February 8

Feb. 8, 1965: Longview state Rep. John Allen introduced a bill to create the Sabine River Navigation District in Gregg, Rusk, Harrison and Panola counties. The district would have authority to build and operate canals and waterways along the Sabine.

Feb. 8, 1992: More than 400 people attended a vigil on the lawn of the Gregg County Courthouse to promote peaceful solutions to racial tensions. It was called after four people in both Gregg and Smith counties were killed in police-related incidents.

Feb. 8, 1999: The livelihoods of about 350 employees at the Longview Stroh Brewery were thrown into question when Detroit-based Stroh announced plans to sell its brands and assets to Miller Brewing Co. and Pabst Brewing Co. Barring sale to another brewer, it would close in about a year.

Feb. 8, 2002: Two instances of voter fraud regarding mail-in ballot applications were under investigation, Gregg County District Attorney Bill Jennings said. Both applications had been submitted in the name and using the address of a deceased voter.

Feb. 8, 2009: Pine Tree High School’s new athletic facility was opened for public tours. Superintendent Lynn Whitaker said the hall would be used for basketball and volleyball games, as well as pep rallies, graduations and other school events.