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Smith County donated surplus computer equipment this week to Mustard Seed Ministries to be given to local school children. Dr. Karen Jones, founder and president of Mustard Seed Ministries, along with three technicians, picked up surplus technology equipment Tuesday, Oct. 3, collected by the Smith County Information Technology Department. Smith County Commissioners voted to donate surplus computer equipment to the local ministry that supplies them to school children. Donated items included 63 computers, 64 monitors, two scanners and seven printers. more
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has issued the following updates for road projects in Smith County. State Highway 64 from Loop 323 to 1.7 miles southeast of Spur 248 will have night time mill and inlay operations continue. The project consists of making repairs to the curb and gutter across from Brookshire’s on State Highway 64 just east of Loop 323 and placing a new surface from Loop 323 to Chapel Hill. more
Jake Baronowski and Alex Richards, tennis pros from Tyler Athletic and Swim, recently spent a day playing tennis with students at Holloway. They are donating a week of Thanksgiving tennis camp to one Holloway student, a value of $165. Any student interested in attending the camp will have a chance to win by submitting an essay to coach Holly Drain. The essay needs to tell why the student would like to attend camp. more
• Thursday, Oct. 19 – 4:15 p.m., 9th grade Football vs. Jacksonville at Jacksonville Tomato Bowl; 5:30 p.m., JV Football vs. Jacksonville at Wildcat Stadium; 7 p.m., Show Choir concert – Princess Tea Party at Whitehouse High School cafeteria more
The annual awards dinner for the Whitehouse Area Chamber of Commerce moved locations this year. Due to construction issues, the banquet could not be held at the Whitehouse High School and was instead hosted at the event center of Tyler Area Senior Citizens Association. more
There will be no names on November’s ballot for Whitehouse City Council, Place One. Two write-in names, however, will be posted in the polling booth. Those names are Michael Fleming and James Wansley. more
Cooler temperatures are just around the corner in East Texas, and as the thermometer sinks lower many kids in Tyler and Smith County will go without a coat this winter. You can help keep a child age 0-18 years warm this winter by donating a new or gently used coat. People Attempting To Help (PATH) kicked off their annual Coats for Kids drive on Oct. 1. New and gently used coats can be dropped off at the following locations: Comet Cleaners, Hart’s Cleaners, Progress Cleaners, Regency Cleaners, Shannon’s Cleaners, The Cleaning Company, VIP Cleaners, Edward Jones – Whitehouse and PATH. more
Principal Sterling Haskell and many of the teachers and staff of Stanton-Smith were recognized at the Oct. 9 Whitehouse Independent School District board meeting for attaining National Blue Ribbon school status, one of only 28 schools in Texas to achieve the distinction. WISD Superintendent Dr. Christopher Moran presented Haskell with “Good to Great,” a book by Jim Collins, in recognition of Stanton-Smith’s accomplishments. more
Community Activities Edom Art Festival The Edom Art Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15. Admission is free. Edom is located halfway between Dallas and Shreveport, 20 miles east of Canton, 10 miles south of Interstate 20 and 15 miles west of Tyler. Go to for more information including a detailed schedule of events, local lodging and a map. more
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