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.
A stolen 'big-rig', and an hours-long high speed chase across 3 counties and back, lands one East Texas man in jail. It started south of Jacksonville just before one this morning, where the driver of semi-truck led a small army of East Texas law enforcement officers on a chase.
An East Texas family is not happy about the 'brand changing' of a popular pancake syrup: Aunt Jemima. The iconic Aunt Jemima has long standing ties with the city of Hawkins, and a goodwill ambassador named 'Lillian Richard.'
Town meetings, prayer rallies and marches have been held in numerous East Texas cities in recent protests over social injustice and police over-use of force, but one small East Texas city hopes they can start 'understanding' between people, even if on a small level.
A scary early morning for an East Texas homeowner.Their front door was knocked in by first responders, in a mistaken '9-1-1' medical call. Van police and fire rushed to a location on north Birch street this morning after a 9-1-1 call on a possible wounded person.
An East Texas city is having all of its police and fire vehicles sanitized to protect employees from sickness, including Covid-19. White Oak fire and police had its vehicles thoroughly cleaned and treated by a company that specializes in this type of sanitizing.
East Texas firefighters are now joining in the effort to perform 'Covid-19' testing. A new program has firefighters and EMT's performing tests for the public . Covid testing at the 'Willows nursing home' in Kilgore , is being done by Longview fire personnel.
One of the concerns with 'Covid-19' is 'what' would happen 'if' the virus got into a large contained population, such as an East Texas jail or prison. Gregg and Smith county may have created a blueprint on how best to deal with situations like this in the future.
George Floyd's death has sparked reaction across the country and a peaceful 'call for justice and prayer' happened in one East Texas community. Clergy members from numerous denominations came to the Gregg county courthouse Friday in support of a call for justice in the Floyd case.
Though numbers of Covid-19 cases have risen in some East Texas counties, most are seeing a 'leveling off', and hope that the reopening doesn't cause a surge. Harrison county, which has 240 cases, has gotten some state help, and now officials hope they are seeing a downturn.
The pandemic and ultimate shutdown changed daily life for most East Texans in some fashion, including many who 'sheltered at home'. But a group in Longview decided they could work around the shutdown of their favorite breakfast hangout in their own way, and keep life a little more normal.
Economically speaking, there could be far reaching effects from the pandemic and shutdown in East Texas to many aspects of our daily lives. One of those could be food. Along well traveled East Texas roadways, we see produce stands in business, and they are already seeing good volume.
The Covid-19 shutdown has hit some small businesses in East Texas especially hard. Billions of dollars in federal 'Payroll Protection Program' loans have been allotted, but many business owners say they haven't yet received those funds, and time is running out. \
While many East Texas retailers and restaurants are taking part in the 're-open', some have decided to continue business on a limited scale for the near future. In Longview, restaurants like 'Bodacious' on Mobberly avenue, and 'Jucy's' on highway 80 have decided to continue 'curb-side service.
With so many businesses shut down, layoffs and furloughs, food pantries and missions have become 'go-to's' for many East Texas families struggling to afford food. Feeding hundreds of people each day, Newgate Mission has seen a steady response to free meals during the pandemic.
It was a quick moving storm passing over parts of the area last night hitting hard in one East Texas community. It happened in Cass county, where Linden residents faced the brunt of the storm, and for a while the entire town was out of power.
Across Texas today , there are several sites operating where people can get 'mobile Covid-19 testing.' One of them in Panola county. Flanked by assisting National Guard members, health care workers gave drive thru Covid-19 tests at Carthage first Baptist church.
Crews continue working to finish restoring power to Upshur county, after thousands of people lost power during Sunday's severe weather. Upshur rural electric workers maneuvered down a muddy trail off Juniper road to repair more damage.
As the strain continues to supply businesses with produced resources, one law enforcement agency is on guard to control another area, natural resources. With spring fishing in full swing, East Texas game wardens are hawking waterways to ensure regulations and limits are being followed.
An East Texas church held a unique outdoor service for their congregation Sunday. While most Longview church parking lots were empty on this Easter Sunday, music was coming from the roof of 'Motion Church" on Judson road.