QUESTION: There’s a restaurant I frequent on the Loop. They charged me a 3% transaction fee for using a credit card. I’m wondering if that’s legal in the state of Texas. I don’t know of any other restaurant or any other business that charges a transaction fee for using a credit card.

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QUESTION: I usually hesitate to answer phone surveys, but several months ago, I received a phone call about a possible grocery store that was considering a location in Longview. I enjoy cooking, so a new grocery store sounded interesting. As the survey progressed, I learned that a company ca…

QUESTION: Do you know whether the Eden Apartments complex on Eden Drive has been abandoned? It was damaged during the May storm. Aside from clearing out downed and damaged trees, it appears nothing has been done as far as repairing and refurbishing the place.

QUESTION: I have a question regarding Texas driver’s licenses and the REAL ID act. My current driver’s license expires in 2021 and must be renewed in person, as it was last renewed in person in 2009. I recently received a letter from the Texas Department of Public Safety telling me that I wa…

QUESTION: Two mattresses have been dumped on an uninhabited lot on the north side of Spring Hill Road, between McCann and Judson roads. The mattresses have been there for several months. Is there any entity that I can call to have them picked up (like maybe the city sanitation bulky item pic…

QUESTION: In the paper recently, you did the list of all the places that were collecting toys for the children. We’ve always supported Toys for Tots and the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission and may continue to do so. Are the families who receive assistance through all of these programs vetted in any …

QUESTION: Dr. Coppedge wrote a column about the potential impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate. He stated that the senate could call Democrat witnesses like Hillary Clinton that would muck up the trial. I remember Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial case was presented by managers from the U.S. …

QUESTION: I have a child who hasn’t had Christmas in several years and I’d like to contact one of the organizations to see if I can get some help. Who do I call?

Hello, dear readers, and happy Thanksgiving. I’m following Answer Line tradition today and taking a break from questions and answers to catalog some of the many things for which Answer Line is thankful.

QUESTION: What is the zone restriction on Blueridge Parkway as to how many families can live in a house? There are houses where four and five cars are at the house all the time overnight, parking on the yard and everywhere. Is there anything that can be done about it if more than one family …

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.