Atria residents earn award for fitness lifestyle program

During National Senior Active Aging Week, 13 residents from Atria Willow Park in Tyler were awarded with the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award. The residents were required to exercise for 30 minutes five days a week for six weeks to be awarded the PALA certificate. According to, the PALA award…

89-year-old diabetes patient thrives on insulin for more than 8 decades

Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 3, Lillian Stamps has defeated the illness by using insulin daily for the past 86 years. According to Dr. Kariampuhza, Ms. Stamps’ endocrinologist, she could be the longest living person with diabetes. “Lillian was diagnosed around a time when different medications

Focal Point: Are you watching this?

I’ve been fascinated recently by the exploits of one man on an adventure high over our heads. Astronaut Scott Kelly’s journey, a “Year In Space” aboard the International Space Station, began just over six months ago and has almost that much longer to go. He is prolific on social media, tweeting comments and

Shriners trade their tiny cars for hospital shuttles

When most people hear the word “Shriner,” they picture guys wearing fezzes driving hilariously undersized cars. They’re not wrong, but the Shriners also have some other vehicles that log many more miles and have a far greater impact on the community. The Shriner’s Hospitals for Children Transportation Program is made up of a group of

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Focal Point: Are you watching this?

I’ve been fascinated recently by the exploits of one man on an adventure high over our heads. Astronaut Scott Kelly’s journey, a…

29 September 2015 [01:51 PM]
Vise Grips and Limp Fish

“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” - Indira Gandhi Let’s talk about handshakes. They’re important. They say something…

23 September 2015 [05:53 AM]
Enjoying rescued shade

“Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.” - Bill Vaughan Sunday, we…

16 September 2015 [04:53 AM]
Healthy diets need only slight tweaking for athletes

Kids need to eat the right amount and mix of foods to support that higher level of activity, but that mix might not be too different from a normal healthy diet. Eating for sports should be an extension of healthy…

09 September 2015 [04:31 AM]
In Appreciation of Buster Haas

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” - Edith Wharton…

09 September 2015 [04:25 AM]
Van Zandt Genealogical Society hosting annual daylong seminar

  Registrations are still being accepted for the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society’s annual daylong seminar scheduled for Sept. 26. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Therese Catholic Church Fellowship Hall, 14786 Farm-to-Market Road…

02 September 2015 [06:05 AM]
Waiting for the roar

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” - Steve Martin It started when I lost my Ray Bans.…

02 September 2015 [05:52 AM]
My 1st car

A decade ago I anxiously called my brother with news. “I sold the Mustang,” I reported. “I can’t believe you kept it…

02 September 2015 [05:44 AM]
Social Security brings a lot to the table

Take a day to enjoy a fun summer picnic. Whether you plan one for the whole neighborhood, or a quiet day for two, you’ll need to bring a basket full of delicious foods. When you’re sharing various dishes with family…

26 August 2015 [05:46 AM]
Reading encouragement starts at cradle

The idea that any child will arrive into the world with a library card and a love for reading is lofty at best. Introduce the books as early as possible so that your child can get a feel for what…

26 August 2015 [05:29 AM]
County employees recognized for service

Kasey Quezada work-ed as a secretary for the Smith County Adult Probation Department before deciding to go back to school and become a probation officer. On Monday, Ms. Quezada was recognized in Commissioners Court for 20 years of…

26 August 2015 [05:26 AM]
What Are You Reading?

“The Texas Revolution couldn’t possibly have happened, yet happen it did. There never will be another Alamo, so futilely tragic, apparently; or…

26 August 2015 [05:09 AM]
Wrenches and Wrenched Muscles

“Hard work spotlights the character of people. Some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up…

19 August 2015 [06:00 AM]
Our First Wheels

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”…

12 August 2015 [05:49 AM]
Unsafe at Any Speed

“Youth smiles without any reason. It is one of its chiefest charms.” Thomas Gray “Unsafe at any speed.” That’s how…

04 August 2015 [11:08 PM]
Discovery Close to Home

“One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.” A.A. Milne Let’s…

28 July 2015 [11:15 PM]
105-year-old woman celebrates long life

Edith Thompson, of Tyler, celebrated her 105th birthday with a party on July 11, at Providence Park Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing, family…

28 July 2015 [11:10 PM]
Help your parents plan retirement

Since your parents have done a lot for you over your lifetime, this is the perfect time of year to return the favor by helping them plan their retirement at In May, we honored mothers on Mother’s Day and,…

28 July 2015 [11:08 PM]
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