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The Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Polk County Publishing Company to produce a Polk County tourist and new resident map that will be the only chamber map produced for the next three years.

It will be a glossy, full-color cartoon map that will include a legend of advertisers with corresponding numbered dots on the map. The map will also include information about tourist attractions, annual activities, support services, utilities, subdivisions and more.

Through this partnership, the chamber will receive 10,000 maps for distribution, in addition to a percentage of the revenues from the ad sales.

Ad spaces are $600 and will be good for the full three years. Ad space may be billed once or in three monthly installments for convenience. An added bonus is that if paid in advance, the ad is only $550. All advertisers will be included on the legend with a corresponding numbered dot on the map for no extra charge.

Over the years, there have been several fly-by-night operations selling maps and claiming to be affiliated with the local chamber when they actually were not. This is an above-board, legitimate opportunity between the chamber and Polk County Publishing Company.

There are over 400 chamber members and only 67 spots available to purchase so those interested need to reserve their spot quickly.

To be included on the chamber map, contact Madison Bland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Cheryl Lloyd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Celebrating Black History Month - Erma Johnson Hadley

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(Editor’s Note: This is the first of a multi-part series celebrating Black History Month by recognizing the service, contributions and achievements of some of Polk County’s finest.)

By Emily Banks Wooten
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ermajohnson2013mug 696x870Erma Jean Chansler Johnson Hadley (June 6, 1942-Oct. 1, 2015) proudly referred to herself as “the little girl from Leggett.” From humble beginnings, she paved the way as a pioneer and trailblazer in the field of higher education. She was a fierce champion for student success and believed that “every student should be given an opportunity to learn and lead in life.”

She was the second of three daughters born to Mr. and Mrs. Leon Chansler of Leggett and she was the valedictorian of her senior class at Dunbar High School in 1959.

While she may have been the second of three daughters, Hadley’s life actually became a series of “firsts.”

She was the first Black student from Leggett to graduate college. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business education from Prairie View A&M University and a master’s degree, also in business education, from Bowling Green State University. She spent her career dedicated to the belief that all Texans are entitled to a college education.

She was the first woman and first Black person to serve as chancellor of Tarrant County College. She was also the first woman named to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board and the first Black person to serve as the board’s chair.

Hadley began her teaching career at Turner High School in Panola County and in a PBS interview, said that she had fallen in love with teaching.

“I fell in love with what I was able to do with students. I still say today, teaching is magical.”

On the statewide level, she served by gubernatorial appointment on the Trinity River Authority of Texas and the Texas Governor’s Committee on Volunteerism, as well as on the board of directors for Texas A&M University Research Foundation.

At the national level, she served on the J.P. Morgan Chase National Community Advisory Board and was elected to the board of directors for the American Association of Community Colleges.

Her commitment to education, community, leadership and service were recognized by numerous awards and honors. She was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010. She also received an honorary doctorate degree in education from Paul Quinn College in Dallas.

She was married to Lawrence Johnson, and later married Bill Hadley after Johnson’s death. She had one daughter, Ardenia Johnson Gould. She died at the age of 73 after suffering from pancreatic cancer.

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Onalaska to eye tow truck operations

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Onalaska logoFrom Enterprise Staff

The Onalaska City Council will review and consider approval of an ordinance regulating tow truck operations within the city limits during its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Numerous resolutions will be reviewed and considered for approval by Council. One is for the Texas Department of Public Safety’s failure to appear program interlocal cooperation contract. One is for submission of the body worn camera program grant application. One is for submission of the Riffle resistant vest program grant application. One is for submission of the criminal justice equipment and training grant application.

The 2023 racial profiling report from the Onalaska Police Department will be presented.

Several personnel matters are on the agenda. Council is expected to accept the resignation of Sara Armstrong as full-time communications operator and approve a change of status to labor pool communications operator. Additionally, Council will review and consider approval of Joy Smith and Ryan Lege as full-time communications operators with the standard probationary period.

Reports will be presented on behalf of the police department, fire department, fire marshal/building inspector and library representative.

Other items on the agenda include approval of the minutes, vouchers and financial reports.


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Council slated to award bid

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City of Livingston logoFrom Enterprise Staff

A bid for the annual inspection and maintenance of the electric substation will be awarded by the Livingston City Council during its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Council will review proposals received for qualified auditors for the annual financial audit of the city beginning with fiscal year Oct. 1, 2023 through Sept. 30, 2024 and two subsequent fiscal years and consider action on the selection of an auditor and other related services.

The Livingston Police Department’s 2023 Racial Profiling Report will be submitted, in accordance with Article 2.134(b) of the Texas Criminal Code of Procedure.

Additionally, additions and amendments to the police department’s policy and procedure manual will be considered for approval.

Council is expected to hear a status report on an unsafe, dilapidated building located at 1008 Dunbar Ave.

City Manager Bill S. Wiggins will present his monthly update on projects and events.

An executive session is on the agenda for Council to consult with the city attorney. Any action, however, will be taken upon return to open session.

Other items on the agenda include approval of the minutes of the Jan. 9 meeting and accounts over $500.


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4-H day camps provide hands-on training in life skills

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By Emily Banks Wooten
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Editor’s Note: This is the second of a multi-part series exploring the variety of services offered by the Polk County Extension Office and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Program and the impactful contributions made through these programs.)

4-H day camps were one of two things on which Polk County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development Alyssa Kimbrough focused during the 2022-2023 year.

Youth programming is an important part of the county-based 4-H program and becomes a way to introduce youth to projects in Polk County. Positive youth development, project skill development and enhancing the 4-H program are all important components of a well-rounded extension program.

Kimbrough provided a variety of day camps throughout the year for both 4-H members and non-members, including floral design, grilling, baking, crafts and college readiness.

“Our programs are grounded in the belief that our youth learn best by doing. Hands-on projects in areas such as science, health, agriculture and civic engagement lead to a positive environment where guidance from adult mentors encourage them to take on leadership roles. Regardless of any interest in a 4-H project, our program focuses on career readiness, life skills and innovation,” Kimbrough said, adding that her target audience is Polk County youth from grades third through twelfth.

Fifteen local youth participated in the holiday baking food show workshop in which they learned how to bake holiday treats using everyday kitchen items. Four local youth participated in the homemade arts and crafts workshop in which they learned about expressing their creativity through painting, woodworking and Christmas decor. Fifty-eight local youth participated in the backyard grilling and outdoor cooking workshop in which they explored the beef industry and cuts of meat along with learning to use outdoor charcoal grills. Six local youth participated in the floral design workshop in which they focused on creating their own business by arranging flowers and crafts.

“Overall, the youth that participated in any of the camps or workshops enjoyed their lessons. 4-H has the unique opportunity to gauge our local youth in activities they may not get at home or school. We will continue to foster their imaginations and hopefully direct them to better life skills, job skills and to become well-rounded, productive citizens for Polk County,” Kimbrough said.

“We will continue to provide youth the opportunities with programming related to science and engineering, art and humanities and in business. These opportunities play a part in all aspects of our program,” Kimbrough said, adding that livestock, robotics, food nutrition and outdoor skills are all available for the 2023-2024 year.

For additional information, contact Kimbrough at 936-327-6828 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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