Tyler trash bills likely to increase after city returns to twice-weekly holiday pickup

Tyler residents’ trash bills will likely increase next year after a pilot program aimed at saving money was discontinued. A year ago, the city started a holiday trash pilot program, where solid waste crews would pick up residential trash once a week on holiday weeks, instead of the regular two. That program was canceled by a unanimous vote of…

UT Tyler improves lives of peripheral neuropathy patients through Tai Chi Video

CORY MCCOY, comccoy@tylerpaper.com Paula Rozell breathes in and finds her center, letting the stress of her fight against cancer wash away. She focuses on her breathing and movements, throwing herself into the ancient art of Tai Chi. She is at peace, surrounded by the family she has built over two years taking the Tai Chi class. Many of the

Tyler Police Department honors employees during banquet; Officer Jason Shields receives Officer of the Year award

Jason Shields learned after his first year as an officer with the Tyler Police Department there was more to working in law enforcement than the things he’d seen on television.  “I would say my first year was eye opening,” Shields said. “You start to realize its not just putting bad guys in jail. There are a lot of things you can do for

Tyler woman in jail after officials say she nearly ran over a deputy while fleeing a scene

A 19-year-old Tyler woman is in the Smith County Jail after sheriff’s deputies say she nearly ran over a deputy with her vehicle while trying to flee a scene. Lucero Hernandez, 19, of Tyler, is currently facing an aggravated assault against a public servant charge, a first-degree felony; and a Class A assault charge for causing an injury to a

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Fire destroys home on Jarrell Avenue

A residence was destroyed by a fire just before noon on Wednesday. Tyler Fire investigator Bud Barrett said no one was injured in a fire in the 2000 block of Jarrell Avenue, the cause of which was not immediately apparent.…

22 February 2017 [05:43 PM]
Dallas County man sentenced for East Texas bank robberies and carjacking

AUGUSTA ROBINSON, augustarobinson@tylerpaper.com A 25-year-old Lancaster man was sentenced to 14 years and three months in federal prison on Tuesday for two armed robberies he committed in East Texas and a carjacking he committed in Tyler.  LaQuaylan Wesley Patterson pleaded…

22 February 2017 [05:40 PM]
We can chip in to help the bluebird population

Thanks to their beauty, pleasant disposition, and sweet warbling notes, bluebirds have been beloved since humans first laid eyes and ears on them. In his 1871 classic, “Wake Robin,” famous naturalist and birder John Burroughs wrote, “The bluebird is a…

22 February 2017 [05:37 PM]
Tyler Junior College presents ‘Mary Poppins’ Feb. 24-26

Tyler Junior College presents ‘Mary Poppins’ Feb. 24-26 ELISE MULLINIX, TJC Communications Chimney sweeps who step in time. Those precocious, kite-flying Banks children. The bird woman on the cathedral steps. A spoonful of sugar. That mysterious…

22 February 2017 [05:21 PM]
Saxophonist Ronald Carter to perform at TJC Jazz Festival

Ronald Carter, a saxophone player who has performed with Lou Rawls and The Temptations, will headline the annual TJC Jazz Festival, the college announced. He will join the college’s jazz ensembles in concerts set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday and…

22 February 2017 [05:21 PM]
IN Focus: The Salvation Army Hearts Behind the Red Shield 02.10.17

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary had its annual fundraiser Feb. 10 at Harvey Convention Center. Guests enjoyed a fajita meal and the music of The Salvation Army’s Houston Harbor Light Choir, a group of people recovering from addiction. The auxiliary this…

22 February 2017 [05:11 PM]
IN Focus: Women's Fund of Smith County Grants Announcement 02.09.17

The Women’s Fund announced four nonprofit agencies as recipients of more than $185,000 in grants during a reception Feb. 9 at Willow Brook Country Club. The agencies were Bethesda Health Clinic, $50,000; Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County, $66,000; Meals…

22 February 2017 [05:01 PM]
IN Focus: Bethesda Doctor Luke Society Induction 02.10.17

The Bethesda Health Clinic inducted Dr. Stephen Rydzak and Dr. Noah Israel into its Doctor Luke Society during a Feb. 10 ceremony at Willow Brook Country Club. Rydzak is the medical director of East Texas Medical Center’s Hyperbaric Medicine Program…

22 February 2017 [04:55 PM]
IN Focus: South Tyler Rotary 50th Anniversary 01.30.17

The South Tyler Rotary Club marked its 50th anniversary with a celebration during its weekly lunch meeting Jan. 30 at First Christian Church in Tyler. The club was established on Jan. 13, 1967, by a group of Tyler businessmen. Women…

22 February 2017 [04:50 PM]
February is pruning time

An important aspect of gardening is knowing when to prune plants. A general rule of thumb is to prune summer and fall flowering trees and flowers in the winter during their dormant season. Proper pruning helps insure attractive, healthy and…

22 February 2017 [04:46 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices for Feb. 23

DEATHS IRA BROWN JR., 91, Tyler, died Feb. 14. Community Funeral Home of Tyler. DORETHA M. (WATSON) DAVIS, 70, Tyler, died Feb. 20. Community Funeral Home of Tyler. NANCY PICKLE HUMPHREY, 79, Tyler, died Feb. 22. Visitation 9…

22 February 2017 [04:33 PM]
Tyler-Smith County NAACP elect new officers, executive board

Members of the Tyler-Smith County NAACP No. 6232 recently elected a new slate of officers and executive board for the Tyler-Smith County NAACP Unit No. 6232. The officers will serve for the 2017-2019 term. They include, from right: Exec.…

22 February 2017 [03:46 PM]
Barrel Chested Bandit now in custody after bank robberies

(KYTX) A serial bank robber dubbed the "Barrel Chested Bandit" has been captured in Arizona. Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jay Sanders said his office was contacted by the FBI on Tuesday and informed them that the suspect was captured…

22 February 2017 [03:44 PM]
Family Matters: Test your knowledge of facial hair facts

If the Family Feud game show were to ask 100 people, “Name a holiday that falls in February,” I’m guessing the most popular survey responses would be “Valentine’s Day,” “President’s Day” or possibly even “Groundhog Day.” If a contestant buzzed in…

22 February 2017 [02:12 PM]
Public invited to 6x6@110 painting parties

Organizers of Gallery Main Street’s 6x6@110 project are inviting the public to participate in creating at least 1,000 6-inch-by-6-inch works of art, which will be displayed and revealed during the fundraising exhibit on June 6 at 6 p.m. The 6x6@110…

22 February 2017 [01:48 PM]
7 Earth-size worlds found orbiting star; could hold life

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star - and these new worlds could hold life.This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation…

22 February 2017 [12:41 PM]
Official: Trump to revoke transgender bathroom guidance

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government official says the Trump administration will revoke guidelines that say transgender students should be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity. The decision would be a reversal of an Obama-era…

22 February 2017 [12:05 PM]