Rusk prison played pivotal role in building of rail system

This Christmas, hundreds of children rode the Texas State Railroad’s annual Polar Express. What most people do not know, however, is that this East Texas icon is the result of over a century’s evolution. The railroad’s Special Projects Administrator, John R. Garbutt, said there have been many twists and turns in the line since …

New businesses, development makes strides through 2014

Two of Tyler’s busiest corridors have been bustling with new businesses in 2014 and developers expect next year to be just as vibrant. In September, stores began to open at the new Village at Cumberland Park, a 78-acre shopping center off South Broadway Avenue.

Mentor who gave first job will be missed

As he has done for so many others throughout his career, Dave Berry gave me my start in journalism. Even before the recession, it wasn’t easy to find a job as a journalist when I graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 2002.

New burger shop offers ‘specialty grind’ beef patties

The Burger Grind didn’t just get its name because Dennis Moreau grinds his hamburger meat fresh each day. “The daily grind signifies hard work.

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Tyler convenience store robbed at gunpoint Sunday

Tyler police are investigating an armed robbery at a West Gentry Parkway gas station/convenience store Sunday evening. At approximately 8:42 p.m., the Tyler Police Department received a 911 call about an armed robbery of a business at 2030 W. Gentry…

29 December 2014 [12:01 AM]
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Rusk prison played pivotal role in building of rail system

This Christmas, hundreds of children rode the Texas State Railroad’s annual Polar Express. What most people do not know, however, is that this East Texas icon is the result of over a century’s evolution. The railroad’s Special Projects Administrator, John…

28 December 2014 [11:38 PM]
Tyler listed among best spots to retire

Tyler, dubbed as the Rose Capital of America in the piney woods of East Texas, can now add retirement destination to its resume. The town of more than 100,000 residents is listed in Where to Retire magazine as an “undiscovered…

28 December 2014 [11:28 PM]
YMCA under new leadership with 36-year-old

The decision to join a gym after high school led to long-term career for Jeremy Bumgardner. Bumgardner, 36, the new president and CEO at the YMCA of Tyler, grew up in rural West Virginia playing football and basketball and participating…

28 December 2014 [11:26 PM]
Bible verse, Dec. 29

“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.” (Matthew 12:33)…

28 December 2014 [11:24 PM]
3 days left in charity campaign

With The Shine Your Light Campaign coming to an end on Wednesday, donors already have raised $148,185 and matched the donor funds. Two additional gifts were received on Sunday, helping to exceed the donor match for this year’s award recipients.…

28 December 2014 [11:22 PM]
Man injured in early Sunday shooting

Tyler Police are investigating the early Sunday shooting of an Hispanic man who was shot through a car door. Officers were dispatched about 2:53 a.m. Sunday to Trinity Mother Frances Hospital where the man had been taken by a private…

28 December 2014 [11:20 PM]
Police probe convenience store robbery

Tyler Police are investigating the armed robbery of a convenience store on Saturday night. Officers were dispatched to the store in the 500 block of South Broadway Avenue at 9:04 p.m. to find that a black man wearing all black…

28 December 2014 [11:19 PM]
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Texas Legislature should repeal laws

Here’s a modest proposal for the Texas Legislature: In the coming legislative session, try to end with the same number — or even fewer laws — than you began with. Repeal some regulations, loosen some licensing requirements. Here’s why that…

28 December 2014 [11:13 PM]
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New businesses, development makes strides through 2014

Two of Tyler’s busiest corridors have been bustling with new businesses in 2014 and developers expect next year to be just as vibrant. In September, stores began to open at the new Village at Cumberland Park, a 78-acre shopping center…

28 December 2014 [11:11 PM]
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Mentor who gave first job will be missed

As he has done for so many others throughout his career, Dave Berry gave me my start in journalism. Even before the recession, it wasn’t easy to find a job as a journalist when I graduated from Southwest Texas State…

28 December 2014 [11:10 PM]
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New burger shop offers ‘specialty grind’ beef patties

The Burger Grind didn’t just get its name because Dennis Moreau grinds his hamburger meat fresh each day. “The daily grind signifies hard work. … We’re working hard to put out these burgers,” he said. After years of working in…

28 December 2014 [10:58 PM]
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Business notes: Industry news around East Texas, Dec. 29

DIRECTOR Former scholarship recipient Blake Billings is now serving on East Texas Lighthouse for the Blind’s Board of Directors. In 2005, Billings received a scholarship available to individuals who are legally blind or a dependent of a legally blind parent.…

28 December 2014 [10:54 PM]
Permit filed for new Veterans Administration Clinic

Shawn Namdar, of Dallas, is remodeling a 9,999-square-foot building at 7916 S. Broadway No. 100 for a Veterans Administration Clinic. Work includes a new work office with appropriate electrical, plumbing and air conditioning requirements for $600,000. Caliber Associates is the…

28 December 2014 [10:46 PM]
Death and funeral notices, Dec. 29

DEATHS ELWOOD BEVEL, 72, Flint, died Dec. 20. Tyler Memorial Funeral Home. NATALIE BROOKS, 37, Tyler, died Dec. 24. Community Funeral Home of Tyler. EARLENE COOPER, 73, Rusk County, died Dec. 22. Southern Funeral Home, Henderson. CHARLES CRADDOCK, 81, Tyler, died Dec. 26. Brooks-Sterling…

28 December 2014 [10:39 PM]
Man shot overnight after disturbance at club

Today at about 2:53 a.m., Tyler police officers were dispatched to Trinity Mother Frances to take a report of an aggravated assault. The victim had been transported by private vehicle to the emergency room. At the hospital, officers contacted a…

28 December 2014 [11:30 AM]
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Blind judge making history on Michigan's top court

DETROIT (AP) — Richard Bernstein officially joins the Michigan Supreme Court in a few days. But he's been working off the clock since November, preparing for 10 cases in an extraordinary way — memorizing the key points of every brief…

28 December 2014 [08:26 AM]
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Spokesman: George H.W. Bush remains in hospital

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush will remain in a Houston hospital through the weekend after experiencing shortness of breath earlier this week. Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Saturday the 90-year-old's condition has improved and doctors are discussing…

28 December 2014 [08:23 AM]
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Jet carrying 162 lost over stormy Indonesian waters

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Aircraft and ships that spent several hours searching Indonesian waters turned up no sign of an AirAsia plane that disappeared Sunday with 162 people on board in airspace possibly thick with dense storm clouds, strong winds…

28 December 2014 [08:20 AM]
Donations near $150,000 in 2014 charity campaign

The Shine Your Light Campaign is nearing its end with $148,135 raised and already having matched the donor funds. One gift was received on Saturday, boosting the community campaign’s goal of exceeding their donor match to help this year’s award…

27 December 2014 [11:05 PM]
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Making resolutions: Planning, reflection key

We all know what time it is, but I’ll spare the typical New Year’s resolutions speech. It’s the most optimistic and ambitious time of the year. Well intended, we toss around ideas for elusive goals such as losing weight and…

27 December 2014 [10:25 PM]
In the know: What's the deal with gluten-free fad?

Gluten-free is a buzzword as recognizable as low-fat and high-protein. The phrase on package labeling refers to food that doesn’t have a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. In August, the Food and Drug Administration announced new rules to…

27 December 2014 [10:24 PM]
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An intersection of physical, emotional and financial dilemmas

Carime De La Sancha, 42, becomes visibly upset when she recalls the hopelessness she felt when she considered suicide last year. She was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, had no health insurance and was living in the country illegally.…

27 December 2014 [09:34 PM]
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Nichols questions hospital privatization

Here’s what’s not in dispute: Texas cares for thousands of mentally ill and impaired residents in 10 state psychiatric hospitals. Budgets are tight and needs are growing. But Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Dr. Kyle Janek’s effort to privatize…

27 December 2014 [09:23 PM]
Bible Verse 12-28

" Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget no all His benefits." (Psalm 103: 1-2)    …

27 December 2014 [09:19 PM]
Annual turfgrass conference scheduled for Feb. 3

In February, the annual East Texas Turfgrass Conference will be held on Feb. 5 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Research and Extension Center in Overton. This conference is geared to those who manage turfgrass including school districts, city parks…

27 December 2014 [09:16 PM]
A decision for "Make up your mind" day

On Dec. 31, the nation celebrates National Make Up Your Mind Day. The timing is perfect to coincide with those pesky New Year’s resolutions. Some decisions are big and you might need time to plan before you make up your…

27 December 2014 [09:14 PM]
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Meet "Bullwinkle" our pet of the week

My name is Bullwinkle and I’m available for adoption at Pets Fur People in Tyler. I’m a 7-month-old terrier mix. I’m a chunky little guy — I weigh 17 pounds and will probably be a little larger when I’m grown…

27 December 2014 [09:05 PM]