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A total of three arrest warrant affidavits connected to a recent homicide in Bullard, released last week, shine a light on the details in the death of a Tyler woman, including how her body was found in a trash can by law enforcement officials. more
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
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
The identity of the victim of an apparent homicide in Bullard last week has officially been released by law enforcement officials. Two men were arrested and officially charged with capital murder charges and booked into the Smith County Jail in connection to a murder scene worked by law enforcement on Thursday, July 5. more
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