Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:18 AM EDT2013-06-18 14:18:23 GMT
(CBS/CNN) - Chrysler is expected to explain why its refusing to recall more than 2.5 million jeep SUVs. The National Highway Traffic Safety administration says 51 people have suffered fiery deaths inMore >>
Chrysler is expected to explain why its refusing to recall more than 2.5 million jeep SUVs and another recall on the Nap Nanny infant recliner.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 9:41 AM EDT2013-06-17 13:41:31 GMT
(CNN) - A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloonsMore >>
A science-fiction-style project -- which could bring internet access to five billion people across the planet -- is being tested out in New Zealand. Software giant Google is launching balloons into the stratosphere -- equipped with wireless technology that could create a truly global network.More >>
Friday, June 14 2013 10:13 AM EDT2013-06-14 14:13:03 GMT
(CNN) - An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today. It's not a place you would expect to find an elephant, even a babyMore >>
An elephant stuck in a well, a really big hornet's nest and flying food trays are all video that will have you talking today.More >>
Thursday, June 13 2013 10:32 AM EDT2013-06-13 14:32:18 GMT
(CNN/CBS) - Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. The social network wants to make it easier for users to find content already on Facebook and functionalMore >>
In today's What's Trending report, #Hashtags are coming to Facebook. This is to help users better surface conversations. More >>
Wednesday, June 12 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-06-12 14:09:28 GMT
(CNN) - Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue fromMore >>
Buying your clothes from thrift stores, also called, "thrifting," is becoming more popular and trendy. An example of how it's grown: Goodwill Industries reported an 83% increase in revenue from 2007 to 2012.More >>
Tuesday, June 11 2013 9:50 AM EDT2013-06-11 13:50:52 GMT
(CBS) - Law enforcement from San Francisco and New York are holding a smartphone summit this week. They'll meet with representatives from Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft and urge them to create newMore >>
A smartphone summit gets underway this week to tackle the rise in gadget thefts and more than 300,000 Honda Odysseys are being added to a federal probe of faulty air bags.More >>
Monday, June 10 2013 9:53 AM EDT2013-06-10 13:53:42 GMT
(CNN/KSDK) - A woman's chance of living at least five years after being diagnosed with breast cancer has gone up from 50% in the 1970's to 85%. But modern science doesn't get all the credit for the healing,More >>
A chair dubbed-- The Healing Chair-- helps seven women recover from cancer. The big brown recliner has been passed down by several ladies who were going through chemo and surgery.More >>
Saturday, June 8 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-06-09 03:48:40 GMT
(CNN) - An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday. Maybe you'll recognize her from appearances.More >>
An Idaho grandmother who believes in living on the edge, jumps off a bridge wearing a chute and a smile. Get this, it was all for her 102nd birthday.
Thursday, June 6 2013 2:16 PM EDT2013-06-06 18:16:46 GMT
(CNN) - In Entertainment News, Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized this morning. She's recovering after cutting one of her wrists. A family lawyer said Paris is physically fine. OneMore >>
Michael Jackson's 15 year old daughter Paris is hospitalized. More good news for Jennifer Love Hewitt, the actress is engaged.More >>
Wednesday, June 5 2013 10:33 AM EDT2013-06-05 14:33:44 GMT
(CNN) - The apparent kidnapping of a U.S. Marine and the recent arrest of a mother on drug charges. These cases are raising questions about the safety of Americans in Mexico. Americans flock to MexicoMore >>
The apparent kidnapping of a U.S. Marine and the recent arrest of a mother on drug charges. These cases are raising questions about the safety of Americans in Mexico.More >>
BROWNSBORO (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) — When classes resume after the holidays, it will be like the first day of school when the new Brownsboro Elementary School opens on Jan. 3, Principal Brian Ralson said.
Parents will take their children into new classrooms from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and then tour the school before teachers and students settle into the routine of a regular school day on their first day in the new school.
The new Brownsboro Elementary School for prekindergarten through third grade sits on a 56-acre tract of land about a mile west of town on Texas Highway 31.
Constructed at a cost of about $13.6 million, it contains about 73,500 square feet of floor space with about 30 classrooms, including two classrooms for severely handicapped special needs children, two intervention classrooms and two computer labs.
Just before dismissal for the holidays, wide-eyed pupils were transported from their old school for their first look at the new Brownsboro Elementary School where they visited the classroom they will attend after the holidays.
Meanwhile, teachers unpacked and put curriculum materials in place.
"The kids are so excited; They are in awe of the size (of the building) compared to what we have now," Ralson said.
"Teachers are the ones who make the difference in education, but I am proud for the students and teachers and community to have a place they can be proud of for their children to come and learn," Ralson said. "We want this to be a place where kids are excited about coming to learn."
Ralson, who is in his 12th year as principal and has served in the district in various positions a total of 19 years, said he is thrilled to be part of the move into the new school.
A ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony is planned for late January or February, he said.
The new Brownsboro Elementary is part of a district-wide facility improvements package funded with a $27.26 million bond issue voters approved in August 2010.
Renovation and an addition to Chandler Elementary already have been completed, while the next project will involve converting the old Brownsboro Elementary for use by Brownsboro Junior High.
Faculty, staff and maintenance crews have done "an outstanding job" of packing and moving from Brownsboro Elementary's old campus, Ralson said. "It's been a smooth transition."
Rachel Vassar, a reading intervention teacher, paused in preparing her new classroom and said, "It's amazing. I think it (the new school) is going to bring a whole new environment and excitement in the middle of the (school) year when kids are kind of tired of coming to school. There's going to be a brand new excitement, like starting over."
Third-grade teacher Sherri Chambers said the new classrooms are "very nice, very neat and very clean. It's nice to have something new and clean and fresh. Kids are very, very excited."
Reading teacher Angela Volentine said of her classroom, "It's great. … The kids are excited. We love it. It's beautiful and the kids will have more room."
The new school's library is larger and has an adjoining computer lab. The cafeteria also is larger and has a stage. Cafeteria tables can be folded into benches for programs.
The old gym was a small metal frame structure with a tile floor, while the new school has a full-sized gym with a wood floor.
Classrooms are equipped with more computer outlets, projectors mounted in the ceiling and storage space. "The majority of the classrooms are bigger than what we had," Ralson said.
The new school has two playgrounds and is configured in three wings. One wing is for prekindergarten and kindergarten, another wing is for first- and second-graders and a third wing is for third grade.
The administrative area will house the principal, receptionist, secretary, student support services, diagnostician, conference room, teacher break room, teacher work room and two restrooms.
Trophy cases will display several academic awards the school has won through the years.
Throughout the school are graphics, such as flags painted on the walls in the cafeteria.
The school was built to accommodate expected future growth, Ralson said. Enrollment currently averages about 460 students, but the maximum capacity of the new school is about 700.
The new school has security features to heighten safety, the principal said. Outside doors will stay locked and anyone entering the school will have to come through the office, he said.
The contractor for the construction was WRL General Contractors, of Flint, and the architect was the Tyler firm of Eubanks, Harris, Roberts, Craig Architects Inc.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:16 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:16:29 GMT
(KCEN) -- The hearing for accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan is today. The hearing is currently in recess but here is what happened today: The judge explained to Hasan and his defense their rolesMore >>
The hearing for accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan was today.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 3:33 PM EDT2013-06-18 19:33:12 GMT
Texas Department of Agriculture: AUSTIN (KYTX) — In an ongoing effort to protect Texans from the costly destruction caused by feral hogs, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today announced the TexasMore >>
In an ongoing effort to protect Texans from the costly destruction caused by feral hogs, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today announced the Texas Department of Agriculture is accepting grant applications to assist regional efforts to control feral hog populations. Grant funds are made available through TDA's new County Hog Abatement Matching Program, or CHAMP.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 1:09 PM EDT2013-06-18 17:09:08 GMT
VAN ZANDT COUNTY (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - A 26-year-old Van Zandt County man drowned while trying to save a 5-year-old girl in a Canton reservoir. Travis Williamson, of Edgewood, was swimming withMore >>
A 26-year-old Van Zandt County man drowned while trying to save a 5-year-old girl in a Canton reservoir.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:37 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:37:26 GMT
TYLER (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - Tyler police and Smith County Sheriff's deputies are working an aggravated assault at this hour after a man and woman got into a family argument and she was injured. TylerMore >>
Tyler police and Smith County Sheriff's deputies are working an aggravated assault at this hour after a man and woman got into a family argument and she was injured.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:24 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:24:16 GMT
(CNN) - Chrysler stated last week that it would not comply with the recall demand, arguing that the vehicles do not have a high risk of catching fire when struck from behind. It continued to claim TuesdayMore >>
Chrysler Group reversed course and agreed to a recall of 2.7 million Jeeps Tuesday, giving in to the government's request in the final hours before a deadline.More >>