What you might have missed: June 5-7
June 8, 2015 at 8:19 a.m.
Updated June 8, 2015 at 8:19 a.m.
The blues came to Longview. Summer officially began with the ceremonial Splash Day at Longview pool. We spoke with a World War II veteran who was in a plane that was shot down over German-occupied France. More high school seniors became high school graduates. Residential and retail development is planned in Northwest Longview. Did you tune out this weekend? Here's some of what you missed:
All about the blues
Los Lonely Boys, Tab Benoit, Rick Derringer, Buddy Flett and a host of others performed this weekend on two stages at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center as the 10th annual T-Bone Walker Blues Festival brought the blues back to Longview.
If you didn't make it by for the festival (or if you did and want to relive it), you can still check out our photographers' work from the festival in our photo galleries:
And if that's not enough for you, here's some video of Los Lonely Boys' opening song:
... And here's Tab Benoit's opening number:
The city of Longview on Saturday opened its pools — Ingram and the Longview Swim Center — for the summer with free admission as part of the annual Splash Day.
Graduation season continues
271 Pine Tree Pirates became high school graduates on Friday as commencement ceremonies continued for East Texas high schools. Congratulations to all the graduates.
You can check out more photos from area graduations at these links:
We spoke with Cecil E. "Ike" Bell for a story to run on D-Day Saturday, and he shared with us his story of being on an airplane in 1943 that was off its route when it was shot down over German-occupied France. Bell was the lone survivor on the fiery aircraft and says it was two young French cousins who helped him survive. He has also written a book about his experience.
Here is some video of Mr. Bell speaking about his experience:
Your Business Beat
Developer Fred Hakim and his F&H Builders are planning a retail and residential development at the southwest corner of Gilmer and Toler Road. Learn more about it in Jo Lee Ferguson's weekly Business Beat column.