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The Bullard Rotary Club recently sponsored a total of four junior students attending Bullard High School to take part in the annual Rotary Leadership Youth Award (RYLA) camp, taking place in February at Clements Scout Ranch in Athens. RYLA is an international program that was created by Rotary International to encourage strong leadership in youth. Young people chosen for their leadership potential attend an all-expense-paid camp to develop and enhance leadership skills through activities conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect. more
The judge presiding over the trial of the suspect in the November 2016 kidnapping and murder case of 10-year-old Kayla Gomez-Orozco denied granting a motion for continuance last week. Gustavo Zavala-Garcia is suspected of kidnapping the girl from Bullard First Assembly of God on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, setting off a frantic search that ended four days later after officials found her body inside of a water well on Zavala-Garcia property, located in the 23000 block of Old Jacksonville Highway, north of Bullard. more
The Texas Department of Transportation announced recently announced traffic counts would be conducted for approximately one month at a total of 6,400 locations throughout the Tyler District. Traffic data will be collected 24 hours a day on all system roadways¬ through April 26. Motorists will notice road tubes as the counts are being conducted. more
The annual Smith County County-Wide Clean Up event is now underway. “It’s that time of year again – spring cleaning time,” Tommy Goodman, Environmental Crimes Officer for the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, said. “It is our hope that Smith County citizens will be able to get rid of unwanted solid waste and bulk items.” more
Connie McCoy-Wasson, Smith County’s first female fire marshal, was honored during Commissioners Court Tuesday, March 27 for 25 years of service to the county. After working her way up in the Fire Marshal’s Office, McCoy-Wasson became the first woman to head the office in November 2015. Beforehand, she served as deputy fire marshal for more than 20 years. more
The two suspects who were arrested in February after investigators located a credit card skimming device on the pump of a Bullard gas station are now facing new charges. According to warrants obtained by the Tyler Police Department on Thursday, March 29, the suspects in the case, identified as Yoan Marquez Ramos, 28, of Haltom City and Jorge Adrain Borroto, 23, of Mansfield, were charged with first-degree felony charges of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. more
Several local businesses are teaming up to host an event aimed at helping a Bullard woman with the cost of her surgery, as the Eyes on the Run Community Fundraiser event is scheduled to take place Saturday, April 21, in downtown Bullard. The proceeds collected from the event will go towards funding an upcoming eye procedure for Darla Jones, a longtime Bullard resident and 1994 graduate of Bullard High School. , currently working as a personal trainer at Bullard’s Anytime Fitness gym. more
The City of Bullard’s annual Citywide Cleanup and Bulk Trash Drop Off event is scheduled to take place 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in front of Bullard City Hall, located at 114 S. Phillips St. The event is sponsored by Republic Services, the local waste management company. There is no limit on the amount of garbage residents can bring to the event. Event organizers encourage residents to clean out their basements, garages, yards, and homes, saying the cleanup is a great opportunity to dispose of bulky wastes and discards that are not routinely collected by weekly services. more
A total of two Bullard residents were recently honored by receiving promotions from a well-known banking entity in the East Texas area. Jeff Austin III, Vice Chairman of the Board, recently announced the promotion of Austin Bank employees Toni Davis and Brenda Williams. The promotions were approved at the March 2018 Board of Directors meeting at the Austin Bank corporate office in Jacksonville. more
Who could beat the King of Rock and Roll with his song, “Suspicious Minds”? Not many. But there is one man who comes close, and his name is Travis Powell. This 34-year-old North Carolina native has traveled the nation as an Elvis impersonator for years. With his whiskey-smooth vocals and “Well, thank ya, thank ya very much” lines, most people can’t tell the difference. East Texas is in luck, because this smooth impersonator will perform songs from Elvis’ 1968 comeback special and 1970s concert years at 7 p.m. April 27, at the KE Bushmans Concert Theater in Bullard. more
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