Four fatally shot at mall in Washington state

SEATTLE - Four people were fatally shot in the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Skagit County, Friday evening, according to a Washington State Patrol trooper. It’s unclear how many people fired shots, Sgt. Mark Francis reported on Twitter. Earlier, he said the suspected shooter, a man, was last seen walking toward Interstate 5 from Cascade Mall. A…
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Business Notes for Sept. 26

PROMOTED Holly Shotts has been promoted to vice president – controller at Brookshire Grocery Co.Shottsjoined BCG in 1992. Shotts was named director of financial accounting in 2003. She was honored as one of Progressive Grocer magazine’s Top Women in Grocery…

25 September 2016 [11:48 PM]
bible verse 9-26

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father-Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” (1 John 2:1)…

25 September 2016 [11:33 PM]
L&L shoe store in Palestine enjoys firm footing amid changing times

PALESTINE - In downtown Palestine, a small, family-owned shoe store bears stubborn witness to change. L&L owners John and Janice Schwab hold firm to tradition, in spite of a changing consumer landscape that pits small shops in direct competition with…

25 September 2016 [11:30 PM]
Texas College receives grant to fund writing lab

Texas College will develop a writing activating lab thanks to a $20,000 grant from the East Texas Communities Foundation. The grant will fund four library initiatives related to writing to be run by a writer-in-residence and local creative writers who…

25 September 2016 [10:53 PM]
Commissioners to hear 2017 road work plan on Tuesday

Smith County Commissioners will receive a presentation on upcoming road projects for the 2017 fiscal year at their next meeting. The presentation by County Engineer Frank Davis will be held as part of the regular Smith County Commissioners Court meeting…

25 September 2016 [05:49 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices for Sept. 26

DEATHS LORI ANN REED, 38, Tyler, died Sept. 24. Vis­itation 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jackson’s Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home, Tyler. FUNERALS TODAY CHARLES HENRY JONES, 77, Rusk; Visitation noon-1:30 p.m. Monday at Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home.…

25 September 2016 [04:39 PM]
Caring for Kids event ministers through various activities

With a head full of green hair and a mask painted around his eyes, Eric McElyea was excited about achieving the look of a Ninja Turtle. He liked the face painting and crazy hair booths at the annual Caring for…

25 September 2016 [02:52 AM]
Death and Funeral Notices for Sept. 25

DEATHS LINDA “NANNY” FERN (STOKES) BROWN, 67, Tyler, died Sept. 23. Tyler Memorial Funeral Home. HERBERT BERNARD EPSTEIN, 94, Austin, died Sept. 24. Lloyd James Funeral Home, Tyler. FRANCES STARKEY, 81, Tyler, died Sept. 22. Jackson’s Burks…

24 September 2016 [04:39 PM]
Nelson Clyde: Is It Just Me? Snoopy’s Jam

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24 September 2016 [01:55 PM]
Tyler Chamber Radio for week of Sept. 26

On this week’s Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce internet radio business show, Henry Bell promotes the opportunities for Chamber members to join committees which serve various needs of the Chamber and the community. You can learn the details online at…

24 September 2016 [11:46 AM]
Clinton, Trump should get pointers from high school debaters

As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ready for tonight’s debate, they could do worse than to look to some experts for advice and pointers - the thousands of high schoolers who spend their fall weekends at debate tournaments. They would…

24 September 2016 [11:10 AM]
Reader Response

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24 September 2016 [10:11 AM]
Minimum wage hike would hurt young people and the poor

If you examine only the benefits of a policy, then decisions become easy. That’s what the newest study on the minimum wage does - it explains, in great details, the benefits of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per…

24 September 2016 [10:00 AM]
Four fatally shot at mall in Washington state

SEATTLE - Four people were fatally shot in the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Skagit County, Friday evening, according to a Washington State Patrol trooper. It’s unclear how many people fired shots, Sgt. Mark Francis reported on Twitter. Earlier, he said…

23 September 2016 [11:59 PM]