Hometown Guardian

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There is a story about a flower that once grew in an open field. As time went by, a town was built around the flower and the open field became a sea of concrete. People arriving in the new town did not know about the flower’s existence, but those who remembered the flower’s beauty delighted in sharing its location so that the flower could be enjoyed by all once more. 

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Illustrated Faith: The Art of Bible Journaling

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I once heard that you could tell a book is well-loved by its dog-eared pages and notes in the margin. No book is more loved and revered than the Bible. Some of us have been taught to keep our Bibles in pristine condition as a form of respect but what if a verse pops off the page and grabs hold of you as if to say “Remember this!”?

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Tyler Texas Rocks

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We all know Tyler, Texas rocks but April Roycroft has brought a new meaning to the word “rock” to East Texas. The Kindness Rocks Project has become a worldwide treasure hunt on Facebook. The basis is simple: paint a rock and leave it for someone else to find. In doing so, you spread kindness to unsuspecting recipients.

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Pets Fur People

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The Humane Society was established in 1963 by concerned citizens after they visited our city’s animal pound.  At that time, animals were housed in one small building regardless of the health of the animals.  Control was turned over to the Humane Society in 1964 and the shelter opened its doors in 1968.  They housed animals from Animal Control agencies including Smith County, Tyler, Lindale, Bul

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Save the Mayfair

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Location is everything. The Art Deco Mayfair Building nestled in Tyler, Texas was set up for greatness.  Built in the late 1920’s by local Sam R. Hill Construction Company, to serve as a multipurpose building. Often referred to as the “Opera House,” the Mayfair was a midpoint from Shreveport and Dallas providing various opportunities for entertainment in Tyler.

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10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Spruce Up Your Front Porch for Summer

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Summer is finally here, and that means more time spent outside, with family, waiting for the sun to finally go down. Long days spent relaxing on the front porch, drinking sweet iced tea and watching passers-by are not just summer activities – they’re a southern tradition.

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The Fragrance of Freedom

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“Did I hear someone say, Liberty?”

What does FREEDOM mean to you?  And Liberty? Freedom is personal.  So is our liberty.  It is civil.  Isn't that liberty?  It is political.  Yes, liberty reigns.  It is religious.  Yes, liberty to worship.

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Weird National Holidays

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When I was a kid, I remember sitting crisscross applesauce on my bed with a new planner, full of endless possibilities. I’ve always gotten excited about planning the future, but as I read the upcoming holidays listed on the calendar, I noticed one that puzzled me, made me laugh, and in later years made me question my sanity.

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Man About Town

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The Happy Mayor, The Happy Man, The Awesome Innovation Pipeline

The Mayor’s Tyler Innovation Pipeline (TIP) has been open for business about two months and a celebration was in order.  So, “the Man”, a TIP board member, threw’em a party.  The perfect place for a party is Happy’s Fish House where the motto is “Be Happy, Get Happy’s.” We did just that and got plum happy!

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Legends of the Call: 30 Years of the Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala

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On August 12, 2017, the Tyler area will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the American Cancer Society Cattle Barons’ Gala. Thirty years of past chairmen will be honored for their diligent service to the American Cancer Society in true East Texas style.

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Generation Zero

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We are all fighting a battle; whether it is seen or unseen; a battle from the past or one to preserve the future. We fight for others, and amidst the war, sometimes, we find that the very thing we are fighting, has become a reality of our own. This reality is the story of Dr. Jim McAndrew, but it does not begin nor end with him. Dr.

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