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Beginning next week, the Bullard Banner News and the Tri County Leader newspapers, owned by Bluebonnet Publishing, LLC., will be merged into a single publication. “An old newspaper guy once said, ‘a newspaper’s first responsibility to its readers is to stay in business,’” said Bill Woodall, publisher. “For that to happen, we need the efficiencies that come from a single press run, from making all our deliveries on one day. Rather than close one or both of the papers, we’ve decided to consolidate.” more
During summer months in Texas, there’s usually a lack of rain and drought-like conditions. Thanks to the current weather conditions, outdoor burning is not allowed in Smith County, as the county is now officially under a burn ban. On Friday, Aug. 3, Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran issued a burn ban due to rapidly increasing wildfire conditions. more
Retail stores throughout the East Texas area are preparing for the state’s annual Sales Tax Holiday, to be held Friday through Sunday, Aug. 10-12. Whether you’re in need of book bags, blackboard chalk or bell-bottom pants, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on those and certain other items during the state’s sales tax holiday. more
Smith County will be getting a new extension agent this summer. On Tuesday, July 17, the Smith County Commissioners Court voted to approve Claudann Jones to fill the position of Smith County Extension Agent for Family and Community Health, which was left vacant when longtime agent Patrice Dunigan retired. more
The Smith County Commissioners Court voted to approve a five-year tax abatement for Wyoming Machinery Company, which began operations on August 1 on a property that has been vacant for years. Richard Oates Jr., vice president of mining for the Casper, Wyoming-based company, said Tyler will be the business’ second location. They plan to start with 34 employees, but eventually hire 88 people and invest $14.9 million. more
Amazing fishing, gorgeous views, pristine wilderness, and the clearest water you have ever seen – simply put, the trip of a life time. No matter which set of adjectives you use, it is hard to describe Bullard’s Boy Scout Troop No. 366’s Northern Tier High Boy Scout high adventure trip in late June. A total of 14 boy scouts, along with seven adult leaders and fathers, ventured from East Texas to northern Minnesota, and then into the 1.1 million acre Quetico Provincial Park Canadian wilderness in Southern Canada via canoe. more
The city of Bullard is known for offering both residents and guests a plethora of opportunities to shop within their local community. One local store opened its doors in May, providing patrons a place to unwind and visit with friends, as well as shop for items that fit the business’s slogan: “Gifts for Cool People.” Solan Douglas & Co., located at 475 E. Main St. Suite E, is owned by mother-and-daughter entrepreneurs Cindy and Sarah Campbell. The store held its grand opening event in early May, but actually began operations in late March. more
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