VIDEO: Tyler man killed in head-on collision

GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) -- A head-on collision has claimed the life of a Tyler man. DPS says 47-year-old Christopher Payne was killed after his SUV was struck head-on by a truck that crossed the center line. The crash occurred Tuesday around 5:30 p.m. on Highway 31, just east of FM 3053 between Tyler and Kilgore. Troopers said a white pick-up truck …

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VIDEO: Flash mob strikes Jacksonville ISD convocation

BY FAITH HARPER, fharper@tylerpaper.com Jacksonville ISD administrators were in for a big surprise Friday when singing and dancing interrupted the superintendent’s welcome speech.…

20 August 2014 [03:44 PM]
Opposition to county's 2015 budget emerges among commissioners

BY Adam Russell, arussell@tylerpaper.com A vote on the county’s 2015 budget is expected next week but opposition among commissioners emerged Tuesday. Three votes are needed among the five-member court to approve the property tax rate and budget for the county’s fiscal…

20 August 2014 [10:46 AM]
Tyler chosen for zoning test app

Tyler has been chosen to help test a zoning app, the city announced on Tuesday. City of Tyler Principal Planner Michael Howell said Code for America, a nonprofit organization, is trying to put together this new ZoningCheck app, and the…

19 August 2014 [11:28 PM]
Sexual assault report under investigation

Tyler police are investigating a reported sexual assault of a minor by a man she met on the Internet. Don Martin, the department’s public information officer, said the incident was reported Sunday and purportedly happened at a local motel.…

19 August 2014 [11:27 PM]
Decision to close Azleway Charter School upheld

The Texas Education Agency will proceed with plans to close an East Texas charter school after a state administrative law judge upheld the education commissioner’s decision. In a decision released Tuesday, state administrative law Judge William G. Newchurch upheld…

19 August 2014 [11:22 PM]
Sex offender’s conviction upheld

The 6th Court of Appeals has upheld the convictions and six life imprisonment sentences assessed last year against a former Gilmer pastor who pled guilty to committing several sex-related offenses against a female relative starting in her childhood, Upshur County…

19 August 2014 [10:35 PM]
East Texas man arrested after plowing into city limits sign

The city limit sign on Texas Highway 64 East was temporarily relocated earlier this week after a drunken driver plowed into it. But where the sign ended up caused the employees at Lynch Food Mart to be amazed and even…

19 August 2014 [10:33 PM]
Proposed transportation open house set for next week

The public has an opportunity to weigh in on proposed transportation projects during an open house next week. The event is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Tyler Senior Center, 1915 Garden Valley Road. Tyler Area…

19 August 2014 [10:32 PM]
Cowart named ‘Judge of the Year’ at conference

The Texas Justice Court Judges Association picked Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 James Cowart as its “Judge of the Year” at its annual conference. Cowart has served 24 years on the bench at his justice court in Lindale. “I…

19 August 2014 [10:30 PM]
Convictions and sentences against former Gilmer pastor upheld

The 6th Court of Appeals has upheld the convictions and six life imprisonment sentences assessed last year against a former Gilmer pastor who pled guilty to committing several sex-related offenses against a female relative starting in her childhood, Upshur County…

19 August 2014 [03:36 PM]
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Newly improved: $35M jail expansion nears end

Adam Russell It’s been almost three decades since Smith County’s central jail opened. Now, construction on the voter-approved $35 million, six-story, 87,000-square-foot…

19 August 2014 [02:30 PM]
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Son arrested in father’s death

A Smith County neighborhood was in shock Monday as one of its residents was found dead in his home, with his son…

19 August 2014 [02:28 PM]
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Trustees name new top official

Tyler ISD trustees made it official Monday: Dr. Marty L. Crawford is the new district superintendent, effective immediately. Crawford said he looks…

19 August 2014 [01:41 PM]
TJC's Fall Convocation held Monday

Tyler Junior College and higher education in general have a close relationship with the community and play a vital role in local economic development, speakers told faculty at the college’s fall convocation Monday. Market researchers who conducted a recent survey…

19 August 2014 [01:39 PM]
Lee expands learning space to garden area

A new outdoor classroom featuring sitting space and raised garden beds is planned for Robert E. Lee High School. The proposed classroom would be on the southwest part of campus, past the portable buildings. The school’s goal is for teachers…

19 August 2014 [01:32 PM]
Runway project set for fall start

A runway reconstruction project that is expected to begin this fall will allow Tyler Pounds Regional Airport to accommodate larger airplanes and more markets, Airport Manager Davis Dickson said. The project is planned for Runway 4/22, one of the airport’s…

19 August 2014 [01:31 PM]
College Corner: Being a good roommate

Living with a roommate can be one of the very best parts of the college experience — or one of the worst. Although most of the students I advise end up being good friends with their roommates, or at least…

18 August 2014 [08:31 PM]
Lee, Keep Tyler Beautiful team up for outdoor classroom

A new outdoor classroom featuring sitting space and raised garden beds is planned for Robert E. Lee High School. The proposed classroom would be on the southwest part of campus, past the portable buildings. The school’s goal is for teachers…

18 August 2014 [07:18 PM]
Possible homicide scene east of Tyler

BY KENNETH DEAN kdean@tylerpaper.com The Smith County Sheriff's Office is on the scene of a possible homicide just east of Tyler. Sheriff officials said investigators are en route to the scene in the 3700 block of Jackson Avenue in the…

18 August 2014 [02:13 PM]