For the second time in as many days, an East Texas Bank has been robbed. The latest occurred in Tyler yesterday afternoon at the Telco Plus Credit Union on Front Street.

Police say a woman armed with a large knife and wearing a mask over her head  went up to a teller and demanded money. The woman then fled the bank and was seen leaving in a black car, possibly a Chevy Malibu.

The suspect is described as a black female, approximately 5’05” tall with a medium build.  She was wearing a black hooded mask, black shirt and black pants.

Earlier this week the Citizens National Bank in Henderson was robbed, two women are being sought in connection with that robbery.


Leader of ‘Texas 7′ Gang Executed

HUNTSVILLE –  The leader of the notorious “Texas 7″ gang has been executed for killing a suburban Dallas police officer more than a decade ago.

41-year-old George Rivas received lethal injection yesterday evening in Huntsville. Irving police officer Aubrey Hawkins was killed on Christmas Eve 2000 and he interrupted the gang’s holdup of a sporting goods store.


Annie Golightly, Famous Horsewoman, Passes Away

CORSICANA — Annie Golightly, a singer and horsewoman who was the lone woman to ride with 30 cowboys on a six-month cattle drive from Texas to Montana, has died. She was 80.

Son Kenny Smith of Tyler says she died Tuesday at a hospice in Corsicana.

The child of an East Texas cotton farmer was a songwriter and guitarist who performed with Tom T. Hall, Rex Allen and Rosemary Clooney. Her audiences included before presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Jimmy Carter, as well as singing cowboys Gene Autry and Roy Rogers.

Born Ann Milford, she said she adopted the name Golightly because “nobody could remember ‘Ann Smith,’” her married name at the time.

Her late brother, Dale Milford, was a longtime television weatherman in Waco and Dallas and later elected to the U.S. House.


Bizarre Bird Migrations Being Spotted

MAD ISLAND — Scientists say they’re noticing bizarre bird migrations this winter, which they blame on increasingly scarce food and habitat because of Texas’ stubborn drought.

Endangered whooping cranes flew 2,500 miles from Canada to Texas, where they usually spend the whole winter. Instead, they pecked around for a short time and flew back. Meanwhile, some ducks just kept flying south — all the way to Belize.