Around East Texas 05/13/07

Constitutional Amendment

In the only statewide item on the ballot, voters have decided to amend the Texas Constitution to authorize the legislature to provide for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed on the residence homesteads of the elderly or disabled to reflect any reduction in the rate of those taxes for the 2006 and 2007 tax years.

Wet/Dry Election

The Alcohol sales propositions in Longview spurred voters to the polls. The legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by "food and beverage certificate holders only" has passed with 4,136 votes for and 2,956 against. Meanwhile, voters in Angelina County will return to the polls in November to decide a wet/dry election. After weeks of circulating petitions, registered voters in Zavalla, Hudson, Huntington, Diboll and Burke will once again debate the issue of alcohol sales. On November 6th, residents in those Angelina County communities will have an election to stop the sale of beer and wine in their area.

SFA Graduation

S-F-A officials say over the years they have awarded over 100-thousand degrees at the University and Saturday's graduation class may be the largest ever. Those who attended the Spring graduation say parking spaces and seats were hard to come by. Congratulations to all of the graduates and their families.

Mother's Day

It's Mother's Day. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first Mother's Day proclamation, stating that the observance serves as a "public expression of our love an dreverence for the mothers of our country." Mothers are central to the success of the American family. The love, dedication and wisdom touch countless lives every day throughout our community. Watch our News-9 Extra report tonight at 10 for a special "Top Moms."

High School Baseball

The Lufkin Panthers comeback season ends with Georgetown taking the series two games to none. Georgetown beat Lufkin 9-to-4 Friday night and wrapped up the best of three series with a 3-to-2 heartbreaker for the Panthers Saturday. The Nacogdoches Dragons stay alive to move on to the regional quarters in boys high school baseball. The Dragons needed two wins to advance and they managed to rally from a two run deficit and beat McKinney North 3-2 in game one. Then in game 2, Nacogdoches belts out a 7-to-4 comeback win to advance a step closer to the big dance. More more scores and highlights go to the Sports section of