Restoration At Camp Ford: Cabin re-creation, better maintenance could be slated for Confederate camp

A former Confederate prisoner of war camp could see various improvements, including new signage and a rebuilt cabin. Smith County Judge Joel Baker said the Camp Ford site is on county property, but policies about maintenance have been lax. He said the Smith County Historical Society would use county road and bridge crews from time to time, as wel…

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Continued hot and dry

The weather across East Texas will remain very quiet through the weekend and into the first half of next week, thanks to high pressure centered directly over East Texas. This, along with the drying soil, and the still stout August…

22 August 2014 [11:00 PM]
No harm in hope

One of my biggest pet peeves happens when I talk excitedly about a prospect, an adventure or an idea and someone says, “Don’t get your hopes up.” When someone says that, I tell myself, “He thinks I am not talented…

22 August 2014 [10:57 PM]
Cemetery dedicates Catholic section

Rose Lawn Cemetery in Tyler recently dedicated a Catholic section on its 30-acre site in south Tyler. Bishop Joseph Strickland blessed the section, which is called Ascension Garden and includes a granite cross and garden. “We’ve never had this in…

22 August 2014 [10:53 PM]
Broadway roadwork to continue Sunday

Roadwork on South Broadway Avenue, from Erwin Street to Fourth Street, will continue Sunday through Thursday, the city of Tyler announced. “The final layer of asphalt will be applied and striping will be marked. To minimize inconvenience to the public,…

22 August 2014 [10:27 PM]
Libertarian nominee for governor visits Tyler today

Libertarian nominee for Texas governor Kathie Glass will visit Tyler on her tour bus at 1:30 p.m. today at Spring Creek Barbecue, 5810 S. Broadway Ave., as part of her “Texas 254 Tour.” Mrs. Glass has vowed to visit…

22 August 2014 [10:24 PM]
PATH benefits from school supply drive

A school supply drive to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas and PATH of Smith County was held at United Heritage Credit Union branch locations and corporate offices in July. United Heritage employees and members contributed more than…

22 August 2014 [10:22 PM]
Portion of Ninth Street to be closed

Beginning about 4 p.m. Sunday, Ninth Street, between Roseland Boulevard and Donnybrook Avenue, will be closed to through traffic for maintenance, the city of Tyler announced. According to a news release, it is expected that the portion of Ninth Street…

22 August 2014 [10:22 PM]
3 candidates exit race for ESD No. 2 position

Three Emergency Services District No. 2 board candidates have dropped their names from consideration on November ballots. James “Barry” Barnett, David Doty and Glen Shipley ended their campaigns before candidates’ ballot positions were drawn by the Smith County Election…

22 August 2014 [10:20 PM]
UT Tyler enrollment expected to grow 7 to 8 percent

The University of Texas at Tyler is a successful and comprehensive, fast-growing institution, President Rodney H. Mabry told faculty during the 2014 convocation on Friday. “Growth and success is really everywhere” on campus, Mabry said, in delivering a…

22 August 2014 [10:19 PM]
Bible Thoughts, August 23, 2014

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)…

22 August 2014 [10:16 PM]
Sundown Ranch: Treatment center helping youth set sun on drug abuse

Sundown Ranch resembles an old Western town in rural Van Zandt County. It does not have a sterile institutional look and atmosphere. Probably no one would guess from its appearance that Sundown Ranch Inc. is a substance abuse treatment center…

22 August 2014 [10:15 PM]
Obama's speech worthy of praise

President Barack Obama should be commended for his speech on Wednesday condemning the slaying of journalist James Foley. His words were forceful, pointed and direct. “Today, the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the…

22 August 2014 [09:53 PM]
Funerals and Death Notices, August 23, 2014

DEATHS DEWEY H. BRAWNER, 94, Kilgore, died Aug. 17. Rader Funeral Home, Kilgore. ROBERT FLOYD, 77, Kilgore, died Aug. 17. Rader Funeral Home, Kilgore. LAVALTA MEREDITH FOWLER, 91, Tyler, died Aug. 15. Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Directors, Tyler. JOHN HANDY,…

22 August 2014 [09:43 PM]
Manziel fined $12,000 for middle finger flip

CLEVELAND (AP) — Johnny Manziel has been slapped on the finger. The NFL fined the Browns rookie quarterback $12,000 on Friday for flipping his middle finger at Washington's sideline, a person familiar with the penalty told The Associated Press. The…

22 August 2014 [07:26 PM]
New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees…

22 August 2014 [06:47 PM]
Un-bee-lievable: 50,000 bees living in NYC ceiling

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City woman had some unexpected roommates living in her apartment: 50,000 bees. WABC-TV reports ( ) beekeepers removed the swarm from Frieda Turkmenilli's ceiling this week after her neighbors in Queens…

22 August 2014 [06:46 PM]
Utah: Prison time for woman charged in baby sitter death

OGDEN, Utah (AP) - When she died, Alexis Rasmussen was a 16-year-old Utah girl trying to find her own identity, her mother said. Instead, Rasmussen found Dea Millerberg, a 41-year-old woman who was sentenced Thursday for helping her husband dispose…

22 August 2014 [06:41 PM]
United lures top fliers with promise of a hot meal

NEW YORK (AP) — To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs. The carrier has been looking for ways to woo back some of its top fliers who defected to other carriers following…

22 August 2014 [06:00 PM]
Lawyer: Utah restaurant had other chemical burn

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The attorney for a woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking tea laced with a chemical cleaning compound at a Utah restaurant said Thursday an employee at the eatery burned herself a month earlier on…

22 August 2014 [05:58 PM]
VIDEO: 1 dead after head-on collision on FM 17 in Van Zandt County

VAN ZANDT COUNTY (KYTX)- 22 year-old Steven Armstrong of Grand Saline is dead after his 2002 Nissan passenger car drifted into oncoming traffic on FM 17 this morning, according to Trooper Dark with DPS. Dark said Armstrong drifted over the…

22 August 2014 [04:42 PM]
4 men enter guilty pleas in murder at motel

Broderick Smith was the last of four defendants to enter a guilty plea for murder in the death of 26-year-old Wesley Scott Lester on Friday, but for a few moments it was not known if he could continue in the…

22 August 2014 [04:28 PM]
Jigsaw puzzles are like family

“So now it is time to disassemble the parts of the jigsaw puzzle or to piece another one together, for I find that, having come to the end of my story, my life is just beginning.” Conrad Veidt We sat…

22 August 2014 [01:48 PM]
VIDEO: John Tyler Big Blue Band in second March-A-Thon event Saturday

The John Tyler High School Big Blue Band will perform their second annual March-A-Thon fundraising event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The band will march through neighborhood streets, stopping at homes to perform lawn concerts. Parents, neighbors and…

22 August 2014 [12:35 PM]
VIDEO: Oklahoma officer accused in 6 sexual assaults

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City police officer is accused of sexually assaulting at least six women during traffic stops, and investigators are trying to track down yet more potential victims. Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, was arrested Thursday on…

22 August 2014 [12:06 PM]
VIDEO: Bodies of 2 men found in adjacent California yards

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the deaths of two men in neighboring backyards in Northern California. Marin County Sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman says investigators believe the deaths in an unincorporated part of Mill Valley are related and…

22 August 2014 [12:03 PM]