Holiday Helpings

People share a meal on Wednesday at the Salvation Army Christmas Eve brunch in Tyler. The Salvation Army has worked to help the needy for 115 years in Smith County. The Tyler branch helps more than 6,000 people annually through an array of programs and services, such as providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, senior outreach and…

Some things change, some stay the same

This column by Steve Knight was originally published on Dec. 26, 2013.

Teen plays secret superhero in web series

As the star of the web series “Party Girl,” 15-year-old Athens native Cait Pool plays a secret superhero. “Party Girl” follows the adventures of 16-year-old Rachel Buchanan, a masked hero called Party Girl who decides to take justice into her own hands.

Local Dems elect new chairwoman

County and statewide Democrats may be down but they’re not out, said newly elected Smith County Democratic Party chairman Shirley Falzone. Mrs.

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Holiday Helpings

People share a meal on Wednesday at the Salvation Army Christmas Eve brunch in Tyler. The Salvation Army has worked to help the needy for 115 years in Smith County. The Tyler branch helps more than 6,000 people annually through…

25 December 2014 [10:58 PM]
Athens Fall Foliage Trail earns recognition

ATHENS — In 2012, the city of Athens Department of Tourism created a self-guided driving trail for visitors to take who were looking for places to see the fall colors of East Texas. Now just two years later, the Scenic…

25 December 2014 [10:37 PM]
DPS "no refusal" initiative continues til Jan. 2

The Texas Department of Public Safety’s “no refusal” initiative — an effort to reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes during the holidays — is currently underway and continues to Jan. 2. The program is an attempt to get alcohol-impaired drivers…

25 December 2014 [10:35 PM]
Bible Verse 12-26

"And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger." (Luke 2:12)…

25 December 2014 [10:15 PM]
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Local Dems elect new chairwoman

County and statewide Democrats may be down but they’re not out, said newly elected Smith County Democratic Party chairman Shirley Falzone. Mrs. Falzone, 59, spent 27 of her 30 years in education at Tyler ISD as a teacher and administrator.…

25 December 2014 [10:07 PM]
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Teen plays secret superhero in web series

As the star of the web series “Party Girl,” 15-year-old Athens native Cait Pool plays a secret superhero. “Party Girl” follows the adventures of 16-year-old Rachel Buchanan, a masked hero called Party Girl who decides to take justice into her…

25 December 2014 [09:44 PM]
Congratulations...

... to Jeremiah Crow, Tyler, for receiving a doctor of philosophy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. ... to East Texas residents who made the president’s list at Southern Arkansas University: Macy Frazier, Canton, Samuel Truitt, Pittsburg, and Mason Mallard, Whitehouse.…

25 December 2014 [08:23 PM]
Year of growth and changes for the Rose City

It’s been a year of changes for the city of Tyler. The city officially crossed the 100,000-population milestone, passed ordinances designed to bring commerce into the city and made forward movement on ongoing issues, including animal control. BREAKING…

25 December 2014 [08:22 PM]
Time running out to donate

Time is closing in on The Shine Your Light community campaign to benefit eight local nonprofit organizations. With five days left to give, the campaign’s total is $147,210, including eight gifts received on Dec. 24 in the amount of $10,…

25 December 2014 [07:57 PM]
Filipino dance group looks to break record

More than 100 East Texans helped set a Filipino dance record in January of this year and now they have the chance to receive more recognition. The Largest Tinikling Dance is among the finalists for the Guinness World Records Fan…

25 December 2014 [07:53 PM]
WA man in a kayak helps nab suspected thief

SAMMAMISH, Wash. (AP) — A fast-paddling good Samaritan in a kayak helped sheriff's deputies in Washington state nab a suspected Christmas mail thief. Q13 reports deputies received multiple calls on Wednesday morning that a man and a woman were going…

25 December 2014 [07:39 PM]
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Battleground Texas runs into state registration laws

HOUSTON (AP) — Battleground Texas, the liberal-leaning group aiming to register thousands of new voters, says Texas laws have made it harder to keep its volunteers eligible. The deputy voter registrars that signed up with Battleground Texas and others lose…

25 December 2014 [07:34 PM]
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Some things change, some stay the same

This column by Steve Knight was originally published on Dec. 26, 2013. The mad dash to rip open carefully wrapped Christmas presents has come and gone. Today, there should be peace across the land, except where deer and…

25 December 2014 [07:09 PM]
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Let's make safety a priority this year

Let’s prove Darwin wrong this week. Let’s agree, as we prepare to celebrate the New Year, to not kill ourselves (or others) doing stupid things. That means no drinking and driving, no shooting guns into the air in celebration, and…

25 December 2014 [07:07 PM]
Death and funeral notices 12-26

DEATHS  RONALD BRAZZEL , 74, Tyler, died Dec. 24. Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler. NATALIE BROOKS, 37, Tyler, died Dec. 24. Community Funeral Home of Tyler. RUTH COWGER, 95, Frankston, died Dec. 24. Autry Funeral Home, Frankston. JULIE CROUCH , 55, Austin, formerly of…

25 December 2014 [07:02 PM]
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Manziel: 'I have to take it a lot more seriously than maybe I did' Video

In an interview yesterday, Tyler native Johnny Manziel insisted he has matured and vowed to be committed to football in the upcoming offseason. He wouldn’t admit his growth as a player for the Cleveland Browns was stunted because he partied…

24 December 2014 [12:34 PM]
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Man identified in high speed chase in Lindale Video

(KYTX) -- 37-year-old Jacob Brewer has been identified as the man who led Lindale authorities on a high speed chase Monday. Brewer was also the subject of a manhunt that lasted about nine hours. Brewer is a suspect in rash…

24 December 2014 [10:50 AM]
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Officer kills armed 18-year-old near Ferguson Video

BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — Violent protests broke out in suburban St. Louis after another black 18-year-old was fatally shot by a white police officer. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the officer was questioning the 18-year-old and another…

24 December 2014 [10:45 AM]
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Broussard named new Tyler city manager

Edward Broussard said Tyler’s collaborative spirit makes the city a perfect fit for him. After a three-month long search, Broussard was named the new city manager at a specially called meeting Tuesday morning. He leaves his current post as city…

24 December 2014 [09:59 AM]
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Feline internet fame gives cats a boost

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Cats these days aren't associated with deities like they were in ancient Egypt, but the Internet has gotten them a little closer. We adore Nora the piano-playing cat. We chuckle as a comical feline named Maru…

24 December 2014 [09:54 AM]
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Never get married on a holiday

“All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner.” — Red Skelton It sounded like the right thing to do. My mother’s family had a tradition of getting married on Christmas Eve — her parents…

24 December 2014 [09:53 AM]
Slimmed-down Texas Santa ready for holidays

DALLAS (AP) — As he rounded his mid-50s, Chuck Lee seemed perfectly suited to be the part-time Santa he played every holiday season. Even before he'd assumed the role, the banjo maker and former plumber had the look down: a…

24 December 2014 [09:49 AM]
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Keurig recalls 7 million coffee makers due to burn risk

Keurig is recalling more than 7 million of its single-serve coffee brewing machines after reports that a number of them had spewed hot liquids and injured dozens of users. The recall is for Keurig's Mini Plus brewers that were made…

24 December 2014 [09:35 AM]
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Tyler Police arrest man for club shooting Video

Tyler police arrested Katyron Jermaine Barrett who was accused of murder and booked into the Smith County Jail on Tuesday. Barrett was wanted in connection with the shooting death of Brandon Deroyce Grey, 30, of Tyler, early Sunday morning.…

24 December 2014 [09:10 AM]
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Ex-President George H.W. Bush taken to hospital Video

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to a Houston hospital Tuesday evening after experiencing a shortness of breath, a family spokesman said. Bush, 90, was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital as a "precaution," according…

24 December 2014 [09:02 AM]
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Adopted siblings to experience first Christmas in U.S.

The mystery of Christmas has puzzled two Tyler kids, who are experiencing their first holiday season in America since being adopted and moved from their native home in Mafi Amerika, Ghana. The siblings have had a plethora of questions…

24 December 2014 [08:30 AM]
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Across US, after NYC deaths, a surge of support for police

NEW YORK (AP) — Rocker Jon Bon Jovi donned a New York Police Department T-shirt on stage. Well-wishers delivered home-baked cookies by the hundreds to police in Cincinnati. In Mooresville, North Carolina, police and sheriff's officers were treated by residents…

24 December 2014 [05:58 AM]