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Second Chief’s wife dies

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Carol BattiseCarol BattiseFrom Enterprise Staff

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, with great sadness, announced the pasing of Carol Sylestine Battise Monday after a brief illness. Wife of Second Chief Donnis B. Battise, Mikko Istimatokla, Chief Kanicu, she was born on the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation in Livingston on Dec. 16, 1950 and was a member of the Turkey clan.

Carol attended public school in both Big Sandy and Livingston and was an alumnus of Livingston High School, graduating in 1969. She was an avid sports fan, participating in bowling, basketball and the lady’s softball team, the Herbies.

Always a leader for her people, Carol was the first female elected to the Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Council in June of 1980. She served as both a member and officer of the council. After serving one term she worked for the tribe in numerous capacities — in the tribe’s tourist complex in its earliest days and as the tribal enrollment officer and community health representative for the Chief Kina Health Clinic, where she was a charter member of the staff and later retired in 2015. During her employment, she was awarded Female Employee of the Year.

After retirement, she enjoyed doting on her numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews whom she loved deeply. Carol relished in making traditional crafts, serving as an elder in the Indian Presbyterian Church and attending numerous events with her beloved husband as a tribal ambassador.

Services for are pending.

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Swing band concert this Tuesday in Livingston

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jazz band

The Livingston Swing Big Jazz Band will be in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Livingston at 106 Colt Rd. The band will play the good old jazz standards of the 1920s through the 1950s, such as: The Lady is a Tramp, Bewitched, You Made Me Love You, Strangers on the Shore, Struttin’ With Some Barbecue, How High the Moon, Saving All My Love For You, Hallelujah I Just Love Her So, I Dream a Dream, Estrilleto, Love is Here to Stay, and many more. Angie Adkins will sing, Dr. Jimmy Simmons will play his clarinet, Dr. Mike Shukan will be the master of ceremonies and Gerald Fagan will conduct. Everyone is invited to come out. 

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Livingston FFA advances to state

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2nd Place Team FFA Area IX LDE Contest

The Livingston FFA Senior Chapter Conducting and Public Relations teams advanced to the Area IX Leadership Development Event contest held on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Stephen F. Austin State University. The Public Relations team finished fourth and the Senior Chapter Conducting team placed second, advancing to the state competition to be held at Sam Houston State University Dec. 3. See the results from the District Leadership Development Event (LDE) on the Roar page. Courtesy photo

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Livingston man found dead in front yard

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Victim's son wanted for questioning

Lynnie Chatman wanted for questioningLynnie Chatman wanted for questioningThe Polk County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a homicide after locating a deceased subject in the front yard of an address in Livingston. 

The body of the Livingston man was located in the 14000 block of FM 350 North. At approximately 1 p.m. Thursday, Polk County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives, along with assistance from the Texas Rangers, arrived at the scene to begin an investigation. 

The deceased was quickly identified by law enforcement as Leonard Earl Chatman, 64, of Livingston.

Chatman’s son, Lynnie Chatman, is currently wanted on four unrelated felony warrants and is also sought by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for questioning, in reference to this investigation.

Those with information that would assist in this case are asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division and speak with a detective at 936-327-6810. You may also contact Polk County Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP, where tipsters can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.

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MannaFest Christmas Tour of Homes tickets on sale in Livingston

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Manfest Homes Tour

The MannaFest Christmas Tour of Homes slated for 4-8 p.m. on December 4 will feature four homes elaborately decked out for the holiday season. Visitors may catch a tour bus or pick up a map at Central Baptist Church, where light refreshments will be served. Tickets, which are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, are on sale at HomeGrown, Good Golly Miss Molly’s, Petalz By Annie and most area banks. The event benefits MannaFest Food Pantry which provides food and supplies to people in need in Polk County. For additional information, call the pantry at 936-327-9555.

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