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Adopt an Angel tea, purse auction scheduled

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WOODVILLE – The Tyler County Child Welfare Board is hosting its annual Adopt an Angel Holiday Tea and Purse Auction on Saturday, Nov. 12.

This year, the event will be in-person, for the purse auction. It will take place at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church from 10 a.m. to noon. 

If you would like to donate a new, filled purse or a door prize to the Welfare Board for its auction to help children in Tyler County, the deadline is Friday, Nov. 4. You can deliver the items to the Justice of the Peace office, located at 203 W. Dogwood or to the Juvenile Probation office, located in Room 106 of the Tyler County Courthouse. For every filled, donated purse, you will receive two free tickets to the purse auction.

All funds raised from the event go toward the Christmas “Adopt an Angel” program and other Child Welfare Board projects. The silent auction begins at 10 a.m. and the live auction will begin at 11 a.m. for selected purses. Tickets are $5. 

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Rotary gumbo fundraiser scheduled

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WOODVILLE – The time for the Rotary Club of Woodville’s annual gumbo fundraiser is fast approaching, with the date set for Friday, Oct. 28. This year, it has moved back to the Fire Station on Walt Davis Drive, and diners have a choice of chicken/sausage gumbo or hamburgers and fries. The meal will be served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

You can eat there or take it home, and tickets are $10, and are available at Sullivan’s and the Tyler County Booster or can be purchased at the event.

In addition to the gumbo, the LifeShare bus will be parked across from Dollar General for a blood drive. Contact Joyce Wilson at 409-429-4374 if you are interested in donating. The bus will be there from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Variety of topics discussed at townhall meeting

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City of IvanhoeBy Chris Edwards
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IVANHOE – At a special-called townhall meeting on Saturday, Oct. 22, the Ivanhoe City Council shared information and entertained discussion about a variety of topics, ranging from taxes to air BnB facilities.

Prior to the townhall meeting, the city’s public works director David Marshall presented information about a used truck that was available for purchase. The item was presented as a single agenda item on a special meeting called to take place before the scheduled townhall.

Marshall said the truck can be used as a three-yard dumptruck, or a flatbed, or an all-weather work truck, does not require a CDL holder to drive it, which is an advantage to the city, as there is only one CDL-certified employee.

“We have been searching for this vehicle for four months, plus,” Marshall said. He covered the load capability of the truck, and how, if purchased, the city could have two trucks running in tandem on projects.

Marshall said the purchase would allow the city’s public works department to do its job faster and better. He said the truck has 105K miles and is in excellent shape for $13,500. The purchase was approved by the council, out of the city’s capital investment fund.

Mayor Cathy Bennett called the townhall meeting to order at 10:01, after the special-called meeting. Before the townhall began, Bennett mentioned the new fire station, which was hosting an open house event.

The first topic Bennett brought up on the townhall agenda was the city’s tax rate. She said the amount she’d initially based the budget on was in error, as the tax assessor had given incorrect numbers prior to the budget adoption and tax rate setting.

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Burn ban declared

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062322 burn ban in effect

By Chris Edwards
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IVANHOE — In a special-called meeting last Monday, the Ivanhoe City Council continued a citywide burn ban originally instituted earlier in the month.

Mayor pro-tem Tommy Morris called the meeting to order, as Mayor Cathy Bennett was away on vacation. The resolution, which council passed on Oct. 4, originally, prohibits any outdoor burning, due to drought conditions.

The current burn ban is the second citywide burn ban issued this year. At present, a countywide burn ban is also standing, having been passed by the Tyler County Commissioners Court after a disaster 

declaration made by County Judge Jacques Blanchette.

The lack of sufficient rainfall as of late has been a statewide concern, and fire analysts have cited the potential for significant wildfires throughout the pineywoods region, as well as southeast and central Texas.

The dry conditions across the state have been “significant” as far as fires go, according to Wes Moorehead, who serves at the Texas A&M Forest Service Fire Chief. 

Burn bans occur when local governments are empowered to take action on the behalf of constituents when drought conditions exist. Burn bans are put in place by county judges or county commissioners to prohibit or restrict outdoor burning in the name of public safety.

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, nine out of 10 wildfires are caused by human activity, which means that most wildfires could be prevented by taking simple actions. 

Woodville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Alan Gartner said on Monday that the county’s fire departments have been busy, and reminded all county residents of the existing burn bans. “Please stop burning,” Gartner said.

“It is important that all residents take care to prevent wildfires while conditions are windy and dry,” said Karen Stafford, Texas A&M Forest Service Prevention Program Coordinator. “Consider waiting to conduct any outdoor burning or lighting campfires until conditions improve. Even if your county does not have a burn ban in place, we encourage everyone to be cautious with any activity that may cause a spark.”

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Colmesneil votes to move CDs

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CityofColmenseilBy Mollie LaSalle

COLMESNEIL – Colmesneil City Council held their regular monthly meeting last Tuesday at 7 p.m., with all council members present. It was previously reported that Billy Andrus was the Mayor Pro-Tem; Andrus stepped down from the position and Bubba Sheffield was appointed in his place, some months ago. 

City secretary Wendy Bendy reported that the city’s website is being updated, and soon citizens will be able to log in and pay bills online. Bendy reported that the service they will utilize is called Next Bill Pay. Customers will be able to see their bill and for a $2.50 fee, can pay online, or call city hall and pay by credit card, and Bendy will apply the payment for them. 

Bendy reported that she has finally found a bank that offers better interest rates on the CDs that the city currently has at Citizens Bank. The city currently has five CDs of which four are for $50K and one is for $100K. Council voted to move all five CDs to Education First Federal Credit Union in Woodville for a 12-month term where they will earn 2.85% interest.

Bendy reported that Teresa Olivia is the new part-time office help; she started on Sept. 26. Last month was a busy one for the water/sewer department, with 13 leaks reported. 

The third annual Fall Festival is fast approaching, slated for Oct. 29 from 6-8 p.m. A fun time is guaranteed for all in attendance. The Community Center will be open and Bendy and volunteers will serve up some good eats for festival goers. 

In other business, all minutes form the previous month’s meeting as well as all current office, financial, and water/sewer reports were approved in short order. 

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