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080722 former cia agent speaks

Former cia operative speaks

James M. Olson, a former undercover operative for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), recently spoke to the Republican Club of Polk County and its guests. Olson spoke about working undercover for seven past presidents, commenting that none of those years…
Amanda Barker
Polk County News - Breakout
080722 big sandy school

Big Sandy ISD information corrected

From Enterprise Staff All of the back-to-school information for the Big Sandy Independent School District that ran in the special back-to-school supplement in the July 31 issue of the Polk County Enterprise was incorrect, including the date for the first day of school. Students in the Big Sandy ISD returned to school on Wednesday, Aug. 10. The corrected information appears on page 3A of the August 7 issue. We sincerely regret the mistake and any confusion that resulted from it. Go Wildcats!
080722 hometown mayor

Hometown mayor

“When you have been here 50 years, you are kind of invested in your city, especially being a small town.” — Onalaska Mayor James W. Arnett By Brian Beschpcenewsroom@gmail.com Onalaska elected one of its own in May when James W. Arnett won the bid for mayor. That may not sound like a big deal in the majority of East Texas, but for a town that has seen a steady climb in population and so many move-ins, having someone who knows the town could have advantages. The polls would say that is the case. Defeating Paul Laverty and Bart Goldsmith, Arnett convincingly took more than 64% of the vote. “Even being on city council for close to 15 years, it is still a different learning curve,” Arnett said of his first few months. “Most of the time, you don’t know the ins and outs of the daily stuff, so you have to get up to speed on things that have been in the works that you might not be privy to being on council.” Arnett grew up in Onalaska, not too far from city hall. About 15 years ago, Arnett…
080722 burn ban on agenda

Burn ban, personnel on agenda

The Onalaska City Council considered extending the burn ban during its regular meeting Tuesday. In personnel matters, Council considered approval of Macy George as a full-time office assistant and Joshua Watson as a full-time school resource officer, both with the standard 90-day probationary period. A presentation on behalf of the Polk County Long Term Recovery Board is on the agenda. Reports will be presented on behalf of the police department, fire department, fire marshal/building inspector, library representative and city administrator. Other items on the agenda include approval of the minutes, payment of vouchers and financial reports.
080722 city review budget

City to review budget

The preliminary budget for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 will be presented to the Livingston City Council for review during its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Council is slated to call a public hearing on the budget to be set for Sept. 13. Council is slated to discuss and consider action on proposed ordinances amending Article II of Chapter 40, regarding electric service, and Article I of Chapter 34, regarding solid waste, of the Code of Ordinances. The annual review and amendment of the City of Livingston investment policy will be conducted. A proposed resolution accepting a deed from Sam Rayburn Municipal Power Agency conveying two electrical substations is also on the agenda. An executive session is also on the agenda at which time Council is expected to consult with the city attorney and deliberate the employment or appointment of an employee. However, any action will be taken upon return to open session. Council is slated to recognize Livingston Main Street as a 2022…

Tyler County News

080411 chester school safety

Chester ISD board discusses safety issues

Tyler County News - Breakout Amanda Barker
By Chuck Davidson CHESTER – Board president Ray McKnight called the meeting of the Chester ISD Board of Trustees to order at 6 p.m. last Monday with four board members plus Chester ISD Superintendent Paul Drake and new principal Kim Capps. After her introduction to all present Sam Handley led all with a prayer and the pledges. Also present were Chuck Davidson, Austin Odom and Mrs. Pounds, with Davidson making public comment regarding the Lions club. Safety and security were the key discussion…

Trinity County News

080411 council discusses pd

Council discusses Police Department

Trinity County News - Breakout Amanda Barker
TCNS staff GROVETON — The city’s police chief, Justin Cowart, told Groveton City Council members that he has training scheduled with numerous agencies, including the Trinity Police Department, revolving around school safety and active shooter on campus. Cowart also said that there are discussions for training with Groveton ISD. He said that law enforcement agencies and school districts are being proactive in light of the tragedy in Uvalde. Additionally, the department told the council that they…

Houston County News

080422 ashby quest academy

Ashby to visit Quest Academy

Houston County News - Breakout Amanda Barker
By Jan Whitejan@hccourier.com CROCKETT – On Thursday, August 11, State Representative Trent Ashby is scheduled to visit Quest Collegiate Academy located at 1303 E. Houston Avenue in Crockett. Quest Academy is a tuition-free public charter school designed with the goal of creating responsible, goal-oriented students who are focused on academic success. Ashby is scheduled to visit each of the classrooms before heading outside to present a new Texas Flag to the school. Jeannie Julian, a teacher at…

Polk County News

080722 former cia agent speaks

Former cia operative speaks

Polk County News - Breakout Amanda Barker
James M. Olson, a former undercover operative for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), recently spoke to the Republican Club of Polk County and its guests. Olson spoke about working undercover for seven past presidents, commenting that none of those years were as dire as what the country is presently facing. Olson is the author of two books, “Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying” and “To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence.” This is the second time Olson has spoken to the club,…

San Jacinto County News

080411 burn ban extendend

County extends burn ban

San Jacinto County News - Breakout Amanda Barker
By Tony Farkasnews@sanjacnews.com COLDSPRING — The San Jacinto County Commissioners Court extended the county’s burn ban for another month at its regular meeting on Wednesday. According to the order, the conditions that caused the imposition of the ban still exist, and any outdoor burning would create a public safety hazard. The order will be revisited in 30 days, or when conditions improve. In other business, the county: •approved paying $5,836 out of county funds, as opposed to a grant, for…

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