Can small East Texas businesses weather the COVID-19 storm?

For some small East Texas businesses, the 'Covid-19' outbreak could be disastrous. Particularly some new businesses. The signs on some old downtown Kilgore businesses say it all. Closed until outbreak is over.

  Telehealth company in Tyler offers free virtual physical therapy in light of COVID-19

The Hand Up Network seeks volunteers to help with COVID-19 response

  WATCH: Learn how to participate in ‘Love Your Neighbor’

  ETN: East Texas shopping behavior reflects new social distancing rules

  EAST TEXAS NOW: Mask mandate, social distancing among viewer questions Dr. Ed answers

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

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  WATCH: Texas professor discusses COVID-19 and cleaning

  ETN Interview: East Texas Food Bank’s emergency food distribution

  NETHealth shares locations, age ranges of people with COVID-19 in Smith County

East Texas man arrested on DWI charge after pickup crashed into Longview home

  WEBXTRA: Food bank distributing emergency food boxes at Harvey Hall

  Gregg County Sheriff’s Office: 911 ‘bombarded’ with non-emergency calls

Jacksonville man dies in auto-motorcycle crash on FM 347

At 3:45 yesterday afternoon, troopers responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on FM 347, approximately four miles south of the city of Jacksonville in Cherokee County.

Marshall Fire Fighters Association urge citizens of Harrison County to follow mandatory shelter in place order

Marshall Fire Fighters Association urge citizens of Harrison County to follow mandatory shelter in place order

Friday’s weather: Cloudy and rainy

Mostly cloudy and mild this morning.

Tyler man arrested for murder in connection with shooting death of Chapel Hill HS senior

According to Smith County Jail records, John Edwards Sparks Jr., 18, is being held on $1,000,000 bond.

  Kilgore mom creates place to celebrate high school seniors

  Kilgore church invites community to light a candle, pray for others

  Preparing for the worst: East Texas hospitals, officials take action ahead of possible COVID-19 surge

  FFA students missing opportunities due to canceled events look to online opportunities

  East Texans urged to beware of emails, calls intended to get money, info

Woman arrested for firing a gun during a repo

  Virtual classes keep East Texans dancing during COVID-19 crisis

Two dance instructors in Kilgore have found a way to keep their students dancing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Longview warns charges can be filed if businesses don’t comply with governor’s order

“If we can’t get compliance then it’s going to be officer discretion to look at this situation and if need be then they can file charges,” said Longview city spokesperson Shawn Hara.

  Chapel Hill High School senior killed in shooting

An early morning shooting left a Chapel Hill High School senior dead.

East Texas Food Bank staff member tested positive for COVID-19

On Wednesday April 1, the East Texas Food Bank became aware that a staff member working in our administrative office, which is separate from our warehouse and volunteer center, tested positive for COVID-19.

Gregg County inmate hospitalized with COVID-19

The Gregg County Sheriff confirmed Thursday afternoon that an inmate has tested positive for COVID-19.

  Superintendent: Tyler ISD prepared to offer facilities to help with COVID-19 response

Officials are expected to talk about how the city and county will be working to support the medical community as more cases are confirmed in East Texas.

Chapel Hill ISD student killed in Smith County shooting early Thursday morning

Deputies were at the scene on Holiday Hills Road, about three miles east of the NNE Loop 323, around 3:15 a.m.

Texas Governor, Attorney General issue guidance for religious services during COVID-19 pandemic

Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton have issued joint guidance for houses of worship and religious services during the governor’s executive order responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  ETN: American Airlines flight attendant talks about changes at DFW airport

Interview with Theressa Holt, an American Airlines flight attendant inside of DFW airport looking at differences since the COVID-19 pandemic began to worsen.

  SXSW partners with Amazon to put its film festival online

It'll be bring-your-own popcorn and the barbecue won’t be as good, but Austin's SXSW Film Festival is partnering with Amazon to move online after having its 27th edition canceled by the coronavirus pandemic.

  WATCH: Anissa Centers and her son talk about COVID-19 effects on student-athletes

Anissa Centers was joined by her son, Drake, who plays football for Texas Southern. They talked about the effects of COVID-19 on student-athletes.

East Texas Food Bank to distribute emergency food boxes at East Texas State Fairgrounds

Each box will contain enough pantry items for 16 meals. No identification or paperwork is required!

Total of COVID-19-related deaths in Texas now at 70

Texas’ COVID-19 death toll is now at 70, according to the Department of State Health Services website.

  Longview parks still open; social distancing just as important outdoors

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum talks to City of Longview spokesman Shawn Hara about spending a little time at a Longview park.

Longtime director of Great Texas Balloon Race dies at age 76

James Edward Birk, the longtime director of the Great Texas Balloon Race in Longview, died Monday at the age of 76.

  ETN: CHRISTUS Health System preparing for possible surge of COVID-19 patients

Dr. Mark Anderson, the chief medical officer at Christus Health System, spoke with East Texas News Thursday to talk about how the hospital is preparing for a possible surge of COVID-19 patients.

Tyler cancer center nurse tests positive for COVID-19

Texas Oncology in Tyler has released a statement regarding a nurse testing positive for COVID-19.

Public Health Lab of East Texas low on critical component needed for COVID-19 testing

“In the meantime, health systems have identified commercial testing options which are becoming more available," said Terrence Ates, Public Information Officer for NET Health.

Thursday’s Weather: More clouds today

A cool start with temperatures in the 50s this morning. Clouds will increase through the day today with breezy south winds.

SFA Army ROTC to host annual Kile G. West Memorial Run virtually

“He was killed in action on Memorial Day in 2007 in Iraq,” said Major James Attaway, chair of the Department of Military Science at Stephen F. Austin State University.

  How East Texas teens are coping with COVID-19

High school seniors in East Texas are using their online youth group to help cope with COVID-19.

Anderson County to enforce governor’s ‘stay-at-home’ order beginning at midnight

Anderson County will be required to enforce Governor Abbott’s Executive Order Number GA-014 which will take effect state-wide at 12:01a.m. on April 2, 2020, and continuing through April 30, 2020.

Overton ISD superintendent addresses possible parent-to-teacher virus exposure

OVERTON, Texas (KLTV) - The Overton superintendent of schools shared an update on the state of a parent who may have exposed a school employee to COVID-19 and the measures being taken to contain any possible spread.

  Hawkins police chief talks about enforcement of shelter-in-place order

Yet another East Texas county has it's first confirmed case of 'Covid-19', and another order from county officials to 'shelter in place and stay at home.' Hawkins police chief Manfred Gilow says the official word came down last night.

  Why one La. restaurant owner lets couple dine in during coronavirus shutdown

There's always a line outside MePa's Diner in Central, especially since the governor ordered all restaurants to serve take-out only.

  Longview officials reiterate need for social distancing after more COVID-19 cases confirmed

Longview Mayor Andy Mack posted a Facebook update on the situation saying, “Just because a business is considered essential doesn’t mean it is essential you go there.”

  WEBXTRA: Azalea Trails open for viewing from vehicles

Even though COVID-19 has caused the cancellation of many events, the trail is still open to those in vehicles. Travis spoke about how people can still enjoy the trail while staying safe.

  Many Texans experience slow website, backed up phone lines when trying to file for unemployment benefits

Many experience slow website, backed up phone lines while trying to file for unemployment amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

  Longview’s Trade Days canceled for April due to COVID-19

For only the 2nd time in 40 years, a popular monthly East Texas trade fair has been cancelled. The event director announced today that Longview's 'trade days' is closed for the month of April.

  ETN: East Texas Food Bank offers new services

Lauren Barnes with the East Texas Food Bank discusses their brand new senior box delivery program and an emergency food box distribution in Tyler that's open to anyone this Friday.

  ETN: Tips to file for unemployment

In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, about 500,000 Texans have been laid off or fired in the past 18 days, and the influx of people seeking unemployment benefits has overwhelmed the Texas Workforce Commission.

  Wednesday is National Census Day

KLTV’s Dante Nunez explains the importance of filling out the 2020 census.

Jonesboro remains under curfew as utility crews, police work to provide help

Preliminary results from the NWS in Memphis said the Jonesboro tornado had max winds of 140 m.p.h.

  ETN: American Heart Association ideas for staying strong, calm during stay-at-home order

While East Texans are staying home to give COVID-19 time to die down, we need ideas for staying healthy and happy while we stay home.

  ETN: Elite Dance Center in Kilgore is holding virtual classes

Sydney Shadrix introduces viewers to a virtual dance class.

  East Texas mother talks homeschooling, adapting to new routine

KLTV's Jamey Boyum caught up with the mom of two at an area park.

  ETN: Travel, its not too early to start thinking about future trips

Even though the spread of the coronavirus has shut down the travel industry, things will return to normal eventually, and it’s not too early to start thinking about future trips abroad.

  ETN: Smith County DA assigns investigators to help with COVID-19 contact tracing

KLTV’s Blake Holland spoke to Smith County District Attorney Jacob Putman about his decision to assign most of his investigators to assist local health officials in their contact tracing efforts for people who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

  ETN Interview: KLTV’s Jeremy Butler discusses critically important COVID-19 treatments, supplies

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to grow, some healthcare professionals in areas of the United States that have been the hardest hit by the coronavirus are dealing with shortages of critical supplies and equipment.

Harrison County resident dies from COVID-19 at Longview hospital

A Harrison County resident has died from complications due to COVID-19.

Wednesday’s Weather: Mostly sunny today

Fair skies this morning and light winds have led to some very chilly temperatures in the mid 40s.

  East Texan making N95-equivalent masks using 3-D printer

An East Texas man who manufacturers car and machine parts is using his knowledge and tools to create an equivalent to N95 masks.

Pastor of La. church charged, accused of disobeying governor’s order

The pastor of a church in Central, La. will be charged with six misdemeanor counts of disobeying the powers of the governor.

  Buckner Project HOPES is using texting platform to engage families

KLTV's Dante Nunez has more on how it all works.

Superintendent: Linden-Kildare ISD staffer tests positive for COVID-19, has not handled meals, homework

The superintendent shared full details in this letter to LKISD families:

Winona ISD extends suspension of school through May 1, superintendent says

Winona ISD Superintendent Damenion Miller released a statement about the projected return date for students in the district.

Marion Co. Judge issues shelter-in-place order in response to COVID-19

Marion County has issued a shelter-in-place order for its residents, effective at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

  State Sen. Hughes: Antimalarial drug being used on some COVID-19 patients in East Texas

Following emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration, an antimalarial drug is now being used to treat some COVID-19 patients in East Texas.

  Kilgore church creates Blessing Box to help fill community’s needs

The church knew many people needed help during the COVID-19 crisis.

  Non-profit in Smith County tailors COVID-19 response to East Texans’ needs

The Hand Up Network works with city and county services to help East Texans in quarantine to prevent further exposure.

  Better East Texas: Beware of COVID-19 opportunists, scammers

We are already seeing some opportunists price gouging on some retail items. But worse than that are some malicious actors that are producing offers on social media or through emails that make false claims that are designed to get innocent, unsuspecting, but desperate, people to respond or send m

  Rent Ruckus: Some UT Tyler students encounter pricey problem upon move out

As colleges move classes online amid the COVID-19 outbreak, some students at the University of Texas at Tyler are being told they'll have to pay their apartment rent for April and May, despite voluntarily moving out for the semester.

  East Texas business works to sanitize equipment at Tyler city parks

Sanchez still recommends taking and using your hand sanitizer when you visit any city park.

  At least 28 test positive for COVID-19 in Texas after chartered spring break trip

At least 28 out of approximately 70 people who took a chartered flight for a spring break vacation to Mexico have tested positive for COVID-19.

Governor Greg Abbott extends order; schools closed until at least May 4

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has extended his disaster declaration to limit human contact to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  ETN: Resources for homeschool challenges facing East Texans

Anissa Centers talks about setting up successful systems for home learning.

Texas Shakespeare Festival canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

“With a heavy heart and deep regret, I believe it is in the best interest of our artists and our many loyal patrons that the Texas Shakespeare Festival will not produce a 2020 season,” said Raymond Caldwell, TSF Founder and Artistic Director.

  ETBU leaders: University was proactive in preparing for full online instruction

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum speaks to East Texas Baptist University's president and provost about how the school is doing.