Students share their first class Thanksgiving at The Leadership Academy

With colorful construction paper headdresses affixed to tiny heads, the students at the Leadership Academy sat down to a Thanksgiving feast well-suited for the primary school audience. There was no turkey and dressing at this feast - instead chicken nuggets, mac and cheese and generous helpings of fruit was piled onto fall-themed paper plates,…

East Texans weigh in on Texas Highway 31 widening plan

Connie and Merlin Hilbrand have lived in their home on their land on Texas Highway 31 and County Road 850 for about seven years. But in the next decade, the couple could see changes to the highway that would affect their property and possibly involve the acquisition of a portion of their land. The Hilbrands were among dozens of property owners,

Man gets into Bishop T.K Gorman and All Saints Episcopal School's locker rooms, steals cell phones and personal belongings

An unidentified man was able to get into the boys locker rooms at Bishop T.K. Gorman Regional Catholic School and All Saints Episcopal School and steal cell phones and personal items.  The Tyler Police Department is asking for the public's help identifying the suspect who is responsible for the crimes. The suspect was able to get into the

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