Tyler Rose City Comic Con brings in a large crowd

In its second year, Tyler Rose City Comic Con is hitting East Texas with a zap, boom and a pow. The burgeoning convention for fans of comics and the arts began Saturday and continues today at the Holiday Inn on South Broadway, with events scheduled at numerous satellite locations. The affair features a stream of celebrity guests, including Englis…

Annual Palestine Hot Pepper Festival this weekend

The city of Palestine presented its annual Hot Pepper Festival in the city’s historical downtown area on Friday and Saturday.  Above left, Jon-luc Goddard feels the heat in the festival’s Macho Hot Pepper Eating Contest finals.

Meet "Pepper" the pet of the week

Pepper is a 2-year-old female Papillon mix available for adoption at Pets Fur People in Tyler. Pepper is perky, gets along with other dogs and children, and weighs only 12 pounds.

Today was the 11th annual Arc Boo Ball Gala

Today was the 11th annual Arc Boo Ball Gala. The Boo Ball is an annual fundraiser for The Arc of Smith County serving the interests of Smith County citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Military News

Maj. Steve Mayfield, son-in-law of Dixie Buchanan, of Tyler, gets a hug from his daughter Ellie, after his return from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. (Courtesy Photo)…

26 October 2014 [12:18 AM]
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Annual Palestine Hot Pepper Festival this weekend

The city of Palestine presented its annual Hot Pepper Festival in the city’s historical downtown area on Friday and Saturday. Above left, Jon-luc Goddard feels the heat in the festival’s Macho Hot Pepper Eating Contest finals. Above, Rockin’ Rick…

26 October 2014 [12:14 AM]
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Meet "Pepper" the pet of the week

Pepper is a 2-year-old female Papillon mix available for adoption at Pets Fur People in Tyler. Pepper is perky, gets along with other dogs and children, and weighs only 12 pounds. She loves to be brushed to keep her coat…

25 October 2014 [11:56 PM]
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12th annual event honors families, kids at Tyler park

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

25 October 2014 [11:49 PM]
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Islamic Society open house fosters peace, understanding

In an effort to promote peace and understanding, the Islamic Society of East Texas opened its doors to the community during an open house on Saturday evening. The event, which is in its 11th year, sought to educate members of…

25 October 2014 [11:48 PM]
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Smith County Medical Society Alliance to host Book Fair

Every Monday for the past eight months, East Texas adults with special needs have spent several hours preparing for the Smith County Medical Society Alliance Book Fair. At the book fair, the men and women from Achieving Dreams, a…

25 October 2014 [11:44 PM]
Bible Verse 10-26

"He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord." (Proverbs 17:15)…

25 October 2014 [11:30 PM]
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Brookshire's hosting Ninth Heroes Flight

Twenty-seven World War II veterans will experience the trip of a lifetime on Monday through Thursday as they embark on Brookshire Grocery Co.’s ninth Heroes Flight to Washington, D.C. Some 20 BGC employees, media and community volunteers will accompany the…

25 October 2014 [11:29 PM]
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Hallow-what?

This week is the observance of Halloween on Friday night. The signs are everywhere. I saw a young family with two girls probably 5 and 3 yesterday in full costume. One was Snow White and the other looked to be…

25 October 2014 [11:28 PM]
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Tyler Rose City Comic Con brings in a large crowd

In its second year, Tyler Rose City Comic Con is hitting East Texas with a zap, boom and a pow. The burgeoning convention for fans of comics and the arts began Saturday and continues today at the Holiday Inn on…

25 October 2014 [11:24 PM]
Doctor taking nutritional fight to breast cancer

Important research is happening in East Texas in the fight against breast cancer. It is dietary and nutrition-based research that volunteers help make possible. These breast cancer clinical trials take research to the next level. UT Health Northeast is hoping…

25 October 2014 [09:20 PM]
Patrick to headline Grassroots America's annual dinner Nov. 1

Rafael Cruz, father of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and state Sen. Dan Patrick, a candidate for Texas lieutenant governor, will headline Grassroots America–We the People’s annual Champions of Freedom dinner on Nov. 1. The event begins at 5 p.m.…

25 October 2014 [08:58 PM]
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Today was the 11th annual Arc Boo Ball Gala

Today was the 11th annual Arc Boo Ball Gala. The Boo Ball is an annual fundraiser for The Arc of Smith County serving the interests of Smith County citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities.…

25 October 2014 [08:48 PM]
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Deer huneters always head to the field with optimism

I can still see it like it happened just yesterday. But it wasn’t. It was more than 40 years ago. I was sitting on a rock on a portion of the Sutton County ranch known as Horseshoe Ridge. It was…

25 October 2014 [08:12 PM]
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Zombie hunters fought off the undead at Tyler Public Library

It’s a well-known fact that zombies eat brains. Where do you find the best brains? At the Tyler Public Library of course! Plenty of zombie hunters of all different ages showed up for the first-ever Zombie Shootout on…

25 October 2014 [07:55 PM]
Don't get tricked when buying Halloween treats

Looking to spend a little money on Halloween costumes and treats this year? You’re not alone. According to the most recent National Retail Federation (NRF) Halloween Consumer Spending Survey, more costumes than ever will be flying off the shelves to…

25 October 2014 [07:20 PM]
Tyler Type One holding first support conference

When Amber Hobbs’ daughter, Jessica, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 6 on Christmas Eve 2010, she knew little about the disease. There was no family history of it and she was more familiar with Type 2, the…

25 October 2014 [07:19 PM]
October is crime prevention month

Kids and kids-at-heart look forward to the end of October, when we use tricks and treats in equal measure to celebrate Halloween. No doubt, you’ll be passing out treats to costumed hobgoblins in your neighborhood this Halloween night. But, be…

25 October 2014 [07:14 PM]
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Habitat for Humanity volunteer couple drive to Florida

For the past several years, retired couple Ann Laberge and Jon Hodgkin have packed their Honda Element with camping gear and hit the road on Labor Day. For the next few months, they spend their time traveling throughout the United…

25 October 2014 [07:12 PM]
Democrat believes the upper class should not have advantages

Democrat Shirley McKellar, in a second campaign to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, has crisscrossed District 1 the past two years. Her focus isn’t so much Gohmert and statements he makes that are “not based on facts,” such…

25 October 2014 [07:05 PM]
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Student loan plan won't lower costs

Expanding access to student loans is missing the point. The real problem is the cost of college, not access to loans. Until the price tag on a college degree comes down, young Americans will still be saddled with overwhelming student…

25 October 2014 [07:03 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 10-26

DEATHS ERA MAE “JUDY” CLAYTON AUBUCHON, 89, Tyler, died Oct. 25. Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Directors, Tyler. MARY IMOGENE “GENE” BEHANNON, 90, Lufkin, formerly of Henderson, died Oct. 24. Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home, Henderson. MARY BLACK, 61, Rusk, died Oct.…

25 October 2014 [07:00 PM]
Plane crash reported in Cherokee County

A plane crashed about 3 p.m. Saturday near 1814 Farm-to-Market Road 768 in Cherokee County, and preliminary information suggests four people were on board, according to Jean Dark, a Department of Public Safety trooper. She said at least two people…

25 October 2014 [05:18 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 10-25

DEATHS MARY BLACK, 61, Rusk, died Oct. 22. Mercy/McGowan Funeral Home, Jacksonville. ROBERT BROWN, JR., 67, Tyler, died Oct. 24. John R. Harmon Undertaking Co., Tyler. EARL BURNELL CANNING, 72, Winona, died Oct. 22. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Directors, Lindale. ELMER ALTON…

25 October 2014 [12:06 AM]
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Sign commemorates Tyler Unity Center's 40 years

Tyler Unity Center of Practical Christianity dedicated and blessed a new outdoor sign, commemorating the center’s 40th Anniversary in Tyler. The congregation, along with the board of trustees and the Rev. Max Lafser, participated in the celebration on Tuesday. Church…

25 October 2014 [12:04 AM]
We can all work to improve relationships

Be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.— James 1:19 My dad has the gift of gab. The other day I asked him how his cataract surgery went, and he started, “Well, your mom and…

24 October 2014 [11:47 PM]
Bible Verse 10-25

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." (Proverbs 9:10)…

24 October 2014 [10:35 PM]
Tyler's Bethel Bible Church raises 20K to fund Ebola crisis effort

A Tyler church is doing its part to help medical professionals in West Africa fight the Ebola crisis. Bethel Bible Church will be sending a shipping container full of gloves and protective gowns for medical workers in Sierra Leone to…

24 October 2014 [10:05 PM]