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Smith County Teen Sought

TYLER – The Smith County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a Teenage Runaway. She is Valerie Coughlin, 16, who left her home on Stonebridge in Flint in the middle of the night on September 9th and has not been seen since then. If you know where she can be found, you are asked to contact the Smith County Sheriff’s Department at 903-566-6600.

Tyler YMCA Shutting its Doors

TYLER – The Tyler YMCA is closing. In a news release, it was announced the facility on South Vine will close, and cease its child care programs, on Saturday. It has been in operation for nearly 59 years. The President and CEO of the Y, Jeremy Bumgardner, said in the news release, “The YMCA of Tyler Texas serves approximately 1,154 members. Six full-time staff and 60 part-time staff will end their employment as a result of the YMCA’s closing. The Y is working with other community groups to help identify alternative child care options for families in the current Y programs. Both the Palestine YMCA and Corsicana YMCA will honor the memberships of current Tyler Y members through their paid date.”

An Arrest in a Rusk County Cold Case

HENDERSON – An arrest has been made in a Rusk County murder dating back to 2006. Through the work of investigators with the Rusk County Sheriff’s office, Texas Rangers and Baytown police, Jarrett Murray was arrested on Thursday. He is charged in the May, 2006 murder of Joseph Michael Douglas. His body was found in a rural area off County Road 106, East of New London. Based on requests from the sheriff’s department, the case was added into the Texas Rangers Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program. After interviewing new and former witnesses, and suspects, they were able to come up with new leads and evidence. The findings were presented to the district attorney’s office earlier this month. That led to the issuing of a murder warrant and the arrest of Murray. According to the information they discovered, Murray spoke often of the murder of Douglas.

Ex-Jailer Sentenced

MARSHALL – A former Harrison County jailer has pleaded guilty to official oppression for punching an inmate. Under a plea agreement, Billy Joe Hopkins was sentenced to 18 months probation and ordered to perform 144 hours of community service. He also has to pay a $250 fine. The other jailer, Sansom Sanni, had already pleaded guilty to making a false report to a police officer. He was granted deferred adjudication on the charge and has paid a fine. The charges surround their actions in the booking of a combative suspect who was said to have spit on the jailers and even bit one.

Awards for Visit Tyler

TYLER – Visit Tyler has come home with three awards from the 2017 conference of the Texas Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus. According to a news release, the People’s Choice Awards are:
-Best Cooperative Marketing Campaign

-Best Advertising (in cooperation with Route2 Advertising)

-Best Convention Promotion
The awards are chosen by a group of people in the tourism industry.

Gladewater Robbery Suspect Sought

GLADEWATER – Gladewater police have issued an arrest warrant in an August robbery. Named in the warrant is Taron Christopher Venter, 19. It is thought he is not from this area and may have ties to Waxahachie and Desoto. The robbery occurred on August 5th on East Broadway in Gladewater. Venter is said to have blindsided a man by hitting in in the face. The man was severely injured and has not returned to work. After taking his wallet, cellphone, handgun and a small quantity of cash, Venter then fled. … Read More

It’s Fair Time in Tyler

TYLER – The annual East Texas State Fair is underway in Tyler. It started yesterday morning with senior day activities. Fair goers will have some new attractions this year. There will be a countryfest on each Saturday at the fair with live country music. There will also be Matt’s Family Jam, an interactive musical attraction for everyone. There will be pony rides, a live tiger show, a street artist painting murals using only spray paint and a slingshot to shoot you 150 feet into the air. Then there’s the usual carnival, exhibits and fair food waiting for you September 22nd through October 1st at Tyler’s East Texas State Fair. You can go to http://www.etstatefair.com to keep tabs on the daily activities.

Senior Pageant to Be Held in Tyler

TYLER – The Ms. Texas Senior Classic Pageant will be held in Tyler today. This makes the second straight year the pageant will be held in the Rose City after being held in the Metroplex for 20 years. The pageant will be tonight at 7:00 at the Holiday Inn on South Broadway. Tickets are available at the door. The pageant’s state director Peggy Wagner said, returning to Tyler was a no-brainer. She said the city opened their arms to the pageant and contestants. They even received a key to the city from Mayor Martin Heines. According to Wagner, “when we thought about where we were going to have it in 2017, it took no rocket scientist to advise us, we’re going back to Tyler.… Read More

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Smith County Teen Sought

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2017 at 5:29 am

TYLER – The Smith County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a Teenage Runaway. She is Valerie Coughlin, 16, who left her home on Stonebridge in Flint in the middle of the night on September 9th and has not been seen since then. If you know where she can be found, you are asked to contact the Smith County Sheriff’s Department at 903-566-6600.

Tyler YMCA Shutting its Doors

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2017 at 5:37 am

TYLER – The Tyler YMCA is closing. In a news release, it was announced the facility on South Vine will close, and cease its child care programs, on Saturday. It has been in operation for nearly 59 years. The President and CEO of the Y, Jeremy Bumgardner, said in the news release, “The YMCA of Tyler Texas serves approximately 1,154 members. Six full-time staff and 60 part-time staff will end their employment as a result of the YMCA’s closing. The Y is working with other community groups to help identify alternative child care options for families in the current Y programs. Both the Palestine YMCA and Corsicana YMCA will honor the memberships of current Tyler Y members through their paid date.”

An Arrest in a Rusk County Cold Case

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2017 at 5:33 am

HENDERSON – An arrest has been made in a Rusk County murder dating back to 2006. Through the work of investigators with the Rusk County Sheriff’s office, Texas Rangers and Baytown police, Jarrett Murray was arrested on Thursday. He is charged in the May, 2006 murder of Joseph Michael Douglas. His body was found in a rural area off County Road 106, East of New London. Based on requests from the sheriff’s department, the case was added into the Texas Rangers Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program. After interviewing new and former witnesses, and suspects, they were able to come up with new leads and evidence. The findings were presented to the district attorney’s office earlier this month. That led to the issuing of a murder warrant and the arrest of Murray. According to the information they discovered, Murray spoke often of the murder of Douglas.

Ex-Jailer Sentenced

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2017 at 5:34 am

MARSHALL – A former Harrison County jailer has pleaded guilty to official oppression for punching an inmate. Under a plea agreement, Billy Joe Hopkins was sentenced to 18 months probation and ordered to perform 144 hours of community service. He also has to pay a $250 fine. The other jailer, Sansom Sanni, had already pleaded guilty to making a false report to a police officer. He was granted deferred adjudication on the charge and has paid a fine. The charges surround their actions in the booking of a combative suspect who was said to have spit on the jailers and even bit one.

Awards for Visit Tyler

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2017 at 5:30 am

TYLER – Visit Tyler has come home with three awards from the 2017 conference of the Texas Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus. According to a news release, the People’s Choice Awards are:
-Best Cooperative Marketing Campaign

-Best Advertising (in cooperation with Route2 Advertising)

-Best Convention Promotion
The awards are chosen by a group of people in the tourism industry.

Gladewater Robbery Suspect Sought

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2017 at 5:39 am

GLADEWATER – Gladewater police have issued an arrest warrant in an August robbery. Named in the warrant is Taron Christopher Venter, 19. It is thought he is not from this area and may have ties to Waxahachie and Desoto. The robbery occurred on August 5th on East Broadway in Gladewater. Venter is said to have blindsided a man by hitting in in the face. The man was severely injured and has not returned to work. After taking his wallet, cellphone, handgun and a small quantity of cash, Venter then fled. … Read More

It’s Fair Time in Tyler

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2017 at 5:36 am

TYLER – The annual East Texas State Fair is underway in Tyler. It started yesterday morning with senior day activities. Fair goers will have some new attractions this year. There will be a countryfest on each Saturday at the fair with live country music. There will also be Matt’s Family Jam, an interactive musical attraction for everyone. There will be pony rides, a live tiger show, a street artist painting murals using only spray paint and a slingshot to shoot you 150 feet into the air. Then there’s the usual carnival, exhibits and fair food waiting for you September 22nd through October 1st at Tyler’s East Texas State Fair. You can go to http://www.etstatefair.com to keep tabs on the daily activities.

Senior Pageant to Be Held in Tyler

Posted/updated on: September 23, 2017 at 5:40 am

TYLER – The Ms. Texas Senior Classic Pageant will be held in Tyler today. This makes the second straight year the pageant will be held in the Rose City after being held in the Metroplex for 20 years. The pageant will be tonight at 7:00 at the Holiday Inn on South Broadway. Tickets are available at the door. The pageant’s state director Peggy Wagner said, returning to Tyler was a no-brainer. She said the city opened their arms to the pageant and contestants. They even received a key to the city from Mayor Martin Heines. According to Wagner, “when we thought about where we were going to have it in 2017, it took no rocket scientist to advise us, we’re going back to Tyler.… Read More

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