Americans spent an estimated $17 billion on ammunition while Obama was president

The eight years during which Barack Obama served as president were a boom time for the gun industry. Obama's consistent and futile efforts to introduce new regulations restricting gun sales were whipped into rhetoric about imminent crackdowns on gun ownership - rhetoric that predated Obama's election, much less his policy efforts. There's been…

2 Houston teens die when handgun accidentally discharges

HOUSTON (AP) - Police in Houston say two teenagers were fatally shot when a handgun accidentally discharged as they loaded and unloaded the weapon. The shooting occurred early Wednesday morning at the apartment where 19-year-old Alfred Harris lived with 17-year-old Jordan Coleman on the southeast side of Houston. Police say five people were

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Finalists announced in Mr. and Miss Jarvis Pageant

CHELSEA PURGAHN, cpurgahn@tylerpaper.com Smiles and cheers from loved ones were plentiful for six contestants participating in the Mr. and Miss Jarvis Christian College Pageant Wednesday evening. Four women and two men competed in four different scenes: personal style, business wear,…

22 March 2017 [10:56 PM]
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Partially-built development annexed into city limits in District 6

The city of Tyler has annexed 19 acres containing a partially built development in the southeast portion of the city. The move appeased concerned neighbors and will give the city greater controls over the development. Four buildings stand half-finished off…

22 March 2017 [08:36 PM]
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Mudding event draws thousands to Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE - More than 10,000 mudding enthusiasts are expected to arrive at Mud Creek Off Road Park in Jacksonville this weekend for the annual High LifterATV Mud Nationals event. Owners of all-terrain vehicles and utility terrain vehicles gather at the national event for…

22 March 2017 [06:26 PM]
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City of Tyler recognizes police officers for service

Sgt. Tomlin began his career with the Tyler Police Department in the spring of 1992. The following year he was awarded the Rookie of the Year title.  He helped new officers prepare for solo assignments as a field training officer.  Sergeant…

22 March 2017 [05:58 PM]
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Bishop T.K. Gorman announces new principal

CORY MCCOY, comccoy@tylerpaper.com Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic School has a new hand guiding the wheel. The high school will see its first leadership change in two decades with the announcement of Mrs. Robin Perry as the school’s new principal. Mrs.…

22 March 2017 [05:46 PM]
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East Texas man accused of setting a person on fire

Austin Taylor, who law enforcement officials said lives in Tyler and Bullard, is in the Smith County Jail facing two aggravated assault charges. His bond totals $200,000. On March 5, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office learned of a burn victim…

22 March 2017 [05:35 PM]
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Machete-wielding woman arrested in Lufkin

A woman is in jail on charges of public intoxication and resisting arrest after reportedly displaying a machete at officers and others. Lufkin police responded to reports of 30-year-old Laricia Young wielding a machete in the 700 block of Moore…

22 March 2017 [05:32 PM]
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One arrested in Winona home invasion

One person is in custody after a home invasion that occurred in Winona around Wednesday afternoon. The incident occurred in a home on County Road 356, just west of the County Road 352 intersection in Winona. A suspect was interrupted…

22 March 2017 [05:30 PM]
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Death and Funeral Notices for March 23

DEATHS LINDA C. BROWN, 70, Tyler, died March 18. Community Funeral Home of Tyler. JERELDINE (STALEY) CARTER, 76, Tyler, died March 19. Community Funeral Home of Tyler. ROY RANDY CLARK, 71, Chandler, died March 18. Caud­le-Rutledge-Daugherty, Lindale.…

22 March 2017 [05:13 PM]
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Bluebonnet became Texas' state flower in 1901

GREG GRANT, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Bluebonnets have been loved since man first trod the flower-strewn prairies of Texas. Indians wove fascinating folk tales around them. The early-day Spanish priests gathered the seeds and grew them around their missions.…

22 March 2017 [04:31 PM]
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Bottle trees are a Southern garden tradition

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22 March 2017 [04:31 PM]
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2 Houston teens die when handgun accidentally discharges

HOUSTON (AP) - Police in Houston say two teenagers were fatally shot when a handgun accidentally discharged as they loaded and unloaded the weapon. The shooting occurred early Wednesday morning at the apartment where 19-year-old Alfred Harris lived with 17-year-old…

22 March 2017 [01:15 PM]
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IN Focus: John Bolton Speech 03.14.17

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton spoke to the Smith County Republican Club for its Presidents Day Dinner on March 14 at The Cascades. Bolton told the attendees that domestic policy and foreign policy are linked, and that isolationism “leads to…

22 March 2017 [12:36 PM]
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Editorial: Republicans are balking on spending cuts in Trump budget

President Trump’s proposed budget is in trouble, and not just because Democrats oppose the cuts he’s calling for. Some Republicans - including several who call themselves fiscal conservatives - are letting bad publicity and pressure from special interest groups sway…

22 March 2017 [12:33 PM]
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World Down Syndrome Day raises awareness about genetic disorder

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22 March 2017 [11:47 AM]
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Tyler WIC office helps clients put their 'Best Fork Forward'

Monsters and butterflies might seem like an unlikely pair, but when it comes to getting kids to eat a healthy snack, they're a dynamic duo. Moms and their kids learned that this week during a celebration of National Nutrition Month…

22 March 2017 [11:35 AM]
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Parliament, Westminster Bridge attacks bring chaos to London

LONDON (AP) - An attacker stabbed a police officer and was shot by police on the grounds outside Britain's Parliament, sending the compound into lockdown Wednesday. Around the same time, a vehicle mowed down pedestrians on nearby Westminster Bridge. Authorities…

22 March 2017 [11:34 AM]
Best donor responses to charity alarms

The alarm, blinking lights and a voice loudly announcing we should vacate the building immediately interrupted what had, up until that moment, been a productive morning. The unwelcome interruption to my workflow caused all manner of mental acrobatics. My…

22 March 2017 [10:10 AM]