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BISD Board President submits resignation letter

Tuesday, November 14

A longstanding member of the Bullard Independent School District Board of Trustees has announced his plans to step down from his seat on the panel at the end of this year. According to a resignation letter obtained by Bullard Banner News and addressed to the Bullard ISD Board of Trustees, board president John Alexander (Place 3) told the board he will continue to serve as the board’s president and trustee until Sunday, Dec. 31.

Sen. Bryan Hughes says no to run for U.S. Congress

Tuesday, November 14

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,

SPCA of East Texas opens newly remodeled adoption center, business offices in Tyler

Tuesday, November 14

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.

KAYLA GOMEZ MURDER TRIAL

Tuesday, November 14

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.

Voters approve $39.5M Smith County Road Plan

Tuesday, November 14

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.