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Beginning next week, the Bullard Banner News and the Tri County Leader newspapers, owned by Bluebonnet Publishing, LLC., will be merged into a single publication. “An old newspaper guy once said, ‘a newspaper’s first responsibility to its readers is to stay in business,’” said Bill Woodall, publisher. “For that to happen, we need the efficiencies that come from a single press run, from making all our deliveries on one day. Rather than close one or both of the papers, we’ve decided to consolidate.” more
During summer months in Texas, there’s usually a lack of rain and drought-like conditions. Thanks to the current weather conditions, outdoor burning is not allowed in Smith County, as the county is now officially under a burn ban. On Friday, Aug. 3, Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran issued a burn ban due to rapidly increasing wildfire conditions. more
Retail stores throughout the East Texas area are preparing for the state’s annual Sales Tax Holiday, to be held Friday through Sunday, Aug. 10-12. Whether you’re in need of book bags, blackboard chalk or bell-bottom pants, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on those and certain other items during the state’s sales tax holiday. more
Smith County will be getting a new extension agent this summer. On Tuesday, July 17, the Smith County Commissioners Court voted to approve Claudann Jones to fill the position of Smith County Extension Agent for Family and Community Health, which was left vacant when longtime agent Patrice Dunigan retired. more
The Smith County Commissioners Court voted to approve a five-year tax abatement for Wyoming Machinery Company, which began operations on August 1 on a property that has been vacant for years. Richard Oates Jr., vice president of mining for the Casper, Wyoming-based company, said Tyler will be the business’ second location. They plan to start with 34 employees, but eventually hire 88 people and invest $14.9 million. more
The Troup Boxing Gym hosted the Lucky Vascocu Memorial Tournament Saturday, July 28. The tournament was named for long-time boxing coach Edward “Lucky” Vascocu, who died in 2005. There were 20 bouts in each class and the winner received a championship belt. The tournament was sanctioned by USA Boxing. more
The Arp Police Department received an emergency call approximately 12:10 a.m. Friday, July 27, which indicated a two-year-old was missing along with his grandfather, according to a statement on the APD Facebook page. more
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