Tyler firefighters compete in Brookshire's 2014 Firefighter Combat Challenge

Tyler firefighters will compete against the best firefighters in the nation this week during the Brookshire’s 2014 National Firefighter Combat Challenge. The competition, which is free to the public, is scheduled for today through Saturday at Broadway Square Mall, 4601 S. Broadway Ave., in the parking lot near Sears. Activities begin at 2 p.…

UT Tyler student fighting for sight

Three years ago, University of Texas at Tyler student Candyce Lane Henwood was diagnosed with a rare degenerative eye disease. She was a high school senior when she found out she had retinitis pigmentosa, which causes severe vision impairment and blindness.

Cosplayers to show work at Rose City Comic Con

Halloween is coming early in Tyler this year. Dressed as superheroes, villains, elves, monsters and more, cosplayers from Tyler and beyond are anticipated at Tyler Rose City Comic Con this weekend.

Mineola dedicates Texas paddling trail on the Sabine

Not all outdoor activity involves fishing and hunting. In fact one of the fastest growing segments of outdoor activities in the country is canoeing, kayaking and paddle boards.

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Organized crime featured in training class

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a training class on organized crime on Friday and Saturday for all members of law enforcement and Smith County area communities. Organized crime, including drug cartels, is a major problem that, until recently, was…

22 October 2014 [11:46 PM]
Arc of Smith County Boo Ball set for Friday

The Arc of Smith County will have its 11th Annual Boo Ball this week. The theme of this year’s event is “Black Cat’s Adventures: A Decade in Review.” The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 11 p.m. Friday at Hollytree…

22 October 2014 [11:45 PM]
Everyone matters

When this year’s convocation speaker finished, every teacher in the audience had two things on their mind: First: “My classroom is nowhere near ready.” Second: “What are we having for lunch?” Neither of which had anything to do with her…

22 October 2014 [11:40 PM]
Bible Verse 10-23

"A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!" (Proverbs 15:23)…

22 October 2014 [10:37 PM]
Tyler man found guilty of scalding 2 year old boy's feet

A Smith County jury found a Tyler man guilty of intentionally immersing a 2-year-old boy’s feet into a bathtub of scalding hot water to punish the child for urinating on himself. The jury deliberated about an hour and a half…

22 October 2014 [10:35 PM]
Retired FBI agent honored for courage

Retired FBI Agent Jeff Millslagle received an award Tuesday for his actions during a awarded last year. After retiring from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Tyler in 2011, Millslagle, 55, began working as a special inspector general for Afghanistan…

22 October 2014 [10:33 PM]
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Tyler firefighters compete in Brookshire's 2014 Firefighter Combat Challenge

Tyler firefighters will compete against the best firefighters in the nation this week during the Brookshire’s 2014 National Firefighter Combat Challenge. The competition, which is free to the public, is scheduled for today through Saturday at Broadway Square Mall, 4601…

22 October 2014 [09:26 PM]
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UT Tyler student fighting for sight

Three years ago, University of Texas at Tyler student Candyce Lane Henwood was diagnosed with a rare degenerative eye disease. She was a high school senior when she found out she had retinitis pigmentosa, which causes severe vision impairment and…

22 October 2014 [09:18 PM]
Reports of shots fired in downtown Tyler unconfirmed

Multiple reports of gunshots in downtown Tyler on Wednesday evening yielded no arrests. The Tyler Police Department received multiple 911 calls about shots fired near the area of Center and Locust streets about 5:51 p.m. At the same time, at…

22 October 2014 [09:16 PM]
Cosplayers to show work at Rose City Comic Con

Halloween is coming early in Tyler this year. Dressed as superheroes, villains, elves, monsters and more, cosplayers from Tyler and beyond are anticipated at Tyler Rose City Comic Con this weekend. The convention, in its second year, is hosting workshops,…

22 October 2014 [09:06 PM]
Bergfeld playground improvements to begin Nov. 1

Plans are moving forward for the city of Tyler to begin improvements to Bergfeld Park and to add a historic new park that celebrates the St. Louis community and its residents. On Wednesday, the city council green-lighted a professional services…

22 October 2014 [08:33 PM]
Play it safe this coming Halloween

Halloween means children getting outdoors to enjoy treats, fun and games. Although Halloween comes before the change back to standard time this year, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. With shorter days comes more night…

22 October 2014 [08:28 PM]
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Mineola dedicates Texas paddling trail on the Sabine

Not all outdoor activity involves fishing and hunting. In fact one of the fastest growing segments of outdoor activities in the country is canoeing, kayaking and paddle boards. Texas Paddling Trails now lists five East Texas rivers as part of…

22 October 2014 [07:27 PM]
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Many flowering plants hit their stride this time of year

Fall is such a wonderful time of the year with the changing of the seasons, perfect temperature to be enjoying working or playing outdoors, and flashes of color we haven’t seen all year. Besides the turning of tree leaves into…

22 October 2014 [07:25 PM]
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Firecracker plant puts on a show all summer long

Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve or the Fourth of July for a fireworks show. Plant a firecracker plant (Russelia equisetiformis) and enjoy a brilliant display all summer until frost. Leaves of this plant remind you of horsetail (Equisetum h.),…

22 October 2014 [07:24 PM]
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Local taxes, debt are rising in Texas

A new report from the Texas Tribune emphasizes two things for East Texans. First, it reminds us how wise the city of Tyler’s decision to eliminate its bonded indebtedness was. And second, the report reminds us how big of an…

22 October 2014 [07:18 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 10-23

DEATHS WILLIAM DUWARD BARNES, 98, Chandler, died Oct. 21. Chandler Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Saturday at funeral home. MARY BLACK, 61, Rusk, died Oct. 22. Mercy/McGowan Funeral Home, Jacksonville. PAULA BREEDLOVE, 90, Tyler, died Oct. 21. Stewart Family…

22 October 2014 [07:03 PM]
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VIDEO: Dallas nurse's dog has negative initial test for Ebola

DALLAS (AP) — The first Ebola test for the quarantined King Charles Spaniel belonging to a Dallas nurse hospitalized with the virus has come back negative. The city of Dallas said Wednesday that one-year-old Bentley will be tested again before…

22 October 2014 [04:29 PM]
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UPDATE: Man guilty of intentionally scalding child

UPDATE: Timothy Choice was found guilty this afternoon of a felony charge of intentionally and knowingly causing serious bodily injury to a child, a felony offense. The Smith County jury hearing the case deliberated for about 90 minutes before returning…

22 October 2014 [04:24 PM]
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VIDEO: Shatner, 'Star Trek 3' director to meet about role

NEW YORK (AP) — "Star Trek" may be the next frontier for William Shatner — again. Shatner, who played the original James T. Kirk, says he's meeting soon with Roberto Orci, who's directing "Star Trek 3," to discuss reprising his…

22 October 2014 [04:20 PM]
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VIDEO: Family pleads for pet pig to stay home

The Johnson family lost their battle with the Chesterfield County, Virginia Planning Commission to allow Tucker, their pet pig, to stay in their home, but refuse to let the board keep Tucker away.…

22 October 2014 [04:12 PM]
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US returns dozens of stolen artifacts to Peru

DENVER (AP) — Dozens of artifacts are on their way back to Peru after being seized in the United States during investigations into the smuggling of cultural relics. Investigators from U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement's Homeland Security department held ceremonies…

22 October 2014 [03:41 PM]
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UPDATE: 2 dead in shooting attack at Canada's Parliament

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country's capital was shot to death Wednesday, and gunfire then erupted inside Parliament, authorities said. One gunman was killed, and police said they were searching…

22 October 2014 [02:20 PM]
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VIDEO: Dishing out life lessons to troubled youth

A Dallas chef says the way to help troubled teenage boys is teach them to play with knives and fire. The unconventional youth program is changing lives one plate at a time.…

22 October 2014 [11:37 AM]
Hive area monitored after 23 Texas students stung

SAGINAW, Texas (AP) — Four students have been treated and released from hospitals after nearly two dozen North Texas children were stung by bees during a physical education class. Officials say a hive area will be monitored after a total…

22 October 2014 [10:26 AM]