QUESTION: Heading out of town Saturday on Texas 31, right there in front of the old movie house, there were two firetrucks putting up a banner over the highway. Everybody had to turn around and go back and go a different way. I started out by calling the fire department. They didn’t have any…

QUESTION: I noticed the program for the state football championship game that the Lobos played in Saturday listed the high school’s enrollment as 2,242.5. How do we have half a kid at Longview Independent School District?

QUESTION: We recently held a large catered event at a local facility and were told because of health regulations we could not donate the extra food that was not served to the local mission. Wasn’t there an act during the Clinton Administration that allowed for these type of donations to be made?

QUESTION: Each day I have been seeing several SWEPCO trucks around Longview installing large gray pieces of equipment on electric poles. It usually takes three or more trucks for each job. Can you tell me what these pieces are for?

QUESTION: My question is about the Christmas story. I read the Christmas story about the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. When the wise men arrived two years later, they brought the gifts to him in a house. Was this house in the town of Bethlehem or Nazareth. Well, I read Luke and another versio…

QUESTION: I’m watching the Army vs. Navy football game and I noticed some women cheerleaders along the sidelines with their pompons and all. Are these students at the academy or are these young girls who come in to help at the ballgame?

Answer Line occasionally lets a spinning plate fall. That’s what happened today, but she found this column from about five years ago that mentioned a longtime Answer Line expert, former Longview police Sgt. Buddy Molpus. Enjoy this small step back in time.

QUESTION: I have a question that I’ve never seen addressed concerning people who are coming into the U.S. Are they screened for any type of medical diseases and so forth? To me it is very important that they do be screened health wise for diseases in their country but before they get to the …

QUESTION: There are a number of mailboxes — the kind that you can drive up and deposit your mail in — on the north side of town that are wrapped up with tape and have a sign that says out of service. I was wondering if the post office is getting ready to change locations or shuttering that s…

QUESTION: My husband and I have a bet going on, and I hope to win. Who designated the fourth Thursday in November to be Thanksgiving? I hope your answer, which will be correct, is my answer.

Editor’s note: Answer Line has taken a lot of breaks lately. It’s true. Hopefully, y’all can forgive me one more while I honor an Answer Line tradition in recognition of this holiday: the annual list of things for which Answer Line is thankful.

QUESTION: I understand Harrison Road, also known as FM 2206, is scheduled for construction soon, and that the “little store” on the corner of Harrison and Donald Drive was purchased and closed as part of that project. However, the store has become a real eyesore. Will the building be torn do…

QUESTION: I was reading in the News-Journal about the city of Longview dispatching some firefighters and some engines to California to help fight the fires (news story, Tuesday). When something like this happens, whether it’s a city or electric companies or whatever, does the receiving entit…

ANSWER LINE NOTE: So, a couple of weeks ago I responded to a question about new testing procedures for admission to Hudson PEP Elementary School in Longview ISD. I verified the information I provided with two people in the district, but it apparently was still incorrect, which is a wee bit f…

Editor’s note: Answer Line is taking a break — again. Yes, we know, but here are some questions from past columns. Keep sending in your questions!

QUESTION: We see a growing number of home generators in our neighborhood. How does the city address neighbors’ complaints about noise, if any? Are there rules owners need to follow? Any permit required if you install a whole-home system?

QUESTION: Why did Longview ISD change the kindergarten testing schedule for Hudson PEP from the spring to the fall? How can kindergarten students be prepared for a test determining whether they get into Hudson PEP at the beginning of the school year? Why did the district wait until just week…

QUESTION: There was a story this week about an apartment fire in Longview, and there were pictures showing the firefighters fighting the fire. I noticed their helmets are different colors. Are these color-coded by job responsibility or rank or something?

QUESTION: Can you tell me why the city is not taking care of the new sidewalks on the new extension of George Richey Road? Why does the city build them and then not maintain them? They are very overgrown from McCann Road to U.S. 259. I would love to hear an answer. I used to walk those sidew…

QUESTION: In Friday’s paper, there was an article about criminals installing credit card skimmers in gas pumps. The station where I usually get gas has red tape on the pumps with instructions to inform the attendant if the tape is broken. I assume that would indicate someone had broken into …

QUESTION: What do the letters “RMC” stand for. They’re a sponsor of the sex club on FRJ drive. I’d also like to know — there’s a sign on the gate that says that it’s pending a permit, yet it’s open. How do you open before you get a permit?

QUESTION: After a few years away, I have moved back to the Longview area. Where I am they do not offer recycling with the trash service. I came across (an Answer Line article) about Rivers Recycling, but the post is from 2014.

QUESTION: Recently during open enrollment at the city of Longview, employees were told that if they did not have their forms submitted by a certain date, it would be assumed that they waived coverage. Is that legal, to not allow employees coverage without their signature on a form? It seems …

Happy fall, Answer Line readers. I hope y’all will forgive me for taking a break today, but enjoy re-reading some previous Answer Line responses from right around the first of autumn in previous years. I’ll be back at it next week, so be sure to keep sending in your questions.

QUESTION: There is a new business in Longview that essentially has a wall — I mean a huge wall of five racks of rims that go on cars. You can’t see around it. It blocks the line of sight and you can’t see when you’re trying to turn from one road to another where the business is located. I kn…

QUESTION: I read with interest in the Longview News-Journal the latest on development of downtown Longview, specifically the planned development of the Petroleum Building and former Weaver Building into apartments. Will the city require that these developments have adequate parking for the r…

QUESTION: I drive in Longview three or four times a week. Almost every week there is a Longview police officer at a red light, and someone runs a red light after it turns green. They never make an attempt to stop them. What is the deal? Doesn’t anyone care anymore?

QUESTION: I travel 281 Loop over the new Texas 31 overpass at the Reo. Since the completion of the construction the new metal street lights have not worked properly. I have called the street department. They directed me to the Texas Department of Transportation. Since that time the lights ha…

Editor’s note: Jo Lee Ferguson is on assignment. Today’s column is a compilation of responses from previous columns. Answer Line will return with new questions and answers next week.

QUESTION: Why do we have parking lights? Do they only come on when the car is parked? Are they required by Texas law? Do we even need them? I don’t even know how to turn mine on.

QUESTION: I currently live in an apartment community in north Longview. I and other people living in the complex have had some run-ins with foxes that live in the woods near our community. One barked at me once, and another ran at me when I was walking my dog. Is there something that can be …

QUESTION: Is LEDCO or the city planning on doing anything with the old truck stop on Interstate 20? Buc-ee’s or a Love’s I think would do well at that location, instead of letting it just deteriorate.

QUESTION: I hope you and your boys got to see the fireworks. What a finale! The fireworks in Longview were enjoyed by hundreds of people. I saw people just parking everywhere. Who paid for them and who sets them off? Good job.

QUESTION: I was at the Texas Department of Public Safety office last week. I needed to renew my driver’s license. I couldn’t believe my eyes seeing all those people sitting and standing in that tiny little waiting area. With the growing number of people coming to Longview, why wouldn’t there…

QUESTION: I have a checking account at a bank in Longview, and since March 15, I’ve had almost $3,000 in my account that I did not deposit. They have not taken it back. I was wondering: Is there a time limit if this money was put into my account by mistake before I can spend it? I know for a…