Firefighters clean Tyler’s chimneys as second job

Robert Graham and Greg Crenshaw have been working feverishly to clean Tyler’s chimneys for the arrival of Santa Claus. The Tyler firefighters started Top Hat Chimney Sweeps in October and have since been busy taking calls and cleaning chimneys throughout East Texas. “I thought we’d get busy enough just to break even our firs…

Business Notes: Industry notes across East Texas, Dec. 22

AWARD Brookshire Grocery Co. received the Local Employer of Excellence Award for the Workforce Solutions East Texas area at the Texas Workforce Commission’s 18th Annual Texas Workforce Conference.

Made in East Texas: Greenberg Smoked Turkeys

Greenberg Smoked Turkey is seeing a record year this holiday season. Sam Greenberg, 56, president of the company that is celebrating its 75th year in business, said they had the best Thanksgiving they’ve ever had, and it appears Christmas is following suit.

Hispanic Business Alliance prepares for 2015

The Tyler Hispanic Business Alliance has undergone major changes this year. It lost its director who helped form the organization more than seven years ago, searched for a replacement, earned its nonprofit status and hired a program director.

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Made in East Texas: Greenberg Smoked Turkeys

Greenberg Smoked Turkey is seeing a record year this holiday season. Sam Greenberg, 56, president of the company that is celebrating its 75th year in business, said they had the best Thanksgiving they’ve ever had, and it appears Christmas is…

21 December 2014 [10:27 PM]
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Hispanic Business Alliance prepares for 2015

The Tyler Hispanic Business Alliance has undergone major changes this year. It lost its director who helped form the organization more than seven years ago, searched for a replacement, earned its nonprofit status and hired a program director. Leaders are…

21 December 2014 [10:24 PM]
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Firefighters clean Tyler’s chimneys as second job

Robert Graham and Greg Crenshaw have been working feverishly to clean Tyler’s chimneys for the arrival of Santa Claus. The Tyler firefighters started Top Hat Chimney Sweeps in October and have since been busy taking calls and cleaning chimneys throughout…

21 December 2014 [10:22 PM]
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Business Notes: Industry notes across East Texas, Dec. 22

AWARD Brookshire Grocery Co. received the Local Employer of Excellence Award for the Workforce Solutions East Texas area at the Texas Workforce Commission’s 18th Annual Texas Workforce Conference. The award honors private-sector employers that are actively involved with their local…

21 December 2014 [10:13 PM]
Steak ’n Shake, Fazoli’s restaurants under construction

Sam & Kam Holding LLC is constructing a 9,800-square-foot building for Steak ’n Shake and Fazoli’s restaurants at 7205 S. Broadway Ave. for $750,000. Michaels Inc. filed a sign permit for a new store at 5839 S. Broadway Ave. Ezzi…

21 December 2014 [10:07 PM]
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Is St. Nick behind the coal industry?

If Robert Kennedy Jr. is correct, and “coal is an outlaw enterprise,” shouldn’t we be concerned about the worst outlaw of them all — one who has been purveying demon coal to unsuspecting children for hundreds of years? Kennedy was…

21 December 2014 [10:04 PM]
Vapor Corner tobacco store in Tyler robbed at gunpoint

Tyler Police officers, responding to an armed robbery Sunday night at a local tobacco store, are continuing to look for the armed culprit. Officers were dispatched at 7:20 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from the Vapor Corner in the…

21 December 2014 [10:00 PM]
Death and funeral notices, Dec. 22

DEATHS BILLIE AUSBORNE, 80, Tyler, died Dec. 19. Community Funeral Home of Tyler. SARAH BASS , 81, Kilgore, died Dec. 19. Cunningham Funeral Home, Kilgore. MARIAM FINCHER, 82, Frankston, died Dec. 15. Autry Funeral Home, Frankston. WILLIE FLOURNEY, 82, Tyler,…

21 December 2014 [10:00 PM]
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West side of A&M's Kyle Field imploded

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — The west side of Texas A&M University's Kyle Field has been imploded as part of football stadium improvements. The Bryan-College Station Eagle reports that about 5,000 cheering spectators watched the Sunday morning implosion from a…

21 December 2014 [07:58 PM]
Austin, San Antonio drivers face 2015 phone bans

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Two of the biggest cities in Texas are reminding drivers of bans on handheld devices behind the wheel that take effect in Austin and San Antonio come January. Police in both cities won't start issuing fines…

21 December 2014 [07:53 PM]
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Christian and Satanist displays at Mich. Capitol

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Christians and Satanists put up competing displays Sunday on the Michigan Capitol grounds as Christmas week got underway. The Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple set up its "Snaketivity Scene" featuring a snake offering a book…

21 December 2014 [07:36 PM]
Tyler Police seek info on Sunday morning shooting

On Sunday, December 21st, 2014 at about 3:00 am, Tyler Police Officers were dispatched to The Wild Bunch Club, 1714 N. Palace Ave., in reference to a Suspicious Noise Gunshots call. A couple of minutes later, Trinity Mother Frances called…

21 December 2014 [03:32 PM]
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Killings of 2 New York officers trigger backlash

RIK STEVENS, Associated Press VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights leaders Sunday condemned the ambush killings of two New York police officers and expressed fear that the backlash over the bloodshed could derail the protest movement…

21 December 2014 [03:25 PM]
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Fort Worth firefighters use oxygen to save cat

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — North Texas firefighters have used oxygen on a cat that was rescued from a burning house after the residents escaped on their own. The Fort Worth Fire Department announced Saturday that the pet, named Stubby,…

21 December 2014 [06:53 AM]
Texas Vietnam War vet's family receives his medals

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The family of a highly decorated Vietnam War veteran was given his medals during a ceremony Saturday, decades after they went missing after he died in 1980. The nonprofit Purple Hearts Reunited held a ceremony in…

21 December 2014 [06:47 AM]
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Tyler Paper editor retiring at end of year Video

After 46 years in the newspaper business, Dave Berry isn’t finished writing his story. Berry, 66, is retiring at the end of the year from the Tyler Morning Telegraph, where he has served as managing editor and editor for more…

21 December 2014 [12:38 AM]
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Meet "Lola" our pet of the week

Merry Christmas. Lola is a 4-year-old beagle girl looking for a loving forever home for the holidays. She is available for adoption at Pets Fur People in Tyler. She likes the company of other dogs and cats, is friendly and…

20 December 2014 [11:11 PM]
Financial straits: Lindale Library in jeopardy

Lindale Library only has enough money to stay open until March 1, and if it does not receive more money by then, it will be forced to close the doors, Darcey Harris, incoming board president, said Friday. The library has…

20 December 2014 [11:07 PM]
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Annual giveaway spreads holiday cheer

Sgt. David Hall, of the Tyler Police Department, looks forward to seeing the smiles on children’s faces at the department’s annual bicycle and toy giveaway at Bancorp South. Children eagerly paced the parking lot there, waiting on Santa and his…

20 December 2014 [10:58 PM]
Bible Verse 12-21

"And having come in, the angel said to her,"Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!" (Luke 1:28)…

20 December 2014 [10:52 PM]
Major wreck on Loop 49

A major car accident Saturday afternoon left three people seriously injured in Smith County. It occurred on Loop 49, just north of the U.S. Highway 64 interchange. DPS Trooper Jean Dark said the driver of a small Lexus crossed over…

20 December 2014 [10:48 PM]
1 death reported from motor vehicle crash

The Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a motor vehicle accident on Farm-to-Market 16 East near County Road 365 in Smith County just after 6 p.m. on Saturday. According to DPS spokeswoman Jean Dark, one person died as a…

20 December 2014 [10:48 PM]
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Christmas Under the Bridge feeds those in need

What started out as meal for less than 50 people turned into a community event that feeds more than 600 under the Gentry Parkway Bridge every year. Volunteers passed out plates of desserts and hot cocoa as people finished up…

20 December 2014 [10:47 PM]
East Texas Food Bank's Mobile Pantry provides for hundreds

Charlie Price said he didn’t realize how many people in his small community of Oakwood were hungry until they started showing up for assistance. The community of 510 residents on the border of Leon and Freestone counties didn’t have a…

20 December 2014 [10:41 PM]
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Are you SAD?

Feeling down this season? You may have SAD. Sometimes people get busy during the holiday season and fail to take care of themselves. It’s easy to be overwhelmed with daily tasks while also preparing for family get-togethers, Christmas parties and…

20 December 2014 [09:44 PM]
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A return to my childhood with Evel Knievel

All I wanted for Christmas was an Evel Knievel Super Stunt Cycle with Gyro Launcher. Once upon a time long, long ago (1973), every 11-year-old boy in America wanted to be Evel Knievel. Moms in ’70s America worried about many…

20 December 2014 [09:17 PM]
Mistletoe difficult to control

We have all heard of the Christmas tradition of kissing under the mistletoe. Mistletoe is a parasite of the tree but is not considered to be a serious pest of trees. Effective control of mistletoe can be difficult to achieve.…

20 December 2014 [09:16 PM]
N.Y. wants to ban fracturing

It’s official: The good people of New York will be paying an arm and a leg for electricity this winter. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration announced recently that it will prohibit hydraulic fracturing statewide even though the southern…

20 December 2014 [09:15 PM]
What to wear when running

It’s that time of year when you can’t just head out of the house for a run without checking the temperature first. How cold it is will make a big difference in your running gear. In this week’s Fit City,…

20 December 2014 [09:11 PM]