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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