What you might have missed: May 15-17
May 18, 2015 at 8:24 a.m.
Updated May 18, 2015 at 8:24 a.m.
AlleyFest took over downtown Longview Saturday in several forms, whether it was KidsFest, AlleyRun or MusicFest. The Republican Party of Gregg County gathered for a spirited chili competition and fundraiser. We took a look at a program that is helping stop a revolving door to jail for some with mental issues. A Kilgore steak and chophouse is planning an expansion into downtown Tyler. Did you tune out this weekend? If so, here's some of what you missed in East Texas:
Elain Reynolds, event organizer with the Longview Chamber of Commerce, said the cooler weather helped draw people to the now one-day AlleyFest.
"We've got a steady crowd walking through — lots of kids, lots of kids," she said. "Even though we have to deal with the rain in May way more than we did in June, we're not having the heat-related accidents we had in June."
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GOP chili cookoff
Almost 200 chili fans joined a Gregg County Republican Partyfundraiser Saturday at Danville Farms east of Kilgore.
The event was set to help the group increase local awareness and featured a chili cookoff.
“We did very well,” County Chairman Tim Vaughn said. “Plus, we got some awareness of the need to give to local candidates, local policies and local advocacy.”
Aside from tasting tasty chili, visitors could vie for silent and live auction items, which included a picture of the state Capitol signed by Gov. Greg Abbott.
Mental Health Docket
On Sunday, a story by Glenn Evans ran that takes a look at a local program aimed at doing the tough work of ending a revolving door to jail for local people dealing with mental illness.
Those involved say it's working. Of 140 cases allowed into the diversionary program since May 2010, all but 33 have resulted in successful, completed, individualized probation periods to both stave off jail terms and prevent them from drawing new charges down the road.
Jack Ryan's plans expansion into Tyler
In Business Beat this week, Jo Lee tells us that Plato's Close is coming to Longview in June. She also tells us something that's already making me hungry. Jack Ryan's Steak and Chophouse is planning to open a location in downtown Tyler.