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Hundreds Attend Longview Rally

LONGVIEW — A couple of hundred persons were on had for the Longview Chapter tea party, We the People’s rally, “Don’t Tread On Me”. It was held Saturday at the Gregg County Courthouse. KETK reports on hand were some of the top conservative figures in Texas politics such as Austin Lux, as well as State Representatives Bryan Hughes and David Simpson. The speakers discussed such issues as abortion and the national debt crisis.

Gregg County Home Goes Up in Flames

thumb_firefighters-1CLARKSVILLE CITY — A Gregg county home has been been destroyed by a fire that may have started from fireworks. It was reported shortly before 12:45 Thursday morning at Western Acres in Clarksville City. Investigators say family members had been popping fireworks near the home prior to the fire. No injuries were reported and the fire remains under investigation.

House Destroyed by Fire, Living Room Caves In

fireketkSMITH COUNTY — Officials say a Smith County home’s living room caved in and the home was destroyed as the result of a Friday fire. According to the Smith County Fire Marshal, the house is on CR 288, also known as Arp Club Lake Road, just off CR 285. KETK reports Arp, Chapel Hill, and Whitehouse fire departments responded to the scene. The Chapel Hill Fire Department reported late Friday afternoon that the blaze had been contained. Read the rest of this entry »

Authorities: Man Attacks Jailer, Takes Pepper Spray

woods__neal_gcsoLONGVIEW — A Longview man was accused of assaulting a public servant Thursday after he attacked a Gregg County jailer and took a can of pepper spray from her hand, Gregg County sheriff’s deputies said. That’s according to KETK and the Longview News-Journal. Neal Woods III, 58, will remain in the jail under a $7,500 bond after the assault, according to Gregg County judicial records. Woods was being held in the jail on a $2,500 bond after he was accused Saturday of driving while intoxicated with a previous conviction. Read the rest of this entry »

Applications Accepted To Serve On City Of Tyler Boards And Commissions

thumb_cityoftylerTYLER — The City of Tyler is currently accepting applications from Tyler citizens to serve on City boards and commissions. The deadline to apply is August 16 and appointments will be made by the City Council at their August 28 meeting. To serve on a board or commission, applicants must reside inside Tyler City limits and should not have any delinquent City taxes, City utilities or other City assessments. In addition, they must not have any pending claims against the City. There may be additional requirements for some board positions. Read the rest of this entry »

One Dead after Car Hits Tree, Bursts into Flames

thumb_DPS-car-2DIBOLL — One person has died as a result of a one-vehicle accident at the Ryan Lake Hunting Club in Diboll. Preliminary reports from the Department of Public Safety say the driver veered off the road and hit a tree, causing the car to burst into flames. The victim has been identified as Dion Lamont Lackland, 39

Upshur County Man Seeks State Office

David L. Watts JrUPSHUR COUNTY – A Northeast Texas technology and efficiency consultant hopes to do for the General Land Office what he does for companies nationwide. David L. Watts Jr., 46, has filed papers with the Texas Ethics Commission allowing the Upshur County resident to raise money in a bid for the GOP nomination for the office of Texas Land Commissioner. Commissioner Jerry Patterson has announced he will seek the lieutenant governor’s position in the 2014 Republican primary. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report that Watts joins George P. Bush, nephew and grandson of former presidents, in the Republican hunt to replace Patterson. Read the rest of this entry »

Some Changes in Plans as Pro-Lifers Prepare to Gather in Austin

thumb_matt-schaeffer-1TYLER — There have been some changes in plans and other details regarding a pro-life rally today in Austin. Residents of Tyler and surrounding areas in House District 6 will gather there today as part of a statewide effort to support House Bill 2, the omnibus pro-life bill filed in the current special session. The group will gather at the state capitol prior to a 7:00pm pro-life rally on the south steps of the capitol. The rally will feature former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, along with several pro-life leaders from around Texas. You can go to for more information about the rally. Read the rest of this entry »

Open Carry March Held in Tyler

TYLER — In honor of Independence Day, the Founding Fathers, and the Second Amendment, more than 100 East Texans held an open carry march Thursday in downtown Tyler. Participants tell KETK it was important to march armed, honoring servicemen and women and the Constitution. Participant Terry Phillips said, “As a county commissioner, I think it’s important to get out and show your support for the Constitution.” It was a peaceful march, as participants carried their rifles and shotguns on their backs with the muzzles facing down.

Grass Fire Erupts in Smith County

thumb_firefighters-1SMITH COUNTY — Firefighters worked Thursday to put out a fast-moving grass fire on the 10000 block of County Road 235 in Smith County. KETK reports several departments responded to help extinguish the flames. There was no immediate word on if any structures were in danger or how the fire began. Authorities shut down County Road 235 while crews battled the blaze.

Longview Spraying Doesn’t Reduce West Nile-Carrying Mosquitoes

thumb_longview-cityofLONGVIEW — Early efforts by the city of Longview to control the mosquito population reduced the number of daytime mosquitoes, but there’s still an abundance of the West Nile-carrying Culex, city officials said Wednesday. According to KETK and the Longview News-Journal, Longview Environmental Health Department Supervisor Buck Farrar said, “This mosquito (Culex) got the upper hand early and may have ousted the others.” Read the rest of this entry »

Two Arrested on Drug Charges

thumb_Nacogdoches-County-Sheriff-DeptNACOGDOCHES — Two Nacogdoches women were arrested Wednesday evening on multiple drug charges at a residence on County Road 915. KETK reports the suspects are Evelyn Ward and Judy Suarez, both 56. Sheriff Jason Bridges stated that an ongoing drug investigation led to the seizure of nearly two grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, numerous pills, and a handgun along with other drug paraphernalia. Read the rest of this entry »

KC-Longview Eyes Expansion

LONGVIEW — One East Texas community college is looking to expand its horizons. KETK reports Kilgore College-Longview is aiming to build new facilities south of its current campus, which sits on Cotton Street. New construction would be along South and High Streets, on property already owned by the college. The new facilities would be used to help expand current programs in industrial maintenance. And college officials say it’s needed. According to one official, “There are a number of career fields that are in need of having more education and training and we need more space to do that.” The plans right now are still in the preliminary phase, and no timetable has been set for the expansion.

Dry Independence Day Conditions Worry East Texas Fire Officials

wildfirerEAST TEXAS — Two weeks without rain has East Texas fire officials concerned about Fourth of July fireworks. That’s according to KETK and the Longview News-Journal. The West Harrison Volunteer Fire Department has battled three small grass fires since Saturday and will staff firefighters at the fire station all day Thursday, said spokesman Ryan Freeman. “Most fireworks burn at 1,200 degrees,” said Freeman, who has been part of the West Harrison VFD the past nine years. “Grass will burn at 200 to 300 degrees. We’ll have people at the station and on standby all day.” Read the rest of this entry »

Jaycees Fireworks Show

FireworksTYLER — East Texas will hold numerous Fourth of July celebrations. One of the biggest: the Tyler Jaycees Fireworks Show at Lindsey Park. Gates opened at 4:00pm, admission is $10 per car, concessions will be provided, and the show will start after dark.

Fire Extinguished at Longview Oil Site; One Employee Hospitalized

oil_site_longview_ketkLONGVIEW — Longview firefighters have extinguished a fire at an oil well facility on Lake Lamond Road. The fire happened around 2:00 Wednesday afternoon between Cotton and U.S. Highway 80. Fire officials tell KETK crews on the scene that the workers were doing a pipe removal on a shut-in gas well when there was a flash fire. The work area of their trailer was damaged, and one employee who was working at the site has been hospitalized for smoke inhalation. Part of Highway 80 was closed between Gilmer and Bill Owens Pkwy. so firefighters could work the scene.

Lake Fork Boating Accident Victims Identified

lake_fork_ketkLAKE FORK — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Game Wardens have identified the victims involved in a double fatality boating accident Monday evening on Lake Fork. KETK reports they were Justin Douglas Wilcox, 34, Oglesby, Texas, and Walter Edward Serbon Jr., 69, Yantis, Texas. A child in one of the boats was severely injured and flown by helicopter from the scene to a Dallas area hospital. One of the boats involved sank at the scene and has been successfully raised by the Game Warden statewide Dive Team and Accident Reconstruction Team with specialized flotation lift bags and has been towed to shore for further investigation. Read the rest of this entry »

TJC Grant Creates 100 New Scholarships for Fall 2013

thumb_tjc-signTYLER — Tyler Junior College will award 100 scholarships to students majoring in science, technology, engineering or math in Fall 2013, thanks to a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. TJC received a $263,200 grant from the Coordinating Board. The Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or T-STEM, scholarships will provide awards of up to $2,500 per student for the 2013-14 academic year. Eligibility is based on high school grade-point average and the completion of courses toward a STEM career. Continued eligibility beyond the fall semester is dependent upon academic achievement and completion of coursework. Read the rest of this entry »

27 Dogs Seized from East Texas Property

puppiesspcaGILMER — On Tuesday, under the authority of the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, the SPCA of Texas seized and took custody of 27 allegedly cruelly confined dogs, including puppies, from a property in Gilmer. That’s according to KETK. SPCA officials say half of the dogs were living inside a feces-filled, urine-soaked house on the property and the other half were living in the front yard outside the residence. Read the rest of this entry »

Driver in Monday’s Motorcycle Wreck Dies

thumb_police-longview2LONGVIEW — A man identified as Henery Onias Bolanos, 61, of Longview has died following a motorcycle wreck in Longview. Shortly after 9:30 Monday evening, Longview Police responded to a one vehicle accident in the 900 Block of West Loop 281. When police arrived they found the driver and passenger of a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle lying in the roadway. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Busted for Drugs in Gregg County

thumb_sheriff-smithcountyKILGORE — Gregg County deputies arrested two people on drug charges at a local motel. KETK reports the bust went down Monday at the Executive Inn in Kilgore. Inside one of the rooms, deputies found Curtis Howard, 39, and April Connally, 29, both reportedly in possession of eight grams of crystal meth and drug paraphernalia. Both Howard and Connally are charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance.

Murder Suspect Arrested

first_st_shooting_ketk8TYLER — Tyler Investigators have arrested the suspect in the murder of Rodney Walker, who was shot in his East First Street residence on July 1. The suspect is identified as Christopher Shane Wiley, 39, of Tyler. Wiley is charged with 1st degree murder and was formally arrested in the hospital where he remains under protective custody. Judge Christi Kennedy signed the arrest warrant and set Wiley’s bond at $500,000. Wiley will remain under protective custody until he is released from the hospital and transported to Smith County Jail. Police say Wiley apparently attempted suicide after Walker’s slaying.

Grand Saline Suspect at Large

William Lee HoneaGRAND SALINE — A shooting near Grand Saline has left one person injured. The suspect, who is considered to be armed and dangerous, is being sought. The shooting happened yesterday morning. The suspect is identified as William Lee Honea, 31, of Yantis. He may be traveling with Cortney Summerlin, 25, of Camp Wood. Read the rest of this entry »

Congressman Ralph Hall Finalizes Donation of Papers to A&M-Commerce

Ralph Hall-A&M CommerceCOMMERCE — Congressman Ralph Hall has finalized the donation of his personal papers and memorabilia to Texas A&M University-Commerce. It came yesterday in a signing ceremony with President Dan R. Jones at the A&M-Commerce at Rockwall facility. “I hope the papers in this collection are valuable to you, and I hope they’re a good resource to the students at A&M-Commerce. They are a reflection of my life in public service, and it’s an honor to be a part of the future of this university,” said Congressman Hall. Read the rest of this entry »

Mayor Appoints Arts Task Force

thumb_Barbara-BassTYLER — Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass has appointed a task force to make recommendations to the City Council regarding the potential use of parts or all of the S.A. Lindsey Building at Elm and Broadway as an art center. “We envision this art center serving our art community as well as becoming a tourism destination for the region,” said Bass. The S.A. Lindsey Building was gifted to the City of Tyler in 2010 by the R.W. Fair Foundation and the Fair Estate. It is located at 123 S. Broadway and is currently vacant. The structure has eight floors and more than 50,000 square feet of space. Read the rest of this entry »

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