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Frankie Kindle recognized for RSVP service years

Frankie Kindle

Tyler County's Frankie Kindle was recognized last week at the Nutrition Center in Woodville for her many years of volunteer service in the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and to Tyler County.
Deep East Texas Council of Goverments, better known to most folks as DETCOG, RSVP Director Pam Dunn praised Kindle for her work as an RSVP representative who has tirelessly advocated for the program. Many RSVP volunteers turned out for the event, which featured a meal provided by Elijah's Restaurant of Woodville.

DETCOG Executive Director Walter Diggles, Tyler County Precinct 1 Commissioner Martin Nash, and State Representative James White all praised Kindle for her volunteer work, and poked a little fun at her, as well, noting that Frankie isn't afraid to speak her mind when necessary.

Representative White presented Kindle with a flag that has flown over the state capital, as well as recognizing her for her volunteer service.

Bingham earns Master Trustee certificate

Bingham

Spurger ISD trustee Paul Bingham has earned the designation of Master Trustee upon completion of Leadership TASB, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). During the fifth session, June 26-28, school board members in the 2013– 14 Leadership TASB class made presentations of their team's findings following year-long research.

Class participants selected topics related to public school boards facing change and selected narrowed research fields for in-depth study. Their research focused on topics that included strategies to deal with school choice, creating advocacy programs that work, meeting the educational needs of all children, loss of local control, and embracing changing culture.

The Leadership TASB class met in conjunction with TASB's Summer Leadership Institute in Fort Worth. More than 1000 new and veteran school leaders received extensive training on every facet of effective board governance, heard keynote addresses from renowned education experts, and picked up valuable ideas from district showcases and networking opportunities.

After the graduation ceremony June 27, participants joined the ranks of more than 700 school board members statewide who are Leadership TASB alumni.

The 2014 Leadership TASB class, composed of 31 school board members, represents Texas school districts of all sizes and property wealth. Participants who completed all required elements of the study program earned Master Trustee status, the highest designation recognized by TASB.

TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 4.9 million public school students.

Sassy Scrappers workshop success

(Jim Powers/Tyler County Booster)(Jim Powers/Tyler County Booster)

The Sassy Scrappers held a workshop July 19 in the Fiber Arts building at Heritage Village in Woodville. In the workshop folks learned to make a simple quilt block that will ultimately be assembled with other blocks into lap quilts for our local veterans. There was a good turnout, and everyone seemed to have a great time. This young woman seemed to have the technique down pat. You can check out a gallery of photos from the workshop on the tylercountybooster.com website under Features. watch a short video at http://youtu.be/X32d8hR8FhA.

Sassy Scrappers Workshop July 19

Sassy Scrappers

The Sassy Scrappers (those are members of the group in the photo above) held a workshop July 19 in the Fiber Arts building at Heritage Village in Woodville. In the workshop folks learned to make a simple quilt block that will ultimately be assembled with other blocks into lap quilts for our local veterans. There was a good turnout, and everyone seemed to have a great time. Here are some photos from the Workshop.

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Booster Used Books sale yields first charitable donation

First Charitable Donation

First Charitable Donation—Jeff Webb, Vice President of Caring is Sharing, accepted a $50 donation for the non- profit organization, raised from all of you who are supporting the 50ç Bookshelves at the Tyler County Booster office in downtown Woodville. "We appreciate any donations...all money is used to buy food and necessities for people in need around the county," Webb said. The Booster already sold another 19 books as of press time this week and we will be donating the next $50 in book sales to another worthy cause very soon. To participate in this project, donate your old books, or you can come shop our shelves and buy any book in the program for only 50 cents each. Thank you again Tyler County for working together for a good cause.

Wild hogs go hog wild inside Woodville city limits

Bill Massey and Sandy Hargrove stand behind a cage with seven wild hogs trapped inside the Woodville City Limit.Bill Massey and Sandy Hargrove stand behind a cage with seven wild hogs trapped inside the Woodville City Limit.

by Michael G. Maness

Seven wild hogs were trapped on Sandy Hargrove's property inside the Woodville city limits by Bill Massey and safely extracted, Monday morning, June 30.

"They are just tearing my yard to heck," Hargrove said. Swaths seven-by-ten feet here, and twenty-by-forty feet there – the hogs had rooted up areas like a plowed field, only this was her front and backyard.

As Massey approached the cages, the hogs went wild, scrambling violently over each other, screeching, trying to get out, and slamming their snouts and bodies against cage. The largest weighed about 120 pounds. They are wild and dangerous, and now inside the city limits just off Barclay Terrace, a fine neighborhood and near the Eagle Stadium ball field.

Massey loaded seven, including two large Piney Wood Rooters, two shoats (weaned or "teenagers" as Massey said) and three babies. Two of the babies had brown stripes, and that meant they had come from a Russian boar.

A few days later a large pregnant sow was trapped, and toward the end of the week four more were trapped, making that 12 wild hogs caught at Hargrove's place.

It is against the law to shoot them inside the city limits, so this is another problem. Hargrove said with a smile, "I was told I could shoot them with a bow and arrow." Kind of funny, but serious too.

Even though there are self-protection laws, allowing one to shoot in self-defense, part of Hargrove's property is within 1,000 feet of the school, where additional laws prevent shooting near a school. Be sure to check with law enforcement before shooting any firearm inside the city limit.

Father Michael Strother of Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church reported damage, and Massey set a trap there as well.

Massey has helped people with their wild hogs for several years. He warned to approach them with caution, for they can be fierce. After transferring the hogs from his large trap to his travelling cage, via a system of sliding doors, Massey wenches the travelling cage up upon his trailer for transport. He left two traps baited with deer corn on Hargrove's property. He will fatten the babies for meat at his place in Colmesneil and dispose of the larger ones to certified businesses.

Massey is also pastor of the Tejas Road Baptist Church. Helping with the hog problem is a labor of love and ministry, and he makes the meat available to the needy. He does not charge for his services, just takes the hogs, but added if someone wants to donate corn, that would help.

Woodville Mayor Ben Bythewood is aware of the problem, and according to Massey, has offered to help.

"I have found that if I am calm when approaching the cages, it calms the hogs, too," Massey said. When he gently put his hand on the cage, whispering something, the hogs settled.

Massey is our local Hog Whisperer, only these hogs are bound for bacon, not pets. If you have a problem with wild hogs, feel free to call Massey at (409) 837-2160.