Students discover the joy of reading during the Scholastic Book Fair at Dixie Elementary School

For many, the Scholastic Book Fair was the highlight of the year through elementary school. This week, students at Dixie Elementary School are walking into their library to find it transformed into a Wild West bookstore. The library’s cardboard cutout of Darth Vader is dressed in his best western duds after a morning video attempt to usurp the…

Tyler ISD board signals support for renaming Robert E. Lee High School Video

A majority of members of the Tyler ISD board of trustees said they’re open to changing the name of Robert E. Lee High School, but the matter shouldn’t distract students and the district itself from academic achievement. Several board members said they want to put aside the issue until the school year is over. “I saw this coming, but I

Tyler police chief addresses need for mental health resources during Tyler Together Race Relations Forum

Tyler Police Chief Jimmy Toler stepped up to address the third Tyler Together Race Relations Forum about the critical need for mental health resources in the area. “We’re committed to finding the right solutions to solve the problems in this area,” Toler said. “It’s a complicated ordeal and we’re lucky to have mental health deputies,

Statewide survey shows childhood obesity rates in East Texas

More than 20 percent of certain school-aged children in East Texas are considered obese or severely obese, but the region is not among the worst in the state, according to a new report. The information, presented Tuesday in a webinar, comes from the 2015-16 School Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) Survey, which involved 280 schools in some

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Statewide survey shows childhood obesity rates in East Texas

More than 20 percent of certain school-aged children in East Texas are considered obese or severely obese, but the region is not among the worst in the state, according to a new report. The information, presented Tuesday in a…

19 September 2017 [08:49 PM]
Homes sales spike in Smith County

Home sales in Smith County shot up 27 percent in August, as buyers sought to close and move in before the start of school last month. August’s spike was even higher than the similar seasonal increase seen in August 2016.…

19 September 2017 [06:13 PM]
White Oak Police Department investigating a kidnapping

The White Oak Police Department is asking for the public's help locating the victim of a kidnapping. Melissa Maythe Zapata, 19, said in a Facebook post that she was taken against her will by her ex-boyfriend, Dylon Benefield, a reported member of…

19 September 2017 [06:04 PM]
Commissioners Court accepts $87,000 grant for drug court

CORY MCCOY, The Smith County Commissioners court voted to accept an $87,886 grant for the Smith County Drug Court on Tuesday. County Judge Nathaniel Moran said the county had not expected to receive the grant this year. This is…

19 September 2017 [06:01 PM]
One killed and one injured in a wreck near Whitehouse Sunday

A Dallas man was killed and an Arkansas woman was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday about 2 miles east of Whitehouse.  Department of Public Safety troopers responded to the crash about 1 a.m. on Farm-to-Market Road 346 and County…

19 September 2017 [05:35 PM]
Fire damages Tyler house on Berryhill Drive Video

A woman and her daughter escaped their home Tuesday after a fire started in the kitchen and spread through the roof of their residence.  The woman was cooking lunch on the stove top when the fire started.  The Tyler Fire…

19 September 2017 [05:21 PM]
Smith County announces completed, upcoming road projects

CASEY MURPHY, Special to the Tyler Morning Telegraph Smith County Engineer Frank Davis announced the completion of two major road projects during Commissioners Court Tuesday. County Road 149 (New England Road), which connects U.S. Highway 69 South and Old Jacksonville…

19 September 2017 [05:15 PM]
Bullard strays to be sent to Smith County's Animal Shelter

CASEY MURPHY, Special to the Tyler Morning Telegraph The Smith County Commissioners Court approved an agreement with the city of Bullard on Tuesday to take its stray dogs into the Smith County Animal Shelter. The Commissioners Court approved similar agreements with…

19 September 2017 [05:05 PM]
Tyler Junior College sees growth in local students, contact hours

CORY MCCOY, Tyler Junior College’s latest enrollment numbers show that the college’s change in recruiting tactics are paying off. Although the college saw a slight overall growth, going from 11,493 students last fall to 11,511, it is the contact…

19 September 2017 [05:00 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices for Sept. 20

DEATHS DYLAN EDWARD ALVARADO, 16, Flint, died Sep­t. 18. Jackson’s Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home, Tyler. BT BRYANT, 93, Houston, formerly of Tyler, died Sept. 15. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Friday at Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler.  WILMA PATRICIA…

19 September 2017 [04:41 PM]
Texas woman accused of shooting, dismembering boyfriend

BAYTOWN (AP) - Police in Louisiana have arrested a Texas woman accused of shooting and dismembering her boyfriend, and dumping parts of his body in southeast Texas. Police say 30-year-old Cierra Sutton was jailed without bond following her Thursday arrest…

19 September 2017 [02:47 PM]
7.1 earthquake strikes Mexico, second quake to hit in September

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The Latest on the strong earthquake that hit Mexico City (all times local):2:10 p.m. Puebla Gov. Tony Gali says buildings have been damaged in his state in central Mexico by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake.Gali said on…

19 September 2017 [02:21 PM]
Select Kohl's stores to start accepting Amazon returns for free

MENOMEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) - Kohl's, which is opening some in-store Amazon shops, will start accepting returns for the online retailer at some of its stores in Los Angeles and Chicago starting next month. Kohl's Corp. said Tuesday it will…

19 September 2017 [12:24 PM]
A gift to yourself is a gift to others

Anyone who knows me well knows I love yoga. Aside from the physical benefits of increased flexibility, balance and muscle strength, practicing yoga is good for my soul. My mat is my safe place, where I regain center and calm.…

19 September 2017 [10:55 AM]
Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Dominica, headed toward Puerto Rico

ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) - Hurricane Maria smashed into Dominica with 160 mph winds, ripping the roof off even the prime minister's residence and causing what he called "mind-boggling" devastation Tuesday as it plunged into a Caribbean region already ravaged by…

19 September 2017 [09:51 AM]
UN head says nuclear threat is at highest peak since Cold War

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning the world's leaders that the threat of a nuclear attack is at its highest level since the end of the…

19 September 2017 [09:49 AM]
Toys R' Us files for bankruptcy, stores remain open

NEW YORK (AP) - Toys 'R' Us, the toy retailer struggling with $5 billion in debt and intense online competition, has filed for bankruptcy protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season - and says its stores will remain open…

19 September 2017 [09:42 AM]