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What you might have missed this weekend in East Texas: Feb. 14-15

In What you might have missed

Scott Brunner

By Scott Brunner
Feb. 16, 2015 at 3:51 p.m.
Updated March 4, 2015 at 3:51 p.m.



A count of the Longview-area homless population is higher than ever. Couples celebrated their last Valentine's Day at Johnny Cace's. A murder-mystery-turned-variety-show drew a huge turnout.  In case you tuned out this weekend, here's a bit of what you might have missed in East Texas:

Area homeless count higher than ever

Longview homeless count up 32% from ’14

Organizers credit enlisting the help of homeless residents to an increase in reported numbers for the Longview-area homeless population during a recent survey.

The numbers were up more than 32 percent compared with the number counted in 2014 during the annual Point In Time Survey.

“We actually went out and included the hotels and went out to, not only the shelters, but the bus stations,” said Sabrina Lang, president of the Northeast Texas Homeless Coalition.

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Cace's last Valentine's Day

Couples celebrate last Valentine’s at landmark eatery

Couples from as far west as Dallas and as far east as Shreveport converged Saturday on the Johnny Cace’s for what was their final Valentine’s Day to be open before closing next month.

“We’re here to celebrate Valentine’s Day like we have every year for 40 years, but we’re so sad that it’s closing,” Charlotte Gomez said who was celebrating the holiday with her husband, Carlos.

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Death by variety show

Keep Longview BeautifulMore than 700 people were treated Saturday night to a variety show as Keep Longview Beautiful's annual Death By Chocolate fundraiser deviated from its normal program at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center.

Keep Longview Beautiful Executive Director Kim Droege said the night’s funds will go toward building the $1.2 million, 9-acre outdoor event venue.

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LeTourneau hydroelectric competition

Engineering test a hands-on project

About 50 high school students competed Friday at LeTourneau University at building undershot water wheels out of nontraditional supplies such as foam board, wooden sticks, glue and other tools.

The prospective LeTourneau University engineering students were on campus to showcase their skills and learn about the Longview school.

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East Texas high school softball kicks off

High school softball kicks off today in East Texas. Looking for information about your favorite team? Check out ourpreview capsules at ETVarsity.com. We have 31 of them.

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Chill'um Grill opening Longview location

Chill’um Grill is preparing to open a new restaurant in Longview almost three years after opening its first in Hallsville.

The Longview City Council recently approved a zoning change that will allow the restaurant to move forward with renovations of the former Courageous Joshua Generation Ministry building at 330 E. Hawkins Parkway.

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