East Texas News
TYLER — Smith County officials have continued to work this week to help receive and distribute water delivered to the region by military planes sent by the State of Texas. Government agencies, including cities, counties and school districts, as well as nonprofit and other various organizations throughout the region, requested water from the state following the winter storm last week. On Monday and Tuesday, C-130s delivered 14 pallets of water each day. On Wednesday, a C-130 delivered 20 pallets of MREs (meals ready-to-eat). Click here and then click on the News tab for more details.
EAST TEXAS — NET Health has been reporting COVID-19 death information primarily received from area hospitals and nursing homes. The State of Texas has reported larger numbers of COVID-19 deaths per County on their State Dashboard, as compared to NET Health’s COVID-19 reports, by utilizing information obtained from the State of Texas’ death certificates data. COVID-19 deaths are attributed to the county of residence, not where the individual died. NET Health reported 92 new cases of coronavirus in Smith County Friday. There are 1,669 active cases and 16,888 cases of recovery. There have been 273 COVID-19 related deaths. In Gregg County, there were 35 new cases reported Friday, with 829 active and 9,647 that have recovered. There have been 193 COVID-19 related deaths in Gregg County. For a full list of vaccination providers across East Texas, click here.
LONGVIEW — The City of Longview, along with the Longview Economic Development Corporation (LEDCO), announced this week that Gap Inc. plans to open what’s termed a new state-of-the-art Customer Experience Center in the Longview North Business Park. By delivering inventory faster and more efficiently to customers across the country, the $140 million investment will help Gap Inc. meet the rising customer demand for online shopping and reach its future plans for digital growth, according to a city news release. (more…)
TYLER — The East Texas Food Bank will offer another drive-thru food distribution on Saturday. It’s set for 10 a.m. till noon while supplies last at the Green Acres Baptist Church parking lot; you’re asked to enter off Barbara St. Families will receive a variety box of fresh produce and milk. The Food Bank is also issuing updates on other items. (more…)
TYLER – Smith County jury duty has been cancelled for Monday and Tuesday, March 1-2. Jury duty for Wednesday, March 3, has not been cancelled. Smith County residents who received summons for Wednesday must appear for jury duty with their yellow cards at the Smith County Courthouse.
KILGORE — The Kilgore College Rangerettes will present Rangerette Revels in March, although the traditional schedule and ticket sales have changed this year due to COVID-19 protocols. Shows this year will span two weekends – March 11-14 and March 18-20 – with shows Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and matinees set for 1 p.m. Sunday, March 14, and 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20. The show, “This Stage, Our Story,” will include a wide variety of dance genres, including the Rangerettes’ signature “high kick” production for the finale. With COVID-19 protocols, tickets to the show are being sold in pods of four seats only, with guests required to purchase all four seats when ordering. Click here for more details.