Knights of The Realm

One by one, the campers who could, knelt down on one knee. With a sword in hand, Dustin Stephens tapped their right shoulder, then their left and finally their head.     “By the power granted me by St. George and St. Michael, arise Sir Mark, knight of the realm,” he said. The campers rose, many with big smiles and a gleam …

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Rain, storms ahead

A disturbance will keep showers and thunderstorms in the forecast today, tonight and Friday morning. The heaviest rain in our area will fall over the northern half of East Texas. Rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches are possible. Temperatures…

31 July 2014 [12:31 AM]
Texas Fishing Report, July 31

NORTHEAST ATHENS: Water clear; 81-85 degrees; 0.37 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon creature baits and topwater walking type baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are slow on rod and reel. BOB SANDLIN: Water…

31 July 2014 [12:28 AM]
Looking Ahead

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31 July 2014 [12:27 AM]
Keep the Karma coming

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31 July 2014 [12:18 AM]
Play is an important part of life

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31 July 2014 [12:08 AM]
Knights of The Realm

One by one, the campers who could, knelt down on one knee. With a sword in hand, Dustin Stephens tapped their right shoulder, then their left and finally their head. “By the power granted me by…

31 July 2014 [12:04 AM]
Pretty desert plant thrives on neglect

Do any of you know a book called “Riders of the Purple Sage?” The purple sage in that title was the beautiful desert plant called Leucophyllum frutescens. We often hear it called silverleaf, cenizo, Texas sage or purple sage. If…

30 July 2014 [11:37 PM]
J’Ville Economic Development Corp. approves new president during meeting

The Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation approved a new president late last week. Freddy Thomas was named the new president of the corporation, which helps spur and maintain business development in the city, according to a news release. JEDCO directors unanimously…

30 July 2014 [11:25 PM]
County Judge to leave office early

Van Zandt County Judge Rhita Koches announced she is leaving office earlier than expected for a new opportunity as a liaison between counties and state government officials. Judge Koches served the county for 10 years, but lost her most…

30 July 2014 [11:23 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices, July 31

DEATHS EUGENE ABRAHAM SR., 90, Gladewater, died July 24. John R. Harmon Undertaking Co., Tyler. JIMMIE R. BETHEA, 72, Galveston, died July 25. Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home, Henderson. PAUL H. BLACK, 79, Ore City, died July 24. Dearion &…

30 July 2014 [10:57 PM]
Bible Thoughts, July 31

“For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10)…

30 July 2014 [10:54 PM]
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

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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

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

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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

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30 July 2014 [10:53 AM]