Gary Bass grew up in Athens, Texas, where he graduated from high school. He played football for the Athens Hornets.
He started his college career at Texas A&M University in College Station, and he finished up his bachelor’s degree in journalism at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches in May of 1997.
Shortly afterward, he started working as a staff writer for the Athens Review and the Cedar Creek Pilot. He covered the county and Cedar Creek Lake beats, but he also covered sports and filled in as sports editor on occasion. While there, he won numerous awards for news and column writing, and he covered the execution of the infamous Betty Beets.
In 2000, he started working as a staff writer for the Lufkin Daily News in Lufkin, Texas. While there, he covered the business, education, and politics beats and was a co-winner of several awards. He also helped with the newspaper’s coverage of the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy and did several interviews with death row inmates.
Gary and his family moved to California in March of 2006, and he worked as a substitute teacher while he was there. Then in the summer of 2007, he and his family got the opportunity to move back to East Texas. Gary was very tempted to kiss the ground when the family’s two-car caravan crossed the New Mexico-Texas border.
After he moved back to Texas, Gary enrolled in graduate school at SFA, where he earned his teaching certification and then graduated with a master’s degree in English in 2012.
While he was in graduate school, Gary worked as an adjunct English instructor at Angelina College, a freelance magazine writer, and an employee at a barbecue restaurant.
Gary started working as a web content producer for KTRE in September of 2012, and he moved up to work in the KLTV newsroom in December of 2018.
Gary, who is a father of two children and a granddad, enjoys spending time with his family, working out, going to movies, reading, writing, and going to church when he is not working as a web content producer.
Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office have arrested three people in connection with a June 1 incident in which someone painted offensive and profane language on a church’s exterior and its digital sign.
Unlike many other East Texas school districts, San Augustine ISD’s leadership opted to go the virtual learning route for the first few weeks of the 2020-2021 school year. Their students and teachers returned to in-class instruction on Sept. 9.
Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Nacogdoches police officers have arrested the man who allegedly shot two people at a convenience store in Central Heights early Saturday morning. Both victims are in critical condition, according to the sheriff’s office.
When Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office deputies executed a search warrant on a home on County Road 521 early Friday morning, they arrested two people, including the primary suspect in several recent drive-by shootings. They also seized five guns, crystal meth, cocaine, and marijuana.
Athens native Christian Stokes, who has worked as an actor/stunt man in the entertainment business for the past 20 years, visited with East Texas Now Friday afternoon about an upcoming feature film he will be in called ’Till Death” and about his journey.
On Tuesday, Nacogdoches County reported 14 additional COVID-related deaths. The 14 new deaths brought the county’s total to 48, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The city and county will now be referring directly to the DSHS for its COVID-19 information.
Livingston ISD is now in the eighth day of its 2020-2021 school year, and Dr. Brent Hawkins, LISD’s superintendent, said that one of the biggest challenges they have faced is trying to get into a routine regarding the new safety protocols and procedures.
Lufkin police officers arrested three men Saturday afternoon in connection with an armed robbery that occurred in the parking lot of On the Road on Chestnut Street that later resulted in a vehicle pursuit.
Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 37-year-old man who was out on bond on nine previous charges on Wednesday in connection to allegations that he was involved in a burglary that occurred in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Livingston police officers arrested a man Tuesday afternoon in connection with allegations that he robbed a convenience store on Church Street at gunpoint after he and the clerk got into an argument over how much he was getting paid for work around the business.