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What you might have missed this weekend in East Texas

By Scott Brunner
Dec. 29, 2014 at 1:54 a.m.


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<p>With the holidays, gathering with family and friends and associated traveling, it's easy to disconnect this time of year. In case you did, here's a bit of what you might have missed this weekend in East Texas:</p>

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Looking back, looking ahead

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<p>It's near the end of the year, which means - love it or hate it - we're in the process of looking back at the biggest news stories of 2014. We looked on Sunday at the goings on in the city of Longview for the year.</p>

<p>During that time, several projects (sanitation, reorganization) in the city were related to the comprehensive plan draft and looking forward to the city's future and how it will affect us all. That's not to say there weren't a couple of missteps - think Ted Nugent.</p>

<p>Our other stories looking back have been:</p>

<p>Today: Education - Leadership changes among top education stories in East Texas</p>

<p>Sunday:Synthetic drugs, police shootings top year in East Texas crime</p>

<p>Saturday:New facilities, leadership changes mark year for nonprofits in East Texas</p>

<p>Saturday:Gregg County remakes itself in 2014</p>

<p>Also, look for a look back on the top area political stories for the year tomorrow. On Wednesday, we'll have top stories from the surrounding area, a month-by-month look at the first half of 2014 and the year is local sports stories. Then, on Thursday, we'll take a month-by-month-look at the second half of 2014.</p>

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Kilgore man shot at his home

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<p>Police on Sunday night told News-Journal's news partner KETK that a Kilgore man was at home when someone knocked on his door and then fatally shot him.</p>

<p>Police on Sunday night were searching for the gunman after the incident in the 300 block of Rogers Street. We'll be working to get more on this story this morning.</p>

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Analysis: LEDCO incentives spur 1,500 jobs over decade

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<p>On Sunday, we took a look at the Longview Economic Development Corp. and what the group has accomplished in the past decade. From Richard Yeakley's story:</p>

<p>Since 2004, LEDCO directors have agreed to give about $12.64 million of taxpayer funds to new or existing companies with the aim of encouraging $193.4 million in capital investment and creating almost 2,400 jobs.</p>

<p>But while the corporation has approved about 50 contracts in the past 10 years, only about 22 percent of those deals have seen all terms fulfilled; 39 percent were partially fulfilled; and another 39 percent of the companies approved for incentives never got off the ground, a News-Journal analysis found.</p>

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Santa cups 50th reunion

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<p>When a group met this weekend at the White Oak Community Center, they celebrated a tradition started 50 years ago when Lu Kelly asked family members to whom she had given Santa cups to gather together.</p>

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More shopping - and returns

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<p>East Texans flooded area stores Friday for day-after Christmas sales and returns.</p>

<p>"We always come the day after Christmas, and I get a Christmas ornament from this year to put on the tree next Christmas," Kilgore resident Rachel Null said. "I've been doing this for about 10 years."</p>

<p>Did you or your family go post-Christmas shopping?</p>

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Business Beat

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<p>In this week's Business Beat column, Jo Lee Ferguson tells us that Patterson Nissan's plans to build and move to a new facility on U.S. 259 opened up space for Heritage Mitsubishi to expand in Longview.</p>

<p>Patterson until recently operated a pre-owned vehicle car lot on Loop 281 next to Heritage Mitsubishi, east of Bill Owens Parkway.</p>

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