Woodville Lions hold annual officer installation


Woodville Lions Club held its annual installation of officers on Thursday evening, June 30, at their Lions Den just west of Woodville. In the photo are seated (L-R) incoming President Brian Smith, District Governor Ed Stiles and Past President Ken Jobe; standing (L-R) are Ronnie Pryor, Deborah Smith, 1st VP Bryan Weatherford, 3rd VP Laura Winegeart, 2nd VP Jacob Spivey, Keith Bellamy, Ken Weaver, Treas. Rachel Iglesias, Randy Carter, Tommy Weaver and Ron Keef. The Lions meet every Thursday at Noon, have a program, and always welcome guests. For more info see their web site at, their motto being Liberty Intelligence Our Nation's Safety.

Allan Shivers Library Honors Kay Hicks


Kay Hicks, owner of Somerset Stables on FM 1746 in Woodville. was honored recently at the children's summer reading program at the Allan Shivers Library. Her mother, Mrs. Rosemary Bunch, has served as the library's director for the past twenty years. For each of those years at her own expense, Ms. Hicks has trailered ponies to the rewards party honoring children who complete the reading program requirements. The pony rides have gained a reputation as the highlight of the party, and the children eagerly anticipate this event. County Judge Jacques Blanchette and Brian Shivers, son of former Governor Allan Shivers. presented a framed certificate of appreciation to Ms. Hicks for her generous long-time service to the library. Her sister from England, Philippa Mols, also attended the event. (Jim Powers Photo)

'Down by the Sea' Art Show at the Gallery in Woodville

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'Down by the Sea' Art Show—Tyler County Art League's "Down by the Sea" Art Show will open with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at the Gallery, 210 W. Bluff in Woodville. Artwork by Shirley Peel, well-known artist and painting instructor from Beaumont, will be displayed during the show, which will hang through July 23. The show will feature artwork in all mediums.

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