On Wednesday April 26, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Tyler County deputies conducted a traffic stop on Highway 69 South in Hillister. Deputies stopped a Honda 4-Wheeler driven by Jennifer Harvey, age 36, of Woodville. The ATV was pulling a small trailer that contained numerous items that included fishing rods, a chainsaw, tools and a guitar. Harvey also had in her possession a Ruger 10-22 Rifle. A check of the vehicle identification number on the ATV showed the ATV to be stolen out of Tyler County.
During a search of the trailer, deputies discovered antique drill presses and hand tools with a name and numbers engraved on them. Deputies were able to make contact with an individual who lives on Seneca Road just south of Woodville. The individual told deputies that he was currently out of town and advised deputies that no one should be in possession of his property or at his residence.
Harvey was immediately arrested for Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle and transported to the Tyler County Jail. Deputies went to the residence in question which was located just off Seneca Road and discovered the door to the residence and several storage building doors open. Deputies also observed tire tracks consistent with an ATV towing a small trailer.
Harvey was booked into the Tyler County Jail charged with Burglary of a Habitation, 4 Counts of Burglary of a Building, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana. Harvey currently remains in jail on a $51,000 bond set by Judge Trisher Ford.
Harvey could face additional felony charges after owners of an adjacent home are located. It appeared to deputies that residence had also been burglarized. Both cases are still under investigation and more suspects will definitely be arrested.
Sheriff Weatherford urges everyone to please report any suspicious activity to the Tyler County Sheriff's Office, and know that your local law enforcement team is working hard to make your neighborhood, community and Tyler County safe.
Mayor Don Baird convened the Colmesneil City Council on Tuesday evening, April. 18.
In the public comments, citizen Wayne Dykes asked the council to allow him to repair the bridge that he struck damaged by accident. Baird requested two councilmen serve on a committee to oversee the repair, and Dykes' request was approved.
Council approved a resolution of support for Entergy, and they approved a proclamation designating April as Child Abuse Prevention month. The audit for 2016 was performed by Todd, Hamaker & Johnson LLP of Lufkin, and the council approved it, Baird complimenting the city on a "clean report."
The council approved a reduced rate for use of the community center by Lake Amanda Water Conservation and Improvement District for weekday use only.
On April 7, after the city employees returned from lunch, they noticed items in the front of the building were out of place. Someone had run into the building. The postal carrier had run over the curb and hit the City Hall, cracking the brick on the building and causing interior damage. City secretary, Carrie Edwards, reached the driver's employer who provided insurance information, and Farm Bureau will be handling the claim.
On the lighter side, Councilman Billy Andrus congratulated Edwards on her marital engagement to Brian Holson and asked if she would be leaving the city. She responded, "We discussed relocating, however, we have decided to reside in Colmesneil." The council members gave her a round of applause, especially Baird who has consistently applauded Edwards' care for the city's affairs, allowing the council to adjourn on a very happy note.
President Curtis Pitman convened the board meeting at the ISD meeting Monday evening, April 17, and asked the secretary, Kenneth Adaway, to lead the invocation. Pitman led in the pledges of allegiance to the U.S. and Texas flags.
The board approved the consent agenda consisting of the previous board's minutes, the financial statements and the minutes of the special called meeting on March 27.
The board approved the bids for the old vehicles and equipment allowing the school to sell and dispose of four old buses, one old truck and an oven.
The board has had a public meeting and plans to go through with the District of Innovation Plan for 2017-2021, the initial document now posted and available at their web site, colmesneilisd.net. This plan allows CISD more freedom to control some operations and tailor educational programs for their district and students.
The board extended its depository contract with Citizens State Bank through 2019.
The board approved the purchase of a 15 passenger Ford Transit to allow the school more flexibility in taking smaller groups of students to activities rather than wasting use of a large bus. The school also purchased a seven passenger Chevy Transverse for staff and student use. The school's maintenance department worked hard on Lake Tejas during the spring break, and they are prepping the lake for student use in May and for its formal public opening on Memorial Day.
Superintendent Angela Matterson was proud that they had a good number of students in their track program, and several students on the debate team are going to state UIL contests in Austin. "It's all about the students," Matterson said.
Keri Len Spivey named Miss Tyler County 2017 - The annual Miss Tyler County Pageant was held Saturday at the Summit in Woodville, and Keri Len Spivey from Warren High School was named this year's Miss Tyler County. (Jim Powers Photo)
Shown in the photo receiving the proclamation regarding Child Abuse and Neglect month are Kathy Harris and Captain Mike McCulley, WPD, Child Welfare Board members, Nichole Spiller, CPS Investigator, Keri Jeansonne, CPS, CVS, and Mayor Russ Nalley.
by Darby Kethan
Prior to the city council meeting, Mayor Russ Nalley welcomed advocates for child abuse and neglect prevention, and declared April as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention month in Woodville. In presenting the proclamation, Nalley stated, "Child abuse and neglect is a community problem", and urged all present to be aware of this problem and to do what they can to bring awareness to the problem.
Nalley also presented a proclamation of April as Autism Awareness month to Amy Bythewood, city council member and Benjamin Bythewood IV, advocates for autism awareness. The Mayor issued a third proclamation regarding National Fair Housing Act month in Woodville. The proclamation, read by councilman Lee Mann, declared fair housing opportunity for all a priority in Woodville, and encouraged all community members to abide by letter and spirit the laws and regulations regarding fair housing.
The minutes from the prior city council meeting were approved by all present. The first order of business was a request from community member, Johnnie Murphy, a resident on Cobb Mill Road, regarding the dangerous speeding of motorists along the road. He cited the recent incident when a neighbor's pet was run down, and told of several times where pedestrians were either hit and the driver left the scene or had to take to the ditch for safety as cars sped past. He estimated the speeding motorists along that road currently reach between 30-50 mph and that signs posting speed limits are too few and too far apart. Murphy ended his presentation to the council with the plea suggesting to the council that "they take a look at this problem" in the interest of protecting residents and preventing the possibility of a serious accident or death in the future. Council agreed to look at what could be implemented immediately, with Chief Scott Yosko suggesting immediate increased patrolling of that area, signs to be posted more strategically, and long term, with other options to be discussed. All agreed this is a serious problem and must be addressed.
Item two on the agenda was a request from Woodville city residents, Robert and Linda Weldon for a 6-month variance in the city ordinance, 38-54, which regulates RV and mobile home use within city limits. The Weldons are recuperating from ailments and are requesting that a primary care giver be able to live in a RV temporarily to provide care after surgery. The council agreed to consider the request, and established a committee to study the situation and report to the council and then to the Weldons.
Item three was the consideration for approval the usage of city streets and barricades on May 6, for a 5K benefit run for cancer awareness and to assist Coach Mixon. Permission was granted by all present for the planned route and equipment, including permission for school campus officer, Bubba Sheffield, and the use of his patrol vehicle during the event. Item four on the agenda was to consider for approval the 2017 price index adjustment to municipal telecommunications' right of way access line rate, with all members present voting pro. This is a Public Utilities Commission regulation, which concerns the amount that telecommunications charge customers for the use of existing city utility services. The increase, as explained by City Administrator Mandy Risinger is small, and in approving the current increases of about $.03, will avoid a larger amount later on. Item five, to consider for approval the appointment of a city council representative as board member to the Deep East Council of Governments Board of Directors was tabled until the next meeting, with Mann agreeing to consider such an appointment.
Item six, a report from Risinger, noted city offices closing Friday, April 14, in observance of Good Friday. Other items presented included the Industrial Park water well awaiting additional approval on corrosion plans, the Pine St. water well work continues on water storage tank and building, code enforcements activities on new construction, a request (approved) for the council to host a quarterly meeting of Region 16 Texas Municipal League, a cooperative for pooling resources for the betterment of cities in Woodville, and a recap of the past several weekends' events, including the Dogwood parade and Western Weekend, reporting "all went well".
Judge Judith Haney reported on the municipal court activities with 192 citations issued and processed. Included in that number are 9 parents charged with contributing to non-attendance of students to public school, with 2 being repeat offenders, and 1 family violence offence. There were 37 speeding offenders, with several clocked at 30 plus MPH over the posted limit and one clocked at 96 MPH inside the city limits. $33,223.00 was collected in fines. She said all 4,000 current cases are currently being reviewed as part of an ongoing process in place to keep information on pending warrants current. Police Chief Yosko reported "all went well with Dogwood and Western Weekend, with no arrests. Other arrests included drug related, aggravated kidnapping, resisting arrest, embezzlement and the assault of an infant and an elderly person. Fire Chief Marshall reported, thankfully, little activities, with two car fires, only 4 calls total, and the use of 2,800 gallons of water. Mayor Nally expressed his personal and the collective appreciation of the entire community to Chief Yosko and Chief Marshall for the excellent job they and their personnel perform in serving our community.
Community events upcoming include April 27, TCAL, a "get together" for visiting with members and guests, May 6 Benefit run for Cancer, and Mother's Day Event, 13-14 weekend, at the Emporium, "Life Thru the Eyes of a Mother". Also upcoming on Saturday, April 29, is the First Responders Family BBQ, at the WUMC church activity building. Mayor Nalley commented, "First responders are our heroes"; this event is a way of expressing community appreciation and recognition of those who serve our city and county.
Shown in the photo accepting the proclamation regarding Autism Awareness month are Amy Bythewood and Benjamin Bythewood IV, advocates for autism awareness.
Dogwood Queen crowned during 74th Annual Pageant—Cayla Greer of Chester was crowned the 74th Dogwood Queen during the pageant and play held Saturday night in Woodville. Victoria Scoggins of Woodville was named Princess of Tyler County, and Macy Hammons of Jacksonville was named Grand Duchess. You can check out photos from this year’s Dogwood Festival on Pg. 7B in this issue. (Jim Powers Photo)
Beautiful spring weather in Tyler County during the three weekends of this year's Dogwood Festival encouraged lots of folks to participate in the 74th Annual Dogwood Festival.
Cayla Greer of Chester was crowned 2017 Dogwood Queen Saturday night during the pageant that tops off the three-weekend festival. Victoria Scoggins of Woodville was named Princess of Tyler County. Macy Hammons of Jacksonville was Grand Duchess. James E. Wheat award winners included Forest Archer, Lynda Walling and Ronnie Walling.
Parade winners for the best floats were also announced during the Pageant. Among the duchesses, Carly Smith/Jessica Hampton of Livingston took first place, Theresa Beckett of Orange second place and Diana Olvera of Cross Roads third place.
Victoria Scoggins of Woodville took first place in the princesses floats, Cayla Greer of Chester second place and Mallory Monk of Colmesneil third place.
In the commercial category, Tyler County Hospital won first place, Martindale Real Estate Investments second place and Education First Federal Credit Union third place.
In the non-commerical category, Wee Wisdom Early Care & Education won first place, Woodville Rotary Club second and Jacob's Ladder Learning Center third.
Dogwood Dash winners were:
Overall Male – Lakota Jaton Overall Female – Yoselin Miranda Under 12 Male – Luke Satterwhite, Female – Kimber Squier 13-19 Male – George Flores, Female – Lesli Miranda 20-29 Male – Ryan Kelly, Female – Autumn Hillhouse 30-39 Male – Johnathan McClusky, Female – Meghan Thomeer 40-49 Male – Paul Releford, Female – Tammy Long 50-59 Male – Dwayne Harrison, Female – Karen Kilman 60-69 Male – Tony Taylor, Female – Gloria Kamil Over 70 - Ken Hodges