[VIDEO] Fairs opens with Senior Day

An estimated 2,500 senior citizens helped kick off the East Texas State Fair on Friday during a day dedicated specifically to them. The 44th Senior Day during this 99th year of the fair proved to be just as much of a hit as in years past with entertainment, exhibits and bingo available for free for adults 55 and older to enjoy. “It’s …

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Bible Thoughts, September 20

“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” (Ephesians 4:29)…

20 September 2014 [12:29 AM]
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[VIDEO] Fairs opens with Senior Day

An estimated 2,500 senior citizens helped kick off the East Texas State Fair on Friday during a day dedicated specifically to them. The 44th Senior Day during this 99th year of the fair proved to be just as much of…

20 September 2014 [12:18 AM]
Inaugural toy drive to benefit homeless children underway

A multi-agency and county effort to raise toys for homeless and indigent children will continue through Oct. 11. The HEROnation Day (Helping everyone reach others in need) toy drive will benefit Hiway 80 Rescue Mission in Longview. The inaugural event…

20 September 2014 [12:15 AM]
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Grace has 2 performances of ‘Shrek, The Musical’ today

Grace Community High School in Tyler begins its fine arts season with “Shrek, The Musical” this weekend. Performances are set for 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. today in Burgess Auditorium at Grace Community High School. Tickets will be available at…

20 September 2014 [12:11 AM]
Day for Kids event today at Bergfeld

The Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas will have the annual Day for Kids today at Bergfeld Park in Tyler. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature more than 50 local businesses, organizations and…

20 September 2014 [12:08 AM]
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Poor pay the price for ‘green dreams’

We’re all walking bundles of contradicting thought, and that’s all right. As Blaise Pascal wrote, “Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.” But in politics, we ought to try for some…

19 September 2014 [11:59 PM]
Red Cross to hold Hero Camp

People interested in helping local families during times of disaster can learn how during an upcoming American Red Cross training. The American Red Cross’ Smith County Chapter will have a Hero Camp where adults can receive training to become…

19 September 2014 [11:51 PM]
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[VIDEO] Bachs stress person’s worth to at-risk youth

The 12 young men in the room couldn’t believe their ears when they heard what Jerry Bach asked them. He had just shared with them about salvation through Jesus Christ and listened to their prayer requests when he dropped a…

19 September 2014 [11:47 PM]
Death And Funeral Notices, September 20

DEATHS MELBA AMOS, 57, Lufkin, died Sept. 13. J.C. White Funeral & Services, Mount Pleasant. RITCHEY BELLAMY, 97, Tyler, died Sept. 10. Hilliard Funeral Home, Van. PEARLIE M. BRINKLEY, 80, Kilgore, died Sept. 16. Cunningham Funeral Home, Kilgore. SHIRLEY JOYCE…

19 September 2014 [11:30 PM]
Warm weekend ahead, September 20

The weather across East Texas today and Sunday will remain quiet, thanks to high pressure. High temperatures today should run near 90 degrees, with quite a bit of sunshine. By Sunday, an approaching cold front will actually help to spike…

19 September 2014 [11:27 PM]
POWs recognized in ceremony at Watkins-Logan home

Four former World War II prisoners of war were honored Friday afternoon with a formal POW/MIA Table Ceremony. The ceremony, presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7211 Ladies Auxiliary, took place in the Watkins-Logan State Veterans Home’s chapel.…

19 September 2014 [09:33 PM]
VIDEO: East Texas State Fair opens

Our Micah Coltman visited the East Texas State Fair on this opening day, and filed this video report!…

19 September 2014 [07:45 PM]
Tyler employment rate on par with state

The Tyler area last month saw an employment rate of 94.6 percent, continuing on par with the state. The local employment rate for August was a slight increase from the 94.5 percent experienced here in July, but a decent hike…

19 September 2014 [07:01 PM]
Officers bypass barricades to apprehend fugitive

A barricaded road couldn’t stop lawmen from snatching up a wanted half-naked suspect Friday when a tip provided them with the man’s location. But police didn’t just nab 24-year-old Charles Ray Griffith Jr., but also got his girlfriend, with whom…

19 September 2014 [06:58 PM]
City of Tyler offers free bulky item pickup next week

City of Tyler residential customers may take advantage of a free bulky item collection sponsored by the City of Tyler Solid Waste Department and Keep Tyler Beautiful, the city announced. During the collection, which is part of fall cleanup week,…

19 September 2014 [06:55 PM]
Smith County working with Lindale ISD to provide security officers

Smith County commissioners and the Lindale Independent School District are working to establish a contract to provide commissioned police officers to protect the district’s students and faculty after a dispute with the constable formerly holding the contract refused to sign…

19 September 2014 [06:53 PM]
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Goodell: 'Same mistakes can never be repeated'

NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl. At a news conference Friday, Goodell made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash…

19 September 2014 [03:09 PM]
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Tyler ISD kindergartner donates school supplies

Owens Elementary School kindergartner, Jolie McChesney, has a big heart inside her little body. When preparing for the first day of school a few weeks ago, she used that big heart to raise money to purchase school supplies for classmates…

19 September 2014 [01:11 PM]
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Experts: Science class can dazzle with less danger

DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — A dazzling show of fire and color can make science come alive for young students, but it can also inflict serious and painful injuries, as flash fires in Nevada and Colorado showed this…

19 September 2014 [11:56 AM]
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Texas adds jobs while unemployment rates rise in 24 US states

CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates rose in nearly half of U.S. states in August, even as employers in two-thirds of the states added jobs. The Labor Department says unemployment increased in 24 states, fell…

19 September 2014 [11:19 AM]
More than 700 exposed to TB by hospital worker in El Paso

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Public health officials say more than 700 people at an El Paso hospital, including a number of infants, have been exposed to tuberculosis by an employee infected with the disease. The city's Department of Public…

19 September 2014 [11:15 AM]
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VIDEO: East Texas State Fair opens for Senior Day

By KennethDean, kdean@tylerpaper.com The East Texas State Fair is slated to open to fair-goers today, and organizers said security has been revamped and should be better than ever before in the fair’s history. John Sykes, fair president and CEO, said a…

19 September 2014 [10:23 AM]