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32nd Annual Harvest Festival held at Heritage Village Museum in Woodville

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A jam session during the 32nd Annual Heritage Village Museum Harvest Festival. (Jim Powers/Tyler County Booster Photo)A jam session during the 32nd Annual Heritage Village Museum Harvest Festival. (Jim Powers/Tyler County Booster Photo) 

Beautiful weather, lots of kids and a big helping of Tyler County history were served Friday and Saturday at Heritage Village Museum in Woodville where the 32nd Annual Harvest Festival was held.

The event features food, entertainment, demonstrations and crafts in the museum, a recreation of life in early Tyler County.

Here's a photo gallery from this year's event. (Jim Powers/Tyler County Booster Photos)

 

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2021 Harvest Festival at Heritage Village Museum in Woodville, Tx.
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2021 Harvest Festival at Heritage Village Museum in Woodville, Tx.
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Family still looking for missing Tyler County man

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Missing ManMissing ManBy Chris Edwards
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The family of a missing Tyler County man issued a bulleting via social media to remind the public to be on the lookout for 72-year-old Thomas Thornton.

The Town Bluff resident has been missing since Wednesday, March 24 and was last seen on video footage the next day at a gas station in Hemphill.

His family has been concerned for his wellbeing. Thornton, who is a combat veteran who served during the Vietnam War, has issues with PTSD as well as dementia, according to family members. More troubling, he did not take any of the medications with him, on which he is dependent.

When he was last seen leaving his home in Town Bluff around 6 p.m. on that day in March, he was heading to Jasper, where he used his debit card at Brookshire Bros.

According to the timeline of Thornton’s last known whereabouts, which were gleaned from security cameras and cell phone pings, he was last on the grid on March 26, when his cell signal was pinged in Shelby County, but lost after that. It is surmised that his cell phone lost its charge, and that is when his family and the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department attempted to get a Silver Alert issued for him, which was activated two days later.

The Silver Alert has since been discontinued, but Thornton’s family members are still asking the public to be on the lookout for the missing man. His niece Dana Lee Summerlin Hutto asked the public to check their hunting clubs and fish camps. “We are really hoping for some clues to lead us to him,” Hutto said.

Hutto said her uncle, who has lived in Tyler County for more than 20 years, enjoys fishing and walking in the woods, and of primary concern, medically, is the fact that he is in the early stages of dementia, which has caused his family to fear for his wellbeing since he initially went missing.

“Tommy,” as his family knows him, typically wears a baseball cap with a “Vietnam Veteran” patch on it, and usually sports T-shirts and carpenter-style blue jeans. He stands 5’7” tall and weighs 255 lbs. Thornton drives a dark grey 2017 Ford Edge with the Texas license plate number NJJ-8580. He also has blue eyes and a visible scar on his right arm.

Anyone with information regarding Thornton’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office at 409-283-2172.

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Emporium Stage hosting Ina Dilemma

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Ina Dilemma, pictured left-to-right: Michael Hanna (guitar/vocals); Felesha Sterling (vocals); Krista Thompson (drums) and Mike Jones (bass). (PHOTO COURTESY OF INA DILEMMA)Ina Dilemma, pictured left-to-right: Michael Hanna (guitar/vocals); Felesha Sterling (vocals); Krista Thompson (drums) and Mike Jones (bass). (PHOTO COURTESY OF INA DILEMMA)By Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – The Emporium Stage in downtown Woodville is bringing another live music event to the public this weekend. Regional blues-rockers Ina Dilemma will take the stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and tickets are $15 for general admission. All proceeds from the show will go toward the Emporium Stage and its efforts to continue bringing quality live entertainment to Woodville.

Singer/guitarist Kirsten Hardmant will open the show. Hardmant will start at 6:15 p.m. and has played around town at venues such as Doretta’s Lair and the Magnolia Bar and Grill as a solo act. 

She draws from a large repertoire of classic singer-songwriter-type rock and soft rock songs, including covers of Tom Petty and James Taylor.

Ina Dilemma, a four-piece band that combines elements of traditional rock n roll, electric blues and hardcore country, consists of frontwoman Felesha Sterling; guitarist/vocalist Michael Hanna and the rhythm section of Mike Jones on bass and drummer Krista Thompson.

The band has been active for several years in the area, and plays a variety of tunes, from blues-rock standards like “Pride and Joy” to Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman.”

The show’s organizers are encouraging the public to get there early to get a good seat. The show is BYOB.

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White files COVID-related bills

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James WhiteJames WhiteBy Chris Edwards
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AUSTIN – State Rep. James

 White (R-Hillister) has filed two COVID-related bills last week, one of which prohibits vaccine mandates.

While filed the two bills, HB 93 and 94, last Tuesday, after the Texas Legislature’s third special session began. The text of the bill refers to the Pelosi Congressional Vaccination Doctrine Act, and would prohibit businesses and governmental entities in the state of Texas from requiring customers and employees from requiring vaccinations or documentation certifying vaccination status.

The text of the bill also states that businesses which require employees to provide proof of vaccination(s) will not be eligible to receive a grant or enter into a contract payable with state funding.

The accompanying bill, HB 94, relates to the establishment of a COVID-19 health information clearinghouse through the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). 

TDEM would, under the bill, maintain a database of Coronavirus immunization information, including the total number of individuals who are vaccinated against the disease in Texas and for the public to be able to search the database for information.

The database would also include information pertaining to COVID-related deaths in the state, as well as hospitalization statistics. 

The current special session, which began last Monday, Sept. 20, will expire on Oct. 19. 

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Investigators seeking help in murder investigation

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Investigators Seeking Help 300By Chris Edwards
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SPURGER – A murder that occurred in March near Spurger has investigators asking for the public’s help in solving the case.

The shooting death of Jamerion D. Mitchell, a 32-year-old Lufkin man, occurred at a party on the early morning of Sunday, March 21, at a residence known as Stittem Hill. According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, investigators with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office are working with the Texas Ranger to investigate Mitchell’s murder.

Weatherford said that law enforcement working on the case have interviewed “several potential witnesses and followed several leads.” One aspect of the crime that had investigators puzzled from the beginning is the number of people who were present at the party, and the lack of cooperation from anyone regarding the crime.

There were more than 100 individuals gathered at the residence, which was a trail ride party, and shortly after the initial investigation, Weatherford reached out to the public asking for anyone who might have information, including video recordings, photos of the trail ride or any social media information.

When the first deputies arrived on the scene of the crime, they observed several individuals standing over Mitchell, who had been shot multiple times in the chest and stomach area. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

One Woodville resident, Kendall Coleman, had been at the party before the incident. Coleman, who owns Coleman’s Family Mortuary, was called out to recover the body, and the gravity of the situation struck him. He made a public video expressing his shock over the event and calling for anyone with knowledge of the crime to come forward. 

Investigators are still in search of any videos, photos or other lead-conducive information, and anyone who might have any of these items can contact either of the agencies investigating the crime or Crime Stoppers.

TCSO can be reached by phone at 409-283-2172, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Texas Rangers, Jasper office can be reached at 409-384-5712, and Crime Stoppers can be reached by calling 936-639-TIPS. Tipsters calling in information to the Crime Stoppers hotline that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward, and tipsters may remain anonymous.

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