KTRE 9 News is reporting that the new building in Lufkin that will house the Deep East Texas Council of Government is nearing completion, and should be finished by the end of this year.

Here in Jasper, DETCOG employs numerous Jasper County residents, and DETCOG says that all current employees will keep their job if they’re willing to drive to work in Lufkin everyday.

Lonnie Hunt took over the Executive Director’s position following the departure of Walter Diggles, and then Hunt announced in March of 2017 that DETCOG planned to leave Jasper and relocate to Lufkin.

Ironically, less than one month later, Hunt authored an op-ed piece for the Grapeland Messenger newspaper, in which he said that smaller towns and rural areas should not be forgotten when it comes to job creation and retention.

Broadcast journalist & on-air personality - Rayburn Broadcasting Company - KJAS 107.3 FM in Jasper, TX and KFAH 99.1 FM in Pineland, TX