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Jan 27, 2021

Wilkinson commits to Rich Mountain

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PHOTO COURTESY OF COLMESNEIL ISD ATHLETICS Colmesneil Lady Dog (and soon-to-be Rich Mountain Buck) Sunnie Wilkinson at bat. By Chris Edwards COLMESNEIL – Lady Dogs softballer Sunnie Wilkinson announced her commitment to play for the Rich Mountain Bucks last week. Wilkinson, a senior, announced the…
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…
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Jan 25, 2021

Last-second prayer unanswered (VIDEO)

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COURTESY PHOTO By Brian Besch Goodrich had a chance to send Friday's game versus Burkeville into overtime at the buzzer, but fell a bit short in a 49-46 contest. Down by three with nine seconds remaining, Goodrich inbounded the ball. They missed two field goals in the lane before tossing up a…
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Jan 25, 2021

Goodrich rides second half play to victory (VIDEO)

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COURTESY PHOTO The Goodrich Lady Hornets got a spark in the locker room that vaulted the team to a comfortable 51-24 win Friday over Burkeville. The Lady Hornets led 13-10 at the half, but received some “encouragement” to play with increased intensity in the final two frames. “I told them that…
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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…
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…
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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 21, 2021

Playoff contenders (VIDEO)

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BRIAN BESCH | PCE Chris Washington leans in for the dunk attempt. By Brian Besch The Lions established an early lead with its defense versus Liberty Tuesday, winning a 61-35 contest over the Panthers. A 20-2 lead early in the second quarter was enough to allow Livingston to coast for a while. They…
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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 19, 2021

An East Texan guide to environmental consciousness

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By Caleb Fortenberry For most Texans and Americans alike, there is a notion that we as individuals should not be concerned with the environment. So, here’s some hard hitting facts to consider before you blow this article off. Facts: According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in…
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Jan 18, 2021

Playing together as a team (VIDEO)

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BRIAN BESCH | PCE Kenadi Houser shoots for two in the lane. By Brian Besch The Onalaska Lady Cats proved just how far the team has come in a month's time, defeating New Waverly 63-27 Friday by the lake. In their first meeting, the Lady Dogs took a 51-37 match from December. Whether revenge,…
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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…
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…
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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

New homeschool hoops team building for the future

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LARRY LAMB | HCC East Texas Archers head coach Detrick Watts talks to players during a time-out against Crockett. By Larry Lamb Homeschool students in the Houston County area now have an opportunity to play on a basketball team close to home. The East Texas Archers, based in Lovelady, have already…
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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

Ready for the challenge (VIDEO)

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BRIAN BESCH | PCE Corynn Kaleh had six points in the first quarter and eight for the game. Lady Cats prepare for two games that will determine district lead By Brian Besch Tuesday’s game in Dallardsville seemed more of a formality than competition, as Big Sandy easily outscored Spurger 69-14. The…
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Jan 14, 2021

Wildcats play for district lead Friday (VIDEO)

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BRIAN BESCH | PCE Michael Hamilton led all scores with 14 Tuesday night. By Brian Besch A stifling defense made for easy offense as Big Sandy breezed past Spurger 83-13 Tuesday. Turnovers gave the game the look of a layup drill at times, as the Wildcats led by 17 after the first quarter and 33 at…
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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 14, 2021

Save our Stages, yes; trash brisket, NO

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Sen. John Cornyn’s tweet that’ll live in Texan infamy. By Chris Edwards I was going to open this with some variation of the old adage about a broken clock, but, nah, it’s a new year and new beginnings and whatnot. Reelected Senator John Cornyn’s piece of legislation from last year, the Save Our…
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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…
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…
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Jan 09, 2021

Outside shooting lifts Lady Pirates (Video)

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by Brian Besch The Leggett Lady Pirates established an early lead and coasted to a 59-41 win Friday over Goodrich. Shooting well through the first half, Leggett entered the locker room after doubling the Lady Hornets’ output, 34-17. “They played good defense and they moved the ball,” Lady Pirate…
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Jan 09, 2021

Pirates sail to victory over Goodrich w/Video

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by Brian Besch Round one of the Polk County rivalry went to Leggett Friday night, taking a 59-27 win over Goodrich in Dudley Dickens Gym. Varian Flournoy paced the Bucs with 26 points and Chase Parrish added 15. Leggett was consistent in each period, scoring at least 13 every eight minutes of play.…
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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 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 31, 2020

Lamar Cardinals sign Lovelady lineman

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COURTESY PHOTO Lovelady senior Carter Murray signs a National Letter of Intent to play football with Lamar University in Beaumont during a ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 16 in the LHS gym. By Larry Lamb Lamar University landed a big man to bolster its offensive line with the signing of Lovelady senior…
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Dec 31, 2020

Bulldogs knock down 12 treys in blasting Elkhart

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LARRY LAMB | HCC Crockett’s Delvin Walker launches one of his seven three-pointers against Elkhart in the district opener. By Larry Lamb You’d never know the Crockett Bulldogs had only played two games before their district opener. The Bulldogs swooshed in 12 three-point shots as they raced past…
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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 22, 2020

Crockett boys edge Madisonville in home debut

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LARRY LAMB | HCC Madisonville’s Casey Holliday (4) tries to wrestle the ball away from Crockett’s Chris Purvis-Torres during a non-district game Tuesday, Dec. 8 at The Hop. The Bulldogs won 48-44 to even their record at 1-1. By Larry Lamb Crockett and Madisonville’s hardwood reunion after a…
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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…
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…
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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…
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…
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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 16, 2020

Livingston nips Onalaska (Video)

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By Brian BeschPhotos by Brian Besch LIVINGSTON— The Livingston Lions escaped Tuesday with a narrow 59-55 home win over Onalaska. With several lead changes in the final period, the Lions were able to hold off a surging Wildcat squad. Onalaska put up 20 points in the fourth quarter to keep the game…
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Dec 15, 2020

Trinity County Basketball Score Roundup

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TONY FARKAS | TCNS Trinity Tiger Terius Maxie (No. 22 white) goes over a Lovelady defender during the team’s Dec. 8 matchup, which Trinity won 59-51. BOYS BASKETBALL Trinity Dec. 12 vs. Alpha Omega, 68-53 loss. Dec. 8 vs. Lovelady, 59-51 win. Groveton Dec. 11 vs. Hemphill, 56-35 loss. Centerville…
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Dec 15, 2020

CORRIGAN-CAMDEN FALLS TO ELKHART (VIDEO)

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BRIAN BESCH | PCE The Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs playing Elkhart on Friday December 11, 2020 on the north end of Polk County. COSTLY MISTAKES BY BRIAN BESCH CORRIGAN — The Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs lost a fourth-quarter lead to Elkhart and eventually the game 46-41 Friday on the north end of Polk…
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Dec 15, 2020

Growing pains

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BRIAN BESCH | PCE Central Heights winning over the Lady Dogs of Corrigan-Camden on Friday 11 Decmber, 2020. By Brian Besch Central Heights started quickly and had Friday’s district matchup decided in a quarter, winning over the Lady Dogs of Corrigan-Camden 72-8. Holding the Lady Dogs without 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

Life lessons learned from a tiny, orange kitty

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This is Tiny Kitten, and he’s a joy to be around. By Chris Edwards For those of you who are loyal readers of the scrawlings I spin here on this site (all three of you) there may be a few things you may have learned or will learn about me in our time together. For instance, you might become aware of…
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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 14, 2020

Too little too late (VIDEO)

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BRIAN BESCH | PCE Livingston’s Jon’Toyrian McNeal scored a game-high 27 points Tuesday. Liberty versus Livingston Lady Lions By Brian Besch The Livingston Lady Lions suffered their second district loss in as many games Tuesday, as the Liberty Lady Panthers escaped Polk County with a 45-42 win. “It…
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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 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 downs Woodville (VIDEO)

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TONY FARKAS | TCNS Trinity’s Jakai Miller-Gates (No. 13) goes up for two of his 18 points during a Dec. 4 match with Woodville. The Tigers won the game 62-59. TCNS staff TRINITY — Practice made for almost perfect as the Trinity Tigers downed the Woodville Eagles 62-59 on Friday. Head Coach Jacoby…
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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…
Dec 07, 2020

Coldspring runs past Shepherd, 73-51

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE Coldspring-Oakhurst guard Duke Lawniczak (with ball) puts up a shot in traffic against a host of Shepherd defenders. By JASON CHLAPEK COLDSPRING — It was nothing new for the Coldspring-Oakhurst and Shepherd boys basketball teams when they faced each other last week in…
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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 07, 2020

Pirates take defensive struggle

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BRIAN BESCH I PCE Freshman Josh Perkins shoots for two of his 20 points Wednesday. By Brian Besch LEGGETT - Leggett hosted their neighbors to the north Wednesday, defeating Corrigan-Camden 50-38. Josh Perkins led all scores with 20 and Chase Parrish had 19 to pace the Pirates. The freshman Perkins…
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Dec 07, 2020

Fast start, press lifts Big Sandy

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BRIAN BESCH I PCE Alexis Thompson of Big Sandy drives to the basket. She had 22 points Friday. By Brian Besch LEGGETT - The Big Sandy Lady Cats established a large early lead and coasted to a road victory Friday night, beating the Lady Pirates of Leggett, 83-15. The Wildcats grabbed a 33-0 lead…
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Dec 07, 2020

Leggett grinds out victory

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BRIAN BESCH I PCE Jacoby Sells scored a game-high 21 points Friday in Leggett’s win over Big Sandy. By Brian Besch LEGGETT - The Leggett Pirates took an impressive 43-36 win over the Big Sandy Wildcats Friday night in Dudley Dickens Gymnasium. Leggett secured an early lead in the match largely…
Dec 04, 2020

Boyce completes goal of winning state

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JASON CHLAPEK I PCE Onalaska senior William Boyce was the first runner to cross the finish line in the Class 3A boys state cross country Meet on Monday, Nov. 23, in Round Rock. The new state champion finished the race with a season-best time of 15 minutes, 38 seconds. By Jason Chlapek ROUND ROCK –…
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…
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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…
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…
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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 04, 2020

Lady Cats off to fast start in December

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PHOTO BY BRIAN BESCH I PCE Jamya Garrett shoots a jumper in the first half Tuesday. By Brian Besch The Big Sandy Lady Cats came back from their turkey-day break by defeating intra-county foe Goodrich 71-15 Tuesday night in Dallardsville. The game was never in doubt, as the Lady Cats scored just a…
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Dec 04, 2020

Big Sandy stings Hornets

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PHOTO BY BRIAN BESCH I PCE Weston Mayer puts up two of his game-leading 17 points for the Big Sandy Wildcats. By Brian Besch The Big Sandy Wildcats had no trouble disposing of Goodrich Tuesday with a 79-4 win. The ‘Cats were dominant from the beginning, establishing a 40-0 advantage before Goodrich…
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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

Trinity boys outclassed in season opener

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TONY FARKAS | TCN Trinity Lady Tiger Rayn Balli (No. 22) drives around Groveton defenders during a Nov. 7 game in Trinity. The Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Indians 44-22. By Tony Farkas TRINITY — An extended football season led to a late start for the Trinity Tigers’ basketball squad, and the lack…
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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

Onalaska duo aims for top spots

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LARRY LAMB I HCC Onalaska seniors Brady Neuman (left) and William Boyce will compete in the Class 3A cross country meet Monday afternoon in Round Rock. Boyce is aiming for the state championship, while Neuman, the front-runner for OHS’s Class of 2021 Valedictorian, is aiming for his personal-best…
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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…
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…
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Nov 27, 2020

Winning on the last shot - Onalaska over Big Sandy 47-45

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by Brian Beusch Onalaska scored in the final seconds to take a two-point advantage and eventually the game over Big Sandy 47-45 in a Monday matinee by the lake. With a 45-43 lead, Onalaska held a possession for over a minute draining it to 1:30. Once Big Sandy regained the basketball, sophomore…
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Nov 25, 2020

Wildcat Fight

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by Brian Buesch Big Sandy won a battle of turnovers 41-30 on the road Friday night over Onalaska to notch their second win of the young season. Both offenses struggled to put the ball in the hole in the first half, but each team was aggressive on defense to create new possessions. It led to a…
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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

Tyler County cross-country runners place at Regional meet

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JASON CHLAPEK | PCPC Spurger Pirates Colton Fredieu and Luis Jimenez cross the finish line. BY CHRIS EDWARDS HUNTSVILLE – Tyler County was well-represented at the UIL Region 3 Cross-Country Regional Meet. The meet, for the 2A through 6A conference schools, was held Nov. 9-10 in Huntsville at Sam…
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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…
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…
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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 18, 2020

Leggett, Livingston face off to begin schedule (VIDEO)

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BRIAN BESCH | PCE Livingston took a 60-44 home win over the 1A powerhouse. By Brian Besch LIVINGSTON - The Leggett Pirates and Livingston Lions did not exactly ease into the season with cupcake games. The two Polk County schools squared off against each other Saturday, with Livingston taking a…
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Nov 17, 2020

Lovelady girls open hoop season with victory (VIDEO)

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LARRY LAMB | HCC Lovelady girls basketball coach Kollyn McWhinney gives instructions to players during their season opener against Crockett. By Larry Lamb Lovelady’s girls basketball season got off to a winning start under new head coach Kollyn McWhinney against county rival Crockett, 58-27, on the…
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Nov 17, 2020

Lovelady cruises past Evadale in bi-district (VIDEO)

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LAWANNA MONK Lovelady’s Shaun Easterling abruptly stops Evadale quarterback Chase Smith on a keeper during the Lions’ 50-12 bi-district victory Thursday, Nov. 12 at Cleveland High School. Photo courtesy of Justin Dobbins. By Lawanna Monk Lovelady Lions claimed the bi-district football championship…
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Nov 17, 2020

Onalaska Lady Cats defeat Goodrich (VIDEO)

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BRIAN BESCH | PCE The Onalaska Lady Cats leave Goodrich with a 71-15 victory Friday over the Lady Hornets. By Brian Besch The Onalaska Lady Cats used a few different presses to leave Goodrich with a 71-15 victory Friday over the Lady Hornets. Behind 23 points from Kierra Anstee, 14 from Kylie Sisk,…
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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

Eagles fly past Trojans, 41-28

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COURTESY PHOTO The Trojans’ season came to an end last Thursday with a 41-28 playoff loss to Woodville. By Jason Chlapek CROCKETT – Ken Stanley had a hunch that the Coldspring-Oakhurst football team would have its hands full with Woodville last Thursday. The head coach of the Trojans proved to be…
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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 15, 2020

Livingston outlasted in bi-district

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Livingston Lions vs Chapel Hill Bulldogs by Brian Besch The first playoff trip in eight years for the Livingston Lions was a short one, as they were outscored 49-37 by the Tyler Chapel Hill Bulldogs Saturday night in New Caney. The fourth seed in 9-4A Div. I found a way to score more points over…
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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

Corrigan-Camden volleyball ends 2020 season as area finalists (VIDEO & GALLERY)

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BRIAN BESCH | PCE Lady Dogs end season as area finalists By Brian Besch TOMBALL- Corrigan-Camden saw its season come to an end in the area round of the playoffs Monday, dropping a 25-17, 25-20, 25-10 match to East Bernard at Tomball High School. The Lady Dogs started the first set in a 4-0 hole,…
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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…
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…
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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…
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…
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Nov 09, 2020

Crockett secures third place in 9-3A (VIDEO)

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PHOTO COURTESY OF LARRY LAMB Trinity’s Marquavian Jaramillo returns the opening kickoff against Crockett Friday night. By Larry Lamb The Crockett Bulldogs can breathe a little easier heading into the first round of the state football playoffs. Coach Jimmy Thompson’s crew took care of business in…
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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 07, 2020

Lions restore their roar (GALLERY & VIDEO)

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF LINDA JACOBS AND JO'HANNA PROCTOR Livingston Lions celebrate their victory on Friday November 6, 2020 as they win the district championship. By Brian Besch HUFFMAN - From worst to first, or maybe more accurate, from the outhouse to the penthouse. After winning only two games over…
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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…
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…
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Nov 06, 2020

Opinion - It was the insanest of times, or something

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Tony Farkas file photo Having been through quite a lot of elections in my decades of newspaper work, I have to say that this year’s was without a doubt the strangest. Only one other time that I can recall has an election been held where a winner wasn’t immediately known was the 2000 election…
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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…
Nov 04, 2020

Wildcats win 7th straight district title

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JASON CHLAPEK | PCE Onalaska athlete Kierra Anstee finishes third in the District 23-3A cross country meet last week in Anderson. Anstee will participate in the Region III-3A Meet Monday in Huntsville. By Jason Chlapek ANDERSON — For the seventh year in a row, the Onalaska boys cross country team…
Nov 04, 2020

Hornets take 2nd, qualify for region meet

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JASON CHLAPEK | PCE Goodrich athlete Aralyn Angel finishes third in the District 28-A Meet last week in Lufkin. Angel will compete in the Region IV-A Meet Monday in Corpus Christi. By Jason Chlapek LUFKIN — Frigid, rainy conditions were not enough to slow down Goodrich senior Joaxci Garzon, who won…
Nov 04, 2020

Beene wins 24-2A crown, Lady Cats qualify

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JASON CHLAPEK | PCE Big Sandy senior Bali Mitchell finishes fifth in the District 24-2A cross country meet last week. The Lady Cats finished second as a team and will compete in the Region III-2A Meet on Tuesday in Huntsville. By Jason Chlapek BROADDUS — Big Sandy junior Seth Beene Williams won the…
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Nov 04, 2020

Lions playing for district title

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PHOTO BY JO’HANNAH PROCTOR Livingston running back Lynn Johnson (23) runs with several Little Cypress-Mauriceville defenders hanging on him trying to bring him down Friday night. By Brian Besch LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Lions ran their district record to 4-0 by defeating the Little…
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Nov 04, 2020

Bulldogs chomp Warriors, 28-14

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PHOTO BY ALBERT TREVINO A Corrigan-Camden wide receiver hauls in a pass as a Warren defender hangs on for dear life to try and bring him down Friday night. By Albert Trevino The Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs defeated the Warren Warriors 28-14 on Friday. It was the first district win for new head coach…
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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…
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,…
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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…
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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 EDWARDSnews@tylercountybooster.com TYLER COUNTY – With Election Day on Tuesday, the end came to a contentious presidential…
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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

Tigers clinch playoff berth (VIDEO)

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TONY FARKAS | TCNS Trinity Tiger wide receiver Jamarian Hall runs through trouble during a Friday, Oct. 30, game against the Westwood Panthers. Trinity won the game 34-28. By Scott WomackTCNS Correspondent TRINITY — The Tigers entered the 2020 season with one goal, to advance to the playoffs. A…
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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

The strength of a debate reflected in a man

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Tony Farkas file photo By Tony Farkas I’m sure it would be real easy to assume that I’m all about President Donald Trump, given that I’m extremely conservative in my views on all things political. Hey, I like the guy, because his approach to politics is akin to a bull in a china shop, and I’ve felt…
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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

Great gourds: Warren man grows giant pumpkins

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CHRIS EDWARDS | TCB Rusty West poses with one of his giant pumpkins. Several average-sized pumpkins lend an interesting comparison. By Chris Edwards WARREN – It all begins with a seed. From the mightiest oak to a pine sapling out in a field, they all started as a single seed. Humans and their…
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Oct 29, 2020

The Tao of Billy Joe Shaver

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Billy Joe Shaver, legendary singer/songwriter/poet/Texan. 1939-2020. IMAGE COURTESY OF BILLY JOE SHAVER.COM Country music legend Billy Joe Shaver died Oct. 28, 2020, at the age of 81. This column, by Chris Edwards was originally published in the Oct. 16, 2014 edition of the Tyler County Booster. It…
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Oct 29, 2020

Playoff Bound: Lions clinch postseason berth with 21-7 victory

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PHOTO BY JO’HANNAH PROCTOR Livingston wide receiver Chris Washington (7) sprints past Vidor defenders on a catch-and-run 76-yard touchdown play in the Lions’ 21-7 victory against the Pirates Friday night in Livingston. By Brian Besch The Livingston Lions pushed their winning streak to six games…
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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…
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…
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Oct 23, 2020

Lady Jackets make easy work of Kennard, Apple Springs

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JANA RAYBURN | TCB Lady Jacket Olivia Gilzow goes up for a kill in recent action. The Lady Jackets are currently 11-1 for the season. By Jana Rayburn TYLER COUNTY - The Chester Lady Jackets went two for two last week, defeating both Kennard and Apple Springs. These two wins bring the Lady Jackets…
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Oct 22, 2020

American Pickers to film in Texas

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Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe are the stars of the show “American Pickers.” They are planning to film episodes in Texas during the month of November and are looking for people with private antique collections. From American Pickers media relations Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team are excited to…
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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 22, 2020

Lovelady Volleyball

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The Lovelady Lady Lions volleyball team had reason to smile Tuesday night after defeating Groveton to clinch the District 23-2Achampionshipwith a 10-2 record. School officials say this is Lovelady’s first district volleyball title since 1968. Team members are Jacy Stubblefield (0), Courtney Spoerle…
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Oct 20, 2020

Did you know?

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PHOTO BY YVONNE CONES The Coldspring community center is open for operation. By Yvonne Cones Did you know that Coldspring Community Center is open for business? This is the center at 101 E. Cedar Ave. near the courthouse and not the community shelter recentlybuilt.The Coldspring Center was created…
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…
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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 20, 2020

Breaking down barriers

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Photo by Linda Jacobs and Jo’Hannah Proctor Livingston quarterback Damian Ruiz (3) dives into the end zone during the Lions’ 35-14 win at Splendora Friday night. Ruiz ran for two touchdowns and threw three more touchdown passes. By Brian Besch MONTGOMERY COUNTY – Livingston football keeps rolling,…
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Oct 20, 2020

Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs lose defensive struggle, 6-0

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PHOTO BY ALBERT TREVINO The Corrigan-Camden defense takes down an Anderson-Shiro running back during Friday’s 6-0 loss in Anderson. By Albert Trevino POLK COUNTY– The Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs fell to the Anderson-Shiro Fighting Owls in a 6-0 shutout from Grimes County. In a low-scoring showcase for…
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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…
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…
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Oct 19, 2020

Lovelady outlasts West Sabine

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Lovelady DefenseLovelady’s Joel Pomeroy (12) and Carter Murray (75) put pressure on the West Sabine quarterback Friday night in Pineland. Photo by Lawanna Monk By Lawanna Monk HOUSTON COUNTY - A 100-mile-plus trip to Pineland was worth it for the Lovelady Lions and their fans Friday night. The…
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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 19, 2020

Festival to benefit special needs camp this weekend

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PHOTO COURTESY OF SHINYRIBS.ORG Kevin Russell of the popular Austin-based roots rockers Shinyribs will headline the annual Hogs and Strings event. By Chris Edwards TYLER COUNTY –This Saturday will provide area residents starved of entertainment and fun as of late (no thanks to COVID) a chance to…
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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

Censorship in any form a terrible thing

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Tony Farkas, editor of the Trinity County News-Standard A report in the New York Post, the only newspaper in the nation’s largest city that’s worth reading, details a connection between former Vice President Joe Biden, currently running for president of the U.S., and a Russian firm. This connection…
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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…
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…
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Oct 15, 2020

Cross Country Latexo Groveton Oct. 14 (video)

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Latexo runners Eli Filer and Eduardo Rodriguez (l-r) battle down the stretch in the Tiger Invitational Wednesday, Oct. 14 at Shartle Ranch. Filer edged out his teammate to claim the 10thplace medal. By Larry Lamb HOUSTON COUNTY - With the district cross-country meet just a week away, the Latexo…
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…
Izelhia Enard carries past the block of Lion offensive lineman Caleb Gann to pick up yardage. (Photo by Jo’Hannah Proctor)
Oct 15, 2020

Lions obtain district win

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Izelhia Enard carries past the block of Lion offensive lineman Caleb Gann to pick up yardage. (Photo by Jo’Hannah Proctor) By Albert Trevino The Livingston Lions came from behind Saturday for a 35-14 victory at home against the Lumberton Raiders in the first district match of the season. In a game…
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Oct 15, 2020

Childrenz Haven plans raffle, welcomes 2020-21 board

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LIVINGSTON — Quarantines can squash a gala but not a Louis Vuitton purse raffle of two bags in a Facebook Live drawing during the Polk County Chamber of Commerce’s Diva Night on Nov. 5. The Childrenz Haven Board approved the fundraiser at their September meeting, led by new Executive Board members…
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)
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 Chlapekeditor@polkenterprise.com 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 Beschpcenewsroom@gmail.com 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.
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 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…
The Trinity defense wraps up a Diboll runner in the backfield during Friday’s district matchup.
Oct 08, 2020

Tigers fall to 0-2 in district play

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The Trinity defense wraps up a Diboll runner in the backfield during Friday’s district matchup. By Scott WomackTCNS Correspondent TRINITY — In hopes of rebounding from a loss to Diboll, the Tigers traveled to Coldspring-Oakhurst Friday Night for the second of six district games. The Trojans took…
Some volunteers brought heavy equipment to facilitate easier cleanup of the EMS area. (Photos by Philip Schmitten)
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 Farkaseditor@trinityconews.com GROVETON — A disagreement over the status of property in Groveton has led to the…
Coldspring-Oakhurst quarterback Duke Lawniczak (3) rolls out as he looks for an open wide receiver during the Trojans’ 48-8 rout of Trinity last Friday. (Photo by Scott Womack)
Oct 08, 2020

Trojans tame Tigers, 48-8

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Coldspring-Oakhurst quarterback Duke Lawniczak (3) rolls out as he looks for an open wide receiver during the Trojans’ 48-8 rout of Trinity last Friday. (Photo by Scott Womack) By Kraig Erwin COLDSPRING — The Coldspring-Oakhurst Trojans opened up District 9-3A-Division I play last Friday with a…
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Oct 08, 2020

IT CAN BE DONE - Point Blank, churches join forces for monthly food drive

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Members of Point Blank Community Church wait to serve patrons. By Jason Chlapeknews@sanjacnews.com POINT BLANK — Pat Chandler gets emotional when she thinks about her late husband’s vision. Clyde Chandler, former mayor of Point Blank, passed away in July, but his vision lives on. That vision is a…
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

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…
Former Livingston resident Latisha Darden-Taylor (left) and her husband, Billy Taylor. Latisha has her own cosmetic line, Classy Fashion Cosmetics. (Contributed photo)
Oct 08, 2020

Fashion is her passion

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Former Livingston resident Latisha Darden-Taylor (left) and her husband, Billy Taylor. Latisha has her own cosmetic line, Classy Fashion Cosmetics. (Contributed photo) Former Livingston resident has own cosmetic line By Jason Chlapekeditor@polkenterprise.com Beauty has always been one of Latisha…
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Oct 08, 2020

Polk, Montgomery Sheriffs nab suspects

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Paul Wayne Mills By Brian Beschpcenewsroom@gmail.com 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…
Lakeland Hideaway was one of four subdivisions placed under a boil water notice Tuesday morning. (Jason Chlapek Photo)
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 Chlapekeditor@polkenterprise.com Polk County-An equipment repair change led to the Lake Livingston Water Supply implementing a boil water notice Tuesday morning for four…
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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…
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

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…
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)
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…
One of Garnet and Tim Freeman’s children ponders on which peach she wants to eat on a sunny day. (Photo by Jason Chlapek/TCNS)
Oct 01, 2020

Family takes over local blueberry farm

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One of Garnet and Tim Freeman’s children ponders on which peach she wants to eat on a sunny day. (Photo by Jason Chlapek/TCNS) By Tony Farkaseditor@trinityconews.com TRINITY — Reconnecting with family led Garnet and Tim Freeman to an unlikely, but satisfying, second life in East Texas — one that…
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)
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…
Yvette Davis prepares the cookies for desert for the GISD lunch menu.
Sep 20, 2020

GISD cafeteria serves up nutritious cuisine

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Yvette Davis prepares the cookies for desert for the GISD lunch menu. From Staff Reports Students who attend Groveton ISD can bet meals are going to be good and nutritious. Child Nutrition Director Debbie Wilson and her staff of eight dedicated assistants make sure that more than 265 students eat a…
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 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 Editornews@hccourier.com The City…
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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…
The Bulldogs began practice this week and new head coach Brett Ratliff said he is impressed with his squad’s effort. (Photo by Brian Besch)
Aug 10, 2020

Bulldog football underway

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The Bulldogs began practice this week and new head coach Brett Ratliff said he is impressed with his squad’s effort. (Photo by Brian Besch) By Brian Beschpcenewsroom@gmail.com Polk County-Once in earshot of the Corrigan-Camden practice fields, you can hear both music and the sounds of football.…
State Representative James White (left) attended Thursday’s meeting to help potential business owners. Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy (right) helped facilitate the meeting.
Aug 04, 2020

Getting into business

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State Representative James White (left) attended Thursday’s meeting to help potential business owners. Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy (right) helped facilitate the meeting. By Brian Beschpcenewsroom@gmail.cm Polk County-A group of potential business owners were provided information and insight…
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Jul 22, 2020

High school athletics to begin in August

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By Brian Beschpcenewsroom@gmail.com Polk County-An announcement from the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Tuesday revealed the state’s larger schools will endure a month-long setback for high school fall sports. The good news for enthusiasts of football, volleyball, cross country and tennis…
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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…
Phillips has already done some homework on his new team over the past week, studying game film from the 2019-20 Lion season.
Jul 13, 2020

Livingston welcomes new hoops coach

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Phillips has already done some homework on his new team over the past week, studying game film from the 2019-20 Lion season. By Brian Besch pcenewsroom@gmail.com Livingston - One of the perks of coaching in Texas for decades is the acquaintances, connections and friends made through the profession.…
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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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