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Death and Funeral Notices for Feb. 19

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Book travel plans through trustworthy businesses

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Events 2-19

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Sheriff seeks change in jail procedures after incident Video

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18 February 2017 [12:32 AM]
Tyler pastor visits Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon

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Death and Funeral Notices for Feb. 18

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