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Human trafficking topic of meeting

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060222 Human TraffickingHarvest House director Janina Irving speaks to the group at Calvary Baptist Church on the topic of human trafficking. Photo by Wilda Barton

By Wilda Barton

WOODVILLE – The Women on Mission group of Calvary Baptist Church were the host church for the New Bethel Association Women’s Missionary Union meeting.
Betty Cauthen, President of the New Bethel WMU, introduced guest speaker Janina Irving, who serves as the director of Harvest House in Beaumont.
Harvest House’s mission is to “End Sex Trafficking in Southeast Texas.
The services of Harvest House include advocacy and mentoring to survivors, court and healthcare appointment accompaniment, community education and awareness, family education, and prevention and intervention with at-risk youth.
Trafficking is not synonymous with kidnapping; kids do not have to be missing or runaways in order to be trafficked. Many kids live at home and attend school and extracurricular activities while being commercially, sexually exploited by someone in their life.
Unless one is familiar with the Red Flags of sex trafficking many lives may be lost. Red Flags include unexplained injuries and health problems, branding or possessive tattoos, older boyfriend or girlfriend, changes in behavior and appearance, evidence of a controlling relationship or sudden appearance of luxury gifts or items.
The saying, “If you see something, say something” applies. The National Human Trafficking Hotline is an anonymous line and toll-free and can be reached by calling 1-888-373-7888 or texting “Be Free” 233-733.
In Texas, it is mandatory to report any suspected child abuse or neglect. Your call could be the difference in saving someone’s life.
Individuals and organizations can get involved by praying, giving, learning and volunteering. To learn more about Harvest House and how you can help stop and prevent child trafficking visit their website at www.harvesthousebmt.com or their Facebook page.

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Yosko recognized for service

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Caryl Yosko webisteCaryl Yosko volunteers for charity. Courtesy photoWOODVILLE – The board of directors and volunteers of Caring is Sharing Food Pantry in Woodville want to wish the organization’s longtime volunteer Caryl Yosko a happy 90th birthday on June 7.

Yosko, is the oldest active volunteer with the organization, but is “young at heart.” She and her husband, Ray, moved to Tyler County in 1976, and raised five children: Karen, Michael, Scot, Terri and Rick, all who followed her example of service by working in service-oriented professions.

Yosko worked for more than 20 years for a medical benevolence foundation, which allowed she and her husband to travel outside of the country, and she has many wonderful memories of their experiences.

After settling in Tyler County, Yosko also worked at the Tyler County Booster. She has a heart for service, not only at Caring is Sharing, but is also an active member of the Tyler County Hospital Auxiliary. When asked about how she continues to serve at her age, her comment was, “I live a day, sleep and then live the next day.”

Caring is Sharing wishes to thank her for her service and wants to wish her a happy birthday and continued blessings from God.

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Memorial Day Observed

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060522 Flags in CemeteryPhoto by Chris Ewards

The Memorial Day holiday was celebrated across the county with the closure of businesses, and an extra day for many to spend with family, or to just relax. However, the federally recognized holiday, which was originally known as Decoration Day, observes those who served in the United States armed forces and died while serving.

Displays of rememberance were shared across the county to remind citizens of the true reason why the holiday is observed. Each year, the Woodville Rotary Club places flags on the graves of service veterans in Magnolia Cemetery (above).

On Monday morning, members of the Woodville VFW Post 2033 conducted a wreath ceremony in front of the Tyler County Courthouse (below photo). Pictures, left-to-right are: Vice Commander Michael King; Post Commander Barry Perkins; Sergeant-at-Arms Luther Rogers and Tyler County Judge Jacques Blanchette.

060522 Wreath CeremonyPhoto by Chris Ewards

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Chester ISD board hears reports

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Chester ISD logo template 300By Chuck Davidson

Special to the Tyler County Booster

CHESTER – The Chester ISD Board of Trustees president Ray McKnight called the board’s regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 23, to order at 6 p.m., with six of the seven trustees present.
After prayer, pledges, and a short public comment thanking the district for allowing the Chester Lions club to use their facility for a scholarship fundraiser on May 7, the board went into executive session at 6:02 p.m. to discuss a level III parent grievance.
They returned an hour later, and a motion to uphold the level II decision was made and approved by all present.
Several information items were presented by business manager Austin Odom covering purchase of new furniture, cafeteria tables, summer school hours, and Title funding.
Lindsey Thompson then updated the board on a pilot program funded to accelerate student learning due to COVID. The consent agenda and revenue/expenditures were approved without comment.

Sex education nixed
Two action items were presented by Becki Byrd coming from the SHAC team, first was recommendation that the district not participate in HB 1525 sex education curriculum and second was the approval of the revised District Wellness Policy.
After discussion, the first was tabled for more study, and the second was approved. Chester ISD Superintendent Paul Drake then asked the board to consider some amendments to the 2022-23 compensation plan, noting that currently all teaching positions are filled but if a critical need might arise, that he would need to act quickly thus needing authority to act.
The district’s current enrollment stands at 218, and the next board meeting is set for June 20.

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Warren ISD announces movie theater at Fred Elementary

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By Chris Edwards
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warren isd logoFRED – According to Warren ISD, the district has been keeping a secret about some exciting developments on the Fred Elementary campus.

Staff has been working hard to convert the Fred Elementary auditorium into a fully functioning movie theater for the community.

“As we continue to move forward making this a year-round place for our kids, parents and community members to enjoy, we invite you to join us this summer for our first few showings,” a statement from the WISD Facebook page read.

Beginning in July, on each Thursday, the auditorium will host a film screening, complete with concessions, open to the public.

Admittance for showings will be $2 per ticket, and a movie schedule, with concessions pricing and times, will be posted soon to the Warren ISD Facebook page.

The auditorium will still be used for campus events, in addition to film screenings.

The district said in a statement that a word of thanks goes to FES PTC for a donation, as well as running the concessions, without which, the theater experience would not be possible.

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