‘Mum Queen’ spins her magic into vibrant creations for schoolers for past 40 years

Becky Bristol is known as the “mum queen” around East Texas. For nearly 40 years, she has crafted beautiful, sparkly and often gaudy homecoming mums for people of all ages throughout the region. On Thursday, Mrs. Bristol, 55, was busy at Flowers by Lou Ann in Tyler, getting a jumpstart on orders for this week’s football homecomi…

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English organist has two Tyler performances planned

David Poulter, an organist from Liverpool, England, is scheduled for two performances in Tyler. He will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 230 Rusk St. and at 6 p.m. on Sept. 28, at…

21 September 2014 [10:00 PM]
Artist finds downtown Tyler loft to her liking

BY KELLY GOOCH,  kgooch@tylerpaper.com   EDITOR ‘S NOTE: This is part of an occasional series of stories about renovation projects that have taken place in and around downtown. When Cassie Edmonds began searching for a new home, her goal was…

21 September 2014 [09:58 PM]
Palestine became Anderson County seat in settlement of feud

BY BETTY WATERS, blw@tylerpaper.com PALESTINE — Back in the 1800’s, this town became the county seat of Anderson County in a settlement of a feud between two towns wanting the designation. Native Americans — the Comanche, Waco, Tawakonis, Kickapoo and others…

21 September 2014 [09:50 PM]
‘Initial opening’ ceremony scheduled for Friday

Stores in The Village at Cumberland Park will begin opening this week. David Wilson, of Dallas-based The Retail Connection, the developer on the 78-acre project, said they will have an “initial opening” ceremony on Friday morning, with a ribbon cutting…

21 September 2014 [09:10 PM]
Building permit filed for Skechers USA in Village at Cumberland Park

RB RM Tyler Broadway/Centennial LP, of Dallas, filed a permit to finish out a 6,000-square-foot lease space for Skechers USA in The Village at Cumberland Park shopping center, at 8946 S. Broadway Ave., Suite 182. Garrett & Associates is the…

21 September 2014 [08:43 PM]
Business notes: Industry news from around East Texas

BLOOD DRIVE Texas Farm Credit is hosting a blood drive in honor of Courtney Templeton from 8 a.m. to noon today at 3210 WNW Loop 323. For more, contact Jacque Decker at 903-363-0432. PROMOTION Brookshire Grocery Co. announced…

21 September 2014 [08:42 PM]
East Texas State Fair schedule for Monday, Sept. 22

Daily admittance into the fair is free for 5 and younger, $6 for children 6 to 12 and $8 for 12 and older. Arm bands for unlimited carnival rides are $25 daily on Sunday these are only good from…

21 September 2014 [08:33 PM]
Marriage statistics track with poverty

If poverty is tied directly to employment, or to the economy, then those indicators and charts should track pretty closely with indicators for poverty. In other words, if poverty is only a question of jobs or opportunity, then a graph…

21 September 2014 [08:31 PM]
Death and funeral notices, Sept. 22

DEATHS JOYCE ELAINE BADE, 89, Quitman, died Sept. 20. Lowe Funeral Home, Quitman. RITCHEY BELLAMY, 97, Tyler, died Sept. 10. Hilliard Funeral Home, Van. MELVIN BOERM, 93, Tyler, died Sept. 21. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Home, Lindale. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at funeral home. BILLY…

21 September 2014 [08:22 PM]
VIDEO: Mental, spiritual health focus at conference

Editor's note: This is the second story in a series on mental health and the church. See the related link for more on the Peace of Mind Tyler Conference's keynote speaker, Kay Warren, co-founder of Saddleback Church and wife of…

21 September 2014 [12:06 AM]
Kay Warren speaks about loss of son during Peace of Mind Tyler conference

Kay Warren—co-founder of Saddleback Church in southern California with husband Rick Warren—candidly expressed the pain she and her family experienced following their son's suicide last year during Saturday’s Peace of Mind Tyler Conference. The faith leader spoke, sometimes behind tears,…

21 September 2014 [12:05 AM]
Fair food aromas leave tongues wagging

Before you even step through the gates of the fair, you can smell the food — the scent of meat grilling, food frying and the sweet aroma of cotton candy. It heightens your senses and triggers your appetite. You’d better…

20 September 2014 [11:26 PM]
Is it just me? Meeting Mr. Smith

Aren’t true stories always the best? Are you good or bad with names? The class was asked yesterday morning at the end of a vigorous workout led by spin instructor Stephanie. It seems the older I get, the worse it…

20 September 2014 [11:20 PM]
Young people fueling surge in vinyl records

Vinyl records are making a comeback. What was written off for dead 25 years ago is now the only segment of the music business that’s showing an increase in hard copy sales. The website mar ketplace.org recently featured a story…

20 September 2014 [11:07 PM]
Saddling up: 400 riders, 36 states represented

A national competition featuring horse riders doing three disciplines is scheduled for the Tyler area. The event — the 2014 Nutrena USEA (United States Eventing Association) American Eventing Championships — is scheduled for Thursday through Sept. 28 at the Texas…

20 September 2014 [11:06 PM]
Local youth ready for national horse riding competition

As they prepare to participate in a national competition, young East Texas horse riders are focused. One by one, the riders, who do eventing, or horse trials, strive to clear the fence before them as they practice show jumping. If…

20 September 2014 [10:58 PM]
Man charged with felony in theft of lottery tickets

Tyler police arrested a 22-year-old man who tried to make off with a handful of scratch-off lottery tickets from a gas station on Saturday morning. Officers were called to the Valero gas station in the 1300 block of West Southwest…

20 September 2014 [10:45 PM]
'Soul searching pieces' on exhibit

Gallery Main Street’s newest exhibition, “Movements of the Mind,” includes some “soul searching pieces,” said Beverly Abell, Tyler Main Street director. The exhibition continues through Nov. 3 in the gallery at 110 W. Erwin St. Gallery Main Street is…

20 September 2014 [10:39 PM]
Pet of the week: Diago

Diago is totally vetted. He is neutered and is current on all vaccinations including Rabies. He has been microchipped for identification purposes and when Diago is adopted he will receive a gift of 30 days of pet health insurance. For…

20 September 2014 [10:36 PM]
Insights to share with your wise elders

BY LEO ROSSLER, Tyler Social Security district manager While the baby boom era is behind us, the effects will live on. The number of people reaching the autumn season of life is higher than ever. In fact, the World Health…

20 September 2014 [10:34 PM]
Political happenings: Film director speaking at Grassroots

Acclaimed director Dennis Michael Lynch will speak to Grassroots America — We the People at 11 a.m. on Friday. Lynch is the director of the highly acclaimed films “They Come to America I & II.” He is now touring America…

20 September 2014 [10:32 PM]
Woman's Forum marking 92nd year on Tuesday

The Tyler Woman’s Forum is celebrating the beginning of its 92nd year by hosting its annual Reassembly Coffee from 10 to 11.30 a.m. Tuesday at the Woman’s Building, 911 S. Broadway Ave., member Cathy Shipp said. The event is catered…

20 September 2014 [10:31 PM]
Effects of domestic violence ripple through lives

Domestic abuse is a multifaceted public health issue that has gained much attention in the past few weeks as the National Football League addresses some of its players’ violence charges. Health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,…

20 September 2014 [10:16 PM]
Walk With A Doc Q-and-A: testosterone replacement

Dr. Leonard DeCarlo is a urologist at Urology Tyler, PA. He will be the health topic and walk leader at the Walk with a Doc program, which steps off at 6 p.m. Thursday at Rose Rudman Trail. This week’s topic…

20 September 2014 [10:13 PM]
Bureau's tips for baby safety month

Drowning, poisoning, burns and falls are some of the leading causes of child injury. BBB and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) would like to remind parents of some basic safety rules that can protect babies and toddlers from accidents…

20 September 2014 [10:10 PM]
Retiring to ranching workshop

By CHAD GULLEY, Smith County Extension Agent As a landowner or agriculture producer, do you ever have questions on whom to contact for various local, state and federal resources when it comes to your forage or livestock operations? When you…

20 September 2014 [10:07 PM]