Bob Hallmark is a longtime reporter for KLTV. He grew up in Aldine, a south Texas town. At age 18, he joined the U.S. Navy. He later attended Chapman University in Orange, California.
Before moving to the Tyler-Longview area, Bob worked for Major League Baseball as network director of the Houston Astros Baseball Team. He was also network producer for Houston's International Hockey League, the Houston Aeros Hockey Team. Bob has also worked for radio/television stations in Boise, Idaho.
Since 2000, Bob has been a reporter and bureau chief in Longview. Bob is married to Norma Hallmark and has two sons: Jacob and Luke. Bob loves the outdoors. He owns a small farm in Hawkins where he raises livestock, including horses. He also does a little farming.
While most of East texas businesses have opened up to some capacity, and people have gotten into the practice of wearing masks and distancing, one East Texas shelter has continued with a lengthy lockdown to protect it's residents. The 'House of Hope' women's shelter remains quarantined.
A rush on ammunition sales months ago caused many East Texas suppliers to limit how much customers could buy at any one time. Though that rush is over, ammunition is still somewhat hard to get for various calibers.
With the cancellation or postponement of numerous East Texas events, some may now be turning to something not canceled. Hunting. Game wardens believe this hunting season could be one of the busiest on record. A Saturday hunters education class in Gregg county includes several new hunters.
For the last 4 days, East Texans have joined forces with the 'Cajun navy' in an effort to help those who have been effected by hurricane 'Sally's' aftermath. In Alabama, rescue efforts continue, with injured and near drowning victims saved.
Americans are not the only ones interested in our November elections, as a European news agency is in East Texas on that subject. A news crew from German news magazine 'Der Spiegel' is in Texas to gauge the presidential election in November.
The Covid-19 era has had a huge effect on closing or limiting East Texas sporting events, concerts and festivals. And one type of festival, Avalon Faire in Kilgore, is on the edge of finding out whether they will be allowed to open for an Oktoberfest event.
A multi-vehicle crash, started by a horse trailer going off the roadway, leaves an East Texas interstate shut down for hours, causing a traffic backup for miles. It happened around 9:25 Saturday morning when multiple vehicles collided near the 578 mile marker of Westbound I-20.
It's somewhat of an end of an era for an East Texas fire training site that had become so familiar to neighbors over the decades. Longview's tank car fire training facility was scheduled to be removed from its central Longview neighborhood.
As most businesses in East Texas make the slow recovery from the pandemic, some specialty businesses still continue to struggle from the effects. Pastry and bake shops have struggled during the Covid-19 period.
For one East Texas rescue mission, Covid-19 has changed the way they offer help to those in need, perhaps permanently. To enter the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission in Longview, a lengthy screening process is done to ensure everybody's safety.
A steady downpour began to fill streams and creeks in one East Texas city, which caused roads to be flooded over. Overnight rains which continued through the morning caused accumulation, as creeks and streams couldn't hold back the volume. In Longview the heaviest flooding was Sabine street.
An East Texas city has suspended the operations of their volunteer fire department. According to elected officials in the city of Hawkins, a restructure of the volunteer fire department is being implemented, with neighboring departments covering fire calls.
They had known each other since grade school, and Saturday an East Texas couple celebrated 70 years of marriage. In Longview, 'Tommy and Jerri Snow' were joined by family and friends to celebrate their '70th' anniversary.
As cleanup and assessment of damage is underway in south Texas areas affected by 'Laura', evacuated residents, many who 'rode it out' in north East Texas, will be going home. Sight-seeing in downtown Longview, the Plimpton family came north to escape the threat of a hurricane.
Damage and effects from hurricane 'Laura" not only impacted the land, but also threatened a key waterway that moves through southeast Texas. The Sabine river. The effects of winds, and storm surge was a concern to southeast Texas counties along the Sabine.
Late today there were still East Texans without power as a result of the after effects of hurricane 'Laura' slamming into the coast and driving northward. As tree limbs and debris is cleared away, linemen continue the non-stop work of restoring power in the aftermath.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice moved more than 3-thousand prison inmates that were at risk of being in the hurricane 'Laura's' path. Many of those inmates were moved to facilities here in East Texas. On Monday, inmates at the Leblanc unit in Beaumont were transferred to Rusk county.
An East Texas arboretum is trying to bring normal activity back through it's doors, and getting creative help from it's youngest fans. In an effort to get back to visitors to start coming back, and bring their families, the Longview arboretum is using some creativity from kids.
A big celebration for the oldest living World War Two veteran in one East Texas county. Harrison county and the city of Marshall honored a man who's service did not end after the second World War, but keep serving his community for decades.
After weeks of intense searching and running down possible leads, the body of a missing Harleton woman has been found. The Harrison county sheriff's office says they and DPS officers have been working the sight where missing Harleton woman 'Jamie Harper' has been found.
Usually you wouldn't think of 'art' and 'jail' in the same sentence, but one East Texas jail has become a canvas for one of it's inmates. As you step through the doors of the Rusk county jail it becomes apparent that there is a different look, inspired by an officers observation.
In many East Texas counties, there is a battle ongoing to decide whether 'its history or racism'.Statues and monuments connected in one form or another to 'the confederacy.' The most recent protest over a monument dedicated to confederate soldiers was at the Gregg county courthouse.
The gift of mobility to kids with physical challenges, is the mission of an East Texas organization, but now presents bigger challenges because of Covid-19. 'Longview Too AMBUCS' is dedicated to providing the 'amtryke' for youth with physical challenges and limitations.
As East Texans take to the waterways to find recreation, a recent incident reminds us of how life can sometimes break down to it's simplest terms, to help those in trouble. It happened a little over a week ago at Caddo lake, where one man stepped in to help in a life and death situation.
After a lengthy absence, the KLTV 7 restaurant report is back. Non-existent during the shutdown and partial openings, health departments are back to ensuring public safety with inspections. Inspectors will observe whether COVID-19 protocols are being practiced at all full-service restaurants.
East Texas law enforcement recovers three stolen items, but three stolen items that have over 80-thousand dollars in value. The recovery was made in Upshur county. It was a call from an informant to Gladewater police on Monday that got the ball rolling.
When it seemed like sports may never come back, an East Texas athletic complex is finally drawing tournaments again. Longviews 'Lear Park athletic complex' had over the years been the sight of countless huge tournaments of baseball , softball and soccer.