What you might have missed: April 3-5
April 6, 2015 at 7:41 a.m.
Police joined residents in a march and prayer gathering in a continued response to a violence-marked beginning to 2015. Rabbit-ear festooned runners and backpack-bedecked ruckers got their Easter 5K on. The Historic Longview Farmers Market had a perfect day for its season opening. Did you tune out this weekend? If so, here's a bit of what you missed in East Texas.
Marching for hope, healing
Reactions to a deadly beginning to 2015 in Longview continued Saturday with the Know Jesus, Know Peace march and following prayer vigil.
"The walk was intentional, and where we walked was specific," the Rev. Zarrick Cannon said. "It's an area that's seen a lot of crime, and has a lot of people who're involved in crime. We wanted to make ourselves visible, and let them know that we're standing up. That we're not afraid to take our community back."
Easter run, ruck race
Hundreds turned out Saturday at Lear Park to either run a 5K or complete the course with a 20-pound pack on their back during the Easter 5K Trail Run and Ruck Race.
Check out photos from the event.
Easter for everyone
Some folks who believe not having a place to live shouldn't prevent a person from celebrating Easter visited Magrill Plaza in downtown Longview to offer food and goodie bags to the area's homeless.
Gloria Lewis said the group is just following the example of Jesus Christ by trying to bring the light of hope into dark places.
"That's what we do — we go out there and are a part of them," she said.
Historic Longview Farmers Market opens
Although the rain was unceasing in East Texas on Sunday, Saturday's cloudless skies and pleasant temperatures offered a great way to start the season for the Historic Longview Farmers Market.
Vendors offered plants, vegetables, all-natural cleaning products and more.
"You couldn't have asked for a better day for it," said Kenneth Orms of Longview, loading bags full of tomatoes and a mess of greens into his pickup.
New discount grocer set sites on NW Longview
In this week's Business Beat column, Jo Lee Ferguson tells us about a discount grocer who has plans to renovate part of the former Hobby Lobby location on Loop 281.