Rural areas of East Texas have highest smoking rate in Texas

  WINNSBORO — As cars pull up to the drive-through window at Tobacco Rhoades No. 2 in Winnsboro, Melissa Lewis, 48, greets each customer with a smile and small talk. She knows most of her customers’ preferences and has boxes or cartons of their favorites ready when they drive up. Most are middle-aged to seniors. Some have a cigarette or a…

Queen's family legacy rooted in festival traditions

  Texas Rose Festival Queen Madeline Wynne, 19, says her time away at college is giving her a fresh perspective on the town she calls home and the role she’s playing to promote it. Miss Wynne follows in the footsteps of grandmother, Maymerle Shirley Brown, who was tapped 60 years ago to serve as queen, but her spin on tradition and on life,

9-year-old girl needs forever family

This week’s Children are a Gift foster child is a 9-year-old girl who needs guidance and attention to help her overcome some obstacles. Chloe is very active and enjoys being busy. “It’s going to be fun,” she said, heading to the trampoline at iJump in Tyler. “Chloe is a really sweet girl. She loves

Pet of the Week 8-2

This is Misty, a 5-year-old female border collie mix that is available for adoption at the Humane Society's Pets Fur People in Tyler. Border collies are very active and extremely intelligent, with keen, alert expression being a very important characteristic of the breed. Misty weighs 32 pounds and is very sweet and affectionate as well as very

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Seth Russell set to take over Baylor offense Video

The quarterback is usually the face of a football team. During conference media days, those faces are often difficult to find. No Christian Hackenberg for Penn State. No Deshaun Watson for Clemson. No Anu Solomon for Arizona. Neither Cardale Jones…

02 August 2015 [01:33 PM]
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East Texas Events 8-2

Women’s Fund taking grant applications. The Women’s Fund of Smith County is accepting grant applications from area not-for-profit organizations. Smith County groups with 501(c)(3) status are encouraged to apply for grants from $30,000 to $100,000 for projects benefiting women. In…

01 August 2015 [11:16 PM]
Dogs Days of Summer help animals get adopted

The Humane Society of Northeast Texas held its Dog Days of Summer in Longview on Saturday. This event provided discounted adoption rates on large dogs while offering games, prizes and raffle items as well. Any dog that was heavier than…

01 August 2015 [11:14 PM]
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Caldwell Zoo animals stay cool in rising summer temperatures

TYLER (KYTX) - The East Texas heat is here with scorching temperatures that affect not just people, but animals too. CBS19 visited Caldwell Zoo today to find out how the zoo keeps its nearly 1,000 animal residents cool. According to…

01 August 2015 [11:12 PM]
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John Moore: Life is a cycle

He came to us when he was between 5 and 7 years old. We’ll never know exactly how old he is because the people who drove to the dead-end road in front of our home, removed his collar, dumped him…

01 August 2015 [11:08 PM]
Study finds Smith County salary scale lacking

A Smith County salary study compared its compensation packages and salary scale to the five largest counties in the state, but county officials said the results mirror outcomes in previous studies. The salary study was approved by the Commissioners Court…

01 August 2015 [11:06 PM]
Tyler Paper's high speed rail editorial went off the tracks

The Sunday July 26 editorial “High Speed Rail Won’t Work in Texas” misses a few key facts. Linking two of the top 10 metropolitan areas in the country (Dallas and Houston) does not require high density population in-between like…

01 August 2015 [10:55 PM]
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Religious liberties must be protected

A recent Texas Supreme Court ruling had it mostly right; the city of Houston failed to respond properly to citizens opposing the overreach of the city’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) — they collected enough signatures to put the issue on…

01 August 2015 [10:54 PM]
Bible Verse 8-2

"You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word." (Psalm 119:114)…

01 August 2015 [10:53 PM]
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Rural areas of East Texas have highest smoking rate in Texas

WINNSBORO — As cars pull up to the drive-through window at Tobacco Rhoades No. 2 in Winnsboro, Melissa Lewis, 48, greets each customer with a smile and small talk. She knows most of her customers’ preferences and has boxes or…

01 August 2015 [10:41 PM]
Arp's growth takes top spot

The little town of Arp saw the largest percentage of growth in its tax base among Smith County communities this year. The town in southeast Smith County with a population of less than 1,000 residents had a 10.78 percent increase,…

01 August 2015 [10:37 PM]
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TxDot Updates Week of August 2

SCHEDULED THIS WEEK The Texas Department of Transportation is planning work in the following areas of East Texas during the week: Expect delays Sunday, Aug. 2, as night work continues on the Loop 323 West Widening project in Tyler. The northbound…

01 August 2015 [10:29 PM]
UT Health Northeast educator wins award

Dr. Emmanuel Elueze, an associate professor of medicine at UT Health Northeast and program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program based at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, has been named a 2015 UT System Board of Regents’ Outstanding…

01 August 2015 [10:02 PM]
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Be grateful for another year. Now get fit.

Nothing makes you think more about health than a birthday, and that’s a good thing. That grand milestone helps you to evaluate your state of health, not just physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. It’s like checking a figurative pulse…

01 August 2015 [09:56 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 8-2

DEATHS IRA WYCHE BLACKWELL, 55, Callender Lake, died July 3. Services will be held at a later date. OLYMPE BOREL, 83, New Iberia, La., relative of Tyler residents, died July 29. David Funeral Home, New Iberia, La. Visitation 11 a.m.…

01 August 2015 [09:01 PM]
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Focus on the outdoors 8-2

Focus on the Outdoors Send in photos   Send your pictures of recent hunting and fishing adventures to Focus on the Outdoors.  Photos will be selected based on clarity and sharpness, as well as the level of hunting and fishing…

01 August 2015 [08:49 PM]
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Hunters should have a shot at wild quail

Driving to and from Lubbock last weekend I was shocked by what I saw. I took I-20 to Sweetwater and then turned up through Snyder and Post. It was between those two South Plains towns that I begin to notice…

01 August 2015 [08:47 PM]
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More than a million Texans have taken hunters education

When it comes to hunting, there are no room for accidents. The best news scenario is a close call and a scare. Let’s not even think about the worst that could happen. And it did happen — just once out…

01 August 2015 [08:45 PM]
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Pet of the Week 8-2

This is Misty, a 5-year-old female border collie mix that is available for adoption at the Humane Society's Pets Fur People in Tyler. Border collies are very active and extremely intelligent, with keen, alert expression being a very important characteristic…

01 August 2015 [08:39 PM]
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Beware of 'free education grants'

With the end of the summer holidays fast approaching, students and parents are turning their thoughts back to the upcoming school year and the costs involved. Sadly, however, they are not the only ones, as education grants provide an ideal…

01 August 2015 [08:31 PM]
Giving gifts of real estate and minerals

The sprayground at Faulkner Park is alive with the sights and sounds of splashing water and children’s laughter. No one loves the sound of children’s laughter or the pop of a tennis ball at the nearby tennis courts more than…

01 August 2015 [08:25 PM]
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9-year-old girl needs forever family

This week’s Children are a Gift foster child is a 9-year-old girl who needs guidance and attention to help her overcome some obstacles. Chloe is very active and enjoys being busy. “It’s going to be fun,” she said, heading to…

01 August 2015 [08:24 PM]
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Queen's family legacy rooted in festival traditions

Texas Rose Festival Queen Madeline Wynne, 19, says her time away at college is giving her a fresh perspective on the town she calls home and the role she’s playing to promote it. Miss Wynne follows in the footsteps of…

01 August 2015 [08:22 PM]
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Special Olympics show us what the disabled can really do

Good news. The R-word — for retarded — is being relegated to the trashcan. A new national poll shows that nearly 9 in 10 people consider “retard” as a boorish, cruel word that simply should not be used. The medical…

31 July 2015 [11:17 PM]
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The abortion talk we need, but avoid

Americans, with their tax dollars, are required to pay for countless things they find objectionable. From wars they might oppose to studies they definitely find absurd — just this week we learned we’re funding one to determine why lesbians are…

31 July 2015 [11:16 PM]
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Federal government not a problem solver

Times are tough — at least, that’s what any presidential candidate not running as an incumbent (i.e., all of them) has to acknowledge during the next 15 months. And most will be proposing all sorts of government fixes for the…

31 July 2015 [11:14 PM]
Sensitive information from latest Clinton email release scrubbed

WASHINGTON (TNS) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent and received emails through her private server containing sensitive U.S. and foreign government information on a range of issues — from an American detained in Myanmar and Iran’s nuclear program to…

31 July 2015 [11:13 PM]
Obama Iran deal in a danger zone

WASHINGTON (TNS) — President Barack Obama’s determination to persuade the public and Congress to support a historic nuclear agreement with Iran may soon run headlong against a proven political adversary: August. Obama’s White House has seen major initiatives falter in…

31 July 2015 [11:12 PM]