Skateboarders unite to raise money for new park

  Humidity soared and temperatures reached the high 90s on a muggy day in early June, when Tyler residents Jeff Reeves, Mike Minter and Ben Jordan arrived at Noble E. Young Skatepark sweating and carrying squeegees. It rained earlier that day — only for 30 minutes, but it was enough to render the park useless to its main clientele —…

2 same-sex marriage certificates issued

  The Smith County Clerk’s office issued two marriage certificates to same sex couples on Monday after the state issued new marriage documents. But some other offices around the state continued to deny participation following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states, including two local justices of the

North Tyler Day Nursery thriving in new location

North Tyler Day Nursery is thriving since moving into the old Mamie Griffin Elementary School on North Border Avenue. Enrollment is up and it has started an after-school program and a summer program. The nursery moved in December 2013 under a lease with Tyler ISD after Griffin Elementary opened a new school

Tyler Junior College earns 'Excellence' award

Tyler Junior College is one of 15 educational institutions to receive the 2015 Sustained Excellence in Educational Fundraising Award from The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), an international association of educational institutions headquartered in Washington, D.C. Sustained Excellence Awards recognize institutions that

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Government must not overuse force

Government should never step in and force something that’s already happening naturally. Force is a last resort; incentives are almost always better. But the EPA’s newly proposed efficiency standards for medium and large trucks aren’t incentives, they’re force.…

29 June 2015 [11:20 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 6-30

DEATHS HAROLD J. ADAMS, 87, Tyler, died June 25. Hilliard Funeral Home, Van. RONALD L. BERGMEIER, 87, Tyler, died June 26. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home, Lindale. WAYNE BROCK, 59, Rusk, died June 28. Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville. MICKEY GERALD CHOATE, 78,…

29 June 2015 [11:11 PM]
Bible Verse 6-30

"The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands." (Psalm 138:8)      …

29 June 2015 [11:08 PM]
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Skateboarders unite to raise money for new park Video

Humidity soared and temperatures reached the high 90s on a muggy day in early June, when Tyler residents Jeff Reeves, Mike Minter and Ben Jordan arrived at Noble E. Young Skatepark sweating and carrying squeegees. It rained earlier…

29 June 2015 [11:06 PM]
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2 same-sex marriage certificates issued

The Smith County Clerk’s office issued two marriage certificates to same sex couples on Monday after the state issued new marriage documents. But some other offices around the state continued to deny participation following the U.S. Supreme Court…

29 June 2015 [10:49 PM]
Texas abortion clinics allowed to remain open

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court acted Monday to keep Texas’ 19 abortion clinics open, amid a legal fight that threatens to close more than half of them. The justices voted 5-4 to grant an emergency appeal from the clinics after…

29 June 2015 [10:48 PM]
Are you prepared for the new SAT exam?

Next spring, the SAT will unveil its first major redesign since 2005. College Board, which develops and administers the SAT, has stated that the changes are designed to better reflect a student’s readiness for college by testing students on the…

29 June 2015 [10:32 PM]
John Tyler HS graduate receives Beall Scholarship

Carlos Amante, a 2015 John Tyler High School graduate, received the $1,000 Tab and Bonnie Beall Scholarship presented through the Tyler Independent School District Foundation. The scholarship will support his fall and spring semesters at Tyler Junior College next school…

29 June 2015 [10:27 PM]
Area students awarded Go Texan scholarships

Six recent Smith County high school graduates are recipients of Go Texan scholarships. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo presented $18,000 Go Texan scholarships to Natalie Decco, of Troup High School, and Stoker Williams, of Arp High School. The Smith…

29 June 2015 [10:25 PM]
Reporters, papers named to 2015 Media Honor Roll

Four reporters and three newspapers nominated by Jacksonville ISD have been named to the 2015 Media Honor Roll, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards. The reporters are Quinten Boyd, Jo Anne Embleton, Jay Neal and Faith…

29 June 2015 [10:20 PM]
Tyler ISD coordinator gets 'Emerging Leaders' honor

ASCD, an organization dedicated to learning, teaching, and leading honored Amy Mount, the K-12 coordinator of social studies in the Tyler Independent School District, for its 2015 class of Emerging Leaders. The Emerging Leaders program recognizes and prepares young, promising…

29 June 2015 [10:15 PM]
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REL graduate receives national medical award

James Cooks, a recent graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, received the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence. He also was named a delegate representing Lee and the state of Texas to the Congress…

29 June 2015 [10:02 PM]
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Tyler Junior College earns 'Excellence' award

Tyler Junior College is one of 15 educational institutions to receive the 2015 Sustained Excellence in Educational Fundraising Award from The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), an international association of educational institutions headquartered in Washington, D.C. Sustained…

29 June 2015 [09:31 PM]
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North Tyler Day Nursery thriving in new location

North Tyler Day Nursery is thriving since moving into the old Mamie Griffin Elementary School on North Border Avenue. Enrollment is up and it has started an after-school program and a summer program. The nursery moved in December 2013 under…

29 June 2015 [09:29 PM]
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UT Tyler professor in summer program

Dr. Jason Smee, an associate professor of chemistry at The University of Texas at Tyler, is participating in an open-campus program this summer at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Dr. Michael Odell, vice president for research and technology transfer, announced.…

29 June 2015 [09:07 PM]
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'Clobbered' doesn't always mean beat up

Is an antique “clobbered” Chinese vase a valuable Asian ceramic? Fifty years ago, if you were clobbered, it meant someone beat you up. Recent auction catalogs have been describing porcelains using this word, and at a Neal auction in April,…

29 June 2015 [07:11 PM]
ETMC urgent clinic to open next week at Lake Palestine

ETMC First Physicians will open an urgent care clinic on Monday, July 6, at its Lake Palestine location at the corner of Farm-to-Market Road 344 and Highway 155 in Flint. Clinic hours will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday…

29 June 2015 [03:35 PM]
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Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion-clinic rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Texas to enforce restrictions that would force 10 abortion clinics to close. The justices voted 5-4 on Monday granting an emergency appeal from the clinics after a federal appeals court…

29 June 2015 [02:52 PM]
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UT Tyler netter Friesenhahn nominated for NCAA Woman of Year

Although the athletic competition for the 2014-15 school year is complete, the awards keep coming in for UT Tyler students. Amy Friesenhahn, a UT Tyler senior netter, is one of three American Southwest Conference student-athletes nominated for the 2015 NCAA…

29 June 2015 [02:41 PM]
Mother Frances, GI physician group unites to improve services

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics and Digestive Health Specialists of Tyler announced Monday they’ve teamed to provide gastroenterology and endoscopy services to East Texas patients. The two entities signed an affiliation agreement, which creates the new Trinity Mother Frances…

29 June 2015 [02:31 PM]
Smith County Commissioners to discuss road improvement plan

Smith County Commissioners will discuss their progress on implementing a long-range county road improvment plan Tuesday morning. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Smith County Courthouse Annex, 200 E. Ferguson St. in Downtown Tyler. The commissioners will…

29 June 2015 [01:54 PM]
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Six Church of Wells members arrested for heckling Joel Osteen

HOUSTON (KHOU via KYTX) - Six people were arrested at Lakewood Church Sunday after heckling Pastor Joel Osteen while he was preaching, according to Houston Police. The individuals are from Wells, Texas and are associated with The Church of Wells.…

29 June 2015 [01:41 PM]
Most city, county offices will be closed Friday

Most of Tyler and Smith County offices will have a four-day operation week and observe the 4th of July holiday of Friday, but recreation facilities including swimming pools will remain open. FunForestPark and WoldertPark pools will be open Friday, July…

29 June 2015 [01:24 PM]
Rep. Simpson: Marriage process decisions belong with religions

State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, called on Gov. Greg Abbott to immediately call a special session of the 84th Legislature to end Texas’ involvement in the marriage process and put the process in the hands of individual religious denominations. Simpson…

29 June 2015 [11:52 AM]
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First Smith County same-sex marriage certificate completed Video

(UPDATED June 29, 2015 at 11:09 am CT) The Smith County Clerk’s office issued its first marriage certificate to a same sex couple Monday morning. A Supreme Court ruling Friday morning made same sex marriage was legal in all 50…

29 June 2015 [11:18 AM]