Officials urge safety in lighting fireworks this Fourth of July

  Fireworks will undoubtedly fill the skies across the nation this weekend as the country celebrates its 239th birthday, and firework stand operators are excited about the outlook for sales. But with the prospect of skyrocketing sales after months of rain, officials remind residents to practice safety to ensure a happy and safe holiday. …

PATH celebrates construction of 54th home

  Although she had to be at work around noon, there were not many things that could have prevented Tyler resident Cheslie Thompson from showing up 716 W. Queen St. at 11:30 on Wednesday for the ribbon-cutting on her new home. The open house and ceremony celebrated the completion of the 54th PATH Community Home in Tyler, where Ms. Thompson will

Toledo Bend, Rayburn, Fork make list of top 100 U.S. bass lakes

Unlike years past I cannot complain about BASS’ 100 Best Bass Lakes list for 2015. There are three East Texas lakes in the top 15. I am a homer. I am not greedy. OK, the top 15 is still dominated by northern lakes better known for smallmouth which seems odd. Bass boats were invented in the South for a reason, and

Supremes to judge affirmative action

In any other context — say, that of a left-leaning plaintiff in an important U.S. Supreme Court case — this would be unacceptable. But Slate magazine’s take on the Court’s agreement to take up affirmative action again is all about demonizing the woman at the center of the case. “The Supreme Court might destroy

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UT Austin graduate to travel to Philippines for Peace Corps

  Julie Fryman is anything but your ordinary twenty-something. Ms. Fryman, a Tyler native, is an environmental scientist who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Where most people in her position would be focused on starting…

01 July 2015 [11:07 PM]
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Smith County Commissioners recognize employees for service

Smith County Commissioners recognized 14 employees for their years of service on Tuesday. Two of the long-time employees, Kenneth Butler and Charley Miller, work for the Road and Bridge Department. Butler, 51, has been working as a mechanic since he…

01 July 2015 [11:05 PM]
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Unsuspected yard ornaments raise awareness for cancer cause

Early on an ordinary Friday morning, a cancer patient awoke to find nearly two dozen sneakers littering her front yard. Soon those shoes made their way to another yard, “sneak attacking,” another unsuspecting resident who will learn the sneakers —…

01 July 2015 [11:01 PM]
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Cambodia native, ETMC volunteer earns valedictorian

Jennifer Mao, an ETMC Tyler Volunteer, spent the first half of her life in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. “Education in Cambodia isn’t very good. If you have money you would get better schooling,” Miss Mao said. She and…

01 July 2015 [10:56 PM]
Police warn of scam involving jury duty

Officials warns citizens to be aware of a scam where the victim is told the U.S. Marshal's Service or the local law enforcement agency is looking for them because they missed jury duty. Eastern District of Texas U.S. Marshal Robert…

01 July 2015 [10:40 PM]
Hanging canine investigation continues

  The investigation into a dead dog found hanging from a tree in a Tyler backyard continues, but police said three other dogs at the home were confiscated by animal control officers. Tyler Police Detective Andy Erbaugh said the…

01 July 2015 [10:35 PM]
Only life-long, gluten-free diet can treat celiac disease

Celiac disease is a genetic disease, where gluten in the diet causes the immune system to attack the cells in your own body. Gluten is a storage protein found in wheat, barley and rye. The only treatment for celiac disease…

01 July 2015 [09:00 PM]
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Tiger lilies in IDEA Garden showing their brilliant colors

We have tigers in the garden, and you must come and see. Our tigers are guaranteed not to bite or attack. They won’t even roar, but they are handsome fellows. Our tiger lilies are blooming profusely now in…

01 July 2015 [08:58 PM]
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Gardening enters maintenance mode as summer begins

Now that summer is here, most activities outside involving the landscape and garden are in mostly a maintenance mode. But, before delving into some of those items, here is an update on an event in our “backyard.” I attended the…

01 July 2015 [08:55 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 7-2

DEATHS HAROLD J. ADAMS, 87, Tyler, died June 25. Hilliard Funeral Home, Van. RONALD L. BERGMEIER, 87, Tyler, died June 26. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home, Lindale. SHIRLEY FORRER, 86, Tyler, formerly of Hideaway, died June 23. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home, Lindale. JOHN…

01 July 2015 [08:37 PM]
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Supremes to judge affirmative action

In any other context — say, that of a left-leaning plaintiff in an important U.S. Supreme Court case — this would be unacceptable. But Slate magazine’s take on the Court’s agreement to take up affirmative action again is all about…

01 July 2015 [08:32 PM]
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PATH celebrates construction of 54th home

Although she had to be at work around noon, there were not many things that could have prevented Tyler resident Cheslie Thompson from showing up 716 W. Queen St. at 11:30 on Wednesday for the ribbon-cutting on her new home.…

01 July 2015 [08:29 PM]
Bible Verse 7-2

"Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good." (Romans 12:9)      …

01 July 2015 [08:21 PM]
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Free towing available for intoxicated drivers

A free tow service provided by AAA this Independence Day weekend is geared toward lowering the number of arrests for intoxicated driving, while law enforcement agencies across the nation will be looking for impaired motorists. The AAA’s Tipsy Tow program…

01 July 2015 [08:15 PM]
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Officials urge safety in lighting fireworks this Fourth of July Video

Fireworks will undoubtedly fill the skies across the nation this weekend as the country celebrates its 239th birthday, and firework stand operators are excited about the outlook for sales. But with the prospect of skyrocketing sales after months of rain,…

01 July 2015 [08:12 PM]
U.S. marshals nab alleged sex offender in Van Zandt County

A man wanted for sexually assaulting a child at a homeless shelter in Durango, Colorado is now in custody after U.S. marshals and other law enforcement officers captured him in East Texas Wednesday. U.S. Deputy Marshal John Garrison said the…

01 July 2015 [04:43 PM]
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Flo Rida, Jonathan Scott out of Miss USA, Macy's dumps Trump Video

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Flo Rida, the Macy's department store chain and HGTV "Property Brothers" star Jonathan Scott all had something in common on Wednesday: They're the latest to distance themselves from Donald Trump following his remarks about Mexican…

01 July 2015 [04:15 PM]
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TV Land pulls 'Dukes of Hazzard' reruns from its schedule

NEW YORK (AP) — TV Land has dumped "The Dukes of Hazzard." The network is confirming that reruns of the 1980s action comedy, with its Confederate flag imagery, have been pulled from the schedule. This marks the latest effort to…

01 July 2015 [04:09 PM]
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Man bitten by shark on NC Outer Banks is 7th this summer

OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) — A shark bit a 68-year-old man several times Wednesday in waist-deep water off North Carolina's Outer Banks, officials said, the seventh attack in the state's coastal waters in less than three weeks. A hospital spokeswoman had…

01 July 2015 [03:42 PM]
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Record heat at Wimbledon causes issues for ball boy, players Video

MATTIAS KAREN AP Sports Writer LONDON (AP) — The heat at Wimbledon on Wednesday caused a ball boy to collapse, a player to feel "dizzy" and thermometers to rise to record levels for the tournament. In the bright sunshine in…

01 July 2015 [03:01 PM]
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Police arrest man wanted for kidnapping, family violence

Tyler Police Officers arrested Nicholas Sanchez Jr. Tuesday. He was booked into the Smith County Jail for possession of marijuana along with warrants for kidnapping, assault family violence, parole violation and several Tyler Municipal Court warrants. The case will now…

01 July 2015 [10:32 AM]
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Official: Fire at South Carolina black church wasn't arson Video

GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A fire that destroyed a black church that 20 years ago was a target of the Ku Klux Klan was not the work of an arsonist, a federal law enforcement official said Wednesday. Preliminary indications are…

01 July 2015 [09:51 AM]
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Overlay work continues on West Hawkins Parkway Video

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Holiday travel could be a little slower in Gregg County due to some road work in Longview. Workers are resurfacing the area at Bill Owens Parkway and Oak Forest Drive. The speed limit is usually 45 miles…

01 July 2015 [09:26 AM]