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Celebrate the season with holiday happenings at Texas state parks

From Enterprise Staff Texas State Parks will be commencing its holiday season festivities with special seasonal events across the state. State parks across Texas will host themed guided walks, scavenger hunts and more for all visitors to enjoy. Anyone planning a trip to a Texas State Park is highly encouraged to reserve their day pass in advance…
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Wholesale turkey prices rise as Thanksgiving approaches

Cold storage stocks of whole turkeys are about 3% lower than last year. By Paul SchattenbergAgriLife Extension Communication Specialist Turkey prices have been on the rise with Thanksgiving Day still more than a month away, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Market forces coupled with a force of nature – avian influenza –…
Cold storage stocks of whole turkeys are about 3% lower than last year.

Traffic stops yield drugs

By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com WOODVILLE – Grant Hensarling, a relative newcomer to the Woodville Police Department, is already making a difference in the City of Woodville. Hensarling, according to Woodville PD Captain Jathan Borel, is “an excellent, pro-active officer, who pays close attention to the individuals who he interacts…
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Police chase ends in Woodville

Suspect Martavious Marshall is taken into custody. Mollie LaSalle | TCB By Chris Edwardscedwards@polkcountypublishing.com WOODVILLE – The report of a stolen vehicle in Polk County ended in Woodville, right in front of Sullivan’s Hardware, on US 190, and resulted in multiple charges for three individuals. Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted…
Suspect Martavious Marshall is taken into custody. Mollie LaSalle | TCB

Local man charged with murder

By Tony Farkasnews@sanjacnews.com COLDSPRING — A Coldspring man is facing murder charges after an argument led to the Oct. 25 shooting death of his sister. David Kenneth Fulcher, also known as Bubba, 49, of Coldspring, was arrested Oct. 25 at his home. Lt. Charles Dougherty of the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Department said that during the…
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Leggett teacher arrested for child pornography

From Enterprise Staff A Leggett High School history teacher has been placed on administrative leave following his arrest for possession of child pornography and possession with intent to promote child pornography. Francisco Sauceda, 29 of Splendora, was arrested Wednesday at his home in Splendora by the Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable’s…
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Missing fisherman found dead

From Staff Reports DAM B – A body was discovered of a missing fisherman on Sunday morning at Dam B. According to authorities, the fisherman was from Tyler County and his body was found after a four-hour search. Game Warden Justin Eddins said the man, later identified as Glenn McFall of Woodville, was 73 years old and that no foul play is suspected;…
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Deputies close cold case

By Tony Farkasnews@sanjacnews.com Charles Dale ClarySHEPHERD — New information and a re-examination of evidence led San Jacinto County Sheriff’s deputies to make an arrest in a three-year-old homicide case. Charles Dale Clary, 65, of Shepherd, was arrested Oct. 31 on a charge of murder in connection with the May 2019 murder of Rhonda Richardson,…
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Veterans from Alabama-Coushatta Tribe to attend Veterans Day dedication in Washington

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas’ Tribal Veterans Pavilion is located on the grounds of the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation. Dedicated July 4 of 2000, it lists members of the tribe who have served along with the branch in which they served. Courtesy photo From Enterprise Staff Citizens of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas who have…
The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas’ Tribal Veterans Pavilion is located on the grounds of the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation. Dedicated July 4 of 2000, it lists members of the tribe who have served along with the branch in which they served. Courtesy photo

CRUSE-ing to stardom

Woodville native Kim Cruse advanced from yet another round on NBC’s The Voice on Monday. Cruse’s take on Ann Peebles’ “Can’t Stand the Rain” wowed the judges. Gwen Stefani remarked “You are so good at picking the right moments to shine.” A watch party (bottom photo) drew many friends and family members to support her on Monday. Photo courtesy of…
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Evans acquitted of all charges

Dr. Kerry L. Evans By Chris Edwardscedwards@polkcountypublishing.com WOODVILLE – A longtime Tyler County physician was acquitted on several charges last week. Dr. Kerry L. Evans, who was charged on two multiple-count indictments in June of 2019 of continuous sexual abuse of a child as well as indecency with a child charges, was handed the not…
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Narcotics division stops gambling establishment in Leggett

Detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division obtained warrants for the arrest of Sujit Baba Chalamalasetty, 29, of Beaumont, Monday. Chalamalasetty was charged with multiple offenses of operating an illegal game room on Aug. 30. Through a lengthy investigation, Chalamalasetty, was identified as owner and manager of the…
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Wagner arraigned for teen's death

From Enterprise Staff Roy Grant Wagner, 41 of The Woodlands, was arraigned Tuesday in the 258th District Court before visiting Judge Larry Standley of Harris County. Wagner was indicted by a Polk County grand jury in September for the felony charges of murder, manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid (fatality collision) stemming from the…

Time to fall back as daylight savings time ends

From Enterprise Staff The Polk County Commissioners Court lifted the burn ban for the unincorporated areas of the county Tuesday following an emergency session. The Polk County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) reviewed current conditions with the Texas Forest Service and both offices agreed that ending the burn ban is appropriate at this time.…

Recovering from the storm

It has taken a few years, but work is now progressing on the Caddo Mounds Museum located at the State historic site on Highway 21. The 397-acre Caddo Mounds site sustained severe damage several years ago when a devastating tornado destroyed many of the historic buildings, including grass huts and the museum, which housed replicas of many of the…
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Escaped inmates face additional charges

From Enterprise Staff Two inmates that escaped from a contract prisoner transport bus Friday afternoon have been identified and will now face additional charges. Initial reports were that two transport buses were on the side of the road, repairing one that had a flat tire on Highway 190, just east of FM 1276. Two inmates escaped, one of them…

Point Blank bringing in revenue

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By Jason Chlapek

POINT BLANK — The City of Point Blank brought in nearly $10,000 more than expected during the 2019-20 fiscal year.

Point Blank Mayor Mark Wood reported to council aldermen during the monthly city council meeting on Oct. 12 that the total income for the previous fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30 was $121,270. The projected total income for the fiscal year was $111,400.One of the things Wood believes helped the city was its sales tax revenue. It has gone up each of the last seven years from $40,964.50 in 2013-14 to $76,854.20 in 2019-20.

“One of the more interesting charts is the sales tax that the city’s received during the fiscal year,” Wood said. “In 2014, we were at $40,000, which averaged about $3,400 a month. Now we’re getting $76,000, which is averaging $6,400 a month. This substantial increase is due to getting all of the people on the tax rolls that needed to be. This has stayed constant.”

During the previous fiscal year, the lowest the city took in sales tax revenue was $4,177.51, which was during the statewide shutdown because of Covid-19. However, the city bounced back to collect more than $6,000 per month in each of the last five months of the fiscal year, including a seven-year high of $9,055.57 in August.

“This comes from people living up here as opposed to just using their summer or vacation homes,” Wood said. “Instead of going back to Houston, they’re either working up here or moving up here. If you look at Point Blank, you won’t see any houses for sale. This is unusual and I don’t know how long it’s going to last; if it’s purely Covid-related or if it’s an honest increase in population. This is Precinct 4 and this is where thepredominant development in San Jacinto County is. It’s a little hard to tell how much of this is actually from Covid and how much of it is real growth. We’re a retirement community and I don’t see anything dynamic. It’s pretty interesting.”

While there is some growth in Point Blank, Wood said that growth in commerce would be more beneficial as opposed to just residential growth. He also said there have been rumors going around that his city has been mentioned in the talks of being in or along the Interstate 14 corridor, which is expected to follow the US Highway 190 corridor.

"I don’t think a lot of people want growth,” Wood said. “It would be nice to have some jobs and industry here. There’s a lot of things going on.”

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