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Originally from Arizona, William Ripley calls Tyler his “home base” due to the fact that some family members live in Tyler and others, who serve as overseas missionaries, often visited Tyler as he did when he was younger. more
From a young child playing school to her time in college, Laurie Blain always knew she wanted to be a teacher. With 21 years experience in education, 10 of those in administration, Blain has been hired to serve as principal at Cain Elementary. Originally from Houston, Blain has lived in Tyler over five years. She was employed last year as the assistant principal of Andy Woods Elementary in Tyler after serving as assistant principal at Mamie Griffin Elementary, also in Tyler, from 2013-2017. more
It is official. The new location of Hangers of Hope, 3826 Troup Highway, is now open following a ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place Thursday, June 21. Members of the Tyler Chamber of Commerce, Chick-fil-A Highlands Village Shopping Center, Super 1 Foods and KVNE were all present for the grand opening. more
Church Activities First Baptist Church to host Fire in the Sky First Baptist Church of Troup, located at 935 Highway 135 South, will host a carnival-style event Friday, June 29. Beginning at 5 p.m., the church will offer carnival rides, train car rides, bounce houses, hotdogs and hamburgers and a message by Pastor Joe Ballard. Fireworks will be presented by The Woodchuck Bomb Squad. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. For more information, call (903) 842-3091. more
Wade Linscott, a 2018 graduate of Whitehouse High School and son of Steven and Heather Linscott, will be inducted into the Naval Academy Class of 2022 Thursday, June 28, and will begin six challenging weeks of basic midshipman training as part of Plebe Summer. Approximately 1,200 candidates are selected each year for the Academy’s “plebe” or freshman class, and each student is required to participate in Plebe Summer. Last year the Naval Academy received over 16,000 applications for the Class of 2021. more
The demand for blood or blood products does not take a summer vacation, even if blood donors do. For this reason, it’s the optimal time to host a blood drive or donate blood with Carter BloodCare. Hospitals full of patients depend on blood donations, even while most others enjoy summer fun. Blood donors help ensure chemotherapy patients receive platelets they require; red cells get to heart surgery patients; when a lifesaving donor organ arrives, blood is available. more
Stephen F. Austin has released the names of students who received their degrees during May commencement exercises. Many students from our readership area were among the listed graduates. Troup: Amy Camp, Master of Science in Environmental Science, Arthur Temple Col more
To celebrate sixth months in business, Hand-Picked store owner Melynda Tisdale hosted a customer appreciation sale Monday, June 18. Hand Picked is a women’s retail clothing store located at 610 North Highway 110, Suite M, in the Brookshire’s shopping center in Whitehouse. Although she moved here from Idaho in 2013, Tisdale had been raised in Slocumb and was familiar with East Texas. After working as a nurse for Trinity Mother Frances from 2013 until her retirement last year, she opened her boutique in December of 2017. From nursing to retail isn’t such a stretch for Tisdale. more
Due to the observance of Independence Day, the Tri County Leader will be closed Wednesday, July 4. As this will affect the printing date, deadlines have been adjusted accordingly. All advertising, news and sports information for publication in the July 5 issue is due by noon Friday, June 29. more
Animal lovers of all ages gathered at the Whitehouse Community Library Thursday, June 14, for a visit from Caldwell Zoo representatives and in anticipation of what animal friends might be introduced. The library hosted the guests from the zoo as part of the scheduled summer events. Morgan Armstrong, Alex Sudduth and Lori Wise, who were present, are part of a six-person group responsible for educational and outreach activities of the zoo. more
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