Log in

Top Stories        News         Sports

Tyler County News - Breakout

Fair time is here

Write a comment
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

Booster File Photo - Jim PowersBooster File Photo - Jim Powers

By Jacob Spivey

WOODVILLE – On the Christmas episode of his variety show in 1962, Andy Williams declared that Christmas was “The Most Wonderful Time of The Year”. He would release a single with that title the following year, and since then, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” has been a standard of the Christmas season, regularly appearing as one of the top 10 Christmas songs of all time on a variety of lists. 

I offer all due respect to Andy Williams, but if I had to make a declaration, for me, the most wonderful time of the year for me, starts each year as the weather begins to cool, and it becomes time for the Tyler County Fair. 

While we don’t usually tell scary ghost stories, if you listen around the barns, you’ll certainly hear tales of glories of fairs long, long ago. 

Starting on Wednesday, Oct. 5 we’ll have young people from all over the county bring their livestock, home economics, art, and ag mechanics projects they’ve worked on for months out to the Clinton Currie Fairgrounds to showcase not only their work, but our future. 

One of my favorite projects is the broiler project. Exhibitors that show broilers started a short but challenging project back on August 26. They started that day with 35-day-old broiler chicks, provided by the Texas A&M Poultry department, that weighed less than three ounces each. On Wednesday night, they will exhibit three of those birds that may be in excess of 8-10 pounds in just 40 days.

One of those exhibitors will be Elyn Meredith. Elyn is a junior at Warren High School and the Sentinel for the Warren FFA. This will be Elyn’s first year showing broilers at the Tyler County Fair, and to say she has enjoyed it would be a huge understatement.

To be successful raising show broilers requires near-constant attention. To manage the broiler project well, you have to manage every part of their lives. You manage the temperature in their pen, provide them water and feed, maintain a clean environment for them to live in by changing shavings and cleaning up after them and if you do it successfully, you stir those chicks every few hours to inspire them to get up and eat. 

A broiler chicken has just a few desires, namely to eat, drink, and go to the bathroom. They also have a pretty short memory, so if you stir them up, they’ll get up, eat, drink and then sit back down. If you come back a few minutes later and stir them again, they’ll get up and do it again, without it having any effect that they just ate a few minutes ago. Not all that different from me on Thanksgiving Day. 

One of the best things about the Tyler County Fair is that for a kid to find a whole lot of success in most projects, it involves the entire family supporting them. Elyn has certainly had that with her parents and sister taking part in stirring birds to help Elyn grow her birds to their greatest genetic potential. 

Broiler chickens for the fair, just like those for the agriculture industry, do not receive any antibiotics, steroids or other substances and are able to grow to their large size, due to management, genetics, and high-quality feed. Elyn’s birds have gotten all three and I hope nothing but the best for her. 

To watch Elyn and all the other broiler exhibitors, I’d love to see you join us at 7 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 5. Other market projects will show on Thursday, and many of the cattle projects will be showcased on Friday, Oct. 7. Finally on the afternoon and evening of Saturday October 8th, those young people who were selected for the auction will auction off their projects. The Home Economics building will have projects showcased on both Thursday and Friday. Venders and the carnival will both open on Wednesday evening and be open until Saturday night. 

The Tyler County Fair is certainly the most wonderful time of the year for me, and I hope you will join me out at the fairgrounds to see these young people showcase their hard work, with cakes, art, livestock, and more! 

  • Hits: 333

Fun activities planned at local library

Write a comment
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

LibraryFun Graphic

From Enterprise Staff

A number of fun activities are planned at the Livingston Municipal Library and they are all free. However, space is limited so it is important to call to get placed on the list.

Children of all ages will have the opportunity to paint pumpkins at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and to tie dye shirts at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 13.

“The Buzz About Bees and Beeswax” is limited to children 10 and older and will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 14.

To register, contact Library Clerk/Program Coordinator Taylor Babbs at 936-327-4252 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Livingston Municipal Library is located at 707 N. Tyler Ave. in Livingston. The website is www.livingstonlibrary.net.

  • Hits: 138

Elementary students participate in ag education day

Write a comment
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

Reagan Bounds with the Texas Foresty Association taught Tyler County elementary students about the process of growing trees and the by-products of tree growth, as part of the Project Learning Tree curriculum. PHOTO COURTESY OF JACOB SPIVEYReagan Bounds with the Texas Foresty Association taught Tyler County elementary students about the process of growing trees and the by-products of tree growth, as part of the Project Learning Tree curriculum. PHOTO COURTESY OF JACOB SPIVEY

By Jacob Spivey

WOODVILLE – More than 350 young people from all six elementary schools throughout the county were able to come to the Tyler County Fair Grounds for 2022 Tyler County Agriculture Education Day on Sept. 22. 

This day is sponsored by Tyler County Farm Bureau each year and invites every fourth-grade student in the county to come participate and learn about agriculture. 

This event brings together a variety of agriculture advocacy groups to showcase agriculture for young people and teach them where our food comes from.

Tyler County Farm Bureau was joined by the county FFA Chapters and the Tyler County AgriLife Extension Office in organizing the event. Chapter FFA leaders showcased their leadership skills and passion for agriculture by leading the fourth graders, as well as part of the McGee Bend District Officer team taught about agricultural products produced in Texas. In addition, Woodville FFA Member Emma McClure showcased her fallow deer project with her family’s Cypress Creek Ranch. 

Students were shown a variety of different presentations that were modeled to meet the fourth-grade science TEKS. Presentations included a Dairy Cow presentation from Southwest Dairy Raisers and Jessica Harrington, Animal Safety by the Tyler County Emergency Management Office, Tonya Sheffield. 

Game Warden Brandon Mosley presented boat safety and how to interact with a police officer. Beekeeper Cindy Derrick taught the students all about bees. Conor McInnerney and his team at Texas A&M Forest Service taught about fire safety. Courtney McInnerney Texas Parks and Wildlife Biologist brought an alligator to teach students about wildlife safety. 

Tyler County Fair Board Member Joshua Johanson taught about the pork industry and how pigs go from farm to fork. Regan Bounds with the Texas Forestry Association used the Project Learning Tree curriculum to teach our students all about the biggest agriculture products in our part of the world, timber.

It can never be overstated how important it is to remember the connections we can make to agriculture, and despite the heat, the fourth graders enjoyed their day.

  • Hits: 146

Homecoming Royalty celebrated

Write a comment
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

TCB Queens 09292022

Both Colmesneil and Woodville celebrated their respective homecomings. Colmesneil crowned its newest homecoming queen Gabby Eveland (Right), before the Bulldogs played Overton on Taylor Field. She was crowned by Sadie Calhoon, who was the 2021 queen. Over in Woodville, at Eagle Stadium, WHS senior Savannah Ludewig was crowned queen. She is shown with escort Garrett Dickens (Left). 

Colmesneil photo courtesy of Melanie Calhoon; Woodville photo courtesy of Angela Jones

  • Hits: 427

Paxton: ARPA funds akin to hazard pay

Write a comment
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

Ken PaxtonKen PaxtonBy Chris Edwards
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AUSTIN – Last Tuesday Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion on the use of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) as premium pay for county officials.

Paxton’s non-binding opinion was given in response to a request made in February by Tyler County Auditor Jackie Skinner.

In his opinion, Paxton cites the Sept. 13, 2021 decision by the commissioners court to provide a one-time premium payment to county employees and county officers using the ARPA funds. Skinner’s query had cited 152.013 of Local Government Code, which requires advance public notice of salary increases, expenses or allowances of elected county or precinct officials.

Ultimately, Paxton concluded that “a court could conclude that ARPA premium pay funds are not ‘salary’ for purposes” of the cited governance code section, and was akin to hazard pay, and henceforth not subject to public notice posting.

The county received its first allotment ($2.2 million) of the ARPA monies last year and the second round in July. In total, the county received $4.2 million from the federal government, allocated through a grant program, were designated to address emergency needs relating to losses stemming from the pandemic.

All county employees were awarded premium pay from the funds, but controversy arose as to the legality of giving money to elected officials as premium pay in the form of $3,500 checks from the funds. 

According to a certification of funds statement from Skinner, the funds can be used to support public health expenditures, address negative economic impacts caused by the pandemic, replace lost public sector revenue, provide premium pay for essential workers and to invest in infrastructure.

The distribution of the funds was a hotly discussed topic on the Facebook page Concerned Citizens of Tyler County (CCTC) and a representative, Sal Baldovinos, from that page demanded, during an April meeting of the Tyler County Commissioners Court that the officials return the money.

Baldovinos said that in reviewing federal and state documents he’d “come up short in finding any authority to distribute [ARPA funds] to elected officials.”

Following the issuing of Paxton’s opinion last week, Neil Alderman, who is running as a write-in candidate for Tyler County Judge issued a statement.

Alderman was formerly affiliated with the CCTC page but stepped down before announcing his run for office.

Alderman said that no citizen of Tyler County owes the current county commissioners or auditor “any apologies.”

He said that although county employees were eligible for premium payments, elected officials were not.

“So, our elected and appointed officials feel some sort of vindication by a pre-election opinion that stretched and contorted to imply there ‘could’ or ‘might’ be justification if the funds were given as ‘hazardous duty’ pay,” he said.

  • Hits: 533