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Deep East Singing Convention set for Aug. 26

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The Deep East Texas Singing Convention at Promise Land Baptist Church, 208 Whitehouse Drive, Lufkin, Texas will be held Friday, August 26 at 6 p.m., refreshments to follow, and Saturday, August 27 at 10 a.m., lunch will be served. There will be an afternoon session on Saturday also. This event is free to the public. For more information call 936-829-2703.

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Big Time Texas Hunts, entries open for 2022-23 season

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AUSTIN — This season, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Big Time Texas Hunts program is offering Texans some of the very best hunting opportunities in the state. Ten premium guided hunt packages are offered in this year’s Big Time Texas Hunts drawing.

In the last 25 years, Big Time Texas Hunt participants have helped raise more than $18 million to fund wildlife research, habitat conservation and public hunting access. The 2021-22 hunting season was the biggest revenue producing year for the program, raising more than $1.32 million. 

Conservation efforts funded by Big Time Texas Hunts include desert bighorn sheep restoration work in West Texas, thousands of acres of brush control work across the state for the benefit of species like mule deer, pronghorn and quail, along with multiple grassland restoration projects. Public hunting efforts include the funding of numerous public hunting leases and the purchase of hunting equipment like ADA accessible blinds for a number of Wildlife Management Areas (WMA).

“Hunters pay for conservation and the BTTH program is the perfect example of that,” said Kevin Mote, TPWD’s Private Lands and Public Hunting program director. “In our 26th year, we are extremely excited to continue offering hunters an opportunity at once in a lifetime hunting opportunities and raising important wildlife conservation funding at the same time.”

Some of the popular hunts included in this year’s drawing include an Exotic Safari, where the winner and a guest will have a chance to hunt gemsbok and scimitar-horned oryx at Mason Mountain WMA — plus win a Browning X-Bolt Hunter .270 rifle with Leupold scope being donated by McBride’s Guns in Austin, the Texas Grand Slam which offers the winner four separate hunts for desert bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, pronghorn, and desert mule deer, and the Ultimate Mule Deer Hunt, a three-to five-day hunt for mature mule deer in the Texas Panhandle.

Big Time Texas Hunts entries are available online for $9 each or for $10 each at license retailers, or by calling 800-895-4248. The deadline to purchase entries is Oct. 15 and winners will be announced within two weeks.

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PCSO looking for suspect

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The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect who is currently wanted on three felony warrants, with additional warrants pending.

On Thursday at approximately 1 a.m., Jason Clowers ran from Polk County Sheriff officers near RB’s Lake Grocery and threatened to shoot deputies who were on the scene. He is thought to be possibly armed with a weapon.

Clowers is a white male, 44, standing 5-feet-7, and weighs approximately 170 pounds.

Those with information on Clowers’ current whereabouts are asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810. An anonymous tip may also be submitted at p3tips.com, the P3 App, or by calling the Polk County Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP, where tipsters may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.

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IAH secure adult detention facility to raise mental health awareness through summer

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From Enterprise Staff

IAH Secure Adult Detention Facility will focus on mental health and wellness through September as part of its “Fit for Life” initiative. The facility aims to help residents and staff understand and improve their mental health.

IAH officials said Fit for Life has been very effective for the residents and staff during the first two quarters of the year, as IAH has already implemented plans targeting healthy eating and fitness.

“Mental health is too often ignored or misunderstood. Mental health is as important as physical health. We’ve designed a program to help our residents and staff create lasting mental health improvement habits,” IAH Warden Alexander Sanchez said.

The 2022 campaign has one area of focus per quarter. The first quarter was healthy eating, the second quarter was fitness, the third quarter is mental health and the fourth quarter will be environmental health.

During the second quarter, residents were able to walk nearly 500 miles and staff walked nearly 275 miles during the facility’s “Walk-a-thon.”

“We are pleased with the progress we have seen through emphasizing healthy eating and fitness this year. We will continue prioritizing improvements in mental and physical health,” Sanchez said.

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Train collides with crane

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Law enforcement is searching for a suspect who allegedly attempted to steal a crane last week, causing a collision with a train.

On Aug. 4 at approximately 10 p.m., an unknown subject stole a Caterpillar (CAT) TL642C Telehandler Crane/Forklift from the 4000 block area of U.S. Hwy 59 South, and attempted to drive over the railroad tracks.

The crane became stuck near the tracks and the forks of the crane were subsequently struck by a train, causing minor damage to the train and significant damage to the crane.

Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Detectives immediately responded to the scene and the investigation is still underway at this time.

Those with information that may help with the investigation are asked to contact the Polk County sheriff’s office and speak to a detective at 936-327-6810. An anonymous tip may be submitted at p3tips.com, the P3 App, or by calling Polk County Crime Stoppers, at 936-327-STOP, where tipsters may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.

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