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Next Stop...Regionals

The District 15-5A track meet held for the past two days at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin is now in the record books. It's the first time in several years that the meet has been held in Lufkin. The Pack headed into day two of the meet in first place and managed to hold onto the lead. The Lufkin boys are the 2007 District 5-A track champions. The Lufkin girls were in fourth place going into the finals and after some impressive first place finishes in several events were able to pull up to second place overall, runner up to The Woodland girls. The next stop is the Regional track meet scheduled in two weeks in Waco. A final report on the Meet is being completed and you can see more of the District 5-A results in the Sports section of, once that report becomes available.

Central I-S-D Food Fight

Some Angelina County parents meeting with the Central school board this week are angry because the school district is chaing their kids' meal plan. The parents who spoke with the East Texas News tell us the district is getting rid of the popular "snack line." That's forcing many of the students to find another way to get their lunch. Many of the parents believe the district is cutting the program to help fund a 1-point-5 million dollatr baseball field. But school leaders tell us they are getting rid of the snack program so that the district can break even with funds. That was before last night's (Thursday's) meeting. Supporters of the popular "snack line" came out of the short side of this food fight. After meeting with concerned parents, district officials decided to follow through with their original recommendation to drop the "snack line."

T-I-S-D Memorial Day Reversal

Tyler I-S-D has a change of heart after controversy over the district scheduling school on Memorial Day. In a Press Release, school officials had this to say: "Tyler I-S-D recognizes the importance of Memorial Day and the significance of this day to our country and our citizens, and we have thoughtfully reconsidered the calendar to announce that this year Memorial Day will not be a required school day in Tyler I-S-D." To make up for the day, the district announced it will have school on April 23rd, which was a teacher in-service day.

Red Light Cameras

The number of cities making plans to install red light cameras is growing. Nacogdoches is the next East Texas city seeking approval to install the cameras. The proposal will go before city commissioners next Tueaday. Police Chief Jim Sevey is more comfortable using the photographic enforcement of red light runners now that the state has ruled their use is permissable.

Alleged Cemetery Vandals Arrested

An arrest this morning (Friday) has been made in a vandalism of an East Texas cemetery. Winnsboro police have arrested two teenagers they say vandalized an historic cemetery. Someone pushed over and broke tombstones dating back to the 1800's. Late Wednesday night, police say a 14 and 15 year old boy confessed, saying they did the damage a couple of weeks ago. Police say the teenagers, both from Winnsboro, face up to two years at T-Y-C.

Convicted Child Murderer

There will be less freedom for the East Texas mother who stoned her sons to death. A court ruled Wednesday that Deanna Laney will no longer be allowed to leave the Kerrville State Mental hospital for shopping and dining outings with her parents. The court decided the State Board of Mental Health was not allowed to grant those kind of passes.

Man Arrested for Child Porn

55-year old Harrison Havens Jr. of MaBank has been indicted by a federal grand jury. He's accused of using the internet to stockpile and distribute child pornography Havens, a waste treatment facility manager, was arrested following an investifation by the Attorney General's Cyber Crime Unit. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in Federal prison and up to $250,000 fine.