Volunteer Central: Opportunities to serve in East Texas this week

Here is your updated weekly list of groups and organizations that could use a helping hand as they work to serve our East Texas community.

  Health Information Kiosk available at Tyler Public Library

  Gift of Love: Christina

  Students at The Brook Hill School deliver handmade Valentine’s Day cards to senior citizens

  Power of Prayer: Rick Garrett’s ministry to cancer patients

Volunteer Central: Organizations who could use a helping hand this week in East Texas

Top five selected in ‘Women with Heart’ scholarship contest

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  Daffodil garden in Gladewater pushes back opening after stormy weekened

Black History Month exhibit showcases people who helped shape Longview’s history

  Where to stream the top 2020 Oscar films

  Tyler hangs new sign on baseball field renamed in honor of former city councilman

  St. Paul Children’s Services honors founding member

  Big Sandy Agape house needs canned goods, other donations

  Gift of Love: Madison

“Today is my birthday,” Madison said as her chaperone sneaked inside. What would await this birthday girl was a surprise unlike anything she’s experienced before.

Lindale $835,000 sidewalk project to get underway by late 2020

Monday morning, The Texas Department of Transportation, TxDOT, awarded the City of Lindale up to $835,644 in federal funds through the Transportation Alternatives program for the construction of 1.25 miles of sidewalk along FM 849. The project is scheduled to be underway by late 2020.

  Power of Prayer: Spanish-language Christian radio station Fuzión

There’s a new voice of harmony in East Texas. Fuzión radio signed on the air January 17, broadcasting Christian music in Spanish.

  St. Mary’s Catholic School in Longview celebrates 50 years with annual Enchilada Roll

Proceeds will go to scholarships for Catholic high school youth.

  Tyler police surprise student participating in Jack Elementary shoe drive

Volunteer Central: Opportunities to serve in East Texas this week

  Webxtra: Longview High School violinists will perform at Carnegie Hall

  State-of-the-Art Bradley Thompson Tower to open at Christus by summer 2020

Traditions Restaurant celebrates 20 years with special lunch benefiting Salvation Army

  Webxtra: Women’s Fund selects 5 East Texas non-profits for grants

Educator whose experiments flew on final Shuttle Columbia mission to speak at Hemphill museum

A noted aerospace educator and consultant will speak at the Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Museum as part of the 17th anniversary memorial planned for the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia.

Longhorn Steakhouse opens in Tyler

Longhorn Steakhouse opened Tuesday afternoon. It’s located in a free-standing building at the Broadway Square Mall.

Free produce, community resource event underway in Tyler

The Smith County Food Security Council’s Produce Drop and Community Resource Roadshow runs until 6 p.m.

City of Van plans flash mob for HGTV video entry

The flash mob will be gathering for the last segment of the video entry to HGTV Hometown Takeover.

Volunteer Central: Opportunities to serve in East Texas

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

‘Sponsor a Stud’ campaign underway at Habitat for Humanity of Smith County

“It gives everyone a chance to come in here and buy a board. You can paint on it. You can write inspirational messages on it.” said Rebecca Berkley, director of development for Habitat for Humanity of Smith County.

  WEBXTRA: Big Inch Pipeline lecture, panel discussion to be held in Longview

The Big Inch Pipeline was built in the 1940s to get East Texas oil to Pennsylvania so fuel could be shipped overseas during the war.

  Certified babysitter training to benefit East Texas foster families

While foster parents are busy supporting their new foster children, those parents soon find out they need a support system, too.

Marshall’s Memorial City Hall Performing Arts Center offers entertainment for everyone

Marshall’s old city hall has been reborn for use as a performance center, and they host events for people of all entertainment styles.

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

Here is your list for this week’s groups and organizations who are looking for some faithful vounteers to help out. Great way to meet new people, too!

East Texas museum exhibit features works by artist with ties to Tyler

“Bold Lines: Works by Joseph Glasco” is on display through Feb. 16 in the museum’s Bell Gallery.

  East Texas celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Events around East Texas to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Marshall hospital unveils new memorial prayer garden

It will be a place to patients, families and associates to reflect and seek solace.

Volunteer Central: Opportunities to serve in East Texas this week

If you are looking for a way to improve your own live as well as the life of others, here is a list of groups and organizations that could use a helping hand.

  Animal shelter in Jacksonville kicks off ‘Roaring 20s’ with free dog adoptions

“When we put these animals into responsible pet ownership homes, that’s a great outcome," organizers said.

  Gift of Love: Ryan

“I don’t want to go back to my parents,” the sixth grader told us as he sat down with us. “They were mean.”

Son of former greeting card writer asks public to send her cards for 78th birthday

She was formerly wrote for Hallmark, so her son thought to surprise her by asking everyone to send his mother a card.

Give Back Box turns your old stuff into a charitable donation

Knock out your holiday de-cluttering and support local charities at the same time!

  Hair stylist dedicates time and talent to honor fallen officer

Jennifer Broadus, owner of the Cuttin’ Hut in Carthage, is giving away free haircuts Friday and Saturday in honor of fallen Panola County Deputy Chris Dickerson.

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

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

Volunteer Central: Resolve to serve East Texans in need in 2020

Here’s a list of organizations who are looking for helping hands this year. Take a look to see if one might be a good fit for you!

AAA Texas offering Tipsy Tow for New Year’s Eve

A free ride home of up to ten miles will be available for drinking drivers.

  City of Tyler to accept applications for housing voucher program waiting list

The program helps low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to find affordable rental housing.

  Gift of Love: Sonya

For this sophomore, the experience of getting her hair and makeup done was made even more special because it was all a surprise.

  Tyler’s Glass Recreation Center reopens doors after scheduled maintenance, renovations

Floors were revitalized and refinished, the weight room got new equipment, and the gym was upgraded, too.

  Holiday in the Garden Christmas extravaganza kicks off Saturday

Other free activities include train rides, story time with Mrs. Claus, a North Pole workshop for children and a station where letters to Santa and cards to U.S. service members can be written.

  Rose Garden transforms into Winter Wonderland for holiday event

The Christmas season will be in full swing on Saturday at the Holiday in the Garden and Bazaar in Tyler.

  Therapet donates 500 lbs. of pet food to benefit companions of Meals on Wheels clients

Every year, volunteers and staff with Therapet hold a Christmas party where donations of dog and cat food and treats are collected.

  WEBXTRA: Longview’s Christmas balloon glow set for Thursday night

Weather permitting, the free balloon glow will be from 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m at Maude Cobb.

  Museum in Gregg County offers preview of Living History Christmas exhibit

It started years ago as a way to give parents a chance to come out and share a holiday experience their kids would be excited to see.

  TJC Apache band led Tyler parade Thursday night, shared special performance

On Thursday night, two Christmas parades will happen, and we will share them both with you for double the holiday fun.

  Gift of Love: Samantha & Marlee

“We’ve been together all our lives and every time we're apart for long periods of time, it feels empty, it feels weird,” said Sam.

  Carols in the Park lights up indoor Christmas tree forest in Pittsburg

Many of the 100 trees on display are decorated as visual representations of Christmas carols, while a few others have religious themes.

  Nonprofits, charities look to generosity of East Texans on Giving Tuesday

After a busy weekend of holiday shopping, nonprofits and charities across East Texas hope you’ve got a little money left in your budget for #GivingTuesday.

Volunteer Central: Places to serve in East Texas this week

If you’d like to make serving others part of your holiday season, give one of these great organizations who are looking for volunteers a call.

  Kilgore Public Library looks to the future

The library’s director says the city is working with an architect to take a look at the building and figure out what it’s needs are in the future.

  Tyler Salvation Army to serve annual community Thanksgiving meal

The Salvation Army is planning to feed up to 1,500 guests from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. Thursday

  ‘Shop Local Saturday’ brings bittersweet feelings for Tyler boutique owner’s family after her death

For one store in Tyler, Shop Local Saturday means more than just extra sales this year.

  Power of Prayer: Core Music Ministry at Tyler’s Marvin Church

Prayer and worship take on many different forms. Tyler’s Marvin Church Core Worship Music Ministry is teaching the gospel through their musical gifts.

  Loblolly model train pulls into Gregg County Historical Museum

KLTV’s Arthur Clayborn got a sneak peek at this year’s display, which volunteers say takes about two weeks to set up.

  Tyler Junior College unveils Metke Drive in honor of former school president

Mike Metke retired in June, after serving as TJC’s president for 12 years.

  Kilgore College will debut new steel drum ensemble Thursday night in Van Cliburn Auditorium

The KC Jazz Band will perform a variety of musical styles including swing, rock, funk and Latin. Tonight’s concert is free and open to the public.

Dollar General surprises two Tyler schools with $5,000

On Wednesday, they were at Alto ISD where they presented students and teachers with a $15,000 check to help the district rebuild its library.

  Demolition of notorious Globe Inn underway in Longview

KLTV's Jamey Boyum spoke to city spokesman Shawn Hara about the future of the site

  Students at Trinity School of Texas donate over 17K canned goods to Longview food drive

KLTV’s Bob Hallmark was at the school where he spoke to the student body president about the food drive.

  City of Tyler explains closure of Harvey Hall following Legionnaires’ outbreak

City Manager Ed Broussard sat down with KLTV’s Blake Holland on Thursday to talk about the city’s decision to close the event center.

Friendly competition between Jacksonville first responders to benefit blood bank

The fire department will face the police department, but hospitals and clinics will be the real winners.

  Steel hot-air balloons popping up in Longview

Lift Off 2020! is under way in Longview with several steel balloon sculptures painted and in place.

Volunteer Central: Opportunities to serve this week

Here’s a list of places in East Texas that could use a helping hand or two to accomplish their goals of helping our neighbors.

Smith County invites citizens to offer input on new courthouse

Residents of Smith County have one more opportunity Monday night to give their input on plans for a new courthouse.

  Power of Prayer: DFW International Airport Interfaith Chaplaincy

At the start of the holiday travel season, countless East Texans will be among the passengers navigating crowds at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

  Veteran thankful for birthday cards from all over the country

Wilson Dickson has received more than 450 birthday cards from all over the world.

  All-inclusive playground opens in Tyler

The new all-inclusive playground in Tyler is officially open.

Derrick lighting: City of Kilgore to light up World’s Richest Acre on Saturday

The winter festival will have plenty of family fun and entertainment, and of course, they will light up those derricks on the World’s Richest Acre.

  Ten children officially join forever families at Smith County adoption event

November is National Adoption Month

  Longview’s Maude Cobb hosts United Kennel Club dog show

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum dropped by to learn more about the show.

  Reel East Texas Film Festival kicks off with speakers from Texas Film Commission

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum spoke with one of them.

  CHRISTUS breaks ground on new orthopedics, sports medicine facility

The institute will be a four-story facility housing about 62,000 square feet of diagnostic, care and rehabilitation space.