10 Driving Basics

Driving Information – February 16, 2022

from Say Insurance

Driving Tips

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Editors note:

Recently I was contacted by a company that had some good information on safe driving.  I decided it would be good information for our readers.  This is the information that was provided to me. 

You needn’t be a novice behind the wheel to find yourself wondering about some seemingly basic car questions. Plenty of people are unsure about when, exactly, they should downshift, so if you’ve got some car questions you’re embarrassed to ask, we’ve got you covered with this nifty infographic.

For example, do you know how to cool off a hot car in a jiffy? It’s possible to reduce the temperature by 15 degrees by opening the driver’s door, powering on the vehicle’s accessories, lowering the passenger side rear window down, opening and closing the driver’s door five times (at normal speed), then rolling up the windows and blasting the AC. It might sound wild, but it works because opening the door sucks cooler outside air into the car through that rear window. If you’d like more information about that, or are curious about things like downshifting or choosing the appropriate type of gas for your car, give the following graphic a read before your next ride.

10 Driving Basics You May Be Embarrassed to Ask About

You may have a stellar driving record and change your own oil. You could love being behind the wheel, chasing thousands of miles on a road trip in your well-maintained vehicle. Then the low-gas warning light turns on, and you aren’t sure how far you can drive. Even if you took driver’s education and read the driver’s manual, you probably have questions about operating your vehicle. Don’t worry, we’re here to help with your driving mysteries.

How to Lifehack Your Car

Read on to learn about 10 often-misunderstood driving subjects, and discover tips to improve how you maintain and drive your vehicle.

1. Defog the windshield

After cleaning the frost or snow off your windshield, you may struggle with fog on the inside of the glass. 

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The 36 Questions That Lead to Love

Relationships – February 13, 2022

from  The New York Times

The 36 Questions That Lead to Love

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In Mandy Len Catron’s Modern Love essay, “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This,” she refers to a study by the psychologist Arthur Aron (and others) that explores whether intimacy between two strangers can be accelerated by having them ask each other a specific series of personal questions. The 36 questions in the study are broken up into three sets, with each set intended to be more probing than the previous one.

The idea is that mutual vulnerability fosters closeness. To quote the study’s authors, “One key pattern associated with the development of a close relationship among peers is sustained, escalating, reciprocal, personal self-disclosure.” Allowing oneself to be vulnerable with another person can be exceedingly difficult, so this exercise forces the issue.

The final task Ms. Catron and her friend try — staring into each other’s eyes for four minutes — is less well documented, with the suggested duration ranging from two minutes to four. But Ms. Catron was unequivocal in her recommendation. “Two minutes is just enough to be terrified,” she told me. “Four really goes somewhere.”

Set I

1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?

3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?

4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?

7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?

8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.

9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?

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Marshall microbrewery to kick off new MEDCO program

Today’s News – February 11, 2022

– from the Marshall News Messenger

Marshall microbrewery to kick off new MEDCO program targeting empty buildings

A new microbrewery is the first to be funding through a Marshall Economic Development Corporation program that seeks to get empty, blighted buildings occupied.

Marshall City Councilmembers unanimously approved funds for the Marshall Economic Development Corporation’s first project funded through the new Certificate of Occupancy Grant Program during Thursday’s regular city council meeting.

Director Rush Harris presented on the new program, and the planned project, during the meeting.

“We have another interesting project here, and this isn’t what you are used to seeing from me,” Harris said during the meeting.

The project is for the creation of a new microbrewery, restaurant and pub at 108 W. Houston by the Rueggenbach Brewing Company, which Harris said is owned by a Marshall native.

He explained that the owner has a plan to turn the blighted structure into a taxable business, and through this has been working with MEDCO and applying through the organization’s new Certificate of Occupancy Grant Program for funding assistance.

Due to the current state of the building, construction costs to get the building up to code and receive a certificate of occupancy are expected to be over $1.2 million.

Harris said that the structure has been determined to be blight by the Marshall EDC Board of Directors and an economic or social liability to the municipality.

This, Harris said, made the project the perfect candidate for MEDCO’s new CO grant program, which offers a reimbursement grant of up to $100,000 or 10 percent of construction costs and site improvements needed to receive an official CO from the City of Marshall.

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Amazing Christmas Gift

Amazing Christmas Gift

December 23rd, 2021

December 23rd, 2021 by MarshallCVB

I am happy to provide you with the following credits, foreword and link, announcing an amazing Christmas gift for the city of Marshall, Texas compliments of singer, guitarist, songwriter and author, the legendary Dale Watson!

“Filmed backstage at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas, December 13, 2021 by John Tennison, nonjohn.com

Dale Watson Guitar and Vocals / Huck Johnson – Upright Bass / Manny Pagan – Slap Bass Percussion.

Foreword by Alan Loudermilk, owner of The Ginocchio restaurant in Marshall, Texas.”

“A month or so ago, a man came into the Ginocchio with his wife.  They headed to the Ginocchio trackside patio, and I went out to introduce myself.  While I was familiar with his music, this was my first time to meet Dale Watson and his wife Celine.

As we talked on the patio, we discussed Dale and Celine’s purchase of a historic home in Marshall, his frequent performances in Austin and his music venue in Memphis, and the reason that he chose Marshall – it was a small town with rich history that happened to be roughly halfway between Austin and Memphis.  The discussion quickly turned to the fact that we were standing around 10 feet away from the Texas historic marker commemorating Marshall as the Birthplace of Boogie Woogie.  Dale noted the important influence of Boogie Woogie in much of his music and also on the music of countless artists in Texas and around the world, playing a wide variety of music.  What a remarkable turn of events – Dale and Celine (a singer-song writer who often joins Dale on stage) chose a new town to call home, midway between Austin and Memphis, and they found themselves in the birthplace of a music genre that they celebrate almost daily in their performances.

I connected Dale with Dr. John Tennison, the doctor-musician-film maker-historian whose extensive research indicated that Marshall and the surrounding area is where Boogie Woogie music originated.  John and I agreed to meet Dale at the Continental Club in Austin, where Dale was to perform.  There was a wonderful gift awaiting us in Austin – the first public performance of a song that Dale had written on his train ride from Marshall to Austin – The Marshall Boogie.

John recorded the performance, and perhaps most interestingly to me – the non-musician – recorded the backstage rehearsal.  I was witnessing something special – the birth of a song that celebrates Boogie Woogie, the railroad, Marshall, and the spirit of movement and enjoyment that is the essence of Boogie Woogie.  Wow – blown away.

The Marshall Boogie – a most wonderful Christmas gift from Dale Watson to the City of Marshall and to all of us who appreciate how the world of music has been enriched by the ever-widening influence of Boogie Woogie.  Thank you Dale, Celine and the band, and thank you John for recording the performance.  Enjoy.”

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The Leaves are Falling Josey’s is Calling

 

 When it comes to barrel racing the work never stops, which is why barrel racers from across the country are headed to the Josey Ranch in Marshall, Texas. Home of legendary World Champions R.E. and Martha Josey students are coming to learn from these champions right in their backyard.

Coming from nine different states, over 160 students and their families will be attending clinics at the Ranch in the next two weeks. Students will be working on barrel racing techniques, training methods, and learning how to practice perfect with R.E., Martha, and their impeccable staff in the Fall and Thanksgiving Barrel Racing Clinics November 19-21 and November 26-28.

“We love teaching students all year, but the fall and thanksgiving clinics are always a little special,” explained Martha’s nephew and Josey instructor Gary Arthur. “We have taught thousands of students in the last 54 years, and they have all become part of the Josey Family. When we get to see returning students around the holiday times it’s a special experience, not to mention meeting new students and adding to the ranch family. They love coming to beautiful East Texas!”

Along with R.E., Martha, and Gary, the Josey Ranch has a very talented staff that works through the Ranch year-round to teach the future generation of barrel racers. Many of the staff members not only live in Marshall but drive in from across Texas and Louisiana. The staff includes Ty and Lisa Mitchell, Terry Thomas, Pamella Randall, Suvoy and Cheryl Rosser, Ashley Schenck, Elaine Lambino, Whitney Bettis, Marj Dahle, Micah Sebranke, Keely Henry, Luke Cruze, and Haley Coleman.

The Josey Ranch is always open to the public to offer shopping in the Josey Western Store, lunch at the concession stand, or family-friendly fun watching the barrel racers train through the clinics.  

Photo of Martha Josey teaching a student in the main arena.

Photo of Gary Arthur teaching a student in the main arena. 

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Opinion: Segregation

 Opinion: Segregation

By George Smith  — November 13, 2021

There are some things I simply do not understand.

Segregation, is one.

I’m not talking about ordered segregation, like having people of color sit in the balcony area of theaters that was the norm when I was a kid, or aggressive and mean-spirited segregation like “No Irish need apply” or separate water fountains or restrooms for “Whites” and “Coloreds”, another embarrassment from our history and my youth.

I’m not even taking about the evil-minded events I’ve witnessed as an adult, like the real estate brochure in north central Arkansas in 1968 that proudly provided the area had “No Chiggers, N-word or Catholics.”

I’m talking about optional segregation by various groups of people based strictly on skin color.

From the American Association of Blacks in Education to the Association of Black Women Physicians to associations for blacks in law enforcement, accounting, engineering, federal aviation employees, lawyers, political scientists, animal care, culinarians, Wall Street, government,  physicists… and the list covers page after Internet page.

There’s even an association for black

scuba divers, beauty contestants, storytellers, criminal justice, Realtors, and market developers.

I admit I found it a bit odd to see such self-imposed segregation by members of the black community.

I even found it more odd last year with the introduction of allblk TV. I know the BET (Black Entertainment Television) cable has been around a while and I remember thinking at the time I became aware of its existence that no way could anyone get by with starting a White Entertainment Television channel.

With allblk TV, I returned to my original thought of “No way could you have an allwht TV channel”.

I have lived and worked in three communities which had Chambers of Commerce …and also diversity-oriented chambers, two black chambers and one Hispanic.

This is one of this mind-draining diatribes for which there is no solution or concentrated attempt at finding an emotional or a rational compromise.

I’m just “surmising”, as my father was fond of saying.

This is a “Hmmmmmmm?” piece.

Any thoughts?

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Marshall doctor files response

Marshall doctor files response to lawsuit from former patient

Editor’s note: This story contains explicit content.

A retired Marshall doctor who is being sued by a former patient and friend who accused him of inappropriate sexual conduct has now filed an answer to the lawsuit through his attorney.

Doctor Shaun Kelehan who formerly practiced at his healthcare facility Access Family Health in Marshall has filed an answer to the lawsuit brought by former patient Trey Wood wherein he denies all claims of sexual misconduct and is requesting a jury trial.

Response

In the suit, Wood, through his attorney, had brought suit against Kelehan and Access Family Health for providing him opiates and narcotics while he was battling drug addiction. In addition to those allegations, the suit also alleged instances of sexual misconduct during which Wood said Kelehan sexually assaulted him while he was incapacitated from drugs provided to Wood by Kelehan.

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Opinion: DNA-driven Human Nature

 Opinion: DNA-driven Human Nature

By George Smith

It is a part of basic, DNA-driven human nature for folks to resist admitting a mistake. It doesn’t really matter whether or not the mistake was an honest faux pas or an intentional violation of societal norms, saying “I was wrong!” is just difficult to enunciate. it is a mixture of a negative psychological response and personal muscle control.
There are citizens of Marshall and Longview who owe a former Harrison County resident an abject apology for their thoughts, statements and vitriol hurled in his direction. A vast majority will not apologize for their non-Christian judgment, content to just sit back and forget past thoughts and public statements.

Trey Wood is no angel; he will be the first to tell anyone that. He is a sober alcoholic, former drug addict, a convicted felon who spent two-plus years in prison for robbing a drug dealer. He, like everyone else, has lied in his life to obtain what he wanted at a particular point in the time, without regard for the welfare of others. 
 
I’ve known Trey since his teenage years. He was a certified “rounder”, a gifted athlete and communicator with more charisma than should be allowed. At times, he was an insufferable teenage jerk, but, to me, despite his swagger and jockesque bravado, he had a gentleness that belied his size and outward attitude; he hurt people’s feelings because of his lack of impulse control and his ADD, not out of pure, hard-hearted meanness.   Trey came out of prison with the goal of never going back; once, for Trey, was enough. What he didn’t count on was falling into his lifestyle bugaboo of being in the wrong situation at the wrong time and making bad decisions in an attempt to extricate himself. He started drinking and taking prescription drugs and making friends who were not “friends”. Some people, like Trey,  have a habit of repeating mistakes over and over. And overl. And then there is the Trey who is a talented, award-winning writer, a hard-working, creative  entrepreneur who started three small businesses during the pandemic, and the man-child I know as a loyal friend. He is not a family member…but is a member of MY family.
 
   All that to say this: Several years ago, out cold and partially paralyzed on drugs administered by Marshall physician Shaun Bobbi Kelehan, Trey was sexually assaulted by the doctor. After sobering up, Trey filed charges with the Marshall Police Department; the charges were investigated, video and audio tapes were made, and charges were filed.

That’s where the “fix” went in. Under the guidance of a special prosecutor in Longview, a grand jury declined to indict Kelehan, despite the fact the jurors were not afforded the opportunity to view the videos of Kelehan admitting administering  drugs and the sex act, plus another, earier non-consensual sex act a year earlier that Kelehan admitted that Trey did not remember. The jurors were told the doctor passed a lie detector test and that Trey did not take one, True. But, the doctor took one administered by an official of his choosing; Trey was not offered one. Trey was not called to testify.
 
In other words, the prosecutor gave the jurors what he wanted to give them to elicit a verdict he wanted. As a former foreman of a Harrison County Grand Jury, I watched this scenario play out in the secrecy of the proceedings.
Trey then hit rock-bottom. He started drinking heavily, was in and out of rehab and contemplated suicide. A friend’s concern and intervention by Austin police got him back in detox and he started looking forward to a positive, productive future again.

But he did not forget the abuse, the injustice of the situation or those that judged him rashly and wrongly.
He contacted the Texas Medical Board and provided them with his story, the video and audio tapes and after a months’-long investigation, Kelehan’s practice was severely curtailed. The board continued investigating and uncovered additional information detrimental to Kelehan’s practice.

In April, the board noted in a public document a second male patient had made a similar complaint against Kelehan. 
In the last few months, Kelehan sold his business and, in agreement with the board, elected to relinquish his license rather than continue with a final, formal hearing dealing with the results of the board’s almost year-long investigation.
Giving up his license does not protect Kelehan from further charges or from action in civil court.

Where does this leave Trey?

One word: Vindicated. To those who stood steadfast by the doctor, no one — not even Trey — ever said he wasn’t a good doctor and kind to a vast majority of his patients. But those who attacked Trey, from strangers who only took second-hand, pitifully inadequate information from Facebook posts, and especially from family members who disowned Trey because of his accusation…you owe him a profound and sincere apology.

No one, especially not Trey, expects anyone to take that giant leap; it just is such a hard step to do, you know, admit it when what you think, feel and do is just blatantly wrong-headed.

Still, for all he’s been through, for the injustice to which he was subjected, to the personal attacks and ridicule…a small ‘Sorry!” would be nice.

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Amtrak’s 50th Anniversary

Amtrak’s 50th Anniversary

In tribute to Amtrak’s 50th Anniversary, Marshall Depot Board of Directors announces year-long commemoration to honor Amtrak’s 50 years of connecting America

May 1, 2021 marks the 50th Anniversary of Amtrak. In honor of this important milestone for our nation, the Marshall Depot Board of Directors is announcing a year-long commemoration and celebration of Amtrak.

This commemoration will focus on providing information and events that highlight the important role that Amtrak has played and continues to play in providing an essential transportation option for the people of America and our community. It will also underscore benefits Amtrak provides to urban as well as rural communities, such as Marshall, in connecting cities throughout America through its vast National Network.

“On behalf of the volunteer Board of Directors of the Marshall Depot Inc., we ask people of our community and our region to join us in wishing Amtrak a happy 50th birthday.”  said Cathy Wright, current president of the Marshall Depot Board. “We appreciate all that Amtrak does for the people of Marshall and our community.”

Out of the approximately 20,000 cities in America, only about 525 cities are fortunate to have an Amtrak stop and Marshall, Texas is fortunate to be one of those cities.  Marshall, Texas is a stop on the Texas Eagle long-distance route. The Texas Eagle connects San Antonio to Chicago, with stops that include Austin, Fort Worth, Dallas, Little Rock and St. Louis, in addition to Marshall.

Christina Anderson, who serves as the chairman of the 2021 community fundraising campaign which is currently underway for the non-profit Marshall Depot, shared the following:

“We thought Amtrak’s 50th anniversary would also provide an excellent opportunity to continue to raise awareness in our community about the remarkable benefits that Amtrak and our historic Marshall Depot bring to our community with regard to transportation, tourism, economic development, quality of life, not to mention just a fun way to travel.”

Ms. Anderson also pointed out a benefit distinctive to Marshall that many community members might not be aware of which brings in tens of thousands of dollars of revenue to our local economy each year. That is, Marshall is one of only a few stops on the Texas Eagle route that is a crew change stop.

Ms. Anderson explained: “That means that not only do tourists and visitors spend dollars when they travel here by train, but six Amtrak crew members who stay in Marshall each night provide ‘heads on beds’ in a local hotel. This results in at least 2,190 hotel stays in Marshall each year, not counting any visitors or tourists who may travel here by Amtrak and may add additional hotel nights.”

She further explained that these six crew members also spend dollars at local restaurants, stores, and with a local van service. In fact, over the past 19 years of Marshall serving as a crew change stop, the total revenue to our local economy for Amtrak’s spending for these crews has been approximately $4.1 million.

“So, in addition to being a transportation hub which connects us to the National Network right in the heart of historic downtown Marshall,” Ms. Anderson shared, “the Marshall Depot and Amtrak are also very valuable assets with regard to generating revenue for our community.”

The Marshall Depot is one of only a few depots on the Texas Eagle route that is not maintained and operated by the city it serves. The Marshall Depot is instead maintained by a volunteer board of directors for the non-profit entity Marshall Depot Inc, which was established in 1990 to assist the City with the Depot. This volunteer board raises funds, through grants and donations, to maintain the funding needed each year for the operational costs, insurance, maintenance, and ongoing preservation of the Depot and the Texas & Pacific Railway Museum. In the past, the City had assisted with these annual costs.

For those wishing to make a tax-deductible donation to the non-profit Marshall Depot Inc. in the 2021 fundraising campaign, which began in late March, please make a request to receive materials in the mail about this by calling or leaving a message at (903) 938-8373. Or you can make a tax-deductible donation by sending a check to:  Marshall Depot Inc., 800 North Washington Avenue, Suite 1, Marshall, Texas 75670.

Alan Loudermilk, who serves on the Marshall Depot Board and is owner of the popular Ginocchio Restaurant which is located adjacent to the Marshall Depot, has graciously offered to have a small display at the restaurant with information, donation cards, and envelopes so that customers who wish to make a donation to the Depot can pick up materials while they’re dining at the restaurant.

Cathy Wright also shared that the Marshall Depot Board is making plans and putting in place the necessary health-related precautions to re-open the T & P Railway Museum which is located at the Marshall Depot soon. The Museum has been closed during the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also, Amtrak recently announced that, on May 24, it would restore daily service to long-distance trains, including the Texas Eagle. In 2020, because of the pandemic, Amtrak reduced daily service to three days a week.

Christina Anderson concluded by saying: “Marshall, Texas is blessed to have a long and strong history as a ‘railroad town.’  The I-20 Corridor Council and the Texas Eagle Marketing and Performance Organization (TEMPO) join the members of the Marshall Depot Board in wishing all current and past members of the Amtrak family a happy, prosperous 50th Anniversary and a strong and prosperous 50 years to come. As one of the new Amtrak taglines says: “The Future Rides With Us.”

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