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Warren ISD hosts reception for retirees

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WISD RetireesRetirees, pictured left-to-right: Jimbo Swinney; Dr. Tammy Boyette; Robyn Glosson and Beverly McKee enjoy their new rocking chairs. CHRIS EDWARDS | TCB

By Chris Edwards
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WARREN At its regular monthly meeting on Monday evening, the Warren ISD Board of Trustees recognized four retirees, whom the district’s CFO Terry Ling said represent more than 100 years of combined service in the educational field.

Ling announced the four retirees, and had them each pick out a rocking chair, which were set up in the boardroom, in front of the trustees’ bench, and were a gift from the school board.

Beverly McKee, who has been with Warren ISD for 29 years;Robyn Glosson, who served the district for 23 years and Jimbo Swinney, who has been at Warren for 27 years, were celebrated along with retiring superintendent Dr. Tammy Boyette, who was named superintendent in 2019, but has more than 30 years of service in education.

Following the presentation, a reception with refreshments, including a sheet cake honoring each retiree, was held.

It was a night of celebrations for the district, and in one last “Tribe Tribute” presentation as Warren HS Principal, Swinney presented the award to another long-serving faculty member, agriculture instructor Rex Currie.

Swinney said that when he was in high school at Warren, Currie was beginning in the district as a student teacher, and had come from Kennard, where he’d been a high school basketball star. In college, Currie had either wanted to be a basketball coach or an ag teacher, according to Swinney.

Forty-eight years later, Currie “still has a burning desire to teach and to connect with the kids,” Swinney said.

Swinney noted that Currie has worked his entire career at Warren ISD.

Before presenting him with the commendation from the board, Swinney shared a story about Currie from an observation of one of Currie’s classes he conducted, and he said it was one of the best lessons he’d witnessed.

Currie spoke before being honored, in order to give recognition to the WISD Future Farmers of America chapter and its ag program.

He said this has been “a fantastic year all the way around,” and mentioned the addition to the faculty of Jacob Spivey. In competitions, several students made it to area-level, while two made it to state.

“I’m proud of all our successes,” Currie said.

He mentioned that Ellen Meredith, who is the incoming Warren FFA President, is an area officer.

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Taylor named new AD for Colmesneil

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Coach George Taylor and family. MOLLIE LASALLE | TCBCoach George Taylor and family. MOLLIE LASALLE | TCB

By Mollie LaSalle
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COLMESNEIL – The Colmesneil ISD board of Trustees met Monday evening at a special called meeting for the purpose of naming the district’s new athletic director/head football coach.

The meeting was called to order, and Superintendent Dr. Scott Davis immediately called the board into a short meeting in closed session. After 12 minutes, the board returned to open session.

Davis wasted no time in recommending the hiring of George Taylor to replace Cody Day, who accepted a position at Carlisle ISD to be their new Athletic Director.

Taylor comes to Colmesneil from West Hardin, where he was the AD for a year and a half, and the head football coach for the last four years Taylor and his wife Michelle have four children, two sons and two daughters. The Taylors are an all-in family when it comes to school and sports. Coach Taylor has spent the past 18 years in public education and has an administrative graduate degree and certification.

Davis said “he will fulfill the role of athletic director and be a vital member of our staff. He has a well-written and organized transition plan for CISD;

that level of forethought earned my respect.”

Taylor is committed to all levels of the athletic program, girls and boys, at every student level. He is also committed to naming a girls’ coordinator for the improvement of their programs.

Taylor highlighted the community feel and support he has witnessed when West Hardin would play Colmesneil in football. He referenced the work ethic he noticed every time his kids came to town, and that was a major draw for him. Having grown up in Anahuac, Taylor is a small- town guy, and Colmesneil was very attractive as a place to live, work, raise a family and grow student athletes.

Davis added, “ I had an overwhelmingly positive conversation with his previous boss, and his connections with current coaching staff and other quality teachers and coaches in the entire southeast Texas are is important to us as we no doubt will have possible openings coming and will want to fill them with professionals who will add value to our mission at the team spirit in Colmesneil, Texas.  I recommend that we extend a contract to Coach Taylor as our new Athletic Director/Head Football Coach.”

The board voted unanimously to extend a contract and hire Taylor as Colmesneil’s new Athletic Director and head Football Coach.

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The bell at the Tyler County Courthouse was reinstalled in its belfry on Wednesday afternoon. It had been taken to its original foundry in Missouri to be restored. MOLLIE LASALLE | TCB

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Rotarians hear program on Memorial Day project

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Flags Flying 052820The flags at Magnolia Cemetery last year. TCB file photo

By Mollie LaSalle
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WOODVILLE – Last Wednesday, the Rotary Club of Woodville reeived some history and an update on its annual Memorial Day flag project.

Rotarian Chris Edwards brought the program for the club’s noon meeting at the Pickett House.

He spoke about the project, as well as the history and meaning of Memorial Day.

Edwards began his program referencing what a quote from fellow Rotarian Fred Sullivan from two weeks prior: “We Are Just Beginning to Serve”. Sullivan spoke on the long history of the club in Woodville and the many service projects they are involved in throughout the year.

The Memorial Day Flag Project at Magnolia Cemetery is the club’s next service project. “Our club has been blessed to be a part of this for six years”, Edwards said. The club places around 400 flags on the graves of every veteran. Magnolia Cemetery was established in 1845, and there are graves from every single war represented. There are several Civil War graves, a lot from WWI and WWII, and interestingly, there is also a grave from the War of 1812.

Memorial Day had its beginnings as “Decoration Day” back in 1868. The date was always May 30, up until 1970, when it was set as the last Monday in May. It is a day to celebrate and commemorate all those who died in service to our country. Veterans Day, formerly known as “Armistice Day”, began when major hostilities were formally signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

  Edwards gave the history of Memorial Day, as well as spoke about the difference between it and Veterans Day, which he said is often confused by many people.

Whereas Memorial Day is a different date every year, Veterans Day is always November 11. In 1949, “Armed Forces Day” was established, to take the place of the individual days for each branch of the service. Armed Forces Day is celebrated the third Saturday in May.

Edwards closed out the program with a reading of the poem “Bivouac of the Dead” by Theodore O’Hara. O’Hara. O’Hara wrote it to honor fellow soldiers from Kentucky who died in the Mexican-American War in 1846. Verses of the poem are featured in various cemeteries across the United States. A marker in Arlington National Cemetery contains the verse “On fames eternal camping ground, their silent tents are spread, and glory guards with solemn round the bivouac of the dead.”

Mark your calendar to drive by the Magnolia Cemetery after the flags have been put out. It is a sight to see, and a wonderful photo opportunity.

The club will place the flags May 25 and take them back up Tuesday, May 30.

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Woodville FFA Welding Team accomplishing great things

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The Woodville FFA Welding Team has accomplished a lot in the past two weeks, according to welding instructor George Pyle. On May 4, the team, consisting of Tyler Hatton; Marc Sanchez; Nathan Simmons and Karson Fowler (pictured above) competed in a barbecue pit build-off and won “reserve champion” status. Last week, on Thursday, May 11, the team consisting of Fowler; Hatton; Lance Landry and Sanchez (pictured below) competed at the Lamar Institute of Technology Welding Competition at the Deep East Texas College and Career Alliance campus in Jasper and brought home several awards. Fowler won first place; Hatton won sixth; Landry won 10th and Sanchez won 12th. Coach Pyle said he wanted to tell the students “great job,” and to remind the public that the FFA still has a barbecue pit and a new 12’x6’x10’ trailer with a loading ramp for sale. “Come by the Ag Shop and we will make you a great deal,” he said.

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