Gary Bass grew up in Athens, Texas, where he graduated from high school. He played football for the Athens Hornets.
He started his college career at Texas A&M University in College Station, and he finished up his bachelor’s degree in journalism at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches in May of 1997.
Shortly afterward, he started working as a staff writer for the Athens Review and the Cedar Creek Pilot. He covered the county and Cedar Creek Lake beats, but he also covered sports and filled in as sports editor on occasion. While there, he won numerous awards for news and column writing, and he covered the execution of the infamous Betty Beets.
In 2000, he started working as a staff writer for the Lufkin Daily News in Lufkin, Texas. While there, he covered the business, education, and politics beats and was a co-winner of several awards. He also helped with the newspaper’s coverage of the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy and did several interviews with death row inmates.
Gary and his family moved to California in March of 2006, and he worked as a substitute teacher while he was there. Then in the summer of 2007, he and his family got the opportunity to move back to East Texas. Gary was very tempted to kiss the ground when the family’s two-car caravan crossed the New Mexico-Texas border.
After he moved back to Texas, Gary enrolled in graduate school at SFA, where he earned his teaching certification and then graduated with a master’s degree in English in 2012.
While he was in graduate school, Gary worked as an adjunct English instructor at Angelina College, a freelance magazine writer, and an employee at a barbecue restaurant.
Gary started working as a web content producer for KTRE in September of 2012, and he moved up to work in the KLTV newsroom in December of 2018.
Gary, who is a father of two children and a granddad, enjoys spending time with his family, working out, going to movies, reading, writing, and going to church when he is not working as a web content producer.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a 33-year-old Pollok man on Monday in connection with allegations that he shot a deer at a ranch in Corrigan without permission and asked his friend to cut off the animal’s head and antlers.
After a long hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pollard Theater Center in Tyler will be hosting its first show of the year later this week when its members perform a play called “Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will.”
Administrators, staff, members, and Mineola ISD employees have been following the safety protocol since the school district’s 2020-2021 school year started on Aug. 13, and they have been able to limit the spread of the COVID virus.
A motorcyclist who fled a traffic stop and led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase is now in custody after he tried to play a game of “chicken” with one of the pursuing Trinity County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
All of the Brownsboro ISD students who were taken to local hospitals for further evaluation after a natural gas leak that occurred at the BISD football game Friday have been cleared and released, according to a post on the school district’s Facebook page.
Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office have arrested three people in connection with a June 1 incident in which someone painted offensive and profane language on a church’s exterior and its digital sign.
Tyler ISD has started tracking its active COVID-19 cases online, and the numbers show that the school district has done a good job of slowing the spread of the coronavirus with the various CDC-recommended practices that are in place.
Unlike many other East Texas school districts, San Augustine ISD’s leadership opted to go the virtual learning route for the first few weeks of the 2020-2021 school year. Their students and teachers returned to in-class instruction on Sept. 9.
Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Nacogdoches police officers have arrested the man who allegedly shot two people at a convenience store in Central Heights early Saturday morning. Both victims are in critical condition, according to the sheriff’s office.
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.
When Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed a search warrant on a home on County Road 521 early Friday morning, they arrested two people, including the primary suspect in several recent drive-by shootings. They also seized five guns, crystal meth, cocaine, and marijuana.
In the first few weeks of the 2020-2021 school year, White Oak ISD has faced some challenges, including the decision to shut down the high school campus for a few days because of a spike in COVID-19 cases.
A minivan carrying two adults and three children hit a hog before it veered to the right and hit a pickup parked on the shoulder of State Highway 31 between Brownsboro and Chandler early Sunday morning, according to a DPS preliminary report.
Brownsboro Fire Rescue responded to a major two-vehicle wreck on State Highway 31 between Brownsboro and Chandler early Sunday morning. The crash resulted in both the east and westbound lanes of traffic being closed.
Athens native Christian Stokes, who has worked as an actor/stunt man in the entertainment business for the past 20 years, visited with East Texas Now Friday afternoon about an upcoming feature film he will be in called ’Till Death” and about his journey.
On Tuesday, Nacogdoches County reported 14 additional COVID-related deaths. The 14 new deaths brought the county’s total to 48, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The city and county will now be referring directly to the DSHS for its COVID-19 information.