A Town In Terror: How Jerry McFadden's 1986 crime spree stole the lives of Hawkins' best, brightest

Editor’s Note: This the first in a five-day series recalling paroled sex offender Jerry Walter McFadden’s murderous 1986 crime spree that terrorized a region and changed the way Texas deals with prison overcrowding. HAWKINS – On a clear May 4, 1986 evening, Suzanne Harrison, 18, and her best friend, Gena Turner, 20, waved goodbye to their

Women of all ages "Love Lives Here" event coming to Harvey Hall

Melissa McTee, mmctee@tylerpaper.com  A Tyler based organization, founded by a local group of women is hosting an event May 6 and 7 at Harvey Hall Convention Center in Tyler. The event themed “Love Lives Here” is a customed designed effort to help ladies of all ages network and build positive sisterhood relationships at any stage of life.

Cumberland Road entrance to Faulkner Park to be closed through most of May

Access to Faulkner Park will be limited through the month of May. The Faulkner Park entrance at Cumberland Road will close for three weeks from May 2 to 23. Drivers will have to detour to the southern entrance of the park on South Broadway Avenue. The work being done is part of the Cumberland Road extension project. --Cory

Two ETBU football players drown Thursday

(KYTX CBS19) Two East Texas Baptist University football players drowned Thursday. Norvontre "DJ" Harrison, of Shreveport, Louisiana and Darrian "Tre" McCLintock, of Spring, were at a popular swimming area known as the “clay pits” when witnesses said they went underwater and failed to resurface, according to Marshall Fire Chief Reggie

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