Chuck Norris accompanied Abbott during campaign in Tyler Friday

The race to become Texas’ next governor rolled through Tyler Friday as Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott stopped to energize supporters and encourage the vote. Action movie and television star Chuck Norris accompanied the Abbott campaign during the “Get Out the Vote” tour stop. People jokingly specul…

Brookshire's Combat Firefighter Challenge this weekend

Firefighters are a competitive bunch, but this weekend the Brookshire’s Combat Firefighter Challenge has individuals and teams pushing themselves to the limit as they vie to be the top dog in Tyler and earn a spot in the World Championships next month. The combat challenge has firefighters performing tasks similar to those which are a part o

Children's Village to dedicate schoolhouse

The Children’s Village, a nonprofit that takes care of abused and neglected children, will dedicate a school house today. A retired teacher, who was touched by the nonprofit’s work, had the “Little Red School House” built.

Young cast prepares for 16th annual Brook Hill Dinner Theatre

Attendees of the 16th annual Brook Hill Dinner Theatre can expect to see a farce. The drama department, under direction of Glenn Ballard, will present David Grote’s “The Medicine Man,” a comedy that follows the antics of Samuel P.

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Americans will spend $2.8 billion on costumes for Halloween

Looking to spend a little money on Halloween costumes and treats this year? You’re not alone. According to the most recent National Retail Federation (NRF) Halloween Consumer Spending Survey, more costumes than ever will be flying off the shelves…

25 October 2014 [07:20 PM]
Watch out for tricks while you treat

Kids and kids-at-heart look forward to the end of October, when we use tricks and treats in equal measure to celebrate Halloween. No doubt, you’ll be passing out treats to costumed hobgoblins in your neighborhood this Halloween night. But, be…

25 October 2014 [07:14 PM]
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Habitat for Humanity volunteer couple drive to Florida

For the past several years, retired couple Ann Laberge and Jon Hodgkin have packed their Honda Element with camping gear and hit the road on Labor Day. For the next few months, they spend their time traveling throughout the United…

25 October 2014 [07:12 PM]
Democrat believes the upper class should not have advantages

Democrat Shirley McKellar, in a second campaign to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, has crisscrossed District 1 the past two years. Her focus isn’t so much Gohmert and statements he makes that are “not based on facts,” such…

25 October 2014 [07:05 PM]
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The real problem is the cost of college, not access to loans

Expanding access to student loans is missing the point. The real problem is the cost of college, not access to loans. Until the price tag on a college degree comes down, young Americans will still be saddled with overwhelming student…

25 October 2014 [07:03 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 10-26

DEATHS ERA MAE “JUDY” CLAYTON AUBUCHON, 89, Tyler, died Oct. 25. Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Directors, Tyler. MARY IMOGENE “GENE” BEHANNON, 90, Lufkin, formerly of Henderson, died Oct. 24. Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home, Henderson. MARY BLACK, 61, Rusk, died Oct.…

25 October 2014 [07:00 PM]
Plane crash reported in Cherokee County

A plane crashed about 3 p.m. Saturday near 1814 Farm-to-Market Road 768 in Cherokee County, and preliminary information suggests four people were on board, according to Jean Dark, a Department of Public Safety trooper. She said at least two people…

25 October 2014 [05:18 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 10-25

DEATHS MARY BLACK, 61, Rusk, died Oct. 22. Mercy/McGowan Funeral Home, Jacksonville. ROBERT BROWN, JR., 67, Tyler, died Oct. 24. John R. Harmon Undertaking Co., Tyler. EARL BURNELL CANNING, 72, Winona, died Oct. 22. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Directors, Lindale. ELMER ALTON…

25 October 2014 [12:06 AM]
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Sign commemorates Tyler Unity Center's 40 years

Tyler Unity Center of Practical Christianity dedicated and blessed a new outdoor sign, commemorating the center’s 40th Anniversary in Tyler. The congregation, along with the board of trustees and the Rev. Max Lafser, participated in the celebration on Tuesday. Church…

25 October 2014 [12:04 AM]
We can all work to improve relationships

Be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.— James 1:19 My dad has the gift of gab. The other day I asked him how his cataract surgery went, and he started, “Well, your mom and…

24 October 2014 [11:47 PM]
Bible Verse 10-25

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." (Proverbs 9:10)…

24 October 2014 [10:35 PM]
Tyler's Bethel Bible Church raises 20K to fund Ebola crisis effort

A Tyler church is doing its part to help medical professionals in West Africa fight the Ebola crisis. Bethel Bible Church will be sending a shipping container full of gloves and protective gowns for medical workers in Sierra Leone to…

24 October 2014 [10:05 PM]
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Secular region welcomes church's hospitality

In a country averse to organized religion, Xavier Memba is trying to connect with the hearts of people through relationships and the message of Jesus Christ. Memba is co-founder of a reformed evangelical church in Barcelona’s Innovation District. The church,…

24 October 2014 [09:47 PM]
The East Texas Garden Lecture Series continues today

The East Texas Garden Lecture Series continues today, with Greg Grant making a presentation on “Forgotten and Under-utilized Plants for East Texas.” Registration for the lecture opens at 8:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 9 a.m. This is the…

24 October 2014 [08:56 PM]
List of Haunted Houses and fun activities in East Texas

It’s time for one of the most frightfully fun weekends of the year. East Texas will celebrate Halloween with a cauldron of special events — many of which are kid friendly. From the really, really scary to the only slightly…

24 October 2014 [08:39 PM]
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Children's Village to dedicate schoolhouse

The Children’s Village, a nonprofit that takes care of abused and neglected children, will dedicate a school house today. A retired teacher, who was touched by the nonprofit’s work, had the “Little Red School House” built. The event will be…

24 October 2014 [08:34 PM]
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Brookshire's Combat Firefighter Challenge this weekend

Firefighters are a competitive bunch, but this weekend the Brookshire’s Combat Firefighter Challenge has individuals and teams pushing themselves to the limit as they vie to be the top dog in Tyler and earn a spot in the World Championships…

24 October 2014 [08:27 PM]
Arp ISD seeking to build new school with bond election

Rain causes a lot of problems at Arp Junior High School. The building is the oldest of the school’s facilities, built in the early 1970s. At one time it also housed the elementary and high school students, Junior High School…

24 October 2014 [08:25 PM]
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"Soak the Rich" plan won't raise revenue

It’s a perennial topic, but rarely is it discussed so explicitly and with such detail. But the ThinkProgress website has done just that — mere days away from an election, no less — with a call to “soak the rich.”…

24 October 2014 [08:20 PM]
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Young cast prepares for 16th annual Brook Hill Dinner Theatre

Attendees of the 16th annual Brook Hill Dinner Theatre can expect to see a farce. The drama department, under direction of Glenn Ballard, will present David Grote’s “The Medicine Man,” a comedy that follows the antics of Samuel P. Sagamore,…

24 October 2014 [08:19 PM]
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Special college student has big plans in Kenya after graduation

In Africa’s east coast, 38 million people call Kenya home. It’s where Carolyne Gachibi grew up as a member of the Masai tribe. “Women in the Masai culture don’t have a voice,” Ms. Gachibi said. “They are like children. Women…

24 October 2014 [08:04 PM]
Cold Turkey Fun Run, 5K, and Sprint Championship next month

East Texas nonprofit Next Step Community Solutions will have its inaugural Cold Turkey Fun Run, 5K & Sprint Championship next month on the downtown Tyler Square. The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 22, starting at…

24 October 2014 [07:59 PM]
TJC choral groups present Fall Concert main campus Tuesday

Tyler Junior College choral groups will present their Fall Concert 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Wise Auditorium on the TJC main campus. Admission is free. The TJC Concert Choir will perform music by Morten Lauridsen and Gwyneth Walker, music from the…

24 October 2014 [07:55 PM]
Two new exhibitions at Tyler Museum of Art

Tyler Museum of Art is preparing two new exhibitions. Flow into the Mystic: Marriage and the Contemporary Artist and the annual Middle School Day of the Dead Art Exhibition open on Nov. 2, according to information from the museum. Admission…

24 October 2014 [06:54 PM]
Concert with special guest at Cowan Center Saturday evening

East Texas Symphony Orchestra will perform on Saturday with The Romeros Quartet — “The Royal Family of Guitar” — as the guest artists. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Cowan Center on the campus of The University…

24 October 2014 [06:53 PM]