Christmas Under the Bridge feeds those in need

What started out as meal for less than 50 people turned into a community event that feeds more than 600 under the Gentry Parkway Bridge every year. Volunteers passed out plates of desserts and hot cocoa as people finished up their meal while listening to Christmas tunes. “It’s really a time to come to a neutral place,” said One…

The backpack club at East Texas Food Bank helps out families

Scotty and Zackary Barber take home two backpacks each Friday — one is for their brains, and the other fills their bellies. The Douglas Elementary School brothers participate in the East Texas Food Bank’s backpack program.

Tyler Paper editor retiring at end of year

After 46 years in the newspaper business, Dave Berry isn’t finished writing his story. Berry, 66, is retiring at the end of the year from the Tyler Morning Telegraph, where he has served as managing editor and editor for more than 20 years.

Meet "Lola" our pet of the week

Merry Christmas. Lola is a 4-year-old beagle girl looking for a loving forever home for the holidays.

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Meet "Lola" our pet of the week

Merry Christmas. Lola is a 4-year-old beagle girl looking for a loving forever home for the holidays. She is available for adoption at Pets Fur People in Tyler. She likes the company of other dogs and cats, is friendly and…

20 December 2014 [11:11 PM]
Financial straits puts Lindale Library in jeopardy

Lindale Library only has enough money to stay open until March 1, and if it does not receive more money by then, it will be forced to close the doors, Darcey Harris, incoming board president, said Friday. The library has…

20 December 2014 [11:07 PM]
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Annual giveaway spreads holiday cheer

Sgt. David Hall, of the Tyler Police Department, looks forward to seeing the smiles on children’s faces at the department’s annual bicycle and toy giveaway at Bancorp South. Children eagerly paced the parking lot there, waiting on Santa and his…

20 December 2014 [10:58 PM]
Bible Verse 12-21

"And having come in, the angel said to her,"Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!" (Luke 1:28)…

20 December 2014 [10:52 PM]
Major wreck on Loop 49

A major car accident Saturday afternoon left three people seriously injured in Smith County. It occurred on Loop 49, just north of the U.S. Highway 64 interchange. DPS Trooper Jean Dark said the driver of a small Lexus crossed over…

20 December 2014 [10:48 PM]
1 death reported from motor vehicle crash

The Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a motor vehicle accident on Farm-to-Market 16 East near County Road 365 in Smith County just after 6 p.m. on Saturday. According to DPS spokeswoman Jean Dark, one person died as a…

20 December 2014 [10:48 PM]
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Christmas Under the Bridge feeds those in need

What started out as meal for less than 50 people turned into a community event that feeds more than 600 under the Gentry Parkway Bridge every year. Volunteers passed out plates of desserts and hot cocoa as people finished up…

20 December 2014 [10:47 PM]
East Texas Food Bank's Mobile Pantry provides for hundreds

Charlie Price said he didn’t realize how many people in his small community of Oakwood were hungry until they started showing up for assistance. The community of 510 residents on the border of Leon and Freestone counties didn’t have a…

20 December 2014 [10:41 PM]
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Are you SAD?

Feeling down this season? You may have SAD. Sometimes people get busy during the holiday season and fail to take care of themselves. It’s easy to be overwhelmed with daily tasks while also preparing for family get-togethers, Christmas parties and…

20 December 2014 [09:44 PM]
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A return to my childhood with Evel Knievel

All I wanted for Christmas was an Evel Knievel Super Stunt Cycle with Gyro Launcher. Once upon a time long, long ago (1973), every 11-year-old boy in America wanted to be Evel Knievel. Moms in ’70s America worried about many…

20 December 2014 [09:17 PM]
Mistletoe difficult to control

We have all heard of the Christmas tradition of kissing under the mistletoe. Mistletoe is a parasite of the tree but is not considered to be a serious pest of trees. Effective control of mistletoe can be difficult to achieve.…

20 December 2014 [09:16 PM]
N.Y. wants to ban fracturing

It’s official: The good people of New York will be paying an arm and a leg for electricity this winter. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration announced recently that it will prohibit hydraulic fracturing statewide even though the southern…

20 December 2014 [09:15 PM]
What to wear when running

It’s that time of year when you can’t just head out of the house for a run without checking the temperature first. How cold it is will make a big difference in your running gear. In this week’s Fit City,…

20 December 2014 [09:11 PM]
The Twelve Sites of Social Security

Back by popular demand is our holiday favorite, “The Twelve Sites of Social Security.” It’s inspired by the popular traditional holiday song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” a holiday favorite since 1780. Play it again, Santa! For the first site…

20 December 2014 [09:09 PM]
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New health program targets women

Access to primary care, or having a medical home, is critical in preventing or managing chronic illness. Preventive care has been the focus of health professionals as the country faces doctor shortages and more than 11 million people go without…

20 December 2014 [09:07 PM]
New bill allows donation from IRA

A tax bill signed into law on Friday gives donors the opportunity to make certain charitable contributions before the end of the year. The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 reinstates for the remainder of this year dozens of expired…

20 December 2014 [09:05 PM]
Understand the return policy on gifts this holiday season

According to the National Retail Federation, 38 percent, more than one-third of all consumers, are expected to return at least some portion of their holiday gifts. As the holiday season nears an end, many consumers are heading back to the…

20 December 2014 [09:04 PM]
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Tyler Paper editor retiring at end of year

After 46 years in the newspaper business, Dave Berry isn’t finished writing his story. Berry, 66, is retiring at the end of the year from the Tyler Morning Telegraph, where he has served as managing editor and editor for more…

20 December 2014 [09:01 PM]
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The backpack club at East Texas Food Bank helps out families

Scotty and Zackary Barber take home two backpacks each Friday — one is for their brains, and the other fills their bellies. The Douglas Elementary School brothers participate in the East Texas Food Bank’s backpack program. The program sends individually…

20 December 2014 [08:57 PM]
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The thing about lists

Much talk takes place this time of year about the making of lists. Most of you are probably thinking about Christmas lists. While they are important there are other lists to consider. For the truly ambitious it is time to…

20 December 2014 [08:17 PM]
Fall commencement ceremonies at UT Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler held fall 2014 commencement ceremonies on Dec. 12 and 13, President Rodney H. Mabry announced. Eight hundred ninety nine degree candidates were recognized in the UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts…

20 December 2014 [08:15 PM]
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Two join leaders in TylerPaper buck contest

With hunters getting ready for a late season push, a pair of hunters has already made their moves into the standings of the 35th TylerPaper Big Buck Contest. Tyler’s Tim Parma, who won last year’s South Texas Division, is this…

20 December 2014 [08:08 PM]
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Lubbock area goose hunt outstanding, crane hunt lays an egg

FLOYDADA — Sometimes it pays to be patient. Real patient. Take Canada goose and sandhill crane hunting on the South Plains. If your guides are on geese and said they will be there, chances are they will be. Even if…

20 December 2014 [08:04 PM]
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Teenager in need of a loving home

He’s a happy boy, but needs a loving family. Brent usually has a smile on his face, but he’d be beaming from ear to ear if he could find his forever family. Brent’s a typical teenager who enjoys video games.…

20 December 2014 [07:50 PM]
People's strengths can bring opportunities

Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Everyone — including those we think of as needy. As givers, we often make the mistake of thinking that a person in need is not capable of giving or contributing anything. Consider doing some research…

20 December 2014 [07:48 PM]
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Tyler family champions adoption

Not one day is alike in the Daniel household. Days are a mix of family outings, laughter, challenges and surprises around every corner. The family of nine, plus two dogs, is not a highly regimented operation by design, but it…

20 December 2014 [07:45 PM]
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Bob Garrett worthy of Boy Scout award

The Boy Scout Oath is very clear; it’s filled with simple statements about what to do, rather than what to be. As one speaker last week pointed out, it begins with the pledge to “do my duty” — rather than…

20 December 2014 [07:38 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 12-20

DEATHS JEFFIE I. GRIFFITH ALLEN, 86, Henderson, died Dec. 19. Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home, Henderson. Visitation 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at funeral home. BILLIE AUSBORNE, 80, Tyler, died Dec. 19. Community Funeral Home of Tyler. SARAH BASS , 81, Kilgore,…

20 December 2014 [07:34 PM]
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Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that…

20 December 2014 [07:42 AM]
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N. Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes will prove Pyongyang had…

20 December 2014 [07:39 AM]