Woman found dead in Longview home; police investigating

LONGVIEW, Texas (KSLA) - The Longview Police Department is investigating after a woman was found dead in a home Tuesday, June 15. Police say officers were sent out to a house in the 100 block of Sydney Street around 5 p.m. for a welfare check when they found Paige Martin, 22, dead inside. Martin appeared to have injuries to her neck. During the investigation, officers were notified by the Huntsville Police Department that the suspect, Dontrey Walker, 24, had been involved in a standoff with police in their city. They say during the standoff, Walker had indicated to them that he’d killed his girlfriend in Longview.
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Longview man charged with murder following Huntsville standoff

LONGVIEW — A Longview man is charged with murder. According to our news partner KETK, Dontrey Walker is accused of killing his girlfriend and then confessing to the crime during a police standoff in Huntsville. Officers say they found his alleged victim, Paige Martin, dead inside a house on Tuesday during a welfare check. Martin appeared to have injuries to her neck. Walker is now in jail.
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Brookshire Grocery Co. and city of Jacksonville to host groundbreaking for new Super 1 Foods Store

Representatives from Brookshire Grocery Co. and the city of Jacksonville will gather for an official groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the new Super 1 Foods store coming to Jacksonville. The event will be hosted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 23, at the future site located at 921 S. Jackson Street. Construction is planned to start later this month and the store is expected to be completed in early 2022.

East Texans to celebrate Juneteenth holiday with food, fun, flair

EAST TEXAS, Texas (KLTV) - Thursday clover Bolden of the Tyler Metro Chamber of Commerce joined East Texas Now to explain the background of the Juneteenth Celebration and share the information about the day’s events in Tyler. The celebration will be observed in several ways in East Texas. Tyler events.

East Texas Food Bank to hold ‘mega’ drive-thru produce distribution Friday

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The East Texas Food Bank will hold what it’s calling a “mega drive-thru produce distribution” Friday morning in Tyler. The event will last from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lindsey Park in Tyler. As with past events, the mega drive-thru produce distribution will be open to anyone and there will be no eligibility or paperwork requirements. However, as this will be a drive-thru event, patrons who arrive on foot will not be accepted. Multiple households will be allowed to carpool to the event, though in order for a single person to collect for multiple households not present, a note must be provided.

Brookshire’s raising minimum wage to $11 per hour

TYLER, Texas (KSLA) - Brookshire Grocery Co. announced Wednesday, June 16 that it will be raising hourly wages for almost 13,500 employees, for a total investment of more than $33 million. The company says it’s making the extra $1 per hour in COVID-19 appreciation pay permanent for hourly retail and...
Longview News-Journal

Juneteenth events set across Longview area

Juneteenth activities are scheduled this weekend in Longview and around East Texas, marking the date — June 19, 1865 — when news reached Texas that President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation. The Longview Juneteenth Celebration will include a solidarity march, parade and celebration Saturday at Broughton Recreation Center.

Tyler African American community leaders react to signing of Juneteenth bill

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Juneteenth will be the newest federal holiday in the United States, and the first since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was signed into law in 1983. President Joe Biden signed the bill into law today. Juneteenth celebrates June 19, 1865, the day many slaves in the south finally found out they were free.
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LIST: East Texas Juneteenth events

TYLER, Texas — On June 19, 1865, slaves in Galveston learned the Civil War was over and they were free. According to Juneteenth.com, on that day, Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Texas and read General Order Number 3 which stated:. "The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with...
Texarkana Gazette

Texarkana not subject to Texas power use alerts | Region on grid separate from ERCOT

TEXARKANA — The power grid that serves Northeast Texas and Southwest Arkansas was operating under normal conditions as of Thursday morning, and local electricity customers are not subject to the usage restrictions suggested by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, another grid that serves most of the rest of Texas.
Tyler Morning Telegraph

Tyler ISD creates incentives, ad campaign to fill bus driver vacancies

Facing a bus driver shortage like most schools across the country, Tyler ISD is working to promote the job opportunities and recruit people to fill a high number of vacancies. John Bagert, Tyler ISD director of transportation, said Thursday a shortage of school bus drivers is nothing new for the school district. Bagert said this year, there are over two dozen driver and over 20 monitor vacancies.

WebXtra: Job application increase from teens

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Employers are noticing something new about the job applications they’ve been getting from potential employees: most of them are from teenagers. KLTV’s Lexi Vennetti talked with the owner of Bruno’s, Lori Rumbelow about the type of applications they are recieveing. Rumbelow said they are seeing an increase in teenagers applying and that the past seven applications are all teenagers.
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Dallas filmmaker announces documentary about slavery with East Texas ties

Eric Williams, a Dallas filmmaker, teamed up with Tyler District 3 City Councilwoman and Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Shirley McKellar on Thursday in downtown Tyler to announce the premiere of his documentary about his slave ancestor with East Texas connections. Williams’ film, “Finding Mirriam,” details the story of his ancestor...
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Tyler ISD kicks off campaign to hire 27 new bus drivers

TYLER, Texas — You may soon see some eye-catching advertising rolling through Tyler neighborhoods. Tyler ISD is launching a unique ad campaign to help search for school bus drivers. Catchy phrases will be posted on the sides of each yellow school bus to encourage people to fill the growing number of driver openings across the District.