Black Friday shoppers line up early for deals

Suzan Wilson held a list in her hand as she strolled through Gordmans in the new Village at Cumberland Park on Friday morning. Armed with a rundown of her 10 grandchildren’s clothing sizes, the Bullard resident set out to finish all of her holiday shopping in one day with her husband David “Santa Paw Paw” at her side. He was festively attire…

Advent, a time to reflect on Christ's coming

Sunday marks the start of Advent, a time in which Christians celebrate the coming of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day and ends on Christmas Eve.

House that caught fire in Troup was uninsured

A Troup family lost a dog and a home in a fire on Friday. At about 3 p.

War on Christmas in our own hearts

Any day now, we can expect the first salvos in the “war on Christmas.” It might come from the Liberty Counsel’s “Friend or Foe of Christmas” campaign, which contends this year that “employees from the Denver Post contacted Liberty Counsel after receiving a memo banning them from writing or using cards that say ‘Merry Christmas.

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Bible Verse 11-29

"Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!" (1 Chronicles 16:8)    …

28 November 2014 [10:44 PM]
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Black Friday shoppers line up early for deals

Suzan Wilson held a list in her hand as she strolled through Gordmans in the new Village at Cumberland Park on Friday morning. Armed with a rundown of her 10 grandchildren’s clothing sizes, the Bullard resident set out to finish…

28 November 2014 [10:15 PM]
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From the field: Gilmer vs. Gladewater Video

Our Michael Hall and Richard Hall are at Lobo Stadium in Longview to send back video highlights of this game, which we will post here, on our Facebook page and on Twitter within moments after they happen! Check out our…

28 November 2014 [10:08 PM]
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House that caught fire in Troup was uninsured

A Troup family lost a dog and a home in a fire on Friday. At about 3 p.m. Friday, firefighters were called to the 300 block of Love Street in Troup to respond to a structure fire. According to Smith…

28 November 2014 [09:51 PM]
MADD Tree lighting ceremony set for Monday

People injured or killed by impaired drivers in East Texas will be honored at a tree lighting ceremony on Monday. The Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) East Texas affiliate will put on the ceremony at 1 p.m. at the…

28 November 2014 [09:31 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 11-29

DEATHS SHARONNICA ANDREWS, 34, Longview, died Nov. 27. Cunningham Funeral Home, Kilgore. MARYLOU ARNOLD, 91, Quitman, died Nov. 25. Lowe Funeral Home, Quitman. CLIFFORD C.C. “PINKY” BAKER JR., 74, Tyler, died Nov. 28. Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at…

28 November 2014 [09:29 PM]
Civic leader, ex-principal, dies at age 74

C.C. Baker Jr., a longtime community leader who served as principal of John Tyler High School, as a development officer for Tyler Junior College, and as a board member for many, many organizations serving East Texas, has died. He was…

28 November 2014 [08:20 PM]
When pigs fly? Not on this US Airways plane

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — This was a pig that truly could not fly. The pig was ordered off a U.S. Airways plane at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut on Wednesday after crewmembers determined the animal had become disruptive. Laura…

28 November 2014 [07:59 PM]
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Advent, a time to reflect on Christ's coming

Sunday marks the start of Advent, a time in which Christians celebrate the coming of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day and ends on Christmas Eve. “It’s a time of preparation…

28 November 2014 [07:48 PM]
Around East Texas

RB RM The Bethlehem First Baptist Church, 1121 W. Lollar St., in Tyler will have its annual Advent and Candlelighting service at 5 p.m. Sunday.   Pollard Theater Center will present “A Christmas Carol” Thursday through Dec. 6. Showtimes are…

28 November 2014 [07:38 PM]
Pain is No Excuse

RB RM Trying to maneuver a hill on a long run one recent Saturday, my left knee throbbed. The new brand of running shoes I had bought to save money was not as roomy, and my toes were hurting, too.…

28 November 2014 [07:18 PM]
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Small businesses need your support

Black Friday need not be blacker than it must for small businesses. As the burgeoning Small Business Saturday movement points out, small businesses are the real drivers of growth and hope in this bleak economy, so consumers readying for Christmas…

28 November 2014 [07:16 PM]
Giving Tuesday is about giving back to the community

Black Friday is over, Small Business Saturday is happening and Cyber Monday is on the way, but local nonprofits want to remind people about #GivingTuesday. Founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United…

28 November 2014 [07:04 PM]
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NH man tries to strangle neighbor's loud dog

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire police say a man who tried to silence his neighbor's barking dog ended up getting bitten and arrested. They say a brawl erupted Friday morning when Roger Pelletier forced his way into the neighbor's…

28 November 2014 [04:53 PM]
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Ferguson protest closes huge St. Louis-area mall

JIM SALTER, Associated PressTOM FOREMAN Jr., Associated Press FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Demonstrators temporarily shut down a large shopping mall in suburban St. Louis on one of the busiest days of the year during Friday during one of several organized…

28 November 2014 [04:49 PM]
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From the field: John Tyler vs. Rockwall Heath Video

UPDATE: Final score: John Tyler 49, Rockwall Heath 21! John Tyler advances to the state quarterfinals next weekend at Apogee Stadium at the University of North Texas at Denton. Game time is 7:30 Friday night, opponent not yet determined. Check…

28 November 2014 [04:29 PM]
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U.S. crude oil price dropped 10 percent Friday

A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals…

28 November 2014 [04:11 PM]
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Pa. cops: Car slams into horse-drawn buggy, injuring 7

KIRKWOOD, Pa. (AP) — A car slammed into a horse-drawn buggy that missed a stop sign in Pennsylvania Dutch country, injuring seven people, including an infant, police said. All six people in the buggy — two adults and four children…

28 November 2014 [03:20 PM]
Person may be inside burning home in Troup

A person may be inside a burning home in Troup. According to scanner reports, a home is on fire in the 300 block of Joy Street in the city. Emergency radio transmissions indicate someone may still be inside the home.…

28 November 2014 [02:36 PM]
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Black Friday gets a little less frenzied

NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday seemed a little less crazy this year. There were squabbles here and there, and elbows got thrown, but the Friday morning crowds appeared smaller than usual and less frenzied, in part because many Americans…

28 November 2014 [01:56 PM]
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BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Protests, beer and prison

NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday has become part two of the kick-off to the holiday shopping season, with stores opening earlier on Thanksgiving. Here's a look at what's happening around the country: ___ How They Do It In Wisconsin…

28 November 2014 [01:48 PM]
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Maine's Black Friday special: prison crafts

THOMASTON, Maine (AP) — Ken and Judy Carreras got up before sunrise and drove an hour to find their Black Friday treasure — an acorn-shaped birdfeeder crafted by an inmate at Maine State Prison. "For me, I would much rather…

28 November 2014 [11:37 AM]
Cops: Beau who ate holiday meal early gets stabbed

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania woman chased her boyfriend around a dining room and stabbed him in the chest because he started eating Thanksgiving dinner while she slept off a bender. Authorities say Jacklyn Blake confessed to…

28 November 2014 [11:31 AM]
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Austin police kill gunman who targeted buildings

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A gunman attempted to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze and fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings early Friday before he died, Austin authorities said. Investigators were trying to determine the man's motives after he…

28 November 2014 [11:13 AM]
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Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

SCOTT McFETRIDGE, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Christmas trees likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it's about time. Six years of decreased demand and low prices put many growers out…

28 November 2014 [11:09 AM]
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Longtime community leader C.C. Baker Jr. passes away

C.C. Baker Jr., a longtime community leader who served as principal of John Tyler High School, as a development officer for Tyler Junior College, and as a board member for many, many organizations serving East Texas, has died. He was…

28 November 2014 [11:06 AM]
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Guitarist parlays YouTube success to stage Video

Andy McKee is no longer just a YouTube guitar sensation. Fifty million views later, the Kansas guitar instructor has performed overseas with Prince and is building up his fan base in the U.S.…

28 November 2014 [10:53 AM]
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We have the John Tyler, Gilmer-Gladewater games covered for you! Video

Well, the high school football playoff schedulers certainly didn’t do fans of the John Tyler Lions any favors this week. The Lions play their third-round playoff game today at noon in Waco at the new McLane Stadium against Rockwall-Heath. We…

28 November 2014 [10:07 AM]
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Immigrants' chances tied to their state's polices

PHOENIX (AP) — If Christian Avila lived a few hundred miles to the west, he would have a driver's license and qualify for in-state college tuition and a host of other opportunities available to young people granted legal status by…

28 November 2014 [09:55 AM]