Power of Prayer: The River church rebuilds lives, homes in Alto

A month after powerful tornadoes cut a path of destruction through the town of Alto, members of one congregation say they're finding unexpected blessings after this test of faith.

‘Giants of Law Enforcement’ banquet to honor Gregg County law agencies

  Power of Prayer: Kiepersol Estates Winery

  East Texas singer Laci Kaye Booth’s successful ‘Idol’ run ends at Top 4

Service dog ‘graduates’ with owner at TJC

  First group of students graduate with associate’s degree from Early College High School in Tyler, Longview

Professor invites Alto tornado victims to take part in group therapy session at SFA

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City councilman announces intentions to run for mayor of Tyler in 2020

City council approves renovations planned for ‘hidden park’ in Tyler

7OnScene: Tyler City Council, May 8

Volunteer Central: Opportunities to serve in East Texas this week

  Mechanic in Tyler warns of car owners selling damaged used vehicles to unsuspecting buyers

  State of industry, advancements take center stage at East Texas Energy Symposium

Caddo Mounds State Historic Site hosts volunteer day to aid in tornado recovery effort

The post-tornado recovery effort has grown into an event involving several volunteer groups.

  Renovations proposed for Tyler park ‘a lot of people didn’t know was there’, says city official

The city council will decide whether to approve renovations to one of the city’s oldest, and least known, parks.

  Power of Prayer: East Texas family aims to encourage through special needs ministry

A Tyler couple is trying to connect, encourage, and empower families with special needs through a new ministry.

Piney Woods Wine Festival features 20 local wineries

9th Annual Piney Woods Wine Festival in Lindale, Friday, May 10 & Saturday, May 11

Nirvana drummer, founding member of Foo Fighters Dave Grohl spotted at Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q

  Gift of Love: Armani

  Spring in full bloom as flowers of all types blossom across East Texas

  Buckner Westminster Place seniors crown four-legged champion in residence dog show

Search organizers recruiting volunteers to help recover items from Caddo Mounds site

  Call for churches to pray for children facing abuse on “Blue Sunday”

8th Annual Collin Boyd Strikeout 4 Cancer to benefit 4-year-old Whitehouse girl

An annual benefit to help the families of children battling cancer is hosting an event on April 27.

  John Tyler JROTC cadets undergo Army evaluation and inspection

The evaluation and inspection is conducted by the Army and covers nearly every aspect of a school’s JROTC program

  Gift of Love: Daylon

Daylon, 13, loves playing basketball and making friends in the foster care system. While this spirited teen knows the value of friendship, he also knows how important it is to have a family support system.

7OnScene: Tyler City Council Meeting, April 24

The Tyler City Council met on Wednesday April 24.

Volunteer Central: Opportunities to serve in East Texas April 19-25

Here is a list of organizations that need some helping hands this week.

Volunteer Central: Opportunities to get involved April 12-19

Here are some organizations that would appreciate some helping hands to serve their neighbors. This is a good way for you to meet new people and do a good deed, while you’re at it!

PHOTOS: East Texas critters show up, show off for ‘National Pet Day’

East Texans are taking the day to show off their beloved pets and we can’t get enough of it!

  City council tables scooter rideshare program that would help residents fly around Tyler

Mayor Heines said a pilot program could include 20 to 30 scooters if the city council approves it.

  Healing through Art: Live painting to benefit abused teenage girls

No matter where you are this weekend, an East Texas organization helping abused foster children is hosting an event you can take part in.This Saturday, Artfix Cultured Studios in Downtown Tyler is teaming up with Hope Haven of Smith County for “Stronger Together: Women Artists.”“Every dime that is

Child abuse awareness event is a ‘shoe-in’ to help abused kids

One in four boys, and one is six girls, will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday; an event to collect shoes for foster kids and raise awareness of this issue will take place on Thursday.

Vigil, balloon release set in memory Whitehouse ISD student

A balloon release and vigil are set to honor a Whitehouse ISD student who died after an accidental drowning.

Meet Emanti and Mac, Caldwell Zoo’s new African elephants

Caldwell Zoo is welcoming two new arrivals - a pair of 8-year-old African elephants.Emanti and eMacembe “Mac” LaLu Hlata are half-brothers from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

  Community helps City of Tyler unveil renovations, new art wall at Hillside Park

The grand opening was a highly-anticipated end to one part of a multi-phase project expected to revamp the area.

  Wiley College President advocates for HBCUs on Capitol Hill

Wiley College President Herman Felton testified before a House committee advocating for continued educational funding from Congress for HBCUs.

7OnScene: Smith County Commissioners Court, April 9

The Smith County Commissioners Court met on Wednesday.

2019 Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees range from ‘Harper Valley PTA’ singer to Henderson native

- Officials with the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame have released the names of the 2019 inductees, as well as details about the August when the inductees will be honored.

Smith County jury duty canceled for April 10

Jury duty is canceled for Smith County for Wednesday.

‘Back the Bluebonnet’ challenge has Texas law enforcement playing in meadows, frolicking in fields

The #BacktheBlueBonnet challenge has public servants and emergency responders pausing to smell the flowers

  TSTC students show off skills during lineman simulation

They are needed most during power outages, after storms. Being a lineman is a dangerous job, that usually has to be done in the most extreme elements.

“Beds of Hope” seeks to build 70 beds for East Texas children in care of CPS

When a child is removed from a home by CPS, one of the first things they need is a bed to sleep in. Organizations like “Beds of Hope” work fill that need. According to the “Beds of Hope” Facebook page, their next event is happening Saturday, April 6th in Longview.

  Former teacher, longtime Tylerite celebrates 100 years of life with friends, family

Naomi Bledsoe has spent the past 85 years living and teaching in Tyler.

  Faith-based foster care program changes name, mission

A new name and a new initiative is in place for an East Texas organization that has been helping children across East Texas for years. “We've been waiting a long time to be able to share this with people,” said East Texas Orphan Care Network’s Justin Hayes.

Austin Bank Named ‘One of 2019 Best Companies to Work for in Texas’

Austin Bank was recently named one of the 2019 Best Companies to Work for in Texas.

  County-wide cleanup underway in Smith County

Getting rid of large unwanted items can be difficult and expensive. That's why Smith County officials want to help.

  LIVE: East Texas ‘American Idol’ contestant Laci Booth talks competition, musical journey

Livingston native and “American Idol” contestant Laci Kaye Booth is competing on one of the country’s biggest national stages - ABC’s “American Idol.”Friday, Booth visited with the East Texas Now desk about the competition and her music.

  Azalea Trail gardens draw visitors from all over Texas for 60th year

For 60 years, Tyler has welcomed thousands of visitors from all over Texas and the country to the historic Azalea Trails.

  RESTAURANT REPORTS: Seven East Texas restaurants get tops scores

Top inspection scores given to 7 Smith county restaurants.

5th Annual Junior Showcase will feature performances by young blues guitar players

The 5th Annual Junior Showcase will be held at Heritage Plaza in Longview from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, according to the Big Pines Blues Society of East Texas.

  Mr. T takes up residence in Tyler at All Saints Episcopal School

Mr. T is from southern Africa and has been living in the U.S. for several years. His previous residence was at Stephen F. Austin University.

Pittsburg’s Bistro Neuf 9 competing in Culinary Fight Club

Pittsburg's Bistor Neuf 9 is set to compete in the Culinary Fight Club, a cooking competition with chefs.

CASA calls child abuse an ‘everywhere problem’

“This is not a Dallas problem, this is not a Houston problem, this is a problem everywhere,” said East Texas CASA Executive Director Shelly Smith. “Whether you talk about it or don't talk about it, it exists.”

Check out this entertainment lineup for the Great Texas Balloon Race

Texas red dirt musician Koe Wetzel, country musician Gene Watson and other stars are set to take the stage at the Great Texas Balloon Race.

Jersey Mike locations in Tyler, Longview to donate proceeds to support of Children’s Village of Texas

If you find yourself contemplating what to grab for lunch or dinner today, you could always grab a bite to eat and at the same time, help give to a non-profit organization that’s making a difference in East Texas.

7OnScene: Tyler City Council Meeting, March 27

The Tyler City Council will meet at 9 a.m. on March 26.

  Tyler crew competes in national motorcycle build-off; plans to raffle bike for veterans

A motorcycle customization shop in Tyler will enter the final stage of the Blue Collar Build Off on Tuesday.

Volunteer Central: Opportunities to serve East Texas this week

Here is a list of groups and organizations that could use a helping hand. Volunteering is the perfect way to meet new people and become involved in your community.

This dog and goat are best friends on the run

Henderson police are searching for the owner of a goat and dog seen roaming around town.

East Texas thrift stores struggle with dumping of trash

Spring cleaning is officially upon us. And second-hand donation stores across East Texas become a popular dumping ground this time of year.

  Video: New Kilgore College graduates compete in lineman rodeo

Sixteen fresh and recently graduated linemen will compete in KCEPT lineman rodeo.

Fallen East Texas firefighter added to Firefighter Memorial in Austin

Longtime firefighter M.V. Hudson was added to the Firefighter Memorial in Austin on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Relatives and members of the New London Fire Department were there to witness the event.

Rehab dog in Longview gives, receives therapy after hip surgery

The 8-year-old Australian shepherd mix was treated to a bit of the love and comfort she usually provides.

Bikers honor vets: ‘Run for the Wall’ stopping in Longview

Gregg County stop-over of Run for the Wall. The mission ride begins in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and culminates with participation in Rolling Thunder’s “Ride for Freedom” on the way to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

East Texan Trey Jackson gets ‘golden ticket’ on ‘American Idol’

Another East Texan is headed to Hollywood.Malakoff’s Trey Jackson received a golden ticket and will move on to the next round of competition on ABC’s “American Idol.”

WATCH LIVE: Violin group who performed with Kanye West, Aerosmith to hold show in Lufkin

Musical duo Black Violin is set to present a community concert in Lufkin.

WATCH LIVE : Smith County judge delivers State of County address

A Smith County judge will deliver the State of the County during the 2019 Smith County Community Commitment Report Luncheon.

  City of Tyler asking public for input to improve Parks and Open Space master plan

The master plan is a more detailed follow-up to the 2007 City of Tyler Comprehensive Plan, which sets out the vision, principles, and priorities for the next 20 years.

  New study shows life expectancy of Texans by ZIP code, race, gender

A new study published in February 2019 claims to have broken down life expectancy in the state of Texas by gender and ethnicity down to the ZIP code and county levels.

  VIDEO: Remembering New London on anniversary of school explosion

Every year, survivors of the New London school explosion and their descendants mark the solemn occasion. Today, we’re remembering those whose lives were lost in the blast.

  Islamic leader in Tyler condemns New Zealand attack: May God ‘not show us such horror’

A leader in the Islamic community of Tyler has condemned the deadly attack on two mosques in New Zealand, calling the shooting “disheartening" for Muslim relations.

  Indoor golf center serving food, drinks proposed for Longview strip mall

A Kilgore man has submitted a request for a permit to open an indoor golf center in the Post Haste shopping center in Longview.

Breakfast taco could become the official state breakfast item of Texas

A Texas lawmaker believes there’s a superior option when it comes to breakfast choices, and there’s a good chance you do too.

Volunteer Central - This week’s opportunities to serve in East Texas

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

Comedic classic comes to East Texas stage

Tyler Civic Theatre is set to hold auditions for a comedic classic - “Groucho: A Life in Revue.”

  VIDEO: Bubble show wows Longview children

As part of the Longview Public Library’s Summer Reading Club series, the library will play host to Brett Roberts and The Incredible Bubble Show. The free show begins at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center Complex.

  Director of utilities: Expect foul taste, smell of Tyler water to decrease ‘relatively fast’

The City of Tyler has announced the unusual taste and odor customers recently experienced should decrease relatively fast now that its second water treatment plant is up and running again.

Hollywood-bound: Riley Thompson reaches next level in ‘American Idol’ competition

An East Texas singer is Hollywood-bound after reaching the next level on “American Idol.”

  Tyler Classical Academy hosts ‘ultra fun run’ to benefit CASA for Kids East Texas

Amid a plum of color, students from grades kindergarten through 10th grader ran their hearts out Friday for a good cause.

Commissioners OK application to provide Smith County elderly, disabled with transportation

Funds provided by TxDOT for the Section 5310 program would be used to create a voucher program so those who live outside the city limits of Tyler have the ability to get access to transportation.