Twister kills 13 in Mexico border city; 12 missing in Texas

A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother's arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said. In Texas, 12 people were reported missing in flash flooding from a…

Hundreds come out to watch bands, raise money for Van Video

Dark skies threatening more rain could not deter East Texans from showing up to Sunday’s Twister Relief Show at The Forge in Ben Wheeler. Hundreds of people from all over the state came out to watch 17 bands and help raise money for Van, a town ravaged by a tornado on May 10. Wesley Pruitt Jr., of Canton, organized the show with the

2 B.B. King daughters allege 2 closest aides poisoned him

Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's final days are accusing King's two closest aides of poisoning him. Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King allege in documents provided by their lawyer to The Associated Press that King's business manager, LaVerne Toney, and his personal assistant, Myron

Sunday storm causes flooding

Reports of a possible tornado seen near Arp came in around 6 p.m. Sunday, after the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning because of a storm moving South of Arp, traveling Northeast at 25 mph. Smith County Sheriff’s deputies in the area were dispatched to check for damage. Roads north of

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More than 300 East Texans turnout for Memorial Day ceremony

Grinning World War II veteran Jerry Higgs and his buddy Gene Tomlin spent part of their cloudy Memorial Day catching up on current events and rehashing old times. The friends meet annually each year on the park-like grounds of Tyler…

25 May 2015 [05:31 PM]
East Texas under tornado watch

The National Weather service issued a tornado watch for most of East Texas at about 3 p.m. Monday. This alert follows a tornado warning that was effective Sunday evening and came with unconfirmed reports of funnel cloud formation in Arp.…

25 May 2015 [04:00 PM]
Crowds cheer as 30 veterans depart for Heroes Flight

comccoy@tylerpaper.com Dozens of flags lined the path as the crowd cheered and clapped for 30 veterans who departed Tyler Monday on the 10th Brookshire’s Heroes Flight. “It’s so important what they did, in fighting those wars, to give us the freedom…

25 May 2015 [03:06 PM]
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2 B.B. King daughters allege 2 closest aides poisoned him

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's final days are accusing King's two closest aides of poisoning him. Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King allege in documents provided by their lawyer…

25 May 2015 [02:48 PM]
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Long road back: Rangers' Josh Hamilton makes season debut

CLEVELAND (AP) — For the first time in three years, Josh Hamilton's name is in the Texas Rangers' lineup. The 2010 AL MVP is playing left field and batting fifth for Monday's game against the Cleveland Indians, making his season…

25 May 2015 [02:43 PM]
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Twister kills 13 in Mexico border city; 12 missing in Texas

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother's arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said. In Texas, 12…

25 May 2015 [02:14 PM]
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Prank calls leads to huge drug bust

A deputy recovered 16 pounds of marijuana from a residence after children mistakenly called 911 on Friday, according to a news release from Sheriff Larry Smith. Deputy Wilson responded to the call coming from County Road 481 in…

24 May 2015 [11:21 PM]
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Sunday storm causes flooding

Reports of a possible tornado seen near Arp came in around 6 p.m. Sunday, after the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning because of a storm moving South of Arp, traveling Northeast at 25 mph. Smith County Sheriff’s deputies…

24 May 2015 [11:20 PM]
Memorial Day services set at area cemeteries

  As Tyler residents remember those who have given everything in the service of their country, local organizations are taking time to pay tribute as well. Tyler Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery will host a Memorial Day service 11 a.m.…

24 May 2015 [11:09 PM]
Bible Verse 5-25

"Be kindkly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another." (Romans 12:10)      …

24 May 2015 [10:49 PM]
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Hundreds come out to watch bands, raise money for Van Video

Dark skies threatening more rain could not deter East Texans from showing up to Sunday’s Twister Relief Show at The Forge in Ben Wheeler. Hundreds of people from all over the state came out to watch 17 bands and help…

24 May 2015 [10:47 PM]
Deadline to protest appraisals is June 1

Home prices in the Tyler area real estate market are rising, but that shouldn’t discourage residents from filing valuation protests if they believe their property appraisal is unfair, Smith County Chief Appraiser Mike Barnett said. The deadline to…

24 May 2015 [10:42 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 5-25

DEATHS LEO BERMAN, 79, Tyler, died May 23. Stewart Family Funeral Home. NANCY LEE BYNUM, 68, Arlington, died May 16. Tyler Memorial Funeral Home. BILLY “BILL” DON CALFEE, 68, Whitehouse, formerly of Henderson, died May 21. Rader Funeral Home, Henderson.…

24 May 2015 [10:33 PM]
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Christie stays atop leaderboard

QUITMAN – The rain forecasted to blow through East Texas Sunday hit Lake Fork full force Sunday, and while it forced Toyota Texas Bass Classic officials to close down onshore activities for the day, it didn’t stop the 35 pros…

24 May 2015 [09:06 PM]
Memorial Day: Honor those who have served

On Memorial Day, we honor men and women who died while courageously serving in the U.S. military. We also recognize active duty service members, especially those who have been wounded. Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day…

24 May 2015 [08:23 PM]
Master Gardeners to dedicate sculpture

A dedication ceremony will be held in memory of Master Gardener and coordinator, Sue Adee, by The Smith County Master Gardener Association to unveil a bronze sculpture in the IDEA garden on Thursday, June 4. The sculpture — a bronze…

24 May 2015 [08:19 PM]
Building Permits 5-25

New Construction Residential Thompson’s Enterprise is building an $188,000 1,694 square-foot home at 945 S. Lyons. Glory Builders is building an $180,000 2,229 square-foot home at 6104 Havens Trail. Reed Property Mgmt. is building a $200,000 2,995 square-foot home at…

24 May 2015 [08:10 PM]
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Tips for processing payments via mobile device

Many businesses and charities are making the move to process payments via mobile device. Implementing a mobile payment system requires little infrastructure or technical knowhow and is relatively inexpensive. However, as with any new payment innovation, hackers are always trying…

24 May 2015 [08:08 PM]
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Business Notes 5-25

ANNOUNCED Aqueous Engineering has announced that Maegan Schneider has joined the firm. Ms. Schneider received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas Tech University and master’s from The University of Texas at Tyler. SELECTED East Texas Copy…

24 May 2015 [07:58 PM]
Donating backpacks stuffed with school supplies on this week's show

On this week’s Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce radio, the Chamber’s Christi Khalaf explains how companies can donate backpacks stuffed with school supplies this summer for students in need by joining the upcoming citywide “School is Cool.” Individuals and companies…

24 May 2015 [07:50 PM]
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Remember those who fell in wars

Memorial Day is a holiday often connected with the end of the school year, the start of vacation season and a time for outings and picnics, but its true purpose, honoring America’s fallen heroes, should not be overshadowed. Americans are…

24 May 2015 [07:47 PM]
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UPDATED: Tornado Warning for Rusk, Smith, Gregg counties

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENTNATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA629 PM CDT SUN MAY 24 2015 TXC183-401-242345-/O.CON.KSHV.TO.W.0043.000000T0000Z-150524T2345Z/RUSK TX-GREGG TX-629 PM CDT SUN MAY 24 2015 ...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 645 PM CDT FORNORTHWESTERN RUSK AND SOUTH CENTRAL GREGG COUNTIES... AT…

24 May 2015 [06:36 PM]
Oil and gas drilling report, May 24

Drilling Report for May 24 (Report for activity May 10-16) DEVELOPMENTAL County; Operator; Lease/Well; Field; Survey; Type; Depth; Location Harrison; XTO Energy Inc.; Margaret Suggs 6H; Lansing, N. (Cotton Valley, Lo.); Merchant, E.A./420; Gas; 15,700; 7.6…

24 May 2015 [12:00 AM]
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Pet of the week 5-24

Peaches is a 2-year-old female terrier mix that is available for adoption at the Humane Society’s Pets Fur People in Tyler. Peaches is very energetic and athletic. She loves to go for walks. Peaches has been spayed and is current…

23 May 2015 [11:47 PM]
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Remembering the Class of '80: forever friends

“J-O-H-N-N-Y,” I said. Mrs. Walker looked across the desk at me and smiled. She thanked me for telling her how to spell my name. I liked Mrs. Walker from the start. She was nice to me. It was 1968. Johnson…

23 May 2015 [11:44 PM]
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Dog-walking app benefits owners, pets and shelters

Twice a day, Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle and his puppy go for a walk around the neighborhood. The exercise is good for the 6-month-old yellow Lab mix named Honey, as well as for Swindle, who has dropped…

23 May 2015 [11:41 PM]
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Scouts plant flags on graves of those who served in war Video

Dozens of Boy Scouts and their families spent Saturday morning honoring American veterans. Tyler area Scouts were up bright and early placing American flags on the graves of every veteran at Tyler Memorial Cemetery and Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery.…

23 May 2015 [11:36 PM]