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Freemasons from across the state joined representatives of the Grand Lodge of Texas on Wednesday at Pine Tree Lodge No. 1396 in Longview to resurrect the charter of a Masonic lodge that closed its doors more than 140 years ago.

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Ellie Bee's specialty boutique and gift shop will close the door Thursday on one chapter, with plans to start the next chapter by Feb. 1.

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As the contagious omicron variant spreads through East Texas, local drugstores have been in short supply of at-home COVID rapid tests and testing clinics are often backed up for several days until an appointment can be made. With the high demand, it's become difficult for East Texans to get a fast answer on if they have the virus. Local emergency rooms have reported a “rapid influx” of patients who just want to know, "Do I have COVID or not?"