- Civil War vet was done in by drug-store soda (March 2017)
- Klan parade drew curious Gregg County crowd (February 2017)
- The Piney Woods was 'land of milk and honey' (January 2017)
Van Craddock Van Craddock, a 1970 SFA graduate, has written a column for the Longview News-Journal since 1978. He has published two collections of his News-Journal columns, most recently a book titled "East Texas Tales: A Celebration of Pineywoods People, Places, Facts and Fables." The U.S. Army Vietnam veteran serves on the Gregg County Historical Commission. Van and wife Bettye (a former SFA Pine Log editor) live in Longview.