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First Baptist Church of Whitehouse located 801 East Main Street is happy to announce the second annual Drive Thru Bethlehem. Last year, over 1,500 visitors experienced Bethlehem from the comfort of their cars, as the story of Christmas came to life. Come hear the narration of the story of Jesus’ birth and see the Nativity, the angels, shepherds and wise men as you take your own journey through the streets of Bethlehem. People of all ages will enjoy this unique Christmas experience. more
Troup High School hosted a college fair for the 10th year this past Wednesday, Nov. 15. Approximately 30 colleges and schools from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi were represented and both juniors and seniors were invited, according to Troup High School counselor, Tracye Martin. more
Katrina Flores of Tyler and Jonathan Cummins of Whitehouse were married at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at The Arbor in Tyler with Ken Brumley officiating. Katrina is the daughter of Robert and Evelyn Flores of Whitehouse and the granddaughter of the late Teofilo Flores and Zenaida Flores of Tyler and the late Francisco Jove Sr. and Iluminada Jove of Whitehouse. She graduated Whitehouse High School in 2010 and graduated University of Texas at Tyler in 2015 where she is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Human Resource Development. She works for ETMC as Human Resources Assistant in Tyler. more
Higgins Elementary third graders held their Veteran’s Day program Friday, Nov. 10. Music teacher, Pam Williams, stated the five third grade classes, which meet for music only once a week, had rehearsed for two months. The program opened with the presenting of colors by Cub Scout Pack 359, immediately followed by the pledge of allegiance. The first song, “Bells of Liberty,” was accompanied by several students playing xylophones. After singing “Over There,” twenty girls danced along with the singing of “Don’t Sit under the Apple Tree.” Those songs were followed by “One Nation” and the playing of “Taps” by Tyler Junior College student, Kyle Bennett. more
Smith County voters chose to approve a $39.5 million road and bridge bond with 73% in favor of its passage, according to Smith County records. Records also showed less than 5 percent of eligible voters participated in the Nov. 9 election, including early and mail in votes. Arp elected to approve a both propositions on its ballot though by meager margins. Proposition A was to approve the sale of alcoholic beverages and passed with 56 percent approval. Only 55 percent of voters were in favor of Proposition B which allowed for a 0.5 percent sales tax rate increase. more
Nathan Ryan Garcia, 20, of Whitehouse was jailed on a murder charge Wednesday, Nov. 8, but was released on $500,000 bond the next day. He is the second Whitehouse man arrested on a murder charge linked to the shooting death of Andrew Carpenter, 19, of Tyler. Martin Reynolds Jr. was jailed Sunday, Nov. 5, and remains in custody charged with murder in connection to Carpenter’s death. Smith County sheriff’s deputies had responded to a call reporting a shooting at a residence in the 8800 block of Deerwood Drive in Smith County, according to a Smith County Sheriff’s Office press release. Reynolds was identified after he “checked in to a local hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his leg,” the release stated. more
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