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First responders honored with appreciation dinner March 31

First Responders shown, from left, are Becky Gentry, Sgt. Greg Evans, Stevan Sturrock, Jacques Blanchette , Bryan Weatherford, Rossi Carruth, Stefani Wade, Byron Smith, and Rev Amanda Davis.First Responders shown, from left, are Becky Gentry, Sgt. Greg Evans, Stevan Sturrock, Jacques Blanchette , Bryan Weatherford, Rossi Carruth, Stefani Wade, Byron Smith, and Rev Amanda Davis.

Tyler County's first responders were the guests of honor at an appreciation dinner hosted by the Methodist Men at a celebration in Wesley Center March 31. Seventy-five of the county's finest citizens attended and were greeted by Pastor Amanda Davis of the Woodville United Methodist Church. Pastor Amanda expressed appreciation for the commitment, dedication, training, cooperation and efforts of the wonderful men and women who play a major part in making our country a great place to live and raise a family.
Charlie Barrett of Warren provided some great country music. The kitchen was managed by Heritage Village General Manager Ofeira Gazzaway. Mary Nell Rainey spoke briefly about the county's Heritage Society's efforts to raise money to remodel the court house. The Society provided a door prize, a knife in a beautiful wooden box, thaw a won by Jo Lynn Harvey of the Sheriffs Department.
The Methodist Men cooked catfish and served all the trimmings. Much needed support was provided by a number of wonderful Methodist women.
All citizens are reminded to express appreciation to all first responders, including the ones that were not able to attend this dinner. Their services are vital to the great life in Tyler County.
The door prize was a Commemorative Knife of the Courthouse Restoration Project #228, designed by Kathy Mott of Spurger. It was given by members of the "Friends of the Courthouse," a committee of the Tyler County Historical Society.

‘Boston Brass’ to perform in Warren April 16

Boston Brass

Warren—On Thursday, April 16 the Warren ISD band program will play host to the "Boston Brass". The concert will be held in the Warren High School Gymnasium/Activities center at 7 p.m. that evening.

The Boston Brass is a brass quintet consisting of two trumpets, a french horn, trombone and tuba player. For 27 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. From exciting classical arrangements, to burning jazz standards, and the best of the original brass quintet repertoire, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment, which captivates all ages. The ensemble's lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

This concert is a year in the making and the Warren Band program is very excited to host this incredibly talented group of musicians and educators in our community. We are thrilled to offer this world class entertainment opportunity to not only our students and the Warren ISD community, but also the larger surrounding area, schools and communities. The program will even feature an interactive element which will allow the audience to help choose the second half of the program "your favorites".

The band directors at Warren ISD feel strongly in the importance of providing opportunities for their students to see and hear live performances of quality musical acts such as this. To this end they have taken groups of students to performances in Houston, College Station, Orange, Beaumont, Lake Charles, Oklahoma, and Florida. This concert is a continuation of that belief and provides a unique opportunity for all of our students to attend as well as their parents and interested citizens throughout our community.

Tickets for the concert are $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door on the night of the concert. We encourage everyone to come out and join us for what will be an incredible evening of entertainment here at Warren High School!!!


Toast to Texas

Toast to Texas

Toast to Texas—Despite rainy weather and gray skies, the annual Toast to Texas was held Monday at Heritage Village to celebrate Texas Independence. There were lots of kids, speeches and these Sons of Confederate Veterans who fired a a salute to the state. (Rachel Iglesias Photo)

Dogwood Princesses give away Dogwood trees

Dogwood Princesses give away trees.

The weather outside was messy Monday, but the 2015 Dogwood Festival Princesses lit up the front of Tyler County Courthouse while giving away Dogwood trees Saturday to a steady stream of Tyler County folks who braved the weather. Shown, from left, are Leann Monk, Kiley Young from Warren, Rhannon Odom from Woodville, Laken Read from Chester, Hannah Conner from Spurger, Morganne Ross from Colmesneil and Rodney Monk. The trees were donated by Tyler County Chamber of Commerce.

Library honors Mary Francis Hickman

Library honors Mary Francis Hickman

A dedication ceremony was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 20 in the John and Rosemary Bunch Meeting Room at the Allan Shivers Library and Museum in honor of Mary Francis Hickman. Mary Francis Hickman was a long time board member and volunteer at the library. She was also Mrs. Rosemary Bunch's mentor in making the library what it is today. Because of Mrs. Hickman's many years of loyal and dedicated service The Allan Shivers Library and Museum continues to be a very important asset to the community and the people of Tyler County and surrounding areas. In attendance were: Brian Shivers, Judge Jacques Blanchette, Commissioner Rusty Hughes, Rosemary Bunch, Tommy and Patsy Morris, J. Huntley Kenesson, Mr. Lawrence Rainey, Mr. Fred Sullivan, Chuck and Bette Vonderlin, Harry-Lou Shield, Walt Davis and Adalaide Harrison.

Communication center is hub of Tyler County Sheriff’s department

by Emily Waldrep

Tyler County Sheriff's Department takes thousands of calls a month into the communication center, and in 2014 received more than 12,014, 9-1-1 calls.

Of those calls, 5,058 were calls to service. That's on average 32 calls a day, with at least five of those calls being service calls. According to Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, Tyler County communication center is the hub of the entire Sheriff's Department.

The communication center fields calls for not only the Sheriff's Department but all the local fire departments, the National Park Service, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the City of Woodville, plus after hours calls.

"Tyler County Communication center has the ability to transfer a 9-1-1 caller to other jurisdictions with the touch of a button while staying on with the caller during the transfer just in case we are sharing the same jurisdiction at the time," Weatherford said. "We also always ask where someone is located when they call, because we cannot rely on the location provided by your cell phone GPS because it is only moderately reliable. It's important to always be aware of your surroundings and be able to provide location information to emergency personnel and do not trust your safety to imperfect technology."

Weatherford also says it is very important for citizens to know their actual 9-1-1 address. If you do not know your 9-1-1 address, contact DETCOG at 384-5704.

In addition to 9-1-1 calls, the communication center also received 26,712 TLETS (Texas Law Enforcement Terminal System) transactions for the area in 2014, which are calls requesting the center to run a license plate or driver's license during a traffic stop, for example.

"The numbers speak for themselves," Bump said. "With almost 27,000 transactions, that's 27,000 contacts that have been made. Each one is a specific person with a specific contact."

Weatherford said that the communication center's job is to assist the officer and keep citizens safe.
"It is controlled chaos," Bump said. "When you put that human equation in there and its always different. No situation will turn out the same."

Weatherford said that it's a position that requires a person to be calm, cool, collected and educated and that it takes a special person to do the job.

"Tyler County residents are fortunate to have the staff that we do in the communications department," Weatherford said.