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Groundbreaking at UT Tyler Thursday for the Center for the Musical Arts

BY BETTY WATERS, blw@tylerpaper.com   The University of Texas at Tyler broke ground Thursday for the Center for the Musical Arts, a two-story addition that will address currently inadequate instructional and rehearsal facilities for music and the arts. The new structure…

29 January 2015 [08:53 PM]
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Sellers interested in open Tyler City Council District 1 seat

BY FAITH HARPER, fharper@tylerpaper.com   Linda Sellers, 70, is the first to throw her hat in the ring for the open Tyler City Council District 1 seat in the May 9 election. The seat is wide open since incumbent Sam Mezayak…

29 January 2015 [08:33 PM]
Property tax payments due on Monday

Postmark or pay your property tax balance by Monday or face penalties and interest. Property tax bills are typically due Jan. 31, but because the deadline falls on a weekend this year, people with tax balances will have until Monday…

29 January 2015 [08:03 PM]
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Man sought in death of Kilgore woman

The Kilgore Police Department is searching for a person of interest in the death of Franciosa Jackson that occurred on Dec. 28. Marcus Demois Whitaker, 35, of Kilgore, is wanted by the Texas Pardons and Parole for a violation, which…

29 January 2015 [08:00 PM]
Band on the Run event slated Saturday

The Red Raider Marching Band of Robert E. Lee High School will host its first one mile and 5K fun run, “Red Raider Band on the Run,” on Saturday at the school at 411 ESE Loop 323. Proceeds from the…

29 January 2015 [07:57 PM]
Sears gets 14 years for federal trafficking

Micol Jauron Sears, of Tyler, was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Thursday for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, according to U.S. Attorney John M. Bales. On Sept. 3, 2014, Sears plead guilty to conspiracy…

29 January 2015 [07:55 PM]
Congratulations

... to David Evans, Tyler, for being named to the dean’s list at the University of Evansville. ... to Alec Irion, Enchanted Oaks, for being named to the dean’s list at Baldwin Wallace University. ... to East Texas residents who…

29 January 2015 [07:30 PM]
Volunteer Corner

VOLUNTEER TYLER Volunteer Tyler, city of Tyler volunteer program, announced it is looking for volunteers ages 12 to 18 to join the Tyler Public Library’s Teen Advisory Council. The group meets at 1 p.m. every first Saturday of the month…

29 January 2015 [07:30 PM]
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The protest singer who turned out right

The times, it seems, really are a-changing. Bob Dylan has given an interview to the AARP magazine that will likely leave some of his more liberal fans confused. Work is redemptive, government isn’t all-powerful, and Sinatra is (and always will…

29 January 2015 [07:24 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 1-30

DEATHS MONTE OLETA BRAGG, 89, Brownsboro, died Jan. 29. Visitation 9-11 a.m. Monday at Rock Hill Baptist Church (Chandler Memorial Funeral Home). RAYVN CALDWELL, 11, Tyler, died Jan. 28. Garmon Funeral Home, Henderson. JOE WAYMOND HARRISON, 70, Hawkins, died…

29 January 2015 [07:21 PM]
Ladd executed after 18 years on death row

HUNTSVILLE - Preparations for the scheduled execution of Robert Charles Ladd tonight at 6 p.m. continue despite possible actions being carried out in state and federal courts this afternoon. Ladd, 57, is scheduled to be executed for the 1996 murder…

29 January 2015 [07:14 PM]
Historical marker approved for site of Slocum Massacre

AUSTIN—A 12-member board of the Texas Historical Commission unanimously approved a historical marker request for the Slocum Massacre. Descendant Constance Hollie-Jawid—accompanied by family and E.R. Bills, author “The 1910 Slocum Massacre, A Genocide in East Texas”—has been working on getting…

29 January 2015 [05:09 PM]
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UPDATE: Ladd execution carried out Video

UPDATE: Robert Charles Ladd died in the Walls Unit at Huntsville prison today just before 7 p.m. ----------- HUNTSVILLE - Preparations for the scheduled execution of Robert Charles Ladd today at 6 p.m. continue, despite the possibility of state and…

29 January 2015 [04:53 PM]
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Kilgore P.D. seeking person of interest in December fatal shooting

The Kilgore Police Department is searching for Marcus Demois Whitaker, 35, of Kilgore. Mr. Whitaker is considered to be a person of interest in the shooting death of Franciosa Jackson, which happened on Dec. 28. Whitaker is wanted by the…

29 January 2015 [03:52 PM]
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Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the…

29 January 2015 [03:39 PM]
Construction begins for Cowan Center addition

The University of Texas at Tyler has begun construction of a two-story addition to the R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center that will become the future home of the UT Tyler Center for the Musical Arts, President Rodney…

29 January 2015 [03:31 PM]
Officer in fatal Texarkana 'spoon' shooting cleared

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — A Northeast Texas police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a burglary suspect who was holding a spoon. Texarkana police on Thursday announced an internal review found Officer Brent Lawing's use…

29 January 2015 [03:10 PM]
UPDATE: Robert E. Lee lockdown was lifted at 1:30

Robert E. Lee High School went on lockdown at approximately 11 a.m. today. The school was placed on lockdown after a fight broke out between several students. Administrators felt it was necessary to take this precautionary measure until the situation…

29 January 2015 [02:00 PM]
TJC board approves new certificate, degree programs

The Tyler Junior College board of trustees today approved the offering of several new programs leading to certificates or associate degrees. Trustees authorized programs in healthcare administration, dental assisting, real estate, multimedia marketing and production, and polysomnography (the study of…

29 January 2015 [12:47 PM]
Tyler Business to Business Expo free to the public this afternoon

The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce’s B2B (Business to Business) Expo is underway at Harvey Convention Center. Vendors have been setting up their booths all morning for the free expo, set for 1-5 p.m. About 90 area businesses and organizations…

29 January 2015 [11:40 AM]
Tylerite gets 14 years in prison on drug trafficking charges

A 39-year-old Tyler man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today. Micol Jauron Sears pleaded guilty on Sep. 3, 2014 to conspiracy to possess…

29 January 2015 [11:38 AM]
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Police: One person dead in Longview shooting Video

(KYTX) - Police in Longview are investigating a shooting that took place Wednesday morning in the 1700 Block of Sandlin Street. Police confirmed one person was pronounced dead at the scene. Family and friends tell CBS 19 the victim is…

29 January 2015 [11:17 AM]
Demerit badge? Pa. troop leader accused of stealing from scouts

OAKS, Pa. (AP) — According to authorities, this scoutmaster might deserve a demerit badge. Police say a Pennsylvania troop leader stole more than $10,000 from her Cub Scout pack and Girl Scout troop. Heather Belford was arrested Wednesday on charges…

29 January 2015 [11:10 AM]
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East Texas teenagers raise awareness of teen dating violence Video

LINDALE (KYTX)-Six East Texas teenagers are being honored for the work they're doing to promote awareness about teen dating violence. The all-girl team is part of Destination Imagination, a program in schools to help kids learn creative thinking, teamwork and…

29 January 2015 [11:07 AM]