Booster wins awards in ‘Better Newspaper Contest’

by Jim Powers, Editor

The Tyler County Booster participates in two peer judged contests each year. Winners in the first of those contests, the Texas Gulf Coast Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest, were recently announced, and the Tyler County Booster won several awards in our division.

The Booster won 1st Place for our Web Site, 1st Place in Special Sections for our Discover Tyler County Magazine, 1st Place for Feature Photo, 2nd Place in News Writing, and 3rd Place for Serious Columns.

The Booster benefits from a talented team of people with decades of experience in providing local news and advertising to the people of Tyler County. We are proud of the product we produce 52 times each year, and proud of the community that supports our efforts through buying our newspapers and supporting our advertisers.

Always Patsy Cline at the Emporium in May


The Emporium Stage in Wodville presents Rhonda Bigby and Carina Haygood, along with a six peace band, performing "Always Patsy Cline."

Play dates are Friday and Saturday, May 6 & 7 at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at 2:30 p.m. May 13 & 17 at 7 p.m. and May 15 at 2:30 p.m.; and, May 20 and 21 at 7 p.m., May 22 at 3:30 p.m. The Emporium is located at 210 W. Bluff in Woodville.

Mr. East Texas Award Announced

Mr. East TexasThe Tyler County Dogwood Festival has announced Harold Estes of Lufkin, as "Mr. East Texas" 2016. The Mr. East Texas Award is presented each year to the East Texan that best exemplifies the spirit and quality of leadership which advances, shapes and gives direction to the growth and progress of East Texas. Festival Executive Buck Hudson stated that Mr. Estes was selected for his dedication to the growth and development of the East Texas timber industry and for his charitable support of local programs and organizations. Estes will be accepting the award Saturday, April 2, during the Dogwood Pageant.

Mr. Estes was born in the mountains of North Carolina in 1940. As the only boy in a family of four children, he was reared by a stay-at-home mom and a father who worked in construction, logging and farming. Most of his father's work was seasonal due to the harsh winters and Harold had to pitch in to help him with it. He was skidding logs down the mountain with a draft horse by the age of six, and learned how to use a chain saw and fall a tree soon after, so forestry seemed the natural choice as a profession. He dreamed of going to college, but did not have enough money even with scholarships. He was able to get a construction job in Greenland for two summers that afforded him the opportunity to go to college.

He chose to attend Mars Hill College, a small Baptist two-year school, tucked away in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. He transferred to the University of Georgia from Mars Hill in 1964 where he majored in Forestry, and later he attended a number of business classes at Georgia State University.

He met his future bride of 52 years while at Mars Hills. He had no plans of marriage, but she thought otherwise although it took her three years to finish her degree and close the marriage deal. With a sound education and a new wife, he was ready to pursue his dream of a logging business; but, one needs money for such dreams and the "hounds of poverty" were still chasing him. He took work as a forester and later as a salesman for Timberjack.

After holding a number of jobs with Timberjack, he was transferred to Lufkin as manager of their factory store. He bought the factory store and renamed it Texas Timberjack in 1984. Subsequently, he has been engaged in real estate development, scrap metal, various oil and gas activities, sawmill and wood treating, and other such business endeavors. He has also served on the board of directors for Overhill Farms, TreeCon Resources and Newton Bancshares.

He and his wife, Conni, have 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He loves to fish in the Kenai River in Alaska and travel with his oldest grandson. As most who know him knows, he also loves to make a deal.

Harold Estes realized his dream of owning a business in the timber industry here in the woods of East Texas, and for more than 30 years he has generously given back to the region through his support of many charities. With private funds and through The Estes Education and Charitable Foundation, Mr. Estes has supported educational scholarships in area schools, Harmony Hill Baptist Church, Mosaic Center, Museum of East Texas, Junior League, Ellen Trout Zoo, The Joseph House, Harold's House, Texas Forestry Museum, Angelina Arts Alliance, Lufkin Landscape Task Force, Marine Corps

2016 Miss Tyler County Pageant signups

Sign-Ups for the 2016 Miss Tyler County Pageant will be held March 7 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Serendipity Boutique in Woodville and again on March 15 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the County Clerks office. Cost to enter the pageant is $25 per participant, from age three to Juniors in High School. Girls wishing to participate in the Miss Photogenic portion of the pageant should bring their 5x7 photo when they sign up. There is an additional fee of $15 per photo with a limit of two per participant.

The 2016 Miss Tyler County Pageant will be held at 7 p.m. at the Eagle Summit in Woodville on April 23, 2016. For more information please call (409) 200-1866 or submit your questions via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

2016 Tyler County Dogwood Festival Princesses


2016 Tyler County Dogwood Festival Princesses—Show, from left, are Courtney Crain, daughter of Chuck and Alicia Crain (Spurger); Ashlynn Whisneant, daughter of Steve and Cathy Whisneant (Warren); Mika Maxwell, daughter of John and Tori Harris (Woodville); Jaci Davis, daughter of Wayne and Lori Davis (Chester) and Shelby Tally, daughter of JB and Rhonda Tally (Colmesneil). (Photo Courtesy Hale Hughes Photography)

R.S.V.P. Members Recognized


R.S.V.P. members recognized—Local Retired Senior Volunteer Program members were recognized Thursday with a great meal at the Nutrition Center in Woodville. These volunteers not only volunteer at the Center; but, are also involved with other service activities such as stuffing pillows for the V.A. Hospital. Thanks for your hard work!