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Ted Kamel is looking to retake his former seat in the Texas House of Representatives, as he announced his campaign for State Representative District 6, against incumbent Rep. Matt Schaefer, last October. Kamel served in the role as District 6 representative for a total of four terms, from 1991 to 1999. During his time in the Texas House, he passed 50 bills, including expanding The University of Texas at Tyler to a four year university and creating the UT Tyler School of Engineering. more
Two men from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex were arrested last week after an investigation by the Tyler Police Department led to the discovery of a credit card skimming device on a gasoline pump in the city of Bullard. more
Local dog lovers can now help a local animal shelter while interacting with several pets who will soon be adopted. The animal shelter is accepting applications from people who would like to volunteer to assist with cleaning duties, as well as photographing, washing, grooming and walking dogs available for adoption. The applications are available at the shelter, located at 322 E. Ferguson, which is open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. more
On Thursday, Feb. 8, a Smith County Grand Jury returned indictments against a total of 25 individuals, with 19 of the indictments being for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, as well as five indictments for Theft and one indictment for Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant. During the morning of Thursday, Feb. 15, law enforcement officers from multiple agencies began executing arrest warrants related to the indictments in Smith, Henderson and Van Zandt Counties. more
Safety of students during the school day is a hot-button issue across the country, with reports of assaults and shootings in the news more often than many people care to see or hear. The Brook Hill School recently made strides to help educate students and families on how to stay safe in a number of environments, as the school hosted an all-female self-defense class event Monday, Jan. 29, inside the Kyle Lake Athletic Center. more
A continuance was recently granted by the judge in the trial of a Lindale woman who was indicted on two counts of Intoxication Manslaughter after allegedly having a blood alcohol count over the legal limit when she struck and killed two drivers on Toll 49 in April 2017. Judge Jack Skeen Jr. in the 241st District Court in Tyler granted a continuance in the trial of Jessica Lauren Vass, 35, of Lindale. With the continuance granted by the judge, the trial, which was previously scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 22, will now begin on Monday, Feb. 26. more
Jury selection was scheduled to begin on Monday, Feb. 12 in an assault case involving a member of the Smith County Commissioners Court. Smith County Precinct 4 Commissioner JoAnn Hampton was scheduled to appear in the 241st District Court inside the Smith County Courthouse Monday morning, with the trial slated to begin Tuesday, according to both lawyers in the case. more
Applications for seats on the Bullard City Council and Bullard Independent School District Board of Trustees in the upcoming election are due by the end of the week to both local entities. For citizens wishing to fulfill their civic duty and run for a seat on the Bullard City Council, the City of Bullard is currently applications for the upcoming Saturday, May 5 general election. more
Dignitaries from across Smith County and the East Texas region gathered on the campus of UT Health Northeast Thursday, Jan. 25, to open the newest MD Anderson Cancer Network partner, UT Health Northeast publicity officials announced. UT Health Northeast M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Tyler joins six U.S. partner healthcare institutions and three international facilities with the goal of eradicating cancer. more
Smith County residents will be able to celebrate Texas Independence Day with fireworks again this year. On Tuesday, Feb. 6, Smith County Commissioners voted to approve an order authorizing fireworks sales from Sunday, Feb. 25 through 12 a.m. Friday, March 2. Although fireworks can be discharged any time of year, there are only certain state-approved holidays when fireworks can be sold in Texas, including Independence Day and New Year’s Eve. more
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