Monday, May 20 2013 10:14 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:14:25 GMT
A copy of a daily journal Allen's mother says her son kept, documenting school bullying
An ArkLaTex mother says her son was pushed to the edge by bullying, and took his own life as a result. More >>
An ArkLaTex mother says her son was pushed to the edge by bullying, and took his own life as a result. Now, she's speaking out in hopes of putting a stop to what she claims is an ongoing problem in the tiny McCurtain County town of Smithville, OK.More >>
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Eight years ago, an explosion in the sky drove hundreds of East Texans to take immediate action.
At the hub of the Columbia shuttle recovery was the Angelina County airport.
"It was an emotional time but everyone just rolled up their sleeves and went to work and did what they had to do," said Angelina County airport manager Randy Carswell.
Carswell didn't waste any time springing into action.
"Immediately we had Texas DPS show up and then the military started showing up and then government aircraft started showing up and we got extremely busy. We did at least two years worth of business in those four months," said Carswell.
"It was so busy, they set up an FAA control tower here in Lufkin, Texas," said Terry Cartwright, president of the East Texas Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1210.
Constant airport traffic made for a relentless search and rescue effort for shuttle debris.
"What had been almost a flawless effort to recover the space shuttle turned into something really tragic," said Carswell.
One helicopter searching for shuttle pieces ran out of fuel before they could land.
"The whole crew, all the guys were sitting on the railing of the helicopter and they were all smiling and laughing and having a good time and then just a couple of hours later, we heard that they had crashed and it was really a solemn, somber occasion," said Carswell.
A memorial bench honors those who lost their lives and those who survived the crash. Next to it is a second bench for the astronauts who never made it to space.
"They gave so that we could learn and so we could grow and they gave for us as well. So take the time, come out, see what it is and think perhaps what we could do to honor them," said Scott Cooper, county commissioner, precinct four.
For East Texans, it's as simple as paying a visit to the airport and taking a seat.
The benches were donated a couple of weeks ago by the East Texas Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 1219. Close to $5,000 was raised to pay for the memorial, which was dedicated Wednesday.
Tuesday, May 14 2013 12:47 PM EDT2013-05-14 16:47:12 GMT
HOUSTON (KHOU/CBS) – Neighbors near a prostitution sting said customers came so often they affected the flow of traffic. Two juveniles were among the female sex workers, and more than 100 other peopleMore >>
Vice officers made dozens of arrests in the last two weeks during an operation they called the Bissonet Initiative, named for the street the sting took place.More >>
Experts say the officer who killed a Long Island college student and a home invasion suspect on Friday was confronted with a split-second choice.More >>
As a grieving family prepared for the funeral of a Hofstra University junior killed by a police officer's bullet during a standoff with an armed intruder, some on Monday questioned whether police should have waited for...More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:50 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:50:26 GMT
A century and a half before social media and reality television made celebrities out of nobodies, Columbia had its own "it girl" whose notoriety could make the Kardashians, Hiltons and Real HousewivesMore >>
A century and a half before social media and reality television made celebrities out of nobodies, Columbia had its own "it girl" whose notoriety could make the Kardashians, Hiltons and Real Housewives jealous. More >>