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July: Approximately 3,000 members of the Bullard and East Texas communities gathered together to celebrate the United States’ 241st birthday at the annual Fourth of July event, “Blast Over Bullard,’ in the parking lot of Bullard High School. Judge Jack Skeen, Jr. in the 241st District Court in Tyler, granted a motion to delay the trial of Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, accused in the kidnapping and murder of Kayla Gomez-Orozco in Bullard in November 2016. The motion was granted to allow testing of evidence to be completed. more
Members of the Bullard community gathered together last week to celebrate the legacy of a lifelong resident who has been synonymous with the city’s history for nearly a century. Dr. Marjorie Roper, known as the “First Lady of Bullard” and also had a longstanding career as the town’s medical physician for decades, passed away at her home during the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 3. She was 96 years old. more
The trial for the suspect accused in the 2016 kidnapping and murder case of a 10-year-old Tyler girl in Bullard has now been rescheduled due to a delay in receiving forensic testing results. more
A $1 million prize in the Texas Lottery® scratch ticket game, Texas Lottery® Gold has been claimed by a resident of Bullard. The claimant elected to remain anonymous. For selling the winning ticket, Brookshire Food Store #70 at 213 Doctor M. Roper Parkway N. in Bullard, is eligible for a $10,000 retailer bonus. This was the third of five top prizes worth $1 million available in the game to be claimed. Texas Lottery® Gold offers more than $75.2 million in total prizes. Overall odds of winning any prize in the game are one in 3.09, including break-even prizes. more
A flint woman was pronounced dead after officials responded to an accident scene during the afternoon hours of Saturday, Jan. 6. At approximately 4:36 p.m. Saturday, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on County Road 46 in Smith County, about one mile north of the city of Tyler. more
From personal tragedies like disease, suicide and financial difficulties to catastrophes on a massive scale such as shootings, fires and floods, many Christians may feel unprepared to offer comfort to the weary and hope to those in despair. On Saturday, Jan. 13, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team – a nationwide network of crisis-trained chaplains ready to deploy whenever disaster strikes – will hold a regional training in Big Sandy, Texas, to prepare Christians to appropriately respond with the love and hope of Jesus Christ in times of crisis. more
Henry Jackson, Smith County’s Precinct 1 Constable who is currently serving a jail sentence, was suspended from his elected position by a visiting judge in December, while a former Smith County Sheriff’s Office deputy was named as his interim replacement. During a hearing before visiting judge Richard Beacom in Smith County’s 7th District Court on Wednesday, Dec. 13, the decision was made by Beacom to suspend Jackson and appoint Bobby Garmon as the replacement to run the more
A local business owner was indicted by a Smith County Grand Jury in December for allegedly committing a sexual assault on a female under 14 years old. The grand jury returned an indictment on one count of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child against Grant Edward Cook, 56, of Flint, on Thursday, Dec. 7. more
January: The Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce voted in new board members and officers in their 2018 election, including Jay Miller, president; Brandy Baker, vice-president; Tracy Barnes, secretary; Robyn Capps, treasurer; and James Murphy, Laura Jones, and Dr. James Gardner, all as board members. Murphy was also elected 2017 BACC Chairman of the Board. more
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