State-of-the-art habitat created for rescued big cats

It’s a warm, sunny, East Texas day as 3-year-old Bengal tiger Alex strolls through the grass. He approaches the fence, wide-eyed, getting a good look at the small group of reporters who have gathered to see his new home at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison. The state-of-the-art habitat, which opened in late August, is 12,00…

After-school programs give students safe, social environment

Sandra Hayes’ daughter, Kristen, 10, heads to the after-school program that the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas provides in the Jack Elementary School cafeteria when school dismisses. “She has a great time.

Tax code changes can help families

Pretty much every economist, public policy expert and statistician agrees about the benefits of marriage it’s a social good. What they rarely agree on, however, is how government can encourage it.

Whitehouse welcomes a new firetruck on Wednesday

Whitehouse residents are invited to welcome in the city fire department’s newest truck on Wednesday. During the event, which is set for 6 p.

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Ben Wheeler's 7th Annual Feral Hog Festival begins on Friday

The Seventh Annual Feral Hog Festival will take place in downtown Ben Wheeler this weekend. The feral hog theme of Ben Wheeler’s weekend festival is meant to poke fun at the continually, ever expanding, state-wide-population of wild hogs, according to…

20 October 2014 [10:39 PM]
Tax code changes can help families

Pretty much every economist, public policy expert and statistician agrees about the benefits of marriage it’s a social good. What they rarely…

20 October 2014 [08:13 PM]
Bras for the cause event

The fifth annual Bras for the Cause will be held tonight. The event features glitzy bras modeled by local firefighters, who strut their stuff down a runway. Each bra has a theme and goes with a coordinating gift box. The…

20 October 2014 [07:53 PM]
Fall 2014 Patriot Preview Day at UT Tyler held November 15

The University of Texas at Tyler will hold its Fall 2014 Patriot Preview Day for prospective students and their families from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 15, Fernando Loa, director of admissions, announced. Check-in and on-site registration begins…

20 October 2014 [07:15 PM]
Senior Health & Living Expo at Harvey Hall on Wednesday

The 13th Annual Senior Health & Living Expo will be held Wednesday. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Harvey Convention Center, there will be gift card giveaways, as well as free health screenings and senior health information from…

20 October 2014 [07:13 PM]
Haley vying for ESD 2 Commissioner 1 spot

Two total loss house fires have prompted a Noonday woman to run for Emergency Services District No. 2 board’s Commissioner 1. Sandra “Sandy” Haley, 72, retired from management in the food industry for Pizza Hut and Whataburger and said her…

20 October 2014 [06:57 PM]
Funding received by the City of Tyler Neighborhood Services

The City of Tyler Neighborhood Services Department has received funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to administer 25 new Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers, the city announced Monday. According to a news release, HUD-VASH, through a partnership…

20 October 2014 [06:51 PM]
Smith County property tax statements on the way

More than 180,000 property tax statements should arrive in Smith County residents’ mailboxes and email in-boxes this week. Property tax bills are due upon receipt. The deadline for paying property taxes and avoiding penalties and interest is Jan. 31. The…

20 October 2014 [06:49 PM]
2014 East Texas State Fair Results

2014 East Texas State Fair Creative Arts Results Premier Exhibitors Premier Exhibitor Honors are based on points accumulated from 1st, 2nd, 3rd Places, and Honorable Mention and TriColor awards. Ages 5 & Younger: Parker Malone, Tyler…

20 October 2014 [06:09 PM]
Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings

TOM COYNE, Associated Press MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press GARY, Ind. (AP) — Police investigating the slayings of seven northwestern Indiana women whose…

20 October 2014 [02:14 PM]
Texas State Fair sets food, ride sales record

DALLAS (AP) — Organizers say this year's State Fair of Texas set a new record for food and ride sales, with more than $41 million in coupons sold. The fair said in a statement that the previous record was $37.3…

20 October 2014 [11:35 AM]
Tyler Junior College sets Homecoming 2014 schedule

The Tyler Junior College Alumni Association has a host of events planned for TJC’s Homecoming 2014 weekend Friday and Saturday. Friday: At noon, a pep rally and lunch will be held on Jenkins Lawn. The annual TJC Alumni Awards Dinner…

19 October 2014 [10:24 PM]
Business notes, October 20

STORE OPENING Famous Footwear is opening a new store in The Village at Cumberland Park shopping center in Tyler on Oct. 29…

19 October 2014 [09:51 PM]
Alcohol, taxes among voting options in East Texas

BY FAITH HARPER,   The entire state will decide who will hold the top offices of governor and lieutenant governor, but East Texans also will see myriad local options on their ballots. Schools are holding bond and board of trustee…

19 October 2014 [09:42 PM]
East Texas sample ballots

Smith County early voting locations include the Election Office, 302 E. Ferguson St. in Tyler; The Heritage Building, 1900 W. Bellwood Road, in Tyler; Noonday Community Center, 16662 County Road 196, in Tyler; Lindale Masonic Lodge, 200 Margaret St., in…

19 October 2014 [08:40 PM]
Early voting polling places around East Texas

SMITH COUNTY n Smith County Elections Office, 302 E. Ferguson St., Tyler n Whitehouse Municipal Court, 311 E. Main St., Whitehouse n Noonday Community Center, 16662 County Road 196, Tyler n Lindale Masonic Lodge, 200 Margaret St., Lindale n Heritage…

19 October 2014 [08:37 PM]
Smith County Precinct 5 voters will vote on beer, wine sales

Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 voters will decide if beer and wine sales will become legal. If the proposition for legal beer and wine sales for off-premise consumption passes, it would allow sales in communities and cities within…

19 October 2014 [08:36 PM]
Champions for Children executive director featured on Chamber Radio

Smith County Champions for Children Executive Director Jackie Cannon will be featured on this week’s Tyler Chamber Radio show. Champions for Children provides education, mentoring, tools and support to caregivers, teachers, and parents to help children achieve their full potential.…

19 October 2014 [08:34 PM]