Liberty Utilities holds first of two town hall meetings

Flint resident Krista Rosebury had been considering retirement before a proposed rate increase for sewer services had her second-guessing that idea. “It’s a burden,” Ms. Rosebury, 62, said of the proposed rate increase that would almost double her bill. The Flint resident who works in accounting is one of more than 130 people who…

Robert E. Lee French classes bring characters to life in Living Museum

The characters of “Les Miserables” and “Midnight in Paris” spent the day at Robert E. Lee High School on Thursday. As part of a class project, students became immersed in the characters in order to brush up on their French skills during the school’s “Living Museum.” Costumed students gathered around the classroom, frozen like

Hotel conference center lake project awaits approval from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

A city-owned ornamental lake will be coming to Tyler, pending approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The lake will be part of the city’s proposed hotel conference center, near the intersection of Toll 49 and South Broadway Avenue. The water feature will have a footprint of almost 3.2 acres, and the city has an application

Texas College celebrates 122 years with coronation of Taylor Pierce as Miss Texas College

Texas College celebrated its storied heritage Thursday with the coronation of the 122nd Miss Texas College. Taylor J. Pierce will serve as Miss Texas College for the remainder of the 2016-17 academic year, acting as a student ambassador for the college. Texas College President Dr. Dwight J. Fennell said the definition of a queen is a woman

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Once again, you successfully managed to obtain an acceptable summer body just in time for vacation season. Well done, you. But with fall in full swing, your beach-worthy temple is useless until spring break. What to do with that tight…

21 October 2016 [10:27 AM]
Troopers ride school buses during school bus safety week

TYLER, TX- Department of Public Safety troopers climbed aboard school buses and followed school buses in an attempt to detect and deter those drivers who would elect to break the law, passing the buses while students are loading or unloading.…

21 October 2016 [09:19 AM]
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21 October 2016 [09:17 AM]
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21 October 2016 [08:26 AM]
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21 October 2016 [07:38 AM]
50 years later, Black Panthers look back at party's founding

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21 October 2016 [07:16 AM]
Attack in Afghanistan killed Illinois solider, Oklahoma man

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21 October 2016 [06:52 AM]
Guinness declares massive Michigan ice cream sundae a record

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21 October 2016 [06:43 AM]
Move along, Bozo: Mississippi county bans clowns for now

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21 October 2016 [06:14 AM]
Woman with skull on stick leads Sacramento police to body

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21 October 2016 [05:50 AM]
Thousands of volumes available as Fall BookFair gets underway

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21 October 2016 [01:21 AM]
US Rep. Louie Gohmert urges voters to support GOP platform

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert told the Smith County Republican Women’s Club that he understands Donald Trump is a flawed candidate - but he supports Trump nevertheless, and they should, too. “If anyone here thinks Donald Trump is our salvation, then…

21 October 2016 [01:15 AM]
Bible verse 10-21

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21 October 2016 [01:02 AM]
Liberty Utilities holds first of two town hall meetings

Flint resident Krista Rosebury had been considering retirement before a proposed rate increase for sewer services had her second-guessing that idea. “It’s a burden,” Ms. Rosebury, 62, said of the proposed rate increase that would almost double her bill. The…

20 October 2016 [10:35 PM]
Gilmer's Yamboree festivities continue through Saturday

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20 October 2016 [07:52 PM]
Old Firehouse in Edom opens acoustic concert series Oct. 22

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20 October 2016 [07:41 PM]
New Rose City Rotor Fest will bring helicopters to Tyler

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20 October 2016 [07:32 PM]
Three people injured in Gentry Parkway wreck

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20 October 2016 [07:16 PM]
One person killed in wreck near Gilmer on U.S. 271

One person was killed and another injured in a two-vehicle wreck in Upshur County near the City of Gilmer about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Leno Garza Aguirre, 20, of Mount Pleasant, was pronounced…

20 October 2016 [06:30 PM]
Rural residents, hunters in Northeast Texas advised to be bear aware

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20 October 2016 [06:25 PM]
Women’s Fund of Smith County hosts annual luncheon Oct. 25

Almost 400 women are expected to attend the Women’s Fund of Smith County's ninth annual “Power of the Purse” luncheon Oct. 25 at the Green Acres CrossWalk Conference Center. The event, with a theme of “Live the Give: How Women…

20 October 2016 [06:21 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices for Oct. 21

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20 October 2016 [05:49 PM]
Ben Wheeler to host Hog Festival on Oct. 22

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20 October 2016 [05:35 PM]