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With the Christmas season coming and going, gifts have been given and unwrapped. This year, several families in and around the Bullard area received special gifts thanks to the Bullard High School Angel Tree project. “The response by everyone donating to the Angel Tree project this year was very overwhelming,” said Susan Paddack, BHS teacher and Angel Tree organizer. “There were a lot of blessed children through the Angel Tree, who might have not received gifts on Christmas if it wasn’t for this project. I wish I could have seen the kids’ faces on Christmas Day when they unwrapped their gifts. They were blessed, but we were definitely blessed in being able to make someone’s Christmas even more special.” more
East Texas will be one of the stops for a popular collegiate singing organization, as the Texas A&M Cadet Singers, known as “The Voice of Aggieland,” will visit the city of Tyler for an upcoming performance opportunity. According to the group’s website, the performance by the Texas A&M Cadet Singers will be held 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at Marvin United Methodist Church, located at 300 W. Erwin St, in Tyler. more
TxDOT crews are preparing I-20 and other major roadways for winter conditions forecast for the area New Year’s Weekend and into next week. Pre-treating operations using a brine solution began last week, targeting roadways and elevated structures that have the potential to freeze during winter conditions. more
A local man was recently arrested and booked into the Smith County Jail after being wanted by authorities on a revenge porn charge. According to information released by the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, a warrant was issued by the 144th District Court in Tyler and The Honorable Judge Christi Kennedy on Thursday, Dec. 7 for 18-year-old John Kahen Battle, of Jacksonville, wanted for Unlawful Disclosure or Promotion of Intimate Visual Material. more
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar recently announced a temporary tax amnesty program giving certain delinquent taxpayers a chance to make their accounts compliant with state tax law without incurring penalties and interest on tax due. The Texas Tax Amnesty Program will run from Tuesday, May 1 to Friday, June 29, 2018. The program applies to periods prior to Jan. 1, 2018, and only includes liabilities that have not been previously reported to the Comptroller. more
The Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, approved the completion and final payment of two large road projects in the county. The Commissioners Court voted to accept the completion of the construction contract with Longview Bridge & Road, Ltd., for road improvements to County Road 1261 (Big Eddy Road), as well as CR 1253. The contract was approved for $1,274,544, and was completed for $1,129,340, with an underrun of $145,204, Smith County Engineer Frank Davis reported. more
A motion to delay was granted in the trial of a former Brook Hill coach who was arrested and charged with Enticing a Child in 2015. Originally scheduled to take place Monday, Nov. 27, the trial of Ricky Eugene Clements, 63, also known as “Papa Ricky” to Brook Hill students and in the community, was to begin in the court of Judge Randall Rogers in the Smith County Court at Law No. 2. more
One of the newest traditions to be featured in the city of Bullard continues to shine brightly in the spirit of Christmas and the holiday season, as several local businesses, organizations, and community members took part in the third annual Bullard Christmas Tree Decorating Contest this year. This year’s contest was a part of the third annual Bullard Christmas Kickoff event, celebrating the start of the Christmas season, held Wednesday, Dec. 6, in downtown Bullard. more
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