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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…

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 –…
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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Colmesneil council accepts Davis resignation

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Colmesneil City HallPHOTO BY WENDY BENDY Colmesneil City Hall

By Mollie LaSalle

TYLER COUNTY – The Colmesneil City Council met for its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, with Mayor Don Baird announcing the resignation of council member Kenneth Davis.

Davis’s resignation was effective on Sept. 10, when he notified Baird through a letter. Davis was arrested in August and charged with a felony sexual abuse charge following an investigation out of Trinity County. His resignation was accepted unanimously.

Councilmembers held a round table discussion about a possible replacement for Davis. While many names were suggested, as of press time, no one person being considered has met the criteria for the open seat.

All councilmembers agreed that further discussion is warranted, with members stressing the need for “some younger folks” at city hall.

Councilmembers discussed the basketball goal on the corner of Hickory and Sutton streets once again. Baird said people have been called City Hall with complaints about it.

The resident who owns the goal was asked on more than one occasion to remove it from its current location, which is deemed dangerous, as children are playing in or near the street at all hours.

When the basketball goal was first installed about two to three months ago, the city contacted Texas Municipal League Attorneys about the question of liability in the event someone gets hurt. TML has stated from the beginning that the city will not be held liable for any injuries. Furthermore, the city cannot move it, and Duane Crews added that “there ought to be some way to legally move it”.

This had been on ongoing discussion/problem for at least the last two months, with council coming up with no real solution. Continuing discussion/monitoring of the problem is the only recourse at the present time.

Fall festival planned

City Secretary Wendy Bendy reminded council members about the Fall Festival on October 28 at First Baptist Church. The Community Center will be opened to serve chili cheese nachos for attendees. Hayrides and other activities are planned for the event.

Bendy also announced that as of Sept. 14, City Hall is once again open to the public, and the check-free bill pay service is operational also.

She advised that the CD’s at Citizens Bank have all matured, except for one. Bendy also reported during the water and sewer report that there were seven leaks, one sewer tap, two meter taps, three meters turned on and three meters turned off. She also reported that water lines on Steel Grove Road are being continuously broken by logging trucks. This issue is at a stalemate for now.

The first reading of the fiscal year 2021 city budget was tabled, pending further discussion/review, as was the matter of the basketball goal.

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