The Sassy Scrappers (those are members of the group in the photo above) held a workshop July 19 in the Fiber Arts building at Heritage Village in Woodville. In the workshop folks learned to make a simple quilt block that will ultimately be assembled with other blocks into lap quilts for our local veterans. There was a good turnout, and everyone seemed to have a great time. Here are some photos from the Workshop.
First Charitable Donation—Jeff Webb, Vice President of Caring is Sharing, accepted a $50 donation for the non- profit organization, raised from all of you who are supporting the 50ç Bookshelves at the Tyler County Booster office in downtown Woodville. "We appreciate any donations...all money is used to buy food and necessities for people in need around the county," Webb said. The Booster already sold another 19 books as of press time this week and we will be donating the next $50 in book sales to another worthy cause very soon. To participate in this project, donate your old books, or you can come shop our shelves and buy any book in the program for only 50 cents each. Thank you again Tyler County for working together for a good cause.
Lions hold Installation Banquet—Thursday evening, June 19, Woodville Lions held their installation banquet. Incoming President Steve Evans presented Tommy Weaver with Lions International's highest award, the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award named after the founder who founded Lions in 1917. Past President Jan Smith is on the right. Lion Jeff Webb was awarded the Woodville Lion of the Year, and Karlea Belsey was made Woodville Lions Sweetheart for the entire year. About 70 persons in all attended. J-Bo's Smoking Aces catered the excellent barbecue.
Bill Massey and Sandy Hargrove stand behind a cage with seven wild hogs trapped inside the Woodville City Limit.
by Michael G. Maness
Seven wild hogs were trapped on Sandy Hargrove's property inside the Woodville city limits by Bill Massey and safely extracted, Monday morning, June 30.
"They are just tearing my yard to heck," Hargrove said. Swaths seven-by-ten feet here, and twenty-by-forty feet there – the hogs had rooted up areas like a plowed field, only this was her front and backyard.
As Massey approached the cages, the hogs went wild, scrambling violently over each other, screeching, trying to get out, and slamming their snouts and bodies against cage. The largest weighed about 120 pounds. They are wild and dangerous, and now inside the city limits just off Barclay Terrace, a fine neighborhood and near the Eagle Stadium ball field.
Massey loaded seven, including two large Piney Wood Rooters, two shoats (weaned or "teenagers" as Massey said) and three babies. Two of the babies had brown stripes, and that meant they had come from a Russian boar.
A few days later a large pregnant sow was trapped, and toward the end of the week four more were trapped, making that 12 wild hogs caught at Hargrove's place.
It is against the law to shoot them inside the city limits, so this is another problem. Hargrove said with a smile, "I was told I could shoot them with a bow and arrow." Kind of funny, but serious too.
Even though there are self-protection laws, allowing one to shoot in self-defense, part of Hargrove's property is within 1,000 feet of the school, where additional laws prevent shooting near a school. Be sure to check with law enforcement before shooting any firearm inside the city limit.
Father Michael Strother of Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church reported damage, and Massey set a trap there as well.
Massey has helped people with their wild hogs for several years. He warned to approach them with caution, for they can be fierce. After transferring the hogs from his large trap to his travelling cage, via a system of sliding doors, Massey wenches the travelling cage up upon his trailer for transport. He left two traps baited with deer corn on Hargrove's property. He will fatten the babies for meat at his place in Colmesneil and dispose of the larger ones to certified businesses.
Massey is also pastor of the Tejas Road Baptist Church. Helping with the hog problem is a labor of love and ministry, and he makes the meat available to the needy. He does not charge for his services, just takes the hogs, but added if someone wants to donate corn, that would help.
Woodville Mayor Ben Bythewood is aware of the problem, and according to Massey, has offered to help.
"I have found that if I am calm when approaching the cages, it calms the hogs, too," Massey said. When he gently put his hand on the cage, whispering something, the hogs settled.
Massey is our local Hog Whisperer, only these hogs are bound for bacon, not pets. If you have a problem with wild hogs, feel free to call Massey at (409) 837-2160.
Another Project Completed—As the Rotary year comes to a close, one last project needed to be completed to make the year a success and provide a elderly couple a safe, secure way to get in and out of their home in Colmesneil. This determined group of Rotarians braved the heat and humidity to provide one more access ramp this year. We want to express our thanks to Lowes Home Improvement Center in Jasper for the donated material to completely construct this ramp.