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The fifth annual Smith County Area Go Texan scholarship gala is scheduled for Saturday, July 21, at Harvey Hall Convention Center, located at 2000 West Front St., in Tyler. The event begins at 6 p.m. and is the major fundraising event of the organization. “We are excited to see this event grow as it does each year,” said Wade Frederick, Smith County Area Go Texan member. “This event is the result of a great group of volunteers working for the benefit of our Smith County students. Those that attend this year will have a great time and leave knowing they have made a difference for local students.” more
The Bullard Banner News office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The deadline to receive advertising and story information will move to 12 p.m. Friday, June 29 due to the holiday. Anyone wishing to have advertisements or stories in the Wednesday, May 30 issue of the paper is asked to have all information turned into the office by noon on June 29. more
It is official. The new location of Hangers of Hope, 3826 Troup Highway, is now open following a ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place Thursday, June 21. Members of the Tyler Chamber of Commerce, Chick-fil-A - Highlands Village Shopping Center, Super 1 Foods, and 89.5 FM KVNE were all present for the grand opening. more
With the Fourth of July fast approaching and the summer months upon us, indulging in barbecues, holiday parties and swimming often top the list of activities to enjoy during the summer season. To help everyone do so safely, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding people about potential summer fire and electrical hazards, and providing tips and recommendations to minimize them. “By knowing where potential fire and electrical hazards exist during the summer months and taking the needed steps to prevent them, people can enjoy activities such as grilling, swimming and celebrating the Fourth of July while keeping their families, guests and homes safe,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of NFPA’s Outreach and Advocacy Division. more
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans to take extra precautions and stay safe as summer officially began on Thursday, June 21. According to Texas DPS, rising temperatures and increased travel can create additional safety concerns over the summer, particularly with extreme temperatures increasing the risk of heat-related injuries or deaths. Despite rain that has cooled much of the state this week, heat indices have already hit 100 degrees and above in many parts of Texas, and will continue to do so throughout the summer. more
A recommendation was made last week by the executive director of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement regarding the possible license suspension of suspended Smith County Precinct 1 Constable Henry Phillip Jackson. According to a petition filed in May, TCOLE executive director Kim Vickers recommended a 10-year suspension of Jackson’s peace officer’s license. more
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced recently that he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $710.4 million in local sales tax allocations for June. The report released by the Texas Comptroller’s office stated the figures released for June represent an 11 percent increase from the amount released statewide in 2017. more
A total of 17 Boy Scouts and seven adults are headed to the north woods of Canada on an epic outdoor adventure where they will be blessed by canoeing, fishing and enjoying God’s handiwork and seeing wild creatures that are not in East Texas, when they trek north to the Northern Tier Canoe Base in Ely, MN. more
Smith County Treasurer Kelli White was named as a finalist for a statewide County Treasurer’s award. The County Treasurers Association of Texas held its 46th annual Education Seminar in San Marcos recently. more
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding residents that many customers can skip the trip to a driver license office altogether, which is especially convenient during the busy summer months. Most residents who are eligible to skip the trip are not taking advantage of the option to quickly renew their Texas Driver’s License or identification card online (or by phone). Address changes can also be taken care of online (or by mail) in many instances. more
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