Lufkin City Council approves Citizens Chamber of Commerce’s first step toward new facility

  City officials explain zoning request process for property owners

  Local and state law agencies participate in coordinated crime conference at Angelina College

  New location for Community Action Program offers more efficient help for East Texans in need

  First responders in Nacogdoches connect with kids during Touch-a-Truck event

  Ellen Trout Zoo seeking approval from city council to receive anti-venom to treat snake bites

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  Veteran outreach program tackles tough topics during community meeting in Lufkin

  Caddo Mounds Tribal members return to Alto for the first time to participate in workshops and discuss ways to move forward

  Ellen Trout Zoo hosts kids for educational safari programs

  DETCOG receives regional award for their Rural Transportation Voucher Program

Sheriff’s Deputies searching for suspect who broke into and stole first responders truck

  Angelina College Police Academy to host Coordinated Crime Conference

  Several months later, contractors work to repair homes in Alto

For the last several months, Steve Cox, contractor and owner of SCE Landscaping and Tree Service has been repairing homes in Alto.

  Area Agency on Aging hosts “Power in Community” event

Speakers and presentations included Medicare services, health insurance plans and rehab and health centers.

  Angelina County commissioners table petition for new emergency services district

The Hudson Volunteer Fire Department is hoping to create an Emergency Services District in efforts to provide services for folks falling in the Hudson School District area.

  Law enforcement puts out warning against ‘Blue Bell-licking’ copycats

Videos of copycats have hit social media including a Louisiana man who was charged with unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity.

  Power of Prayer: McMahan Chapel, Texas’ oldest Protestant church

  Local animal rescue organization selected as one of six finalists to participate in nationwide grant

Needham firefighters surprise Goodrich VFD with donated fire truck

Fourth of July events blasting across East Texas

  Central ISD chosen by NASA to present protective helmet design at Langley Research Center

  City of Nacogdoches gearing up for Fourth of July Freedom Fest

  Lufkin ISD finalizing construction plans for three major school bond projects

The projects are funded by a $75 million school bond passed in May 2018.

  Vietnam-era veterans in Lufkin invited to pick up free copy of commemorative Vietnam War 50th book

More than 500,000 men and women who served in Vietnam call Texas home.

  TxDOT officials continue to work and help with tornado debris clean up in Alto

Piles of debris is still located throughout areas of the city and TxDOT officials are working to clean it up.

  'Splashadoches’: City council to consider naming new Nacogdoches splash pad

The city council is considering taking action on the name “Splashadoches” when it meets Tuesday.

  Groveton EMS still recovering a year later after fire

As Robison, owner and operator of Groveton Emergency Services recalls the tragic day he watched his business and home go up flames last June, he said the past year has been a hard rebuilding process.

  Lufkin animal shelter help find home for dog whose owner allegedly zip-tied its mouth shut

Sammy has spent nearly a year at an animal shelter waiting for a permanent home.

  Caddo Mounds Historic Site volunteers vow to rebuild grass house destroyed by tornado

The replica, which took months to build by hand, was destroyed by a tornado in April 2019.

  Kurth Memorial Library to host ‘dinosaur dig’ for kids

Sand was brought into the library to create a dig site where numerous simulated fossils are buried.

Gift of Love: Robin

No matter her situation, Robin, 13, refuses to let the colors of her world fade. At Pottery Cafe Tyler, Robin was able to show us her deep passion for art. She’s been creating her own works of art since she was a young child. “I usually draw. I make art up in my safe spot in my room," said Robin.

  CEO of Burke set to retire after 29 years

The Burke Center provides mental health services to a 12-county region across deep East Texas.

  Kids learn soccer skills through summer camp in Diboll

After seeing an interest in soccer camps and lack of resources in the community, former high school and collegiate soccer player Shardnea Rayson decided to create one of her own.

Restaurant Report - Angelina County - 06/21/2019

This week's Restaurant Report includes Hernandez Grocery, Shipley Donut, Mom's Diner, Cracker Barrel, and Say Cheese.

  Crockett hosts Juneteenth parade, ceremony to commemorate end of slavery

Slaves in the state of Texas were set free and Juneteenth celebrations were born.

  Family and friends participate in wellness walk honoring Garrison student who died of genetic heart condition

Classmates and friends of Ian also came out to participate in the walk.

  Texas AgriLife Extension seminar in Lufkin to help hobby cattle farmers be more productive

The seminar will focus on the common mistakes cattle farmers make, and how producers can be more productive in their area.

Restaurant Report - Nacogdoches - 06/13/19

Included are the restaurant reports for Baymont Seafood, JP's Lil Cajun Kitchen, Taquitos El Jailscience, Feed Lot. Super Yummy, Tacos Al Pastor Dianita, Lanana Creek Ice House, Stoner's Pizza Joint, Showtime's Shaved Ice, Grub Station, Ice Ice Baby, UR Chef Food Truck, Shali's Indian Kitchen.

  Donation funds cardboard baler, which will streamline recycle process for City of Nacogdoches

The City of Nacogdoches demonstrates the new cardboard baler that should improve the recycling effort.

Gift of Love: Memphis

“Family could be anyone you meet,” said Memphis. He feels strongly about that statement as he has become close to friends, teachers, and people who are not related to him by blood. When thoughts of being different than most children begin to manifest inside his head, Memphis leans on perspective.

  Buckner International kicks off annual ‘Shoes for Orphan Souls’ program

Throughout the month of June, community members can drop off new shoes and socks at various locations across Angelina County.

  Central ISD students accept NASA mission to design helmet to protect astronauts from radiation

While most kids are on summer vacation, the “Central Space Station” team has been hard at work.

  Hundreds of student athletes prepare for first day of SFA football camp

Coach Colby Carthel and his staff will host more than 30 programs from the Football Bowl Subdivision.

  Impact Lufkin hosts Angelina County judge for Q&A, community discussion

Residents asked about county services, how local government operates, and about voicing concerns.

  Family medical clinic in Alto to host free community health fair

The fair offers the community one-on-one time to discuss with medical professionals and free servces.

  Webxtra: Cycling with parrots Precious and Obedient

Nacogdoches cyclist takes his pet parrots along for a ride on his back.

  Parade set to honor ‘American Idol’ star Laci Kaye Booth

A parade is planned in honor of ‘American Idol’ contestant Laci Kaye Booth.

  Nacogdoches student who received more than $1 million in scholarships: ‘I want to explore my interests’

Nacogdoches student receives over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants from several universities.

  Kurth Memorial Library looking forward to Dinosaur George exhibit

It’s especially exciting considering he’s been extinct for the past 65 million years!

  Power of Prayer: East Texas Islamic Society open house

As the nearly 400 Muslim families living in Tyler and Longview observe the holy month of Ramadan, the East Texas Islamic Society is opening its doors to visitors.

  Game wardens stress safety as many East Texans prepare for Memorial Day weekend

Authorities will be focused on alcohol use on lakes and whether passengers are wearing life jackets.

Old Anderson County Jail transforms into set for upcoming film, ‘Four My Brothers’

The film chronicles the lives of three high school friends who make different choices in prison.

  COWGIRL: Texas student rides cow to high school on last day of class

On the last day of school, one Buna High School student decided to mark the occasion by riding Velvet, her cow, to school.

Memorial Day events across East Texas

Events are scheduled across the area for Memorial Day.

  City leaders in Lufkin optimistic about reopening Jones Park pool in time for summer

The Parks and Rec director said the anticipated opening is June 8.

4 children, 16-year-old adopted into forever families

For five children in East Texas, the search for a “forever family” is officially over. At the 2019 Gregg County Summer Adoption Day Monday, May 20, five children were adopted into three families.

City leaders offer preview of renovated Tomato Bowl in Jacksonville ahead of grand opening

In 2019, the Jacksonville Indians will begin their season in one of Dave Campbell’s top 12 stadiums you must see.

Volunteer who helped grow ‘century plant’ in Jacksonville: ‘It’s a metaphor for our town’

A ‘once in a lifetime’ experience has blossomed at a major intersection in Jacksonville.

  FULL CIRCLE: NICU nurse working at hospital where she was prematurely born

Georganne McClain turned 27 on Wednesday, but she began her life in a NICU, like the infants she cares for.

  Power of Prayer: The River church rebuilds lives, homes in Alto

A month after powerful tornadoes cut a path of destruction through the town of Alto, members of one congregation say they're finding unexpected blessings after this test of faith.

Restaurant Report - Nacogdoches - 05/16/19

Peking, Tacos Don Julio, Lucky Stop No. 2, Brookshire Brothers Bakery and Deli, Taco Bell on North Street, Zouki's Mackelmore's, CC's Smokehouse, Dolli's Dinner, Subway on North Street, Taco Bueno, Little Caesar's, McDonald's on North University, Clear Springs Restaurant, and Chick-fil-A.

Events planned across East Texas for Peace Officers Memorial Day

Police Officers Memorial Day is May 15 and East Texas cities and law enforcement departments are planning events to honor those who’ve died in the line of duty.

  Power of Prayer: Kiepersol Estates Winery

Kiepersol Estates Winery is marking 20 years in East Texas. Their journey from South Africa has become a testament to the power of prayer.

  East Texas singer Laci Kaye Booth’s successful ‘Idol’ run ends at Top 4

After making it into the Top 5, Livingston’s Laci Kaye Booth is continuing her journey on “American Idol" with new optimism.

  ‘God was with me:’ Huntington ISD superintendent back in office day after car crash

Huntington ISD Superintendent David Flowers was back in the office, seeing off the track team, just a day after being involved in a serious crash.

Professor invites Alto tornado victims to take part in group therapy session at SFA

The processing session will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 17

  Two Lufkin students to represent all of East Texas in Scripps National Spelling Bee

Both students talk strategy heading into the competition.

Caddo Mounds State Historic Site hosts volunteer day to aid in tornado recovery effort

The post-tornado recovery effort has grown into an event involving several volunteer groups.

  Community organizes first responders appreciation event following Alto tornadoes

Weeks after the tornado hit, community leaders want to recognize the city's heroes.

  Power of Prayer: East Texas family aims to encourage through special needs ministry

A Tyler couple is trying to connect, encourage, and empower families with special needs through a new ministry.

  WEBXTRA: Nacogdoches volunteers spruce up the downtown square

Volunteers working to rejuvenate downtown Nacogdoches.

  ’I looked outside and everything’s gone’: Garrison residents wake up to properties damaged, destroyed by storm

The National Weather Service will reportedly inspect the damage on Monday.

  State-supported living center in Pollok opens market to provide workforce skills for residents

The market sells plants, woodworking and handcrafted items, and produce grown by residents in the center’s garden.

Nirvana drummer, founding member of Foo Fighters Dave Grohl spotted at Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q

A world-famous musician stopped by an East Texas barbecue spot for some famous grub.

  Pollok family ‘lucky’ after fallen trees damage home, miss sleeping daughters inside

“When it hit the house, it literally shifted the house,” the family recalled.

  Water company expects to lift boil water notice ‘soon’ in hard-hit San Augustine community

The effort to get water back involved repairing and replacing several lines.

Gift of Love: Armani

As a child of the foster system for most of his life, the eighth-grader is ready for a new adventure: finding a forever family."I just want a family who loves me,” said Armani between climbs. “I really don’t want much more.”

Angelina College celebrates 50th anniversary with carnival

Music, rides, games, and entertainment will be free to the public.

  Power still out for 30 percent of storm victims after San Augustine tornado, judge says

Jeff Boyd said the biggest hold up in restoring power for everyone is the fact that the city and county is still dealing with widespread debris.

Spring in full bloom as flowers of all types blossom across East Texas

Gardening professionals say this time of year, you'll be hard-pressed finding a plant that's not in season.