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Colmesneil notifies residents of utility increase

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WATER COSTBy Mollie LaSalle

COLMESNEIL – The Colmesneil City Council held an abbreviated meeting last Tuesday, and wrapped up everything on the agenda in 15 minutes.

All uncollected accounts (four in total) were written off. Council decided to go ahead and engage Lufkin-based firm Todd, Hamaker, and Johnson to perform the FY 2021 audit; there was a question at the last meeting of trying to engage a different firm to do this at a lower cost; however, upon checking around, Todd, Hamaker and Johnson’s fee was the lowest (even after they raised their fee from previous years). 

Council also approved an ordinance declining Entergy’s change in rates once again. All reports were approved, as well as the minutes from the previous meeting. Customers were notified on their February water bills of the rate increase effective in March, which was approved at the February meeting. Water and sewer rates were increased to $3 and $2 respectively.

Mayor Duane Crews reiterated that the cost of everything was going up, and the city had to make some adjustments to keep revenue coming in. The $5 increase will add a significant amount to the city’s reserves.

With no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:15 pm

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Lions hosting chili supper

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One of the offerings in the silent auction.One of the offerings in the silent auction.

WOODVILLE – The Woodville Lions Club is hosting a chili supper and silent auction this Friday beginning at 4 p.m. at the Lions Den, located at 775 US Highway 190.

The event will last until 7 p.m., and patrons have the option of dining in, getting take-out or even curbside service. Tickets can be pre-purchased for $10 each from any Woodville Lions Club member, or at the door.

There are some great items up to the silent auction, and bidding begins with the start time of the event. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward local scholarships, as well as the club’s support of the Texas Lions Camp for Children with Disabilities, and many Lions activities aimed at the mission of sight.

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Dogwood Princess candidates chosen

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One of these five girls will be named Queen on April 2. – The 2022 Tyler County Dogwood Princesses are:  Emma Grimes (Chester), Abagail LeBlanc (Spurger), Kirby Wright (Woodville), Sadie Calhoon (Colmesneil) and Zoe Gonzalez (Warren).One of these five girls will be named Queen on April 2. – The 2022 Tyler County Dogwood Princesses are: Emma Grimes (Chester), Abagail LeBlanc (Spurger), Kirby Wright (Woodville), Sadie Calhoon (Colmesneil) and Zoe Gonzalez (Warren).

From the Dogwood Festival Publicity Committee

The Princesses for the 2022 Tyler County Dogwood Festival have completed the judging process.  The Kingsmen have chosen a queen, and her identity will be kept a secret until the she is crowned at the coronation on Saturday, April 2. 

Representing Chester High School is Emma Grimes, daughter of Bronson and Susan Grimes. Sadie Calhoon, daughter of Donald and Melanie Calhoon, will represent Colmesneil.  Spurger will be represented by Abagail LeBlanc, daughter of Brad and Amy LeBlanc.  Zoe Gonzalez will represent Warren High School.  Zoe is the daughter of John and April Gonzalez.  Representing Woodville this year is Kirby Wright, daughter of Morgan and Chesney Wright. 

These young ladies will be busy the next few months, as they will be building and decorating their floats for the Dogwood Parade, making publicity appearances, and making memories at events during the Festival of the Arts and during the Western Weekend. 

The Festival of the Arts will be held March 19-20.  Western Weekend is the following weekend, March 25-26, and the festival will conclude with events on Saturday, April 2.  For more information, visit the Tyler County Dogwood Festival Facebook page or website at www.tylercountydogwoodfestival.org. 

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New Chester mayor sworn-in

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chester logoBy Michael G. Maness 

CHESTER – Tyler County Judge Jacques Blanchette swore in Chester mayor Robert Poynter Monday evening, Feb. 7, at his first regularly scheduled council meeting. 

Poynter had officially assumed office by council vote at a specially called meeting on Jan. 17 after long-serving mayor Floyd Petri tendered resignation at that meeting for health reasons.

Poynter appointed Country Church Youth Pastor Kevin Hicks and Chester ISD business manager Austin Odom to fill the vacant spots on the council. 

At the called meeting on Jan. 17, the council hired Ovita Barnes as city secretary to undergo immediate training with retiring decades-long Secretary Annette Hickman. There have been several personnel changes in January as recent hires could not remain, and the council will be hiring a clerk to aid Barnes. 

Poynter outlined several adjustments as the council discussed concerns over making a smooth transition to Barnes and the new software. New Councilman Odom brings a financial expertise that was especially valued at this time as the city transitions to QuickBooks. 

There were adjustments in employee insurance, the grants, and a determination to keep track of the past due accountants, the latter seeming to be on the decrease. 

The previous minutes and the financials were passed without little ado.

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