UPDATE: Realtor showing property reportedly discovered body in New Summerfield

A body was discovered Tuesday in the bed of an abandoned 2001 Ford pick-up in rural Cherokee County, near Reklaw, according to a press release sent by the New Summerfield Police Department. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and New Summerfield Police Department responded to the scene. Andrew Strom, New Summerfield Police Chief, said in the r…

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Ambulance fitted to restore eyesight in Togo, West Africa

East Texas Medical Center officials Wednesday handed over the keys to an ambulance to Lewis Swann, founder of faith-based organization Believe and See. The ambulance is repurposed for a mobile cataract clinic in the West African country of Togo.…

30 July 2014 [10:28 PM]
Preliminary budget raises taxes, adds19 positions

The preliminary Smith County budget includes new employee positions, cost-of-living and benefit increases for employees, raiding county reserves and raising property taxes slightly. County Judge Joel Baker went over highlights of his $83 million budget during a budget workshop…

30 July 2014 [10:27 PM]
Climate alarmism leads to Sharknado

Much of the nation watched the Syfy Channel’s magnum opus, “Sharknado 2: The Second One” last night. It expanded on the campy aspects of the first “Sharknado,” that modern classic of sharks being swept up in twisters caused by climate…

30 July 2014 [10:19 PM]
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker

The story of Bat Kid moved a nation, giving a 5-year-old boy cancer patient the chance to be his favorite superhero, and his story will continue to touch lives in an inspiring documentary film. Krystin Goodwin has the trailer that…

30 July 2014 [08:28 PM]
10 Things to know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. WHY RIFT BETWEEN US, ISRAEL IS WIDENING The White House has been making increasingly strong statements about Palestinian civilians dying in Israeli…

30 July 2014 [08:21 PM]
Jesse Ventura's image and legal battles not over

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura got the legal vindication he craved when a jury agreed he had been defamed in slain military sniper Chris Kyle's autobiography. Ventura won another victory on Wednesday — a day after the…

30 July 2014 [08:16 PM]
VZ County Judge Rhita Koches leaving office

Released from the Van Zandt County Judge’s Office: After almost ten years in office, Van Zandt County Judge Rhita Koches has announced that she will be leaving office on Friday, August 1st . Judge Koches was appointed County Judge in…

30 July 2014 [03:31 PM]
VIDEO: ‘Sharknado 2’ premieres tonight

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — The idea of making a movie about a tornado that scoops up thousands of sharks and sends them flying through the air to chomp their way through a bevy of people, places and things sounds totally…

30 July 2014 [03:01 PM]
VIDEO: Oakland Raiders owner confirms talks with San Antonio

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed he has met with San Antonio officials but declined to disclose whether he has any interest in relocating the franchise to Texas. "Former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros is a…

30 July 2014 [02:53 PM]
Officers on scene of body found in Cherokee County

NEW SUMMERFIELD (KYTX) – A body was discovered Wednesday near New Summerfield and law officers are currently working the scene. Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell confirms the New Summerfield Police Department and the Texas Rangers are currently at the property…

30 July 2014 [02:12 PM]
Fair Plaza Parking Garage officially open

Today’s ribbon cutting has officially opened the Fair Plaza Parking Garage at 208 South College Ave. “The garage will be an integral part of the entry point into downtown,” said City Engineer Carter Delleney. “We are particularly pleased that the…

30 July 2014 [12:33 PM]
VIDEO: In Virginia, the rise of a new space coast

Every summer, tourists make the pilgrimage to Chincoteague Island, Va. to see wild ponies cross the Assateague Channel. But, it's the rockets sending supplies to the International Space Station that are making this a year-round destination.…

30 July 2014 [12:23 PM]
Shattered Lives

I just read a column by Dave Berry, my wife’s cousin and editor for the Tyler Morning Telegraph. It was a personal story about a man and his daughter, who he lost in the Murrah Federal building bombing in 1995.…

30 July 2014 [11:59 AM]
VIDEO: UCLA wades through damages from pipe flooding

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The quiet summer campus of UCLA suddenly was steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some 8 million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the school's storied basketball…

30 July 2014 [11:35 AM]
VIDEO: Crop circle in Germany attracts many visitors

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer's field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles. The ornate design was discovered by a balloonist last week and news of the find quickly spread online.…

30 July 2014 [10:53 AM]
VIDEO: Tyler Barber College founder remembered

By CALVIN MAYNARD, calvinmaynardtmt@gmail.com When Henry Miller Morgan spread the word about Tyler, he really spread the word far beyond the city. He opened numerous barber colleges in cities throughout the nation, but he named them all after his first —…

30 July 2014 [10:18 AM]
'Southern accent reduction' training cancelled

It’s OK to talk Southern and work at a national lab — after all. Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee has cancelled plans for a “Southern Accent Reduction” class because of objections from lab staff members, some of whom said…

30 July 2014 [09:43 AM]
VIDEO: How to 'Drive Clean Across Texas' year-round

TYLER (KYTX) - TxDOT is launching its Drive Clean Across Texas campaign just in time for the dog days of summer. TxDOT is encouraging all drivers to be more conscious of our air quality as we hit the road this…

30 July 2014 [09:33 AM]
Fresh Ideas for spicy-hot salsa

FRESH by Brookshire’s is getting ready for their annual “Some Like it Hot” festival that celebrates all things spicy. From peppers, to salsa and spicy ingredients from every cuisine, the three-day event will tempt your taste buds with all types…

30 July 2014 [12:54 AM]
Beat the heat with summer drinks

I think we all can agree that we’ve entered into the hottest days of summer. Our cool spring and mild summer has melted faster than an ice cream cone in July. On Saturday, I attended an event in which I…

30 July 2014 [12:49 AM]
Purple Passion - Eggplants: Summer's Royal Harvest

Summer offers a variety of fresh vegetables and one that is often overlooked is the eggplant. Also known as aubergines, their royal color ranges from lavender to deep, dark purple. These beautiful violet vegetables sport a shiny skin and…

30 July 2014 [12:43 AM]
Hot temps again

High pressure aloft over Texas will keep the weather hot today. The high temperature should be near 94 degrees. A cold front will drop to near the Red River this afternoon, where it will stall and start to move back…

30 July 2014 [12:25 AM]
Focal Point: Name Dropping

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see.” John Burroughs…

30 July 2014 [12:07 AM]
Helping Hands: Local businesses offer senior discounts

It’s the fresh salad, friendly staff and senior discount that brings Kevin Cooper, 50, to Traditions Restaurant and Catering six days a week. Cooper said he eats at the restaurant at least once a day, for lunch or dinner, but…

29 July 2014 [11:58 PM]
Ryan understands the poor need hope

The fundamental difference between Rep. Paul Ryan, who has proposed new anti-poverty initiatives, and his detractors is one of definitions. Just what is poverty? Ryan sees it as a condition of having no power. His opponents see it as a…

29 July 2014 [11:31 PM]
Annual Literacy Council spelling bee Tuesday

The Literacy Council of Tyler already has broken records this year with its annual fundraiser, the Corporate Spelling Bee. “We are so excited,” Ellen Krafve, director of development, said. “The Spelling Bee committee worked hard to streamline the event and…

29 July 2014 [11:14 PM]