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Gearing Up for the Local Elections

TYLER – Smith County Commissioners have approved several interlocal agreements relating to the May elections. They have approved agreements with the Bullard, Arp and Winona School Districts and the cities of Lindale, Hideaway and Winona. Interlocal agreements were earlier approved for the City of Tyler, as well as the Tyler, Whitehouse and Chapel Hill School Districts. The agreements outline the authority and requirements of the Smith County Elections Office to provide services to conduct the school trustee and city council elections, as well as any special election being held. The elections are on Saturday, May 6th.

Local Officials Joining the March for Meals

TYLER – Meals on Wheels will be getting some extra help delivering their meals in a six county area on Thursday. The group includes the mayor of Tyler and three Longview City Council members. Zoe Lawhorn with Meals on Wheels says this is part of a national awareness campaign that is organized by Meals On Wheels America. The March for Meals campaign helps build the support that will sustain the program all year long and helps build community awareness of the Meals on Wheels program. The Meals on Wheels Ministry currently serves 3,000 seniors and homebound persons in 30 communities in Smith, Gregg, Henderson, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood counties.… Read More

Tyler Theft Under Investigation

TYLER – Tyler police are looking for three suspects in a theft at a Tyler business. It happened around 3:45 Tuesday afternoon at the Simply Mac store store on South Broadway. Three black males are said to have taken six Macbook laptop computers valued at $9,300 from the display area. They cut the security wires and then ran out the store with the computers. The three were observed getting into a Silver SUV by a store employee who gave chase.… Read More

Longview Woman Busted On Drug Charges

LONGVIEW – A Homeland Security investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Longview Woman. Phyllis King, 59, of Longview was arrested around 1:00 Tuesday afternoon. Longview police and the Gregg County Organized Drug Enforcement Unit assisted the U.S. Postal Inspectors and Homeland Security on serving the warrant at the house on Rawley Court. During the investigation, several different narcotics were found inside her house. Besides two charges of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, King was also charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Death Probe in Upshur County

GILMER – A shooting death is under investigation in Upshur County. It was reported shortly before 6:30 Tuesday night on Farm Road 1975, near the Lafayette community, about 13 miles northeast of Gilmer. Sheriff’s deputies found one person dead at the scene. No other information has been released as the investigation is ongoing.

Separate Drug Arrests in Henderson County


ATHENS – Two persons are in custody on separate drug charges. Acting on a tip, George Montgomery Jones, 21, of Chandler, was arrested for an outstanding warrant. During a search, a sheriff’s deputy found Jones in possession of marijuana and also discovered a clear plastic wrapper containing what appeared to be crack cocaine in his possession. He was booked into the Henderson County Jail.… Read More

Bullard STAAR Tests Set for Thursday Following Wednesday Delay

BULLARD — Bullard Independent School District had a delayed start for classes Wednesday, giving students a one-day reprieve from standardized testing. According to KETK, due to weather damage and lack of electricity on multiple campuses, Bullard ISD delayed classes until 10:00 a.m. All buses were delayed by two hours. STAAR testing scheduled for Wednesday has been rescheduled for Thursday. No word on the extent of any damage.

Bobby Inman, First Legends of TJC Honoree

TYLER – As part of its 90th anniversary year, Tyler Junior College is honoring some of its most famous living alumni through a new program, the Legends of TJC. TJC President Dr. Mike Metke said, “We’re proud to announce Admiral Bobby R. Inman as our first honoree.” From TJC to an exemplary military career Admiral Bobby R. Inman was among the first group of students who rode a school bus from Mineola to attend classes at TJC.

Tuesday, the main lecture classroom in Jenkins Hall, TJC’s oldest and most iconic building, was dedicated and named Inman’s honor, with special memorabilia and historical mementos placed in the room reflecting his accomplishments.… Read More

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Gearing Up for the Local Elections

Posted/updated on: March 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm

TYLER – Smith County Commissioners have approved several interlocal agreements relating to the May elections. They have approved agreements with the Bullard, Arp and Winona School Districts and the cities of Lindale, Hideaway and Winona. Interlocal agreements were earlier approved for the City of Tyler, as well as the Tyler, Whitehouse and Chapel Hill School Districts. The agreements outline the authority and requirements of the Smith County Elections Office to provide services to conduct the school trustee and city council elections, as well as any special election being held. The elections are on Saturday, May 6th.

Local Officials Joining the March for Meals

Posted/updated on: March 29, 2017 at 3:48 pm

TYLER – Meals on Wheels will be getting some extra help delivering their meals in a six county area on Thursday. The group includes the mayor of Tyler and three Longview City Council members. Zoe Lawhorn with Meals on Wheels says this is part of a national awareness campaign that is organized by Meals On Wheels America. The March for Meals campaign helps build the support that will sustain the program all year long and helps build community awareness of the Meals on Wheels program. The Meals on Wheels Ministry currently serves 3,000 seniors and homebound persons in 30 communities in Smith, Gregg, Henderson, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood counties.… Read More

Tyler Theft Under Investigation

Posted/updated on: March 29, 2017 at 4:10 pm

TYLER – Tyler police are looking for three suspects in a theft at a Tyler business. It happened around 3:45 Tuesday afternoon at the Simply Mac store store on South Broadway. Three black males are said to have taken six Macbook laptop computers valued at $9,300 from the display area. They cut the security wires and then ran out the store with the computers. The three were observed getting into a Silver SUV by a store employee who gave chase.… Read More

Longview Woman Busted On Drug Charges

Posted/updated on: March 29, 2017 at 4:12 pm

LONGVIEW – A Homeland Security investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Longview Woman. Phyllis King, 59, of Longview was arrested around 1:00 Tuesday afternoon. Longview police and the Gregg County Organized Drug Enforcement Unit assisted the U.S. Postal Inspectors and Homeland Security on serving the warrant at the house on Rawley Court. During the investigation, several different narcotics were found inside her house. Besides two charges of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, King was also charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Death Probe in Upshur County

Posted/updated on: March 29, 2017 at 4:12 pm

GILMER – A shooting death is under investigation in Upshur County. It was reported shortly before 6:30 Tuesday night on Farm Road 1975, near the Lafayette community, about 13 miles northeast of Gilmer. Sheriff’s deputies found one person dead at the scene. No other information has been released as the investigation is ongoing.

Separate Drug Arrests in Henderson County

Posted/updated on: March 29, 2017 at 4:12 pm


ATHENS – Two persons are in custody on separate drug charges. Acting on a tip, George Montgomery Jones, 21, of Chandler, was arrested for an outstanding warrant. During a search, a sheriff’s deputy found Jones in possession of marijuana and also discovered a clear plastic wrapper containing what appeared to be crack cocaine in his possession. He was booked into the Henderson County Jail.… Read More

Bullard STAAR Tests Set for Thursday Following Wednesday Delay

Posted/updated on: March 29, 2017 at 4:15 pm

BULLARD — Bullard Independent School District had a delayed start for classes Wednesday, giving students a one-day reprieve from standardized testing. According to KETK, due to weather damage and lack of electricity on multiple campuses, Bullard ISD delayed classes until 10:00 a.m. All buses were delayed by two hours. STAAR testing scheduled for Wednesday has been rescheduled for Thursday. No word on the extent of any damage.

Bobby Inman, First Legends of TJC Honoree

Posted/updated on: March 29, 2017 at 4:16 pm

TYLER – As part of its 90th anniversary year, Tyler Junior College is honoring some of its most famous living alumni through a new program, the Legends of TJC. TJC President Dr. Mike Metke said, “We’re proud to announce Admiral Bobby R. Inman as our first honoree.” From TJC to an exemplary military career Admiral Bobby R. Inman was among the first group of students who rode a school bus from Mineola to attend classes at TJC.

Tuesday, the main lecture classroom in Jenkins Hall, TJC’s oldest and most iconic building, was dedicated and named Inman’s honor, with special memorabilia and historical mementos placed in the room reflecting his accomplishments.… Read More

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