Whitehouse City Council authorizes contract negotiation with Tyler church to manage city's recreation center

The Whitehouse City Council on Tuesday authorized its city manager to enter into contract negotiations with Crossroads Church of Tyler to manage its recreation center. The city of Whitehouse, the YMCA and Crossroads Church in Tyler submitted applications to run the recreation center. The Council reviewed the three proposals and authorized the

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Celebrate World Tai Chi Day This Saturday in Tyler

Saturday is World Tai Chi Day. To celebrate, Fit City Tyler is inviting the community to try the practice in a free beginners session at Pollard Park. The session will begin at 9 a.m. and will be led by Brandon…

25 April 2017 [05:37 PM]
Smith County Animal Shelter to help Arp with stray dogs

The Smith County Animal Shelter will now take in Arp strays. The Smith County Commissioners Court approved an interlocal agreement with the city of Arp on Tuesday to take its stray dogs into the shelter. The Commissioners Court approved a similar…

25 April 2017 [05:31 PM]
Arkansas missing child located in Franklin County

A child reported missing from Searcy County, Arkansas was located safe in Franklin County just north of Winnsboro. According to a press release issued Tuesday, authorities were notified of the child's whereabouts through a tip that came in on April…

25 April 2017 [05:27 PM]
2017 Fresh 15 Road Race Raises $163,000 for charities

Brookshire Grocery Co. will present $163,000 to local and national charities Friday from proceeds raised during the company’s 4th annual Fresh 15 Road Race. The race’s charity program, Every Runner Counts, relays the message that 100 percent of registration proceeds…

25 April 2017 [05:09 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices for April 26

DEATHS GLENN BLANTON, 73, Henderson, died April 22. Gar­mon Funeral Home, Henderson. CAROL JEAN COLE, 79, Bullard, died April 22. Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler. ALGIN HAWKINS, 57, Pittsburg, died April 24. JC White Funeral & Cremation…

25 April 2017 [04:46 PM]
Tyler Council to receive annual report on tax abatement projects

The Tyler City Council will go through an annual review of companies receiving tax abatements. The city of Tyler has four active tax abatements. Those include Centene, Fresenius, Hood Packaging and VME Process systems. Those agreements are tied to investment…

25 April 2017 [04:12 PM]
Editorial: Smith County officials aren't above the law

Monday was a very revealing day - we learned much about how our county government functions. First, videos of improper executive session meetings held by Smith County commissioners were released at the order of a state district judge, along with…

25 April 2017 [04:11 PM]
Students at All Saints sing their way through Texas history

CORY MCCOY, comccoy@tylerpaper.com The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas, and the stars on stage are having a blast at All Saints. The stage was filled with cowboy boots and denim as more…

25 April 2017 [04:07 PM]
East Texas Giving Day underway; more than $320,000 raised so far

East Texas Giving Day is in full swing. The online fundraising campaign began at 6 a.m. Tuesday and will continue until 11:59 p.m. at www.EastTexasGivingDay.org. Last year’s event raised more than $479,000 for almost 200 area nonprofits agencies. This…

25 April 2017 [03:44 PM]
Kilgore soccer team honored with downtown parade

The Kilgore soccer team, which won the Class 4A state championship, was honored with a parade and pep rally on Monday in downtown Kilgore. See photos from the event here.…

25 April 2017 [02:29 PM]
Wednesday's Smith County Jury Duty canceled

If you have a Smith County jury summons for duty on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, you do not need to report to the courthouse. Smith County jury duty has been canceled for all courts on Wednesday, Smith County Jury Coordinator…

25 April 2017 [01:38 PM]
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25 April 2017 [10:30 AM]
'Bachelor' star Chris Soules jailed after deadly Iowa crash

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities have arrested former "The Bachelor" star Chris Soules, alleging that he fled the scene of a deadly traffic accident. The Iowa State Patrol reports that a pickup truck rear-ended a tractor on a…

25 April 2017 [09:57 AM]
Hear poetry performances at the Tyler Public Library

April is National Poetry Month and the Tyler Public Library is celebrating by hosting an open poetry reading on Saturday, April 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. Philosophy professor Peter Hoheisel, a Jacksonville poet, will open the event with a…

25 April 2017 [08:55 AM]
NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire at end of season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Hendrick Motorsports says Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire at the end of this season. Earnhardt is a 14-time winner of NASCAR's most popular driver award. He has 26 career Cup victories, and that includes a pair…

25 April 2017 [08:53 AM]
Westbrook, Lizarraga face off in candidate forum

District 5 council candidates have different view on the role of government in residents’ lives. Businessman and former CiCi’s Pizza franchise owner Bob Westbrook, 64, took a free market approach, while Alan Lizarraga, a 32-year-old laboratory supervisor at the University…

25 April 2017 [12:24 AM]
Bible Verse for April 25

“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” (I Peter 1:23)…

24 April 2017 [11:33 PM]
Bishop Gorman, All Saints students experience mock court case, trial

Over 100 eighth-graders from Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Regional Catholic School and All Saints Episcopal School thought they were simply going to take a tour of the William M. Steger Federal Building Monday afternoon. Little did they know they’d find…

24 April 2017 [08:18 PM]
Argument over church communion table leads to arrest of official

An argument about the church communion table led to the arrest of Smith County Commissioner JoAnn Hampton on a charge of injury to an elderly individual, a state jail felony. Hampton was booked into the Smith County Jail about 11:20…

24 April 2017 [07:06 PM]