East Texan Trey Jackson gets ‘golden ticket’ on ‘American Idol’

Another East Texan is headed to Hollywood.Malakoff’s Trey Jackson received a golden ticket and will move on to the next round of competition on ABC’s “American Idol.”

  City of Tyler asking public for input to improve Parks and Open Space master plan

  New study shows life expectancy of Texans by ZIP code, race, gender

  VIDEO: Remembering New London on anniversary of school explosion

  Islamic leader in Tyler condemns New Zealand attack: May God ‘not show us such horror’

  Indoor golf center serving food, drinks proposed for Longview strip mall

Breakfast taco could become the official state breakfast item of Texas

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Comedic classic comes to East Texas stage

  VIDEO: Bubble show wows Longview children

  Director of utilities: Expect foul taste, smell of Tyler water to decrease ‘relatively fast’

Hollywood-bound: Riley Thompson reaches next level in ‘American Idol’ competition

  Tyler Classical Academy hosts ‘ultra fun run’ to benefit CASA for Kids East Texas

Commissioners OK application to provide Smith County elderly, disabled with transportation

Funds provided by TxDOT for the Section 5310 program would be used to create a voucher program so those who live outside the city limits of Tyler have the ability to get access to transportation.

6 restaurants receive top remarks during inspection

Six restaurants received top remarks during recent health inspections.

  Bullard High School seniors give back to community in ‘big’ way

A new tradition is beginning at Bullard High School. The senior community is on the receiving end of the kindness of the young students.

  Managing member of Plaza Tower: ‘We want to make this a community where folks can work and play’

One of the first steps in a plan to revitalize downtown Tyler took the form of renovations made to space on the Plaza Tower’s 10th floor.

President Trump meets with East Texan released from captivity in Yemen

  Texarkana woman named “Angel in Adoption” by Congress

Volunteer Central: Places to serve in East Texas this week

  Caldwell Zoo keepers explain cold weather protocol as temperatures dip below freezing

  Power of Prayer: Breckenridge Village of Tyler

  Find treasures from around the world at Zonta Antiques Show and Sale 2019

  VIDEO: Little lamb dances heart out at Texas animal care center

One little lady at the Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center sure is excited about the weekend!

  Prize-winning student discusses hard work leading up to Smith County Youth Expo

The 2019 Smith County Youth Expo continued Thursday at the Bullard Independent School District ag science facility.

  Tyler horse park prepares for Spring Kickoff including shows, competitions

The Texas Rose Horse Park is getting ready for the first of its annual Spring Kickoff shows.

  County Road 484 Closed for Bridge Repair

A portion of County Road 484, north of Lindale, will be closed for several weeks while Smith County Road and Bridge crews repair a bridge.

Four East Texans to compete for chance at ‘American Idol’ fame

At least four East Texans are competing for their chance to become America’s next musical idol.

  Smith County Youth Expo: supporting future of agriculture

The 2019 Smith County Youth Expo kicked off on February 27 at the Bullard ISD ag science facility.

  City council sets dates for Tyler First Comprehensive Plan open house meetings

Tyler City Council has set three topic-specific open house dates in which city residents can join the council for open house meetings concerning the city’s Tyler First Comprehensive Plan.

Lawmaker files bill to create Selena Quintanilla-Perez Day

A Texas lawmaker has filed a bill to create a day honoring the musical contributions of Tejano signer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez.

  Film written, directed by East Texans puts spotlight on oilfield industry’s history

A film chronicling the rise of the Texas oil industry is set to debut in theaters across the state.

7OnScene: Tyler City Council, Feb. 26

The Tyler City Council meeting is underway.

  East Texas fashion designer for stars set to receive state honor

Fashion designer Brandon Maxwell will be awarded a Texas Medal of Art Award for Design.

Actor Matthew McConaughey to receive Texas Medal of Arts Award for film

Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey is set to receive a Texas Medal of Arts Award for film.

Chip and Joanna buy a castle

Chip and Joanna Gaines are adding a famous castle to their list of ‘fixer uppers’ in Waco.

  Funeral services set for Van ISD student killed in car crash

Funeral services have been set for Van ISD student killed in a car crash Saturday night.

7OnScene: Smith County Commissioners Court, Feb. 26

The Smith County Commissioners Court is meeting on Feb. 26.

  WEBXTRA: Newly-appointed Wood County district attorney discusses taking office, new role

Albers was appointed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this month. She succeeds former District Attorney Jim Wheeler, who stepped down in the fall after being investigated for official oppression.

  Fantastic Four: East Texas cousins carry on family’s basketball tradition

Four cousins have taken on the family tradition.

  East Texas Youth Community Orchestra to perform Sunday at Caldwell Auditorium

The East Texas community has a long history of supporting live music and the musicians who create it. One of the best examples of this is the long-lived East Texas Youth Orchestra.

  Tyler Area Builders Association inspires modern homes with Home Products Show

From lighting to landscaping and pools to paint, the Home Products Show will feature more than 80 Tyler Area Builders Association members from every building specialty imaginable.

  Jacksonville Fire Department unveils 3 new ambulances

The Jacksonville Fire Department believes new ambulances will provide even better service to the community.

Longview hospital holding free heart screenings for youth

Longview Regional Medical Center is holding a free heart screening event for youth ages 14 to 18.

  Seven East Texas restaurants get top scores

Seven East Texas restaurants get top scores in the latest health inspection period.

Volunteer Central: Places to serve in East Texas this week

Here are groups and organizations in East Texas that are looking for extra hands to help the community. If you need something to do, or to meet new people, make sure to check out this list.

  WEBXTRA: City of Tyler to be recognized as Dementia Friendly Community

Tyler will be recognized as a Dementia Friendly Community by Dementia Friendly America.

Veterans Town Hall to be hosted in Longview

The meeting will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Longview clinic, located at 1005 North Eastman Road.

  Kilgore College Fire Academy prepared to host regional fire protection school

The KCFA is providing training in firefighting and related skills for all members of volunteer, paid, or part-paid fire departments in east Texas and areas of west Louisiana.

  ‘I would love for parents to learn from this’: Lindale girl hospitalized with Type 1 diabetes returns home

An 8-year-old girl who found support from her community after she was hospitalized due to a Type 1 diabetes health scare has returned to her Lindale home.

Daughter of Canton man hospitalized after saving puppies from fire: ‘We are still in prayers’

The daughter of a Canton man who was hospitalized after rushing back into his burning mobile home to save his pets has confirmed their family is “still in prayers” concerning the condition of her father.

7OnScene: Smith County Commissioners Court, Feb. 19

The Smith County Commissioners are meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Andrew Roberts, Karl Rove visiting Longview Tuesday for lecture

LeTourneau University is hosting a visit by distinguished British historian, educator, bestselling author and public speaker Andrew Roberts, as well as former senior advisor to President George W. Bush, prominent commentator on public affairs, and bestselling author Karl Rove during a visit to Longv

U.S. Navy band to perform at UT Tyler

According to a press release, the University of Texas at Tyler announced that 10 of its students will be joining the United States Navy Concert Band in the performance that will take place at 7 p.m. on February 27 at the R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center.

East Texas Auto & Cycle revs up: Annual event benefits East Texas Crisis Center

The East Texas Auto & Cycle Show, an annual benefit event to raise money for the East Texas Crisis Center, is revved up and ready to go.

Texas homeowner finds otter taking dip in pool

A Texas homeowner had a surprise encounter with an otter when she found it taking a dip in her backyard pool.

  Power of Prayer: ‘She Studies Downtown’ women’s bible study

Making the most out of the lunch hour is taking on a new meaning for some East Texas women of faith. They’re feeding a hunger for spiritual growth through an hour-long bible study.

  Radio station hands out thousands of Valentine’s Day cards to East Texas seniors, children

Members of Christian radio station 89.5 KVNE/91.3 KGLY spent their Valentine’s Day sharing love with hundreds of East Texas seniors and children, handing out bags full of donated valentine cards.

Volunteer Central: Opportunities to serve in your community this week

Here are some groups and organizations that help East Texans in need. They are in need, themselves, of helping hands to serve along with them.

  Tyler teen known for nationwide law enforcement appreciation campaign surprised by ‘blue family’

A Tyler teenager who has spent years thanking police officers and first responders with her nationwide ‘Savannah Says Thank You’ campaign has received her own gesture of appreciation.

Tyler resident wins $1 million with scratch-off ticket

A Tyler resident won $ 1 million with a scratch-off ticket.

  Sulphur Springs student announces his campaign for City Council

Looking back when you were in high school, you may have felt like you had a lot going on in life, between school, friends, maybe work. One Sulphur Springs student wants to put something extra special on his college application: city councilman.

Park improvements, sewer ordinance approved during Tyler City Council meeting

Tyler City Council has signed off on two big upgrades for two Tyler parks, as well as a new ordinance that would make commercial building owners more accountable when it comes to what they pour down the drain and into the city’s water supply.

7OnScene: Tyler City Council Meeting, Feb. 13

KLTV’s Brionna Rivers is at the meeting and is providing live updates.

  Kids in Longview share favorite books with therapy dogs in ‘Paws to Read’ program

Kids of all ages in Longview shared their favorite books with therapy dogs Tuesday night as part of the public library’s Paws to Read program.

  Tyler ISD Foundation presents ‘Grants for Great Ideas’ to innovative teachers

Excitement echoed in the hallways of 18 Tyler ISD campuses and departments Tuesday as the Tyler ISD Grant Patrol visited classrooms and offices to award more than $63,000 in grants to educators.

  Van barbecue restaurant fire ruled accidental

Van Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled that the fire that has closed a barbecue restaurant was accidental.

City of Tyler takes first step in joining growing list of Music Friendly Communities

Representatives of the Texas Music Office stopped in Tyler Tuesday afternoon to help explain what benefits come with being named a Music Friendly Community.

Marshall United: ETX pastors pray to unite community through faith

The event was designed by local pastors to united people from all walks of life across East Texas through faith.

East Texas’ Kacey Musgraves wins big at Grammys

East Texas’ own Kacey Musgraves won Album of the Year at the 61st Grammy Awards.

  Tyler City Council set to approve new skate area, all-inclusive equipment at parks

Two Tyler city parks will be closer to completing improvements when the city council meets Wednesday to discuss the final steps of their renovation.

City council to consider fats, grease control program for Tyler commercial buildings

The Tyler City Council will soon decide on a new compliance ordinance that will make commercial building owners more accountable when it comes to what they pour down the drain and into the city’s water supply.

  Italian Miss World meets with East Texas choir ahead of concert series in Italy

Italian Miss World Valeria Altobelli visited Tyler on Saturday to meet with the Green Acres Baptist Church Choir. Hundreds of choir members will be travelling to Italy this summer for a concert series with Italy Through Christ.

  VIDEO: East Texas officer rescues dog trapped in burning home

A dog has been reunited with their owners after being rescued from a burning home.

  Restaurant Reports: Seven restaurants get tops scores under inspection

Seven East Texas restaurant’s got top marks in the latest inspection period.

Women’s Fund of Smith County awards $229K in grants

The Women’s Fund of Smith County awarded four grants grants totaling $229,073 to nonprofit programs which benefit women and children in Smith County.

  Six Flags Over Texas shares ‘devilish’ look at world’s largest loop coaster in action

If you’re the kind of thrill-seeker who finds themselves drawn to Six Flags Over Texas every summer to get your fix, the park wants you to know there will be a “devilish” new attraction waiting for you this year.

Music Friendly Community Workshop announced by Governor Abbott

According to a press release, the workshop will take place Tuesday, February 12, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Liberty Hall located at 103 East Erwin Street.

Kilgore College awarded $100,000 grant toward risk management institute

Kilgore College has the means to continue offering free workplace safety courses to the public tanks to a $100,000 grant it received on Tuesday.

  Old train depot building in Chandler inched along to new home in city park

History was literally on the move Monday morning in Chandler, as crews inched along carrying the old train depot building to its new home in the city park.

  Breckenridge Village residents treated to South Tyler Rotary visit, free Chick-Fil-A

Residents and day-program participants of Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT) enjoyed a special treat Monday afternoon during a visit with the South Tyler Rotary Club: free Chick-Fil-A.