36th Annual Texas State Forest Festival

Published Wednesday, July 8, 2020

There will be a few changes this year to the 36th Annual Texas State Forest Festival, presented by Brookshire Brothers. 

In light of the increased and overwhelming concerns about rising numbers of coronavirus cases in East Texas, the Texas State Forest Festival, previously scheduled for September, will have to be put on hold for now. The goal is that the Forest Festival will be able to be held later in the fall, November 20-22 at the George H. Henderson Jr. Exposition Center, Chamber President/CEO Tara Watson-Watkins said.


HHSC Launches Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

Published Thursday, July 2, 2020

Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.


Face Covering Requirement

Published Thursday, July 2, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others. 



Published Friday, June 5, 2020

Angelina Arts Alliance, celebrating its 20th year of presenting world-renowned performing arts in Lufkin, proudly announces its upcoming 2020-2021 Temple Theater Season of  Performing Arts, including its annual Performing Arts Series and Discovery Series. The season line-up contains a diverse range of performances, providing high-quality entertainment to the citizens of East Texas. With the season slated to begin in October 2020, most performances have confirmed dates. Due to the complications of Covid-19, touring artists are navigating their own upended performance schedules, and updates completing the Angelina Arts Alliance calendar will be made available to the public as soon as possible. Angelina Arts Alliance is also pleased to announce the return of its Discovery Series, a family-focused season of educational, fun and affordable entertainment.


PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

Published Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Today, the Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application. 


5 Tips to Help You Get Through COVID-19

Published Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Senator Robert Nichols shares five tips to help East Texans find their way through the COVID-19 Pandemic. Keep reading for advice to help you get through these tough times!


Energy Assistance Available

Published Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis is creating major financial concerns for many families in rural east Texas. Individuals may have their work hours reduced or be experiencing layoffs. Many are already living on a limited income. Families may qualify for energy assistance through federal LIHEAP funding. Assistance with electric or gas bills may occur multiple months depending on eligibility. The program targets elderly, disabled and the working poor.  


JA Releases Free Financial Resource for Teens

Published Monday, April 6, 2020

Junior Achievement of Angelina County is releasing a free resource for teens titled Making Sense: Understanding the Financial Impact of COVID-19. The guide is designed to answer teens’ questions about the economic implications of COVID-19, including “Why are some store shelves empty?”, “Why are some people losing their jobs?” and “Are we going into a recession, or even a depression?” The guide is available at