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It’s Christmas in Tyler County

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Friday santa with kid

Tyler County is going to be full of yuletide festivities this weekend as the countywide “Christmas in Tyler County” celebration kicks off.

On Friday and Saturday, the Tyler County Chamber of Commerce sponsors a variety of events downtown, including the Mistletoe Market on the square, and the annual lighting up of the town square and courthouse lawn, which occurs on Friday evening, 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.. Be sure to get your youngsters over to the Wheat House to see jolly ole Saint Nick.

Saturday morning will have the Woodville Rotary Club hosting its annual Breakfast with Santa event at the St. Paul’s fellowship hall starting at 7:30 a.m., and there will be a Jolly Jeep Jingle car show on the square beginning at 11 a.m. That evening, Heritage Village will host its annual Twilight Tour, beginning at 5 p.m., and at 6 p.m., the Ivanhoe lighted boat parade will commence.

Booster file photo by Jim Powers

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Unemployment numbers on decline for county

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Unemployment TWC TableBy Chris Edwards

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AUSTIN – According to figures released last week by the Texas Workforce Commission, the unemployment rate in Tyler County continues to fall, with October’s percentage of jobless residents at 5.7%.

That figure is down from 5.8% from the previous month, and a large reduction from the year-to-date figure of 7.4% from October 2021. Tyler County experienced an average of 8.5% unemployment during 2021.

Of the county’s labor force of 7,439 workers, 432 are unemployed. Tyler, and neighboring Polk counties are in the Top 50 of Texas counties with the highest unemployment rates, by a list compiled by the website Stacker.

The peak of unemployment during the pandemic came at an alarming 14.7%, nationwide, in April 2020, and economic experts predict a recession by next year. The last recession, which took place during 2008-2010, saw interest rates rise as much as up to 10% and it was not until the spring of 2019, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, that the unemployment rate finally went down to where it is at present.

Currently, according to statistics released nationally, the unemployment rate is at 3.4%, which is lower than it was in September at 3.7%.

The statewide unemployment rate is at 3.8%. According to TWC, Texas has added jobs throughout the year 2022, with 556K jobs added to the state’s employment rolls, according to projections. That represents, according to TWC, a 4.3% increase this year, up from 2021.

Texas also has the largest growing metro areas for the least amount of jobless residents. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the Dallas-Fort Worth area is almost double the rate in the U.S., overall, for job growth.

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Woodville debaters advance to State

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Woodville Debaters

For the fifth year in a row, Woodville High School will represent our region at the State UIL Meet in Austin in Congressional Debate.

The team made a great showing sweeping all three places. Adriana Stark won first, Savannah Ludwig, second and Kameryn Grammer placed third. Congratulations for this excellent showing.

Pictured, from left-to-right: Cathy D’Entremont, WHS Debate coach; Kameryn Grammer; Adrianna Stark and Savannah Ludewig.

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Friends of library group hosting raffle

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WOODVILLE – The Friends of the Allan Shivers Library and Museum are hosting a fundraising raffle to benefit the library and museum.

The group is raffling off tickets for a chance at winning a brand-new Champion propane grill. The tickets cost $5 each or can be purchased in a set of six for $20. The drawing will take place at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 21, and the winner will be notified by 5 p.m. that day.

The grill can be viewed in person in the lobby of the Allan Shivers Library. Tickets can be purchased from the front desk or from members of the Friends of the Library. You do not have to be present in order to win.

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Tyler County Hospital wins preparedness award

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GALVESTON – The Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coalition is a preparedness committee of the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council which provides collaborative planning and response to emergencies in a multi-disciplinary approach to preserve medical infrastructure for the region.

At the 2022 Regional Preparedness Symposium held Nov. 2-4 in Galveston, Tyler County Hospital received the Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coalition Excellence in Preparedness Award for the small hospital division.

The coalition began when several facilities in the Houston Medical Center joined together to face major events as a group of facilities as opposed to individually.

Today the Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coalition is made up of 25 counties divided into five corridors with Tyler County being part of the North Corridor.

Annually, Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council and the Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coalition host a Regional Preparedness Symposium that brings together our region as well as many others for a time of learning and networking. At this annual event, an award is presented to one small, one medium and one large facility in our 25 counties for exhibiting excellence and commitment to comprehensive emergency management in their regional community. Each facility is scored on two tiers. The first one includes their participation in training, facility reporting, meeting attendance and drill participation.

Secondly, the facility is scored based on their commitment to enhancing preparedness at their facility in at least three of six areas. These areas include leadership support, emergency management contribution, community involvement, innovation, planning and other.

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