2016 Tyler County Dogwood Festival Ladies-in-Waiting

Dogwood LIW

2016 Tyler County Dogwood Festival Ladies-in-Waiting—Shown, from left, front row are Destiney Kirkindoll, daughter of Billy and Gail Snider (Colmesneil); Maddie Read, daughter of Wade and Stacy Read (Chester); Avery Tolar, daughter of Casey and Neslie Tolar (Woodville); Merrick Graham, daughter of Lester and Penny Graham (Colmesneil); and, Kassondra Korthals, daughter of Rebekah Starr (Colmesneil). From left, back row, are Karley Wood, daughter of Rickey and Mandy Wood (Spurger); Peyton Scroggins, daughter of Tim and Kelli Scroggins (Woodville); Bethany Terrel, daughter of James and Relinda Terrell (Warren); Erin Seamans, daughter of Lance and Heather Seamans (Colmesneil); Ka'lynn Fregia, daughter of James and Tracy Browning (Warren); and Claire Kenesson, daughter of Jay and Elizabeth Kenesson (Woodville). (Photo Courtesy Hale Hughes Photography)

Invitation for Dogwood Duchesses

The Tyler County Dogwood Festival has invited surrounding cities to send a senior girl to represent them as a duchess in the royal court to her highness the 2015 Dogwood Queen.

The festival would also like to extend the invitation to those of you from Tyler County who may have an interested granddaughter, niece, cousin or friend from another city that might like to participate in this year's festival as a visiting duchess.

If you know someone who might be interested, please contact Carrie Standley at (409) 429-6300 or Candace Spivey at (409) 547-3109 as soon as possible as the festival can only accommodate 24 duchesses.

The deadline for registration is March 2, 2015 and the girl's name and address will be needed in order to register.

The 72nd annual Tyler County Dogwood Festival will be a wonderful experience for a senior girl, as she will have the opportunity to make new friends and share in a fun-filled weekend as we celebrate the beauty of springtime in Tyler County.

Delta Epsilon Chapter holds meeting

Delta Epsilon

The regular meeting of Delta Epsilon Chapter met on November 11 at Behind the Red Door in Woodville. Visitors attending included Area 2 Coordinator Mary Luethemeyer, Liz Connell, Sheryl Mitcham, Susan Jackson, Donna Bronson, and visiting presenter Sharon Brown. Melinda Stryker gave the blessing of a Veteran's Day Prayer and a meal from Behind the Red Door was served along with birthday cupcakes representing a tribute of 65 years of Delta Epsilon.

Sharon Brown gave a heart-felt tribute remembrance of Phillis May Hull. Mrs. Hull was initiated into Delta Epsilon in 1973. She was president from 1980-1982. The Golden Rose Award was received during her reign. Mrs. Hull gave 35 years of service in education. She received many distinguished awards throughout her career. Several members shared their fond memories and all agreed that she will be remembered as an encourager and loving sister. The family wanted everyone to receive a Gold Dollar and remember Mrs. Hull as "Jesus Loves You and So Do I." Mrs. Hull was responsible for many current and past members being initiated and inducted into Delta Epsilon.

Karen Butler, Livingston chapter sister and 1st Vice President, shared how her students honored Veterans. Karen read The Wall to her students and they made their own "wall" making life connections to the book. The class also made thank you cards for military servicemen.

Karen continued with the Veteran's Day Service Project my collecting items for F.A.I.T.H. (Families and Individuals Thanking Heroes) packages. All guest and members signed a Christmas card to be sent. Candles were lit and names read of service men to honor within our chapter.

Lisa Collins gave the yearbooks and President Sherry Kenner closed our meeting with a reminder to take home a bouquet of the beautiful dry flowers collected from our last meeting activity.

The next meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. on January 13 at the Pine Ridge Elementary School Library in Livingston. If you are a teacher teaching in Woodville or Livingston ISD, you are invited to attend the first meeting of the new year.

Michael Cornell graduates Basic

Michael Cornell graduates Basic

Cornell graduates Basic Training—Army Pvt. Michael J. Cornell has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman. Cornell is the son of Terri and Jim Cornell of Colmesneil. He is a 2012 graduate of Colmesneil High School.

Williams - Richardson Wed

Williams - Richardson Wed

Mike and Nancy Williams, of Woodville are proud to announce the marriage of their daughter, Hannah Michelle Williams to Kiyoshi West Richardson, son of Doug and Angela Richardson, of Warren. The wedding took place June 28, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the residence of Mike and Nancy. Bro. Rusty West, of Warren, pastor of Hillister Assembly of God, officiated. The groom is employed by Georgia Pacific and the bride is currently completing her nursing degree. After a honeymoon cruise to the Caribbean, the couple will make their home in Warren.