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The top 2015 stories on KTRE.com

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As we say farewell to 2015, we'd like to share with you the stories you liked, shared and talked about this year at KTRE.com.

GE LAYOFFS

In January, GE Oil and Gas announced they'd be letting go of employees in Angelina County. However, it wasn't until August that city and county leaders learned just how big of a cut the company would make in East Texas. 

Related: GE Oil & Gas to close its Lufkin foundry division, resulting in loss of 176 jobs

HISTORIC SPRING FLOODING

The Spring brought rain and lots of it to Deep East Texas. The wet weather caused much damage around the area -- including one death. Ayanna Austin, 13, of Lufkin, slipped in a creek while walking home from school and drowned. 

Related: Storms flood Angelina Co. roads

Related: Body of missing 13-year-old Lufkin girl found behind school

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KTRE

Over the summer, KTRE celebrated a big milestone - 60 years of broadcasting in the Pineywoods. On August 30th, we opened our doors to all of you and hundreds attended our birthday party. Thank you!

Related: East Texas Throwback: KTRE-TV stays committed to local news 60 years later

Related: KTRE celebrates 60th anniversary with Deep East Texas

#ALTOGETHER: CAM'RON MATTHEWS DIES ON FOOTBALL FIELD

On October 16th, during a Friday football game, Alto player Cam'ron Matthews collapsed on the field. We would later learn Cam'ron died from blunt force trauma to his head. His death brought the East Texas community together. He also gave seven of his organs to six people, including his grandfather

Related: Alto player Cam'ron Matthews' death not caused by aneurysm, report shows

Related: Alto gathers to mourn loss of football player Cam'ron Matthews

Related: Grandfather thankful for 2nd chance at life after kidney donation from Cam'ron Matthews

TRAIN CARS FALL OFF BRIDGE IN LUFKIN

It was quite the sight in Lufkin after 64 train cars fell over off a busy intersection. The National Weather Service said it was 80 mph winds that knocked over the train cars. Following the accident we investigated if storing train cars on busy bridges in East Texas was a safe practice. 

Related: Train cars blown off railroad bridge at Loop 287 W. in Lufkin

Related: 9 Investigates rail regulations after wind topples train cars from bridge

CHURCH OF WELLS: CATHERINE GROVE LEAVES & RETURNS

In April, Catherine Grove made a call to the Angelina County Sheriff's Office that she needed a ride to a 'safe' place. The woman, who is a member of the controversial group the Church of Wells, ended up going home to Arkansas. But Grove came back to East Texas after two weeks and eventually married a church member. 

Related: The Church of Wells: Special Report

BLUE BELL RECALL & RETURN

It was a sight many East Texans didn't like -- empty freezer with no Blue Bell ice cream. In April, the Texas-based company recalled all of their treats after a listeria outbreak around the country. However, it didn't take long for Blue Bell to come back. The treat was back in store freezers days before Christmas. 

Related: Blue Bell returns to East Texas stores

MASON CUTTLER DROWNING 

Back in August, a search for toddler Mason Cuttler lead the discovery of the boy in the family's pond. A few weeks later, the Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested Bobby Woods Jr, who lived with the Cuttler family, for drowning little Mason. Woods told investigators he did it to "make room for his unborn child."

Related: Affidavit: Lufkin man pushed child in pond to make room in home for another child

EAST TEXAS BACKS THE BLUE

It was a tough year for law enforcement as across the country they were scrutinized for their policing tactics. However, here in East Texas, there was nothing but support as people wrote 'thank you' cards and put stickers on their cars. In December, the Angelina County Sheriff's Office and Lufkin Police Department were allowed to put 'In God We Trust' stickers on their emergency vehicles.

Related: Lufkin PD puts "In God We Trust" decals on all emergency vehicles

Related: Angelina Co. commissioners OK donated 'In God We Trust' decals for ACSO patrol vehicles

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