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Luke (rt) and his good friend Larry Weishuhn are both in their mid seventies and still enjoying the great outdoors, maybe more now than ever! Photo by Luke Clayton
April 16, 2024

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Luke (rt) and his good friend Larry Weishuhn are both in their mid seventies and still enjoying the great outdoors, maybe more now than ever! Photo by Luke ClaytonThere was a time back when I was in my twenties and thirties that I thought I would be hanging…
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April 13, 2024

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As an outdoors writer for the past 39 years, I’ve become accustomed to “gallavanting” around the country fishing, hunting and collecting material for my articles. Lately though, I’ve been sticking pretty close to home. Kenneth Shephard with a good “eater…

Tyler County News - Breakout

One escapes, another arrested

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By Chris Edwards
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Caleigh HuttonCaleigh HuttonTOWN BLUFF – A woman is in custody on several charges and another individual is wanted, following an incident that occurred in Town Bluff on July 15. According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, when deputies were patrolling in the Town Bluff area that evening, they attempted to stop a silver PT Cruiser that was on FM 92 near the south entrance of County Road 4400.

When the patrolling deputies activated lights and a siren, the vehicle continued travelling north at a high rate of speed, according to Weatherford. The vehicle made a turn onto the north entrance of CR 4400 and slowed down. The deputies observed a male passenger making hand gestures, which Weatherford said were indicative of getting the driver to continue evading the deputies.

When the deputies got the vehicle to stop, with a patrol unit in front, blocking it, they observed the male passenger, who they recognized as Billy Stephens, a 48-year-old Town Bluff man, exit the vehicle and flee into a nearby wooded area.

The driver, whom they identified as 26-year-old Caleigh Mae Hutton, of Town Bluff, was detained. “While speaking with Hutton, she admitted to fleeing from deputies because she knew Stephens had outstanding warrants for his arrest,” Weatherford said.

Hutton was booked into the Tyler County Jail and charged with felony hindering apprehension/prosecution of a known felon and felony evading arrest with motor vehicle. Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Tina Self set Hutton’s bonds at $30,000. She has since bonded out of custody, according to jail records.

Stephens is, at press time, wanted for two previous felony evading arrest warrants; a felony child endangerment warrant and now faces additional evading charges, including a probation violation arrest warrant out of Jasper County, Weatherford said.

 

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Former Woodville mayor Knapp dies

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By Chris Edwards
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Tom KnappAUSTIN – Tom Knapp, a longtime Woodville businessman and civic leader, died in Austin, on Thursday, July 20, at the age of 82.

Knapp owned and operated the Knapp Ford dealership in Woodville for 20 years, until he sold it to Al Meyer, and moved to Taos, New Mexico, with his wife Joella, to enjoy retirement. Knapp also served several terms in city government, on the city council and as mayor.

Knapp was born in Toledo, Ohio, and spent much of his childhood in Texas. After serving in the Army, after college, the Knapps married and wound up in Houston, where he parlayed his love of Ford automobiles and travel into a position with Ford Motor Company as a field manager.

The Knapp family came to Woodville in 1977, and Tom purchased Jack Lane Ford in 1979. After living in New Mexico for several years in retirement, his obituary notes that he acknowledged in 2017 that he was ill with Alzheimer’s, and the couple moved to Austin to live the remaining years of his life.

He was preceded in death by his wife, who died in 2018, of complications from ALS. While the Knapps were residents of Woodville, they were active in the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where Tom played the organ, and the Lions Club.

A service for Tom Knapp is scheduled for 3 p.m., Saturday, August 12, at Haynie Cemetery in Del Valle.

 

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Babin recognizes Woodville’s Scott

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Pictured, left-to-right: Stephen Scott Jr., Stephen Scott III, and Rep. Brian Babin. COURTESY PHOTOPictured, left-to-right: Stephen Scott Jr., Stephen Scott III, and Rep. Brian Babin. COURTESY PHOTO

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Brian Babin (R-Woodville) issued the following statement after recognizing Stephen Scott III, a Woodville Middle School student. Stephen was in DC after being chosen as a student ambassador for the National Campaign to Stop Violence’s “Do the Write Thing” program. This national campaign engages America’s youth by using their stories to shed light on how school violence impacts them and their views on how to stop it.

“It’s refreshing to see younger generations of Americans eager to learn and find ways to tackle serious issues facing our country,” said Babin. “Stephen is from my hometown, and I’m incredibly proud he was chosen to represent the Southeast Texas region in Washington, DC. I pray he always dares to stand up for his beliefs and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

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Walmart hosts ‘Grand Re-Opening’ celebration

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 Walmart Ribbon Cutting

Woodville Walmart store #288 underwent a complete remodel on its interior and exterior changes, and the months-long process was celebrated with a public grand re-opening celebration last Thursday morning. The event was commemorated by dignitaries, such as Tyler County Judge Milton Powers and Woodville Mayor Amy Bythewood.

The Tyler County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting (above photo) for the store, with manager Anthony Williams cutting the ribbon and Chamber president Cathy Bennett (second from left) and board of directors’ members Connie Gibson and Chris Edwards present.

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Judge issues countywide outdoor burn ban

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By Chris Edwards
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TYLER COUNTY – Tyler County is one of several counties in the region that has enacted a burn ban and declaration of disaster due to the dry weather and lack of rainfall.

The ban was issued on Friday, July 21 and ratified on Tuesday morning in a special meeting of the Tyler County Commissioners Court. The order, issued by Tyler County Judge Milton Powers, is good for seven days from its date of declaration, unless continued or renewed by the commissioners.

The burn ban, when implemented by a county judge or by the Commissioners Court prohibits or restricts outdoor burning for the purpose of public safety.

The judge’s disaster declaration, as issued, notes that the drought conditions have presented an imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury or loss of life.

According to the wording of the order, the declaration of local disaster activates the county’s Emergency Management Plan. What falls under the burn ban is the burning of outdoor trash, brush, trees, storm debris, construction materials and open campfires, but does not affect barbecuing or grilling.

Violators of the countywide burn restriction could face a fine, if caught, as it is a Class C misdemeanor.

Neighboring counties of Polk; Jasper; Hardin and Angelina also enacted burn bans last week, and many other counties and municipalities in the region have enacted orders to curb outside burning..

According to the USDA Forest Service, the extreme temperatures that continue to affect the region have created an “extremely high” potential for wildfires.

“In Texas, local governments are empowered to take action on behalf of those they serve,” a Forest Service news release stated.

 

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