Rescue mission's Thanksgiving meal opportunity to build relationships

Casey and Ryan Wyatt got an early start on celebrating their first Thanksgiving as a married couple with a noon meal on Wednesday. The Tyler residents, who were married Aug.

Firefighter Joe Yeakley welcomed home

As dusk began to settle Wednesday evening, hundreds of people lined both sides of Highway 69 in Lindale. They held American flags and signs reading “Welcome home, Joe.

Formerly homeless student is one of many who benefit from food bank

This Thanksgiving, as most Americans are celebrating an abundance of food, 18 percent of East Texans are unable to afford enough food for a healthy lifestyle, according to Feeding America. A few months ago, University of Texas at Tyler junior mechanical engineering major Elijah Meek was a part of this statistic.

Mercy Ships partners with Texas -based non profit to reduce hunger

Mercy Ships has partnered with another Texas-based nonprofit in an effort to reduce hunger in Madagascar. The partnership with Targeted Aquaponic Growth, which is based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, will teach agriculture leaders on the island country how to produce food using a sustainable water recycling method, according to a Mercy Ships news

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Achievers in Tyler

... to Brook Hill School students inducted into the National Honor Society: Markus Ma, Kyle Webb, Alec Kitt, Jacob Yeager, Alex Ellis, Yiling Cao, Julia Troxell, Monica Liang, Zeyu Li, Alexandra Ferris, Elim Oluwole, Favour Diokpo, Cynthia Cherng, Raegan Hayes.…

27 November 2014 [07:35 PM]
Shave it off Saturday

For those who grew out their hair this month to support cancer awareness, some local salons are providing special events this week for Shave it Off Saturday. Salon Verve, 121 E. Erwin St., and Headquarters, 5028 Old Bullard Rd., will…

27 November 2014 [07:34 PM]
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War on Christmas in our own hearts

Any day now, we can expect the first salvos in the “war on Christmas.” It might come from the Liberty Counsel’s “Friend or Foe of Christmas” campaign, which contends this year that “employees from the Denver Post contacted Liberty…

27 November 2014 [07:32 PM]
Death and funeral notices 11-28

DEATHS MARYLOU ARNOLD, 91, Quitman, died Nov. 25. Lowe Funeral Home, Quitman. SHARON BATELY, 62, Mineola, died Nov. 26. Hilliard Funeral Home, Van. WANDA JO HUTCHINS BOOTH, 86, Canton, died Nov. 25. Eubank Funeral Home, Canton. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Saturday at funeral home.…

27 November 2014 [07:29 PM]
2 fires break out in Smith County

Firefighters were on the scene of two Smith County fires on Thursday. One fire near the intersection of Texas Highway 31 East and County Road 233 was a controlled burn that got out of control, according to a Smith…

27 November 2014 [03:51 PM]
Thanksgiving trends on Twitter

Many of the topics trending on Twitter this morning are related to the events surrounding Thanksgiving Day and the long weekend. Whether you use Twitter yourself or not, if you want to see what others are saying, you might want…

27 November 2014 [08:06 AM]
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Thanksgiving: Turkey, parades, shopping deals

NEW YORK (AP) — Turkey, stuffing and a helium-filled Thomas the Tank Engine were on the menu as friends and families gathered across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving. Here's a look at how Americans prepared to celebrate Thanksgiving. ____…

27 November 2014 [07:53 AM]
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Millions expected to shop on Thanksgiving

ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of Americans are expected to head to the stores for holiday gift shopping on Thanksgiving in what's quickly becoming a new holiday tradition. Just a few years ago when a…

27 November 2014 [07:43 AM]
Free hospice event slated for Monday

The Hospice of East Texas’ annual “Light up a Life” event will happen at a different location this year. The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday at The Hospice of East Texas’ Robert M. Rogers HomePlace, 4111 University Blvd.,…

26 November 2014 [10:47 PM]
Apache Belles performing in Houston parade today

The Tyler Junior College Apache Belles are kicking off the holiday season in Lone Star style. TJC’s precision dance team will perform in the 65th annual Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday. The parade has long been a Texas tradition…

26 November 2014 [10:46 PM]
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Nematodes, something to be reminded of when gardening

While planting pansies and some other cool season annuals in pots, planters and in flower beds this weekend, I was reminded about nematodes. If you are unfamiliar with nematodes, they are microscopic roundworms that live in the soil. Some nematodes…

26 November 2014 [09:16 PM]
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Pretty witch hazel happy in the shade

People often ask me what are some pretty small trees or under story trees that are pretty all year. The usual are dogwood, redbud, Japanese maple, etc. Now I tell them witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), another pretty little native tree…

26 November 2014 [09:13 PM]
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Mercy Ships partners with Texas -based non profit to reduce hunger

Mercy Ships has partnered with another Texas-based nonprofit in an effort to reduce hunger in Madagascar. The partnership with Targeted Aquaponic Growth, which is based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, will teach agriculture leaders on the island country how to…

26 November 2014 [09:11 PM]
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Firefighter Joe Yeakley welcomed home

As dusk began to settle Wednesday evening, hundreds of people lined both sides of Highway 69 in Lindale. They held American flags and signs reading “Welcome home, Joe.” It seemed every convenience store, mechanic’s shop and fast food joint’s sign…

26 November 2014 [09:10 PM]
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Formerly homeless student is one of many who benefit from food bank

This Thanksgiving, as most Americans are celebrating an abundance of food, 18 percent of East Texans are unable to afford enough food for a healthy lifestyle, according to Feeding America. A few months ago, University of Texas at Tyler junior…

26 November 2014 [09:02 PM]
Bible Verse 11-27

"Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord." (Hebrews 12:14)…

26 November 2014 [08:39 PM]
Tips for Black Friday

Thanksgiving is almost here, and Black Friday shoppers are gearing up for some serious bargain-hunting. Some may even get a jump start with various retailers opening their doors Thursday evening…or earlier. Although more and more stores are opening their…

26 November 2014 [08:08 PM]
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5,000 fish stocked at Fisheries Center in Athens

Texas’ rainbow trout fishing season quietly got under way this week with a stocking of 5,000 fish at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens and the first of eight stockings this winter at Tyler’s Woldert Park. Those are just…

26 November 2014 [08:04 PM]
A Thanksgiving prayer

Father, thank You this day for reminding me of the many things for which I have to be grateful. If I feel dismayed, please cause me to reflect on days of bountiful joy You have given me. If I am…

26 November 2014 [07:58 PM]
Some stores are starting their Black Friday deals early

BY CASEY MURPHY, cmurphy@tylerpaper.com   Local retailers are gearing up for the hoards of shoppers coming their way during the Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday sales. While a few stores remain closed on Thanksgiving Day, many businesses are opening their doors…

26 November 2014 [07:46 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 11-27

DEATHS  MARYLOU ARNOLD, 91, Quitman, died Nov. 25. Lowe Funeral Home, Quitman. FREDDIE DON AYERS, 69, Grand Saline, died Nov. 21. Bartley Funeral Home, Grand Saline. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Friday at funeral home. SHARON BATELY, 62, Mineola, died Nov. 26. Hilliard Funeral Home,…

26 November 2014 [07:30 PM]
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Thanksgiving Day is a time to reflect

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following proclamation was issued by President George Washington in 1789. It is the first official presidential proclamation issued by the United States government.   Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of…

26 November 2014 [07:29 PM]
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Obama defends legal authority - to pardon turkeys

DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has issued an executive action that some of his Republican opponents may be hard-pressed to disagree with — sparing Thanksgiving turkeys from the dinner table. In the spirit of the…

26 November 2014 [03:28 PM]
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Police ID officers involved 12-year-old's shooting

MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police say two officers told a 12-year-old boy with a pellet gun three times to show his hands before he was shot to death. Authorities on Wednesday also released video and audio…

26 November 2014 [03:09 PM]
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Turkey's great escape foils my Thanksgiving plans

GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two Sundays before Thanksgiving, my farming partner and I brought a live turkey in a burlap sack to our urban farm on the outskirts of Portland. The lanky brown-feathered bird quietly took…

26 November 2014 [02:58 PM]