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Jun 06, 2021

San Jacinto County talks trash

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By Tony [email protected] COLDSPRING — The San Jacinto County Commissioners Court talked a little trash at its regular meeting on May 19. County Judge Fritz Faulkner said that about 20 people from the Trails End subdivision in the southwest part of the county came to express their concerns…
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Jun 06, 2021

Board makes it official

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Cassie Gregory The COCISD Board of Trustees voted to officially hire Dr. Bryan Taulton as Superintendent of Schools on Thursday. Shown are (from left) Trustee Ashney Shelly, Trustee William Baker, Board Vice President Daniel Williams, Board President Paul Buchanan, Superintendent Dr. Bryan Taulton,…
Cassie Gregory The COCISD Board of Trustees voted to officially hire Dr. Bryan Taulton as Superintendent of Schools on Thursday. Shown are (from left) Trustee Ashney Shelly, Trustee William Baker, Board Vice President Daniel Williams, Board President Paul Buchanan, Superintendent Dr. Bryan Taulton, Trustee Barbara Moore, Board Secretary Tony Sewell and Trustee Berlin Bradford. (Courtesy Photo)
Jun 06, 2021

Houston CountyESD2 members informed about its future software, website

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Former Houston County Emergency Services District No. 2 President George Crowson, left, and Vice President Bobby Hutcherson, right, were recognized and presented plaques in grateful appreciation for their many years of dedicated service and personal commitment to the district and county fire…
Former Houston County Emergency Services District No. 2 President George Crowson, left, and Vice President Bobby Hutcherson, right, were recognized and presented plaques in grateful appreciation for their many years of dedicated service and personal commitment to the district and county fire departments by Houston County Firefighters Association President Michael Sessions, center, and other association members.
Jun 06, 2021

CHS seniors recognized on academic Signing Day

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ALTON PORTER | HCC Ten CHS graduating seniors were recognized at the school’s second academic signing day ceremony Wednesday, May 26. The college-bound students, from left to right, are: Jayron Daquon Wooten, Aaliyah Trishell Price, Sha’Driauna Hackett, Alexis Cheyanne Goolsby, Adrianna Gayle…
ALTON PORTER | HCC Ten CHS graduating seniors were recognized at the school’s second academic signing day ceremony Wednesday, May 26. The college-bound students, from left to right, are: Jayron Daquon Wooten, Aaliyah Trishell Price, Sha’Driauna Hackett, Alexis Cheyanne Goolsby, Adrianna Gayle Juares, Jacob Walker, Carina Villegas Quintero, Rodrigo Hidalgo, Jennefer Cruz and Shatavia Rodgers.  (Alton Porter/HCC Photo)
Jun 06, 2021

QUICK DELAY FOR CHICK-FIL-A ON OPENING DAY

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After a long-awaited opening, the popular restaurant franchise Chick-fil-A began serving customers Thursday. Customers not chicken of the wait in line After a long-awaited opening, the popular restaurant franchise Chick-fil-A began serving customers Thursday. The response from Polk County was…
After a long-awaited opening, the popular restaurant franchise Chick-fil-A began serving customers Thursday.
Jun 06, 2021

Polk County duo to represent state

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Zane Lattner and Emma Ivie, both of Polk County, participated in the recent Texas Junior High State Rodeo finals. Zane and Emma are both members of the Region 5 junior high rodeo team. Zane participated in tie down calf roping and the ribbon roping with his partner Steely Rae Franklin. Staff…
Zane Lattner and Emma Ivie, both of Polk County, participated in the recent Texas Junior High State Rodeo finals. Zane and Emma are both members of the Region 5 junior high rodeo team. Zane participated in tie down calf roping and the ribbon roping with his partner Steely Rae Franklin.
Jun 03, 2021

Trinity High School graduates senior class

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TONY FARKAS | TCNS Valedictorian Hunter Cassidy addresses the crowd and assembled students during the Trinity High School Graduation on Saturday at Sam Houston State University. 72 cross the stage By Tony Farkas HUNTSVILLE — “I LOVE YOU, JIMMY” rang out, along with other exclamations of praise and…
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Jun 03, 2021

Trinity takes off the mask (GALLERY)

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COURTESY PHOTOS | DEBBIE OGDEN Case Robinson was very happy to show off his trophy and ribbon, won in the Houston Rodeo art contest. By Tony Farkas TRINITY — The Trinity ISD Board of Trustees is taking off the mask — optionally. At its regular meeting on May 24, the board approved making mask use…
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Jun 03, 2021

Taking the next step

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Courtesy photo | Martha Mericle Groveton ISD seniors celebrate their commencement with the traditional tossing of the mortarboards at the High School graduation on Friday. By Tony Farkas GROVETON — The Groveton High School on Friday celebrated the first post-pandemic graduation in style, and said…
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Jun 03, 2021

Schools to create grant plan

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FILE PHOTO Groveton ISD logo TCNS staff GROVETON — The Groveton ISD Board will schedule a public hearing on how to best spend a $2.19 million grant, and will appoint a committee to brainstorm possibilities. Superintendent Don Hamilton said that the Texas Association of School Boards put out a…
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Jun 03, 2021

FFA honors participants

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COURTESY PHOTO American FFA Degree recipients are Jace Stout and Mallory Stout. Special to the News-Standard TRINITY — Trinity FFA held its end of the year banquet May 20 at the Trinity Community Center. Ag teacher Tristan Pedersen said that with the challenges that this year brought, the members…
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Jun 03, 2021

County to investigate insurance options

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FILE PHOTO Trinity County seal TCNS staff GROVETON — The Trinity County Commissioners’ Court delayed action on renewing its health benefits with the Texas Association of Counties to allow questions about plan availability are answered. County Attorney Colton Hay had asked if there was a second…
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Jun 03, 2021

City to seek answers to police dilemma

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TONY FARKAS | TCNS City Judge Angelia Evans swears in Tommy Walton as mayor of the City of Groveton. Walton won the post in the May 1 election. By Tony Farkas GROVETON — The Groveton City Council delayed action on changing the salary of the police chief, in light of the fact that the city has to…
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Jun 03, 2021

Students receive accolades

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TONY FARKAS | TCNS Students gathered to be recognized for their achievements. Academics, sports accomplishments noted with plaques, scholarships By Tony Farkas TRINITY — Athletic Director Patrick Goodman said the students and athletes of the school needed to be recognized for their efforts after…
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Jun 03, 2021

Students inducted into Honor Society

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COURTESY PHOTO | CASSIE GREGORY Lincoln Junior High welcomed 14 new inductees into the National Junior Honor Society on May 25. They are (back row, from left) Lane Madison, Luke McClure, Alayna Rodriguez, Tess Phillips, Averey Moss, Hayden Richards, Angel-Joy Zane and Brayden Coker; and (front row,…
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Jun 03, 2021

San Jacinto County talks trash

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FILE PHOTO San Jacinto County Seal By Tony Farkas COLDSPRING — The San Jacinto County Commissioners Court talked a little trash at its regular meeting on May 19. County Judge Fritz Faulkner said that about 20 people from the Trails End subdivision in the southwest part of the county came to express…
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Jun 03, 2021

Board makes it official

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COURTESY PHOTO | CASSIE GREGORY Executive Administrative Assistant Cindy Elliott administers the oath of office to new school board members William Baker and Ashney Shelly during the May 24 COCISD board meeting. Special to the News-Times COLDSPRING — The Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD Board of Trustees…
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Jun 03, 2021

Annual car show granted weather delay

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FILE PHOTO Special to the News-Times COLDSPRING — Weather is responsible for another delay, this time the annual Car, Truck and Bike Show sponsored by the Coldspring Area Business and Merchants Association. CABMA’s Car Show Committee voted to move the event to July 31. According to information from…
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Jun 01, 2021

Polk County commissioner decides not to spray for mosquitoes

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FILE PHOTO Mosquito on human skin By PCE Staff East Texas has received its fair share of spring precipitation throughout the past few weeks. In Texas that usually means the heat and everyone’s favorite insect to hate — the mosquito — are right around the corner. For many, the mosquitoes are already…
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Jun 01, 2021

PCSO seeking public’s assistance in locating burglar

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COURTESY PHOTO Security camera footage of suspect By PCE Staff A burglar spotted in the act on security camera has been arrested, while another suspect remains at large. The Polk County Sheriff's Office received a call Tuesday from a citizen who was alerted by his home security cameras. Two male…
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Jun 01, 2021

Mother and son arrested

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COURTESY PHOTO Confiscated narcotics By PCE Staff A mother and son were charged with felonies after the search of their residence on the north end of Polk County. On Tuesday, officers with the Corrigan Police Department, assisted by deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Precinct 3…
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Jun 01, 2021

New online jury system in effect

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COURTESY PHOTO Over 100 people arrived for jury duty at the Polk County Commerce Center Monday. While this is the second jury selected since jury trials have resumed following the pandemic, this was the first jury selected using the district clerk’s office’s new online jury system. By Emily Banks…
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Jun 01, 2021

Former SHSU player relishes alma mater’s national title

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EMILY BANKS WOOTEN | PCE Nancy and Joe Hollis, proud alumni of Sam Houston State University, show off an SH metal sign, a gift from a granddaughter, that hangs on one of the covered porches of their log home. By Emily Banks Wooten When the Sam Houston State University football team clinched the…
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Jun 01, 2021

Caught on camera

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MUGSHOT Steven Beaird By PCE Staff LIVINGSTON - The use of surveillance video helped stop a burglary while in process at a Livingston residence, leading to the arrest of an Onalaska man. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a homeowner May 13, stating his building was being…
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May 28, 2021

County attorney helps save infant

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COURTESY PHOTO Trinity County Attorney Colton Hay walks away from a one-vehicle crash, where he and others helped rescue an infant that was in the vehicle. News-Standard staff GROVETON — Trinity County Attorney Colton Hay can add lifesaver to his resume, having come to the aid of an infant…
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May 26, 2021

HCHD directors settle debt with county

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ALTON PORTER | HCC Operations Supervisor Cassandra “Cassie” Gallaway, above, of Houston County Emergency Medical Services, presented a report on the ambulance services providers services to patients in the county last month to Houston County Hospital District board members at a meeting Tuesday, May…
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May 26, 2021

CISD’s SHAC actions cut back due to COVID, but not totally halted

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ALTON PORTER | HCC Six members of CISD Superintendent John Emerich’s Superintendent’s Student Cabinet, pictured above, shared comments about their experiences on the cabinet at a board of trustees meeting Monday. By Alton Porter CROCKETT – The usual activities of Crockett ISD’s School Health…
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May 26, 2021

Agent takes a step up to get back to roots

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COURTESY PHOTO Stacye Tullos (second from right), the new Texas A&M Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent for Trinity County, stands with (from left) Trinity County Judge Doug Page, Cathey, Kayla Kembro, Clarissa Ashworth, and Cole Sullivan, 4-H members who were honored with Gold Star…
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May 26, 2021

Centerville alters school schedule

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COURTESY PHOTO Centerville ISD By Tony Farkas CENTERVILLE — The Centerville ISD Board has approved a change to a four-day-a-week schedule for the new school year beginning Aug. 9. The vote was not unanimous, however, as Board Member Randall Fry said he would remain skeptical of the new plan. At the…
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May 26, 2021

Groveton celebrates athletes

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TONY FARKAS | TCNS Powerlifting Coach Mitchell Wheat displays a plaque to be placed with other school sports honors for the lifters who qualified for state. By Tony Farkas GROVETON — State qualifiers in cross country and powerlifting. District placing in numerous sports, such as track and…
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May 26, 2021

Anti-mask mandate mandated

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FILE PHOTO Gov. Greg Abbott Special to the News-Times AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday issued an executive order prohibiting governmental entities in Texas — including counties, cities, school districts, public health authorities, or government officials — from requiring or mandating mask…
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May 26, 2021

San Jacinto County to receive grant funding

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FILE PHOTO Shepherd logo Funds to improve drainage and sewer infrastructure for the city of Shepherd Special to the News-Times AUSTIN — Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Texas Sen. Robert Nichols and County Judge Fritz Faulkner announced the Texas General Land Office approved funds for flood…
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May 26, 2021

Trojans hold banquet for athletes (GALLERY)

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COURTESY PHOTO | CASSIE GREGORY Cynthia Shehane and Michael Trejo were both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 Trojan and Lady Trojan Cross Country MVPs. Special to the News-Times COLDSPRING — The Coldspring-Oakhurst High School 2020-21 Athletic Banquet was held on Thursday. It was a celebration of Trojan and…
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May 26, 2021

Ivanhoe awarded $11.4m

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CHRIS EDWARDS | TCB Ivanhoe Mayor Cathy Bennett stands in front of the remnants of Lake Ivanhoe. Its dam was severely damaged during Hurricane Harvey. Funds will go toward flood mitigation projects By Chris Edwards IVANHOE – For a city that has seen its fair share of progress in its short life as…
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May 26, 2021

Regional legend Country Willie to perform at Camp Street

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PHOTO COURTESY OF COUNTRY WILLIE EDWARDS Singer/songwriter Country Willie Edwards is scheduled to perform Saturday night at Camp Street Café in Crockett. By Chris Edwards CROCKETT – Country Willie Edwards is a name well-known to many music lovers within the East Texas region. Edwards, a…
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May 26, 2021

DETCOG five-year transit plan summarized

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ALTON PORTER | HCC Mark Cunningham, above, of DETCOG, presented a summary of the entity’s five-year transit coordination plan for residents in its 12-county region who have transportation needs or know of available services. By Alton Porter CROCKETT – Staff members of the Deep East Texas Council of…
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May 19, 2021

New building, new business

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PHOTO COURTESY OF PHILIP SCHMITTEN By Philip SchmittenTCNS correspondent TRINITY — Got a hankering for something sweet to start your day? Then just mosey over to the newly opened Spitfire Donut Shop in Downtown Trinity for the freshest donuts in town. Dyna Hout and Pat Sokol are co-owners of the…
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May 19, 2021

Apple Springs Board OKs use of grant funds

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COURTESY PHOTO Apple Springs ISD logo TCNS staff APPLE SPRINGS — The Apple Springs ISD School Board will get to spend $808,000 of federal grant funds. At its regular meeting on May 10, the board approved a spending plan designed by Superintendent Cody Moree, which will take effect in mid-July, the…
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May 19, 2021

Top of the class (GALLERY)

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COURTESY PHOTO Academic Award Dyanne Vasquest SJNT Staff On May 13, the Shepherd held its academic and athletic banquet, and honored students that excelled in their respective sport, as well as in learning. Getting through the school year, given the challenges over the past year, is an achievement…
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May 19, 2021

Anti-mask mandate mandated

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FILE PHOTO Gov. Greg Abbott Special to the News-Times AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday issued an executive order prohibiting governmental entities in Texas — including counties, cities, school districts, public health authorities, or government officials — from requiring or mandating mask…
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May 19, 2021

One arrested in murder case

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MUGSHOT Emmanuel Smith By Tony Farkas CLEVELAND — Two people have been arrested in the April 22 shooting death of a Cleveland resident. Emmanuel Smith, 20, a resident of the Porter/New Caney area, was arrested in Montgomery County in connection with the shooting death of Clay Heard. A second…
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May 19, 2021

FFA hands out honors

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CASSIE GREGORY | COURTESY PHOTO The 2020-21 Coldspring-Oakhurst High School FFA Chapter Banquet was held on Thursday, May 13. Special to the News-Times COLDSPRING — The Coldspring-Oakhurst High School FFA Chapter celebrated a year filled with firsts, lasts, and hope for the future. At the FFA…
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May 19, 2021

Police arrest sexual assault suspect

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MUGSHOT David Lynn Turner of Houston Special to the News-Times The San Jacinto and Montgomery County Sheriff’s offices are seeking potential victims in connection with an ongoing sexual assault case. According to a release from Multi-County Crime Stoppers, on May 4, the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s…
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May 19, 2021

WISD lifts mask mandate

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CHRIS EDWARDS | TCB WISD Business Manager Cody Jarrott discusses information for the board members to look at about possible salary schedules for the next school year. By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – The Woodville ISD Board of Trustees had a host of achievements to recognize among the faculty, staff…
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May 19, 2021

GISD trustees honor students and retirees

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ALTON PORTER | HCC Four Grapeland ISD trustees, from left to right, Josh Goolsby, Brad Spisak, Ryan Richie and Allen Cheatham, were administered the oath of office to begin new terms by Business Manager Julie Martin at a meeting Monday. By Alton Porter GRAPELAND – Honoring several Grapeland High…
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May 19, 2021

Fiddling champ to appear at Camp Street

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COURTESY PHOTO Ridge Roberts By Chris Edwards CROCKETT – With the availability of live music returning to the hungry ears of the public as the threat of COVID wanes, Camp Street Café has a couple of shows lined up for the remainder of May, and this weekend the venue will host a world-class fiddler.…
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May 13, 2021

School seeks help and sponsors for program

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FILE PHOTO Centerville ISD logo Special to the News-Standard CENTERVILLE — Centerville High School's Project Celebration Committee is seeking partnerships in the community for an after-graduation celebration. The goal of this event is to provide an exciting party that is free of alcohol and drugs,…
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May 13, 2021

Lit team heads to state

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COURTESY PHOTO Kayley McCrory Special to the News-times GROVETON — the Groveton High School Literary Criticism team, earned its sixth consecutive trip to the state contest, with junior Kayley McCrory advancing as an individual. The team is coached by Jeremy Gentry. In a non-COVID year, the whole…
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May 13, 2021

Group raises funds for scholarships

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TONY FARKAS| TCNS Heather Stenson serves up a heaping tray of crawfish to a customer at the fourth annual crawfish boil fundraiser for the Trinity Community Fair Association, held Friday at the Trinity Community Center. By Tony Farkas TRINITY — Hot crawdads, smooth drinks and great tunes help put…
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May 13, 2021

Praise for prowess

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COURTESY PHOTO Troy Fortenberry accepting award from Rep. Ernest Bailes By SJNT Staff Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD Trojan Troy Fortenberry receives a recognition from the State Legislature, presented by Rep. Ernest Bailes, noting his participation in the State Track Tournament, held May 6-8 in Austin.…
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May 13, 2021

West: GOP needs to engage

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TONY FARKAS | SJNT Lt. Col. Allen West, leader of the Texas GOP, tells the crowd at the San Jacinto Republican Party meeting how to keep non-conservative values from taking over the state of Texas. By Tony Farkas COLDSPRING — The state’s GOP party leader said the state is facing a Marxism that is…
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May 13, 2021

COCISD settles on single candidate

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COURTESY PHOTO Dr. Bryan Taulton SJNT staff COLDSPRING — On Tuesday, May 4, the Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Dr. Bryan Taulton as the lone finalist for the position of COCISD Superintendent. Dr. Taulton is the current superintendent of Goodrich ISD. Due to…
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May 13, 2021

Commissioners seek more county improvement

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FILE PHOTO San Jacinto County seal By Emily Kubisch-SabrsulaSJNT staff writer COLDSPRING — Reports of residents not respecting private or public property when holding events that may require security spurred a county law enforcement professional to seek a remedy. Precinct 2 Constable Ray Atchley…
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May 13, 2021

Council set on cleaning up the town

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FILE PHOTO Coldspring town hall sign By Tony Farkas COLDSPRING — The Coldspring City Council is making bold moves to clean up the city. At its regular meeting on May 3, council members approved starting the process to have the property owners of three properties within the city remedy the…
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May 11, 2021

Willie Nelson: A look back in 10 songs

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Willie_Nelson_at_Farm_Aid_2009.jpg: Larry Philpot from Indianapolisderivative work: GDuwenTell me!, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons By Chris Edwards Texas original and national treasure Willie Nelson just turned 88 years young and hasn’t showed many signs of slowing down. Musical movement s come…
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May 11, 2021

Evans issued another charge

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MUGSHOT Dr. Kerry Evans By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – Longtime local physician Dr. Kerry Evans was handed down another charge for sexual abuse of a child. According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, Evans turned himself into the Tyler County Jail on Saturday, May 8 at 7 a.m. that morning.…
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May 11, 2021

Officials warn of unemployment identity fraud

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FILE PHOTO By Chris Edwards Officials and the Texas Workforce Commission are warning the public about a rise in identity theft tied to unemployment benefits. Last week Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a news release highlighting the wave of fraudulent unemployment claims using stolen identities,…
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May 11, 2021

Warren lifts mask mandate

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COURTESY PHOTO | TERRY BABINO The Warren ISD Tribe Tribute for April went to Gladys Mitchell from the WISD Food Services Department who was praised as being a model employee and "cooking from the heart". (Left to right front row) Scott Mitchell, Tammy Heriard, Gladys Mitchell, Stephen Mitchell, Dr.…
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May 11, 2021

New officers take bite out of crime in Ivanhoe

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CHRIS EDWARDS | TCB Ivanhoe City Marshal Terry Riley with Yaya. By Chris Edwards IVANHOE – Much like the animated bloodhound in the 1980s named McGruff who reminded kids to “take a bite out of crime,” there are some canine law enforcers who are doing just that in Tyler County. According to Deputy…
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May 11, 2021

More concerns arise over daycare center

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FILE PHOTO By Chris Edwards CROCKETT – A series of videos shared to social media alleging incidents of abuse at a Crockett daycare facility have parents and residents voicing opinions and concerns. Paola Mendez, a former employee of Treehouse Academy, who also had children under the facility’s…
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May 11, 2021

Prayer warriors met for Crockett prayer day event

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ALTON PORTER | HCC Crockett Mayor Dr. Ianthia Fisher led in prayer at the observance of the National Day of Prayer. By Alton Porter CROCKETT – Local Christian leaders and church members, supported by governmental officials and business representatives, hosted a prayer gathering on the Houston…
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May 11, 2021

Kennard ISD election results canvassed, accepted

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ALTON PORTER | HCC Kennard ISD trustees being sworn-in at Thursday’s meeting, pictured from left-to-right, are continuing Board President Rebecca Parker, Jo Smith and Kenneth Dowdy. By Alton Porter KENNARD – Members of the Kennard ISD board of trustees canvassed the district’s May 1 election…
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May 11, 2021

CISD election results canvassed, trustees sworn in

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ALTON PORTER | HCC Longtime CISD trustees Roy E. Johnson, center, and Karen Norman, right and newly elected trustee Gerald Colter, left, were sworn-in to begin their new terms on Monday. By Alton Porter CROCKETT – Two longtime members of the Crockett ISD board of trustees and one newly elected…
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May 11, 2021

LHS decades reunion

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COURTESY PHOTO The last planning meeting for the Livingston High School All-Decades Reunion was in June of last year. After being postponed due to the pandemic, the event is back on for Aug. 14. A planning and reorganization meeting is slated for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Pueblo Viejo. By PCN Staff…
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May 11, 2021

Former Police Lieutenant indicted by Polk County grand jury

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MUGSHOT Gabriel Phillip Moore By PCN Staff A former Onalaska Police Lieutenant who was arrested in July of 2020 has been indicted by a Polk County grand jury. Gabriel Phillip Moore, 44, was indicted on the Class A misdemeanor offense of official oppression, which is punishable up to a year in the…
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May 11, 2021

Office of Emergency Management urging vaccinations

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FILE PHOTO - Coronavirus By PCNS Staff President Joe Biden set a goal Tuesday for 70% of the country’s adult population to receive at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot by July 4. Polk County is well on track for that mark when considering those who are 65 years of age and older. Of that age group,…
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May 05, 2021

Schools to have students help students

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COURTESY PHOTO The Trinity ISD Board of Education recognized employees of the month at the regular board meeting on April 26. Pictured are (from left) Keavin Searcy, board president; Gillian Campbell, director; Matt Curtis, Support Employee of the Month; Marci Loesch, Professional of the Month;…
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May 05, 2021

School to change weekly attendance

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FILE PHOTO Apple springs calendar By Tony Farkas APPLE SPRINGS — The Apple Springs school district is going to four-day week. Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, students will attend Tuesdays through Fridays, with Monday now being off. The measure was approved at the April 12 School Board…
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May 05, 2021

San Jacinto teen pens socially relevant novel

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Emily Kubisch-Sabrsula | SJNT Local Author Iris Jones reads her first book, “Growing Up Iris,” at the Shepherd Library to a small crowd. At the reading, Iris did a Q&A with the audience, as well as a book signing. Her book is available on both Amazon and Audible. By Emily Kubisch-SabrsulaSJNT staff…
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May 05, 2021

Coldspring board recognizes top talent

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CASSIE GREGORY | COURTESY PHOTO Coach Thaddeus Gordon with some of the COHS track team members who qualified for Regionals, including Troy Thortenberry who qualified for the upcoming UIL Track & Field State Meet in the Pole Vault event. Shown from left: Troy Fortenberry, Edward Brown, Dante…
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May 04, 2021

Covid-19 regional update

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FILE PHOTO Covid-19 By ETxN Staff Polk, San Jacinto, and Tyler Counties In the Trauma Service Area designated H, which includes Polk, San Jacinto and Tyler counties, the amount of hospital bed usage by COVID-19 patients is down to 10% as of Wednesday, April 21, according to figures from the state…
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May 03, 2021

Former NFL player, Crockett native drowns at Rayburn

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COURTESY PHOTO Pete Lammons trading card as a New York Jet By Chris Edwards A man who drowned in Lake Sam Rayburn on Thursday was identified on Friday by authorities as that of Peter Spencer “Pete” Lammons, Jr., a 77-year-old Houston man who was once an NFL athlete. Lammons, who was reportedly an…
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Apr 28, 2021

Two seek mayor’s post

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FILE PHOTO Ralph Bennett and Tommy Walton By Tony Farkas GROVETON — Two current members of the Groveton City Council are looking to become mayor. The position is up for election, as the incumbent Byron Richards passed away from COVID unexpectedly. Early voting ended Tuesday, and the regular…
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Apr 28, 2021

Going out on top

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COURTESY PHOTO 17 year old Groveton Senior, Cole Sullivan, took the honors BACK TO BACK of winning Overall Reserve Supreme Continental Heifer at both Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. Livestock master ends career on a high note Special to the News-Standard…
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Apr 28, 2021

Entrants sought for event

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FILE PHOTO Special to the News-Standard TRINITY — The city of Trinity is seeking entries for its Beat the Heat BBQ Cook-Off to be held in conjunction with the annual July 4 celebration. The cook-off will be held at The City of Trinity Community Center, 604 S. Robb St., on July 3, a Saturday. The…
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Apr 28, 2021

VFD trading up on vehicles

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TONY FARKAS | SJNT Firefighter Clint Jones puts a shine on the new First Responder vehicle for the Coldspring Volunteer Fire Department. By Tony Farkas COLDSPRING — The Coldspring Volunteer Fire Department is getting new vehicles to help its mission Emmitt Eldridge, CVFD fire chief, said the City…
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Apr 28, 2021

Superheroes visit courthouse lawn

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COURTESY PHOTO The San Jacinto County Child Welfare Board and San Jacinto County decorated the Courthouse lawn to raise awareness of child abuse in the county. By Judy HesterSecretary, SJC Child Welfare Board COLDSPRING — Each April the San Jacinto County Child Welfare Board, along with Child…
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Apr 28, 2021

Heroes honored

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COURTESY PHOTO Coldspring VFD Chief Emmitt Eldridge presents Paramedic Kristin Loftice with a Lifesaver’s Award for his help with the delivery of a baby. Coldspring paramedics receive lifesaving awards By Tony Farkas COLDSPRING — Two paramedics with the Coldspring Volunteer Fire Department were…
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Apr 28, 2021

Ham radio: hobbyists offer valuable service

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Apr 28, 2021

Sabine County teen drowns at Dam B

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FILE PHOTO LE Flashing Lights By Chris Edwards DAM B – A Sabine County teenager drowned on Sunday afternoon while fishing at Dam B, according to Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman. Richard Tyler Johnston, 18, of Hemphill, was reportedly fishing near the spillway at the reservoir. The incident was…
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Apr 28, 2021

Family of missing man hoping for clues

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COURTESY PHOTO Thomas Thornton By Chris Edwards TYLER COUNTY – Family members of a missing Town Bluff man have spread the word through social media, and given descriptions, along with photographs, of the 72-year-old Thomas Thornton. Thornton has been missing for a little more than a month now.…
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Apr 28, 2021

City receives highest audit opinion

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ALTON PORTER | HCC Molly Abele, of Axley & Rode, announced that Crockett city officials were issued an unmodified audit opinion and presented highlights of the city’s 2020 audit report to city councilmembers at a meeting Monday. By Alton Porter CROCKETT – Crockett city officials have again received…
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Apr 28, 2021

CISD trustees accept $3.2m bid for juvenile center

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ALTON PORTER | HCC Crockett High School junior students Katlyn Marshall, left, and Keaton Crabtree addressed CISD trustees at Monday night’s meeting asking that the wearing of facemasks not be mandatory for students as they attend this year’s prom at the school. By Alton Porter CROCKETT – Crockett…
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Apr 23, 2021

One arrested in shooting incident

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MUGSHOT Misael Ortuno Gomez Jr. Special to the News-Times WILLIS — A Willis man was seriously injured after being shot three times in the stomach on Wednesday, and a suspect in in custody on a charge of aggravated assault. Misael Ortuno Gomez Jr. is being held in the San Jacinto County Jail on a…
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Apr 23, 2021

Man found murdered

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LOGO San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office Special to the News-Times CLEVELAND — The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of a shooting victim and details of his death. According to a press release, on April 22, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a call…
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Apr 23, 2021

Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Supplies, April 24-26

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FILE PHOTO Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Releasing Biennial Estimate on Jan. 7, 2019 From the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts AUSTIN - Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies,…
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Apr 21, 2021

Six file for two council seats

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FILE PHOTO By Tony Farkas GROVETON — The candidates seeking a position on the Groveton City Council each feel there is much more that can be done to make the city a better place. On May 1, Groveton residents will go to the polls to pick a mayor and two council members; early voting began Monday.…
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Apr 21, 2021

Trinity County reverses stand

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TONY FARKAS | TCNS County Judge Doug Page is surrounded by SAAFE House members Rana Wingo, Tracy Szymczak and Renee Murphy as the Trinity County Commissioners’ Court proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month on April 23. By Tony Farkas GROVETON — With the exception of one commissioner, the…
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Helping Hands (GALLERY)

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TONY FARKAS | SJNT Volleyball players helped raise $480 that went toward senior scholarships at the Shepherd Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fundraiser on Saturday. Shepherd Chamber raises funds for scholarships By Tony Farkas SHEPHERD — Townspeople, volleyball players, chess masters and singers…
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Apr 21, 2021

Court holds special session on flood infrastructure

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EMILY KUBISCH-SABRSULA | SJNT The Courthouse lawn is festooned with Marvel and DC comic book characters and stars in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month. By Emily Kubisch-SabrsulaSJNT staff writer COLDSPRING — Residents of San Jacinto County can soon expect to see prescribed burns and surveyors…
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Apr 21, 2021

Students lend helping hand

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COURTESY PHOTO | CASSIE GREGORY Members of the Coldspring-Oakhurst High School FBLA and the Order of the Eastern Star worked together to collect donations for chemo bags to encourage struggling cancer patients in the Coldspring area. Shown from left: Lisa Lewis, Marissa Martinez, Neveah Piles,…
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Apr 20, 2021

WISD discusses first step in long-range planning

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CHRIS EDWARDS | TCB Wheat Elementary students present a check to Brian and Deborah Smith of Sleep in Heavenly Peace. The students raised the money through a coin drive fundraiser. By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – At its regular monthly meeting, the Woodville ISD Board of Trustees discussed taking the…
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Apr 20, 2021

Hearing scheduled for Woodville motel

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CHRIS EDWARDS | TCB Willis Motel in Woodville, Texas By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – A motel that is said to be more than 75 years old is the subject of concerns by the city of Woodville. The Willis Motel, which was the location of a fire in late 2019, is the topic of a hearing set for Monday, April…
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Apr 20, 2021

Former PCSO Deputy arrested

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MUGSHOT Austin Tyler McCracken From the Polk County Sheriff’s Office A former Polk County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detective is in trouble with the law. Austin Tyler McCracken, 27, was arrested on Monday after a warrant for his arrest was issued. The charge was misuse of official information. On…
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Apr 18, 2021

White bills address firearms, ballots, and cannabis

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FILE PHOTO State Representative James White (R-Hillister) By Chris Edwards AUSTIN – It has been a week of legislative triumphs for State Rep. James White (R-Hillister.) A bill that White had a hand in writing pertaining to Constitutional Carry of firearms passed out of the House of Representatives.…
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Apr 18, 2021

Polk County hero receives historical marker (VIDEO)

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BRIAN BESCH | PCE The Polk County Historical Commission held a Texas Historical Marker dedication for Lt. Col. James M. Parker. The Polk Countian was part of the Doolittle Raid, the United States’ first attack on the Japanese mainland in World War II. The dedication was Saturday morning at Restland…
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Apr 15, 2021

Dogwood Festival: a look at its return in photos

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Dogwood Dash Winners Group All photos by Jim Powers WOODVILLE – The 78th installment of the countywide Dogwood Festival was a success and drew large crowds for its third and final weekend, Queen’s Weekend. Sunnie Wilkinson, of Colmesneil, was crowned as the new Dogwood Queen to top off the…
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Apr 14, 2021

Councilman recognized for birthday and service

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COURTESY PHOTO Woodville Mayor Paula Jones presents long-serving councilman Herbert Branch with a key to the city. Branch was recognized on Monday night for both his coming 90th birthday and his long, faithful service to the city. By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – Woodville Mayor Paula Jones began…
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Apr 14, 2021

Tyler County declared 2A sanctuary

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COURTESY PHOTO Tyler County Precinct 1 Commissioner Joe Blacksher holds a copy of the Second Amendment-supporting resolution he introduced before Commissioners Court on Monday. By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – Before tackling its regular slate of agenda items for consideration, approval or…
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Apr 14, 2021

Students gather food

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COURTESY PHOTO Shepherd ISD FFA members participated in a food drive recently. Pictured are Madison Smith, president; Aulstin Baloy, treasurer; and Ashley Adams, secretary. Special to the News-Times SHEPHERD — The Shepherd FFA participated in the Seventh Annual Battle of the FFA's Canned Food Drive…
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Apr 14, 2021

GOP chair receives award

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COURTESY PHOTO The first-ever Greg Abbott Leadership Award was presented to Dwayne Wright, chairman of the Republican Party of San Jacinto County. Special to the News-Times AUSTIN — Dwayne Wright, chairman of the Republican Party of San Jacinto County, was recently recognized by Texas Gov. Greg…
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Apr 14, 2021

70 years and counting

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COURTESY PHOTO Benjamin Malrey Pyle and Mary Ellen Hartman Couple celebrates ‘Platinum Jubilee’ Special to the News-Standard GROVETON — The key to a happy marriage is to love and cherish each other completely and always be respectful of each other's differences, something Ben and Mary Pyle took to…
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Apr 14, 2021

Saving Children

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TONY FARKAS | TCNS County officials, area residents and representatives of child agencies release balloons on Thursday to commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Area agencies show support during Child Abuse Prevention Month By Tony Farkas GROVETON — Children are the country’s most…
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Apr 14, 2021

Brady to retire from House

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FILE PHOTO U.S. Representative Kevin Brady Special to the News-Times THE WOODLANDS — U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, announced he will end his tenure as a Congressman at the end of this term. Brady made the remarks during The Woodlands Economic Outlook Conference, held online on Wednesday. The…
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Apr 12, 2021

VFDs fight Indian Springs fire (GALLERY)

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COURTESY PHOTO From Staff Reports Five volunteer fire departments responded to a residential fire in the Indian Springs subdivision Monday afternoon.The VFDs from Alabama-Coushatta, Indian Springs, Livingston, Onalaska and Woodville fought the blaze for 3-4 hours. Polk County Fire Marshal Jacob…
Apr 08, 2021

Man arrested on child porn charges

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Jeremy Nobles WARREN — A Tyler County resident was arrested yesterday on child pornography charges. According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, 45-year-old Jeremy Nobles was arrested on the morning of Tuesday, April 6, at his residence near Warren. TCSO along with state officials executed…
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Apr 07, 2021

Coldspring ordinance to ban some landings

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Apr 06, 2021

2021 Houston County Youth Livestock Show results

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Grand Champion Market Steer By Alton Porter [email protected] The Houston County Fair & Youth Livestock Show and Home & Garden Fair returned and was held in its entirety in Crockett March 29 through April 3 after most of it had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic last year. The…
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Apr 02, 2021

WHS speech and debate competitors excel

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PHOTO COURTESY OF CATHY D’ENTREMONT Izzy Narvaez prepares to compete at Congress State Debate. By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – Students in Woodville High School have excelled in a great number of extracurricular pursuits throughout the years, with each endeavor preparing them for some sort of skill in…
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Apr 02, 2021

‘Wit’ challenges notions about life and death

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PHOTO COURTESY OF WHS THEATRE The cast and crew of Woodville High School’s One Act Play entry “Wit” is advancing to UIL Regionals and officially placed in the Top 32 in the state of Texas. Adrianna Stark received Top Performer; Madison McGinty got All Star Crew and Tatum Chandler earned an…
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Apr 02, 2021

Forestry company conducts lengthy controlled burn

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JASON CHLAPEK | PCE A controlled burn took place southwest of the Livingston city limits Thursday. The burn lasted from 9 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. By Jason Chlapek Clouds of smoke could be seen for miles Thursday afternoon. And no fire departments were called to the scene. That’s because it was a…
Apr 01, 2021

Trinity County gets pushback

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FILE PHOTO Trinity County seal Concern about contract for vehicles results in argument, no action By Tony Farkas GROVETON — Concerns raised by the Trinity County Treasurer over a contract for Sheriff’s Office vehicles with Enterprise Fleet two weeks ago led to a battle between elected officials on…
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Apr 01, 2021

Groveton continues mask policy

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FILE PHOTO Groveton ISD logo By Tony Farkas GROVETON — the Groveton ISD School Board intends to leave well enough alone by keeping masking requirements in place through the end of the school year. At the board’s regular meeting on March 22, the board took no action regarding Gov. Greg Abbott’s…
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Apr 01, 2021

Board discusses PD’s outreach efforts

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COURTESY PHOTO BY CASSIE GREGORY COCISD Police Chief Roosevelt Joseph and his team gave a year-in-review presentation at the COCISD school board meeting on Monday, March 22. By Cassie GregorySpecial to the News-Times COLDSPRING — The highlight of the March 22 COCISD Board of Trustees meeting was…
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Apr 01, 2021

Fatal Trinity County crash claims Groveton woman

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FILE PHOTO Police lights By Chris Edwards TRINITY COUNTY – A Groveton woman is dead following a multiple-vehicle crash that occurred near Groveton on the evening of Wednesday, March 31. According to Sgt. David Hendry with the Texas Department of Public Safety, DPS troopers responded to a…
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Mar 31, 2021

Polk County celebrates 175 years

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE A pair of photo exhibits commemorating Polk County’s 175th birthday will be on display at the Polk County Historical Museum until April 10. Polk County celebrated its 175th year on Tuesday. By Jason Chlapek Polk County turned a year older on Tuesday. The county celebrated its…
Mar 31, 2021

Pet Show kicks off 2021 Houston County Fair (GALLERY)

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ALTON PORTER | HCCQueen Ayvery Sallee, left, and Princess Kallie Jo Stephens are this year’s royalty for the Houston County Fair & Youth Livestock Show and Home & Garden Fair. They were introduced to attendees at the annual event’s Pet Show Tuesday evening. By Alton Porter The 2021 Houston County…
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Mar 29, 2021

Western Weekend: A hoot and a half (GALLERY)

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JIM POWERS | TCB Rider falling off a horse at the Tyler County Rodeo Last weekend saw the traditional Western Weekend portion of the annual Dogwood Festival in Woodville. From the two-day Lions Club Rodeo to the parade on Saturday, the weekend was full of activities, sights and sounds for folks of…
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Mar 29, 2021

Livingston and Goodrich host Easter egg hunts (VIDEO)

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BRIAN BESCH | PCE Families gather at Pedigo Park in Livingston for an Easter egg hunt. By Brian Besch The City of Livingston and City of Goodrich each held Easter egg hunts Saturday for area children. Livingston scattered 20,000 eggs across Pedigo Park, while Goodrich had 5,000 on the track infield…
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Mar 29, 2021

Law enforcement asks for help to find Town Bluff man

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COURTESY PHOTO Thomas Thornton By Chris Edwards TOWN BLUFF – Law enforcement and family members are asking for the public’s help to locate Thomas Thornton, a 72-year-old Town Bluff resident who was reported missing last week. According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, Thornton’s family…
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Mar 25, 2021

Chamber 2020 award winners recognized at banquet (GALLERY)

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ALTON PORTER | HCC Chamber Board Chairperson Carey Minter and Executive Director Liza Clark presented a Chairman’s Award of Excellence certificate to a representative of each member organization of the chamber. By Alton Porter Members of the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce held their 2021…
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Mar 25, 2021

WISD recipient of Temple grant

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COURTESTY OF PIXIBAY student By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – The continuing pandemic has been especially tough on how schools carry on with the business of education. As part of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation’s efforts to address the issues East Texas school districts have faced, it awarded grants…
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Mar 25, 2021

Houston Countians urged to take broadband survey

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COURTESY OF PIXABAY Broadband Graphic By Alton Porter An online survey is being conducted to determine the broadband internet needs of Houston County residents. The survey is being put forth by Connected Nation Texas, a localized division of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding…
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Mar 25, 2021

Trinity County Officials take county to task on pay scales

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FILE PHOTO Trinity County Seal By Tony Farkas GROVETON — Trinity County Commissioners’ Court on March 23 heard threats of lawsuits regarding decisions on pay raises. County Clerk Shasta Bergman told the court that there is a pay disparity between the employees of female elected officials and that…
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Mar 25, 2021

Trinity County Fair and Youth Livestock Show 2021 Results (GALLERY)

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TONY FARKAS | TCNS Centerville ISD Ag Teacher Kelly Dial shows students the proper way to transport chickens during the Broiler Show during the Trinity County Fair and Livestock Sale on Wednesday. TCNS STAFF The Trinity County Fair and Youth Livestock Show 2021 was a complete show, judging all…
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Mar 25, 2021

New restaurant takes up old haunt

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PHILLIP SCHMITTEN | TCNS CORRESPONDENT Maria Casas prepares some pico de gallo for the arriving customers. By Philip SchmittenTCNS correspondent GROVETON — Very recently a new restaurant opened in Groveton; Habaneros is the name, and you can find it next door to Los Jalapenos Restaurant next to B&B…
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Mar 25, 2021

San Jacinto County Chamber celebrates new businesses

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TONY FARKAS | SJNT Relson Gracie JiuJitsu celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting on Saturday. By Tony Farkas SHEPHERD — Three businesses new to the community were honored by the Greater Shepherd Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, two with ribbon cuttings and one named Business of the…
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Mar 24, 2021

Chesswood Baptist Church fire

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by Brian Besch Polk County - A fire at Chesswood Baptist Church off Highway 59 between Livingston and Goodrich reportedly began around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. It is thought that there is no injuries at this time, however, the structure has been engulfed in flames. Several fire departments have…
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Mar 24, 2021

Wreck claims young Colmesneil woman

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FILE PHOTO Blue Light By Chris Edwards SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY – A multiple-vehicle crash in San Augustine County left a young Colmesneil woman dead, another seriously injured and a community in mourning. According to the crash report from the Texas Department of Public Safety, on Tuesday evening, at…
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Mar 24, 2021

Houston County commissioners oppose being silenced

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ALTON PORTER | HCC Houston County Judge Jim Lovell and county commissioners court members met in person and remotely via Zoom Tuesday, March 23. Above, from left to right, are Gary Lovell, Willie Kitchen, Judge Lovell, Gene Stokes and Jimmy Henderson. By Alton Porter Houston County’s commissioners,…
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Mar 23, 2021

WWII vet Netherland dies

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COURTESY PHOTO WWII vet Hermon Netherland By Chris Edwards COLMESNEIL – Longtime Colmesneil resident and World War II hero Hermon Netherland died last Friday. He was 94. Netherland had lived on Lake Amanda since retiring from Texaco in 1985. He was a war hero who participated in almost every major…
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Mar 23, 2021

Western Weekend continues Dogwood Festival season

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JIM POWERS | PCPC The Festival of the Arts was held at Heritage Village in Woodville last Saturday and kicked off the Dogwood Festival in traditional fashion. Festival goers enjoyed a variety of demonstrations, a quilt show and live music. By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – With the Festival of the Arts…
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Mar 23, 2021

Campbell wins elite bull riding event

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COURTESY OF PBR Boudreaux Campbell By Chris Edwards KANSAS CITY, MO – For Crockett’s own Boudreaux Campbell, the hard work just keeps paying off in the form of shiny new buckles, prize monies and fame on the bull riding circuit. Campbell, who is the reigning PBR (Professional Bull Riders) “Rookie…
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Mar 23, 2021

Crockett burglary suspect arrested in Huntsville

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MUGSHOT Castein Austin Corley By Chris Edwards CROCKETT – Crockett Police last week identified one of the suspects in a burglary that occurred earlier in the month. According to a news release from CPD, a 20-year-old Crockett man, Castein Austin Corley, was arrested on March 12 by the Huntsville…
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Mar 23, 2021

Brady addresses ‘border crisis’ at town hall

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ALTON PORTER | HCC Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tx 8) addresses a crowd of constituents at a Monday town hall held at the Moosehead Café in Crockett. By Alton Porter CROCKETT – US Congressman Kevin Brady (R-Tx 8) held a town hall with an audience in Crockett at the Moosehead Café on Monday highlighting his…
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Mar 23, 2021

San Jacinto County man injured in shooting

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San Jacinto County Sheriff's Department logo SJNT staff OAKHURST — A dispute between family members left an Oakhurst man injured, and his uncle arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. Detective Sgt. Gary Sharpen of the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office said the shooting occurred…
Mar 23, 2021

Two injured in crash

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DPS logo Special to the News-Standard TRINITY COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety investigated a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on SH 94, just west of Deaton Road. The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 10 a.m., a 2009 Ford passenger car was traveling east,…
Mar 22, 2021

Honoring a Polk County hero (VIDEO)

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BRIAN BESCH | PCE Former Livingston Fire Department Chief was laid to rest Thursday morning. Haynes was the Fire Chief in Livingston from 1963-77. By Brian Besch Masses gathered Thursday at First United Methodist Church to remember a former fire chief, friend and mentor to many. Billy Roy “B.R.”…
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Mar 21, 2021

TCSO investigating Sunday morning homicide

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By Chris Edwards SPURGER – Authorities are investigating a homicide that occurred early Sunday morning near Spurger. According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, deputies responded to a residence located on FM 1013, west of Spurger at 1:45 a.m., in reference to an individual being shot.…
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Mar 19, 2021

Latexo ISD trustees cancel May 1 election

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ALTON PORTER | HCC Director Chris Cravens, of Latexo High Schools Career and Technical Education program spoke to Latexo ISD trustees about activities CTE students currently are engaged in and plans that are being made to provide more opportunities for them in the future at a meeting Thursday, May…
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Mar 18, 2021

Steers, lambs highlight Thursday’s fair activities

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PHOTO BY TONY FARKAS | TCNS Contestants in the Continental Heifer show at the Trinity County Fair and Youth Livestock Show on Thursday wait to be interviewed by judges. News-Standard staff GROVETON — The Trinity County Fair and Youth Livestock Show continued on Thursday with the Steer Show, the…
Mar 18, 2021

Mother turns self in after warrant issued in child’s death

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MUGSHOT Anna Marie Todd From the Polk County Sheriff’s Office A mother is behind bars in connection with the death of her child. Anna Todd, 21, turned herself in on Monday after a warrant was issued for her arrest. Her arresting charge was injury to a child with serious bodily injury. Todd’s…
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Mar 18, 2021

FBI requested for officer investigation

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FBI Seal on Red Background | Courtesy of https://www.fbi.gov/ PCE Staff Via social media, the Polk County District Attorney announced his office has requested an FBI investigation for the possibility of federal charges against a former employee at the Polk County Jail. District Attorney Lee Hon…
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Mar 17, 2021

Trinity County Fair kicks off early (VIDEO)

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TONY FARKAS | TCNS Trey Page tends to his chickens prior to the Broiler Show during the Trinity County Fair and Livestock Sale on Wednesday March 10, 2021. By Tony Farkas GROVETON — After a year without, the Trinity County Fair & Youth Livestock Show kicked off Wednesday — with just a few changes.…
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Mar 17, 2021

Trinity City Council taking it to the streets

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FILE PHOTO Trinity, TX By Tony Farkas TRINITY — The Trinity City Council will be looking into some financing to resurface a few roads. At its regular meeting on Thursday, the council authorized seeking $500,000 to chip seal roads. Council Member Bubba Smith said that he had a problem with getting…
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Mar 17, 2021

Trinity County now papers boats

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TONY FARKAS | TCNS Nancy Due Shanafelt, Trinity County tax assessor/collector, goes through paperwork and fee schedules regarding boat registration, which is a service the county will begin providing residents. By Tony Farkas GROVETON — Trinity County now has the ability to provide titles and…
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Mar 17, 2021

San Jacinto Chamber celebrates cream of the crop (GALLERY)

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TONY FARKAS | SJNT Terry Holcomb was third in Volunteer of the Year. By Tony Farkas COLDSPRING — The Coldspring Chamber of Commerce honored the top businesses and organizations in the area, as well as its own volunteers, at its annual banquet on Saturday. Chamber President Barbara Justice said that…
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Houston County named to ‘Save Our Seniors’ initiative

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FILE PHOTO By Chris Edwards CROCKETT – Governor Greg Abbott announced today that Houston County is one of four East Texas counties added to the statewide “Save Our Seniors” initiative. The initiative was announced on March 1 by Abbott to ensure that more senior citizens are vaccinated throughout…
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Mar 17, 2021

KISD trustees make mask wearing optional

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COURTESY PHOTO KISD Superintendent Malinda Lindsey By Alton Porter Like students, faculty members and staffers in other independent school districts across the state, those in Kennard now can choose whether or not to wear face coverings to school. Members of the Kennard Independent School District…
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Mar 16, 2021

WISD coach Mixon dies

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FILE PHOTO Jennifer Mixon By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – Longtime Woodville ISD educator and coach Jennifer Mixon died last week at the age of 50. Mixon died on Friday at Lakeside Lodge in Brookeland. She had been fighting breast cancer for several years and undergoing treatments. WISD Superintendent…
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Mar 16, 2021

Additional charges for Jasper jailer

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MUGSHOT Anibal Villasana By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – A Tyler County Grand Jury handed down two more indictments to a Woodville man who was first indicted last year, all on child rape charges. Anibal Maurico Villasana, 61, was booked into the Tyler County Justice Center last week on two charges of…
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Mar 16, 2021

Festival of the Arts kicks-off Dogwood

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JIM POWERS | PCPC FILE PHOTO Musicians as well as artisans will have their talents on display at the festival of the arts at Heritage Village on Saturday March, 20. By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – A surefire sign that things are eking back into the way they should be in Tyler County is that the…
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Mar 16, 2021

Broadband project sees some funding

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Graphic courtesy of Pixabay By Chris Edwards LUFKIN – A project that has been three years in the making for the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) moved from the planning stages into one signaled by a green light. Broadband funding for the 12-county East Texas region that DETCOG…
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Mar 16, 2021

Fisher declared re-elected as mayor

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ALTON PORTER | HCC Crockett’s re-elected mayor Dr. Ianthia Fisher presides over Monday’s council meeting. By Alton Porter CROCKETT – Dr. Ianthia Fisher has been declared re-elected as Crockett’s mayor in a city council resolution. She was unopposed in her bid to continue serving as the city’s…
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Mar 16, 2021

Second arrest made in Paul case

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MUGSHOT Clara Kimble Edwards By Chris Edwards CROCKETT – A second arrest was made in connection with the disappearance of Faye Lynn Paul on Monday. Crockett Police Chief Clayton Smith announced on Monday that Clara Kimble Edwards, age 31, was taken into custody by investigators on the charge of…
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Mar 15, 2021

Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrests 9 in drug sting (GALLERY)

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MUGSHOT LOU ANN HUDSON From the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Nine people are in custody after a successful drug sting conducted by the Polk County Sheriff ’s Office. On March 10, detectives with the PCSO narcotics unit assisted the criminal investigation division with an ongoing investigation…
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Mar 11, 2021

Parents allege child abuse, seek answers

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ALTON PORTER | HCC Exterior of the Treehouse Academy, a daycare in Crockett, Texas. By Alton Porter A group of parents who had children at a Crockett day care are still searching for answers after a grand jury voted to no-bill a case in December. Criminal charges will not move forward against past…
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Mar 11, 2021

Dangerous drug kills 1, sends 3 to hospital

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PCSO logo From the Polk County Sheriff's Office One person is dead and three more in the hospital after they consumed a dangerous drug earlier last week. On Tuesday, Polk County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a location in the Ace area of Polk County concerning the death of a local…
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Mar 11, 2021

Woodville recognizes Blind Veterans Day

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USED COURTESY OF CREATIVE COMMONS The Woodville City Hall By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – At its regular monthly meeting on Monday evening, the Woodville City Council began with a proclamation to honor blind military veterans in Woodville. Mayor Paula Jones read the proclamation aloud The date of…
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Mar 11, 2021

Resolutions, library funding discussed by Tyler County commissioners

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COURTESY OF OFFICIAL COUNTY WEBSITE The Tyler County courthouse By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – The Tyler County Commissioners Court approved a resolution in opposition to two pieces of legislation they say would, if passed, “silence county officials.” The officials adopted several resolutions and…
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Mar 10, 2021

School Board to look at itself

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TONY FARKAS | TCNS Trinity ISD administration officials congratulate the Employees of the Month for February — Martha Farnsworth for professionals, Michelle Medlock for paraprofessionals and Craig Troutman for support. TCNS staff TRINITY — The Trinity ISD School Board will take a look in the mirror…
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Mar 10, 2021

One arrested in single-car crash

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Mar 10, 2021

Save Our Seniors initiative starts in San Jacinto County

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EMILY KUBISCH-SABRSULA | SJNT Sergeant Rachelle Thomas and her team of medics and administrators teamed up with the San Jacinto County’s Office of Emergency Management to keep the clinic running smoothly, with 105 doses administered in the first day. By Emily Kubisch-SabrsulaSJNT Staff Writer…
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Mar 10, 2021

Career month offers alternatives

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PHOTO BY CASSIE GREGORY COCISD CTE Director Jeff Eichman, pictured right, presented Computer Science teacher Robert Mills with a gift bag from the COCISD Education Foundation for CTE Month. By Jessica CasoSpecial to the News-Times COLDSPRING — For the month of February, Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD…
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Mar 10, 2021

(UPDATE) Polk County Jailer reportedly terminated

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DPS LOGO From Staff Reports A Polk County jailer who was put on leave two weeks ago after a complaint of excessive use of force was filed has been terminated, per sources. On Feb. 22, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a Lieutenant at the Polk County Jail allegedly using…
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Mar 10, 2021

Commissioners approve resolutions

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE Polk County commissioners meet Tuesday morning at the Polk County Courthouse. By Jason Chlapek Polk County commissioners approved a quartet of resolutions during the first commissioners court of March Tuesday morning at the Polk County Courthouse. The resolutions pertain to the…
Mar 05, 2021

Report on plane ‘a true mistake’

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U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense and Royal Australian Air Force aircraft fly in formation during Cope North 21 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 9, 2021. Cope North is an annual multinational exercise designed to increase capabilities and improve interoperability among partner nations,…
U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense and Royal Australian Air Force aircraft fly in formation during Cope North 21 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 9, 2021. Cope North is an annual multinational exercise designed to increase capabilities and improve interoperability among partner nations, and this year’s exercise focuses on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) operations, large force employment and combat air forces training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Divine Cox)
Mar 05, 2021

Latexo ISD trustees select initial bond construction scheme

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ALTON PORTER | HCC Board President Kelly Nicol, left, of the Latexo ISD Board of Trustees, and District Superintendent Michael Woodard spoke and heard comments from other board members about the district’s $5 million bond construction project and other matters at a special meeting of the trustees…
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Mar 04, 2021

Trinity County Fair set to kick off

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TRINITY COUNTY FAIR LOGO Special to the News-Standard GROVETON — The Trinity County Fair and Youth Livestock Show is slated for the third week in March in Groveton at the County Fairgrounds. It all starts Tuesday, March 16. The Fair will be a little different this year because of masking and social…
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Accident sends 1 to Houston via lifeflight

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FILE PHOTO Dr. Ronald Tolls is currently in a Houston Hospital after sustaining injuries in an automobile accident Tuesday afternoon. By Jason Chlapek A multi-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon sent two to the hospital, and one of them was flown to a Houston hospital that evening. Ronald Tolls, 80,…
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Mar 03, 2021

Aircraft safe, after all (UPDATE)

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Staff Sgt. Jordan L. McFarland (left), 2nd Operations Support Squadron air traffic control craftsman, and Senior Airman Hunter J. Maggard, 2nd OSS air traffic control apprentice (right), keep an eye out for an aircraft that is scheduled to land at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, August 22,…
Staff Sgt. Jordan L. McFarland (left), 2nd Operations Support Squadron air traffic control craftsman, and Senior Airman Hunter J. Maggard, 2nd OSS air traffic control apprentice (right), keep an eye out for an aircraft that is scheduled to land at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, August 22, 2019. While working eight hour shifts in a small tower, the 2nd OSS air traffic controllers are able to spend a lot of time getting to better know their wingmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jacob B. Wrightsman)
Mar 03, 2021

Aircraft in distress lands safely

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FILE PHOTO There was a report of a plane in distress from Polk County. The incident was reported on the Tyler and Polk County line. The search quickly moved to the Southern Tyler County area between Warren and Buddy Lowe road. Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, along with Tyler County Sheriff's Office…
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Mar 02, 2021

Corrigan officer back at work after stabbing

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MUGSHOT Judy Gail Moreira By Jason Chlapek CORRIGAN – A K9 Unit officer with the Corrigan Police Department is back on duty after he was stabbed in the line of duty last month. Albert Richard was one of the CPD officers on duty on Feb. 20, who was dispatched for backup by the Polk County Sheriff’s…
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Mar 02, 2021

Jailer abuse under investigation

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DPS file photo From the Polk County Sheriff’s Office A Polk County jailer was put on leave last week after a complaint of excessive use of force was filed. On Feb. 22, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint where a jailer allegedly used excessive force on an inmate in the jail. PCSO…
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Mar 02, 2021

Tyler Countians encouraged to take broadband survey

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Illustration by Mohamed Hassan | PIXABAY By Chris Edwards TYLER COUNTY – A survey is available online to gauge the broadband internet needs of Tyler County residents. The survey, which launched in early February, is being put forth by the Connected Nation Texas, a localized division of a national…
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Mar 02, 2021

Crockett leaders updated on winter storm damage and recovery

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ALTON PORTER | HCC Crockett City Administrator John Angerstein, above, updated the city’s councilmembers on last month’s winter storm events and water losses and announced that the city has recovered from most of the damage done to its water system by the storms at a meeting Monday evening. By…
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Mar 01, 2021

Law enforcement seeks suspected ATM thieves

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PHOTO COURTESY OF SAN JACINTO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE The entrance to the Timewise convenience store was damaged Feb. 23 after a group of men rammed it with a pickup truck in order to steal the ATM inside. By Tony Farkas SHEPHERD — San Jacinto County law enforcement officers are seeking the…
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Mar 01, 2021

ESD2 members elect new, continuing leaders

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ALTON PORTER | HCC Above, members of Houston County Emergency Services District No. 2, which supports and provides assistance to fire departments throughout the county, attended a monthly meeting in Crockett Thursday, Feb. 25, at which they elected officers to lead the district and its board of…
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Feb 26, 2021

Commissioners receive judge’s disaster declaration

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ALTON PORTER | HCC Houston County Judge Jim Lovell issued a Declaration of Local Disaster for the county in response to the recent severe winter storms that wreaked havoc on the county and the county’s commissioners voted to receive the declaration as information at a meeting held in person and via…
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Feb 26, 2021

Judge Black issues peace bond warrants for Biden, Fauci

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FILE PHOTO Houston County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Clyde Black has issued peace bond warrants commanding that President Joe Biden and medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci be brought before him. By Alton Porter Houston County’s Precinct 1 justice of the peace has issued peace bond warrants…
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Feb 25, 2021

Election time

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MARLENA STUBBLEFIELD | TCNS Dwayne Alsbrook and Autumn Dial attend the drawing ceremony for ballot placement on Monday at Groveton City Hall. The two have filed for candidacy for the two council positions up for election on Groveton City Council. The election will be held May 1, 2021. Trinity…
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Feb 25, 2021

On the rebound

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PHOTO BY TONY FARKAS TxDOT employee Wayne Byers spreads a compound to help melt ice and snow. By Tony Farkas From rescheduling certain sporting events to clearing roads of dangerous conditions, workers at local, county and state levels as well as possible, given the nature of the weather event that…
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Feb 25, 2021

Severe storm leaves lingering cold temperature and questions

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF FRITZ FAULKNER San Jacinto County Commissioner Laddie McAnally, County Judge Fritz Faulkner, and Brandon McClendon and Mike Flynn unload pallets of drinking water to be distributed throughout the county to those affected by Winter Storm Uri. By Tony Farkas San Jacinto County…
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Feb 25, 2021

Annual celebration taking place at Heritage Village

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JIM POWERS | PCPC FILE PHOTO A group of celebrants, led by Judith Haney, give their toast to Texas during the 2018 annual event at Heritage Village. By Chris Edwards Heritage Village in Woodville is gearing up for its annual event to celebrate of Texas Independence Day. It will take place on…
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Feb 24, 2021

Tyler County eligible for FEMA funding

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DONNA HAMMER | TCB Snow, ice and impassible roads were an unusual sight for Tyler County, as well as the rest of the state last week. Lawmakers set to hear ERCOT testimony By Chris Edwards In the aftermath of last week’s winter storms, although the ice and snow have melted and the temperatures have…
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Feb 24, 2021

PCSO arrests 2 in drug sting

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MUGSHOT Sandy Lynne Sweet From the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Two suspects are behind bars after Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives and deputies conducted a drug sting on Sunday. PCSO narcotics division detectives and patrol deputies arrived at a residence on Boatdock Street in the scenic…
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Feb 24, 2021

Commissioners vote to oppose bills

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE Polk County Office of Emergency Management coordinator Courtney Comstock updates commissioners on the county’s efforts to get back to normal following Winter Storm Uri, which affected most of the state of Texas, including Polk County, last week. By Jason Chlapek Polk County…
Feb 24, 2021

Vehicle fire holds highway traffic 

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COURTESY PHOTO Vehicle fire holds highway traffic By Brian Besch A large vehicle fire held traffic on the county's main thoroughfare for nearly an hour Monday. After rear-trailer tandem brakes overheated and ignited, the tires of a tractor-trailer caught fire around 1:45 p.m. The vehicle's driver…
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Feb 24, 2021

County begins road to recovery from Uri

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Photo by Charles Miller of RE/MAX Lake Livingston Arial footage of the city of Livingston depicts snowfall that covered the city and much of Polk County last Monday. The snowfall was the result of Winter Storm Uri, which made its presence last Sunday night and impacted the county much of the week.…
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Feb 24, 2021

Sides grateful to survive boating accident

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE Jim Sides poses with the throw cushion and life vest that saved his life when his boat capsized on Feb. 3 while he was fishing on Lake Livingston. By Jason Chlapek Jim Sides loves to go fishing. On Feb. 3, Sides went fishing just as he did numerous times during his 78 years of…
Feb 19, 2021

Everything old is new again

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After being spotted by Buc-ee’s management at his Highway 19 shop and collection, Jimmy Cochran was commissioned to create display vehicles to use at various Buc-ee’s, the first of which is still displayed in the store in Ennis. By Tony Farkas Jimmy Cochran’s passion gives him such a great sense of…
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Feb 18, 2021

Spurger students obtain workforce certifications (VIDEO)

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COURTESY OF AMANDA HATTON Spurger FFA welders passed their state test and now hold a certificate to weld. Five received multiple levels of certifications. By Caleb Fortenberry SPURGER – The Spurger ISD board of trustees met last Thursday on February 11, 2021 to discuss regular agenda items and…
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Feb 18, 2021

Winter weather slams through Polk County

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PHOTOS BY JASON CHLAPEK AND PAM NOBLES I PCE Winter weather made driving conditions treacherous for a Toyota pickup truck and an 18-wheeler earlier this week. By Jason Chlapek Like the majority of the state of Texas, Polk County was not spared by Mother Nature this week. A winter storm came through…
Feb 18, 2021

PCSO seeks shooting suspect

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Ralph Ramirez From the Polk County Sheriff’s Office The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect involved in a shooting early last week. Polk County Sheriff Bryon Lyons said his office received a 911 call on Feb. 15, at approximately 12:03 p.m. of a gunshot victim at a residence on…
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Feb 18, 2021

City sets fireworks date

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FILE PHOTO Trinity Texas By Tony Farkas TRINITY — July 3, a Saturday, will be the day for Trinity’s Fourth of July celebration. The Trinity City Council approved the Saturday date at its regular meeting on Thursday. Based on Mayor Wayne Huffman’s recommendation, the council agreed that should…
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Feb 18, 2021

Round Two - Winter storm dumps snow on area

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COURTESY PHOTO BY TERRI GARVIN Dylan Knight and Chase Knight measure the snowfall on Monday. TCNS staff The area has been hit with record low temperatures and uncharacteristic snowfall, and Trinity County came to a standstill on Monday. Schools have been closed at least through Tuesday; roads have…
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Feb 18, 2021

Groveton selects top superintendent candidate

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TCNS FILE PHOTO Groveton ISD Superintendent Don Hamilton (right) will be retiring effective Aug. 31, and Board President Mark Folds (left) and fellow board members selected Assistant Superintendent Jim Dillard as his replacement at a special meeting on Feb. 8. By Tony Farkas GROVETON — The Groveton…
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Feb 18, 2021

Round Two - Winter storm dumps snow on area (GALLERY)

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COURTESY PHOTO Frozen Texas yard ornament. News-Times staff The area has been hit with record low temperatures and uncharacteristic snowfall, and San Jacinto County came to a standstill on Monday. Schools have been closed at least through Tuesday; roads have been closed, and electric utilities have…
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Feb 18, 2021

Coldspring students excel at Black History Month projects

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PHOTO BY CASSIE GREGORY Capt. Kim Webb's law enforcement students in front of their Black History Month project displays. Shown are (back row, from left) Adrienne Steede, I'Kra Bryd, Kynadee Benestante, Stephen Torres, Stormie Payne and Brandon Harris; and (front row, from left) Luckie Poppenhusen,…
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Feb 16, 2021

2020-21 Hunting Season

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COURTESY PHOTO Scott Vaughn and grandson posing with a hog shot in Northern Tyler County October 30, 2020. By Caleb Fortenberry Covid-19 has had people recreating more this past year than in the last several years and with White-tailed deer muzzleloader season being over, there have been plenty of…
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Feb 16, 2021

Tyler County deputies make arrests in Spurger area

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MUGSHOT Richard Lyles and Scott Sanford By Chris Edwards SPURGER – Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford reported that his office has been busy lately in the southeastern end of the county. Last week, TCSO made two arrests in two separate incidents, which resulted in multiple charges, including…
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Feb 15, 2021

Naskila Reopening

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COURTESY PHOTO Gaming enthusiasts have waited a few long months for the luckiest spot in Texas to resume operations. The most fervent of which were in the parking lot Thursday morning at 9 a.m. when Naskila Gaming again opened its doors to welcome guests. Naskila closed over the last half of…
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Feb 15, 2021

Winter Storm Warning in Polk County

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Polk County OEM From the Polk County Office of Emergency Management The National Weather Service in Houston/Galveston (NWS) issued a Winter Storm Warning, which is in effect from 9 p.m. Saturday through 6 p.m. Monday for Polk County. Periods of freezing rain or drizzle are expected, especially…
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Feb 12, 2021

The Texas Bucket List features Pit Row Pit Stop

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COURTESY PHOTO Texas Bucket List host Shane McAuliffe (left) poses with Pit Row Pit Stop owner Frankie Vinci. McAuliffe’s show will feature Vinci’s restaurant this weekend. Special to the Enterprise LIVINGSTON – Take a step back in time into this retro 50’s diner that’s known for more than their…
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Feb 12, 2021

City receives good audit, conducts public hearings

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE Ricardo Perez (left) answers a question by Livingston alderman Dr. Ray Luna (right) regarding Perez’s property during last Tuesday’s city council meeting. By Jason Chlapek A Livingston home owner will be given time to formulate a plan to save his home. Ricardo Perez, whose…
Feb 12, 2021

PLAY BALL

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE JT Drake (seated) recently organized a lemonade and hot dog stand that raised more than $4,000 dollars – all of which went to Making Sports Possible. Jason (second from left) and Gisele Ivy (third from right) are the co-founders of MSP, which helps underprivileged youth in Polk…
Feb 12, 2021

RELIVING THE GLORY

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LARRY LAMB | HCC Former Crockett Bulldogs taking on the 2021 team Saturday, Feb. 6 were (front l-r) Kendall Rhodes, Joseph Smoldas, Dustin Wyble, Antwaain Boston and Garrett Reeves; (back l-r) Ryan Young, Jake Young, Larren Reeves, Drew Corry, Rascal Yates and coach Joe Smoldas. Not pictured is…
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Feb 11, 2021

Woodville’s Wise signs with Sul Ross

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PHOTO COURTESY OF WOODVILLE ISD D’Quincy Wise, seated – center, on signing day. Wise signed on to play for the Sul Ross University Lobos. By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – For high school athletes hoping for the opportunity to test their mettle at the collegiate level, the first Wednesday of February is…
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Feb 11, 2021

Inking fame

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COURTESY PHOTO Trinity County resident, Destiny Sigford, competes to be cover girl for Inked Magazine. By Tony Farkas TRINITY — A Trinity County girl is hoping to grace the cover of a magazine that focuses on the art of tattoos. Destiny Sigford has made the Top 15 in her group, even claiming the…
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Feb 11, 2021

Funds needed for scholarships

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chamber logo Special to the News-Times COLDSPRING — The Coldspring Chamber of Commerce will again host its annual Best of Coldspring scholarship banquet, and some help is needed. In 2020, the chamber gave $2,800 in scholarships to the graduating seniors of Coldspring through donations alone. This…
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Feb 09, 2021

Keep calm and carry on

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FILE PHOTO Free Farm There are days when I look at the world and all I see is a yard full of chickens – not cowards, actual chickens. Chickens start squawking and flapping around at the slightest provocation. Chickens always act like it’s the end of the world. When I start viewing the universe as a…
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Feb 09, 2021

Vaccine Saturday

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TONY FARKAS | TCNS Health professionals from HealthPoint provide COVID-19 immunizations at a clinic held at Trinity High School on Saturday. More than 700 vaccinations were provided through a combined effort of the Trinity Memorial Hospital Board, HealthPoint, the city, the county and the school…
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Feb 09, 2021

Getting out

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TONY FARKAS | SJNT Ashley Carter, along with sidekick tykes Presley Greenwood and Jason Greenwood, share a love of cars and getting out and about on the weekend during the Cars, Coffee and Donuts event on Saturday in Coldspring. Monthly event brings Coldspring residents to the Square By Tony Farkas…
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Feb 09, 2021

PCSO seeks suspects in trailer theft

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF PCSO A cargo trailer was stolen from an Onalaska residence on January 1, 2021. From the Polk County Sheriff’s Office ONALASKA – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is seeking assistance in obtaining information in regard to a theft that occurred on Jan. 1, at a residence in the Pine…
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Feb 09, 2021

Waitlist for Phase 1B of Covid vaccine

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FILE PHOTO Polk County OEM From the Polk County Office of Emergency Management On Tuesday, Polk County launched a temporary waitlist for the COVID-19 vaccine for Phase 1B. Phase 1B includes persons who are 65 and older, or persons 16 years and older with at least one chronic medical condition that…
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Feb 09, 2021

Triple D hosts Warrior Bonfire event

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JUDY LEWIS Participants and volunteers of the Warrior Bonfire hog hunt event. By Leann Monk WARREN – With so much of what’s happening in the world today being negative, it’s nice to see something good happening right here in our own backyard. Tyler County and its people have long…
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Feb 09, 2021

Police pursue, apprehend nude car thief

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LOGO Tyler County Sheriff Office By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – A Jefferson County woman is in the custody of the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office following a police pursuit that began in Dam B and ended in Woodville. According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, on Monday, at approximately 7:25…
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Feb 05, 2021

Body found in Rocky Creek

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FILE PHOTO Law Enforcement lights From the Polk County Sheriff’s Office The body of a 59-year-old man was discovered floating in Rocky Creek two weeks ago. Gary Earl Nash, 59, was found dead after he apparently drowned weeks earlier. His body was discovered on Jan. 27, and he was last seen Jan. 12.…
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Feb 05, 2021

PCSO seeks shooting suspect

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FILE PHOTO From the Polk County Sheriff’s Office A 19-year-old female is still hospitalized after she was shot in Goodrich last week. On the night of Jan. 30, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the Siesta County Subdivision after receiving 911 calls of a shooting victim.…
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Feb 05, 2021

A NEW TRADITION?

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE Onalaska seniors Chase Fletcher and Olivia Scott were crowned Onalaska Junior-Senior High Schools’ homecoming king and queen, respectively, during a coronation ceremony Thursday night. Onalaska celebrates homecoming with separate ceremony By Jason Chlapek ONALASKA – Onalaska’s…
Feb 04, 2021

Boyce follows family footsteps, signs with Sam

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE Onalaska senior William Boyce (seated) signs a National Letter of Intent with Sam Houston State University to run cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field Wednesday afternoon at Onalaska High School. Joining Boyce is (standing from left) sisters Ginny…
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Feb 03, 2021

Schools discuss robbery arrests

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TONY FARKAS | TCNS Trinity ISD Superintendent John Kaufman and other administration officials present December employee of the month plaques to Magaly Zamora, professional; Ibeth Caceres, paraprofessional; and Crista Caceres, support, at the monthly School Board meeting on Jan. 26. By Tony Farkas…
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Feb 03, 2021

Deputies investigating weekend shooting

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Photo courtesy of SJCSO Facebook page Law enforcement officials investigate a shooting in the 100 block of Cindy Lane on Friday that left one man with a gunshot wound. By Tony Farkas SHEPHERD — A Shepherd man was arrested in connection with a Friday shooting that left a second man in critical…
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Feb 03, 2021

Crockett Chamber $100 weekly drawing (VIDEO)

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TONI BROWNING | HCC The Crockett Area Chamber Executive Director Liza Clark, left, and Ashley Keenan, a chamber ambassador and Houston County Courier marketing director, conducted the drawing for the fourth week’s raffle Monday, Feb. 1, inside the office of the Courier, one of the sponsors of the…
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Feb 02, 2021

Tyler County’s Dogwood Festival planned

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PHOTO COURTESY OF THE TYLER COUNTY DOGWOOD FESTIVAL DIRECTORS The current, reigning Dogwood Queen, Allie Jarrott. BY CHRIS EDWARDS WOODVILLE – The directors for the annual Tyler County Dogwood Festival have met and set in motion preliminary measures to produce the annual festival. Last year’s…
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Feb 02, 2021

Help available for small businesses

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CHRIS EDWARDS | ETN Woodville businesswoman Tammy Rucks, of Tammy’s Pizza and Party Palace, chats with Christina Cole, of the Angelina College Small Business Development Center, at an open house event in Woodville hosted by the SBDC and the Tyler County Chamber of Commerce. BY CHRIS EDWARDS…
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Feb 02, 2021

Groveton native competes in cowboy competition series

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COURTESY PHOTO TCNS staff A Groveton native is set to compete in the Ultimate Cowboy Showdown, a reality competition broadcast on the INSP Network. Hunter Arnold, a rodeo cowboy and horse trainer, will be one of 14 people on the program, which is scheduled to air Feb. 24. According to a release…
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Feb 02, 2021

Addressing critical in today’s world

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File photo By Tony Farkas GROVETON — The people of Trinity County live in a time where health care is of special importance, especially since there is no full hospital in the area. Imagine, then, if in a health crisis, the ambulance ends up at an address on the wrong side of the county, or across…
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Feb 02, 2021

Altercation leaves juvenile dead

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TX DPS Seal From the Texas Department of Public Safety A juvenile male is dead after being stabbed during an altercation. The subject and two other juvenile males were involved in an altercation at an Onalaska residence with another juvenile male early Saturday morning. At the request of the Polk…
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Feb 02, 2021

Local businesses suffer burglaries

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BRIAN BESCH I PCE Popping Smoke BBQ in Livingston was one of seven area businesses that was burglarized during a sting of burglaries between Jan. 22-25. From the Livingston Police Department A trio of Livingston businesses and four outside the city limits were burglarized recently. The Livingston…
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Feb 02, 2021

Smallwood updates Rotarians on SPCA

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE SPCA of Polk County communications lead Jessica Smallwood speaks at Rotary Club of Livingston last month. By Jason Chlapek Covid-19 slowed a lot of things down in 2020. SPCA continued to work as usual. The animal shelter took in 2,000 dogs and cats in 2020. SPCA of Polk County…
Feb 02, 2021

Onalaska Board meets for January

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Onalaska ISD logo By Emily Kubisch-Sabrsula ONALASKA - The Onalaska ISD school board met for their first meeting of the year to discuss logistics of 2021, including renewing the contract for Superintendent Anthony Roberts for another year with the district. The board approved Feb. 15 to be a staff…
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Feb 01, 2021

Weatherford named to Burke board

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MUGSHOT Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford was named to the Burke Board of Trustees as an ex-officio, or non-voting, member. The Burke network services the 12-county deep East Texas region, serviced by the Deep East Texas…
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Feb 01, 2021

Birthday message discovered on Toledo Bend

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE SABINE PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE The note that arrived at Toledo Bend. Fred boy’s balloon, message travel 100 miles By Chris Edwards TOLEDO BEND – A three-day journey of a birthday balloon over the course of a hundred miles resulted in a heartwarming story shared by the Sabine…
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Jan 27, 2021

Local attorney enjoying time back in school

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE Joe Roth presents a Zoom discussion from his online WWII Studies class during a recent Rotary Club meeting. Roth is in graduate school at Arizona State, and takes his courses online. By Jason Chlapek College has changed quite a bit since Joe Roth graduated from Baylor in 1973.…
Jan 27, 2021

OEM, health officials host Covid vaccine clinic

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE A patient rolls up her sleeve prior to receiving the Covid-19 vaccine Tuesday morning. JUST A LITTLE PINCH By Jason Chlapek When it comes to combating illness such as viruses, influenza or a pandemic as Covid-19, most health officials would say that it’s better to be proactive…
Jan 27, 2021

County offices relocating during courthouse construction

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE Matt March of Texas AgriLife discusses surface lease agreements with Polk County commissioners Tuesday morning. By Jason Chlapek Polk County employees who have offices in the courthouse will have to relocate for two years soon. That’s because the courthouse will undergo a…
Jan 25, 2021

Livingston Police seeks sexual assault suspects

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MUGSHOT Wesley Harrell From the Livingston Police Department The Livingston Police Department is currently seeking the whereabouts and apprehension of Jacolby Bernard Reece and Wesley Frank Harrell. Reece and Harrell are wanted for the felony offense of sexual assault. The two suspects currently…
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Jan 24, 2021

Corrigan approves $375,000 grant

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CASEY SIZEMORE Corrigan City Council Member Irene Thomson (right) presents City Secretary Paloma Carbajal (center) and Mayor Johnna Lowe Gibson with a donation check from Alvin Freeman to be applied toward the Corrigan Volunteer Fire Department. By Casey Sizemore CORRIGAN – During its regular…
Jan 24, 2021

Livingston Police finds body in creek

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JASON CHLPEK I PCE Livingston Police officers found the body of David Alexander Canon, 38, Thursday morning in Long King Creek. From the Livingston Police Department The body of a Livingston man was found in Long King Creek on the west side of Livingston Thursday morning January 21, 2021. David…
Jan 22, 2021

Center of Hope helping tornado victims cope, rebuild (VIDEO)

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COURTESY PHOTO Home after tornado in April, 2020. Putting plans into action BY BRIAN BESCH An organization that has done so much for so many after tragedy struck in Onalaska and Seven Oaks wishes to give thanks for all who contributed to helping those when it was most needed. Center of Hope in…
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Jan 19, 2021

PCSO arrests man in shooting death

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Dallas Simon From the Polk County Sheriff’s Office ONALASKA – A man is behind bars after shooting his brother to death Sunday afternoon in Onalaska. Dallas Joseph Simon, 55, was arrested for murder after he shot his brother, 57-year-old Kevin Simon, to death after a brief altercation. Dallas Simon…
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Jan 18, 2021

Nursing home makes event out of COVID vaccinations

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COURTESY PHOTO Claudia Brown, a resident of Trinity Rehabilitation Center, helps “Tackle COVID” by receiving the first of two vaccines. By Tony Farkas TRINITY — Mary Poppins did it with song and sugar; Trinity Rehabilitation Center did it with football and cupcakes. Folks at the senior citizen…
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Jan 18, 2021

Trinity County's New Attorney looks to implement change (VIDEO)

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TONY FARKAS | TCNS Colton Hay took the reins of the Trinity County Attorney’s office on January 4, 2021, hitting the ground running. By Tony Farkas GROVETON — Colton Hay walked into the office at 8 a.m. on the first day to a ringing telephone and only him to answer it. The newly minted County…
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Jan 15, 2021

Schools close Monday due to winter weather

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STEPHANIE PETERS Jadyn Phillips enjoys a snow day Sunday at the Onalaska Park. Snow accumulation in Polk County prompted school district superintendents in the county to cancel classes on Monday. The six districts – Big Sandy, Corrigan-Camden, Goodrich, Leggett, Livingston and Onalaska – returned…
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Jan 15, 2021

New businesses breaking ground in Livingston

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JASON CHLAPEK | PCE From left, Livingston city aldermen Clarke Evans, Elgin Davis and Raymond Luna listen to city manager Bill Wiggins’ report Tuesday evening. By Jason Chlapek The future is bright for the city of Livingston. City manager Bill Wiggins announced at Tuesday’s monthly city council…
Jan 15, 2021

County to receive $3 million restoration grant

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE From left, Polk County Commissioners Guylene Robertson and Tommy Overstreet listen to Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy during the first commissioners court of the 2021 calendar year Tuesday morning at the Polk County Courthouse. By Jason Chlapek Polk County will receive a $3…
Jan 15, 2021

Jailer behind bars for inmate relationship

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FILE PHOTO David Miller From the PCSO A Polk County Jailer is behind bars after it was discovered that he had a relationship with an inmate. David Ray Miller, 45, was arrested for a charge of official oppression Thursday night. He has since been terminated from his employment and is in the Polk…
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Jan 14, 2021

Weatherford named to state jail standards commission

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FILE PHOTO Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford. By Chris Edwards AUSTIN – Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, who just recently began serving another term has another reason to celebrate: an appointment from the governor. Last week, Weatherford was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to serve as…
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Jan 14, 2021

Longtime Tyler Countian to turn 100

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Fran with her baton and her brother with his trumpet during high school days. By Chris Edwards Each trip around the sun is a cause for celebration, but for those who hit the century mark, that achievement is definitely worthy of a big celebration. Centenarians are becoming more common nowadays,…
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Jan 11, 2021

Now it looks a lot like winter (GALLERY)

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JILLIAN PHILLIPS STEPTOE A winter storm blew through Trinity County on Sunday, chilling noses and toes and creating pastoral scenes. Special to the News Standard A winter storm unloaded more snow in Texas than some areas have received in decades at the end of the weekend. The…
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Jan 10, 2021

Winter Storm Watch in effect

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File Photo The National Weather Service in Houston/Galveston has issued a Winter Storm Watch, which is in effect from noon Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday. A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Accumulating snowfall is…
Jan 08, 2021

(UPDATE) 3 suspects in custody

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COURTESY PHOTO shooting suspects Cole Tucker, Dontrevion Glenn, and Jared Hope. 4 shot, 1 dead in residence shooting From Staff Reports LIVINGSTON — One man is dead after a shooting that took place at a residence on the 200 block of Maple Lane in Livingston Wednesday evening. Ashton Allen Smith,…
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Jan 07, 2021

(UPDATE) 4 shot, 1 dead in residence shooting

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COURTESY PHOTO Jared William Hope 2 suspects on the run, 1 in custody From Staff Reports LIVINGSTON — One man is dead after a shooting that took place at a residence on the 200 block of Maple Lane in Livingston Wednesday evening. Ashton Allen Smith, 22, was found deceased after he received multiple…
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Jan 07, 2021

Remembering Groveton Mayor Byron Richards

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COURTESY PHOTO Byron Allen Richards June 12, 1941 - Jan. 5, 2021 Byron Allen Richards died and went to his eternal home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus, on Jan. 5, 2021, in Lufkin, at the age of 79 years. He was born in Houston on June 12, 1941, to Ransom Allen Richards and Marjorie Nell…
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Jan 07, 2021

SJC deputies nab suspect with 13 lbs of meth

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COURTESY PHOTO Six Ziploc bags containing a total of 13.40 pounds of methamphetamines was discovered by San Jacinto County Sheriff’s deputies during a traffic stop conducted outside of Shepherd on Dec. 28. The discovery led to the arrest of Jorge Luis Baca Cuevas of Mexico. By Jason Chlapek…
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Jan 07, 2021

COCISD Supt steps down

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COURTESY PHOTO COCISD Superintendent Dr. Leland Moore will resign from his post effective Dec. 31, 2020. Special to the News-Times Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD will be looking for a new leader. After serving as COCISD superintendent for nearly five years, Dr. Leland Moore has tendered…
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Jan 07, 2021

Fundraiser ongoing for child with multiple medical needs

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Ryan Addison at birth PHOTO COURTESY OF HANNAH WOLF ADDISON By Chris Edwards CENTER – If rising medical costs aren’t scary enough, the ancillary expenses of hospital stays and surgeries can be overwhelming, as well. Hotel stays, meals and other travel expenses can add up when a family member is…
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Jan 06, 2021

Alleged shooting in Livingston

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COURTESY PHOTO Livingston Police and the Polk County Sheriff's Department responding to a residence in Livingston on Wednesday January 6, 2021. PCE Staff The Polk County Enterprise has received reports of multiple shooting victims in Livingston Wednesday night. Sources have told the Enterprise that…
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Jan 05, 2021

Groveton rocked by mayor’s death

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COURTESY PHOTO Mayor Richards of Groveton By Tony Farkas GROVETON — Mayor Byron Richards of Groveton passed away on Monday from complications due to COVID-19. Funeral services are pending. Mayor Pro Tem Ralph Bennett said that Richards died last night, but he was not aware of it until he received a…
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Dec 29, 2020

Remnants of Rockland (GALLERY)

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CALEB FORTENBERRY | TCB Rockland, Texas Abandoned Railroad Trestle, completed in 1899. By Caleb Fortenberry Sawmill towns drove the economy of Southeast Texas in the 1800s. From topographical to abstracts, many of these forgotten towns can be referenced in early 20th century maps. One of the most…
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Dec 23, 2020

Brookshire Brothers pharmacies offer COVID-19 vaccine

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FILE PHOTO Brookshire Brothers logo Special to the News-Standard LUFKIN — As distribution of the highly anticipated COVID-19 vaccine begins at a rapid pace, Brookshire Brothers Pharmacy is proud to be one of the first retailers in the nation to offer the vaccine, as it becomes available. To…
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Dec 21, 2020

Buying a drone can cost more than one might think

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CALEB FORTENBERRY | TCB File photo of Tyler County Booster reporter, Caleb Fortenberry, flying a Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) while on a video production job in Conroe, Texas in March, 2020. By Caleb Fortenberry Every Christmas the Booster receives letters to Santa from children in the Tyler…
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Dec 18, 2020

Hanging it up (VIDEO)

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TONY FARKAS | TCNS Joe Warner Bell talks about his tenure as County Attorney for Trinity County. His last day in office is Dec. 31. Trinity County attorney retiring after 43 years By Tony Farkas GROVETON — When Joe Warner Bell first took office as Trinity County Attorney, cases were entered on…
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Dec 18, 2020

Rotary Club Makes annual Christmas deliveries

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE Rotary Club of Livingston delivered gifts and meals to 10 families last Thursday as part of the club’s Empty Stocking program. By Jason Chlapek As long as Janet Wiggins can remember, the Empty Stocking program has been a Rotary Club of Livingston tradition. “I’ve been in Rotary…
Dec 18, 2020

Chamber hosts Christmas party for final 2020 function

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE The Polk County Chamber of Commerce hosted a Christmas party last Friday for its final quarterly meeting of 2020. By Jason Chlapek The Polk County Chamber of Commerce conducted one more quarterly get together last week. The Chamber hosted a Christmas party complete with hot…
Dec 18, 2020

Big Sandy receives ‘good, clean’ audit

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE From left, Big Sandy ISD board members Maynard Williams and Lyndon Alec review an agenda item during last Monday’s monthly school board meeting. By Jason Chlapek DALLARDSVILLE – Big Sandy ISD went over its audit during last Monday’s monthly school board meeting. According to…
Dec 17, 2020

Christmas angels in Kennard (video)

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TONI BROWNING | HCC The anticipation was almost unbearable as the crowd waited for the Kennard Volunteer Fire Department parade to appear down the main street on Saturday, Dec. 5. Lights in the distance could be seen flashing, sirens could be heard and children eagerly asked parents how much longer…
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Dec 16, 2020

Joe’s Italian Grill named ‘Do-Gooder’ of the Year

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE From left, Livingston city manager Bill Wiggins, Tanya Dora and Nancy Windham of the Texas Forest Country Partnership, Ilir Gjoka of Joe’s Italian Grill, Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy and State Representative James White celebrate Joe’s Italian Grill receiving the 2020…
Dec 16, 2020

Suspect behind bars after scamming $42K

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COURTESY PHOTO Hongwen Zhang, 32, was recently indicted by a Polk County grand jury for her role in a “secret shopper” scam that swindled a Livingston woman out of nearly $10,000. Special to the Enterprise LIVINGSTON – A woman is behind bars after scamming a Livingston woman and other people for a…
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Dec 15, 2020

Groveton project making good progress (VIDEO)

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TONY FARKAS | TCNS Groveton Mayor Byron Richards shows one of the areas designated for personalized pavers, part of the city’s downtown revitalization project. By Tony Farkas GROVETON — The project to renovate and replace downtown sidewalks is proceeding rapidly. Mayor Byron Richards said that the…
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Dec 15, 2020

Jasper man indicted on child rape charges

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Anibal Mauricio Villasana Courtesy of the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department WOODVILLE – A Tyler County grand jury handed down an indictment to a Jasper man on child rape charges. Anibal Mauricio Villasana, a 61-year-old Jasper resident, was indicted by the jury on two counts of Indecency with a…
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Dec 15, 2020

Robert Rolin needs your votes

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COURTESY PHOTO Robert and the snowman Onalaska man in final round to win custom motorcycle from television show By Brian Besch Over three decades ago, a motorcycle crash nearly killed Robert Rolin. However, the Onalaska resident is now surviving several rounds of voting and close to winning a…
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Dec 14, 2020

Colmesneil suspends in-person learning

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FILE PHOTO Remote Learning graphic By Chris Edwards COLMESNEIL – As of Monday, Colmesneil ISD will forgo all in-person learning until Jan. 5 of 2021. The announcement was issued on Friday by Superintendent Eldon Franco, who cited potential exposures to COVID-19 since Thanksgiving break. “The cases…
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Dec 14, 2020

Patsy Wilson Citrus Drive

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COURTESY PHOTO Family honors former volunteer by providing produce to the community. LIVINGSTON— Former Center of Hope volunteer Patsy Wilson would have been pleased to see families in need receiving bags of oranges during the holidays. Patsy's family decided to honor her after she passed Sunday.…
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Dec 11, 2020

TEA suspends letter-grading system

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FILE PHOTO TEA Graphic STAAR test will still commence, according to agency By Chris Edwards AUSTIN – The Texas Education Agency announced on Thursday, Dec. 10, that it will pause its A-F accountability ratings for the current school year. The ratings system, which has been in place since 2018, is…
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Dec 10, 2020

Arrests made in possible homicide

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COURTESY PHOTO Jameous O’Neal Smith and Mark Anthony Jacobs Two Livingston men charged with murder The Polk County Sheriff's Department and Texas Rangers have made two arrests in the Tuesday death of a Livingston man. On the morning of Dec. 8, the Polk County Sherriff’s Office received an emergency…
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Dec 10, 2020

Gaming center temporary closure

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COURTESY PHOTO Naskila logo Naskila Gaming has decided to temporarily halt operations once again due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a post Thursday on social media, the gaming center in Polk County will close at midnight Dec. 10 and plans to reopen Jan. 16, 2021 at 10 a.m. "This is just…
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Dec 10, 2020

White takes proposed bills to task

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CHRIS EDWARDS | PCPC State Rep. James White (R-Hillister) is shown speaking before the Woodville Rotary Club in November 2019. By Chris Edwards State Representative James White (R-Hillister) recently spoke out about some bill proposals up for consideration in the next legislation. The 87th Texas…
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Dec 10, 2020

Babin bill targets voter fraud (VIDEO)

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CALEB FORTENBERRY | TCB File Photo - Rep. Brian Babin in the 2020 annual Tyler County Dogwood Festival Parade. By Chris Edwards WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Brian Babin (R-Woodville) introduced a bill during the first week of December to tackle voter fraud, specifically regarding ballots cast of deceased…
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Dec 09, 2020

Master gardener Sandra Cluck dies at 78

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COURTESY PHOTO Sandra Cluck Aug. 28, 1942-Dec. 5, 2020 Sandra Lee Anderson Cluck of Vidalia, La., 78, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Natchez, Miss. Sandra is survived by her husband, Jack Cluck of Vidalia; one daughter, Cassy Muscalino and her husband, Joseph Muscalino, of Vicksburg,…
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Dec 09, 2020

Trinity gets the spirit (VIDEO)

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TONY FARKAS | TCNS Trinity residents enjoy the mild weather during the downtown Christmas celebration on Saturday December 5, 2020. By Tony FarkasJulia McMichael TRINITY — Vendors sold their goods and Santa was singing; children were laughing and bells were ringing. Baked goods and dancing and…
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Dec 08, 2020

Two die in head-on collision

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KELLI BARNES I PCE A head-on collision between a 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2013 Ford Taurus on US Highway 190 east of Livingston resulted in the deaths of Michael Tobin, 55, and Christopher Hinson, 37, Tuesday morning. By Jason Chlapek A head-on collision in eastern Polk County Tuesday morning…
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Dec 08, 2020

Possible homicide of Livingston man

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FILE PHOTO - Law Enforcement flashing lights GOODRICH — The body of a Livingston teenager was found after a possible homicide in Goodrich Tuesday. The Polk County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call Tuesday morning in reference to a deceased male found in an area off of FM 1988 East in Polk…
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Dec 07, 2020

Oklahoma authorities arrest former Coldspring resident

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COURTESY PHOTO Former Coldspring resident Marcos Morse was arrested in Guymon, Oklahoma last week on two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Morse had a pair of warrants out of Polk County for those crimes. By Jason Chlapek A suspect with outstanding warrants in Polk County and…
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Dec 07, 2020

Commissioners seek upgrades across county

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EMILY KUBISCH-SABRSULA I SJNT Representatives from the ThyssenKrupp Elevator, an elevator modernization company, along with county maintenance, discuss the costs of upgrading electrical and fire alarm components in the courthouse elevator. By Emily Kubisch-Sabrsula The San Jacinto County…
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Dec 04, 2020

Virus concerns lead to declining attendance for Rotary Club

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE Rotary Club of Livingston president Matt Anderson conducts business at last week’s Rotary Club meeting at the Polk County Chamber of Commerce. By Jason Chlapek Matt Anderson remembers when Rotary Club of Livingston met on a weekly basis. He also remembers when there were 30-40…
Dec 04, 2020

Texas LawShield rep speaks at Lions Club

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PHOTO BY JASON CHLAPEK I PCE Texas LawShield representative Gary Blalock speaks at Lions Club of Livingston last week at Cam Cho Yeh. By Jason Chlapek Self-defense is a necessity at times. There are times, however, when it can come back to haunt the person who defends itself. Gary Blalock knows…
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Dec 04, 2020

Polk County receives Freeze Warning

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE This stretch of land along US Highway 190 in between Livingston and Onalaska had frost on it Tuesday morning. Polk County and several other counties in Southeast Texas experienced a freeze warning Monday night and Tuesday morning. By Jason Chlapek Polk County experienced…
Dec 04, 2020

Polk County rescinds burn ban

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COURTESY PHOTO Polk County rescinded its burn ban on Tuesday. By Jason Chlapek Consecutive days of rainfall last weekend led to a rescinded burn ban Tuesday morning. Polk County Commissioners called an emergency meeting to rescind a burn ban that was originally put in place Nov. 17 and extended to…
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Dec 03, 2020

Holidays are time of year to address apostrophe usage (TOP 10 GALLERY)

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CHRIS EDWARDS | PCPC To pluralize potato, it’s just “potatoes,” not what you see on this sign. By Chris Edwards Think of the following series of words as they form sentences as a public service announcement, and one that, no offense, many of you need to read n’ heed. I am sick and tired of…
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Dec 03, 2020

Flannery presented with TEA award

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CHRIS EDWARDS | TCB Woodville High School senior Payton Flannery (left) was presented with the Student Hero citation from the Texas Education Agency. Matt Robinson from TEA (right) presented her with the award. It recognizes students in pre-kindergarten through high school who do outstanding…
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Dec 03, 2020

Judge Blanchette fights COVID

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CALEB FORTENBERRY | TCB File photo - Tyler County Judge Jacques Blanchette swearing in Warren ISD board members in November, 2020. By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – Tyler County Judge Jacques Blanchette found himself among the 13 million Americans who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus this year.…
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Nov 30, 2020

Spurger ISD ends in-person instruction for a week

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CALEB FORTENBERRY | TCB File photo - Spurger ISD Superintendant Morgan Wright speaks at a monthly board meeting in September 2020. By Chris Edwards SPURGER – A spike in COVID-19 numbers resulted in a closure for in-person learning at Spurger ISD this week. The district’s superintendent Morgan…
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Nov 30, 2020

Born to Be Wild (GALLERY)

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PHOTOS BY PHILLIP SCHMITTEN Rocky Raccoon here is waiting to grow up and be released back into the wild. By Philip SchmittenTCNS Correspondent GROVETON — Ever wonder what happens to the animals in the wild who are sick, crippled or abandoned? They end up at Circle B Farm & Wildlife Rehab in…
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Nov 30, 2020

Naskila reopens with emphasis on safety

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FILE PHOTO Naskila logo By Jason Chlapek Naskila Gaming Center reopened its doors after a two-week hiatus last Monday. The gaming center is the second-largest employer in Polk County and is on the ground of the Alabama-Coushatta Reservation. Naskila closed for two weeks (Nov. 2-15) as a safety…
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Nov 30, 2020

Polk County implements burn ban

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COURTESY PHOTO Polk County implemented a burn ban Tuesday. By Jason Chlapek Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy put a burn ban in place for unincorporated parts of the county Tuesday. The ban was put in place because of drought conditions caused by a lack of rain int he area. There were other…
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Nov 30, 2020

Big Sandy ISD swears in trustees and reorganizes board

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE Standing from left, Big Sandy ISD trustees Quentin Matthews, Mark Duff and Kabe Murphy take their oaths into four-year terms from Kelly Hardy during last Monday’s meeting. By Jason Chlapek DALLARDSVILLE – Four trustees took oaths for four-year terms during Big Sandy ISD’s…
Nov 20, 2020

Interview with Covid survivors (VIDEO)

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CALEB FORTENBERRY | PCPC Livingston Volunteer Fire Chief, Corky Cochran and Livingston Junior High Coach, John Taylor speak on their experience of surviving Covid-19 in the exclusive East Texas News interview.
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Nov 19, 2020

The Tolar Cabin: the other half of the story

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EDDIE BOX The Tolar Cabin Kitchen on display at the Heritage Village Museum in Woodville. By Col Eddie Boxx The Tolar Cabin “dog trot” kitchen remains one of the more popular venues at the Heritage Village museum. Built in 1866 and originally located with the “main house” of the Tolar Cabin near…
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Nov 19, 2020

Groveton school board OKs improvement plan

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FILE PHOTO - Groveton ISD logo TCNS Staff GROVETON — The Board of Trustees for Groveton ISD again approved an improvement plan for the elementary school. The need for the approval was because the submission form had changed; the state requires a three-year plan be in place. One part of the plan…
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Nov 19, 2020

Noah’s Helpers builds extension to local food bank, receives donation

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE Joyce Knierim (right) of McWilliams & Son presents a check to Noah’s Helpers to purchase tools that were stolen from the volunteer group’s trailer last month. Members of Noah’s Helpers are (from left) Larry Jander, Bill Brewster, GB Wise, Willard Moody and Craig Knowler. By…
Nov 19, 2020

Ellis back on board

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BRIAN BESCH I PCE Livingston ISD Superintendent Dr. Brent Hawkins swears in Bea Ellis during the November meeting of the LISD Board of Trustees. By Brian Besch LIVINGSTON - The Livingston ISD school board reshuffled some of its positions after accepting a “new” member Monday at Creekside…
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Nov 19, 2020

Corrigan-Camden ISD swears in new board members

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CASEY SIZEMORE Newly elected school board members took the oath of office during the Corrigan-Camden ISD board meeting Monday. Pictured above are board members Thomas Robert; left, Lawrence Jolly Jr.; center, and Peter Burks; right. By Casey Sizemore CORRIGAN – Newly elected school board members…
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Nov 17, 2020

Onalaska City recognizes local election results

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EMILY KUBISCH-SABRSULA I PCE David Johnson swears in newly re-elected Mayor Chip Choate before being sworn in himself as Municipal judge. By Emily Kubisch-Sabrsula ONALASKA - Re-elected Mayor Chip Choate opened the monthly Onalaska city meeting with news of an agreement made with TXDOT to allow the…
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Nov 17, 2020

Shepherd city meets for election results

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EMILY KUBISCH-SABRSULA Yvonne R. Cones gets sworn in as a city alderman following the Nov. 3 elections. By Emily Kubisch-Sabrsula SHEPHERD - Brenda Myers, Executive Director of the Impact Center in Shepherd, addressed the council regarding ordinance violation fees she had received while trying to…
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Nov 17, 2020

Point Blank discusses drainage problems

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Courtesy photo - 2020: A Google Map view of the Forest Cove subdivision from the year 2020. By Jason Chlapek POINT BLANK – Point Blank city council aldermen decided to table an agenda item regarding the Forest Cove subdivision during last week’s city council meeting on Nov. 9 at the Point Blank…
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Nov 17, 2020

Trinity to replace some sewer lines

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TONY FARKAS | TCNS Justice of the Peace Hayne Huffman (right) swears in (from left) Clegg DeWalt, Wayne Huffman and Chris Dennis at the Nov. 12 Trinity City Council meeting. The three were re-elected to their posts on Nov. 3. By Tony Farkas TRINITY — Christmas came early to the Trinity City Council…
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Nov 13, 2020

Country star Supernaw dies

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FILE PHOTO Doug Supernaw From staff reports LIVINGSTON – Country star and Livingston resident Doug Supernaw died on the morning of Friday, Nov. 13. Supernaw was 60, and his passing came after a battle with cancer. Supernaw’s death was announced on social media by his manager J.J. Morris. “My friend…
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Nov 13, 2020

Trinity Schools affected by COVID

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FILE PHOTO - Trinity ISD logo TCNS Staff TRINITY — The High School and Junior High in Trinity are now going through the state required procedures of quarantine and contract tracing as one student and one employee have tested positive for COVID-19. Letters were sent out Thursday to parents.…
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Nov 13, 2020

Trinity County approves contract with Groveton EMS

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FILE PHOTO - Trinity County courthouse By Tony Farkas GROVETON — The Trinity County Commissioners Court now has a new contract with Groveton EMS for ambulance services, but not without some discussion as to the nature of the $1,500 monthly payment. While both the county and Groveton EMS agree that…
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Nov 12, 2020

The Great American Smokeout

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FILE PHOTO national great american smokeout logo PCE STAFF LUFKIN - Did you know that tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States? Each year, smoking accounts for 443,000 premature deaths and according to the American Cancer Society…
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Nov 10, 2020

Covid forces cities to cancel Veterans Day ceremonies

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE A pair of volunteers post flags along US Highway 190 in Onalaska to honor Veterans on Veterans Day, which was celebrated on Wednesday throughout the nation. By Jason Chlapek ONALASKA - A pair of Veterans Day ceremonies were canceled or postponed because of Covid-19. The Polk…
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Nov 10, 2020

Polk County approves land for solar plant

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE Bob Bass of the Allison, Bass & Magee, LLP law firm talks to Polk County commissioners Tuesday morning. By Jason Chlapek Polk County could be getting solar power in the next few years. Commissioners approved a measure to establish a reinvestment zone for the purpose of tax…
Nov 10, 2020

Livingston recognizes promoted officers and approves holiday schedule

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE Livingston Police officers Marty Drake (left) and Kaleb Barker were recently promoted to new positions within the department. Drake was promoted from detective to lieutenant, and Barker was promoted from patrol to detective. By Jason Chlapek LIVINGSTON — Livingston Police Chief…
Nov 10, 2020

Interviews with WWII veterans

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FILE PHOTO | COURTESY OF POLK COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM J.D. Coogler By Brian Besch LIVINGSTON - One of the treasures of the Polk County Memorial Museum are recordings that some of the staff have begun compiling. With Veteran’s Day so near and many of the usual events canceled from Covid-19, some of…
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Nov 10, 2020

TxDOT hosting US 69 corridor hearing

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US 69 Corridor Overall Location Map By Caleb Fortenberry The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has issued a notice for the US 69 corridor project and study. The project, which is dubbed “Gateway to the Big Thicket,” is the subject of a virtual public hearing next week. The virtual hearing…
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Nov 10, 2020

Congressman Kevin Brady looks to the next step in Washington

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Kevin Brady file photo - official portrait By Tony Farkas CONROE — Kevin Brady’s win in the election on Nov. 3 is like an energy drink — re-energizing the congressman to face the challenges ahead. “I’m really thrilled to be re-elected to Congressional District 8 of the Republic of Texas,” he said.…
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Nov 10, 2020

San Jacinto County turns out the vote

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COURTESY PHOTO Most of San Jacinto County voted “Red” or Republican in the 2020 election. By Emily Kubisch-Sabrsula SAN JACINTO COUNTY - San Jacinto County saw a little more than 65% of registered voters turn out for a mix of Election Day and absentee voting with an overwhelming majority…
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Nov 10, 2020

San Jacinto County law enforcement think fast in July stop

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COURTESY PHOTO San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers (center) presented Life Saving Awards to Pct. 3 constable Sam Houston (far left), deputies Stephen Countz (second from left) and Jonathan Cortez (second from right), and Pct. 2 constable Ray Atchley for their bravery in a fiery rescue on July…
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Nov 10, 2020

Coldspring schools going back to on-site learning

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PHOTO BY JASON CHLAPEK I PCE Coldspring-Oakhurst High School is one of two COCISD campuses that will do away with distance learning on Monday. Lincoln Junior High is the other. By Jason Chlapek COLDSPRING — Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD trustees voted to remove distance learning from Coldspring-Oakhurst…
Nov 07, 2020

Biden Wins

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Joe Biden (public domain photo) Former Vice President Joe Biden, with a lead of 34,414 votes (outside an automatic vote recount threshold) in Pennsylvania, now has the 273 electorial votes needed to become the President-elect of the United States. Vote counting went on for days after the November 3…
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Nov 06, 2020

Deer Season is underway

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COURTESY PHOTO Whitetail Deer Season started on Saturday and concludes Jan. 3. By Jason Chlapek Polk County Game Warden David Johnson believes that Christmas time is here already. “Deer season is a Game Warden’s Christmas,” he said. “Most of us look forward to it. I enjoy getting out and visiting…
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Nov 06, 2020

Corvette owner shows collection to Livingston Lions Club (VIDEO)

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PHOTO BY KELLI BARNES | PCE Pat McCulley’s collection of corvettes was on display Wednesday afternoon at the weekly Livingston Lions Club meeting at Camp Cho Yeh. McCulley’s collection includes one corvette from each of the brand’s eight classes. By Jason Chlapek LIVINGSTON — Sometimes one thing…
Nov 04, 2020

County sets speed limit near Apple Springs

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Google Maps TCNS Staff GROVETON — The Trinity County Commissioners’ Court on Oct. 27 put its foot down on drivers putting the accelerator down. Commissioners approved setting a 25-mph speed limit on Graham Road between FM 357 and State Highway 94, which was done without debate. It was approved…
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Nov 04, 2020

Coldspring FFA Member Awarded National American FFA Degree

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Coldspring-Oakhurst alumnus and Southwestern University sophomore Rylee Rudloff earned her FFA American Degree last week. INDIANAPOLIS – Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for…
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Nov 04, 2020

Nearly 12,000 letters urge Senate to save East Texas jobs

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FILE PHOTO - NKGCO 038 Logo LIVINGSTON — Texas’ U.S. senators have been sent nearly 12,000 letters over the past six weeks asking them to save the 700 jobs connected to the Naskila Gaming electronic bingo facility. The letters provide a grassroots complement to more than 70 civic and business…
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Nov 04, 2020

Historical Commission hosts tree dedication for fallen member

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COURTESY PHOTO Patricia Snook speaks to attendees at a tree dedication Oct. 24 to honor Dicki Lou Alston. Representative Polk County Historical Commission would like to thank family members, First United Methodist Church, Daughters of the American Revolution members, Polk County Historical members…
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Nov 04, 2020

Woodville native finds ‘home’ in Polk County

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JASON CHLAPEK | PCE Polk County game warden David Johnson speaks at Livingston Lions Club Oct. 14. By Jason Chlapek Twelve years ago today, David Johnson began his career as a game warden in Polk County. And he doesn’t plan on leaving either. Johnson believes he has found his stomping grounds,…
Nov 04, 2020

Election 2020

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Michael Kelly is registered to vote on Tuesday by alternate election judges Della Lyons and Mary Rhoden at the Groveton High School precinct. (Tony Farkas Photo) Staff Reports Although the presidential election has been forefront in most news as well as most minds, other races in Trinity County…
Michael Kelly is registered to vote on Tuesday by alternate election judges Della Lyons and Mary Rhoden at the Groveton High School precinct. (Tony Farkas Photo)
Nov 04, 2020

Unofficial Tyler County results favor incumbents

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Voters in Tyler County turned out to polling places on Election Day in smaller numbers than those who chose to vote early. (CHRIS EDWARDS | EASTTEXASNEWS.COM PHOTO) BY CHRIS [email protected] TYLER COUNTY – With Election Day on Tuesday, the end came to a contentious presidential…
Voters in Tyler County turned out to polling places on Election Day in smaller numbers than those who chose to vote early. (CHRIS EDWARDS | EASTTEXASNEWS.COM PHOTO)
Nov 04, 2020

Voters decide city, school board races

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Election Day at the Polk County Judicial Center. (Brian Besch Photo) From Staff Reports Big Sandy, Corrigan-Camden and Onalaska Independent School Districts and the city of Onalaska all had contested races that were decided Tuesday night. There were two contested races in the city of Onalaska, one…
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Nov 02, 2020

Groveton looks to beautify downtown and spur economic development

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Photo by Tony Farkas | TCNS Groveton Mayor Byron Richards points out some of the plans for renovating the sidewalks in the downtown Square. The city has received a $980,000 grant and will begin work Nov. 30. By Tony Farkas GROVETON — An almost $1 million grant will help city officials tidy up the…
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Oct 30, 2020

Trinity ISD OKs distance learning plans

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COURTESY PHOTO - Misty Coleman was named professional employee of the month, Keri Dobbs the paraprofessional employee of the month and Ben Stubbs the support employee of the month at the Oct. 26 Trinity ISD School Board meeting. By Tony Farkas TRINITY — The Trinity Independent School District board…
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Oct 30, 2020

Groveton ISD a safe place to be

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Groveton ISD file photo TCNS Staff GROVETON — Students in Groveton Independent School District are in pretty safe hands At its Oct. 26 meeting, the Groveton School Board approved a safety audit which Superintendent Don Hamilton said was overall very good. “We have a few things we know we need to…
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Oct 29, 2020

Meth dealer receives 20-year sentence

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MUGSHOT: Robert L. Holcomb, Jr. Courtesy of the TYLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – After a long hiatus from jury trials due to the pandemic, Tyler County District Attorney Lucas Babin is back in action. On Monday, Babin and first assistant DA Pat “Hawk” Hardy successfully…
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Oct 29, 2020

Former Tyler County Sheriff Jessie Wolf dies

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Wolf when he served as Tyler County Sheriff. PHOTO COURTESY OF KENDALL COLEMAN By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – Former Tyler County Sheriff Jessie Wolf died on Monday at the age of 68. Wolf was a long-time lawman in the county and served one term as sheriff. He died of natural causes. In a profile of…
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Oct 29, 2020

FFA presents for Onalaska’s board

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PHOTO BY EMILY KUBISCH-SABRSULA Onalaska’s FFA team gave their agricultural issues presentation over wild horse management to the board before they take it to contests. By Emily Kubisch-Sabrsula ONALASKA — Onalaska’s board met earlier this month to go over their formal agenda, as well as receive a…
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Oct 29, 2020

City makes tough decision, cancels Hometown Christmas

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CARRIAGE RIDE FILE PHOTO - Livingston Hometown Christmas was canceled because of Covid-19 concerns. The annual event was scheduled to take place Saturday, Dec. 12. By Jason Chlapek LIVINGSTON — A popular annual event in Livingston will not take place this year. Livingston Hometown Christmas, which…
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Oct 29, 2020

COVID CRUSADER: Retired physician taking stand against virus

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JASON CHLAPEK | PCE Retired U.S. Army Col. And Dr. Ronald Tolls is an advocate for Covid safety. By Jason Chlapek LIVINGSTON — Ronald Tolls has held a few titles during his 80 years of life. Among those are U.S. Army Colonel and Doctor. Tolls has an unofficial title these days — Covid Crusader.…
Oct 29, 2020

County commits funds to regional communications infrastructure

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JASON CHLAPEK | PCE Polk County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Byron Lyons addresses commissioners about an agenda item that he wants tabled during Tuesday morning’s Commissioners Court. The item was tabled. By Jason Chlapek LIVINGSTON — Polk County commissioners approved a measure that will help…
Oct 22, 2020

Woodville ISD approves goals; terminates remote learning

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File Photo - Woodville ISD superintendant Lisa Meysembourg By Chris Edwards WOODVILLE – The Woodville ISD Board of Trustees discussed and approved a pair of agenda items relating to district-wide goals and improvement plans respective to each WISD campus at its Monday night meeting. The first item…
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Oct 22, 2020

White makes statement on light rail project

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BETH FAIRCLOTH | TCB State Representative James White (R-Hillister) speaksto the Tyler County Republican Women group last Thursday at the group’s monthly meeting. Terri Simpson (left) and Kathy Hodges-Spoon (middle) of TCRW listen to White. By Chris Edwards AUSTIN – Rep. James White (R-Hillister)…
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Oct 20, 2020

Big Sandy bids farewell to board members

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JASON CHLAPEK | PCE Trustees Glen Goodwin (second from left) and Lee Ann Cain (second from right) receive a round of applause for their service with the Big Sandy ISD school board.Both Cain and Goodwin served their final meetings as trustees for the district. Neither one sought reelection for their…
Oct 20, 2020

Point Blank bringing in revenue

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By Jason Chlapek POINT BLANK — The City of Point Blank brought in nearly $10,000 more than expected during the 2019-20 fiscal year. Point Blank Mayor Mark Wood reported to council aldermen during the monthly city council meeting on Oct. 12 that the total income for the previous fiscal year that…
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Oct 20, 2020

Shepherd continues flood grant application

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Photo by Emily Kubisch-Sabrsula Shepherd City Hall is one of the early voting venues in San Jacinto County. By Emily Kubisch-Sabrsula POLK COUNTY - The City of Shepherd will send two revised Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (TxCDBG-MIT) applications to the Texas General Land Office…
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Oct 19, 2020

Onalaska pines on Canyon Park

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Photo by Emily Kubisch-Sabrsula Mayor Chip Choate swears in newly hired Police Officer Heather Perry. By Emily Kubisch-Sabrsula POLK COUNTY — The city board met for a quick meeting this month to provide information on early voting and ongoing city events.Canyon Park Months after a tornado struck…
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Oct 19, 2020

Livingston orders demolition of former Holiday Inn building

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The building that once served as a Holiday Inn, Ramada Inn, Knights Inn or Royal Inn has been ordered for demolition by the City of Livingston. The measure was approved unanimously by city council during Tuesday’s meeting. By Jason Chlapek POLK COUNTY — The City of Livingston approved a measure to…
Oct 19, 2020

Leggett Water Supply rescinds one notice, places another

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The area of the map highlighted in blue is where the boil water notice is for residents along Old Highway 35 in between Leggett and Seven Oaks. By Jason Chlapek POLK COUNTY - The Leggett Water Supply Company rescinded a nearly-week long boil water notice for residents in the Pratt subdivision and…
Oct 19, 2020

High-speed chase ends in arrest in Tyler County

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MUGSHOT Raheem Jones By Chris Edwards TYLER COUNTY - A high-speed chase on highway 190 near the Tyler County line resulted in the arrest of a Jasper man on several charges. The chase begun on Saturday evening, at approximately 8 p.m., according to the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe Police Department.…
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Oct 16, 2020

Colmesneil council accepts Davis resignation

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PHOTO BY WENDY BENDY Colmesneil City Hall By Mollie LaSalle TYLER COUNTY – The Colmesneil City Council met for its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, with Mayor Don Baird announcing the resignation of council member Kenneth Davis. Davis’s resignation was effective on Sept. 10, when he notified…
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Oct 16, 2020

Centerville schools address safety

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FILE PHOTO Centerville ISD logo By Tony Farkas TRINITY COUNTY — A recent safety audit of the Centerville school system shows the students are learning in a safe environment.At its regular meeting on Oct. 15, the district’s School Board members discussed the audit, which also contained some…
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Oct 16, 2020

Tyler County grand jury indicts Netflix

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CALEB FORTENBERRY | TCB Tyler County District Attorney Lucas Babin being interviewed for the East Texan Magazine in August 2020. By Chris Edwards TYLER COUNTY – A Tyler County grand jury has indicted the streaming media service provider Netflix, Inc. for promoting depictions of “the lewd…
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Oct 16, 2020

Todd hangs it up after 35-year career

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Retiring San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dan Todd (left) receives a plaque of appreciation from Sheriff Greg Capers during a retirement ceremony for Todd on Oct. 2 in Coldspring. Todd retired after a 35-year career. By Jason Chlapek SAN JACINTO COUNTY — When Dan Todd left the…
Oct 15, 2020

Polk County gives firm green light for road repair bids

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Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy (right) signs an approval for an agenda itemduring commissioners court Tuesday morning at the Polk County Courthouse as Precinct 1 Commissioner Bob Willis looks on. By Jason Chlapek POLK COUNTY — Polk County commissioners approved the services of Bryan architecture…
Oct 15, 2020

Leggett neighborhood awaiting water results

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Leggett Water Supply issued a boil water notice for the Pratt subdivision last Thursday after a water line that services the neighborhood experienced a leak. (Photo by Jason Chlapek) By Jason [email protected] LEGGETT — A Leggett subdivision has been under a boil water notice since…
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Oct 15, 2020

Polk County students returning to campus

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James White By Brian [email protected] A large portion of Polk County students returned to school Tuesday, as Livingston ISD welcomed back over 500 who were receiving instruction online. Among several reasons for a return, Livingston ISD Superintendent Dr. Brent Hawkins cited an increased…
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Oct 14, 2020

Trinity County citizens eager to vote

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Photo by Tony Farkas | TCNS Trinity residents wait outside the city Fire Department on the first day of early voting for the 2020 general election.
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Oct 10, 2020

Crockett library eagerly reopens with book sale

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Health care and other fair workers prepare to treat participants at the 11th Annual Community Health Fair sponsored by the Crockett-Palestine Resource Centers for Independent Living on the Crockett Civic Center parking lot Friday morning, Sept. 25. This year’s fair was held in a unique way, as fair…
Health care and other fair workers prepare to treat participants at the 11th Annual Community Health Fair sponsored by the Crockett-Palestine Resource Centers for Independent Living on the Crockett Civic Center parking lot Friday morning, Sept. 25. This year’s fair was held in a unique way, as fair participants wore facemasks and remained in their vehicles—because of the COVID-19 pandemic—as they drove through the parking lot and were administered flu shots and several free health screenings and were given food samples and door prizes. (PHOTO BY LIZA CLARK)
Oct 08, 2020

EMS operations at risk

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Some volunteers brought heavy equipment to facilitate easier cleanup of the EMS area. (Photos by Philip Schmitten) City demands lead to interruption of ambulance service By Tony [email protected] GROVETON — A disagreement over the status of property in Groveton has led to the…
Some volunteers brought heavy equipment to facilitate easier cleanup of the EMS area. (Photos by Philip Schmitten)
Oct 08, 2020

Pipeline explodes near Trinity River

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A natural gas pipeline explosion at Kinder Morgan, Inc. in Goodrich caused a shut down of U.S. Highway 59 in both directions and several nearby residences were evacuated for approximately one hour Sunday morning. (Photo by Kenneth Hambrick) VFDs, sheriff’s departments among first to scene By Jason…
A natural gas pipeline explosion at Kinder Morgan, Inc. in Goodrich caused a shut down of U.S. Highway 59 in both directions and several nearby residences were evacuated for approximately one hour Sunday morning. (Photo by Kenneth Hambrick)
Oct 08, 2020

Polk, Montgomery Sheriffs nab suspects

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Paul Wayne Mills By Brian [email protected] A Conroe man wanted on multiple charges was apprehended in the Goodrich neighborhood of Holiday Lake Estates Saturday. After a lengthy investigation by the Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, deputies learned the whereabouts of Paul…
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Oct 08, 2020

Boil water notice for West Livingston subdivisions

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Lakeland Hideaway was one of four subdivisions placed under a boil water notice Tuesday morning. (Jason Chlapek Photo) By Jason [email protected] Polk County-An equipment repair change led to the Lake Livingston Water Supply implementing a boil water notice Tuesday morning for four…
Lakeland Hideaway was one of four subdivisions placed under a boil water notice Tuesday morning. (Jason Chlapek Photo)
Oct 08, 2020

Homecoming Royalty

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LARRY LAMB | HCC PHOTO Crockett High School Homecoming King Nathan Gonzales and Queen Kalli Sherman beam after being crowned during a ceremony preceding the Bulldogs’ football game Friday in Driskell Stadium. The 2020 Ring of Honor induction ceremony kicked off homecoming night and the Bulldogs…
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Oct 08, 2020

CISD board approves remote learning policy

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Assistant Superintendent Chanel Veazy, of the Crockett Independent School District, is shown above leading a discussion on an Asynchronous Learning Policy, a new policy with guidelines for making remote learning available to students whose parents want them to receive instruction from their…
Assistant Superintendent Chanel Veazy, of the Crockett Independent School District, is shown above leading a discussion on an Asynchronous Learning Policy, a new policy with guidelines for making remote learning available to students whose parents want them to receive instruction from their teachers at home via the internet, at a meeting of the district’s board of trustees Monday evening, Sept. 28. (ALTON PORTER|HCC PHOTO)
Oct 08, 2020

CEIDC board members hope to attract new sawmill business to city

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Members of the Crockett Economic & Industrial Development Corporation Board of Directors discussed a tax abatement agreement and incentives they and city and county officials are offering in an effort to help attract a high tech sawmill business to Crockett at a meeting of the CEIDC directors…
Members of the Crockett Economic & Industrial Development Corporation Board of Directors discussed a tax abatement agreement and incentives they and city and county officials are offering in an effort to help attract a high tech sawmill business to Crockett at a meeting of the CEIDC directors Thursday evening, Oct. 1. (ALTON PORTER|HCC PHOTO)
Sep 23, 2020

40 Crockett businesses assisted by economic taskforce

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Many local businesses, like others across the state and nation, were severely financially impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The recently appointed Crockett Economic Recovery Taskforce established a Small Business Relief Fund and presented $500 checks to 40 small businesses in the city…
Many local businesses, like others across the state and nation, were severely financially impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The recently appointed Crockett Economic Recovery Taskforce established a Small Business Relief Fund and presented $500 checks to 40 small businesses in the city that experienced losses caused by the pandemic in an effort to assist them in recovering. Above, James Gentry, center, a member of the taskforce presented checks to two of the business owners, Regina Tillis, of Chuckwagon Grill, and W.L. Tillis, of Tillis Tire & Detail. (Courtesy Photo)
Aug 28, 2020

CERT members deliver face masks to business owners

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Employees of the Houston County Courier joined Managing Editor Toni Browning, a CERT member to deliver facial masks to Crockett businesses. Pictured from the left are Ashley Keenan, Brandy Jones and Toni Browning. ( ALTON PORTER|HCC PHOTO) BY TONI BROWNINGManaging [email protected] The City…
Employees of the Houston County Courier joined Managing Editor Toni Browning, a CERT member to deliver facial masks to Crockett businesses. Pictured from the left are Ashley Keenan, Brandy Jones and Toni Browning. ( ALTON PORTER|HCC PHOTO)
Aug 14, 2020

Melbo’s Holdup

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Photos by Brian Besch | Polk County Enterprise David John Lafray is taken into custody on a charge of aggravated robbery of a convenience store Tuesday afternoon. Lafray was placed into a Livingston patrol vehicle at a Valero on Highway 190 next to Huddle House, after allegedly fleeing the robbery…
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Jul 22, 2020

Onalaska ISD holds summer meeting for fall plans

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Onalaska ISD board members talk about the logistics of the 2020-2021 school year while sporting a variety of masks, including homemade, paper, and even one with a clear plastic shield to better communicate with hearing-impaired individuals. (Emily Kubisch-Sabrsula Photo) By Emily Kubisch-Sabrsula…
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Jul 15, 2020

Run-off election results are in

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Staff reports Polk Couny - In the Republican Runoff for Pct. 1 County Commissioner, Guylene Robertson jumped out to a lead when early voting results were posted at 7 p.m. Robertson got 912 votes to 656 for incumbent Bob Willis. When all the ballots were counted, Robertson had 1,204 (60.81%) to 776…
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Feb 10, 2020

Crockett residents receive new homes

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Six Crockett residents are the proud recipients of four new homes built for them free-of charge under the auspices of the recently established City of Crockett HOME program that partnered with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and the US Department of Housing and Urban…
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