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The spotlight was shone brightly on the Smith County District Attorney’s Office and the upcoming election for the top seat in the office, as an audit released in January found numerous policy infractions through an audit report, with a candidate for District Attorney listed as the top violator. 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
A new business on Bullard’s Main St. now calls the city home, with the hopes of bringing fashionable men’s wear to the East Texas area. Bo Botello, owner of Botique, located at 475 E. Main St., Suite B, opened up the location in late September, with business at the retail location now in full bloom. “I am so excited to be open in Bullard,” said Botello. “I’ve wanted to do something like this for so long and I believe we’ve picked the most wonderful spot to do it. We have so many wonderful people around us and now, they don’t have to run into town with all the traffic to pick up something to wear; they can come here to us, and we have what they need. Business has been great since we opened up. We’re all very thankful to all of our clients.” more
Members of The Brook Hill School community will gather together to celebrate the school’s history, while also looking towards the future, at the ninth annual Founder’s Day Celebration event, to be held Monday, Oct. 9 more
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar recently released his final sales tax allocation report for the 2017 calendar year, announcing he will send cities, counties, transit systems, and special purpose taxing districts a total of $695.2 million in local sales tax allocations for the month of December. The amount released by Hegar’s office represents an increase of 10.8 percent increase from the sales tax allocations released in December 2016. more
The Smith County Commissioners Court held a special meeting Monday and voted unanimously to approve and adopt an order calling for a $39.5 million bond election with a 10-year maturity to be held on Nov. 7. The money received from the bonds, if approved, will be used to pay for major county road and bridge projects over three years, which, according to commissioners, is Phase I of a six-year Road and Bridge Capital Improvement Project. more
Two years after being arrested and charged with Enticing a Child, the trial for a former coach at The Brook Hill School will begin next week. For five years, Clements, 63, of Flint, also known as "Papa Ricky" to Brook Hill students and in the community, served as the Lady Guard volleyball head coach, as well as the head coach for the Lady Guard basketball team. The trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27, in the court of Judge Randall Rogers in the Smith County Court at Law No. 2. more
Four Smith County firefighters recently paid tribute to victims of September 11, 2001 by participating in the Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, held at the Renaissance Tower in Dallas on Saturday, Sept. 9. The annual event is a tribute to first responders who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Each year, thousands of people gather in downtown Dallas to be a part of the incredibly symbolic and intensely physical tradition of stepping up to honor the fallen. Smith County Fire Marshal Connie McCoy-Wasson recognized the men for their efforts during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Smith County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, Sept. 26. more
“Everybody’s doing pretty well right now.”Dr. M. Ray Perryman’s 2018 Economic Outlook was a bit brighter last week, the veteran Lindale-based analyst presenting his … more
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