Volunteers help family of Lufkin boy who spent 14 days in NICU continue ‘smell blanket’ tradition

NICU specialists said the blankets help the newborns sense the scent of their parents and bond with them from a distance.

  Black Violin duo encourages students to see the world differently, overcome stereotypes

  Lufkin city officials approve update to hazard mitigation action plan

  Clowns, cowboys, mutton busting take center stage during Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo

  Crime Stoppers needs help identifying thieves recorded stealing from Lufkin Goodwill

  Lil Panthers Head Start in Lufkin hosting inclusive prom event for kids

East Texan Trey Jackson gets ‘golden ticket’ on ‘American Idol’

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WATCH LIVE: Violin group who performed with Kanye West, Aerosmith to hold show in Lufkin

  City of Lufkin to consider committee to educate, motivate residents ahead of 2020 Census

  New study shows life expectancy of Texans by ZIP code, race, gender

  VIDEO: Remembering New London on anniversary of school explosion

  Angelina Arts Alliance welcomes back Black Violin’s ‘electrifying’ mix of musical sound

Breakfast taco could become the official state breakfast item of Texas

  SFA professors commemorate International Women’s Day with teach-in

Insightful topics presented by smart, confident women described the International Women’s Day event that was held on the SFA campus Wednesday.

  City report requests repavement of 6 Nacogdoches streets, rebuilding of another

Road crews are focusing on potholes caused by excessive rainfall in recent months.

VIDEO: Bubble show wows Longview children

As part of the Longview Public Library’s Summer Reading Club series, the library will play host to Brett Roberts and The Incredible Bubble Show. The free show begins at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center Complex.

  Descendants of man who built Chireno’s historic Halfway Inn gather for reunion

The family of the man who founded a historic halfway inn in Chireno spent an afternoon visiting the home that can be considered part of their roots.Constructed only a few years after Texas gained its independence from Mexico, the Old Halfway Inn, today more commonly known as the Halfway Inn or Flou

Hollywood-bound: Riley Thompson reaches next level in ‘American Idol’ competition

  Prom Project in Lufkin offers to help teens in need of dress, advice for prom night

  One year later: Angelina County sawmill development begins hiring process

  ETX peach farmers concerned recent freeze could hurt crop production

  Nacogdoches police warn drivers of planned speed enforcement zone

Texarkana woman named “Angel in Adoption” by Congress

  Angelina College awarded $100,000 grant toward risk management training

Angelina College has the means to continue offering free and affordable workplace safety courses to the public thanks to a $100,000 grant it received on Tuesday.

  ’Mission Possible’ conference at SFA to address technology’s impact on mental health

If you find it hard to disengage at the end of the day, a mental health conference planned at Stephen F. Austin State University will focus on finding balance in a tech-heavy world.

  New business opportunities changing the face of downtown Nacogdoches

Downtown Nacogdoches is being transformed with new business opportunities that city officials hope to help build up the community.

  Power of Prayer: Breckenridge Village of Tyler

When children with disabilities outlive their parents, one East Texas ministry provides a solution for the tough question: “What will happen to my child?”

  Nacogdoches boy makes good on $11,000 donation to fallen deputy’s family

An 11-year-old boy who sold his show rabbits to raise money for the family of a fallen Nacogdoches County sheriff’s deputy made good on his promise Friday afternoon.

  VIDEO: Little lamb dances heart out at Texas animal care center

One little lady at the Longview Animal Care and Adoption Center sure is excited about the weekend!

  City of Lufkin ‘very proud’ to maintain Main Street accreditation streak

The City of Lufkin is “very proud” of its unbroken streak of Main Street accreditation, and just may be the only city to hold such a streak, according to a city official.

Four East Texans to compete for chance at ‘American Idol’ fame

At least four East Texans are competing for their chance to become America’s next musical idol.

  Lawmaker files bill to increase access to high-speed internet in rural areas of Texas

The bill would use existing electrical co-op power poles and easements to provide broadband internet to rural areas of Texas.

  Homeowners near Sam Rayburn Reservoir concerned over high water, eroding property

Erosion along the shoreline of the Sam Rayburn Reservoir is worrying lakeside property owners, as record high water levels cause chunks of land to drop off into the water.

  Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter invites East Texans out for Boots, Best Buddies, and Barbecue

Kurth Memorial Animal Services and Adoption is inviting East Texans to reserve a table at its upcoming Boots, Best Buddies, and Barbecue fundraiser.

  Lufkin couple among homeowners helped by Neighborhood STRONG foundation

The Lufkin couple praised Neighborhood STRONG for helping them repair areas of their home they knew they couldn't afford.

Lawmaker files bill to create Selena Quintanilla-Perez Day

A Texas lawmaker has filed a bill to create a day honoring the musical contributions of Tejano signer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez.

Actor Matthew McConaughey to receive Texas Medal of Arts Award for film

Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey is set to receive a Texas Medal of Arts Award for film.

City of Huntington awarded grant to ‘bring the community together’, says city administrator

The City of Huntington has been awarded a special grant which will pay the costs of creating a walking trail in Centennial Park.

  East Texas teachers react to potential pay raise included in Senate Bill 3

Teachers in East Texas are sharing their optimistic reactions after traveling to Austin to discuss Senate Bill 3.

  WEBXTRA: Angelina College hosts Black History Month panel

Angelina College is hosting panel discussions during Black History Month.

Chip and Joanna buy a castle

Chip and Joanna Gaines are adding a famous castle to their list of ‘fixer uppers’ in Waco.

  Army recruitment bus brings Special Op simulations to Lufkin High School

The Army recruitment brought along its Special Operations recruitment truck; basically, a mobile simulations lab on an 18-wheeler flat trailer.

  Huntington ISD students vow to reach astronauts on space station after failed attempt

"Overcome it and just move forward from it and then hopefully I think Thursday we're going to try again," Andrew Quick, another junior.

  Ted Cruz visits Lufkin, Nacogdoches; talks national state of emergency, Democratic opponents

Texas Senator Ted Cruz stops in Nacogdoches to talk national state of emergency, Democratic opponents

  Teacher showcase at SFA shares innovative ways to engage students of all ages

Despite being held at SFA, organizers said it was information that can be used at any grade level.

  Culture Expo in Nacogdoches: Reconnecting to our heritage

The Community Improvement Program has a simple, but meaningful mission statement, according to member and Culture Expo coordinator Joyce Mills. "We want to enhance our community by giving them history and knowledge of our African American culture."So when the group's Culture Expo comes around the

Nacogdoches city council approves change to smoking ordinance to include vaping, e-cigs

The City of Nacogdoches first prohibited smoking in public places and workplaces in 2008; Tuesday’s decision added to the ordinance by including electronic devices as a means of reducing risks of second-hand smoke.

  WEBXTRA: Nacogdoches Community Improvement Program to host Black History Culture Expo

The Community Improvement Program is hosting a Culture Expo on Feb. 23 featuring the art, history, and storytelling of Nacogdoches African-Americans.

  Airbnb, other short-term renters required to pay Nacogdoches hotel occupancy tax

Airbnb and other short-term renters in Nacogdoches will soon be subjected to a new tax that will be implemented in the city.

  SFA School of Art hosts internationally-renowned Caddo storyteller

In conjunction with an exhibition of Caddo nation artists showing through March 24, SFA’s School of Arts is hosting Kricket Rhoads-Connywerdy.

  Lufkin developer renovating apartment complex near downtown

A Lufkin developer is in the midst of renovating an old apartment complex as part of an effort to make the downtown area more attractive.

  Fourth grader prepares Black History Month presentation for entire Nacogdoches school

In honor of Black History Month, a fourth grader in Nacogdoches prepared a presentation that was given to the entire school, which was also translated by a friend for dual language students.

Texas homeowner finds otter taking dip in pool

A Texas homeowner had a surprise encounter with an otter when she found it taking a dip in her backyard pool.

  Power of Prayer: ‘She Studies Downtown’ women’s bible study

Making the most out of the lunch hour is taking on a new meaning for some East Texas women of faith. They’re feeding a hunger for spiritual growth through an hour-long bible study.

  Indiana family moved by community support after father’s diagnosis: ‘It’s a loving Lufkin zone’

An Indiana couple’s trip to South Padre Island took them through Lufkin, but it would become their final stop in Texas after the husband after a medical emergency landed the husband in a coma.

Tree that hung over Nacogdoches street for decades cut down

An infamous tree leaning tree on Raguet Street was removed Thursday afternoon by a landscaping service.

  Longtime singing telegram artist serenades valentines in Nacogdoches

When you make a living singing telegram at special events, there’s usually a backstory that’s just as entertaining as the act you perform.

Groups find common bond where major highways meet, create 21/7 Association

Several East Texas groups are finding commonality between themselves, and not far from home: several churches, nonprofits, and other business and agencies have started a group they call the 21/7 Association.

  WEBXTRA: Community hosts benefit for Huntington house fire victim

Shirley Slaughter’s home was destroyed in a house fire on January 23 in Huntington.

Marshall United: ETX pastors pray to unite community through faith

The event was designed by local pastors to united people from all walks of life across East Texas through faith.

East Texas’ Kacey Musgraves wins big at Grammys

East Texas’ own Kacey Musgraves won Album of the Year at the 61st Grammy Awards.

  Coalition to propose adding e-cigarettes, vaping to Nacogdoches smoking ordinance

Nacogdoches City Council will soon consider a change to the city’s smoking ordinance to include electronic devices, such as vaporizers and e-cigarettes.

  VIDEO: East Texas officer rescues dog trapped in burning home

A dog has been reunited with their owners after being rescued from a burning home.

  Humane Society of Nacogdoches County offers free spay, neuter vouchers

The Nacogdoches County Humane Society is hoping pet owners share the love with their favorite animal this month by getting them spayed or neutered for free.

Douglass ISD superintendent takes leave of absence, interim leader chosen

Douglass Independent School District has an interim superintendent after the current one took a leave of absence.

  Lumberjack Express mobile food lab gives SFA students lesson in culinary industry

The newest food truck on Stephen F. Austin State University campus isn’t necessarily meant to feed the students; however, it is teaching them a thing or two about the hospitality industry.

  Work underway to address erosion issue in Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Work got underway Tuesday morning to help alleviate some of the erosion of the Sam Rayburn Reservoir’s earthen dam caused wind and wave action.

Community leaders help Lufkin primary school kickoff Black History Month

Community leaders joined students at Garrett Primary School in Lufkin to help kickoff Black History Month activities Tuesday morning.

City council to decide Lufkin zoo’s request for digital imaging tool

The Lufkin City Council on Tuesday will decide the approval of Ellen Trout Zoo’s request for the purchase of a new digital radiography system.

Power of Prayer: 40 Days For Life co-founder Shawn Carney

With the debate over abortion rights front and center right now, an East Texan has become a central figure of the national conversation.

  Poetry Slam open mic night in Lufkin kicks off weekend with verse, rhyme

When asked to describe what poetry is, you might answer that artists express themselves in a variety of spoken and musical ways. However, you may confuse ‘slam poetry’ with ‘poetry slam.’

Temple Theater in Lufkin preparing to host opera sensation Jackie Evacho

At just 10-years-old, she wowed the judges -- not to mention millions of Americans -- to a 2nd place finish on America’s Got Talent; Friday, she hopes to wow an audience much closer to East Texans' hearts.

  ’Project Lit’ funded by grant offers diverse books to diverse student body

Inside Tiffany Boudreaux’s classroom, you won’t find bookshelves lined with the typical required readings of a 6th grade student; a grant she received from Lufkin ISD has given her the opportunity to offer her students books just as diverse as the children.

Grant gives Lufkin students interactive preview of STEM careers; 3D printing, robotics

It will be several years before any students from Lufkin Middle School sit down in a college classroom and learn the skills they will need for their future careers. However, they’re getting an early start Becky Walker’s class.

  Pineywoods students, faculty reflect on impact of Athens bus crash

The community of Athens was joined in solidarity by many East Texas school districts Monday morning in mourning the loss of a middle school student killed after a train crashed into his bus.

  Internationally-acclaimed dance troupe performing at SFA Friday night

Internationally-acclaimed dance troupe Step Afrika! is bringing its high-energy dance form to the Stephen F. Austin State University campus Friday night.

  TxDOT spokesperson: Hwy 103 bridge erosion ‘alarming’ but no cause for concern

Thousands of Facebook users have shared a recent post showing the impact erosion has had on the Highway 103 bridge in Nacogdoches County. However, a Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson said it may be a case of looking worse than it really was.

  Flooding causing erosion concern under busy bridge spanning Deep East Texas

The aftermath of a wet month of January has caused concern about the future of a bridge that spans several Deep East Texas counties.

  Angelina College hosts statewide truck parking strategy, safety meeting

The Texas Department of Public Safety hosted a statewide parking study Wednesday on the Angelina College campus.

  Sheriff warns drivers to avoid further damaging flooded Nacogdoches Co. road

Nacogdoches County officials are keeping a close eye on the condition of a deteriorating county road in Etoile, and they’re taking more proactive approaches to making sure drivers avoid doing further damage.

  Basketball ‘wizards’ show Lufkin students the ropes before schooling teachers

Before they teach a group of educators a thing or two about the sport of basketball, a group from Harlem, New York spent some time showing elementary students a thing or two to impress their friends.