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Recently, members of the Texas Press Association (TPA) named Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) a ‘Champion of Transparency’. “I am grateful to TPA for this honor. I believe local newspapers are an essential form of communication all over Texas, but especially in East Texas,” said Senator Nichols. “I have and will continue to stand behind and support the needs of the newspapers within Senate District 3.” more
Smith County officials met with approximately 25 veterans during an outreach event Monday, July 9, in an effort to inform the veterans of the services the Smith County Veteran Services Office provides. The second of four planned veterans outreach meetings was held at the VFW Post 1799 in Tyler. more
The identity of the victim of an apparent homicide in Bullard last week has officially been released by law enforcement officials. Two men were arrested and officially charged with capital murder charges and booked into the Smith County Jail in connection to a murder scene worked by law enforcement on Thursday, July 5. more
A Flint man was recently arrested in connection to a Smith County murder investigation, accused recently of attempting to destroy evidence in the case. Dwayne Welch, 56, of Flint, was arrested by the Tyler Police Department Tuesday, June 12, and charged with Tampering/Fabricating with Physical Evidence, which is a third-degree felony charge. more
The regular scheduled monthly meeting of the Bullard City Council will not take place in the month of July. According to an email obtained by Bullard Banner News, the July meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, July 10, was officially canceled on Friday, July 6. more
Camp and Cass Counties are closer to becoming a part of the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority – NET RMA – after Smith County Commissioners passed a resolution during a recent meeting. Commissioner Terry Phillips was absent from the meeting; however, the vote was unanimous from the present members of the Commissioners Court. more
The Smith County Republican Club will host Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller at the July monthly meeting. Miller is an eighth generation Texas farmer and serves now as the 12th Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture. Since taking office, Miller has visited every continent on the globe to promote Texas agricultural products. more
Texans have many reasons to be proud of the Lone Star state, but for nine different regions around the state, air quality is not one of them. The Texas Department of Transportation’s Drive Clean Texas campaign wants to change that. The campaign wants motorists to take pride in keeping the air clean during the hottest time of year when slow wind speeds and hot, sunny days create conditions where harmful ground-level ozone can form — aided by vehicle tailpipe emissions. more
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar recently issued initial guidance on the implications of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Wayfair v. South Dakota, commonly referred to as Wayfair. more
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