What you might have missed: March 20-22
March 23, 2015 at 7:25 a.m.
Police are taking their anti-crime message to the streets of Longview. A forum addressed interacting with officers. A new Renaissance fair venue will soon open near Kilgore. Did you tune out this weekend? If so, here's a bit of what you missed in East Texas.
Longview police officer Jeff Hall was out recently canvassing neighborhoods and leaving fliers with information about more than a half dozen recent homicides.
The effort to involve the community comes not long after Mayor Jay Dean outlined his three-pronged plan to curtail a recent increase in violence in the city, including six homicides in Longview in 2015.
"I can hand out fliers all day long, I can talk to every single person in a neighborhood, and I can run the roads 24 hours a day," he said. "But if the people of Longview aren't involved, all the police department can do is react to crime — we can't prevent it."
'Interact with 5-0'
Longview residents and law enforcement professionals gathered Saturday night at Stamper Park Resource Center to address how to interact with police officers. The groups say the discussion was not to place blame, but to find answers to problems facing the community.
New Renaissance fair venue
Organizers of a new Renaissance fair venue this past week were working to prepare a 17-acre lot for its upcoming grand opening.
Avalon Faire near Kilgore is a medieval, Renaissance and piratical fair that will be held each weekend from March 28 through April 26. It will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
'Champions 4 Light'
By teaching the game they love to young girls in East Texas, five college and high school volleyball coaches plan to show another group of East Texas girls how much they are loved.
Former Pine Tree High School standout sisters Amber McCray and Nicole Thorn will join forces with current Pine Tree coach Carolee Musick, East Texas Baptist University coach (and former Pine Tree standout) Lyndsay Mashe and Panola College assistant coach Jane Hays to host the "Champions 4 Light" Volleyball Clinic.
Spotlight: Longview Ambucs
Our continuing series about local service organizations on Sunday took a look at Longview Ambucs and all they do.
Since 1983, Longview Ambucs have consistently worked to provide mobility and independence for people with disabilities.