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Jailer arrested for sex with inmate

STOCK PHOTO From Enterprise Staff The Texas Department of Public Safety Texas Rangers arrested a jailer at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Thursday. Charity Desirae Prince, 25, was charged with improper sexual activity with a person in custody, a…

Naskila CFO serves as panelist at Tulsa conference

From Enterprise Staff Naskila Casino Chief Financial Officer Stephanie Williams served as one of three panelists at the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Conference held August 15-16 in Tulsa. Topics the three panelists discussed were the events during COVID and how the pandemic affected their casinos and how the casinos strategized to recover…
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Goodrich man receives 99-year sentence for 2017 murder of wife

From Enterprise Staff John Orbon Speights, 78 of Goodrich, was sentenced to 99 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the Aug. 26, 2017 murder of his wife, Carolyn Carroll, in the 411th District Court on Monday. On Aug. 26, 2017, Carroll activated her Life Alert, stating that her husband, Speights, was drunk and she was afraid.…
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AG acquitted in impeachment trial

By Emily Banks Wooteneditor@polkenterprise.com Senator Robert Nichols was one of only two Republican senators to vote for articles of impeachment against Attorney General Ken Paxton. The other was Kelly Hancock of North Richland Hills. “I voted to impeach Attorney General Ken Paxton because of the credible testimony I heard, and the many thousands…
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Bomb threat at judicial center

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a possible bomb threat at the Polk County Judicial Center Friday at 8:20 a.m. The facility was evacuated, and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation and coordinated a response with the assistance of the Texas Ranger’s Division.A thorough search of the building and surrounding area…

Abbott, TVC announce over $36 M in grants for veterans

Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) today announced over $36 million in grant funding for veterans across Texas that will be distributed through TVC’s Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) Big Check Tour. Approved by TVC Commissioners in May, this grant funding will be awarded to 135 organizations across Texas and will serve…
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Officer shot during incident - Suspect killed

Investigators from multiple agencies worked the area where the shootings occurred on Sunday morning. DONNA HAMMER | TCB By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com WOODVILLE – An officer with the Woodville Police Department was shot and wounded during an incident that occurred on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 17. According to Woodville Chief of…
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Firefighter injured in blaze west of Goodrich

STOCK PHOTO A fire Sunday near Goodrich was extinguished a few times and has one firefighter battling injuries in the hospital. “It is the old Shell pump station, where those tanks are sitting about two or three miles west of Goodrich,” Livingston Fire Chief Corky Cochran explained. “On the back side of that complex outside of the fence, they had…

New law bars cruelty offenders from owning animals for five years

By Ali JuellThe Texas Tribune Texas lawmakers are making it harder for those convicted of animal cruelty to own any animals – at least for the next five years after their initial offense. The animal possession ban or House Bill 598, authored by state Rep. Matt Shaheen, R-Plano, applies to people convicted of being involved in dogfighting…
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Teenager dies after incident at store

By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com WARREN – An incident at a convenience store in Warren ended tragically last Friday, according to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford. Weatherford said that a call came in that afternoon, at approximately 3:40 p.m., from 911, requesting EMS for an unresponsive individual at the Exxpress Mart. The…
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Goodrich man arrested on charges from June

A wanted man on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon has been located and arrested. In June, officers with the Livingston Police Department responded to the 100 block of Pan American Drive, in reference to a disturbance in progress. Upon arrival, the officers made contact with a victim who stated he had been hit in the back of the…
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First concert of season slated for Tuesday

From Enterprise Staff The Livington Community Concert Association will host its first performance of the 2023-2024 concert season with Key of G Live! The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Polk County Commerce Center located at 1017 U.S. Hwy. 59 Loop North in Livingston. Key of G Live! is a tribute to Garth Brooks, featuring AJ…

Preventing wildfires during hunting season

Special to the News-Standard AUSTIN — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department urges Texans to help protect the lands and natural resources we all love during the upcoming dove hunting season by being mindful of activities that may cause a wildfire. Persistent triple-digit temperatures and minimal rainfall over the past two months have resulted in…
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Three from 10 Most Wanted back in custody

Special to the Booster AUSTIN – Three of Texas’ 10 Most Wanted offenders are back in custody following their recent arrests. Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender Shane Burleigh was arrested August 18. Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives Terran Green and Daniel Noble were each arrested August 17. A Texas Crime Stoppers reward will not be paid in any of the…
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Local sentenced to 32 years for murder of father

From Enterprise Staff Lynnie Ray Chatman pleaded guilty to murder on Aug. 30 and was sentenced to 32 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the Nov. 16, 2021, death of his father, Leonard Chatman. The Polk County Sheriff’s office was called to the scene on Nov. 18, 2021 where Leonard Chatman’s body was located and his vehicle was…
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Officials stress safety during wildfire season

By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com TYLER COUNTY – The extreme heat of the summer season coupled with drought conditions have, at press time, put 213 of Texas’s 254 counties under burn bans. Tyler County is one of those counties. Last week, firefighters from several regional volunteer fire departments, along with the Texas Forest Service…
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Historic investment in state’s transportation system adopted

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By J. Bruce Bugg Jr.
Chairman, Texas Transportation Commission

The star on the Texas flag somehow seems to shine a little brighter every year as more and more people move to Texas to find a thriving economy and a better quality of life. While that growth is wonderful to see, it does bring challenges to our transportation system.

Thanks to the leadership of Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Legislature, the Texas Transportation Commission is up to the task with the adoption on Aug. 16, 2023 of a historic $142.3 billion investment in building Texas roads and bridges, including a $100.6 billion 10-year Unified Transportation Program (UTP), $34.2 billion in development costs and $7.5 billion in routine maintenance contracts. This plan supports a world-class transportation system focused on safety and congestion relief. With projects across the state, this plan is dedicated to improving safety, addressing congestion and connectivity, and preserving roadways for Texas drivers.

Texans have shown overwhelming support for “turning dirt” on new and better roadways and bridges, and thanks in large part to voter-approved legislation (Proposition 1 in 2014, Proposition 7 in 2015), this total transportation plan is $26 billion more than last year. It provides a significant investment in congestion relief bringing over $67 billion of funding for projects completed, under construction, or planned for construction as part of the Texas Clear Lanes initiative, dedicating funding for projects on Texas’ 100 Most Congested Roadways list.

To help connect the rural parts of our state, the plan also includes an unprecedented $19.2 billion rural investment. That’s a major increase over the past few years compared to $2.2 billion in the 2016 UTP.

For businesses relocating to Texas, a reliable transportation system is crucial in helping to consistently move products to markets across the country and the world. TxDOT has planned, and will continue to plan, for the challenges of a fast-growing population and complex freight movements, and the 2024 UTP will play a critical role in providing the needed infrastructure to efficiently move people and products.

With historic levels of funding, TxDOT stands ready to fulfill my policy as chairman to “execute, execute, execute,” which means build the roads and bridges Texans need and want as soon as possible. Responding to new Texas taxpayer approved sources of funding, we have put this money to work by improving our project delivery efforts for greater flexibility and it has been paying off. In fiscal year 2023, we had our largest award of construction contracts ever, with more than $12 billion in new highway improvement contracts, which is double the amount of contract awards just eight years ago. TxDOT is meeting the moment to deliver the safety, mobility and connectivity improvements that Texans expect and deserve.

Of course, safety is TxDOT’s top priority, and we are staying vigilant in the effort to increase safety to help the people who work and drive on our roadways get home safe to their families. The UTP includes billions of dollars for safety projects, but every project we build has a safety component. Adding all that up, TxDOT is investing $17 billion for new safety initiatives.

Texans deserve the best transportation system in the world, and they can rest assured that Gov. Abbott and Texas transportation leaders are fulfilling our promise to provide them with a safe and reliable transportation system.

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