What you might have missed: March 6-8
March 9, 2015 at 7:45 a.m.
Men wore heels to promote awareness of sex trafficking. A historical marker was unveiled to commemorate a local Jewish temple. A news story brought quite a response to a local family's new mission. Did you tune out this weekend? If so, here's a bit of what you missed in East Texas.
Walking against violence
More than 100 walkers – some with pink or red booties – took part Saturday in Zonta Club of Longview's first Walk Against Violence. The event incorporated the elements of previous years' Walk a Mile in Her Shoes focused on awareness of sex trafficking, with some male participants initially donning heels.
Historical marker dedicated at Longview Jewish temple
A Texas Historical Commission marker was unveiled Saturday at Temple Emanu-El on Eden in Longview. In decades past, the temple was the center of a three-city Jewish population.
"For 57 years, the members of Temple Emanu-El have enriched our community in immeasurable ways and continually given of their selves with a selfless servant's heart," County Judge Bill Stoudt told some 60 members and well-wishers at Saturday's ceremony.
The mother of a Longview teen who died recently after a months-long battle with an eating disorder said the response has been overwhelming after a story ran about her mission to education others.
In a story that appeared a week ago, Smarr's mother, Candy Miller, said the family hoped Lacey's story could help others recognize the signs and symptoms of eating disorders. The family is starting a foundation in Lacey's name to provide resources for those suffering from an eating disorder.
"The response to the story has blown me away," Miller said.
Here's the video that ran with the original story:
Kilgore College violations
A state environmental agency's investigations at Kilgore College found multiple environmental violations, some of which have been resolved and one the college must respond to by the end of the month.
Names of two killed in weekend wreck released
Officials on Sunday released the names of two people killed Saturday in a wreck on Texas 31 north of Interstate 20.
David Denman, 55, of Kilgore and Benjamin Sanchez, 46, were pronounced dead by Gregg County Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace John Mathis. Three other people were injuried in the Saturday night head-on collision.
As if the Walk Again Violence wasn't enough, Zonta Club of Longview also held their annual antique show this past week along with the group's seventh annual prom dress giveaway.
Prom dress co-chairwoman Cady Martin said Zonta began collecting donated dresses from local boutiques and one-use gowns from residents after Hurricane Katrina left one member's daughter in need in New Orleans.
"Pudge" shares wisdom during Longview stop
Former Texas Rangers catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez spoke with a group of young people Saturday during a free baseball clinic at Longview High School.
"Discipline is important, mentally and physically," Rodriguez said. "You can have the biggest ability, but if you don't prepare yourself physically and mentally, it's not going to be there for a long time. Discipline is the key."