J’Ville Economic Development Corp. approves new president during meeting

The Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation approved a new president late last week. Freddy Thomas was named the new president of the corporation, which helps spur and maintain business development in the city, according to a news release. JEDCO directors unanimously approved Thomas as the president at a special meeting on July 25. The posit…

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County Judge to leave office early

Van Zandt County Judge Rhita Koches announced she is leaving office earlier than expected for a new opportunity as a liaison between…

30 July 2014 [11:23 PM]
Preliminary budget raises taxes, adds19 positions

The preliminary Smith County budget includes new employee positions, cost-of-living and benefit increases for employees, raiding county reserves and raising property taxes slightly. County Judge Joel Baker went over highlights of his $83 million budget during a budget workshop…

30 July 2014 [10:27 PM]
VZ County Judge Rhita Koches leaving office

Released from the Van Zandt County Judge’s Office: After almost ten years in office, Van Zandt County Judge Rhita Koches has announced that she will be leaving office on Friday, August 1st . Judge Koches was appointed County Judge in…

30 July 2014 [03:31 PM]
Fair Plaza Parking Garage officially open

Today’s ribbon cutting has officially opened the Fair Plaza Parking Garage at 208 South College Ave. “The garage will be an integral part of the entry point into downtown,” said City Engineer Carter Delleney. “We are particularly pleased that the…

30 July 2014 [12:33 PM]
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Shattered Lives

I just read a column by Dave Berry, my wife’s cousin and editor for the Tyler Morning Telegraph. It was a personal…

30 July 2014 [11:59 AM]
Annual Literacy Council spelling bee Tuesday

The Literacy Council of Tyler already has broken records this year with its annual fundraiser, the Corporate Spelling Bee. “We are so excited,” Ellen Krafve, director of development, said. “The Spelling Bee committee worked hard to streamline the event and…

29 July 2014 [11:14 PM]
School district invites community to ‘go inside’

Tyler ISD is inviting community members to get an inside look of the district. This fall, the school district will launch Inside Tyler ISD, a program designed to give participants an in-depth look at the district. Covered topics will…

29 July 2014 [10:54 PM]
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Public is invited to grand opening

The public is invited to a grand opening event today for the Fair Plaza parking garage downtown. The event is scheduled to…

29 July 2014 [10:35 PM]
Mental health grant in jeopardy

A $130,000 grant to fund more mental health coverage in Smith County could be in jeopardy without up-front money from Smith County. Andrews Center Division Director Valerie Holcomb said the $130,000 federal grant would cover the cost of two full-time…

29 July 2014 [10:29 PM]
Identity theft expanding with technology

BY KENNETH DEAN kdean@tylerpaper.com Technology allows us to instantly communicate with anyone across a vast area of the globe, surf the Web via our cellphone and bank and shop from the comfort of our home. But as technology has…

29 July 2014 [08:50 PM]
Reporter's identity stolen

BY KENNETH DEAN kdean@tylerpaper.com The first indication something was wrong was the clerk at a local store saying the debit card had been declined and asking if there was another method of payment for my morning smoothie.  The bank didn’t…

29 July 2014 [07:41 PM]
Traffic lights at Elm Street and College Avenue to come back online

To alleviate traffic congestion due to the construction of the Fair Plaza Garage, the Traffic Department set the traffic signal lights at Elm Street and College Avenue to a continuous red flashing light. With the completion of the Parking Garage,…

29 July 2014 [12:15 PM]
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LeTourneau to offer nursing degree

A new opportunity for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing will be available this fall. Earlier this month,…

28 July 2014 [11:34 PM]
Bergfeld Park playground construction to start soon

Construction is expected to begin soon on a playground area project at Bergfeld Park, City of Tyler Parks Board members were told Monday. The project includes rebuilding and expanding the park’s play area. During the board’s regular meeting,…

28 July 2014 [10:57 PM]
TWC gets $922,322 to train workers

Workforce Solutions East Texas received a $922,322 grant Monday to help train workers facing long-term unemployment. The Texas Workforce Commission was granted $5 million in National Emergency Grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor. Eight local workforce…

28 July 2014 [10:55 PM]
Chapel Hill ISD to lower tax rate

The refinancing of more than $8.7 million in Chapel Hill ISD bonds will save the district and its taxpayers money. The savings of more than $821,000 in future debt service costs will allow the district to reduce the…

28 July 2014 [06:29 PM]
College Corner: The importance of follow-through

Throughout the 11-plus years that I’ve been working with college applicants, I’ve seen many changes in the process, especially when it comes to technology. What was once done via printed applications and snail mail has moved almost completely online for…

28 July 2014 [06:06 PM]