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Posted on: September 4, 2015

City Sanitation schedule will not be affected by holiday

Regular trash collection on Labor Day

City of Longview Sanitation will have normal trash and recycling collection this week. The schedule will not be affected by the Labor Day holiday.

Posted on: September 4, 2015

City offices closed for Labor Day

City closed for labor day

City of Longview offices will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Posted on: September 3, 2015

LPD ceremony to support Texas law enforcement officers

LPD News Flash

This time will also coincide with the moment Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth’s funeral is set begin. Attendees are requested to wear blue to show support for your local law enforcement. The event is being held in conjunction with Governor Greg Abbott's statewide call that "communities across Texas support this cause for unity and remember the essential role that law enforcement plays in keeping Texas safe and strong."

In conjunction with this law enforcement officers will be activating the red and blue lights on their patrol cars at 11 a.m. for one minute to coincide with the time Deputy Goforth’s funeral is set to begin.

The public is invited to attendRead on...

Posted on: August 25, 2015

Texas Parks and Wildlife $400,000 grant awarded to KLB to build The Green

Keep Longview Beautiful

Contact: Keep Longview Beautiful
Kim Casey Droege, Executive Director
903-212-4klb (4552)
[email protected]

Keep Longview Beautiful continues investment into our community. Notice of award has been given from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department of a $400,000 matching grant to build The Green, a community driven greenspace that will enrich the lives of all East Texans. Partners on the matching grant are Longview Economic Development Corp., the City of Longview and Gregg County. The Green, a $1.2 million dollar outdoor facility, will be located at the Highway 31 and Spur 63 entryway into Longview, TX. This nine acre tract of land adjoins the new entryway Keep Longview Beautiful is building in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Keep Texas Beautiful. Completion for the entrance project is slated for Fall, 2015. Additionally, two Green Ribbon Projects (one completed in 2013, the other completion set for Fall, 2015) on the right-of-ways of The Green are helping to enhance the community’s tree canopy. These capital projects round out extremely attractive and comprehensive investments to an area that TxDOT statistics show to be one of the most heavily trafficked entryways into Longview.

Kim Droege, Executive Director states, “Keep Longview Beautiful’s next gift to our community, The Green, is a first-of-its-kind outdoor event venue for East Texas. Encompassing nine acres, The Green will enhance quality of life through nature, education, health, arts and culture. We are ecstatic The Green supports Longview’s Comprehensive Plan. ” This new construction will include a half mile walking trail, Gathering Pavilion, Nature Play area, Music Node, Aquatic Environmental Classroom and local Art Round. Creator of this magnificent blueprint is East Texas architectural firm MHS Planning and Design.

Keep Longview Beautiful has at present disbursed in excess of $33,000 for the creation of the master plan of The Green and for grant writing assistance. In its entirety, The Green is a $1,200,000 development. At this time, Keep Longview Beautiful has approximately $900,000 worth of donations and grant money. Droege asserts, “The Green will have major community impact. Keep Longview Beautiful is in full fundraising mode to complete our goal of $1,200,000. We are so close! This is a shout out to all of East Texas hoping everyone will show their Love Longview spirit and contact us with donations.”

Donations may be sent to:
Keep Longview Beautiful
PO Box 552
Longview, TexasRead on...

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Posted on: August 21, 2015

Fenton Road reduced to one way traffic

Road Work

(Longview, TX) Beginning Tuesday, August 25, 2015, Fenton Road will be reduced to one-way travel and one lane of traffic. The closure will be intermittent and is expected to continue for an extended period.

Through traffic will be allowed to travel al...Read on...

Posted on: August 10, 2015

Mike Bishop sworn in as new Police Chief

Mike Bishop, Longview Police

Mike Bishop has been named the Longview Police Chief. Since he first joined the Longview Police Department in 1989, Bishop has served in a variety of capacities including serving as Assistant Chief since 2011 and briefly servicing as Interim Chief following the retirement of Chief Don Dingler.

City Manager David Willard recommended Mike Bishop's appointment as the next Police Chief during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Thursday, August 13. According to David Willard, “I have the utmost confidence in Mike Bishop’s ability to continue to move the Longview Police Department forward. He is very knowledgeable and has a great working relationship with the department and the Longview community. Mike has a strong history of involvement in community policing, which I think will serve him well as Chief of Police. ”

In the City of Longview, the appointments of director-level positions including the Chief of Police are recommended by the City Manager but require approval by the City Council. On Thursday, August 13, City Council unanimously approved Mike Bishop as Police Chief. A swearing-in ceremony occurred at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 14.

About Mike Bishop:

A U.S. Air Force veteran, Mike Bishop joined the Longview Police Department in July 1989. He has worked as a patrol officer, police area representative, and detective in the property division of the Investigative Services Bureau. Bishop was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in February 2001 and was assigned to the Field Operations Division working on both the midnight and day shifts as a Patrol Supervisor. He has also served over the Crisis Intervention Negotiations Unit and Internal Affairs. He promoted to Lieutenant in December 2003 and served as Watch Commander, Commander of Special Operations, and Commander over Support Services.

Bishop has a diverse background in the operations of the department and is committed to the community policing philosophy while working with citizens and businesses to address crime related issues. Bishop is actively involved in the community through his work in AMBUCS (American Business Clubs), the Miracle League of East Texas, and the Longview Greggton Rotary.

Mike Bishop is a 1999 graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler with a Bacherlor’s degree in political science and a 2008 graduate of LeTourneau University with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Bishop is also a June 2001 graduate of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration’s 71st school of police supervision and a March 2006 graduate of the 42nd Management Command College. Bishop has been awarded several commendations, including a civic achievement award, meritorious conduct award, and Supervisor of the Year.Read on...
Posted on: August 10, 2015

November 3 election to consider Hinsley Park

Hinsley Park Arial Shot

City of Longview voters will consider the following proposition on November 3, 2015:

“For or Against removing the “park” designation from Hinsley Park, thus authorizing the sale of said land or its use for other purposes.”

About the park:Hinsle...Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2015

National Night Out

NNO logo

All Longview and Gregg County residents are encouraged to participate by hosting a NNO party in their neighborhood. The parties are designed to promote neighborhood alliances that strengthen our communities and preserve the quality of life in East Texas....Read on...

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

Akin Park Trail Closed for Improvements

Work Zone

(Longview, TX) Akin Park Trail will be temporarily closed for a trail reconstruction project between Delwood Drive and Eden Drive for approximately forty-five to sixty days. Barricades will be placed in the area to prohibit use while improvements are bei...Read on...

Posted on: May 15, 2015

Downtown Lane Closures on Fredonia and Tyler Streets

Lane closed

(Longview, TX) Portions of Fredonia Street and Tyler Street in Downtown Longview will be closed for approximately six months beginning at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 27. The closures are related to the ongoing construction work at the R. Lacy Building at 2...Read on...

Posted on: February 18, 2015

Prescription Drug Drop Box Installed at Police Department

Prescription Drug Pills

Prescription Drug Drop Box Installed at Police Department

Prescription drug misuse, abuse and overdose are growing concerns across the nation and most prescription drug abusers say they get the medications from friends or family members. To help combat...Read on...

Posted on: February 9, 2015

Magnolia Lane Reduced to One Lane

Lane Closed Sign

(Longview, TX) Lane closures are scheduled to begin Monday, January 12, 2015, for the Magnolia Lane Widening Project between McCann and Judson Road. The purpose of the project is to widen the section of road from two lanes to four lanes. Traffic will be...Read on...

Posted on: February 9, 2015

Green Street Closed to Through Traffic

Road closed

(Longview, TX) Green Street will be closed between Cotton and Nelson Streets beginning Monday, October 13, 2014, for construction. The purpose of the project is to reconstruct the four lane section of road between Cotton and Young and replace utilities. ...Read on...