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WOODVILLE - EMERGENCY WATER SHORTAGE

EMERGENCY WATER SHORTAGE IN WOODVILLE

The City of Woodville has declared a Stage 5 - EMERGENCY - Water Shortage in accordance with the City's Drought Contingency Plan. The City Water System has encountered mechanical failure at a primary water well, thereby reducing the system's water production capabilities.

To ensure that there is no major loss of water service to any customer; all NON_ESSENTIAL water use shall be prohibited.

Water system officials will issue notification lifting this restriction when water production capabilities have been restored and shall do so in the same manner as this notice.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, you may contact Woodville City Hall at (409) 283-2234.

Adult Protective Services aims to help elderly, disabled

by Chris Edwards

For many on the outside (as well as most residents, no doubt) Tyler County appears as some sort of utopia amid the lanes of loblolly; a place where young and old alike can thrive in peace.

The fact remains like everywhere else in our world, some darkness does dwell; however there are people making a difference and helping to protect some of our most vulnerable citizens.

Sammie Martinez-Brown, director of marketing at Woodville Health and Rehab and Ken Jobe, human resources director at Tyler County Hospital, are working with Adult Protective Services in Tyler County. "We're trying to rebuild and get APS active in Tyler County," Jobe said.

As a state agency operating under the Department of Family and Protective Services, APS investigates abuse, neglect and exploitation of adults who are elderly or have disabilities. Any adult who has a disability or who is age 65 or older over who is in a state of abuse, neglect or exploitation is eligible to receive adult protective services, according to its website.
The agency accepts volunteer workers to serve on its board of directors, a county entity. It is a responsibility anyone with a passion can undertake, Brown said.

"We raise money to assist the APS workers and raise money to help those in need with household staples and with utility work," Jobe said, to give a couple of examples of the many types of assistance APS provides. "The money we raise stays in Tyler County," he said.

Brown made note of some of the fundraising activities APS has been involved with, including the last Tours for Charity. Tours for Charity is a quarterly event that spotlights a different non-profit organization in the county each time. APS was the beneficiary of the fundraiser in July. APS will also take part in the upcoming Senior Expo.

APS has a place to keep donated household staples called the Silver Room. It is where items such as paper towels, soap, razors, etc. are stored for those in need and there is always a need for donations.

Brown became involved with APS in part due to her job, which entails working with the elderly and/or disabled, but also from something she witnessed. "What made me passionate about the cause was when I went to an APS house and saw how someone lived. It just broke my heart."

Jobe decided to work with APS after being invited to a board meeting. "I hadn't heard a lot about APS," he said. "After I learned what they did, I decided I'd really like to be a part of it."

"Our goal with APS is to get people to think about APS as quickly as people think of CPS [for cases of child abuse and/or neglect]," Jobe said.

When investigating cases, there are three classes of abuse or neglect that a caseworker looks for: financial exploitation, abuse and neglect. "There are disabled and/or elderly people who are not only being abused physically, but financially, as well," Jobe said. Brown added that "some people live alone, yet probably shouldn't."

Brown said that several different county-wide organizations are represented by the people who serve on the APS board. "There are many different people who run into the things APS deals with who are involved," she said. "Dogwood Trails' social worker is on our board; we all work together."

APS meets at the Dept. of Human Services building from 4 to 5 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. "Anybody can come and check it out," Brown said. For more information, contact the local office at 409-283-3765. APS also has a statewide hotline to report suspected and/or incidents of abuse or neglect. That toll-free number is 1-800-252-5400.

The 2014 Tyler County Fair Celebrates 40 Years

by Leann Monk

August is not only the start of a new school year filled with humid after school practices and the beginning of Friday night lights, but it also ushers in another fair season. FFA and 4-H students all over the county are working in the heat and humidity to get their projects ready for the 2014 Tyler County Fair. "August is an exciting time for our fair kids," stated Tyler County Fair Board President, Billie Read. "This is the time when the kids are working hard to secure their spot in the auction. And the summer heat is hard on these animals. It's crucial the exhibitors pay extra attention to their projects. Their hard work pays off in the end though," Read went on to say. According to Read, some of these students have been working with their fair projects since early spring and will continue their work up until the Sunday after the fair. "The fair is not just FFA and 4-H projects, but it is also a showcase of some of the finest kids Tyler County has to offer," stated Read.

The exhibitors are not the only ones getting things ready for this year's event, but fair organizers are busy as well. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the fairs continued success. Organizers are planning to make this year's fair the largest in its four decade history. The dates for the fun-filled event are October 1 through October 4, with each day jammed packed with family friendly activities.

This year, as in years past, the Fair offers something for everyone. "We are going to get as much packed into the four day event as we possibly can," stated Home Economics Chairman, Leann Monk. "Besides the normal things we do each year, on Friday we are going to have the first ever "Tyler County Area Go Texan Day". This committee works hard all year to support our county students with scholarships and the fair board wanted to show our support of their efforts. They will be bringing in educational activities from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

We are also going to have a Dutch oven cook-off, old fashioned farm hand games, and entertainment from Triple Creek RV Park. Then on Saturday we will be having a BBQ cook-off between the Tyler County FFA Chapters and 4-H Clubs," explained Monk. "You surely do not want to miss this year's fair! All of this is on top of what we normally do," said Monk.

For more information on the fair or entry forms, please contact Leann Monk at 409-200-1866 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The deadline for home economics and fine arts entries is Friday, September 19. The Dutch oven cook-off also has a deadline of the 19th.

Sheriff’s Department completes first phase of Sex Offender Compliance Check

by Emily Waldrep

The Tyler County Sheriff's Department held a Sex Offender Compliance Check on Wednesday, August 13 on approximately 25 of the 65 registered sex offenders within the county.

"We made contact with a little less than half, which is what we set out to do," said Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford. "We used a unit compiled of Tyler County Deputies, Texas DPS, officers with the probation department and local troopers to conduct the compliance check."

What the compliance checks consist of is a visit to each registered sex offender in the county to check and make sure that everything is correct on their registration, including the place they live, who lives with them and vehicles they drive.
"We want to make sure that no stipulations in their probation or their mandated registration are being violated," Weatherford said.
During the check, deputies and the SOR team recovered approximately nine grams of methamphetamine, marijuana and other pills that will be sent to the DPS lab for confirmation.

The agents with DPS and the deputies office will compile all the information from the check regarding those who were not in compliance with their registration and warrants will be issued for those people.

"In the very near future we will be doing another compliance check as well as a warrant roundup over the violations discovered in the recent check," Weatherford said. "This is an idea of things to come because this is just the start of a large crackdown for compliance for our sex offenders."

Weatherford says that the safety of the community is paramount.

McClures Furniture burglarized

by Emily Waldrep

Woodville Police are asking for the public's help in solving a burglary that happened around 8 a.m. Saturday, August 9, at McClures Furniture.

McClures reported the building had been burglarized and it appeared those involved rummaged through the building looking for money.

According to Woodville Police Captain Mike McCulley, the actors gained entry into the building through a window that had been boarded up in the rear of the building.

Money was taken from two separate locations in the building during the late night hours of August 8 to the early morning hours of August 9.

Officers did uncover some physical evidence at the scene that will be submitted to the lab for analysis.

McCulley is asking to public to contact the Woodville Police Department with any information on this crime, and no personal information has to be given. Contact Captain McCulley or Officer DeShazo with the Woodville PD at 283-5262.