Tuesday, May 21 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-21 20:20:07 GMT
The massive cleanup effort is underway in Moore, Okla., the site of Monday's devastating tornado. Revised estimates suggest the death toll to be at 24. Meanwhile, local volunteers from the American RedMore >>
Local volunteers from the American Red Cross have deployed to Oklahoma to assist in the tornado aftermath.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:47 PM EDT2013-05-21 19:47:52 GMT
Teachers in the area were honored this week during KPLC – Billy Navarre Teacher Appreciation Week 2013. Gift Certificates were given to each teacher for one free tire rotation and car wash. As partMore >>
Teachers in the area were honored this week during KPLC – Billy Navarre Teacher Appreciation Week 2013. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:43 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:43:04 GMT
Travis Matte and the Kingpins will take the stage at "Downtown at Sundown" in Lake Charles from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 24. Since 2004, the group has blended together various musical stylesMore >>
Travis Matte and the Kingpins will take the stage at Downtown at Sundown in Lake Charles from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, May 24.More >>
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PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) -
At a meeting on Monday night, Westwood Independent School District board members approved a plan that would allow faculty and staff to carry firearms on campus.
WISD Board President Theresa Bambeck said the plan was approved late Monday in a 5-1 vote. One board member was absent. Bambeck was the lone dissenting vote.
Bambeck says starting Tuesday, superintendent Ed Lyman will begin visiting the district's four campuses, to explain to staff members the specifics of the "Guardian Plan." The plan allows volunteer teachers to be trained and licensed to carry guns on school campuses, if they have their own concealed handgun license.
Faculty and staff members can begin signing up as early as Tuesday to take part in the plan, and go through the required training.
In December of 2012, Westwood ISD was placed on lock down after an injured man ran onto the school's grounds. The lock down lasted for about an hour, and students were never in danger.
Westwood joins Union Grove ISD and Van ISD as the third East Texas district to enact a similar plan. The Anderson County district has a total enrollment of approximately 1400 students. There are no armed resource officers on the campus.
Bambeck said that the district wanted "rather be proactive than reactive." As for her dissenting vote, she said that she wasn't completely comfortable with the idea of guns on Westwood campuses, but that she will support the board's decision.
Depending on how quickly faculty and staff members sign up to take part in the plan, the district could have armed teachers before the end of the school year, according to Bambeck.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:15:40 GMT
Smith County Sheriff's Department responded a short time ago to a call from west Smith county.The call was in the 100 block of Patton Street, south of 64W. When deputies arrived, they say they were toldMore >>
Smith County Sheriff's Department responded a short time ago to a call from west Smith county.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:11 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:11:23 GMT
DPS officials confirm that one person is dead following an accident involving a motorcycle and an 18-wheeler .Authorities say the accident happened near the intersection of County Road 2142 and County RoadMore >>
DPS officials confirm that one person is dead following an accident involving a motorcycle and an 18-wheeler.More >>
Tuesday, May 14 2013 10:46 PM EDT2013-05-15 02:46:58 GMT
A Henderson County home was gutted by fire on Tuesday night.Volunteer fire crews from Brownsboro, Chandler, and Dixie responded to a home in the 600 block of Hamilton Boulevard in Chandler around 6:30More >>
Multiple fire crews respond to Tuesday evening fire.More >>