The Smith County Republican Women annual membership luncheon featuring Texas Federation of Republican Women President Theresa Kosmoski and radio host Debbie Georgatos is slated for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26.

The luncheon will be held at the Arbor, 2215 Roy Road in Tyler.

The cost for the luncheon is $30. If you wish to join the Smith County Republican Women or renew your membership, annual dues can be paid at that time, although they are not due until January 1. New member dues are $20; renewals $25 and associate membership dues $12.

Please RSVP to Wendy Osburn at 903-941-9444 by Oct. 20.


Upshur County’s East Texans for Liberty’s (ET4L) Third Annual Stars of Texas Fall Celebration was held Saturday, Oct. 7, featuring keynote speakers Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler) and Lt. Col. Allen West. Other speakers included Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey, Empower Texans’ Michael Quinn Sullivan, and Upshur County Judge Dean Fowler.

Pictured are state Sen. Bryan Hughes, state Rep. Cole Hefner, Lt. Col. Allen West, and Congressman Louie Gohmert.


Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith’s annual Citizen Awareness Training is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in Room 104, Tyler Junior College-West Campus, 1530 SSW Loop 323 in Tyler.

Topics will include new crime scene and forensic technology used by the sheriff's office; the new sheriff's office information app; improved jail procedures and facility changes that keep inmates safe and lower taxpayer liability.

Presenters will be Smith, Detective Justin Hall and Captain Ralph Caraway, Jr.

Grassroots America will sponsor refreshments for the event.

Citizens are encouraged to attend.

There is no cost to attend, but participants should RSVP to Heather Stoner by emailing or by calling 903-590-2671.


Grassroots America will kick off of its new evening meetings from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 with an in-depth look at property taxes and local debt.

The meeting will take place at the Potpourri House, 3320 Troup Hwy, Suite 300.

The speaker will be Ross Kecseg, of Empower Texans and Texas Scorecard. Stats on local taxing entities will be provided by Grassroots America’s Executive Director JoAnn Fleming.

Kecseg is the vice president of local affairs for Empower Texans.

He graduated with a degree in economics from Arizona State University in 2006, with a special emphasis on public policy and U.S. Constitutional history. His professional experience ranges from work at a top physician recruitment firm, to work as an analyst for a market research startup.

For nearly a decade, he has been active in grassroots organizing, political campaigns, journalism and as a resource for taxpayers looking to hold state and local officials accountable.

There’s no cost to attend. Meals are the responsibility of attendees.


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