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Former Lone Star Mayor Karl Stoemer headed south Wednesday afternoon toward Longview to shop for the makings of his own pyrotechnics show, and stopped at a Fantastic Fireworks trailer off U.S. 259 and Bar K Ranch Road.

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The owner of Outlaws Longview Bar is defying a statewide order Gov. Greg Abbott issued to shut down bars beginning noon Friday because of a surge of COVID-19 cases.

The unemployment rate in the tri-county Longview metropolitan statistical area remained stable at 12.2% in May as the COVID-19 pandemic continued, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.

Amtrak said it will cut service beginning in October on its Texas Eagle route through Longview and on other long-distance trains from daily to three times a week because ridership has fallen significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Toward the end of every year, chicken producers compete for massive contracts with grocery stores and fast-food chains across America. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work.