Portofino's Italian restaurant celebrates 1-year anniversary; offers guests free dessert Saturday

Benny Sechi, owner of Portofino's Italian restaurant in Tyler, was born and raised in Sicily. He said his interest in food began at a young age, when he and his brother Alfredo, learned to cook alongside their great grandmother.  Those memories of time in the kitchen turned into a life-long interest in cooking and sharing their love with others.…

Faculty and staff embraces Dixie Elementary's new look Video

Dixie Elementary kicked off their rededication ceremony. The school had a complete renovation due to the 160 million dollar bond package passed in 2013. Belinda Hartung is a teacher who spent the last four years going in and out of the building, teaching class in a portable unit. For her, the new school is a Godsend. “To stomp

Van ISD proposes 13.2 million dollar bond to expand classrooms Video

The city of Van is still growing on its road to recovery. That's why Van's school district is calling for a $13.2-million bond election this November. If the bond passes, people living in Van could see a 6 cent increase in taxes. Some residents say tax increase isn't so bad if its needed. "A lot of times I know taxes being increased

UPDATE: Suspect that posed as a task officer captured Video

UPDATE: The suspect that posed a Police Officer in Sulphur Springs and cities along I-30, has been captured. Warrants were obtained by Sulphur Springs Police Department for Impersonating a Police Officer and Theft, on the suspect who has been identified as James Charles Williams Jr. Williams was arrested on those warrants

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