Non-churchgoers share their own beliefs

Carrie Brantley attended church regularly for more than 20 years before deciding to stop after inconsistencies she saw created doubt. Ben Allen worked with the youth and prayer ministries at a church before several negative experiences involving people of faith prompted him to stop late last year. Peggy Downing attended church sporadically as…

Women come together to praise, celebrate God

Eight years ago, Vivian Hardgrave had a vision of a group of women so focused on God that she couldn’t see their faces except for their glow. That vision led Ms.

Eltife files cannabis bill

Marcie Bingham barely held back her tears Friday morning. The Arp resident had just found out legislators filed a bill that would help her 8-year-old son Jacob, who suffers from a rare form of intractable epilepsy — Dravet syndrome.

East Texas ophthalmologist helps restore patients' vision throughout the world

When Dr. Glenn Strauss, of Tyler, was training to become an ophthalmologist at The University of Texas Medical Branch - Galveston, he didn’t foresee a career of traveling the world helping the most vulnerable see again.

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UT Health Northeast to hold diabetes classes

UT Health Northeast will host Empower Diabetes classes to help patients find effective ways to cope with the disease. A series of four free sessions begins Feb. 3, in Hudnall Auditorium on the UT Health campus, 11937 U.S. 271 in…

24 January 2015 [09:36 PM]
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Emergency medicine physician leads this week's walk

Dr. Evans Smith, an emergency medicine physician at ETMC Wound Healing Center, leads this week’s Walk With a Doc event on Thursday and will discuss environmental health hazards. Walk With a Doc is a project of the Smith County Medical…

24 January 2015 [09:34 PM]
Study recommends earlier screenings for young cervical cancer survivors

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, a designation made by Congress to raise cervical cancer awareness and education and encourage research into its cause, prevention, early diagnosis and treatment. This month, we especially celebrate the lives of women who have…

24 January 2015 [09:23 PM]
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Precision medicine aims to transform medical treatments

During the State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama briefly spoke about a new initiative that emphasizes “precision medicine.” It’s not exactly a new idea but with advances in technologies, research and increased knowledge about genomics, the initiative…

24 January 2015 [09:20 PM]
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to host 'Literary Cafe: Celebrate Culture'

The Tyler Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will present its “Literary Cafe: Celebrate Culture,” a celebration of arts and culture, on Feb. 7. An initiative of the national sorority’s Arts and Letters Commission and the chapter’s Educational Development…

24 January 2015 [09:11 PM]
POW to speak at Liberty Hall Thursday

The Texas Speaker Series at Liberty Hall in Tyler will present Dave Carey, a motivational speaker, coach, former POW and author, at 7 p.m. Thursday. As a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War, his aircraft was destroyed by a missile.…

24 January 2015 [09:07 PM]
Tyler Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary to host Games Day Tuesday

The Tyler Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will host Games Day on Tuesday at The Market Place, 717 N. Spring Ave., for members and guests, auxiliary spokesperson Virginia Barron said. Card games and mah jongg will be begin at noon and…

24 January 2015 [09:07 PM]
Last day for contest entries

Turn out the lights, the party’s over. At least it is for the 35th TylerPaper Big Buck Contest. Hunters have through today to submit any final entries taken in the last week. As it currently stands, Randy Hunt, Tyler,…

24 January 2015 [08:42 PM]
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Wildlife biologist counts antler inches instead of deer on hunt

As a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wildlife biologist, Corey Mason has spent more time over the years looking at other people’s deer than having the chance to spot one he wanted to hunt. One exception for the Tyler-based Wildlife…

24 January 2015 [08:39 PM]
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Disappointing duck season comes to an end

It was a gadwall kind of year for a lot East Texas duck hunters. Others loaded up on widgeons and even a few were heavy into the mallards, but they had to be creative. With the season closing today there…

24 January 2015 [08:25 PM]
Cow workshop a must for livestock producers

Are you a grass farmer? In the livestock industry, this is an important question. Cattle consume forages, and being a grass farmer is the basis of a successful livestock venture in the cattle industry. Environmental conditions may also play a…

24 January 2015 [08:13 PM]
CDC does a fine job protecting Americans from outbreaks

Regarding columnist Betsy McCaughey’s recent piece on the CDC, I would respond that like the airlines, CDC is not 100 percent perfect, but they make very, very few mistakes considering their huge responsibilities. First, Ms. McCaughey is not a scientist…

24 January 2015 [08:06 PM]
Energy talk differs from actions

President Obama took pride in announcing in his State of the Union address on Monday that crude oil imports to the U.S. are down and that the state of the union is good. What he didn’t say is that…

24 January 2015 [08:03 PM]
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New economic term is old economic idea

The White House has coined a new term to explain its policies — “middle class economics.” In reality, the Obama administration is relying on stale, old Keynesian economic ideas, which have been refuted time and again. “At every step,…

24 January 2015 [07:52 PM]
Deaths and Funeral Notices 1-25

DEATHS ANN J. AMMONS, 87, Tyler, died Jan. 22. Community Funeral Home of Tyler. LOIS WILLIAMS BALL, 92, Houston, died Jan. 20. John R. Harmon Undertaking Co., Tyler. WILLIAM “ZACH” BARNES, 29, Lindale, died Jan. 20. Stewart Family Funeral Home,…

24 January 2015 [07:45 PM]
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Kia recalling about 87,000 Fortes because of fire risk

Kia Motors America is recalling nearly 87,000 of its 2014 Forte sedans because of faulty equipment that could cause the cars to catch fire. The recall notice issued Saturday affects Kia Fortes made from Dec. 5, 2012, through April 17,…

24 January 2015 [12:47 PM]
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NJ HOV lane stop leads to kidnapping charge

FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — A man who was pulled over in a carpool lane near the George Washington Bridge because he didn't appear to have any passengers is facing kidnapping charges for allegedly holding two men against their will,…

24 January 2015 [12:40 PM]
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Company seeks trademarks on names at Grand Canyon

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — To those who know and love the Grand Canyon, the names of its historic lodges are synonymous with the national park itself. Phantom Ranch, Bright Angel Lodge, El Tovar — all bring to mind a place…

24 January 2015 [09:27 AM]
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California bars judges from Boy Scouts membership

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's Supreme Court voted Friday to prohibit state judges from belonging to the Boy Scouts on grounds that the group discriminates against gays. The court said its seven justices unanimously voted to heed a recommendation by…

24 January 2015 [09:07 AM]
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School: Sea otter conceived in wild is 1st born in captivity

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A sea otter impregnated in the wild has given birth at the University of California, Santa Cruz, allowing researchers a rare look at a nursing mother. The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports Friday that it's the…

24 January 2015 [09:02 AM]
Women and girl shot dead in NYC, 2nd girl wounded

NEW YORK (AP) — Two women and a 7-year-old girl were shot dead and a 12-year-old girl critically wounded early Saturday, police said as they sought a suspect in what they believed was a case of domestic violence. Officers were…

24 January 2015 [08:58 AM]
2 Marines die when military helicopter crashes in California

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — The military says two Marines were killed when their helicopter crashed during a training exercise in Southern California. The Third Marine Aircraft Wing chopper was carrying just the two when it went down late Friday…

24 January 2015 [08:55 AM]
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Bush, Cecilia Abbott headline anti-abortion rally in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas first lady Cecilia Abbott and George P. Bush are headlining an anti-abortion rally at the Texas Capitol that is expected to draw thousands of people. The Texas Rally for Life on Saturday has become a…

24 January 2015 [06:11 AM]
Border Patrol shoots, kills man who drove through checkpoint

EL PASO, Texas (AP) â€" U.S. Border Patrol agents shot and killed a man who had driven through a West Texas checkpoint without stopping for inspection, Customs and Border Protection said Friday. The shooting happened around 5 p.m. Thursday, after…

24 January 2015 [06:08 AM]
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3 cops on paid leave following Longview Police Station shooting

Three Longview police officers were put on paid leave Friday after the shooting death of a Longview teenager in the lobby of the Longview Police Department. Officials identified the victim in the Thursday night incident as Kristiana Coignard, 17, a…

23 January 2015 [10:18 PM]
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Women come together to praise, celebrate God

Eight years ago, Vivian Hardgrave had a vision of a group of women so focused on God that she couldn’t see their faces except for their glow. That vision led Ms. Hardgrave and another cowboy preacher wife, Debbie Chapman, to…

23 January 2015 [10:16 PM]
Marshals arrest sex offender who has East Texas ties

U.S. Marshals arrested a “Texas Most Wanted Sex Offender” Paul Ray Bass, 53, on Friday with the help of the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force in Houston. He was on the “Texas Most Wanted Sex Offender” list…

23 January 2015 [10:16 PM]
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Eltife files cannabis bill Video

Marcie Bingham barely held back her tears Friday morning. The Arp resident had just found out legislators filed a bill that would help her 8-year-old son Jacob, who suffers from a rare form of intractable epilepsy — Dravet syndrome. Jacob…

23 January 2015 [10:13 PM]
Committee assignments given

State Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, will take the helm of the powerful Senate Business and Commerce Committee this session. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced committee assignments late Friday. “I’m very pleased and appreciative that Lt. Gov. Patrick put me over…

23 January 2015 [10:07 PM]