What you might have missed: May 1-3
May 4, 2015 at 8:13 a.m.
Updated May 4, 2015 at 8:14 a.m.
We look at the recent local effects as rural hospitals struggle in the U.S. Geeks took over downtown Kilgore. Anglers sought the big one at Lake O' the Pines, and Cinco de Mayo was celebrated at Maude Cobb. Did you tune out this weekend? If so, here's some of what you missed in East Texas:
Rural hospitals struggle in East Texas, beyond
The Associated Press moved a story late this past week looking at struggles facing rural hospitals in the nation. East Texas has had its share of similar difficulties facing health care institutions in rural areas.
As Phil Latham points out in adding the regional angle, Since East Texas Medical Center ceased operations in Gilmer late last year, making that call or driving to an emergency room, clinic or hospital in another town are the only remaining options for those in need of care.
It's a situation that's becoming increasingly common across rural America as a growing number of hospitals are closing their doors, citing a complex combination of changing demographics, medical practices, management decisions and federal policies that have put more financial pressure on facilities that sometimes average only a few in-patients a day.
Below is a map that shows where hospitals have closed since 2010. Not all of them are rural, but many are, including those in East Texas.
Numbers tell the tale in health care industry
Q&A: Why are rural hospitals closing?
Editorial: Texas can't keep ignoring facts about health care
It's a Bass Bonanza at Lake O' the Pines
More than 2,000 anglers from across Texas – and beyond – convened at Lake O’ the Pines this weekend for the 14thannual BigBass Bonanza at Lake O’ the Pines.
Fallon Garner of Henderson won the contest, hauling in an 8.57-pound winner to earn the event's top prize totaling $108,950 — an H&W Marine boat valued at $58,950 plus $50,000 in cash.
Geeks take downtown Kilgore
Metalheads? Comic book collectors? Science fiction fans? Gamers? There was a place for all Saturday during the second annual Geekend in downtown Kilgore.
Event organizer Andy Taylor credited the work of various volunteers in helping the festival grow exponentially in its second year.
"It's at least doubled," he said, praising Ricky Custer from RC Comics and George Jones of Tyler Tours for joining in getting the word out and "making it all happen."
Cindo de Mayo celebration
As we're mentioning annual events, the 19th annual Cindo de Mayo was this weekend at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center.\
Raul Zapata said that while Cinco de Mayo is a time of various festivities for Longview's Hispanic community, it is also a Texan — and an American — celebration.
Another new Longview restaurant
Fans of Chill’um Grill in Hallsville soon won’t have to drive as far for their Mediterranean and American food, with vegan and vegetarian options.
Jo Lee Ferguson tell us in this week’s Business Beat column that the Chill’Um Grill & More could be open later this week at 330 E. Hawkins Parkway, across from the Good Shepherd Institutde for Healthy Living.