Volunteer Central: Opportunities to serve in East Texas

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  Longview’s Institute for Healthy Living launches paddle board fitness program

Gift of Love: Chelsy

  Brook Hill opens new Graves Innovation Center

LETU students create device to detect iron deficiency, win world prize

  WEBXTRA: Musician Scott Mulvahill giving free concert in Kilgore

INTERACTIVE MAP: Here’s where to find the best scares in East Texas this Halloween

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  Longview Public Library lets you check out baking pans

  WEBXTRA: Lighting expert talks about making art shine at Longview museum

It’s an East Texas Now Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Interactive Wings of Tyler art project ready for people, pets

  Celebrating Freedom of Flight: Rusk County Airport to host annual fly-in

  WEBXTRA: Kilgore hosts state championship horseshoe pitching competition

  WEBXTRA: Kilgore’s month-long Oktoberfest continues with downtown festivities

The free event includes a variety of food and artisan vendors and activities for kids.

  WEBXTRA: Longview’s Mobberly Baptist Church hits road for annual special needs camp

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Tyler firefighters kick off 11th annual Turn Tyler Pink

Turn Tyler Pink is an effort to educate the public about breast cancer during the month of October.

Volunteer Central: 12 organizations that could use a helping hand in East Texas

These organizations need some volunteers to help them accomplish their good work for our East Texas neighbors. Check out this week’s list to see if one might be a good fit for you.

‘Wings of Tyler’ art display to be unveiled Thursday

TJC science center to debut new space exhibit, digital projection system

  Longview police stress knowing your neighbors during National Night Out events

  WEBXTRA: Longview Transit Center opens in new location

  City of Mineola considering the idea of a new dog park

  Palestine Youth Athletic Association looking to build their own complex

Volunteer Central: Opportunities to serve in East Texas this week

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  WEBXTRA: City Fest en español welcomes everyone to their free family-fun event, Fiesta Latina

City Fest en español is welcoming everyone to their event, Fiesta Latina.

WATCH: Hundreds of dogs to compete in agility contest held in Tyler

More than 200 dog and handler teams will compete this week for gold, silver and bronze medals during the Masters Challenge Agility Cup.

  City of Tyler announces dates for free bulky item pickup

Leroy Sparrow, director of solid waste, said anyone needing bulky items picked up can put them out on the curb on Monday, Sept. 30.

Tyler city council approves increased property taxes

Tyler's property tax rate will increase on October 1.

  City of Tyler to begin closing all city parks daily at sunset

Tyler city parks will begin closing earlier.

  Girl Scout cadettes build music wall at Chandler park

Two Girl Scout cadettes from Chandler earned their Silver Award and help out a local park at the same time.

  Passing Through: New exhibit at Tyler Museum of Art explores American landscape

As the title suggests, the featured works explore scenes one might encounter while passing through a town or area.

  WEBXTRA: Neal McCoy talks about upcoming Angel Network concert, golf tournament

McCoy has been putting on his Angel Network benefit for 25 years.

  World War II veterans, East Texas boys meet every year to talk about the good ol’ days

In 1944, 536 sailors boarded the U.S.S. Bollinger to join the pacific fleet headed for Pearl Harbor. 75 years later and 4 of those sailors are still friends today.

  WEBXTRA: Longview seeks public’s input for monument at city’s southern entryway

The City of Longview is seeking input for the design of a prominent welcome monument that will be installed along a southern Longview entryway.

  Longview firefighters, American Red Cross to install free smoke alarms for high-risk residents

The partnership will be part of a greater effort to provide free smoke alarms in several counties.

  Rides, attractions ready for 104th East Texas State Fair in Tyler

The East Texas State Fair opens Friday, Sept. 20 and runs through Sept. 29 in Tyler.

  Mineola girl organizes blood drive after seeing shortage during mother’s cancer treatment

The 9-year-old noticed a shortage in blood at the hospital, which sparked her blood drive idea.

Gift of Love: Dale

“I'm just ready to move on, get a job, and get a family that I can get used to,” said Dale.

  Volunteers help build new inclusive playground

Volunteers spent Saturday building the new inclusive playground at Southside Park.

  Youth football league gets court order to regain access to Palestine athletic complex

The Anderson County Football League can currently use the Palestine Athletic Complex, thanks to a court order.

  Pro-wrestling ‘Brawl at the Brewery’ to benefit the East Texas Food Bank

Big Daddy Yum Yum stopped by to talk about his Saturday night match against Lucha Libra superstar Estrella Galactica in the fight to end hunger benefiting the East Texas Food Bank.

  UT Tyler hosts local democratic debate focus group

UT Tyler professors hosted a focus group with local democrats during the debate.

  Restaurant Reports: Two East Texas restaurants get top scores

Two East Texas restaurants get top scores in the latest round of inspections by health departments.

  Green Acres Baptist Church to host conference focused on opioid crisis

A conference focusing on the opioid crisis is set for next week in Tyler.

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

Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity to help people in need, whether due to health, financial, or other issues, and it’s also a great way for you to meet like-minded people you’ll be happy to know.

  East Texas vape store employees weigh in on potential ban on e-cigarette flavors

East Texas vape store employees think the focus on vaping issues should be educating youth users.

  Gift of Love: Kay’Dence

“First I'm going to go into the military and then I'm going to study to become a vet or a CPS caseworker,” said Kay’Dence. “I just want to be the first girl in our family to go into the military.”

  Athletic organization, attorney speak out about Palestine athletic complex closure

The City of Palestine has immediately closed their athletic complex because it is not ADA compliant.

  WEBXTRA: East Texas Oil Museum hosts turn-of-century artifacts exhibit

Displayed items include period glass bottles, company store tokens, original heart-shaped Carhartt buttons and many more unique finds.

New museum honors history of Tyler Police Department

The museum commemorates past and present officers with displays of badges, uniforms and equipment dating back to the 1930s.

  Mortgage rates hit three-year low

Mortgage rates have hit a three-year low and that means East Texans looking to purchase a home should do so now.

  Walk to End Epilepsy in honor of Sam Watkins draws people from all over Texas

The Walk to End Epilepsy in honor of Sam Watkins drew people from all over the state to Tyler Saturday morning.

  Tyler police to hold kickoff party for National Night Out

Tyler police want to get the word out about this year's National Night Out event.

  70th annual Gregg County Fair kicks off Sept. 6

The rides and attractions are once again going up at the Gregg County Fairgrounds.

  Contestants attend Tyler workshop for pageant that showcases women over 60

Seventeen contestants will compete in four categories — talent, modeling, judges’ interviews and personal philosophy.

Longview arts district receives Texas Cultural District designation

Longview’s arts district has been designated a Texas Cultural District by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

  Narcotics K-9 deputy retires to handler’s home after 6 years of service

The eight-year-old Belgian Malinois has been a deputy with the sheriff’s office since November 2013.

  Gift of Love: Alex

For Alex, 15, every day is an adventure.  "He's just such a good boy," said Alex's foster mother Yvonne Dixon. "I got him when he was 7 years old."  Dixon's role as Alex's caretaker has been especially important for his health.

Founder of Texas Shakespeare Festival announces retirement

Founder of the longtime Texas Shakespeare Festival has announced his plans to retire in 2020.

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

If you’re wondering how to meet new people or are looking for a way to help those in need, here’s the list you need to see.

  Beloved Van High School counselor retiring after 60 years

Bill Giles is retiring from Van High School after 60 years.

  Liberty Hall temporarily closed while planned renovations get underway

An aging sound system will be replaced, and the stage will receive some touch-ups.

  Kilgore oil museum hosts oil, gas appreciation day

From 3 to 7 p.m. oilfield workers and their families can get into the museum for free.

  School safety officer battling cancer

Family and a community are rallying to the aid of a well known and respected East Texas school safety officer. Pittsburg ISD safety officer Robin Molloy, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in May. The sudden sickness has her facing a medical fight for survival.

Ebonique Mapps wins East Texas Idol 2019

We have a winner, and she'll head to American Idol auditions with her silver ticket!

  ’This is her day’: Walmart rolls out red carpet for Mineola girl’s Make-A-Wish shopping spree

The shopping spree was hosted in part by Make-A-Wish North Texas.

Family’s summer photo shoot muddied when toddler takes dip in pond

A family’s summer photo shoot took an unexpected turn when a toddler decided he was overheated and needed to ‘cool off’ in a nearby pond.

  New shop coming to Kilgore will sell stringed instruments, give music lessons

You often can’t see who’s pulling the strings, but whoever is playing the strings, well, that person usually wants to be seen.

  East Texas State Fair announces coming attractions

The East Texas State Fair is back and this year organizers are rolling out six new attractions.

  Longview Police Department commissions 4 new officers

Dozens of friends and family attended the ceremony held at the Roy Stone Training Center in Longview.

Jacksonville woman celebrates 105th birthday with visit from mayor

The birthday girl was presented a certificate of recognition by the mayor of Jacksonville in honor of turning 105.

  $725,000 grant goes to East Texas Veterans

$725,000 in grants presented to four Tyler area veteran service organizations

  Artists get ‘Wings of Tyler’ interactive mural underway; completion set for September

The interactive mural, called Wings of Tyler, will depict several sets of very detailed, colorful angel-like wings.

  Gift of Love: Hannah

Unlike many children in foster care her age, she said she's not looking for the picture-perfect family. Hannah said she wouldn't mind having a single mother or father, or even a blended family.

  Firefighters attempt rescue of dog stuck on roof of roofing company

A canine found itself in an unusual position Wednesday - stranded on the roof of a roofing company.

  United Way of Smith County launches fall campaign with $1.5 million goal

Groups like the Boy Scouts of America, the Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, and the East Texas Food Bank were represented Tuesday.

  Tyler’s 2019 Cattle Barons’ Gala raised more than $500k for cancer research

2020 Gala “Pistols and Pearls” scheduled for June 13

  Longview public library seeks volunteers as music and movement program grows

The library is getting ready for the second year of its Music and Movement program and is looking for volunteer performers.

East Texas Idol top 15 announced

Fifteen East Texans will perform live on the Liberty Hall stage at the finale of East Texas Idol, streaming on East Texas Now.

“Clear the Shelters” a huge success across East Texas

"Clear the Shelters" day was a success for East Texas shelters and families.

  List of places participating in Clear the Shelters

East Texas animal shelters are participating in the nationwide adoption event known as Clear the Shelters.