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.

  Power of Prayer: Kiepersol Estates Winery

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

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

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

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

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

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  Community organizes first responders appreciation event following Alto tornadoes

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

  WEBXTRA: Nacogdoches volunteers spruce up the downtown square

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

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

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

  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

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

  ’We’re gonna keep cooking it‘: Restaurant offers free meals to San Augustine storm victims, first responders

Painter promotes community art through colorful, historical murals in downtown Nacogdoches

  Search organizers recruiting volunteers to help recover items from Caddo Mounds site

Call for churches to pray for children facing abuse on “Blue Sunday”

  Thousands of acres of damaged Davy Crockett National Forest to be harvested after tornadoes

Forest officials estimate the tornadoes damaged some 4,700 to 6,000 acres of forest land.

  City, state contractors begin removing debris piles left by tornadoes in Alto

mounds of broken tree branches, wood, shingles, paneling, and other debris line the roadways as storm victims begin the arduous process of picking up the pieces and moving on with their lives.

  Volunteers needed to help Alto tornado victims manage life, needs after storm

“Just simply meeting your food needs, your day-to-day needs... those things so people can continue to function," Sanders said.

Gift of Love: Daylon

Daylon, 13, loves playing basketball and making friends in the foster care system. While this spirited teen knows the value of friendship, he also knows how important it is to have a family support system.

  County commissioners approve regulations surrounding docks built on Lake Naconiche

The first step towards transforming Lake Naconiche into a more family-friendly area was approved by on Wednesday.

  Foundation teams up with community businesses to donate prom night essentials to Alto students

The It’s Bigger than Us Foundation helped to provide young men and women everything they need for a night to remember.

‘We just feel like we need to help’: San Augustine mayor, volunteers bring aid to city of Alto

“It’s always good to pay it forward, first thing,” said mayor Hughes. “People help you, you help other people.”

  Disaster relief ministry sets up field kitchen to help Alto ISD cafeteria staff serve students

Texas Baptist Men set up a kitchen in the school parking lot with all of the necessities cafeteria staff need to serve students hot meals.

  County commissioners to consider final changes to regulations concerning Lake Naconiche

County officials said dock regulations, should they be approved, could serve as a stepping stone for bigger advancements around Lake Naconiche

  Angelina County Fair offers first-time showcase opportunity for special need participants

Registration is now open for special needs participants interested in showing livestock during the county fair.

  Gardening initiative encourages Nacogdoches ISD students to get their hands dirty

Nacogdoches Gardens is an initiative that promotes outdoor education, specifically gardening, at all of the schools within Nacogdoches, private and public.

PHOTOS: East Texas critters show up, show off for ‘National Pet Day’

East Texans are taking the day to show off their beloved pets and we can’t get enough of it!

Healing through Art: Live painting to benefit abused teenage girls

No matter where you are this weekend, an East Texas organization helping abused foster children is hosting an event you can take part in.This Saturday, Artfix Cultured Studios in Downtown Tyler is teaming up with Hope Haven of Smith County for “Stronger Together: Women Artists.”“Every dime that is

  Nacogdoches County officials to discuss new security memo for Central Heights ISD students

Central Height ISD’s superintendent said the county is examining its overall safety plan.

  SFA leads statewide cross-pollination trial to find ‘sweet spot’ in East Texas where kiwi will grow

SFA continues its research on the Golden Kiwi thru a Texas Dept of Agriculture grant and the participation of 7 kiwi farmers across East Texas and the gulf coast.

‘Back the Bluebonnet’ challenge has Texas law enforcement playing in meadows, frolicking in fields

The #BacktheBlueBonnet challenge has public servants and emergency responders pausing to smell the flowers

  Naranjo Museum announces move to public charity ahead of annual spring gala

As it turns out, organizers have another reason to celebrate: the welcoming of a new board of directors.

“Beds of Hope” seeks to build 70 beds for East Texas children in care of CPS

When a child is removed from a home by CPS, one of the first things they need is a bed to sleep in. Organizations like “Beds of Hope” work fill that need. According to the “Beds of Hope” Facebook page, their next event is happening Saturday, April 6th in Longview.

  Nacogdoches High School students showcase police training which earned state recognition

The team competed at the state level on March 28 and 29, where student teams placed as high as first place in state events.

Faith-based foster care program changes name, mission

A new name and a new initiative is in place for an East Texas organization that has been helping children across East Texas for years. “We've been waiting a long time to be able to share this with people,” said East Texas Orphan Care Network’s Justin Hayes.

  Baseball complex in Nacogdoches replaces stadium lights, again allowing night games

Opening night was especially special for baseball fans in Nacogdoches after the city unveiled new lighting for the Nacogdoches baseball complex on Old Tyler Road.

  Downtown Nacogdoches named among 2019 Great Places in Texas

The Oldest Town in Texas has just been named among the newest recipients of the Great Places in Texas award.

  LIVE: East Texas ‘American Idol’ contestant Laci Booth talks competition, musical journey

Livingston native and “American Idol” contestant Laci Kaye Booth is competing on one of the country’s biggest national stages - ABC’s “American Idol.”Friday, Booth visited with the East Texas Now desk about the competition and her music.

  Vietnam veterans honored during ceremony in Nacogdoches

It was standing room only at Vietnam Veterans Day Ceremony in Nacogdoches.

  Stage set for ‘Extravaganza!’ variety show at Angelina College

The stage is set for a night full of song and dance as the AC Singers of Angelina College prepare for its variety show Saturday night.

  Father, daughter in Nacogdoches talk about narrowly escaping house fire

A father and daughter in Nacogdoches said escaping a fire which destroyed their home was a team effort which likely saved both of their lives.

CASA calls child abuse an ‘everywhere problem’

“This is not a Dallas problem, this is not a Houston problem, this is a problem everywhere,” said East Texas CASA Executive Director Shelly Smith. “Whether you talk about it or don't talk about it, it exists.”

  Workshop teaches youth about self-worth, relationships, sisterhood

After seeing a need to address the challenges that many young people face in today’s society, Coach Ivorie Ford decided to pour the real truth about what God words says to help.

  Volunteers help family of Lufkin boy who spent 14 days in NICU continue ‘smell blanket’ tradition

NICU specialists said the blankets help the newborns sense the scent of their parents and bond with them from a distance.

This dog and goat are best friends on the run

Henderson police are searching for the owner of a goat and dog seen roaming around town.

East Texas thrift stores struggle with dumping of trash

Spring cleaning is officially upon us. And second-hand donation stores across East Texas become a popular dumping ground this time of year.

  Black Violin duo encourages students to see the world differently, overcome stereotypes

Musical duo Black Violin encourages students to overcome stereotypes and see the world differently.

  Lufkin city officials approve update to hazard mitigation action plan

The plan will serve as a guiding document for emergency management officials, city officials, and the general public with the goal of preventing or reducing future impacts from natural hazards.

  Clowns, cowboys, mutton busting take center stage during Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo

The Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo has always been on the radar of East Texans. In 2015, it's popularity expanded when the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association named it one of the top five best rodeos in the nation. This year, Scott can be seen on the RFD TV show, Special Cowboy Moments, broadcast to audi

  Crime Stoppers needs help identifying thieves recorded stealing from Lufkin Goodwill

With Crime Stoppers, the entire process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster.

  Lil Panthers Head Start in Lufkin hosting inclusive prom event for kids

The prom event came together as an idea by parents and teachers who believed there was a need to build and foster relationships between parents and students.

East Texan Trey Jackson gets ‘golden ticket’ on ‘American Idol’

Another East Texan is headed to Hollywood.Malakoff’s Trey Jackson received a golden ticket and will move on to the next round of competition on ABC’s “American Idol.”

WATCH LIVE: Violin group who performed with Kanye West, Aerosmith to hold show in Lufkin

Musical duo Black Violin is set to present a community concert in Lufkin.

  City of Lufkin to consider committee to educate, motivate residents ahead of 2020 Census

Through collaborative partnerships like this, the U.S. Census Bureau and community leaders can reach the shared goal of counting everyone in 2020.

  New study shows life expectancy of Texans by ZIP code, race, gender

A new study published in February 2019 claims to have broken down life expectancy in the state of Texas by gender and ethnicity down to the ZIP code and county levels.

  VIDEO: Remembering New London on anniversary of school explosion

Every year, survivors of the New London school explosion and their descendants mark the solemn occasion. Today, we’re remembering those whose lives were lost in the blast.

  Angelina Arts Alliance welcomes back Black Violin’s ‘electrifying’ mix of musical sound

Angelina Arts Alliance is excited to welcome back a musical act that presents an interesting mix of genres, led primarily by two classically-trained musicians.

Breakfast taco could become the official state breakfast item of Texas

A Texas lawmaker believes there’s a superior option when it comes to breakfast choices, and there’s a good chance you do too.

  SFA professors commemorate International Women’s Day with teach-in

Insightful topics presented by smart, confident women described the International Women’s Day event that was held on the SFA campus Wednesday.

  City report requests repavement of 6 Nacogdoches streets, rebuilding of another

Road crews are focusing on potholes caused by excessive rainfall in recent months.

VIDEO: Bubble show wows Longview children

As part of the Longview Public Library’s Summer Reading Club series, the library will play host to Brett Roberts and The Incredible Bubble Show. The free show begins at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center Complex.

  Descendants of man who built Chireno’s historic Halfway Inn gather for reunion

The family of the man who founded a historic halfway inn in Chireno spent an afternoon visiting the home that can be considered part of their roots.Constructed only a few years after Texas gained its independence from Mexico, the Old Halfway Inn, today more commonly known as the Halfway Inn or Flou

Hollywood-bound: Riley Thompson reaches next level in ‘American Idol’ competition

An East Texas singer is Hollywood-bound after reaching the next level on “American Idol.”

  Prom Project in Lufkin offers to help teens in need of dress, advice for prom night

Aside from the education, Simmons said Prom Project offers East Texas teenagers the opportunity to shop for dress, shoes, and accessories for their big night without the worry that price tags can bring.

  One year later: Angelina County sawmill development begins hiring process

One year after a sawmill was approved by the Lufkin city council and began its development, company officials said they have started the hiring process.

  ETX peach farmers concerned recent freeze could hurt crop production

Peach farmers in Shelby County said they’re among the latest to fall victim to the cold snap’s brutal effects.

  Nacogdoches police warn drivers of planned speed enforcement zone

The Nacogdoches Police Department’s Facebook page said they received such a big response from the public that they would set up a similar speed enforcement zones based on their suggestions.

Texarkana woman named “Angel in Adoption” by Congress

A mission based out of Texarkana is serving the community one child at a time. The woman at the center of it all said her sights are set on transforming of the foster care system in the surrounding states.

  Angelina College awarded $100,000 grant toward risk management training

Angelina College has the means to continue offering free and affordable workplace safety courses to the public thanks to a $100,000 grant it received on Tuesday.

  ’Mission Possible’ conference at SFA to address technology’s impact on mental health

If you find it hard to disengage at the end of the day, a mental health conference planned at Stephen F. Austin State University will focus on finding balance in a tech-heavy world.

  New business opportunities changing the face of downtown Nacogdoches

Downtown Nacogdoches is being transformed with new business opportunities that city officials hope to help build up the community.

  Power of Prayer: Breckenridge Village of Tyler

When children with disabilities outlive their parents, one East Texas ministry provides a solution for the tough question: “What will happen to my child?”

  Nacogdoches boy makes good on $11,000 donation to fallen deputy’s family

An 11-year-old boy who sold his show rabbits to raise money for the family of a fallen Nacogdoches County sheriff’s deputy made good on his promise Friday afternoon.