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

Virtual classes keep East Texans dancing during COVID-19 crisis

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

  Chapel Hill High School senior killed in shooting

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

Gregg County inmate hospitalized with COVID-19

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

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

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

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

  SXSW partners with Amazon to put its film festival online

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

Tyler cancer center nurse tests positive for COVID-19

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

Thursday’s Weather: More clouds today

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

  How East Texas teens are coping 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 a La. restaurant owner lets one 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.

Veritas Shop Fabrication in Whitehouse notifies TWC of recent layoff of 67

Veritas Shop Fabrication in Whitehouse has submitted a notice to the Texas Workforce Commission that states the company laid off 67 people on March 26.

Henderson police: Suspect in fatal shooting on Wilson Street turns himself in

According to police, Gary Jordan Jr. turned himself in at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday. They said he is currently in Rusk County Jail awaiting arraignment.

  Coronavirus: Walmart to take workers’ temperatures, provide gloves and masks

The company’s policy already asks workers to self-monitor for symptoms of the virus and not come to work if they don’t feel well.

  Smith County commissioners discuss COVID-19, Tyler’s role as healthcare hub

County Judge Nathaniel Moran also addressed rumors regarding what is and is not happening under the stay-at-home order that expires April 10.

Tuesday’s Weather: Foggy start with mostly cloudy skies

A foggy start to the day with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures dropping into the 50s this morning.

  Neighbors Helping Neighbors group provides donation boxes in Anderson County

The boxes were created as a way to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SWEPCO: Over 2,000 Gregg County residents currently without power after storm

A storm with many lightning strikes knocked out power for many Gregg County residents.

  Early response to Governor Abbott’s COVID-19 travel orders

Louisiana's positive case count of the novel coronavirus grew Sunday to more than 3,500 cases. In response to this, Texas governor Greg Abbott announced an executive order requiring a 14-day self quarantine period for some people traveling into Texas from Louisiana.

  East Texas native, her boyfriend recovering from COVID-19 in NYC

An East Texas native and her boyfriend are among the thousands of people in New York City who are dealing with COVID-19.

  Abortion providers sue Texas over virus outbreak order

Planned Parenthood joined other abortion providers Wednesday in suing Texas over moving to ban abortions during the coronavirus outbreak.

2 staffers at Heights of Tyler test positive for COVID-19

The staff members have been away from the center for more than one week and not in contact with residents while awaiting their test results.

Crews cleaning up oil spill in Longview creek

An oil spill is being cleaned up at a Longview park.

Longview clinic warning patients after pediatrician exposed to COVID-19

The Diagnostic Clinic became aware last week that one of its pediatric providers had potentially been exposed to COVID-19.

  Funeral homes alter services to comply with social distancing guidelines

The guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include funerals where social distancing means the usual gestures of love and comfort are gone.

  ‘Our time of need is now’: Nonprofits feel financial impact of COVID-19

During a time of social distancing and isolation, nonprofits are changing the way they operate.

  Longview funeral home launches grocery service for senior citizens

KLTVs Jamey Boyum talks with owner Blake Cammack about it.

TRAFFIC ALERT: 18-wheeler strikes utility pole on West Bow Street in Tyler; roadway blocked

Tyler police are asking people to avoid the area of W. Bow St. between N. Palace Ave, and N. Moore Ave.

  Neal McCoy remembers Joe Diffie as one of the greatest in country music

“I was one of his biggest champions, one of his biggest fans because he had such a great voice," Neal McCoy said.

  ETN: State Rep. Chris Paddie talks about executive order related to Texas-Louisiana travel

State Rep. Chris Paddie spoke with East Texas Now’s Blake Holland about Governor Abbott’s executive order requiring those traveling into Texas from Louisiana to self-quarantine for 14 days.

County-by-county COVID-19 tracker

We are updating this county-by-county map to illustrate the number of COVID-19 cases in each county in the United States per capita.

Henderson police name suspect at-large in shooting death

Henderson police have identified a suspect in connection with a Sunday shooting death.