Groups' mission is to inspire arts

Christian Kay, 17, locked himself in his room and practiced playing cello for hours the first day he brought the instrument home. He had just taken up violin, but the look of the cello case in the corner of his Caldwell Elementary school band hall drew him away. Kay’s excitement fueled hours of practice, feeding his ability. He excelled…

2 downtown buildings up for auction

Two historic downtown Tyler buildings are for sale. The R.

Playful girl needs forever family

This week’s “Children are a Gift” foster child has been through more at the age of 8 than most of us will suffer in a lifetime. But Mary has been blessed with resilience.

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Nurse who survived Ebola says will sue Dallas hospital

DALLAS (AP) — A 26-year-old nurse said in a newspaper interview that a hospital where she had worked in Dallas and its parent company failed her when she contracted Ebola while caring for the first person in the U.S. diagnosed…

01 March 2015 [11:47 AM]
Search on hold for kayaker missing near Galveston

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has put on hold its search for a kayaker who went missing along the Texas Gulf Coast near Galveston. Petty Officer Dustin Williams says Coast Guard officials hope to resume their search…

01 March 2015 [11:43 AM]
2 dead after SUV runs off Fort Worth bridge

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Two people were killed after the SUV they were in went off a Fort Worth bridge and plunged into a creek. The Fort Worth Fire Department says one victim, an adult male, was pronounced dead…

01 March 2015 [11:41 AM]
Chicago's 1st black major league baseball player Minoso dies

CHICAGO (AP) — Major league baseball's first black player in Chicago, Minnie Minoso, has died. The Cook County medical examiner confirmed his death Sunday morning. Minoso homered in his first Chicago at-bat in 1951. There is some question about his…

01 March 2015 [10:49 AM]
Vermont town may let those ages 16 and 17 vote

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Residents of Brattleboro, Vermont, will vote on a ballot item that would let 16- and 17-year-olds vote in local elections. Vermont's current voting age is 18, and that wouldn't change for state and federal elections. The…

01 March 2015 [08:51 AM]
Thousands to march in Moscow to mourn slain Putin opponent

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands were converging Sunday in central Moscow to mourn veteran liberal politician Boris Nemtsov, whose killing on the streets of the capital has shaken Russia's beleaguered opposition. President Vladimir Putin has marginalized and intimidated his political opponents,…

01 March 2015 [07:53 AM]
Blind dog rescued after being lost for 2 weeks in Alaska

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A blind dog who wandered away from her Ester, Alaska, home during a cold snap has been reunited with her owner. The 11-year-old Labrador retriever named Madera ventured away from home on Feb. 6, when the…

01 March 2015 [06:38 AM]
Venezuela officials detain, then free 4 North Dakota missionaries

Four North Dakota missionaries were released by Venezuelan authorities Saturday after being detained and questioned for several days, a pastor at their church said. Bruce Dick, lead pastor at Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Devils Lake, said the three men…

01 March 2015 [06:33 AM]
Astronauts take 3rd spacewalk to complete tricky cable job

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It's the third spacewalk in just over a week for a pair of NASA astronauts. Terry Virts and Butch Wilmore ventured out of the International Space Station on Sunday morning. They have 400 feet of…

01 March 2015 [06:29 AM]
2 downtown buildings up for auction

Two historic downtown Tyler buildings are for sale. The R.W. Fair Foundation and S.A. Lindsey buildings were given to the city in 2010 by the R.W. Fair Foundation with the intent of using them for future public private partnerships. The…

01 March 2015 [12:16 AM]
'Birdology' a solid read for birdwatchers

Somebody called you a birdbrain last week. At first, it really made you mad. What kind of a thing is that to say? You’re way smarter than a bird and your brain’s much bigger, but what are you gonna do?…

28 February 2015 [11:25 PM]
Breeding season for skunks

It is not uncommon this time of year to see skunks on highways and around homes. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife, skunks begin their breeding season in February. During this time, they will wander right into roads and…

28 February 2015 [11:23 PM]
2016 Emmett Scott School Reunion set

The Emmett J. Scott All School Reunion 2016 is scheduled for July 1 through July 3, 2016, at Harvey Hall Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. For more information, email; call 469-729-9378 or mail Emmett Scott All School…

28 February 2015 [11:19 PM]
Duck Dynasty star speaks in Marshall

Duck Dynasty star Jep Robertson spoke to students at East Texas Baptist University on Friday. Jep, the youngest of the Robertson sons, spoke to students about faith, family and outreach. His visit was made possible by the Rosa May Griffin…

28 February 2015 [11:18 PM]
BBB urges caution with refund anticipation loans

Are you in a hurry to receive your tax refund? Some tax preparers offer tax refund anticipation loans (RALs) to allow consumers to receive tax refunds in a hurry. However, BBB advises consumers to be wary of these costly loans,…

28 February 2015 [11:16 PM]
Rangerettes given Texas Medal of Arts

The iconic precision dance team, the Kilgore College Rangerettes, was honored with Texas Medal of the Arts Awards earlier last week. The Texas Cultural Trust, an Austin-based nonprofit, established the biennial award in 2001 to celebrate Texas’ leaders and luminaries…

28 February 2015 [11:13 PM]
Two stickers on windshields thing of the past

The Smith County Commissioners Court approved a measure to make inspecting and registering its tax-exempt vehicles easier. As of today, the state did away with the inspection sticker. Vehicles are still required to get inspections, but two stickers on Texas…

28 February 2015 [11:09 PM]
Groups' mission is to inspire arts

Christian Kay, 17, locked himself in his room and practiced playing cello for hours the first day he brought the instrument home. He had just taken up violin, but the look of the cello case in the corner of his…

28 February 2015 [11:01 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 3-1

DEATHS CHRISTOPHER BRITTON, 35, Kilgore, died Feb. 25. Cunningham Funeral Home, Kilgore. NORMA DELL BURTON, 77 Lindale, died Feb. 26. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Directors, Lindale. CHRISTINE FRANCES BARTON COOK, 92, Henderson, formerly of Pittsburg, died Feb. 10. Erman Smith Funeral Home,…

28 February 2015 [10:52 PM]
Bible Verse 3-1

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)…

28 February 2015 [10:51 PM]
Is it just me? A lot of baloney

In the past week, we had a lengthy discussion of what things in this life are better or worse than they once were. Readers were encouraged to submit their notions of such things. Your responses are listed below: Sylvia’s lists…

28 February 2015 [10:45 PM]
New Tyler Paper app downloads at iTunes

The Tyler Paper has updated its mobile app to enhance the experience for iPhone and iPad users. The latest Tyler Morning Telegraph app is available now to download for free in the iTunes Store. Type “Tyler Morning Telegraph” in the…

28 February 2015 [10:43 PM]
Housing vouchers ordinance gets OK

AUSTIN — A judge refused to delay an Austin ordinance that would prevent apartment complexes from turning away applicants who rely on federal vouchers to pay their rent. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks on Friday rebuffed an effort by the…

28 February 2015 [10:32 PM]
Bass collection opens in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH — The public will get a look at art from the private collection of some late Texas philanthropists. The exhibit called “The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass” opens today at the Kimbell Art Museum in…

28 February 2015 [10:31 PM]
Pet of the Week 3-1

Meet Scout, a 2-year-old male German Shepherd that is available for adoption at Pets Fur People in Tyler. Scout is a large, active dog that may be best suited in a household with older children because of his size. He…

28 February 2015 [10:29 PM]
Say what? Can you repeat that?

As a kid, I remember old people being hard of hearing. When I say old, of course I mean people who were older than I am now. The men would cup their hand behind one of their ears, turn toward…

28 February 2015 [10:20 PM]
Boy Scouts, civil servants join together for fun

More than 100 East Texas Boy Scouts joined with Tyler police officers and firefighters as they ran across rope bridges, launched rockets and demonstrated skills worthy of just about any badge during the “Scout UP!” event on Saturday at Bergfeld…

28 February 2015 [10:17 PM]
Families get help with financial aid applications

One of the most daunting aspects of going to college can be the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and all of the complications and caveats that can come with it. Not every student is approved the first time applications…

28 February 2015 [10:11 PM]
Neurologist leads this week's walk

Dr. Allison Hennigan, a neurologist at Northeast Texas Neurology Associates, leads this week’s Walk With a Doc event on Thursday and will discuss dementia. Walk With a Doc is a project of the Smith County Medical Society. It will be…

28 February 2015 [09:57 PM]
East Texas pediatrician talks about food allergies

Dr. Paul C. Sharkey Jr., board certified in pediatrics, allergy and immunology At UT Health Northeast, speaks about a new study regarding peanut allergies, which was published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine and discussed at an…

28 February 2015 [09:56 PM]