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Approximately 200 young children and parents were on hand to greet special visitors last week, as animals from Tyler’s Caldwell Zoo stopped by for an event coinciding with the library’s Summer Reading Program schedule Tuesday, July 10. With standing room only inside of the library’s largest room, an employee from Caldwell Zoo was on hand to help educate children about various animals, bringing along a ferret and a bearded lizard for attendees to interact with. more
After an intermission for the summer months, the Bullard High School Panther Marching Band is getting back together, as the organization prepares to host a number of summer band events for both incoming and returning members. more
The fifth annual Smith County Area Go Texan scholarship gala is scheduled for Saturday, July 21, at Harvey Hall Convention Center, located at 2000 West Front St., in Tyler. The event begins at 6 p.m. and is the major fundraising event of the organization. The gala will feature both silent and live auctions as well as live music from the Frank Ray Band and an opportunity to hit the dance floor, all while supporting local students through the scholarships financed through gala proceeds. The meal for the event is being catered by 1836 Texas Kitchen. more
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after the body of a Tyler man was discovered inside of a vehicle last week. According to a release from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department, officers received a call reporting a possible deceased person located in a vehicle on County Road 3306, west of Jacksonville, Friday, July 6. The release identified the deceased as a white male, who was later determined to be Olen John Defoore, 38, of Tyler. more
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar recently announced that state sales tax revenue totaled $2.77 billion in the month of June, 13.7 percent more than in June 2017. “Sales tax revenue increased for almost all major economic sectors,” Hegar said. “The strong revenue growth was led by collections from the mining and manufacturing sectors. The construction, wholesale and retail trade sectors also saw strong gains.” more
Recently, members of the Texas Press Association (TPA) named Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) a ‘Champion of Transparency’. “I am grateful to TPA for this honor. I believe local newspapers are an essential form of communication all over Texas, but especially in East Texas,” said Senator Nichols. “I have and will continue to stand behind and support the needs of the newspapers within Senate District 3.” more
Smith County officials met with approximately 25 veterans during an outreach event Monday, July 9, in an effort to inform the veterans of the services the Smith County Veteran Services Office provides. The second of four planned veterans outreach meetings was held at the VFW Post 1799 in Tyler. more
Tyler Junior College will offer a specially designated orientation session for students in technical programs. Prospective students and their families are welcome to attend the free event, which will be held noon-4 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Skills Training Center at TJC West, located at 1530 South Southwest Loop 323 in Tyler. Orientation will be offered for prospective students in TJC technical programs, including automotive technology, electrical/electronic controls technology, heating and air conditioning technology, industrial maintenance technology, power plant technology, and welding technology. more
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