Downtown Tyler is getting into the holiday spirit

 The city of Tyler and a list of downtown businesses were getting into the holiday spirit Tuesday afternoon — hanging lights, decorating trees and painting storefronts with seasonal cheer. Around noon, a 25-foot tall Leyland Cyprus tree was delivered to the heart of downtown. City workers climbed inside the 14-foot wide tree, wrapped a …

Holocaust survivor shares story at Tyler Junior College

A Holocaust survivor showed the yellow Star of David she was required to wear and recounted her concentration camp experiences during a speech at Tyler Junior College. “I ripped that star off on May 8, 1945, when I was liberated,” Inge Auerbacher, who spent three years between the ages of 7 and 10 in the camp, said.

Volunteers celebrate holiday with free meal

Most Americans will sit down on Thursday with their families and friends and celebrate Thanksgiving by eating a dinner with turkey, ham and all the fixings. But for some who have no family or friends nearby to celebrate with, the possibility of a Thanksgiving dinner would be nonexistent if not for the ministry of Meals On Wheels.

Little farm in L.A.

Los Angeles, California, was a “big city” when I was born there in 1931, but not today’s monster metropolis. Home was a craftsman-style house, built circa 1920 in a neighborhood with others of like style.

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