Volunteers in Lufkin encourage kids to “color out tobacco” with obstacle course

Kids participated in various games provided at the Color Out Tobacco obstacle course in Lufkin

  Nacogdoches police collect evidence at shooting homicide scene

This dog and goat are best friends on the run

  East Texas singer turned ‘American Idol’ favorite engaged to former contestant

East Texas thrift stores struggle with dumping of trash

Nacogdoches police identify homicide victim, suspect not in custody

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

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Tracking the origin of National Single Parents Day

Officials capture fugitive wanted on stalking, burglary charges

  Angelina College hosts Coaches vs. Cancer superhero celebration of life

Florida man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to Democrats, CNN

Trinity County Sheriff’s Office says manhunt underway for possibly armed, dangerous suspect

  Oil refinery consultants reflect on lessons learned from Houston chemical facility fire

  VIDEO: East Texas ‘Idol’ contestant Vivian Villapudua discusses audition, competition

An East Texan competing to become the next American Idol is sharing her experience with East Texas Now.

  Will Trump let up on McCain attacks? GOP senators hope so

A few GOP senators spoke out this week against a new round of Trump's complaints about the Arizona senator, who died in August of brain cancer . One Republican called the president's ongoing commentary "deplorable." Others, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, pointedly used the word "her

  ‘You’re talking 1,000s’: Poisonous toads invade Florida community

Residents of Palm Beach Gardens have a massive outbreak on their hands. They expect the problem to grow in the coming weeks.

SH 7 reopened near Trinity River in Houston

State Highway 7 West is shut down near the Trinity River due to a reported crash.

  After mosque attacks, New Zealand quickly bans assault weapons

Medical providers say don’t stop taking blood pressure medicine

World Meteorological Organization retires storm names Florence and Michael

Bill requiring civics exam for high school graduation passes Texas House

  Lufkin city officials approve update to hazard mitigation action plan

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

Nacogdoches picked as pilot site to provide more mental health treatment for veterans

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has selected six pilot sites as part of an initiative to increase access to clinical mental health treatment for military service members, veterans and their families in rural areas of the state.

  LIVE: ‘American Idol’ contestant Laci Kaye Booth stops by East Texas Now

Livingston native and “American Idol” contestant Laci Kaye Booth is stopping by the East Texas Now newsdesk.

Lufkin police arrest man following robbery of gas station

According to the Lufkin Police Department, around 4 a.m, they arrested Deaounte Bogan, 17, in connection to the armed robbery of Lucky’s Convenience Store at 1707 N. John Redditt Drive.

  'Bill & Ted 3′ is a real thing! Excellent!

Bill S. Preston, Esq. (Alex Winters) and Ted “Theodore” Logan (Keanu Reeves) will be making another totally radical movie called “Bill & Ted Face the Music.” It’s slated for release in 2020.

  Blaze extinguished at Texas petrochemicals facility

International Terminals Company said the blaze in Deer Park was extinguished as of 3 a.m. Wednesday. The fire began Sunday at the facility southeast of Houston, sending a huge, dark plume of smoke thousands of feet in the air, though officials said air quality remained safe.

  Crime Stoppers needs help identifying thieves recorded stealing from Lufkin Goodwill

With Crime Stoppers, the entire process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster.

  Mom throws kids from third story of building to save them from fire

Trapped inside on the burning third story was O'Sheana Harrison and her kids, all under the age of 3. Four Des Moines officers are being hailed as heroes for their efforts to save the family.

  Wednesday is the last supermoon of 2019, and actually it’s a super worm moon

It's the vernal equinox, a super worm moon - so much happening in the night skies on Wednesday.

  West Virginia man found guilty in infant’s rape, murder; jury recommends no mercy

It took the jury two hours to find the man guilty of multiple charges in the 2016 death of a 10-month-old girl.

  New Zealand holds first funerals for mosque shooting victims

The first funerals came five days after a white supremacist methodically gunned down 50 worshippers at two mosques — a massacre that he broadcast live on Facebook.

  Disney closes $71B deal for Fox entertainment assets

The deal helps Disney further control TV shows and movies from start to finish - from creating the programs to distributing them though television channels, movie theaters and streaming services.

Nacogdoches approves two expenditures for street improvements

Nacogodches City Council approved two expenditures. The first is for $773,000 devoted to six streets.

  VIDEO: SC teen thought to never talk again speaks for first time in nearly 2 years

Doctors didn’t think he’d live... and if he did by some chance survive, they didn’t think he’d ever walk or speak again. Now 21 months later, not only is Jackson walking on his own - he sounded out his first words since the 2017 crash.

  Workforce Solutions aims to curb shortage of census workers with recruiting events

Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas provides the space for a 2020 Census recruiting event in Nacogdoches. Attendance is sparse, as it’s been the four previous weeks at similar events in Houston, Jasper, Polk and Shelby counties. This is much to the disappointment of those who know the available jobs

  Lufkin Crime Stoppers asking for help IDing suspects in thefts of Goodwill donations

Lufkin Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help in identifying four people who stole donated items from the Goodwill store on Hill Street.

  Fundraiser set to help rebuild Groveton EMS after devastating fire

The Groveton EMS station is inching closer toward rebuilding efforts. Nine months ago, a fire destroyed the station’s equipment and facility. David Robison owns and operates the Groveton emergency services. He says it’s been a slow re-building process.

  Better East Texas: The Rise of Socialism

Millennials and the Generation Y young Americans are growing up and are very quickly becoming a force in the political landscape. And many of them are open to embracing “socialism” as structure for how the country is run.

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

The prom event came together as an idea by parents and teachers who believed there was a need to build and foster relationships between parents and students.

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

Another East Texan is headed to Hollywood.Malakoff’s Trey Jackson received a golden ticket and will move on to the next round of competition on ABC’s “American Idol.”

2 Nacogdoches officers assaulted during disturbance investigation at motel

When Nacogdoches police went to check out a report of a disturbance at a motel on South Street early Tuesday afternoon, one of the people at the scene allegedly assaulted two officers. One officer suffered an injured wrist.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered a plea deal in prostitution case - with a catch

Prosecutors offered Kraft, along with others a plea deal, but they must concede they would've been found guilty.

  Mental health facility opening in Nacogdoches hopes new location increases availability

A mental health facility in Nacogdoches will soon open the doors to its new facility in hopes the location better serve residents by way of increased availability.

  Gov. Abbott adds his support for Lufkin to become a Foreign Trade Zone

The City of Lufkin is a step closer to being designated as a Foreign Trade Zone. The city submitted its name for the designation back in October.On Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a letter in support of Lufkin becoming a foreign trade zone.

Trout, Angels close to record $432M, 12-year deal, AP source says

If the terms of the contract are finalized as it stands, it would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history

Long strange trip: OnStar, video surveillance, and witnesses help catch car thief

A car stolen in Crockett leads to suspect in custody in Corpus Christi

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

Musical duo Black Violin is set to present a community concert in Lufkin.

Diboll man who allegedly shot woman in front of their children now in custody

A Diboll man who allegedly shot a woman in front of their four children is now in custody.

  ‘Toy Story 4’ full trailer is out and teaching us about friendship all over again

Get your tissues, even the trailer is tugging on our heart strings.

One fatality from head-on crash in Nacogdoches County

Two vehicles struck head-on: the crash resulted in one fatality

Counselors available as Frankston ISD mourns death of Coach Reginald Clark

Frankston ISD announced on Monday the death of a teacher and coach in the district.

Jasper man airlifted to Beaumont hospital after SUV goes off road, hits tree

A medical helicopter airlifted a 59-year-old man to a Beaumont hospital after he went off a road in Jasper County, and his SUV struck a tree early Monday afternoon.

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

Through collaborative partnerships like this, the U.S. Census Bureau and community leaders can reach the shared goal of counting everyone in 2020.

Overturned wood chip truck causing delays on FM 83 in Sabine County

According to TxDOT Lufkin, a wood chip truck has overturned on FM 83 West, near Hemphill.

  WEBXTRA: City of Huntington now recycling some items

Now that the City of Huntington has acquired a recycling trailer, the town’s residents will be able to recycle cardboard, paper, and plastic items.

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

A new study published in February 2019 claims to have broken down life expectancy in the state of Texas by gender and ethnicity down to the ZIP code and county levels.

Trinity County deputies searching for suspect accused of stealing lawnmower from church

Deputies in Trinity County are searching for a suspect who stole a lawnmower from a church shed.

  More evacuations in Midwest as floodwaters breach levees

Levees are breaking in Nebraska and Iowa - and it's not even the wet season when river levels are high.

Angelina County Sheriff’s Office: Suspect in hit-and-run, resisted arrest, kicked deputy

Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office arrested a woman early Friday morning after she allegedly fled a hit-and-run collision in Polk County, led ACSO deputies on a chase, and then kicked a deputy.

  Watching Your Wallet: Thousands of consumer complaints hidden in federal watchdog database

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides information about financial institutions, including complaints. But NerdWallet and InvestigateTV have found examples of complaints that don't show up in the database.

  Crews work to control fire at Texas petrochemicals plant

The fire will likely burn for two more days. Officials are telling residents to stay inside.

  VIDEO: Remembering New London on anniversary of school explosion

Every year, survivors of the New London school explosion and their descendants mark the solemn occasion. Today, we’re remembering those whose lives were lost in the blast.

67-year-old man dies in motorcycle crash on Highway 94 in Hudson

A 67-year-old man died in a motorcycle crash on Highway 94 in Hudson Saturday.

Traffic alert: Road projects underway on State Highway 94 in Lufkin

Roadwork is underway in peak travel areas in Lufkin. Angelina County maintenance crews are working to level and repair pavement on SH 94 at SL 287. The entry and exit ramps at SL 287 to and from SH 94 are closed as crews work.

Memphis man says he was brutally beaten by security guard in case of mistaken identity

A Memphis man says it was a case of mistaken identity that led to him being brutally beaten and struck in the head with a gun by a security guard.

  For Lufkin parishioners, St. Patrick’s Day is opportunity to share their faith

St. Patrick was also known for his teaching of the Holy Trinity in using the three leaves of the shamrock to talk about the father, the son, and the holy spirit.

Man who shot himself at Kirbyville motel was suspect in Louisiana homicide investigation

A man who shot himself at a Kirbyville motel Saturday and later died was the suspect in a shooting incident in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana that left one person dead and another with non-life-threatening injuries.

  Families of Christchurch dead in agonizing wait for burials

Families of the 50 people killed in the Christchurch mosque shootings are enduring an increasingly agonizing wait for the bodies of victims to be released as New Zealand reels from the unprecedented tragedy.

  Missing 2-year-old found dead in Minnesota; father in custody

An off-duty public works employee found what is believed to be the toddler's body inside a blanket off the shoulder of the highway.

  Lufkin volunteers spend spring break building house for family

Volunteers from a church in Lufkin give up their spring break to build a home for a family in need.

Kirbyville police: Man wanted for attempted murder in Louisiana shot himself

A man wanted on an attempted murder warrant out of Beauregard Parish in Louisiana shot himself after a brief standoff at a motel Saturday afternoon, according to the Kirbyville Police Department.

  Watch: Teenager smashes egg on Australian senator, who blamed NZ massacre on immigration policies

The senator was speaking at an event Melbourne when video shows the boy raised his phone, clearly recording video, then smashed an egg on the back of Anning’s head.

300-lb Florida woman gets life in prison after sitting on girl, resulting in her death

Veronica Posey was sentenced Friday in the death of 9-year-old Dericka Lindsay. Posey weighs about 300 pounds.

Jasper County Sheriff’s Office: Man who was focus of manhunt now in custody

On Saturday morning, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office arrested the man who was the focus of a manhunt Thursday after he allegedly ran from a game warden.

  Angelina and Neches River Authority plans to serve water needs from new building

The East Texas region is blessed with abundant rivers, streams and lakes. A government agency responsible for their protection is the Angelina and Neches River Authority. Next week the central office in Lufkin won't be providing any public services, but for a very good reason. ANRA is moving into

  Nacogdoches County Judge says grant from state won’t fully cover indigent defense mandate

Nacogdoches County Judge says that a grant from the state won't cover the full cost of indigent defense attorneys for the county.

  Lufkin breast cancer survivor gives back by creating East Texas Cancer Alliance of Hope

A Lufkin breast cancer survivor created a non-profit organization called East Texas Cancer Alliance of Hope in an effort to help others who are battling the disease.

Texas Supreme Court issues ruling on lawsuit Lufkin Industries filed against IBM

On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court issued a ruling that partially negated a previous ruling by an appeals court in a multi-million dollar lawsuit Lufkin Industries filed against the International Business Machines Corporate (IBM).

Police: Truck strikes railroad overpass in Crockett

Crockett Police Department is warning motorists to avoid an intersection after a truck struck a railroad overpass.