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Man arrested on drugs, warrant

By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com DAM B – Tyler County Sheriffs’ deputies made an arrest last week of a Dam B man who was in possession of drugs and a warrant for his arrest out of neighboring Hardin County. According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan…

Cruse-ing to st rdom: Voice semi-finals

Woodville’s Kim Cruse wowed the judges and a nation of viewers once again on Monday night in the semi-finals round of NBC’s The Voice. Cruse covered the Rihanna song “Love on the Brain.” One of the Voice judges, Blake Shelton, said of her voice, that it “could probably kill things and bring them back to life.” Kim is shown at a recent watch party…
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BBB reports retail fraud losses nearing $380 million in 2022

BEAUMONT – It’s holiday shopping season and many consumers are searching online and social media for the perfect gifts. While shopping online is easy and convenient, Better Business Bureau® (BBB®) warns online shoppers searching for gifts and other merchandise to do their research, be mindful of social media scrolling, and use credit cards to…
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DETCOG director hailed as trailblazer

Lonnie HuntBy Chris Edwardsnews@hccourier.com AUSTIN – Throughout his career in public life, Crockett’s Lonnie Hunt has worn many hats: from radio broadcaster to Houston County Judge, and (since 2016), Executive Director of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG). There’s another title he was recently bestowed: “Texas Broadband Hero.”…
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Rainbow trout stocking returns statewide

From Enterprise Staff The annual Texas winter tradition of rainbow trout stocking is heading back to waterbodies across the state to kick off the holiday season. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) began stocking thousands of rainbow trout on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. “TPWD stocks catchable sized fish during winter months…
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Hunters reminded to report harvest during upcoming antlerless season

From Enterprise Staff The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) wants to remind hunters to report their harvest during the upcoming antlerless deer season which is today through Sunday. Mandatory reporting is required for any antlerless deer harvested during the four-day doe season, along with any antlerless deer harvested during the archery,…
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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 –…
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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…
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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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CISD board approves remote learning policy

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Assistant Superintendent Chanel Veazy, of the Crockett Independent School District, is shown above leading a discussion on an Asynchronous Learning Policy, a new policy with guidelines for making remote learning available to students whose parents want them to receive instruction from their teachers at home via the internet, at a meeting of the district’s board of trustees Monday evening, Sept. 28. (ALTON PORTER|HCC PHOTO)Assistant Superintendent Chanel Veazy, of the Crockett Independent School District, is shown above leading a discussion on an Asynchronous Learning Policy, a new policy with guidelines for making remote learning available to students whose parents want them to receive instruction from their teachers at home via the internet, at a meeting of the district’s board of trustees Monday evening, Sept. 28. (ALTON PORTER|HCC PHOTO)

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Because of the existence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential for the continued spread of the virus, some students are staying home and learning remotely from their schools.

Some of the remote learners across the state are engaged in the asynchronous method of remote learning, and the members of the Crockett Independent School District Board of Trustees approved an Asynchronous Learning Policy for the district at a school board meeting Monday evening, Sept. 28.

The CISD trustees voted to pass a motion, made by District 3 Trustee Roy E. Johnson and seconded by District 1 Trustee Ansel Bradshaw, approving the policy, following a presentation given by Assistant Superintendent Chanel Veazy and a lengthy discussion by the trustees.

According to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website, remote            asynchronous instruction is “instruction that does not require having the instructor and student engaged at the same time. In this method, students learn from instruction that is not necessarily being delivered in-person or in real time.

“This type of instruction may include various forms of digital and online learning, such as prerecorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own, and pre-assigned work and formative assessments made available to students on paper.”

Before Veazy’s presentation, Superintendent John Emerich said, “This is a plan that’s required by the state for us to submit. It does take board approval. Obviously, we’ve been working under it for a while now. We actually sent this to Region 6 (Education Service Center).”

Veazy added, “They (Region 6 staff members) had very, very favorable comments about it. I was excited about that. So, we’re hopeful that TEA will accept the plan as well.”

In answer to a question from Board Vice President and District 4 Trustee Karen Norman, who presided over the meeting in the absence of Board President and District 7 Trustee Lela P. Wheeler, Emerich said, “This for our online learners.

“Synchronous (another remote learning method) is online, but (in real time) with a teacher while (students) are online. Asynchronous is happening outside of direct teacher contact. So, TEA wanted us to have a formulated plan for how we were going to do that. And that’s what we put together.”

“And we’ve been communicating to the parents and communicating to the stakeholders,” said Veazy. She said when Chromebook laptops were disseminated to parents for their children, the parents were offered opportunities to receive training about the policy, the asynchronous learning method and how to operate the Chromebooks.

In answer to a question from Board Secretary and District 5 Trustee Dr. John Garner, Emerich said 75 Crockett High School students are participating in asynchronous learning, 62 Crockett Junior High School students are doing so, as are 51 Crockett Elementary School students, as well as 16 pupils at the Crockett Early Childhood Center.

In answer to another question from Garner, asking how well the asynchronous learning students are keeping up with learning material and pass/fail, Veazy said, “The secondary campuses are not faring as well. That’s even with daily contact—daily reaching out.

“They won’t turn in the assignments—some of the same struggles you have when they are face-to-face.

“The elementary, in contrast, they have really been coming along with turning in their materials—turning in their assignments.”

Veazy went on to say, “We are encouraging, encouraging, encouraging the secondary folks to bring their kids on back to school.”

Garner said, like other trustees, he has communicated with stakeholders in other districts in the area and region, “and it’s very typical that asynchronous learners are having a high failure rate, particularly at the secondary level.

“This is not unique to us. It’s actually throughout the whole state, but I have talked personally to some in the area’s districts that are having the same problem. You have a whole family of kids that are not being guided or directed by their parents correctly. You can have multiple students in the same household on various grade levels that are falling further and further behind.”

Emerich added, this is becoming a statewide problem. “One thing that I think that highlights is the importance of in-school learning,” Emerich said. “We’re doing the best we can to try to teach kids in this situation we’re in, but the best place for them to be is in school. We’ve always known that, but this is kind of highlighting it.”

In other business, the trustees voted to pass a motion, offered by Bradshaw and seconded by District 2 Trustee Mo Amjad, approving a resolution naming Emerich and Business Manager Tamra Scroggins as the district’s investment officers.

In another action, the trustees voted to pass a motion, made by Garner, appointing nine community members, two students and two district staff members to the district’s School Health Advisory Council (SHAC).

The appointed community members are Olga Ramirez, Julie Erickson, Maria Arcibar, Sharon Owens, Jonitra McKnight, Tracy Whitting, Va’Kishia Warfield, Daisy Hernandez and Kim Marrs.

High school students appointed as members of the council are Chris Burks and Brandon Marrs.

Staff members appointed to the council are Sheryl Patton, school nurse, and Margaret Tuggle, district coordinator for counseling and special programs.

A SHAC is a state-mandated advisory council whose members are appointed by school board members who work together to improve the health of all of a district’s students and families through coordinated school health programs.

The trustees voted to pass a motion, offered by Bradshaw and seconded by Johnson, approving the district’s 2020-2021 school year teacher appraisal calendar.

They voted to pass a motion, made by Johnson and seconded by Bradshaw, approving two amended Nov. 3 school district election items: an amended notice of general election and an amended order of election.

The two candidates who are in a race for a position of the board of directors—the District 2 seat—and whose names will appear on the school district’s election ballot are incumbent Mo Amjad and challenger Stephen Tuggle.

Early voting in the election will be conducted Tuesday, Oct. 13, through Friday, Oct. 30.

After a presentation by Veazy and Junior High School Principal Johnny Gomez, the trustees voted to pass a motion, offered by Johnson and seconded by Amjad, approving a 2020-2021 targeted improvement plan for the district’s junior high school and elementary school.

The trustees voted to pass a motion, made by Garner and seconded by Amjad, approving acceptance of monetary donations of undisclosed amounts from the J.B. & Kathryn Sallas Charitable Foundation to the district’s elementary, junior high and high schools.

“Many in the room knew Mr. and Mrs. Sallas,” said Garner. “You may or may not have been aware that they did not have children of their own, but they were always interested in the community and development of the community. And this is a generous gift…. This foundation continues to give. It’s most appreciated in the amount that’s been given to us.”

And the trustees voted to pass a motion, offered by Johnson and seconded by Bradshaw, approving consent agenda items: minutes of a regular board meeting held Aug. 24, a district bills and budget comparison and a district investment report.

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