February 28

Feb. 28, 1936: Efforts were being made to curb a possible epidemic of spinal meningitis after the death of a 7-year-old Kilgore girl. In a series of hurried moves, health officials barred Kilgore students from a regional tournament and closed area schools, churches and theaters.

Feb. 28, 1956: A Gregg County jury of six men and six women picked to hear a murder trial was the first ever to include women among its members. It also was the first to be “locked up” overnight — at the Globetrotter Motel, along with the sheriff and a female deputy.

Feb. 28, 1979: Longview Regional Hospital moved a step closer to reality when ground-breaking ceremonies were conducted for the 100-bed facility. It came after eight months of legal action by Northeast Longview residents to try to stop construction of the three-story, $8.4 million hospital.