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Sheriff Deputies arrest suspect in Spurger Mini-Mart Semi-Tanker theft

by Emily Waldrep

On Saturday April 9 Tyler County Deputies responded to the Spurger Mini-Mart on the corner of Highway 92 and FM 1013 in reference to a stolen Semi-Tanker Trailer.

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, deputies spoke with the driver of the semi, who told deputies that he parked his tractor-trailer, loaded full of oil, on the shoulder of FM 1013 East while he entered the Spurger Mini-Mart. The driver told deputies that as he entered the store he witnessed a white male not wearing a shirt and dirty jeans walk out of the store and walk toward the general direction of the Semi-Tractor.

"The driver later exited the store and discovered the Tractor-Trailer missing," said Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford. "Jasper County Deputies were notified of the situation and assisted Tyler County Deputies in locating the Tractor-Trailer."

The truck was later located, and had been abandoned on FM 1013 near the county line. Deputies were notified by dispatch that a white male matching the suspect's description was seen walking approximately 1/4 mile from where the Tractor-Trailer was found. Deputies were able to quickly locate a man walking that matched the suspect description.

The man was identified as Brian Nickerson, age 32, with an Abilene Texas address.

"Nickerson admitted to taking the Tractor-Trailer without permission and appeared to be under the influence of some type of narcotics," Weatherford said. "Nickerson admitted to deputies that he had recently done 'Meth'."

Nickerson was arrested and booked into the Tyler County Justice Center charged with Unauthorized Use of A Motor Vehicle/Felony.

WISD holds $30 million bond election Public Hearing

Woodville ISD Superintendent Glenn Conner speaks to residents at a Public Hearing held April 14. (Jim Powers Photo)Woodville ISD Superintendent Glenn Conner speaks to residents at a Public Hearing held April 14. (Jim Powers Photo)

by Jim Powers, Editor

Woodville ISD will hold a $30 million bond election May 7. The bond, if approved, will finance construction of a new High school, new baseball and softball fields, improvements and renovations at the Elementary, Intermediate and Middle school campuses, and will finance district-wide maintenance and repairs. A public hearing was held Thursday, April 14 in the High school library. Woodville ISD Superintendent Glenn Conner gave a presentation and answered questions from a crowd of people who attended the hearing.

Woodville residents at the meeting asked Conner numerous questions. The two biggest issues that surfaced during the meeting were a concern that the public had not been included in the process early enough, and that the "plan" for the use of the financing was so vague that tax-payers could not assess exactly how the money would be spent.

The breakdown presented during the meeting allocates $21 million for a new High school, $5 million for new Baseball and Softball fields, $1.5 for upgrades to the Elementary and Intermediate schools, $250 thousand to update the Middle school, and another $2.25 million for district wide improvements.

Another Public hearing is scheduled for April 21. Watch Facebook and the Tyler County Booster website at for video from the hearing and more on this story; and, of course, you can read about it in the Tyler County Booster print edition Thursday.

Shelby Tally crowned 2016 Dogwood Festival Queen

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Shelby Lauren Tally of Colmesneil was crowned 2016 Tyler County Dogwood Festival Queen during the Queens Pageant Saturday night. Shelby is hte daughter of J.B. and Rhonda Tally. The Pageant caps off three weeks of Dogwood Festival activites each spring.

Dogwood Festival Fun Run Winners

Winners Group

The Annual Tyler County Dogwood Festival 5K Fun Run was held Saturday, April 2. First Place, male (he was running in the 40-49 age group), is Paul Releford. First Place, female (running in the 13-19 age group), is Mallory Walters. A PDF of all the winners can be found here: Fun Run Winners

UPDATE 2 04-01-2016 —Woodville ISD Bus rolls over near Kirbyville - Injured transported to hospitals

Update 2 - 04-01-2016 - Woodville ISD Bus Rolls Over


After a thorough inspection of the school bus and analysis of evidence collected at the crash scene, Jasper County Troopers found that there were no complete breaches of the front or rear access doors and a large number of windows were cracked, but still intact. Troopers found no evidence that any of the occupants had been ejected from the school bus during the crash.

This is an ongoing investigation and Troopers will work to complete the final crash report within the required ten (10) day period.

There are no further details to be released on this crash investigation.


Updated 04-01-2016 —Woodville ISD Bus Rolls over

On Thursday, March 31, 2016, at approximately 3:00p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a school bus crash on FM 1013 in Jasper County. The crash occurred about ten (10) miles west of Kirbyville, Texas.

A Woodville Independent School District school bus was traveling eastbound o FM 1013 near Kirbyville. The right tires of the buss travelled off the roadway. In an attempt to steer the bus back onto the road, the driver over-corrected sending the bus into a side-skid. The bus rolled over several times before coming to rest in an open field.

The occupants of the school bus were members of the Woodville Boys and Girls track team. DPS has confirmed the exact number of students and coaches on the bus. There were a total of thirty-one (31) occupants on the bus. Of those 31 occupants on the school bus, 29 were students and 2 were coaches on the bus. The driver of the bus was a coach.

All twenty-nine (29) students and the two (2) coaches received medical treatment. The majority of injured victims have been treated and released from area hospitals. However, three students remain hospitalized with pelvic, back and head injuries. At this time, these injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

The wrecked school bus has been inspected by State Troopers in Hardin County; however, the results of that inspection may take several days.

Jasper County Trooper are working to piece together the exact factors that contributed to this crash. Once the crash investigation is complete, Troopers will determine whether to issue traffic citations based on all the evidence collected from the scene.

There are no further details to be released.

Original Story:

At approximately 3 p.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a school bus crash on FM 1013 near Kirbyville in Jasper County.

A Woodville Independent School District school bus was traveling eastbound on FM 1013 near Kirbyville. The school bus travelled off the roadway into a ditch. The bus rolled over several times before coming to rest in an open field.

At the time of this school bus crash, there were thirty-three occupants on the bus which included 30 students, 2 coaches and the driver.

From the confirmed injuries, a majority of the occupants were transported to area hospitals which include Jasper Memorial hospital, Baptist hospital in Beaumont and St. Elizabeth hospital. Two of the occupants were transported by medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth hospital with unknown injuries.

This school bus was not equipped with seat belts.

At this time, all east and westbound lanes of FM 1013 are closed. The roadway will remain closed until the crash scene has been cleared. Motorists are urged to find alternate routes.

Troopers continue to investigate this crash and information will be updated as details are confirmed.

There are no further details to be released.

Trooper Stephanie Davis

Western Weekend March 25 & 26

Western Weekend

The second weekend of the Annual Tyler County Dogwood Festival is Western Weekend. This Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26, Tyler County will celebrate with two rodeos, a big Western Parade through downtown Woodville, and lots to see and do for the entire family. Both the Lions Rodeo & Western Weekend Schedules in PDF here: Western Weekend Schedules