2012 Tyler County Dogwood Festival Children of the Court have been named. They are, from front, Miranda Moore, daughter of Phillip and Desiree Moore (Warren); Natalie Standley, daughter of Matt and Carrie Standley (Woodville); Jackson Rayburn, son of Scott and Jana Rayburn (Chester); Reed Best, son of Robert Best, Jr. and L'Chanda Best (Colmesneil); Brayden McIntosh, son of Bart Dean and Nicole Rebbe (Woodville); Kinley Thompson, daughter of Nick and Stephany Thompson (Spurger) and AlyssaMcIntosh, daughter of Bart Dean and Nicole Rebbe (Woodville).
On Sunday, February 5 Tyler County Sheriff's office received a call about a suspicious vehicle parked on CR 4300 off FM 1746. Deputy Casey Whitworth responded to the call. According to reports, the vehicle was abandoned. Whitworth noticed a door open on a nearby travel trailer and called for back up. Officer Jeremy Byrum and Corporal Mike Williams, along with canine officer Drake, searched the area and found two suspects inside a travel trailer. Shelton Beaty, 25, of Hillister and Michael Criddle, 23, of Hillister were taken into custody. Criddle was armed with a stun gun and Beaty had a handgun. The men burglarized three travel trailers at the hunt club. Bond was set at $100,000 by Judge Bryan Weatherford for Criddle for two charges of burglary of a habitation. Beaty received a $110,000 bond by Weatherford for two charges of burglary and a third charge of unlawfully carrying a weapon. Both are in the county jail awaiting trial.
On Saturday, February 11 a witness observed a burglary in progress on Hickory Street in Colmesneil. According to an eyewitness, two suspects broke into the side door of a home. Officers stopped the vehicle, seen leaving the scene, at the Exxon store in Colmesneil. Corey Brian Shird, 30, of Colmesneil and Sierra Nicole Patrick, 19, of Colmesneil were both arrested for burglary of a habitation. Officers found a checkbook from the home in the vehicle. Upon further inspection, officers also found a commercial size Ozarka water bottle and a cashed-in coin receipt for over $200 from Jasper WalMart. Bond was set at $75,000 each by Judge Bryan Weatherford.
During the investigation, deputy Steven Zeller discovered Jasper County had an unsolved burglary of a habitation in the Sam Rayburn area. Missing from the home was a commercial size Ozarka water bottle filled with coins. With cooperation between the Jasper County and Tyler County sheriff's departments, Shird was also charged with burglary of a habitation in Jasper County and bond was set at $10,000.
Few people have heard of or experienced geocaching, but a few adventure seekers in Tyler County have become part of the widespread geocaching community and are enjoying being able to take part in the massive game of outdoor "hide-and-seek."
For those who don't know, geocaching is a real world treasure hunting game that uses GPS devices, such as a smart-phone, to find the GPS coordinates of a small box called a "cache." The game can be played alone, or with a group of people. All you need is a free membership to a geocaching website and a GPS enabled device. Once you enter the location and find the cache, you sign a logbook or leave a treasure in the box.
There are a few rules of geocaching. First, if you remove something from the cache, you have to leave something else of equal or greater value. Many people leave old small trinkets and trade items. There is also a logbook in most caches that the geocacher has to sign and date. In addition to the paper log, geocachers log their experience on the geocaching website for others to read about.
Shelby Adaway, a resident of Woodville, has been geocaching for 2 years and has found close to 70 geocaches in and around Tyler County. She once found a cache with a "travel tag" that had been all over the country, including Hawaii.
"There is a geocaching map that shows a lot [of geocaches] around Tyler County," says Adaway. "There are some in nature trails and even in the Wal-Mart parking lot."
Brandon McKee, another geocacher in Tyler County says there are a ton of cache locations all over Tyler County, and many are in places that you drive by all the time.
If you are interested in geocaching or want more information, the website www.geocaching.com is a great resource and they also offer free geocaching memberships.
Director Alicia Scoggins has issued a casting call for performers interested in appearing in the 69th annual Tyler County Dogwood Pageant and Historical Play. The theme of this year's play will be "Totally Awesome in Tyler County". The cast of the play will travel back in time to the 1980's with stops at various locations across Tyler County. The audience will be dazzled by local entertainment and charmed with memories and music from years gone by.
A meeting for interested participants will be held on Wednesday, February 22nd at the Woodville Fire Station from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Attendance at this meeting is mandatory for participation in the play. An adult must accompany children 10 years of age and under at all rehearsals and the night of performance. Contact Alicia Scoggins at (409) 429-6331 for more information.
The Woodville Eagle Choir has recently performed at the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest and was very successful. 76 middle school singers and 27 High School singers represented our community very well and brought home 39 Excellent 2nd Division ratings and 65 Superior 1st Division ratings.
Beginning with the Middle School Choir: Tiffani Ainsworth, Mikayla Amason, Alicia Ayres, Haley Briers, Deirdre Carroll, Gracie Cloud , Whitney Cruse, Megan Davis, Haley Hensarling, Lyndsey Kinard, Crailyn McNeal, Jordan Ogden, Kennedy Pate, Alicia Persons , Chelsie Sargrent, Haley Schroeder , Hannah Spell, Shanda Stittem, Haylie Tullos, Summer VonEssen, Chandler Button, Brandon Falcon, Danny Faust , Jarius Foster, Ivan Lockhart, Amir Parks, and Jase Shackelford all received an Excellent 2nd Division Rating on their solo performance.
Britnie Barlow, Crailee Battise, Valarie Carter, Drew Daniels, Shay Hadnot, Madison Hennigan, Kelsey Hensarling, April Kirby, Antwanette Martin, Gracin McCollum, Bethany Mitchell, Shelby Mixon, Emily Parker, Raven Perkins, Dakota Read, Samantha Ruble, Victoria Scoggins, Peyton Scroggins, Bailey Stewart, Shelby Swien, Elizabeth Thompson, Avery Tolar, Marian Walton, Landin Ware, Chloe Weeks, Alexis Wigley, Keyara Williams, Shawnacey Williams, Sierra Williams, Delante' Barclay, Treyvon Barclay, Malyk Barlow, Tyler Dean, Caleb Dinger, Eli Dinger, Kamrin Frankens, Jaron Hadnot, Cameron Hinson, Logan McCurter, Dalton Rhame, Joshua Sheffield, Richard Simon, Austin Sims, Stephen Thomas, Michal Wagner, Tyler Whiteside, Jacob Williams, Carter Wilson, and Jermany Wooten received a Superior 1st Division Rating on their solo performances.
In addition Emily Parker and Jacob Williams both received the "Outstanding Performer Award". This honor is awarded by each judge to the best singers in each room.
From the Woodville Eagle H.S. Choir: Kelci Dean, Ashley Greenbaum, Kaitlin Knox, MaKayla Stowe, Shanequia Barlow, Angie Nanney, Destiny Sullivan, Tevin Benjamin, Matt Ruble, Hunter Scoggins, Reggie Williams, and Dominique Lockhart all performed and received excellent 2nd Division ratings.
T'Kena Barlow, Jillian Bass, Marqui Jackson, and TC Mitchell received Superior ratings on their solo.
Jenna Barnes, Hallie Beaty, Shelby Hadnot, Jacquelyn Johnson, Abbie Quinn, Patricia Rice, Kristen Swafford, Hannah Williams, Whitney Williams, Sam Matterson and Michael Nanney also received superior ratings and advanced to the State Contest.
The Choir's Ensemble made up of Patricia, Abbie, Kristen, Jenna, Jacquelyn, MaKayla, Michael, Sam, Joe Arline, and Chris Ledesma also received a Superior rating and has advanced to the State contest.
The highest possible recognition and honors go to Chris Ledesma and Jenna Barnes. Chris recently performed with the All-State Small Schools Jazz Band and Jenna with the All-State Mixed Choir at the Annual Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio, TX. These two students have reached the pinnacle of musical achievement in Texas music competition and they represent the best student musicians in the state of Texas. Congratulations to Chris, Jenna, and all of the competing music students at Woodville Middle and High Schools.