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Commissioner’s son restricted from entering county courtroom

Lance Phillips, son of Smith County Precinct 3 Commissioner Terry Phillips who was arrested earlier this month (April 2) for disrupting the commissioner’s meeting, was released on a $200,000 bond the next day but must adhere to certain conditions or be jailed again, officials said. Phillips is restricted from entering the county courtroom while the

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Cherokee County man pleads guilty to federal drug trafficking

An Alto man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, said Davilyn Walston, spokesperson for U.S. Attorney Damien M. Diggs. Robert Jessie Martin, 45, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love on April 9, 2024.

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Commissioner’s son arrested again during county meeting

Lance Phillips, son of Smith County Precinct 3 Commissioner Terry Phillips was arrested this past week after an outburst during the public comment portion of the commissioner’s meeting. Phillips’ arrest on Tuesday (April 2) was the fourth time he had been taken to jail for disrupting a meeting or court proceeding. He was arrested this

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Smith County kidnapping apprehended in Metroplex

With the assistance from the Arlington and Fort Worth police departments, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office was able to end a kidnapping involving county residents which occurred on Sunday, March 17, said spokesman Larry Christian. At approximately 4 p.m. on March 17, deputies responded to a report of a kidnapping in the 11700 block of

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Phillips headed for runoff following primary election

Smith County voters went to the polls on Tuesday, March 5 in the joint primary election and according to unofficial results the County Commissioner’s Court will see one change and possibly two concerning the body’s makeup. Precinct 3 incumbent Terry Phillips and challenger J. Scott Herod are headed for a runoff for the Republican nomination

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UT Tyler poll suggests Cruz may have trouble with Allred

The Center for Opinion Research at The University of Texas at Tyler conducted their latest public opinion poll of registered Texas voters Feb. 18–26, officials announced. Among findings were those related to candidate favorability, candidate preference in the Texas primaries and the general election, and voter perceptions of the most important issues in the campaign.

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Capital Highlights

Largest wildfire in state history still raging A wildfire in the Texas Panhandle has consumed more than 1 million acres and as of Sunday was just 15% contained, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. It is the largest wildfire in Texas history. The Smokehouse Creek Fire is by far the most extensive of several

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Capital Highlights

Early voting ends Friday Early voting in the March 5 primary election ends Friday with a host of candidates on the ballot in both parties, including president, U.S. Senate, all 38 Texas U.S. representatives, all 150 Texas House representatives, and down to local races for district attorney, sheriff and other positions. Check with your local

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Capital Highlights

Federal judge appears skeptical of new border law A federal judge is expected to rule quickly on the constitutionality of a Texas law about to go into effect that institutes new state penalties for illegal border crossings. During a hearing last week, U.S. District Judge David Ezra said he had concerns that other states would

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Early voting under way in county; Local candidates file for city/school election

Early voting is under way in Smith County for the March 5 Joint Primary Elections at several areas in the county. The early voting period will continue through March 1. Local candidates that are on the ballot for the May 4 General Election include: • Gavin Rascoe, Place 5 Lindale City Council for Mayor; •

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