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LETU student team places third in national competition

LONGVIEW -- LeTourneau University engineering students won third place in the annual Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Student Design Challenge in biomedical engineering. The student team and faculty sponsor presented their design at the annual RESNA convention that was held virtually in September due to COVID-19 restrictions. According to a news release from LETU, the award-winning submission addresses problems with prosthetic knees on the market today and their inability to provide adequate stability, their ...

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ETBU Dean recognized with TACTE Annual Leadership Award

MARSHALL -- John Sargent, Dean of East Texas Baptist University’s School of Education, received the Texas Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (TACTE) Leadership Award during a virtual annual conference October 20. The award is given annually to someone who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the organization and who is deserving of TACTE recognition for significant contributions to the educator preparation process in Texas, according to an ETBU news release. Dr. Sargent has been teaching since 2003 at ETBU, where ...

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KEDC Board and staff with EDO of the Year award

Kilgore EDC receives top national award

KILGORE -- The International Economic Development Council has recognized the Kilgore Economic Development Corporation as the national Economic Development Organization of the Year for cities with a population under 25,000. The Excellence in Economic Development award was presented at the IEDC annual conference earlier this month. In a news release, Mayor Ronnie Spradlin says the award "acknowledges the hard work, planning, and innovation that KEDC has demonstrated over the years,” adding that it's an honor to have KEDC recognized. KEDC ...

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Cherokee County authorities seek missing woman

RUSK -- Authorities continue to seek leads on a woman reported missing this week. According to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, Brittney Nichole "Nikkie" Aguirre is white, 27 years of age, 5’4”, and weighs 240 lbs. The last contact with her family was earlier this month. Officials say she left her residence in the northwest portion of the county. Aguirre is said to be on several medications for various conditions. It is unknown if she left walking ...

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Marshall, Quitman ISDs offer COVID-19 updates

EAST TEXAS -- A couple of additional school districts are issuing COVID-19 updates. According to our news partner KETK, Marshall ISD announced in a letter that the district will return to in-person classes on Nov. 9. According to Superintendent Jerry Gibson, the district made the decision because about 32% of online students in grades K-12 are failing one or more classes during the current grading period (not including Marshall Early Graduation School). Quitman ISD, meanwhile, will cancel in-person ...

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Coronavirus update

EAST TEXAS -- NET Health reported 143 new cases of the coronavirus in Smith County on Friday. There are 2,077 active cases and 4,097 cases of recovery. There have been 83 COVID-19 related deaths. In Gregg County there were 34 new cases reported, with 818 active and 2,469 that have recovered. There have been 50 COVID-19 related deaths in Gregg County. If you believe you have COVID-19 symptoms, please be sure to call before going to your doctor or emergency ...

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