Recent freeze won’t kill 62nd Azalea Trail, will likely reduce flower blooms

Dates for the 62nd Annual Azalea & Spring Flower Trail have been announced, however attendees are warned that blooms are expected to be reduced due to the recent harsh weather.

WebXtra: City of Palestine searching for new library location

Mahomes Foundation donates 30K meals to East Texas Food Bank

CASA at the Capitol: Advocates for Texas foster children ask for more legislative support

  Longview native talks overcoming stage fright for American Idol audition

  African American Museum to hold 2nd Annual ‘History Walk’ fundraiser on Saturday

Longview native Matthew McConaughey announces ‘virtual benefit’ to aid Texans

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Green Acres Baptist Church laundry, shower trailer set up for public use

Several East Texas towns set up drinking water distribution sites for residents

  Mark in Texas History: Woman makes it her mission to memorialize Slocum massacre victims

  WebXtra: Longview Public Library warming center has no guests

  Tyler church grateful to have been temporary warming center

  True Vine brewery giving out free filtered water

East Texans share snow photos

East Texans have been weathering the worst winter storm in decades, and while they have been doing it, they have been sharing snow photos with East Texas News.

East Texans share snow day photos

Take a look at photos from viewers in the gallery below.

  Hiway 80 Rescue Mission ready for long haul this week

Hiway 80 Rescue Mission is a beacon of hope for many people without a warm home in East Texas.

  Mark in Texas History: Kilgore Colored School, CB Dansby School

With February being Black History Month, today Mark Scirto talked about a former segregated school named after a historic educator.

  Volunteers buy motel rooms to house homeless during winter storm

  Home and Design Show opens doors in Longview this weekend

  Wounded veteran receives free, trained canine to help cope with disabilities

Patriot Guard donates heated vests to Marshall PD in honor of Donald Reeve

  East Texas Food Bank holds produce distribution in Longview

  Tyler Public Library celebrates Black History Month with interactive activities

  Gregg County holding tree giveaway Saturday

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum talks with Gregg County AG Agent Shaniqua Davis about a free tree giveaway Saturday in Longview.

  Salvation Army in Tyler prepares for winter weather

The Salvation Army of Tyler is preparing for the winter weather that is ahead for East Texans this weekend.

East Texas Food Bank holding drive-through produce distribution in Longview Friday

The East Texas Food Bank will be holding a drive-through produce distribution in Longview on Friday.

  Bullard Volunteer Fire Department holds ‘push-in’ ceremony for new engine

Sunday afternoon they held a “push in” ceremony for their brand new fire engine. Walker said push in’s date back to the 18 hundreds when fire equipment was drawn by horses and it was hard to back in equipment.

  Troup Library receives $57K grant to remodel inside of library

February is ‘Love Your Library’ month and one East Texas library has recently received some love from a group aimed at supporting rural libraries.

  Lufkin’s Salvation Army getting canteen/disaster vehicle to help in community

Captain Jennifer Philips tells us the vehicle will arrive on February 19th.

  Mark In Texas History: Lufkin’s First United Methodist Church stands tall 150 years later

Lufkin's First United Methodist Church grew from out of a resident's home and stands tall 150 years later.

Longview retirement center asking for Valentine’s Day cards for residents

Buckner Westminster Place in Longview is asking for the public’s help to bring some love and joy to their residents and staff this Valentine’s Day. The retirement center is asking for Valentine’s Day cards that they plan on distributing to their residents and staff.

  Carthage city leaders plan all-abilities park near Panola College

The City of Carthage is planning to build an accessible, all-abilities park near Panola College.

  WATCH: Whitehouse mayor declares Sunday, Feb. 7 as Patrick Mahomes Day

Whitehouse Mayor James Wansley held a press conference Friday morning to announce that Sunday, Feb. 7 will be Patrick Mahomes Day for the town.

Volunteer Central: Places to serve in East Texas this week

There are many organizations in East Texas that work 24/7 to serve people in need in the region. If you are interested in helping them to help others, check out this list.

  Cardboard cutout of Patrick Mahomes moving around Whitehouse

A family has started taking a cardboard cutout of Patrick Mahomes and bringing it to different businesses and locations in Whitehouse.

Blacklands Railroad plans upgrade for Henderson Overton Branch using $8M grant

Blacklands Railroad received a Federal Railroad Administration CRISI Grant, (Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety), of over $8 million in September 2020 and plans to begin improvements in the next six months.

  Great Texas Balloon Race moves forward minus public events

The Great Texas Balloon Race will be held for 2021, but not without some adjustments to the event.

  Pet adoption center completion getting close in Marshall

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum talks with Marshall Police Chief Cliff Carruth, Marshall Spokesperson Stormy Nickerson and Blair Blackburn about Marshall’s pet adoption center presently under construction.

  WATCH: 1 in 3 Foundation offers hope, help for sexual abuse, assault victims

Founder Maya Golden Bethany joined us on East Texas Now to tell us more about the resources for recovery and support offered by the organization.

  WEBXTRA: Texas African American Museum commemorates Black History Month

Here in East Texas, the Texas African American Museum is holding several events and fundraisers to raise awareness about Black History Monty. KLTV’s Jeff Chavez has the story.

  Progress continues on downtown Marshall redevelopment

Progress continues to be made on redevelopment of downtown Marshall.

  Women’s Fund of Smith County awards grants to local non-profits

Organizers and members attended the Willow Brook County Club in Tyler for their first ever in-person and virtual event.

  WATCH: Director of Texas Black History Museum in Tyler describes importance of knowing history

Executive Director Gloria Washington joined us on East Texas Now to tell us more about the museum

  ETX Wedding Extravaganza to be ‘COVID-sensitive,’ offer big prizes

Brides-to-be trying to plan a wedding amid the pandemic will have a little help from this year’s East Texas Wedding Extravaganza.

  Marion County courthouse renovation down to finishing touches, cleanup

KLTV 7′s Jamey Boyum gets a tour from Marion County Judge Leward LaFleur of the nearly complete renovation of the Marion County Courthouse.

  Caldwell Arts Academy students take part in Tyler downtown Art Alley project

The Caldwell Arts Academy Advanced Drawing Class is getting a chance to participate in the downtown Art Alley project.

  Mahomes Mania sweeps through hometown of Whitehouse

From artwork to apparel, people in Whitehouse and East Texas are showing the red and gold in support of hometown boy Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.

  East Texas Men in Harmony offer Valentine’s Day songs for sweethearts

“We’ll be dressed in a full tuxedo, carrying a personalized card for your loved one who wants it for you, and a long stemmed rose,” he said.

East Texas Food Bank moves Tyler distribution to Lindsey Park; adds dates for other areas

Starting this week, the distributions are being moved to Lindsey Park in Tyler.

  1950s-era Longview building ‘back from the dead’

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.

  Mark in Texas History: Longview’s Temple Emanu-El grew from Kilgore temple

Longview’s Temple Emanu-El has its origins out of Kilgore and the Temple Beth Sholom. The oil boom of the 1900s saw many Jewish families settling in East Texas and they met at the Kilgore temple, which was founded in 1936.

Former Jacksonville Police Chief Reece Daniel dies after brief illness

Chief Daniel died Friday morning from a brief illness according to the post. He served the citizens of Jacksonville from 2006 until his retirement in 2016.

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension services hosting training program

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension services will be hosting a training program for early childhood educator training.

Spring Hill family raises over $65,000 for son’s rare muscular disease

The Florczykowski family has made it their mission to bring awareness to the rare muscular disease their youngest son, Finn, is fighting. So far they've raised over $65,000 in fundraising. Finn's school just hosted a "Go Green for Finn Day" to show their support

  Palestine Sports Complex to reopen for spring ball

The complex was shut down due to not being ADA compliant in 2019. But the fields will be back open thanks to the city and two school districts.

  ’Point-in-Time’ homeless count begins to help determine resource needs in Texas

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.

Volunteer Central: Places to serve in East Texas this week

If you would like to meet new people and help others who are in need in East Texas, you might be interested in volunteering for one of these organizations.

  Longview cash register business ringing up sales for 3 generations

Daryl Boles of Texas Cash Register sells cash registers to East Texas businesses. They’ve been selling since 1978 and have seen them change from mechanical to digital.

Tyler City Council approves construction of over 30 miles of bicycle lanes

The project provides lane markings and signs, giving bicyclists a designated space to ride on the roadways, increasing bicyclists’

  Artists encouraged to submit artwork for Hillside Park murals in Tyler

Artists must submit their artwork via email by Jan. 31.

  WATCH: Museum at Mount Pleasant features helicopter shot down 3 times in Vietnam

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum visited the Mid America Flight Museum at the Mount Pleasant Regional Airport on Tuesday and got the story behind their Bell UH-1 H Huey helicopter.

Goodman Museum hosting antique quilt display

The Goodman-LeGrand Museum will host a special antique quilt display from Saturday, Jan. 30 to Saturday, Feb. 27. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  Webxtra: East Texas Crisis Center raffles ’65 Mustang for much-needed funds

The annual East Texas Auto & Cycle Show normally raises around $200,000 for services like their emergency shelter, risk assessment, and safety planning, but this year which would have been the 31st show has been canceled for the safety of the community.

East Texas Food Bank to host produce distribution event at Lufkin expo center

The East Texas Food Bank will be hosting a produce distribution event at the George R. Henderson Expo Center in Lufkin from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Women’s shelter desperate to get COVID-19 vaccine

With the COVID-19 vaccine early in distribution, many East Texans are still waiting their 'turn' to get it. Particularly those in shelters, who may be elderly or have serious health problems already.

First agricultural barn opens for Chapel Hill ISD FFA members

Chapel Hill ISD had a ribbon cutting ceremony for an agricultural facility. Their first in the district’s history.

  Mark in Texas History: Historic Groveton courthouse renovation

“It was like a sugar cube that has been saturated with water. It still looks good and holds its shape, but if you touch it, it crumbles.”

  East Texas guitar repair shop draws music industry clients from around world

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.

  WATCH: Longview snake vendor talks about upcoming Herps Reptile Expo

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum spoke to one of the vendors who was setting up for the upcoming Herps Reptile Expo at the exhibition building on the Longview Fairgrounds Friday.

  Bullard library renovations ready for community to enjoy

Bullard Library Director Debbie Wilbanks unveiled the much needed Bullard Community Library Renovations today.

  ‘We are over the moon:’ Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority members react to VP Kamala Harris’ swearing-in

For the first time in United States history, a black woman has been sworn in as vice president.

  Tyler nonprofits provide breakfast, conversation, resources for veterans

At the gatherings they have resources, speakers, games, and more.

Kilgore College Rangerettes to be featured in virtual Inaugural Parade

The virtual parade will take place on Wednesday afternoon.

  Inside the MidAmerica Flight Museum in Mount Pleasant

Kelly Mahon, director of operations for the Mid-America Flight Museum, took us on a tour of the museum on Tuesday.

  Texas African American Museum opens at new location, celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Texas African American Museum in Tyler celebrated Martin Luther King Junior Day with the grand opening of its new location.

  Longview church hosts ‘MLK’ day virtual observance

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.

Arbor Day 2021: Trees memorialized in honor of former Tyler leaders

The 2021 Arbor Day event was held today at Woldert Park, just north of downtown Tyler. Volunteers and families planted trees around the park in honor of Arbor Day. East Texas news spoke with the families of two former Tyler leaders who had trees memorialized for their service.

  Mark in Texas History: Lufkin Civilian Conservation Corps Camp provided Depression-era jobs

For this week’s Mark in Texas History, we take a look at a location that dates back to the days of FDR. Here’s Mark Scirto.

  Project Lifesaver bracelet helps locate elderly quickly

One east Texas man is home safe after disappearing this morning. However, authorities found him quickly thanks to a transmitter.

Texas African-American Museum to hold outdoor MLK Day celebration

With many ceremonies and parades canceled or held virtually in honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day, the Texas African-American Museum in Tyler is hosting an outdoor celebration this Monday.

  Renovations underway to create new library for Jacksonville

The library moved out of its previous location, which was purchased by Chick-Fil-A, in October.