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Court to consider animal shelter repairs

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Polk County LogoThe Polk County Commissioners Court will discuss and consider action regarding repairs to the animal shelter in Leggett, including determining a method of funding, during its regular meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

An order to establish new annual application procedures for enrolling charitable entities in the juror donation program will be considered for action.

An agreement between Polk County and Deep East Texas Council of Governments to participate in the regional emergency notification project will be discussed and considered.

The Court will discuss and consider action regarding the status of the Polk County Tax Office parking lot in Livingston.

A sheriff’s request to pay out FLSA and holiday hours accrued by the telecommunication operators in fiscal year 2022 utilizing funds remaining in the salaries line item will be discussed and considered for action.

The Court will consider action regarding the annual bids for the purchase of: Precinct 1 road materials; Precinct 2 road materials; Precinct 3 road materials; Precinct 4 road materials; bulk purchase of limestone road base; tires; oil, grease, gasoline and diesel; pest control services; motor grader blades; and material hauling.

In personnel matters, the Court will review and consider personnel action form requests submitted since the last meeting and review any authorized emergency hirings. They will also review and consider the personnel management system update.

Fiscal year 2022 budget revisions and amendments, as presented by the county auditor’s office, will be considered for approval.

Items on the consent agenda include:

Approve minutes of Aug. 23 meeting;

Approve schedules of bills;

Approve order designating surplus property

Approve adding Kenneth Leon Burnley as a reserve deputy constable for the Precinct 2 constable’s office;

Approve resolution to submit an application to the office of the governor’s public safety office for fiscal year 2023 bullet-resistant shield grant program;

Ratify grant award and authorize the county judge to execute contract number 2215184 with the office of the attorney general for sheriff’s victim coordinator and liaison grant program for 2022-2023;

Ratify grant award and authorize the county judge to execute contract number 2215176 with the office of the attorney general for district attorney victim coordinator and liaison grant program for 2022-2023;

Approve election judges and alternates for one-year term beginning Aug. 1, 2022 as requested by the county clerk;

Accept 2023 retiree plan rates (TLIC medical and retiree Rxcare prescription coverages) from Texas Association of Counties, Silver Choice;

Approve renewal agreement with Integrated Data Services for county clerk’s imaging software maintenance for fiscal year 2023;

Approve agreement for professional appraisal services between Polk County and WT Appraisal Inc. for school land property;

Approve amendment to contract between Polk County and Mitchell Funeral Home;

Approve agreement with City of Livingston for firefighting services;

Approve renewal of memorandum of understanding with Deep East Texas Council of Governments Family and Youth Success Program;

Approve use of $1,406.40 from information technology capital outlay repair/replace IT equipment (budgeted funds) for firewall hardware;

Ratify and record corrected certificate of exemption to exempt from county subdivision regulations the development of Abstract 593 William White Survey (177.54 acres) located in Precinct 2 and consisting of 16 tracts all over 10 acres with individual access to existing public roads with no other common areas and/or streets.

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SPCA offering Sunday specials on selected animals

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From Enterprise Staff

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Polk County is continuing its successful “Sunday Specials.” For the next few Sundays, the shelter will highlight selected dogs and cats that may be adopted for half off the usual adoption fee. The next “Sunday Special” will be for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens that have been at the shelter for 60 days or more.

 Adoptions include all shots, spay/neuter and microchip. The SPCA shelter is located at 802 S. Houston (Hwy. 146) and is open for adoptions from noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays. For additional details follow www.facebook.com/SPCAPolk. 

The SPCA of Polk County is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that operates a no-kill animal shelter run mostly by volunteers and it relies heavily on private donations and gifts to do its work in East Texas. It receives no federal, state or local financial support, nor any support from ASPCA, HSUS or United Way.

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Vinyl Radio to kick off concert series

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Vinyl Radio performs music from the Eagles, America, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, the Doobie Brothers and more, delivering the harmonies and melodies of classic 70s radio. They will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Polk County Commerce Center, kicking off the 2022-2023 concert series of the Livingston Community Concert Association. Courtesy photoVinyl Radio performs music from the Eagles, America, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, the Doobie Brothers and more, delivering the harmonies and melodies of classic 70s radio. They will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Polk County Commerce Center, kicking off the 2022-2023 concert series of the Livingston Community Concert Association. Courtesy photo

From Enterprise Staff

The Livingston Community Concert Association will kick off its 2022-2023 concert series, marking the organization’s 37th anniversary, with the first performance of the season at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 featuring Vinyl Radio. All concerts are held at the Polk County Commerce Center located at 1017 Hwy. 59 Loop North in Livingston.

While tickets are not available at the concert, memberships in the Livingston Community Concert Association may be purchased for as little as $50 per person and family rates are also available. Membership will allow one to attend all concerts per season. The varying levels of membership include: Adult $50, Family $110 (two adults and children), Patron $150, Sponsor $300, Benefactor $500 and Endowment $1,000-plus.

Checks may be mailed to Livingston Community Concert Association at P.O. Box 960, Livingston, Texas 77351. For additional information, contact Sally Frasier at 936-967-0219 or visit www.livingstoncommunityconcert.org.

Vinyl Radio – made up of Ronnie Kimball, Chip Martin, Ron Wallace and Tim Buppert – has been referred to as “a vocal power with a righteous regard for the great rock-n-roll music classics. These music city pros combine their considerable talents into an experience that captures the essence of an era when guitars and grooves, mellow mayhem and melodies ruled the airwaves. Vinyl Radio, put simply, is the music you love brought to life.” They perform music from the Eagles, America, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, the Doobie Brothers and more, delivering the harmonies and melodies of classic 70s radio.

Ronnie Kimball has shared the stage with many superstars like Huey Lewis, Greg Khin, The Knack, Elvin Bishop and Tommy Tutone, to name a few.  He was lead vocalist/front man with his AOR recording act, WORKFORCE on Scotti Bro./CBS Records.  During his stint with WORKFORCE, Ronnie had a song he cowrote and sang with the band featured in an episode of the popular TV series, “Baywatch.”  He also had a music video on MTV with the California band, LASER BOY.  Since moving to Nashville in the mid 90’s Ronnie has become an in-demand session vocalist for some of Nashville’s best songwriters, sang numerous jingles and movie placements. As a writer he’s had songs recorded by country music giant, Lee Greenwood and new artist Sherry Lynn.   Ronnie has also been featured as vocalist and cowriter on the inspirational CD, REACH HIGHER, on Berardi Records, as well as, singing the patriotic anthem “LIBERTY”, which has over 1 million views on YouTube.

Chip Martin cut his teeth on the classic pop sounds of the 60’s - the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and other British invasion bands as well as American performers like the great Motown acts. Later it was the sounds of bands like the Eagles, Crosby Stills and Nash, and America that caught the attention of the already traveling singer-songwriter. Chip formed his first band at the age of 12 and has been on stage ever since playing in rock and country-rock groups from Maine to Miami. In the late 70’s, Chip turned his talents toward songwriting and to date has over 200 songs in his catalog. He has an RIAA certified gold record for his song “Forget About Love” recorded by country star Mark Wills, has a song that is the title track (“Love Me or Leave Me Alone”) on Randy Meisner’s (formerly of The Eagles) latest CD, a tune placed on Billy Paul’s record “Wide Open” (of “Me and Mrs. Jones” fame), and a cut by Grand Ole Opry star Billy Dean. The song that Billy Dean recorded was used on the popular Turner Broadcasting TV Show “Live at the Bluebird Cafe” shot in Nashville at the famous songwriter venue.

Ron Wallace has one of Music Row’s most recognizable and sought-after voices, earning him a spot on the A-List of Nashville session singers. Touring with the newcomer Tim McGraw found Ron a spot in McGraw’s first video. Ron recorded for Sony/Columbia and can be heard on recordings by industry heavyweights like Don Williams, Ty Herndon and Faith Hill, including her #1 single, “Take Me As I Am.”

Tim Buppert made his living as a singing drummer from the age of 18 until moving to Nashville in 1991, where he put aside the drums to focus on a songwriting career. While performing his songs at the Bluebird Cafe, Tim was asked to sing some demos for hit songwriter Don Schlitz. Fast forward 25 years and Tim has sung on over 8,000 recordings including albums by Trisha Yearwood, Michael Peterson, Kevin Sharp, Billy Ray Cyrus and Rodney Atkins to name a few and on jingles for Pepsi, Luvs diapers, TNN and many more. In 1997 Tim had his first success as a writer with the #1 hit by Kevin Sharp, “She’s Sure Taking It Well.” Tim scored again in 2000 with Yankee Grey and the song “Another 9 minutes” which reached #11 on the Country charts. After 10 years Tim went back to the drums and once again is the “Singing Drummer” for some of Nashville’s most popular bands - Vinyl Radio, FAB, The Consoulers, Live From Ventura Blvd, Twelve Against Nature and Make Me Smile. Tim does well over 100 shows a year and plans to retire in the year 2040.

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Recycled art contest will celebrate anniversary of recycling center

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To celebrate its upcoming one-year anniversary in November, as well as America Recycles Day which is Nov. 15, Polk County Recycling & Beautification (PCRB) is hosting a “Recycled Art Contest” that is open to everyone.

PCRB operates the Polk County Recycling Center located at 10311 Hwy. 146 in Livingston at the intersection of Hwy. 146 and FM 2665. The recycling center accepts #1-#7 plastics, flattened corrugated cardboard and aluminum and steel “tin” cans. The recycling center is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In its first 10 months of operation, the center has diverted over 69,000 pounds of materials from the Polk County Landfill. 

PCRB is a nonprofit organization that has partnered with Polk County to provide a reliable recycling service for the residents of East Texas, sustained by grants, donations and the sale of recyclable materials.

Entries in the recycled art contest should be works of art created using only materials that the local recycling center accepts. To enter, visit the recycling center or the website (pcrbtexas.org) for an entry form. Submit the artwork and the entry form by Nov. 1. Visit pcrbtexas.org for a complete list of rules.

The first-place winner will receive $100, the second-place winner will receive $50 and the third-place winner will receive $25. The people’s choice winner will receive $75. To cast a vote for people’s choice, take recyclables to the center Nov. 4-15.

Contestants may be individuals or groups of any age. Although entries must be made from materials the recycling center accepts, plastic bottle caps and paper tubes will be allowed. Glue, tape, wire, screws and other fastening materials are allowed. Paint, markers and other coloring mediums are allowed. Glitter is not allowed. The maximum size of the entry is two feet long by two feet wide by three feet high.

The artwork must be submitted to the recycling center with a completed entry form no later than 3 p.m. on Nov. 1. Artwork will be displayed at the recycling center Nov. 4-15. No names may be visible on the artwork while displayed.

Recyclers visiting the recycling center Nov. 4-15 will vote for people’s choice. A panel of judges will decide first, second and third place winners. Judges will score artwork based on the following criteria: 50% creative use of recyclable materials, 30% overall presentation and aesthetics and 20% craftsmanship. Bonus points will be awarded if materials are still recyclable.

To learn more about the recycled art contest, volunteering at the recycling center or donating to the recycling center, visit PCRBTexas.org or Facebook.com/PCRBTexas. Checks may be mailed to 10311 TX-146, Livingston, TX 77351. Call 936-337-3315 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.

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FIRST RESPONDERS TO BE HONORED

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A 9-11 Prayer and Remembrance Ceremony honoring all Polk County first responders will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 9 at the Livingston City Hall. The new Livingston Police Honor Guard, along with the VFW Honor Guard, will post and raise the colors along with the 9-11 commemorative flag. The Livingston High School Choir will sing and bells will be rung by representatives of the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, the Livingston Police Department and local emergency medical service providers. Everyone is invited to come out and show their support. (l-r) Livingston Police Chief Matt Parrish, Livingston Fire Chief Corky Cochran and Livingston Police Officer Ronnie Bogany. Courtesy photo

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