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The Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas is coming to Whitehouse. The organization will host an after school program for students in kindergarten through fifth grades at Cain Elementary beginning the first day of school. more
The annual awards 4-H Banquet will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Smith County HUB 337 E Ferguson St. in Tyler. more
The Downtown Tyler Film Festival is pleased to announce that tickets for the Sept. 27 through Sept. 30 event are now on sale at www.TylerFilmFest.com and www.LibertyTyler.com.   more
The Troup ISD Board of Trustees has called a Tax Ratification Election (TRE) to ask its voters for a 13 cent tax increase per $100 evaluation. The election is set for Saturday, Aug. 26, and early voting will begin Wednesday, Aug. 9, and will conclude Tuesday, Aug. 22. Voting times will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Troup library, 102 S. George, in Troup. Early voting also will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at Troup Elementary School, 201 E. Bryant Street in Troup; and from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at Troup High School, 927 Arp Drive in Troup. more
A new set of doors is set to open at 301 Terry Street in Whitehouse on Sept. 1. The REC is now accepting membership applications. The Whitehouse YMCA, a branch of the Tyler YMCA, is set to vacate their home of 16-plus years at the end of August. After two years of talks with the City of Whitehouse, the owner of the building and the property, the two could not come to an agreement to renew the YMCA’s contract for use of the facility. more
Supporters of Smith County Area Go Texan packed the inside of the Harvey Hall Convention Center in Tyler Saturday, July 22, for the fourth annual Smith County Area Go Texan Scholarship Gala fundraiser event. “This was the best year ever for the Smith County Area Go Texan Scholarship Gala,” said Kathy Hettenbach, ambassador for the organization. “Through the generosity of the people in Smith County and our members, we were able to raise a total of $50,000 for our scholarship fund which goes directly back to the students of several Smith County schools. We’re working to help the next generation. It’s been amazing to see how people have responded to this fundraiser over the past four years. We’re greatly blessed as an organization, and we appreciate the support we receive.” more
The Whitehouse Food Pantry (Philadelphia Blessing) is collecting several of the basic school supplies for distribution to their clients. The items being requested include: wide ruled notebook paper, wide ruled composition books, pencils, black pens, three-brad folders with pockets, spirals (one subject and wide ruled), pink erasers, glue sticks, crayons (24 count), map pencils, thin tip and broad tip washable markers and highlighters. more
In July, nearly 200 former Stanton School students, friends and family gathered to celebrate the 13th All School Reunion. While the doors were closed in 1969 with the integration mandate, the memories of this school, the educators and its namesake live on.  John Stanton, the son of the late Josephus and Fannie, was born March 18, 1878 in Crockett. Later he moved to Bullard, settling in the New Hope Community. more
The City of Tyler has temporarily closed a portion of South Hillcreek Road, near Lake Tyler, to make repairs to the road and to the drainage channel that runs north of the road. Due to weather, and other unexpected delays, the road closure is being extended through the first week of August. more
From a tiny acorn, a mighty oak grew! When the little acorn was planted no one really knows. According to the information provided by Arra Walker Richardson and Annie Stanton; Stanton School had its beginning in the late 1800s. It was known as the New Hope School. At that time, no local people were certified or qualified to teach. Therefore, instructors were brought in from the northern states to teach the boys and girls the three Rs – reading, writing and arithmetic. more
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