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
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.
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.
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
Bob BoykinThe Tyler County Dogwood Festival is pleased to announce Bob Boykin as the 2016 Parade Marshal. Boykin has served as festival photographer since the 1970's. As a Tyler County native, he has a long history with the festival having participated in the play and parade activities since childhood. He began photographing festival events as a personal project while in college. In 1971, the Publications Committee began using some of his photos for the book and publicity materials.
Boykin owned and operated a professional photography studio, as well as a pharmacy in Woodville and has captured countless community events and personal memories for Tyler County residents for more than 40 years. He has served the festival as a Kingsman since the early 1970's and was awarded the James E. Wheat award in 2008.
In January 2016, Boykin resigned as festival photographer and sold his studio. The festival would like to thank Boykin for sharing his time and talent for all of these years and wish him well as he moves on to spend more time with his wife Janie, and daughters Grace and Leslie, and their families.
Despite the inclusion of Kree Harrison in the schedule for this year's Dogwood Festival Western Weekend Rodeo on Page 3B of this week's Booster, Kree Harrison (unfortunately) is not performing this year. All the usual events, and the excitement of the annual Open Rodeo, will be in place March 25 & 26 out at the Tyler County 4H-FFA Arena. Don't miss it!
Although Tyler County escaped relatively unscathed, our neighbors in Kirbyville, Bon Weir, Burkeville, and Orange are facing record breaking and tragic flood levels along the Sabine River. The flood began after over 18 inches of rain was dumped on the area on March 8 and March 9.
Tyler County experienced several road closures, flooded creeks, and area schools experienced late starts. There was also a voluntary evacuation for the Barlow Lakes area near Spurger and Town Bluff, and water entered several homes.
Governor Greg Abbot declared a state of emergency in 17 Texas counties on March 14, including Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange and Tyler Counties.
Several mandatory evacuations were ordered, and swift water rescue teams were brought in from Austin and Fort Worth to help rescue residents stranded in Old Salem, Sabine Sands, Bon Weir, and Deweyville. On Tuesday, March 15, Interstate 10 at the Louisiana-Texas border was shut down due to water over the roadway.
Many homes in the Sabine Sands Community were total losses, and most homes near the Sabine in Deweyville were almost completely submerged. Congressman Brian Babin reported on Tuesday that his office would be in the area as soon as possible to help administer aide to those displaced from their homes.