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Schools encouraged to enter pep rally video contest

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Texas singer/songwriter Rhyder to perform concert for winner

By Chris Edwards
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With the familiar glow of Friday night lights soon to be upon us (and scrimmages already taking place) the sounds of fall are a welcome accompaniment to high school football action.

 Whether those sounds are familiar selections from high school bands to lead the teams into battle, or songs written about the excitement of football, the topic has served as an inspiration for many a songwriter.

 Carthage-based Texas country music legend, Brandon Rhyder, an award-winning singer/songwriter has put his two cents into the “football songs” canon. Rhyder’s single “Under the Lights on Friday Night” is such an authentic depiction of high school gridiron action that several coaches from around the state have weighed in.

 “I have coached a lot of college players and a few NFL players and the one thing they always say is there is nothing like Friday Night High School football…Brandon’s song is a great song that sums it all up,” said Scott Surratt, the Athletic Director and head coach of the Carthage Bulldogs.

 As part of the promotion for the single, a lucky school can win a concert with Rhyder. Schools are encouraged to submit a video from a pep rally, to show how much school spirit the school has.

 The videos, limited to one submission per school, must be submitted to Rhyder by Oct. 14. They can be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Rhyder, who has made a career out of wholesome subject matter (e.g. “Freeze Frame Time” and “Battery”) said the subject for the song was a natural for him, and he has watched his own son grow up with a love of the game.

 “I have watched my son, Dusty, play this game from flag football to Pop Warner to junior high to the varsity level. He’s been talking about this moment since he was five years old,” Rhyder said in an interview.

 Tom Westerberg, who serves as HC for the Salado Eagles said Rhyder’s song “brings back great memories of me playing in small town Salado and now for the kids who are making their own memories.”

 The single can be streamed on all streaming platforms, as well as from Rhyder’s official website, BrandonRhyder.com. 

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Sabine River Bend to play Triple Creek

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081122 Sabine River BendSabine River Bend, a bluegrass band, will play at Triple Creek on Saturday, August 27.

WOODVILLE – On Saturday, August 27, Triple Creek RV Park, located between Woodville and Spurger, will host the ever-popular Sabine River Bend, a bluegrass group.

The band will take the stage around 6 p.m., and they are a favorite of the Triple Creek crowds, with their entertaining show.

The show is free, so just come and enjoy, according to the Triple Creek owners. The evening will begin with a potluck meal at 5 p.m., so bring a dish. After the band plays, at around 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., a jam session will commence, and all are welcome to sit and tap their toes or participate in the open jam. The event lasts until the last musician is left singing and playing.

Triple Creek is located at 2850 Private Road 8335 Woodville.

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Man arrested on numerous charges

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080422 man arrested multiple chargesMauricio Trevino

By Chris Edwards
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WARREN – Deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man on a long list of charges following an attempt to escape capture.

Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford reported that last Friday morning, at approximately 9:30 a.m., a suspicious male suspect was seen walking behind the Exxon Exxpress Mart in Warren. When the deputies who responded to the call were able to make contactwith the subject, they identified him as Mauricio Trevino, a 26-year-old man from Alamo, in Hidalgo County.

Weatherford said the deputies knew the suspect from previous encounters, and also knew him to have outstanding warrants for his arrest.

When the deputies attempted to detain Trevino with handcuffs, he jerked away from them and began to run into the woods near county road 4470.

When the deputies began to pursue him, he tripped and fell to the ground, 300 yards into the wooded area.

“As Trevino began to get up, deputies deployed a Taser round that was successful in striking Trevino,” Weatherford said.

Trevino, according to Weatherford, was placed under arrest without any further incident, and transported to the Tyler County Jail.

He is being charged with four counts of evading arrest; three counts of theft (for an amount greater than or equal to $100 but less than $750); burglary of a vehicle; unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance (penalty group 2-A, <= 2 oz).

He remains in custody. A public records search indicates Trevino to also have numerous open court cases in the county’s District Court awaiting action.

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O’Rourke makes campaign stop

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080422 Beto Speaking frontGubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke speaks before a crowd inside the John and Rosemary Bunch Reading Room at Allan Shivers Library in Woodville. Photo by Mollie LaSalle

By Mollie LaSalle
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WOODVILLE – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke’s campaign made an appearance at the Allan Shivers Library in Woodville, Saturday, July 30 as part of a 49-day, more than 5,600-mile statewide Drive for Texas.

O’Rourke has traveled to dozens of small towns this summer, focusing on creating good paying jobs, investing in world class schools, expanding health care where more people can see a doctor, and lowering property taxes.

O’Rourke hopes to overcome current incumbent Greg Abbott in November’s general election, and Abbott’s policies, which he said include a total ban on abortion with no exception for rape or incest; defunding public schools; driving up inflation and blocking measures to keep children safe in public schools.

O’Rourke is the first gubernatorial candidate to make a stop in Woodville since Ann Richards’ visit in 1990. At present, O’Rourke is outraising Abbott in fundraising measures, and polls indicate he is narrowing a gap in projections for November’s election, with Abbott still leading by six percentage points among likely voters.

The large turnout prompted the organizers to split up the event into two town halls, the overflow crowd waited outside on the lawn while the capacity crowd in the reading room waited for O’Rourke to speak. “More people came than we had chairs inside”, O’Rourke told the crowd on the lawn.

Acting Democratic party chair Wilbert (“Wilbert T.”) Barnett introduced O’Rourke to the supporters inside, and after a speech from Janet Dudding, who is running for Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, O’Rourke took center stage.

O’Rourke spoke on his key points he will accomplish as governor, mainly to ensure that children receive a world class public education in order to achieve their full potential,” we need more teachers who look like our children in the classroom; our young people are going to have to live with whatever we do or fail to do, more than any one of us” O’Rourke said. “We need reliable high-speed internet, regardless of where you live, you get the same resources”, he added. “Texans should be able to see a doctor when they need to.” “There is a lot we have to correct and overcome; public education and world class schools will be a priority when I am elected governor”.

O’Rourke spoke about the division that is currently in place in Texas and also in the country. “We need to treat each other with the kindness, compassion, dignity and respect that each of us is owed. In Greg Abbott’s Texas it is you or me; he is going to tell you who to hate and who to be afraid of; In Beto’s Texas it will be you and me, we all come together to do the big things together” he said.

“In our Texas everyone is going to be treated equally under the law; we’ve got to listen to one another, we won’t find it if we only listen to people we agree with”.

“My best opportunity to serve Woodville and Tyler County is to first listen and learn from the people I want to serve. Before we are Republicans, before we are Democrats, before we are anything that defines us based on our differences, we are Americans, we are Texans, and we are human beings,” he said.

O’Rourke also addressed issues with statewide agencies and infrastructure concerns. “The chaos, cruelty, corruption and incompetence of the people in power today who cannot keep the power on for the people they are supposed to serve when the temperature drops cannot oversee the CPS system and get it back on the right foot,” he said. “We have a governor who has outlawed abortion with no exception for rape or incest in a state with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, three times as deadly for Black women as it is for White women in the state of Texas.”

He touched on the tragedy in Uvalde, commenting “Nine weeks after Uvalde, we have not changed a thing to make it easier for those kids to go into a classroom without fearing that they are going to be killed by someone with an AR15 or AK47.”

O’Rourke was asked about the border wall, and he said “the idea of building a wall from Brownsville to San Diego is not feasible. A wall is not going to stop the tragedy that happened in San Antonio a few weeks ago when a tractor trailer carrying 53 immigrants passed through every checkpoint at the border, ultimately being stopped in San Antonio. Walls may sound good, but they are not getting the job done.” He fielded a question about marriage equality from the crowd inside. “I am going to fight for the rights of all my fellow Texans and stand up for marriage equality and LGBTQ rights. O’Rourke added that “In Texas, an employer can refuse to hire you simply based on your sexual orientation. You can be denied adoption or fired because you are gay. Under Greg Abbott’s watch, if you are the parent of a transgender child, you will be accused of child abuse and they will try to take custody of your child and turn them over to CPS, which is badly managed and the worst foster care program in the country.” “When I am elected, I will use the power of my office to fight for women’s rights and for them to flourish right here in the state of Texas. Women must make their own decisions about their body and their future.”

O’Rourke spoke for about 35 minutes to the crowd inside before making his way outside to speak to the people who had been waiting.

A small group of protesters also gathered, but kept their distance, and for the most part, were respectful and quiet.

There were a few members of the county GOP organizations of both Tyler and Hardin counties, with bullhorns, shouting at O’Rourke’s supporters. Some heckled O’Rourke when he showed up for the event, but did not disrupt the gathering. O’Rourke invited them to come and speak on the microphone once he addressed the outside crowd.

A representative from the Tyler County Republican Women’s group said “you want to take guns away from everyone. The gun itself is not the problem. Everyone has a right to protect themselves.” O’Rourke said “I want you to be able to protect yourself in your own home. We are not bad people. We don’t have laws that match our values. At the end of the day, we are going to have to find some common ground.”

O’Rourke and his entourage also had a town hall stop scheduled for Beaumont that evening, with a stop in Port Arthur Sunday, and they began Saturday with a town hall in Hemphill.

After speaking to the outside crowd and answering everyone’s questions, it was time for a meet and greet, as people lined up to have pictures taken with O’Rourke. Some just wanted to shake his hand and let him know he had their support.

He was told by one supporter “you got this, Beto,” to which he replied, “no we got this.”

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Statewide sales tax holiday Aug. 5-7

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AUSTIN — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on clothes and school supplies during the state’s sales tax holiday on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5-7.

State law exempts sales tax on qualified items — such as clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks — priced below $100, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. The dates of the sales tax holiday and list of tax-exempt items are set by the Texas Legislature.

“Most Texans won’t hear the back-to-school bell for another month, but it’s never too early to take advantage of the opportunity to save money on everything from book bags to ballpoint pens,” Hegar said. “With inflation driving prices higher on just about everything, this sales tax holiday provides Texas families some small relief managing the costs associated with kids heading back to the classroom. As the father of three school-aged children myself, I know how these expenses can add up.”

The Comptroller’s office estimates that shoppers will save $112 million in state and local sales tax during this sales tax holiday.

Apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free are listed on the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.

During the annual sales tax holiday, qualifying items can be purchased tax free online or by telephone, mail, custom order or any other means (including in-store purchases) when either: the item is both delivered to, and paid for by, the customer during the exemption period; or the customer orders and pays for the item, and the seller accepts the order during the exemption period for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period ends.

Texas’ sales tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999.

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