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Beginning next week, the Bullard Banner News and the Tri County Leader newspapers, owned by Bluebonnet Publishing, LLC., will be merged into a single publication. “An old newspaper guy once said, ‘a newspaper’s first responsibility to its readers is to stay in business,’” said Bill Woodall, publisher. “For that to happen, we need the efficiencies that come from a single press run, from making all our deliveries on one day. Rather than close one or both of the papers, we’ve decided to consolidate.” more
For parents and students who missed out on Bullard Independent School District’s online registration event in May, the district is allowing an additional opportunity to get ready for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. In order to register students, parents can visit www.bullardisd.net, then hover the mouse over “BISD Logins,” and click on “Gradebook,” which will pull up the Skyward login screen. more
With school security as a hot-button issue across the country, Bullard Independent School District has taken a significant step in ensuring the safety of students and staff members during school hours. During a regular scheduled meeting of the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees held Monday, July 30, board members approved the recommendation of Superintendent Todd Schneider and hired John C. Jones as the district’s new Director of School Safety. more
During summer months in Texas, there’s usually a lack of rain and drought-like conditions. Thanks to the current weather conditions, outdoor burning is not allowed in Smith County, as the county is now officially under a burn ban. On Friday, Aug. 3, Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran issued a burn ban due to rapidly increasing wildfire conditions. more
Retail stores throughout the East Texas area are preparing for the state’s annual Sales Tax Holiday, to be held Friday through Sunday, Aug. 10-12. Whether you’re in need of book bags, blackboard chalk or bell-bottom pants, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on those and certain other items during the state’s sales tax holiday. more
TJC will offer classes on Saturdays for the Fall 2018 semester. Saturday classes offer alternatives for those unable to attend college during a traditional time frame, desiring to augment a traditional class schedule, or those who want to add classes to their day, evening or online schedules. more
Smith County will be getting a new extension agent this summer. On Tuesday, July 17, the Smith County Commissioners Court voted to approve Claudann Jones to fill the position of Smith County Extension Agent for Family and Community Health, which was left vacant when longtime agent Patrice Dunigan retired. more
Supporters of Smith County Area Go Texan packed the inside of the Harvey Hall Convention Center in Tyler Saturday, July 21, for the fifth annual Smith County Area Go Texan Scholarship Gala fundraiser event. “We had a great event again this year,” said Gary Hettenbach, member of the Smith County Area Go Texan and board member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. “Naturally, we couldn’t do what we do without the efforts of our committee members, whom I deeply appreciate. My absolute thanks goes out to each and everyone that attended and helped to support our Smith County AGT goal of raising scholarship money for the youth of Smith County.” more
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