Dr. Marty Crawford named lone finalist for Tyler ISD superintendent

Tyler ISD has named Dr. Marty Crawford as the lone finalist for its superintendent position.  He is currently superintendent of West ISD, a position he has held for six years. The decision was announced tonight during the board meeting. The board must wait at least 21 days before they officially hire the person per Texas Government Code…

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Hot, dry before cool front

High pressure will build eastward from New Mexico and dominate East Texas weather through the weekend. High temperatures will reach from 98 to near 100 degrees today through Sunday, and no rain is expected. Another unseasonably cool air mass will…

24 July 2014 [11:32 PM]
Palestine Community Theatre: 'Shrek: The Musical' opening tonight

Palestine Community Theatre is presenting “Shrek: The Musical,” a song-and-dance adaptation of the movie about an ogre who falls in love. The cast includes Chaundra Dantin (who is also the director) as Fiona, Doug Smith as Shrek, Larry Weber as…

24 July 2014 [11:08 PM]
Liberty Hall: Edwin McCain concert set for August 16

Tickets are on sale for singer Edwin McCain’s concert on Aug. 16 at Liberty Hall in Tyler. McCain is on tour promoting his new album “Mercy Bound,” a collaboration with fellow singer/songwriter Maia Sharp. He is best known for his…

24 July 2014 [11:07 PM]
Longview: 'A Hot Night of Cool Jazz' tonight at Belcher Center

The Belcher Center in Longview is promising a “A Hot Night of Cool Jazz” on Saturday. The concert features George Faber & Friends. Faber has performed in many genres, most notably jazz and rhythm and blues. The concert is set…

24 July 2014 [11:04 PM]
Sun/Cloud Theatre: Black teen explores South in 'Crowns'

“Crowns,” a musical that explores a black girl’s efforts to connect with her Southern heritage, takes place 7:30 p.m. through Sunday at Greater Shiloh Baptist Church, 2515 W. Shaw, Tyler. Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry,…

24 July 2014 [10:48 PM]
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Work with Israel on missile defense

There are important scientific developments happening in the Middle East almost daily, as Israel deploys its “Iron Dome” missile defense system. Israel is improving on the original American design, but it is also going far beyond it, to develop a…

24 July 2014 [10:44 PM]
Bible Thoughts, July 25, 2014

“A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion.” (Psalm 112:5)…

24 July 2014 [10:36 PM]
'South Pacific' opens tonight in Mineola

Lake Country Playhouse in Mineola is staging Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, “South Pacific.” Based on James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Tales of the South Pacific,” the show features the songs “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,”…

24 July 2014 [10:29 PM]
Death And Funeral Notices, July 25, 2014

DEATHS KATHLEEN RAE BACA, 49, Mineola, died July 18. Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home, Alba. PAUL T. DUGARD, SR., 80, Talihina, Okla., formerly of Wills Point, died June 27. Allan Fuller Funeral Home, Wills Point. BOBBY DUNLAP, 52, Dallas, formerly of Mount…

24 July 2014 [10:00 PM]
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Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. An airliner crashes during a storm, and yet another disappears. Aviation has suffered one…

24 July 2014 [08:24 PM]
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House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified…

24 July 2014 [08:24 PM]
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Pennsylvania: Doctor fired back at gunman in hospital attack

DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A psychiatrist who was grazed by gunfire from a patient at a suburban Philadelphia hospital Thursday helped stop the gunman by apparently using his own weapon to shoot and wound him, but not before a caseworker…

24 July 2014 [08:22 PM]
Two toddlers found dead

Quitman police are investigating the deaths of two girls, ages 2 and 3, according to a news release. The investigation began after a 911 call was received from a local apartment complex at 11:51 a.m. Thursday when an unknown male…

24 July 2014 [06:19 PM]
Storms cause 9,500 power outages for Upshur-Rural Coop

GILMER--A thunderstorm Wednesday night caused power outages for 9,500 meters served by the Gilmer-based Upshur-Rural Electric Cooperative, but service was restored to the overwhelming majority by Thursday afternoon, the utility said. Only 470 meters remained out at about 2:20 p.m.,…

24 July 2014 [04:04 PM]
Child deaths in Quitman under investigation

QUITMAN - Police say they are investigating the deaths of two small children in the city limits of Quitman.  Chief Kelly Cole would only confirm two children had died in the city, but said no information about the deaths would…

24 July 2014 [03:59 PM]
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Outdoor warning system at Paluxy and Grande reinstalled today

The necessary parts for the outdoor warning system located at Paluxy and Grande are being installed today. This siren location has been waiting on a new pole and replacement equipment to replace the one that was struck by a vehicle…

24 July 2014 [03:15 PM]
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LeBron James says 'sorry' to neighbors with cupcakes

AKRON, Ohio (MCT) -- A white 15-passenger van crept along the streets of Bath Township; behind it trailed a Chevy Surburban. On board both vehicles, all boxed up by the dozen, were what will forever be known as The Apology…

24 July 2014 [01:16 PM]
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VIDEO: Creative makeovers for ugly cell phone towers

Mobile phone companies and communities across the country are going to new lengths to disguise those unsightly cellphone towers. From a church bell tower to a flagpole, even a pencil, some towers are trying to make a point.…

24 July 2014 [01:12 PM]
Boil water notice issued in Chapel Hill area

Due to numerous power outages in the Tyler area, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the Jackson Water Supply to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption. The boil water notice affects…

24 July 2014 [01:04 PM]
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City will not contract out paratransit

By KELLY GOOCH, kgooch@tylerpaper.com After conducting a monthslong comprehensive analysis, the city of Tyler has decided to keep its paratransit service in-house and add vehicles and drivers to keep up with current demand. The analysis, which began in January, included a customer…

24 July 2014 [11:50 AM]
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VIDEO: Official: Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed'

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, officials said. France's foreign minister said no wreckage had been found, but that the plane…

24 July 2014 [10:37 AM]