City of Lufkin cancels Reverse Christmas Parade

Due to a lack of entries, this year’s Dec. 7 “Reverse Christmas Parade,” has been canceled.

  Preparations being made for Longview’s 36th annual Thanksgiving food drive

  East Texas veteran remembered through his Tyler artwork

  Jacksonville sisters donate supplies to Tyler’s less fortunate

Cornhole tournament raises funds for Cami, 4-year-old East Texan battling cancer

Hormel and Brookshire’s donate $100k in protein to food banks

  Junior League of Tyler hosting home edition of Mistletoe & Magic

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East Texas non-profit needs help collecting toys for children in need

  East Texas veteran’s home renovated by Habitat for Humanity of Smith Co.

  Be the Light: Christmas lights go up early to shine light on foster care crisis in East Texas

WEBXTRA: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Pumping Unit being set up in Lufkin

  WATCH: Goudarzi & Young Law Offices giving away 750 Bear Creek Smokehouse turkeys

  East Texas Food Bank offering free Thanksgiving produce distribution for Tyler, Longview, Lufkin

  Schools compete in food drive for East Texas rescue mission

Health concerns and Covid-19 drove one East Texas woman to seek help for her father, and make an unusual move of putting him into a rescue mission. The story comes out of Longview where a couple decided a safe place for the family member would be the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission.

  Salvation Army kicks off 2020 Kettle and Angel Tree season

The nonprofit says it needs donations and volunteers more than ever this year.

  Families pick up coats at PATH annual coat drive

For the past 20 years, People Attempting To Help In Tyler has held their annual coats for kids drive for families in need. This week, registered families and children arrived to pick up their coat for the season.

  Texas African American Museum to move into old Tyler fire station building

It might not look like much right now, the former Tyler fire station #4 is about to get new life in the form of the new Texas African American Museum.

  City council approves expansion of Faulkner skate park

Angelina County Salvation Army kicks off its Angel Tree campaign

East Texas Food Bank to host 11th Annual Charlie Brown Thanksgiving event Friday

  Project Joy needs increased donations due to pandemic

Community food drive organized for ETX nonprofit ahead of holidays

Volunteer Central: Places to serve in East Texas this week

  Salvation Army red kettles going virtual

With the holiday season coming up, the Tyler Salvation Army will be bringing out the red kettle to raise funds to support the less fortunate.

  HIWAY 80 hopeful for Thanksgiving donations

HIWAY 80 Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization that provides services to the less fortunate in Longview and in Tyler. With the holiday season upcoming, the pandemic has caused them to shift their annual plans.

First of NacCares grant money being distributed to Nacogdoches businesses

The first NacCares grant money is being distributed to Nacogdoches businesses.

Texas state parks offer free admission Sunday in honor of Veterans Day

Texas State Parks are waiving day-use entry fees for the public in honor of veterans Sunday.

  WEBXTRA: Keep Tyler Beautiful to hold annual recycle day

Keep Tyler Beautiful and the City of Tyler will be holding the annual Tyler Recycles Day and Paint Collection Day on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon.

  Haunted car wash in Longview offers alternative scares in year of COVID-19

No shared spaces and very little personal contact makes for a COVID-19 friendly atmosphere.

Volunteer Central: Places you can serve the East Texas community this week

Here is this week’s list of groups and organizations that need a helping hand. Volunteering is a great way to help others, feel good about yourself, and meet new people in your community.

  Longview museum hosts international watercolor exhibit ahead of potential move

The museum's board is considering either renovating its current location or moving into a new one.

  2020 Longview Ambucs Christmas Parade canceled

The news was confirmed Tuesday by Main Street Coordinator Melida Heien.

  PATH, Altra Federal Credit Union discuss Coats for Kids event

Leslie Watson with PATH and Daisy Phillips with Altra Federal Credit Union appeared on East Texas Now Tuesday.b

  Reel East Texas Film Festival offers streaming option for guests amid pandemic

The festival will also offer in-person, socially-distanced screenings at the historic Texan Theater.

Tyler curbside recycling pick up to temporarily pause for maintenance

Curbside recycling pick up are expected to resume normal operations in early November.

  Oregon cub joins Caldwell Zoo cheetah’s litter

There’s a saying that “it takes a village to raise a child,” and at least in the animal kingdom, that has proven true recently in Tyler’s Caldwell Zoo.

  Multiple churches take part in first-ever prayer walk in Winnsboro

A large group of people from numerous churches took part in an event called Rally 4 Winnsboro, which was a prayer rally/walk designed to bring people together, Sunday afternoon.

‘Shhh! The babies are sleeping;’ Caldwell Zoo announces birth of 4 cheetah cubs

A cheetah at Tyler’s Caldwell Zoo just gave birth to four cubs, according to the zoo’s Facebook page.

  American Freedom Museum holds dedication ceremony for Iraq, Afghanistan Memorial

On Saturday, the American Freedom Museum in Bullard and the Brook Hill School posted a dedication ceremony for the Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial and the Walk of Honor.

  Longview Museum of Fine Arts to host virtual auction for annual fundraiser

The Longview Museum of Fine Arts is doing fairly well during the COVID-19 pandemic, but their upcoming annual fundraiser is a challenge this year.

Longview Rotary Club continues effort to help eradicate polio worldwide

It’s a debilitating disease that has been largely eradicated, but a Longview group gathers each year in an effort to make polio nonexistent across the globe.

CHRISTUS Good Shepherd hosts trick-or-treating drive-thru in Longview

CHRISTUS Good Shepherd hosts trick or treating drive-thru

  Rusk library welcomes guests from Jacksonville while new facility is built

The City Of Jacksonville is currently without a library since the beginning of October.

  Historic Jefferson Ghost Walk still haunting visitors 20 years later

KLTVs Jamey Boyum talks with Jodi Breckenridge with the Historic Jefferson Ghost Walk

Two Tyler organizations prepare for Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations

Two Tyler Organizations Prepare for Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations

New sign welcomes motorists to Longview

A new entry sign is up near a major intersection in the city of Longview.

  Habitat for Humanity begins construction of Tyler home

Construction work began on Smith County Habitat for Humanity’s 112th home in partner with First Presbyterian Church and University of Texas at Tyler Capstone Construction Management class for a qualified family.

30th annual Project Joy helping families in Whitehouse

Project Joy returns for their 30 annual Christmas outreach program for families in need in the Whitehouse area.

  Shine Tyler hosts inaugural event for non-profits

Shine Tyler, an organization dedicated to benefiting local non-profits, held their first event in downtown Tyler with 10 different nonprofits in attendance.

  Marion County seals time capsule in cornerstone of historic courthouse

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum talks with Marion County Judge Leward LaFleur.

  St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Kilgore hosts 22nd annual pumpkin patch

Benjamin Bagley, senior pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, tells us the church wanted to make sure it kept things as normal as possible but also safe.

  Tyler animal shelter invites artists to transform walls into colorful murals

The contest runs through Jan. 31, 2021.

East Texas Food Bank to hold free produce distribution in Longview

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

East Texas Food Bank to distribute free produce Friday at Gregg County Fairgrounds

The drive-thru produce distribution will be 8 to 10 a.m., Oct. 9, at the Gregg County Fairgrounds.

Volunteers needed for Saturday bed building event benefiting East Texas foster children

With a single bed frame, an East Texas child could avoid being handed over to CPS.

  “God over everything” Diboll 9-year-old starts his own t-shirt business

One East Texas boy has created his own t-shirt business with a little inspiration and help from the people closest to him. As KTRE's T’Ebonie Tanner learned his message is powerful.

Altra Federal Credit Union donates $25K to local organizations

For the past two years on the second Tuesday in October, Altra Federal Credit Union employees have spent their day volunteering at organizations in the communities they serve. Due to COVID-19, Altra Gives Back Day 2020 will take a different form.

Kilgore College Rangerette museum showcases vision of organization’s founder

The iconic Kilgore College Rangerettes continue to build on the vision of Gussie Nell Davis, who founded the Rangerettes in 1940.

ETBU theatre looks to the light with performance of Wait Until Dark

With its complex set and lighting design, this unique show was further complicated by the need for special health and safety measures to ensure the well-being of the cast, crew, and audience.

Volunteer Central: Places you can help your East Texas neighbors in need

Here’s this week’s list of organizations that need a hand doing their good work in our area. Help someone in need, make new friends, and feel good about doing a good thing.

  PATH implements changes to Coats for Kids Drive due to COVID-19 pandemic

Coat distribution will be done via drive-thru only, no try-ons will be allowed and children are not required to attend in order to receive a coat.

  Hot air balloons to fly over Longview as part of worldwide event

KLTV's Jamey Boyum talk to balloon pilot Bill Bussey about the Lifting Spirits event

  Longview skatepark expected to open next month

The skatepark is being constructed at Ingram Park on Tenth Street and is expected to open by the end of October.

  Outdoor Adventure Series in Tyler to teach kids variety of outdoor skills

The free classes are by registration only and are first-come, first-served.

  WEBXTRA: Tyler Public Library waives membership fees for TISD students

Non-resident minors under the age of 18, who are enrolled as students at TISD may apply for a Library card free of charge by presenting a school identification card or proof of school enrollment.

  Once segregated Mineola cemeteries unite under one board with new name

The merger also means it will be easier to maintain the cemetery and complete beautification projects already being planned.

City of Tyler holding free bulky item collection

The City of Tyler Solid Waste Department and Keep Tyler Beautiful are sponsoring a FREE bulky item collection for City of Tyler residential customers (excluding multi-family home communities and businesses).

Volunteer Central: Places to serve your East Texas neighbors in need

This week’s list has a number of organizations who need some helping hands in East Texas.

  Taste of the Fair kicks off at East Texas State Fairgrounds in Tyler

There are no rides or games set up at the East Texas State Fairgrounds, but there are plenty of food vendors to choose from.

  Public invited to walking tour of historic downtown Longview

The tour will offer historical information about some of downtown's most popular sites.

Once-divided Mineola cemeteries to unite under one name

The board of Cedar Memorial Gardens and Mineola Cemetery have voted unanimously during a joint session to unite under one name: Mineola Memorial Cemetery.

  Woman uses booth at Canton Trade Days to shed light on foster crisis in East Texas

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, you could find Janet Taylor, found of the BECOME Community, standing in front of a nearly empty booth spreading an important message about the foster care crisis in Texas.

Volunteer Central: Ways to help your East Texas neighbors in need

Here is this week’s list of organizations that could use a hand doing their work to serve East Texans.

  Tyler Transit to host virtual open house for route study

The studies are an effort to improve bus service within the City of Tyler.

Annual Texas Veteran’s Military and Classic Car Show in Bullard Saturday

Veterans in attendance will include Medal of Honor recipients, veterans who fought at Okinawa, and Desmond Doss, Jr., whose father, World War II Combat Medic Pfc. Desmond Doss, was the subject of the 2016 movie “Hacksaw Ridge”.

  A Mark in Texas History: The Everett Building in Longview

The Everett Building was built in 1910 to house Citizens National Bank. Its namesake, L.J. Everett, was the bank president.

  Annual vintage Motocross race set for this weekend in Marion County

KLTV's Jamey Boyum talks with Don Rainey about his 18th annual race happening in Marion County.

Celebration of PATH’s 35th anniversary goes digital, honors Tyler history

The celebration is being moved to digital platforms because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  East Texas Food Bank to distribute free produce Friday at Maude Cobb in Longview

The distribution will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

  WEBXTRA: City of Tyler looking for artists to decorate downtown alleyway

The City of Tyler is looking for artists to help decorate an alleyway in downtown.

  Taste of the Fair offers foodies a chance to chow down on East Texas State Fair favorites

Visitors can take home all of the fair food classics like turkey legs, funnel cakes, candied apples, and jumbo corn dogs.