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.
Across the nation, there are numerous 'themed period' parks, or what we would call 'Renaissance fairs', and the largest of those is 3 hours south of us in Texas. Knights of the crusade, pirate, mythical beasts, wandering minstrels, Cossacks, all at the Texas Renaissance Festival.
An East Texas business offers a unique service to rescue mission men, to help them improve their lives. 'Tattoo removal.' In agreement with the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission, 'Vanish Laser Aesthetics' of Longview opened it's doors to help men in their job seeking. By removing tattoos.
An East Texas game warden is still on the hunt for a suspect or suspects, who killed an alligator, and then left it to rot. It happened in October, when game wardens were called to a remote location in Rusk county where the decomposing retile was found.
Thoughts, prayers and support going out to an East Texas law enforcement officer who is now hospitalized with Covid-19. Detective Joey Johnston of the Kilgore police department is currently in 'Christus Good Shepherd hospital' in Longview.
It's an invasive aquatic plant that is now threatening numerous East Texas water-ways. 'Giant Salvinia'. The plant forms huge floating mats and chokes off essential sunlight where it grows. Texas Parks and Wildlife inland fisheries personnel are on the front lines fighting the battle.
Over a year has passed since an East Texas woman was reported missing, and now her family is holding out hope that someone may hold the answer to her disappearance. 54 year old 'Rosemary Rodriguez' of Kilgore was last seen October sixth of 2019.
Health concerns and Covid-19 drove one East Texas woman to seek help for her father, and make an unusual move of putting him into a rescue mission. The story comes out of Longview where a couple decided a safe place for the family member would be the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission.
An East Texas woman pleaded guilty to charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child. Tiffany LeBlanc made that plea today in Gregg county court. Sitting stoically via zoom, the 38 year old LeBlanc was read the charges against her by 124th district court judge Alfonso Charles.
A big veterans day celebration in one East Texas county today, featuring the hoisting of a massive 'old glory'. Elected officials, law enforcement and singer Neal Mccoy gathered at 'Tempest golf course' today, for the hoisting of a massive '40-foot by 80-foot' American flag.
A different kind of recognition for some veterans in Longview, with the simple gesture of bestowing a pin on those who have served. At Heritage plaza, it was a simple ceremony called 'pinning'. Veterans given a simple pin in recognition of their service.
Honors were given to an East Texas World War Two veteran, celebrating the 'century' mark. The Patriot Guard riders rolled into White Oak Sunday to pay tribute to World War Two veteran 'Ervin Clower' on his 100th birthday.
The delayed outcome of the presidential election also had a 'run' of sorts at some East Texas businesses. Gun dealers. Some dealers say they've seen hundreds of customers over the past few days, all wanting to purchase firearms.
According to the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, several vehicle burglaries have been reported in the northeast area of Gregg County over the past few weeks. The areas include Hwy 259 North, Tryon Road, Sam Page Road and the Rambling Creek Addition .
A small East Texas town is once again the setting for a reality show on German television. A German film crew is in Hawkins to shoot the second season of 'The Germanator', a reality series focused on German born police chief Manfred Gilow.
An East Texas World War Two veteran hits 'the century mark', and is honored by friends, family and and elected official. In Longview, World War Two army air corps veteran Charley Clayton celebrated his 100th birthday.
It's the last weekend you can vote early in Texas and across the state, turnout has been high with many choosing not to chance waiting in long lines on election day. But depending on where you voted, turnout was a bit of a surprise today. No lines at the Gregg county courthouse in Longview.
We often come across wildlife in East Texas crossing the road or running across an open field, but one white-tail deer may very well owe it's life to some East Texans who stopped to help it out of a bad situation.
An East Texas school district has finished final preparations, and a dry run, for Covid-19 testing. Through a state pilot program, Longview ISD will begin monthly testing of staff and students, who opt for the test.
Fire crews from all over the U.S. have pitched in to help with the continuing raging wildfires in California, and some East Texas crews have now returned from helping. Longview crews have spent weeks helping out in what is known as the "Creek" fires in central California.
It was the final day of a garage sale that spans 3 states, and brings bargain hunters out by the thousands. The annual fall 'Highway 80 garage sale' finished up Sunday in Longview, as merchants were getting their last chance at sales.
An East Texas city, with a limited budget, must watch as their firefighters leave to take higher paying jobs elsewhere. In Gladewater, budget limitations and a neighboring opportunity have resulted in a firefighter exodus.
As election day nears, political support for both parties in East Texas is ramping up, and one gathering sported a ‘who’s -who’ of former and current office holders. Republicans met in Upshur County to solidify their core mission, and call the public to vote.
Though many people dream about retirement and taking it easy in the golden years, one East Texas man scoffs at the idea. He's a familiar face in Longview. A man who could have retired decades ago, but is a living example of how 'age doesn't mean retirement.'
The COVID-19 outbreak and the shutdowns that followed turned some busy East Texas areas into ghost towns, including the downtown area of Longview. With more people returning to offices and jobs, the downtown section has come back to life, and that's what many businesses desperately needed.