updated 9:25 PM UTC, Jul 2, 2020


Amateur radio field day


Summer “Field Day” kicked off for the Tyler County Amateur Radio Association (TCARA) at precisely 1 p.m., on Saturday, June 27, and it ran for 24 hours. Although several had signed up, the coronavirus hampered the event’s attendance. Only two kept vigil, Chris Falkenberry and Chuck Petri, with two other members briefly visiting.

Chester Mayor Floyd Petri is flanked by Falkenberry and Petri, with service dog Zara under the sign. They camped in the Magnolia Ridge Park on the northwest side of B.A. Steinhagen Lake. They made several contacts around the country, and other associations were sparse too.

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Petri maintains their vast website, WD5TYL.org, and they support their sister association, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) group that provides support to law enforcement and medical professionals in emergencies. TCARA is part of the American Radio Relay League, est. in 1914, meeting every first Thursday at 7 p.m. at 201 Veteran’s Way in Woodville, Texas, in the same building as the Nutrition Center. Visitors are welcome.


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Daily awarded scholarship

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WOODVILLE - Hanna Daily was awarded a $1500 college scholarship from the Tyler County Forest Landowner Association (TCFLOA).  Hanna graduates from Woodville High School this year and will be attending Stephen F. Austin State University with plans to major in agricultural development and minor in secondary education for a career as an agriculture science teacher. 

Daily’s goals are to relay the importance of agriculture and share how it is vital to everyday lives, to have an active Ag-FFA program and to make sure that all her students know that they can have a future in agriculture. 

TCFLOA, a non-profit organization, provides scholarships to students pursuing forestry-related fields.

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Warren students place in fish art contest

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ATHENS – Several Warren ISD students brought home honors in the Texas Parks and Wildlife-hosted Wildlife Forever’s State-Fish Art Contest.
In the grades 10–12 category, winners were: Third Place, Juliann Dooley of Warren and $500 for third place. Honorable mentions for grades 10–12 were: Marvin Deckert of Fred; Victoria Gore of Fred; Alexis Hollyfield of Warren; Zoë Montgomery of Warren; Honorable mention in grades 4–6 awarded to: Gracie Whisneant Warren student from Silsbee.

The State-Fish Art Contest is part of an international conservation education program designed to foster youth interest in fish, fisheries, and fishing. The program encourages K-12 students to submit original artwork of any officially designated state fish and an essay or poem about the participant’s fish entry, its habitat or efforts to conserve it.

“The State-Fish Art Contest does a tremendous job of exposing students across Texas to the wonders of fish and fisheries resources through the nexus of art,” said Tom Lang, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Director. “We always look forward to this time of year when we are once again amazed by the outstanding work and artistic interpretations of these young Texans.”

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Educators who wish to have their students enter the 2021 contest can find entry forms, rules and guidelines and more online. A lesson plan can also be found that offers interdisciplinary curriculum including lessons and activities, a species identification section profiling each state fish, a glossary and student worksheets. Learn more at www.wildlifeforever.org.

The State-Fish Art Contest is a project of Wildlife Forever. Located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Wildlife Forever is a nonprofit multispecies conservation organization dedicated to conserving America’s wildlife heritage. Working at the grassroots level, Wildlife Forever has funded conservation projects in all 50 states, committing millions of dollars to “on-the-ground” efforts. Wildlife Forever supports habitat restoration and enhancement, land acquisition, research and management of fish and wildlife populations.

To view or download high resolution images of the winning artwork, visit the 2020 Fish Art Contest Album on the TPWD Flickr page.

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Caring is Sharing serves 300 families in Tyler County (Gallery)

YoskoCALEB FORTENBERRY | TCB Scott Yosko, retired Woodville Chief of Police, helps out with Caring is Sharing’s food distribution effort last week. Yosko, a tireless volunteer in the community, has volunteered with the program for almost 30 years.

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WOODVILLE – Friday, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Caring is Sharing volunteers, in conjunction with South East Texas Food Bank distributed food to over 300 families in the parking lot of the Woodville First Baptist Church.

Vehicles crowded the roads around the church. Woodville Police Department responded to help direct the large line of vehicles waiting to receive food.
Each vehicle was given 30 pounds of fajita meat, milk, fresh produce, and a box of canned vegetables.

The food drive was made possible by the South East Texas Food Bank through a USDA project. Farmers and anonymous donors gave the produce for the function, said CIS board member Gary McRight.

In Conroe the South East Texas Food Bank was having difficulty finding somewhere to donate their produce. Conroe Police Dept. Officer Jimmy Waller, former Woodville Police Dept. Officer, told the food bank about Caring is Sharing and reached out to Tyler County Deputy Ricky Coker to help make the arrangements for the drive.

“We were the only agency within 200 miles that were able to connect with them,” said McRight. “The closest town that’s a part of this right now is Willis-Spring Texas. That’s how far out we are from the regular distribution group, but they included us… Accidents don’t happen.”

Retired Woodville Chief of Police Scott Yosko provided transport of the food to the residents in Tyler County who were unable to drive to the location of the event. “They just need some help. They may have 50 dollars left over after they pay their rent and they just really need some help,” said Yosko, who has been a volunteer for the CIS program for almost 30 years.

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There were several volunteers for the event. “We’re thrilled that we could partner with South East Texas Food Bank and have an incredible team of volunteers out here that have worked very hard this morning to meet needs in our community,” said CIS board member Ashley Spurlock.

While CIS does accept donations of goods, the amounts of food can be larger through monetary donations. "The donations from this area has saved Caring is Sharing, and honestly the monetary donations are so much more valuable,” McRight explained. “We can buy the food at Beaumont for 16 cents a pound.”

The Woodville CIS location will be receiving a refrigeration unit provided by the South East Texas Food Bank from Beaumont, Texas, through various donations. The new unit will enable them to maintain foods for longer periods of time. McRight stated that the unit will hold produce, milk, and meat.

CIS is open to the public Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., located on 308 Beaver St. in Woodville. To find out how you can get involved with this organization, visit www.setxfoodbank.org.


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