There is always a lot to do around Tyler County, but things really get fun when the Christmas season rolls around. This year offers a lot of opportunities for family fun.
Tyler County residents are encouraged to begin the Christmas season by heading out to Bruce's Redneck Christmas lights on Saturday, November 29.
This beautiful display of flashing lights, synchronized to the sounds of Christmas music, can be enjoyed by tuning your radio dial to 103.1 FM. It will be open every night through New Years. Hours are: 6-9 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, and 6-10 p.m. Friday – Sunday. The lights are located off FM 1746 in Woodville. From there, travel to CR 4335 and take a right.
Friday, December 5, begins the lighting of the Courthouse activities, with vendors downtown open for business beginning at noon. Wee Wisdom will have a live nativity on the Courthouse lawn beginning at 5:30 p.m. Lighting of the Courthouse will begin at 6 p.m. From 6:30 to 9 p.m. there will be live entertainment at the Emporium Stage with music from the Harmony Exporters. Other activities will include: pictures with Santa at the Wheat House; snow, provided by the City of Woodville and located on the lawn of First Baptist, for the children to play in and enjoy; hot wassail, cookies, coffee and hot chocolate at many downtown businesses; several retail stores will be open for Christmas shopping; horse and buggy rides available in and around the Art District; and gingerbread houses will be on display at the County Clerks office.
Saturday, December 6 from 7-11 a.m., the Rotary Club of Woodville will host their annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa at St. Paul's Episcopal Church fellowship hall; beginning at 8 a.m., there will be a Christmas Bake sale with holiday desserts and hot chocolate, and a multi-family garage sale, benefiting the Junior and Senior class of Colmesneil ISD in front of Gail's Nail Salon & Boutique, next to the hospital; Native Craft Fair beginning at 9 a.m. at the Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Texas Event Center, followed by a special Pow-wow at 6 p.m. at the Multi-purpose building; Allan Shivers Library is hosting a Christmas Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. with traditional Christmas trimmings throughout the library and museum, an electric train for the children, a lighted snow village in Governor Shiver's private library, free tours of the museum given by Brian Shivers, and cookies and hot cocoa in the John and Rosemary Bunch Reading Room.
From 1-4 p.m., Victory Camp Colmesneil, located on FM 1745 N, is hosting a free "Birthday Party for Jesus" complete with a live nativity, horseback riding, archery, fishing, train ride, Christmas crafting, a visit from Frosty, Rudolph and Santa, plus beautiful Christmas music and the true meaning of Christmas story told in the Big Tent. Ivanhoe will hosting the first lighted boat parade at the Ivanhoe docks at 6 p.m., followed by an Ivanhoe Open House at the Buck Priest Civic Center at 6:30 p.m.; and Heritage Village opens at 5:30 p.m. for the annual Twilight Tour Pioneer Christmas, a free gift to the community, where you can tour the Village, enjoy entertainment, do some Christmas shopping and celebrate with a Christmas service at 7 p.m. at the Cherokee Church located inside the Village.
Make plans to attend all of the exciting holiday events happening as Tyler County celebrates the magic of Christmas in Tyler County. For more information, contact the Tyler County Chamber of Commerce 409-283-2632 or Judith Haney 409-200-4759.
On Friday, October 7, Officers received a criminal mischief call regarding the Donut Palace in Woodville. The owners discovered that forced entry had been made into the building through the front door and that entry was made into a cooler that kept refrigerated items.
According to Captain Mike McCulley with the Woodville Police Department, several items were taken from the cooler, including canned drinks and cooking supplies. There was also ten to fifteen dollars in change taken from the register.
"We aren't sure if they were looking for money, and that's all they could find, and they decided to stock up on some groceries while they were in there," McCulley said. "We just don't know." Officers are asking for Woodville residents help that may have been driving through between the hours of midnight and 2 a.m. on Friday, November 7, and saw something suspicious at the Donut Palace on Magnolia Street in Woodville.
Officers suspect the suspect or suspects stayed inside the vehicle for approximately five minutes.
"We are interviewing people that are staying across the street at the local motel to make sure no one there has seen anyone responsible for the burglary," McCulley said.
Anyone with any information should contact the Woodville Police Department.
"Whoever did this will probably do it again somewhere else," McCulley said.
A Woodville resident contacted the Woodville Police Department October 3 to report that her credit card had been lost or stolen and used by someone without her permission. Officer DeShazo with the Woodville Police Department investigated the case and collected all of the initial information from the victim. The victim reported that she ran a business in Woodville and the card that was lost belonged to that business.
According to Woodville Police Captain Mike McCulley, the victim said she determined that she had lost her card at Walmart and that it had either fallen out of her purse or out of her hand. After contacting the credit card company it she discovered several charges were made on it, including a charge at Walmart and at a gas station in Dam-B.
Officers met with Walmart's asset protection officers to review the surveillance video, and were able to pinpoint where the card was picked up from and who picked it up. According to McCulley, the video showed the victim entering and leaving Walmart, and when she left her parking space and another vehicle pulled into it, a white male was observed getting out of the vehicle and bending down and picking up something that was later determined to be the victim's credit card. The man entered the store and made some purchases with the card, including alcohol.
According to reports, there was a $105 dollar charge made at Walmart and a few minutes later a $452 charge was made at the gas station. The surveillance video was not able to clearly identify the plate number on the vehicle, so officers went to the gas station in Dam-B and reviewed the video there. The clerk working at the gas station was able to identify the vehicle, the plate number and the people driving it.
Officers sued the CopSync system to search the vehicle's license plate to determine if it had been involved in a traffic stop in the past. They found the vehicle's owner and address.
The vehicle was located at a residence near Winnie Texas, and with assistance from Chambers County Sheriff's Department, Woodville Police were able to locate three suspects involved in the case.
After interviewing the suspects, Officers were able to determine that one out of the three were responsible for using the card, and he was identified as Dakota Williams of Woodville. Officer Deshazo determined that Williams was already on probation for a similar crime in another county.
Williams was placed under arrest on October 27, approximately three weeks after the case was initiated.
"These cases involving paper crimes are normally very tedious to investigate because a lot of times you are just tracking down a ghost because you have to identify a person and where they are going or where they have been, but this particular case had assistance from employees from the businesses as well as the internet and that helped us to be able to solve this case," McCulley said. "It's something that we are going to continue to do. This particular case we were able to make an arrest on and it took a combination of several people helping make this arrest happen."
Williams was charged with Credit or Debit Card abuse and his bond was set at $7,000. Williams is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Jefferson County Sheriff Mitch Woods (L) was introduced by John Sutton at the the 28th Annual Tyler County Law Enforcement Banquet sponsored by Tyler County Masons.
by Michael G. Maness
The 28th Annual Tyler County Law Enforcement Banquet was hosted by the Masonic Lodges in Tyler County and held on Tuesday, Oct. 21st at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Warren.
After the meal, John Sutton, a past master and current district #121 deputy of the Texas Grand Lodge, introduced the many law enforcement officers from all facets of Tyler County, including the Tyler County Sheriff's office, Woodivlle Police, several constables, JPs, and county officials. There were over 160 present.
Sutton also introduced D. B. Thompson, Jr. as the originator of the Tyler County Law Enforcement Banquet when he was Master of Myrta Lodge some 28 years ago. Masons have always encouraged support of law enforcement, good citizenship, and patriotism in they charters and governing principles.
Keynote speaker Jefferson County Sheriff and Mason Mitch Woods presented a slide presentation on his recent trip to Israel, touching touched upon the security concerns that the Israelis face each day. FBC Pastor Troy Richardson was glad to host them, and the banquet was, again, a resounding success.
On November 8 at approximately 6 p.m., deputies with the Tyler County Sheriffs Department were dispatched to County Road 1450 off of HWY 1943 West in Warren, in reference to a suspicious vehicle. The subject in the vehicle had been contacted by law enforcement earlier and stated that he had no money for gas and no home.
According to Chief Deputy Phil Ryan with the Tyler County Sheriffs Department, the white Uhaul van was parked in the roadway just beyond a blind curve and was a hazard. The driver was sitting in the vehicle resting his head on the steering wheel. He was identified as Richard Yandle. He was advised that he was creating a hazard and was questioned as to why he was sitting in such a remote location.
According to Ryan, the subject then started making nonsensical statements that had nothing to do with the issue at hand. Yandle became increasingly agitated and was in close proximity to the deputy and made contact with him. The deputy then pulled his taser, stepped back and instructed the subject to completely exit the vehicle. Yandle exited and told the deputy that his identification was inside the vehicle and when the deputy went to retrieve that it, he noticed a clear baggie in the front seat with a white crystalline substance that later field tested positive for methamphetamine. The vehicle was towed and the subject was placed in custody and transported to Tyler county jail.
Tyler County Texas Business Women are bringing back the Miss Tyler County Pageant. The ladies of the TBW are excited to be able to bring back such a time honored tradition. The pageant, which was originally sponsored by the now dissolved American Business Women's Association, offers scholarship money to the young women of Tyler County who are graduating seniors.
There is a registration fee of $25 for the pageant and an additional $15 to enter the Miss Photogenic portion of the contest. Fees must be paid in cash or a money order. Registration for the pageant is now open. Parents may sign their daughters up from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day from now until November 15 at Serendipity in Woodville. There will be an extended sign-up time on Wednesday, November 12th from 10 am-7 pm.