May elections marked by low voter turnout

May elections involve positions and financial packages that impact local voters in the most direct way, but only a small percentage of voters cast ballots. These various officials vote to set property tax rates. They make major purchase decisions and choices that affect residents’ daily lives…

Fans, families view model train displays at show

Families flocked to Harvey Convention Center on Saturday to check out the Cotton Belt Train Show, hosted by the Cotton Belt Depot Museum. More than a dozen clubs and vendors offered elaborate displays of model trains. Ernie DeWolf, secretary of the Ark-La-Tex Modular Club, said that his team’s display

Junior League announces award recipients

The Junior League of Tyler will give away more than $218,000 and 20,000 volunteer hours this year. The League announced the totals at its annual contract signing on Wednesday. Some 19 Smith County nonprofit agencies will receive money and volunteers for 2015-16 from the Junior League.

Disabled children get a chance to hit the ranch

GOLDEN — Special needs students from all over East Texas enjoyed a day on the ranch Friday, regardless of limitations posed by their individual disabilities.

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Palestine paranormal team probes the unusual

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Mall's event for mothers May 7

Broadway Square Mall will host “Indulge: Fashion and Fun for Moms” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. “Broadway Square Mall invites Tyler area moms to sit back, relax and enjoy an evening that focuses on style and…

26 April 2015 [08:47 PM]
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26 April 2015 [08:43 PM]
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Privacy policies on websites can be big deal

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26 April 2015 [08:41 PM]
Building Permits 4-27

RESIDENTIAL Ed Thompson Construction is building a duplex at 826 S. Buckley for $117,000 at 1523 sq. ft. Ed Thompson Construction is building a duplex at 825 S. Buckley for $117,000 at 1523 sq. ft. Thornton Design is building a…

26 April 2015 [08:35 PM]
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Business Notes 4-27

NAMED Kim Partin was recently named Trust Officer of Southside Bank. Ms. Partin joined Southside in 1996. Partin graduated from UT Tyler with a BBA in accounting and an MBA in 2010. She also holds her Certified Public Accountant license.…

26 April 2015 [08:34 PM]
Water from fracking is the likely cause of Texas earthquakes

A study of seismic activity in North Texas was released on Tuesday that concluded that water extracted during oil and gas operations and reinjected “is the most likely cause of earthquakes” in the area during a three-month period…

26 April 2015 [08:23 PM]
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DEATHS   EMMA ATTAWAY, 81, Winona, died April 25. Cunningham Funeral Home, Kilgore. LEO BRADSHAW, 67, Whitehouse, died April 12. Boren-Conner Funeral Home, Bullard. CHRISTOPHER JAMES CUMMINGS, 44, Bullard, died April 20. Boren-Conner Funeral Home, Bullard. EDDIE DOWNES, 90, New…

26 April 2015 [07:47 PM]
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Law officers taking note of exploding targets in ET

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26 April 2015 [07:43 PM]
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Freddie Gray protests turn violent in Baltimore

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26 April 2015 [05:19 AM]
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Early voting locations

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26 April 2015 [12:16 AM]
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A tale of two uncles during the Vietnam War

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26 April 2015 [12:12 AM]
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Time warp again?

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26 April 2015 [12:08 AM]
Bible Verse 4-26

"We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always fo you," (Colossians 1:3)      …

26 April 2015 [12:02 AM]
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Vietnam War vets revisit old times, make new friends Video

Hundreds of Vietnam War veterans and family members came together as one on Saturday to recall the kinship, heroism and patriotism they shared on a battleground far from home. Organizers estimated about 2,000 guests participated in the two-day…

25 April 2015 [11:54 PM]
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May elections marked by low voter turnout

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25 April 2015 [11:37 PM]
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 DEAHTS EMMA ATTAWAY, 81, Winona, died April 25. Cunningham Funeral Home, Kilgore. LILLIAN GENEVA BENNETT, 89, Winnsboro, died April 21. Beaty Funeral Home, Winnsboro. LEO BRADSHAW, 67, Whitehouse, died April 12. Boren-Conner Funeral Home, Bullard. CHRISTOPHER JAMES CUMMINGS, 44, Bullard,…

25 April 2015 [11:34 PM]
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Captain Comics: Free Comic Book Day is that and more

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25 April 2015 [11:19 PM]
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Sellers: Experience would benefit city

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25 April 2015 [10:58 PM]
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Larson believes in legacy, leadership

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25 April 2015 [10:56 PM]
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Harkey sees role as way to give back

Detrese Harkey said she grew up in Nacogdoches, but the Tyler community and its nonprofit organizations raised her. She said running for City Council is her way of giving back. Mrs. Harkey, 42, said she had a rough start to…

25 April 2015 [10:54 PM]
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Calhoun wants growth, roots for city

William Waterson Calhoun said his goal on the City Council would be to continue positive growth while staying true to the town’s roots. “Tyler is in a period of rapid growth and rebranding ourselves into a new community,” he said.…

25 April 2015 [10:52 PM]
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Pet of the week 4-26

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25 April 2015 [10:48 PM]
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25 April 2015 [10:39 PM]
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Fans, families view model train displays at show

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25 April 2015 [10:24 PM]