What we know about the 5,531 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Texas

The latest on COVID-19 cases across East Texas.

City of Mineola cancels July 4th fireworks show

‘High-risk operation’ by multiple East Texas law enforcement agencies results in 1 arrest

  Driver of semi-truck leads dozens of authorities on multi-county chase through East Texas

Friday’s Weather: Slight chance for rain

  The Next Normal: Clothing stores take precautions due to COVID-19

  Female Air Force pilot makes history

Continued Coverage

  Gov. Abbott issues statewide mask requirement

  WATCH: Hospitality Health ER-Tyler sponsoring blood drive at Classic Toyota

  WATCH: East Texas officials give thoughts on governor’s mask order

Suspect who ran over deputy’s leg while fleeing from Smith County probation office identified

  WEBXTRA: Garbage truck catches on fire

Fourth of July fireworks celebration at Lindsey Park canceled

Troup man arrested for allegedly threatening to kill Smith County deputy

According to a press release, on June 29, at approximately 11:45 a.m. an off-duty Smith County deputy was at the Exxon convenience store located at 304 E. Main in Whitehouse. While parked at the fuel pump, the Deputy observed a white male glaring at him from across the parking lot. The man was later

  Whitehouse teens on vacation called into action to save a life

Two Whitehouse teens on vacation in Alabama at Orange Beach were called into action to help someone needing assistance more than 100 feet away from shore.

Harrison County statue removal to be discussed at commissioner’s court

Removal of the statue will be the topic of Wednesday’s Harrison County Commissioner’s Court meeting.

Gov. Abbott, HHSC secure $2.67B in funding for Texas hospitals

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) today announced that $2.67 billion in federal funding has been approved to support Texas hospitals that provide care for people receiving Medicaid.

Gov. Abbott announces extension of SNAP benefits due to COVID-19

  Better East Texas: COVID-19 playbook

  WEBXTRA: Symbols of patriotism at Memorial Park in Winnsboro to honor those who served

  WEBXTRA: Two main parking areas set up for Longview’s Fourth of July fireworks show

Classes for Texas College’s fall term will be entirely online

  Longview man charged with murder in connection with man found dead in Eighth St. home

Henderson authorities searching for person who fled traffic stop

Law enforcement officers in Henderson are searching for an individual who bailed out of a vehicle during a traffic stop and then fled on foot.

Driver crashes into All Saints Episcopal School security building

When they arrived, a sedan was found wedged into the corner of the private school’s security building at the front entrance.

Nacogdoches mayor: City council has named lone finalist for city manager position

During her appearance on East Texas now Thursday morning, Nacogdoches Mayor Shelley Brophy announced that the town’s city council has unanimously chosen a lone finalist for the city manager position.

NASCAR driver to race ‘Trump 2020’ vehicle sponsored by pro-Trump PAC

A political action committee working to help President Donald Trump is sponsoring a NASCAR driver’s vehicle starting this weekend.

Thursday’s Weather: Heat Advisory Again Today

Another warm, muggy start with temperatures in the upper 70s this morning.

  WATCH: East Texas family fears for daughter’s safety following online threats

An East Texas family is scared for their daughter safety.

Carthage police chief retires, assistant police chief promoted

After 39 years of service in law enforcement, Carthage Police Chief Jim Vanover has retired.

  Longview residents show appreciation for police, firefighters with parade

Longview police officers and other first responders could be seen lining the side of the road for a “Hooray for Heroes” appreciation parade.

UIL recommends schools suspend workouts, activities through July 13

The University Interscholastic League is recommending schools close summer workouts, rehearsals, practices and instruction between July 3-July 12, resuming Monday, July 13, according to an email obtained by KLTV.

  FEMA discusses hurricane season changes amid COVID-19 crisis

The Atlantic hurricane season is already breaking records with several storms named so early this year. With parts of the U.S. battling the wrath of the coronavirus pandemic, experts urge you not to delay in preparing.

A look at state hospital data for Tyler, Longview and surrounding counties

A daily snapshot of the hospitalization situation for East Texas during the pandemic.

City of Galveston closing beaches for holiday weekend

Galveston beaches will be closed and parking will be blocked on both sides of Seawall Boulevard over the holiday weekend in response to recent increases in cases of COVID-19, and health and safety concerns for our residents and visitors.

  Gregg County health official: Face masks worked in 1918, will work in 2020

To mask or not to mask is a big question. Some people swear by it, some people swear at it, but according to an article on CNN.com there is evidence mask usage flattened the infection rate during the 1918 flu pandemic.

  Missing Ft. Hood soldier: More remains found; family says man in apparent suicide linked

Army Pfc. Vanessa Guillen, 20, disappeared without a trace on April 22.

  Robert E. Lee students call for change and inclusion in future decisions

Students gathered together at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler to speak out on changing the school’s name and being included in future changes.

  The Next Normal: Adopting a pet

Pets Fur People in Tyler is making some changes to the traditional adoption process to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

  NFL great ‘Tyler Rose’ Earl Campbell weighs in on Tyler high school names

NFL hall-of-famer and Tyler native Earl Campbell appeared on East Texas Now Wednesday to make it known he is joining the cause of officially changing the names of the two high schools in Tyler.

  Titus County judge says mask wearing ‘small price to pay to conduct business, live a relatively normal life’

Titus County Judge Brian Lee reports new cases of COVID-19 among his county’s residents, and is asking them to cooperate to help curtail the spread.

  Hong Kong police make first arrests under new national security law

Any person taking part in secessionist activities, such as shouting slogans or holding up banners and flags urging for the city's independence, is in violation of the law regardless of whether violence is used.

State Department resumes processing previously submitted passport applications

As conditions continue to evolve overseas and here in the United States, the Department looks forward to resuming routine passport processing across the country, according to a State Department official.

  “Health On Wheels” Begins Back-To-School Mobile Vaccine Drives

“Health On Wheels” Begins Back-To-School Mobile Vaccine Drives

Wednesday’s Weather: Heat advisory today

Starting out with mostly cloudy skies, but clouds will decrease into the early afternoon hours.

  WATCH: East Texas athlete explains why she refuses to run with ‘Robert E. Lee’ on her jersey

An East Texas girl is taking a stand that has people all over the world talking.

  The Next Normal: Government meetings with virtual options

“As you can see, things look a little bit different from when we last met in these chambers,” Mayor Andy Mack said.

  Longtime KLTV anchor Judy Jordan dies at 79

Jordan's daughter shared the news with KLTV.

  WEBXTRA: Company creates Patrick Mahomes-themed face mask

Midwest apparel company RAYGUN is hoping a Patrick Mahomes themed mask will get people in Kansas City to wear masks.

  Hall-of-Famer Pudge Rodriguez video encourages wearing face masks for safety

Pudge Rodriguez helps out the governor by making a PSA about wearing face masks.

  ‘Identity of Gilmer’: City manager talks about decision to cancel Yamboree

Hutson said canceling the Yamboree fireworks and the festival is in the best interest of public health and safety — especially since more than half the population in Gilmer is 55 and older.

Gov. Abbott announces $9 million for projects to prevent COVID-19 in nursing facilities

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) today announced $9 million in federal funding for nursing facilities to implement infection control projects to protect residents and staff from the spread of COVID-19.

Human remains found in search for missing Fort Hood private

Human remains have been found in the search for a Fort Hood private who disappeared without a trace more than two months ago.

Volunteer Central: Ways to help your neighbors in East Texas this week

Here are some ways to serve our fellow East Texans this week.

  WEBXTRA: June 30 is deadline for business owners to apply for Paycheck Protection Program

East Texas News’ Blake Holland spoke with Day Shelmire, director of the UT Tyler-Longview Small Business Development Center.

Nacogdoches city, county issue voluntary mask-wearing proclamation

This voluntary compliance goes into effect at 12:00 a.m. on July 1, 2020 and expires when terminated or on July 8, 2020--whichever comes first.

Smith County Sheriff’s Office identifies victims, suspect in double homicide

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of two people killed in a shooting early Monday morning. A suspect was also identified.

Nacogdoches County approves license plate readers for sheriff’s office

The Nacogdoches County commissioners have approved the purchase of license plate recognition software for the sheriff's office.

Black bear sightings increase in East Texas

Texas hunters should make sure that they know their targets as hogs and bears can look very similar from a distance. Black bears are currently a protected species in Texas.

  WEBXTRA: Gregg County health official discusses public COVID-19 testing

KLTV'S Jamey Boyum has more.

  Sheriff: Oklahoma man shoots woman who tried to steal his Nazi flag

A 26-year-old Oklahoma woman was shot after authorities say she was dared to steal a Nazi flag from a man’s front yard.

TWC delaying work search requirement for unemployment benefits

“Due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Texas, TWC has decided to pause the return of work search requirements at this time,”

Man who drove SUV into pole, damaging Lindale police car during getaway attempt, gets 20 years

A man who was arrested on multiple charges in 2019 after allegedly stealing from a store and leading officers on a pursuit has been sentenced by Judge Christi Kennedy.

  WEBXTRA: Free COVID-19 testing in Tyler this week

WEBXTRA: Free COVID-19 testing in Tyler this week

  China approves contentious Hong Kong national security law

The legislation is aimed at curbing subversive, secessionist and terrorist activities, as well as foreign intervention in the city's affairs. It has sparked fears that it would be used to curb opposition voices.

  Free COVID-19 Testing returns to East Texas for several days

KLTV’s Jamey Boyum gives us a look at the testing site in Longview.

  Walmart removes ‘All Lives Matter’ merchandise from website

Walmart is no longer selling “All Lives Matter” merchandise on its website.

Gov. Abbott halts elective surgeries in 4 more counties

Under the Executive Order, the Governor directs all hospitals in these counties to postpone surgeries and procedures that are not immediately, medically necessary.

Wood County Sheriff confirms juvenile arrested in death of woman; attorney injured

Castloo confirmed the woman killed was the fiance of Quitman attorney Mark Breding, who was wounded and is recovering at a hospital.

Tuesday’s Weather: Hot and humid today

Starting out with mostly cloudy skies and south winds are already a bit breezy out there.

  Authorities investigating double homicide in Smith County

The Smith County Sheriff's Office is investigating a double homicide.

  NEXT NORMAL: Pandemic delays passport processing

If you want a passport you’re going to have to wait. The Gregg County Courthouse was told the U.S. government would not be processing passports. KLTV speaks with an East Texas District Clerk about it in the Next Normal.

Gladewater City Hall closed to public after 3 employees test positive for COVID-19

Gladewater city hall has been temporarily closed to the public after three city employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Where to find COVID-19 mobile testing in East Texas

Henderson, Mineola, Quitman, Grand Saline, Wills Point add testing locations

Dog attack kills infant in Hunt County

According to a press release, on June 29, at approximately 11:10 a.m. the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 9900 block of Private Road 3820 in the Easy Living addition in regards to dog bite call along with AMR.

Longview house fire caused by electrical issue reignites

The initial fire happened shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday night in the 500 block of Ridgelea Avenue.

State says Van Zandt County bar permit suspended for defying governor’s order

Seven businesses did not close and were issued 30-day suspensions of their permit. Out of the seven, two of those businesses were in East Texas.

  UT football coach Tom Herman featured on governor PSA to promote COVID-19 fight

The Office of the Governor and University of Texas Head Football Coach Tom Herman today released a new public service announcement (PSA) titled, “The Power of Teamwork.”

  Technical issue omits Smith County constable’s runoff race from some ballots

Officials are working to fix a technical issue with voting equipment that has affected some runoff ballots for the Smith County Precinct 4 Constable’s race.

Kirk Calhoun named president of combined UT Tyler, UT Health Science Center University

Six months after announcing plans to realign UT Tyler and UT Health Science Center at Tyler into one comprehensive institution to enhance and expand educational, research and clinical delivery in East Texas, the UT System Board of Regents announced a critical next step.

  Petition calls for moving confederate statue from grounds of Gregg County Courthouse

KLTV 7′s Jamey Boyum spoke with people on both sides of the issue.