Vietnam War vets revisit old times, make new friends

  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 Vietnam War 40 year Commemoration event at American Freedom Museum on the campus of The Brook Hill…

Law officers taking note of exploding targets in ET

  Reports of mysterious, loud booming explosions in rural areas across East Texas have sheriff deputies and fire departments searching their jurisdictions for the cause. Although there typically is no lingering smoke, fire or other signs to point authorities to locate the source, Smith County Sheriff’s Lt. Gary Middleton and other law

ETSO's 2015-2016 season features challenging works, special guests

  In putting together East Texas Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-2016 season, Conductor and Music Director Richard Lee said he worked to find the right mix of programming that is both pleasing to patrons and challenging to musicians. He ended up with a season that mixes the classics with more contemporary works from cinema and pop music. “I am

Spring turkey hunting is all about tricking gobblers at their own game

  CAMP VERDE — It infuriates women to no end when men refuse to stop and ask for directions. Women think when you are lost you should get help. Men see it as just being willing to take a different route to the same location. Who knows what you might find if you turn left instead of right. That was the case last Monday at Camp Verde Ranch. As

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Freddie Gray protests turn violent in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) — A protest over the death of Freddie Gray, who was critically injured in police custody, started peacefully with thousands marching through downtown streets before the demonstration turned violent and volatile. The chaotic scene Saturday night prompted the…

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Law officers taking note of exploding targets in ET

  Reports of mysterious, loud booming explosions in rural areas across East Texas have sheriff deputies and fire departments searching their jurisdictions for the cause. Although there typically is no lingering smoke, fire or other signs to point authorities to…

26 April 2015 [12:29 AM]
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Early voting locations

EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS Early voting locations will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-May 1; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 4 and May 5. Chapel Hill Independent School District, city of Tyler and Tyler…

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

The Vietnam War interrupted so many families’ lives, including my parents,’ but in far different ways. My mom’s brother, Butch McGregor, was drafted but drew an assignment that kept him away from the war. My dad’s brother, Rick Russell, wanted…

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

I was just a young lad around 12 picking dewberries down in the creek bed where Turtle Creek Drive is now. That’s when the aliens landed in their spaceship. It was a flying saucer just like the ones you saw…

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

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…

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

Saturday, May 2, is Free Comic Book Day, an event which has become a first-Saturday-in-May tradition at most major comic shops since the first one in 2001. If you haven’t ever been to one, it’s time to start, and here’s…

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

Linda Sellers said experience counts in the District 1 City Council race. Mrs. Sellers, 70, has served on a list of community boards, including Planning and Zoning, the Lake Tyler Roundtable, Traffic Task Force, Toll 49 Exploratory Committee, Tyler Economic…

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

William P. “Billy” Larson Jr. said traffic on Old Jacksonville Highway was one of the things that prompted him to run for Tyler City Council. Larson was born in Victoria, and has lived in Smith County since 1992, and in…

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

This big guy is Bear, a 1-year-old Labrador retriever that is available for adoption at the Humane Society's Pet Fur People in Tyler. Bear is large - he weighs 89 pounds and is very active. Bear may be best suited…

25 April 2015 [10:48 PM]
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The '70s had the best bands

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25 April 2015 [10:39 PM]
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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…

25 April 2015 [10:24 PM]
4 vying for District 1 council seat

Tyler residents in District 1 will have a choice of four candidates on their ballots. In the city, representatives in odd districts are up for election, but the only contested race is District 1. The district begins at the intersection…

25 April 2015 [10:23 PM]
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UT Health hosts leading cancer prevention physicians

One of the world’s leading cancer prevention researchers spoke at the 2015 UT Health Cancer Conference on Saturday at the UT Health Northeast. The keynote speaker, Dr. Otis Brawley, is the chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. The…

25 April 2015 [10:14 PM]
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East Texas Events 4-26

Whitehouse hosting 'Rock the Park' May 16 The Whitehouse City Park will be hosting “Rock the Park” on Saturday, May 16 from 4 to 10:30 p.m. The event will feature five area rock bands, two of which are…

25 April 2015 [10:08 PM]
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25 April 2015 [10:04 PM]
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Texas leafcutting ant not to be trifled with

The Texas leaf-cutting ant, Atta texana, is a serious pest in recently planted pine plantations in East Texas. The Texas leaf-cutting ant (also called town ant, parasol ant, or cut ant) is the most northern representative of the genus Atta,…

25 April 2015 [10:02 PM]
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Beware of work-at-home scams

Work-at-home jobs promise big benefits: extra income, flexible hours, maybe even working in your pajamas. The trick, of course, is finding one that’s legitimate. Better Business Bureau Serving Central East Texas warns employment seekers to be cautious when submitting your…

25 April 2015 [09:54 PM]
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Dermatologist leads this week's Walk with a Doc

Lisa Lowry, a Tyler dermatologist, leads this week’s Walk with a Doc event on Thursday and will discuss how the face ages and what to do about it. She gives a peek into the topics addressed at this week’s walk.…

25 April 2015 [09:51 PM]
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ETMC heart attack program recognized

The East Texas Medical Center Cardiovascular Institute was named a center of excellence by the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE), for its heart attack prevention program, one of 36 such centers in seven countries worldwide. ETMC and…

25 April 2015 [09:49 PM]
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Conference aims to educate public about mental illness

Bill Tyson still finds it difficult to talk about his wife’s mental illness. It’s been 11 years since Shelly Tyson’s initial psychotic break. She has since been diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia and episodes of paranoia. On a day…

25 April 2015 [09:41 PM]
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Survivor returns to the fight

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a series of weekly columns about breast cancer survivors leading to the Race for the Cure event May 9 in downtown Tyler. In February 2009, when Karen Durham was celebrating 19 years…

25 April 2015 [09:37 PM]