Texas County

The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested James M. Woolsey of Summersville on Wednesday on a felony Texas County Warrant for tampering with evidence.

Woolsey, 56, was taken to the Texas County Jail. He is the father of Jason Woolsey, who was arrested last week on five felony counts after an incident in which he was found with four guns on his person.

The Houston Herald is working on getting more information about the elder Woolsey’s arrest.


As he was doing his dishes Thursday afternoon, something caught Todd McKinney’s eyes. He initially believed it was a cow. But a closer look revealed a special animal: an albino deer.

Todd called his brother, Boulder, and they tracked the doe to a nearby field in the Dog’s Bluff area.

This photo, taken by the Herald’s Jeff McNiell, is from a bluff several hundred yards away. The deer appeared to be eating among the trees and after 30 minutes, briefly came from behind them. It was in a group of about eight other deer.

Dr. Joe Richardson, who has property nearby across the river, said Friday morning that he has seen the deer six times since Aug. 31 and been close enough to take photos three times.

Richardson said he last saw the doe bedded down near his home. He didn’t have a camera.

“I got out of my pickup and walked within 30 yards of it, thinking it was trash or something else because it wouldn’t move,” Richardson said. “It finally stood up and calmly eased off.”

Doug Davison

Doug Davison

Since I’ll be doing a little of this and a little of that for your primary local print and electronic news source, how familiar my graying mug and my tall, lanky, but ever-expanding frame become to the residents in and around Houston remains to be seen.

But one thing is certain: I’m a new guy again.

Not new to the news biz since I spent six years being the one-man sports department for a weekly publication in a community in northeast Georgia quite similar the one served by your Herald (right down to the small-town-with-a-big-city-name deal; it’s called Cleveland and has a population of about 3,000).

And not really all that new to this piece of the Ozarks since my wife, two daughters and I moved here in late 2006.

But I’m most definitely new to the Brad Gentry’s team and hopefully I’ll be able to be of some sort of value to he and assistant coach Jeff McNiell.

It’s kind of odd being new again and I couldn’t blame Coach G if he doesn’t give me much playing time for a while; right now I just need to learn the new offensive and defensive schemes.
Anyway, while your attention is focused in this direction, here are some lists to consider (vastly incomplete and presented in no particular order). I guess they represent a snippet of my personal bio.

Things I’m looking forward to:
–– Finding out what people most like about living here.
–– Finding out what people most like to complain about around here.
–– No longer being the new guy.
–– Fall weather.

Cool or weird things I’ve done:
–– Lived through the aftermath of a volcano eruption (I was a student in Pullman, Wash. when St. Helens blew up and dumped six inches of ash over most of the state’s high desert on the east side of the Cascade Mountains).
–– Lived in three corners and the middle of the country (California, Washington, Georgia and Missouri).
–– Seen a boat fly (maybe you’ve caught a replay of one of those unlimited hydroplanes getting too much air under it and sailing high off of a lake or river; it’s amazing to witness in person).
–– Driven from Georgia to Maine, Seattle to San Diego, and Houston (Mo.) to San Diego (round trip in all cases; man, there’s a lot of country in this country).

Things I know:
–– What a great college sports rivalry is like (Washington vs. Washington State; throw out the records, beef up the security and get ready for a donnybrook, whether it’s football or basketball).
–– Welsh Corgis shed big-time (our four-year-old boy Jamie is a walking hair storm).
–– Southern Missouri has some beautiful rivers.
–– Americans too often don’t vote in their own best interest.

Things I don’t know:
–– Why my wife sometimes says she’s not a great cook because she is.
–– Why my wife puts up with me knowing how many things I don’t know.
–– What really caused the dinosaurs to go away.
–– When (or if) common sense will become a driving force in political decision-making.

So there you have it. A bit of all-over-map-style rambling from the new guy.

My future offerings in column format probably won’t cram so many subjects into one package, but due to the diversity of my brain’s activity, the content could be about pretty much anything (a local character’s contribution, an issue or place that seems interesting at the moment or even our family horse’s apparent belief that he is a dog; we’ll see).

Thanks for now and maybe I’ll see y’uns around (sorry, I just had to do that).

This blog is derived from Doug Davison’s column in the Houston Herald. The content is strictly random and any resemblance to anything important is purely coincidental. E-mail: ddavison@houstonherald.com

An interesting story in today’s New York Times points out the growing dependence of food stamps to put food on the table. The number of food stamp recipients has climbed by about 10 million over the past two years, resulting in a program that feeds 1 in 8 Americans and nearly 1 in 4 children.
Accompanying the article is a graphic showing county-by-county the percentage of residents on food stamps. Here are the figures for Texas County: All people, 24 percent; children, 46; white residents, 25; and black, 3. The percent of change since 2007 is 27 percent.

Raymondville gets a mention today on the Huffington Post, a political blog with a worldwide audience. Commentator Paul Begala discusses the race for the 8th Congressional District and includes a shoutout to Raymondville…yes, the one in Texas County.

Belgala’s column.

A case heard in Texas County Circuit Court has made its way into a statewide publication for the legal community, Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

The case involves the estate of a local woman, Glendora Martin. A judge ruled that undue influence was involved in the sale of farmland.

Here’s the link.

A Texas County charity said Friday that someone is pulling a scam in its name, it has learned.

An Angel’s Home official said it has discovered someone driving a white pickup is showing up at Houston yard sales and offering to take away items for the benefit of the charity.

While it appreciates donations, it does not solicit them. Occasionally, it does pick up items if the donor is unable to make arrangements for delivery.

Angel’s Home is a charity that aids those who have lost their home to fire.

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