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A competition will soon be held that is definitely for chocolate lovers. The 13th annual Best Chocolate Dessert in East Texas contest, sponsored by Smith County Extension Education Association and the City of Tyler Glass Recreation Center, will be held Saturday, Jan. 27. There is a $2 entry fee for every dessert entered into the contest, but there is no limit on the number of entries by a single person. Judging is based on appearance, originality and, of course, taste, according to Penny Hunter, former chairman of the county extension clubs. more
The East Texas Gem & Mineral Society will host its 22nd annual gem, jewelry, rock, mineral and fossil show Jan. 26-28 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center. There’s lots to see and experience at the annual exhibition, according to ETGMS member and event co-organizer Pete Keiser of Kilgore. Attractions range from member displays and educational demonstrations to dealer booths showcasing a wide variety of jewelry and materials for sale. more
Mayor Bill Lacy of Troup passed away before his vision could be fulfilled.  Under his leadership, hundreds of people who live, work and play in the Troup area voiced their “concerns and solutions” in meetings and surveys.  Kathy Dowdy Holdway, President of A Circle of Ten, Inc. is proud to announce that efforts to increase local opportunities are continuing with youth, housing, literacy and business opportunities at the top of the list of priorities.  more
Investigators with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Larry Hand, will file formal charges against two men suspected in the theft of multiple saddles.  On Dec. 11, 2017, Smith County Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Wilson was called to the scene of a burglary at a Troup ranch. The perpetrators broke into a building on the ranch and stole multiple saddles and tack. The investigation revealed a potential suspect, Jacob Aaron McDougal, 26, of Henderson. more
Suzanne Loudamy, former editor of the Tri County Leader, has begun her new position as Executive Director of Troup Community Development Corporation (TCDC) and Executive Director of the Troup Chamber of Commerce. When Loudamy made the decision to retire from the newspaper and made an official announcement on Facebook, she reported receiving a text message within a minute. The message was from Gene Cottle, city manager of Troup. ““I thought he was going to give me a hard time about leaving the paper,” Loudamy said. more
Mission trips are nothing new to Joe Ballard, pastor of First Baptist Church-Troup. Though only at First Baptist since September 2017, he and other church members have already completed a mission trip to help with the Vacation Bible School held by Primera Iglesia Bautista in Piedras Negras which is just across the Rio Grande from Eagle Pass. The trip was directed by CrossVision, a non-profit organization which, according to its website, “assists and enables the local church to do what Christ has called her to do, send out missionaries into a lost and dying world, and in the process, become better disciples themselves.” more
Henry Jackson, Smith County’s Precinct 1 Constable who is currently serving a jail sentence, was suspended from his elected position by a visiting judge in December, while a former Smith County Sheriff’s Office deputy was named as his interim replacement. During a hearing before visiting judge Richard Beacom in Smith County’s 7th District Court on Wednesday, Dec. 13, the decision was made by Beacom to suspend Jackson and appoint Bobby Garmon as the replacement to run the more
The Hillcrest Cemetery in Canton has been the subject of numerous old mysteries. The East Texas Genealogical Society welcomes speakers Benja Pittman Mize and Lawrence Greer to talk about this historic cemetery and those buried there. The meeting will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College. more
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