WBB: Huskies Return Home to Host Texas State

Texas State Bobcats (3-2) at HBU Huskies (3-4)

Thursday, December 2 – 6:00 p.m.

Sharp Gymnasium – Houston, Texas

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HOUSTON – The HBU women’s basketball team returns home from a three game road trip to host the Texas State Bobcats in Sharp Gym Thursday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.


The Huskies (3-4, 0-0 SLC) return home to Sharp Gym where they have yet to drop a game this year as they look to end a three game skid. HBU’s last two contests were nail biters, including an overtime loss to Montana and a loss against GCU in which the Lopes pulled away very late.


Marilyn Nzoiwu is coming off of a week in which she was named an honorable mention in Southland Conference Player of the Week voting. She averaged a double-double with 11 points and 11.3 rebounds over three games while shooting just under 62 percent from the floor, 50 percent from long range, and was a perfect 6 of 6 from the foul line. Her 13 point and 13 rebound performance against New Mexico were both season highs along with the five field goals she made against Montana.


N’Denasija Collins also had a big week, averaging 13.6 points and seven rebounds across the weeks slate of games including a 20 point and 10 rebound double-double against Montana. Collins also leads the Huskies with 17 steals on the season and Julija Vujakovic has added 14. Abbey Sutherland leads the Huskies in blocks with seven.


The Bobcats (3-2, 0-0 SBC) are coming off of a loss to Texas Tech and a blowout win against Arlington Baptist in which three different Bobcats earned double-doubles. Da’Nasia Hood leads Texas State in scoring and rebounding averaging 16.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. The Bobcats shoot 43 percent from the field while holding their opponents to just 38 percent. From three point range they shoot 32 percent while holding opponents to 24 percent.


The last time the Huskies and Bobcats met was in 2015 where Texas State walked away victorious, 71-66. The overall series between the programs is tied, 2-2.


The Huskies will head back out on the road on next Monday when they travel to Edinburg, Texas to face UT Rio Grande Valley.


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Mizzou Volleyball Travel to Texas A&M

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou volleyball (5-24, 1-14 SEC) prepares to trek to Texas A&M (19-8, 11-6 SEC) for the final two matches of the regular season on Friday Nov. 26 and Saturday Nov. 27, in the last regular-season home match. First serve is set for 6 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Both matches against the Aggies will stream on SEC Network +.


  • Mizzou trails Texas A&M 18-30 in the all-time series.
  • The two side last met in spring in Columbia with the Tigers taking both matches.


  • Freshman Kayla Burbage led the Tigers with 19 kills. Along with Burbage, freshman Jordan Iliff, freshman Kaylee Cox, redshirt freshman Skylar Buckley and freshman Trista Strasser contributed 53 of Mizzou 72 total kills.   
  • Four different Tigers earned double-doubles. Cox had 11 kills with 18 digs, Junior Anna Dixon had 16 kills with 13 digs, Buckley had 28 assists with 13 digs and Nicole Alford had 23 assists with 13 digs.
  • At the net the Tigers had a total of 10 blocks. Redshirt senior Anna D’Cruz paced the Tigers with five blocks and freshman Trista Strasser both contributed 4 blocks.


For all the latest information on Mizzou Volleyball, please visit MUTigers.com. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow the Tigers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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11 Delightful Events To Celebrate The Holidays In Grapevine, Texas This Season

Stroll Grapevine’s Main Street this holiday season among Victorian-style shops adorned with twinkling lights, decorative wreaths, garland, candy canes, ribbons, and bows. Gaze up at the massive live Christmas tree on Peace Plaza at Grapevine Main Street Station. Unwrap a Christmas classic in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas, with 40 days and 1,400 Christmas events now through the end of the year.

Carol of Lights in Grapevine, Texas.
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1. 33rd Annual Carol Of Lights

Greet Christmas at the 33rd Annual Carol of Lights show and street lighting on Monday, November 22. Come early at 4 p.m. and enjoy a visit with Santa and live reindeer, create holiday crafts, and savor tasty bites. Then at 7 p.m., the mayor “flips the switch,” and the streets light up with a dazzling spectacle of lights amid live musical performances culminating with breathtaking fireworks at city hall.

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Shop historic Grapevine’s more than 80 locally-owned boutique shops, jewelry stores, art galleries, home décor studios, collectible shops, wine tasting rooms, and more. You are sure to find your favorite Christmas foods, a bottle of wine, and a gift or stocking stuffer for everyone on your list.

Visit the Christmas market for locally and regionally sourced baked goods, cheese, nuts, chocolate, and gift baskets at the open-air European style market at the Town Square Gazebo on Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas, plus Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Christmas week.

Hundreds of band members walk down the streets of Grapevine, Texas in the Parade of Lights.
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3. Parade Of Lights

See more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands along Historic Main Street during the Parade of Lights on Thursday, December 2, from 7-9 p.m. Santa wraps up the parade making his debut on the last float.

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4. North Pole Express Christmas Village

Don’t miss the most wonder-filled time of the year at the North Pole Express Christmas Village as you stroll through a winter wonderland in the snowy Christmas Forest and experience real snow in Texas. Join Herman the Elf on a journey around the village with the Grapevine Christmas Passport Elf Adventure with holiday crafts and handmade ornaments like a wooden train or metal tinsel. Meet Main Street Santa in the North Pole General Store in Christmas Village, take a photo, and attend storytime with Santa.

Main Street Station Tower in Historic Downtown Grapevine.
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5. Main Street Station Tower

Tour the Main Street Station Tower with views of historic downtown Grapevine from 12 stories high and a 360-degree view of lights across the DFW Metroplex.

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 6. Christmas At Nash Farm

Experience how Grapevine’s earliest settlers celebrated Christmas at Nash Farm with cookies and cider as you help decorate the farmhouse for Christmas. Enjoy a Victorian Christmas tour of the farmhouse and barn or celebrate with ornament making while listening to traditional Christmas music with refreshments. Enjoy coffee, tea, and sweets along with parlor games at the farm’s Christmas Parlor Social. Later, you can learn Victorian card printing, ornament making, and cookie baking. See the farm schedule for events and tickets.

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7. Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre

Enjoy Christmas classics on the big screen and holiday-themed performances and entertainment at Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre with the North Central Ballet and the Nutcracker, an abbreviated version featuring three dances. You’ll see a comedy version of The Return of the Nutcracker, A Merry Little Christmas Show, Cinderella, A British Pantomime, and Elvis Christmas Special with Kraig Parker. Take a trip back in time to It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin’s Christmas Tribute, or bluegrass Christmas With the Petersens. See the schedule for classic Christmas movies like Home Alone or It’s a Wonderful Life.

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8. Buddy The Elf At The Gaylord Texan Resort

Take a trip into Buddy the Elf’s world to save Christmas at The Gaylord Texan Resort. Visit Mr. Narwhal and friends in the candy cane forest, explore the North Pole toy shop, watch for Santa’s arrival at the famous New York department store, have a snowball fight in Central Park, and more. Be amazed by towering Christmas trees, millions of dazzling lights, shimmering ornaments, and magical miniature train sets at Merry & Light, with real falling snow. Find an indoor ice-skating rink, real snow to build life-size snowmen, and a snow-tubing hill.

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9. Snowland At Great Wolf Lodge

At Great Wolf Lodge, wander through a winter wonderland at Snowland with daily indoor falling snow. Play Snowland Bingo, make holiday crafts and enjoy songs and stories at Twas the Night Before Snowland and the frost fest dance party. As a respite from Snowland, play at the 84-degree water park where cabanas feature glowing Christmas trees and holiday décor.

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10. Urban Wine Trail And World-Class Dining

Sip hot mulled wines at Grapevine’s renowned winery tasting rooms along the Urban Wine Trail and dine at over 200 chef-owned restaurants and cafes with world-class gourmet cuisine and creative holiday cocktails.

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11. Main Street Instagram Photo Ops

Be a kid again with dozens of Instagram photo ops along historic Main Street with peppermints at Candy Cane Lane, giant toys at Toyland at the Gazebo, or vintage sleighs, and life-size Christmas cards. You’ll enjoy the 40-foot community animated Singing Christmas Tree, giant gnomes, and Santas. See the Hometown Christmas display inside Tower Gallery with Captain Christmas and his reindeer ready to strike a pose as you stroll through more holiday vintage vignettes.

Pro Tip: Dr. Sue’s Chocolate has a hot chocolate Happy Hour every day starting at 4:30 p.m. with handcrafted hot chocolate and unique garnishes.

Shop the British Emporium, winner of Best Multicultural Store in DFW, for British holiday gifts and food.

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After nearly a decade of travel, couple settles in Central Texas

Following retirement, one couple decided to spend eight years on the road. After all of that adventure, they decided to moved to Central Texas.

TEMPLE, Texas — After traveling coast-to-coast for eight years, David and Diane Henderson were looking to settle down. What better way to decide where to live than by throwing a dart on a map? Literally.

David Henderson explained to 6 News, “We took a dart and threw it at a map, and it hit Temple! We have kids in McKinney and Fort Worth, Huntsville and League City, so we are three hours away from the kids.”

The couple’s story begins 15 years ago when their children became adults and they sold their house in Conroe, Texas. 

The couple bought a truck and a five-wheel camper and hit the road for what ended up being an eight-year adventure of traveling and volunteering

“We started traveling and I’d call places, national parks, church camps and they’d say ‘yeah stay and help us out,'” David Henderson said. “We volunteered lots of places, four years out west and four years back east. Methodist church camps, Baptist church camps, the Blue Ridge Parkway right out of Ashville, we stayed there one summer. We spent two months in the fall at Cumberland National Park where Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia all touch in the Tri State Peak area.”

David Henderson, who received two degrees from West Texas A&M and a doctorate from Texas Tech, taught for 40 years at Sam Houston State University.

He even made time to teach one course a semester the entire eight years of traveling and continues to this day.

But, it was something about the freedom of traveling, they told 6 News, “To just be able to go where you want to go and to be where you want for eight years, we were very blessed to be able to do that.”

Eventually, after eight years on the road, and two years back in a Conroe apartment, the Henderson’s felt they were done.  

They have been enjoying the last five years in their new hometown of Temple. 

“We’d never been in Temple before and then we saw this house, and it was a new house, and then we said, ‘fine. We’ll take it,” he said. “And it’s been great, the people are friendly and we’re really enjoying Temple and Belton both.”

Does the couple have any more travel plans? David Henderson told us jokingly, “At 78 years old, you don’t plan a lot I guess.”

The Hendersons have now been married 24 years and their family of five sons and 17 grandkids keep them very busy on Texas road trips to visit the four living nearby.

One of their other children is in Florida and they recently got back from visiting the Sunshine State this summer. 

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Donations since SB 8 help Planned Parenthood boost Texas services, travel funds for abortions

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas announced Friday that thanks to increased donations as a “direct response” to the state’s new abortion law the organization will be expanding their services especially for long term birth control like IUDs and providing funds for patients to travel out of state to recieve abortions.

Elizabeth Cardwell, lead clinician for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas said that since Senate Bill 8 was enacted they have received a higher volume of calls asking for long term birth control options. The new law bans abortions after approximately 6 weeks of gestation.

“A much greater need for really reliable birth control, especially an uptick in the request for long acting reversible contraception. Like implants or intrauterine devices or IUDs, we’re seeing that that again, Senate Bill 8 because there’s such a tiny window for patients to access safe and legal abortion inside the state of Texas,” she said.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas is expanding access to healthcare appointments for uninsured patients at 24 of their health centers in Austin, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Fort Worth, Lubbock, Paris, Plano, Tyler, Waco and surrounding communities. This expansion of services is in part because of donors, Cardwell said.

“With the generous donors that we’ve had, we’ve been able to expand. So all their services are covered so that’s, that’s really been key because our donors have realized how desperate patients are to seek affordable care,” she said.

Cardwell says the increase in donations is a public response to SB 8.

“It definitely is a direct response to Senate Bill 8. So while Senate Bill 8 is onerous, and it’s really is detrimental especially to you know, those that have the least amount of access to health care and that might be needing access to safe and legal abortion, their window of time to access that and their ability to access is so limited, that donors have really stepped up,” she said.

The new initiative provides resources for those seeking abortion in Texas under SB 8, specifically, Planned Parenthood will offer financial assistance to reduce cost of abortions, support for travel expenses such as gas cards, flights, lodging and other travel expenses. The organization will also be handing out take home kits that contain emergency contraception, early detection pregnancy testing, and condoms.

“We have travel assistance funds that will help cover everything that they really would need so we can give guest cards for gas that they’re going to be driving. We can give them bus tickets or plane tickets. We can give them money for lodging and you know, for meals. And again, just to give them also the support of helping to reach out to centers,” Cardwell said.

“We’ve built a really strong network with other providers around the country, but they’ve really had to step up especially smaller states, trying to handle the volume of abortion patients that are traveling from Texas to have an abortion,” she added.

Beyond the service improvements funded by the influx of contributions, the organization expansion includes birth control including IUDS and implants, STD testing and treatment, breast and cervical cancer screenings, pregnancy testing and options education, HPV vaccines, UTI treatment, and in some locations gender affirming hormone therapy. This initiative provides services for uninsured patients who meet income guidelines.

According to the organization, in 2020, 64% of patients of Planned Parenthood were uninsured. Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas had 93,602 patient visits in 2020.

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TPWD lists tips to support birds during annual Texas trip

Whooping cranes are set to descend on the Lone Star State as part of their annual migration, and there are a number of ways Texans can support and protect the birds along the journey.

On Thursday, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department published a release reminding people across Texas to “be on the lookout” for whooping cranes as the “iconic” birds migrate through the Lone Star State.

Described as both the tallest and rarest North American birds, TPWD said the endangered “whooping cranes are slowly returning from the brink of extinction,” with the current population standing at approximately 506 due to “coordinated conservation efforts.”

Each year, the birds migrate 2,500 miles from breeding grounds in Canada to coastal marshes in Texas, and the extended trip can last up to 50 days in some instances before the birds reach their destination, according to TPWD.

“During their migration, whooping cranes seek out wetlands and agricultural fields where they can roost and feed,” reads a portion of the TPWD post. “The birds often pass large urban centers like Dallas-Fort Worth, Waco and Austin.”

Although it’s rare for whooping cranes to remain in “one place for more than a day” during their annual migration, the department said it’s important the birds are not “disturbed or harassed at these stopovers,” reminding people that doing so is illegal as these birds are federally protected.

Hunting season and migration

Amid hunting seasons for both sandhill crane and waterfowl, TPWD urged hunters in the area to be “extra vigilant,” as migrating whooping cranes “are sometimes found in mixed flocks with sandhill cranes” and their plumage and wingtips “may also resemble snow geese.” To help hunters differentiate whooping cranes and snow geese, the department provided a link to a video on its YouTube channel.

Citing Wade Harrell, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Whooping Crane Coordinator at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, the TPWD post said the first migration of the season involved a “family group consisting of two adults and a juvenile on the Aransas NWR, along with another tracked bird that arrived in the Port O’ Connor-area,” with each arriving in late October.

Most of the tagged whooping cranes Harrell studies “are on the move in November as they head for their wintering grounds,” the post said, with the “majority” of these birds descending on coastal Texas in December.

“Whooper Watch”

Aside from hunting considerations, there are a number of other ways people across the migration route can assist during the annual trip. For example, TPWD said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is “encouraging landowners to consider providing freshwater on their properties” to support whooping cranes during the trip, citing la niña weather forecasts a potentially drier winter in the region.

To assist with tracking whooping cranes during the migration, TPWD said people can also report whooping crane sightings to the department’s “Whooper Watch,” described as  a citizen-science based reporting system to track whooping crane migration and wintering locations throughout Texas.”

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Greyhound Resumes Travel to Canada as Borders Reopen | Texas News

DALLAS, Oct. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Greyhound, the largest provider of intercity bus transportation in North America, announced the return of service to Canada following the reopening of the United StatesCanada border. Starting today, customers can officially book tickets for trips taking place on November 8 and beyond. The current travel destinations in Canada being offered are Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. 

“Greyhound is just as excited as our customers to resume cross-border travel to Canada,” said Rob Friedman, Chief Commercial Officer, Greyhound Lines, Inc. “Our goal is to provide our passengers with affordable fares and stress-free transportation as they return to normal travel, especially around the holidays.”

Canadian passengers looking to book their travel with Greyhound can do so with a new, dedicated site that provides schedules and all the information they will need. U.S. travelers can book online or through the Greyhound app. For those planning on making the trip north, Canada is currently requiring all visitors to be fully vaccinated and have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before arrival at the border. Lastly, travelers must register with ArriveCAN online or through the app to provide mandatory travel information. U.S. Travelers are recommended to visit Canada’s travel site to learn more about Canada’s travel requirements.

When ready to travel, customers can enjoy easy hassle-free boarding at our dedicated terminals, and simply show-and-go by using the e-Ticketing option. From there, customers can then enjoy a safe, comfortable ride, as well as modern amenities, such as onboard entertainment options, free onboard Wi-Fi, power outlets, reclining leather seats and extra legroom.

For more information on how Greyhound is providing stress-free travel to all its customers this holiday season, please visit www.greyhound.com/peace-of-mind. To access media assets that show current Greyhound buses for this and future stories, please visit https://news.greyhound.com/mediapress.

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9 Charming Towns To Visit In East Texas This Fall

Contrary to popular belief, Texas does have lovely fall foliage, but you’ll have to wait later in the year to see it. When fall does arrive — usually in late October — it’s a beaut, and East Texas is where you’ll see rich autumn colors of yellow, orange, red, brown, and green from maple, oak, dogwood, and many other trees. 

Many towns in the area are getting prepared for their fall festivals, fall foliage driving trails are getting their manicure from Mother Nature, and travelers who want to experience East Texas’s rolling hills, forests of green, and cooler temperatures are making plans to visit. So get ready to plan a day trip, or better yet, an autumn getaway in this neck of the (piney) woods.

I’ve listed the best scenic towns in no particular order for a charming fall visit complete with fall foliage, scenic drives, and family fun. To me, fall is the most enjoyable time to visit Texas.

Pro Tips: If you’re coming to East Texas just to see fall colors, plan your visit in late October. In some areas, fall foliage can last until early December. But if you’re coming for the festivals, be sure to check the dates. Some can even be in September. 

When you do find yourself in East Texas during fall, be sure to meander through the back roads as much as possible for the most picturesque backdrops of what fall has to offer in this area of Texas.

Marshall Courthouse Monument to the Confederate soldier.
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1. Marshall

Marshall, Texas is better known for having the best winter light show during the holidays called Wonderland of Lights, but autumn rolls around first, and Old Stagecoach Road turns into an 8-mile fall frolic drive. It’s a narrow dirt road that begins in Marshall and ends in Karnack, Texas. Legends have it that this road is haunted, or maybe it’s just spooky.

Marshall is roughly 150 miles east of Dallas on I-20, or for the scenic route, take Highway 80. If you’re looking for things to do in town, check out historic downtown, Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard & Winery, and Karma Farms — one of the best places to go horseback riding. When I was there recently, it was just me and the owner on the trails. She showed me a great time, and I even got to trot the horse.

Pro Tip: Caddo Lake is close by and is another area with gorgeous fall foliage, plus you can take a tour on the bayou to see the hanging Cypress trees. The peak time for color tends to be the end of October through late November.

Texas Railroad Train going from Palestine, TX to Rusk TX.
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2. Palestine

In mid-November, beautiful autumn colors swarm the town of Palestine and every year visitors get their cars ready to drive the Pineywoods Autumn Trail. The trail is a 145-mile scenic road trip along breathtaking back roads in Palestine that includes historical markers and magnificent fall colors. Autumn colors are expected to arrive mid to late November.

While in town, you may want to stick around to enjoy outdoor adventures, train excursions, local cuisine, and historic shops. Also, catch a ride on the well-known Texas State Railroad, and ride it to Rusk, Texas, and back for a scenic fall tour of pinewood, rolling hills, nature, and wildlife. The railroad has a park at each end of the excursion route. 

Pro Tip: It’s best to call ahead for foliage updates at (800) 659-3484 (Visit Palestine).

3. Athens

The 55-mile self-guided scenic fall foliage trail through Athens has once been named the best fall foliage trail in East Texas. On this route, you’ll have a chance to visit several points of interest, including the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center and the East Texas Arboretum & Botanical Society where you can take an afternoon stroll through the gardens. If you like the adrenaline of zipping across treetops, check out New York Texas Zipline Adventure for a fun time. It’s less than a 20-minute drive from town and is also on the driving route. I’ve ziplined there twice, not in the fall, but in the summer, and it was the most thrilling zipline course my grandson and I have been on. If you’re up for it, be sure to zip the nine lines. The best is at the end!

Pro Tip: If you’d like to check out farmers markets in Athens, the last one for the year is the last weekend in October, at 212 North Palestine Street, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Gateway statue by Michael Boyett, honoring the first settlers of Texas during fall.
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4. Nacogdoches

The town claims the title of “Garden Capital of Texas,” and with beautiful landscapes at the Mast Arboretum on the Stephen F. Austin University campus, that’s a good reason to plan a visit. The oldest town in Texas, Nacogdoches (Nac for short) is especially stunning during the fall season. Deep East Texas Fall Foliage Trail (PDF) loops from Nacogdoches to Alto, Crockett, Livingston, Newton, Hemphill, San Augustine, and Shelbyville. A map of the trail is available at the Visitor’s Center located at 200 East Main Street. When planning your trip, be sure to look for the downtown art walk, vintage market days, and the several festivals in town. The best time to visit for fall foliage is in late October through early December. A year-round farmers market is held every Saturday at 107 West Pearl Street. 

Pro Tip: Auntie Pasta’s Italian Restaurant is a great place to grab a pizza or pasta — all handmade.

Tranquil scenery in Daingerfield State Park, Texas.
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5. Daingerfield

This town is on every list when it comes to the best towns to visit in Texas in the fall. Why? Because of the natural beauty of blazing yellow, orange, red, and pink colors of autumn you’ll see at Daingerfield State Park. In late October, the leaves start tumbling down all over the park, making way for an excellent fall backdrop. The tree’s reflection on the lake and the wildlife out there is another reason this area is so special. If a day visit is all you have, plan for it, but if a weekend stay is in the works, check out the cabins for rent in the park. That way, you’ll get at least two days to see and experience autumn at probably the best place in Texas. And don’t forget about all the hiking you could do there. The very best time to visit the park is in early to mid-November. There is a small entrance fee to enter the park.

Pro Tip: Right outside of town is Greer Farm which offers lovely cabins to rent overlooking a pond, with free bicycle rentals. This would make a nice and quiet autumn getaway option if all the cabins in the park are full.

6. Jefferson

Jefferson, Texas, is a town that shows up on lists for the best places to stay with big Texas charm. It is a large bed and breakfast community — probably the first town to do so in Texas — and offers many fun attractions for the whole family. There is always something fun going on in town, including a Texas Bigfoot Conference. Yes, the locals swear by seeing Bigfoot out there a time or two. He’s so popular, it seems there’s a need for a conference! 

Pro Tip: Lake O’ The Pines is a nice lake nearby that offers parks, camping, canoes, kayaks, and boat rentals, and of course, beautiful fall colors.

For the outdoor adventurer traveling to Jefferson, check out the 9 Excellent Outdoor Activities Near Jefferson, Texas.

7. Winnsboro

Winnsboro is one of those towns you want to live in, or at least near, for the close community it seems to have, and the fun activities that go on all year long. The town is well-known for its annual festivals, including its free Winnsboro Autumn Trails. Also look for a chili cook-off, antique car parade, and a trail ride. The Winnsboro Autumn Trails put this town on the map — complete with a brochure and all. There are three routes to choose from. Check with the Winnsboro Autumn Trails Association for exact routes and more information.

Highway 14 and Highway 16, or virtually any farm-to-market road, are excellent drives for fall favorites.

Fall Pond in The Piney Woods.
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8. Longview

Located on I-20 between Dallas and Shreveport, it gives travelers easy access to a place well-known for its East Texas charm. Longview, one of the largest cities in the piney woods, would be an excellent choice for a visit in the fall with the family. With gorgeous views of the Longview Arboretum and Nature Center in the fall, and the events going on there in October, including a wine festival, it would certainly be my pick for a fun time.

Pro Tip: If you’re a fan of coffee, head down to the local’s favorite coffee shop, Silver Grizzly Espresso, for a cold brew, Americano, or any one of their specialty coffees.

Pathway leading through rose garden with brick archway.
Tyler Municipal Rose Garden (Photo Credit: Donna Chance Hall / Shutterstock.com)

9. Tyler

The Rose Capital of America is none other than Tyler, Texas, and for good reason. The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden includes over 38,000 rose bushes and over 600 different varieties, and it holds the Texas Rose Festival every year in mid-October. Fall coloring may not be around for it just yet. However, when it’s time, Tyler State Park will explode into a palette of orange, yellow, and red foliage (usually in late November), but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t arrive until early December. Also be sure to see How To Spend A Fantastic Weekend In Charming Tyler, Texas

Pro Tip: From spring to fall, you can buy cut roses from a vendor that sells out of her van in the French Quarter Shopping Center at the corner of Loop 323 and Broadway, near Einstein Brothers Bagels. For as long as I can remember, Tyler roses have been sold on street corners in Dallas — but I just don’t see this anymore.

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Sooners Travel to Texas for Jim West Challenge

Oct. 17-18 / 54 Holes / San Marcos, Texas / Kissing Tree Golf Club / Live Scoring

NORMAN – The Oklahoma women’s golf team travels to Texas for the second time during their fall campaign to compete in the annual Jim West Challenge Oct. 17-18 at the Kissing Tree Golf Club – a par-72, 6,287-yard course. Competition will begin Sunday with 36 holes and conclude Monday with the final 18 holes. Both days will feature an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start and be broadcast on ESPN+.

The Sooners last competed at the Illini Invitational at Medinah Golf Club. OU was led by Meagan and Libby Winans, who each finished tied for 27th with a pair of even-par 216s. It marked the second tournament of the fall slate that M. Winans led the OU contingent. 

L. Winans is at stage-2 of LPGA Q-school and will be absent in the lineup for the first time this fall. 

Hannah Screen, Mikhaela Fortuna, Maria Fernanda Martinez and Nina Lang finish out the lineup for the Jim West Challenge. 

Screen finished third in the lineup at the Illini Invite, and tallied a 2-over 218 (T37th). She has been in the lineup for all three fall states with Fortuna and M.Winans. 

Fernanda Martinez returns to the lineup after not competing last weekend, while Lang competes in back-to-back tournaments for the Sooners after playing in the Schooner Fall Classic as an individual. 


Meagan Winans, Fr., Richardson, Texas: Made first career appearance in the Crimson and Cream at the Sam Golden Invitational … Finished tied with Screen at the Sam Golden with a 1-under 216 … Led the OU lineup at the Schooner Fall Classic, finishing with a 4-over 214 to finish tied for 22nd … Tied with sister, Libby Winans, for the team lead at the Illini Invitational … Sister, Libby, is a senior on the OU women’s golf team. 

Hannah Screen, Sr., London, U.K.: Two NCAA Regional appearances (2021 at Columba, 2019 at Auburn) … In second season with the Sooner after transferring from Houston where she was All-AAC and led the Cougars to an AAC title … 71.70 scoring average would be lowest in program history … Led Sooners at five tournaments in 2020-21, including T4 at Big 12 Championship … 2021 All-Big 12 honoree … 2021 All-American honorable mention.

Mikhaela Fortuna, Sr., Manila, Philippines:  Two NCAA Regional appearances (2021 at Columbus, 2019 in Norman) …  Second-lowest scoring average (72.85) in OU history … Played in four events for the Sooners in the spring of 2021 after sitting out fall season … Posted T12 finish at the Big 12 Championship and was in second after the first round … Six of her nine rounds in 2021 are par or better … Career-best finish is T7, accomplished three times … 3-0 at Big 12 match play in 2021 … Second-lowest single-season scoring average (71.90) in OU history as a sophomore … Led OU at the 2021 Sam Golden Invitational, firing off rounds of 70-68-69 for a 9-under 207.

Maria Fernanda Martinez, R-Jr., Veracruz, Mexico: First appearance at an NCAA Regional in 2021 in Columbus, Ohio … Career scoring average of 74.34 is 12th-lowest in OU history … Tied career-best finish of T19 at the Big 12 Championship, posting back-to-back 70s to close the tournament … Advanced to round of 32 at the USGA Women’s Am Four Ball with sister Maria Jose, who plays at Houston … Made two appearances in the OU lineup this season … Tallied a career-low 68 at the Sam Golden Invitational.

Nina Lang, So., Ingoldtadt, Germany: Competed at Baylor in 2020-21 .. Finished inside the top-20 in three of her four events with the Lady Bears … First appearance in the OU lineup was at the Illini Invitational … Competed as an individual at Schooner Fall Classic, finishing tied for 27th. 


No. 2 Oklahoma State 

No. 14 Texas A&M

No. 16 Florida State

No. 22 TCU

No. 24 Texas Tech

No. 30 (RV) Oklahoma

No. 34 (RV) Miami


Kent State


New Mexico


Texas State




All three rounds will be played at Kissing Tree Golf Club (par-72, 6,287 yard course).


Fifty-four holes will be played over two days with 36 holes being played Sunday, Oct. 17 and the final 18 on Monday, Oct. 18. Both rounds are an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. 


The tournament will be streamed on ESPN+ with Sunday’s broadcast starting at 11 a.m. and Monday’s beginning at 8:30 a.m.


Live scoring and final results will be posted on GolfStat.com. A full recap will be posted on SoonerSports.com following the completion of rounds each day.

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