QUESTION: I just heard LISD is going down to 5A next year. Is this true? Do they count students in just the high school to determine classification or the entire district? How many students has LISD lost since the last time they calculated for classification?

QUESTION: My question is about Longview Safety City on Cotton Street. I go to the library over there and I’ve never seen anyone over there at Longview Safety City. I’ve just wondered what it’s for, who uses it. It’s so cute I just can’t imagine there’s not someone using it.

QUESTION: I’m reading in the Oct. 3 News-Journal this report on the two officers who shot and killed an 18-year-old who pulled a gun on them. It’s my understanding that when something like this occurs, the officers are placed on paid administrative leave until it’s settled whether they were …

Note from Answer Line: I told y’all on Thursday that Longview ISD’s response to the question about substitutes at each campuses raised other questions (for me, anyway, and I assume for others as well). I wanted to come back to those questions today.

QUESTION: I have students in three different Longview ISD schools. At the high school, one of them has a substitute teacher in his English class because the year began with no teacher. When will the class have an English teacher? I asked but got no answer. Having no teacher is the effect of …

QUESTION: In November, we’re going to have an election concerning a state income tax. The way my state senator and state representative explained it to me, if we vote no, it will pass for us to be open to a state income tax. A yes vote will defeat it, but a no vote will pass it, but that’s n…

QUESTION: I have students in three different Longview ISD schools. East Texas Advanced Academies gave free backpacks to students, so I asked about ETAA. Who is the person who heads ETAA outside of LISD? When I asked, I was told that ETAA is an “outside provider running the charter schools.” …

QUESTION: Can you check to see why Hurricane Creek at Lake O’ the Pines no longer has restrooms, and why there is no launching fee? Does it have to do with last May’s storms?

QUESTION: I have a lot of VHS tapes, movies that I’m just racking my brain to see if anybody uses those. If there’s a place I can donate them I’d rather do that. I also have a lot of books, but I think the libraries are pretty swamped with them. Do you have any ideas?

QUESTION: On the first day at Longview High School, while dropping off my child, I saw the guard station was gone and there was no one at the entrance. Another parent found out that the station is being replaced. If safety is a concern, shouldn’t the guard station have been replaced during t…

QUESTION: I’d like to know what happened to Braum’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Also, I’d like to know what the new building is at the old car wash at U.S 259 at Highway 80 that they’re putting in.

QUESTION: Is there any news about who the potential investor that could replace Kroger’s in the proposed move of Hinsley Park might be or when we might learn if there is still the potential for the move?

QUESTION: The newspaper had an article about SWEPCO announcing plans for a wind-power generating operation. Is this related to the big wind power project that was rejected a year or so ago? And will it raise or reduce electricity rates?

QUESTION: Earlier this year several bond issues were voted on. One, which was approved, was the widening and addition of sidewalks on Fairmont Street in front of Pine Tree High School. When will this work begin?

QUESTION: How much is Longview ISD paying for billboards and television commercials, etc., advertising LISD as a school of choice? Who exactly is the intended audience for these ads? If it’s students and their families from neighboring districts, isn’t that a form of poaching? (If so, how do…

QUESTION: The city of Longview supposedly has a contract with Wiseman Ministries (House of Disciples) for trash collection on certain roads within the city. Can you verify if this contract is in fact valid as well as the impact to the community as well as helping the residents in this program?

QUESTION: The city of Longview has had public meetings labeled as informational meetings, community meetings and town hall meetings. Please explain the differences.

QUESTION: Recently, I have seen trucks and workers from Etex Telephone Cooperative working in the right of way along Loop 281 and Judson Road. What are the workers doing? Is Longview about to get another option for telecommunications services? Will there be broad access to fiber optic internet?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Answer Line is taking what she’s calling a “mental health day,” but you can translate that to mean she’s in a midsummer “heaven-help-me-my-husband-took-a-week-off-work” and “I-can’t-take-my-children fighting-anymore” slump. Thoughts and prayers are appreciated. Please enjoy th…

QUESTION: How would we go about stopping mailings that we receive from different companies and individuals wanting to purchase our property? We have not solicited this at any time. We don’t have any property for sale, but we get so many different little post cards and letters.

QUESTION: The Supreme Court recently ruled that the Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Maryland, could stand at its location where it’s been since World War I. There’s been several picture of it that show the top 3 or 4 feet with a covering over it. Why is that covering there? What’s under it that’…

QUESTION: On George Richey Road, off Gilmer heading west, the rumors are — they said from Panther Park back to the east they’re going to take all of the houses out. Are they going to take all the houses out or are they going to take 15 or 20 feet? I can’t find out the truth. If this is where…

QUESTION: Reading your recent column regarding the Longview ISD school board has prompted me to ask you a question I have had on my mind for some months. In light of this group’s bad decisions, inconsiderate treatment of teachers, students and parents, and a host of other abuses, can you tel…

QUESTION: I went to one school all my life, until I had to quit school in 10th grade because I was really poor. I went to Dallas and babysat my friends’ six children. I saw a girl who I went to school with in a resale shop and she got my address, phone number and everything and said they wer…

QUESTION: A year ago, the FCC approved this area of Harrison County to get the Tyler local stations on DirecTV. It was approved on June 1. They’ve had one year to act on it. I can’t get answers from nobody. I have talked to a couple of the TV stations in Tyler, and they have no information. …

Editor’s Note: It’s Memorial Day weekend, and I hope you’ll indulge Answer Line as I take a little break from our usual programming. Keep sending your questions. I’ll be back at it next week, but I’ve had someone on my mind for the past 10 years, and I want to tell y’all about her ...