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2013 Relay for Life preparations underway

by Susan Woodrome

The 2013 Tyler County Relay For Life will be Friday, April 26, 2013 at the Woodville Eagle football stadium. Opening Ceremonies will be begin at 6 p.m. and closing ceremonies will begin at 11:30 p.m. As you noticed we will not be going all night. This is part of a special pilot program that Tyler County was selected to participate in, in hope of gaining more participation within the community.

This year the American Cancer Society will be celebrating its 100 year anniversary. This year's theme is "Back to the Future" going back to the past for a cancer free future. Teams will be decorating from their favorite decade from the past or future. We plan on having lots of activities for everyone of all ages to come out and have a great time.

At this time I would like to extend this invitation to all Cancer Survivors, Caretakers, Teams & Teams Members to go online and register to take part in 2013 TCRFL. Go to www.relayforlife.org to register or if you do not have access to the internet please call me, Susan Woodrome at (409) 200-0221 and I will register you. Please have the following information available when you call: Name, Address, Phone Number, Date of Birth, T-Shirt Size, Survivor or Caretaker, Type of Cancer and date of diagnosis.

Local business we need your help in sponsorship. A $300 donation will get your company name on the back of our Relay shirts. This is great advertising and for a great cause. Just look around, everyday I see someone around town wearing their Relay shirt with pride. We are also looking for sponsors and donations towards the Survivor dinner and some special events during Relay...(Fireworks...hint, hint).

We are also asking for photos of Cancer Survivors and Victims for our slide show. You can email them to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail them to me at 989 W. Caney Loop Chester, TX 75936.

Our next relay meeting will be at La Enchilada on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 6 p.m. Everyone wishing to start a team is encouraged to attend. Let's join together as a community to raise money in the fight against cancer, before we lose another spouse, parent, sibling, teacher, neighbor or friend.

I'm Susan Woodrome and I'm the 2013 Tyler County Relay For Life Event Chair. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me anytime.

Two traffic stops lead to multiple drug arrests

by Emily Waldrep

Officers with the Woodville Police Department arrested and charged two separate Colmesneil individuals with drug related charges while conducting simple and routine traffic stops.

On Thursday, January 31, Woodville Police Sergeant Hicks made a routine traffic stop near the 400th block of south Magnolia after he observed a vehicle making an abrupt turn.

The driver, identified as Jesse Dan Mahan, age 30 of Colmesneil, didn't have a valid drivers license and was subsequently arrested for driving without a license.

The passenger in the vehicle was identified as George Clifford Neyland III, age 31 of Colmesneil.

"A routine check revealed that Neyland had a warrant for his arrest out of Hardin County for theft," said Woodville Police Captain Mike McCulley.

Both driver and passenger where then detained for not having a drivers license and the warrant.

"A subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered a marijuana cigarette laying in the middle console along with other drug paraphernalia, such as syringes," McCulley said.

Both men were then charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Saturday, February 2, Hicks was working traffic, assisted by officer Zach Zachary when he noticed a vehicle being driven by a female that he knew had a suspended drivers license.

Hicks pulled over the vehicle and identified the driver as Tiffany Malone, age 37 of Woodville. Hicks also identified a passenger in the vehicle, Phelesia Moye, age 47 of Woodville.

"While talking with Malone, Hicks noticed that the driver was acting very nervous and he asked both the driver and passenger to step out of the vehicle," McCulley said. "At that time, Hicks observed a homemade pipe laying on the floorboard by the passenger side. A homemade pipe is known to be used to smoke narcotics with. This one had burned ends on each end, and is typically referred to as a crack pipe."

Officers then arrested Moye for possession of dug paraphernalia and ticketed Malone with driving with an invalid license.

"Our officers are diligent about working traffic, whether its night or day and these type of charges often come about after stopping a vehicle for something that seems insignificant," McCulley said. "People may think that officers are picking on them when they are stopped for having a light out or not signally correctly or not coming to a complete stop. But, these violations will often turn into other criminal activity. The officers are doing their job and if you aren't doing anything else wrong, you are often given a warning and allowed to leave. We want to let the public know that we are very proactive when looking for illegal activity going up and down the highway and part of being able to detect that is working traffic. It's also a safety issue. We are trying to slow people down and make people remember to drive safe as well."

Two tyler County men charged with possession in traffic stop

by Emily Waldrep

Tyler County Sheriff's Deputies Jerry Laurent and Brian Seales arrested and charged two Tyler County residents with possession of a controlled substance after they responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle driving through Warren.

"Deputies observed the vehicle matching the description given to the dispatch off of 1943 East in Warren, and conducted a traffic stop on CR 4470," Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said.

The driver was identified as Elton Maxie, age 65, of Woodville, and the passenger in the vehicle was identified as Jamie Wolf, age 21 of Warren.

"Maxie gave deputies consent to search the vehicle and deputies recovered a small prescription bottle that contained 7 crack cocaine rocks," Weatherford said. "The two also had a total of $620 cash on them."

Maxie was arrested and charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver. Wolf was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

"The cash was seized as proceeds from the sale of drugs and the vehicle that Maxie was driving was taken for seizure as the vehicle that was used during the commission of a felony," Weatherford said. "I want to remind citizens to report any suspicious or what appears to be any drug activity in the area."

Maxie bonded out of the Tyler County Jail under a $50,000 bond and Wolf bonded out under a $7,000 bond.

Chief Oscola Sylestine death mourned

Alabama-Coushatta Principal Chief Oscola Clayton SylestineLivingston, Texas - Chief Oscola Clayton Sylestine, the principal chief of the Alabama Coushatta Indian Tribe of Texas succumbed to illness and passed away on Thursday, January 31. He will lie in state at the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation located 17 miles east of Livingston when all arrangements have been completed. He was 80 years old.

He was elected in 1992 and installed in a colorful traditional ceremony as the life time chief on January 1, 1993. He was a third generation descendant of Alabama Sub-Chief Colabe. He is survived by his wife, Ethelyn, two sons and two daughters with numerous grandchildren.

He served the Tribe in leadership for most of his adult life as an elected member of the Tribal Council serving as its Chairman before becoming Chief. He was also very active as an Elder in the Indian Presbyterian Church. After a 17-year career with Champion International Paper, he retired in 1998.

His love for the culture of the Tribe was evident as he gathered river cane from the river bottoms, splitting the cane and applying the intricate basket weaving methods passed down for generations. He passed on his skills by conducting basket weaving classes in his later years.

He was a great warrior on the basketball court and softball diamond. He excelled in basketball while attending Big Sandy School. During the height of independent fast pitch softball leagues in east Texas, he was affectionately known as Smiley. The mention of his name as the pitcher brought uneasiness to opponents who had a challenge with his rising fastball. He was a premier fast pitch softball pitcher of his generation.

In speaking on behalf of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe, Tribal Council Chairman Kyle Williams stated, "This truly is a sad occasion and day, not only for our Tribe but for all Tribal Nations, the citizens of both the State of Texas and this great Nation. Chief Oscola actively represented the Tribe at numerous cultural and social events while promoting a better understanding of the Tribe's rich history and heritage."

Chief Sylestine's obituary follows:

Chief Oscola Clayton M. Sylestine, affectionately known by many as Smiley, was born on February 11, 1932 on the Indian Village. He peacefully passed away on Thursday, January 31, 2013, surrounded by his family.

He was the son of James Feagin Sylestine and Mary Thompson Sylestine. He had ten brothers and sisters.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James F. and Mary Sylestine, his sisters Annabelle Sylestine Alec, Stella Bell Sylestine Langley, Edith Nell Sylestine Abbey, twins Jennie Dare Sylestine and Johnnie Dare Sylestine, and brothers Harry R. Sylestine, Lloyd Jimmerson Sylestine, Larry Nathan Sylestine and Carey Dawson Sylestine.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years Ethelyn Battise Sylestine of the Indian Reservation, his daughter Pamela Sylestine Anderson of Houston, son Rick and wife Belinda Sylestine of Kilgore, daughter Hilda and husband Dee Ray Pittman of Magnolia, and son James F. Sylestine of the Indian Reservation. He is also survived by his grandchildren and great grandchildren, Elizabeth Sylestine and sons Benjamin and Lane Anderson of Houston, Jeremy Sylestine, his wife Molly and daughter Quinn, of Austin, Danielle Sylestine and son Slade of the Indian Reservation, Christopher Anderson and sons Morgan and Aiden of Houston, Shawni Sylestine and sons Jaden and Kameron of Houston, Joshua Sylestine and daughter Annaleigh of Livingston, Shaun Pittman of Houston, Micah Hoyt, his wife Samantha and sons, Kayden, Dawson and Uriah of Harrison, Arkansas, Destiny Sylestine and daughter, Ashlyn of the Indian Reservation, Santana Sylestine of Indian Reservation, Solomon Sylestine of the Indian Reservation, and Tylia Sylestine of Kilgore. His surviving in-laws are Donnis and Carol Battise, Naomi Battise, and Katherine Thompson all of the Indian Reservation. He has one sole surviving sibling, Lillian Isabel Sylestine Celestine who is 90 years old.

He graduated from Big Sandy High School in 1950 and went on to attend the University of Houston. There he played basketball for the Houston Cougars. He left U of H to join the United States Army, and was a Corporal in the 1st Infantry Division, 181 Infantry Regiment from 1953 to 1955. He was stationed in Ashaffenburg, Germany during the Korean War. He worked in the logging industry, and he also worked for 17 years with Champion Forestry until his retirement in 1988. He was a member of the Indian Presbyterian Church. Smiley was a deacon, Sunday school teacher and an elder.

Smiley served on the Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Council for many years. In 1992, he was elected to serve the tribe as Second Chief. He was later elected and inaugurated as Principal or First Chief in 1995. Chief Oscola visited many schools and with many different groups to educate others about the Alabama-Coushatta people and their culture. He faithfully served as First Chief until his passing.

He was well noted for his long career as an outstanding fast pitch softball pitcher. He played and coached for the Texas Indians softball team and traveled throughout Texas and the surrounding states to play. Batters feared his fast ball.

In his spare time he would work on river cane and pine needle baskets, among other traditional crafts from his tribe. He had a great love for all sports and was a strong supporter of his family's involvement in school sports, as well as for the tribal and local youth.

Services were held Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Multi-Purpose Center with internment following at Indian Reservation Tribal cemetery. Elder, Debbie Battise-Kieinman and Brother David Busby will be officiated.

Pall Bearers included Smiley's grandsons, Jeremy Sylestine, Christopher Anderson, Joshua Sylestine, Shaun Pittman, Micah Hoyt, Solomon Sylestine, Benjamin Anderson and Jaden Gray. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Texas Indians Softball Team, his Champion Co-workers, Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Council, Mr. Walt Broemer, John Davis, Joe Schneider, Wilburn Rowe, Thomas Sylestine, and William S. Sylestine.

Tyler County Jail Bookings

Jail Bookings

From January 21 – January 28, 2013

• James Daniel Ard, 43, Buna, TDC commitment (driving while intoxicated 3rd or more)

• Donna Gore Bell, 51, Spurger, manufacturing / delivery controlled substance

• Donna Gore Bell, 51, Spurger, manufacturing / delivery controlled substance

• Katrina Rena Ellis, 34, Jasper, injury elderly / disabled with intent bodily injury / withdrawal

• Christopher Allen Gore, 29, Spurger, assault family / household member impede breathing / circulation

• James Richard Gregory, 30, Trinity, assault Class C

• Micha Sky Kibler, 29, Woodville, burglary of habitation, burglary of building

• Kenrick Jamal Kirkwood, 25, Woodville, manufacturing / delivery controlled substance

• Anthony Keith Land, 43, Woodville, forgery financial instrument / motion to revoke probation

• Dustin Wayne Lynch, 25, Silsbee, possession controlled substance

• Eddie Wayne Matthews, 58, Huntington, driving while intoxicated

• Wendy Anitra McNeal, 38, Woodville, capias / theft Class C, capias / public intoxication

• Homer Lavon McNeely, 25, Hillister, motion to revoke probation theft property

• Andrew Clay Menefee, 36, Woodville, withdrawal of surety purchase furnish alcohol open container, failure to appear, driving while license invalid, no proof of liability insurance, disorderly conduct

• Matthew Shane Oliver, 23, Woodville, child support / failure to appear

• Toni Poreterfield, 33, Woodville, manufacturing / delivery controlled substance, manufacturing / delivery controlled substance

• Paul Frederick Price, Jr., 23, Woodville, driving while license invalid with previous conviction / suspension without financial responsibility