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Cynthia Hellen believes the arts have a direct impact on the quality of life in a city. Because of that belief, she has led the LeTourneau University S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center since its inception 14 years ago.

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Longview police arrested a 19-year-old man Tuesday after a grand jury indictment charged him with threatening another man with a gun while engaged in theft, according to a court document.

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Longview Public Library joined the Liftoff 2020 club Tuesday when Library Director Jennifer Eldridge led the unveiling of its metal balloon sculpture that will help mark it as part of the city’s sesquicentennial celebration next year.

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A fire destroyed a Diana home Monday night and remained under investigation Tuesday morning, said Justin Hankins, deputy chief of the Diana Volunteer Fire Department.

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A 63-year-old man died Sunday after the recreational vehicle he was in caught fire in Gladewater.

KILGORE — Kilgore civic leaders Lloyd and Evelyn Bolding ushered in the Christmas spirit Saturday night by flipping a switch to light more than 20 derricks lining Commerce Street in the World’s Richest Acre.

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It can be lonely, arduous work preparing a week’s meals as a solo act, and Kilgore Public Library staffers hope for a more festive atmosphere when they gather food preppers en masse this month. Set for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19, the library’s Freezer Meals Prep Party is pretty self-explanatory, according to KPL director Stacey Cole.