Sanctuary

  As Gayle Helms, executive director at Pets Fur People, walks down the central hallway, with a dozen kennels on each side, she stops to pat every one of the 24 dogs on the head. She squats on the concrete floor, puts her fingers through the wire netting and scratches the dogs’ ears with a big smile on her face, talking to each by name…

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Bible Thoughts, July 22

“And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature.” (Luke 12:25)…

22 July 2014 [12:13 AM]
Hot temps ahead

It’s going to feel more like a normal July this week. High temperatures will be in the mid-90s through the weekend. There will be a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms Wednesday night and Thursday. Other than that, it is…

21 July 2014 [11:57 PM]
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Sanctuary

As Gayle Helms, executive director at Pets Fur People, walks down the central hallway, with a dozen kennels on each side, she stops to pat every one of the 24 dogs on the head. She squats on the…

21 July 2014 [11:48 PM]
6 arrested for drug trafficking, laundering

Six people arrested in Smith County last week on drug trafficking, illegal gambling and money laundering charges have ties to a Mexican drug cartel, according to Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith. He said the arrests were a result of…

21 July 2014 [11:38 PM]
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Rep. Simpson back from Valley tour

State Representative David Simpson, R-Longview, has returned from a weeklong tour of the Rio Grande Valley, investigating the state of the border and discussing measures in response to the recent influx of illegal immigrants fleeing violence in Central America. “Three…

21 July 2014 [11:36 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices, July 22

DEATHS MORAY ALLEN, 78, Houston, died July 20. John R. Harmon Undertaking Co., Tyler. THOMAS EVANS BECK, 74, Rusk, died July 15. Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home, Rusk. MARY ALICE DAVIS, 71, Tyler, died July 18. John R. Harmon Undertaking Co., Tyler.…

21 July 2014 [10:57 PM]
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Corporate tax rate is the real problem

With furrowed brows and fever-dreams of what they could do with extra revenue, members of Congress are now looking for ways to keep corporations in the country. Democrats want to punish companies that move offshore to avoid high taxes; Republicans…

21 July 2014 [10:35 PM]
Independent Living Center to host symposium

The East Texas Center for Independent Living will sponsor a free half-day seminar on legal considerations related to the Americans with Disabilities Act on Friday. The symposium is set for 8:30 am to noon at the ETCIL offices, 4713…

21 July 2014 [10:10 PM]
Law enforcement to put on aprons to raise funds

Local law enforcement will exchange their uniforms for aprons on Thursday at Texas Roadhouse to raise money for Special Olympics Texas. During the “Tip A Cop” fundraiser, Law Enforcement Torch Run members and Special Olympics Texas athletes will work the…

21 July 2014 [10:06 PM]
Sheriff: Better record keeping measures in place

In addition to reviewing incidents in which Smith County inmates were released on personal recognizance bonds, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office has announced it will increase record keeping measures for emails sent between the office and the Smith County District…

21 July 2014 [10:05 PM]
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Athens woman charged in death of 4-year-old

An Athens woman turned herself into authorities Monday in the killing of her 4-year-old child. Stacie Marie Parsons, 25, walked into the Athens Police Department at 8:46 a.m. Monday and told officers she killed her daughter, according to a news…

21 July 2014 [10:03 PM]
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Training helps more learn to use horses in therapy

More than 60 people from across the country gathered at the Camp Tyler Outdoor School recently for a three-day training about how to use horses in psychotherapy and other learning activities. The training was the result of a…

21 July 2014 [09:23 PM]
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Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protection

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees who work for the federal government or for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the "irrefutable rightness of your cause." "America's federal…

21 July 2014 [09:17 PM]
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Teacher goes in depth at coal mine

Flip-flops, shorts and the beach? No thanks. I chose safety vests, hard hats and a coal mine for a vacation. Yes, a coal mine. I spent one week at the Texas Westmoreland Coal Co. mine in Jewett for a free…

21 July 2014 [06:42 PM]
College Corner: Money management for soon-to-be freshmen

One of the biggest new responsibilities for college freshmen is learning how to manage money — without being able to easily reach into Mom or Dad’s wallet when they get into a jam. Yet, because so many families are squeamish…

21 July 2014 [06:04 PM]
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VIDEO: Gov. Perry sending National Guard troops to border

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children…

21 July 2014 [04:35 PM]
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VIDEO: American teen beaten in Mideast talks about ordeal

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Palestinian-American teen detained by Israeli security forces while on a family visit to the Middle East said Sunday he had been beaten, kicked and blindfolded after a cousin there was abducted and killed. Fifteen-year-old Tariq…

21 July 2014 [03:59 PM]
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VIDEO: Shark sighting a big catch for Cape tourism

A rise in shark sightings along the shores of Chatham, Massachusetts is driving a surge of eager vacationers to the beach town looking to catch a glimpse of a great white.…

21 July 2014 [11:24 AM]
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VIDEO: Native American teens get taste of college

To encourage more Native American students to enroll in college, several schools have started outreach programs. At University of Southern California, Riverside, teens learn how to make the transition without giving up their cultural identity.…

21 July 2014 [11:21 AM]
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VIDEO: Baby dies while in foster care at East Texas home

HUNTINGTON, Texas (AP) — Officials say an 2-month-old girl has died at an East Texas home as her foster mother ran an errand and left several other adults to watch the baby. The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office says an autopsy…

21 July 2014 [10:04 AM]
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VIDEO: Meth bust leads to multiple arrests in Longview

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Several people are behind bars after police discovered a couple hundred grams of meth at a home in the 1900 block of Willis drive around 5:00 Saturday morning, according to Longview police spokeswoman Debra Stiles. Police initially…

21 July 2014 [10:01 AM]
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Moore Thoughts: Some things just shouldn't be called food

There’s a guy on TV who travels the world eating things I spray with Raid and he’s making tons of money doing it. His name is Andrew Zimmern and the show is called “Bizarre Foods.” And boy, they sure are.…

21 July 2014 [09:27 AM]
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VIDEO: Rain later in week

This week is going to feel like a normal July. High temperatures will range from 94 to 97 degrees and lows from 72 to 75 degrees. The only decent chance of showers and thunderstorms this week will be a 30-percent…

21 July 2014 [09:03 AM]
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VIDEO: Prison roof in Diboll collapses, 19 inmates injured

DIBOLL, Texas (AP) — Authorities say the roof of a privately run East Texas prison has collapsed, temporarily trapping dozens of inmates and sending 19 injured inmates to hospitals. One of those inmates was later airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital…

21 July 2014 [08:49 AM]
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First Amendment trumps ‘publicity’

Manuel Noriega is upset. In case you haven’t been keeping up with the deposed Panamanian dictator and drug trafficker, he’s now occupying a cell in his native Panama, after having served time in the U.S. and France. And now he’s…

21 July 2014 [12:29 AM]