Peace Rally to encourage community building through family fun on Saturday

East Texans will gather at Bergfeld Park, 1510 S. College Ave., to enjoy a day of family fun and community building at the East Texas Peace Rally on Saturday. The event will be hosted by 95.3/102.3 The Breeze. The public and law enforcement are invited to come together and help show that East Texans stand as one. Family activities will include…

Commissioners decide against waiving county's attorney client privilege in Baker case

FAITH HARPER, fharper@tylerpaper.com In his first official meeting, acting Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran was the deciding vote in denying waiving the county’s attorney client privilege as it relates to the state’s case against suspended County Judge Joel Baker. The measure was voted down 3-2, with Commissioners Terry Phillips and Cary

Smith County auctioning off items, including sporting goods and guitars

FAITH HARPER, fharper@tylerpaper.com Smith County is having a large online garage sale. The listings include vehicles, working and not, as well as standard office furniture, but also includes things that might be found in a garage - golf clubs, bows and arrows, boxing gloves, tools, speakers, water sports equipment and more. There also are

One person dead in Lake Tyler drowning on Tuesday morning

One person is dead after drowning in Lake Tyler. The Game Warden along with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the drowning of a man off of Peninsula Road, according to Sheriff Larry Smith. Smith said the man, in his 80s, had a caregiver who left the residence around 11:30 a.m. Monday. A friend was unable to reach the man by phone at 5 p.m. "We're resuming it occurred between 1130 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday," Smith said. "His scooter was found in water. It appeared he went onto the pier to check a duck box and backed off the pier." Smith said there were no signs of forced entry and the man's night time medication not taken. The sheriff's office believes the drowning was accidental. His identification has not been release pending notification of next of kin. This story will be updated when new information becomes available. --Cory McCoy

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