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Members of The Brook Hill School community gathered to honor one of their own, as well as hear an encouraging message from a renowned Christian author and celebrate the school’s 20th year history, at the ninth annual Founder’s Day Celebration event, held Monday, Oct. 9. To celebrate their impact on the lives of student and on the campus at The Brook Hill School, the school’s Board of Directors selected to honor Headmaster Rod Fletcher, and his wife, Heather, with the school’s 2017 Guardian Award. more
The man accused of kidnapping a 10-year-old Tyler girl from a church in Bullard almost a year ago and causing her death made an appearance in front of a judge inside the Smith County Courthouse last week. On Tuesday, Oct. 10, a pre-trial hearing for Gustavo Zavala-Garcia was held with both prosecutors and Zavala-Garcia’s defense team before the 241st District Court of Judge Jack Skeen Jr. inside the Smith County Court House in Tyler. more
One of East Texas’s most renowned lakes, used by many as an escape for swimming, boating, and fishing, has now been invaded and infested by an invasive plant. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, giant salvinia (Salvinia molesta), a floating fern native of southern Brazil, has been found near the rear of Saline Bay, past the bridge located on Farm-to-Market Rd. 344. more
The City of Bullard will come alive with patriotic spirit, as well as be painted in a shade of red, white, and blue, as the Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce prepares to host the 18th annual BACC Red, White, and Blue Festival Saturday, Nov. 4, in downtown Bullard. “We’re very excited for the Red, White, and Blue Festival,” said Katie Clarkston, BACC member and event planner. “This is my third or fourth year to be a part of the Red, White, and Blue Committee. The event is growing in a number of different way, and we hope that it will continue to be a family fun event, weather permitting, as always.” more
Cooler temperatures are just around the corner in East Texas, and as the thermometer sinks lower many kids in Tyler and Smith County will go without a coat this winter. You can help keep a child age 0-18 years warm this winter by donating a new or gently used coat. People Attempting To Help (PATH) kicked off their annual Coats for Kids drive on Oct. 1. New and gently used coats can be dropped off at the following locations: Comet Cleaners, Hart’s Cleaners, Progress Cleaners, Regency Cleaners, Shannon’s Cleaners, The Cleaning Company, VIP Cleaners, Edward Jones – Whitehouse and PATH. more
Longtime Smith County Extension Agent Chad Gulley has retired after more than 17 years of service. Gulley has served as the County Extension Agent - Agriculture and Natural Resources - for Smith County since 2011. He has also served the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services in Polk and Nacogdoches, for a total of more than 17 years. more
A total of three people were arrested last week and booked into the Smith County Jail after a pursuit escaladed into an incident with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. On October 12, 2017 a Trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol attempted to stop a 2008 Ford Raptor pickup for speeding in southeastern Smith County. more
A pre-trial hearing for the murder trial for the suspect accused of kidnapping and murdering a Tyler girl in Bullard last November was delayed last week. Originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 5, a pre-trial hearing for Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, who was arrested in November 2016 and charged with capital murder in the disappearance and death of 10-year-old Kayla Gomez-Orozco of Tyler, was pushed back and is now scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 12. more
A local high school senior is looking to help young girls throughout the area look and feel beautiful with her own nonprofit organization. Lauren Bright, a senior at The Brook Hill School, is looking to help teenage girls fight off labels often associated by attending middle school and high school by equipping them with confidence through her nonprofit organization, Lauren’s Kloset. more
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