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AT&T reports nationwide outages

By Chris Edwards news@tylercountybooster.com Nationwide, last Thursday, a mass outage of cellular phone service was reported. Customers of AT&T, as well as Verizon, T-Mobile and Cricket Wireless were affected, but according to reports, AT&T customers were the…

Pct. 3 constable candidate arrested for impersonating public servant

STOCK PHOTO By Tony Farkasnews@sanjacnews.com A candidate for the San Jacinto County Precinct 2 constable’s position was arrested in January, a move that he is calling politically motivated. Peter Sparta, a former deputy constable in Precinct 2, was arrested Jan. 11 by deputies of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of impersonating…
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Georgia-Pacific awarded on the Forbes America’s Best Large Employers 2024 List

In addition to being named as one of Forbes’ best large employers, Georgia-Pacific’s Polk County facilities were recently awarded the Large Business of the Year by the Polk County Chamber of Commerce. Pictured (l to r) are Georgia-Pacific employees Earlina Penson, Cathey Page, Yana Ogletree, Lester Knight, Andrew Boyce, former chamber president;…
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Texas gives $125 million to rural sheriffs, prosecutors for pay increases

Several vehicles were parked outside of the Real County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 12, 2022. Kaylee Greenlee Beal for The Texas Tribune By Carlos Nogueras RamosTexas Tribune ODESSA — Texas has awarded $125 million in grants to rural sheriffs and prosecutors across the state, the Texas Comptroller said in a statement last week — an effort to help…
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TxDOT scholarship fund rewards students for cleaning up their communities

Special to the Booster AUSTIN – Texas students who helped clean up and beautify their communities can now apply for a scholarship contest awarding a total of $10,000. The annual Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship Contest is now accepting applications for the 2024 school year. All Texas high school seniors currently attending public, private or…
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Two injured in one-vehicle crash

Two people were injured after colliding with a fallen tree on FM 2262 on Saturday. Courtesy photo TCNS staff TRINITY COUNTY — Texas Department of Public Safety troopers investigated a crash on Farm-to-Market Road 2262, approximately three miles east of U.S. Highway 287, that occurred Saturday, February 17, 2024. The preliminary crash investigation…
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Woman charged with felony negligence

STOCK PHOTO A Livingston woman is in jail after felony charges Thursday that involved an infant. On Thursday, narcotics detectives with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mary Ann Burkett, 48, of Livingston, on the felony charge of endangering a child with criminal negligence. The arrest stems from a Child Protective Services investigation…
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Local publishing company prevails in defamation case

Brought by former assistant DA By Emily Banks Wooteneditor@polkenterprise.com In what is considered a huge win for journalism, the Supreme Court of Texas on Friday reversed a lower court’s ruling, effectively dismissing a suit filed by Tommy L. Coleman against Polk County Publishing Company and Valerie Reddell, former editor of the Polk County…
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Missing girl’s body found in river

PRESS CONFERENCE HELD - Polk County Criminal District Attorney Shelly Sitton and Polk County Sheriff Byron Lyons take questions from the media during a press conference Tuesday afternoon where it was reported that the body of 11-year-old Audrii Cunningham, missing since 7 a.m. Feb. 15, had been located. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten Amber Alert…
PRESS CONFERENCE HELD - Polk County Criminal District Attorney Shelly Sitton and Polk County Sheriff Byron Lyons take questions from the media during a press conference Tuesday afternoon where it was reported that the body of 11-year-old Audrii Cunningham, missing since 7 a.m. Feb. 15, had been located. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten

Nature Hike

Join Ranger Eric for an afternoon, low-intensity nature hike at the Lake Livingston State Park at 1 p.m. on Feb. 25. Learn about the park, the different plants and animals found in the park and the important role they play in the park environment. Ranger Eric will offer a night hikes at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24. Bring a flashlight and see which animals…
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Breaking Story: Investigation is ongoing and fluid into disappearance of local child

By Emily Banks Wooteneditor@polkenterprise.com “This investigation is very fluid. However, I can say we identified a backpack yesterday at the dam that is consistent with that belonging to the child. We are going through the contents and evaluating,” Lieutenant Craig Cummings, a spokesperson with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said during…
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One arrested, two wanted

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Livingston man after an investigation last week. There is also a search for two wanted suspects with felony warrants. On Wednesday, Polk County Narcotics Detectives conducted an investigation into the use and sale of methamphetamine in the Putnam’s Landing subdivision. As a result of that…
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LUNCH INTERRUPTED

Three individuals’ lunches were suddenly interrupted at Alma’s Courthouse Whistle Stop Cafe Tuesday when this tire came off of a vehicle driving by and crashed through the front window right over their table. Livingston Police Department responded to the scene, as did Allegiance EMS. The diners were treated at the scene for non-incapacitating…
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Alabama-Coushatta longleaf pine restoration to be featured on PBS

From Enterprise Staff A segment airing on PBS this week will feature efforts to restore the longleaf pine tree to the native landscape in Deep East Texas. The segment will air on the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show on PBS stations throughout the state. The show airs Saturdays at 5 a.m. and 3 p.m., as well as Mondays at 11 p.m. on the…
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Five arrested in Indian Springs

Five Polk County residents have been jailed after one evaded law enforcement on a four-wheeler. On Wednesday, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Detectives were conducting traffic enforcement in the Indian Springs Subdivision of Polk County, where they encountered a male subject on a four-wheeler. After the officer attempted to initiate a…
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Corrigan-Camden ISD teacher arrested

JerniganA Corrigan-Camden ISD teacher was placed in the Polk County Jail Thursday, charged with an improper relationship with a student. At the request of the Corrigan Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas Rangers assisted in the arrest of the teacher, following an investigation that began on Jan. 30 of this year.…
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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 ended on Sept. 30 was $121,270. The projected total income for the fiscal year was $111,400.One of the things Wood believes helped the city was its sales tax revenue. It has gone up each of the last seven years from $40,964.50 in 2013-14 to $76,854.20 in 2019-20.

“One of the more interesting charts is the sales tax that the city’s received during the fiscal year,” Wood said. “In 2014, we were at $40,000, which averaged about $3,400 a month. Now we’re getting $76,000, which is averaging $6,400 a month. This substantial increase is due to getting all of the people on the tax rolls that needed to be. This has stayed constant.”

During the previous fiscal year, the lowest the city took in sales tax revenue was $4,177.51, which was during the statewide shutdown because of Covid-19. However, the city bounced back to collect more than $6,000 per month in each of the last five months of the fiscal year, including a seven-year high of $9,055.57 in August.

“This comes from people living up here as opposed to just using their summer or vacation homes,” Wood said. “Instead of going back to Houston, they’re either working up here or moving up here. If you look at Point Blank, you won’t see any houses for sale. This is unusual and I don’t know how long it’s going to last; if it’s purely Covid-related or if it’s an honest increase in population. This is Precinct 4 and this is where thepredominant development in San Jacinto County is. It’s a little hard to tell how much of this is actually from Covid and how much of it is real growth. We’re a retirement community and I don’t see anything dynamic. It’s pretty interesting.”

While there is some growth in Point Blank, Wood said that growth in commerce would be more beneficial as opposed to just residential growth. He also said there have been rumors going around that his city has been mentioned in the talks of being in or along the Interstate 14 corridor, which is expected to follow the US Highway 190 corridor.

"I don’t think a lot of people want growth,” Wood said. “It would be nice to have some jobs and industry here. There’s a lot of things going on.”

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