WEBXTRA: Longview retailer discusses Halloween costume shortage, changes due to COVID-19

KLTV's Jamey Boyum talks with Parties Plus Manager Brandon Stringer about costume shortages and new rules about trying on Halloween costumes.

Carthage ISD to suspend at-home learning

Pair arrested for alleged residential burglary in Wood County

$15,000 reward offered after dog dragged behind car found in yard of Belton area home

  How to turn off Facebook voter registration prompts

  VoteMobile program helps people in Tyler get to the polls

New Killeen school to be named in honor of teacher killed in Luby’s cafeteria massacre

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  UT Tyler political science professor gives perspective on high early voting numbers

City of Nacogdoches suggest alternative Halloween activities amid pandemic

2 in serious condition, 1 at home after gin explosion near Ackerly

  WATCH: Dr. Carolyn Salter discusses campaign for U.S. House seat, Texas Seat 5

What we know about the 25,189 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

  Clifton ‘Scrappy’ Holmes, well-known East Texas defense attorney, dies at age 81

Guitars played, made by Eddie Van Halen go to auction

Each of the Van Halen guitars is expected to fetch between $60,000 and $80,000.

  Gregg County commissioners expand e-filing process for small claims court to all precincts

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum talks with Gregg County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Tim Bryan about E-filing to get the process started in small claims court.

8-year-old boy shot and killed in Arkansas; mother says she is heartbroken

Police in Arkansas are investigating after an 8-year-old boy was shot and killed Saturday night.

One dead, one injured after three vehicle crash near Garden Valley

According to a Facebook post from the Van Fire Department, the crash happened around 2 p.m. on highway 110, just west of Garden Valley.

  Merchants stick it out in final day of Highway 80 sale

DPS: 1 person killed in 1-vehicle wreck on SH 19 in Van Zandt County

Cass County Clerk’s Office to be closed week of Oct. 19 due to COVID-19 diagnosis

Nacogdoches police: 17-year-old man arrested after allegedly shooting female victim in face

  Supporters hold parade for President Trump in Longview

  Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate meets with voters, civic leaders, small business owners

  Habitat for Humanity begins construction of Tyler home

Construction work began on Smith County Habitat for Humanity’s 112th home in partner with First Presbyterian Church and University of Texas at Tyler Capstone Construction Management class for a qualified family.

  Better East Texas: Responsible reopening

While the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, it appears that Texans are learning to cope with new distancing practices and have really adjusted habits, especially in the case of restaurants and other indoor gathering places.

Better East Texas: Virtual learning outcomes during COVID-19

We continue to learn about the impact of COVID-19. Perhaps the largest impact initially was on our schools as shutdowns were the norm last spring and virtual learning took center stage.

Man shoots, kills self during Gregg County traffic stop

According to DPS, at approximately 8 p.m. Friday, troopers attempted to stop a black Chevrolet Avalanche for a traffic violation traveling north on Hwy 135.

30th annual Project Joy helping families in Whitehouse

Project Joy returns for their 30 annual Christmas outreach program for families in need in the Whitehouse area.

Gregg County District Clerk’s Office: Monday jury duty has been canceled

Gregg County jury duty for Monday has been canceled, according to the district clerk’s office.

  Eight full-time Gladewater firefighters resign to take higher paying jobs

An East Texas city, with a limited budget, must watch as their firefighters leave to take higher paying jobs elsewhere. In Gladewater, budget limitations and a neighboring opportunity have resulted in a firefighter exodus.

Search warrant execution leads to arrest, drug seizure in Shelby County

On October 15, 2020, a multi-agency task force executed a narcotics search warrant at a residence just outside the city of Center for alleged narcotics trafficking.

Houston arson investigator shot, killed in line of duty

Arson Investigator Lemuel Bruce (44) is the first HFD Arson investigator to die in the line of duty.

Deep East Texas health providers prepare for eventual COVID-19 vaccine administration

Many agencies across East Texas have received the paperwork and are beginning to see that it’s completed.

Kirbyville CISD uses video app to engage students during COVID-19 pandemic

KTRE’s Jeremy Thomas is in Kirbyville where a video the district posted is going viral.

  It’s back: Vendors line up for Highway 80 Sale

It was canceled last spring but it’s back this weekend. KLTVs Jamey Boyum gives us a look.

24 indicted in probe of white supremacists prison gang

Authorities say 24 people, including alleged members of a white supremacist prison gang, have been indicted in federal courts in Texas, Kentucky, and Mississippi on charges related to shootings, stabbings, and killings.

Avalanche of early votes transforming 2020 election

A record-setting amount of early voting has changed the 2020 election.

  Crash causes power outage to voting location, middle school in Longview

Martin Luther King in Longview closed to traffic due to accident in front of Foster Middle School

White House puts ‘politicals’ at CDC to try to control info

The appointees assigned to the CDC headquarters have no public health background. They have instead been tasked with keeping an eye on Dr. Robert Redfield, the agency director, as well as scientists, according to a half-dozen CDC and administration officials.

Someone in grey Charger shoots vacationers’ truck at least 5 times as family passes through city on highway

Police suspect road rage: “We don’t know if the men were mad about something or what ...”

  Shine Tyler hosts inaugural event for non-profits

Shine Tyler, an organization dedicated to benefiting local non-profits, held their first event in downtown Tyler with 10 different nonprofits in attendance.

  Voters to decide future of $22.6 million Troup ISD bond proposal

With a growing student population and aging schools, voters in Troup ISD will now decide the future of a $22.6 million bond proposal.

Several East Texas DPS officers commended for exceptional service

“These awards remind of us what our DPS officers do on a daily basis to willingly serve and protect the people of Texas, often under extreme conditions and in dangerous situations,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.

  TxDOT pushes back completion of I-20 ramp improvement project near Lindale

The openings are part of a $14.8 million improvement project along I-20.

2 dead in crash on FM 2661 in Smith County

According to DPS, at 6:20 a.m., troopers responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on FM 2661, approximately 1.5 miles west of the city of Noonday in Smith County.

Nacogdoches Library reopens in limited capacity after serving community needs during pandemic

Since March, librarians took on several other responsibilities in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Suspect arrested in Tyler mobile home park shooting

The Tyler Police Department is investigating a reported aggravated assault off Shiloh Road.

  Almost 60 East Texans participating in COVID-19 convalescent plasma study at UT Health Science Center in Tyler

Almost 60 of the approximately 300 patients taking part in the national study are here in East Texas, according to Dr. Julie Philley.

Lufkin police arrest 2nd person in connection to Sunday murder

They said through the course of their investigation, they identified Renfro as the shooter in the early Sunday morning death of 19-year-old Elvin Alday.

  Marion County seals time capsule in cornerstone of historic courthouse

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum talks with Marion County Judge Leward LaFleur.

Woman accused of killing pregnant woman, taking baby from womb, booked into Texas jail

The baby died at a southeastern Oklahoma hospital.

  NCAA selects ETBU as site for 2023 NCAA Division III National Softball Championship

East Texas Baptist University has been selected to host the 2023 NCAA Division III National Softball Championship at Taylor Field.

SWEPCO proposes 15 percent rate change for Texas customers

Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), an American Electric Power (Nasdaq: AEP) company, has submitted a request to the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) for a net annual increase of $90.2 million in the company’s non-fuel base rates.

SFA reaches settlement with students involved in false-report allegation

The case was tied to an alleged false police report against a fellow student on Sept. 14.

  Father of 4 whose wife recently died wins $200K in Kentucky Lottery

The win is bittersweet for Bryan Marsh of Elsmere as he copes with the loss and cares for their four children alone

  WATCH: State Board of Education candidate Audrey Young discusses campaign

Audrey Young, a candidate for the State Board of Education, spoke on East Texas Now Wednesday.

Man charged in Jacksonville murder found not guilty by reason of insanity

A man charged with capital murder after he reportedly admitted to killing someone at a Jacksonville apartment complex has been acquitted,

Ga. Chick-fil-A employee saves child choking in drive-thru lane

A Columbus Chick-fil-A employee is being heralded as a hero after saving the life of a child who was choking while in the fast food restaurant’s drive-thru line.

  East Texas bar, tavern owners cheer 50-percent reopen

“You’re affecting everybody’s livelihood. The bartenders ... this is how they make their living. This is how they support their families,” said Outlaws customer Charlene Bailey.

  Canton residents upset about music festival planned for November

Residents say they’re worried about possible drug use and violence linked to the festival, while event organizers say that’s not what they’re about.

East Texas sample ballots

Click on the county name to visit election sample ballots.

72 ballots missing school board, bond info in Huntington on first day of early voting

Huntington ISD’s Superintendent David Flowers says he was called out of his office twice yesterday when voters had complaints. The first man said he and his wife’s ballots were missing the two issues.

City of Tyler earns statewide recognition for Hillside Park renovation, public safety campaign

Three years ago, the City of Tyler Parks Department began work to create a new opportunity for the community by transforming Hillside Park into a city-wide and regional attraction.

  Health officials: New COVID-19 cases trending upwards again in East Texas

After a spike in July and a decline in August, daily new COVID-19 cases are now rising again

  WATCH: FiveThirtyEight analyst shares odds of victory for each party

Nathaniel Rakich says FiveThirtyEight uses statistical analysis - hard numbers - to tell compelling stories about elections and other topics.

Authorities searching for missing man in Rains County

Authorities in Rains County are searching for a missing man.

Chick-Fil-A announces location coming to Jacksonville

Mayor Gorham made the announcement via a YouTube video.

Grace Community joins Longview ISD in pilot program for COVID-19 testing

Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) today announced the creation of a COVID-19 Rapid Testing Pilot Program for Texas school systems.

  Wreck in Chapel Hill on Hwy 64 sends infant, 2 adults to hospital

HAZMAT is reportedly headed to the scene.

Virginia woman killed while crossing US 259 near Nacogdoches

A Virginia pedestrian was killed after trying to cross US 259 north of Nacogdoches Monday night.

  City of Longview repairs water main break that shut down part of Fourth Street

Crews are working at Happiness and Fourth streets pulling out sections of line.

Tyler City Council receives COVID-19 update

The Tyler City Council will receive an update from NETHealth about COVID-19.

  Water leak shuts down part of Fourth Street in Longview

A water leak has shut down parts of Fourth Street in Longview.

Wednesday’s Weather: Sunny, warm and breezy at times today

Expect lots of sunshine today and south winds will begin to pick up into the afternoon.

Electrical issue believed cause of Tyler gas station fire

In a traffic advisory sent shortly before 5:30 a.m., officials said the incident is happening in the 1700 block of the loop.

Longview streets blocked around structure fire

Emergency crews are responding to a structure fire on the south side of Longview.

  Old Tyler bus station getting new life as boutique hotel, retail space

For decades, it was where East Texans went to catch the bus. But soon the old Greyhound bus station in Tyler will take on a new life.

  Man suspected in seven burglaries in Lindale area

Smith County Sheriff’s Office learned today that there are now seven houses that have been burglarized.

  SFA basketball program in isolation following positive COVID-19 test

The state of fall practices is being delayed for the SFA men's basketball team.

  St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Kilgore hosts 22nd annual pumpkin patch

Benjamin Bagley, senior pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, tells us the church wanted to make sure it kept things as normal as possible but also safe.

  Long lines, COVID-19 safety protocols seen on first day of early voting

One the first day of early voting, several East Texas counties saw long lines of people today ready to cast their ballot throughout the day.