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VIDEO: Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award 2014 watch list revealed

Inaugural winner Bryce Petty, along with Cayuga’s Malcolme Kennedy, is included on the watch list for the second annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. The list was unveiled to grand fanfare on Wednesday during the Ninth Annual East Texas Kick-Off…

20 August 2014 [04:05 PM]
VIDEO: Flash mob strikes Jacksonville ISD convocation

BY FAITH HARPER, Jacksonville ISD administrators were in for a big surprise Friday when singing and dancing interrupted the superintendent’s welcome speech. Teachers and staff worked for several months to orchestrate and choreograph a flash mob during its annual convocation…

20 August 2014 [03:44 PM]
VIDEO: Obama vows ‘justice’ after militants behead U.S. journalist

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (MCT) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday delivered an angry condemnation of the Islamic militant group believed to be behind the beheading of an American journalist, labeling the group a cancer and calling on Muslims around the world…

20 August 2014 [02:27 PM]
VIDEO: Hope, resentment in new charter school landscape

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans. The majority of public school students will attend charter schools established by a state-run school district created in the…

20 August 2014 [02:23 PM]
Opposition to county's 2015 budget emerges among commissioners

BY Adam Russell, A vote on the county’s 2015 budget is expected next week but opposition among commissioners emerged Tuesday. Three votes are needed among the five-member court to approve the property tax rate and budget for the county’s fiscal…

20 August 2014 [10:46 AM]
VIDEO: Jurors said Perry indictment based on facts, law

HOUSTON (AP) — Four grand jurors have defended their indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry on abuse of power charges, saying their decision was not politically motivated. The jurors told the Houston Chronicle ( ) that the indictment is based…

20 August 2014 [08:37 AM]
Troup man honored for saving girl stuck in well

Johnny Roberson, of Troup, did everything he could to keep himself and 11-year-old Layla Gross above water. The attempted rescuer was tiring as he waited for help to arrive and pluck the pair from a dark, cold abandoned water well.…

19 August 2014 [11:30 PM]
Tyler chosen for zoning test app

Tyler has been chosen to help test a zoning app, the city announced on Tuesday. City of Tyler Principal Planner Michael Howell said Code for America, a nonprofit organization, is trying to put together this new ZoningCheck app, and the…

19 August 2014 [11:28 PM]
Sexual assault report under investigation

Tyler police are investigating a reported sexual assault of a minor by a man she met on the Internet. Don Martin, the department’s public information officer, said the incident was reported Sunday and purportedly happened at a local motel.…

19 August 2014 [11:27 PM]
Decision to close Azleway Charter School upheld

The Texas Education Agency will proceed with plans to close an East Texas charter school after a state administrative law judge upheld the education commissioner’s decision. In a decision released Tuesday, state administrative law Judge William G. Newchurch upheld…

19 August 2014 [11:22 PM]
Bible Thoughts, August 20

“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:12)…

19 August 2014 [11:21 PM]
Showers ahead

Summer conditions have set in across East Texas and should persist for the next seven days. We can expect high temperatures in the mid- to high 90s, lows in the mid-70s, and south winds about 10 mph. Some afternoon showers…

19 August 2014 [11:13 PM]
FRESH Ideas for Weeknight Dinners

This week on FRESH Ideas I am starting a new series called “5 Nights of 5 Ingredient Entrees.” Each recipe is easy to assemble and contains only five ingredients. They are designed to make cooking during the week an easy,…

19 August 2014 [11:10 PM]
Chill Out: Stay cool through summer heat

Cool beverages and desserts are some of the best ways to make summer’s hottest days somewhat bearable. From iced tea to lemonade, ice cream, milkshakes or a chilled down version of your morning coffee, everyone has a favorite ‘cold one’…

19 August 2014 [11:06 PM]
Chandler man flips car, listed in critical condition

A 20-year-old Chandler man is in critical condition following a one-vehicle wreck on Toll 49. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Ryan Thompson said the crash occurred at 8:22 p.m. just north of County Road 4218. The man was headed…

19 August 2014 [10:51 PM]
Helping Hands: Volunteers, group help the needy in Hawkins area

HAWKINS — Wood County Pastor Jeff Karlson spends part of his work week helping shuffle furniture, distribute food and tote bags of donated clothing. His sweaty pastime of helping run a treasure-filled thrift shop and busy food pantry is not…

19 August 2014 [10:45 PM]
Sex offender’s conviction upheld

The 6th Court of Appeals has upheld the convictions and six life imprisonment sentences assessed last year against a former Gilmer pastor who pled guilty to committing several sex-related offenses against a female relative starting in her childhood, Upshur County…

19 August 2014 [10:35 PM]
East Texas man arrested after plowing into city limits sign

The city limit sign on Texas Highway 64 East was temporarily relocated earlier this week after a drunken driver plowed into it. But where the sign ended up caused the employees at Lynch Food Mart to be amazed and even…

19 August 2014 [10:33 PM]
Proposed transportation open house set for next week

The public has an opportunity to weigh in on proposed transportation projects during an open house next week. The event is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Tyler Senior Center, 1915 Garden Valley Road. Tyler Area…

19 August 2014 [10:32 PM]
Cowart named ‘Judge of the Year’ at conference

The Texas Justice Court Judges Association picked Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 James Cowart as its “Judge of the Year” at its annual conference. Cowart has served 24 years on the bench at his justice court in Lindale. “I…

19 August 2014 [10:30 PM]
Defund UNRWA to help Palestine

It’s time to defund the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. It must be done now, before the agency steps in to help squander international funds meant to help rebuild Palestine homes and infrastructure. “UNRWA, the U.N.’s 65-year-old, internationally funded…

19 August 2014 [10:20 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices, August 20

DEATHS JAMES TOM BATES, 79, Tyler, died Aug. 15. Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Thursday at funeral home. DEWEY H. BRAWNER, 94, Kilgore, died Aug. 17. Rader Funeral Home, Kilgore. ROSA BUCKNER, 88, Jacksonville, died Aug. 16.…

19 August 2014 [10:14 PM]
Teens arrested in plot after Web activities eyed

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Investigators acting on a tip unraveled a plot to carry out a mass shooting at a suburban Los Angeles high school, arresting a pair of students who planned to target three school staffers and kill…

19 August 2014 [08:48 PM]
US trying to verify video of American's killing

WASHINGTON (AP) — A video by Islamic State militants released Tuesday purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The White House, his family and employer said they could not determine…

19 August 2014 [08:41 PM]