Kiepersol offers new selections, old favorites at Vine Day wine tasting

BULLARD — Marnelle Durrett may not look like the iconic American farmer, but she’s part of a new generation of Texas producers helping break new ground in a career field that’s often misunderstood and underappreciated: wine making and distilling. At 35, she’s well-studied, eco-conscious and quality-driven.

The Gipson Girl has finally made it to Broadway

Cynthia Gipson believes some people are just born with a knack for design. “I think you’re just born to see with balanced scale and color,” she said, adding that the same rules apply, whether she is decorating a tablescape, a complete room or a flower bed.

Christina Fulsom receives Community Impact Leader Award

Christina Fulsom’s mission is to ease people’s suffering. “The idea that people are hurting upsets me to no end,” she said.

Houston needs to drop subpoenas of pastors' sermons

The city of Houston has gone too far. City Hall has subpoenaed the sermons and communications of several pastors, and that’s unacceptable.

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Tyler Junior College sets Homecoming 2014 schedule

The Tyler Junior College Alumni Association has a host of events planned for TJC’s Homecoming 2014 weekend Friday and Saturday. Friday: At noon, a pep rally and lunch will be held on Jenkins Lawn. The annual TJC Alumni Awards Dinner…

19 October 2014 [10:24 PM]
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Business notes, October 20

STORE OPENING Famous Footwear is opening a new store in The Village at Cumberland Park shopping center in Tyler on Oct. 29 and announced plans for its grand opening events. The 5,310-square-foot store will be at 8946 South Broadway Ave.…

19 October 2014 [09:51 PM]
Alcohol, taxes among voting options in East Texas

BY FAITH HARPER, fharper@tylerpaper.com   The entire state will decide who will hold the top offices of governor and lieutenant governor, but East Texans also will see myriad local options on their ballots. Schools are holding bond and board of trustee…

19 October 2014 [09:42 PM]
East Texas sample ballots

Smith County early voting locations include the Election Office, 302 E. Ferguson St. in Tyler; The Heritage Building, 1900 W. Bellwood Road, in Tyler; Noonday Community Center, 16662 County Road 196, in Tyler; Lindale Masonic Lodge, 200 Margaret St., in…

19 October 2014 [08:40 PM]
Early voting polling places around East Texas

SMITH COUNTY n Smith County Elections Office, 302 E. Ferguson St., Tyler n Whitehouse Municipal Court, 311 E. Main St., Whitehouse n Noonday Community Center, 16662 County Road 196, Tyler n Lindale Masonic Lodge, 200 Margaret St., Lindale n Heritage…

19 October 2014 [08:37 PM]
Smith County Precinct 5 voters will vote on beer, wine sales

Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 voters will decide if beer and wine sales will become legal. If the proposition for legal beer and wine sales for off-premise consumption passes, it would allow sales in communities and cities within…

19 October 2014 [08:36 PM]
Champions for Children executive director featured on Chamber Radio

Smith County Champions for Children Executive Director Jackie Cannon will be featured on this week’s Tyler Chamber Radio show. Champions for Children provides education, mentoring, tools and support to caregivers, teachers, and parents to help children achieve their full potential.…

19 October 2014 [08:34 PM]
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Kiepersol offers new selections, old favorites at Vine Day wine tasting

BULLARD — Marnelle Durrett may not look like the iconic American farmer, but she’s part of a new generation of Texas producers helping break new ground in a career field that’s often misunderstood and underappreciated: wine making and distilling. At…

19 October 2014 [08:32 PM]
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee recorded in Tyler studio

Stevie Ray Vaughan became a Texas blues guitar legend, but he was just a teenager with a dream when he visited a Tyler recording studio in 1969. Vaughan recently was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of…

19 October 2014 [08:18 PM]
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Christina Fulsom receives Community Impact Leader Award

Christina Fulsom’s mission is to ease people’s suffering. “The idea that people are hurting upsets me to no end,” she said. “The suffering that comes from poverty is invisible. People don’t see it but I have seen it.” Mrs. Fulsom,…

19 October 2014 [08:15 PM]
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The Gipson Girl has finally made it to Broadway

Cynthia Gipson believes some people are just born with a knack for design. “I think you’re just born to see with balanced scale and color,” she said, adding that the same rules apply, whether she is decorating a tablescape, a…

19 October 2014 [08:01 PM]
Early voting begins Monday; voters must bring valid IDs

Early voting in the Nov. 4 general election begins today and lasts through Oct. 31. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated the state’s Voter ID law, which means voters must bring valid ID’s to the polls. On Saturday,…

19 October 2014 [07:50 PM]
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Houston needs to drop subpoenas of pastors' sermons

The city of Houston has gone too far. City Hall has subpoenaed the sermons and communications of several pastors, and that’s unacceptable. An attorney for the city issued a subpoena to pastors who oppose the city’s Equal Rights Ordinance —…

19 October 2014 [07:49 PM]
Death and funeral notices, October 20

DEATHS DOROTHY LUCILE ALLEN, 100, Tyler, died Oct. 15. Lloyd James Funeral Home, Tyler. Visitation 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. HELEN EDITH BAUMGARDNER CARTER, 100, Frankston, died Oct. 17. Autry Funeral Home, Frankston. Visitation 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at…

19 October 2014 [07:46 PM]
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Helicopter spotted in downtown Tyler moving AC units

East Texas Refrigeration and 5 State Helicopter Inc. slingloaded air-conditioning units onto the People’s Petroleum Building on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in downtown Tyler. People gathered and watched as a Skworsky 58 lifted the AC units. The helicopter is the…

18 October 2014 [11:42 PM]
ESD board to feature first-ever election

An already-packed November ballot will feature the first-ever election of board members to two Smith County Emergency Services Districts. The races are down, down, down-ticket spots for five volunteer positions on a board that draws little public interest despite raking…

18 October 2014 [11:16 PM]
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Watch Out For Home Improvement Scams this Fall

It’s officially fall, which means now is the time to prepare your home for the colder months ahead. This time of year, many popular home improvement services range from heating to roofing contractors, but it’s important to do your research…

18 October 2014 [11:07 PM]
Orthopedic surgeon set to lead this week

Dr. Timothy Beck, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle surgery, will lead the Walk With a Doc event this week and will discuss plantar fasciitis. Walk With a Doc is a project of the Smith County Medical Society.…

18 October 2014 [11:04 PM]
Newcomers facing strong incumbents in races

Some contested races in Smith County pit political newcomers in uphill battles against strong incumbents. Early voting begins Monday and continues through Oct. 31. Incumbent District 6 Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, will face Libertarian candidate Joel Gardner. District 5 Rep.…

18 October 2014 [10:55 PM]
Bible Verse 10-19

"Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord." (Psalm 27:14)…

18 October 2014 [10:52 PM]
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The Wonder Drug

A lot of physicians have shared their feelings on a topic recently that has caught my interest. At the Alzheimer’s alliance luncheon recently, Dr. Paul David Nussbaum shared his thoughts on incorporating exercise, meditation and Yoga into the program at…

18 October 2014 [10:51 PM]
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Community, visitors come out to Queen's Tea to see queen, court

For Lauren Bielski, of New Jersey, the Queen’s Tea in the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden seemed “something very Southern and very Texas.” She and her husband stopped in Tyler to see the Texas Rose Festival and a friend while on…

18 October 2014 [10:47 PM]
Healthy living may prevent cancer

Modern western medicine has made great strides in treating disease, but there are some things we can do for ourselves that could avert illness in the first place. American Association for Cancer Research’s annual Cancer Progress Report, released earlier this…

18 October 2014 [10:29 PM]
Remembrance ceremony for The Children's Park in Tyler this week

The Children’s Park in Tyler will have its 12th Annual Day of Remembrance Ceremony this week. The ceremony will commemorate the lives of children who are no longer here, and is open to anyone who has been touched by the…

18 October 2014 [10:26 PM]
Boys & Girls Clubs to host luncheon on Tuesday

The Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas will recognize three people who have contributed greatly to this community’s youth during a luncheon this week. The Champions of Youth luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday…

18 October 2014 [09:52 PM]
Going under the microscope: EBOLA

With the spotlight on Ebola during the last month, a focus also is shifting to the people at the frontlines caring for those patients. Ebola is a deadly virus that has devastated five African countries since March. More than 4,600…

18 October 2014 [09:44 PM]
Palette of Roses art show winners named

Doug Carter won the Best of Show top award at the 62nd Palette of Roses Art Show held in Tyler in conjunction with Texas Rose Festival. Carter’s entry was called “Travel Trailer,” according to information from the art league. Other…

18 October 2014 [09:38 PM]
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Rose Parade brings in people from all over

Crowds gathered early, vying for the perfect parking spot. Families camped out on the side of the road, sitting in the back of their cars or looking for a comfortable spot on the sidewalk and on the grass waiting for…

18 October 2014 [09:28 PM]