Highway 135 closed in Jacksonville

(UPDATED May 25, 2015 at 7:52 pm CT) -- Highway 135 east of downtown Jacksonville is closed due to a downed tree and power lines in the roadway.…

More than 300 East Texans turnout for Memorial Day ceremony

Grinning World War II veteran Jerry Higgs and his buddy Gene Tomlin spent part of their cloudy Memorial Day catching up on current events and rehashing old times. The friends meet annually each year on the park-like grounds of Tyler Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery, 12053 SH 64 W., to participate in a special holiday ceremony.

Twister kills 13 in Mexico border city; 12 missing in Texas

A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother's arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said. In Texas, 12 people were reported missing in flash flooding from a

Hundreds come out to watch bands, raise money for Van Video

Dark skies threatening more rain could not deter East Texans from showing up to Sunday’s Twister Relief Show at The Forge in Ben Wheeler. Hundreds of people from all over the state came out to watch 17 bands and help raise money for Van, a town ravaged by a tornado on May 10. Wesley Pruitt Jr., of Canton, organized the show with the

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Storm damage causes multiple closures

(KYTX) -- Multiple schools and one government agency in East Texas have been forced to cancel or delay on Tuesday due to storm damage.All classes at New Summerfield ISD, Henderson ISD, Jacksonville ISD, and the Methodist Readiness School in Jacksonville…

25 May 2015 [10:56 PM]
Bible Verse 5-26

"So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath." (James 1:19)      …

25 May 2015 [10:53 PM]
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Crowds cheer as 30 veterans depart for Heroes Flight

Dozens of flags lined the path as the crowd cheered and clapped for 30 veterans who departed Tyler Monday on the 10th Brookshire’s Heroes Flight. “It’s so important what they did, in fighting those wars, to give us…

25 May 2015 [10:51 PM]
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Tyler memorial veterans' walk draws hundreds

Grinning World War II veteran Jerry Higgs and his buddy Gene Tomlin spent part of their cloudy Memorial Day catching up on current events and rehashing old times. The friends meet annually each year on the park-like grounds of Tyler…

25 May 2015 [10:43 PM]
Flash flood: Home swept away, 12 missing

  WIMBERLEY (AP) — Crews were searching Monday for 12 people reported missing after a vacation home was swept away by flash flooding along a rain-swollen river that destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes in Central Texas. Emergency crews…

25 May 2015 [10:39 PM]
2 guns rights bills expected to get final vote

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The top two gun rights bills expected to shoot through the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature, one allowing concealed handguns in college classrooms and the other permitting them to be carried in plain sight most everywhere else,…

25 May 2015 [10:27 PM]
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Obama pays tribute to fallen service members

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must “never stop trying to fully repay them” for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years…

25 May 2015 [10:24 PM]
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California angler wins Classic

QUITMAN – The 2015 Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Fork has a winner, and his name isn’t Keith Combs. After battling high water and rain for two days, four fishermen ran off from the field of 10 early Monday…

25 May 2015 [10:19 PM]
Truly valuable toys exist in small numbers

Moving to a smaller house or apartment or trying for a less cluttered house usually means there are unwanted toys. “Kovels Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2015” lists a late-1950s toy Radicon Robot that sold for $37,200, a very rare…

25 May 2015 [09:34 PM]
Balancing summer fun and college prep

I am a big believer in encouraging students to enjoy their summer vacation. After a long, busy school year, our students need to take some time to catch their breath — to sleep late, to see friends, to binge-watch favorite…

25 May 2015 [09:32 PM]
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UT Tyler student awarded $5,000

The University of Texas at Tyler graduate student Colby Craddock, of Tyler, was awarded a $5,000 Myrna D. Schlegel Scholarship. Craddock earned a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology from UT Tyler and is currently a graduate student. Myrna and…

25 May 2015 [09:24 PM]
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TJC science center to host 'Tornado Alley' show

Audiences can learn about the power of one of nature’s most destructive forces in “Tornado Alley,” the newest show offered in the digital, 40-foot domed theater in the Center for Earth & Space Science Education at Tyler Junior College. The…

25 May 2015 [09:18 PM]
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Students, church unite for vegetable garden project

Students tend eight small plots of vegetables recently planted on the grounds of Good Shepherd School and Good Shepherd Reformed Episcopal Church. The students and church members will harvest the vegetables year-round, even in winter, for themselves and the needy.…

25 May 2015 [09:17 PM]
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TJC testing department gets certified

The Testing Services Department at Tyler Junior College was recently awarded Test Center Certification by the National College Testing Association (NCTA). Criteria for certification are based on the NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines, which were developed to guide post-secondary test…

25 May 2015 [09:09 PM]
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UT Tyler to offer new professional certification

The University of Texas at Tyler will offer a board-registered professional certificate program in financial planning this fall, Dr. James Lumpkin, College of Business and Technology dean, announced. UT Tyler has partnered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards,…

25 May 2015 [09:07 PM]
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Power outages reported in East Texas

(KYTX) -- Thousands are without power across East Texas Monday night. As of 10 p.m. on Monday, Swepco has the following outages: Red River Co: 362 Harrison Co: 649 Upshur Co: 166 Cass Co: 292 Titus Co: 455 Rusk…

25 May 2015 [08:55 PM]
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Road closures reported in Smith County

SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) -- The Smith County Fire Marshal's office reports FM 346 E between Highway 69 and County Road 122 in southern Smith County is closed due to extensive storm damage. Some of the damage includes downed trees and…

25 May 2015 [08:46 PM]
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Energy revolution is just beginning

The energy revolution is set to begin its next phase, and it’s going to be glorious. The Obama administration gave its approval last week for another liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facility in Corpus Christi. Increased LNG exports will help…

25 May 2015 [08:34 PM]
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Highway 135 closed in Jacksonville

(UPDATED May 25, 2015 at 7:52 pm CT) -- Highway 135 east of downtown Jacksonville is closed due to a downed tree and power lines in the roadway.…

25 May 2015 [07:54 PM]
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More than 300 East Texans turnout for Memorial Day ceremony

Grinning World War II veteran Jerry Higgs and his buddy Gene Tomlin spent part of their cloudy Memorial Day catching up on current events and rehashing old times. The friends meet annually each year on the park-like grounds of Tyler…

25 May 2015 [05:31 PM]
East Texas under tornado watch

The National Weather service issued a tornado watch for most of East Texas at about 3 p.m. Monday. This alert follows a tornado warning that was effective Sunday evening and came with unconfirmed reports of funnel cloud formation in Arp.…

25 May 2015 [04:00 PM]
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2 B.B. King daughters allege 2 closest aides poisoned him

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's final days are accusing King's two closest aides of poisoning him. Daughters Karen Williams and Patty King allege in documents provided by their lawyer…

25 May 2015 [02:48 PM]
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Long road back: Rangers' Josh Hamilton makes season debut

CLEVELAND (AP) — For the first time in three years, Josh Hamilton's name is in the Texas Rangers' lineup. The 2010 AL MVP is playing left field and batting fifth for Monday's game against the Cleveland Indians, making his season…

25 May 2015 [02:43 PM]
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Twister kills 13 in Mexico border city; 12 missing in Texas

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother's arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said. In Texas, 12…

25 May 2015 [02:14 PM]
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Prank calls leads to huge drug bust

A deputy recovered 16 pounds of marijuana from a residence after children mistakenly called 911 on Friday, according to a news release from Sheriff Larry Smith. Deputy Wilson responded to the call coming from County Road 481 in…

24 May 2015 [11:21 PM]
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Sunday storm causes flooding

Reports of a possible tornado seen near Arp came in around 6 p.m. Sunday, after the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning because of a storm moving South of Arp, traveling Northeast at 25 mph. Smith County Sheriff’s deputies…

24 May 2015 [11:20 PM]
Memorial Day services set at area cemeteries

  As Tyler residents remember those who have given everything in the service of their country, local organizations are taking time to pay tribute as well. Tyler Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery will host a Memorial Day service 11 a.m.…

24 May 2015 [11:09 PM]
Bible Verse 5-25

"Be kindkly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another." (Romans 12:10)      …

24 May 2015 [10:49 PM]
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Hundreds come out to watch bands, raise money for Van Video

Dark skies threatening more rain could not deter East Texans from showing up to Sunday’s Twister Relief Show at The Forge in Ben Wheeler. Hundreds of people from all over the state came out to watch 17 bands and help…

24 May 2015 [10:47 PM]