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Longtime Smith County Extension Agent Chad Gulley has retired after more than 17 years of service. Gulley has served as the County Extension Agent - Agriculture and Natural Resources - for Smith County since 2011. He has also served the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services in Polk and Nacogdoches, for a total of more than 17 years. more
A total of three people were arrested last week and booked into the Smith County Jail after a pursuit escaladed into an incident with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. On October 12, 2017 a Trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety - Highway Patrol attempted to stop a 2008 Ford Raptor pickup for speeding in southeastern Smith County. more
A pre-trial hearing for the murder trial for the suspect accused of kidnapping and murdering a Tyler girl in Bullard last November was delayed last week. Originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 5, a pre-trial hearing for Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, who was arrested in November 2016 and charged with capital murder in the disappearance and death of 10-year-old Kayla Gomez-Orozco of Tyler, was pushed back and is now scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 12. more
A local high school senior is looking to help young girls throughout the area look and feel beautiful with her own nonprofit organization. Lauren Bright, a senior at The Brook Hill School, is looking to help teenage girls fight off labels often associated by attending middle school and high school by equipping them with confidence through her nonprofit organization, Lauren’s Kloset. more
The Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce has opened its annual patriotic scholarship essay competition and is now seeking entries. The application process for the 2017 BACC Red, White, and Blue Patriotism Essay Competition began last month. The purpose of the competition is to honor American veterans and the sacrifices they have made to ensure freedom. more
Smith County has released an informational video so voters can easily obtain information on the Road Bond Election set for Tuesday, Nov. 7. “We are committed to go above and beyond in this process to make sure the public has full, accurate and timely information about the upcoming bond election,” Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran said. “We want them to make an informed decision, whether for or against, when they vote.” more
On September 29, 2017, in the 2nd Judicial District Court of Cherokee County, Texas, a jury of 12 members found Clifton Wayne Jones guilty of Continuous Sexual Assault of a Child. The victim, who shall remain nameless, confronted her accuser and testified about a series of sexual acts that Mr. Jones inflicted on her over a period of several months. more
Members of The Brook Hill School community will gather together to celebrate the school’s history, while also looking towards the future, at the ninth annual Founder’s Day Celebration event, to be held Monday, Oct. 9 more
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