New 'Avalon Faire' opens in Kilgore Video

A medieval, renaissance and pyratical adventure opened in Kilgore this weekend at the newly-established festival, Avalon Faire. The festival will kick off the weekend of March 28-29 and held each weekend through April 25-26. Festival hours are Saturdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.…

Cavender's, celebrating 50 years, is undeniably Texan

Cowboys have a saying about unnecessary change: “Don’t interfere with something that ain’t botherin’ you none.” That type of common sense and western wisdom appears to be the foundation of Cavender’s Boot City, a family-owned firm that believes honesty, hard work and a commitment to quality merchandise are the keys to keeping the

More than 500 run in Azalea 10K

  On a beautiful East Texas day more than 500 runners made tracks in the Azalea District. The annual Tyler Azalea 10K run saw youngsters all the way to masters division runners dashing their way through the colorful azaleas, dogwood trees and spring flowers on a sun-swept Saturday morning. Some 539 runners took part in the 10K and 5K, which

13-year-old girl's wish is for loving, forever family

Ruth is in foster care and not used to getting a lot of attention. We set out to change that by giving this 13-year-old a day of pampering at a beauty parlor. Ruth said with a smile, “I’ve never had this type of attention before. I love it!” We took Ruth to get her hair, nails and makeup done. It was

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Q&A: Arab joint military force

CAIRO (AP) — Arab League member nations formally announced on Sunday an agreement to form a joint military force. While details of how such a force would actually operate remain thin, the agreement is a telling sign of a new…

29 March 2015 [09:11 AM]
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Americans cling to claims for property seized by Cuba

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The smell of Cuban coffee drifts from the kitchen as Carolyn Chester digs through photos, faded with age, that fill four boxes spread across the dining table. Friends linked arm-in-arm on the sands of a Cuban…

29 March 2015 [07:17 AM]
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Boat explodes on Lake Texoma, father and son escape injury

DURANT, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a man and his young son escaped injury when the boat they were on exploded on Lake Texoma in southern Oklahoma. The OHP says 35-year-old Eric Henry and 2-year-oild Huck Henry…

29 March 2015 [06:36 AM]
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Utility found 'hazardous situation' months before NYC blast

NEW YORK (AP) — More than seven months before an explosion and fire leveled three apartment buildings in Manhattan's East Village, utility workers discovered that the gas line to a restaurant in one of them had been tapped, creating a…

29 March 2015 [05:13 AM]
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Effort to 'clarify' Indiana religious objections law underway

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said he would support legislation to "clarify the intent" of a new state law that has attracted widespread criticism over concerns it could allow discrimination against gay people. In an interview Saturday with…

29 March 2015 [04:59 AM]
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Heinz ketchup is excellence in a bottle

Have you ever seen a person working a room and turned to someone who might know and asked, “Who is that?” Just such an occasion occurred when I first got to know my old friend Joe Arciniega. Joe was one…

29 March 2015 [12:17 AM]
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Art is subjective

I know art when I see it. Recently, pranksters planted a $10 Ikea print in a Netherlands Museum and told visitors it was made by a Swedish artist named Ike Andrews. Note the first four letters of Mr. Andrews’ name.…

29 March 2015 [12:08 AM]
Cherokee County landowners fight tax break changes

JACKSONVILLE — Doug Gowin, of Jacksonville, owns an 18.3-acre plot of agriculturally-exempt land that has been in his family for three generations. Gowin’s grandfather farmed it full time when it included more acreage. His father farmed it part time. Gowin…

29 March 2015 [12:04 AM]
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Vietnam War anniversary event planned

Next month marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War and a few good men are putting together a family friendly celebration in Bullard to commemorate the milestone. The “Vietnam 40 Years Later” event is planned for…

29 March 2015 [12:02 AM]
Oil and gas drilling report, March 29

March 15-21, 2015 DEVELOPMENTAL County; Operator; Lease/Well; Field; Survey; Type; Depth; Location Houston; SEM Operating Company LLC; Chandler 4; Ft. Trinidad ,S.( Ottos Sand); Blunt JS/11; oil; 10,000; 6.7 Miles SW Lovelady Leon; Premier Natural Resources II LLC; Johnson ‘AB’…

29 March 2015 [12:00 AM]
Senate bill would penalize responsible cities like Tyler

This week the City Council passed a resolution to encourage our Legislative delegation to vote against S.B. 182. This is an unusual move on our part as we prefer to leave state level matters to those elected to serve in…

28 March 2015 [11:42 PM]
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Marking Passover and Palm Sunday

Two significant religious holidays nearly coincide this year, though their messages — at first glance — seem to conflict. Today is “Palm Sunday,” a day that commemorates Jesus Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem in glory. The Jewish holiday of Passover —…

28 March 2015 [11:34 PM]
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TxDOT roadwork begins this week

TxDOT will be performing new roadwork in the following East Texas counties, beginning this week: Anderson County Crews in Palestine will be working on U.S. 175 in Frankston between Murchison and north Garrison streets. The work is expected…

28 March 2015 [11:28 PM]
Book Fest seeking authors

The East Texas Book Fest is seeking authors for this year’s event, which is scheduled for Aug. 21-22. Authors in any genre are welcome to apply. The event will be at a new location this year — the Harvey Convention…

28 March 2015 [11:24 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 3-29

DEATHS CAROLYN MARIE BAILEY, 57, Tyler, died March 26. Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Directors, Tyler. JUSTIN BUTLER, 27, Tyler, died March 26. John R. Harmon Undertaking Co., Tyler. PATSY M. CHARLES, Jacksonville, died March 25. Mercy/McGowan Funeral Home, Jacksonville. CHARLIE…

28 March 2015 [11:16 PM]
Bible Verse 3-29

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." ( 1 Timothy 2:5)    …

28 March 2015 [11:11 PM]
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Cavender's, celebrating 50 years, is undeniably Texan

Cowboys have a saying about unnecessary change: “Don’t interfere with something that ain’t botherin’ you none.” That type of common sense and western wisdom appears to be the foundation of Cavender’s Boot City, a family-owned firm that believes honesty, hard…

28 March 2015 [10:49 PM]
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More than 500 run in Azalea 10K

On a beautiful East Texas day more than 500 runners made tracks in the Azalea District. The annual Tyler Azalea 10K run saw youngsters all the way to masters division runners dashing their way through the colorful azaleas, dogwood trees…

28 March 2015 [10:32 PM]
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What to know before going to Lake Picachos

PUERTA de SAN MARCOS, MEXICO — Located only an hour’s drive east of the coastal resort city of Mazatlan, Lake Picachos is truly a whole different world. Surrounded by the Sierra Madre mountains and created by the damming of Rio…

28 March 2015 [10:10 PM]
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Group works to keep East Texans eating healthily

The hustle and bustle of modern-day life in East Texas can present a challenge when trying to eat healthy. East Texans are hard pressed to quickly prepare nutritious home-cooked meals. That is where Fit City Foods steps in. Lloyd Nichols,…

28 March 2015 [09:41 PM]
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Pet of the week 3-29

Little Bullet is a 1-year-old male terrier available for adoption at Pets Fur People in Tyler. Bullet weighs only 11 pounds and is a lanky boy. He likes the company of other dogs and enjoys going for walks and rides…

28 March 2015 [09:29 PM]
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Practices to consider for healthy lawn maintenance

As we get into springtime and warm season grasses begin to grow, there are some management practices we can perform to ensure a nice healthy lawn. It is important to decide how much time, money and effort you are willing…

28 March 2015 [09:24 PM]
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Choosing a good contractor

Whether you are looking to have your home windows replaced, new siding installed on your garage or a pool built or repaired for the summer months, it’s always important to find a home contractor you can trust. Better Business Bureau…

28 March 2015 [09:20 PM]
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Health Briefs 3-29-15

New breast and ovary cancer detection method available in East Texas. ETMC is now offering a sophisticated new method for evaluating patients’ risk for breast, ovary and other cancers. The process is called BRCA genetic testing and is…

28 March 2015 [09:15 PM]
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Gastroenterologist to lead this week's walk

Dr. Bola Olusola, a gastroenterologist at UT Health Northeast, leads this week’s Walk with a Doc event on Thursday and will discuss colon cancer. Walk With a Doc is a project of the Smith County Medical Society and is held…

28 March 2015 [09:00 PM]
Fit City Coalition announced upcoming health events

Members of the Fit City Coalition, during a quarterly meeting, announced plans for events in Tyler that focus on healthy living, including the return of Fit City Day in the Park. The event, set at Bergfeld Park in 2011 and…

28 March 2015 [08:50 PM]
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East Texas groups work to spotlight mental health

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, a time when advocates and family members bring awareness and seek resources for families who cope with mental illness daily. Mental heath is sometimes an afterthought because it’s easier to set aside an…

28 March 2015 [08:42 PM]
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13-year-old girl's wish is for loving, forever family

Ruth is in foster care and not used to getting a lot of attention. We set out to change that by giving this 13-year-old a day of pampering at a beauty parlor. Ruth said with a smile, “I’ve never had…

28 March 2015 [08:21 PM]