Cancer camaraderie: Supporting the fight

  Bonnie Neel’s eyes welled with tears as she finished talking about her experience with lung cancer last Wednesday. She is surviving. The 65-year-old Hideaway resident was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2012 and now she’s “close to remission.” Four tumors—one each in her lung, liver, spleen and humorous bone—have mostly…

One dead after car drives into Sabine River

One person is confirmed dead after a vehicle drove off Interstate 20 and into a river. It happened near the I-20 exit 595 around 6:23 p.m. Sunday afternoon. A Game warden on scene says the driver lost control of a pick-up truck and went over the guard rail plunging into the Sabine river. A body has been recovered from the

Layouts captivate crowd at fundraiser for museum

Miniature worlds came to life during the Cotton Belt Train Show on April 25 and 26. Thousands of people came to Harvey Convention Center to see elaborate model train displays and railroad-themed memorabilia. The show was a fundraiser of the Cotton Belt Depot Museum in Tyler. Left, families — especially children — were interested in the

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