Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies instantly Video

CALAIS, Maine (AP) — A 22-year-old man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, killing him instantly, authorities said Sunday. Devon Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in the backyard of a friend's home in eastern Maine, said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety.…

Body found near East Texas Regional Airport Video

LAKEPORT (KYTX) - The Gregg County Sheriff's Office is investigating a weekend homicide less than 1 mile from the East Texas Regional Airport. Sheriff Maxey Cerliano would only confirm that the investigation was near Lakeport. Neighbors tell CBS 19 that FM 349, between State Highway 322 and Pleasant Green Road; and FM 2204, also between State Highway 322 and Pleasant Green Road, were blocked by law enforcement for several hours on Sunday afternoon.

Fire destroys home on Lavender Road in Tyler Video

(KYTX) A fire destroyed a home in Tyler on Sunday. Red Springs, Lindale, Winona, Dixie and Noonday fire crews, and the Smith County Fire Marshal responded to a call about a house fire on the 8000 block of Lavender Road in Tyler shortly after 4 p.m. According to Dixie Fire Chief, Michael Sammons, the family and pets were already outside the home and the entire second floor was fully involved by the time crews arrived.

Independence Day trash litters Lake Tyler Video

(KYTX) - Fireworks lit up the skies Saturday night as people celebrated Independence Day. But Sunday morning, piles of trash littered the Lake Tyler parking lot. "At night, they come and pop their fireworks. We wake up in the morning and this is what we got," said lake visitor Kevin Morris. Morris and his family have a yearly tradition of coming out to Lake Tyler for the July fourth weekend.

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Body found near East Texas Regional Airport Video

LAKEPORT (KYTX) - The Gregg County Sheriff's Office is investigating a weekend homicide less than 1 mile from the East Texas Regional Airport. Sheriff Maxey Cerliano would only confirm that the investigation was near Lakeport. Neighbors tell CBS 19 that…

06 July 2015 [10:01 AM]
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Fire destroys home on Lavender Road in Tyler Video

(KYTX) A fire destroyed a home in Tyler on Sunday. Red Springs, Lindale, Winona, Dixie and Noonday fire crews, and the Smith County Fire Marshal responded to a call about a house fire on the 8000 block of Lavender Road…

06 July 2015 [09:58 AM]
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Independence Day trash litters Lake Tyler Video

(KYTX) - Fireworks lit up the skies Saturday night as people celebrated Independence Day. But Sunday morning, piles of trash littered the Lake Tyler parking lot. "At night, they come and pop their fireworks. We wake up in the morning…

06 July 2015 [09:52 AM]
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Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies instantly Video

CALAIS, Maine (AP) — A 22-year-old man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, killing him instantly, authorities said Sunday. Devon Staples and his friends had been…

06 July 2015 [09:50 AM]
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Body recovered from lake near Jacksonville Video

JACKSONVILLE (KYTX) - A body was recovered Sunday afternoon from Lake Acker, which is located just 2 miles northwest of Jacksonville. Texas Parks and Wildlife received a call about 4:30 p.m. that a body was spotted floating in the lake.…

06 July 2015 [09:37 AM]
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Alamo and other Texas shrines win UN designation Video

(WFAA via KYTX) - The San Antonio Missions, the Alamo and other historic Texas shrines, have attained the status of other internationally recognized landmarks such as the Taj Mahal and the Great Barrier Reef. At a meeting in Germany Sunday…

06 July 2015 [09:31 AM]
Bible Verse 7-6

"Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation." (Isaiah 12:3)      …

05 July 2015 [10:03 PM]
Deadline to apply is Aug. 7; Council makes appointments

  To serve on a board or commission, applicants must live inside the Tyler city limits and should not have any delinquent city taxes, city utilities or other city assessments, according to a news release from the city. In addition,…

05 July 2015 [09:57 PM]
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Council accepting applications for board members

Chad Maddux has put his hands into the ground to help make the city of Tyler a more beautiful place to live. In his role on the Keep Tyler Beautiful board, he helps spearhead beautification and recycling efforts…

05 July 2015 [09:48 PM]
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APEC training facility helps turn athletes into champions Video

At APEC in Tyler, Caleb Stennis is running so fast on a treadmill that it looks like he could go flying off at any second. His legs are moving in hyperdrive speed, his arms are pumping and he’s gasping for…

05 July 2015 [09:15 PM]
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Peaches remain popular crop in backyards

In Texas, it is estimated that there are more than one million peach trees planted statewide. The demand for high-quality, locally-produced peaches remains good. Peaches are popular as a commercial crop as well as for backyard home production. Peaches are…

05 July 2015 [09:14 PM]
Building Permits 7-6

New Construction Residential   David Cooper Quality Homes is building a $300,000, 4,122 square-foot home at 930 Cambridge Bend. JP Pool Home Builders is building a $167,000, 3,055 square-foot home at 4377 Madera Dr. Glenn A Smith Development, LLC is…

05 July 2015 [09:07 PM]
Veterans Affairs Committee discussed on this week's Chamber radio

On this week’s Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce radio, the Chamber’s Henry Bell talks about the reasons for the Veterans Affairs Committee at the Chamber. Bell said, “We’re trying to attract quality veterans to live in the Tyler area when…

05 July 2015 [09:02 PM]
Business Notes 7-6

GRAND OPENING Texas Bank and Trust will host a Grand Opening from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at their new downtown location in the People’s Petroleum Building, 102 North College Ave. Suite 100. The ribbon cutting will take place…

05 July 2015 [09:01 PM]
EPA didn't compute costs of regulation

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 29 that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to adequately determine the cost of their regulation of stationary power plants when it adopted air emission standards. In question is the meaning of “appropriate…

05 July 2015 [08:52 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 7-6

DEATHS DANIEL ADAMS, 56, Cookville, died July 2. J.C. White Funeral & Cremation Services, Mount Pleasant. HAROLD J. ADAMS, 87, Tyler, died June 25. Hilliard Funeral Home, Van. RONALD L. BERGMEIER, 87, Tyler, died June 26. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home, Lindale.…

05 July 2015 [08:24 PM]
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Smoking is bad, but what about privacy?

Of course it wouldn’t end with choices left up to the public. The left seems driven to take away all but the correct choice. “Mayor Bill de Blasio is ramping up the city’s war against smoking — at home, The…

05 July 2015 [08:03 PM]
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John Moore: Memories of old traditions on July 4

Independence Day is a great day to watch “Independence Day.” Most families have their own holiday traditions. At Christmas at our house, it’s serving specific dishes for dinner. At Thanksgiving, it’s having a smoked ham. At some point over the…

05 July 2015 [12:28 AM]
Dual diagnosis: tackling substance abuse and mental illness

Substance abuse is often linked to mental illness. It’s a complex problem, as drugs and alcohol are used to self-medicate and could worsen an underlying mental health problem. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, nearly one-third…

05 July 2015 [12:26 AM]
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UT Health NE providers merge mental health care, primary care

On a recent Thursday morning, Dr. Ryan Menard’s first patient admitted having suicidal thoughts. A counselor spent time with the patient and worked with Menard to explore a course of treatment. This is the norm for Menard, who said the…

05 July 2015 [12:26 AM]
Tyler set the bar high for Independence Day

Thousands of people made their way to Lindsey Park on Saturday to celebrate Independence Day. In its second year since taking over the fireworks show from the disbanded Tyler Jaycees, the city attempted to raise the bar and succeeded. The…

05 July 2015 [12:12 AM]
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Quitman Animal Clinic puts pet owners before profits

QUITMAN — A tiny Chihuahua trembles nervously on a veterinarian’s exam table as a gentle sedative is administered, helping it to relax and drift off to sleep. The drowsy dog is about to have its teeth cleaned at Quitman Animal…

04 July 2015 [11:56 PM]
Drilling-related road repairs to start

  Summer road projects around East Texas will begin ramping up this month, as several road departments have some state dollars to spend. Legislators approved $450 million for the Texas Department of Transportation and counties to pay for road projects…

04 July 2015 [11:49 PM]
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Rusk brings in the Fourth

Our Andrew Brosig was in Rusk Saturday as the residents of that East Texas community celebrated Independence Day. His photo report appears to the left.…

04 July 2015 [11:45 PM]
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Nelson Clyde, Is it just me?: Tracing my roots

Recent travels to Ireland (southern) and Scotland brought refreshing perspectives to two places that are the homeland of many American families just a few generations back. The Irish are a people full of passion and vigor. They are also quite…

04 July 2015 [11:43 PM]