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Annual Quilt-A-Thon provides quilts to those in need

Though Jan Moch is not a member of the quilting group at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, she is a member of the church and made it a priority to be at the group’s annual Quilt-A-Thon on Saturday. The event brought together quilters and volunteers from across the community to create quilts so the Tyler Police Department, Tyler Fire Department,

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Five candidates run to represent Texas House District 5

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Focus On The Outdoors 2-14

Focus on the Outdoors Send in photos   Send your pictures of recent hunting and fishing adventures to Focus on the Outdoors.  Photos will be selected based on clarity and sharpness, as well as the level of hunting and fishing…

14 February 2016 [12:28 AM]
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TPWD proposes expansion of doe days

In the 1980s when the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department was liberalizing hunting regulations, most of eastern Texas was left behind. It is a shame because at the time big timber companies were actively involved in leasing to hunters and…

14 February 2016 [12:25 AM]
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East Texas Events 2-14

Daylily Club Holding Meeting The Daylily Club will hold a club meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tyler Rose Garden Center in the Azalea Room. The meeting will consist of a PowerPoint titled “Shapes of Distinction.” It…

14 February 2016 [12:17 AM]
Gilmer man charged in fatal wreck

GILMER-A 26-year-old Gilmer man was charged with criminal negligent homicide after a 21-year-old man was killed in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 271 north of Gilmer early Saturday, said Upshur County Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Rhonda Welch. Riley…

14 February 2016 [12:14 AM]
Jacksonville man killed in rollover wreck near Tyler

One person was killed and another injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday on Texas Highway 31 East near County Road 233 outside Tyler. According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Jean Dark, Ponciano Aguilar, 32, of Jacksonville, was driving his…

14 February 2016 [12:12 AM]
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On Tastee Freez and the A&W

I miss Tastee Freez and A&W root beer stands. My earliest recollections of hamburgers were ground beef patties that my mom fried in a cast iron skillet and placed between two pieces of white bread coated in Miracle Whip. I’m…

14 February 2016 [12:09 AM]
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Apartment tenants have rights, responsibilities

The BBB is advising consumers to be aware of their rights and responsibilities before signing an apartment lease. Apartment complexes are consistently on the BBB’s top 25 list of most complained about industries. Nationally, the BBB received nearly 7,000 complaints…

14 February 2016 [12:02 AM]
Death and Funeral Notices 2-14

DEATHS REBECCA DIANN BOYD, 38, Frankston, died Feb. 9. GEORGE TRUMAN DRAPER, 79, Tyler, died Feb. 11. Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler. ALLEN GARNER, 69, Lake Striker, died Feb. 11. Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville. CRAIG LITTON, 69, Longview, died Feb.…

13 February 2016 [11:38 PM]
Readers offer endorsements in upcoming primary races

Letters0214 / cq rm We strongly support Sheriff Larry Smith for keeping his promises to voters. With no additional staffing, he put more deputies on patrol, improving service-call response time. Making good on his pledge to fight corruption inside the…

13 February 2016 [11:32 PM]
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Our endorsements in the GOP primary

In the race to replace state Rep. Bryan Hughes in the Texas House District 5 race, voters have some excellent choices. The candidates - Cole Hefner, Jay Misenheimer, Randy Davis and Philip Hayes - are, as a whole, well-informed and…

13 February 2016 [11:30 PM]
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Annual Quilt-A-Thon provides quilts to those in need

Though Jan Moch is not a member of the quilting group at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, she is a member of the church and made it a priority to be at the group’s annual Quilt-A-Thon on Saturday. The event brought…

13 February 2016 [11:27 PM]
Bible Verse 2-14

"For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." (John 3:17)…

13 February 2016 [11:25 PM]
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Gadget and monitors: Too much information can stress you out

If you’re alive, your heart is probably beating. If you need more evidence, you could join the millions who are now engaging in a monitoring effort that, as far as I’m concerned, involves too much information. Whether you have a…

13 February 2016 [11:22 PM]
Senate District 1 serves large part of northeast Texas

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13 February 2016 [11:17 PM]
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After 5-year wait, siblings find forever family

On October of 2014 we brought you the story of Jonathan and Kaela in CBS 19’s Children are a Gift. These siblings had been waiting for five years in foster care. Their one prayer was to be adopted together. That…

13 February 2016 [11:14 PM]
Give to the cause that speaks to the heart

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13 February 2016 [11:07 PM]
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Valentine’s traditions foster love

Feb. 14 is a day for sweethearts, friendship and love. Who can resist those big red cardboard hearts filled with chocolates? Candy manufacturers say more chocolate is sold for Valentine’s Day than any other time. More than 1 billion Valentine’s…

13 February 2016 [11:03 PM]
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Nancy Wrenn guided East Texas Symphony Orchestra through innovation, change

Nancy Wrenn, East Texas Symphony Orchestra’s executive director, retired in January after 15 years. She helped build the orchestra’s brand, embrace technology, strengthen collaborations and improve programming. She recently reflected on changes that occurred during her tenure. “Coming into the…

13 February 2016 [11:01 PM]
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Baton Rouge police say 2 officers, 1 suspect shot

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge neighborhood was awakened before dawn Saturday by a barrage of gunfire, with police saying two officers were wounded as they traded shots with a man they had been chasing. Neighbors say dozens…

13 February 2016 [03:39 PM]
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Mother Frances breaks ground on health park

A large crowd and officials with Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics Friday celebrated the groundbreaking of a new multi-use health park, thanks to a significant gift from philanthropists Louise and Joseph Z. Ornelas. The Bill Herrington and Joseph Z.…

12 February 2016 [11:41 PM]
Smith County to close for holiday, city open

All non-emergency Smith County offices will be closed for business on Monday for President’s Day. All city of Tyler offices, however, will remain open for business. Smith County offices will re-open with normal business hours on Tuesday. Due to the…

12 February 2016 [11:19 PM]
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Former Dallas Cowboy Dat Nguyen to serve as Sky Ranch Gala chair

Texas Aggie and Dallas Cowboys icon Dat Nguyen visited Sky Ranch in Van on Wednesday in advance of an upcoming fundraiser where he will serve as honorary celebrity chairman. The ninth annual Cowboys and Cowboys Sky Ranch Gala is scheduled…

12 February 2016 [11:12 PM]
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Holiday inspires people to 'spread the love'

Valentine’s Day holds a special place in Harold Phillips Jr.’s heart. As a florist and co-owner at Country Florist and Gifts, 839 E. Northeast Loop 323, Phillips and the staff at the shop have spent countless hours over the last…

12 February 2016 [11:06 PM]
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Bible Verse 2-13

"...does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." (1 Corinthians 13:6-7)…

12 February 2016 [11:04 PM]