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With an announcement to his supporters posted to his Congressional website Tuesday, Oct. 31, United States Congressman Jeb Hensarling, currently in his eighth term, said he would not be seeking re-election in 2018. Now, one of the potential “up-and-comers” within the Texas GOP party has issued a statement saying that he will not be running for Hensarling’s seat. Texas Senator Bryan Hughes, serving his first term in the Texas Senate as the Senator of District One, sent out a statement to the press of Tuesday, Nov. 7, more
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of East Texas recently opened their new adoption center and business office, located at 4517 Old Bullard Rd. in Tyler, during a grand opening event held Saturday, Nov. 4. According to a press release sent out by SPCA, numerous local vendors, contractors, and businesses came together to support the organization by remodeling a house on the property into the new adoption center and business office. more
A total of 17 students representing Bullard High School’s Class of 2018 were recently invited to be the guests of honor at a luncheon event recognizing Top 10 Percent seniors from around the area, held Tuesday, Oct. 10, on the campus of the University of Texas at Tyler. “We are very proud of this year’s top 10 percent of the senior class,” said Laura Hunter, BHS counselor. “They have worked so hard to get here and we are thankful for the recognition they have received from UT Tyler. We look forward to seeing where the future takes them.” Members of the BHS Class of 2018 Top 10 Percent, more
The Bullard High School Twirlers recently took home a number of awards and state-qualifying credentials after competing at the recent UIL Region 21 Twirling Contest, held Wednesday, Oct. 25, at BHS. In total, the 12 members of the BHS Twirlers competed at the contest, bringing home a total of 10 First Division ratings and punching their tickets to the upcoming UIL State Twirling Contest, to be held Saturday through Monday, May 26- 28, at a site to be determined in the Austin area, according to the UIL website. more
The man accused of kidnapping and murdering 10-year-old Kayla Gomez-Orozco, of Tyler, from a Bullard church last November was back inside of the courtroom last week for a pre-trial hearing. Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, along with his defense team represented by lead counsel Jeff L. Haas, was presence inside the courtroom of the 241st District Court of Judge Jack Skeen Jr. for a pre-trial hearing Wednesday, Nov. 8, inside the Smith County Courthouse in Tyler. During the pre-trial hearing, Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham informed Judge Skeen that a report from the Cherokee county Sheriff’s Office has been received. Bingham stated that the report previously was missing a page, but now, it has been turned over in full. more
Smith County voters voted to approve the county’s $39.5 million road bond proposal, passing the measure with 73 percent of the vote Tuesday, Nov. 7, according to unofficial voting totals. Smith County ballots showed 4,411 people, or 73 percent, voted for the bond, while 1,629 people, or 27 percent, voted against the issuance of bonds for road and bridge construction and major improvements. more
Patriotism was clearly on display throughout the streets of Bullard last weekend, as the Bullard Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 18th annual BACC Red, White, and Blue Festival Saturday, Nov. 4, in downtown Bullard. “This year’s festival was an exciting journey that came to fruition well,” said Tiffany Fletcher, co-chair of the BACC Red, White, and Blue committee. “I’m excited to see the year’s worth of planning that has taken place and all the ideas and hard work put in by countless volunteers put into action.” more
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced recently that he will send cities, counties, transit systems, and special purpose taxing districts a total of $660.4 million in local sales tax allocations for the month of October. The amount released by Hegar’s office represents a 1.6 percent increase from the sales tax allocations released in October 2016. The October sales tax allocations report showed increases for the city of Bullard and Smith County, while also reporting a slight dip in monies received by Cherokee County. more
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