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Tyler family hosts woman they assisted as a child in Columbia

The female voice on the other end of the phone was unfamiliar to Roland Gaines. The voice asked for him in broken English. She wanted to know if Gaines had financially sponsored Maribel Ballesteros Sanchez as a child in Colombia. Gaines replied “yes,” to which the caller asked if he wanted to talk

ETMC to offer new procedure

The East Texas Medical Center Cardiovascular Institute offers transcatheter aortic replacement (TAVR), the latest minimally invasive procedure for patients with severe aortic stenosis. “Many of these patients are not candidates for traditional open-heart valve replacement surgery,” said Dr. Thaddeus Tolleson, cardiologist with Tyler

Holiday festivities plentiful in East Texas

East Texas will celebrate the Christmas season with numerous live performances rformances, special events and community gatherings emphasizing joy and giving. Set aside time to see take in a play, visit homes decorated for the holidays and slide down a snow hill. It is all part of the season of festivities.   TYLER  

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Death and Funeral Notices 11-30

DEATHS JO BIRDSONG BAGBY, 98, Winnsboro, died Nov. 28. Beaty Funeral Home, Winnsboro. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at funeral home. ALUNDA DIXON, 41, Tyler, died November 28. John R. Harmon Undertaking Company, Tyler. MILDRED GRANTHAM, 99, Jacksonville, died Nov. 28.…

29 November 2015 [08:54 PM]
Tim Thompson adds name to Smith County Constable 4 ballot

Tim Thompson, 47, of Red Springs, announced his candidacy for Smith County Constable in Precinct 4. “I have the qualifications to run, and figured it was a good time to run because of my qualifications,” Thompson said of why he…

29 November 2015 [08:13 PM]
#GivingTuesday provides for local and global nonprofits

Now serving its fourth generation of local students, Camp Tyler Outdoor School has impacted a multitude through providing many programs designed to help campers learn and meet educational goals. Camp Tyler Outdoor School credits the training its instructors receive as…

29 November 2015 [08:12 PM]
Christian Women's Job Corps celebrates 15 years, new graduates

The Christian Women’s Job Corps in Tyler recently celebrated its 15th anniversary during the fall class graduation. During the event, 35 women received graduation certificates after completing 10 weeks of intense computer and job skills training. The nonprofit also honored…

29 November 2015 [08:06 PM]
Bible Verse 11-30

"For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." (Corinthians 6:20)…

29 November 2015 [08:01 PM]
How to keep your business on track

Editor’s note: This week’s BBB Business column was written by Keith Roberts. If you are like many entrepreneurs, you started a business because there were boundless riches ahead by being your own boss and customers would be flocking…

29 November 2015 [07:43 PM]
Refining and marketing sector having a great year

The collapse of crude oil prices has created massive layoffs in the exploration-and-production sector of the industry, but the refining-and-marketing sector is having a record-breaking, great year. Morgan Stanley reported that the leading independent refineries “reported strong beats.” It noted…

29 November 2015 [07:36 PM]
Building Permits 11-30

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29 November 2015 [07:32 PM]
Get the most from charitable donations

It’s certainly the season for giving - and when you make charitable gifts, you can both give and receive. To get the most out of your gifts, your first step is to make sure you are giving to a worthy…

29 November 2015 [07:28 PM]
business Notes 11-30

EXCELLENCE David and Stella Stein, of Stein Enterprises of Tyler (a franchise of Office Pride, commercial cleaning services) received Office Pride’s Standard of Excellence award as well as the Office Pride Million Dollar Club award. Standards of Excellence are awarded…

29 November 2015 [07:26 PM]
Candy World finds another sweet spot in Broadway Square Mall

T.J. Patidar wanted something different; she was an accomplished programmer and computer engineer for Computrac in Dallas, so she looked for something a little more whimsical. “Originally, the goal was to have a fun business,” she said. “I just wanted…

29 November 2015 [07:22 PM]
Rocket Fizz backs Blue Santa with special soda sales

Rocket Fizz has teamed up with the Fraternal Order of Police to help ensure this year’s Blue Santa event is bigger than ever. “Typically we do 20 kids, this year we’re really close to 40 kids,” Officer Chuck Boyce said.…

29 November 2015 [07:17 PM]
Federal involvement doesn't help schools

Education Secretary Arne Duncan may be the most honest man in Washington. In a fascinating piece in Politico, Duncan admits the federal government is terrible at running schools. And the education system provided on tribal lands for young Native American…

29 November 2015 [07:12 PM]
Luminant buys 2 East Texas power plants from NextEra

DALLAS (AP) - Luminant, one of the biggest electric power generators in Texas, has agreed to buy two East Texas electric power plants from NextEra for $1.3 billion. The acquisition of the Forney Energy Center east of Dallas and the…

28 November 2015 [10:46 PM]
Rain soaks holiday shopping expectations

A cold front and rain put a damper on the start of the holiday shopping season this weekend. Most of East Texas was under a flash flood warning until 6 a.m. Sunday, with the National Weather Service predicting 1 to…

28 November 2015 [10:45 PM]
Locals shipping off goodies, essentials to deployed soldiers

The soldiers of the Fort Drum Infantry Regiment hold a special place in Inez Cedillo’s heart. Mrs. Cedillo’s son, Sgt. Ernest Villarreal III, is one of those soldiers. He has served four deployments, but due to an injury, he was…

28 November 2015 [10:43 PM]
John Moore: Toying with kids

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28 November 2015 [10:37 PM]
Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic School plans $4.5M new building

After adding classrooms and renovating a library and other facilities over the last decade, Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic School is getting around to constructing a multi-purpose building to serve athletes, alumni and everybody else on campus. School officials expect to…

28 November 2015 [10:34 PM]
Brookshire's firm is a valued citizen

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28 November 2015 [10:31 PM]
Bible Verse 11-29

"Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done." (1 Chronicles 16:8)…

28 November 2015 [10:18 PM]
The Tyler Paper will deliver your letters to Santa

Yes, Virginia, Santa wants your letters - and the Tyler Paper will help deliver them. From now until Dec. 20, the newspaper will accept children’s letters to Santa. Not only will we forward them to the Big Guy himself, we’ll…

28 November 2015 [10:15 PM]
Tyler family hosts woman they assisted as a child in Columbia

The female voice on the other end of the phone was unfamiliar to Roland Gaines. The voice asked for him in broken English. She wanted to know if Gaines had financially sponsored Maribel Ballesteros Sanchez as a child in Colombia.…

28 November 2015 [10:01 PM]
Sellers market for tiny homes in Smith County

Within 24 hours of the ad going up, homebuilder Jason Campbell had four calls about Campbell Custom Homes’ newest design. Campbell believes he might be onto something very, very big - mini homes. “It’s a trend we’d noticed,” said Campbell,…

28 November 2015 [09:54 PM]
Key door inside Smith County Jail to be repaired

It will take $10,000 to fix an important door inside the Smith County Jail. The door connects the old portion of the jail with the new, and is one of the few doors that require a manual key to open.…

28 November 2015 [09:49 PM]
Robbery at Longview WalMart, suspect in custody

LONGVIEW (KTYX) – One person is in custody after allegedly robbing a person inside a Longview Wal-Mart. At 11 a.m. Saturday morning, Longview police were dispatched to Wal-Mart located at East Loop 281 and Fourth Street. A suspect brandished a…

28 November 2015 [09:49 PM]
Focus on the outdoors 11-29

Focus on the Outdoors Send in photos Send your pictures of recent hunting and fishing adventures to Focus on the Outdoors. Photos will be selected based on clarity and sharpness, as well as the level of hunting…

28 November 2015 [09:23 PM]
TPWD dealing with invasive plant on lake

The concern is understandable. During the growing season, within two weeks what started as three acres of giant salvinia could become six, at the end of a month it could be 12 acres. Within three months it could be 192.…

28 November 2015 [09:15 PM]
European Tower Hunts find East Texas followers

YANTIS -The wind was howling out of the northwest when the first pheasant were launched from the 50-foot tower. It immediately climbed toward the jet stream and sailed harmless out of range. Sitting at one of the 10 stations scattered…

28 November 2015 [09:08 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 11-29

DEATHS LINDA DIANE (HAZEL) ANDERSON, 68, Grand Saline, died Nov. 26. Bartley Fu­neral Home, Grand Saline. ALUNDA DIXON, 41, Tyler, died Nov. 28. John R. Harmon Undertaking Company, Tyler. JOYCE MARELL HALL, 87, Canton, died Nov. 15. Allan Fuller…

28 November 2015 [08:55 PM]