updated 3:49 PM UTC, Jul 23, 2020


Walmart; a good corporate citizen

Walmart copy 2Caleb Fortenberry | TCB Photo of Woodville, Texas Walmart taken on July 8, 2020.

By Jeff Fatheree

When you walk into Walmart what is the first thing on your mind? I would be willing to bet it is not how wonderful a member of the community or what a good corporate citizen they have become. You would be surprised to learn all they do from a local and a corporate position. Walmart is one of the few companies that have not had any layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic or ever for that matter. I went to visit the Woodville Walmart and spoke with Ms. Becki the Asst. Manager. We were discussing what new things were coming and that I had been told Walmart was working to have automated self-checkout throughout the chain of stores. Now to those of us that shop there it would appear this meant decreasing human employment in exchange for technology, but boy was I wrong.

The increase in use of technology speeds up the checkout experience and allows employees more time to assist customers, keep the store clean, shelves full and clean as well as overall making the shopping experience more pleasant. In addition to all these benefits it also requires more employees in the stores and the positions filled tend to pay a higher wage than cashier. 

The enhancement in experience is just one step in using technology to better serve. If you have not tried curbside pickup, this is another technology that has been employed to help customers. If you are in a hurry and really don’t have time to shop the store or if you simply have trouble navigating the store due to illness injury or other disabling condition, they can shop for you and you drive in and pickup you already paid order. The Corporate offices also have responded to the social events and are making donations through a 2-1 match of employees giving to the Equal Justice Initiative. If you are not sure what this is watch the movie “Just Mercy” and you will find it is a very worthy cause. 

J. Michael Risinger BannerLocally our Walmart is reaching out to Police, EMS, Bankers, and Hospital workers taking lunch sandwiches and other things to thank them for being here in the pandemic and everyday to make us safer and healthier. The local store also increased employment during the pandemic and will keep those employees on long after it has passed. While there have been slow downs in stocking and supply chains the system is catching back up rapidly, and you should see less and less shortages of items on the shelves. They also are doing a new thing called “Funday Sundays” each Sunday beginning at 7:30 a.m., and runs until whatever they are giving out that Sunday is gone. They would love to see your faces there and this Sunday, July 12, which will be Jell-O Day. 

Other celebrations include: July 19 (Ice Cream Day) and the 26 (Parent’s Day.) August 2 sees National Ice Cream Week; August 9 – National Book Lover’s Day; August 16– National Elvis Week. 

I am not going to list them all as you need to come on down and check it out for yourselves and have some fun with the community. If you are a part of a non-profit in the community and have an upcoming project stop by and fill out the form to request some assistance. 

They need some lead time for these requests as it travels to Arkansas to get approved and then corporate cuts a check. 

Come support your local Walmart have a good time with your neighbors and remember to thank them for all they do in the community.

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Amateur radio field day


Summer “Field Day” kicked off for the Tyler County Amateur Radio Association (TCARA) at precisely 1 p.m., on Saturday, June 27, and it ran for 24 hours. Although several had signed up, the coronavirus hampered the event’s attendance. Only two kept vigil, Chris Falkenberry and Chuck Petri, with two other members briefly visiting.

Chester Mayor Floyd Petri is flanked by Falkenberry and Petri, with service dog Zara under the sign. They camped in the Magnolia Ridge Park on the northwest side of B.A. Steinhagen Lake. They made several contacts around the country, and other associations were sparse too.

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Petri maintains their vast website, WD5TYL.org, and they support their sister association, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) group that provides support to law enforcement and medical professionals in emergencies. TCARA is part of the American Radio Relay League, est. in 1914, meeting every first Thursday at 7 p.m. at 201 Veteran’s Way in Woodville, Texas, in the same building as the Nutrition Center. Visitors are welcome.


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Daily awarded scholarship

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WOODVILLE - Hanna Daily was awarded a $1500 college scholarship from the Tyler County Forest Landowner Association (TCFLOA).  Hanna graduates from Woodville High School this year and will be attending Stephen F. Austin State University with plans to major in agricultural development and minor in secondary education for a career as an agriculture science teacher. 

Daily’s goals are to relay the importance of agriculture and share how it is vital to everyday lives, to have an active Ag-FFA program and to make sure that all her students know that they can have a future in agriculture. 

TCFLOA, a non-profit organization, provides scholarships to students pursuing forestry-related fields.

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Warren students place in fish art contest

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ATHENS – Several Warren ISD students brought home honors in the Texas Parks and Wildlife-hosted Wildlife Forever’s State-Fish Art Contest.
In the grades 10–12 category, winners were: Third Place, Juliann Dooley of Warren and $500 for third place. Honorable mentions for grades 10–12 were: Marvin Deckert of Fred; Victoria Gore of Fred; Alexis Hollyfield of Warren; Zoë Montgomery of Warren; Honorable mention in grades 4–6 awarded to: Gracie Whisneant Warren student from Silsbee.

The State-Fish Art Contest is part of an international conservation education program designed to foster youth interest in fish, fisheries, and fishing. The program encourages K-12 students to submit original artwork of any officially designated state fish and an essay or poem about the participant’s fish entry, its habitat or efforts to conserve it.

“The State-Fish Art Contest does a tremendous job of exposing students across Texas to the wonders of fish and fisheries resources through the nexus of art,” said Tom Lang, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Director. “We always look forward to this time of year when we are once again amazed by the outstanding work and artistic interpretations of these young Texans.”

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Educators who wish to have their students enter the 2021 contest can find entry forms, rules and guidelines and more online. A lesson plan can also be found that offers interdisciplinary curriculum including lessons and activities, a species identification section profiling each state fish, a glossary and student worksheets. Learn more at www.wildlifeforever.org.

The State-Fish Art Contest is a project of Wildlife Forever. Located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Wildlife Forever is a nonprofit multispecies conservation organization dedicated to conserving America’s wildlife heritage. Working at the grassroots level, Wildlife Forever has funded conservation projects in all 50 states, committing millions of dollars to “on-the-ground” efforts. Wildlife Forever supports habitat restoration and enhancement, land acquisition, research and management of fish and wildlife populations.

To view or download high resolution images of the winning artwork, visit the 2020 Fish Art Contest Album on the TPWD Flickr page.

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