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

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

  Community leaders, residents gather for prayer vigil in downtown Tyler

Smith County, Tyler officials holding prayer vigil Tuesday

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

  Longview announces Fourth of July fireworks back on

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

  Stitchin’ Heaven in Quitman holds groundbreaking for upcoming retreat center

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

Overnight reservations available for Texas State Parks

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

  Tyler museum showcases student talent with annual high school art exhibit

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

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

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

East Texas Food Bank continuing to distribute emergency food boxes

  WATCH: One Texas Week 4

  A Mark in History: Hotel Wiley in downtown Garrison

  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.

East Texas Giving Day 2020 features database of immediate COVID-19 needs

From 6 a.m. to midnight on April 28th, people will be able to donate to over 190 non-profit organizations across East Texas.

  Salon, barbershop owners have mixed feelings about governor’s announcement

Salons owners across East Texas react to Governor Greg Abbott's announcement.

  MARK IN TEXAS HISTORY: Camp Fannin celebrated today

Camp Fannin was named in honor of Colonel James Walker Fannin, the Texas independence hero. According to its website, more than 200,000 young American men trained here between 1943 and 1945.

  Kilgore church collecting donations for storm victims in Onalaska

A Kilgore church is collecting donations to send to storm victims in Onalaska.

  100 year old woman celebrates birthday with drive-by parade and Elvis

Inez Deutsch celebrated her 100th birthday with a parade, in Longview.

  East Texas pastor retires after 30 years

Bill Kuykendall held his last service as pastor of Calvary Baptisit Church, after 30 years, on Sunday.

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

These organizations need a hand to continue effectively serving our East Texas neighbors in need.

  Texas DFPS joins faith communities to pray for child abuse victims on “Blue Sunday”

On April 26th, due to COVID-19, that effort to end “Child Abuse Prevention Month” on a hopeful note will look a little different.

Texas Workforce Commission hosts Facebook Live to answer unemployment questions

Texas Workforce Commission hosts Facebook Live to answer unemployment questions

  One Texas: Songs From Home brings the concert to your living room

While we are stuck at home during this pandemic, so are our favorite bands and artists.

  East Texas fire departments help celebrate girl’s 3rd birthday

Some East Texas fire departments helped make one little girl's third birthday a very special one.

  East Texas man making N-95-like masks to help with ‘mandatory mask requirements’

SPARC Industries, in Tyler, is creating a face mask close to an N-95, to help with growing mask requirements.

Volunteer Central: Places that need a hand helping others this week

Here is this week’s list of organizations who could use some volunteers. Check with the organization at the email or number provided to learn more.

  Grocery store employees in Longview given gift cards as ‘thank you’

A manager who was working during the act of kindness said the store “appreciated being appreciated.”

Longview church donates 900 meals to feed staff at CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center

Country Tavern delivered the first meals on Thursday morning.

  Abuse survivor, Miss. Texas’ Outstanding Teen urges everyone to “walk a mile” for children

An East Texas abuse survivor is using her platform to spread a message of awareness during Child Abuse Awareness Month.

  Tyler outdoors store collecting snacks for care packages for East Texas sailors

Snacks are apparently hard to come by due to the COVID-19 pandemic

  ‘You’re my hero’: Church draws uplifting messages on sidewalk outside Lufkin hospital

“Our heroes. We support you,” one drawing of the healthcare workers behind superhero-themed masks read.

  Tyler partners with Hand Up Network to provide respite facility for first responders

The City of Tyler and Mayor Martin Heines announced that Hand Up Network has agreed to come alongside the city to provide oversight and management to First Responder Respite Care Facilities located at Tyler Junior College.

East Texas Food Bank distributing food boxes every Friday

The East Texas Food Bank saw an increase in need in their second week of drive-thru food distributions.

  Family appreciates essential helpers: ‘Our garbage truck guys are awesome!’

A sure smile: watch these kids wave to their favorite garbage truck driver.

  East Texas Food Bank holding weekly distribution of emergency food boxes

The East Texas Food Bank will be holding weekly drive-thru distributions of emergency food boxes in response to COVID-19.

  “Case workers are on the frontlines”: Mask collection underway for workers investigating child abuse

The need for protective masks is greater than it has been in decades and one East Texas organization is looking to get those masks into the hands of CPS case workers.

Cedar Street United Methodist Church donates computers to families in need

For the past 17 years, the Cedar Street United Methodist Church in Tyler, has been donating refurbished computers to families and children in need if they’re in the 4th grade or older.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to close all state parks, per Governor Greg Abbott

Governor Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission to close all state parks and historic sites at 5 tonight as part of the state's social distancing practices and to prevent gatherings of large groups of people.

  Great Texas Balloon Race canceled over COVID-19 concerns

Great Texas Balloon Race officials have decided it is in the best interest of Gregg County, our sponsors, vendors, pilots, volunteers, and attendees to cancel the June 19-21st event.

Hospitality Health ER uplifts and honors healthcare workers with Free, Live Stream Concert led by Christian recording artist, Leeland

Free, Live Stream Concert for Healthcare workers on Facebook and Instagram, led by Christian recording artist, Leeland, featuring “Way Maker,” the viral hit inspiring healthcare workers across the nation.

Denver Mattress Company ramps up production of face masks and distributing face shields in the fight against COVID-19

Denver Mattress Company ramps up production of face masks and distributing face shields in the fight against COVID-19

  Community thanks hospital staff with lights, honks, friendly signs

East Texas community members showed their support for hospital employees, Sunday night.

  Family grateful for daughter’s birthday parade

One little girl in Kilgore had a great birthday thanks to a parade; just for her.

  Family plans ‘drive-by birthday parade’ for Kilgore girl whose party was canceled

Who needs a birthday party when you can have a birthday parade?

Marshall Fire Fighters Association urge citizens of Harrison County to follow mandatory shelter in place order

Marshall Fire Fighters Association urge citizens of Harrison County to follow mandatory shelter in place order

East Texas Food Bank to distribute emergency food boxes at East Texas State Fairgrounds

Each box will contain enough pantry items for 16 meals. No identification or paperwork is required!

SFA Army ROTC to host annual Kile G. West Memorial Run virtually

“He was killed in action on Memorial Day in 2007 in Iraq,” said Major James Attaway, chair of the Department of Military Science at Stephen F. Austin State University.

  Kilgore church creates Blessing Box to help fill community’s needs

The church knew many people needed help during the COVID-19 crisis.

Texas Shakespeare Festival canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

“With a heavy heart and deep regret, I believe it is in the best interest of our artists and our many loyal patrons that the Texas Shakespeare Festival will not produce a 2020 season,” said Raymond Caldwell, TSF Founder and Artistic Director.

  Neighbors Helping Neighbors group provides donation boxes in Anderson County

The boxes were created as a way to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  ‘Our time of need is now’: Nonprofits feel financial impact of COVID-19

During a time of social distancing and isolation, nonprofits are changing the way they operate.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission temporarily waive renewal requirements for Medicaid, SNAP clients during COVID-19 crisis

Texas Health and Human Services Commission temporarily waive renewal requirements for Medicaid, SNAP clients during COVID-19 crisis

Volunteer Central: Organizations that need a helping hand in East Texas

Here are some organizations that are looking for volunteers to help serve their fellow East Texans.

  Bored at home? Here are some things you can do online or safely in the car

We’re compiling a list of events you can safely take part in either online or in the car!

HAY! Gregg County couple wants you to practice social distancing

The couple only needed to step outside in order to help remind their neighbors of the importance of social distancing.

City of Jacksonville host “Spring into Support Blood Drive”

The city of Jacksonville and Carter BloodCare have teamed up to bring you the “Spring into Support Blood Drive”

KLTV launches local database of businesses operating during COVID-19 pandemic

KLTV in Tyler, Texas supports local businesses by providing a database of businesses who are serving East Texans with modified operations.

  East Texas church holds drive in service

One East Texas church is taking care of their congregation's spiritual needs, 'drive-in movie' style. While East Texas church parking lots are largely empty with services cancelled, pastors at Big Sandy's 'Sit-Em-Down Cowboy Church', allowed members to drive in for services, literally.

  Glenwood VFD holds emergency canned food drive to help feed community

The chief hoped to help bridge the gap in resources needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Brookshire Grocery Co. hosting hiring events in Tyler

If you’re looking for employment, you may want to check out this opportunity.

  East Texans offering time, resources to others during COVID-19 social distancing

In a time of overbuying and overreaction, some East Texans are doing more for their neighbors.