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Library to host identify theft protection workshop

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WOODVILLE – The Allan Shivers Library will host a free “Identify Theft Protection” workshop on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.

This workshop, presented by Rave Financial (formerly Mobil Oil Credit Union), will provide tips and suggestions for how to protect yourself from identity theft.  While this information is important throughout the year, as we enter the holiday season and shopping in stores and on-line increases, the risks to your personal and financial identity increase.  Join Rave Financial to learn ways to protect yourself from identify theft.

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'Jolly Jeep Jingle' to feature in Christmas Celebration

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Jeeps will be on display as part of the Chamber’s “Jolly Jeep Jingle” event during Christmas in Tyler County.  BOOSTER FILE PHOTO | JIM POWERSJeeps will be on display as part of the Chamber’s “Jolly Jeep Jingle” event during Christmas in Tyler County. BOOSTER FILE PHOTO | JIM POWERS

By Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – For many Jeep owners, their vehicle is a lifestyle and cultural signifier as much (or in some cases, moreso) than it is transportation.

With Jeep enthusiasts looking for opportunities to show off their vehicles, the Tyler County Chamber of Commerce is calling on them to come and do just that as part of the “Jolly Jeep Jingle,” which will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2 as part of the Chamber’s countywide “Christmas in Tyler County” annual celebration.

The alliteratively named contest will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the courthouse square in Woodville. This will be the second year that the Chamber has featured the Jeep event in its Christmas activities schedule. The entry fee for the Jolly Jeep Jingle is $25, and registration forms can be found on the Chamber’s website, by accessing: www.tylercountycoc.com.

Alongside the Jeeps on display, there will also be a general entry car show, where all custom cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcomed to be displayed. The entry fee for that car show is a new, unwrapped kids’ toy, which will go to the Angel Tree program, which is sponsored by the Tyler County Child Welfare Board in effort to provide children in need with Christmas cheer.

The Chamber is putting forth awards opportunities in the Jeep Jingle for three categories: Best Christmas Decorated; People’s Choice and Chamber’s Choice.

There is also a separate contest, with a $10 entry fee for “Superb Sound and Custom System,” for Jeep owners to show off what their sound systems can do.

With the opportunity to see decked-out Jeeps, the public will also get to learn about the traditions of the Jeep culture, such as the rubber ducks that Jeep owners display on their vehicles, which will be part of the Chamber’s event.

The Christmas activities will go two days, beginning on Friday, Dec. 1, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the lighting of the square, along with shopping, food, crafts and other opportunities, and a visit from Santa Claus.

The fun begins on Saturday at 9 a.m. on the square with the vendors. The opportunities for vendors are also available through the Chamber’s website.

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‘Coats for Kids’ program begins

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Kid in coatWOODVILLE – Thursday, Oct. 26 marks the beginning of First Baptist Church of Woodville’s “Coats for Kids” program, which runs through Jan. 11, 2024.

The outreach program is done through the church’s benevolence committee, and supplies coats to children in the county who need them. This winter, many will need warm coats, as a harsh winter is forecasted.

The outreach service is open each Thursday, between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the House of Hope, which is located between the Woodville Post Office and the church. Children must be present to receive a coat.

 

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Monk elected to position in state assn.

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By Chris Edwards
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Leann MonkLeann MonkMCALLEN, TX – Tyler County Treasurer Leann Monk was recently elected to serve as the second vice president for the statewide County Treasurer’s Association of Texas (CTAT).

Monk was sworn into office on Sept. 20 at an event at the Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen. The term of service is a one-year appointment for 2023-24.

According to a news release from CTAT, this year’s theme for the organization is “Embrace the Journey,” and Monk is a leader who strives to maintain success and “make[s] sure her team has every opportunity and chance to achieve what is expected.”

Monk has served on the CTAT board as treasurer last year. She said of her new position with the CTAT board, “As the second vice president of CTAT, I am following in the footsteps of previous treasurers who have set the bar high.”

She added that the leadership skills required, as well as those she will obtain throughout her tenure on the CTAT executive board are “priceless.”

“I look forward to serving my peers and doing my part to further the success of our associaton,” she said.

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Jail cited for compliance issue

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WOODVILLE – A statewide report on jail non-compliance issues found the Tyler County Justice Center to be in violation, according to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

The violation which resulted in a notice of non-compliance was due to the facility exceeding its maximum capacity daily from the period of August 28, 2023 to Sept. 5, 2023. Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said that a complaint from an inmate, which was submitted to the jail standards commission, resulted in the discovery that caused the violation.

“It was discovered that at least one inmate was housed without a bunk, with their mattress on the floor,” Weatherford said.

At present, Tyler County has housing contracts with neighboring Jasper, Hardin and Polk counties, as well as San Jacinto County, for overflow of inmates.

Tyler County was one of 23 jails on the agency’s non-compliance list and is listed as a “special” case. The violation report notes that the inspection report, which was issued on Oct. 4, was a violation of the state jail requirement that all multiple occupancy cells shall contain two to eight bunks and not less than 40 square feet of clear floor space for the first bunk, plus 18 square feet of clear floor space for each additional bunk.

Weatherford said that as sheriff, he “will never apologize for placing too many criminals where they belong,” and noted that neighboring East Texas counties “indicate that my neighboring East Texas sheriffs feel the same.”

The Commission on Jail Standards keeps an ongoing list of county jails with violation issues posted to its website, and the agency removes the non-compliant jails immediately upon their attaining compliance.

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