Lighten Up East Texas 2015 comes to a close, check out who won the car

Hundreds gathered at FRESH by Brookshire’s to celebrate the close of Lighten Up East Texas 2015. In January 2,325 people weighed in for the program’s third year, committing to making changes toward a healthier lifestyle. At the weigh out, 930 of those participants hit the scales. …

Little Grads

52 preschoolers walk the stage Thursday during the Niños de Promesa graduation at First Baptist Church in Tyler.

Centenarian who escaped Nazis on skis is Seattle star

SEATTLE (TNS) — At first, Knut Einarsen seemed uncomfortable with the question. Just because he has lived to 100 in good health doesn’t mean he can tell others how to do the same. “Is it all the fish you eat?” prompted daughter-in-law Diana Einarsen, standing nearby.

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Centenarian who escaped Nazis on skis is Seattle star

SEATTLE (TNS) — At first, Knut Einarsen seemed uncomfortable with the question. Just because he has lived to 100 in good health doesn’t mean he can tell others how to do the same. “Is it all the fish you eat?”…

22 May 2015 [12:11 AM]
David Letterman scores highest rating since '05

David Letterman’s final appearance as host of “The Late Show” delivered the CBS program’s best overnight rating since December 2005, when Oprah Winfrey was a guest. Based on the overnight data from the top 56 markets measured by Nielsen, the…

21 May 2015 [11:54 PM]
TISD board member Dunbar resigns

A trustee resigned and two new top-level administrative positions were filled during Thursday’s meeting of the Tyler ISD board of trustees. The Rev. Dr. Marty M. Dunbar, who has served two years on the school board representing District 6, “has…

21 May 2015 [11:53 PM]
Cattle Barons' events kick off at Cavender's

Clay Cavender adjusts his cowboy hat in a mirror at the Cattle Barons' Kick-Off Party at Cavender's in Tyler. The party featured live music by The Magills and hourly raffle prizes. The main event, the 2015 Cattle Barons' Gala, is…

21 May 2015 [11:50 PM]
Bible Verse 5-22

"For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect." (1 Corinthians 1:17)      …

21 May 2015 [11:39 PM]
Little Grads

52 preschoolers walk the stage Thursday during the Niños de Promesa graduation at First Baptist Church in Tyler.…

21 May 2015 [11:38 PM]
County looking at new contractor to provide health care for inmates

County commissioners hope updated medical facilities in the new jail will draw competitive bids from contractors interested in providing health care to its inmate population. Under state law, counties are responsible for ensuring inmates in their jails have access to…

21 May 2015 [11:31 PM]
Pro fishermen try to snag jackpot at Lake Fork event

Kelly Jordon always knew a fishing tournament on Lake Fork would be a hit with professional bass fishermen. The question was how to hold it within the confines of the lake’s slot limit. The Toyota Texas Bass Classic, which returns…

21 May 2015 [10:45 PM]
Man sentenced for murder of roommate

A Smith County man is pleading guilty to shooting and killing his sixty-five-year-old roommate, Walter Elder. In October 2014, neighbors saw Elder crash his car into a tree on Shady Creek Drive in Smith County. Kenneth Stearns then walked up…

21 May 2015 [09:44 PM]
Tylerite Wells named finalist in Pre-Teen Texas Pageant

Caroline Wells, an 11-year-old All Saints Episcopal School stu-dent, was chosen a state finalist in the National Am-erican Miss Pre-Teen Texas Pag-eant, the pageant announced. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Wells, of Tyler. She will participate…

21 May 2015 [09:02 PM]
'The Island' on NBC tests survival Skills of 14 men

Survival expert Bear Grylls expects the contestants on his new NBC reality adventure series “The Island” to be more prepared than they would have been had the show debuted a decade ago. The 14 players — who are going to…

21 May 2015 [08:16 PM]
Texas State Railroad to salute Armed Forces

The Texas State Railroad will salute those who serve in the armed forces with special Memorial Day weekend activities at its Palestine Depot on Saturday and Sunday. Patriot Trains decorated in patriotic red, white and blue will depart from the…

21 May 2015 [08:12 PM]
City of Tyler postpones downtown art event

The city of Tyler has postponed its ArtSquared event that was scheduled for Saturday on the downtown square. Beverly Abell, of the Tyler Main Street Department, said a new date has not been set. Earlier the city promoted ArtSquared as…

21 May 2015 [08:11 PM]
Jordin Sparks to headline Lake Palestine Palooza on Saturday

Jordin Sparks, an “American Idol” winner who has had several pop music hits, will headline Lake Tyler Palooza on Saturday at The Villages Marina on Lake Palestine. The fundraiser for Pets Fur People, a Tyler no-kill animal shelter, will take…

21 May 2015 [08:09 PM]
Whitehouse city attorney: We're waiting for 'cross-checked findings of fact' Video

WHITEHOUSE — Smith County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating possible personnel and policy violations by Whitehouse City Manager Kevin Huckabee, Police Chief Craig Shelton and three other officers following a May 14 incident. That night, members of the Texas Rangers, Smith…

21 May 2015 [08:00 PM]
‘Tomorrowland’ promises a world of hope and promise

Coming on the heels of the brutally dystopian vision of what’s to come glimpsed in “Mad Max: Fury Road,” the jet packs and “Jetsons” gleam of the charming if preachy “Tomorrowland” comes as a huge sigh of relief. Now, this…

21 May 2015 [07:59 PM]
Black Pointe is ready to transport audiences to Wonderland

Black Pointe Dance Company is taking audiences on a journey down the rabbit hole with their inaugural production, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” The ballet is based on Lewis Carroll’s classic novel. The professional company, one of the first in the…

21 May 2015 [07:52 PM]
Graduates are celebrated in special Tyler Paper section

There’s something special in today’s Tyler Morning Telegraph. Something worth celebrating. Something more than a decade in the making. In today’s paper you’ll find an 18-page special graduation section featuring the names of all graduation candidates from more than 70…

21 May 2015 [07:43 PM]
Capital punishment slowly fading away

Without a definitive judicial ruling or other galvanizing event, a perennial American argument is ending. Capital punishment is withering away. It is difficult to imagine moral reasoning that would support the conclusion that an injustice will be done when, years…

21 May 2015 [07:39 PM]
Best alternative to coal? Still nuclear

If the Obama administration has declared war on coal, it’s done so while unilaterally disarming itself of its most potent weapon — nuclear energy. The science journal PLOS ONE issued a study this week that says if we truly want…

21 May 2015 [07:37 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 5-22

DEATHS NANCY LEE BYNUM, 68, Arlington, died May 16. Tyler Memorial Funeral Home. COREY DEMETRICK HARTSFIELD, 32, Tyler, died May 20. Community Funeral Home of Tyler. ROBERT BRANDON HOSKIN, 41, Tyler, died May 17. Tyler Memorial Funeral Home. ENNIS “WOLF”…

21 May 2015 [07:34 PM]
Tyler rainfall more than 11 inches above normal, year to date Video

Lakes are swollen, dribbling brooks are now small rivers and the ground is saturated as the East Texas area has seen 17 straight days of rain. The lengthy spell of rain is topping the higher-than-normal rainfall the area has…

21 May 2015 [04:12 PM]
UIL Basketball Tournaments to Return to Alamodome in 2016 and 2017 Video

AUSTIN, TX— The University Interscholastic League Girls and Boys Basketball State Tournaments will return to the San Antonio Alamodome in 2016 and 2017 the League announced Thursday.   The Alamodome hosted the tournaments for the first time in 2015. …

21 May 2015 [03:15 PM]
A's announce Ron Washington hired as coach

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have announced that Ron Washington is rejoining the team as a major league coach after working nearly eight years as manager of the Texas Rangers. Washington, who was a coach with the…

21 May 2015 [02:36 PM]
Winona Police department closing by end of month Video

WINONA (KYTX) – The newly elected Winona City Mayor, and the City Council have decided to close the Winona Police Department by the end of the month due to financial restraints. Winona Police Chief Bryan M. Richards issued the following…

21 May 2015 [12:44 PM]
Rains in Texas bring end to second-worst drought category

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Ongoing rainfall across much of Texas has brought additional improvement in drought conditions. The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows Texas with no areas in extreme drought, the second worst category. The last time the…

21 May 2015 [12:13 PM]
'Freedom in the Park' event Saturday in Whitehouse Video

The Whitehouse Chamber of Commerce is inviting the public to its annual summer event, Freedom in the Park, sponsored by Republic Services. This free event will be held Saturday, May 23 at Whitehouse City Park beginning at 10 a.m. There…

21 May 2015 [12:01 PM]
UPDATE: Longview fatal shooting victim ID'd Video

(UPDATED May 21, 2015 at 10:50 am CT) UPDATE: LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Police identity the victim in the 15th Street murder as 30 year-old Kareshia Rena Jones, of Longview. Longview Police still need the public's help in solving this crime.…

21 May 2015 [10:52 AM]