Bob Hallmark is a longtime reporter for KLTV 7. He grew up in Aldine, a south Texas town. At age 18, he joined the U.S. Navy. He later attended Chapman University in Orange, California.
Before moving to the Tyler-Longview area, Bob worked for Major League Baseball as network director of the Houston Astros Baseball Team. He was also network producer for Houston's International Hockey League, the Houston Aeros Hockey Team. Bob has also worked for radio/television stations in Boise, Idaho.
Since 2000, Bob has been a reporter and bureau chief in Longview. Bob is married to Norma Hallmark and has two sons: Jacob and Luke. Bob loves the outdoors. He owns a small farm in Hawkins where he raises livestock, including horses. He also does a little farming.
Texas game wardens are investigating a boating accident that left two people hospitalized.Game wardens were called to a single watercraft collision on the Sabine river just south of White Oak near the highway 42 bridge around 7:30 last night.
An East Texas man comes away with top honors in a national drag racing event in Georgia, and the last trophy of it's kind. Longview native Tony Jones runs his own air conditioning-heating business, but in his spare time he's into 'high octane speed.'
The long road to recovery for one East Texas deputy, once in a coma with 'Covid-19', is not over yet. Gregg county sheriff's 'corporal James Hagler', was released from the hospital last month, but his struggle to recover continues.
The pandemic had numerous after-effects, among them, the rising cost of lumber and building materials, creating problems for East Texas home builders and re-modelers. Though new home construction has increased since February, lumber and other variables are making doing business a challenge.
Some East Texas amateur boxers are getting their final weeks of training in, preparing for a 'Golden Gloves' competition, and for many it's the first competition they've had in nearly 2 years. Amateurs at 'Sniper-Wolf boxing in Longview', are feverishly stepping up their training.
A successful opening weekend for an East Texas renaissance festival. 'Avalon Faire' in Kilgore off of FM 1252, had good crowds on it's opening weekend. The festival features music, acrobats , and of course the crowd favorite, jousting tournament.
The 20-20 lockdown and the pandemic hurt countless East Texas businesses, and cancelled regular events that took revenue away from workers. With sporting events like baseball and martial arts tournaments cancelled the 'trophy business' lost a staggering amount of revenue.
A reminder of the meaning of 'Good Friday' and the Easter weekend was seen by drivers along a busy road in Longview. Three groups were carrying crosses along highway 80, depicting the walk of Christ to his crucifixion.
Feral hogs continue to be a costly problem in East Texas, and everything from helicopter hunting to pesticide sprays have been used to reduce the population. From year round open season, to trapping, to helicopter and hot air balloon hunting, hunters are trying every method to bag feral hogs.
Texas hunters will have a few less restrictions during the upcoming hunting seasons, and several East Texas counties are affected by changes. 'Texas Parks and Wildlife' has released a list of changes for 2021-22, that will have impact on numerous East Texas counties.
An East Texan was electrocuted when his truck came into contact with a power line. This happened around nine this morning off of Owl road, near Diana in Upshur county. Deputies came to the remote cattle ranch off Owl road on a call that initially didn't make sense.
The 'weight' of snow' can't be underestimated, and in one case it collapsed an East Texas marina covering. This happened Wednesday at the 'Bullfrog Marina' at 'Lake O the Pines' in Marion county. The weight of accumulated snow collapsed a structure right on top of boats and other watercraft.
Jonathan Hamilton, 33, of Linden, was arrested Friday night by Hughes Springs police under suspicion for his alleged involvement with a string of a half-dozen recent church vandalism incidents in the Hughes Springs-Avinger area.
An East Texas man took his turn getting a Covid-19 vaccine shot today, at the age of 97. Arriving at 'Christus Health' in Mineola, 97 year old Paul Harrington, at the request of his family, came to get his Covid-19 vaccine.
It's the final week of deer season here in East Texas, as hunters make their last attempt to 'bag the limit'. Gauging how successful the season has been is usually connected to processors and taxidermists, and this year has been a good one.
It's the last weekend you can vote early in Texas and across the state, turnout has been high with many choosing not to chance waiting in long lines on election day. But depending on where you voted, turnout was a bit of a surprise today. No lines at the Gregg county courthouse in Longview.
Americans are not the only ones interested in our November elections, as a European news agency is in East Texas on that subject. A news crew from German news magazine 'Der Spiegel' is in Texas to gauge the presidential election in November.
Members of the Texas Republican Party met at an East Texas location today to make a choice of who will be their nominee for a congressional seat on the November ballot. The district 4 seat was left vacant when congressman John Ratcliffe was appointed to director of national intelligence.
An East Texas family is not happy about the 'brand changing' of a popular pancake syrup: Aunt Jemima. The iconic Aunt Jemima has long standing ties with the city of Hawkins, and a goodwill ambassador named 'Lillian Richard.'
An East Texas city held a 'bells of hope' event, to remind East Texans that we are all in this together. At 2 Wednesday afternoon, the old bell on the Mount Pleasant downtown square began to ring. It continued for 3 minutes in what was called the 'bells of hope'.
small Panola County community is joining the rest of East Texas in mourning the loss of Panola County Sheriff’s Dep. Chris Dickerson, who was gunned down by a suspect during a traffic stop on Tuesday morning.
There are many travel treasures here in Texas, and one popular destination is from West Texas.Big Bend. Spanning across Presidio and Brewster counties, there are over 1-million acres of park land between Big Bend state park to the north, and Big Bend national park to the south.