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TxDOT to begin sealcoat project

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From Enterprise Staff

Texas Department of Transportation crews will set barricades this week in various locations throughout the Lufkin District as annual sealcoating operations are expected to begin by July 17, weather permitting.

The sealcoat process extends the life of an asphalt roadway and enhances the safety of the roadway by helping to prevent cracks and potholes.

Roads in Polk County that are scheduled for sealcoat treatment and the work limits for each include: FM 356, from the Trinity County line to the end of state maintenance; FM 3126, from U.S. 190 to FM 2457; and FM 350, from U.S. 190 to the end of state maintenance.

As the sealcoat project begins, motorists are urged to remember this is a moving operation. There will be signs, barricades and traffic control in place. Reduce speed and obey all traffic control. Stay alert for workers near the lane of traffic and moving equipment throughout the work zone. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 936-633-4395.

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Texas drawn hunt program opens for 2023-24 season applications

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New hunting opportunities and scenery are available to hunters this fall through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) drawn hunt permits program. The program, which issues permits for drawn hunts on both public and private lands throughout Texas, is now accepting applications for a shot at almost 10,000 permits in more than 60 high quality hunt categories.

Among the offerings available through the Texas Public Hunt System are hunts for white-tailed and mule deer, pronghorn, turkey, alligator and dove and guided packages for exotic species and bighorn sheep. There were 278,000 applications last year.

A new e-Postcard category has been added for predator hunts at the Matador Wildlife Management Area. Applicants for e-Postcard hunts and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Antlerless Deer Permits must have a current Annual Public Hunt Permit (APH) to apply. APH permits go on sale annually on August 15. Last year, the sale of 55,400 APH permits generated approximately $2.5 million in revenue for wildlife conservation and public hunting opportunities.

An interactive map shows all drawn hunt opportunities by category or by area. All applications, fee payments and permit issuance are handled electronically. To participate, applicants will need internet access, an email address and a credit or debit card. The customer ID number from the applicant’s hunting or fishing license is the most effective way to access the system.

Application fees range from free to $3 or $10, depending on the hunt category. Adult hunters who are selected may need to pay a Special Permit fee of $80 for regular hunts and $130 for extended hunts. Some categories, such as the Youth-Only hunts, require no application fees or permit fees. Permits are open to resident and non-resident hunters alike.

Application deadlines are the 1st and 15th of each month between August 1 and November 1. August 1 is the deadline for all alligator hunt categories and private lands dove hunts. August 15 is the deadline for archery deer, archery mule deer, pronghorn, private land pronghorn and javelina.

A full list of category deadlines can be found online. Hunters can apply up to 11:59 p.m. CST on the application deadline. Applicants can check their drawing status online at any time.

For more information or to get started in the application process, visit the TPWD drawn hunts webpage. For questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 512-389-4505 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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Polk County SO busts illegal cockfighting ring

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By Emily Banks Wooten
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The investigation continues into an illegal cockfighting ring that was discovered in Leggett after the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a report in reference to the possible location at approximately 1:56 p.m. Sunday.

“Deputies and detectives arrived to find numerous people and vehicles on scene, with several subjects fleeing on foot into the woods. Detectives located and observed the area where the illegal bird fighting was taking place, as well as evidence commonly used when fighting roosters. A search warrant was then obtained for the property,” Captain Dave Sottosanti said.

Upon further investigation, detectives seized 31 roosters. Of the 31 seized, two were found dead, along with another three roosters found buried in the ground that appeared to be from prior fights, Sottosanti said.

Twelve subjects were arrested and 14 vehicles were towed from the property. All subjects were charged with cockfighting and additional charges are possible.

The subjects are: Clem Cavasos, 36 of The Woodlands; Jennifer Loftin Growth, 45 of Mont Belvieu; Marcelo Martinez-Cruz, 45 of Crockett; Elmer Morales Jr., 29 of Shepherd; Shane Allen Nelson, 49 of Livingston; Enli Ponce, 54 of Conroe; Rafael Ramos-Egardeo, 49 of Conroe; Guadalupe G. Castrejon, 42 of Conroe; Noel Santiago Cuevas Jr., 37 of Livingston; Noel Cuevas Sr., 57 of Livingston; Candido Cantu Garcia, 42 of Montgomery; and Clayton Alexander Lowe, 38 of Livingston.

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PCSO looking for two

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The Polk County Sheriff’s office is currently looking for two individuals who are wanted.

Kathleen Deanne Arredondo is wanted for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and forgery of a financial instrument against the elderly. There is a motion to revoke her probation.

Trae Randall Hinson is wanted for burglary of a habitation and tampering or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair. There has also been a motion to revoke his probation.

Those with information on either are asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810.

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Fifteen new law enforcement officers graduate

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Angelina College’s Law Enforcement Academy Class 113 recently held its graduation ceremony inside Temple Theater on the AC campus. A total of 15 cadets earned their certifications as new law enforcement officers in various capacities. Courtesy photoAngelina College’s Law Enforcement Academy Class 113 recently held its graduation ceremony inside Temple Theater on the AC campus. A total of 15 cadets earned their certifications as new law enforcement officers in various capacities. Courtesy photo

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A total of 15 new law enforcement candidates received their certificates and other recognition during the Angelina College Law Enforcement Academy graduation ceremony held recently at Temple Theater on the AC campus.

Class 113, helping to celebrate the academy’s 30th year in existence, heard advice and words of encouragement from Angelina County Sheriff Tom Selman, an Angelina College alumnus.

“I remember 45 years ago sitting where you are, and that was an exciting day for me,” Selman said. “I promise you, you’re entering a field that will provide you a rewarding career. There’s nothing like being able to help people and make a difference in your community.

“It’s very important that we have people who are willing to step forward to take leadership roles in our communities, and I consider every officer, every person behind the thin blue line as a leader in the community. You are sacrificing yourself for others, and there’s no higher calling.”

Class valedictorian Jonathan Tiner reminded his classmates that the strides made in learning should continue long after the end of the ceremony.

“While it’s a feat for us to make it to graduation and pass the (state) exam, our training should never cease,” Tiner said. “Our goal every day should be to improve ourselves. If we’re not getting better, we’re just getting worse.”

AC Police Chief Doug Conn reminded the new officers of what they’d learned in all their coursework, especially the professionalism and ethics portion.

“There were a lot of discussions in that part of the course regarding doing the right thing, even when no one’s looking,” Conn said. “That’s what we’re going to expect of you.”

Along with valedictorian Tiner, Mason Snelson earned the Top Gun Award, while Kyle Michels received the academy’s Driving Award.

Following is the list of graduating cadets: Jesse Adams of Nacogdoches, Joseph Atwell of Crockett, Mykaela Daniels of Livingston, Jamee Davis of Chester, Andrew Mitchell of Palestine, Kyle Michels of Oshkosh, Wis., Michael Molnes of Crockett, Caleb Newsome of Lufkin, Mason Snelson of Lufkin, Dylan Henson of Chireno, Krista Hollingshead of Shepherd, Trent Jones of Livingston, Daniel Coons of Jasper, Hayden Duren of Crockett and Jonathan Tiner of Silsbee.

Angelina College was issued a license to operate a police academy in 12 East Texas counties in September of 1993 by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). The academy offers basic and in-service training courses at sites throughout Deep East Texas with the assistance of an advisory board, which assists in directing the academy.

Academy staff members include Chief of Police Doug Conn, Training Manager Lt. Jack Stephenson, Training Manager Officer Ashley Jowell and Administrative Assistant Kim Capps.

For information on the AC Police Academy, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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