Around East Texas 06/18/07 - | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Around East Texas 06/18/07

Shooting on East Texas Lake

Smith county sheriff's department officials are investigating a shooting on Lake Tyler. They tell us a man called them saying he had been shot in the leg and he was heading to the hospital. His condition is not known. Officials say the shot came from another boater and no one has been arrested.

Aggravated Kidnapping

One person is in custody in an aggravated kidnapping overnight. Smith county sheriff's deputies tell us a man was forced into a car at gunpoint and forced to drive into the county. Deputies tell us the victim was let go and not injured. The suspect was arrested at the Country Estates off Highway 271, near Eagle Creek Ranch.

Cemetery Marker Stolen

Police are looking for suspects after the theft of a stone marker from a Longview cemetery. Police say the stone angel marker was stole from a grave at the Grace-Hill cemetery on Highway 80 sometime Saturday. The angel was taken from the grave of well known Longview business woman Francis Holmes. Family members are angry that Holmes' resting place has been disgraced by the theft.

King of Blues

The King of Blues is coming to East Texas today, after a postponed concert. B. B. King's sold out performance will take place tonight at the University of Texas at Tyler Cowan Center. Tickets from the January performance will be honored. The performance was postponed as a result of King's hospitalization in Galveston in January.

Maroney Pool uncertain Future

There are many residents of Nacogdoches who grew up swimming at Maroney pool, but now there is talk of the pool being remodeled or possibly even closing. But the fond memories will be in their hearts forever. "I remember when it opened and we were in elementary school and that was the thing. Our parents would drop us off at the pool and we'd stay for the afternoon and all of our friends would be there. It was just a great place to hang out and have fun with your friends," said Sheri Mullican. But those memories may be all Sheri will have left. The fences of the Maroney pool were closed over the weekend due to bad weather, but will the gates soon close forever. This is a question the city of Nacogdoches is trying to answer. "The main problem is age with the pool. It's got a lot of mechanical problems but I guess the overall problem would be the leakage," said Aquatic Director Glenn Wells. We will follow this story as new developments occur.

New Rehab Center

A knee or hip injury can lead to months of rehabilitation, or an elderly person can reach a point in life when they need specialized care. Now, there's a new nursing and rehabilitation center to serve both unique needs. The Stallings Court Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is now open. Its focus is physical, occupational and speech therapy. Individuals can stay there for a short period of time while they recuperate and receive rehab for an injury or surgery. There are also rooms for long term care. Such facilities help Nacogdoches maintain its retirement community standing with the state.

CASA Volunteers Needed

The children's advocacy support group CASA in Nacogdoches continues to receive help from generous volunteers. Five more people made the sworn promise to be advocates for children in the foster care system. The service will allow more of the 47 children in the program to have a voice in the courtroom setting. If you you're interested in becoming a CASA volunteer contact the Nacogdoches CASA office at 119 North street in Nacogdoches.

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