10th annual hero flight returns to Tyler

  The Brookshire’s/Super 1 Foods 10th Heroes Flight came to an end Thursday, as the 30 veterans that left for the nation’s capital on Monday returned home with a host of new friendships and memories.  “I’d like to thank Brookshire’s for all they’ve done for us,” Seldon Stansbury, a World War II veteran, said. …

Athens Old Fiddlers contest Friday and Saturday on the Courthouse Square

The Athens Old Fiddlers Contest promises to stick to the tried-and-true formula in 2015. After all, it’s the tradition of good music and fun that’s kept people coming for 84 years. The Saturday schedule begins with the welcome at 9 a.m., the contest at 10 a.m. and the finals starting at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., Guitars Etc.

Recovery group finds a new home

  After 21 years, the Live and Kicking Winners Circle of Tyler — a program that serves those who have been in prison or are recovering from addiction — finally has a permanent home.

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TJC receives $136K project grant

Eighty-two employees will be trained for new jobs at a Tyler manufacturer with a $135,990 check that Texas Workforce Commissioner Hope Andrade delivered to Tyler Junior College on Thursday to fund the training. The project will upgrade the skills of…

28 May 2015 [11:40 PM]
Agreement reached on Texas open carry bill

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas lawmakers on Thursday negotiated a final version of a bill allowing licensed open carry of handguns, easing concerns of police and priming it for a vote that would send it to Gov. Greg Abbott. House and…

28 May 2015 [11:31 PM]
Casen Salitore, Troop 335, earns his Eagle Scout rank

Casen Fredrick Salitore, of Tyler, earned his Eagle Scout Award. He was recognized at a Court of Honor ceremony May 9 at the Smith County Historical Society, his family announced. He is a member of Troop 335 in the Okee…

28 May 2015 [11:21 PM]
Bible Verse 5-29

"Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep." (Romans 12:15)      …

28 May 2015 [11:00 PM]
Recovery group finds a new home

After 21 years, the Live and Kicking Winners Circle of Tyler — a program that serves those who have been in prison or are recovering from addiction — finally has a permanent home. The group hosted a ribbon cutting at…

28 May 2015 [10:57 PM]
Duchovny is on the case in 'Aquarius'

NBC’s “Aquarius” transports hippies, flower power, free love and a budding psychopath named Charles Manson to prime time. More significant for network TV watchers, “Aquarius” marks the dawning of the new age of David Duchovny. The drama is a return…

28 May 2015 [10:53 PM]
Wine Swirl set for June 27 downtown

After a successful first year in 2014, Tyler Main Street is bringing back Wine Swirl. The event is set for 6 to 10 p.m. on June 27, Main Street announced. Restaurants and vineyards will offer food and wine samples in…

28 May 2015 [10:48 PM]
Athens event to help Van tornado recovery

A concert and activities on Saturday at Bruce Field in Athens will raise money for ongoing tornado recovery efforts in Van, organizers announced. The disaster relief benefit is being hosted by Bright Entertainment and Athens Farmer’s Market in conjunction with…

28 May 2015 [10:47 PM]
Comedy festival returns in June

Tickets are now on sale for the Fourth Annual East Texas Comedy Festival set for June 18 to 20 at Liberty Hall in downtown Tyler. The festival will feature comedians who appear on television, national tours and comedy clubs, including…

28 May 2015 [10:42 PM]
10th annual hero flight returns to Tyler Video

The Brookshire’s/Super 1 Foods 10th Heroes Flight came to an end Thursday, as the 30 veterans that left for the nation’s capital on Monday returned home with a host of new friendships and memories. “I’d like to thank Brookshire’s…

28 May 2015 [10:13 PM]
Clinton crony Sidney Blumenthal shows lack of ethics

Charity Navigator should make this an informal rule: If your charity is employing Sidney Blumenthal, it automatically goes on the watch list. The ethical controversies around Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation have often seemed 1990s redux, and never more…

28 May 2015 [08:01 PM]
Giving to campaigns still a form of speech

A simple apology would suffice. Instead, campaign finance reformers, horrified by the predictable results of their handiwork, aspire to yet more regulatory wrinkles to limit political speech. These, too, would have consequences unintended and undesired by reformers, “requiring” a new…

28 May 2015 [07:53 PM]
Legislature fails to make sensible fixes

The Texas Legislature has a couple more days to go in the session, but the bulk of its work is done. And what’s just as significant as what has been done is what has been left undone. Lawmakers failed to…

28 May 2015 [07:51 PM]
Deaths and Funeral Notices 5-29

DEATHS FAYE BYRD, 85, Jacksonville, died May 27. Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Saturday at funeral home. ROBERT CALDWELL, 72, Tyler, died May 26. John R. Harmon Undertaking Co., Tyler. DOROTHY BRAXTON COLEMAN, 69, Tyler, died May 28.…

28 May 2015 [07:49 PM]
Cocaine found in Palestine home, 2 arrested

PALESTINE — Two people have been arrested and two children were placed with another family member after police found cocaine and drug paraphernalia in a Palestine mobile home. Edward O. McCoy, 28, and 30-year-old Paulette Jackson were arrested after…

28 May 2015 [05:32 PM]
Sites designated for Cherokee County storm debris collection

Cherokee County residents are busily picking up downed tree limbs and other storm debris following a powerful thunderstorm that rolled through the county this week. County commissioners and the city of Jacksonville have set up dumpsites where storm debris can…

28 May 2015 [03:47 PM]
5-car crash on 5th Street near Tyler Junior College

A five-car crash near Tyler Junior College slowed traffic on Fifth Street and South Mahan Avenue around 11:30 on Thursday. According to Don Martin, Tyler Police Department's Public Information Offiicer, the cars were all headed west on Fifth Street in…

28 May 2015 [03:28 PM]
'Annie,' Trace Adkins on 2015-16 Cowan Center schedule Video

The Cowan Center is bringing the musical “Annie,” country singer Trace Adkins, comedian Frank Caliendo and a live version of the game show “The Price is Right” to Tyler. The 2015-2016 season of The University of Texas at Tyler performing…

28 May 2015 [02:06 PM]
Tyler ISD behind state passing rates in all categories of STARR tests

Tyler ISD passing rates on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STARR) tests administered this spring trailed far behind state passing rates in all categories, according to preliminary results that the district released late Wednesday. Administrators are analyzing…

28 May 2015 [02:01 PM]
Slow police chase from Fort Worth to Arlington ends in crash Video

FORT WORTH (AP) — A man has been arrested after leading police on a slow two-hour chase from Fort Worth to Arlington mostly along Interstate 30 that ended in a crash. According to a press release, police stopped a car…

28 May 2015 [10:30 AM]
Copper thieves thwarting power restoration after Henderson tornado

HENDERSON - Tornado and storm cleanup continues in Henderson and Rusk County with 5,700 customers still without power in the area and officials warn of copper thefts as thieves have targeted utility companies on the ground to help restore the…

28 May 2015 [10:08 AM]
Some East Texas districts cancel classes after outages Video

Multiple East Texas school districts have decided to cancel classes Thursday because of power outages. Henderson ISD, Jacksonville ISD and New Summerfield ISD will be closed on Thursday. New Summerfield Superintendent Greg Weiss announced today that grades pre-K through 6th…

28 May 2015 [09:28 AM]
Utility crews converge on Henderson Video

HENDERSON (KYTX) -- Henderson officials estimate at least 100 homes and 50 business were damaged in Monday night's storms. Despite the destruction, there is currently no boil water notice within the city of Henderson, however, there is a boil water…

28 May 2015 [09:23 AM]
Disaster declaration for Cherokee County Video

CHEROKEE COUNTY (KYTX) - Cherokee County declared a local state of disaster Wednesday. Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis made the declaration because of the extensive damage from the May 25th storm damage.…

28 May 2015 [09:20 AM]
Grandmother, 2 children recovering from CO poisoning Video

A grandmother and two children are recovering in the hospital after they are believed to have suffered carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator that powered their home after storms knocked out electricity. The children's mother arrived at the home on…

28 May 2015 [09:17 AM]