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East Texas gospel group ‘The Erwins’ nominated for Grammy Award

Less than a month after winning a Gospel Music Association Dove Award, an East Texas group is being recognized with a nomination for one of music’s highest honors -- a Grammy.

  Former SFA professor reflects on ‘Jeopardy!’ host’s death: Trebek ‘was a true legend’

Texas ranks 2nd in most hated state in the U.S., new survey says

Guitars played, made by Eddie Van Halen go to auction

  Nacogdoches sees success with first drive-in movie hosted at airport

Taylor Swift breaks Whitney Houston’s Billboard charts record

Longview musician not surprised vinyl records have outsold CDs for first time since 1980s

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Pandemic chases ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ to Dec. 25

Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band plan new album in Oct.

Smile!: Katy Perry gives birth to a baby girl named Daisy

‘Bulldog Rhapsody': Kilgore ISD shares back-to-school parody video

DeGeneres apologizes to show’s staff amid workplace inquiry

Drake bests Madonna for most Top 10 hits

Country music reckons with racial stereotypes and its future

The country music industry has long been hesitant to address its long and complicated history with race, but the death of George Floyd in police custody and the protests it sparked in the U.S. and around the world became a sound too loud for the genre to ignore.

Billie Eilish gets 3-year restraining order for trespasser

Prenell Rousseau of Farmingville, New York, can't attempt to contact or come within 100 yards of the 18-year-old pop star or her parents.

`That 70s Show’ actor Danny Masterson charged in 3 rapes

Danny Masterson is charged with raping a 23-year-old woman in 2001, a 28-year-old woman in early 2003 and a 23-year-old woman in late 2003.

Oscars to set best picture noms at 10, commits to new phase of equity and inclusion standards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday that there will be 10 best picture nominees beginning with the 94th Academy Awards in 2022.

Kelly Clarkson seeks divorce from husband of nearly 7 years

  WATCH: Fiona the hippo just chillin’ at the Cincinnati Zoo

Bonnie Pointer, early member of Pointer Sisters, dies at 69

  Families flock to Splash Kingdom in Nacogdoches as park reopens with COVID-19 restrictions

Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider-Esleben dies aged 73

NASA is working with Tom Cruise to shoot a film in space

George Strait to read children’s book live as part of Stars of Texas Storytime

The "King of Country Music" will be live, just not the way you're used to seeing him.

‘I’ll be seeing you’: U.S. Air Force Band leads worldwide classic song collaboration

The band virtually performed the classic song, “I’ll Be Seeing You."

  WATCH: Panther Band students perform at virtual SBOE meeting

The Panther Band was asked by Dr. Keven Ellis, Chair of the State Board of Education, to perform at the board’s virtual meeting.

Texas Shakespeare Festival canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

“With a heavy heart and deep regret, I believe it is in the best interest of our artists and our many loyal patrons that the Texas Shakespeare Festival will not produce a 2020 season,” said Raymond Caldwell, TSF Founder and Artistic Director.

Dylan puts out 17-minute ode to Kennedy

The 78-year-old musician released a link to the song, titled "Murder Most Foul," on his website and social media.

  WEBXTRA: Country legend Kenny Rogers had close ties to Crockett

KTRE’s Caleb Beames spoke to Bryan Lake, the former director of the PineyWoods Fine Arts Association about country music Kenny Rogers, who died Friday night at the age of 81.

  Singer Neal McCoy streams free performance Friday night

McCoy hopes the performance provides some entertainment for people at home avoiding crowds and practicing social distancing.

American Idol suspends production due to COVID-19

According to Deadline, contestants will be going home to their families.

  Coronavirus can’t stop them; Artists perform for fans online

From country to rock to opera, livestream shows are popping up everywhere.

  Angelina County Fair canceled due to COVID-19 fears: ‘We must all be part of the solution, not the problem’

organizers will still award 10 scholarships to senior exhibitors, honoring the $10,000 commitment from sponsors.

  New Aquaman ‘Power Wave’ coaster looks to make a splash with guests at Six Flags Over Texas

The coaster suspends riders at a 90-degree angle before hurtling them across more than 700 feet of track at 63 miles-per-hour.

  Whitney Houston hologram tour set to begin

Eight years after her death, a holographic Houston will embark on a European tour starting Feb. 25.

  Where to stream the top 2020 Oscar films

Almost every film nominated for “best picture” at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards ceremony are available to stream before the big night.

Rapper Mac Miller’s posthumous album ‘Circles’ to be released

Mac Miller’s posthumous album ‘Circles” will be released on Jan. 17.

Dave Grohl rocks it on Sesame Street for show’s 50th season

Big Bird, David Grohl and Elmo sing their way across America in “Here We Go Song.”

  Communities from all over Texas visit Lufkin for Film Friendly Texas Workshop

The workshop is open to East Texas community representatives interested in learning about the Texas film production industry

Apple TV Plus joins streaming wars

The company is reportedly spending $6 billion on content to get you to sign up for the $4.99 a month service.

It’s a Halloween miracle: My Chemical Romance announces reunion show

The band’s first concert in seven years will be Dec. 20 in Los Angeles.

  Director of Nacogdoches County Expo Center talks about canceling Cody Jinks performance

This kind of disruption is something venue operators and promoters are learning how to deal with, says expo director Anita Scott.

  Jeers for Harvey Weinstein at NYC actors showcase

Harvey Weinstein was mocked from the stage and jeered by attendees at a New York City actors showcase this week.

  Stuck on what to wear for Halloween? Retailers weigh in on what’s popular this year

We stopped by a few stores in Lufkin and found out which costumes are the most popular for this year.

Guy at Tool concert asks Eddie Van Halen to take his picture; he has no idea who it is

To be fair, at 64, the elder Van Halen is less recognizable than he was at the height of his career in the 1980s.

Quiet Riot drummer reveals stage 4 cancer diagnosis

Frankie Banali made the announcement on the Facebook page of radio personality and podcaster Mitch Lafon.

  Vinyl records expected to outsell CDs in 2019 for the first time since 1980s

The co-owner of Roundabout Music Company said many people from various generations visit her store to buy old records.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Here’s where to find the best scares in East Texas this Halloween

Looking for some fun and a good scare this Halloween? We’ve got you covered.

Alex Trebek says he’s not afraid to die as he faces stage 4 cancer

Trebek, who’s hosted "Jeopardy!" for 35 years and more than 8,000 episodes, is undergoing chemotherapy for stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

.38 Special and Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Larry Junstrom dies at 70

Larry Junstrom helped found Lynyrd Skynyrd before joining .38 Special.

Texas governor announces film friendly workshop in Lufkin

Gov. Greg Abbott today invited all Texas communities to participate in a Film Friendly Texas Workshop on Tuesday, November 12, in Lufkin.

Jessye Norman, international opera star, dead at 74

Jessye Norman died Monday morning from septic shock and multi-organ failure secondary to complications of a spinal cord injury she had sustained in 2015.

Metallica’s James Hetfield enters rehab; tour dates canceled

Three of the heavy metal band's members posted a statement on Twitter Friday announcing the decision and apologizing to fans.

Third man charged with drug counts in Mac Miller’s death

Court documents show Stephen Walter is suspected of selling counterfeit oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl that Miller possessed before he died last September.

JLo, Shakira to perform at Super Bowl halftime show

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are set to perform at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show.

  WATCH: Rock icon Bret Michaels talks about upcoming performance at East Texas State Fair

Rock icon Brett Michaels will be chatting about his music and upcoming performance at the East Texas State Fair live on East Texas Now.

  Downtown Nacogdoches to host first-ever regional Art Fest weekend

Saturday’s event is a venue for busy artists who sometimes forget or don’t have a place to show off their creations.

Pro-wrestling ‘Brawl at the Brewery’ to benefit the East Texas Food Bank

Big Daddy Yum Yum stopped by to talk about his Saturday night match against Lucha Libra superstar Estrella Galactica in the fight to end hunger benefiting the East Texas Food Bank.

Singer Eddie Money dies of esophageal cancer at 70

The 70-year-old whose real name is Edward Mahoney recently had learned that his cancer had spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

  Famed Latin American folk singer dubbed the Voice of Americas

A close friend and SFA professor has described Godoy as the Bob Dylan of Latin America.

Big Tex Choice Award finalists offer creative combinations for all tastes

The State Fair of Texas doesn’t kick off until the end of September, but you can already starting mapping out which food stands you’ll be hitting first.

Kurt Cobain royalty check from 28 years ago found in record store

Record store owner Matt Vaughan said the check was tucked into a box of Nirvana tour itineraries he bought back in 1993.

Country singer Kylie Rae Harris dies in New Mexico crash

Kylie Rae Harris was on her way to Taos when the crash happened Wednesday night along State Road 522. She was scheduled to take the stage Thursday afternoon at the annual Big Barn Dance Music Festival.

Maker of one of Prince’s most-iconic guitars fights to keep his design

The estate of Prince's record label is fighting for the trademark of one of Prince's most famous guitars.

Disney announces EPCOT overhaul

The theme park is undergoing "the biggest transformation of any park we've ever accomplished," said Bob Chapek, Disney's chairman of parks, experiences and products.

Singer Eddie Money says he has stage 4 esophageal cancer

The 70-year-old whose real name is Edward Mahoney learned that the disease had spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

  Special prosecutor named to look into Jussie Smollett case

Cook County Judge Michael Toomin's appointment of former U.S. attorney Dan Webb raises the possibility that the special prosecutor could bring new charges against the former "Empire" actor.

  NASA names Mars rock after the Rolling Stones

When the InSight Mars lander touched down back in November, its landing thrusters blew the rock about 3 feet - the farthest a stone has ever rolled during a landing on another planet.

Taylor Swift says she plans to re-record her old songs

Swift said she plans to re-record her songs after her catalog was purchased by popular music manager Scooter Braun.

Sign language interpreter steals show from rapper Twista

Amber Galloway Gallego has some lightning-fast moves to go along with the rapper’s high-speed lyrics.

Elton John slams media for criticizing Harry, Meghan over private jet use

Elton John took to social media to slam stories that suggested that Prince Harry and Meghan were hypocritical for accepting jet travel despite their devotion to eco-causes.

  SFA University Series brings world-famous, award-winning entertainment to Nacogdoches

The 2019-20 season brings another versatile and exciting lineup of shows.

Adorable photo shows group of service dogs attending ‘Billy Elliot’ theater production in Canada

The service dogs were in training to help their handlers navigate a theater.

‘Easy Rider’ star and writer Peter Fonda dies at age 79

Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic "Easy Rider," has died.

Women: Opera’s Domingo abused power to sexually harass them

Eight singers and a dancer have told the AP that they were sexually harassed by the long-married, Spanish-born superstar in encounters that took place over three decades beginning in the late 1980s, at venues that included opera companies where he held top managerial positions.

East Texas Idol: Want to give it a shot?

East Texans dreaming of making a career of music are lining up to audition for a spot onstage at East Texas Idol.

White Sox, Yankees to play at ‘Field of Dreams’ in 2020

The Chicago White Sox will play the New York Yankees next summer at the site in eastern Iowa where the movie "Field of Dreams" was filmed.

Hiker scares away mountain lion with Metallica

Dee Gallant was out hiking late last month when she “felt a funny feeling.” She turned around to find a big cat stalking her and her dog Murphy.

Buffalo Wild Wings to open new location in Nacogdoches

The new location will anchor Phase II of North Village Market.

  Angelina Arts Alliance ‘brings the world to East Texas’ in 2019-20 season lineup

AAA was inspired by all the bright lights and over-the-top performances typically found in shows in bigger cities.

Rare, 1st edition Harry Potter book sells for $34,000

The rare book had just been sitting - half-forgotten - in a closet until its owner realized she might be able to sell it to pay for a new bathroom.