Amtrak operation costly, but passenger rail still has charm

Gayle and Billy Harper arrived at the Amtrak depot early. Their train wasn’t scheduled for departure until 9:25 a.m., but the couple was half an hour early. They were excited, they admitted. “It’s our first wedding anniversary,” said Billy, a retiree who lives in Longview. “We’re going in to Fort Worth for a couple of…

Sight-giving nonprofit seeks volunteers

  A Tyler-based nonprofit organization that provides sight-giving eye surgeries for people in Togo, West Africa, is seeking short-term volunteers to assist with the work. Believe and See is searching for medical and nonmedical volunteers to work with patients with eye diseases that cause blindness. Volunteer needs include: registered nurses,

Tyler artist found his passion early

  As an artist, David Dunham works with paint on canvas and ink on skin. His art captures the bright neon colors and shapes of animated characters that have stuck with him since childhood. The 31-year-old father of two has been drawing his entire life. “I remember being 3 years old sitting on a bar stool at the counter drawing,” he said.

Caldwell Zoo parties for the planet at Earth Day event

Interactive exhibits were spread across the Caldwell Zoo to help visitors celebrate Earth Day on Saturday during the zoo’s 9th Annual Party for the Planet, a nationwide initiative to host Earth Day events, involving more than 130 zoos and aquariums, according to a news release. During the event, zoo staff and local groups set out to educate

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GOP White House hopefuls clash over America's role in world

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Rand Paul lashed out Saturday at military hawks in the Republican Party in a clash over foreign policy dividing the packed GOP presidential field. Paul, a first-term senator from Kentucky who favors a smaller U.S. footprint…

19 April 2015 [08:29 AM]
Islamic State video purports to show killing of Christians in Libya

CAIRO (AP) — A video released by the Islamic State group on Sunday appears to show the killing of two different groups of captured Ethiopian Christians by the extremist group's Libyan affiliates. The 29-minute online video purports to show militants…

19 April 2015 [08:28 AM]
Wikileaks: Ben Affleck asked PBS to not reveal slave-owning ancestor

BOSTON (AP) — Ben Affleck requested that the PBS documentary series "Finding Your Roots" not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to emails published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks, and the information never appeared on the program. PBS and…

19 April 2015 [08:27 AM]
3 shot, injured at Delaware State University cookout

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Three people were shot and injured Saturday night at a cookout on the Delaware State University campus, officials said, and authorities are searching for the shooter. The shooting happened at about 8 p.m. at a university-sanctioned…

19 April 2015 [07:18 AM]
Ohio woman's search for birth mother leads to co-worker

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A 38-year-old woman's quest to find her birth mother ended in a surprising place — the company where she works. WKBN-TV in Youngstown reports that La-Sonya Mitchell-Clark requested records that were made available recently by the…

19 April 2015 [07:18 AM]
Focus on the outdoors 4-19

Focus on the outdoors Send your pictures of recent hunting and fishing adventrures to Focus on the Outdoors, Steve Knight, Outdoors Editor, Tyler Morning Telegraph, 410 W. Erwin, Tyler 75702 or by e-mail at      …

19 April 2015 [01:00 AM]
Pros heading back for another Classic

While a delayed date should mean last year’s record setting 110-pound tournament record catch will be safe, Keith Combs’ stranglehold on the Toyota Texas Bass Classic title could be in danger. The Lake Fork tournament has been moved from April…

19 April 2015 [12:45 AM]
States asking to extend dove season by 20 days

Year in and year out the Sept. 1 dove season opener kicks off the fall hunting season. Nothing new there. In fact, except for a few tweaks that have extended the winter season, dove season is probably the most constant…

19 April 2015 [12:42 AM]
Sabine cemetery group to meet on May 3

Sabine Cemetery Association Memorial Day Services will take place at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 3 at the Historic Sabine Methodist Church, at the corner of County Road 4122 and County Road 452. A short business meeting will open the ceremonies,…

19 April 2015 [12:39 AM]
Montalba School Reunion to take place May 2

The Montalba school reunion is scheduled Saturday, May 2 at the Montalba Community Center. Registration will begin at 3 p.m., with the welcome program at 4 p.m. A barbecue meal with all the trimmings will be served for a small…

19 April 2015 [12:37 AM]
Caldwell Zoo parties for the planet at Earth Day event

Interactive exhibits were spread across the Caldwell Zoo to help visitors celebrate Earth Day on Saturday during the zoo’s 9th Annual Party for the Planet, a nationwide initiative to host Earth Day events, involving more than 130 zoos and aquariums,…

19 April 2015 [12:34 AM]
Over 1,000 attend Mini Maker's Faire

Rockets were flying, catapults launching and robots were buzzing about as more than 1,000 East Texans were enjoying science in the sun on Saturday at the Tyler Mini Maker’s Faire, hosted by the Discovery Science Place. “They’re gonna learn best…

19 April 2015 [12:29 AM]
Pet of the week 4-19

This regal guy is Scout, a 2-year-old male German shepherd that is available for adoption at Pets Fur People in Tyler. Scout is a big boy - he weighs 85 pounds and because of his size, would be best suited…

19 April 2015 [12:19 AM]
Family vacations are not for the faint of heart

Vacations are not for the faint of heart. Anyone who has ever taken children on a trip across country in an automobile knows exactly what I’m talking about. Planes have certainly helped when it comes to travel, but it wasn’t…

19 April 2015 [12:12 AM]
Jacksonville to relocate its city hall

The Jacksonville City Council announced that City Hall will soon have a new home. The council recently approved purchasing the former Oncor building on U.S. Highway 79 near Larissa and Ragsdale streets, to house city offices. “It’s been a long…

19 April 2015 [12:00 AM]
Martinez cares about local education

Tyler ISD District 5 trustee candidate Aaron Martinez said he is a concerned parent who cares about education and that his background and experience would help solidify a portion of the school board and community. Martinez, 40, grounds manager for…

18 April 2015 [11:58 PM]
Incumbent Smith wants to give back

Barbara Smith, the Tyler ISD District 5 incumbent seeking re-election, said she wants to bring academic excellence back into classrooms and ensure children attain the best education possible to prepare them for the future. A Tyler resident for 31 years,…

18 April 2015 [11:57 PM]
Avoid scammers during spring weather repairs

April showers bring May flowers, as the saying goes, but they can also bring other things much less pleasant. Also out in full force this time of year are storm chasers. Storm chasers are unscrupulous contractors and outright scam artists…

18 April 2015 [11:48 PM]
Small farms: Make a plan

For any business, setting benchmarks is essential to achieve success. Better Business Bureau and the Direct Selling Education Foundation (DSEF) recommend five strategies for achieving your business goals. Find mentors to emulate. Who do you aspire to be like? Potential…

18 April 2015 [11:47 PM]
Amtrak operation costly, but passenger rail still has charm Video

MINEOLA — Gayle and Billy Harper arrived at the Amtrak depot early. Their train wasn’t scheduled for departure until 9:25 a.m., but the couple was half an hour early. They were excited, they admitted. “It’s our first wedding anniversary,” said…

18 April 2015 [11:41 PM]
Health Briefs 4-19

Free health fair set at Lake Palestine church Lake Palestine United Methodist Church in Chandler will host a free health fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 25, at 2889 Farm-to-Market Road 315 South. There will…

18 April 2015 [11:38 PM]
Ophthalmologist leads this week's Walk with a Doc

Dr. Mike Ford, an ophthalmologist at DeHaven Eye Clinic, leads this week’s Walk with a Doc event on Thursday and will discuss dermatochalasis and ptosis —conditions that affect vision. Walk With a Doc is a project of the Smith County…

18 April 2015 [11:37 PM]
Doctor talks cancer, medical testing

Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society, is the keynote speaker at this year’s free Public Cancer Conference on Prevention and Early Detection, set for April 25 at UT Health Northeast. Brawley is author of “How…

18 April 2015 [11:33 PM]
How often is enough for health screenings?

How often should you get a lipids panel? What about a pap smear? Is it recommended for men to test testosterone levels or get a PSA test every year? Do you need to know your vitamin D levels? These questions…

18 April 2015 [11:32 PM]
Cancer survivor works to aid others

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of weekly columns about breast cancer survivors leading up to the Race for the Cure event, set for May 9 in downtown Tyler. JoAnn Birks, 44, of Tyler, is eager to…

18 April 2015 [11:27 PM]
We should encourage Vietnam veterans to start talking

He had survived the bloody battle of Tarawa. And now, 70 years later at the base of the Marine Corps Memorial, he tried to describe it. With a gentle smile, he patiently shared the historical details, but when asked about…

18 April 2015 [11:21 PM]
The franchise tax should be reformed

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is calling for reform of the state’s franchise tax, and he’s right. As he points out, “the best job creation program is tax reduction.” Tax reform is also important — aside from the high rates the…

18 April 2015 [11:18 PM]