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Deadline nearing for school board candidate announcements

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From Enterprise Staff

Tuesday is the deadline for school board candidates to submit a free one-time-only announcement and photo to run in the Polk County Enterprise. The announcements will run on a first come first served basis as space allows.

This is an opportunity to introduce yourself and your vision to our readers. The announcement and photo may be emailed to the editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or may be brought into the office on a USB flash drive.

The photo should be a large .jpg (actual size when emailing) and the announcement should be typed in a Word document not to exceed 400 words. 

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Chamber offers full slate of activities

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Dianne Amerine and Cheryl Powell from the Angelina College Small Business Development Center will present the program for the next Learning Lunch hosted by the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce at noon Tuesday at the chamber office located at 1001 Hwy. 59 Loop North. This is just the first event of what is gearing up to be a busy fall season for the local chamber. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A breakfast for past chamber chairmen is slated for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. To register for the breakfast please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The chamber will host Business After Hours at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at The Bradford at Brookside. This is an opportunity to visit and network with other chamber members as well as tour the facility.

The chamber’s next Quarterly Membership Meeting is slated for Sept. 27 at Cho-Yeh Camp & Conference Center. Corrigan-Camden ISD Superintendent Richard Cooper, Goodrich ISD Superintendent Daniel Barton and Livingston ISD Superintendent Dr. Brent Hawkins will present the program.

Other upcoming events include:

Women Interested in Networking Opportunities (WINOs) will make fall wreaths with Rachel Deason on Sept. 29 at the chamber office. Register immediately as seats are limited. 

Power Hour with the Chamber from 8-9 a.m. Oct. 4 at The Bull Shack. Bring your business cards and mix and mingle.

Come Clean Lake Livingston Oct. 15 at On the Lake RV Resort in Onalaska. For those wanting a T-shirt, please register online before Thursday.

A Learning Lunch at noon Oct. 18 at the chamber office. Joshua Ureke, a financial advisor with Edward Jones, will present the program.

WINOs will play bingo on Oct. 27 at the chamber office.

Power Hour with the Chamber from 8-9 a.m. Nov. 1 at The Bull Shack. 

A Learning Lunch at noon Nov. 15 at the chamber office. Ashley Ethier with Polk County Crime Stoppers will present the program.

WINOs will make a Christmas craft with Rachel Deason on Nov. 17 at the chamber office.

Power Hour with the Chamber from 8-9 a.m. Dec. 6 at The Bull Shack.

For additional information on any of these events, contact the chamber office at 936-327-4929 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration for most of these events is available on the Chamber’s website at www.polkchamber.com

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Council adopts budget, closes undeveloped street

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City of Livingston logoBy Emily Banks Wooten
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A public hearing on the budget for the fiscal year that runs Oct. 1, 2022 through Sept. 30, 2023 drew no comments during the regular meeting of the Livingston City Council on Sept. 13. Council approved an ordinance adopting the budget and also approved budget adjustments for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30.

Council accepted a petition from Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hubby to vacate, abandon and close an unnamed and undeveloped street containing 0.196 acre between Blocks 18 and 19 of the South Livingston Addition. The Hubbys own a house and property on South Beatty. According to City Attorney James W. Wright, a 1919 map and a 1935 map show the unnamed street in question as being undeveloped. “I feel they’ve met the requirements to close the street,” Wright said. Council approved an ordinance vacating, abandoning and closing said property.

The annual firefighting agreement between the City of Livingston and Polk County for fiscal year Oct. 1, 2022 through Sept. 30, 2023 was approved.

A resolution designating the Polk County Enterprise as the official newspaper of the City of Livingston for the upcoming fiscal year was approved.

Council also approved a resolution rescinding Resolution No. 597 which authorized the sale of a 1987 Ranger Femfab walk-in heavy rescue fire truck.

After reviewing the bids received, Council awarded Griffin Electric the contract for the U.S. Hwy. 59 crossing underground electric installation, an upcoming project in which existing overhead electric lines on Willis Street on the west side of the bypass will be relocated underground.

Council set public hearings on the determination of unsafe and/or dilapidated buildings for 5 p.m. Oct. 11 for two properties:

A residential structure owned by Texas Specialty Homes, L.P. located at 302 Leopard St., as an unsafe and/or dilapidated building, the property being described as: Lot One (1), Block Fourteen (14) of the Dunbar Addition, an addition to the City of Livingston, in Polk County, Texas, according to the map or plat thereof recorded in Volume 1, Page 107 of the Plat Records of Polk County, Texas, also known as 302 Leopard St., Livingston, Texas; and

A residential structure owned by Gregory John located at 204 Younger Street, as an unsafe and/or dilapidated building, the property being described as: Lots Three (3) and Four (4), Block Seven (7) of the Pinecrest Addition to the City of Livingston, as shown by the map or plat thereof recorded in Volume 1, Page 21 of the Plat Records of Polk County, Texas, as described in deed dated September 7, 2008 from Elissie B. John to Gregory Wayne John, recorded in Volume 1663, Page 256 of the Official Public Records of Polk County, Texas.

Following an executive session to review the proposed salary schedule for the fiscal year Oct. 1, 2022 through Sept. 30, 2023, Council approved it upon return to open session.

City Manger Bill S. Wiggins reported the September sales tax report from the state comptroller’s office for the month of July reflects $397,643.65, an increase of 6.48% over July of last year.

Updating Council regarding current development projects, Wiggins reported that Tracey Kincade bought the old Billy’s Donuts at 1026 W. Church St. and is renovating it and will call it Alma’s Donuts. He said that Kincade has also been visiting with city officials about a possible renovation for a new venue location on the second floor of 318 N. Washington. 

He reported that the city had a pre-development meeting with CP Homes Memory Care to discuss a new memory care facility to be located at 1864 N. Washington.

Wiggins reported that the Habitat for Humanity Resale Shop has relocated to the old Sears building at 321 N. Beatty.

He said the permit has been issued and work is ongoing on the new Pizza Hut located at 1205 W. Church St.

Wiggins reported there is an ongoing buildout for Serenity Spa located at 1207 W. Church St.

Joseph and Daniel Smith are renovating Malcolm Jones’ old building at 415 N. Washington to become an event venue called The Vault.

Victory Lending, a payday loan group, will be located at 1213 W. Church St. but there is no opening date as of yet.

Wiggins reported that Janice McCanus moved Crave Nutrition from Denham Street to a new location at 1211 W. Church St. and the certificate of occupancy has been issued.

A certificate of occupancy has also been issued to Taco Bueno at 2001 U.S. Hwy. 190 West although it is not open yet as they are in the process of training their staff.

Wiggins reported that Wendy’s at 1819 U.S. Hwy. 190 West is completed and open for business.

Other business included approval of accounts over $500 and minutes of the August 9 meeting.

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VFD gets life saving equipment

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Livingston VFDLIVINGSTON — Livingston Volunteer Fire Department received a $20,000 grant to purchase new fire/rescue equipment through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance. The grant was used to purchase a spreader, cutter and ram for use in vehicle extrications and in forcible entry at emergency scenes. 

The department would like to thank the Texas A&M Forest Service for the grant that allowed them to purchase the equipment. 

As a member agency of the Texas A&M University System, Texas A&M Forest Service administers the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program and is committed to protecting lives, property and natural resources. The Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program is funded by the Texas Legislature and provides cost-share funding to rural volunteer fire departments for the acquisition of firefighting vehicles, fire and rescue equipment, protective clothing, dry hydrants, computer systems and firefighter training. 

For more information on programs offered by Texas A&M Forest Service, visit texasfd.com. 

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Whiteside running for LISD board

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JohnWhiteside“Hello, my name is John Whiteside. I am a husband of almost 22 years and a father of five children. I’ve been a member of Lighthouse Revival Center for the past 15 years and I’ve served as fulltime assistant pastor for the last two years.

“I’m running for your (Livingston ISD) school board. I believe that this district is on the uprise and we need to continue that fervency, not focused on our past but looking forward to a great future, learning to work together to keep our growing county free from negative input and people who would want to see us fail as we get bigger.

“I believe in our children and as parents, teachers and leaders in this district we cannot let our children down. I am running for my five kids and their futures. If you vote me into your school board it will be my goal to keep us on the rise, keeping us as strong as we can be as we continue to keep our focus on our future.”

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