UPDATE: Woman arrested, charged with forgery of money

UPDATE: The woman believed to have passed counterfeit $50 bills has been arrested on two counts of forgery of money.  She is identified as Jalecia Ann White, 25, of Tyler.  

Judge Jack Skeen set her bond at $100,000 dollars on each charge.  This is still an ongoing investigation, police said in a press release. -…

Recent News

UPDATE: Woman arrested, charged with forgery of money

UPDATE: The woman believed to have passed counterfeit $50 bills has been arrested on two counts of forgery of money. She is identified as Jalecia Ann White, 25, of Tyler. Judge Jack Skeen set her bond at…

31 July 2014 [12:45 PM]
VIDEO: Passenger dies, pilot hurt in parking lot plane crash

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A small plane clipped the top of a store before it crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego shopping center, killing an 80-year-old passenger and seriously injuring the 52-year-old pilot, authorities said. Several witnesses…

31 July 2014 [11:53 AM]
VIDEO: AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) — Since Florida's frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state's vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies. The ranchers seek to nurture and protect their calves, while the panthers…

31 July 2014 [11:51 AM]
Japan hurricane cited as reason for unusual East Texas weather

A slow-moving disturbance with an abundance of moisture began dumping rain on the East Texas area this morning, and has caused some minor flooding and closing of some roadways. Aaron Stevens, meteorologist of the National Weather Service in Shreveport,…

31 July 2014 [11:01 AM]
Man with ties to Aryan Brotherhood eludes deputies

BY KENNETH DEAN, kdean@tylerpaper.com Authorities are searching for a man with ties to the Texas Aryan Brotherhood prison gang after he fled on foot Wednesday, eluding officers by running through a heavily wooded area and creek near the Jackson Heights community. …

31 July 2014 [10:43 AM]
VIDEO: A's acquire Lester, Gomes for Cespedes

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the trade says the Oakland Athletics have won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander along with outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before…

31 July 2014 [10:00 AM]
VIDEO: Mayor of Hawkins denies official oppression charge

HAWKINS, Texas (AP) — An East Texas mayor says he was falsely arrested on an official oppression charge and just offered to help a resident get her yard cleaned up. Hawkins Mayor Will Rogers on Thursday said he was responding…

31 July 2014 [09:46 AM]
Rain, storms ahead

A disturbance will keep showers and thunderstorms in the forecast today, tonight and Friday morning. The heaviest rain in our area will fall over the northern half of East Texas. Rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches are possible. Temperatures…

31 July 2014 [12:31 AM]
Texas Fishing Report, July 31

NORTHEAST ATHENS: Water clear; 81-85 degrees; 0.37 feet low. Black bass are good on watermelon creature baits and topwater walking type baits. Crappie are fair on minnows and white jigs. Catfish are slow on rod and reel. BOB SANDLIN: Water…

31 July 2014 [12:28 AM]
Looking Ahead

By this point the die has been cast as far as Texas white-tailed deer quality is concerned. There is still a lot of growing time to go before bucks start to shed their velvet and hunters take to the stand,…

31 July 2014 [12:27 AM]
Keep the Karma coming

I was trying to make up my mind what to order when a flight attendant came up behind me with a somewhat frantic look on her face. She asked if I was in line, and I could tell by the…

31 July 2014 [12:18 AM]
Play is an important part of life

How do you use your leisure time? Fewer unstructured “play” hours seem to be in our lives! This is a serious threat to our health and happiness. Did you know: * The average married couple works 26 percent longer each…

31 July 2014 [12:08 AM]
Knights of The Realm

One by one, the campers who could, knelt down on one knee. With a sword in hand, Dustin Stephens tapped their right shoulder, then their left and finally their head. “By the power granted me by St. George and St.…

31 July 2014 [12:04 AM]
Pretty desert plant thrives on neglect

Do any of you know a book called “Riders of the Purple Sage?” The purple sage in that title was the beautiful desert plant called Leucophyllum frutescens. We often hear it called silverleaf, cenizo, Texas sage or purple sage. If…

30 July 2014 [11:37 PM]
J’Ville Economic Development Corp. approves new president during meeting

The Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation approved a new president late last week. Freddy Thomas was named the new president of the corporation, which helps spur and maintain business development in the city, according to a news release. JEDCO directors unanimously…

30 July 2014 [11:25 PM]
County Judge to leave office early

Van Zandt County Judge Rhita Koches announced she is leaving office earlier than expected for a new opportunity as a liaison between counties and state government officials. Judge Koches served the county for 10 years, but lost her most…

30 July 2014 [11:23 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices, July 31

DEATHS EUGENE ABRAHAM SR., 90, Gladewater, died July 24. John R. Harmon Undertaking Co., Tyler. JIMMIE R. BETHEA, 72, Galveston, died July 25. Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home, Henderson. PAUL H. BLACK, 79, Ore City, died July 24. Dearion &…

30 July 2014 [10:57 PM]
Bible Thoughts, July 31

“For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10)…

30 July 2014 [10:54 PM]
Ambulance fitted to restore eyesight in Togo, West Africa

East Texas Medical Center officials Wednesday handed over the keys to an ambulance to Lewis Swann, founder of faith-based organization Believe and See. The ambulance is repurposed for a mobile cataract clinic in the West African country of Togo.…

30 July 2014 [10:28 PM]
Preliminary budget raises taxes, adds19 positions

The preliminary Smith County budget includes new employee positions, cost-of-living and benefit increases for employees, raiding county reserves and raising property taxes slightly. County Judge Joel Baker went over highlights of his $83 million budget during a budget workshop…

30 July 2014 [10:27 PM]
Climate alarmism leads to Sharknado

Much of the nation watched the Syfy Channel’s magnum opus, “Sharknado 2: The Second One” last night. It expanded on the campy aspects of the first “Sharknado,” that modern classic of sharks being swept up in twisters caused by climate…

30 July 2014 [10:19 PM]
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker

The story of Bat Kid moved a nation, giving a 5-year-old boy cancer patient the chance to be his favorite superhero, and his story will continue to touch lives in an inspiring documentary film. Krystin Goodwin has the trailer that…

30 July 2014 [08:28 PM]
10 Things to know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. WHY RIFT BETWEEN US, ISRAEL IS WIDENING The White House has been making increasingly strong statements about Palestinian civilians dying in Israeli…

30 July 2014 [08:21 PM]
Jesse Ventura's image and legal battles not over

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura got the legal vindication he craved when a jury agreed he had been defamed in slain military sniper Chris Kyle's autobiography. Ventura won another victory on Wednesday — a day after the…

30 July 2014 [08:16 PM]
VZ County Judge Rhita Koches leaving office

Released from the Van Zandt County Judge’s Office: After almost ten years in office, Van Zandt County Judge Rhita Koches has announced that she will be leaving office on Friday, August 1st . Judge Koches was appointed County Judge in…

30 July 2014 [03:31 PM]