What you might have missed: April 10-12
April 13, 2015 at 7:36 a.m.
Updated April 13, 2015 at 7:36 a.m.
LeTourneau University students and staff Saturday joined the Mathilde Mukantabana, the Rwandan ambassador to the United States for a walk to remember a Rwandan genocide. A shootout at a historical local bank robbery came back to life. More layoffs at oilfield services companies leave workers wondering what's next. Reports showed how much donors had contributed to candidates' campaigns in the race to be Longview's next mayor. Did you tune out this weekend? If so, here's some of what you missed in East Texas.
Hope after Rwandan genocide
LeTourneau University is a long way from Rwanda, but on Saturday that didn't stop about 150 students there joined Rwandan classmate for the Walk to Remember 100 days of genocide that began 21 years ago this month.
Mathilde Mukantabana, the Rwandan ambassador to the United States, was on hand for the event.
Dalton Days comes alive
The May 23, 1894 shootout after the holdup of the First National Bank in Longview came alive again Saturday during the Dalton Days re-enactment at the Longview Rodeo Arena.
"I think Dalton Days is important to Longview," said Lindsay Loy, executive director of the Gregg County Historical Museum, which benefits from the annual Wild West show.
"It's one of the significant historical things that happened here. And it's a great chance for families to come out and learn about the museum and all the great things we have in Longview."
East Texas oil job losses continue
Gaylen Mapes and coworkers at TForce Energy Services in Kilgore were called to a meeting room recently and told the office would be shutting down.
That was it. They were out of work. And it's just the most recent in a string of cutbacks, layoffs and closures in East Texas related to the oilfield industry.
"Right now the oil and gas industry, man, it is bad," Mapes said. "With all the people out of work in the oilfield right now, you aren't going to find nothing."
How much have the mayor candidates raised?
Richard Yeakley on Saturday took a look at the campaign finance reports for the candidates to become Longview's next mayor.
Together, G. Floyd, Andy Mack and Richard Manley have raised and spent about $65,000 in their collective bids as of April 9, the reports showed.
G. Floyd reported raising and spending $100. Mack brought in $30,350 and spent about $29,563 to fund the first half of his campaign. Manley took in $38,744 in contributions and spent about $36,332, according to his report. Here's a look at the contributions:
Edible Art adding retail shop
If you're a fan of the splendidly decorated sweets from Edible Art on South Street, you're in luck. Debbie Fontaine will add a retail shop to her her Edible Art Specialty Cakes and Cookies within the next few months.
Jo Lee Ferguson has more sweet information about the development in her weekly Business Beat column.