Jacksonville man

killed in plane crash

A Jacksonville man is dead after a small plane crashed Monday afternoon east of the Cherokee County Airport.

Cessna C150 pilot Keith Michael McElvain, 76, was killed after the aircraft struck guide wires for a television tower in the Ponta area east of Jacksonville and crashed, according to the investigators preliminary report from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Troopers responded to the scene at 3 p.m. in a field off of County Road 4303 about seven miles north of New Summerfield in Cherokee County. McElvain took off from the Cherokee County Airport at about 12:05 p.m., according to DPS.

McElvain was the only one inside the plane. He was pronounced dead at the scene and taken to a funeral home in Jacksonville.

Ponta is a small unincorporated community in eastern Cherokee County between Jacksonville and Nacogdoches at the intersection of Texas State Highway 110 and Texas State Highway 204.

NTSB will release the tail number of the plane after it is verified by investigators, according to the FAA.

DPS is keeping the scene secure until National Transportation Safety Board investigators arrive Tuesday.

— Zak Wellerman

City sets open houses

at new fire stations

The City of Tyler Fire Department will have open houses at its two newest stations in February. There will be a short opening ceremony and reception followed by tours.

The open house for Station 4, 7445 Cherryhill Drive, is scheduled for 3:30-6 p.m. Feb. 3.

The open house for Station 1, 801 W. Gentry Parkway, is set for 3:30-6 p.m. Feb. 7.

Both stations were designed by Fitzpatrick Architects.

— Staff Report

Great Decisions

names 2020 topic

The topic for the second program for 2020 Great Decisions will be “China’s Road Into Latin America.” It will be brought by Colin Snider, associate professor of Latin American history at the University of Texas at Tyler.

Snider specializes in social movements, military regimes, state-society relations and human rights and memory in Latin America and has published articles on Brazil’s student movements in the Cold War; on university autonomy and social mobilization in Brazil; on education and student activism in Brazilian protests; and on human rights, memory and transitional politics.

The Tyler Public Library, in cooperation with the League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County and the Tyler Branch of the American Association of University Women, is sponsoring the Great Decisions Global Affairs Discussion Program series.

Admission is free and is held in Taylor Auditorium at the Tyler Public Library from noon to 1 p.m., which includes an opportunity for Q&A.

— Staff Reports

Tyler Lions Club donates

840 pounds of food items

The Tyler Lions Club hosted the Lions District 2X2 Cabinet Meeting and Conference on Jan. 11.

Lions attending the conference were asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the East Texas Food Bank. The Tyler Lions Club delivered those items for a total of 840 pounds.

— Staff Reports s


I came to the Tyler Morning Telegraph in September 2019. I report on crime, courts, breaking news and various events in Tyler and East Texas.

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