Bullard library renovations ready for community to enjoy

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

Kilgore College Rangerettes to be featured in virtual Inaugural Parade

  Inside the MidAmerica Flight Museum in Mount Pleasant

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

  Longview church hosts ‘MLK’ day virtual observance

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

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

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  Project Lifesaver bracelet helps locate elderly quickly

Texas African-American Museum to hold outdoor MLK Day celebration

  Renovations underway to create new library for Jacksonville

  Nacogdoches rallies around officer, wife with cancer

  3 school districts fundraising for Lindale coach battling COVID-19

  WATCH: Marshall’s downtown revitalization effort to move forward, pay tribute to history

Food distribution canceled Friday at Harvey Hall

The City of Tyler is working with NET Health to hold emergency vaccine distributions in the Harvey Hall parking lot through Saturday.

Volunteer Central: Places to serve in East Texas this week

Here are some places that need some help as they work to serve the people of East Texas.

  PHOTOS: East Texans show off beautiful photos of snow

East Texans have had a fun Sunday in the snow and have beautiful pictures to show off.

  Alba man has 5-foot-tall bass carved out of tree stump

Galen Smith hired a man to carve a 5-foot-tall bass out of the stump. Smith said the man used three chainsaws to make the carving.

Meals on Wheels prepared clients for the weekend snow with food packs

Longview rescue mission providing people without a home to come in from the cold

  MARK IN TEXAS HISTORY: ‘Big Inch’ pipeline turns 78

  2021 East Texas Auto and Cycle Show canceled due to pandemic

  East Texas pastors hold prayer vigil after Capitol invasion

Longview Public Library fights off COVID-19 with two new Super Book Sanitizers

  Empty Kilgore school to become entertainment venue

Jamey Boyum talks with Britt Davis about the fruition of his dream venue in Kilgore.

Somebody said you’re not supposed to eat king cake until Jan. 6

King cake is not a year-round pastry, allegedly.

  First Responders receive free vehicle from Patterson Dodge of Tyler

Patterson Dodge of Tyler gifted a brand-new truck to four first responders today.12 nominees from the Smith County’s Sheriff’s Department, Tyler Police and Fire Department, and Ut Health EMS. All participated in the event.

Volunteer Central: Places to serve in East Texas this week

Here is this week’s list of organizations that need some help serving our East Texas neighbors in need.

COVID concerns causes Cowan Center to cancel all but two shows

All but two shows will be cancelled for the remainder of the UT Tyler Cowan Center's 2020-2021 season.

Volunteer Central: Places to serve in East Texas this week

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

  Homeless shelter residents try to rebuild lives during the holidays

It's been a challenging holiday season for many East Texans trying to find joy at the end of a tumultuous year, but for those living in rescue missions, it's a time to reflect upon re-building their lives.

Christmas Brunch: Only different.

Tyler's Salvation Army serves to-go meals for anyone who wanted one.

Ministry gives presents to East Texas families, children

On this Christmas day, some East Texans chose to give of their time to others, to bring some joy for those who are struggling. In Longview members of the 'New Beginning Faith Ministry' spent their day making sure children had presents, even if they weren't 'under the tree.'

  WEBXTRA: Salvation Army Christmas brunch is a little different because of COVID-19

Holiday to-go treat for those less fortunate

  A very unusual holiday display at Longview home is turning heads

It's the season of lights, garlands and trees, but one East Texan has come up with a different kind of decorating for the holidays. A casual drive along Pineland street in Longview, and you come across and unusual holiday display. The inspiration of homeowner Rusty Johnson.

  An anonymous Tyler community member decorates skeleton to spread holiday cheer

A Tyler resident who left out his Halloween décor, has found new light after an anonymous community member dressed up one of his lawn items.The homeowner explains this unique story involving their Halloween skeleton that turned festive just in time for the holidays.

  Goudarzi and Young law firm give away hams before Christmas

Goudarzi and Young law firm is holding a giveaway for hams to people in need.

December babies receive Christmas stockings at UT Health Tyler

The oversized felt stockings were hand sewn by members of the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  Three East Texas moms put stockings together for 40 NICU moms

Three East Texas moms are giving Stocking of Hope to mothers with NICU children at Tyler’s Christus Trinity Mother Francis Hospital.

  Volunteers dish out drive through Christmas meals to East Texans

Bringing a little holiday spirit to the season, volunteers passed out free dinners to East Texans. For the third year members of Henderson Baptist church prepared over a thousand Christmas dinner meals for all who needed them. The effort is called 'Food for Soul'.

  East Texas braces for winter, more homeless people in need of help

The first day of winter is on Monday, and it can be a very busy time for East Texas homeless shelters. In particular, with Covid-19 protocols in place, it's a difficult task to care for everyone in need and keep a safe facility.

Wreaths placed on gravestones at Tyler’s Memorial Cemetery to honor veterans in nationwide ceremony

Every year on the third Saturday of December, wreaths are placed on headstones and plaques across America’s cemeteries to honor our fallen soldiers.

  East Texas children’s letters to Santa including heartfelt requests

With a week left until Christmas, letters from across the world and East Texas are being sent off to the North Pole in hopes that Santa and his helpers will deliver toys and joy this holiday.

  5 Longview parks scheduled to undergo renovations

Five parks are scheduled to undergo renovation in Longview. Currently three of the five are under construction.

  Salvation Army Angel Tree donations handed out to those in need

It was a bit nippy Friday morning, but that didn’t stop Salvation Army volunteers from spreading some cheer.

East Texas Food Bank offers last drive-thru distributions before Christmas

Food boxes with produce, protein and dairy will be distributed.

Volunteer Central: Places to serve in East Texas this week

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

  Longview police hand out gift cards to those in need

As part of the Blue Santa Project, Longview police are handing out gift cards to those in need.

  Deliveries to families participating in Project Joy underway in Whitehouse

Project joy in Whitehouse returned this year for their annual Christmas outreach program for families in need in the Whitehouse area.

  Longview’s Blue Santa took on fun new twist for 2020

Money for the program came from donations throughout the year. Families that received gifts were chosen by the officers that saw the need.

Gilmer organizations team up to provide toys for area children

Watson said the DAV decided to help with a toy drive this year because, as he put it, “It’s all about the Lord and giving.”

Therapet donates 500 pounds of dog food to Meals Fur Pets

For its 5th year, Therapet Animal Assisted Therapy in Tyler donated over 500 pounds of dry dog and cat food to the Meals Fur Pet’s program.

  East Texas bikers rally to hold 29th annual Truman Smith Toy Run amidst pandemic

An East Texas holiday tradition of giving goes on. For the past 28 years, East Texas motorcycle clubs have banded together to bring toys to children at a special needs facility.

  Annual softball benefit to raise funds for 4-year-old living with cancer

Over 100 athletes attended the fifth annual softball benefit with all proceeds going towards supporting Cami, a 4-year-old living with health issues. Cami was born with down syndrome and was diagnosed with leukemia last august.

  MARK IN TEXAS HISTORY: Stone Fort Museum in Nacogdoches

On the Stephen F. Austin State University campus is one of the first preservation efforts in Texas, and it is the topic of this week’s Mark in Texas History by Mark Scirto.

  Hanukkah celebrations shine a light even during pandemic

Hanukkah is the ‘Festival of Lights.’ Rabbi Neal Katz at Congregation Beth El in Tyler said Hanukkah tells two stories.

  Lufkin High School student takes 2nd place in Congressional Art Competition

A Lufkin High School senior has taken 2nd place in a Congressional Art Competition.

  Manpower, materials donated to finish veteran’s home after his death due to COVID-19

Remodeling of an East Texas veterans home had already begun through 'Habitat for Humanity', when that veteran passed away from complications suffered after catching 'Covid-19'. It left the family with no options, until some East Texas companies stepped in.

  Andy Woods first grader gets huge surprise when dad returns from deployment, comes to school

An Andy Woods student thought his class was being rewarded for good behavior today, but he instead got the happiest surprise of his young life.

  Garnett Brookshire shares his excitement for revival of downtown Tyler

Garnett says the Plaza Tower is the place to be downtown, with the benefits of extra amenities, networking, and community involvement.

  ETFB, Partners in Health program to provide healthy food, nutrition education to families

The East Texas Food Bank partnered with Tyler Independent School District’s Head Start program to help families facing food insecurity. This program provides them with access to healthy food and nutrition education.

  Loblolly model train rolls into the Gregg County Historical Museum

Holiday village on display through Dec. 23rd

Forest Home Baptist Church in Kilgore continues tradition started in 1993

Drive-Through Nativity

  East Texas women donating stockings full of gifts to NICU moms

Three east Texas moms are giving stockings of hope to mothers with NICU children in east Texas hospitals.

City of Tyler, Keep Tyler Beautiful looking for wall art submissions for Hillside Park

The City of Tyler and Keep Tyler Beautiful are looking for submissions for wall art at Hillside Park.

  Tyler Chanukah-Klezmer show moves online for 2020

Rabbi Neal Katz, of Congregation Beth El in Tyler, is presenting the 13th annual Chanukah-Klezmer show with the amazing Tyler Klezmer Band.

Tyler Junior College’s Nutcracker ballet goes virtual

Tyler Junior College’s 32nd annual holiday presentation of the Nutcracker Ballet will be accessible online to the public starting Friday.

  Hurricane relief drive being held by Carthage High School students

Carthage High School’s National Honor Society is holding a Hurricane Relief Drive to help those affected by Hurricanes Laura and Delta in Southwest Louisiana.

City of Tyler calling on local artists

The City of Tyler and Keep Tyler Beautiful are calling for local art submissions for The Hillside Park Art Wall.

  ‘Tyler Gives’ raises $160,000 for charities in inaugural effort

This was the first year for “Tyler Gives”, an effort from multiple organizations being driven by United Way of Smith County.

Marshall Education Foundation awards $33,000 in teacher grants

The Marshall Education Foundation is continuing their mission of improving education at Marshall ISD.

December holiday events across East Texas

While the pandemic has cut back the number of events in December offered in East Texas, some cities are going ahead with their plans, though some may be somewhat altered.

  Hospital leader who spent time in COVID-19 unit flips light switch on UT Health Christmas tree

An East Texas hospital leader who spent 17 days in his hospital’s COVID-19 unit lit the Christmas tree at UT Health East Texas in Tyler on Tuesday evening.

  WEBXTRA: City of Marshall working on new animal shelter to replace aging facility

KLTVs Jamey Boyum talked with Marshall Animal Shelter Supervisor Shelly Godwin about their aging facility and the new one presently under construction.

  Donations matched by United Way up to $50,000 for Giving Tuesday

Williams explained that COVID-19 has made vulnerable seniors rely on the ministry.

NET Health, Tyler Parks and Rec Department secures funds for 10 bicycle fix-it stations

The Northeast Texas Public Health District (NET Health) and the Tyler Parks and Rec Department have partnered to secure funds to purchase ten bicycle fix-it stations.

  Longview business taking donations to help hurricane-battered Honduras

A Longview businessman with deep ties to Honduras is asking East Texans to donate supplies for residents of that country who are struggling in the wake of the two hurricanes that hit that nation earlier this year.

Salvation Army of Lufkin sees uptick in clients due to cold weather, pandemic

Staff at the Salvation Army in Lufkin say they are seeing an uptick in clients not only with the colder temperatures but since the pandemic started.

  Local artists contribute to 280-foot canvas called Tyler Art Alley

43 local artists are contributing towards Tyler’s Art Alley located next to downtown Tyler.

  Thanksgiving has new meaning for former gang member, addict recovering at Hiway 80 Mission

As we enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend in East Texas, it’s hard to believe that there’s anyone who “doesn’t celebrate it.” However, for one man in an East Texas shelter, his hard life and an addiction shaded the holidays.

  Webxtra: Longview Main Street coordinator encourages the community to shop local

Longview Main Street Coordinator encourages the community to shop local.

Community members unite for Thanksgiving in the park in Lufkin

“It is just me and my husband. So, we just wanted to come and help serve. It’s nothing but joy to serve others,” said Campbell.