Artist John Randall York preserves glimpses of Tyler through watercolor paintings

Both vibrant and pastel shades of green fill the frame of a painting by artist John Randall York. The piece, which he painted last summer, shows a large tree leaning over the iconic red bricks of College Street. That tree is now gone. In 40 minutes York, 63, can paint a scene that he may or may not see again. His artwork captures glimpses of…

Boil water notice rescinded; Tyler brings on consultant to help address cause

After five days, residents affected by a boil water notice are in the clear to drink and cook with water from the tap. On Wednesday morning, Tyler Water Utilities rescinded the notice, which affected about 400 residential customers in an area bounded by Claude Street to the north, West Houston Street to the south, Vine Avenue to the east and

Smith County home sales trend down, but indicators remain strong

ROY MAYNARD, Home sales in Smith County edged downward in April, dropping to 196 homes sold, down 18.7 percent from March’s 241 homes sold. Yet year-to-date numbers show the market is strong and outpacing even last year’s record home sales. So far in 2017, 763 homes have been sold in Smith County; at this time in

Zoning approved for downtown loft project, construction to start in summer

A 96-unit downtown loft and mixed-use development will start construction this summer. On Wednesday, the Tyler City Council approved a zone change on a portion of the old King Chevrolet property to make way for the $12 million development, which will put about 150 permanent residents downtown. The property is owned by the city of Tyler, but the

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Bible verse 5-25

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” – Romans 12:10…

24 May 2017 [11:55 PM]
City of Tyler Service Award given to city employee on Wednesday

JULIE GOODGAME, Special to the Tyler Morning Telegraph City of Tyler’s employee Joy Fry was honored at Wednesday’s City Council Meeting with a service award for her 25 years with the Tyler Police Department. Mrs. Fry began with the Tyler Police…

24 May 2017 [06:58 PM]
Tyler to apply for statewide downtown designation

Tyler hopes its downtown soon will be known statewide. On Wednesday, the Tyler City Council approved a resolution of support for Gallery Main Street to apply for the Texas Cultural District program through the Texas Commission of the Arts. If the city is brought…

24 May 2017 [06:42 PM]
Last patient from tornados discharged from hospital

It’s been close to a month since multiple tornadoes tore through several East Texas counties, flattening homes, uprooting trees, flipping cars and killing four people in the process. On Tuesday night, the last patient from those deadly April 29 tornadoes…

24 May 2017 [06:34 PM]
Smith County home sales trend down, but indicators remain strong

ROY MAYNARD, Home sales in Smith County edged downward in April, dropping to 196 homes sold, down 18.7 percent from March’s 241 homes sold. Yet year-to-date numbers show the market is strong and outpacing even last year’s…

24 May 2017 [04:53 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices for May 25

DEATHS VALITA DEANDRE (VEASEY) CHIMNEY, 51, Lindale, died May 20. Community Funeral Home of Tyler. CLARA CLARK, 77, Whitehouse, died May 22. Jack­son’s Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home, Tyler. KATHERINE DEWS, 95, Whitehouse, died May 21. Brooks…

24 May 2017 [04:50 PM]
Mentally ill languish in Texas jails despite funding hike

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Though a judge deemed her mentally unfit to stand trial fourteen months ago, Jennifer Lampkin is still sitting in an Austin jail cell because there are no free spots for her at the state's psychiatric hospitals.…

24 May 2017 [04:31 PM]
East Texas Genealogical Society meeting slated for June 10

East Texas Genealogical Society’s meeting on Saturday, June 10, will have Randy Gilbert, local historian and preservationist, speaking about World War I records. With the recent Centennial Commemoration of the United States into World War I, his remarks should be…

24 May 2017 [03:40 PM]
Family Matters: 9 tips for avoiding conflict

JENNIFER FLANDERS, Family Matters My father was one of the friendliest, most gregarious men I’ve ever met. He loved people - but he also loved a spirited debate. Mom always said Dad would argue with a fence post. My…

24 May 2017 [02:46 PM]
New roller coaster opens at Six Flags over Texas

Six Flags Over Texas, the Thrill Capital of Texas, and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, announced the opening of its 13 th and arguably the most unique amongst its famed roller coaster collection- THE JOKER. The…

24 May 2017 [02:39 PM]
East Texas Writers Guild provides support, education

East Texas is home to many writers, from those who are beginners to those who are experienced and published. The authors often turn to East Texas Writers Guild for support, writing tips and camaraderie. The guild’s 70 members, including 32…

24 May 2017 [11:40 AM]
Texas officer repeatedly strikes 8th grade girl

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Police Department is reviewing police body camera footage after a bystander posted video online that appears to show an officer punching an eighth-grade girl three or four times outside a birthday party last…

24 May 2017 [11:28 AM]
Two Tyler men face felony charges after Tuesday night arrests

LOUANNA CAMPBELL, Two Tyler men face felony charges after Tuesday night arrests.  Christopher Michael Gonzalez, 24, of Tyler was arrested by the Smith County Sheriff's Office when he was allegedly found in possession of almost a pound of marijuana, unlawful…

24 May 2017 [10:04 AM]
Bank of America Foundation makes donation to East Texas Food Bank

The Bank of America Foundation made a $10,000 donation to the East Texas Food Bank to help secure nutritious produce for children, families and seniors who are served by our partners in Smith County. The East Texas Food Bank distributes…

24 May 2017 [09:45 AM]
Man's pants catch on fire during attempt to steal copper

According to, a man remains hospitalized after police say he was shocked as he tried to steal copper from an electrical substation. A witness called 911 after he heard a loud boom and saw the man hanging onto a…

24 May 2017 [08:56 AM]
Boil water notice rescinded for parts of Tyler; safe to drink

City of Tyler On Friday, May 19, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required the City of Tyler (PWS 2120004) public water system to issue a Boil Water Notice to inform customers within the area bounded by Claude Street to…

24 May 2017 [08:49 AM]
Bible verse 5-24

“Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.” (Romans 15:2)…

23 May 2017 [11:57 PM]