Around East Texas 05/16/07

Expo Party Tonight

A big party will happen in Lufkin tonight. The 24th annual Expo Anniversary party starts at 6:30 p.m. at the George H. Henderson Junior Expo Center. The steak dinner begins at 7:30. You can buy tickets from the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are 40-dollars per person, or 500-dollars per corporate table. The party is held to benefit the Expo Center.

Shooting Update

21-year old Mykesha Spencer remains in critical condition at a Houston hospital. She was shot in the mouth Monday in front of a house on Garvan street in Lufkin. Investigators believe her ex-boyfriend, 23-year old Fred Hurts, Junior was the person who shot her. Spencer and Hurts have a one-year old son, but had broken off their relationship several months ago. Family members on both sides still can't believe what happened.

Peace Officers Memorial

In downtown Nacogdoches a tribute is paid to the 165 peace officers, nationwide, who died last year in the line of duty. Since 1871, there have been eight slain officers who served Nacogdoches county. The memorial reminded all of deputy sheriff Tom Sitton. His two daughters have attended the ceremony each year since his death in 1996. A cross section of the community attended the emotional ceremony, including members of the Nacogdoches Fire department. The memory of losing one of their own in the line of duty is still very fresh. Captain Ed Ivy's services were just two weeks ago.

Dog Thefts

Dog thefts are becoming more common around East Texas. Lufkin police tell us about sixty percent of the dogs being stolen in Lufkin are pit bulls. Pit bulls are often used as fighting dogs, making them popular among thieves. The pit bull's reputation as a vicious dog does little to scare off those looking to steal them.

Lufkin Water Plans

Lufkin city council members have voted to acquire some property as part of its future plans to provide water for local residents. The few acres of land will be used to build waterlines that will run from Lufkin to lake Sam Rayburn. Lufkin is the only municipality that has rights to the Lake. Rayburn is an alternative water source for the city now that its current source, the aquifer, is drying up. City leaders have been working for several years to get a line put in on property near the lake.

Nacogdoches Commission Honored

City leadership in Nacogdoches is changing. A reception was held Tuesday night honoring both the outgoing and newly elected city commissioners. Mayor Bob Dunn is leaving. He chose not to run for re-election after serving one term. Taking his spot is Roger Van Horn, who ran unopposed. Newly elected commissioner Randy Johnson was there, along with re-elected commissioner Don Partin. The newly elected commissioners took their oath of office at last night's city commission meeting.

New Livingston Hospital Addition

Memorial Medical Center Livingston is celebrate the opening of its new, state-of-the six-story patient tower. The new tower has the capacity to add up to 200 additional patient beds. It also includes a new ICU with eight beds and the medical/surgical area has been increased, providing 12 more patient beds. The 160,000-square-foot tower was designed by local physicians and nurses to be an active part of a patient's healing process, said Philip Robinson, Administrator.

New East Texas Hospital Center

A new multi-million dollar center for an East Texas hospital is soon to come. Longview Regional Medical Center broke ground Tuesday on a 32-hundred square foot building that will house the hospital's occupational medicine clinic and rehabilitation center. Hospital officials say the new center is needed because of their growth.