Retired city worker finds therapy in woodcarving

EMERALD BAY — Joel Reams started carving wood to pass the time in Vietnam. The U.S. Marine Corps veteran, who is retired from the city’s water department, spends most of his time puttering around his house, making “bizarre” creations out of fallen trees. “It’s just a big hobby,” he said. Reams has…

Law officers, civilians and girl, 10, honored at sheriff’s banquet

Law enforcement and civilians alike were honored during the annual Sheriff’s Awards Banquet on Thursday night at the Tyler Rose Garden Center. The event recognized individuals who have performed extraordinary acts in the line of duty or have contributed greatly to the community.

Double dose of comedy for East Texas

East Texas will receive a double dose of comedy with a game show on Saturday in Tyler and comedy star in on Thursday in Longview.   “The Newlywed Game” Liberty Hall, 103 E.

Giuliani’s attacks needlessly uncivil

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani deserves credit for acknowledging his recent comments about President Barack Obama went too far. It’s time for all sides to show more civility as we continue to discuss and debate the future of this nation.

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Two projects receive Prop. 1 funding

Two road projects worth about $8.85 million were added to the Tyler Metropolitan Planning Organization’s short-term plan this fiscal year thanks to state Proposition 1 funds. The proposition diverts funds from the state’s Rainy Day fund into transportation projects, and…

27 February 2015 [12:22 AM]
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Retired city worker finds therapy in woodcarving

EMERALD BAY — Joel Reams started carving wood to pass the time in Vietnam. The U.S. Marine Corps veteran, who is retired from the city’s water department, spends most of his time puttering around his house, making “bizarre” creations out…

27 February 2015 [12:21 AM]
Bible verse, Feb. 27

“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” (1 John 4:9)…

27 February 2015 [12:14 AM]
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Giuliani’s attacks needlessly uncivil

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani deserves credit for acknowledging his recent comments about President Barack Obama went too far. It’s time for all sides to show more civility as we continue to discuss and debate the future of…

27 February 2015 [12:11 AM]
Investigator retiring after 38 years serving Rusk County

HENDERSON — His figure has been a prominent one at various crime scenes in Rusk County over the past 30-plus years, but this week 66-year-old William Brown hangs up his trademark Stetson hat, puts his badge down and begins a…

27 February 2015 [12:07 AM]
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Law officers, civilians and girl, 10, honored at sheriff’s banquet

Law enforcement and civilians alike were honored during the annual Sheriff’s Awards Banquet on Thursday night at the Tyler Rose Garden Center. The event recognized individuals who have performed extraordinary acts in the line of duty or have contributed greatly…

27 February 2015 [12:05 AM]
Supreme Court of Texas holds court at UT Tyler, visits students

BY CALVIN MAYNARD, calvinmaynard@gmail.com The Supreme Court of Texas, the highest court in the state, heard oral arguments at The University of Texas at Tyler’s University Center on Thursday morning, then toned down the formalities by eating with the high…

26 February 2015 [11:59 PM]
Folk musician Florian set to perform Thursday

Folk musician William Florian aims to remind audience members “Those Were the Days” when he takes the Dodson Auditorium stage on Tuesday. It’s the last show of Kilgore Community Concert Association’s 2014-2015 season. According to a KCCA press release, Florian’s…

26 February 2015 [11:50 PM]
Choirs to perform on Saturday

The combined choirs of The University of Texas at Tyler and Tyler Junior College will perform together at 6 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk St. The concert will feature UT Tyler’s Patriot Singers and University Chorale…

26 February 2015 [11:49 PM]
Deadline today for candidates to file

The deadline for candidates to file for positions on the Tyler City Council and Tyler ISD board of trustees is 5 p.m. today. City council members in odd districts are up for election in May. The only race in the…

26 February 2015 [11:44 PM]
Tyler Junior College gets ‘excellent interest rates’

Tyler Junior College trustees sold $10 million worth of bonds and tax notes on Thursday at low interest rates. The college had offered for competitive bank bids $5.3 million of combined fee revenue bonds and $4.68 million of maintenance tax…

26 February 2015 [11:40 PM]
Student, 16, detained in Brook Hill stabbing

A 16-year-old student has been detained on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after a stabbing at the Brook Hill School last week. Bullard police said a student was assaulted with a knife on campus after a fight…

26 February 2015 [11:39 PM]
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Double dose of comedy for East Texas

East Texas will receive a double dose of comedy with a game show on Saturday in Tyler and comedy star in on Thursday in Longview. “The Newlywed Game” Liberty Hall, 103 E. Erwin St., will host its version…

26 February 2015 [11:29 PM]
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Purple Hulls perform Sunday

THE FINE ARTS SERIES of First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Rusk St., will present Purple Hulls at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Siblings Penny, Katy and Ben Clark sing traditional gospel,bluegrass and country. Admission is free.…

26 February 2015 [11:20 PM]
SFA announces East Texas honors students, graduates

The following students have been named to the president’s list at Stephen F. Austin State University: Alba: Casey Ellis, Albert Foster Arp: Kourtney McDonald Athens: Brock Estep, Daisy Martinez, Danielle Quade, Bullard: Makayla Watkins Canton: Asem Alshomali Chandler: Taylor Johnston,…

26 February 2015 [11:09 PM]
Volunteer corner, Feb. 27

THE SALVATION ARMY The Salvation Army announced it is looking for volunteers in areas including the Soup Kitchen and Family Store. For information, go to www.ringbells.org.   VOLUNTEER TYLER Volunteer Tyler, city of Tyler program, is seeking volunteers ages…

26 February 2015 [11:07 PM]
Death and funeral notices, Feb. 27

DEATHS DOROTHY BEAIRD, 89, Tyler, died Feb. 25. Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Directors, Tyler. CHRISTOPHER BRITTON, 35, Kilgore, died Feb. 25. Cunningham Funeral Home, Kilgore. CHRISTINE FRANCES BARTON COOK, 92, Henderson, formerly of Pittsburg, died Feb. 10. Erman Smith Funeral…

26 February 2015 [10:04 PM]
Tyler District awarded $46 million in Proposition 1 highway funding

The Tyler District of the Texas Department of Transportation was awarded about $46.19 million for six projects in Smith, Gregg, Anderson, Henderson and Cherokee counties. More than $8.8 million was approved to help expand portions of Spur 248, University Boulevard,…

26 February 2015 [06:32 PM]
No sanctions for UT Austin fraternity 'Western' party

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An investigation into a University of Texas fraternity whose portrayal of Hispanics at a party offended students has been completed and no sanctions are forthcoming, a university official said Thursday. Phi Gamma Delta did not violate…

26 February 2015 [06:10 PM]
Schaefer files bill to curtail food stamp fraud

State Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, today filed a bill designed to curtail fraud within the food stamp program. The bill would personalize Lonestar Electronic Benefits Transfer cards for beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as the…

26 February 2015 [04:44 PM]
Police: Bryan man charged with murder in death of infant

BRYAN, Texas (AP) — A 35-year-old man has been charged with murder in the death of a 7-month-old girl who police say was found by officers with a fractured skull, broken leg and other injuries. Talawrence Donyea Tennell of Bryan…

26 February 2015 [04:41 PM]
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Thousands of East Texans still remain without power Video

The snow was enjoyable to some while it was here but to others it has proven a problem. Thousands of East Texans still remain without power because of the treacherous winter storm.…

26 February 2015 [04:16 PM]
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Supreme Court: Texans, others may lose fed health insurance help

CHICAGO (AP) — Millions of Americans have a big personal stake in next Wednesday's Supreme Court challenge to the nation's health care law: Can they legally continue to get subsidies to help pay for their insurance? If the court says…

26 February 2015 [01:46 PM]
Former Gregg County DA arrested

A traffic stop this week resulted in a former Gregg County district attorney behind bars on multiple felony charges. According to jail records, Robert "Rob" Riter Foster, 69, was arrested at 7 p.m. Tuesday night by Longview police on charges…

26 February 2015 [11:38 AM]
Lindale warns of water bill phone call scam

The city of Lindale is warning its residents about a scam. Some residents have received a phone call from someone claiming to represent the City of Lindale and saying that that their water bill was not paid, according to the…

26 February 2015 [11:35 AM]
DFW man gets life term for soliciting girl, 16, for sex

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — A registered sex offender from North Texas must serve life in prison for molesting a 16-year-old Houston-area girl he met online and nicknamed "wifey." Joshua Karr of Allen was convicted of sexual assault of a child…

26 February 2015 [11:33 AM]
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Texas flights affected as Mexican volcano spews ash

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Popocatepetl volcano east of Mexico City has been spewing ash into the sky, forcing cancellation of flights at the nearby Puebla International Airport for a second consecutive day. The government's airport oversight agency says through…

26 February 2015 [11:18 AM]
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State police worked nearly 200 weather-related accidents Video

State police worked close to 200 accidents in the past 72 hours due to inclement weather in Smith County and surrounding counties, including a fatal accident that claimed the life of a 42-year-old Winnsboro woman during Wednesday's snow storm.…

26 February 2015 [11:17 AM]