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Jackie Wilson tribute show coming to town

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“Chester Gregory: Tribute to Jackie Wilson & Friends,” the Livingston Community Concert Association’s first concert of the new year, is slated for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Polk County Commerce Center located at 1017 U.S. Hwy. 59 Loop North in Livingston. The concert will feature Chester Gregory, an award-winning actor and singer from Gary, Ind.

Memberships in the Livingston Community Concert Association may be purchased for as little as $50 per person and family rates are also available. A membership allows one to attend all concerts per season. For additional information go to www.livingstoncommunityconcert.org or contact Sally Frasier at 936-967-0219.

A teacher in the Lake County School System by day, Gregory moonlighted as an actor in Chicago’s theater district at night. He wrote and produced both plays and musicals for his students – inspiring them and nurturing their creative talents.

He became a full-time actor and performer soon after landing the lead role in the critically acclaimed stage play The Jackie Wilson Story (which had a three-year run of sold-out performances) at the Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago. He has since performed all over the world in iconic roles on stage and on screen.

His performance in The Jackie Wilson Story gifted him with an opportunity to perform for Michael Jackson, who gave Gregory a standing ovation. The same week of the Jackson performance, he debuted as “Seaweed” in the Tony Award winning “Hairspray.” He has since starred in multiple Broadway musicals including “Tarzan,” “Cry-Baby,” “Sister Act,” and “Fences.” Additionally, he has toured and performed internationally with “Motown the Musical,” “Dreamgirls,” and “Sister Act.”

Gregory has received multiple awards including an NAACP Theatre Award and Joseph Jefferson Award. He has received keys to his home city of Gary, Ind. as well as East Chicago. He has also received other awards – the Black Theater Alliance Award, the Black Excellence Award, the Special Recognition Award from the National Black Theatre Festival, New York Post Favorites and Broadway World.

In 2013 he created, produced and starred in the one-man show, The Eve of Jackie, which premiered in New York to sold out audiences at 54 Below and at Chicago’s Black Ensemble Theater. His production was then chosen to headline the National Black Theatre Festival. Gregory continues to perform to sold out audiences across the country. This will be a performance not to be missed.


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100th birthday

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Hershel Mackey of Ace was feted with quite the celebration for his 100th birthday Wednesday. Long involved in the local community, Mackey is well-respected and greatly loved by many. He served many years as the chief of the South Polk County Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) and was also instrumental in the creation of the Ace Community Park. Numerous firefighters from the South Polk County VFD, North Liberty County VFD, Livingston VFD, Segno VFD and Holiday Lake Estates VFD celebrated with him, as well as folks with Texan EMS and Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy. Shown with Christopher Moehlmann, the current chief of the South Polk County VFD, Mackey was honored with a flag and a commemorative certificate from State Rep. Trent Ashby. Courtesy photo

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Multiple arrests made in Corrigan

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Three Corrigan men were arrested while law enforcement executed a warrant Monday in north Polk County.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, along with Corrigan Police Department, executed a warrant service at a residence off of Pipeline Road in Corrigan. Deputies were advised that there were multiple subjects with active felony warrants, living at the residence.

Deputies arrived on the scene and made contact with four male subjects. Two of the four subjects had active warrants and were immediately taken into custody.

While on scene, deputies received additional information that another wanted subject could be found at a nearby RV park. The deputies subsequently located the subject, who was also arrested for an active felony warrant.

The subjects include Eric Don Foreman, 38, wanted for aggravated assault causing bodily injury, resisting arrest and assault by threats or physical contact. Julius Kennard Clark, 39, was wanted for theft of property with a previous conviction. Ricky Wayne Freeman, 41, was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver, and bail jumping a parole warrant.

All subjects were arrested and transported to the Polk County Jail, where they were booked, without incident, on their active felony arrest warrants.

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Leggett man arrested for child pornography

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Anthony  BartunekAnthony BartunekThe Polk County Sheriff’s Office executed a residential search warrant last week pertaining to the possession of child pornography.

An investigation was initiated by detectives after the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a male subject in possession of child pornography, at an address off Ollie Loop in Livingston. The male subject was later identified by detectives as Anthony Joe Bartunek, 78, of Leggett.

Bartunek is a registered sex offender with the State of Texas for the offense of possession of child pornography.

Subsequent to their investigation, a warrant was issued for Bartunek for possession of lewd visual material depicting a child, a third-degree felony.

On Friday, Bartunek was arrested without incident and transported to the Polk County Jail, where he was booked on the charge. Further investigation is still underway in this case by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigations division.

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Early morning fire

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Three trucks and 12 firefighters with the Scenic Loop Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire in the early morning hours Saturday at Pinwah Pines. The fire originated in one house and spread to a house next door. “I was the first on the scene and our main objective was to protect the exposure from getting to the third house until we got more help,” Scenic Loop Fire Chief Donald Marlow said. Livingston Volunteer Fire Department assisted Scenic Loop. “There were two side by side pretty large structures on fire and it got in some groundcover and went about 100 yards down the lakefront, endangering several additional houses,” Livingston Fire Chief Corky Cochran said.Courtesy photo

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