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Tyler Earns Gold Leadership Circle Award for Transparency

thumb_Barbara-Bass-2TYLER — For the third time, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs recognized the City of Tyler with a “Gold Leadership Circle Award” for transparency in local government. According to a news release, the Comptroller’s Leadership Circle program recognizes local governments across Texas striving to meet a high standard for financial transparency online, in a user-friendly format. “Transparency has been a priority for me personally during my tenure as Mayor of Tyler,” said Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass (pictured). “Tyler works hard to ensure financial information is readily available to citizens via our web site. Our goal is to communicate and operate in a way that is open and accessible to our community.” Read the rest of this entry »

TJC, A&M Commerce Formally Announce Partnership

thumb_tjc-signTYLER — Texas A&M University-Commerce and Tyler Junior College have formally announced their partnership to simplify the transfer process for students transitioning from associate degree programs at TJC into bachelor’s degree programs at A&M-Commerce. The three-year partnership becomes effective today. TJC students following the recommended program of study, common core, and transfer curriculum, or who have earned an associate degree and meet all other admissions requirements, will automatically receive admission to A&M-Commerce in order to begin work toward their bachelor’s degrees. Read the rest of this entry »

Father Arrested for Child Endangerment

dodd_nac_jail.jpgNACOGDOCHES — A maintenance man entered a Nacogdoches apartment around 2:00 on Wednesday afternoon to find a two year old boy playing with toys inside alone. According to KETK, the boy had been left in the apartment by his father, Howard Terrell Dodd, 28. Police were called to the apartment on the 300 block of Ellington Street and arrested Dodd on site when he returned. Child Protective Services was called to the apartment complex and released the boy to his mother. Dodd has been charged with Child Endangerment/Neglect and has been booked into the Nacogdoches County Jail.

Mom, Boyfriend Accused in Beating of Girl

Ashley WingoLUFKIN (AP) – An East Texas grand jury has indicted a woman and her boyfriend for allegedly using belts, switches and shoes to beat her 3-year-old daughter. Angelina County jail records show Ashley Wingo and Elisiah Phipps were being held Thursday on felony injury to a child charges. Online jail records don’t list attorneys for the pair, whose bond is $50,000 apiece. Read the rest of this entry »

Man Sentenced in Tyler Murder

Marquel Jermon Scott2TYLER — A Tyler man has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for a murder last year. Marquel Jermon Scott, 33, after being convicted of the killing on Tuesday, was sentenced Wednesday. He could have received a life prison sentence for the November 26, 2012, shooting death of Keeston Fields, 26. The shooting occurred early that morning at the Hyena’s motorcycle club in north Tyler.

Longview Burglary Suspect Arrested

Longview PD BadgesLONGVIEW — A Longview burglary suspect has been arrested. A homeowner returned home shortly after 1:30 Wednesday afternoon to see a man taking a television from his house. He called police with a description of the vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody about 15 minutes following a brief chase that ended in Harrison County. The suspect’s name has not been released.

Dad Surprises Daughter at Lindale School

Stephen Stroman and daughterLINDALE — U.S. Arrmy Sgt. Stephen Stroman has braved the brutal desert temperatures of Iraq and Afghanistan. He is comfortable in his Army fatigues. His military training and expertise was no match for the stifling heat and itchy interior of a high school mascot costume. “It’s pretty hot in this thing,” Sgt. Stroman said, “and I can see out of my peripheral but I can’t see straight ahead.” The temporary discomfort and obscured vision were quickly put at ease when the tiny arms of his daughter Emmaleigh wrapped around him for the first time in more than a year. Sgt. Stroman surprised Emmaleigh, a first-grade student at Lindale’s Velma Penny Elementary School, with a visit to her physical education class on Wednesday. He dressed in the Lindale Eagle mascot costume to conceal himself and provide a special gift in time for Christmas. The father and daughter had been separated for a year due to his assignment in New York. Read the rest of this entry »

Some Area Schools See Increase in Freshman Teacher Hires

vlcsnap_2013_12_18_17h22m10s187LONGVIEW — East Texas appears to be bucking a statewide trend that sees schools hiring fewer first-time teachers than ever. KETK reports the Pine Tree, Longview, Gilmer, and Kilgore Independent School Districts are among a list of 18 East Texas schools that have seen an increase in the hiring of “freshman,” or first-time, teachers since 2009. Pine Tree Human Resources Director Suzanne Shackelford says while the number of first-time teachers Pine Tree hires is on the rise, her district looks for the best teaching candidates of all ages. She does note that the freshman teachers are graduating with an important knowledge of technical skills, something that veteran teachers may not have.

Tyler Moves Forward with Purchase of Property for Animal Care Facility

thumb_cityoftylerTYLER — The City of Tyler has announced its plan to move forward with the purchase of property at 4218 Chandler Highway for the purposes of opening a city-owned and operated animal care facility. On Nov. 15, the City entered into a sales contract for $550,000 for the 10 acres and existing buildings on the property to be used for the facility. The sales contract allowed the City 30 days to evaluate the property, which was originally a commercial facility used for manufacturing. During this 30-day window, the City began the process of determining the costs of renovation to prepare the structures for this new purpose, according to a news release. “While firm opinions of probable costs are not in yet, the renovation of the building is estimated to cost in the range of $180 per square foot, versus approximately $240 per square foot for a new building,” said City Engineer Carter Delleney. Read the rest of this entry »

Memorial Service Planned for Country Legend Price

ray_price_fbDALLAS (AP/Staff) – A memorial service is scheduled in East Texas for Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price, who died this week. The service is planned for 1:00 Saturday afternoon at First Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant. Price died Monday at the ranch he owned with his wife, Janie, outside Mount Pleasant. He was 87. Janie Price told the Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune that the couple enjoyed living in “the small, quiet setting of this town.” Ray Price is credited with changing the sound of country music as he collaborated with the genre’s biggest stars and remained relevant for more than half a century. He was one of country music’s most popular and influential singers and bandleaders, recording more than 100 hits.

Police ID Deputy as Suspect in Marshall Shooting

matthaslerfbMARSHALL — Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Hasler, 32, was identified Monday as the suspected gunman in a Sunday shooting, according to the Marshall Police Department. KETK and the Longview News-Journal report that police said Hasler was taken to the Marshall Police Department for further investigation after the 2 a.m. shooting. The gunfire occurred outside Charlie’s BackYard Bar in the 300 block of North Columbus Street, police said. The victim, 20-year-old Trey Austin Rogers, was listed in critical condition Monday evening at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, a hospital spokesman said. Read the rest of this entry »

Police Searching for Suspect in Attempted Robbery

TYLER — Tyler Police are searching for the suspect wanted in an attempted robbery Wednesday morning. It happened around 2:35 at the CVS Pharmacy, 4922 South Broadway Avenue. Officers reviewed the store’s security video, which showed what appeared to be an older model mini-van backing-up to the store’s front doors. The suspect exits the vehicle, forcibly opens the doors and attempts to remove the ATM. Following several failed attempts to remove the ATM from the store, the suspect then fled the area in the mini-van. Read the rest of this entry »

Tyler Man Injured in Ultralight Crash

Palestine utra light crash 12-17-13PALESTINE — A Tyler man has been flown to Mother Frances Hospital after his ultralight plane crashed in Palestine. Hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries is Ronald Quencer, 55. A witness told investigators he was about 50 feet over the runway when the nose of the craft came down and he crashed. The accident happened around 3:00 Tuesday afternoon. The FAA is investigating the crash.

Tyler Man Convicted of Murder

Marquel Jermon Scott2TYLER — A Tyler man is facing up to life in prison after being convicted of murder. A jury Tuesday found Marquel Jermon Scott, 33, guilty of the November 26, 2012, shooting death of Keeston Fields, 26. The shooting occurred early that morning at the Hyena’s motorcycle club in north Tyler. The trial has now moved into the punishment phase.

Boy Hospitalized After Dog Attack

JACKSONVILLE — A young Jacksonville boy remains hospitalized after one of the family’s two pet dogs bit him in the throat. The boy, who has not been identified, was first taken to East Texas Medical Center-Jacksonville. He was then flown to a Dallas hospital. Both of the dogs were euthanized by city authorities. The attack occurred shortly before 5:45 Sunday afternoon in the 1600 block of Meadow Hill.The case remains under investigation.

Authorities: Burglar Caught after Escaping from Hospital

barnhillclutemugLUFKIN — A suspected burglar shot by an Angelina County homeowner is back in custody. According to KETK, it all started when deputies say 33-year-old Cody Barnhill was caught at a house on Farm Road 2251 with a jewelry box under his arm. The woman who owns the house reacted quickly, shooting Barnhill in the back as he was running away, according to authorities. Barnhill was arrested near Houston and taken to a hospital for his bullet wound injuries; officials say he then escaped the hospital. Barnhill has now been arrested again. He faces burglary charges and has been booked into the Angelina County Jail.

Alleged Sexual Predator Identified

chris_nixon_fbJONESBORO, LA. — The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency says the man known as “John Doe 2,” now captured, has been identified as Christopher Nixon. KETK reports the manhunt ended late Monday night, less than four hours after ICE issued a public appeal for information about his identity and location. Nixon was taken into custody at a home in Jonesboro after Homeland Security Investigations received nearly 50 tips from the public via the HSI Tip Line. Officials had earlier advised that Nixon might have ventured into East Texas and issued a notice to be on the lookout for him there. Read the rest of this entry »

Kilgore Police: Beware of Scam Targeting Football Fans

rallyragKILGORE — According to the Kilgore Police Department, a “business” claiming to represent the Kilgore ISD has been soliciting funds from local business owners. According to KETK, the “business,” Concepts Incorporated, is claiming to sell “rally rags” to be used at the state championship game against Carthage this Friday. But police say Concepts Incorporated is in no way affiliated with KISD and that the information the “business” is providing is incorrect. Officials ask citizens to share this story with others so they are not fooled by the scam.

Officials Add Charges in Child Sex/Porn Case

lejunemugNACOGDOCHES — The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office has filed two more felony charges against Justin Lejeune, who has been in custody since December 5 on charges of child pornography and improper photo or visual recording. KETK reports the sheriff’s office executed a search warrant December 5 on the Lejeune home, where investigators say they found child pornography and improper visual recordings allegedly made at his residence. Lejeune was not at the house during the execution of the warrant but was later found at work. Investigators conducted an interview with Lejeune, who reportedly gave a confession to the evidence allegedly found at his home. Read the rest of this entry »

Tyler Police Search for Armed Carjacking Suspects

thumb_police-5TYLER — Tyler Police are called to a report of a robbery early Tuesday morning. It happened shortly after 1:15 at the Reserves Apartment complex, 2851 County Road 272. Authorities said the victim was reportedly carjacked at gunpoint. The victim said it happened at the front gate of the complex after he noticed he was being followed by at least two black males in a white Chevy Impala. The victim said he was forced out of his burgundy 1995 Buick Roadmaster at gunpoint. The suspect then got into the driver’s seat of the victim’s car and left the area with the Chevy Impala following. The victim was not injured. The suspect is described as a 20 to 25 years of age, 6’3 240-250 lbs with a dark complexion, wearing a gray thermal shirt and gray sweat pants. Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1000 or Crimestoppers at 903-597-CUFF.

Lufkin Man Guilty of Robbing Grandmother

Joshua Paul GlawsonLUFKIN — A Lufkin man has been found guilty of several charges, including robbing his grandmother. State District Judge Paul White found Joshua Paul Glawson, 21, guilty Monday afternoon. The judge will set the punishment at a later date, following a pre-sentence report. Glawson had been accused of taking a car from his grandmother at gun point on September 8th.

A&M-Commerce Partners with Tyler Junior College

Texas A&M-CommerceCOMMERCE — Texas A&M University-Commerce will begin a three-year partnership with Tyler Junior College on Friday. The partnership will help students complete their degrees at A&M-Commerce after they receive a foundation at Tyler Junior College. “The best way for colleges and universities to deliver on the promise of educational opportunity is through partnership,” said A&M-Commerce President Dan R. Jones. “We are extraordinarily pleased that through the partnership that A&M-Commerce and Tyler Junior College has developed, more students than ever before will be able to secure their future by earning a baccalaureate degree.” Read the rest of this entry »

Country Singer Ray Price Dead at 87

ray_price_fbMOUNT PLEASANT (AP/Staff) – Ray Price, a towering traditional country singer who was one of the last living connections to Hank Williams, has died. He was 87. Billy Mack Jr., the son of legendary county DJ Bill Mack, says Price died Monday afternoon. Price had pancreatic cancer. He had recently left East Texas Medical Center in Tyler for hospice care at his home in Mt. Pleasant. Mack, a family friend, said he was acting as a family spokesman. Price was perhaps best known for his version of the Kris Kristofferson-written song “For the Good Times” in 1970 that became a pop hit. He was one of the most influential figures in country music in the 1960s and `70s, helping define the genre’s honky-tonk sound early in his career, then taking it in a more polished direction later.

Marshall Shooting Investigated; Lawman Questioned

matthaslerfbMARSHALL — An East Texan remains hospitalized from a gunshot wound after shots were fired Sunday outside a Marshall bar, and a local law officer has been taken in for questioning. KETK reports that around 2:00 Sunday morning, Marshall Police Department Communications received several calls reporting a shooting which had taken place outside Charlie’s Bar at 303 North Columbus. While officers where en route, MPD Communications also requested that Marshall Firefighters/EMT respond due to an injury. Read the rest of this entry »

Another Chance to Weigh In on TRZ

thumb_loop-49LINDALE — Smith County citizens are invited to attend another transportation-related public meeting. Again, the primary topic of discussion will be the proposed Smith County Transportation Reinvestment Zone (TRZ), Number One (Toll 49 Reinvestment Zone). The meeting will be at Lindale City Hall tonight at 7:00. It is being held in conjunction with the Lindale City Council meeting. It’s to be hosted by Commissioner Pct. 3 Terry Phillips. Several similar meetings have been held recently around the county. The project would capture 50% of future property taxes along a designated Toll 49 corridor for construction on Toll 49 and adjoining highways.

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