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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…
All manner of vehicles and floats will be on display during the Queen’s Parade on Saturday.  BOOSTER FILE PHOTO | JIM POWERS

Sting operation nets prostitution charge

STOCK PHOTO By Emily Banks Wooteneditor@polkenterprise.com The Livingston Police Department, with assistance from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a sting operation at the Su Massage Parlor located at 913 N. Washington Ave. on March 28. One female, Shijiao Jiang, 65 of Livingston, was arrested and charged with prostitution which is a…

Deadline approaching for SBA drought loans

Special to the News-Times SACRAMENTO — Francisco Sánchez Jr., associate administrator for the Office of Disaster Recovery and Resilience at the Small Business Administration, today reminded small nonfarm businesses in 53 Texas counties and neighboring parishes in Louisiana of the April 22, 2024, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan…

Western Weekend Kicks Off Friday

Special to the Booster WOODVILLE – The Tyler County Dogwood Festival Western Weekend, which is the second weekend of the festival, is this weekend, running March 29-30. The Western Weekend Parade is an event that many spectators attend every year and has been around for more than 60 years. In 1958, 75 horseback riders formed on Highway 190 West at…
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White named ‘Mr. East Texas’

By Chris Edwardsnews@tylercountybooster.com WOODVILLE – Former State Rep. James White has another honor to add to his already impressive mantle or brag wall – that of Mr. East Texas. Last week, the Dogwood Festival board of directors made its announcement that White has been bestowed the title for the 2024 festival year. White, a Hillister…
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Tunnel travel in downtown Houston

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Story and photos by Kelli Barnes and Amy Holzworth

Surprise! There are six miles of tunnels covering 95 city blocks, 20 feet below the skyscrapers in downtown Houston. The 168,600 employees working downtown can beat the heat, rain, and traffic each weekday by going underground. The offices covering 51 million square feet of space have been somewhat abandoned due to COVID 19.* 

Anyone can descend to enjoy a brisk walk in a climate-controlled, safe environment. The atmosphere is a cross between a large airport and a large hospital. It is open 6 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. during the five weekdays. Access to the tunnels is available by traveling downtown via Metro transportation to two major entrance points — Wells Fargo Plaza and McKinney Garage on Main. Metered parking on the street is available for $3, and there are open parking lots and parking garages available. Several stairs and escalators provide channels down into the tunnels in various spots downtown. For close parking to a tunnel entrance, use McKinney Place garage and plan to spend between $8 for an hour or up to $20 for the day. There are parking coupons for $3 off available in some places. The Wells Fargo parking garage is cost-prohibitive for most visitors and is used primarily for banking customers and employees based on the pricing.

Tunnels 02The best time to visit would be 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. when most shops and restaurants are guaranteed to be open for business. Some establishments are shut down before and after the lunch rush. Those hours would be best for walking and enjoying the tunnels.

A wide variety of food choices from chain restaurants to individually owned, specialty-food eateries are available. Here are a few locally owned recommendations: 

  • Star Chef Dumpling: pan seared or steamed pork, chicken or veggie-filled options
  • Simit & Poacha Bakery: has amazing Tiramisu and Polka pastry to name just two
  • Amilles Coffee Shop: for an espresso or lavender and honey latte. They also have traditional coffee favorites. 

When thinking of shopping options, imagine places one would go during a lunch hour in addition to food: dry cleaners, barber shops and shoe shining, hair and nail spas, chiropractors, print shops, pharmacies, convenience stores, jewelry repair, and even doctor and dentist offices. The COVID shutdown is coming to an end, and businesses are opening again to service the thousands of employees returning to the office. 

The hustle and bustle felt in the tunnels is infectious. Texans have so many special things to see and do, and this is a good one. The history of this particular attraction starts in the early 1930s. 

Tunnels 03Ross Sterling, who also served as the 31st governor of Texas, wanted to build a tunnel under the city to connect two downtown movie theaters. He was inspired by the tunnels under the Rockefeller Center in New York City. 

Will Horwitz later connected three of his vaudeville and movie theaters to save on air conditioning. In the construction boom beginning in the 1950s and continuing through the 1970s, more buildings went up and their owners linked tunnels to the previous passageways. 

Expansion in the area continues with additional buildings and tunnels in the planning stages.* When visiting, the tunnels are random with no particular rhyme or reason. Color-coded maps are located throughout and prove both useful and necessary. 

Downtown Houston has a new motto: “The coffee is brewed. The taps are tapped and the grill ignited. The doors are open and the tables set. We are moving forward, but we need you to join us.” 

*statistics and historical facts from: 365thingsinhouston.com


The tunnels in downtown Houston were started in the 1930's and have been added to over the years. Since each tunnel was individually built and paid for by different business owners in different decades, you will see hints of the time period on the structures and decor choices. (Above) Signage lines the checkerboard hallway in this tunnel, marking different business services available. (Left) Think "The Jetson's" when enjoying art lined hall in this tunnel area.

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