Hurricane Laura recovery assistance
It’s been nearly eight weeks since Hurricane Laura tore through parts of Deep East Texas. Those still needing financial assistance can apply through the American Red Cross.
Septic System repair: call the Pineywoods RC&D at 936-568-0414 or e-mail Pineywoodsrcd@att.net for an application.
According to the CDC, many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. The City of Nacogdoches is encouraging East Texans to think out carefully about their holiday plans.
For guidance on to safely handle holidays and gatherings, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.
For more information on how providers can enroll in the state’s immunization program, click here.
To see the calendar of events for the Judy B. McDonald Public Library, click here.
For more information on rental assistance in greater East Texas, click here.
To learn more about the Texas Forestry Association’s 106th annual meeting, click here.
Tyler animal shelter invites artists to transform walls into colorful murals
The city of Tyler is calling all artists to submit colorful mural designs that could potentially decorate the inside of the Tyler Animal Shelter.
The city will begin accepting submissions Wednesday, Oct. 14, to paint the walls in the shelter’s Get Acquainted rooms and its lobby walls. The contest runs through Jan. 31, 2021. You can make your art submissions here.
Celebrating Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic
The CDC has come out with guidelines for Halloween. If you’d like to read them click here.
For more information on early voting times and locations in Angelina County, click here.
The East Texas Crisis Center is a haven for thousands of victims of family violence, sexual assault and violent crime. For more information on The East Texas Crisis Center and if you’re looking for assistance. click here.
Click here for the link to the Christian Information & Service Center’s Facebook page. The phone number is 936-634-2857 for more information and assistance.
Longview ISD has partnered with a few organizations to bring the public a series of educational videos for families. The videos, called Lobo Strongview, will be available here.
To access the virtual meeting for the US 259 road project, click here.
WATCH: Tyler mayoral candidate Don Warren says government experience vital - click here to watch
Tyler mayoral candidate Joel Rando says he wants to help businesses grow, improve roads - click here to watch
Mercy Ships helps provide free life-saving surgeries for people where medical care is nearly non-existent.
To learn more about Mercy Ships' mission and how you can help, click here to visit the Mercy Ships website.
MLB World Series tickets go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. Click here for more information on the Texas Rangers website.
There was an incident in Longview about a century ago that some people feel should never be forgotten. But many people, including some Longview residents, are not aware of the Longview race riot of 1919. The1919 Remembrance Project wants to change that by interviewing family members of those who experienced it for a documentary. Click here for more information.
The East Texas Crisis Center is a nonprofit agency providing help, hope, and healing to victims of family violence and sexual assault. For more information, click here.
PATH and partners have 11 drop-off locations for their annual Coats for Kids program. Interested in where to donate? Click here for more.
Click here to watch Smith County commissioners hear update on COVID-19 numbers, safety, testing
Click here to watch Dr. Ed answers COVID-19 questions about flu vaccine, cleaning, CDC
Click here to see Gov. Abbott’s guidelines on long-term care, nursing and intermediate care facilities.
Click here to view COVID-19 data from East Texas schools.
For more information about the Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center, click here.
For a list of locations in Nacogdoches that offers free wi-fi, click here.
Click here for more information about SFA’s December commencement and to register.
To vote for Lufkin ISD student mission patches click here.
If you’d like to know more about the Texas Shakespeare Festival and find out about the Halloween Radio Play, just click here.
Today is National Voter Registration Day. To check your status or register to vote in the state of Texas, click here.
To read the full letter co-authored by Rep. Trent Ashby and Sen. Robert Nichols and the additional steps the lawmakers ask Governor Greg Abbott to take with expanding broadband infrastructure, click here.
Click here to view SFA’s fine arts calendar of events.
Public health experts rate colleges' transparency - Click here for more information.
Tyler Transit to host virtual open house for route study - Click here for more information.
SFA Education students and Nacogdoches Public Library staff will be available for virtual homework help in September. Click here for more information.
In an effort for the City of San Augustine to submit for additional FEMA assistance, City Manager John Camp is asking city residents to send in photos of their damage from Hurricane Laura. Camp says to include a date and location of when and where the photos were captured. Click here to submit the photos.
Tyler ISD is listing the dates when schools have active cases of COVID-19. Click here to see the web page with those dates.
Gregg County elections official talks about changes voters will see at the polls
Elections they are a-changing. And the differences in Gregg County reflect changes that are coming state wide. Click here for more information on what voters can expect at the polls
The Gold Network of East Texas is hosting their 6th annual Tyler Gold Run virtually to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer. A link to register can be found in this story.
City of Nacogdoches creates grant program to help businesses impacted by COVID-19 click here to link to application for grant.
To watch Annissa Center’s interview with Barbara Puckett, a 12th-grade math teacher for Tatum ISD, click this link.
Landowners who lost timber from storms click here to see what assistance may be available through Texas A&M Forest Service.
The annual Texas Veteran’s Military Convoy and Classic Car Show will be held in Bullard on Saturday, Sept. 12.
Event Coordinator Mike Balfay says there will be about 100 patriot guard riders and 50 military vehicles.
Click here to go to the event’s Facebook page.
Click here to see SFA’s Fall COVID-19 guide.
Do you want to share more with your children about what happened on 9/11, or teach a lesson around this book? Visit Global Game Changers' The 9/11 Lesson: Celebrating Real Life Superheroes for galleries, interactive heroes experience, a video featuring our very own Global Game Changers, and so much more!
Hurricane Laura devastated Southwestern Louisiana on August 27, 2020 as a Category 4 major hurricane.
Donations to the Hurricane Laura relief fund are currently being accepted by the The United Way of Southwest Louisiana, Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, or The American Red Cross.
All money donated will go to helping those impacted by Hurricane Laura’s destruction.
Donation can also be made to the United Way by texting “LAURA” to 40403
Cajun Navy—Shop Cajun Navy’s Amazon wishlist to provide items to hurricane victims. Items include tarps, hygiene products and cleaning supplies.
Governor Greg Abbott released a pledge that you can sign to back the blue and oppose any efforts to defund the police and to show your support for law enforcement officers. For more information, click here.
Click here to visit Lufkin ISD Daily COVID-19 Tracking
Celebration of PATH’s 35th anniversary goes digital, honors Tyler history
Click here to apply to decorate the alleyway behind the 200 block of W. Erwin St. in downtown Tyler.
An organization called You Count East Texas began their campaign to help citizens fill out the 2020 census on Sept. 3rd and will continue their efforts until Sept. 12th. September 30th is the deadline for completing the 2020 Census. Have questions on how to full out this year’s census? Click here for more information.
To learn more about how you can help Burkeville ISD, click here.
The World’s Cutest Rescue Dog Contest Is back to turn your adorable shelter dog into a star
After receiving over 10,000 entries, PEOPLE’s World’s Cutest Rescue Dog Contest has found its 10 furry finalists, now it’s up to you to vote for the top dog. Click here to cast your vote!
T‑Mobile Launches Project 10Million, Historic $10.7B Initiative Aimed at Closing the Homework Gap and Connecting Students to Opportunity – for Free
“Project 10Million” will provide wireless hotspots and high-speed data to students who are part of free and reduced school lunch programs.
To learn more about the program, please click here.
For more information on free meals from Nacogdoches ISD to virtual learners, click here.
Texas Honeybee Education Association launches new license plate to help bee population
Click here to watch Grapeland ISD superintendent Don Jackson.
WATCH: Anissa Centers shares Free Fun for Friday: Labor Day Edition.
WATCH: Anissa Centers takes away the worry about traveling on Labor Day. If you would like more information regarding travel to Louisiana click here, Arkansas click here, and for Texas parks click here.
To report identity theft or fraud through the Texas Workforce Commission, click here.
The Beech Grove Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a fish fry benefit Sept. 12 beginning at 10:30 a.m. To find out how you can help, click here.
TxDOT updates on highway conditions and closures.
Watch Gray sister station KPLC’s coverage as Hurricane Laura approaches.
TxDOT Hurricane evacuation routes and other information: CLICK HERE
Click here to see the latest school closings due to expected tropical weather
Lufkin ISD first day of school
For more information about Lufkin ISD’s COVID-19 guidelines and other safety measures, you can click here to visit Lufkin ISD’s Back to School page.
WATCH: Anissa Centers gives tips on making return to school healthier, less stressful. Click this link to watch the full interview.
Quick links to help become prepared in the event of an emergency-Click here.
American Red Cross is seeking volunteers. Call (409) 242 8476
Dr. Ed answers questions about Russian vaccines, public events, and what recovery means to different patients. Click here to watch.
Prosecuted and Paid: Government doles out billions in coronavirus relief money to companies that paid out millions in fraud-related cases - You can read more on this here.
Tyler’s Caldwell Zoo launches program allowing at-home students to complete schoolwork on zoo campus. CLICK HERE
Habitat for Humanity of Smith County receives $250K grant to assist veterans
Any veteran or surviving spouse in need of critical home repair and/or modification and who lives in Anderson, Cherokee, Henderson, Rusk, Smith, Van Zandt, or Wood county is eligible to apply.
Click here for the application or call 903-595-6630.
For more on how you can help Mr. Ernie in his goal to walk across America, click here.
WATCH: ABC News political director reviews DNC, previews upcoming RNC - click here
WATCH: Jacksonville ISD superintendent applauds first day success - Click here
COVID-19 testing is available in Shelby County at the following locations:
Aurora Concepts - Center
HOPE Clinic - Center & Tenaha
Texas Quick Care -Timpson
For more information on special services Nacogdoches ISD offers to students with disabilities click here.
Brookshire Grocery Co. Partners with eTrueNorth to Offer Free COVID-19 Testing in Tyler for the community every Monday and Wednesday at the BGC Culinary Center.
For more information on how to sign up and register, click here.
WATCH: Anissa Centers gives tips on preparing for your financial future amidst pandemic - Click here to watch
School superintendents from around region participating in East Texas Now roundtable discussion - Click here to watch
WATCH: Anissa Centers, expert weigh in on how pandemic could affect your finances - Learn more here
BACK TO SCHOOL BONANZA: This weekend in Lufkin - Click here to learn more
‘The Walmart Drive-In’ free movie events coming to 2 East Texas cities. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
Sales tax holiday/Tax-free weekend, Aug. 7-9, click here for details.
To see the FDA’s full list of dangerous hand sanitizer products, CLICK HERE.
School start dates and COVID-19 guides for East Texas, click here to see your school.
WATCH: Anissa Centers says civil rights pioneer congratulated Trude Lamb on school name change role; CLICK HERE TO WATCH.
Smith County leads East Texas in Census self-response rates; Sabine County ranks lowest
The U.S. Census Bureau is encouraging East Texans to self-respond before door-to-door counts begin. Click here to complete the Census questionnaire.
You can also complete the paper questionnaire received in the mail and mail it back, or by calling 844-330-2020.
USDA urges people to mail unsolicited seed packages for testing
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is urging anyone who has received any unsolicited seed packages to mail them to specific locations so they can be tested faster. Click here for information on how and where to mail them.
In addition to Newton ISD students making the hands-free hand sanitizer dispensers for the district, the Newton FFA is selling them to the public. You can learn more by clicking here.
Months into the pandemic, people are still picking up new hobbies and returning to old ones. Anissa Centers talked to East Texas Now host Kayla Lyons about what folks are up to and what they’re getting out of it.
Click this link to watch the video.