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.”

  Mark in History: Athens Pottery Company

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

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

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

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

  Prayer rally to be held at Gregg County Courthouse this weekend

Continued Coverage

  WEBXTRA: Caldwell Zoo’s new anaconda exhibit opens Wednesday

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

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

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

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

  Memorial City Hall Performing Arts Center announces 2020-21 season

  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

  WEBXTRA: East Texas Food Bank continues emergency food box distributions

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

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

  WEBXTRA: National Guard helps distribute food at Whitehouse Food Pantry

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

  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.

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.