Officials invite students to witness govt. in action
By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – The Commissioners Courtroom inside the Tyler County Courthouse was filled to capacity at a special called meeting on Monday, April 24.
The reason for the packed house was to recognize “Local Government Day” in Tyler County. The crowd featured high school juniors and seniors representing all five of the county’s school districts, as well as some home-schooled students.
According to County Treasurer Leann Monk, the event was the first of its kind to be recognized in the county, and each student selected to participate was given a commendation as an “Outstanding Tyler County Student.”
County officials selected students from schools within their respective precincts, and some officials who serve countywide, chose students from all over the county, and invited them to spend the day with them to give insight into the role they play in county government.
Tyler County Judge Milton Powers said “This has been a great thing for these kids and Tyler County.”
Powers addressed the students in the meeting, and said there could be a future commissioner, county judge or sheriff among them, and then encouraged them to pursue their passions.
Throughout the day, the students were taken on a tour of most of the offices where county business is conducted, including the tax office; the office of the County Clerk; the Justice of the Peace complex; the County Treasurer’s office and the Emergency Management Operation Center.
“When we first started discussing how this day would look, we all had one goal in mind: to educate our future leaders on the roles within their county government,” said Monk.
“It was our great pleasure to welcome these students, who no doubt, will be running our county one day,” she went on to say.
Justice of the Peace, Mike Hughes encouraged the students to choose a career they loved. “Find something that you really want to do every day,” said Hughes. “After a ride along with a deputy over 30 years ago I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I’ve traveled all over the United States and have many opportunities to relocate, but I cannot imagine living and working anywhere else but Tyler County,” added Hughes.
Sheriff Bryan Weatherford ended the event with a challenge to the students, “Remember where you come from, who you represent, and that Tyler County is always home.”
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