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What you might have missed this weekend in East Texas

By Scott Brunner
Jan. 12, 2015 at 2:04 a.m.


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<p>A missing Kilgore teen was found safe. A Longview hotel is under new ownership. An East Texas Oval Office replica became a film set. In case you tuned out this weekend, here's a bit of what you might have missed in East Texas:</p>

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2014 in homicides

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<p>We looked Sunday at homicides in Longview for the previous year. The number of people killed in homicides in the city held nearly steady in 2014, yet as a new year begins there are still no charges filed in the majority of those cases.</p>

<p>Also, check out our interactive map of homicides in Longview from the past several years.</p>

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Oval Office of Longview

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<p>A crew was in town this past week using Longview resident Ron Wade's replica of the Oval Office to film scenes of a movie for PBS.</p>

<p>director Alastair Layzell said Colonial Pictures is making the movie about a critical turn in American history. He was anticipating an air date "anytime after March" while filming at Longview resident Ron Wade's replica of the presidential office.</p>

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Kilgore teen found safe

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<p>A 16-year-old girl who had gone missing from northwestern Upshur County since late last month was found this weekend. Samantha Strader's father, Jim Strader, told us Saturday night, "Sam's been recovered safe. She was found in Greenville. I'm in Greenville right now and fixing to pick her up."</p>

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Best Preps 2014 team

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<p>Our sports crews are finally breathing a sigh of relief after football season, but it never really ends in East Texas. This Sunday, we revealed the ETvarsity Best Preps 2014 Football Team. Check out the teams:</p>

<p>ETVarsity Best Preps 2014 Football First Team here: http://bit.ly/1ATDBY9</p>

<p>ETVarsity Best Preps 2014 Football Second Team here: http://bit.ly/1AyCH1V</p>

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<p>Check out the full team on the Best Preps website where you can also see the previous sports. (This one is optimized for mobile.)</p>

<p>The 56 players, along with all athletes who earn a spot on various postseason teams throughout the school year, will be invited to the first ETvarsity Best Preps Banquet set for June 16 at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center in Longview.</p>

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Longview LaQuinta changes hands

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<p>The LaQuinta Inn and Suites at 3416 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Longview is under new ownership. Find out more about this and other local business happenings by checking out our most recent Business Beat column.</p>

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