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Kilgore's Snowhill Festival Cancelled

KILGORE - A Kilgore festival is being shelved and economic conditions are among the reasons for the actions. The Board of Directors of the Kilgore Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau have decided to cancel the long-running Snowhill Festival. Chamber president Cindy Morris said "due to many factors, including financial support and volunteer resources, the board has chosen to eliminate this event from the Chamber’s programming in 2016.” But, in the absence of that festival, the Kilgore Chamber will be ...

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Liberty Utilities Seeks to Suspend Rate Increase

Liberty Utilities Seeks to Suspend Rate Increase

TYLER -- Liberty Utilities announced Wednesday that the company will seek to suspend a widely disputed rate hike. Liberty Utilities provides wastewater services to nearly 3,800 Smith County residents under the names of Tall Timbers Sewer and Woodmark Sewer. Under the proposed increase, some Tyler customers would see their rates go from $27.75 a month, to just over $96 by next March. Smith County home owners could see an increase ranging from 44% to 75%. Liberty Utilities released a statement: ...

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Fire Chief’s Appointment Ratified

Fire Chief's Appointment Ratified

TYLER - The Tyler City Council has ratified the appointment of the city's new fire chief, David Coble. The action came at Wednesday's city council meeting. Coble, who comes to Tyler from Fort Worth, will officially start his new job on November 7. Coble served as the executive assistant fire chief for Fort Worth for the past seven years and was the acting fire chief for most of 2015. He managed two of the department's three divisions, including the ...

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Three Area Schools Named Blue Ribbon Schools

AUSTIN - Three East Texas schools are on the list of Blue Ribbon schools in the state. Earlier this year, the Texas Education Agency nominated 26 Texas public schools for national 2016 Blue Ribbon Schools recognition. The U.S. Department of Education has announced the 26 Texas schools have been awarded Blue Ribbon honors for 2016. On the list are Gus Winston Cain Elementary in Whitehouse, Tool Elementary in Malakoff and Pittsburg Intermediate school. All schools, who went through a rigorous ...

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Two Busted For Drugs in Henderson County

ATHENS - A Search warrant in Henderson County nets a drug suspect. For over a month, Henderson County authorities have been investigating a suspected drug dealer. Tuesday, they obtained a search warrant for a residence in a mobile home park on U.S. Highway 175 in Athens. They took into custody Charles Thomas Lastowski, Jr, 34, of Larue. They also found almost five pounds of marijuana, an ounce of suspected methamphetamine and a fully loaded .357 pistol. He has been charged ...

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SFA Teacher Still Winning On Jeopardy

LUFKIN - A teacher in the English Department at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches continues to win big on the TV game show Jeopardy. On Wednesday's edition of Jeopardy, Seth Wilson made it eight wins in a row. His latest victory came when Wilson knew that Fairfield House in England was the home of former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie. With the $25,201 won on Wednesday, Wilson's winnings now come to $191,701. That number should grow as he now ...

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Smith County Road Report

TYLER -- The Smith County Road and Bridge Department completed 5,484 work orders in Fiscal Year 2016, according to a news release from the county. Officials say Road and Bridge employees worked tirelessly throughout much of the winter and spring, clearing downed trees and repairing roads and culverts damaged by heavy rains and tornadoes. Because of severe weather throughout the spring, road construction done by county employees did not begin until July. Their work, along with projects done ...

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ETBU Debate Places Fifth at Southern Miss Tournament

ETBU Debate Places Fifth at Southern Miss Tournament

MARSHALL - The East Texas Baptist University Debate Team competed in the Hub City Swing Debate Tournament.The team returned home with a fifth place team finish, as well as numerous individual honors. Cole Franklin, ETBU's debate coach, said it was a difficult tournament. "There were a number of much larger schools competing at the event. Our students competed against and defeated opponents from schools such as TCU, Mississippi State, and the University of Tennessee. To finish in the top five ...

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LeTourneau Accepting Credit Hours From ITT Students

LeTourneau Accepting Credit Hours From ITT Students

LONGVIEW - LeTourneau University has announced it will accept credit hours from ITT Technical Institute students who seek to transfer. The for profit school announcement it is closing its doors at all 130 campuses in 38 states. This leaves around 35,000 students without degrees and 8,000 employees without a job. According to a news release from the Longview university, “LeTourneau University has identified complementary degree plans for ITT students, and we welcome them to attend LETU,” said LETU Provost Philip ...

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