Historical Society preserves the past for future generations

Aubrey Burge is a 22-year-old college student from Ontario, California, who spends her afternoons immersed in the rich history of Smith County. Ms. Burge, the current Mary Jane McNamara Intern for the Smith County Historical Society, 125 S. College Ave., has spent the past few weeks learning everything she can about…

Grass fires spiked in August

  The burn ban lasted 15 days this summer. On Tuesday, the Smith County Commissioners Court will likely take action to officially end the burn ban, which was enacted by County Judge Joel Baker on Aug. 6 and rescinded on Aug. 21. In August, 76 grass fires burned 14.25 acres of land in Smith County. That number is high compared to the 55 grass

Enhanced DWI patrol set for next weekend

  The Department of Public Safety and area police departments want motorists to know they will be conducting enhanced DWI patrols through the Labor Day weekend. Trooper Jean Dark, Tyler area DPS spokeswoman, said troopers will be out in full force beginning Friday through Labor Day, Sept. 7, in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related

Lufkin teen charged in drowning of boy

LUFKIN (AP) -An East Texas teenager is accused of pushing his pregnant girlfriend’s 3-year-old nephew into a pond so the boy would drown to make room for the unborn child to live at their home. Bobby Woods, 17, faces a charge of capital murder of a person under age 6. He was booked as an adult after his arrest Friday and remained in the

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Kilgore police seek driver in hit-and-run that killed 5-year-old

KILGORE (KYTX) – A Kilgore child riding a scooter outside his home died Sunday afternoon from injuries he suffered when a driver hit him. Kilgore Police and Fire responded to Florence and Harris streets near Driller Park around 3:10 p.m. Sunday. Witnesses told…

31 August 2015 [04:39 AM]
Death and Funeral Notices 8-31

DEATHS PATRICIA BLANTON, 56, Henderson, died Aug. 29. Garmon Funeral Home, Henderson. PATSY PIERCE CHAVERS, 58, Jacksonville, died Aug. 28. Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at funeral home. GREGORY “CLARENCE” GARRETT, 69, Tyler, died Aug. 28. J.R.…

31 August 2015 [04:18 AM]
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Home schooling is a parent's privilege

Home schooling is “shockingly under-regulated,” Slate magazine warns. Yes, it is - and we like it that way. Slate’s salvo against teaching children at home has all the predictable angles. “Thanks to a small but fierce group, home schooling is…

31 August 2015 [04:11 AM]
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UT removes Davis statue

AUSTIN (AP) - A statue of Jefferson Davis was removed from its pedestal Sunday on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, days after a court rejected an appeal from a Confederate heritage group. Crews were seen removing…

31 August 2015 [04:08 AM]
Bible Verse 8-31

"Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God." (Ephesians 2:19)…

31 August 2015 [03:59 AM]
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Historical Society preserves the past for future generations

Aubrey Burge is a 22-year-old college student from Ontario, California, who spends her afternoons immersed in the rich history of Smith County. Ms. Burge, the current Mary Jane McNamara Intern for the Smith County Historical Society, 125 S. College Ave.,…

31 August 2015 [03:55 AM]
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Grass fires spiked in August

The burn ban lasted 15 days this summer. On Tuesday, the Smith County Commissioners Court will likely take action to officially end the burn ban, which was enacted by County Judge Joel Baker on Aug. 6 and rescinded…

31 August 2015 [03:49 AM]
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Horror movie director Wes Craven dies at 76

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's hard enough to redefine a genre once in a career, but horror virtuoso Wes Craven managed to do it twice. The prolific writer-director, who died Sunday at age 76, ushered in two distinct eras of…

31 August 2015 [03:43 AM]
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Enhanced DWI patrol set for next weekend

The Department of Public Safety and area police departments want motorists to know they will be conducting enhanced DWI patrols through the Labor Day weekend. Trooper Jean Dark, Tyler area DPS spokeswoman, said troopers will be out in…

31 August 2015 [03:39 AM]
Second dove hunt planned

  Tyler Paper Outdoors is planning a return trip to Coleman County to hunt doves this season, and hunters are invited to join. Taking advantage of cooler weather and mature birds mingrating in the hunt will be Oct. 19-21.…

30 August 2015 [07:32 AM]
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Tyler Paper offering Christmas break hunt

With more water on the ground than has been seen in years, West Texas waterfowl guides are expecting a great season this winter. Tyler Paper Outdoors plans to be there with a group of hunters for a goose…

30 August 2015 [07:31 AM]
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Tyler woman celebrates 100th birthday today

Ruby Gardner Gossett is scheduled to celebrate her 100th birthday on Sunday with a celebration at the Holiday Inn South Broadway Ave., Tyler, with family and friends, family members announced. Mrs. Gossett and the late Virgil Gossett were married for…

30 August 2015 [06:57 AM]
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East Texas Confederate Force holds picnic

TYLER (KYTX) - The East Texas Confederate Force held a "Gone With the Wind Picnic" Saturday night. This organization put together a rally in July, as members drove their trucks with the Confederate flag through Tyler. Saturday was the group's…

30 August 2015 [06:53 AM]
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Fan dies after fall from upper deck at Atlanta Braves game

ATLANTA (AP) - A fan died after falling from the upper deck into the lower-level stands at Turner Field on Saturday night during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees. Lt. Charles Hampton of the Atlanta Police…

30 August 2015 [06:35 AM]
Death and Funeral Notices 8-30

DEATHS PATRICIA BLANTON, 56, Henderson, died Aug. 29. Garmon Funeral home, Henderson. GREGORY “CLARENCE” GARRETT, 69, Tyler, died Aug. 28. J.R. Harmon Undertaking, Tyler. LORETTA “PEACHES” O’QUINN HENLEY, 57, Desert Hot Springs, California, died Aug. 24. Garmon Funeral Home, Henderson.…

30 August 2015 [06:28 AM]
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Events - Week of Aug. 30

Master Gardeners to host public lectures   The Smith County Master Gardeners will host a series of lectures at the Tyler Rose Garden, 420 Rose Park Drive. Each lecture will be held on the patio of the Idea Garden. Seating…

30 August 2015 [06:22 AM]
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Lufkin teen charged in drowning of boy

LUFKIN (AP) -An East Texas teenager is accused of pushing his pregnant girlfriend’s 3-year-old nephew into a pond so the boy would drown to make room for the unborn child to live at their home. Bobby Woods, 17, faces a…

30 August 2015 [06:14 AM]
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John Moore: Don't get caught up on age on birthdays

Birthdays are simply mile markers on life’s highway. When I was about to turn 5, my mother told me I was not having a birthday party that year. Of course, I was having a birthday party that year, but my…

30 August 2015 [06:08 AM]
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Mustangs move out of the wild and into their trainers’ hearts.

Cynthia Ojeda volunteered to foster a wild mustang three months ago. On Saturday, she decided to adopt the horse, Oberyn, herself. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management sponsored a mustang adoption during the Tyler All-Breed Show on Saturday…

30 August 2015 [06:04 AM]
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Ups and downs for Pump Jacks' first year in Tyler

The summer grind is over for the East Texas Pump Jacks, but it never really ends, said the team’s co-owner and general manager Mike Lieberman. The team is weeks removed from its eighth Texas Collegiate League season, and…

30 August 2015 [05:57 AM]
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Shooting leaves one dead three injured Video

Bullet fragments, spent shells and other evidence were spread out over an area about the size of a football field on Saturday morning as officials worked the scene of a shooting that left 25-year-old Tyler resident LaPrida Sheers…

30 August 2015 [05:51 AM]
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Be proactive when dealing with mold and mildew

Mold - it’s not a fun subject, but it’s a serious one - even in the summertime. Flash flooding from summer storms can cause standing water around buildings. Flooding and leaks are the leading causes of mold in homes, and…

30 August 2015 [05:43 AM]
ETMC to host foot care forum

  East Texas Medical Center is scheduled to host a free Knowledge First Forum on common foot problems with podiatrist Dr. Thomas McCloskey at noon Tuesday in the ETMC Pavilion, 801 Clinic Drive, Tyler. The forum will educate attendees about…

30 August 2015 [05:33 AM]
Carter BloodCare drive set

Carter BloodCare is scheduled to host a series of blood drives with community partners this week. To donate, visit one of these locations: Rosewood Estates, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, 506 Rice Road. NET Public Health District, 11…

30 August 2015 [05:31 AM]
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New gym uses team approach to improve fitness Video

Tyler couple Claudette and Gary Hogenmiller listened intently to instructions from their respective coaches as they worked out recently at the newly opened Life Changing Fitness. Mrs. Hogenmiller was referred by a physical therapist to further help her sciatic nerve…

30 August 2015 [05:27 AM]
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Self care is important but not utilized

Are you OK? Have you taken care of your basic needs today? This week? These are seemingly simple questions, but it’s easy to lose focus of self. You get busy at work and don’t have time - or forget -…

30 August 2015 [05:20 AM]
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ALERT Academy assists with Katrina cleanup, evacuees

  Although many local organizations filled needs here in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the International ALERT Academy in Big Sandy deployed about 100 people. The Air Land Emergency Resource Team Academy, a Christian training and service organization, has…

30 August 2015 [05:15 AM]