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Serving The People Of Tyler County For 85 Years



Thursday, November 8, 2012—Vol. 85, No. 45



Barack Obama Re-Elected Regardless of which side of the political aisle you stand, the importance of the Presidential campaign has been a major focus with the economic challenges facing the country. On November 6, voters made their decision and re-elected President Barack Obama to another four years. At press time, Obama held 303 Electoral votes to Mitt Romney’s 206. Voters in Tyler County voted overwhelming Re-

public in the Presidential race, with 5,899 for Romney and 1,659 for Obama. There were also a number of contested races in Tyler County. In the Constable, Precinct 45 Constable race, Jim Zachary bet Anthony Ross 1,212 to 461. There were several races in Ivanhoe city elections. In the Mayoral race, Jack Brockhouse won the vote over challenger Cathy Bennett 309 to 239.

Tom Welch and David Baier, with 267 and 245 votes respectively, won the two Ivanhoe Council Member at large seats over Karen Sikora with 207 votes and Chuck Vonderlin with 195. Two propositions were on the ballet in Ivanhoe. City of Ivanhoe Sales Tax was approved 282 to 270. The Local Option (Alcohol sales) was approved 358 to 205. The City of Colmesneil

had At-Large council seats up for grabs, the top three were winners. Bubba Sheffield polled 147 votes, Chuck Polito 41 votes, Kenneth Davis 76 votes and Rhonda Harris 91 votes. Rocky Burks with 1,269 votes defeated Barry W. Johnson with 547 votes for the Position 4 Warren ISD Trustee spot. In the Position 5 race, Marty Ramer defeated Rene Gutierrez with votes of 1,205 to 503.

Spurger had four school board positions up for election, only one was contested. In the Position 4 race, Paul Bingham defeated Marisa “Rocky” Cloesssner 470 to 175. All voting results are unofficial until provisional votes are checked and votes are canvassed. Voting is incredibly important to our democracy. If you are not registered to vote, please consider taking that important opportunity.

Woodville man arrested for inhaling Iso Butane

by Emily Waldrep

Woodville Police responded to a call from the manager of the Stagecoach Inn at noon on Oct. 29 regarding a person who was late checking out, which led to the arrest of a Nathan Collier, a 50-year-old Woodville man for Possession and Inhale of Volatile Chemicals. The manager said that he witnessed a male subject lying on the bed in the hotel room with a can up to his mouth inhaling it. The can turned out to be an aerosol can of air that is commonly

used to clean computer keyboards. “The can contains Isobutane,” said Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department. “That is the same substance that many people use to inhale.” The butane can burn the skin of people who inhale the substance, and is highly dangerous and addictive. “In all the years that I have been in this business, the people who abuse [butane] are some of the worse abusers,”McCulley said.“It does the most harm the quickest to your body. As soon as you start doing it, it effects the

brain cells and lungs.” “Inhalants don’t get talked about very much, because not many people know much about them,”McCulley said. “But in my opinion, they are one of the worst drug addictions in the entire country.” Possession and Inhale of a Volatile Substance is a Class B Misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine not to exceed $2,000. Collier was released from the Tyler County Jail on Oct. 31. For more information on inhalant abuse, visit www.

Tyler County Sheriff ’s Department is advising the public of a fraudulent fundraiser raffle being conducted by Jimmie Nelson and family from Village Mills. If you have purchased a ticket from the family, or have sold tickets for the family, please contact the Sheriff ’s Department immediately. Speak to Sgt. Ricky Coker or Deputy Stefani Byron at 283-2172. According to the Sheriff ’s Department, you may possibly be a victim of this crime. The raffle item was a Remington Model 700, 30-06 rifle.

4th Annual Holiday Tea and Purse Auction The Tyler County Child Welfare Board is sponsoring the “4th Annual Holiday Tea and Purse Auction”, Saturday, November 10 at the Tyler County Nutrition Center from 10 a.m. until noon. This fundraising event will benefit the ‘Adopt an Angel” Program for the needy children in Tyler County. All proceeds will stay in Tyler County and will be used to help “angels” to have a Merry Christmas. This is a purse auction with a purpose! Filled purses will be auctioned off during a silent auction and during a “live” auction. Come enjoy homemade desserts, coffee, tea, door prizes and a morning filled with excitement! You are promised to have a great time with friends. Tickets are $5. For more information please call 409-283-2503. Remember...a lady just can’t have too many purses!

Effort to curb Texting While Driving gets underway in Tyler County high schools

Peggy Burton honored for years of service Peggy Burton, a long time Woodville resident, was honored at the Commissioner’s Court meeting in October for her dedication and commitment to volunteer service in the community. Burton is gifted with a heart for serving others, and her life has been organized around that principle; there is work to be done and she has been and continues to be doing it! In addition to the ceremony at Commissioner’s Court, Peggy was honored at a reception at Allan Shiver’s Library, given by the Allan Shivers Library Board and Friends of the Library.The event was attended by many well-wishers, friends and son and daughter-inlaw, Brian and Pam Burton. Peggy has served for decades on the library’s Board of Directors, many of those as President of the Board. Her wisdom, her great sense of humor, her determination to see that the the citizens of Tyler County, especially chil-

During the coming weeks, the Tyler County Booster and Sheriff elect Bryan Weatherford will be attending Tyler County high schools to present a video to encourage “no texting while driving”. After the video, students will have the opportunity to sign a pledge to never text and drive and never send a text to someone you know is driving. Each student will receive an “It Can Wait” thumb ring as a reminder. Also, all pledging students will be entered into a drawing to win a “hands free” bluetooth. “The video, produced by

AT&T, has a powerful message,” said Booster manager Kelli Barnes. “It will change your mind about texting and driving. The ability to text is an excellent communication tool, but just like we all had to train ourselves to wear seat belts and use car seats for children, we all need to train ourselves to not text and drive. “AT&T has a free, driving mode app that can be downloaded to your phone. When you set your phone to drive mode, any text message sender will get an auto response saying you are driv- 2012 Woodville Homecoming Queen Dusty Sturrock was crowned Friday ing and will get back with night in ceremonies before the Woodville-Warren game in Woodville. Dusty them as soon as possible.” was escorted by her father, Clint Sturrock.

Warren Board discusses Financial Integrity Rating System by Emily Waldrep

Warren ISD held its monthly board meeting on October 23, 2012 and recognized teachers and employees of the month and discussed the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas rating the district received. Sara Moore, Patty Ruggles, Amber Kelley, Michelle Ryan, Holly Wyler, Cont. On Pg. 4A and Lori Ard were all named teachers and employees of the month for

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October and were all treated to a nice dinner in Beaumont and were able to have the rest of the day off from school. “These individuals were chosen using criteria such as positive team attitude, availability to students, attendance, involvement with extra curricular activities, and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty,” said Superintendent Lance Johnson. Cont. On Pg. 8A

Tyler County SPORTS, 6A & 7A

Obituaries 2A

Colmesneil Quarterback Matt Bailey Runs The Ball

Harold Harding, Jr. Colmesneil Shirley O’Neal Woodville Clarence Jones Dam B Charles Getz, III Warren


Columns 3A Ed Sterling Capital Highlights Bob Bowman East Texas Sandy Taylor Heritage Village Editorial: “Keep Texas Notified”

Effort to curb texting and driving  

This was the first announcement in the newspaper, after schools agreed to have us come to their high school assemblies for a presentation.