By Mollie LaSalle
WOODVILLE – Woodville City Council met Monday evening and breezed through the meeting in record time.
Prior to the meeting, Lee Mann was sworn in by City Secretary Terri Bible to fill Herb Branch’s unexpired term as Alderman, place 5. Mann took his place on council, and Mayor Paula Jones called the meeting to order.
Council approved all Woodville holidays for 2023, adding June 19 to the list. Woodville first observed the new holiday in 2022.
City Manager Mandy Risinger updated council on the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 16, 2023) activities, starting with a parade, and then a ceremony at the Kirby Gym.
Council agreed to meet on Thursday, Nov. 17 to canvass the votes from the Nov. 8 election.
Risinger updated everyone on upcoming events, namely Christmas in Tyler County. This year’s events begin Friday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. with Christmas on the Square, which will feature the lighting of the courthouse, and Santa’s arrival. The Grinch will be on hand, also. Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. will feature live music, a Jolly Jeep Jingle Jeep show, and food and craft vendors.
Other events include an Ugly Sweater Contest, and a Battle of the Beards during Friday night’s festivities, and there will be a Mistletoe Market both days. Saturday is also the date for the annual Rotary pancake breakfast at St. Paul’s, and a Christmas Open House at the Venue on the Square will take place beginning at 10 a.m.