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The Smith County Elections Office is inviting the public to view new voting machines Smith County is considering to purchase. Smith County voters recently had an opportunity to visit the Elections office, while members of the media, as well as election workers, city secretaries for Tyler and Bullard, representatives from Tyler Independent School District, UT Tyler, the Democratic and Republican Parties, and Lighthouse for the Blind, attended a recent demonstration of the new voter machines and learned how they work. more
The late Smith County Fire Marshal Jim Seaton was posthumously inducted into the Texas Division of Emergency Management Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 15. The award was accepted by his widow, Nancy Seaton; his daughter, Melissa Seaton; and Smith County Fire Marshal/Emergency Management Coordinator Connie McCoy-Wasson, during the Texas Division of Emergency Management Conference in San Antonio. more
Charities in East Texas benefited from the generosity of more than 2,475 donors during East Texas Giving Day, the region’s day of giving to support local nonprofits. The online fundraising effort began at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24th, and ended at midnight. Based on preliminary results, donors contributed $755,428 to support the causes they care about in 32 East Texas counties in the 18-hour fundraising period. more
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced recently that he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts a total of $861 million in local sales tax allocations for the month of May. The report released by the Texas Comptroller’s office stated the figures released for May represent a 9.4 percent increase from the amount released statewide in May 2017. more
The Bullard Banner News office will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The deadline to receive advertising and story information will move to 12 p.m. Friday, May 25 due to the holiday. Anyone wishing to have advertisements or stories in the Wednesday, May 30 issue of the paper is asked to have all information turned into the office by noon on Friday, May 26. more
Smith County residents will be able to celebrate Memorial Day with a bang again this year by purchasing and igniting fireworks. Earlier this month, Smith County Commissioners voted to approve an order authorizing fireworks sales from Wednesday, May 23 through Monday, May 28. The 84th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1150, authorizing three additional periods that fireworks may be sold to the public as long as the Commissioners Courts in each county issues an order authorizing such sales each year. more
Texas families and businesses can save on the purchase of certain water- and energy-efficient products during the state’s Water-Efficient Products and ENERGY STAR® sales tax holidays. Both take place Saturday through Monday, May 26-28. more
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding drivers to use extra caution around motorcycles on roads and highways in conjunction with Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month, which occurs annually in May. more
A Bullard teenager was killed, and four others were injured, after a rollover accident in North Central Texas last weekend. According to reports, the accident occurred around 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, on Interstate 35 near mile marker 348, south of the city of West, causing traffic to be backed up for hours. more
The city of Bullard was filled with patriotic pride and American freedom, as members of the East Texas community paid tribute to true American heroes at the 2018 East Texas Salute event, held Saturday, May 12, on the grounds of the Brook Hill Upper School and the American Freedom Museum. The event this year, which drew an estimated attendance of 6,500-7,000, was to celebrate and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, a group of American heroes that were not given the honor they deserved when they returned from the battlefield. more
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