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TxDOT crews are preparing I-20 and other major roadways for winter conditions forecast for the area New Year’s Weekend and into next week. Pre-treating operations using a brine solution began last week, targeting roadways and elevated structures that have the potential to freeze during winter conditions. more
A local man was recently arrested and booked into the Smith County Jail after being wanted by authorities on a revenge porn charge. According to information released by the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, a warrant was issued by the 144th District Court in Tyler and The Honorable Judge Christi Kennedy on Thursday, Dec. 7 for 18-year-old John Kahen Battle, of Jacksonville, wanted for Unlawful Disclosure or Promotion of Intimate Visual Material. more
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar recently announced a temporary tax amnesty program giving certain delinquent taxpayers a chance to make their accounts compliant with state tax law without incurring penalties and interest on tax due. The Texas Tax Amnesty Program will run from Tuesday, May 1 to Friday, June 29, 2018. The program applies to periods prior to Jan. 1, 2018, and only includes liabilities that have not been previously reported to the Comptroller. more
The Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, approved the completion and final payment of two large road projects in the county. The Commissioners Court voted to accept the completion of the construction contract with Longview Bridge & Road, Ltd., for road improvements to County Road 1261 (Big Eddy Road), as well as CR 1253. The contract was approved for $1,274,544, and was completed for $1,129,340, with an underrun of $145,204, Smith County Engineer Frank Davis reported. more
A motion to delay was granted in the trial of a former Brook Hill coach who was arrested and charged with Enticing a Child in 2015. Originally scheduled to take place Monday, Nov. 27, the trial of Ricky Eugene Clements, 63, also known as “Papa Ricky” to Brook Hill students and in the community, was to begin in the court of Judge Randall Rogers in the Smith County Court at Law No. 2. more
One of the newest traditions to be featured in the city of Bullard continues to shine brightly in the spirit of Christmas and the holiday season, as several local businesses, organizations, and community members took part in the third annual Bullard Christmas Tree Decorating Contest this year. This year’s contest was a part of the third annual Bullard Christmas Kickoff event, celebrating the start of the Christmas season, held Wednesday, Dec. 6, in downtown Bullard. more
The trial of the suspect accused of kidnapping and murdering a 10-year-old girl in the city of Bullard in November 2016 could be rescheduled to a later date due to a delay in DNA testing. During a pre-trial hearing held Thursday, Dec. 14, inside the courtroom of the 241st District Court of Judge Jack Skeen Jr., suspect Gustavo Zavala-Garcia made an appearance with his legal defense team, as well as prosecutors from the Smith County District Attorney’s Office. more
A total of 24 Boy Scouts and parents from local Bullard Boy Scout Troop No. 366 will embark on the experience of a lifetime in the North Country and Canada, canoeing through some of the 2,000 lakes in Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park in June 2018. “Our troop is blessed that we have a town and parents that support our Boy Scout Troop’s adventures” said Mark Maple, assistant scoutmaster. “Our troop has never attempted this High Adventure camp, but when I mentioned it to the Scouts, they were all in.” more
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