Our Town Times (Timpson, Tex.), Vol. 35, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 16, 2015 Page: 4 of 16

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Our Town Times, Inc.
Our Town Times, Inc.
USPS No. 001-308
Our Town Times, Inc.
310 Jacob Sheet, Timpson, TX 75975
Published Weekly except for Christmas Week
Owner/Publisher (Editor) - Chad Pate
Print Production Manager - Rhonda Samford
Print Production Assistant/Staff Writer - Colleen Doggett
Special Programs Director - Caitlyn Smith
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Guest speaker will be Brother Steven Carroll.Bro.
Steve Carroll has been in hte student ministry for
over 20 years.
Come and experience what the Lord can do in your
life as we lift His name up in praise and worship.
We will have a pot luck lunch following the services
on Sunday.
For more information contact Brother Eric Pledger, youth
pastor at (936)556-1805.
prevention month
Timpson Cares /
on the Square
Come join us Friday, April 17 on the Square
in Timpson as we hang blue ribbons in support
of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The Community is invited to come by the Our
Town Times office any time Triday and get your
ribbons (donated by Hudmans Tlorist) and pick
your spot to hang your ribbon.
Please remember to report child abuse! It is
our responsibility!
Child Abuse Hotline#
Tenaha Businessmen's Club April Meeting
Submitted by: Linda Perry
The Tenaha Businessmen's Club met on Thursday.
Apr. 9,2015 at 1 st Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Bro.
John Whitworth blessed the meal.
President Carolyn H. Hooker opened the meeting, and
minutes were read by secretary Linda Perry.
Tenaha ISD superintendent Scott Tyner said the band
trip to NYC plans are ready to go. Tiger Fest has been
set for May 7 and the awards banquet will be May 12.
Three teams are preparing for the state robotics trip.
Lastly he said there is plenty of testing still going on.
Terry Bowlin reported the scholarship program will be
May 22 at 9:30am in the SEC. She stated how much they
appreciated what the club does for them. Graduation will
be May 9, 2015. She also reminded everyone to be sure
to VOTE - school board election and city election will
be May 9, 2015 at the school.
Claudine Howard of Tenaha Beautification & Events
Comittee reported there will be a city wide garage sale on
Sat., May 2, from 9am-3pm. There will also be a regular
City Council Meeting on April 20 at 5:15 pm.
The Club appointed a committee to choose recipients
for the Club scholarship for a Tenaha ISD senior student.
Members were: Don Dial, Mark Hixon, and Carolyn C.
Jimmy Bowlin reported the Youth Center building
would have a meeting this eve. (Apr. 9). All were invited
and wanted input and ideas for what people want the youth
center to do, and fund raising ideas.
No outside speaker was available for the day. President
Hooker spoke about April being Child Abuse awareness
month. She belongs to the Shelby County Child Welfare
Board, along with Doyce & Eddie Bailey, Linda Perry,
and LaRaye Bailey. This Board helps foster children
in and from Shelby County. 20+ years ago, she stated
there were only 7 children, today there are 57. The board
sends birthday cards, Christmas cards, at times helps with
clothes, and with graduation needs. The Board also has a
fund raiser in December called the Empty Stocking Fund.
Our children are our future, we need to protect them.
Tipton, Hooper reflect on school
board service
As reported in the March 5 edition of Our Town Times,
there are four candidates running for the three opening
positions on the Timpson ISD School Board of Trustees:
Danny Hunt (incumbent), Carlos Johnson, Jim Rader and
Linda Frazier Todd.
Two of the three vied-for positions were made avail-
able by the decisions of veteran USD Board members,
Beth Tipton and Tracy Hooper to not seek another term.
Interviews with Tipton and with Hooper by phone
asked each the following six questions:
*How many years/terms were you on the Timpson
School Board?
*Is there a term limit for members of the Board? Do
you agree with that policy?
By: Colleen Doggett
*What do you feel was the Board’s biggest accom-
plishment while you served?
*How do you feel you personally impacted some of
the Board’s bigger decisions?
* Wliat can you suggest to a future candidate running
for School Board?
*What advice to voters can you give on selecting a
School Board member?
Beth Tipton said that she had served two three-year
terms recently and over 30 years ago, had served several
- “I can’t really remember how long I served at that time.
“Each term of a board member is three years,” she
said. “A new board member could not just serve one
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Two Weekend Wrecks in Timpson
One results in fatality
Courtesy of Shelby County Today
A highway intersection in Timpson has been the scene
of two major crashes this past weekend with fatal results
for one driver.
When two vehicles collided on Sunday, April 12,
2015 emergency personnel was quickly dispatched to the
scene at the intersection of U.S. Highway 84 and U.S.
Highway 59 South.
First on scene were Timpson Police Officer Jake Met-
calf and Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper
Jade Lavergne. Upon arrival, the officers located a vehicle
in the median of the highway with major damage and they
both worked to try and help the driver, who was trapped;
however, nothing could be done to help her.
According to Timpson Police Officer Jake Metcalf,
at 2:30pm a witness at the scene stated a grey 2008
Ford Focus driven by, an as yet unidentified female, of
Louisiana came to a stop at the stop sign and then drove
into the intersection failing to yield to the 18-wheeler.
This caused the red 2015 Volvo truck tractor owned by
RJR Transportation Company and driven by Thomas K.
Gisleson, 52, of Illinois to strike the Focus on the driver
side of the vehicle spinning it around and sending it into
the median where it struck a light pole.
The Timpson Volunteer Fire Department arrived on
scene with Jaws of Life to extricate the driver from the
Focus and the Timpson Volunteer Ambulance Service
was on scene to provide any necessary care. Mike
Crouch, Justice of the Peace Precinct 5, pronounced the
driver of the Focus deceased at the scene.
Assisting Officer Metcalf with the investigation at the
scene was Trooper Lavergne and Shelby County Sheriffs
Deputy Kurtes Lawrence. Officer Metcalf expressed
gratitude to all emergency personnel who helped at the
The other incident which took place at the same
intersection on Friday, April 10, 2015 had similar cir-
cumstances with different results.
According to Officer Metcalf, at 11:26am a maroon
2006 Dodge Ram dually pickup truck driven by Victoria
Mendoza, 27, of Jacksonville approached the same stop
sign yet failed to stop.
As the Dodge crossed the southbound traffic lanes it
did so in front of a 2006 Ford F-l 50 driven by Isias Cruz,
52, with passenger
Kimberly Leonard,
48, both of Timp-
son. The Ford and the
Dodge collided caus-
ing major damage to
the front of the Ford
and to the driver side
of the Dodge.
Leonard was
transported from
the scene by ambu-
lance to Nacogdo-
ches Medical Center
- Center Emergency Department for treatment of her
Leonard states, “Me and my boyfriend were involved
in the wreck that totalled his truck and caused me serious
injuries on Friday when a lady ran that same stop sign and
we couldn’t avoid hitting her . I have a fractured elbow,
nose , multiple facial fractures and multiple lacerations
which required stitches and I’m bruised all over. My boy-
friend received bruised ribs and a laceration to his arm .”
Mendoza was issued citations for fail to stop at a stop
sign and no drivers license.
Who Am I????
Our Town Times will be celebrating 130 years in
print this year. In celebration of this event we will
be posting random photos from the past years
that were submitted to the paper. At the end of the
year we will have posted 130 old photos. We would
love to know who is in the photos and where they
are now or any update you may have on them.
We would also love to know why the photo was
submitted to the paper. If we have a note on the
photo we will share that with you to help identify
those in the photo. So....have fun and we hope to
hear from you!!
If you see a photo that belongs to you please feel
free to come pick it up at our office! We would love
for you to have it back!
Mrs Barbara Bogue called Our Town times and self-identified
as being the drum major in the Who Am I picture!

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