Nathaniel Moran believes trust, transparency are key to leading the county as acting county judge

Nathaniel Moran’s bedside table is usually covered with varied types of historical nonfiction. The book currently occupying his nightstand, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” is a departure from his favorites, something he’s reading with his middle child, Victoria, 9.  Mark Twain’s sequel to the “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”

Behind the Wheel: Gladewater’s ‘Fan Doctor’ sees hot demand for vintage metal fans

GLADEWATER - Mechanical guru and vintage fan enthusiast Carl Parker is one of those unique people who doesn’t mind when summer heat sets in. He enjoys cranking up his antique metal fans and watching the blades whirl, savoring cool breezes unrivaled by modern designs. “These aren’t toys and they aren’t a fad,” he said. “There are so

Authorities: 2 killed, 17 shot at Florida nightclub

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Two people have been killed and more than a dozen shot at a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida, authorities said. As many as 17 people have been shot in the early Monday shooting at Club Blu, police Capt. Jim Mulligan said. Three people have been taken into custody and there are two active crime scenes, Mulligan said. The

Cowboys bus involved in fatal crash

PHOENIX - A bus carrying Dallas Cowboys staffers but no players and a van collided Sunday on an Arizona highway, killing four people in the van, authorities said. The bus occupants emerged uninjured from the crash, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr said. “All on the bus came through OK with some bumps and bruises,”

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One dead after wreck on Loop 49

(KYTX)- The Department of Public Safety has confirmed one person is dead and one other injured after a head-on collision on Loop 49, just south of Highway 31 West. The wreck happened around 5 p.m. Monday and according to a…

25 July 2016 [09:58 PM]
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Judge recommends against ruling Kerry Max Cook 'actually innocent'

ROY MAYNARD, rmaynard@tylerpaper.com A state district judge has declined to recommend that the state Court of Criminal Appeals approve Kerry Max Cook’s writ of actual innocence in the death of Linda Jo Edwards in 1977. Though Cook was twice…

25 July 2016 [06:20 PM]
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New public school retirees group to meet Aug. 25

The Oil Patch Texas Retired Teachers Association, a new unit of the TRTA, is inviting retired school employees, as well as their spouses, to attend its next meeting at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 25, at Jeter Hall at First United Methodist…

25 July 2016 [06:10 PM]
Tyler ISD to host early registration event Aug. 2

Early registration for new students will be from 1-6 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Tyler ISD Career & Technology Center, 3013 Earl Campbell Parkway. To enroll a child, these documents are required: original birth certificate, child’s immunization record, proof of…

25 July 2016 [05:37 PM]
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Smith County's first female judge, Ruth Blake, dies at 84

ROY MAYNARD, rmaynard@tylerpaper.com State District Judge Ruth Blake’s gavel resounded through the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court. Through her rulings - and her compassion - her influence was felt at the national level and in the homes of Smith…

25 July 2016 [05:32 PM]
College Corner: How to reduce college admissions angst

As a college adviser involved in the college admissions process for the past 14 years, I can tell you it has become, for most students, high stakes, very competitive, and very, very high anxiety. With all the common applications making…

25 July 2016 [05:32 PM]
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St. Gregory School found new program helps with behavior, learning

Students got the wiggles out and focused more on learning, educators observed. Discipline problems disappeared and students were more engaged in learning when St. Gregory Cathedral School began using an action-based learning approach to teaching last fall, the principal and…

25 July 2016 [05:25 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices for July 26

DEATHS LOUIE L. BARBER JR., 92, Tyler, died July 25. Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler. RUTH JACKSON BLAKE, 84, Tyler, died July 24. Lloyd James Funeral Home, Tyler. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Thursday at funeral home. STEVEN DILLARD, 46, Apache Junction,…

25 July 2016 [04:45 PM]
Smith County jury duty cancelled For Tuesday, July 26

If you have a Smith County jury summons asking you to report for duty at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, it’s your lucky day. Smith County residents who were planning to report for jury duty tomorrow with their…

25 July 2016 [04:45 PM]
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Climate change agenda brings about energy poverty

It seems no hyperbole is too great for climate change true believers. In the face of deadly ISIS-linked attacks in Europe, the Middle East and in America itself, Secretary of State John Kerry is warning us of the dangers of…

25 July 2016 [02:20 PM]
10-year-old girl dies in Wood County golf cart accident

Residents of Holly Lake have set up an account at City National Bank for a 10-year-old girl killed in a golf cart crash on Thursday. Wood County Sheriff's Office:     On Thursday, July 21, 2016, the Wood County Sheriff's…

25 July 2016 [02:01 PM]
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City of Palestine enacts temporary burn ban

To coincide with the burn ban enacted in Anderson County, the city of Palestine enacted a temporary burn ban effective immediately. Information on burn bans and preparing for wildfires can be found at the Texas A&M Forest Service’s website at…

25 July 2016 [01:32 PM]
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Sheriff's Office seeks public's help locating missing man

The Smith County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help locating a missing Tyler man. Daniel Lampkin, 34, who is said to be mentally handicapped, has been missing from 11100 Highway 64 East in Tyler since around 9:30 p.m. Friday,…

25 July 2016 [01:32 PM]
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Tourists attacked after exiting car during drive-thru safari

A fun family afternoon activity turned deadly after a siberian tiger at a wildlife park in Beijing mauled a woman to death and wounded another when they stepped out of their car during a wildlife tour this past saturday.…

25 July 2016 [01:26 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices for July 25

DEATHS KATTIE BERTHA (LYNCH) DAVIS, 89, Lindale, died July 22. Community Funeral Home of Tyler. RICHARD BARRY GREENE, 84, Tyler, died July 21. Jack­son’s Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home, Tyler. FREIDA B. (BARTON) HIGHTOWER, 85, Tyler, died July 23.…

25 July 2016 [12:19 PM]
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Safety tips to consider when playing new Pokemon GO game

Pokémon GO is a new augmented reality game which, in a very short period of time, has become the most downloaded phone app in the U.S. The app, which uses GPS to create a virtual-reality game, is getting children and…

25 July 2016 [12:14 PM]
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Gunfire at teen nightclub party leaves 2 dead, 17 wounded

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Gunfire erupted at a nightclub hosting a swimsuit-themed party for teens in Florida, leaving two teens dead and at least 17 other people wounded, officials said Monday. It was not immediately clear what triggered the…

25 July 2016 [10:18 AM]
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Texas sheriff: Officer fatally shot at Austin-area home

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) - A Texas sheriff's deputy was shot and killed at his home north of Austin before dawn on Monday in what authorities said appeared to be an attempted robbery. Sgt. Craig Hutchinson of the Travis County…

25 July 2016 [08:03 AM]
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Sanders, delegates to meet privately amid lingering angst

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Amid lingering angst over the primary process, Bernie Sanders has a chance to encourage his supporters to embrace party unity. Sanders is set to meet privately with supporters Monday before the start of the Democratic National Convention.…

25 July 2016 [06:37 AM]
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Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.83B, marking end of an era

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.83 billion, marking the end of an era for a company that once defined the internet. The sale announced Monday marks the second time in two years that Verizon has snapped…

25 July 2016 [06:34 AM]
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Dallas police investigating death of child left in car

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas police are investigating the death of young child who was left in a car amid hot weather. Police said in a statement that officers responded around 4:20 p.m. Sunday to a report of a 3-year-old left…

25 July 2016 [05:31 AM]
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Authorities: 2 killed, 17 shot at Florida nightclub

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Two people have been killed and more than a dozen shot at a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida, authorities said. As many as 17 people have been shot in the early Monday shooting at Club…

25 July 2016 [05:21 AM]