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Small plane crashes in Lake Livingston

State and local responders rescued a pilot in Lake Livingston Tuesday afternoon after an aircraft was downed in the water.According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, a Fire Boss Single Engine Air Tanker/Scooper crashed in Lake Livingston while responding to…

Lovell elected to statewide position

The 2022-23 CJCAT officers include, from left: Secretary/Treasurer Jim Lovell, Houston County Judge; First Vice President Wade McKinney, Henderson County Judge; President Kelly Traylor, Cherokee County Commissioner; Second Vice President Larry Woolley, Johnson County Commissioner; and Immediate Past President Byron Ryder, Leon County Judge. By Julie…
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Plane crashes in Lake Livingston

State and local responders rescued a pilot in Lake Livingston Tuesday afternoon after an aircraft was downed in the water.According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, a Fire Boss Single Engine Air Tanker/Scooper crashed in Lake Livingston while responding to wildfires in Polk County around 5 p.m.Texas A&M Forest Service was requested to assist on…
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Application period for Community Wildfire Defense Grant now open

COLLEGE STATION — Eligible communities in Texas can apply now for a federal grant administered by Texas A&M Forest Service to plan for and mitigate against risks created by wildfire. The Community Wildfire Defense Grant offers financial assistance to at-risk local communities for the development of Community Wildfire Protection Plans and…
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Brady portrait to hang in Ways and Means hearing room

Rep. Kevin Brady watches as his portrait is unveiled in Washington, D.C., last week. His likeness was painted for his service as chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means. Courtesy photo Special to the News-Times WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Kevin Brady, TX 8, of the House Committee on Ways and Means unveiled his official portrait during…
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Man arrested on numerous charges

Mauricio Trevino By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com WARREN – Deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man on a long list of charges following an attempt to escape capture. Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford reported that last Friday morning, at approximately 9:30 a.m., a suspicious male suspect was seen walking…
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O’Rourke makes campaign stop

Gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke speaks before a crowd inside the John and Rosemary Bunch Reading Room at Allan Shivers Library in Woodville. Photo by Mollie LaSalle By Mollie LaSallecirculation@easttexasnews.com WOODVILLE – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke’s campaign made an appearance at the Allan Shivers…
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Gazebo Nature Preserve at Lake Livingston Dam receives grant

By Timi MaplesGazebo Nature Preserve Co-Lead While it may not look like it to walk around our Gazebo Nature Preserve, or GNP as some have dubbed it, there is much work underway. In spite of the drought and triple-digit heat there is life near the seep and within the pollinator loop. We have locked in a critical element for our branding. Plans for…
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DSHS gets nearly 15,000 monkeypox vaccines

By Gary BordersTexas Press Association The Texas Department of State Health Services has received and distributed 14,780 doses of the monkey pox vaccine to local health departments and DSHS regional offices. Another 27,000 doses could be made available by the Strategic National Stockpile. The disease causes a serious skin rash with painful lesions…
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Model Plane Event

The skies will be buzzing over Livingston Friday and Saturday at the Livingston ARF RC Model Airplane Club’s free community event. Large scale World War II era model airplanes will be putting on a great show. Bring the kids, grandkids or the inner kid in you to this free event. Gates open at 8 a.m. both days. Lunch will be available on Saturday…
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Happy Days Diner & Tammy’s Country Kitchen

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EastTexan Winter2021 tammys 2EMILY WOOTEN | EAST TEXAN Fried steak fingers from Happy Days Diner.

By Emily Banks Wooten

“One, two, three o'clock, four o'clock, rock. Five, six, seven o'clock, eight o'clock, rock. Nine, ten, eleven o'clock, twelve o'clock, rock. We're gonna rock around the clock tonight.”

When I heard that song during my childhood and adolescence I knew it was Tuesday night and time to gather around the TV with my family to watch the beloved sitcom “Happy Days” and see what the Cunninghams were up to. Oh, how we loved that middle-class family from Milwaukee and their idyllic life in the 1950s.

While it’s not Al’s Diner and you won’t find Richie or Fonzie there, you will find some solid good food at Happy Days Diner in Shepherd, Texas. There’s a jukebox in the front corner and the walls are covered with pictures of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Humphrey Bogart, as well as a few classic cars.

The menu is entertaining as all the dishes are song titles from the 50s and 60s.

On a recent trip there, my 13-year-old daughter and I ordered the “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,” which was hand-breaded homemade steak fingers with cream gravy, a choice of French fries or mashed potatoes, a house salad and a dinner roll. She chose brown gravy for her mashed potatoes while I preferred the cream gravy for mine.

The plate arrived with four beautiful steak fingers that were each the size of the palm of my hand. I kid you not. They were first class. The meat was tender and the crunchy breading was perfect. I’d definitely order it again.

the “Ooo Baby Baby,” which was two center cut pork chops, fried or grilled, with choice of French fries or mashed potatoes, a house salad and a dinner roll. He ordered them grilled and was a little disappointed. While they were seasoned perfectly, he said, they were so thin that they’d dried out during grilling.

EastTexan Winter2021 tammys 3EMILY WOOTEN | EAST TEXAN Pork chops from Happy Days Diner.

Our first experience at Happy Days Diner was in August of 2006. I was three and a half months pregnant with our daughter and we’d stopped there for breakfast on the way to Houston for a day of shopping and a movie. I had two scrambled eggs, bacon, toast and hashbrowns with a side order of chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and cream gravy. I ate and enjoyed every bite and didn’t think a thing of it. My sweet husband didn’t say a word but just smiled and continued drinking his coffee. Several days later, I accidentally overheard him telling my mother that he’d never given much thought to that whole “eating for two” thing but that he’d certainly witnessed an increase in my appetite as my pregnancy had progressed. We still laugh about that today.

We’ve had something of a family tradition evolve over the years at Happy Days. After we’ve placed our order, to pass the time as we’re waiting on the food to arrive, we each select our favorite picture of Elvis and Marilyn from the selection on the walls. There are plenty from which to choose and it’s not uncommon for our individual faves to change from one visit to the next.

And once you’ve satisfied your appetite at the Happy Days Diner, you may also do a little shopping. There’s a rack with a selection of T-shirts for sale, as well as a large array of hair bows and $1 hair scrunchies. You may also replenish your stash of Scentsy wax bars or Avon Skin So Soft.

Happy Days Diner is located at 6230 US-59 in Shepherd. It’s open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. They don’t deliver but they do offer take-out. The telephone number is 936-628-6515.

Some time back we received a circular in our local newspaper that was a menu for a place called Tammy’s Country Kitchen, east of Woodville. The menu touted the “best burgers in town” and “breakfast all day.”

My husband and I decided to drive over one Saturday and check it out. I’d studied the menu pretty closely and had a fairly good idea of what I was planning to order. On the way over, however, I decided to look it up on my Trip Advisor app and check out the reviews. There were plenty and one after another raved over the burgers.

EastTexan Winter2021 tammysEMILY WOOTEN | EAST TEXAN Cheeseburger and sweet potatoe fries from Tammy's Country Kitchen..

My curiosity was definitely piqued so I changed my mind about my order once there. I selected a cheeseburger and sweet potato fries and my husband ordered a hamburger and onion rings. Oh. My. Goodness. The reviewers had not overstated. That may have been the best burger I’ve ever had. I’ve wracked my brain trying to determine what it was that made it so good and I still can’t put my finger on it. I do know, however, that there will be more Saturdays in our future in which my husband and I will drive over there for no other reason than to get those burgers again. We enjoyed both the sweet potato fries and onion rings too.

Tammy’s Country Kitchen is located on 233 US Hwy. 190, one mile east of Woodville. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The telephone number is 409-331-9

While they don’t deliver, they do offer curbside pickup.

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