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How to avoid getting wrapped up in a car wrap scam

By Ari Lazarus FTC Consumer Education Specialist You’re looking to make some extra money and you get a text or email or see an ad on social media: Get paid to wrap your car and drive around. The offers can sound good: $600-700 a week to drive around with an…

Fishing event set for special needs kids

Special to the News-Times COLDSPRING — Wolf Creek Park will be the site of the CAST for Kids fishing event, set for Saturday. The event is sponsored by San Jacinto County, the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office, and Texas Farm Bureau Insurance. The children participating in the event will enjoy a morning of fishing followed by lunch and an awards…
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Tribe announces plans for new casino resort

From Enterprise Staff The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas has announced plans to build a brand-new casino resort on its tribal lands. “We are incredibly excited to embark on this new chapter. This new casino resort will not only provide significant economic benefits for those living and working in the region, but it will also become a vibrant…
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Two million fry released into Lake Livingston as part of hybrid bass stocking program

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s (TPW) Inland Fisheries Jasper District Supervisor Todd Driscoll hands a box containing 50,000 fry to TPW Inland Fisheries Biologist Dan Ashe as TPW Technician Ray Lenderman waits in the wings. Two million fry are being released into Lake Livingston through a stocking program that is a joint effort of many,…
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s (TPW) Inland Fisheries Jasper District Supervisor Todd Driscoll hands a box containing 50,000 fry to TPW Inland Fisheries Biologist Dan Ashe as TPW Technician Ray Lenderman waits in the wings. Two million fry are being released into Lake Livingston through a stocking program that is a joint effort of many, including Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Trinity River Authority, Lake Livingston Fishing Club aka “The Happy Hookers,” Friends of Lake Livingston and local fishing guides Michael Richardson and Jeff Friederich. Photo by Emily  Banks Wooten

Child abuse/neglect statistics show 173 dead in 2023

By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com During Monday morning’s regular meeting of the Tyler County Commissioners Court, County Judge Milton Powers read some sad, sobering and stark statistics. In Tyler County, last year, there were 267 reports of child abuse and/or neglect, and of those reports made, 41 cases were confirmed and of those…
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Arrest made following pursuit

By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com SPURGER – The Tyler County Sheriff’s Office recently made an arrest following a high-speed pursuit in the Spurger/Fred area, according to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford. Weatherford reported that on the night of Monday, March 18, TCSO deputies were patrolling the area, and observed a…
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Charges dropped against constable candidate

By Tony Farkasnews@sanjacnews.com Peter SpartaThe felony charge against a candidate for the San Jacinto County Precinct 3 constable’s position, arrested in January, was dismissed Friday because it was characterized as a case of mistaken identity. The charge was dismissed by a representative of the Waller County District Attorney’s Office, Tiffany…
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Fire department rescues stranded boaters on river

Four people were rescued from a sinking water craft on Thursday. Courtesy photo TCNS staff TRINITY —Trinity Fire & Rescue rescued four adults from a sinking boat on Thursday. Fire Chief Keith Johnson said that at approximately 8:30 p.m. Thursday, rescue personnel were sent to the site of the sinking craft on the Trinity River across from Trinity…
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Stolen trucks

On Thursday, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received reports that three newer model Ford pickup trucks had been stolen from multiple locations across Polk County. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has requested the public’s assistance in locating the vehicles pictured that were stolen. Those with information in reference to this casethat may help…
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Hybrid bass stocking program could have huge economic impact

Mike Bischoff of “The Happy Hookers” Lake Livingston Fishing Club signs a permit application as Ron Diderich, president of Friends of Lake Livingston, and Dan Ashe, an inland fisheries biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, look on. The three men and the groups they represent are part of a larger effort to stock Lake Livingston with…
Mike Bischoff of “The Happy Hookers” Lake Livingston Fishing Club signs a permit application as Ron Diderich, president of Friends of Lake Livingston, and Dan Ashe, an inland fisheries biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, look on. The three men and the groups they represent are part of a larger effort to stock Lake Livingston with hybrid bass, making it a destination lake for anglers. Courtesy photo

Red Cross Opens Two Shelters to Help those Impacted by Storms

Wednesday, April 10, 2024- The American Red Cross has opened two emergency shelter in our Southeast and Deep East chapter to help those impacted by the overnight storms across the region. Our Texas Gulf Coast Disaster Team is working with local county officials and emergency managers to determine the needs in several communities due to the…
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Online Independent Living class offered

STOCK PHOTO Crockett-Palestine Resource Centers for Independent Living are beginning a new online class, Independence Corner, for people with disabilities. Classes will be held on Mondays from 1-2 p.m., with the first class on April 8. The topics for the first series of classes include making decisions, money management, career preparation, health…
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UH musical theatre showcase concert slated

From Enterprise Staff The Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts is proud to announce a collaboration between Tony Award-winning Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown and acclaimed actress and singer Sally Mayes at the University of Houston on April 12. This concert, a highlight of the spring semester, serves as the culmination of the “Song…
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Eclipse to hit Texas Monday

By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com TYLER COUNTY – A cosmic event that at least one economist is predicting to be “the most profitable 22 minutes” in Texas history is occurring next Monday, April 8. A total solar eclipse, which the site Great American Eclipse, is calling “the greatest sight nature offers,” where the sun will be eclipsed by…
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Arrests made for drugs, road rage incident

From Enterprise Staff Polk County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives served a felony warrant on Brandon Michael Dunaway, 21 of Livingston, on March 26 in relation to an overdose that occurred at a Polk County residence earlier this week. Upon arrival, detectives identified Dunaway’s girlfriend, Christian Cari Stanley, 19 of Livingston, who…
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Trinity-Neches Livestock Show kicks off Monday

STOCK PHOTO From Enterprise Staff The 78th annual Trinity-Neches FFA and 4-H Livestock Show kicks off Monday at the Barney Wiggins Memorial Arena on S.H. 146 and will run through April 6 with a rodeo slated for 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Gates will not open prior to 6 a.m. each morning and will close at 10 p.m. each night. Everyone must leave the…
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Dogwood parade, coronation this weekend

All manner of vehicles and floats will be on display during the Queen’s Parade on Saturday. BOOSTER FILE PHOTO | JIM POWERS By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com WOODVILLE – This weekend will see the coronation of a new Dogwood Queen. The annual Dogwood Festival, which celebrates its third and final weekend as “Queen’s Weekend,” will take…
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Kennard outlasts Chester in regional semifinals

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Kennard's Dylan Cole dives into home in Game 2 of the regional semifinal series against Chester. The Tigers took the series 2-1 and will advance to the regional final.  LARRY LAMB  | HCCKennard's Dylan Cole dives into home in Game 2 of the regional semifinal series against Chester. The Tigers took the series 2-1 and will advance to the regional final. LARRY LAMB | HCC

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GARY – With their backs to the wall after an error-plagued loss in the series opener, the Kennard Tigers swept a gruelling double-header with Chester on Friday to win the Class 1A Region 3 semifinal round.

After falling 8-6 on Thursday, the Tigers stayed alive with a 9-6 win in Game 2 and then clinched the series, 14-11, on Friday.

Game 2 started at 5 o’clock on a hot afternoon and Game 3 concluded around 10:45 p.m.

Game 1

Chester 8, Kennard 6

The error-prone Tigers committed 10 miscues in the field while the Yellowjackets played a flawless game defensively.

Kennard  jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first but Chester tied it in the bottom of the first, took a 3-2 lead in the second and extended it to 4-2 in the third,

The Tigers tied it in the fourth and went in front 5-4 in the fifth, only to see Chester plate three in the same inning to regain the lead, 7-5.

Chester went up 8-5 in the sixth and held the Tigers to a run in the seventh.

Kennard grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-RBI single by Keyton Lumbreraz that drove in Dylan Cole and Caleb Alfred.

After falling behind 4-2, the Tiger knotted the score in the fourth when Lumbreraz drew a one-out walk, stole second and advanced to third on a single by Elijah Dowdy. Lumbreraz crossed home when Adrian Montero grounded into a field's choice. After a double steal moved Dowdy and Montero to third and second, Dowdy scored the tying run on a passed ball.

Kennard nudged back in front 5-4 in the fifth with a two-out rally when Cole was hit by pitch, stole second and third. Cole scored when Ryan Pilkington hit a line-drive single to the second baseman.

Down to their final out in the seventh, the Tigers mustered one run and had two runners on base. After the first two batters flew out, Elijah Dowdy belted a line-drive triple to right field and scored on a passed ball. Adrian Montero and Tristan Burgess both walked but a strikeout ended the Tigers’ hopes of a comeback.

Cole took the pitching loss for Kennard. He gave up eight runs (three earned) on six hits with four strikeouts and four walks in six innings.

Two Chester pitchers combined to give up six runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and five walks.

Game 2

Kennard 9, Chester 6

The Tigers appeared headed to an easy win with a 7-0 lead, but a six-run uprising by the Chester in the top of the sixth made it a one-run game. The Tigers plated two in the sixth and staved off the Jackets in the seventh to force the series into a third game.

Kennard broke a scoreless deadlock in the third with three runs.

With two runners on base, Dylan Cole smashed a line-drive triple into center field that brought home Elijah Dowdy and Lumbreraz. Cole tagged up and scored when Alfred popped out to the second baseman.

Kennard plated four runs in the fourth after juicing the bases on two walks and a hit batter. Pilkington drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home Nick Dowdy and Elijah Dowdy came home on a passed ball. Pilkington went to third on a single by Alfred and scored on an error by the pitcher. Lumbreraz scored on the same error, stretching the lead to 7-0.

After Chester closed the gap to 7-6 in the sixth, Tiger fans were able to breathe a little easier after two insurance runs came across for a three-run lead going into the seventh.

Lumbreraz led off with a single and went to second on a passed ball. Cole hit a grounder and reached on error by the third baseman, allowing Lumbreraz to come home. After Cole stole second and third, he tagged up and scored on a pop-out by Pilkington.

The Yellowjackets led off the seventh with a single, but their hopes of clinching the series faded away as Kulms struck out the next two batters. A ground out sealed Kennard's victory.

Kulms notched the pitching win, allowing no runs and four hits while striking out 12 and walking three. Pilkington, who relieved Kulms in the sixth, gave up six runs on three hits with no strikeouts and two walks.

Chester pitchers Peanut Fann and Trayce Knox allowed nine runs on seven hits, three strikeouts and seven walks.

Alfred and Kulms both went 2-for-4 with a double. Lumbreraz, 2-for-2, scored three runs and Cole's lone hit was a triple

Game 3

Kennard 14, Chester 11

The game was tied 4-4 after two innings before a seven-run outburst in third gave Kennard a comfortable 11-4 lead.

The Yellowjackets got back in the game by scoring six runs over the next three innings to make it a one-run game heading into the seventh.

With their lead cut to 11-10, the Tigers pushed across three runs in the top of the seventh. Alfred gave the Tigers some breathing room when he ripped a two-RBI triple that brought in Lumbreraz and Pilkington. After Alfred scored on a passed ball for a four-run cushion, Farmer drew a one-out walk but the next two batters were retired on a fly out and pop out.

Chester scored a run in the bottom of the seventh. After the leadoff batter grounded out, Chester loaded the bases when Whitworth was hit by pitch, Ethan Vinson walked and Barnhart singled.

The next batter grounded into a fielder's choice and Whitworth was out advancing to home on a throw from third baseman Kulms to catcher Lumbreraz for the second out.

Down to their final out, the Yellowjackets kept their hopes alive when Rayburn hit a groundball single to drive in Vinson.

Trailing by three with bases still loaded, Chester's season ended abruptly with a ground out to the first baseman.

Lumbreraz started on the mound for Kennard and worked five innings. He allowed 10 runs on seven hits, struck out two and walked six. Pilkington closed the game, giving up one run on two hits with one strikeout and one walk.

Lumbreraz led offensively with three base hits while Cole, Alfred and Pilkington logged two hits apiece. Alfred hit a pair of triples and scored three runs while Cole and Pilkington each had a double. E. Dowdy had a triple and Farmer rounded out the hitting with a single.

The Tigers scorched the base paths with seven steals. Lumbreraz swiped three bases and Pilkington had two while N. Dowdy and Alfred each had one.

Chester used six pitchers who combined for a total of 14 runs on 11 hits, five strikeouts and seven walks.

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New area engineer named

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Clint Jones Livingston AEClint JonesFrom Enterprise Staff

The Lufkin District of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently named a new area engineer, filling the open position in the Livingston Area Office. Clint Jones, P.E. was named Livingston Area Engineer, effective March 21.

Jones began working as a summer hire in the central design section of the Lufkin District in 2013. In 2014, he graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and was hired full time as an engineer in training. He gained experience rotating through various sections including design, advance planning, maintenance and construction. He was named as the Lufkin District Bridge Engineer in 2018 and moved to the Beaumont District as Jasper Area Engineer in 2021.

Jones will oversee and manage projects in Polk and San Jacinto counties, including the U.S. Hwy. 59 Corrigan relief route construction project estimated at $147 million and the U.S. Hwy. 59 Shepherd upgrade construction project estimated at $70 million.

Jones returns to the Lufkin District with his wife, Jessica, who is also employed by TxDOT in the Angelina County Maintenance Office. They enjoy traveling, hiking, skiing, and spending time with family and friends.

Additionally, Randal Cooper, P.E. was named to serve as the Nacogdoches Area Engineer, effective March 9, filling that open position. Cooper will oversee projects in Nacogdoches, Shelby, San Augustine and Sabine counties. He currently manages more than $145 million in construction projects in those areas.

He joined the Lufkin District in 2012 as part of the engineering assistant program as he worked to obtain his professional engineer license, which he earned in 2015. He served as assistant area engineer in the Lufkin Area Office where he managed the U.S. Hwy. 59/FM 2021 grade separation construction project. In 2019, he moved to the Nacogdoches Area Office to serve as assistant area engineer.

Cooper served in the U.S. Navy from 1999 to 2004 and received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Lamar University in 2008. He and his wife, Kara, have two children, Hannah, 9, and Emily, 7. He enjoys spending time with family camping, and playing soccer. His hobbies include repairing guitars and restoring collectible cars.

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