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Two years after being arrested and charged with Enticing a Child, the trial for a former coach at The Brook Hill School will begin next week. For five years, Clements, 63, of Flint, also known as "Papa Ricky" to Brook Hill students and in the community, served as the Lady Guard volleyball head coach, as well as the head coach for the Lady Guard basketball team. The trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27, in the court of Judge Randall Rogers in the Smith County Court at Law No. 2. more
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 Kickoff events 3-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4. “We are so excited to now have the public relations and communications department at the City of Bullard to be able to 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 more
A well-known face in the banking world around the city of Bullard will celebrate a milestone in her career this week, as Karen Vaughan, Vice President and Branch Manager of Bullard’s Texas National Bank location will mark 50 years in banking on Wednesday, Nov. 15. “I’m really excited and feel blessed to be celebrating 50 years in banking,” said Vaughan. “I began in banking when we had manual typewriters, with ribbons and a lot of errors made; it was really slow back then. Later, banking went into the computer industry, which brought a lot of excitement. It’s been amazing to have a career in the same field for the past 50 years and to see the world of banking change over time.” more
Last week marked a new chapter in the history of a well-recognized hometown Bullard organization, as the Bullard Mission House and Mission Clinic held a ribbon-cutting event with the Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as a dedication ceremony, Thursday, Nov. 9, at the new facility, located at 226 S. Phillips St. “It’s really hard to put it all into words,” said Hazel mason, director of the Bullard Mission House. “We had all of those years where we were occupying any space we could, and even had to put of sheets and shower curtains to make additional rooms. Every day that I walk into this new building, I am just in awe and am thankful for God’s blessings on this ministry.” more
With an announcement to his supporters posted to his Congressional website Tuesday, Oct. 31, United States Congressman Jeb Hensarling, currently in his eighth term, said he would not be seeking re-election in 2018. Now, one of the potential “up-and-comers” within the Texas GOP party has issued a statement saying that he will not be running for Hensarling’s seat. Texas Senator Bryan Hughes, serving his first term in the Texas Senate as the Senator of District One, sent out a statement to the press of Tuesday, Nov. 7, more
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of East Texas recently opened their new adoption center and business office, located at 4517 Old Bullard Rd. in Tyler, during a grand opening event held Saturday, Nov. 4. According to a press release sent out by SPCA, numerous local vendors, contractors, and businesses came together to support the organization by remodeling a house on the property into the new adoption center and business office. more
The man accused of kidnapping and murdering 10-year-old Kayla Gomez-Orozco, of Tyler, from a Bullard church last November was back inside of the courtroom last week for a pre-trial hearing. Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, along with his defense team represented by lead counsel Jeff L. Haas, was presence inside the courtroom of the 241st District Court of Judge Jack Skeen Jr. for a pre-trial hearing Wednesday, Nov. 8, inside the Smith County Courthouse in Tyler. During the pre-trial hearing, Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham informed Judge Skeen that a report from the Cherokee county Sheriff’s Office has been received. Bingham stated that the report previously was missing a page, but now, it has been turned over in full. more
Smith County voters voted to approve the county’s $39.5 million road bond proposal, passing the measure with 73 percent of the vote Tuesday, Nov. 7, according to unofficial voting totals. Smith County ballots showed 4,411 people, or 73 percent, voted for the bond, while 1,629 people, or 27 percent, voted against the issuance of bonds for road and bridge construction and major improvements. more
Patriotism was clearly on display throughout the streets of Bullard last weekend, as the Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 18th annual BACC Red, White, and Blue Festival Saturday, Nov. 4, in downtown Bullard. “This year’s festival was an exciting journey that came to fruition well,” said Tiffany Fletcher, co-chair of the BACC Red, White, and Blue committee. “I’m excited to see the year’s worth of planning that has taken place and all the ideas and hard work put in by countless volunteers put into action.” more
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced recently that he will send cities, counties, transit systems, and special purpose taxing districts a total of $660.4 million in local sales tax allocations for the month of October. The amount released by Hegar’s office represents a 1.6 percent increase from the sales tax allocations released in October 2016. The October sales tax allocations report showed increases for the city of Bullard and Smith County, while also reporting a slight dip in monies received by Cherokee County. more
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