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The spring season is commonly referred to a season of rebirth and growth. Workers at a local east Texas winery, with literal roots planted around the Tyler and Bullard communities, are hoping for the vines to awaken and produce their luscious fruits as spring begins. Kiepersol Winery, located at 3933 FM 344 E. in Tyler, about two miles outside of the Bullard city limits, welcomed hundreds of East Texans to mark the occasion of a new year of grape-growing and wine and spirit-making at the annual Waking of the Vines at Kiepersol event, held Saturday, March 10. more
A Flint resident, who also is a prominent insurance agent in the East Texas area, was arrested last week, and is now facing charges relating to child sexual abuse. William “Chip” Ronald Crist, 46, of Flint, was arrested on Thursday, March 8 inside of the Bullard Police Department, according to Smith County Judicial Records. Warrants for Crist’s arrest were signed by Senior State district Judge Joe D. Clayton. more
On Saturday, March 3, the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA) presented State Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) with the Doc Brown Legislator of the Year Award. In the 85th Texas Legislative Session, Nichols authored and passed Senate Bill 16, which lowered License to Carry fees in Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill into law in the summer of 2017. more
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging Texans to keep safety a top priority as they prepare for this year’s Spring Break. Texans should be mindful that increased traffic often accompanies Spring Break, so the department is urging drivers to obey all traffic laws and use extra caution when driving during the next few weeks. more
Ardent Health Services and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler have completed the purchase of East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System. ETMC will be combined with UT Health Northeast to form a 10-hospital system known as UT Health East Texas. “It really is an incredible opportunity for this new system to bring together the best of both more
Kathy Hettenbach was awarded “Rookie Ambassador” by the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Although 2017 was her first year to serve as Ambassador for the Smith County Area Go Texan organization, Kathy has been involved as a volunteer and leader for many years. more
The jury trial for a former coach accused of enticing a player on his team in 2015 is expected to begin in a Smith County Courtroom next week. According to Paul Clarkston, Criminal Coordinator and Court Administrator for Smith County Court at Law 2, a continuance was granted by Judge Randall Rogers in the trial of Ricky Eugene Clements, 63, after a hearing on Monday, Feb. 5, and is now expected to begin 9 a.m. Monday, March 19. more
A local winery with ties to the Bullard community is opening its doors and welcoming one and all to celebrate a new season of winemaking. Kiepersol Winery, located at 3933 FM 344 E. in Tyler, is preparing to welcome hundreds to mark the occasion of a new season of grapes on the vines during the Waking of the Vines at Kiepersol event, scheduled for Saturday, March 10. more
Each year in Texas, more than half of drivers involved in deadly drunk driving crashes are between the ages of 17 and 34. With many college students and young adults heading to Spring Break destinations in the coming weeks, the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Plan While You Can” campaign reminds them to make a sober ride part of their festivities. more
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