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Chamber planning countywide Christmas celebration

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By Chris Edwards
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TYLER COUNTY – With Halloween but a distant sight in the rearview, Thanksgiving will soon be relegated to the same, but the real fun in Tyler County will begin the Friday after those gobblers are carved.

The Tyler County Chamber of Commerce is planning its annual countywide Christmas celebration, and many of the traditions of this annual event will remain, but some exciting new features will be included, as well.

The celebration will take place during Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3. One highlighted event during the Christmas celebration that is new to the schedule is the Jolly Jeep Jingle, which is slated for Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Jolly Jeep Jingle is a showing of vehicles, devoted exclusively to Jeeps. The Chamber is calling all Jeeps to be a part of this inaugural event.

For participants, the entry fee is a new, unwrapped toy donation, which will go to the county’s Child Welfare Board in its efforts to deliver toys to children who are in need of a jolly Christmas.

There will be a prize to the best-decorated Christmas Jeep, and while plans are still being finalized on some of the festivities, those who take in the Jeep show on Saturday can stroll downtown shops and vendors along the Courthouse Square after enjoying the Rotary Club of Woodville’s annual Pancakes with Santa breakfast at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church fellowship hall.

The Chamber is also planning to feature live music as part of Saturday’s event, with an open invite to pickers and singers to come and join in the fun, as sound will be provided.

The Friday festivities, which will last from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. will include the vendors, and a whole realm of fun on the courthouse grounds, including a full array of Christmas lights, an appearance by Santa Claus, a live Nativity scene, bounce house for the children and Christmas selections played by area high school band students.

There will also be contests, to see who in Tyler County has the best Santa beard and who has the ugliest Christmas sweater. More details on these contests, and more, to come.

The Chamber is actively looking for food and craft vendors for both days of the event.

Vendor spaces are available for the cost of $40 for one day or $70 for both days for food vendors and $25 for one day for craft vendors, or $40 for both days.

The spaces are 10’x10’  and a 10’x20’ can be obtained for double the price. For food vendors, they are required to get the $10 food permit from the City of Woodville, and payment and registration can be obtained through the Chamber’s website, www.tylercountycoc.com. Food vendors can choose to pay separately on the website, and the Chamber will acquire a permit on the vendor’s behalf, to be issued the day of the event.

According to the Chamber, vendors need to be aware that electricity may or may not be available, so please prepare your booth accordingly, especially if you are set up for Friday evening as it will be dark.

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‘Angels with Paws’ hosting benefit

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WOODVILLE – A new organization in Woodville dedicated to pairing trained service dogs with military veterans is hosting a fundraiser Saturday featuring live music, a tasty gumbo dinner and other fun.

Angels with Paws Foundation is a Woodville based 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission of training service dogs for our military veterans at no charge.

In order to keep this program free for our service veterans, the foundation relies heavily on donations, sponsors and fundraisers, as well as charging a small per training hour fee for civilians.

For more information on the organization and its goals please visit its website, located at angelswithpaws.org.

The organization is having a benefit fundraiser on Saturday Nov. 12 at Magnolia Bar & Grill in Woodville, which will take place from 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

The event will boast live entertainment by the energetic country-blues/rock duo Johnny Ray Hubbard and Chris Edwards.

There will also be silent auctions, featuring some awesome goods, and a tasty gumbo dinner. Justin Gregory, the event’s organizer, said he wants to invite everyone to come out to the Magnolia and have a great time for an even better cause.


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Tea and Purse fundraiser Saturday; Adopt an Angel assistance available

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By Chris Edwards
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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.

The purses up for auction are filled with goodies and donated from area businesses and individuals.

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.

The deadline for families to apply to the “Adopt and Angel” program is Nov. 21. According to Kathy Harris, who coordinates the program, if anyone’s children will not have Christmas this year, they are eligible for assistance through the program.

The program works with other social services agencies, along with area schools and churches to help provide Christmas to those in need. Applications will be taken at the Justice of the Peace office located at 203 West Dogwood in Woodville on Wednesday, Nov. 16 and Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Applications will be taken at the Juvenile Probation Office, located at 100 West Bluff, inside of the Tyler County Courthouse on Nov. 10, 17, 14 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Satuday Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Lakeside Apostolic Church in Town Bluff. It is eligible for children up to 15 years of age.

Documentation must be provided to prove income within the past 30 days along with identification and proof of residency.

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Powers wins county judge race; Abbott stays

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Large turnout for midterm

By Chris Edwards
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TYLER COUNTY – The 2022 midterm election in Tyler County was marked for the history books in several ways.

The election drew two write-in candidates, including one who aspired to the office of County Judge. The election also featured a high turnout for early voting, and up on the ballot, at the statewide level, was a nationally watched showdown between a former congressman and an incumbent governor.

The hotly watched race for Tyler County Judge saw Republican nominee Milton Powers earn 70%, or 2,202 of the votes and Democratic Party nominee Wesley Whitman ended up with 10% votes (322 votes). Neil Alderman, who entered the race in August as a write-in Republican, ended up winning the seat with 20%, or 624 of the votes.

At press time, the tabulations for the early voting numbers for these candidates were not available. All numbers represented here are unofficial results. These results are from the 18 precinct boxes reporting.

Another write-in candidate, Amanda Radke Hastings, managed to get 12% of the votes to incumbent Buck Hudson’s 88% for the office of Commissioner Pct. 4.

At press time, the gubernatorial race between Gov. Greg Abbott and Democrat challenger Beto O’Rourke was being called for Abbott. Abbott received 2,169 votes to O’Rourke’s 301 in Tyler County, not counting early voting results.

The turnout was high for voters who took advantage of the two-week early voting period. In total, 3,699 Tyler County voters turned out to the polls. In the last midterm, in 2018, early voting turnout was 3,265, or 24% of the county’s electorate at the time.

At the statewide level, early voting numbers dropped when compared to the 2018 midterm. According to unofficial totals by the Secretary of State’s office, the turnout is about 31%, while 2018 results indicated that the early voting tally was nearly 40%.

Tyler Countians overwhelmingly re-elected Rep. Brian Babin to another term in Congress. Babin notched 88% of the votes, or 2,189 votes, to Democratic challenger Jon Haire’s 292 votes. Other statewide races showed Republicans keeping their offices, with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton both earning re-election.

Spurger ISD candidates Forrest Anderson received 235 votes; Jessica Hensarling 179; Brent Marcum 357 and Paul Bingham 360.

Woodville ISD candidates John M. Wilson received 352 votes; Kevin McQueen 237 and Ben Shepherd 147 for Place No. 6. For Place No. 7, Josh McClure received 522 votes to Eleanor Holderman’s 240.

The Woodville mayoral race saw Amy Bythewood receive 39% of the votes over Sarah Stephens’s 10%; incumbent Paula Jones’s 29% and Michael G. Maness’s 22%.

The Woodville City Council races saw Kelly Cordes Dillard receive 59% to challenger Lori Benthall’s 41% and Mike Cabaniss got 51% to Elizabeth Grammer’s 49%.

Incumbent Ivanhoe mayor Cathy Bennett received 38% of the vote to challenger Skip Blackstone’s 53% and Robert Stoneman’s 9%.

These results are what were available at press time.

For an up-to-date slate of results, counting the early voting totals, please visit the Booster’s Facebook page.

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Art League Fall show winners announced

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“Gala,” an acrylic painting by Janet Clements won the “Best in Show” nod in the Tyler County Art League’s Fall show.“Gala,” an acrylic painting by Janet Clements won the “Best in Show” nod in the Tyler County Art League’s Fall show.

WOODVILLE – The winners in Tyler County Art League’s Fall Show are: Best in Show: “Gala”, Acrylic by Janet Clements; First Place: “Hubby’s Trophy”, Oil by Nyla Rebbe; Second Place: “Ordinary Beauty”, Pastel by Lisa Richardson; Third Place: “Copper 7”, Acrylic/Copper by Danny Clements; and Honorable Mentions: “Canvas Back Drake”, Acrylic by Greg Broussard, “Rescue Donkeys”, Oil by Carolyn Guzman, “Whirlpool”, Mixed Media by Wanda Blankenship.

The Judge’s Choice Award went to Carolyn Guzman for “Summer Days”. Patti Barras of Colmesneil judged the show.

The show will be on view through Dec. 31 at the Gallery, 210 W. Bluff in Woodville. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, or by appointment at 409-242-7851.

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