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July: Approximately 3,000 members of the Bullard and East Texas communities gathered together to celebrate the United States’ 241st birthday at the annual Fourth of July event, “Blast Over Bullard,’ in the parking lot of Bullard High School. Judge Jack Skeen, Jr. in the 241st District Court in Tyler, granted a motion to delay the trial of Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, accused in the kidnapping and murder of Kayla Gomez-Orozco in Bullard in November 2016. The motion was granted to allow testing of evidence to be completed. more
Members of the Bullard community gathered together last week to celebrate the legacy of a lifelong resident who has been synonymous with the city’s history for nearly a century. Dr. Marjorie Roper, known as the “First Lady of Bullard” and also had a longstanding career as the town’s medical physician for decades, passed away at her home during the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 3. She was 96 years old. more
The trial for the suspect accused in the 2016 kidnapping and murder case of a 10-year-old Tyler girl in Bullard has now been rescheduled due to a delay in receiving forensic testing results. more
Bullard High School will continue to be represented in all athletic competitions as a Class 4A athletics program, according to 2018-2020 classification assignments released by the Universal Interscholastic League released in early December. “This is an exciting time for communities and school districts across the state of Texas,” said Scott Callaway, Bullard ISD athletic director and Panther football head coach. “It’s always fun to watch the UIL redraw the district lines because it can either start new rivalries or rekindle the flames of some pretty historic rivalries; the redistricting mixes up the competition, which makes it really exciting.” more
A $1 million prize in the Texas Lottery® scratch ticket game, Texas Lottery® Gold has been claimed by a resident of Bullard. The claimant elected to remain anonymous. For selling the winning ticket, Brookshire Food Store #70 at 213 Doctor M. Roper Parkway N. in Bullard, is eligible for a $10,000 retailer bonus. This was the third of five top prizes worth $1 million available in the game to be claimed. Texas Lottery® Gold offers more than $75.2 million in total prizes. Overall odds of winning any prize in the game are one in 3.09, including break-even prizes. more
I first met Darlene Marshall at an event for Discovery Science Place. Her obvious love of kids, education, and her beautiful spirit drew me to her instantly. I knew immediately we were going to be life-long friends. When I found out Tony Johnson was her brother, I about fainted. Could two such outstanding humans share the same family? I took them right up on their offer to worship one Sunday at Corinth Baptist because I wanted to meet the rest of this amazing family. more
Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were filled with family and friends, as I know mine were. Here are five things happening around your state this month: 1. Preserving the Alamo In 2015, the Texas Legislature dedicated $32.5 million, as well as $75 million in 2017 for upgrades and preservation of the Alamo. Earlier this month, the Senate Finance Committee held a meeting to discuss how the General Land Office (GLO) was using this funding. more
A flint woman was pronounced dead after officials responded to an accident scene during the afternoon hours of Saturday, Jan. 6. At approximately 4:36 p.m. Saturday, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on County Road 46 in Smith County, about one mile north of the city of Tyler. more
From personal tragedies like disease, suicide and financial difficulties to catastrophes on a massive scale such as shootings, fires and floods, many Christians may feel unprepared to offer comfort to the weary and hope to those in despair. On Saturday, Jan. 13, the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team – a nationwide network of crisis-trained chaplains ready to deploy whenever disaster strikes – will hold a regional training in Big Sandy, Texas, to prepare Christians to appropriately respond with the love and hope of Jesus Christ in times of crisis. more
Tyler Junior College will hold a final walk-in Registration Rally from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, in the Apache Rooms located in Rogers Student Center at the corner of Baxter Avenue and Lake Street. The registration sessions are open to any current, former or prospective TJC students. All participants must present a valid form of ID with identifiable photo. Advisors from all areas will be available to assist with course selection, degree plan information and advising questions. Staff will also be on-site to assist with online registration. Representatives from business services, financial aid and housing will also be on hand to assist and answer questions. more
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