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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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Spurger ISD providing meals at no charge

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From Staff Reports

SPURGER – Spurger ISD announced that it will operate the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast program for the coming 2023-24 school year.

Schools that qualify to operate under CEP serve breakfast and lunch to all children at no charge, and eliminate the collection of meal applications for free, reduced-price and paid student meals.

According to a news release from Spurger ISD, “This approach reduces burdens for both families and school administrators and helps ensure that students receive nutritious meals.”

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Rotary Club begins new year

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Rotary Club of Woodville’s new president Lee Mann gives an address to the club on goals for the upcoming Rotary year. MOLLIE LASALLE | TCBRotary Club of Woodville’s new president Lee Mann gives an address to the club on goals for the upcoming Rotary year. MOLLIE LASALLE | TCB

By Mollie LaSalle

WOODVILLE – Lee Mann, who is beginning his year as the new president of the Rotary Club of Woodville, brought the program at last Wednesday’s meeting at the Pickett House. He shared his vision and what he hopes to accomplish this year.

He talked about all the service projects and fundraisers the club is actively involved in. He also stressed the commitment of each club member to Rotary’s core belief of “Service above Self”. With everyone working together, he looked forward to having a successful 2023-24 Rotary year.

The next event scheduled is the annual Rotary Gumbo Dinner, which is slated for Friday, Oct. 27 at the Woodville Fire Station.

Rotarians will be hitting the pavement selling tickets in September. He mentioned Rotary’s annual Breakfast with Santa event, which is scheduled for December 2, and added that the new District Governor, Amy Killgore was planning on taking part in it. Mann wants to also bring back the golf tournament that the club had for years, which had fallen by the wayside. He’s been in contact with the folks at Sam Rayburn Country Club and has formed a committee to look into starting this up again, possibly next May.

The subject of the Salvation Army bell ringers was broached, and the last time Rotary participated in this, the club raised over $50K for the Salvation Army, with all the proceeds staying in Tyler County. It was explained that Walmart pays their employees comp time to ring the bell outside the store now.

Mann said “as the new president, I want to ask two things of our members: 1. Stay focused on what it is to be a true Rotarian, and 2. Support Rotary International’s president Gordon McInally’s hope filled agenda, which is “Creating Hope in the World”. He also said, “I look forward to the new Rotary year, and it is certainly an honor and I appreciate very much the opportunity to serve again as your president. I have a better understanding of Rotary now than I did almost 30 years ago. If you’re going to move something forward, often times, you have to start out with the basics, you have to have that foundation, whatever it is, to move that organization forward.”

Woodville Rotary has been serving Tyler County since 1939, and over the years, has been front and center for many major events and fundraisers over the years. All members share the same motto of “Service above Self”.

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Lunch and Learn

The Tyler County Chamber of Commerce held its most recent installment of “Lunch-n-Learn” at Woodville Health and Rehabilitation last Tuesday afternoon. WH&R’s marketing director and Chamber board member Carletta Cramer (pictured, far right) and her staff showed guests around the facility and explained the many services offered. CHRIS EDWARDS | TCB

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