Groups head Downtown to advocate healthy living

Downtown Tyler provided the backdrop for health and fitness on Wednesday as groups participated in two opportunities to help improve fitness. While only four people joined instructor Lindsay Gray for 50 minutes of stress reduction at the first Yoga on the Square, YMCA president and chief executive officer Jeremy Bumgardner anticipates the weekly…

JT Color Guard wins national title

Performing a high-energy routine to Beyonce’s “Grown Woman,” the John Tyler High School Color Guard earned the National Championship Trophy recently at the Marching Auxiliaries National Championship at the Fort Worth Convention Center. This is the second time the guard has won the championship in the past three

ETCA students lift up the poor, homeless during spring break

East Texas Christian Academy students found working with the homeless in a poverty-stricken area of southeast Fort Worth during spring break an “eye-opening experience.” “My favorite part of the trip was probably giving out water bottles and getting to know their names,” Brandon Baker, 18,

'Relay' cancer event on Square

Downtown Tyler will serve as the site for this year’s Relay for Life of Smith County. The event, which is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will be at the T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza in downtown Tyler from 6 p.m. to midnight on April 10. “It will be a fun, compact night full of entertainment and fun things to do,” Arie Curtis,

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Texas bill would bar gun ownership status from medical records

DAVID WARREN, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Texas lawmakers are considering a bill that would keep a person's gun ownership status from being listed in their medical records, a move health providers worry would be an unnecessary government intrusion that…

02 April 2015 [05:44 AM]
10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. UNIVERSITY IN KENYA ATTACKED Witnesses say at least 15 people have been killed and at least 60 wounded after gunmen stormed a…

02 April 2015 [05:36 AM]
Inmate scales fence, flees Tyler Central Jail Facility

An inmate escaped from custody at the Central Jail Facility on East Elm Street on Wednesday evening, according to a news release from Sheriff Larry Smith. Rexorlandus Jackson was being held on charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Assault, violation of…

01 April 2015 [11:24 PM]
Jury finds Chandler grandmother guilty

A jury found Chandler grandmother Glynda Morrow guilty of intoxication mansl-aughter on Wednesday. Morrow was driving when she hit a tree, killing her 5-year-old granddaughter, Lydia Sykes, last July. Evidence showed her blood alcohol levels to be double the legal…

01 April 2015 [11:15 PM]
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BB gun-wielding man tazed, charged

  A Tyler man with a history of burglarizing homes was tazed Wednesday morning when he failed to heed commands from law enforcement officers to drop the gun he was holding.  Smith County Sheriff's Lt. Gary Middleton, the department's public…

01 April 2015 [11:11 PM]
Smith County Roundup: 385 warrants cleared, $132,870 collected

  During the third annual Smith County Warrant Round Up, 385 warrants were cleared and $132,870 was collected. That is compared to $90,000 collected in 2014 and $80,000 collected in 2013. “This is the most successful warrant roundup the…

01 April 2015 [10:57 PM]
Smith County retreat teaches team-building

The sixth-annual Smith County Key Leader Retreat was held Friday, and 19 department leaders attended. Smith County Commissioner Jeff Warr and County Administrator Leonardo Brown facilitated the retreat, held on private property in Van. The theme was “Attitude and Gratitude,”…

01 April 2015 [10:51 PM]
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'Relay' cancer event on Square

Downtown Tyler will serve as the site for this year’s Relay for Life of Smith County. The event, which is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will be at the T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza in downtown Tyler from 6…

01 April 2015 [10:49 PM]
Bible Verse 4-2

"The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good." (Psalm 14:1)…

01 April 2015 [10:46 PM]
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House passes $210B budget after all-night debate

Texas House members haven’t gotten much sleep after a marathon, 18-hour debate that ended with passage of their version of the state budget early Wednesday morning. Local legislators caught naps where they could or have forgone sleep altogether to make…

01 April 2015 [10:44 PM]
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Groups head Downtown to advocate healthy living

Downtown Tyler provided the backdrop for health and fitness on Wednesday as groups participated in two opportunities to help improve fitness. While only four people joined instructor Lindsay Gray for 50 minutes of stress reduction at the first Yoga on…

01 April 2015 [10:42 PM]
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Camp Ford 1860s Living History Photos Gallery

The Camp Ford 1860s Living History was held on Saturday at the former Civil War prisoner camp, 6500 U.S. Highway 271 in Tyler. For more photos from the game, as well as other event galleries, visit www.focusinon.me at www.tylerpaper.com.…

01 April 2015 [10:37 PM]
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JT Color Guard wins national title

Performing a high-energy routine to Beyonce’s “Grown Woman,” the John Tyler High School Color Guard earned the National Championship Trophy recently at the Marching Auxiliaries National Championship at the Fort Worth Convention Center. This is the second time the guard…

01 April 2015 [10:00 PM]
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ETCA students lift up the poor, homeless during spring break

East Texas Christian Academy students found working with the homeless in a poverty-stricken area of southeast Fort Worth during spring break an “eye-opening experience.” “My favorite part of the trip was probably giving out water bottles and getting to know…

01 April 2015 [09:52 PM]
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Dallas illegal injections woman previously charged, not prosecuted

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas woman, who is accused of illegally practicing medicine after one of her clients, Wykesha Reid, died from a buttocks injection, faced a similar charge five years ago but was never prosecuted. The Dallas Morning News…

01 April 2015 [09:22 PM]
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Parents, don't give up until the kids buckle up

We all know everything is bigger in Texas. However, one number that we do not want to see bigger is the number of children, ages 8 to 14, who are fatally injured in motor vehicle crashes. According to the National…

01 April 2015 [09:09 PM]
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Native azaleas another take on beloved plant

Azaleas are showing up all around us, and we welcome them with a great big Texas “Howdy.” When our azaleas bloom, we feel winter is gone for good, spring’s here and all is well. Some of the loveliest of all…

01 April 2015 [09:02 PM]
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April brings plenty of things to do in the garden

Springtime! Finally azaleas and other spring flowering plants are bursting into their spring glory. This is a perfect time for not only enjoying the fabulous scenery and landscapes in East Texas, but also for getting out into your own yard…

01 April 2015 [08:57 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 4-2

DEATHS CAROLYN MARIE BAILEY, 57, Tyler, died March 26. Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Directors, Tyler. NITA BERRY, 92, Hawkins, died March 29. Dearion-Davis Funeral Parlor, Gladewater. JESSIE LEE BROOKS, 61, Lindale, died March 28. John R. Harmon Undertaking…

01 April 2015 [07:28 PM]
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Inheritance taxes aren't 'tax justice'

Some words should just stand alone — without modifiers. In fact, sometimes those modifiers completely gut the meaning of the word. Take the word “justice.” It’s a pretty good word all by itself. When it’s modified by others, however, its…

01 April 2015 [07:24 PM]
Gilmer ISD employee investigated for sexual abuse of former student

The Upshur County Sheriff’s office opened an investigation Wednesday into allegations of sexual abuse by an employee of Gilmer Independent School District involving a former student. Gilmer ISD Superintendent Rick Albritton confirmed that 46-year-old Orlandus Lugene Johnson is the suspect.…

01 April 2015 [06:33 PM]
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Elementary dance teacher chooses her life over work Video

Kelly Anderson, a Wise Elementary school dance teacher, is in a daily tug-of-war with her own body. Anderson, 26, suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. “It is a lifetime disease,” Anderson said. “I was diagnosed before birth, so I was born with…

01 April 2015 [04:41 PM]
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27 charged with East Texas meth trafficking Video

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that 27 individuals have been indicted following a lengthy investigation into a drug trafficking organization dealing methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Texas. On Mar. 14, 2015, a federal grand jury returned a…

01 April 2015 [04:38 PM]
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Man walking with gun tazed after ignoring police Video

(UPDATED April 1, 2015 at 2:57 pm CT) -- A Tyler man with a history of burglarizing homes was tazed Wednesday morning when he failed to heed commands from law enforcement officers to drop the gun he was holding.…

01 April 2015 [02:56 PM]
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Judge prohibits cameras from James Calvert hearings Video

TYLER (KYTX) -- Neither cameras nor other recording devices will be allowed in a courtroom during pre-trial hearings for capital murder defendant James Calvert. Smith County District Judge Jack Skeen issued the order on Tuesday, following a lengthy pre-trial process…

01 April 2015 [02:29 PM]
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Mark Wahlberg to produce Boston Marathon bombing movie

LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS Films says Mark Wahlberg is set to produce "Patriots' Day," a feature film about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing based on Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis' firsthand account. The studio announced Tuesday that Matt Charman…

01 April 2015 [02:11 PM]
The melodies on the bus go up-and-down

KILGORE (TNS) — There's no talking on Robert Morgan's bus 21. That doesn't mean it's quiet. Bus 21 kids sing. "The kids are very interested in it, and that's what they want to do," Kilgore ISD Bus 21 driver Robert…

01 April 2015 [01:49 PM]