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Charities in East Texas benefited from the generosity of more than 2,475 donors during East Texas Giving Day, the region’s day of giving to support local nonprofits. The online fund-raising effort began at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, and ended at midnight. Based on preliminary results, donors contributed $755,428 to support the causes they care about in 32 East Texas counties. more
Lindale High School’s One-Act Play performers recently staged their performance of “Anna Karenina’’ at the LISD Performing Arts Center before winning sixth place at state on April 24. Sydney Smith won “Best Technician Overall’’ at state while Evan Howell was named to the “All Star Cast’’ and Kayleigh Melvin was named “All Star Cast Honorable Mention.’’ more
Tyler Junior College is now the home of the best speech and debate team among community colleges in the United States after winning two prestigious tournaments in April, school officials announced. TJC’s Speech and Debate team won the Phi Rho Pi National tournament April 9-14 after winning the American Forensics Association’s national tournament April 5-9 at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo. more
First graders at two local elementary schools were recently given free prevent tooth decay kits through the Fantastic Teeth Fan Club by members of Lindale Masonic Lodge, led by Kenneth Lottman, publicity officials announced. The Masons assembled and delivered more than 300 dental hygiene kits to first graders at College Street Elementary and Velma Penny Elementary schools. The Fantastic Teeth Fan Club, sponsored by Masonic Home and School of Texas, strives to prevent suffering from toothaches, reduce missed school days due to dental problems, and cut costs for dental treatment. more
Spring means hail, lighting, flash floods and the occasional tornado, and East Texas residents have already experienced damage from recent storms. While natural disasters often bring out the best in others as they reach out to help those in need, unfortunately, they also bring out shady contractors who take advantage of those who have already been victimized. Better Business Bureau serving Central East Texas urges consumers to research contractors before choosing one to repair storm damage. more
Smith County Treasurer Kelli White was named as a finalist for a statewide County Treasurer’s award, public information officer Casey Murphy announced. In late April, the County Treasurers Association of Texas held its 46th annual Education Seminar in San Marcos. Each of the organization’s 12 regions nominates a County Treasurer for the Texas’ Outstanding County Treasurer Award. more
The Sabine Cemetery Association will hold Memorial Day services beginning at 11 a.m., Sunday, May 6 at the historic Sabine United Methodist Church, located on the corner of County Road 4122 and County Road 452. more
Most property owners want a healthy beautifully landscaped lawn, but that could require some help from a professional. In 2017, BBB received more than 1.5 million inquiries for landscaping services. Better Business Bureau serving Central East Texas urges consumers to research a landscaper to ensure your curb appeal is not one you want to conceal. more
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