy of the game.

• East Texas Track Club Track lovers can participate in the TAAF Track and Field Meet. Participants 18 and under can register for this event, no team affiliation necessary. Compete against others to see who’s track and field skills are the best. Athletes may qualify and advance to the state meet held at the TAAF Summer Games of Texas. When: July 2021 TBA Looking for involvement as a parent? Volunteer coaching opportunities are available through these youth organizations.

• Adult Basketball League For the sporty individual who thinks pickup games are not enough, the Basketball League provides a more structured experience. • Adult Flag Football League Flag football gives you all the joy of football without the potential injuries. Join for some friendly competition! • Adult Volleyball League Serve, set, and spike with your fellow volleyball players in this exciting league. Individuals seeking to be placed on a team may contact the athletic office, 903-237-1268 and be added to a free agent list which is made available to the coaches. 

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Five Tips for Hitting the Road Before you begin your cycling journey, we got together with David Hernandez, owner of Wooley G’s, and Gary Ford, avid cyclist, to share their Five Tips for Hitting the Road.

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Stay Visible Both men insist that visibility is the cyclists’ key concern. “With the increasing percentage of distracted drives, it’s best to be seen as early as possible,” Ford says. He suggests a flashing taillight or a daytime headlight to be sure. Do these to avoid the dreaded distracted driver.

Woolley G’s Be it paved trail or less traveled backroads, Longview, and the whole of East Texas, has a lot to offer in the way of cycling. Wooley G’s Bike and Fitness, a respected bike shop in Longview, seeks to provide a community of cyclists’ activities to enjoy these trails together and to share new experiences. With options for group rides throughout the week, you are sure to find a ride that matches your skill level. Woolley G’s Bike and Fitness hosts weekly group rides from their shop. Monday: Recovery ride on the backroads between Longview and Hallsville. This is a laid back, no person left behind, 20-ish mile ride to help you recover from your weekend activities. Tuesday (Option 1): Ready, set go! This fast-paced ride is split into A, B and C groups and is every man/woman for themselves. Designed to push your limits, distances vary from 18-30 miles and speeds range from 15 to 25mph. 28

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Tuesday (Option 2): Freshman ride that begins each Spring and carries into the Summer. Starting with a couple miles, each week includes a lesson on bicycle basics, and we add a mile or two to the ride. Wednesday: Midweek spin to help get you over the hump and prepped for your weekend long ride. Usually 30-ish miles at a relaxing pace. Thursday: Dirty Thursday is for all your mountain bikers. Usually held just down the road at Mobberly Trail. Starting with an easy loop around the trail to warm up the legs and ramps up to a hard and fast ride. Saturday: You are bound to find a ride that suits your needs. Several groups meet at the shop Saturday morning covering varying distances, speeds and terrains. Visit the Longview Area Multisport Association’s Facebook page to stay in the loop.

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Dress Appropriately In East Texas heat, Hernandez suggests lightweight and breathable bike shorts and a jersey. Remember to layer up during the colder months, so you can peel them off when it gets too toasty from the exertion. Visibility in mind, it’s also recommended to wear bright fluorescent clothing to stay visible. And of course, don’t forget your helmet!

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Stay Alert Of course it’s fun to jam to music on rides or listen to your favorite podcast, but Hernandez suggests using a portable speaker and to stay away from earbuds. Ford agrees as it allows cyclists to hear upcoming vehicles or unusual bicycle noises.

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Stay Connected In Longview there are many excellent cyclists’ groups looking for company during long rides. Ford enjoys the opportunity to share experiences with others-plus there’s always safety in numbers.

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Stay Hydrated

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It’s crucial that for long rides that you bring adequate water to stay hydrated and in full form. Usually this is one water bottle per hour says Ford. Also bring along some nutrition in the form of energy gel, candy bar, or fruit. 


LeTourneau University Belcher Center The Belcher Center stays booked yearround with quality, family-friendly entertainment, and is home to all major art groups in the Longview area. The centerpiece programming being the seven to eight season series performances including comedy, concerts, and plays. The auditorium is replete with opera style balconies allowing for reverberating acoustics and exciting views. Performers ranging from hit Christian

artists like Lauren Daigle, and chart-topping musicians such as Michael Bolton, and The Beach Boys, many genres have graced the Belcher Center’s stage. Undeniably there are concerts to thrill every music lover. The fourteenth season titled “Heart and Soul” begins in fall 2021 and lasts until spring 2022, with extra performances scheduled for February 2021. Tickets are on sale now, so come experience the excitement yourself! 

Community Events THE LONGVIEW BALLET THEATRE LONGVIEW SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA EAST TEXAS SYMPHONIC BAND KILGORE COLLEGE RANGERETTES

Upcoming Performances LEANNE MORGAN, COMEDIAN February 5: 7 p.m. February 6: 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

SANDI PATTY, CHRISTIAN SINGER April 14

WE ARE MESSENGERS, CHRISTIAN ROCK BAND April 14

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Gregg County Fair County fairs have always brought family friendly fun and the Gregg County Fair does not disappoint locals with its cheery cavalcade of festivities. From Ferris wheels, rides, and exhibits, there are many attractions to entertain. Concessions are available as well, for all your carnival food cravings! Each evening live musical performances round out the weekend. Don’t forget to take your children to the wonderful petting zoos and watch as pigs’ race for glory! 

CATCH THIS YEAR’S FAIR:

September 10-18 General Admission: $6/person Children 3 & Under: FREE Senior Citizens (60+): FREE Military & Family: FREE (with ID) Ride armbands/coupons available daily

Longview Rodeo Bucking broncos, courageous cowboys, and cheering crowds gather for the annual Longview Rodeo every year. Running thirty years strong, the Longview Rodeo offers exciting events for all. Adults and children alike have the opportunity to participate, with the young ones aged 5-7, compete on sheep instead of raging bulls at the Muttin’ Bustin’ Challenge. All proceeds to the Longview Rodeo are given to local nonprofit organizations, the Rodeo group Chicks and Chaps in collaboration with the Rodeo put on events to benefit charities as well. 

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The Great Texas Balloon Race Deemed “The Balloon Capital of Texas” since 1985, Longview has been home to The Great Texas Balloon race since 1978. The Race has attracted crowds yearly to see the absolute best competitive pilots both from the United States and the world. A weekend long event, competitions begin in the early hours for pilots and festivities continue throughout the day, concluding by midnight. Events include the “Ducks on a Pond” compe-

tition where pilots compete for a 5000 cash prize where they are to pass over a boat in the target field and toss a rubber ducky on the boat. The closest pilot wins the prize. In the evening crowds gather to witness the beloved Balloon Glow. Here fifty sport and special shaped balloons light up their balloons for all to see. Headlining performances round out the weekend, with past performers including Travis Tritt and David Nail. 

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Bourbon & Bowties Bourbon & Bowties began when six young couples, recently relocated to Longview, wished to invest in the community they would eventually raise families in. They foresaw The Longview World as Wonders museum as a place where their future children could build, dream, and imagine. It was fate, and thus the beloved fundraising campaign was born. Beginning as a take on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, participants toured five “stops” at prominent distilleries, tasted the famous bourbons and heard about the history of the respective bourbons.

Cole’s Top Bourbon Picks Garrison Brothers Cowboy This year’s release being 6,440 75ml bottles, this wild cowboy is in high-demand for its quality aged bourbon.

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Tahwahkaro “Tah,” for short for those in the know. This Texas based bourbon with flavors of caramel, Texas corn, and smoke is sure to please any connoisseur.

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William Larue Weller Smooth and incredible, per Cole, this classic Kentucky Bourbon is a gold standard of wheated bourbons. 

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Longview WOW Opened in 2016, this hands-on museum aims to instill a love of learning in young children by providing fun and engaging exhibits. From The Invention Garage where wishful inventors can take their idea and make it a reality, to The Park where young performers can stretch their creative side through music, drama, and art, there are many exhibits to let imagination run wild. With new, rotating, and travelling exhibits coming soon, the Longview WOW Museum promises new and exciting activities each time.

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They also provided hand crafted cocktails and concoctions to entice everyone. Now the event has evolved into its own Texas Bourbon Trail where East Texas distillers showcase their bourbons. Since becoming a key event in the Longview social season it continues to bring support to the Longview WOW museum. And those potential kids? Well, they arrived and now enjoy the fruits of their parents’ labor. This year’s Bourbon and Bowties event will take place on February 6th at the Pinecrest Country Club.

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Craving a road trip? A scenic ride with the windo Luckily, the East Texas area has much to offer reac beautiful piney woods to see picturesque locales and your family and friends and a picnic ba

Journeying through the East Texas countryside, pounding adventures. Plot your j

Jefferson Texas A lovely forty-five-minute drive from Longview puts you in this cozy and charming pre-civil war town brimming with history. Abounding with an old- world southern feel, historical homes dot neighborhoods and a bustling town square can be found. Jefferson also boasts the oldest hotel in Texas, The Excelsior House, filled with rich historical tales and legends. A family favorite, the gas-powered Plymouth Locomotive runs through deep woods and wetlands on The Historic Jefferson Railway. Jefferson’s longstanding history leads to ghostly haunts, so grab your ghost hunting gear and journey on a ghost tour to hear about Jefferson’s history and its spooky specters.

Zipline NY Looking for an adrenaline fix with magnificent views of the East Texas countryside? Look no further than Zipline NY. Here you’ll find both a 6 ZipLine Tour and a 9 ZipLine Challenge Tour complete with a thrilling 1500 ft. line and 2 cable sky bridges heading to a 40 ft tall zip tower. Voted as the Best Adventure Tour in Texas for the years of 2012-2017, this excursion is sure to excite.

Edom Blueberry Farms A shorter jaunt at approximately an hour away from Longview, Edom Blueberry Farms offers family friendly foraging. There’s nothing better than fresh picked berries and quality time. Edom has blueberry and blackberry bushes that you can spend hours picking from. Pick up one of their quaint baskets and get to work. Make sure to stop by the shop where they have blueberry, peach, fig, cherry, and blackberry preserves. Or pick up a fresh pie or dessert made from berries picked onsite.


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ows down and your favorite road trip vibes playlist? ching past Longview. Take a day trip through the d experience thrilling activities all-around. Pack up asket to encounter these hidden jewels.

you can find both wholesome activities and pulse journey with these exciting stops:

SkyDive East TX If you would rather a parachute than harness, Skydive East Texas promises an adrenaline-fueled adventure. Located in Gladewater, and only a twenty-minute drive from Longview, Sky Dive East Texas has step-by-step instruction for all novice skydivers. Jumping from an altitude of 10,000 feet promises to be an unforgettable pulse-pounding experience for all.

Experience immersive wildlife and other outdoor pursuits in East Texas. From drive-thru safari’s and local fishing spots, East Texas has many opportunities to view wildlife up close and personal. Take a drive to these wonderful animal themed adventures!

Cherokee Trace Drive-Thru Safari

TX Fresh Water Fisheries

Transport yourself to the wilds of Africa or Australia in this drive-thru safari located in Jacksonville, a little over an hour from Longview. Drive through the nature park home to a variety of wildlife ranging from Bison, Capybaras, and Kangaroos. The safari recreates the habitat in which these exotic and endangered species natively inhabit. Stay camera ready to catch these amazing animals living their best life. Make sure to give them a call to check for closings due to inclement weather.

Anglers unite at the TX Fresh Water Fisheries center in Athens TX. Marvel at huge aquariums filled with native fish, alligators, and amphibians, or tour through the conservation center to learn about preservation efforts done by the community. Stroll down the .8-mile wetland trail around three ponds on site where you can drop a line into the waters and hopefully catch a fish. With an admission price of only $2.50 you can’t go wrong! Public hours are 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Sunday. 

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Longview Cable Television, which has operated here with the same ownership for over 50 years, will make its largest investment ever in a single year: $5.5 million in 2021 to provide 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) super high-speed internet to the entire community. There are not many cities or towns in America that offer 1 Gbps service to all their customers. One city that does is Chattanooga, Tenn., which calls itself a Gig City. This makes it an attractive destination for high-technology jobs. Get ready for the fastest high-speed internet in East Texas, and a brighter future for Longview!

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Education PUBLIC SCHOOL

Spring Hill ISD PK, K-12 Total Enrollment

2,019

High School Total Enrollment: 525 AP® Participation Rate: 42% Student-Teacher Ratio

14:1

ninety-eight.two %

PRIVATE SCHOOL

Christian Heritage Classical School PK, K-12 Total Enrollment

259 6:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

one-hundred % Graduation Rate

Attend a 4-Year College After Graduation

87%

Offers Athletics and Fine Arts Accredited by AdvancED

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Graduation Rate

Proficient in Reading and Math

54%

Minority Enrollment: 30% Economically Disadvantaged: 28% Advanced Placement® Coursework and Exams The Only High School in Spring Hill ISD

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PRIVATE SCHOOL

Oak Forest Montessori School

8 Wks - K This school is modeled after what Dr. Maria Montessori called “the

prepared environment,” PUBLIC SCHOOL

Pine Tree ISD PK, K-12 Total Enrollment

4,500

High School Total Enrollment: 1,266 AP® Participation Rate: 30% Student-Teacher Ratio

14:1

ninety-eight % Graduation Rate

Minority Enrollment: 63% Economically Disadvantaged: 51%

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an environment which possesses order and logic. Accredited by AdvancED

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PUBLIC SCHOOL

Longview ISD

8,621

PK, K-12 Total Enrollment

High School Total Enrollment: 2,141 AP® Participation Rate: 53%

15:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

ninety-eight % Graduation Rate

Minority Enrollment: 79% Economically Disadvantaged: 56%

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High Schools in Longview

Advanced Placement® Coursework and Exams

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St. Mary’s Catholic School

PK 3 - 12th Fully accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops Education Department, Southern Association of Colleges, and AdvancED

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PRIVATE SCHOOL

Trinity School of Texas

293 9:1

PK, K-12 Total Enrollment

Student-Teacher Ratio

one-hundred % Graduation Rate

87%

Attend a 4-Year College After Graduation

Accredited by Cognia formerly AdvancED, Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools

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COMMUNITY DATA

Source: U.S. Census

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City Data

Population estimates, July 1, 2019 (V2019)

81,631

Persons under 5 years, percent

7.2%

Persons under 18 years, percent

26%

Persons 65 years and over, percent

14.7%

Female persons, percent

51.1%

White alone, percent

72.1%

Black or African American alone, percent

22.4%

Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2015-2019

54.3%

Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019

$139,600

Median selected monthly owner costs - with a mortgage, 2015-2019

$1,253

Median selected monthly owner costs - without a mortgage, 2015-2019

$473

Median gross rent, 2015-2019

$840

Households, 2015-2019

30,053

High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2015-2019

84%

Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2015-2019

21.4%

Median household income (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019

$49,086

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Healthcare Longview’s medical corridor is a major part of the local economy and is often a reason people choose to relocate to the city. If you work in the healthcare field, need a specific type of treatment or are simply assured by the thought of having state of the art facilities and personnel at your service, you appreciate this aspect of Longview. The city’s medical facilities provide some of the most advanced healthcare services in East of I-35. Two fully equipped and modern hospitals, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center and Longview Regional Medical Center, offer care from a staff of doctors and healthcare specialist who have received national attention for their medical achievements. There are also dozens of medical clinics with a variety of specialties. Hundreds of physicians offer quality care in every major medical specialty. A complete range of medical services, surgical services, and emergency care are available in the heart of the city. Longview Regional Medical Center was awarded the “America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Vascular Surgery Award™” (2020, 2019, 2018). LRMC is a 230-bed facility, with 180 physicians and healthcare professionals. They are known for being quality-driven, nationally recognized for chest pain and stroke care. LRMC is dedicated to great patient service, with multi-specialty clinical expertise.

CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center (CGSMC) is proud to announce that it is among the first health care organizations in the country to earn ClearHealth Quality Institute™ (CHQI) accreditation for telemedicine. CGSMC in Longview is a not-for-profit, full service, acutecare, 425-bed regional referral center. As one of the region’s top Level III Trauma Center and home to the region’s first Level III NICU, it serves a vital role in the health of all the residents it serves. CGSMC Longview is also:  + A certified Primary Stroke Center with 24 hour neurosurgery coverage Longview’s only Center for Robotics and Minimally + Invasive Surgery

A Breast Center of Excellence + An accredited Chest Pain Center with 24/7 Cardiac + Cath Lab availability 

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