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Enter to win grand prize package worth $1200

From Enterprise Staff

In an effort to disseminate information to Polk Countians instantly, the new East Texas News app will deliver breaking news to all who download it.

When the free-of-charge app is acquired, there is an option to enable push notifications for the latest reports. Go to any app store and download easttexasnews.com to your mobile device. In addition, the app gives access to news, photos, videos and more to the five-county region of Polk, Tyler, San Jacinto, Trinity and Houston County.

As an incentive, everyone who downloads the app from now until the end of the month can be entered into a drawing. The grand prize package worth $1,200 that includes a surprise adventure weekend in East Texas. That drawing will occur on air at easttexasnews.com March 1 to announce the winner.

To enter, download the app to your mobile device. Then, screen shot your home screen and email or text with your name and contact information to Polk County Publisher Kelli Barnes. Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text 409-594-7408. 

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Looking for suspects

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The Livingston Police Department is investigating a theft that occurred at a local business. The two subjects in the photographs are currently persons of interest in the investigation.  Those with information on the identity and location of the individuals or vehicle are asked to contact the Livingston Police Department at 936-327-3117 (reference case number 220100553). Courtesy photos

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Celebrate Black History - New exhibit at Sam Houston Museum

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The Sam Houston Memorial Museum presents the new exhibit “12 Plus One.”  This is an exhibition revealing the ongoing research by the museum of the twelve individuals listed on Sam Houston’s probate inventory in 1863 plus the one who was not listed.  Each of these people were born into slavery and though their journeys were different, all eventually found themselves working and caring for the Houston family.  They performed duties that were essential to the success of Sam Houston’s legacy until becoming freed citizens after emancipation.

“The museum would like to further our research and expand our knowledge on Joshua, Eliza, Jeff and the other slaves associated with the Houston family,” said Jude Routh, Curator of Exhibits.  “We owe a special thanks to Don Williams, PhD and history students of Zach Doleshal, PhD:  Naomi Baum and Cobi Jones, with help from SHSU Thomason Room and the Huntsville Public Library for the most recent contributions to this research project.”  

“This exhibit highlights two things to me,” said Derrick Birdsall, Museum Director.  “First, sharing what we do know of Joshua, Eliza, Jeff, Tom, and the others.  Secondly, it highlights just how much we have yet to learn, and hope to learn, about the other enslaved people who lived and worked on the Houston farm.”

“12 Plus One” will be on display from January 13 – February 27, 2022 at the museum’s Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center located at 1402 19th Street.

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum is a part of Sam Houston State University and dedicated to preserving the memory of Sam Houston and his times. The museum complex is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit the museum website at samhoustonmemorialmuseum.com or call the museum at 936-294-1832.

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IAH new project

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Facility embarks on program promoting healthy living

From Enterprise Staff

IAH Secure Adult Detention Facility is embarking on a new yearlong campaign to help its residents focus on their health. This new initiative is happening at Management & Training Corporation facilities throughout the country.

“It’s no secret that making a few small changes to our diet or being a little more active can go a long way in our overall health,” IAH Facility Administrator Alexander Sanchez said. “MTC’s mission is to help people succeed in life. We deeply care about our residents and want them to be healthy during their time with us and throughout their lives.”

The new 2022 campaign will focus on four areas, one per quarter. They are healthy eating, fitness, mental health and environmental health.

Eating a salad a day increases the levels of vitamins and minerals in the blood stream. Leafy greens are the foundation for any hearty salad and offer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits to the body.

For the first quarter, the plan is to provide nutritious salads as an option for lunch Monday through Friday to the residents who wish to take part in the mission to eat healthier.

“Our awesome staff will be a big part of rolling out this healthy eating initiative, and as mentors, will improve their health in the process,” Sanchez said.

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Breaking - Hon to “decline acceptance” of award

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Polk County Criminal District Attorney William Lee Hon made the decision today to “decline acceptance” of the Polk Countian of the Year award he was presented last Thursday at the 86th annual awards banquet of the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce.

Presentation of the award came as a shock to many as the chamber has always had a strict policy of not presenting awards to political candidates during election years. Hon is presently a candidate for 258th District Judge.

Such an uproar ensued that a special called meeting of the chamber’s board of directors was held Monday–lasting five hours the Enterprise was told–in which the board accepted the resignation of Janet Wiggins, its president/CEO. Wiggins is Hon’s first cousin. It’s been intimated that Hon was selected over other nominees who Wiggins allegedly deemed ineligible.

“I had no prior knowledge of my consideration for the award, my nomination, or that my children would surprise me by being there for the presentation. As you might expect, it was a very emotional and uplifting evening. Subsequent to that evening, it was brought to my attention that due to my present candidacy for district judge and pursuant to some written or unwritten chamber rule or bylaw, I should not have been considered for the award,” Hon said in a press release emailed to the Enterprise Wednesday.

He added that he and his family have subsequently “been subjected to scurrilous public criticism by my political opponents to the point that any honor associated with the award has lost its luster.

“I have been informed by members of the chamber board that a nominations committee considered and approved my award–presumably well before January 27th and with ample time to be aware of my candidacy for district judge. Why the award was allowed to proceed I do not know,” Hon’s press release said.

“I did not seek it, nor expect it. My career has never been motivated by the pursuit of personal accolades but rather by a simple desire to give back to the community I grew up in and that I have called home for the vast majority of my life,” Hon’s press release stated.

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