Owners reunited with dog after year apart

After nearly a year apart, Astrid Ortega and her 6-year-old son, Luis, were reunited Friday with their dog, who has become known to many East Texans as the pup that prompted the closure of the Klein Animal Shelter after he was found with a broken back. Ms.

Officers honored at police banquet

Tyler Police Department Chief Gary Swindle took time on Friday night to thank officers for their service every night of the year. He, along with members of the Tyler City Council, honored officers and residents at the Tyler Police Department Awards Banquet at UT Tyler’s Ornelas Activity Center.

Van teacher a finalist for Excellence in Education Award Video

Van High School teacher J.P. Fugler was one of eight North Texas educators who today were named finalists for a 2015 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award, spotlighting them as some of the best educators in Texas.

Douglas Elementary holds Black History Celebration

Douglas Elementary School student Markell Johnson got hands clapping Friday afternoon as he danced to the music of Michael Jackson’s famous song, “Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough.” The rendition was part of Douglas’ second annual black history celebration, African Americans in the Arts and Entertainment.

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2016 Emmett Scott School Reunion set

  The Emmett J. Scott All School Reunion 2016 is scheduled for July 1 through July 3, 2016, at Harvey Hall Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. For more information, email ejsreunion.com; call 469-729-9378 or mail Emmett Scott All…

28 February 2015 [11:19 PM]
Duck Dynasty star speaks in Marshall

Duck Dynasty star Jep Robertson spoke to students at East Texas Baptist University on Friday. Jep, the youngest of the Robertson sons, spoke to students about faith, family and outreach. His visit was made possible by the Rosa May Griffin…

28 February 2015 [11:18 PM]
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BBB urges caution with refund anticipation loans

Mechele Agbayani Mills, Tyler Better Business Bureau Are you in a hurry to receive your tax refund? Some tax preparers offer tax refund anticipation loans (RALs) to allow consumers to receive tax refunds in a hurry. However, BBB advises consumers…

28 February 2015 [11:16 PM]
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Rangerettes given Texas Medal of Arts

The iconic precision dance team, the Kilgore College Rangerettes, was honored with Texas Medal of the Arts Awards earlier last week. The Texas Cultural Trust, an Austin-based nonprofit, established the biennial award in 2001 to celebrate Texas’ leaders and luminaries…

28 February 2015 [11:13 PM]
Two stickers on windshields thing of the past

The Smith County Commissioners Court approved a measure to make inspecting and registering its tax-exempt vehicles easier. As of today, the state did away with the inspection sticker. Vehicles are still required to get inspections, but two stickers on Texas…

28 February 2015 [11:09 PM]
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Groups' mission is to inspire arts

Christian Kay, 17, locked himself in his room and practiced playing cello for hours the first day he brought the instrument home. He had just taken up violin, but the look of the cello case in the corner of his…

28 February 2015 [11:01 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 3-1

DEATHS CHRISTOPHER BRITTON, 35, Kilgore, died Feb. 25. Cunningham Funeral Home, Kilgore. NORMA DELL BURTON, 77 Lindale, died Feb. 26. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Directors, Lindale. CHRISTINE FRANCES BARTON COOK, 92, Henderson, formerly of Pittsburg, died Feb. 10. Erman Smith Funeral Home,…

28 February 2015 [10:52 PM]
Bible Verse 3-1

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)…

28 February 2015 [10:51 PM]
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Is it just me? A lot of baloney

In the past week, we had a lengthy discussion of what things in this life are better or worse than they once were. Readers were encouraged to submit their notions of such things. Your responses are listed below: Sylvia’s lists…

28 February 2015 [10:45 PM]
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New Tyler Paper app downloads at iTunes

The Tyler Paper has updated its mobile app to enhance the experience for iPhone and iPad users. The latest Tyler Morning Telegraph app is available now to download for free in the iTunes Store. Type “Tyler Morning Telegraph” in the…

28 February 2015 [10:43 PM]
Housing vouchers ordinance gets OK

AUSTIN — A judge refused to delay an Austin ordinance that would prevent apartment complexes from turning away applicants who rely on federal vouchers to pay their rent. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks on Friday rebuffed an effort by the…

28 February 2015 [10:32 PM]
Bass collection opens in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH — The public will get a look at art from the private collection of some late Texas philanthropists. The exhibit called “The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass” opens today at the Kimbell Art Museum in…

28 February 2015 [10:31 PM]
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Pet of the Week 3-1

Meet Scout, a 2-year-old male German Shepherd that is available for adoption at Pets Fur People in Tyler. Scout is a large, active dog that may be best suited in a household with older children because of his size. He…

28 February 2015 [10:29 PM]
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Say what? Can you repeat that?

As a kid, I remember old people being hard of hearing. When I say old, of course I mean people who were older than I am now. The men would cup their hand behind one of their ears, turn toward…

28 February 2015 [10:20 PM]
2 downtown buildings up for auction

Two historic downtown Tyler buildings are for sale. The R.W. Fair Foundation and S.A. Lindsey buildings were given to the city in 2010 by the R.W. Fair Foundation with the intent of using them for future public private partnerships. The…

28 February 2015 [10:18 PM]
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Boy Scouts, civil servants join together for fun

More than 100 East Texas Boy Scouts joined with Tyler police officers and firefighters as they ran across rope bridges, launched rockets and demonstrated skills worthy of just about any badge during the “Scout UP!” event on Saturday at Bergfeld…

28 February 2015 [10:17 PM]
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Families get help with financial aid applications

One of the most daunting aspects of going to college can be the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and all of the complications and caveats that can come with it. Not every student is approved the first time applications…

28 February 2015 [10:11 PM]
Neurologist leads this week's walk

Dr. Allison Hennigan, a neurologist at Northeast Texas Neurology Associates, leads this week’s Walk With a Doc event on Thursday and will discuss dementia. Walk With a Doc is a project of the Smith County Medical Society. It will be…

28 February 2015 [09:57 PM]
East Texas pediatrician talks about food allergies

Dr. Paul C. Sharkey Jr., board certified in pediatrics, allergy and immunology At UT Health Northeast, speaks about a new study regarding peanut allergies, which was published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine and discussed at an…

28 February 2015 [09:56 PM]
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There are plenty of ways to be healthier

Can you think of five ways to live healthier? Off the top of my head, my list would be: drink more water, walk more, cut the sweets, get more sleep and reduce stress. It really is about small, practical steps…

28 February 2015 [09:54 PM]
East Texas Events 3-1

IHOP offering free pancakes for Shriners On Tuesday, the International House of Pancakes will celebrate a “Decade of Giving” by offering diners one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. With every short stack served, guests will be invited to make…

28 February 2015 [09:50 PM]
Navy reservist continuing education

In addition to her work as an assistant at a dental facility, Petty Officer 1st Class Kimberly Elaine Risvold is committed to serving our nation as a Boatswain’s Mate in the United States Navy Reserve assigned to Naval Operational Support…

28 February 2015 [09:45 PM]
Cherokee County Republicans to meet

The Cherokee County Republican Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hong Kong Buffet, 1644 S. Jackson St. in Jacksonville. The guest speaker will be Cherokee County Court-at-Law Judge Janice Stone. The meeting is open to the public.…

28 February 2015 [09:44 PM]
Second candidate files for District 5 seat on TISD board

A second candidate filed to run for the District 5 seat on the Tyler ISD board of trustees, making a contested race for the position in the May 9 election. A story that ran in Saturday’s newspaper failed to include…

28 February 2015 [09:41 PM]
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Black History Month celebration held at the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden

On Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, The African American Cultural Events Committee presented their Annual City-Wide Black History Celebration. The event featured Dr. Aminata Mbacke as Madame Norma Celestine Mena. Dr. Mbacke is a Forth…

28 February 2015 [09:38 PM]
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Focus on the Outdoors 3-1

Send in photos Send your pictures of recent hunting and fishing adventures to Focus on the Outdoors. Send your high-resolution photos to Steve Knight, Outdoors Editor, Tyler Morning Telegraph, 410 W. Erwin, Tyler 75702 or by e-mail at outdoor@tylerpaper.com. Photos…

28 February 2015 [09:19 PM]
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Deer need corn's energy long after season ends

Sometime in January most Texas hunters abandoned their deer camps for the season. On their way out they left their feeders spinning, only to clear the remaining corn out of the barrel. Hunters typically see corn only as a deer…

28 February 2015 [09:10 PM]
Abbott: Proposed budget focused on state's priorities

Jobs are growing in Texas, and more families in Tyler are sharing in the promise of Texas. But there’s more work to do. Last week, as Governor of this great state, I submitted a budget charting a course to keep…

28 February 2015 [08:10 PM]
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Senators are right about racing rules

The Senate Finance Committee has it right — the Texas Racing Commission has gone rogue and must be reined in. Senators should continue to deny funding for the agency until it reverses its decision on “historical racing” gambling, and submits…

28 February 2015 [08:06 PM]