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  • Bulldogs lose to Pirates

    Colmesneil Player 091720CHRIS EDWARDS | TCB

    By Chris Edwards
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    COLMESNEIL – The Colmesneil Bulldogs hosted the Deweyville Pirates for their homecoming game last Friday and came up on the short end of things.

    The 46-6 final score, with the Pirates in the win column, brought both schools to a 1-1 record. The ‘Dogs held off the Pirates for most of the first quarter, only giving up six points to them. Once the game started, with the Pirates winning the coin toss, senior running back Cade Watson scored within a few plays. In the second quarter, the ‘Dogs scored their lone touchdown of the game, and the game sat at 14-6 at halftime.

    The second half of the game was much more the Pirates’ show, as they scored two touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarter. A 79-yard touchdown from Watson set the stage soon after the third quarter began.

    Colmesneil is set to play High Island’s Cardinals on the road on Friday. The 0-2 Cardinals are coming off a shut-out loss to Louise last week.

    This week’s game will be the final non-District contest for the ‘Dogs. They are scheduled to take on the Overton Mustangs on the road Sept. 25 to begin conference play.

    In Lady Dogs volleyball action, Colmesneil is at 3-4 overall, with one game into District play. They lost Friday’s game against the Lovelady Lady Lions 3-0. They played the Groveton Lady Indians on Tuesday at Groveton. The results of that game are unavailable at press time.

  • CISD considers contract with Direct Solutions

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    By Mollie LaSalle
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    COLMESNEIL – The Colmesneil ISD Board of Trustees held a special board meeting last Wednesday, and heard a presentation from Randy Weeks from Direct Solutions, based out of Livingston.

    Weeks was on hand to speak to the board about his company’s products and services. The district is considering entering into a contract with Direct Solutions to provide the school with janitorial supplies. Direct Solutions carries everything from paper plates to cleaning supplies to containers and dispensers for businesses and homes.

    Weeks explained that his company would provide the personnel, supplies and whatever else the district deems necessary to keep both campuses clean and sanitized. He explained that 70% of the cost would go to payroll, with the remaining 30% going toward supplies, which breaks down to $17 per man hour/8100 hours of cleaning. Mr. Weeks stressed that the agreements they normally enter into are for a period of three years. Board member Kris Lindsey wanted to know “If it’s not working for us or you, how do we get out of it (contract)?” Mr. Weeks replied that the company has “30 days to correct the problems, and another 30 days to get out of the agreement.”

    If the board is in agreement to hire Direct Solutions, the contract would start Sept. 1.

    Board members inquired about the employees they already have, and stressed they are happy with their performance(s). Weeks said “absolutely, keep the staff you already have, we can bring in supervisors.”

    Once the service starts, Direct Solutions would go in and “fog” the entire district, and within 48 hours, the COVID bug would be dead. After they fog the campuses, they go in and wipe everything down. Direct Solutions would provide two self-contained pressure washers, one for each campus.

    Before the board adjourned for board training and goal settings, they approved the district entering into an agreement with KBS Law Group.

    After the board training, trustees went into executive session to consider signing an agreement with Direct Solutions; the motion passed, with the district signing a three- year contract. The board also approved two new personnel hires: William McInnis, who will teach Special Education and Lanette Golden who is going to teach fourth grade.

    The first day of school for Colmesneil ISD is scheduled for Thursday. Colmesneil ISD is committed to working to keep everyone safe during this time. While they cannot prevent COVID-19’s presence on campus, they will do whatever is possible to mitigate its presence and preserve the school community’s health and welfare.

    TEA (Texas Education Agency) has provided a Public Health Guidance list for the 2020-2021 school year. This document has been compiled using TEA resources, and may be found at the following website: www.tea.texas.gov/coronavirus.

  • CISD votes to keep Pre-K program

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    By Mollie LaSalle
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    COLMESNEIL – The Colmesneil ISD Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting last Thursday evening. The meeting was moved to the band hall, at the request of Superintendent Eldon Franco.

    The first item on the regular agenda drew considerable interest and discussion. The district’s Pre-K Program was up for approval for the coming school year. Franco informed the board of the current year’s Pre-K numbers (shortened by COVID-19 closure.) “When the year began, there were 37 students enrolled in the program with one teacher and one aide, with 22% demonstrating readiness for kindergarten.” Expenses for the year were $247,920 with revenue at $201,456. Franco added “We are spending more money than we’re taking in”, and asked the board “Are we going the right way, are we going the wrong way, are we going any way at all”?

    “This program is running in a deficit”, not improving, not increasing. We are actually spending way more money. Accepting any student that comes in is very excessive,” he said.

    Elementary Principal Yvette Carlton went over the protocols for acceptance in the Pre-K program with the board. At the present time “the guidelines have changed; the whole point of the program is serving those children that qualify. In our area, this would be the economically disadvantaged, to give them a jump start that they wouldn’t get at home. So far, I have five students who have pre-registered (for the 2020-21 school year), and at this time only four of those qualify for the program.” Pre-K teacher Heather Seamans added that the program “should be geared more to those children who are not going to receive the jump start at home.” Carlton added that “our policy is that we serve those that meet the criteria.”

    Franco added, “so when we go beyond policy, we stick our necks out, but if we stick to policy, we are ok, that’s what you (Carlton) recommend, that we follow the policy that is in place for the Pre-K program. “Carlton added that “Pre-K tests (recommended by the state) are given three times a year, at the start, in the middle, and at the end.” This determines the children’s readiness for Kindergarten”.

    When all was said and done, the board approved the Pre-K program for the 2020-21 school year, with the understanding that “we follow the policy that is already in place.

    Other items on the regular agenda included increasing meal prices campus-wide (for both students and faculty/staff), discussing a bid for waxing the floors and approving the 2020-2021 school calendar.

    Also, on the regular agenda was a discussion of the preliminary 2021 Appraisal District Budget, and a discussion on the benefits of having an electronic board book, which carried a $4K initial expense and $2K a year, for board members. Franco added “It is a very user-friendly program that creates agendas, notices, and puts packets all in one place. Board members will have access to it almost immediately. This is something we are looking into in the near future, I want you guys (board members) to get used to the idea and get comfortable with it before it is presented for a vote.”

    The board voted to raise meal prices by $0.10 campus-wide and accepted a $14K bid for the floor waxing as the floors haven’t been waxed in quite a while. This should be completed (in and out) in a week’s time, with the board recommending that staff be trained on how to maintain the floors once they are waxed.

    In regard to the calendar, “we are going to stay put with what we have” according to Franco.

    Regarding back-to-school plans, the state is not requiring students to wear masks; it is optional. Screening and temperature checks are also not required, as this practice is not legal according to TEA guidelines.

    Franco also informed board members that the cameras that were set up around campus (specifically in the band hall and the shop) were in violation of district rules and have been disconnected. When the new school year starts, they will come on at the end of the day and be shut off at the beginning of the next day.

  • Colmesneil athlete selected to play in France

    Soccer Kid 061120Vicki Wood | Soccer star in the making Landon Wood.

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    COLMESNEIL – Landon Wood, an incoming fifth grader at Colmesneil ISD, is preparing to go across the pond and do something that no other Tyler County youngster has done.

    Wood has been invited to play soccer in France during June of next year. According to his grandmother Vicki Wood, the trip is more than a means to show off and hone his athletic ability, for the young athlete will also have the opportunity to explore some of the European countryside.

    Wood is part of the team Real Texas FC, which is coached by Jeff Coulter. During tournament play, North and South America, Africa and Europe will be represented. The exclusive appointment to play is by invitation only. Coulter, who has coached for more than a decade, has taken teams to play in France before, Vicki Wood said.

    Pull Quote Vicki Wood“These are friendly matches and the boys will be staying with host families in France. They will be participating in a parade in the youth’s honor where they will be carrying the flags of their respective countries. As such, it’s an honor for the boys being asked as they act as ambassadors for both for the US and Texas,” Vicki Wood said.

    Soccer, also known as football in other countries, is one of the most popular sports around the world, and continues to increase in popularity in the United States. An ESPN poll ranked it as the fourth most popular team sport played on American soil.

    In Texas, youth soccer leagues exist statewide. The South Texas Youth Soccer Association represents 29 member organizations and stretches from El Paso to Lufkin, with a registration base of 100,000 players, coaches and administrators.

    Vicki added that the young athletes will have opportunities to explore historic sites such cathedrals and castles and will get to experience professional training at the soccer facilities.

    She said also that in preparation for the trip, she and some others are planning fundraisers. “Of course, all things are being planned around the pandemic, so we are trying to get creative for fundraisers for the boys. So far it will be T-shirts and there are plans for raffles as Covid-19 restrictions start to be lifted,” she said.

    Currently Landon has been playing soccer in Jasper with the Piney Woods Youth Soccer League since the spring of 2018, and this year with the elite boys’ Twisters team. It was during the Twisters’ matches that Coulter scouted some of the boys to make the elite team, Vicki said.

    Vicki added that anyone interested in helping with the fundraising can contact Landon’s mother Angeleah Pilgreen at the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Vicki, herself, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Colmesneil man arrested on sex abuse charge

    MUGSHOT Kenneth Duane DavisMUGSHOT: Kenneth Duane Davis

    By Chris Edwards
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    TRINITY COUNTY – A Colmesneil man was arrested by the Texas Rangers last week in Tyler County following an investigation in Trinity County.

    Kenneth Duane Davis, age 62, was taken into custody last Wednesday and booked into the Tyler County Jail. According to Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, Davis’s arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation by the Rangers, which resulted in a first-degree felony charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child. The indictment outlining the charge was handed down in Trinity County.

    Tyler County Pct. 1 Judge Trisher Ford set Davis’s bond at $300,000 and he was extradited to the Trinity County Jail in Groveton on Friday, Aug. 21. He later bonded out that afternoon.

    Davis is currently serving on the Colmesneil City Council and is up for re-election in the November general election, however he did not draw an opponent.

    A representative with the city said he had not turned in a resignation as of Friday. According to Texas Municipal League rules, a sitting councilmember can either resign his/her position in the event of a criminal investigation, or the city can take the official to court for a judge to decide the outcome. The third option depends on the outcome of a trial.

    If convicted, Davis faces a sentence of up to 99 years and a minimum of 25 in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

  • Colmesneil man beneficiary of donation

    Donation 081320PHOTO COURTESY OF KIRSTEN HARDAMANT Hermon Netherland enjoys a little relaxation in his new lift chair.

    By Chris Edwards
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    COLMESNEIL – At ninety-four years young, Colmesneil resident Hermon Netherland has lived the kind of life that one typically only finds nowadays in epic adventure novels.

    If anyone has earned the right to some rest and relaxation, it’s Netherland. The decorated World War II Navy combat veteran recently begun experiencing difficulty getting up out of his chair, and his neighbor Kirsten Hardamant made it a mission to remedy the situation and help out her friend.

    Hardamant put out word on Facebook of Netherland’s predicament, and began collecting funds from members of the community to help purchase a lift chair for him. “He lots of friends and neighbors that keep an eye on him, and a caregiver like no other,” Hardamant said.

    Several people responded, and contributed to the fund, via PayPal and by writing checks. When it came time to purchase the chair, Mann Furniture and Appliance delivered the snazzy new chair for Netherland to his home on Lake Amanda, however, there was a catch: Mann Furniture proprietor Lee Mann refused to take any money for the chair that was collected.

    Mann and his wife Laurie both know Netherland from church and took an idea Hardamant had for the funds to go toward another good cause.
    Instead, the funds were put toward the effort to help Chelsea and Dakota Brittain rebuild their lives. The Brittains, along with their three small children, lost all of their possessions and their home in a house fire two weeks ago in Hillister.

    Hardamant said Netherland just “sometimes needs a little help,” but rarely asks for it. “Hermon has been a great neighbor,” she said. She said Netherland “is like a magnet” when he gets out of the house to enjoy breakfast at the Bulldog Country Café in Colmesneil. “When he wears his WWII Veterans cap, all the men come up and thank him for his service and often buy his breakfast.”

    “We are all very blessed to know Hermon and to live in such a great community,” Hardamant said.

  • TCSO, Crime Stoppers seeking fugitive

    MUGSHOT_-_Andrus.jpgMUGSHOT: Kaci Andrus

    TYLER COUNTY – The Tyler County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a Tyler County woman who is wanted on several charges, and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for anyone who can help TCSO locate her.

    Kaci Leane Andrus, a 36-year-old Colmesneil resident is wanted on five warrants for charges ranging from burglary of a building to tampering with physical evidence. According to a news release from Crime Stoppers, investigators believe that she frequents flea markets in the region as a seller – from Angelina to Mongomery counties and from Tyler to Jefferson counties.

    She was most recently arrested in Tyler County in January, when she was booked into the jail for burglary of a building and criminal trespass charges.
    Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward to any anonymous tipster who can help law enforcement locate Andrus. According to the Crime Stoppers website, anyone who sees a suspect should never attempt to apprehend them. “[D]oing so may be dangerous and Crime Stoppers will not pay a reward to anyone involved in such action,” the website states.

    If anyone knows the current and exact location of Andrus, they can visit 639TIPS.com to submit a tip or download the Crime Stoppers app. Tipsters can also call 936-639-TIPS. All tips and call to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest might be eligible for a reward.

    LAWON WEB 2020




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