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.
Tyler County Judge Jacques Blanchette has issued the following local Disaster Declaration:
DISASTER DECLARATION WHEREAS, the County of Tyler, on the 10th day of March, 2016, is in threat of damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from conditions created by torrential rainfall over an excessive period of time, affecting Tyler County by causing flooding in populated areas as well as major infrastructure damage preventing access to or the safe passage on various roadways. Such conditions create a public safety hazard .
WHEREAS, the County Judge of Tyler County, Texas has determined that extraordinary measures to protect or rehabilitate property are necessary and hereby ordered.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE COUNTY JUDGE OF TYLER COUNTY:
• That a local state of disaster is hereby declared for Tyler County, Texas pursuant to Section 418.108(a) of the Texas Government Code;
• Pursuant to Section 418.108(b) of the Texas Government Code, the state of disaster shall continue for a period of not more than seven days from the date of this declaration unless continued or renewed by the Commissioners' Court of Tyler County, Texas;
• Pursuant to Section 418.108(c) of the Texas Government Code, this declaration of a local disaster shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the County Clerk.
• Pursuant to Section 418. 108(d) of the Texas Government Code, this declaration of a local state of disaster activates the county/city Emergency Management Plan.
Tyler County Sheriff's office received a 911 call from a male caller stating that he had shot his wife and himself. Deputies responded to County Road 3240, which is located off of Farm Market Road 256, East of Colmesneil. On scene at the residence, Deputies observed an infant baby in the open front door area of the residence. The infant appeared to be unharmed.
According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, during a search of the residence Deputies discovered a white female, identified as Tonia Linscomb, and a white male, Andrew Linscomb, both with apparent gunshot wounds. Andrew was transferred by Air Ambulance to a hospital in Beaumont. Mrs. Linscomb was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford. An autopsy will be performed today in Beaumont.
Numerous evidence items, including a 9mm handgun, were collected at the scene by Investigators from the Tyler County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers, Weatherford said.
At time of press release, Investigators were preparing paperwork to submit to a Magistrate for the issuance of an arrest warrant for Andrew Linscomb, charging him with Murder.
Tonia age 39, and Andrew age 41, were husband and wife, residents of Colmesneil.
The infant baby was their Grandchild, who was returned to the Mother unharmed.
Murder Suspect Andrew Linscomb remains in a Houston Hospital.
Tyler County Dogwood Festival 2016 Operating Board of Directors—Show are, seated, from left, Chesney Wright (Decorations), Christy Cooley (Finance), Leann Monk (Historical Play and Set), and Oferia Gazzaway (Festival of the Arts). Standing, from let, are Alicia Scoggins (Entertainment), Kathy Carruth (Western Weekend), Buck Hudson (Executive Director), Danita Skinner (Publications), and Mandy Risinger (Publicity) Not Pictured are John Cooley (Properties), Fulton Jeansonne (Parade), and Carrie Standley (Royalty).