VIDEO: ‘Sharknado 2’ premieres tonight

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — The idea of making a movie about a tornado that scoops up thousands of sharks and sends them flying through the air to chomp their way through a bevy of people, places and things sounds totally ridiculous. That didn’t stop Syfy from moving ahead with “Sharknado,” a movie that became a pop culture phenomen…

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VZ County Judge Rhita Koches leaving office

Released from the Van Zandt County Judge’s Office: After almost ten years in office, Van Zandt County Judge Rhita Koches has announced that she will be leaving office on Friday, August 1st . Judge Koches was appointed County Judge in…

30 July 2014 [03:31 PM]
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VIDEO: ‘Sharknado 2’ premieres tonight

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — The idea of making a movie about a tornado that scoops up thousands of sharks and sends them flying through the air to chomp their way through a bevy of people, places and things sounds totally…

30 July 2014 [03:01 PM]
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VIDEO: Oakland Raiders owner confirms talks with San Antonio

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed he has met with San Antonio officials but declined to disclose whether he has any interest in relocating the franchise to Texas. "Former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros is a…

30 July 2014 [02:53 PM]
Officers on scene of body found in Cherokee County

NEW SUMMERFIELD (KYTX) – A body was discovered Wednesday near New Summerfield and law officers are currently working the scene. Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell confirms the New Summerfield Police Department and the Texas Rangers are currently at the property…

30 July 2014 [02:12 PM]
Fair Plaza Parking Garage officially open

Today’s ribbon cutting has officially opened the Fair Plaza Parking Garage at 208 South College Ave. “The garage will be an integral part of the entry point into downtown,” said City Engineer Carter Delleney. “We are particularly pleased that the…

30 July 2014 [12:33 PM]
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VIDEO: In Virginia, the rise of a new space coast

Every summer, tourists make the pilgrimage to Chincoteague Island, Va. to see wild ponies cross the Assateague Channel. But, it's the rockets sending supplies to the International Space Station that are making this a year-round destination.…

30 July 2014 [12:23 PM]
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Shattered Lives

I just read a column by Dave Berry, my wife’s cousin and editor for the Tyler Morning Telegraph. It was a personal story about a man and his daughter, who he lost in the Murrah Federal building bombing in 1995.…

30 July 2014 [11:59 AM]
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VIDEO: UCLA wades through damages from pipe flooding

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The quiet summer campus of UCLA suddenly was steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some 8 million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball…

30 July 2014 [11:35 AM]
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VIDEO: Crop circle in Germany attracts many visitors

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer's field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles. The ornate design was discovered by a balloonist last week and news of the find quickly spread online.…

30 July 2014 [10:53 AM]
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VIDEO: Tyler Barber College founder remembered

By CALVIN MAYNARD, calvinmaynardtmt@gmail.com When Henry Miller Morgan spread the word about Tyler, he really spread the word far beyond the city. He opened numerous barber colleges in cities throughout the nation, but he named them all after his first —…

30 July 2014 [10:18 AM]
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'Southern accent reduction' training cancelled

It’s OK to talk Southern and work at a national lab — after all. Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee has cancelled plans for a “Southern Accent Reduction” class because of objections from lab staff members, some of whom said…

30 July 2014 [09:43 AM]
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VIDEO: How to 'Drive Clean Across Texas' year-round

TYLER (KYTX) - TxDOT is launching its Drive Clean Across Texas campaign just in time for the dog days of summer. TxDOT is encouraging all drivers to be more conscious of our air quality as we hit the road this…

30 July 2014 [09:33 AM]
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Fresh Ideas for spicy-hot salsa

FRESH by Brookshire’s is getting ready for their annual “Some Like it Hot” festival that celebrates all things spicy. From peppers, to salsa and spicy ingredients from every cuisine, the three-day event will tempt your taste buds with all types…

30 July 2014 [12:54 AM]
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Beat the heat with summer drinks

I think we all can agree that we’ve entered into the hottest days of summer. Our cool spring and mild summer has melted faster than an ice cream cone in July. On Saturday, I attended an event in which I…

30 July 2014 [12:49 AM]
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Purple Passion - Eggplants: Summer's Royal Harvest

Summer offers a variety of fresh vegetables and one that is often overlooked is the eggplant. Also known as aubergines, their royal color ranges from lavender to deep, dark purple. These beautiful violet vegetables sport a shiny skin and…

30 July 2014 [12:43 AM]
Hot temps again

High pressure aloft over Texas will keep the weather hot today. The high temperature should be near 94 degrees. A cold front will drop to near the Red River this afternoon, where it will stall and start to move back…

30 July 2014 [12:25 AM]
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Focal Point: Name Dropping

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see.” John Burroughs…

30 July 2014 [12:07 AM]
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Helping Hands: Local businesses offer senior discounts

It’s the fresh salad, friendly staff and senior discount that brings Kevin Cooper, 50, to Traditions Restaurant and Catering six days a week. Cooper said he eats at the restaurant at least once a day, for lunch or dinner, but…

29 July 2014 [11:58 PM]
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Ryan understands the poor need hope

The fundamental difference between Rep. Paul Ryan, who has proposed new anti-poverty initiatives, and his detractors is one of definitions. Just what is poverty? Ryan sees it as a condition of having no power. His opponents see it as a…

29 July 2014 [11:31 PM]
Annual Literacy Council spelling bee Tuesday

The Literacy Council of Tyler already has broken records this year with its annual fundraiser, the Corporate Spelling Bee. “We are so excited,” Ellen Krafve, director of development, said. “The Spelling Bee committee worked hard to streamline the event and…

29 July 2014 [11:14 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices, July 30

DEATHS EUGENE ABRAHAM SR., 90, Gladewater, died July 24. John R. Harmon Undertaking Co., Tyler. JOYCE ADAMS, Athens, died July 26. Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens. JIMMIE R. BETHEA, 72, Galveston, died July 25. Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home, Henderson. PAUL…

29 July 2014 [11:01 PM]
School district invites community to ‘go inside’

Tyler ISD is inviting community members to get an inside look of the district. This fall, the school district will launch Inside Tyler ISD, a program designed to give participants an in-depth look at the district. Covered topics will…

29 July 2014 [10:54 PM]
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Public is invited to grand opening

The public is invited to a grand opening event today for the Fair Plaza parking garage downtown. The event is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. near the pedestrian entrance at the corner of West Elm Street and Broadway…

29 July 2014 [10:35 PM]
Mental health grant in jeopardy

A $130,000 grant to fund more mental health coverage in Smith County could be in jeopardy without up-front money from Smith County. Andrews Center Division Director Valerie Holcomb said the $130,000 federal grant would cover the cost of two full-time…

29 July 2014 [10:29 PM]
Bible Thoughts, July 30

“I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life.” (Psalm 119:93)…

29 July 2014 [10:24 PM]
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Winona’s new mayor resigns, says she can’t fix corruption

Winona’s mayor turned in a letter of resignation Monday after less than three months in office. DeDe Stroud was elected to office on May 10, defeating incumbent Rusty Smith, who headed the city for eight years. The city…

29 July 2014 [10:22 PM]
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Jury awards Ventura $1.8M in defamation case

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar…

29 July 2014 [08:53 PM]
Identity theft expanding with technology

BY KENNETH DEAN kdean@tylerpaper.com Technology allows us to instantly communicate with anyone across a vast area of the globe, surf the Web via our cellphone and bank and shop from the comfort of our home. But as technology has…

29 July 2014 [08:50 PM]