Around East Texas 05/14/07

Fatal Accident- Angelina County

Two people are dead today after a head on collision in Lufkin over the weekend. The accident happened Saturday night off of Highway 103, about six miles east of Lufkin. Police say 47 year old Donald Guillot of Lufkin was driving westbound and passing a car in a "No Passing Zone" when he struck the vehicle 21-year old Joseph Webb was driving head-on. Webb was also from Lufkin. Both drivers were killed.

Fatal Accident- Smith County

A Troup teenager is killed in a weekend car crash. The crash happened early Saturday morning on FM 756, just south of Tyler. D-P-S troopers say Trey Bernholtz took a curve too fast and ended up hitting a tree. Trey Bernholtz was a 2006 graduate of Whitehouse high school.

Illegal Immigrants

A north Texas community will adopt an ordinance forcing landlords to turn away illegal immigrants. Farmer Branch has become the first city in the country to pass this type of local immigration. Voters approved the ordinance 68-percent of those in favor to 32-percent against. Law ordinance 2903 will require landlords to check the legal status of residents and exclude illegal immigrants as possible tenants.

Failing TAKS Test Scores

A record high 40-thousand high school seniors will not be graduating this year after they failed the TAKS test. The Texas Education Agency says those students either failed all or part of the state's required exit level exam.

Postage Going Up

Before putting that letter in the mailbox today, you'd better check your postage. Starting today (Monday), postage rates will be 41 cents, that's two cents more. However, there is a break if you are mailing a letter more than one ounce. The cost for each additional ounce has dropped to 17 cents. So, keep that in mind when mailing those graduation and summer wedding invitations.

Fatal Fire

A fire in Longview claims the life of an East Texas man. Fire crews were called to the blaze at a home in the 16-hundred block of Harris street around 11:30 Saturday night. The fire did minimal damage to the home, but officials believe 51-year old Lonell Dixson was trapped inside by burglar bars and suffered from smoke inhalation. Authorities believe the fire may have been started by a cigarette.