Sitting for Santa photos a fun, challenging family tradition

Quitman grandfather Lee Elmore bears a striking resemblance to Santa Claus - so close in fact he’s often mistaken for the Jolly Old Elf, himself. The humble granddad, who sports a long flowing white beard, seems accustomed to double takes and stares, as well as strangers asking if he’ll pose with them for a “selfie.” Certainly his…

Alicia Cashell Barkley running for Smith County District Attorney

Tyler attorney Alicia Cashell Barkley plans to declare her candidacy for Smith County District Attorney on Monday, the last day that candidates can file for the 2018 elections. It had appeared as if there was going to be only one candidate on the ballot for Smith County District Attorney. In fact, Smith County DA Matt Bingham recently said

Annual parade celebrates Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tyler

“The Lord gave us a beautiful day to celebrate,” Father Luis Larrea happily exclaimed as he basked in the warm winter sunlight and walked down the red brick streets of Tyler, where hundreds were gathered for a parade celebrating Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe, the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. St. Peter Claver Parish hosts the parade

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CHICAGO (AP) - Children's injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled despite decades of safety concerns, according to a new U.S. study that recommends a complete ban on blinds with cords. Nearly 17,000 young children were hurt by…

11 December 2017 [10:55 AM]
Bitcoin futures rise as virtual currency hits major exchange

CHICAGO (AP) - The first-ever bitcoin future jumped after it began trading Sunday as the increasingly popular virtual currency made its debut on a major U.S. exchange. The futures contract that expires in January surged more than $3,000 to $18,580…

11 December 2017 [10:21 AM]
US job openings slip in October, but hiring increased

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers posted slightly fewer job openings in October than the previous month, but the number of people being hired improved. The Labor Department says nearly 6 million jobs were available at the end of October, down…

11 December 2017 [10:10 AM]
Final push for Moore and Jones in Alabama Senate race

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Democrats see Tuesday's special Senate election as a chance to renounce a history littered with politicians whose race-baiting, bombast and other baggage have long soiled the state's reputation beyond its borders. Many Republicans see the…

11 December 2017 [09:37 AM]
Are 3-D mammograms really better? US puts scans to the test

WASHINGTON (AP) - A better mammogram? Increasingly women are asked if they want a 3-D mammogram instead of the regular X-ray - and now U.S. health officials are starting a huge study to tell if the newer, sometimes pricier choice…

11 December 2017 [09:28 AM]
Bible Verse for 12-11

“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.” (Deuteronomy 18:15)…

10 December 2017 [09:35 PM]
Sitting for Santa photos a fun, challenging family tradition

Quitman grandfather Lee Elmore bears a striking resemblance to Santa Claus - so close in fact he’s often mistaken for the Jolly Old Elf, himself. The humble granddad, who sports a long flowing white beard, seems accustomed to…

10 December 2017 [06:23 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices for Dec. 11

DEATHS BOBBY CAIN, 83, Whitehouse, died Dec. 10. Cottle Funeral, Troup. LAVERNE JOHNSON, 69, Longview, died Dec. 6. Cunningham Funeral Home, Kilgore. “NAN” NORRIS, 79, Flint, died Dec. 8. Cook-Walden Funeral Home, Pflugerville. HAROLD “HAL” Z. SMITH JR., 77, Tyler,…

10 December 2017 [04:57 PM]
Business Notes for Dec. 11

HONORED Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran has been honored by the Texas Judicial Academy and was inducted on Nov. 16 as a Fellow in the Texas Judicial Academy during the 2017 Fall Judicial Education Session. The Texas Judicial…

10 December 2017 [04:53 PM]
Bible Verse for 12-10

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)…

09 December 2017 [10:54 PM]
20171210_obit_deaths and funeral notices for dec. 10

DEATHS RUTH GABRIEL CRAWLEY, 90, Tyler, died Dec. 8. Jackson’s Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home, Tyler. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at funeral home. LAVERNE JOHNSON, 69, Longview, died Dec. 6. Cunningham Funeral Home, Kilgore. WILLIAM “BILL” KENNEDY, 71, Lindale, died…

09 December 2017 [06:18 PM]
Is It Just Me? Dreaming of Jeannie

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09 December 2017 [04:33 PM]
Traffic shut down on Troup Highway Saturday afternoon

Around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Tyler Police Department reported that all lanes of traffic in the 1800 block of Troup Highway were shut down after a box truck struck a guide wire. A power pole was broken and brought…

09 December 2017 [04:21 PM]
East Texas Drilling Report for Dec. 10

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09 December 2017 [04:07 PM]
Dixie Elementary School gifts community Little Free Library

Dixie Elementary School is giving the gift of reading to its community. Two newspaper racks donated by the Tyler Morning Telegraph were repurposed, repainted and decorated by students, eventually finding their way to the campus to become Little Free Libraries.…

09 December 2017 [11:44 AM]
Bible Verse for 12-9

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6)…

08 December 2017 [10:52 PM]
Third Annual Downtown Tyler ornament now available

An ornament depicting the historic Goodman-LeGrand home and museum -- featured this year as the latest edition of the Downtown Tyler collector Christmas tree ornament series -- is now available. The Goodman home was originally built in 1859 as a…

08 December 2017 [09:55 PM]
Political Happenings for the week of 12-10

SMITH COUNTY GOP The Smith County Republican Club will have its annual Christmas Party at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Hollytree Country Club.   The award-winning Robert E. Lee Orchestra will play Christmas favorites throughout the evening. Come and hear these…

08 December 2017 [08:57 PM]