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The Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels Ministry (MOWM) is excited to announce that after a nationwide search for a new President and CEO, Kari Kietzer has joined the organization in the top leadership role. “Ms. Kietzer joins Meals on Wheels Ministry with myriad experiences positioning her to manage with a high level of expertise and leadership, and we are proud to announce her as the new President and CEO of this nearly 45 year old East Texas service organization,” announced Mr. Joshua Ebright, MOWM Chairman of the Board. more
A Bullard mother is continuing to keep the memory of her son alive through an annual school supplies donation event, which recently began for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. According to event organizer Lindsey Denney, the mission of keeping the memory of her son, Colton, alive is the foundation of the fourth annual Backpacks 4 Colton campaign. more
The Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Office of Emergency Management have been working diligently on an updated Hazard Mitigation Plan for the county for more than a year. On Tuesday, July 17, the Smith County Commissioners Court approved the Smith County Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). more
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced recently that he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $759 million in local sales tax allocations for the month of July. The report released by the Texas Comptroller’s office stated the figures released for July represent an 11.6 percent increase in local sales tax figures from the amount released statewide in July 2017. more
Representatives from several local law enforcement agencies were honored for their service to the community during an appreciation luncheon event, taking place Tuesday, July 17, at the American Freedom Museum, located on the campus of The Brook Hill Upper School. “It is our pleasure to open our doors and welcome these amazing law enforcement officers to the Brook Hill campus,” said Steve Dement, founder of Brook Hill. more
A DNA analyst testified in the murder trial of a suspect accused of killing a Tyler girl after kidnapping her from a Bullard church in 2016, stating that it could take until mid-November for additional DNA testing and the subsequent report to be filed. In a pre-trial hearing for Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, held Thursday, July 12, inside the 241st District Court of Judge Jack Skeen Jr., Kristen Cossota with the Texas Department of Public Safety said that the DPS lab was beginning trace analysis of approximately 400 hairs with possible roots that may give experts enough for a DNA profile. more
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans to take extra safety precautions as temperatures and heat indices continue to reach 100 degrees and above in many parts of the state. “We have already experienced extreme heat in most parts of the state this summer, and DPS wants to remind all Texans that the dangers from sustained high temperatures should not be taken lightly,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Heat-related injuries and deaths are often preventable if we take the necessary steps to protect ourselves and others.” more
Hot, hotter than you can imagine! A total of 14 boy scouts and two adult leaders from Bullard’s Troop No. 366 trekked to Camp Pirtle, southwest of Carthage, and attended Boy Scout summer camp in late June, on the banks of Lake Murvaul. more
A Flint resident was recently arrested and booked into the Smith County Jail after allegedly being seen beating a four-month-old puppy with a belt on video. Keith Allen McAllister, 23, of Flint, was arrested on Tuesday, July 10, and charged with one count of Cruelty to a Non-Livestock Animal, a third-degree felony charge, according to Smith County Jail Records. more
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