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What you might have missed: March 13-15

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Scott Brunner

By Scott Brunner
March 16, 2015 at 7:33 a.m.

Hundreds of runners took over North Longview. There will be no more chapter and verse from the Bible during announcements at an East Texas high school. A state lawmaker's proposed pot bill drew varied responses at town hall meetings. Did you tune out this weekend? If so, here's a bit of what you missed in East Texas.

An end to "chapter and verse"

White Oak Superintendent Michael Gilbert said his high school principal will no longer include reading Bible Scripture as part of his morning announcements routine.

The move comes days after Gilbert said he would support Dan Noll, who had drawn criticism and support after a student recorded one of the announcements and sent it to an atheist blogger.

Running for those who can't

About 400 runners took to the streets Saturday in North Longview during the Longview Half Marathon and 5K.

Proceeds from the race benefit Longview Ambucs. The group, which took the reins for this year's fifth annual race, works to provide services and resources for people with mobility difficulties.

Did you run? Check out results here.

Proposed pot bill

East Texans attended three town hall meetins Saturday discuss state Rep. David Simpson's bill that would decriminalize marijuana in Texas. 

The Longview Republican had meetings in Gilmer and Longview to discuss the 19 bills he's introduced during this session, but most in attendance wanted to discuss one of those: Simpson's proposed pot bill.

"Do your research online about the effects of marijuana use versus pharmaceuticals approved by the FDA," Simpson said. "We shouldn't ban a plant.

Bullying awareness

Folks gathered Saturday at the Longview Community Center for the second annual Angel Eyez Production Bully Awareness event.

Event organizer Angela Lilly said she started the gathering last year to let young people know they have options when it comes to dealing with bullies.

Service above Self

Our series of stories about local service organizations continued Sunday with a look at the two Longview Rotary clubs.

For Rotarians, the motto is, "Service Above Self," and it isn't just a slogan. They mean it and use all of their resources — from muscles to money — to get it done.

March Madness is here

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