Last class of students graduate from Tyler ISD high schools before construction begins

As the Tyler ISD school year winds down, with the last school day coming this week, something else is quietly coming to a close - operations as we know them at the district’s two high schools.  Seniors graduating this weekend likely will be the last to travel through their four-year journey in the campuses that have stood largely the same for…

Phase 1 complete for downtown park, donations sought for next phase

A year ago, a piece of property across from the Cotton Belt Depot looked abandoned. The 60-foot by 145-foot lot had an ailing building and a crumbling brick wall, which was once part of a warehouse for Swann’s Furniture - from the railroad’s heyday. Through the joint effort of multiple entities, the space is blight-free and on its way to

Smith County residents can text 911 in case of emergencies

Smith County residents can text 911 if they're unable to call in an emergency.  The Text-to-911 service allows users to send a text message to reach 911 emergency call takers from a mobile phone or device. Mobile phone users should enter the phone number 911, with no dashes, in the “to” or recipient field. In the message, the user should

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Father and son take over Christian Brothers Auto in Tyler

Sterling Wood and his son, Ben, are not mechanics or service technicians, but their new business is keeping cars running smoothly in Tyler. The father-son duo took over the Christian Brothers Auto franchise May 1. Sterling said through…

28 May 2017 [05:44 PM]
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Business Notes for 5-29

AWARD Brothers John and Jeff Crymes, owners of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Whitehouse, have been awarded the President’s Award by Direct Energy. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is part of the Direct Energy family of brands. The President’s Award is the company’s…

28 May 2017 [05:04 PM]
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Death and Funeral Notices for May 29

DEATHS BRANDON GRANTHAM, 41, Tyler, died May 26. Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Friday at funeral home. DELBERT HAMILTON, 89, Price, died May 25. Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home, Henderson. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at funeral home.…

28 May 2017 [04:56 PM]
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Death and Funeral Notices for May 28

DEATHS WOODY LILLY ALLEN, 98, Tyler, died May 17. Jack­son’s Burks Walker Tippit, Tyler. BRANDON GRANTHAM, 41, Tyler, died May 26. Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Friday at funeral home. DELBERT HAMILTON, 89, Price, died…

27 May 2017 [05:29 PM]
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The Lighthouse Youth Forum 05.19.17

Region 7 Education Service Center, the Health and Human Service Commission and The Lighthouse were host to a youth forum on May 19 at The Boys and Girls Club of East Texas in Tyler. The event was for blind and…

27 May 2017 [05:24 PM]
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TJC Car Show 05.20.17

Tyler Junior College hosted a benefit Auto Show Special on May 20 at the TJC West Campus to raise money for the Automotive Technology program. - Contributed Photos…

27 May 2017 [05:21 PM]
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Is it just me? Yuengling is truly best of breed

A recent voyage to Shreveport brought some welcome news. Yuengling beer has now come as far west as Shreveport. Some logistics were involved, but we stopped on the way home to relieve a convenience store of a fair amount of…

27 May 2017 [04:59 PM]
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Adorable siblings need forever family

This edition of CBS19’s Children are a Gift features three extraordinary children who came into foster care in the saddest of ways. Despite the trauma they experienced, these adorable children are overcoming great odds. On a trip to LEGOLAND in…

27 May 2017 [09:34 AM]
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Pet of the Week 05.28.17

COURTESY This is Miss Classy, a 2-year-old terrier, available for adoption at the Humane Society’s Pets Fur People in Tyler. Classy loves everybody; her tail wags all the time and she never meets a stranger. Classy is a perfect size;…

27 May 2017 [09:10 AM]
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Memorial Day Closings around East Texas

Memorial Day Closings   City of Tyler   Solid Waste Department Closed Monday. No residential garbage or curbside recycling will be picked up on this day. The complete holiday week residential garbage and recycle collection schedule is listed below:…

27 May 2017 [01:04 AM]
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Bible verse: 5-27

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

26 May 2017 [11:32 PM]
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Smith County residents can text 911 in case of emergencies

Smith County residents can text 911 if they're unable to call in an emergency.  The Text-to-911 service allows users to send a text message to reach 911 emergency call takers from a mobile phone or device. Mobile phone users…

26 May 2017 [10:11 PM]
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Patriots blank Amherst

OKLAHOMA CITY - UT Tyler plated eight runs in the first inning en route to a 13-0 five-inning victory over Amherst (Massachusetts) on Friday in a second round game of the NCAA Division III Softball World Series at ASA Hall…

26 May 2017 [09:14 PM]
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Columnist John Moore: Barber shop memories

I saw something this week that I hadn’t seen in almost 50 years. At first, I stared, puzzled, at the photo my aunt had posted online from her antique shop. I recognized the item, but just couldn’t place it. Then…

26 May 2017 [09:02 PM]
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Heat Response Plan provides resources for East Texans

On a day when the heat index inched toward 95 degrees, local officials spent time discussing how to deal with scorching temperatures in preparation for summer’s arrival. The Tyler Fire Department and the Northeast Texas Public Health District along with…

26 May 2017 [08:55 PM]
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Tyler/Smith County's 2017 Heat Response Plan

2017 HEAT RESPONSE PLAN Tyler / Smith County PURPOSE This plan is designed to serve as a guide and to provide useful information to the public. Users of this plan are encouraged to direct all questions to the appropriate designated…

26 May 2017 [08:38 PM]
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Death and Funeral Notices for May 27

DEATHS WOODY LILLY ALLEN, 98, Tyler, died May 17. Jack­son’s Burks Walker Tippit, Tyler. RALENA ELIZABETH GARRETT, 75, Tyler, died May 24. Jackson’s Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home, Tyler. BRANDON GRANTHAM, 41, Tyler, died May 26. Stewart…

26 May 2017 [07:36 PM]
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Don’t get scammed by scholarship schemes

Every year, thousands of students and parents fall victim to scholarship search service scams, losing more than $100 million per year to fraudulent scholarships. Scholarship scams can take many forms, but all have the ultimate goal of compromising the student’s…

26 May 2017 [06:20 PM]
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Elanie Joy Ventura-Winter

Tyler police responded to a disturbance in the 2600 block of North Broadway Avenue about 4:15 p.m. Thursday, in which they identified 29-year-old Elanie Joy Ventura-Winter and found her to have two outstanding warrants from Smith County for alleged fraud use, possession…

26 May 2017 [05:29 PM]
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Chamber radio for the week of May 29

On this week’s Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce internet radio business show, Henry Bell explains the process for nominating new board members to the Chamber. The deadline is coming up in June. You can listen to the details on TylerChamberRadio.com.…

26 May 2017 [04:55 PM]
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Zoning approved for downtown loft project

FAITH HARPER, fharper@tylerpaper.com A 96-unit downtown loft and mixed-use development cleared the final zoning hurdle for development. On Wednesday, the Tyler City Council approved a zone change on a portion of the old King Chevrolet property to make way for…

26 May 2017 [04:00 PM]