America's Got Talent finalist, Sword swallower Dan Meyer performs at East Texas State Fair

Dan Meyer describes himself as a "human blockhead." It has nothing to do with intelligence. It's more about his habit of inserting sharp objects into his nasal cavity. Meyer is a sword swallower, who in addition to swallowing a nearly two-foot sword, also uses an icepick and a blade from a hedge clipper in his shows. Local audiences can watch…

About 200 people line up for opening of Old Chicago Pizza, hoping to win a year of free pie Video

An estimated 200 people showed up Monday morning to wait in line, hoping to be among the first 100 customers who would win free pizza for a year at the Old Chicago Pizza grand opening. "I'm here for the free pizza. I did this for a Schlotzsky's grand opening and saw this as another opportunity," Steven Meisner said, adding that he had been in

Third suspect arrested in connection to the killing of a man found dead near the Antioch Cemetery

The third suspect in the killing of a man found dead Thursday near the Antioch Cemetery in northeastern Smith County was arrested and booked into the Smith County Jail on Saturday. Stanton Lane Pearce, 52, of Tyler, was arrested in connection to the death of Luis Martinez, 62, of Tyler. Pearce is facing a murder charge and his bail has been set

Tyler Police investigates shooting that left a child injured

Tyler police are investigating a shooting that left one child injured early Monday morning.  According to officials, around 1:22 a.m. police responded to the 2000 block of Carlyle Avenue in reference to an aggravated assault. Officers on scene were told that an unknown suspect fired numerous shots into the front of a residence and then fled the
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About 200 people line up for opening of Old Chicago Pizza, hoping to win a year of free pie
Tyler Gold Run 5K helps raise funds, awareness for childhood cancer research
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Texas College welcomes back students and faculty with convocation
Campaign to purchase rifle-resistant ballistic vests extended to county law enforcement
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Tyler purchases 50s-era home in danger of sinking atop of failed storm drainage channel
Driver arrested on charges of DWI after crash
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Hamburgers and hamburger lovers fill downtown Athens Saturday for Uncle Fletch Davis Hamburger Festival
African-American Cultural Events Committee holds walk to offer awareness about sickle cell anemia
VIDEO: Surveillance footage released after reports of 6 classic cars stolen
East Texas Symphony Orchestra performs at annual 'Lunch with Symphony on the Square'
Co.Work office space opening Thursday in Tyler for entrepreneurs
Tyler City Council moves forward with plans for conference center and hotel
Art of Peace Festival kicks off with night of praise
Liberty Utilities customers questioning proposed rate hike
Hale violated 3 county policies, according to investigation
Tyler Junior College students carry on tradition, beat drum continuously leading up to Saturday's 90th anniversary homecoming celebration
Rollover wreck on Old Jacksonville Hwy on Monday
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IN Focus: East Texas Music Awards 09.16.16

Regional musicians were honored at the Fifth Annual East Texas Music Awards, Sept. 16 at K.E. Bushman’s in Bullard. Musicians, along with their families, friends and fans attended the event, during which the 2016 awards were presented. Fans previously voted…

26 September 2016 [01:46 PM]
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Viewing the election through a classical lens

One of the most useful dictums on politics comes from the book of Ecclesiastes: There is nothing new under the sum. Democracy and its discontents have been around since well before the Greeks and the Romans. That’s why, today and…

26 September 2016 [01:41 PM]
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IN Focus: Hampton Inn and Suites Anniversary 09.09.16

The Hampton Inn & Suites celebrated its first anniversary of its Tyler South location, 8962 S. Broadway Ave., on Sept. 9. Employees enjoyed fellowship, drinks and snacks. The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce also had a ribbon-cutting ceremony. -…

26 September 2016 [12:09 PM]
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Officer vest campaign press conference scheduled

Caroline Sanchez, csanchez@tylertexas.com A press conference has been scheduled for Monday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m., In front of the Police Department located at 711 W. Ferguson St. regarding the progress of the officer vest campaign. State Senator Kevin P.…

26 September 2016 [09:18 AM]
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Police shoot 'active shooter' at strip mall in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston police say several people have been shot at a strip mall in the city's southwest and that officers shot the gunman. Police said via Twitter Monday that an "active shooter at Weslayan & Bissonnet has been…

26 September 2016 [08:33 AM]
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Tyler Police investigates shooting that left a child injured

Tyler police are investigating a shooting that left one child injured early Monday morning. According to officials, around 1:22 a.m. police responded to the 2000 block of Carlyle Avenue in reference to an aggravated assault. Officers on scene were…

26 September 2016 [08:27 AM]
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Drugmaker Pfizer decides not to break up business

Pfizer will not split into two publicly traded companies, a decision that, at least for now, ends Wall Street speculation over the drugmaker's future. The company believes it is best positioned to maximize shareholder value in its current form, but…

26 September 2016 [07:13 AM]
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Dallas police and fire pension in crisis, retirees concerned

CLAUDIA LAUER, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) - Still recovering from the July sniper attack that left five law enforcement officers dead, the Dallas Police Department is facing a new crisis as its pension fund approaches insolvency and scores of officers,…

26 September 2016 [05:34 AM]
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Arnold Palmer dies at 87, made golf popular for masses

Arnold Palmer charged across the golf course and into America's living rooms with a go-for-broke style that made a country club sport popular for the everyman. At ease with presidents and the public, he was on a first-name basis with…

26 September 2016 [05:30 AM]
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Michigan quintuplets work first jobs together at McDonald's

POTTERVILLE, Mich. (AP) - Three 18-year-old brothers and their two 18-year-old sisters have landed their first jobs, together, at a McDonald's in Michigan. The non-identical quintuplets said they can usually get through a working day without any customers recognizing they…

26 September 2016 [05:26 AM]
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Send in the clown complaints: Spate of reports raises alarm

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police are encouraging caution amid a rash of public complaints and social media reports in a number of states of people dressed like clowns and acting suspiciously, even if they think many are knucklehead pranksters or simply…

26 September 2016 [05:23 AM]
Business Notes for Sept. 26

PROMOTED Holly Shotts has been promoted to vice president – controller at Brookshire Grocery Co.Shottsjoined BCG in 1992. Shotts was named director of financial accounting in 2003. She was honored as one of Progressive Grocer magazine’s Top Women in Grocery…

25 September 2016 [11:48 PM]
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bible verse 9-26

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father-Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” (1 John 2:1)…

25 September 2016 [11:33 PM]
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L&L shoe store in Palestine enjoys firm footing amid changing times

PALESTINE - In downtown Palestine, a small, family-owned shoe store bears stubborn witness to change. L&L owners John and Janice Schwab hold firm to tradition, in spite of a changing consumer landscape that pits small shops in direct competition with…

25 September 2016 [11:30 PM]
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Texas College receives grant to fund writing lab

Texas College will develop a writing activating lab thanks to a $20,000 grant from the East Texas Communities Foundation. The grant will fund four library initiatives related to writing to be run by a writer-in-residence and local creative writers who…

25 September 2016 [10:53 PM]
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Commissioners to hear 2017 road work plan on Tuesday

Smith County Commissioners will receive a presentation on upcoming road projects for the 2017 fiscal year at their next meeting. The presentation by County Engineer Frank Davis will be held as part of the regular Smith County Commissioners Court meeting…

25 September 2016 [05:49 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices for Sept. 26

DEATHS LORI ANN REED, 38, Tyler, died Sept. 24. Vis­itation 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jackson’s Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home, Tyler. FUNERALS TODAY CHARLES HENRY JONES, 77, Rusk; Visitation noon-1:30 p.m. Monday at Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home.…

25 September 2016 [04:39 PM]
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Caring for Kids event ministers through various activities

With a head full of green hair and a mask painted around his eyes, Eric McElyea was excited about achieving the look of a Ninja Turtle. He liked the face painting and crazy hair booths at the annual Caring for…

25 September 2016 [02:52 AM]