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What you might have missed this weekend in East Texas: Feb. 7-8

In What you might have missed

Scott Brunner

By Scott Brunner
Feb. 9, 2015 at 4:11 p.m.
Updated March 4, 2015 at 4:11 p.m.



A protest organizers claimed would bring thousands to Longview yielded a peak crowd of maybe 60. Hundreds ran and rode to benefit area Special Olympics athletes. A missing Kilgore teen has been found.  In case you tuned out this weekend, here's a bit of what you might have missed in East Texas:

Police protest stays small, peaceful

City police protest stays small, peaceful

Attendance at a planned protest in response to the Longview Police Department's handling of the Jan. 22 fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl by officers peaked at about 60 demonstraters on Saturday outside the department on Cotton Street.

The number fell far short of organizers' claims before the event.

A couple dozen mask-wearing protesters lined Cotton Street and chanted slogans, including, "Arrest. Don't shoot." Police officers gathered not far away behind barricades with messages of support for the department.

The rally was scheduled to begin again at noon Sunday, but only about four protesters showed.

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Hundreds freeze their fannies

Freeze Your Fanny Bike Ride and Run

Some 350 participants participated Saturday in the Freeze Your Fanny bike ride and run to help local Special Olympics athletes.

Cloudy skies and cool temperatures gave way to sun and warmer air as cyclists rode while helping fund the local team of about 200 in training and travel for competitions across Texas.

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Missing Kilgore teen found safe

Alexis Wardlaw

A teen who had been reported missing after police say she left her Kilgore residence through a bedroom window was found safe this weekend, according to Kilgore police.

Police said 15-year-old Alexis Wardlaw's family was notified of her location and were on their way to pick her up in Mesquite.

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Part-time chief just fine for Longview ISD

James WilcoxIt’s been three years since Longview ISD trustees voted to hire retired Superintendent James Wilcox to serve as a part-time district chief, and despite naming a lone full-time superintendent finalist in May, the district has yet to make a hire.
Longview ISD Board President Troy Simmons says he has not received a request to put the superintendent search back on the agenda.

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Couples make living, working together work

LOVE in a restaurantWith Valentine's Day coming up this weekend, we took a look Sunday in our Lifestyle section at couples who not only make their personal lives together but their work lives. We talked with four married couples who own and operate restaurants and wouldn't have it any other way.

Although Cathy Cace lost her husband, Gerard, in 2012, she said she wouldn't change the time they spent together at Cace's Seafood and Steakhouse.

“Looking back, I can’t imagine not being with him all the time," she said. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.”

Also, check out:

Fritz and Barbie Kirl: 'Don't ever give up'

Kevin and Julie Richardson: 'Put spouse first'

Sabrina and Gino Salihu: 'Love with heart'

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Optimism for area home builders, sellers

Home builders, sellers optimistic after strong 2014Area home sales jumped more than 7 percent in 2014 from a year earlier, and that has Longview-area Realtors and home builders thinking the glass is half full.


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