Trinity Lutheran Church 'pie ladies' begin prep for upcoming fair sale

Lorine Perkins worked her rolling pin back and forth to flatten a round ball of dough. She pulled back, and someone else shook flour over the dough before she continued to widen and flatten it. Mrs. Perkins is an important cog in this assembly line of around a dozen women inside Trinity Lutheran Church. The…

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Smith County voters will not have to think about voting boxes or precincts as they head to the polls on Nov. 3 to weigh in on seven Texas constitutional amendments. Smith County was approved by the state to have countywide vote centers, which will allow voters to cast their ballot at any one of the 34 approved polling locations. The November

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Smith County Elections Administrator Karen Nelson was honored Tuesday with the Making Democracy Work Award from the Smith County League of Women Voters. “We give the award every year to someone who has made a difference in the community,” the local organization’s President Andie Rathbone

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DEATHS JO ADAMS, 95, Dallas, formerly of Wills Point, died Sept. 1. Allan Fuller Funeral Home, Wills Point. PATRICIA BLANTON, 56, Henderson, died Aug. 29. Garmon Funeral home, Henderson. XAVIER BRADFORD, 72, Tyler, died Aug. 30. John R. Harmon Undertaking…

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Sheriff filling 15 new jailer positions

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Elections administrator honored

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