City of Woodville Water Restriction Update

City of Woodville Water Restriction Update - City of Woodville water customers are still under water restrictions, but you may now water vegetation and clean equipment between the hours of 8 p.m. and 10 a.m., based on your address: Odd numbered street addresses on on odd numbered days, even numbered addresses on even numbered days. Please continue to conserve according to guidelines until further notice.

Woodville man dies in single vehicle accident

A one-vehicle accident near Ivanhoe resulted in the death of a Woodville resident on August 29 at approximately 6:40 a.m.

According to DPS Trooper Stephanie Davis, the vehicle was traveling north on U.S. 69 and left the roadway on the west side of 69, struck a culvert, rolled over and the driver was ejected.

The driver was identified as 66-year old Jerry Read, of Woodville. He was pronounced dead on the scene by Judge Trisher Ford.

Local Officials gather to discuss impact of Legislative session on County Government

Tyler County Judge Jacques Blanchette, Pct. 1 Commissioner Martin Nash, Pct. 2 Commissioner Rusty Hughes, Pct. 3 Commissioner Mike Marshall and Pct. 4 Commissioner Jack Walston were among hundreds of county officials who gathered in Austin Aug. 27-29 at the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) 2014 Legislative Conference to discuss common concerns shared by local governments from across the state, learn about the biggest issues facing counties and local taxpayers heading into the 84th Legislature and to discover the resources available to those who wish to advocate the needs of their local communities to legislators.

"The Legislative Conference is the one time each year county officials from across the state can gather together as colleagues and as community leaders to discuss common issues and potential solutions to our shared problems and challenges, and to prepare together for the upcoming legislative session, the workings of which will undoubtedly affect counties in many ways," said TAC Executive Director Gene Terry. "County government is the working arm of the state, and counties shoulder many responsibilities that affect citizens in their day-to-day lives. Any and all of those responsibilities can be affected by the Legislature. County officials must be dedicated to ensuring that legislators are aware of the all pros and cons of any legislation that may affect local control, counties and Texans."

During their three days in Austin, county officials heard from their peers, experts and legislators on a number of current and expected hot topics affecting counties, including:
• An update on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including how counties can prepare for the excise tax in 2018;
• Compliance with the Supreme Court of Texas' statewide e-filing mandate;
• Water and drought issues, including how the State Water Plan project prioritization is progressing and how local entities are responding to changing water needs;
• Rising indigent defense costs and best practices;
• How the state budget is written, how legislators use dedicated funds to balance the budget and the affect that practice has on Texans and important services;and
• An update on the Mental Health Advisory Panel and how counties are working to improve mental health crisis services across the state.

In addition, the conference's General Sessions included presentations by author David Houle, a business consultant and one of the nation's top futurists; University of Texas communications professor John Daly, who discussed best practices for advocating to legislators; Chet Garner, the creator of the Emmy-award winning television show The Daytripper, who gave his perspective on how important diversity is to Texas and what it means to be a Texan; and Steven Murdock, the first official State Demographer of Texas and former director of the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

Other notable speakers included Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville), the chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation, who discussed possible funding solutions to help build and maintain the state's road system, and Rep. Joe Farias (D-San Antonio), who spoke about services and resources available for Texas veterans.

Several county officials and department heads also led discussions and helped educate their colleagues on a number of topics. Those county officials included Limestone County Judge Daniel Burkeen, Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson, Angelina County Judge Wes Suiter, Travis County Court-At-Law Judge Mike Denton, Fort Bend County Clerek Dianne Wilson and Tom Green County District Clerk Sheri Woodfin.

TAC work to unite Texas counties together in search of solutions for challenges faced by all counties and to provide services to support county officials in the vital work they do for their local communities.

Woodville police arrest man on Chambers County warrant for Sexual Assualt of a Child

by Emily Waldrep

Officers with the Woodville Police Department were contacted on August 28 by the Chambers County Sheriff's Department concerning a wanted fugitive whom their agency was searching.

According to Woodville Police Captain Mike McCulley, detectives with the Chambers County Sheriff's Department advised that their agency had information that the wanted subject, identified as Jonathan Lee Asher, age 28, was residing at a residence in Woodville in the 700 block of Myrtle Street.

"Woodville officers confirmed the address at that time, it was also learned that Asher had past history with law enforcement dating back several years," McCulley said. "Detectives advised that Asher was wanted for the charge of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, which is a first degree felony."

Officers were advised that Asher's last arrest had resulted in an officer being assaulted, so they set up surveillance in the area and observed Asher exit the residence. Woodville Police Sergeant Borel was able to arrest Asher without incident and transported him to Tyler County Jail.

Bond has been set at $75,000 and he is awaiting transport back to Chambers County.

If you are walking at night, carry a light

by Emily Waldrep

According to Woodville Police Captain Mike McCulley, there has been heavy foot traffic in Woodville recently, especially at night.

"We have had several complaints called into the police department regarding incidents where people have almost run over people walking down the street at night," McCulley said. "We are urging people that want to take a walk that they need to wear light-colored, reflective clothing and carry a flashlight."

McCulley said without proper night attire, the chance of people getting ran over will increase and that several close calls have been called in within the past few months.

"If you are going to walk after night please be aware that people traveling may not see you on the road," McCulley said.

McCulley also recommends not to walk down the middle of the road, but to walk down the side of the road or on the designated sidewalks. He also wants people to use safety and common sense when traveling on foot at night.

"We do have some streetlights but they don't provide safety in all areas," McCulley said."We want to avoid any accidents from happening."

McCulley says the same rules go for bike riders, and that all bikes need to be equipped with reflectors or head lights.

"Motorists need to be able to see you from a distance," McCulley said.

The Woodville Police Department wants to keep everyone in the city safe. Keeping pedestrians safe is a huge part of that.