updated 2:56 PM UTC, Feb 17, 2020


Big Event Is Big Success

Participants in the Big Event at Camp Niwana and Heritage VillageWoodville FFA hosted the Big Event on Saturday, February 11. Members of the Woodville High School FFA, Student Council, Sophomore Class, and Youth Leadership SE Texas participated in activities to help at Camp Niwana and Heritage Village.

Chairman Harley Welch was pleased with the turnout. "We ended up with 25 students to work at the two locations. Everyone had a great time and worked hard."

Participants started the day with breakfast at the WHS Ag Department and then headed out to the locations. They worked four hours and returned to the school for lunch. Although it was a cold day, students did not let that slow them down.

Students working at Heritage Village raked and bagged 42 bags of leaves and swept and dusted all of the Village buildings. All of this was in preparation of Heritage Weekend and routine maintenance.

Camp Niwana saw 3 mountain bike trails cleared in addition to lots of paint scraping and staple pulling to clean up their cabins. Camp Niwana hosts 60-80 campers each week during the summer, and it is important to have the facilities ready for the first week.

"We hope this will become an annual community service project with many more school clubs and organizations participating," Welch said. "It's a great way to give back to the community that does so much for our school."

This week has also been National FFA Week. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Woodville members have been collecting canned goods for Caring and Sharing to celebrate National FFA Week.

To donate canned food items, or for more information on the Woodville Ag Science Department and FFA contact the Ag Science Teachers at 409-283-2001.

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Local Rescues in Tyler County save pets

paws_storyby Emily Waldrep- When someone decides to get a new dog they often turn to small puppies from breeders from Houston or Beaumont, but what many people don't know is there are a few great pet rescue organizations that save dogs from our area and try to place them in loving homes. Although puppies are cute and cuddly, they tend to grow into larger dogs, and then they end up in a shelter. Rescue organizations are committed to saving these dogs from the shelters, giving them vet care and then finding the perfect home for them.

One rescue organization called PAWS started out in Tyler County more than 6 years ago, and has since adopted out as many as 3,000 dogs that would otherwise be euthanized in a humane society. Kim Meaut, the president of PAWS, says that she and Nancy Hopson, a resident of Tyler County, rescue animals from Hardin, Orange, Jefferson and Tyler County, and actively work with Tyler County Animal Control to save stray or unwanted pets.

PAWS is different from an animal shelter because it is strictly a "foster based" rescue. That means that pet lovers can volunteer to become a foster parent to an unwanted animal, and PAWS will pay for its vet care and food until the dog is placed into a loving home. There are many fosters located in Tyler County, and anyone can become a foster parent for PAWS as long as they can bring the dog to various "adoption days" at PetCo in Beaumont.

For those interested in adopting a rescue dog, PAWS has a few different ways to place the perfect dog into a perfect home. First, dogs are brought to an adoption event at PetCo every Saturday from 12-5 where hopeful adopters can meet and take home a pet. PAWS also adopts dogs out during the week from their website and Facebook page, www.pawsdogrescue.org and PAWS BEAUMONT on Facebook. The rescue also allows "sleepovers" were the dog can stay at their possible new home for a week, and if the new owners and pet are happy with each other, the pet can stay. If it's not a perfect match, the dog can be returned to PAWS and all expenses will be reimbursed.

Another great rescue in our area is R.A.S Pit Bull rescue, an organization that saves Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes from local shelters and attempts to place them in safe, secure homes. Pit Bulls often don't have a chance to get adopted from local shelters, so R.A.S steps in to temporarily house the dogs until an adopter fills out an application, gets approved, and can adopt the dog. The rescue is based out of Hardin County, but adopts dogs out to Tyler County as well. The rescue is commited to matching the perfect Pit Bull to the perfect family, and founder Courtney Denmon always strives to make sure owners are happy with their pets.

To adopt a dog from R.A.S Pitbull Rescue, visit their Facebook page titled "R.A.S Pitbull Rescue" or contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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TeamworkTC wants help organizing local clean up efforts

According to Tyler County Teamwork representative Mic Cowart, March is the month our state has deemed 'Keep Texas Beautiful'.

Tyler County has annually supported this effort by allowing white box type junk to be dropped off at the County Landfill for free.

"We need to get the word out that each community in our county needs to organize a clean-up effort," said Cowart.

The landfill is located off Hwy. 190. Turn at Hennigan Park and take the first road to the right. Tyler County Collection Center is on the left.

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Spurger ISD adding new technology

Spurger ISD Adding "Ipad Lab"by Emily Waldrep -

Almost every school in the country is on a bit of a tighter budget this year, but that didn't stop one Tyler County School from upgrading its technology to better serve its students. Spurger ISD is expecting a whole lot of new equipment to arrive after winter break that will not only help better educate students, but will help teachers and parents as well.

First, Spurger will be receiving 16 brand new iPads, which will be available in a "iPad Lab." Teachers will have the opportunity to check out these iPads so that students can use them for reading, writing and other learning activities. Each iPad will be loaded with tons of education applications and games and will give students a chance to learn in a more interactive way.

Parents can then add the same education applications to their own smart phones or iPads to continue learning at home.

The school also recently purchased some new TI Inspire Calculators. These calculators are the only ones allowed during the new STAAR/EOC test, as well as the SAT and PSAT. They have a color screen and can do 3D graphing and calculations. They can also be plugged into computers so that graphs and charts can be saved and printed. Spurger is the first school in this area to receive these kinds of calculators and are excited to begin letting students use and learn from them. Every student will have a new calculator so that they can be used during the new STAAR/OEC test.

"Our school board and administration is all about getting the tools and resources our students need to truly be successful," says Principal Brandon Shumake. "We are truly on the cutting edge with some of this technology and how we use it."

The iPad lab and calculators are expected to be fully in use after winter break.

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