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The streets of downtown Bullard will soon be filled with the holiday spirit, as the City of Bullard and Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Bullard Christmas Parade and third annual Bullard Christmas Kick-Off events 3-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4. “We are so excited to now have this as a City Event, and to partner with the Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce to put on this event and the parade,” said Chelci Amburgy, City of Bullard Director of Public Relations and Communications. “This year will be full of lots of fun activities, food, Santa, Hot Chocolate, vendors, a photo booth, and of course the amazing parade! Mark your calendars because this is an event that you will not want to miss.” more
The Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved an inter-local agreement with Tyler Junior College’s Veterinary Technology Program to provide services to the Smith County Animal Shelter. more
Due to dry conditions and a lack of rain in recent weeks, Cherokee County officials have placed the county under a burn ban. Set into place by Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis, a burn ban is a mandatory order which local governments are empowered to take action on the behalf of those they serve. more
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
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