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Coronavirus update

Posted/updated on: January 23, 2022 at 7:45 am

EAST TEXAS — The Northeast Texas Public Health District (NET Health) reported 2,552 new cases of coronavirus in Smith County Thursday. That’s a big increase from the 988 reported January 17. There are now 8,411 active cases in Smith County, compared to the 5,860 posted on the 17th. There have been 37,287 cases of recovery. In Gregg County, there were 412 new cases posted Thursday, a decrease from the 520 reported on the previous dashboard. That brings the currently active total to 3,175, a jump from the 2,763 posted on January 17. There have been 19,325 recoveries in Gregg County. The number of hospital patients in the NET Health survey area has again gone up since the prior report. (more…)

Several ISDs plan Monday reopenings following COVID-related closures

Posted/updated on: January 23, 2022 at 7:46 am

EAST TEXAS — Several East Texas school districts plan Monday reopenings following temporary closures due to COVID-19 issues. According to our news partner KETK, the Whitehouse, Leverett’s Chapel, and Palestine ISDs plan to be back in business Monday. According to its website, the Lindale ISD plans to do likewise.

ETBU sees spring enrollment growth

Posted/updated on: January 23, 2022 at 7:45 am

MARSHALL — East Texas Baptist University’s enrollment for this semester has set yet another spring term record for ETBU, with 1,495 new and returning Tigers signed up for classes. That figure features a 1.1% increase over last year’s record spring enrollment, according to a news release. The new semester also exhibits an increase in new transfer student enrollment, marking another spring term high for ETBU. Along with that, the university showed significant growth in adult education with adult learners enrolling for workforce readiness and career advancement, according to the release.

Longview recycling facility closed Jan. 24 – Feb. 20

Posted/updated on: January 23, 2022 at 7:43 am

LONGVIEW — Rivers Recycling, the third-party materials recovery facility that processes the recyclables collected by the city of Longview, will be closed for four weeks beginning Jan. 24 and continuing through Feb. 20. According to a news release, residents are encouraged to continue to place recyclables in the recycling cart during this time; however, all collected material during this closure will be taken to the landfill. If residents wish to ensure their recyclables are not taken to the landfill, the city recommends they rinse recyclable food and beverage containers to minimize odors and vector-attracting residues and hold back the material until the Rivers Recycling resumes operation. The most valuable recyclables to reserve for recycling are Plastics No. 1 or 2, cardboard, and metal (steel and aluminum food and beverage containers).

Marshall water main repair prompts boil water notice Sunday

Posted/updated on: January 23, 2022 at 7:46 am

MARSHALL — A notice to Marshall city water customers kicks in Sunday. On January 16, the city was scheduled to make repairs to a 16” water main just west of Hwy. 59 on E. Pinecrest but was unable to make the repairs at that time, so they’re now re-scheduled for Sunday. According to a news release, customers from Bell Street East to Hwy. 59 will experience no or low water pressure while repairs are being made. This could include Scenic Loop, Calvary Street, and Kay Street and will include businesses on Pinecrest as well. (more…)

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