Kilgore College president announces retirement

Dr. William M. “Bill” Holda announced Thursday that he will step down as president of Kilgore College, effective Jan. 31. The KC Board of Trustees selected Holda as the eighth president of KC on July 2, 1996. Holda is finishing his 19th year as president and beginning his 20th year. He cited many reasons why he believes this is the best time for him, his family and the college for him to retire.…

Group plans, commits vandalism of Georgia Walmart Video

Led by a teenage boy making gang sign gestures, a mob of vandals descended on a Walmart store in Georgia early Sunday and trashed the business in a reported attempt to “see how much damage they could cause,” police say. A Walmart surveillance camera recorded the vandals racing through Macon, Georgia store aisles at around 1:45 a.m.

Study: Blue-eyed people have higher risk of alcoholism Video

Is it mere coincidence, or do people with blue eyes really run a higher risk of being alcoholics? A new study out of the University of Vermont suggests that the link not only exists, but it appears to be a genetic one. Yahoo news reports that researchers find that among European-Americans, those with light-colored eyes — described as ones that are green, gray, and brown in the center — have higher rates of alcohol dependency than Euro-Americans with dark brown eyes; that link is strongest in blue-eyed people.

Pine Tree ISD mourns loss of student athlete Video

LONGVIEW (KYTK) - Pine Tree ISD has confirmed the loss of one of their students. Josh Warren died Wednesday morning. He was a junior at the school and played as a defensive end on the Pirates football team. Warren died away from the school. A cause of death has not yet been released.

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Kilgore College president announces retirement

Dr. William M. “Bill” Holda announced Thursday that he will step down as president of Kilgore College, effective Jan. 31. The KC Board of Trustees selected Holda as the eighth president of KC on July 2, 1996. Holda is finishing…

02 July 2015 [03:51 PM]
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Group plans, commits vandalism of Georgia Walmart Video

Led by a teenage boy making gang sign gestures, a mob of vandals descended on a Walmart store in Georgia early Sunday and trashed the business in a reported attempt to “see how much damage they could cause,” police say.…

02 July 2015 [03:48 PM]
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US women react to facing Japan in final Video

Bring it on. That's how the U.S. women's soccer team reacted Wednesday night to learning that Japan would be the opponent in the World Cup final. The Americans beat Germany 2-0 on Tuesday to reach the championship game. Japan defeated…

02 July 2015 [03:01 PM]
Holiday weekend prime for injuries, hazards

With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, health officials remind people to take precautions to avoid injuries and illness. The most obvious precaution is the safe handling of fireworks, as an average of 230 people show up every day in…

02 July 2015 [02:03 PM]
Mosque open house scheduled

The East Texas Islamic Society will have its Mosque Open House from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 2. The mosque is at 10659 Texas Highway 64 East in Tyler. Anwar Khalifa, who is an Islamic Society board member…

02 July 2015 [02:01 PM]
Valentine set to run for Henderson County Sheriff

(TNS) --Billy Jack Valentine announces and declares his candidacy for Henderson County Sheriff. He will file in the 2016 Republican Primary. "I have been preparing for the past 10 years to run for Sheriff of Henderson County," he said. "I…

02 July 2015 [11:02 AM]
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Study: Blue-eyed people have higher risk of alcoholism Video

Is it mere coincidence, or do people with blue eyes really run a higher risk of being alcoholics? A new study out of the University of Vermont suggests that the link not only exists, but it appears to be a…

02 July 2015 [09:59 AM]
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Pine Tree ISD mourns loss of student athlete Video

LONGVIEW (KYTK) - Pine Tree ISD has confirmed the loss of one of their students. Josh Warren died Wednesday morning. He was a junior at the school and played as a defensive end on the Pirates football team. Warren died…

02 July 2015 [09:30 AM]
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Gladewater teen missing after stealing mother's car Video

GLADEWATER (KYTX) -- A Gladewater teenager is missing tonight after police say she stole her mother's car last week and drove out of state. According to Gladewater Police's Facebook page, 17-year-old Mary Katlyn Flowers was reported as a runaway and…

02 July 2015 [09:24 AM]
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Jury duty scam targets East Texans Video

TYLER (KYTX) -- The U.S. Marshals Service has launched an investigation into an alleged scam that's left victims out of thousands of dollars so far. The victims are told they face arrest for missing jury duty if they don't pay…

02 July 2015 [09:19 AM]
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Longview woman frustrated after police checkpoint near home Video

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - When La'Toya Allen-Costict noticed Longview police surrounding the Stamper Park-area intersection outside her front porch, she took to social media. "They ain't doing no drug stop. They ain't doing nothing. They're pulling over people that's coming to…

02 July 2015 [09:17 AM]
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Lufkin officer fights off dog Video

From the Lufkin Police Department: LUFKIN (KYTX) - Officer Quintin McClure was called to 905 James Ave. after a woman called about her neighbor’s aggressive dog. When McClure arrived, the woman told him the neighbor had taken the dog inside…

02 July 2015 [09:10 AM]
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CDC warns of parasite outbreak affecting swimming pools Video

AUSTIN (KVUE via KYTX) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning about a chlorine-resistant parasite in contaminated water that can cause cramping, diarrhea, nausea and a lack of appetite. Cryptosporidium is a single-cell organism found in swimming…

02 July 2015 [09:07 AM]
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Animal shelter director bitten by dog opens up Video

SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) -- The Smith County animal shelter director is recovering after being attacked by one of the dogs at the shelter. "This is not going to stop me from doing what I love to do. These dogs out…

02 July 2015 [09:02 AM]
UT Austin graduate to travel to Philippines for Peace Corps

  Julie Fryman is anything but your ordinary twenty-something. Ms. Fryman, a Tyler native, is an environmental scientist who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Where most people in her position would be focused on starting…

01 July 2015 [11:07 PM]
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Smith County Commissioners recognize employees for service

Smith County Commissioners recognized 14 employees for their years of service on Tuesday. Two of the long-time employees, Kenneth Butler and Charley Miller, work for the Road and Bridge Department. Butler, 51, has been working as a mechanic since he…

01 July 2015 [11:05 PM]
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Unsuspected yard ornaments raise awareness for cancer cause

Early on an ordinary Friday morning, a cancer patient awoke to find nearly two dozen sneakers littering her front yard. Soon those shoes made their way to another yard, “sneak attacking,” another unsuspecting resident who will learn the sneakers —…

01 July 2015 [11:01 PM]
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Cambodia native, ETMC volunteer earns valedictorian

Jennifer Mao, an ETMC Tyler Volunteer, spent the first half of her life in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. “Education in Cambodia isn’t very good. If you have money you would get better schooling,” Miss Mao said. She and…

01 July 2015 [10:56 PM]
Police warn of scam involving jury duty

Officials warns citizens to be aware of a scam where the victim is told the U.S. Marshal's Service or the local law enforcement agency is looking for them because they missed jury duty. Eastern District of Texas U.S. Marshal Robert…

01 July 2015 [10:40 PM]
Hanging canine investigation continues

  The investigation into a dead dog found hanging from a tree in a Tyler backyard continues, but police said three other dogs at the home were confiscated by animal control officers. Tyler Police Detective Andy Erbaugh said the…

01 July 2015 [10:35 PM]
Only life-long, gluten-free diet can treat celiac disease

Celiac disease is a genetic disease, where gluten in the diet causes the immune system to attack the cells in your own body. Gluten is a storage protein found in wheat, barley and rye. The only treatment for celiac disease…

01 July 2015 [09:00 PM]
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Tiger lilies in IDEA Garden showing their brilliant colors

We have tigers in the garden, and you must come and see. Our tigers are guaranteed not to bite or attack. They won’t even roar, but they are handsome fellows. Our tiger lilies are blooming profusely now in…

01 July 2015 [08:58 PM]
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Gardening enters maintenance mode as summer begins

Now that summer is here, most activities outside involving the landscape and garden are in mostly a maintenance mode. But, before delving into some of those items, here is an update on an event in our “backyard.” I attended the…

01 July 2015 [08:55 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 7-2

DEATHS HAROLD J. ADAMS, 87, Tyler, died June 25. Hilliard Funeral Home, Van. RONALD L. BERGMEIER, 87, Tyler, died June 26. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home, Lindale. SHIRLEY FORRER, 86, Tyler, formerly of Hideaway, died June 23. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home, Lindale. JOHN…

01 July 2015 [08:37 PM]
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Supremes to judge affirmative action

In any other context — say, that of a left-leaning plaintiff in an important U.S. Supreme Court case — this would be unacceptable. But Slate magazine’s take on the Court’s agreement to take up affirmative action again is all about…

01 July 2015 [08:32 PM]