JARRELL, Texas (KXAN) - It was a cold and rainy morning as Chris Kyle's procession left North Texas on its way to Austin.
Along the way, thousands of people in dozens of small towns along the route, paid respect by standing alongside I-35.
"It's the least we can do, to stand here any time, any place," said George Trammell of American Legions 317.
Places like Jarrell are home to only a few thousand people, but they represent the sentiment of a nation.
"Small town America will be there for him, we are the backbone, here we are, "said Trammell.
"We're nobody to them, but we are somebody," said Tammy West of Jerrell. "We all care, we all have a heart and have feelings."
Generations standing side-by-side as the wind carried the red, white and blue. A moment of sadness transformed into one of unity.
Six charter schools across the state, including one in Austin, are being ordered to close their doors due to a history of underperformance.
The Texas unemployment rate continues to fall modestly, dipping to 6.1 percent in November.
A Travis County grand jury ruled that no indictment will be issued against an Austin police officer who fatally shot a man in 2012.
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Parks Foundation will start construction on the west lawn of Auditorium Shores on Friday.
Police have arrested Henry Goedrich Magee, 28, and charged him with capital murder of a peace officer in the shooting death of Burleson County Sheriff's Sgt. Adam Sowders.
This holiday season could spread a lot more than Christmas cheer. With a high number of flu cases already reported in Texas, health officials are concerned about a possible flu outbreak.