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Polk County hero receives historical marker (VIDEO)

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20210417 110050BRIAN BESCH | PCE The Polk County Historical Commission held a Texas Historical Marker dedication for Lt. Col. James M. Parker. The Polk Countian was part of the Doolittle Raid, the United States’ first attack on the Japanese mainland in World War II. The dedication was Saturday morning at Restland Memorial Cemetery off Highway 59. Saturday coincided with the 79th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid. The Polk County Museum, located at 514 Mill Street in Livingston, has an exhibit honoring Parker that will continue until May 22.

Historical marker video

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VFDs fight Indian Springs fire (GALLERY)

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From Staff Reports

Five volunteer fire departments responded to a residential fire in the Indian Springs subdivision Monday afternoon.The VFDs from Alabama-Coushatta, Indian Springs, Livingston, Onalaska and Woodville fought the blaze for 3-4 hours. Polk County Fire Marshal Jacob Chapman also was on hand.The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. The fire is still under investigation.

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Coldspring ordinance to ban some landings

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The helicopter pictured was a vehicle landed at The Hop, a restaurant in Coldspring, to pick up a called-in dinner order. The move prompted the Coldspring City Council to consider banning all private craft from landing within the city limits. (Courtesy Photo)The helicopter pictured was a vehicle landed at The Hop, a restaurant in Coldspring, to pick up a called-in dinner order. The move prompted the Coldspring City Council to consider banning all private craft from landing within the city limits. (Courtesy Photo)

By Tony Farkas

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COLDSPRING — A rather flamboyant to-go order has spurred the Coldspring City Council to ban private aircraft, specifically helicopters, from landing within the city limits.

Members discussed the possibility of the ordinance at the council’s regular meeting on Monday.

Mayor Pro Tem John Benestante said that on Friday, April 2, while he was working in his vineyard, he noticed a R44 model helicopter circling the area.

He then received a call that a nearby restaurant, The Hop, on Texas 150, had a helicopter landing in a yard. Apparently, the pilot, who was not named, had called in a burger order for himself and a passenger, and told the person taking the order he was flying in to pick it up.

The Hop Google Map

The helicopter was registered to Stuckey’s Contract Services and was flown out of Houston, Benestante said.

A request for comment from Stuckey’s was not answered.

Benestante, who had previously worked with the FAA and had some familiarity with requirements, told the pilot he had to have the property owner’s permission to land; the pilot claimed he had it when the person taking the order said to “be careful.”

Coldspring Mayor Pat Eversole, who owns The Hop as well as the property, said she was unaware of the incident, and said she did not give anyone permission to land near her business.

Benestante said that there was concern about a nearby fence, and especially a nearby propane tank.

During the discussion with the pilot, the Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department arrived; Benestante said that after the pilot was questioned, he left — with his order.

The ordinance will be researched further, and come up for further discussion.

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2021 Houston County Youth Livestock Show results

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By Alton Porter

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The Houston County Fair & Youth Livestock Show and Home & Garden Fair returned and was held in its entirety in Crockett March 29 through April 3 after most of it had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic last year.

The fair and livestock show was dedicated in the memory of the late Jennifer Hodges Bond and the late Kimberly Smith Langford, both former fair association members who passed recently.

Here are lists of the exhibitors in the various livestock show categories and the results of the competition in each category.

 

Market Steers

Sydnee Craven, Latexo 4-H, Grand Champion; Kyra Noble, Latexo FFA, Reserve Champion; Laney Smith, Kennard 4-H, 3rd and Jr. Showmanship; Coy Smith, Kennard 4-H, 4th; Korinne Sparks, Grapeland FFA, 5th; Olyvia Gilmore, Kennard FFA, 6th; Cleavie Allen, Latexo 4-H, 7th; Addison Dowdy, Kennard FFA, 8th; Kailen Martin, Kennard FFA, 9th; Morgan Noble, Latexo FFA, 10th; Codee Biedrzycki, Lovelady FFA, 11th; Katherine Allen, Latexo 4-H, 12th; Michael Curry, Kennard FFA, 13th and Sr. Showmanship; Lyndsey Keys, Latexo FFA, 14th; Kamryn Sparks, Grapeland FFA, 15th; Karsyn Sallee, Lovelady 4-H, 16th; Brody McMillan, Lovelady 4-H, 17th; Landon Kent, Homestead 4-H, 18th; Billy McMillan, Lovelady 4-H, 19th; Ethan LeBlanc, Kennard 4-H, 20th; Kamillia LeBlanc, Kennard 4-H, 21st.

Latexo High School FFA students were winners of the Grand Champion of Ag Mechanics award for a cattle trailer and first place award for a 16-foot bumper trailer, both shown above, that they built and entered in competitions at the Houston County Fair & Youth Livestock Show and Home & Garden Fair in Crockett last week. The student trailer builders are Lucas Sales, Carson Hardy, Colby Hooks, John Lackey, Cade Noble, Morgan Noble, Eddy Rodriguez, Corbin Hargrove, Sonny Barclay, Rori Holcomb, Hayden Standley, Curt Baker and Aaron Utley. Alton Porter Photo.
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Latexo High School FFA students were winners of the Grand Champion of Ag Mechanics award for a cattle trailer and first place award for a 16-foot bumper trailer, both shown above, that they built and…

Meredith Tuggle, a Crockett High School junior and member of Crockett FFA, won the Best of Show Crafts Senior Division award for her quilt entry in the Houston County Fair & Youth Livestock Show and Home & Garden Fair in Crockett last week. Pictured above with her award-winning quilt are Meredith and her parents, Stephen and Margaret Tuggle.  Alton Porter Photo.
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Meredith Tuggle, a Crockett High School junior and member of Crockett FFA, won the Best of Show Crafts Senior Division award for her quilt entry in the Houston County Fair & Youth Livestock Show and…

Meredith Tuggle, a Crockett High School junior and member of Crockett FFA, won the Best of Show Crafts Senior Division award for her quilt entry in the Houston County Fair & Youth Livestock Show and Home & Garden Fair in Crockett last week. Pictured above with her award-winning quilt are Meredith and her parents, Stephen and Margaret Tuggle.  Alton Porter Photo.
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Meredith Tuggle, a Crockett High School junior and member of Crockett FFA, won the Best of Show Crafts Senior Division award for her quilt entry in the Houston County Fair & Youth Livestock Show and…

Sergeant Investigator Mike P. Molnes, pictured above, won the Best of Show award for the photo he entered in the photography professional competition at the Houston County Fair & Youth Livestock Show and Home & Garden Fair in Crockett last week. Alton Porter Photo.
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Sergeant Investigator Mike P. Molnes, pictured above, won the Best of Show award for the photo he entered in the photography professional competition at the Houston County Fair & Youth Livestock Show…

Cleavie Allen, left, and her in-county heifer won the Grand Champion In-County Heifer award in the in-county heifer show competition at the Houston County Fair & Youth Livestock Show in Crockett Thursday, April 1. Holding Allen’s award banner is Katherine Allen. Alton Porter Photo.
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Cleavie Allen, left, and her in-county heifer won the Grand Champion In-County Heifer award in the in-county heifer show competition at the Houston County Fair & Youth Livestock Show in Crockett…

Noah Hoch, left, exhibited the steer that won the Grand Champion award in the market steer competition for owner Sydnee Craven, not pictured, at the Houston County Fair & Youth Livestock Show and Home & Garden Fair in Crockett Thursday, April 1. Holding Craven’s award banner is Randee Walker. Alton Porter Photo.
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Noah Hoch, left, exhibited the steer that won the Grand Champion award in the market steer competition for owner Sydnee Craven, not pictured, at the Houston County Fair & Youth Livestock Show and…

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Market Steers Breeding

Laney Smith, Kennard 4-H, Grand Champion American Division; Olyvia Gilmore, Kennard FFA, Reserve Champion American Division; Sydnee Craven, Latexo 4-H, Grand Champion Exotic Division; Kyra Noble, Latexo FFA, Reserve Champion Exotic Division.

In-County Heifers

Cleavie Allen, Latexo 4-H, Grand Champion American Division; Michael Curry, Kennard FFA, Reserve Champion American Division and Sr. Showmanship; Kaylin Parrish, Kennard FFA, Grand Champion British/Exotic Division. Other American Division exhibitors were Laney Smith, Kennard 4-H; Addison Dowdy, Kennard FFA, Jr. Showmanship; Katherine Allen, Latexo 4-H; Peyton Mooneyham, Kennard FFA; Haley Phillips, Homestead 4-H; Kortney Vandick, Kennard FFA; Preston Mooneyham, Kennard FFA; Caylee Morris, Latexo 4-H.

Replacement Heifers

Gaige Womack, Kennard 4-H, Grand Champion; Sydnee Craven, Latexo 4-H, Reserve Champion; Rylan Baker, Lovelady 4-H, 3rd and Jr. Showmanship; Cameron Bridges, Grapeland FFA, 4th  and Record Book Winner; Ejay Baker, Lovelady 4-H, 5th; Melanie Bridges, Grapeland FFA, 6th and Record Book Winner; Ella Baker, Lovelady 4-H, 7th; Michael Curry, Kennard FFA, 8th and Sr. Showmanship; Paisley Glawson, Lovelady 4-H, 9th; Rowdy Glawson, Lovelady 4-H, 10th; Tori Woodford, Grapeland FFA, 11th.

Market Hogs

Karter McCurley, Grapeland FFA, Grand Champion; Colton Patrick, Lovelady 4-H, Reserve Champion; Ethan Blake Patrick, Lovelady FFA, 3rd; Hunter Allen, Latexo FFA, 4th; Cord Carney, Lovelady 4-H, 5th; Kiera DeCluette, Grapeland FFA, 6th; Skylor Pipkin, Lovelady FFA, 7th; Brayden Stafford, Grapeland FFA, 8th; Jason DeCluette, Grapeland FFA, 9th; Colt Pennington, Latexo 4-H, 10th; Katy Allen, Latexo FFA, 11th; Carter Tucker, Homestead 4-H, 12th; Kenzie McWhinney, Lovelady 4-H, 13th and Jr. Showmanship; Caleigh Lovett, Grapeland FFA, 14th; Aubrey Waits, Homestead 4-H, 15th; Addison Carney, Lovelady 4-H, 16th; Noah Hoch, Latexo FFA, 17th and Sr. Showmanship; Kynnedy Sallee, Lovelady FFA, 18th; Maggie Gibbins, Latexo FFA, 19th; Collin Lovett, Grapeland FFA, 20th; Clark Spoerle, Lovelady 4-H, 21st; Preston Mooneyham, Kennard FFA, 22nd; Harlie Hoch, Latexo FFA, 23rd. Other market hog exhibitors were Curt Tucker, Homestead 4-H; Brennyn Stafford, Grapeland FFA; Shyanne Pipkin, Lovelady FFA; Peyton Mooneyham, Kennard FFA; Ayvery Sallee, Lovelady FFA; Kannon McWhinney, Lovelady FFA; Karsyn Sallee, Lovelady 4-H; Wacey Moore Jr., Lovelady FFA.

Breeding Swine

Karter McCurley, Grapeland FFA, Grand Champion; Cord Carney, Lovelady 4-H, Reserve Champion. Other breeding swine competitors were Aubrey Waits, Homestead 4-H; Harlie Hoch, Latexo FFA; Kenzie McWhinney, Lovelady 4-H; Maggie Gibbins, Latexo FFA; Wacey Moore Jr., Lovelady FFA.

Market Lambs

Riley Beaver, Homestead 4-H, Grand Champion and Sr. Showmanship; Trinity Meadows, Homestead 4-H, Reserve Champion; Haley Phillips, Homestead 4-H, 3rd; Landry Beaver, Homestead 4-H, 4th and Jr. Showmanship; Ella Post, Grapeland FFA, 5th; Haley Boehm, Grapeland FFA, 6th; Walker Webb, Grapeland FFA, 7th; Paige Mullen, Grapeland FFA, 8th; William Brooks, Lovelady 4-H, 9th; Dalli Jones, Grapeland FFA, 10th; Zachary Jones, Grapeland FFA, 11th; Dominika Gibas, Crockett FFA, 12th; Makenna McCombs, Grapeland FFA, 13th; Makayla McCombs, Grapeland FFA, 14th.

Market Goats

Ava Burch, Lovelady 4-H, Grand Champion; Kaylin Parrish, Kennard FFA, Reserve Champion; Trinity Meadows, Crockett FFA, 3rd and Sr. Showmanship; Riley Beaver, Homestead 4-H, 4th; Ella Post, Grapeland FFA, 5th; Landry Beaver, Homestead 4-H, 6th and Jr. Showmanship; Callie Lee, Latexo FFA, 7th; Jillian Salmon, Homestead 4-H, 8th; Madisyn Burleson, Lovelady 4-H, 9th; Haley Davidson, Lovelady FFA, 10th; Alexandrea Dawsey, Lovelady FFA, 11th; Sawyer Beard, Kennard 4-H, 12th; Austin Lee, Homestead 4-H, 13th; Haley Hickman, Kennard 4-H, 14th; Alex Grier, Homestead 4-H, 15th; Karly Harrelson, Lovelady 4-H, 16th; Wyatt Harrelson, Lovelady 4-H, 17th; Gracie Conner, Grapeland FFA, 18th; Haylee Jones, Grapeland FFA, 19th; Cooper Dowling, Grapeland FFA, 20th.

Fryer Rabbits

Hanna Huffstuttler, Homestead 4-H, Grand Champion; Avery Huffstuttler, Homestead 4-H, Reserve Champion; Addison Carney, Lovelady 4-H, 3rd; Taylor Dise, Latexo FFA, 4th; Shelby Abshire, Latexo FFA, 5th; Cord Carney, Lovelady 4-H; 6th; Payton Larkin, Lovelady FFA, 7th; Ethan Blake Patrick, Lovelady FFA, 8th; Tobi Curless, Latexo 4-H, 9th; Jake Murray, Lovelady 4-H, 10th; Hunter Goodson, Latexo FFA, 11th; Brilee Andrus, Latexo 4-H, 12th; Akaiah Coleman, Lovelady 4-H, 13th; Ella Post, Grapeland FFA, 14th; Cole Goolsby, Grapeland FFA, 15th; Caleb Larkin, Lovelady FFA, 16th; Chassidy Hicks, Pineywoods 4-H Horse Club, 17th; Caden Abshire, Latexo FFA, 18th; Kallie Stephens, Latexo 4-H, 19th; Patrick Merchant, Lovelady 4-H, 20th; Kandler Chappell, Lovelady 4-H, 21st; Shyanne Pipkin, Lovelady FFA, 22nd; Shawna Merchant, Lovelady 4-H, 23rd; Gracie McMahon, Lovelady FFA, 24th; Rebekah Stone, Homestead 4-H, 25th; Colton Patrick, Lovelady 4-H, 26th; Taniah Johnson, Lovelady 4-H, 27th; Brayden Barron, Grapeland FFA, 28th; Bentli Gambill, Lovelady 4-H, 29th; Dalli Jones, Grapeland FFA, 30th.

Breeding Rabbits

Taniah Johnson, Lovelady 4-H, Grand Champion Doe; Kailen Martin, Kennard FFA, Reserve Champion Doe; Lacey Currie, Pineywoods 4-H Horse Club, Grand Champion Buck; Trey White, Crockett FFA, Reserve Champion Buck.

Broilers

Rylee Wilson, Lovelady 4-H, Grand Champion; Levi Wilson, Lovelady 4-H, Reserve Champion; Lane Wilson, Lovelady 4-H, 3rd; Wacey Moore Jr., Lovelady FFA, 4th; Emily Henderson, Homestead 4-H, 5th; Jason DeCluette, Grapeland FFA, 6th; Brantley Jenkins, Lovelady 4-H, 7th; Christopher Grier, Homestead 4-H, 8th; Kiera DeCluette, Grapeland FFA, 9th; Meredith Tuggle, Crockett FFA, 10th; Wendy Perez-Maldonado, Grapeland FFA, 11th; Stacy Perez-Maldonado, Grapeland FFA, 12th; Sarah Henderson, Homestead 4-H, 13th; Alexander Perez-Maldonado, Grapeland FFA, 14th; Citori Antley, Kennard FFA, 15th.

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                               JASON CHLAPEK | PCE A controlled burn took place southwest of the Livingston city limits Thursday. The burn lasted from 9 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.

By Jason Chlapek

Clouds of smoke could be seen for miles Thursday afternoon.

And no fire departments were called to the scene.

That’s because it was a controlled burn.

The controlled burn took place southwest of Livingston in the vicinity of Farm-to-Market Roads 350 and 3126.

The project was conducted by Lone Star Forestry LLC out of Huntsville.

“We had zero issues,” Joe Pfluger of Lone Star Forestry said. “We burned 320 acres and did another 360 acres in San Jacinto County on Friday."

The prescribed burn began at 9 a.m. Thursday and was completely put out by 6:30 p.m.

Lone Star Forestry services Grimes, Polk, San Jacinto and Walker counties, to name a few. Pfluger also said that the prescribed burns revolve around one thing.“It’s all about the weather,” he said. “Weather is our boss. We’re looking for the right weather conditions such as wind, wind speed, temperature, humidity, the fuel on the ground, homes, people, airports, funeral homes, anything you could think of that cause issues with smoke. We wouldn’t want to be blowing into the city limits or the homes around us. We get a bunch of blocks set up and we wait for the right conditions to do the burn.”

Lone Star Forestry recently received some grant money from the US Forest Service to help fund controlled burns. Pfluger believes controlled burns are necessary.

“This is something that people should want more of,” he said. “The biggest part of the prescribed burn is to prevent wildfires. Fire is something of nature and has been for thousands of years. It’s by all means a good thing.”

The irony behind prescribed burns is that they can reduce wild fires.

“Prescribed burns reduce the fuel that’s out there,” Pfluger said. “Every year, pine straw and leaves fall and they accumulate. They’re tender blocks waiting to be lit. If we can keep a burn schedule of 2-3 years, we can eliminate the fuel. You’re also protecting the timber investment. It also enhances wildlife habitat and we want to get the woods back to their native state. You want to drive through the woods and see a grassy meadow underneath the trees. If it’s a controlled burn, it’s a good thing.”

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