U.S., partner nations begin airstrikes against Islamic State group in Syria

WASHINGTON — The U.S. and partner nations began launching airstrikes against Islamic State group targets in Syria for the first time Monday night, expanding a military campaign against the militants with a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from ships in the region. The strikes were part of the expanded military …

Jacksonville man pleads guilty to capital murder of coach

The man who fatally shot Stacy Hunter, a well known Jacksonville coach and mentor, has pleaded guilty to capital murder. Jimmy Deshawn Mosley, 26, of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty Monday and will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole, Cherokee County District Attorney Rachel Patton said.

Orchestras at Lee, John Tyler savoring UIL regional wins

Commitment coupled with hard work on the part of student musicians — and high expectations on the part of directors — contributed to orchestras at John Tyler and Robert E. Lee high schools achieving their current level of success.

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Jacksonville man pleads guilty to capital murder of coach

The man who fatally shot Stacy Hunter, a well known Jacksonville coach and mentor, has pleaded guilty to capital murder. Jimmy Deshawn Mosley, 26, of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty Monday and will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole,…

22 September 2014 [09:41 PM]
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Orchestras at Lee, John Tyler savoring UIL regional wins

Commitment coupled with hard work on the part of student musicians — and high expectations on the part of directors — contributed to orchestras at John Tyler and Robert E. Lee high schools achieving their current level of success. Orchestras…

22 September 2014 [09:26 PM]
TJC taking reservations for trip to Turkey

Tyler Junior College is taking reservations for “Turkey: Biblical and Archeological Tour of Asia Minor,” planned for March 6 to 15, officials announced. Designed to enrich the American public’s knowledge of early Christianity, archeology, Turkey and the Middle East, tour…

22 September 2014 [09:17 PM]
UT Tyler receives Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty award

The University of Texas at Tyler has once again been recognized for creative uses and support of distance learning technology in the classroom, Dr. Ross Sherman, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced. Dr. Wesley Hickey received an…

22 September 2014 [09:16 PM]
Smith County League of Women Voters registering voters today

The Tyler/Smith County League of Women voters will celebrate democracy by registering voters today, National Voter Registration Day. The goal is to increase participation by encouraging Americans to register to vote and visit polls during the 2014 mid-term elections.…

22 September 2014 [09:14 PM]
Two Sewapalooza events in Tyler this weekend

A Nimble Thimble in Tyler will host two Sewapalooza events this weekend. Bernina of America, a manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, announced that Bernina Educator Tari Intardonato will lead attendees through three projects from 10 a.m. to 5…

22 September 2014 [09:13 PM]
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Discovery Science Place supporters sky dive into museum's gala

Two Discovery Science Place supporters made a grand entrance to the museum’s gala by skydiving onto the golf course at Willow Brook Country Club. Gala co-chairmen Shannon Dacus and Nathaniel Moran continued the museum’s tradition of big events at its…

22 September 2014 [09:12 PM]
Insurance ratings change could mean savings for some in Smith County

Emergency Services District No. 2 officials expect Insurance Service Office ratings to decrease in rural parts of Smith County, which could mean savings for residents living more than five miles from fire stations. Lower insurance premiums and improved fire…

22 September 2014 [09:10 PM]
Principal for new Tyler ISD middle school already on the job

While Three Lakes Middle School will not open until Fall 2015, Forrest Kaiser already is on the job as principal planning for its operation. “Three Lakes is a brand new school. It gives us an opportunity to start fresh, using…

22 September 2014 [08:51 PM]
Survey: Most protestant pastors don't address mental health issues

A Nashville-based evangelical research center released data Monday, which shows that while protestant pastors are aware of issues surrounding mental illness, most do not address it regularly. The survey also showed that nearly a quarter of pastors surveyed — 23…

22 September 2014 [08:48 PM]
Death and funeral notices, September 23

DEATHS JOYCE ELAINE BADE, 89, Quitman, died Sept. 20. Lowe Funeral Home, Quitman. MELVIN BOERM, 93, Tyler, died Sept. 21. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home, Lindale. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at funeral home. WILBUR LEE CALLAWAY, 74, Van, formerly of Grand Saline and Wills Point,…

22 September 2014 [08:15 PM]
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VIDEO: Hay Auction at East Texas State Fair

The auctioneer rattled off the bids Monday as the buyers kept the bidding war going during the 30th annual Smith County Hay Show The show, which was held at the East Texas State Fair and raised a total of $31,700,…

22 September 2014 [08:11 PM]
This administration must be more open

When journalists complain that the Obama administration has failed to live up to its promise to be the “most transparent” in history, much of the public yawns. After all, if anyone has a lower approval rating than Congress and the…

22 September 2014 [08:09 PM]
Overton man arrested for scrap metal theft

Staff reports An Overton man was arrested Monday morning for stealing scrap metal and kitchen appliances out of an abandoned trailer home. The Smith County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home in the 22500 block of County Road 26,…

22 September 2014 [05:16 PM]
Coming Soon to Village at Cumberland Park

STORE OPENINGS Tuesday: Vitamin Shoppe Friday: Gordmans and Kirkland’s Sept. 29: Petco Oct. 4: Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts Oct. 17: Dress Barn, Maurices Oct. 19: TJ Maxx Oct. 28: Massage Envy Oct. 29: Famous Footwear Oct. 31: Versona, Lane Bryant…

22 September 2014 [04:34 PM]
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‘Initial opening’ ceremony scheduled for Friday

BY CASEY MURPHY, cmurphy@tylerpaper.com Stores in The Village at Cumberland Park will begin opening this week. David Wilson, of Dallas-based The Retail Connection, the developer on the 78-acre project, said they will have an “initial opening” ceremony on…

22 September 2014 [04:07 PM]
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VIDEO: Former NFL kicker Bironas killed in car crash

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rob Bironas, who worked his way through odd jobs and the Arena Football League before becoming one of the NFL's most accurate kickers, died in a car crash. He was 36. The former Tennessee Titans player…

22 September 2014 [11:02 AM]
6th Annual Whitehouse Citywide Garage Sale Scheduled for October 11

The 2014 Whitehouse Citywide Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, October 11th at locations throughout Whitehouse. The event, coordinated by Keep Whitehouse Beautiful draws shoppers from all parts of East Texas for a day of great deals. Whitehouse residents,…

22 September 2014 [10:47 AM]
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VIDEO: Sunday Tyler house fire contained mostly to garage

(KYTX) -- Fire investigators are trying to figure out what started a house fire in Tyler Sunday night. That's just off of 5th Street by Tyler Junior College. We're told everyone in the home was able to get out safely…

22 September 2014 [09:07 AM]
Aloft with light: Artist calls renovated garage, service station home

BY KELLY GOOCH, kgooch@tylerpaper.com EDITOR ‘S NOTE: This is part of an occasional series of stories about renovation projects that have taken place in and around downtown.    When Cassie Edmonds began searching for a new home, her goal was to find…

22 September 2014 [12:17 AM]
Community members form human peace sign

BY FAITH HARPER, fharper@tylerpaper.com The words of Henry Chapin’s classic “All My Life’s a Circle” carried through the Liberty Hall Theater in Tyler as the audience sang in unison at the finale of the fourth annual Art of Peace Festival. Sunday…

22 September 2014 [12:15 AM]
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English organist has two Tyler performances planned

David Poulter, an organist from Liverpool, England, is scheduled for two performances in Tyler. He will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 230 Rusk St. and at 6 p.m. on Sept. 28, at…

21 September 2014 [10:00 PM]