Residents, East Texans work to get water flowing in Fairview

REKLAW — LaTonya Carter said the task of hauling water every day – the gallons and gallons she and her young boys need to wash, cook and flush the toilet – is harder in the winter. “That’s when it really gets to me,” the 32-year-old mother of four boys said. “We usually go at night, so it’s cold st…

Senior starts over in life with colorful passion

Underneath the bright yellow, pig-tailed wig, face paint and Raggedy Ann-esque clown costume is a woman who believes everyone deserves a smile, and as “Dee Dee” the clown, it’s her goal to deliver. Dee Kirkpatrick, a twice widowed 76-year-old great-grandmother of two, grandmother of six and aspiring clown, is a believer in keep

Game night puts family first

Sorry, Uno and Monopoly were just some of the games families could play at the Bring Back Family Game Night hosted by the City of Tyler and the Tyler Public Library at the library Tuesday. Nearly 40 families gathered for games of friendly competition and bonding.

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Residents, East Texans work to get water flowing in Fairview

REKLAW — LaTonya Carter said the task of hauling water every day – the gallons and gallons she and her young boys need to wash, cook and flush the toilet – is harder in the winter. “That’s when it really…

27 January 2015 [11:11 PM]
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Game night puts family first

Sorry, Uno and Monopoly were just some of the games families could play at the Bring Back Family Game Night hosted by the City of Tyler and the Tyler Public Library at the library Tuesday. Nearly 40 families gathered for…

27 January 2015 [11:11 PM]
Bible Verse 1-28

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)      …

27 January 2015 [11:03 PM]
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Literacy council of Tyler celebrates 25th anniversary

When Dilia Salvador arrived in the United States when she was 20, she dreamed of becoming a teacher, but her inability to speak English well and the lack of a U.S. education hindered her. Although she had the education to…

27 January 2015 [10:50 PM]
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Mystery Photo

Do you recognize any of these men? We'd love to know any information about this photograph. You can give us your information in several ways. Send it to us at mygeneration@tylerpaper.com or to "My Generation" at the Tyler Morning Telegraph,…

27 January 2015 [09:59 PM]
They said what?

Memorable quotes from those you may or may not know. This week, our topic is: Stephen Hawking. “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder…

27 January 2015 [09:54 PM]
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Highs and Lows in Kansas

“It’s easier to go down a hill than up it, but the view is much better at the top.” — Henry Ward Beecher If you know me, you know I refuse to get caught up in politics. I…

27 January 2015 [09:45 PM]
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Senior starts over in life with colorful passion

Underneath the bright yellow, pig-tailed wig, face paint and Raggedy Ann-esque clown costume is a woman who believes everyone deserves a smile, and as “Dee Dee” the clown, it’s her goal to deliver. Dee Kirkpatrick, a twice widowed 76-year-old great-grandmother…

27 January 2015 [09:44 PM]
Smith County expects to save with extension

Smith County expects to save an additional $35,000 annually after extending a three-year contract with its electricity provider. Purchasing Director Kim Gould said the county’s kilowatt-per hour rate dropped to .044538 from .047211 with the locked-in, 36-month contract with Constellation…

27 January 2015 [09:25 PM]
Tyler man found dead in home after illness

After not hearing from their relative for several weeks, a family’s check on a Tyler man Monday afternoon revealed he died two weeks ago inside his home on Golden Road. Tyler Police Training Officer Doyle Lynch said officers were…

27 January 2015 [09:17 PM]
County earns Heart of Tyler Brick award

Giving the 1950s-era courthouse its first cleaning, reusing existing historic buildings to make new offices and the jail expansion project were among improvement and construction projects downtown that earned Smith County this year’s Heart of Tyler Brick Award. County…

27 January 2015 [09:15 PM]
Be aware of what kids are doing online

For kids and teens, social media is an essential part of their lives, much the way telephones were important to us at their age. About 90 percent of teens have used some form of social media and 75 percent have…

27 January 2015 [07:50 PM]
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Texas must work to keep its lead

The real danger to our state’s economic standing is a combination of competition — other states are catching on — and complacency in Austin. Recently, South Carolina’s Gov. Nikki Haley announced some measures that would bring her state in line…

27 January 2015 [07:43 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 1-28

DEATHS ANN J. AMMONS, 87, Tyler, died Jan. 22. Community Funeral Home of Tyler. LOIS WILLIAMS BALL, 92, Houston, died Jan. 20. John R. Harmon Undertaking Co., Tyler. ANNIE B. BIZOR , 93, Tyler, died Jan. 24. Community Funeral Home,…

27 January 2015 [07:36 PM]
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Airlines begin digging out from storm in northeastern US Video

Lingering snow and subfreezing temperatures mean that travel delays in the Northeast will extend through Wednesday, even if the storm wasn't as bad as expected. Airlines have already cancelled more than 500 flights for Wednesday, according to FlightAware.com. But that's…

27 January 2015 [04:48 PM]
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UPDATE: Home burns, but nearby structure saved

NEW CHAPEL HILL - A quick-moving grass fire claimed an abandoned mobile home Tuesday afternoon and threatened a nearby shop where volunteers make wheelchair ramps for handicapped persons. The fire broke out shortly after 2 p.m. on County Road 210…

27 January 2015 [04:33 PM]
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Democrats put brakes on Iran sanctions bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Tuesday put the brakes on new Iran sanctions legislation, ending for now a looming showdown between Congress and President Barack Obama over negotiations to prevent Tehran from having the capability to make a nuclear…

27 January 2015 [04:12 PM]
Sheriff: Domestic dispute leaves one person dead in Rusk shooting

RUSK (KYTX) - One person is dead in what authorities are calling a domestic dispute. Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell says one person is dead in a shooting on Joplin Street in Rusk. Sheriff Campbell says Rusk Police received a…

27 January 2015 [04:08 PM]
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Judge refuses to toss Perry case on constitutional grounds

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, rejecting the argument that Perry was acting within his rights as chief executive of America's second-most…

27 January 2015 [04:04 PM]
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Oculus goes from gaming to film Video

Facebook-owned Oculus, a company that specializes in virtual reality, has added a film-making entity to its business so it can expand from merely video games. Our Zach Lackey has the story!…

27 January 2015 [02:35 PM]
Overton Lake dam looking scruffy after buzz-cut

The dam at Overton Lake recently got a bit of a buzz-cut, but it's still looking scruffy. Overgrown and under-maintained, the north dam has long been on the radar at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, but -- fortunately, for…

27 January 2015 [01:55 PM]
Kilgore Main Street board paving way for downtown trolley

Clang-clang-clang or ding-ding-ding, Kilgore Main Street Advisory Board members hope to hear the sound of a trolley rolling down Main Street soon. How soon depends on “how much.” Discussion on the vintage vehicle sprang up as part of a parking…

27 January 2015 [01:53 PM]
Anderson County commissioners discuss large upgrades

Anderson County Commissioners are moving ahead with plans to renovate the second and third floors of the old Anderson County Courthouse. Anderson County Judge Robert Johnston said the plan is to add another courtroom on the second floor and renovate…

27 January 2015 [01:51 PM]
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Record number of exonerations driven by Texas drug cases Video

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, and it was due in part to 33 cases in Texas in which individuals had their drug convictions dismissed after lab tests determined they never had illegal…

27 January 2015 [11:39 AM]