Lady Warriors fall to Lady Cougars in Bi-District matchup

Bailey Hamilton and Claire McEachern go for the block against Brazos.

By Doug Glosson

For the second year in a row the Lady Warriors volleyball team entered the playoffs as the third seed and had to face Brazos in the first round. Last year, the Lady Warriors fell to the Lady Cougars in three sets and unfortunately this year they saw that same fate. Even though the Lady Warriors were not at the top of their game in the first set, falling 25-8, they quickly got it together for the other two sets but came up just a bit short on the scoreboard. Warren tied the second set early 8-8, as Bailey Hamilton had two blocks and a kill, Lindi Barnett with an ace and Claire McEachern with a kill.

The Lady Warriors stayed behind the rest of the set, but only by a couple of points until Brazos strung together a short run to take a 22-15 lead.

Erin Foster hit a winner, Samantha Marlar an ace, and Hamilton a block to get within five; but Brazos was able to put the set away 25-19.

The third set, led by Laikyn Bell, McEachern, Barnett, and Hamilton with kills, helped give the Lady Warriors a 15-12 lead. Hamilton's block and an ace by Taylor Renick pushed the lead to 18-13 before the Lady Cougars started to make their run.

Four unforced errors by Warren and good serving placement by Brazos resulted in the Lady Cougars tying the game at 19. Brazos took the lead 23-20, when McEachern hit a winner and Hamilton a block to come within one at 23-22. Unfortunately for the Lady Warriors, Brazos secured the set and the win with the next two points, sending the Lady Warriors home for the second consecutive year. Warren is proud of these young ladies and all they accomplished this year. Good luck to all the seniors in the future.

Warriors football falls to Buna

The Warriors varsity football team traveled to Buna last Friday to take on the Cougars but were turned away 45-6. The last game of the season will be home (senior night) against Kountze Friday November 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Vidor man killed in head-on crash Monday

FRED — Trevor Stephenson Gray, 25, of Vidor died Tuesday at Christus Hospital — St. Elizabeth's in Beaumont, from injuries suffered in a head-on collision Monday, on FM 92 in Fred in Tyler County.
Gray and the driver of the other vehicle involved, Danielle Anders Clark, 28, of Hemphill was also taken to St. Elizabeth's with serious injuries.

Sgt. Stephanie Davis, DPS spokesperson, reported DPS troopers responded to the wreck in front of the Fred Post Office about 6:45 a.m.

Preliminary reports indicate that Gray was northbound on FM 92 in a 2009 Toyota passenger vehicle was traveling northbound on FM 92, Davis said. The Toyota crossed the center dividing line and collided head-on with a 2013 Kia passenger vehicle.

Clark's two children, ages 3 and 9 years of age, were also taken to St. Elizabeth hospital. The 9-year-old child sustained minor injuries.

The 3-year-old child was properly secured in a car seat and did not have any visible injuries, but was transported for observational purposes.

This crash remains under investigation as troopers work to determine the exact factors that contributed to this crash.

Colmesneil family loses home to fire

Family members are optimistic that some furniture and personal items can be restored after a Colmesneil home was gutted by fire Monday night.  (Contributed photo)Family members are optimistic that some furniture and personal items can be restored after a Colmesneil home was gutted by fire Monday night. Contributed photo

By Valerie Reddell
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John and Laken James and their children lost nearly everything in a fire that caused severe damage to their home just across the street from the Colmesneil schools.

John James was driving home from work when the fire started and his wife Laken was at work at the Bulldog Café when a child entered the restaurant and told her about the fire at about 6 p.m. Monday.

Laken left immediately and raced home.

Their teenage son was still at football practice and the two younger boys were at home with their grandfather when someone reported the fire.

"We don't know if the house is salvageable," said family spokesperson Kelli Barnes.

"It's an old house with siding, but the roof and rafters are not burned. It's still standing," she added.

Damage to the middle portion of the house is mostly smoke, heat and water damage, Barnes said. Family members were assisting the couple in salvaging personal items and looking for a new home to rent on Tuesday.

"Tons of people have been offering to help," Barnes continued. "I've been in Tyler County since 1990 and this is the first time to be on the receiving end — needing help from the fire department."

"Knowing that these firefighters just put whatever they were going to do to the side and spent hours fighting this fire. Then when they were worn out, they go back to the station and clean trucks and get ready for the next fire ­— it's selfless.

The home is owned by Angie Wood Seale.

The family's cat perished in the fire.

A Red Cross representative came to the fire scene Monday night and provided vouchers tha tallowed the family to purchase items that would take care of immediately needs and allow the boys to attend school Tuesday.

Donations to assist the family are being accepted at Bulldog Country Café as well as the Tyler County Booster office, 205 W. Bluff St., Woodville.

Clothing sizes for the family are: Mens:
36/36 pants
XXL shirts
3 pants
S/m shirts
Boys youth:
16 regular pants
Youth XXL or Adult small shirts
Mens 30/30 pants
Adult med shirt.

Household items are also needed.

"I'd like to thanks everyone that has called, text, posted prayers for our family," Laken James said. "It means the world to us we have so many friends that care about us."

Police warn motorists of car burglaries

By Valerie Reddell
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Woodville police are urging motorists to be extra vigilant after a pair of car burglaries occurred during daytime hours Oct. 19.

Capt. Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department said windows were broken out of a car parked in the 1100 block of South Magnolia and another vehicle at the corner of Wheat and South Magnolia.

Employees of La Enchilada restaurant called police at about 2 p.m. when someone broke a window and took property from a staff member's car parked at the back of the restaurant.

"We're not sure if that car was targeted, or the suspect was just trying to get something in the car," McCulley said.

An hour and a half later, a second break-in was reported.

The same window was broken out in a vehicle owned by an employee at Dogwood Pharmacy, McCulley said. A purse was taken out of the front seat.

"Please do not leave valuables in plain sight," McCulley said.

Officers recommend placing items that are likely to be targeted by thieves under the seat or in the trunk.

"That may prevent a lot of headaches, and avoid having to cancel credit cards and notify banks when you lose things," he added.

"Don't make it easy for these guys. It's probably the same suspects, and we me get some more calls like this. If you see someone that looks like they are trying to break into a car, please call us," McCulley said.

Hublein sentenced to 36 years after guilty plea

By Valerie Reddell
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mugJamie Lee Hubelin appeared before 1A District Judge Delinda Gibbs-Walker on Oct. 19 where he pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of continuous sexual abuse in connection with incidents that occurred between 2009 and 2015, court records show.

Hubelin was dressed in an orange striped county jail uniform and responded to Gibbs-Walkers questions in a muted voice.

When the judge asked, "Are you pleading guilty because you are guilty?" Hubelin tearfully answered yes.

He was sentenced to 36 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for each charge, with the sentences to run concurrently.

The Texas Attorney General's office handled the prosecution in this case.
Woodville attorney Amy Bythewood delivered a victim impact statement as part of her representation of the two child victims in a related CPS case.

Hubelin was directed to stand and face Bythewood as she told of the trauma these victims had endured through several years of their young lives.

"This was so traumatizing that, to them, you became the monster that hides under the bed," Bythewood said.

She continued, saying that the four girls that lived in the household had been removed from their mother's custody because of her inability to protect them from him.

"All four girls couldn't be kept together, but they have been adopted," Bythewood said.
"They will take this with them forever in their hearts, and in their relationships. You, sir, were their monster."

Following the hearing, Bythewood said she was pleased with the outcome, which spared the children from testifying.

2 jailed in for break-in at Colmesneil home

By Valerie Reddell
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mugsTyler County deputies have jailed two suspects in a residential burglary that occurred Wednesday Colmesneil on FM 1745 at about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, according Sheriff Bryan Weatherford.

While deputies were en route, Weatherford said a citizen spotted a suspicious vehicle — a black four-door passenger van — parked at the back of the house and called the homeowner. The witness knew the homeowner was not at home at the time.

"The homeowner confirmed that the car should not be there, and they called us," said Chief Deputy Stephen Sturrock.
The responding deputy spotted a vehicle that matched the description given by the witness at FM 256 and FM 1745 and turned around to pursue it.

When the suspects saw the officer turn around, the driver accelerated in an attempt to elude officers, Weatherford said.
The suspects passed other vehicles in no passing zones, driving extremely fast and refusing to stop for deputies.

The pursuit traveled across U.S. Hwy. 69 onto North Pitzer Street, crossing over FM 256 onto FM 3065, disregarding stop signs. The suspect vehicle continued traveling at a high rate of speed on FM 3065 until the driver lost control and crashed at the intersection of FM 3065 at U.S. Hwy. 69.

"Deputies saw two black males exit the vehicle and flee on foot in a wooded area near the Windmill Trailer Park," Weatherford said.

Deputies were unable to immediately apprehend the suspects. They were joined in the search by Woodville Police Officers,

Constables John Fuller and Tony Reynolds who set up perimeters around the area.
The Texas Department of Criminal