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Suicide on Polk County highway

STOCK PHOTO One man is dead following a suicide on one of Polk County’s busiest roadways. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call last week from an elderly male, 93, stating he was on a golf cart on Highway 146 South with a firearm. The…

K9 assists in missing person search

TDCJ Sgt. Lonnie Baxter and officer Heath Fuller with “Toe.” PHOTO COURTESY OF TCSO From Staff Reports Last week, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, one of the Gib Lewis Unit canine officers, “Toe,” helped locate a missing woman. When the Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford requested assistance in locating a 64-year-old…
TDCJ Sgt. Lonnie Baxter and officer Heath Fuller with “Toe.” PHOTO COURTESY OF TCSO

Groveton splits on the court

Lady Indian Emma Alexander looks for a shot surrounded by Trinity players. Lady Tiger Mariah Lewis puts up a fast-break layout. Chanston Holland (No. 10) looks for room for the shot. Photos by Tony Farkas TCNS staff The Lady Indians traveled to the Wells Tournament this past weekend, losing two and winning one. On Thursday, Groveton played Bullard…
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VFD battles house fire

Trinity VFD firefighters battle a blaze in the Lakewood Subdivision in the early morning hours of Nov. 14. Courtesy photos TCNS staff A home in the Lakewood Subdivision of Trinity was damaged after a fire broke out in the early morning hours of Nov. 14. Trinity Firefighters responded to the fire with four trucks and 14 firefighters, finding the…
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Livingston man arrested on murder charges

A Livingston man has been booked into the Jasper County Jail on a $1 million bond with the charge of murder. Jasper Police responded to a call at the Myrtis Village Apartments just off Highway 190 after 4 a.m. Saturday. Law enforcement found a woman dead, later identified as Rosalin Lewis, 24, of Jasper. Lewis was a cheerleading coach for youth…
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Three injured in two crashes

A 2022 Dodge Ram pickup overturned after attempting to make a curve on FM 3188. Courtesy photo TCNS staff Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers are investigating a crash on Farm-to-Market Road 3188, near the 680-mile marker, that occurred Wednesday. Reports indicate that at approximately 8:40 p.m., a 2022 Dodge Ram pickup was traveling…
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Lufkin District set to begin largest project yet

Special to the News-Times A pre-construction meeting was held last week at the Lufkin District Office, signaling the start of an 8-year construction project that will be the largest project to date for the district. Engineers, contractors, utility company representatives, consultants and other interested parties met to discuss the pending…
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Warren’s Standley named to sports marketing team

Special to the Booster NACOGDOCHES – A team of three sports business students in Stephen F. Austin State University’s Rusche College of Business earned a spot in the final four of the Sport Marketing Association’s 2023 Case Study Competition in October at the SMA annual conference in Tampa Bay, Florida. Eli Standley of Warren, helped secure SFA a…
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One convicted, another enters plea in Polk County District Court

From Enterprise Staff Two different juries handed down large sentences for Michael Bee Hodge who on May 11 was on a stolen motorcycle and failed to pull over, leading police on a chase through Livingston. When Hodge was cornered, he pulled a gun on an officer, compelling that officer to use deadly force. On Oct. 12, a jury convicted Hodge for…


Educators, law enforcementspeak to fentanyl problem By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com SPURGER — Last September, Brandy Melo received a call that no parent wants to receive. One of her sons called her to inform her that her 13-year-old son Kaysen Villarreal was dead. Villarreal was the victim of an unintentional fentanyl overdose. The…
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Wreck kills mother, three children

By Emily Banks Wooteneditor@polkenterprise.com The investigation continues into a head-on collision that occurred Thursday night killing a young mother and three of her children and resulting in life-threatening injuries for a fourth child. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a 2011 Buick Lucerne driven by Shemikia Brown, 34 of…

FINAL UPDATE - Explosion at chemical plant wreaks havoc

PHOTO BY PAM NOBLES By Emily Banks Wooteneditor@polkenterprise.com An explosion attributed to a “forklift incident” at Sound Resource Solutions, an industrial chemical manufacturing plant located at 731 FM 1127 in Shepherd, wreaked havoc in East Texas Wednesday. A major highway was closed, a school district was evacuated and multiple other school…


Two people sustained non-incapacitating injuries following a two-vehicle collision that occurred at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday in the intersection of North Washington Avenue and West Feagin Street in Livingston. A 2017 Dodge Durango driven by Jessica Thompson, 30 of Livingston, was traveling southbound in the 800 block of North Washington. A 2019 Ford…
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‘Brother 2 Brother’ to play Emporium Stage

“Wild” Bill Spurlock and Randy C. Moore By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com WOODVILLE – Magic is bound to happen when you get two well-travelled, musically adventurous singer-songwriter/musician types together in the same room in a small town, right? Randy C. Moore and “Wild” Bill Spurlock are proof of that hypothetical. The two musicians…
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Update on injured officer

By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com WOODVILLE – Less than a month after Woodville police officer Troy Costello returned home from the hospital, after being shot during an incident in September, he is reportedly making great progress. According to Woodville Chief of Police Mike McCulley, Costello continues to improve “day to day while at…
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PCSO searching for two burglary suspects

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s assistance after receiving a report of a motor vehicle burglary Wednesday in Moscow. The two suspects are black males seen in the attached photos. The two were last seen in the City of Livingston on foot. The male with dreadlocks was last seen wearing a camouflage hoodie, and the male with…


There has been a chemical plant explosion in Shepherd, TX on FM 1127. Responders have communicated that a plume is heading towards the Livingston area. Polk County Emergency Management recommends that residents along US Hwy 59 from Goodrich to Leggett shelter in place and turn off HVAC systems in homes and businesses immediately. At this time, the…
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Happy Days Diner & Tammy’s Country Kitchen

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EastTexan Winter2021 tammys 2EMILY WOOTEN | EAST TEXAN Fried steak fingers from Happy Days Diner.

By Emily Banks Wooten

“One, two, three o'clock, four o'clock, rock. Five, six, seven o'clock, eight o'clock, rock. Nine, ten, eleven o'clock, twelve o'clock, rock. We're gonna rock around the clock tonight.”

When I heard that song during my childhood and adolescence I knew it was Tuesday night and time to gather around the TV with my family to watch the beloved sitcom “Happy Days” and see what the Cunninghams were up to. Oh, how we loved that middle-class family from Milwaukee and their idyllic life in the 1950s.

While it’s not Al’s Diner and you won’t find Richie or Fonzie there, you will find some solid good food at Happy Days Diner in Shepherd, Texas. There’s a jukebox in the front corner and the walls are covered with pictures of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Humphrey Bogart, as well as a few classic cars.

The menu is entertaining as all the dishes are song titles from the 50s and 60s.

On a recent trip there, my 13-year-old daughter and I ordered the “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,” which was hand-breaded homemade steak fingers with cream gravy, a choice of French fries or mashed potatoes, a house salad and a dinner roll. She chose brown gravy for her mashed potatoes while I preferred the cream gravy for mine.

The plate arrived with four beautiful steak fingers that were each the size of the palm of my hand. I kid you not. They were first class. The meat was tender and the crunchy breading was perfect. I’d definitely order it again.

the “Ooo Baby Baby,” which was two center cut pork chops, fried or grilled, with choice of French fries or mashed potatoes, a house salad and a dinner roll. He ordered them grilled and was a little disappointed. While they were seasoned perfectly, he said, they were so thin that they’d dried out during grilling.

EastTexan Winter2021 tammys 3EMILY WOOTEN | EAST TEXAN Pork chops from Happy Days Diner.

Our first experience at Happy Days Diner was in August of 2006. I was three and a half months pregnant with our daughter and we’d stopped there for breakfast on the way to Houston for a day of shopping and a movie. I had two scrambled eggs, bacon, toast and hashbrowns with a side order of chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and cream gravy. I ate and enjoyed every bite and didn’t think a thing of it. My sweet husband didn’t say a word but just smiled and continued drinking his coffee. Several days later, I accidentally overheard him telling my mother that he’d never given much thought to that whole “eating for two” thing but that he’d certainly witnessed an increase in my appetite as my pregnancy had progressed. We still laugh about that today.

We’ve had something of a family tradition evolve over the years at Happy Days. After we’ve placed our order, to pass the time as we’re waiting on the food to arrive, we each select our favorite picture of Elvis and Marilyn from the selection on the walls. There are plenty from which to choose and it’s not uncommon for our individual faves to change from one visit to the next.

And once you’ve satisfied your appetite at the Happy Days Diner, you may also do a little shopping. There’s a rack with a selection of T-shirts for sale, as well as a large array of hair bows and $1 hair scrunchies. You may also replenish your stash of Scentsy wax bars or Avon Skin So Soft.

Happy Days Diner is located at 6230 US-59 in Shepherd. It’s open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. They don’t deliver but they do offer take-out. The telephone number is 936-628-6515.

Some time back we received a circular in our local newspaper that was a menu for a place called Tammy’s Country Kitchen, east of Woodville. The menu touted the “best burgers in town” and “breakfast all day.”

My husband and I decided to drive over one Saturday and check it out. I’d studied the menu pretty closely and had a fairly good idea of what I was planning to order. On the way over, however, I decided to look it up on my Trip Advisor app and check out the reviews. There were plenty and one after another raved over the burgers.

EastTexan Winter2021 tammysEMILY WOOTEN | EAST TEXAN Cheeseburger and sweet potatoe fries from Tammy's Country Kitchen..

My curiosity was definitely piqued so I changed my mind about my order once there. I selected a cheeseburger and sweet potato fries and my husband ordered a hamburger and onion rings. Oh. My. Goodness. The reviewers had not overstated. That may have been the best burger I’ve ever had. I’ve wracked my brain trying to determine what it was that made it so good and I still can’t put my finger on it. I do know, however, that there will be more Saturdays in our future in which my husband and I will drive over there for no other reason than to get those burgers again. We enjoyed both the sweet potato fries and onion rings too.

Tammy’s Country Kitchen is located on 233 US Hwy. 190, one mile east of Woodville. Hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The telephone number is 409-331-9

While they don’t deliver, they do offer curbside pickup.

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