Tyler ISD board signals support for renaming Robert E. Lee High School Video

A majority of members of the Tyler ISD board of trustees said they’re open to changing the name of Robert E. Lee High School, but the matter shouldn’t distract students and the district itself from academic achievement. Several board members said they want to put aside the issue until the school year is over. “I saw this coming, but I…

Grace Community Classical School combines homeschool with classical approach

Grace Community School has launched a new pilot program to help homeschool parents. The new Grace Community Classical School gives elementary school age children two half days of personalized instruction per week, combining the flexibility of homeschool with the support of the Grace staff. For years Challi Korenek had wanted to find a way to get

Texan twirler brings home awards from national competition Video

As an ambitious senior at Whitehouse High School, Kaylee Williams has a lot to list on her bio: She’s the editor in chief of the school’s yearbook; a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, and her church’s youth group; she also plays flute and alto sax in the band. This year as Head Majorette of her school’s twirling team,

Tyler woman found guilty of 2015 murder, sentenced to 40 years in prison

A Tyler woman was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 2015 murder of her boyfriend.  Louise Anderson, 49, pleaded not guilty in a Smith County Court to the murder of 58-year-old John Wayne Pierce.  A Smith County jury found Anderson guilty and sentenced her to 40 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.  Pierce died from a

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Bible verse: 9-19

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,” (Philippians 2:3)…

19 September 2017 [12:59 AM]
One sentenced to prison for role in 2016 robbery of Pac-N-Sac

LOUANNA CAMPBELL, lcampbell@tylerpaper.com A 19-year-old man was sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in the October 2016 robbery of a Tyler convenience store. Jordan Taylor Devers pleaded guilty and was convicted Monday in the first-degree felony of…

18 September 2017 [09:35 PM]
Last 900 Harvey evacuees leave Houston convention center

HOUSTON (AP) - Officials say the last 900 Hurricane Harvey evacuees at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston have been relocated as the site returns to regular business. Housing and Community Development Department spokeswoman Jocklynn Keville said Monday…

18 September 2017 [06:54 PM]
This Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, GOES East satellite image provided by NASA taken at 7:45 p.m EDT, shows Hurricane Maria as it approaches the Lesser Antilles. Maria swiftly grew into a hurricane Sunday, and forecasters said it was expected to become much

WASHINGTON (AP) - This hurricane season is showing how wild and varied storms' life cycles can be. Most storms seem to be tracked for days while others appear to pop out of nowhere. And some just linger around.Hurricane Jose is…

18 September 2017 [06:46 PM]
In this Sept. 7, 2017 file photo, April Soasti, 9, front, and her sister Adriana, 7, stand with other community members after the president announced the plan to repeal of the Deferred Action in Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on Tuesday. Six immig

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Six immigrants brought to the United States as children who became teachers, graduate students and a lawyer sued the Trump administration on Monday over its decision to end a program shielding them from deportation. The lawsuit…

18 September 2017 [06:39 PM]
Smith County jury duty canceled Tuesday

Smith County canceled jury duty for Sept. 19.  Smith County residents summoned to jury duty Tuesday do not need to report to the Smith County Courthouse with their yellow cards. Smith County Jury Coordinator Lisa Bennett said no new panels…

18 September 2017 [06:27 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices for Sept. 19

DEATHS BT BRYANT, 93, Houston, formerly of Tyler, died Sept. 15. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Friday at Stewart Family Funeral Home, Tyler.  FREDA FLEET, 68, Tyler, died Sept. 17. Visitation 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Jackson’s Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home,…

18 September 2017 [04:40 PM]
Casual atmosphere, openness are the hallmarks of new Tyler church

John and Katie Reed grew up in traditional churches and appreciated the roots of their faith. But over time, they wanted something different. They had become tired of what Reed called the “church machine,” a few hours spent on…

18 September 2017 [04:32 PM]
Trooper fired for Sandra Bland stop: 'My safety was in jeopardy.'

Former Texas Department of Safety Trooper Brian Encinia said he feared for his personal safety after pulling over Sandra Bland in Waller County on July 21, 2015.  "My safety was in jeopardy at more than one time,” said Encinia, during an…

18 September 2017 [03:04 PM]
Nelson Clyde's Is It Just Me: Time travel: Going supersonic

My life involves a good bit of travel. A recent trip revealed a problem one would think is begging for a solution. The problem is with security at airports adding a good bit of time to the process of commercial…

18 September 2017 [02:05 PM]
'Costume lady' performs as Marilyn Monroe, Patsy Cline

  Marilyn Johnston, of Gladewater, has three personas: herself, Patsy Cline and Marilyn Monroe. When performing at events, nursing homes, churches and other places, Ms. Johnston mostly likes being herself singing karaoke or a variety of gospel, country and contemporary…

18 September 2017 [01:00 PM]
Dog that disappeared in Florida in 2016 is found in New York

FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) - A dog that disappeared in Florida in February 2016 has been found in New York. A woman who said she found the German shepherd-Jack Russell Terrier mix brought it last week to a Long Island and…

18 September 2017 [12:21 PM]
Editorial: Did layoffs in steel mills lead to President Trump?

The New York Post’s Salena Zito wrote an essay that everyone still arguing about the November presidential election should read. Her title, “The day that destroyed the working class and sowed the seeds of Trump,” is of course an overstatement,…

18 September 2017 [11:18 AM]
Bible verse - 9/18

“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children.” (Ephesians 5:1)…

17 September 2017 [11:30 PM]
A family’s dementia crisis leads to resources

Sheila Spencer will never forget the April morning she went to check on her husband, James, and found his favorite chair sitting empty. She didn’t know when he left or whether he could find his way home again. James, 79,…

17 September 2017 [11:22 PM]
Smith County Sheriff's Office investigating a shooting

LOUANNA CAMPBELL, lcampbell@tylerpaper.com The Smith County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that left a man with life threatening injuries and in surgery at a local hospital.  Deputies responded to a 911 call Sunday about 1 p.m. in the 11300…

17 September 2017 [08:55 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices for Sept. 18

DEATHS HENRY HERSHELL BLALOCK, 93, Tyler, died Sept. 16. Tyler Memorial Funeral Home, Tyler. ROBERT CAROL DOWNS JR., 63, Tyler, died Sep­t. 14. Caudle-Rutledge-Daugherty Funeral Home, Lin­dale. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Monday funeral home. BONNIE ANN (MCCOY) WASHINGTON, 74, Troup,…

17 September 2017 [05:16 PM]
YesterLand Farm set to reopen for fall after deadly Canton tornado

CANTON – When a series of deadly tornadoes pummeled East Texas in April, the surge of wicked weather caught retired firefighter Chuck Bozeman and wife, Cama, of Canton, a little off guard. They were entertaining friends after an afternoon of…

17 September 2017 [03:29 PM]
Columnist John Moore: Getting noticed by The Pioneer Woman

The Pioneer Skillet My momma’s skillet and this columnist are featured in the fall issue of the Pioneer Woman Magazine. Well, it used to be my momma’s skillet. She gave it to me when I left home almost 40 years…

16 September 2017 [10:50 PM]
Hundreds celebrate Day for Kids at Bergfeld Park

After waiting in a line of other excited children to ride a mechanical bull stationed at Bergfeld Park on Saturday, Caleb Erwin, 7, of Whitehouse, was not disappointed by his experience. While on the bull, he smiled and relished every…

16 September 2017 [07:44 PM]