VIDEO: Winona mayor submits letter of resignation

WINONA (KYTX) -- Recently-elected Mayor DeDe Stroud submitted her letter of resignation to the city council this week after a rocky couple of months in office. Stroud's resignation will require the council's consideration and, ultimately, come to a vote. Police Chief Bryan Richards, speaking on behalf of the city, said he had reviewed Stroud'…

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Public is invited to grand opening

KELLY GOOCH The public is invited to a grand opening event today for the Fair Plaza parking garage downtown. The event is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. near the pedestrian entrance at the corner of West Elm Street and…

29 July 2014 [10:35 PM]
Mental health grant in jepordy

A $130,000 grant to fund more mental health coverage in Smith County could be in jeopardy without up-front money from Smith County. Andrews Center Division Director Valerie Holcomb said the $130,000 federal grant would cover the cost of two…

29 July 2014 [10:29 PM]
Bible Thoughts, July 30

“I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life.” (Psalm 119:93)…

29 July 2014 [10:24 PM]
Winona’s new mayor resigns, says she can’t fix corruption

Winona’s mayor turned in a letter of resignation Monday after less than three months in office. DeDe Stroud was elected to office on May 10, defeating incumbent Rusty Smith, who headed the city for eight years. The city…

29 July 2014 [10:22 PM]
Jury awards Ventura $1.8M in defamation case

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar…

29 July 2014 [08:53 PM]
Identity theft expanding with technology

BY KENNETH DEAN Technology allows us to instantly communicate with anyone across a vast area of the globe, surf the Web via our cellphone and bank and shop from the comfort of our home. But as technology has…

29 July 2014 [08:50 PM]
East Texas marijuana fields valued at $175 million

GOODRICH, Texas (AP) — Authorities in East Texas said Tuesday that they have cleared more than two dozen marijuana fields that were discovered over the weekend in the woods and which contained about 100,000 plants worth an estimated $175 million.…

29 July 2014 [08:41 PM]
Reporter's identity stolen

BY KENNETH DEAN The first indication something was wrong was the clerk at a local store saying the debit card had been declined and asking if there was another method of payment for my morning smoothie.  The bank didn’t…

29 July 2014 [07:41 PM]
Oak Ridge lab cancels class designed to reduce Southern accents

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — Some employees at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee complained about a class aimed at teaching them how to reduce their Southern accents. Now, managers are calling the whole thing off. The course had…

29 July 2014 [04:42 PM]
UPDATE: Woman suspected of counterfeiting identified

UPDATE: The woman has been identified thanks to the help of the public and their tips, Tyler police said late this afternoon. Investigators will be following up with the information provided and the investigation is ongoing. Further details will be…

29 July 2014 [04:41 PM]
VIDEO: Winona mayor submits letter of resignation

WINONA (KYTX) -- Recently-elected Mayor DeDe Stroud submitted her letter of resignation to the city council this week after a rocky couple of months in office. Stroud's resignation will require the council's consideration and, ultimately, come to a vote. Police Chief…

29 July 2014 [04:30 PM]
Texas: Gay-marriage ban best for children

DALLAS (AP) — Texas' ban on same-sex marriage allows the state to promote the birth and upbringing of children in "stable, lasting relationships," the state's attorney general argued Tuesday while asking a federal appeals court to reinstate the ban. Attorney…

29 July 2014 [04:17 PM]
VIDEO: Giant ketchup bottle in Illinois is for sale

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — For tourist Bruce Pasarow of Buena Park, California, leaving Illinois before seeing what's billed as the "World's Largest Bottle of Catsup" was not an option. The Collinsville water tower is a depiction of Brooks Old Original…

29 July 2014 [03:41 PM]
VIDEO: Avoiding plane crashes as air traffic doubles

NEW YORK (AP) — More travelers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines: keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace. Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe — roughly the population of New…

29 July 2014 [03:35 PM]
Manziel A&M game jersey expected to fetch $100,000 at auction

CLEVELAND (AP) — One of the jerseys Johnny Manziel wore during his Heisman Trophy-winning season at Texas A&M will be auctioned off in August. The No. 2 jersey, with an estimated value of $100,000, was worn for six games in…

29 July 2014 [03:27 PM]
VIDEO: 1 dead, 3 hurt in Moss Point fish plant explosion

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — One person was killed and three others were injured in an explosion Monday at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast. Omega Protein spokesman Ben Landry said it happened about 9:30 a.m. while employees…

29 July 2014 [01:08 PM]
Traffic lights at Elm Street and College Avenue to come back online

To alleviate traffic congestion due to the construction of the Fair Plaza Garage, the Traffic Department set the traffic signal lights at Elm Street and College Avenue to a continuous red flashing light. With the completion of the Parking Garage,…

29 July 2014 [12:15 PM]
Elaborate marijuana farm discovered in East Texas

GOODRICH, Texas (AP) - Texas authorities are working to clear more than a dozen marijuana fields found in the eastern part of the state. Chief Deputy Bryan Lyons from the Polk County Sheriff's Office says more than 44,000 plants had…

29 July 2014 [12:07 PM]
UPDATE: Texas deputy injured in fatal shooting of suspect

BLOOMBURG, Texas (AP) - An East Texas sheriff's deputy was trying to serve assault warrants issued more than 500 miles away in Ward County when he fatally shot the suspect. The Cass County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday said Deputy Johnny…

29 July 2014 [11:59 AM]
VIDEO: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors, study says

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute. These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital…

29 July 2014 [11:25 AM]
Double arrow flashing signal lights cause confusion for drivers

TYLER (KYTX) - New light signals on two Tyler intersections is causing some confusion for drivers. The intersections of Bonner at Front Street and Paluxy at Loop 323 have double arrow flashing signal lights. The City of Tyler traffic engineer…

29 July 2014 [08:35 AM]
LeTourneau to offer nursing degree

A new opportunity for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing will be available this fall. Earlier this month, the Texas Board of Nursing approved LeTourneau University in Longview to offer the program. It was still pending…

28 July 2014 [11:34 PM]
Texas Comptroller candidate challenges opponent

The differences are clear in the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts race between state Sen. Glenn Hegar Jr., R-Houston, and his Democratic challenger, Mike Collier. The men are vying to replace retiring Comptroller Susan Combs. Collier stopped in Tyler on…

28 July 2014 [11:28 PM]
Cooler temps ahead

A cold front that moved through East Texas is expected to lie along the Texas coast today. The air behind the front is drier, so it will feel more comfortable even with temperatures in the low 90s this afternoon. A…

28 July 2014 [11:15 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices, July 29

DEATHS EUGENE ABRAHAM SR., 90, Gladewater, died July 24. John R. Harmon Undertaking Co., Tyler. JOYCE ADAMS, Athens, died July 26. Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens. JIMMIE R. BETHEA, 72, Galveston, died July 25. Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home, Henderson. Visitation 2-3…

28 July 2014 [11:10 PM]
Obama is stalling engine of growth

Energy equals activity. Put another way, energy powers the engine of growth. But just like a poorly-tuned engine can sputter along, no matter how good the gasoline we put in, other forces can slow economic growth even when the energy…

28 July 2014 [10:59 PM]