March 5

March 5, 1952: A $40 million expansion plan designed to double production at the Lone Star Steel plant was approved by the Defense Production Administration. The arrangement allowed Lone Star to write off for income tax purposes about $30 million of the cost over a multi-year period.

March 5, 1961: R.G. LeTourneau, chairman of the board of the school that bore his name, said the official name of the college had been changed from LeTourneau Technical Institute to LeTourneau College. He also pointed out the college would accept both boys and girls beginning in the fall.

March 5, 1970: Record-high growth during 1969 was outlined during the Longview Chamber of Commerce banquet. Among the numbers: 25 industrial projects, 75 retail establishments and 125 commercial permits represented $50 million in growth. Bank deposits were up, and new families arrived at an average of 18 each week.