Uganda choir makes the rounds in East Texas, U.S.

The joyful abandon with which the children’s choir from Uganda sang spread to the crowd of adults and children who joined in the praise by clapping and dancing. …

Fallen tree from storm kills Winona man Video

Strong storms moving through the area Thursday night claimed the life of a 32-year-old Winona man as a tree fell on his vehicle and crushed him.  Gladewater Police Chief Rob Vine said his agency received a 911 call about 7:20 p.m. Thursdsay Thursday, stating a man was trapped inside a vehicle after a tree fell on it. 

Death of Jacksonville man hit by train ruled accidental

The death of a Jacksonville man hit by a train last month has been ruled accidental. Autopsy results show 23-year-old Mark Madrid died from blunt impact to his head. No alcohol or drugs were found in his system. Initially, investigators thought Madrid may have been wearing headphones when he was struck by a train March 20

Make-A-Wish grants a Troup girl’s wish

Six-year-old Rhylee Culwell’s dream is coming true. Rhylee suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, a condition she was diagnosed with at 3 years old. According to Rhylee’s mom, Amber, Rhylee had often been sick as a baby.

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Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing issues

ATLANTA (AP) — Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance. This "opt-out" movement remains scattered but is growing fast in some…

18 April 2015 [07:15 AM]
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More than 13 million bees cover Wash. highway after semi truck tips

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A tractor-trailer carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could. The truck had just merged onto…

18 April 2015 [07:12 AM]
Texas closer to licensed open carry of handguns

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas moved closer Friday to becoming the most populous state to allow licensed open carry of handguns after Republicans pushed through a key vote in the state House. The 96-35 preliminary vote in favor of the…

17 April 2015 [10:53 PM]
Federal disaster loans available for drought

Smith County residents operating small, nonfarm businesses are eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The loans are set to help offset losses caused by the drought that began Feb. 10, 2015. Small,…

17 April 2015 [10:31 PM]
Parts of Old Bullard to be closed off today

Old Bullard Road closure Old Bullard Road between Rieck Road and Chimney Rock and on Chimney Rock between Old Bullard and Broadway will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. while Tyler Water Utilities installs service connections. The…

17 April 2015 [10:30 PM]
Armed man robs buyer during Craigslist meeting

Tyler police officers say a planned meeting through Craigslist turned violent when one man pulled a gun on another man and robbed him. According to a Tyler Police press release, officers were dispatched to Whata-burger, 5003 Troup Highway, about 6:30…

17 April 2015 [10:29 PM]
Bible Verse 4-18

 "The carcass of any animal which divides the foot, but is not cloven-hoofed or does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. Everyone who touches it shall be unclean." (Leviticus 11:26)      …

17 April 2015 [10:17 PM]
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Make-A-Wish grants a Troup girl’s wish

Six-year-old Rhylee Culwell’s dream is coming true. Rhylee suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, a condition she was diagnosed with at 3 years old. According to Rhylee’s mom, Amber, Rhylee had often been sick as a baby. “I walked in one day…

17 April 2015 [10:16 PM]
Japan-based Ito En purchases local coffee roaster for $82M

Distant Lands Trading Company, which has a Tyler division, has been acquired by Japanese beverage firm Ito En for a reported $82 million. A corporate spokesperson said the Tyler operation is an important part of the company’s future. “Our company…

17 April 2015 [10:07 PM]
Praise Fest event set today in Butler Plaza

Praise Fest, put on by Empowerment Church, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza in downtown Tyler. Musical artists, face painting, a bounce house and petting zoo will be at the free event.…

17 April 2015 [09:13 PM]
Bullying

When I was 5, the neighborhood kids circled around me and made up a song about how I was as fat as Santa Claus. Many years later, on the job, it got back to me that in a meeting, a…

17 April 2015 [09:09 PM]
Holocaust Remembrance event planned

Religious and other community leaders will gather to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday. The interfaith Holocaust remembrance program, called “Broken Children, Broken Branches, Broken Lives,” is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Congregation Ahavath Achim, 3501 S. Donnybrook Ave., in…

17 April 2015 [09:03 PM]
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Uganda choir makes the rounds in East Texas, U.S. Video

The joyful abandon with which the children’s choir from Uganda sang spread to the crowd of adults and children who joined in the praise by clapping and dancing. With huge smiles on their faces and energy in their steps, the…

17 April 2015 [09:01 PM]
Lindale man helped by local food pantry

Angus Williams, of Lindale, has been visiting the David Powell Community Food Pantry for almost two years. “It really helps me because food is so high in the store and, you know, low income and stuff,” Williams said. Williams is…

17 April 2015 [08:54 PM]
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Syracuse University divested of wisdom

Syracuse University alumni are new additions to the lengthening list of persons who can stop contributing to their alma maters. The university has succumbed — after, one suspects, not much agonizing — to the temptation to indulge in progressive gestures.…

17 April 2015 [07:40 PM]
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Being poor isn't just being broke

There’s something very profound in a new report from TheNew York Times — very profound, and profoundly true. “It’s not only what you have, but how you feel,” the Times explained. “When it comes to membership in the middle class,…

17 April 2015 [07:36 PM]
Death and Funeral Notices 4-18

DEATHS RICHARD H. BIELITZ, 90, Hideaway, died April 12. Caudle-Rutledge Funeral Directors, Lindale. RAYMOND M. BOLSENGA, 92, Tyler, died April 16. Grubbs-Loyd Funeral Home, Gilmer. LEO BRADSHAW, 67, Whitehouse, died April 12. Boren-Conner Funeral Home, Bullard. BRANDON CLINTON, 30,…

17 April 2015 [07:21 PM]
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Fallen tree from storm kills Winona man Video

Strong storms moving through the area Thursday night claimed the life of a 32-year-old Winona man as a tree fell on his vehicle and crushed him. Gladewater Police Chief Rob Vine said his agency received a 911 call about…

17 April 2015 [04:32 PM]
Farrington receving memorial tree

The Tyler Reforestation Encouraging Ecological Stability (TREES) Committee is hosting a ceremony dedicating a memorial tree to Walter L. Farrington, Jr at Faulkner Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 18. For more information, call 903-531-1348 @TMT-Cory…

17 April 2015 [03:56 PM]
Spring movies begin this Saturday at Bergfeld Park

The Spring Movies in the Park series begins Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. in the Bergfeld Park auditorium with “When the game stands tall.” Admission is free, as well as refreshments provided by Tyler Beverage Company. For more information,…

17 April 2015 [03:53 PM]
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Death of Jacksonville man hit by train ruled accidental

Jacksonville (KYTX) -- The death of a Jacksonville man hit by a train last month has been ruled accidental. Autopsy results show 23-year-old Mark Madrid died from blunt impact to his head. No alcohol or drugs were found in his…

17 April 2015 [03:49 PM]
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Eighth annual invention convention at Brook Hill

BULLARD - Brook Hill School third-grader Kurtlee Smith used silicone and key rings to invent fire screen handles that don’t burn your hands when they are hot and you are opening or closing the fire screen on a fire place.…

17 April 2015 [03:38 PM]
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UPDATE: Escaped thief caught in Rusk County, facing new charges

LONGVIEW (KYTX) UPDATE: According to the Rusk County Sheriff's Office, Odis Ray Austin has been arrested. He's in the Rusk County Jail in Henderson on three Gregg County warrants - two for drug possession, and a third for escaping…

17 April 2015 [03:09 PM]
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A-Team awards handed out at multiple Tyler ISD schools Video

The unsung heroes of Tyler ISD were awarded Friday by the directors of the Tyler ISD Foundation. Maya Bethany, executive director of the TISD foundation, handed out A Team awards to eight surprised nominees at multiple Tyler ISD campuses and…

17 April 2015 [02:14 PM]
Drilling report, April 19

DEVELOPMENTAL County; Operator; Lease/Well; Field; Survey; Type; Depth; Location Cass; Cass Energy LLC; Grogan Minerals 1; Haynes (Mitchell); Emanuel, A./327; Oil/Gas; 6,250; 0.5 Miles S. Kildare Junction Cherokee; Sabine Oil & Gas Corp.; Cherokee Trace Unit 1H; Walkers…

17 April 2015 [02:09 PM]
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Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel says he "let down" fans

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has expressed remorse and asked for privacy following a 10-week stay in rehab. In his first public comments since he entered a treatment facility on Jan. 28, Manziel apologized to the Browns and…

17 April 2015 [10:51 AM]