Chamber employee attends summit
Diana Northcutt, retail development coordinator with the Longview Chamber of Commerce, attended a summit sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers this past week in Dallas.
The event is a source for the exchange of ideas for shopping centers.
The event featured Dana Telsey, CEO of Telsey Advisory Group, who discussed the retail landscape and outlook for the year; and restaurateur Phil Romano.
It also included information from special interest groups in finance/capital markets and developer-owned shopping centers.
Credit union adds service rep in Tyler
Mel Thompson has joined Telco Plus Credit Union as a financial services representative in Tyler.
Thompson has been in the banking industry for more than 17 years. She worked for 14½ years at Beacon Federal, where she was the assistant branch manger and branch manager.
Thompson graduated from Bossier Parish Community College and attended LSU Shreveport.
She is married to Ed Thompson, and they have three children and three grandchildren.
Acme employees earn service awards
Five employees for Acme Brick Co. were honored for their service to the company at an awards luncheon this past week.
Shane Gain of Longview earned a five-year pin, and Kenneth Morgan of Longview received a 25-year service pin. Earning 10-year service pins were Deborah Emmons, Kasi Newport and Breck Watson, all of Tyler.
Acme Brick executives Dennis Knautz, president and CEO, and Bill Lemond, senior vice president of sales, attended the event.
Acme Brick, the largest U.S.-owned brick company, is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies.
Hands-on course for QuickBooks offered
The Kilgore College Small Business Development Center will offer two hands-on QuickBooks courses this spring at Kilgore College Longview Center.
QuickBooks Level 1 is set for 6 to 9 p.m. April 9 through 12. Level 2 will be held 6 to 9 p.m. April 23 through 26.
Both courses will be taught by Certified Public Accountant Lucy Carroll.
Tuition for each course is $159. Seating is limited to 30 students per course, and early registration is recommended.
To register, call (903) 757-5857 or (800) 338-7232.
2012 hospitality training dates set
The Longview Convention and Visitors Bureau has set the dates for the Real East Texas Friendly Hospitality Training Sessions sponsored by the Longview Economic Development Corp.
Sessions are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 24 and Oct. 12 at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center.
The training includes a tour of local attractions, including Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard and Winery and the S.E. Belcher Jr. Performance Center.
For information or registration, call the Longview Convention and Visitors Bureau at (903) 753-3281 or send an email to email@example.com.
Consignment event features kids clothes
The annual Repeats Are Neat Spring Sale will be March 13 through 15 at the Longview Fairgrounds Activity Building A.
The children’s consignment event features clothes from preemies to children’s size 18, as well as maternity clothes. It also will offer a selection of children’s toys, furniture and games.
Hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
People can drop off their tagged items from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m March 12 and 9 a.m. to noon March 13.
For information, call owner Carie Barthelemessat (903) 235-7033 or visit www.repeatsareneat.com.
Weekly U.S. oil, gas rig count up eight
HOUSTON — The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. was up eight this past week to 1,989.
The Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,293 rigs were exploring for oil and 691 for natural gas. Five were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago this week Baker Hughes reported 1,707 active rigs.
Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas and North Dakota each gained six; Oklahoma was up three; and California, New Mexico and Wyoming one each.
Colorado declined by four, and Louisiana three. Alaska, Arkansas and West Virginia were unchanged.
The rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.
Editor’s note: Deadline for submissions for the Longview News-Journal’s Sunday Business Digest is 5 p.m. Tuesday. Submissions may be faxed to (903) 757-3742; emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: Mike Elswick, business editor, Longview News-Journal, P.O. Box 1792, Longview, TX 75606. For questions, call (903) 237-7737.
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