Tyler Fire Department donates fire truck to Guatemalan town

A 1997 Pierce Freightliner fire truck was one of the oldest in the Tyler Fire Department’s fleet and no longer met the city’s standards. City officials said it was all used up. A collision years ago bent part of the frame, and it never tracked as straight on the road again. The water tank began leaking and the front bumper was inc…

Library patrons get the most out of renovations

Two-dozen toddlers shook out the last of their wiggles recently in their newly renovated story-time area at the Tyler Public Library. Lisa Gray, youth services librarian, shook her hands, feet, arms and legs with the energetic group before reading stories at the weekly Wednesday story time.

The "Laffer curve" turns 40 years old

The informal Washington D.C. dinner that took place 40 years ago has become the stuff of legend.

Tyler pastor, elder travel to Pakistan to visit schools

At a time when many people may avoid the Middle East out of fear, some local church leaders believe their denomination’s presence and support in that region can change lives for the better. The Rev.

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Tyler pastor, elder travel to Pakistan to visit schools

At a time when many people may avoid the Middle East out of fear, some local church leaders believe their denomination’s presence and support in that region can change lives for the better. The Rev. Dr. Stuart Baskin, pastor of…

26 December 2014 [10:55 PM]
Bible Verse 12-27

"And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him." (Luke 2:40)…

26 December 2014 [10:24 PM]
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Tyler Fire Department donates fire truck to Guatemalan town

A 1997 Pierce Freightliner fire truck was one of the oldest in the Tyler Fire Department’s fleet and no longer met the city’s standards. City officials said it was all used up. A collision years ago bent part of the…

26 December 2014 [10:16 PM]
Christmas shooting after argument

The female assailant in a Christmas day shooting remains on the loose. Sheriff Larry Smith said Friday that deputies are searching for the woman, but will wait to release her name until she’s arrested. The Smith County Sheriff’s Department responded…

26 December 2014 [10:07 PM]
Community campaign's donor funds matched

With the Shine Your Light community campaign continuing through Wednesday, the original $72,500 in donor funds have already been matched. Tyler Morning Telegraph publisher Nelson Clyde said in past years, the donor funds haven’t been matched this close to the…

26 December 2014 [09:59 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices

DEATHS  JO ANN WOODARD BIRDSONG, 77, formerly of Winnsboro and Mineola, died Dec. 25. Beaty Funeral Home, Winnsboro. Visitation 1-2:20 p.m. Tuesday at funeral home. RONALD BRAZZEL , 74, Tyler, died Dec. 24. Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler. NATALIE BROOKS, 37, Tyler, died…

26 December 2014 [09:04 PM]
Keep celebrating Christmas all year long

We’ve unwrapped the gifts and eaten all the chocolate. We may have even gone to returning presents, repacking the ornaments and taking down the lights. But I hope you will keep celebrating the miracle that we call “Christmas.” My favorite…

26 December 2014 [08:39 PM]
Smith County experiences small changes in 2014

Smith County experienced a methodically mild 2014. There were small changes that officials say will reap big benefits, such as a $3 million upgrade to its judicial software; creating a position, the county administrator, which will act similarly as a…

26 December 2014 [08:34 PM]
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Library patrons get the most out of renovations

Two-dozen toddlers shook out the last of their wiggles recently in their newly renovated story-time area at the Tyler Public Library. Lisa Gray, youth services librarian, shook her hands, feet, arms and legs with the energetic group before reading stories…

26 December 2014 [07:59 PM]
No Christmas edition, paper closed

The Tyler Paper does not publish an edition on Christmas Day, which this year falls on Thursday. “The newspaper publishes a daily edition 364 days a year, with the exception of Christmas,” said Dave Berry, editor. “That has been our…

26 December 2014 [07:50 PM]
Smith County holiday closings

All Smith County and Tyler offices will be closed for the Christmas holiday. Smith County offices will be closed from Wednesday through Friday and will re-open on Monday with regularly scheduled business hours. County offices will also be…

26 December 2014 [07:49 PM]
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The "Laffer curve" turns 40 years old

The informal Washington D.C. dinner that took place 40 years ago has become the stuff of legend. That’s when economist Arthur Laffer used a beverage napkin to sketch a chart that became known as the “Laffer Curve.” The following four…

26 December 2014 [07:47 PM]
Last minute gifts

Finally, it’s too late for any more last-minute gifts. The frustration of what to get, where to find it and how to wrap or bag it has finally ended. Every year, many of us wait until too late to get…

26 December 2014 [06:57 PM]
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Will 'The Interview' change how Hollywood does business? Video

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Interview" was never supposed to be a paradigm-shifting film. But unusual doesn't even begin to describe the series of events that transpired over the past few weeks, culminating in the truly unprecedented move by a…

26 December 2014 [05:15 PM]
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Christmas photos from around the world Video

Christmas celebrations have different looks in different places and cultures. Take a look at some Christmas photos from around the world in our video gallery!…

26 December 2014 [03:04 PM]
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'Christmas Vacation' prank: Clark Griswold exit

CLARK, N.J. (AP) — At least one "Christmas Vacation" fan was driving on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway Thursday. Someone changed a sign for the highway's exit for Clark and Westfield to read "Clark Griswold." Griswold is the father's character…

26 December 2014 [02:45 PM]
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Philly officers deliver Christmas baby on train

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The police officers who helped deliver a Christmas baby on a subway train reunited with the newborn boy and his parents Friday morning, trading the chaos of the dingy rail car where they first met for the…

26 December 2014 [02:06 PM]
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Light-emitting e-readers before bedtime can impact sleep Video

BOSTON, MA – Use of a light-emitting electronic device (LE-eBook) in the hours before bedtime can adversely impact overall health, alertness, and the circadian clock which synchronizes the daily rhythm of sleep to external environmental time cues, according to researchers…

26 December 2014 [11:11 AM]
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Man angered by 'Merry Christmas' greetings kicked off flight Video

A man was kicked off a flight at LaGuardia airport Wednesday after having a tantrum over airline workers wishing him a merry Christmas. Apparently it all started at the gate when the grumpy passenger, who was waiting to board an…

26 December 2014 [10:45 AM]
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UPDATE: Woman wanted in shooting still on the loose Video

The female suspect in a Christmas day shooting remains on the loose. Sheriff Larry Smith said today that deputies are searching for the woman, but will wait until her arrest to release her name. The Smith County Sheriff’s Department responded…

26 December 2014 [10:42 AM]
Shooting reveals Ohio woman's heart issue

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — The son of a 75-year-old woman who was struck with birdshot by her husband while sitting in a recliner says the accident might have been a blessing because doctors treating her found a previously undiagnosed heart…

26 December 2014 [09:59 AM]
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College guarantees graduates' incomes

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) — When it came time to pick a college, Abby Slusher leaned toward a private school near her southeastern Michigan home for the small campus and class sizes. Her mother pushed Adrian College for another reason: A…

26 December 2014 [09:56 AM]
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Scientists target mess from Christmas tree needles

NEW YORK (AP) — The presents are unwrapped. The children's shrieks of delight are just a memory. Now it's time for another Yuletide tradition: cleaning up the needles that are falling off your Christmas tree. "I'm not particularly worried about…

26 December 2014 [09:51 AM]
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Alamo movie set used by John Wayne fading away

BRACKETTVILLE, Texas (AP) — Time and Mother Nature are threatening to dismantle the Alamo. Not the original, but the replica 18th-century Spanish mission and Old West movie set John Wayne built for his Oscar-nominated 1960 movie and that for decades…

26 December 2014 [09:45 AM]
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Bullard family left with nothing on Christmas Day Video

BULLARD (KYTX)- A mobile home fire takes away a family's Christmas and all their belongings. Neighbors say they have been stepping up to help in any way they can. "It was basically a total loss," said Mason King, Bullard Fire…

26 December 2014 [09:30 AM]
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Winona family putting pieces back together after Thursday fire Video

WINONA (KYTX)-Early Thursday, this family's Christmas tree was near the fireplace. Now, it's stuck out in the cold. “We lit the fireplace, it was on for about an hour and my husband and son went into the living room to…

26 December 2014 [09:28 AM]
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Tyler police sergeant retiring after 29 years Video

TYLER (KYTX)-A Tyler Police Department Sergeant put on his uniform for the last time Thursday after twenty nine years. Jerald Riggle started with TPD in 1985. He's seen many changes in the department, from the types of crime officers are…

26 December 2014 [09:17 AM]
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Man killed in single-car crash in Kilgore Video

KILGORE (KYTX) -- The name of the victim of a fatal single-car accident Thursday in Kilgore isn't being released. Police say the driver was traveling east on Highway 31, when he tried turning north onto 259. The driver was going…

26 December 2014 [09:09 AM]