Volunteer Central: Opportunities to serve your East Texas neighbors this week

Here’s this week’s list of places you may be able to lend a hand, meet new people, and make a difference.

  Tyler Coin Show implements COVID-19 precautions

  New splash pad at Glass Recreation Center to open over the weekend

‘The Walmart Drive-In’ free movie events coming to 2 East Texas cities

  COVID-19 antibody screening available in Kilgore

  Mark in Texas History: All aboard! Depot Museum in Henderson rich in history

  Caldwell Zoo announces name of baby giraffe

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  Meals on Wheels Ministry receives first vehicle through new donation program

  Volunteers construct Kilgore playground designed for children of all physical abilities

  Gregg County Historical Museum hosts exhibit celebrating Longview’s sesquicentennial

  East Texas best friends beat the odds and mark a milestone together

Volunteer Central: Ways to serve your fellow East Texans this week

  Texas Homegrown Songs: Cody Joe Hodges

  Partially-assembled jigsaw puzzles come together in new exhibit at Tyler Museum of Art

The colorful, detail-rich exhibit uses common everyday jigsaw puzzles — many of which came from thrift stores.

  Mark in Texas History: Lufkin Industries was once cornerstone manufacturer for Angelina County

Lufkin Industries used to be the cornerstone manufacturer of Lufkin and Angelina County before a GE merger, followed by the oil market drying up.

Volunteer Central: Opportunities to serve your neighbors in East Texas this week

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  WATCH: Texas homegrown singer Erin Kinsey joins East Texas Now

She explains how her life as a performer has changed with the onset of COVID-19, and how social media keeps her connected to her fans.

  Tyler’s Habitat Restore sees increase in inventory, shoppers amid COVID-19 pandemic

  Vendors discuss financial impact as Quitman Farmers’ Market postpones due to COVID-19

East Texas woman honored for fostering 70+ children over 28 years

  Work begins to remove fence that once divided segregated Mineola cemetery

  Hair-raising new exhibit at Discovery Science Place examines the art, science of arachnids

  Businesses working hard to keep tourism alive during COVID-19, Marion County judge says

  Liberty Hall invites you to tune in to celebrate 90th anniversary this Saturday

VIrtual celebrations will help mark 90 years in downtown Tyler.

  ETX Stash and Dash lets people hunt for artwork

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum speaks with several Longview artists about the joy they get from putting smiles on people’s faces.

  Mark in Texas History: Tyler’s First Baptist Church has been part of community since 1848

Now led by Senior Pastor Pike Wisner, the First Baptist Church of Tyler has been located in downtown Tyler since 1848 and is this week’s subject of “A Mark in Texas History with Mark Scirto.”

  ‘Identity of Gilmer’: City manager talks about decision to cancel Yamboree

Hutson said canceling the Yamboree fireworks and the festival is in the best interest of public health and safety — especially since more than half the population in Gilmer is 55 and older.

Volunteer Central: Ways to help your neighbors in East Texas this week

Here are some ways to serve our fellow East Texans this week.

  Mark in History: Athens Pottery Company

Located to the west of Tyler is a town once known for its rich clay. Two historical markers in Athens are the subject of this week’s Mark in History with Mark Scirto.

  ‘Breathtaking’ stained glass window shines inside East Texas Oil Museum

The window was donated by a family who wanted it to hang in remembrance of those who died in the 1937 New London school explosion.

Kelly Community Credit Union, PATH team up for summer fan drive

Kelly Community Credit Union is teaming up with PATH for the second year for the annual PATH Summer Fan Drive. The drive begins on July 1.

Longview fireworks show, Gregg County prayer rally to go on as planned

Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt and Longview Mayor Andy Mack are urging attendees to wear a face mask at the prayer rally. Masks will be provided for anyone who needs one.

  WEBXTRA: Tyler Senior Center closes due to increase in COVID-19 cases

“Even though we hate to have to close again, it is in the best interest of our community that we close to ensure the safety of our patrons,” said Senior Parks Manager Leanne Robinette.

  Prayer rally to be held at Gregg County Courthouse this weekend

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum talks with Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt.

  WEBXTRA: Caldwell Zoo’s new anaconda exhibit opens Wednesday

KLTV's Jeff Chavez stopped by the zoo to check out the new exhibit.

  City of Tyler to host Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration at Lindsey Park

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the City will not provide entertainment or concessions

Volunteer Central: Opportunities to serve your East Texas neighbors this week

Here is this week’s list of groups and organizations that could use some helping hands.

  ETFB to start walk-up food distributions at East Texas State Fairgrounds in Tyler

KLTV's Dante Nunez has more on the new food distributions starting next month.

  Tyler Area Builders Association’s Parade of Homes starts June 20

The annual event showcases what’s new in home design, including smart home technology.

  Memorial City Hall Performing Arts Center announces 2020-21 season

Organizers said they plan to open shows at full capacity, with added safety measures in place.

  Kilgore Mercantile & Music to host acoustic jam Sunday

Face masks and social distancing are encouraged and the event will take place on the inside and outside of the building.

  Modern homes, CDC guidelines both on display during 2020 TABA Parade of Homes

Dozens of newly constructed homes will soon be on display as part of the 67th annual event.

First Baptist Lufkin, Wood Farm donate blueberries to CISC

Members of the First Baptist Church of Lufkin were at the Wood Blueberry Farm where they helped pick, sort and package blueberries for donation.

  Texas African American Museum in Tyler hosts balloon release in honor of George Floyd

Speakers included Tyler Police Chief Jimmy Toler, Rev. J.L. Williams, Tyler City Councilwoman Shirley McKellar and Bishop Laramie Jackson.

Volunteer Central: Places to serve your fellow East Texans this week

Volunteer Central —where volunteering through Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA) makes the difference in the community.

  WEBXTRA: East Texas Food Bank continues emergency food box distributions

national Guard members helped distribute emergency food boxes that included, carrots, potatoes and apples.

  WEBXTRA: Fair Food Drive-In Days underway at East Texas State Fairgrounds in Tyler

Stands are set up along Fair Park Drive near Rose Stadium for visitors to drive up, order, and take to-go.

  The Next Normal: East Texas Food Bank continues Summer Food Program with drive-through distribution

KLTV's Jamey Boyum talks with Tim Butler of the the East Texas Food Bank.

  WEBXTRA: National Guard helps distribute food at Whitehouse Food Pantry

The guard members who assisted with the distribution are from the 124th Calvary Regiment out of Waco.

More community COVID-19 testing dates, locations announced in Longview

The free tests will be available to anyone wanting to be tested, according to information from the office of Gregg County Pct. 2 Commissioner Darryl Primo.

  City holds groundbreaking for addition to ‘new entertainment capital of East Texas’ in Lindale

A hotel will serve as on-site accommodations with access to the downtown area as part of the city’s revitalization effort.

  Community leaders, residents gather for prayer vigil in downtown Tyler

Officials with Smith County, the City of Tyler and members of the community gathered at noon for the Prayer Vigil for Justice and Peace.

Smith County, Tyler officials holding prayer vigil Tuesday

Smith County and Tyler officials will be holding a prayer vigil in the downtown Tyler square on Tuesday.

No eligibility requirements for East Texas Food Bank’s Summer Food Program amid COVID-19

In a statement, the organization announced the program is kicking off at 23 East Texas locations on Monday, June 1.

  Longview announces Fourth of July fireworks back on

The city made the announcement Friday, a day after announcing it had canceled the this year’s event.

  WATCH: Kaleb Mcintire, Trey Gonzalez and more in One Texas: Songs from Home Episode 7

Many performers appeared on East Texas Now Friday to preview their shows on One Texas: Songs from Home.

  Stitchin’ Heaven in Quitman holds groundbreaking for upcoming retreat center

The quilt shop hopes the new addition will encourage tourism in East Texas.

Volunteer Central: Opportunities to serve your fellow East Texans this week

Here is this week’s list of groups and organizations that could really use some volunteers to make their work beneficial to more of our neighbors.

Overnight reservations available for Texas State Parks

The Texas Parks and Wildlife said visitors can make new overnight camping reservations at most state parks between June 1 and Sept. 7.

East Texas State Fair to host ‘Fair Food Drive-In’ to support vendors

Thursday morning, the East Texas State Fair announced they are hosting “Fair Food Drive-In Days” the first weekend of June.

  Tyler museum showcases student talent with annual high school art exhibit

The exhibit features works from 98 seniors from 15 East Texas high schools.

Camping reservations resume at Texas State Parks on Wednesday

The advanced bookings can be made between June 1st and September 7th.

  Lee Mathis, Tony Ramey preview upcoming One Texas performance

Lee Mathis of “Lee Mathis and the Brutally Handsome” appeared on East Texas Now Friday to preview his “One Texas: Songs from Home” performance this weekend.

  City of Tyler receives $5.3M to improve transit during coronavirus outbreak

The office of Sen. John Cornyn announced the funding grant on Monday.

  WATCH: Sam Riggs, Aaron Watson and more perform in One Texas: Songs From Home

Ahead of his One Texas performance this coming weekend, country music artist Sam Riggs sat down with East Texas Now.

Volunteer Central: Opportunities to serve your neighbors in East Texas this week

In the midst of a pandemic, some groups and organizations are working extra-hard to make sure everyone who needs their help gets it. You may be able to help!

  Adopted East Texas children share powerful testimony in Foster Care Awareness campaign

Over a dozen children, of all ages and backgrounds, share the importance of foster families in our communities.

  Tyler woman who contracted COVID-19, lost father to illness, recalls family’s plight

On the morning of Sunday, April 19, Smith County via NET Health reported a third death as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

East Texas Food Bank continuing to distribute emergency food boxes

The East Texas Food Bank is continuing to distribute emergency food boxes at several locations across East Texas.

  WATCH: One Texas Week 4

Performers from this weekend’s One Texas show are appearing on East Texas Now to preview the upcoming show.

  A Mark in History: Hotel Wiley in downtown Garrison

The Hotel Wiley was designated a Texas Historical Marker in 1999.

  WATCH: Josh Abbott and more in One Texas Week 3

Country singer/songwriter Madison Stuart, who will be performing on Episode 3 of “OneTexas: Songs From Home,” talked to East Texas Now host Kayla Lyons about how her life and the music business have changed as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Friday morning.

Volunteer Central: Opportunities to serve your neighbors in East Texas

Here are some groups and organizations that could use a helping hand as they do their work serving others in our community.

East Texas Food Bank cancels Emergency Box Distribution in Tyler

East Texas Food Bank cancels Emergency Box Distribution in Tyler

  Wood County K-9 officer featured on cover of law enforcement magazine

KLTV 7’s Alex Leroux spoke with Smith and Quitman’s police chief about the honor and why they were chosen.

  WATCH: Mayors Call to Prayer

National Day of Prayer honored by Tyler area pastors.

  Vote to decide the city of Tyler’s new playground at Emmett J. Scott Park

The park is undergoing renovations that will include a new basketball court, sidewalks, pavilion, and the new playground.

Volunteer Central: Opportunities to serve your neighbors in East Texas

Your skills and time may be just what one of these organizations need as they work to serve our neighbors in need this week.

  A Mark in History: Prairie Grove community of Angelina County

The former Prairie Grove Baptist Church was built in the 1880s. It received the historical designation in 1996.

  One Texas: Songs from Home features Pat Green, East Texas musicians in second episode

While we are stuck at home during this pandemic, so are our favorite bands and artists. We invited some of our favorite Texas musicians to bring a concert right into your living room once again tonight,

High schools in East Texas prepare for graduation

New Diana High School has announced a graduation date of June 20.