Retired city worker finds therapy in woodcarving

EMERALD BAY — Joel Reams started carving wood to pass the time in Vietnam. The U.S. Marine Corps veteran, who is retired from the city’s water department, spends most of his time puttering around his house, making “bizarre” creations out of fallen trees. “It’s just a big hobby,” he said. Reams has…

State police worked nearly 200 weather-related accidents Video

BY KENNETH DEAN, kdean@tylerpaper.com State and local police worked more than 230 accidents this week due to inclement weather in Smith County and surrounding counties, including a fatal accident that claimed the life of a 42-year-old Winnsboro woman during Wednesday's snow storm.

Law officers, civilians and girl, 10, honored at annual sheriff’s banquet

Law enforcement and civilians alike were honored during the annual Sheriff’s Awards Banquet on Thursday night at the Tyler Rose Garden Center. The event recognized individuals who have performed extraordinary acts in the line of duty or have contributed greatly to the community.

Thousands of East Texans still remain without power Video

The snow was enjoyable to some while it was here but to others it has proven a problem. Thousands of East Texans still remain without power because of the treacherous winter storm.

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Two projects receive Prop. 1 funding

BY FAITH HARPER, fharper@tylerpaper.com Two road projects worth about $8.85 million were added to the Tyler Metropolitan Planning Organization’s short-term plan this fiscal year thanks to state Proposition 1 funds. The proposition diverts funds from the state’s Rainy Day fund…

27 February 2015 [12:22 AM]
Investigator retiring after 38 years serving Rusk County

HENDERSON — His figure has been a prominent one at various crime scenes in Rusk County over the past 30-plus years, but this week 66-year-old William Brown hangs up his trademark Stetson hat, puts his badge down and begins a…

27 February 2015 [12:07 AM]
Supreme Court of Texas holds court at UT Tyler, visits students

BY CALVIN MAYNARD, calvinmaynard@gmail.com The Supreme Court of Texas, the highest court in the state, heard oral arguments at The University of Texas at Tyler’s University Center on Thursday morning, then toned down the formalities by eating with the high…

26 February 2015 [11:59 PM]
Deadline today for candidates to file

The deadline for candidates to file for positions on the Tyler City Council and Tyler ISD board of trustees is 5 p.m. today. City council members in odd districts are up for election in May. The only race in the…

26 February 2015 [11:44 PM]
Tyler Junior College gets ‘excellent interest rates’

Tyler Junior College trustees sold $10 million worth of bonds and tax notes on Thursday at low interest rates. The college had offered for competitive bank bids $5.3 million of combined fee revenue bonds and $4.68 million of maintenance tax…

26 February 2015 [11:40 PM]
Student, 16, detained in Brook Hill stabbing

A 16-year-old student has been detained on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after a stabbing at the Brook Hill School last week. Bullard police said a student was assaulted with a knife on campus after a fight…

26 February 2015 [11:39 PM]
Tyler District awarded $46 million in Proposition 1 highway funding

The Tyler District of the Texas Department of Transportation was awarded about $46.19 million for six projects in Smith, Gregg, Anderson, Henderson and Cherokee counties. More than $8.8 million was approved to help expand portions of Spur 248, University Boulevard,…

26 February 2015 [06:32 PM]
Schaefer files bill to curtail food stamp fraud

State Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, today filed a bill designed to curtail fraud within the food stamp program. The bill would personalize Lonestar Electronic Benefits Transfer cards for beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as the…

26 February 2015 [04:44 PM]
Former Gregg County DA arrested

A traffic stop this week resulted in a former Gregg County district attorney behind bars on multiple felony charges. According to jail records, Robert "Rob" Riter Foster, 69, was arrested at 7 p.m. Tuesday night by Longview police on charges…

26 February 2015 [11:38 AM]
Lindale warns of water bill phone call scam

The city of Lindale is warning its residents about a scam. Some residents have received a phone call from someone claiming to represent the City of Lindale and saying that that their water bill was not paid, according to the…

26 February 2015 [11:35 AM]
Council OKs animal adoption, surrender fees

The Tyler City Council approved a schedule of animal adoption and surrender fees Wednesday morning. The approved fee schedule is nearly the same as passed by the Tyler Animal Care Advisory Board, with the exception of the cost for voluntary…

25 February 2015 [11:32 PM]
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Trucker separated from dog after wreck

David Bestoyng has been stranded in Tyler since Monday, but he said he won’t leave until he’s found his dog Koi. Bestoyng…

25 February 2015 [06:14 PM]
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Enjoying the snow in East Texas Video

Some of the people who didn't have to go to work or school this morning went outside to enjoy the winter weather.…

25 February 2015 [04:21 PM]
Tyler Transit routes modified due to weather

Staff reports Tyler Transit will continue to provide fixed-route and paratransit services today Wednesday, but at a slower pace and with some modifications to the routes. The red, yellow, green and blue lines will all be modified to accommodate the…

25 February 2015 [04:08 PM]
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Closings, cancellations list for Wednesday

Updated: Feb 25, 2015 12:29 PM CST Please notify us of any weather-related closings for our list by e-mailing news@tylerpaper.com.   School…

25 February 2015 [01:04 PM]
Red Springs Fire Department sets up shelter

Red Springs Fire Department has set up a shelter/warming station for residents or stranded motorists. The department has 32 Red Cross cots, blankets, water and snacks available at the fire station at 16759 Farm-to-Market 14. Lt. Danny Bridges…

25 February 2015 [11:09 AM]
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Snow photos!

It started out as rainfall early Wednesday but quickly turned to thick, heavy snow across East Texas. As weather conditions worsened, our…

25 February 2015 [11:03 AM]