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State Representative James White Offers Opportunity for Students to Apply for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship

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(Screen Shot 2022 05 09 at 3.27.52 PMAustin, TX) - State Representative James White is now taking applications from Southeast Texas students who want to be selected as recipients of the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP). The purpose of the TASSP is to encourage students to become members of the Texas Army National Guard, the Texas Air National Guard, the Texas State Guard, the United States Coast Guard, or the United States Merchant Marine, or to become commissioned officers in any branch of the armed services.

Students who wish consideration must be enrolled in an institution of higher education directly from high school and meet two of the following four criteria at the time of application:

- Be on track to graduate (or have graduated high school) and complete the curriculum requirements of the Distinguished Level Achievement Plan or the International Baccalaureate Program (IB);

- Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher;

- Achieve a college readiness score on the SAT (1590) or ACT (23); and

- Be ranked in the top one-third of the prospective high school graduating class.

"It is an honor to be able to recommend outstanding Southeast Texas students who plan to be active in Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs for this scholarship opportunity," said Rep. White. “As a former officer in the army, I am glad to see these young men and women, who are interested in serving our country, seek out a quality college education.”

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will open legislative member nominations for the TASSP scholarship on April 19th, 2022. We ask that those interested apply as soon as possible.

Additional information and applications for the TASSP can be found at www.hhloans.com. Students may send their applications to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before July 31st, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact State Representative James White's office at (512) 463- 0490 or (409) 283-3700.

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Ivanhoe man arrested for assault, warrant

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By Chris Edwards
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Richard SniderRichard SniderIVANHOE  – An Ivanhoe man was arrested on multiple charges after Tyler County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a disturbance call last week.

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, a call came in on Thursday, April 21, when deputies were dispatched to an Ivanhoe residence in reference to a family disturbance involving weapons. When deputies arrived at the house on Sir Henry Drive, they were able to make contact with, and talk with, witnesses and a victim. 

They were told that a suspect, identified as 37-year-old Richard Jacob “Jake” Snider, of Ivanhoe, had already left the residence. Allegedly, Snider had fired several gunshots outside the house and entered, and threatened the victim.

The deputies managed to college several items of evidence, Weatherford said, as well as witness statements, but could not locate Snider.

The next morning, at 1:15 a.m., deputies were made aware that Snider had returned to the residence. When they arrived, they detained him, and he admitted that he had, in fact, entered the residence and threatened the victim while holding a 9 mm. handgun.

The deputies also learned that an active warrant was out for Snider’s arrest from the city of Jasper on a Class A theft charge.

Snider was booked into the Tyler County Justice Center, and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, as well as the active warrant from Jasper. His bonds, set by Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Ken Jobe, totalled $63,000.

Snider is currently out on bonds.

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Warren man arrested on meth charge

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By Chris Edwards
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CECIL ZIMMERMANCECIL ZIMMERMANSPURGER – Tyler County Sheriff’s Office recently concluded an investigation and made an arrest of a Warren man.

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, deputies began an investigation late last year in reference to a dollar bill that was received at the Spurger Exxon and covered in an unknown white powder. 

Weatherford said that TCSO recently received a lab report from the Texas Department of Public Safety crime lab that confirmed the white powder to be methamphetamine. 

Additionally, deputies were able to work with the store’s employees to gather evidence, including video surveillance footage. 

“With video footage and knowledge of the individual, deputies and clerks were able to identify the individual in possession of the meth as Cecil Zimmerman,” Weatherford said.

Zimmerman, a 29-year-old Warren resident, was located and arrested in Spurger at a residence, and transported to jail on a felony possession of a controlled substance charge, as well as a parole violation warrant issued by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Parole Division.

Zimmerman is a registered sex offender, and according to the Texas DPS Sex Offender Registry, has a lifetime registration requirement, stemming from two rape charges from 2010, one of a 15-year-old girl and another of a 14-year-old. He was on 10 years’ parole and probation for each charge.

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Warren man in custody on murder charge

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By Chris Edwards
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John OverstreetJohn OverstreetHARDIN COUNTY – According to Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis, a Warren man is in custody and charged with murder following a Sunday evening incident.

Davis said that at 7:09 p.m., deputies with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting incident that occurred on the banks of the Neches River, north of Silsbee, at the Hardin County Park. When deputies arrived, they discovered the body of Randy Reed, a 39-year-old Silsbee man. Another shooting victim was air-lifted to a hospital and listed in critical condition at press time. He was identified as 44-year-old Adam Hall, a Silsbee man.

The shooter, John Richard Overstreet, a 24-year-old Warren man, is charged with murder and aggravated assault. His bonds were set at $500,000 and $250,000, respectively, Davis said.

A handgun that was believed to be the murder weapon was recovered at the scene by authorities. Davis said that no motive is known at this time, but witnesses reported a disturbance taking place prior to the shooting.

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Wanted fugitive arrested

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By Chris Edwards
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TidwellTidwellTYLER COUNTY – The hunt for a man wanted on multiple charges ended last week when deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Allen Tidwell.

Tidwell, a 33 year-old man, was arrested on Tuesday without incident, according to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford. 

Tidwell was the subject of a month-long manhunt, after being wanted on charges of burglary of a habitation and engaging in organized criminal activity. TCSO asked the public’s help in locating Tidwell and Crime Stoppers had offered a reward for any information as to his whereabouts.

Tidwell, who was believed to reside either in the Dam B area or in Jasper County, was arrested at a residence in the Brookeland area. Weatherford said that TCSO deputies had received information that he was possibly staying at a residence there. Deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office located and arrested him and transported him to the Tyler County Justice Center.

Weatherford said that during a search of Tidwell’s property during booking, deputies discovered a clear plastic baggie containing a crystal-like substance, which tested positive for methamphetamine.

Tidwell is in custody and his bonds were set by Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford, totalling $200K.

His charges include engaging in organized criminal activity; burglary of a habitation and possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility.

Tidwell is also a convicted rapist. He is listed as a lifetime-required registrant on the Texas Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry stemming from a 2011 conviction.

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