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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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Coldspring wins, Shepherd loses in district openers

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By Charles Ballard
SJNT correspondent

SHEPHERD — The first district volleyball game for the Lady Shepherd was a 3-0 loss, but a lot was gained for the very young team.

The scoring in the first game was 10-25, while the second was almost a win, but the Lady Cats took it 25-21. The third went to Onalaska again with a 25 to 15 final.

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The Lady Trojans downed Crockett 3-0 in the district opener on Friday.

Final scores were 25-10, 25-9 and 25-10.

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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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Upcoming Events

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March 2024

Woodville
Festival of the Arts/Heritage Village
March 23

Colmesneil
Easter Walk with Jesus/Victory Camp Colmesneil
March 23

Crockett
Pure Prairie League/Crockett Civic Center
March 23

Lufkin
Music of Mancini at the Pines Theater
March 24

Nacogdoches
Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo/County Expo Center
March 25

Houston
Madonna: The Celebration Tour/Toyota Center
March 28-29

Woodville
Western Weekend Parade and Rodeo
March 29-30

April 2024

Orange
Annie at the Lutcher Theater
April 4

Tomball
Janie Fricke at Main Street crossing
April 5

Beaumont
Zack Williams: A Hundred Highways Tour/Ford Park
April 5

Lufkin
April 6
Joe W. Elliott House Benefit Auto Show will be held Saturday, April 6, at Angelina College in the Industrial Technology Building  located at 2702 College Drive, Lufkin.
Registration is from 7:30-9:30 a.m., judging from 9-11 a.m. with awards given out at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $20. Free t-shirt for registering before March 15. There will be music, food trucks and more. All proceeds go to the Joe W. Elliot House. For more information contact Kim Herman (936) 632-1514 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Woodville
81st Annual Dogwood Festival and Parade
April 6

Port Arthur
Cajun Heritage Festival/Bob Bowers Civic Center
April 6

Mineola
Eclipse Texas Festival 2024
April 6

Conroe
The Buddy Holly Story/Crighton Theater
April 7

Nacogdoches
Red Dirt Mud Run
April 8

Houston
Lauren Daigle at the Toyota Center
April 11

Conroe
Montgomery County Fair
April 11-21

Conroe
CPRA Professional Rodeo
April 12-13

Lufkin
The Great Dubois at the Pines Theater
April 19

Gladewater
39th Annual Gusher Days
April 20

Beaumont
World Ballet Series: Swan Lake/Jefferson Theater
April 20

Houston
The Cher Show/Hobby Center
April 20-21

Orange
Mauriceville Crawfish festival Crawl 5K
April 22

Conroe
Texas Mineral and Fossil Show/Lonestar Expo center
April 26-28

Houston
The Sound of Music/Worsham Theater Center
April 26-May 12

Houston
Kane Brown at the Toyota Center
April 27

Houston
Jane Eyre at the Alley Theater
April 27-30

Sugarland
Celtic Woman/Smart Financial Center
April 28

Lufkin
Angelina Civic and College Symphonic Bands/Temple Theater
April 28

Port Neches
Port Neches Riverfest Fun Run
April 29

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School district addresses hate speech posts

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By Chris Edwards
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Last week a series of posts emerged on Facebook portraying hate speech allegedly referencing Hemphill Hornet football players.

The posts, which are screenshots taken from a Snapchat group chat, feature several users allegedly commenting on the Friday, Oct. 21 Warren Warriors/Hornets game, which took place in Hemphill.

The commenters within the chat are shown commenting on the Hornets’ defensive line and certain players. Messages such as “f---k the big n-----r 61” and “Ik almost all them n-----s” appear within the screenshots.

Another message within the screenshots features a derogatory statement concerning a Hispanic athlete.

Warren ISD’s athletic director and head football coach Austin Smithey made a statement addressing the messages, after they came to light, publicly.

“Warren ISD is aware of an inappropriate social media post that was allegedly sent out by WHS students after the Hemphill football game. We are currently investigating and will make sure to take appropriate corrective action,” Smithey said. 

He added that as a coach, he is “embarrassed, disappointed and disgusted” by the posts. 

“These statements do not reflect the values taught at WISD and our athletic program. We will work hard to ensure this does not happen again,” he said.

According to Darryl Beasley, who works as the director of compliance for the University Interscholastic League, such allegations, which are violations of UIL rules, are to be investigated at the district level, starting with the coach, athletic director, principal, superintendent, or school board of trustees.

When the Booster reached out to the office of Warren ISD Superintendent Dr. Tammy Boyette, the district issued a statement addressing the messages; that it is currently investigating the report of the messages.

Due to federal and state laws regarding the confidentiality of student information, however, Warren ISD is not at liberty to further disclose more information.

“Nevertheless, rest assured, that all Warren ISD students, including our student athletes, are expected to communicate respectfully with their peers,” the statement read.

Warren ISD further stated that it “will continue reviewing the situation and issue reformative discipline per the Extracurricular Code of Conduct and Student Code of Conduct.”

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