Natural ballerina Makenzie prays to find forever family

When Makenzie walked into the Chamberlain School of Ballet in Plano, she had no idea of the adventure to come — starting with her wardrobe. She came out of the dressing room in a black leotard with pink ballerina slippers and wearing the big-gest smile you’ve ever seen. “I love to learn different things. I just love learning,” she said. …

Ridin' & Ropin' Rodeo

Ridin' & Ropin' Rodeo    

Gardening conference offers tours and speakers

    Smith County Master Gardeners spring conference, “Jewels in the Garden,” will feature speakers and tours.  The one-day conference begins at 9 a.m. on June 6 at Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler. The $35 admission includes lunch, Jean Smith, event publicity chairman, said.  Nicholas Staddon, director of new plants for

Nature and history mix in Washington County, Texas

  Washington County is bluebonnet country, no doubt about it, but there is a whole lot more to see and do besides admire our lovely state flower. Beginning in Brenham, the county seat, you can spend hours browsing through more than 40  antique shops, stores, art galleries and the always-changing farmer’s market. Some fun places to check out

Recent News

Gratuity philanthropy's driving force

On May 7, members of The Women’s Fund of Smith County and their guests joined in celebrating inspirational women at the organization’s second annual Mother’s Day Luncheon. The program included a deeply emotional new video, in which local Women’s Fund…

16 May 2015 [09:14 PM]
Local boutique helping foster girls

Fashion, friendship and faith continue in East Texas at a unique shop called Keeps Boutique. The name comes from Genesis 28:15 in…

16 May 2015 [09:12 PM]

Smith County Master Gardeners will present four properties on its annual Home Garden Tour designed to showcase the best of…

16 May 2015 [08:46 PM]
The Women's Fund honors mothers, inspiring women

Every day, wo-men inspire us. And “everyday” women inspire us. That woman may be your mother, a grandmother, a business colleague, a sister, a mentor or a friend. Inspiring wo-men share their stories with us. They help us learn about…

25 April 2015 [08:55 PM]
Does real giving need private foundation? It depends on objectives

Does real giving require you to establish a private foundation? As president of a community foundation, it would be real easy to answer, “Absolutely Not!” and encourage donors to establish a donor-advised fund at the community foundation. But the truthful…

18 April 2015 [10:45 PM]
Hancock brothers' display runs through April 22

Tyler Junior College is displaying art by brothers John and Charles Hancock through April 22 in its Wise Auditorium Art Gallery, Derrick White, an art instructor at the college, said. The exhibit, “The Ama-zing Hancock Brothers: Carnival,” features a collection…

11 April 2015 [11:15 PM]
Public art, personal statements

Those who do not appreciate interesting public art, do not — I repeat do not — venture into downtown Palestine. Just about…

11 April 2015 [11:11 PM]
Pianist Parrini to perform in Tyler

The East Texas Symphony Piano Festival will feature Fabio Parrini in duets and solo performances on Friday and Saturday at Tyler’s Liberty…

04 April 2015 [08:22 PM]
Giving for children provides enduring impact

The grant process can be a daunting one for any not-for-profit organization. One of the questions most often asked is, “What is the vision for the future of this project?” Or what is the enduring impact of the gift? This…

04 April 2015 [08:11 PM]
In full bloom

Flowers are finally blooming on the Azalea and Spring Flower Trail after a cold and rainy early spring. For a few weeks,…

04 April 2015 [08:07 PM]
Give well: Talk money

Let’s talk money. It used to be green paper and change in our pockets, then paper turned to plastic and now it…

23 March 2015 [01:37 PM]
2015 Azalea Belles

The Azalea and Spring Flower Trail continues through April 5. The 10-plus mile driving tour features home gardens filled with colorful azaleas,…

23 March 2015 [10:58 AM]
Give well: Trust and your money

“There is one thing common to every individual, relationship, team, family, organization, nation, economy and civilization throughout the world – one thing,…

20 March 2015 [03:53 PM]
Give Well: The business of doing good

What do Newman’s Own, Target and locally owned Mentoring Minds have in common? Newman’s Own products, produced by the company founded by…

20 March 2015 [02:59 PM]
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