Bob Hallmark is a longtime reporter for KLTV 7. 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.
A sure sign that Spring is around the corner, as little league baseball returns to one East Texas city. Teams from Dallas, Longview and Lufkin turned out for a 2 day early season tournament at Longview's Lear Park baseball complex.
A native East Texan, who made it big on stage and on-screen came home to encourage East Texas students. At 'Bramlette elementary' in Longview, actor Dedrick Weathersby spoke to children about never giving up on their dreams.
More than two weeks after that winter storm, plumbers in East Texas are still working just as fast as they can to repair damaged pipes. And some East Texans are still surviving without running water. Every day at Parker plumbing in Longview calls for broken pipes keep coming in.
The pandemic shutdown of schools last year left many East Texas kids trying to learn at home, online or via zoom, but classroom time and physical activity were missed as a result. Now an East Texas martial arts school is creating a 'kids camp' that will address both fitness and learning.
For some East Texans, it's now been 11 or 12 days since they've had running water because of the winter storm that came through almost 2 weeks ago. And that wait continues as plumbers try to answer calls to fix broken and leaking pipes.
Since Sunday plumbers in one East Texas county have been working non-stop for the enormous call for pipe repair. With hundreds of homes having pipes broken or leaking from the winter storm of last week, the call load is endless for plumbers in Longview.
As the pipes thaw from the freeze, thousands of East Texans remain without running water, and the problem of available drinking water becomes critical. Behind the 'Brookshires' in Kilgore, the line stretched for blocks, as East Texans sought fresh drinking water.
As the thaw begins, some problems for East Texas homeowners and water pipes are 'just' beginning, and assessing the damage done by the freezing temperatures. But a new aspect of possible damage could come from a home's roof as thawing takes place. It's called 'ice dams.'
The 'weight' of snow' can't be underestimated, and in one case it collapsed an East Texas marina covering. This happened Wednesday at the 'Bullfrog Marina' at 'Lake O the Pines' in Marion county. The weight of accumulated snow collapsed a structure right on top of boats and other watercraft.
Though the Covid 19 vaccinations are administered in various locations, many in East Texas still have to wait for their chance to get the shot. While vaccination centers and locations continue to administer the Covid shot, some shelter residents are anxiously waiting their turn.
It was a frightening medical emergency for one East Texas man, a justice of the peace arriving to speak at a gathering and suddenly collapsing from a massive heart attack. It happened Thursday in Gladewater where justice of the peace precinct 2 'Tim Bryan' had come to speak at a rotary meeting.
A man pleaded guilty today to the armed assault of an East Texas police officer. 34 year old 'Randy Jeffrey' of Mount Pleasant made that guilty plea in Gregg county 188th district court. Via zoom, Jeffrey plead guilty to a charge of assault on a public servant.
Since the Covid-19 vaccine was made available in East Texas we've heard about 'hubs' and 'most at risk', but has it worked on any significant scale? Only 3 weeks ago the Gregg county sheriff's office and jail had been ravaged by Covid positive tests.
Built in 1953 as a parking garage, it was used as office space until it fell vacant years ago, but now an East Texas building is 'back from the dead.' The 'Petroleum' building in Longview has gone for eyesore, to residence.
In an effort to allocate 'help resources", cities across Texas started counting the homeless today. Longview began the 'Point-in-Time Homeless Count', a coordinated effort to measure homelessness across Texas, in association with the Texas Homeless Network and volunteers.
A tumultuous year of pandemic hurt many East Texas businesses, and one area we don't often think of, volunteer fire departments. They survive through grants and public donations, and that has been severely hampered by Covid-19 restrictions.
Jonathan Hamilton, 33, of Linden, was arrested Friday night by Hughes Springs police under suspicion for his alleged involvement with a string of a half-dozen recent church vandalism incidents in the Hughes Springs-Avinger area.
A music business in one small East Texas town has become hugely popular with heavyweights in the music industry, so much so that they get business from foreign countries. Almost hidden in the quiet Hawkins downtown, is 'Action Sound'. But it's known to lots of people in the music industry.
A noticeable increase at East Texas gas pumps over the last month, has those connected to the oilfield very optimistic. Since labor day, the price of fuel has steadily crept up and could be an economic indicator for the new year.
With no parade or large gathering, an observance of 'Martin Luther King junior' day was held in one East Texas city. Virtually. Members of the 'Longview area Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance' organized the 'Combined Virtual community MLK service 2021' at Mount Olive Baptist church.