POSTED: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 9:55am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:17pm
Longview, Texas (KETK) — East Texas native Neal McCoy will headline the 2014 July 4th Festival in Longview.
The country singer will be announced by the city at a press conference Thursday morning at the Maude Cobb Convention Center.
The Jacksonville native replaced controversial rock star Ted Nungent after officials decided he was not the right act for the family friendly event. Local citizens even referred to the incident as "Nugent Gate."
Nungent was paid $16,000  to end negotiations.