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COVID-19’s presence in Gregg County continued to fall Monday as public health officials released reports that show few new cases and a lower seven-day rolling rate of infection.

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Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q in Tyler was the only East Texas establishment honored among Texas Monthly's top 50. The Bodacious Bar-B-Q in Hallsville and Joseph's Riverport Bar-B-Cue in Jefferson were listed among the honorable mentions.

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In a county where the seven day rolling rate of COVID-19 infection remains at substantial levels, while 48.73% of the population 12 and up are fully vaccinated and 76.26% of those 65 and up are fully vaccinated, the question of herd immunity rises, along with questions about protecting the unvaccinated.

Plans to build an affordable senior housing near the northeast corner of the Texas State Technical College on U.S. 59 in Marshall are moving forward after the state agreed to help finance the project.

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The Texas Rose Festival is back to celebrate its 88th year honoring the city of Tyler’s rose industry, celebrating volunteerism and providing an area economic boost beginning today. This past year's festival was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Texas House on Wednesday approved proposed political boundaries for the lower chamber’s 150 districts that would shift Longview Republican Rep. Jay Dean’s House District 7 from Upshur and Gregg counties to Gregg, Harrison and Marion counties.

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Her face painted like a calavera — or skull — and wearing a delicate blue hat, Pine Tree High School senior Ariel Sanchez struck a pose Tuesday as the final notes of a trumpet solo signaled the end of the Region 4 UIL Marching Contest at Pirate Stadium