Caldwell Zoo celebrates Earth Day Video

Our Zach Lackay was out at Caldwell Zoo as they held their annual Earth Day…

East Texas man receives degree… 57 years later

Imagine for 57 years, believing you never graduated from college -- only to find out you did. That's what happened to Letourneau University's Gordon Fenner.

Last surviving 2 Doolittle Raiders from WWII give gold medals to Ohio museum

And then were two. Although most of the "Doolittle Tokyo Raiders" beat long odds 73 years ago, surviving anti-aircraft fire, crashed planes and vengeful Japanese soldiers, time has been taking its own toll. Since their 70th anniversary reunion at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near

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Amtrak operation costly, but passenger rail still has charm

  MINEOLA — Gayle and Billy Harper arrived at the Amtrak depot early. Their train wasn’t scheduled for departure until 9:25 a.m., but the couple was half an hour early. They were excited, they admitted. “It’s our first wedding anniversary,”…

18 April 2015 [11:41 PM]
Health Briefs 4-19

  Free health fair set at Lake Palestine church Lake Palestine United Methodist Church in Chandler will host a free health fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 25, at 2889 Farm-to-Market Road 315 South. There will be…

18 April 2015 [11:38 PM]
Ophthalmologist leads this week's Walk with a Doc

Dr. Mike Ford, an ophthalmologist at DeHaven Eye Clinic, leads this week’s Walk with a Doc event on Thursday and will discuss dermatochalasis and ptosis —conditions that affect vision. Walk With a Doc is a project of the Smith County…

18 April 2015 [11:37 PM]
Doctor talks cancer, medical testing

Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society, is the keynote speaker at this year’s free Public Cancer Conference on Prevention and Early Detection, set for April 25 at UT Health Northeast. Brawley is author of “How…

18 April 2015 [11:33 PM]
How often is enough for health screenings?

How often should you get a lipids panel? What about a pap smear? Is it recommended for men to test testosterone levels or get a PSA test every year? Do you need to know your vitamin D levels? These…

18 April 2015 [11:32 PM]
Cancer survivor works to aid others

Coshandra Dillard, Editor's Note:This is the first in a series of weekly columns about breast cancer survivors leading up to the Race for the Cure event, set for May 9 in downtown Tyler. JoAnn Birks, 44, of Tyler, is…

18 April 2015 [11:27 PM]
We should encourage Vietnam veterans to start talking

Dave Berry, Vietnam Veteran He had survived the bloody battle of Tarawa. And now, 70 years later at the base of the Marine Corps Memorial, he tried to describe it. With a gentle smile, he patiently shared the historical details,…

18 April 2015 [11:21 PM]
The franchise tax should be reformed

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is calling for reform of the state’s franchise tax, and he’s right. As he points out, “the best job creation program is tax reduction.” Tax reform is also important — aside from the high rates the…

18 April 2015 [11:18 PM]
Sight-giving nonprofit seeks volunteers

  A Tyler-based nonprofit organization that provides sight-giving eye surgeries for people in Togo, West Africa, is seeking short-term volunteers to assist with the work. Believe and See is searching for medical and nonmedical volunteers to work with patients…

18 April 2015 [11:16 PM]
Wait times for veterans still major problem

  Veteran Mike Roark is on a waiting list. He’s waiting at the Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System for evaluation and treatment for possible nerve damage affecting his legs. It’s not life threatening. Roark isn’t in imminent…

18 April 2015 [11:09 PM]
Bible Verse 4-19

"For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Romans 10:10      …

18 April 2015 [11:07 PM]
Proverbs of the World

Nelson Clyde, A dear friend went on a trip to Italy recently and returned with some excellent reports on cuisine and culture. He, like me, lives to eat. In fact, it would be a predictable mistake for either of…

18 April 2015 [11:05 PM]
Tyler artist found his passion early

  s an artist, David Dunham works with paint on canvas and ink on skin. His art captures the bright neon colors and shapes of animated characters that have stuck with him since childhood. The 31-year-old father of two…

18 April 2015 [10:57 PM]
Vietnam War story series begins Monday

  It’s been 40 years since Saigon fell, bringing an end to a messy 20-year chapter in American history, the Vietnam War. Part of the initial goal of the United States government at that time was to prevent a communist…

18 April 2015 [10:57 PM]
Gifted 16-year-old girl looks forward to new experiences, family

Gillian Sheridan, Walking into the Belladon-na Day Spa in Tyler, Nath-alia is ready for a new adventure. “I’ve never really been pampered, but I hear it’s exciting and I’m ready to see what it’s going to be like,” she…

18 April 2015 [10:48 PM]
Does real giving need private foundation? It depends on objectives

Kyle Penney, ETCF Does real giving require you to establish a private foundation? As president of a community foundation, it would be real easy to answer, “Absolutely Not!” and encourage donors to establish a donor-advised fund at the community foundation.…

18 April 2015 [10:45 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 4-19

DEATHS RICHARD H. BIELITZ, 90, Hideaway, died April 12. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Directors, Lindale. RAYMOND M. BOLSENGA, 92, Tyler, died April 16. Grubbs-Loyd Funeral Home, Gilmer. LEO BRADSHAW, 67, Whitehouse, died April 12. Boren-Conner Funeral Home, Bullard. BRANDON CLINTON, 30, Lindale,…

18 April 2015 [07:50 PM]
East Texas man receives degree… 57 years later

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Imagine for 57 years, believing you never graduated from college -- only to find out you did. That's what happened to Letourneau University's Gordon Fenner. Fenner began college in 1954 and was only one chemistry class away…

18 April 2015 [06:34 PM]
Blue Bell working to get past listeria contamination scare

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries will survive the crisis caused by a recent recall of products prompted by a finding of bacterial contamination in some of its products, but it will take a lot of work and a…

18 April 2015 [04:16 PM]
Islamic State blamed for Afghan suicide bombing killing 35 Video

FAIZABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a line of people waiting outside a bank Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 and wounding 125 in an assault the country's president blamed on the Islamic State group.…

18 April 2015 [03:53 PM]
BMW recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix air bag problem

BMW is recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix a defect that may prevent the air bag on the front passenger side of the cars from deploying in a crash. The problem affects the 2005 to 2008 models of the Mini…

18 April 2015 [12:11 PM]
US school districts, parents at odds over breakfast in class

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of breakfasts served in the nation's schools has doubled in the last two decades, a surge driven largely by a change in how districts deliver the food. Instead of providing low-income students free or…

18 April 2015 [12:05 PM]
Caged puppies on Ohio car roof trigger dozens of 911 calls

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police finally caught up with a minivan carrying four caged puppies on its roof after dozens of calls poured in to 911 centers in northeast Ohio. Akron police say the driver didn't realize he did anything…

18 April 2015 [12:00 PM]
New England Aquarium offering penguins 'honeymoon suites'

BOSTON (AP) — The New England Aquarium wants its endangered African penguins to get a little steamy. Aquarium experts are playing matchmaker behind the scenes to encourage eight pairs of African penguins to breed more chicks. Biologists say that will…

18 April 2015 [11:56 AM]
Oklahoma tribe still pursuing casino in New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An Oklahoma-based American Indian tribe is asking New Mexico's highest court to reconsider its decision not to force Gov. Susana Martinez to sign a gambling compact with the tribe. The state Supreme Court denied the…

18 April 2015 [09:11 AM]
Family wins back $80M in gold coins seized by US Government

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A family was awarded the rights to 10 rare gold coins possibly worth $80 million or more on Friday after a U.S. appeals court overturned a jury verdict. U.S. Department of the Treasury officials insist the $20…

18 April 2015 [09:05 AM]