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Spirit Halloween will return to Longview starting September 9, according to the company’s website.

The store this year will be located at 1207 E. Marshall Ave., in the Alpine Village Mall. A location in Mount Pleasant is scheduled to open on August 28 at 2306 S. Jefferson Ave., and in Marshall on September 4 at 1300 E. Pinecrest Drive.

Two Tyler branches are already open at 4516 Broadway Ave. and 8942 S Broadway Ave. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday; 12 pm-6pm Sunday; and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Wednesday.

The comfort of creatures to grow up

Creature Comforts Pet Resort in Longview expects to more than double its space with a new facility it plans to build near its current home.

Tonya Read started a pet sitting business in Longview about 20 years ago. She and her husband, Bret, opened Creature Comforts about eight years ago at 1600 W. Cotton St. in HG Mosley Parkway. The company offers pet boarding, daycare and other services. The 7,600 square foot building spans approximately 1 acre and includes an outdoor dog play area. It can accommodate around 130 boarding dogs as well as 12 cats.

The company purchased approximately 4 acres on the corner of its current location, where the football fields were previously located at the northeast corner of HG Mosley Parkway and Loop 281.

“We have grown too big where we are now,” Read said. She said Creature Comforts is working with a Fort Worth design company that knows the pet industry to plan the new facility to be up to date with all safety and cleanliness practices.

“We are looking at starting at least 12,000 feet away, but it will probably be more,” Read said.

She plans to sell the existing facility when the new one is ready, as she would rather have her entire business under one roof.

In addition to accommodating approximately 200 dogs and 25 cats, the new facility will include yards, play and splash areas as well as all existing and expanded services. There will also be a cat area which includes activity walls and a place for them to look out the window.

Read estimates she is 18-24 months away from moving.

Christus opens an endocrinology clinic

The new Christus Trinity Endocrinology Clinic is a “full-service practice focused on the treatment of patients with diabetes, endocrine diseases, metabolic diseases and more,” reported the Christus Trinity Clinic.

The clinic also added Dr. Sowmya Boddhula, specialist in endocrinology.

“The endocrinology specialists at Christus Trinity Clinic are dedicated to providing the highest standard of patient care in Northeast Texas, and we are excited to be able to expand access locally to this community,” said Brandy Moore, vice president – medical practice operations for the clinic. “This is care that this community needs, and by opening this new clinic, we are meeting the people of this community where they are.”

Providers work with patients on conditions such as pituitary disease, hyperthyroidism, thyroid cancer, adrenal dysfunction, osteoporosis and obesity with access to advanced imaging services such as ultrasound and thyroid biopsy.

Boddhula received her medical degree from Sri Venkata Sai Medical College, Mahaboobnagar, India, and joined the Christus Trinity Clinic from her position at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“My goal is to help patients when they need me most – and that means treating issues, but also educating and preparing,” Boddhula said. “I want to help them learn to manage their diabetes on a daily basis by understanding the relationship between a number of factors such as medical nutrition therapy, exercise, medications, emotional and physical health, and blood sugar.


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