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City to consider adding officer

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For Onalaska Independent School District

The creation of an additional police officer position to be assigned to the Onalaska Independent School District through the school resource officer program will be considered for approval by the Onalaska City Council during its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday. In related activity, Council is expected to review and approve a memorandum of understanding between the city and the school district providing guidelines for school resource officers.

Police Department Policy No. 4.5 regarding uniforms, appearance and equipment will be reviewed and considered for approval.

Council is expected to consider action declaring a building located at 180 Live Oak in Canyon Park Subdivision to be dangerous or unsafe and to order that the building be vacated, removed or demolished. In related activity, Jerry and/or Janet Morris, owners of said property, are slated to make a presentation to Council to show cause why the building should not be declared unsafe or dangerous.

Council is expected to review and consider approval of an interlocal agreement with the Polk County tax assessor-collector for services provided.

In personnel matters, Council is expected to accept the resignations of Court Clerk Mandi Hodge and fulltime telecommunications operator Stephen Cook and approve the appointment of Tammy Seader as fulltime court clerk and Stephen Cook as parttime telecommunications operator, both with the standard 90-day probationary period.

A presentation on behalf of the Polk County Long Term Recovery Board will be presented.

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

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

The meeting will be held in the Onalaska City Hall located at 372 S. FM 356 in Onalaska.

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City eyeing COLA for employees

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A proposed cost of living adjustment for the employee salary schedule to be effective Oct. 1 will be considered for approval by the Livingston City Council during its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Council will also consider action on granting one personal leave day for fulltime regular employees to be effective Jan. 1, 2023.

Council will consider authorization to execute an engagement letter for the employment of an auditor for the fiscal year Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2022.

A proposed ordinance granting a franchise agreement to Centerpoint Energy Resources Corp. doing business as Centerpoint Energy Texas Gas Operations will be considered for action.

Also to be considered for action is a proposed resolution for the sale of a 1987 Ranger Femfab walk-in heavy rescue fire truck.

A training presentation on cyber security awareness, as required by Texas Government Code Section 2054.5191, is on the agenda.

An executive session is also on the agenda at which time Council is expected to consult with the city attorney; enter into deliberation regarding competitive matters related to the operation of the city’s electric system, a public power utility; and conduct the performance evaluation of the city manager. However, any action will be taken upon return to open session.

An informational item regarding the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce’s Smoke in the Pines Barbecue Cookoff event recently held at Pedigo Park is on the agenda.

Other items on the agenda include the city manager’s monthly report, accounts over $500 and minutes of the June 14 meeting.

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GOOD GROCERIES

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070722 polk county caresPolk County Cares (PCC) served over 300 plates of hot, cooked-to-order, homemade catfish during its fundraiser Saturday at the end of “Old 190.” Served by Scott and Todd Hughes of the original Hughes Catfish Inn restaurant, the fundraiser is expected to become an annual event in conjunction with Independence Day weekend. In addition to the fresh-caught, American catfish, the plates also included homemade French fries, coleslaw, a drink and Mrs. Hughes’ famous hushpuppies. PCC’s Board of Directors are shown serving customers and preparing to-go boxes. Polk County Cares is a 501(c)3 organization that puts community donations to work in the community. Its purpose is to raise funds to be distributed to qualifying non-profit organizations within Polk County. Courtesy photo

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New pastor welcomed at FUMC

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From Enterprise Staff

First United Methodist Church of Livingston welcomed its new pastor, Rev. Joel McMahon, this past week. McMahon comes to Livingston from League City United Methodist Church. He attended Texas A&M University and received his Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He is married to Stephanie, and they have two adult children, Stephen and Christina.

FUMC offers three worship services each Sunday. There’s a Gospel service at 9 a.m. in the main sanctuary, a contemporary worship with praise band at 9 a.m. on the second floor of the Holy Ground Discipleship Building and a traditional service with Chancel Choir at 11 a.m. in the main sanctuary.

Worship services may be viewed on YouTube at livingstonfumc. The services are also broadcast each Sunday at 11 a.m. on KETX 102.3 FM the Eagle.

A formal welcome will be held Sunday at noon in the church fellowship hall. Everyone is welcome to attend and welcome Pastor Joel and Stephanie. A light lunch will be served with cake and drinks. FUMC is located at 2801 U.S. Hwy. 190 West in Livingston. The telephone number is 936-327-7100

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“Smoke in the Pines” a big success

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070722 smoke in pinesJosh Smith Jr. and Josh Smith Sr. (center pair) won first place in the cornhole tournament and received custom-made cornhole boards. Ethan Black and Tommy Ager (right pair) placed second and Richard Brainard and Andrew Spain (left pair) placed third. Courtesy photo

From Enterprise Staff

Forty-five teams participated in the 3rd annual Smoke in the Pines Barbecue Cook-Off hosted by the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce recently at Pedigo Park and held in accordance with the International Barbecue Cookers Association (IBCA) judging rules and guidelines.

This year’s event was bigger and better with lots more activities in which to participate. In addition to the barbecue cook-off, there was an auto and bike show, a kid’s Q, a cornhole tournament and lots of vendor booths.

Participants came from all over the state but most of them came out of the Gulf Coast region, Clifton said.

Grand champion honors went to Caleb Warden and his team, Kickin Kajun Smokehouse, and reserve grand champion honors went to Bill Manning and his team, Bj’s Blue Smoke Barbecue. Other winners in the various categories are listed below:

Overall
• 1st place – Caleb Warden – Kickin Kajun Smokehouse
• 2nd place – Bill Manning – Bj’s Blue Smoke Barbecue
• 3rd place – Adam Martinez – Damn if I’m Po’
• 4th place – Jason Sagmiller – Race Crew Barbecue
• 5th place – Randall Kendrick – Hide-a-way Ranch Cookers
• 6th place – Travis Thilbodeaux – Coonass Cookers
• 7th place – Brian Fox – Just Smokin Around
• 8th place – Alan Higginbotham – Whatever It Takes Cookers
• 9th place – Cole Clifton – Chevy Cookers
• 10th place – Jereme Skrabanek – Big Slick Cookers

Brisket
• 1st place – Caleb Warden – Kickin Kajun Smokehouse
• 2nd place – Adam Martinez – Damn if I’m Po’
• 3rd place – Jamie Robey – Texas Smoke
• 4th place – Bill Manning – Bj’s Blue Smoke Barbecue
• 5th place – Travis Thilbodeaux – Coonass Cookers
• 6th place – Brian Fox – Just Smokin Around
• 7th place – Jeff Dennison – Texas Red Dirt Cookers
• 8th place – Tammie Robey – Wine A Bit
• 9th place – Sean Steffey – Polk County Area Go-Texan
• 10th place – Jereme Skrabanek – Big Slick Cookers

Pork Spare Ribs
• 1st place – Jason Sagmiller – Race Crew Barbecue
• 2nd place – Alan Higginbotham – Whatever It Takes Cookers
• 3rd place – Tammie Robey – Wine A Bit
• 4th place – Jereme Skrabanek – Big Slick Cookers
• 5th place – Randall Kendrick – Hide-a-way Ranch Cookers
• 6th place – Cole Clifton – Chevy Cookers
• 7th place – Bill Manning – Bj’s Blue Smoke Barbecue
• 8th place – David Hernandez – Whatcha Smokin’
• 9th place – Mark Wenzel – Premier Cookers 2
10th place – Travis Thilbodeaux – Coonass Cookers

Chicken
• 1st place – Caleb Warden – Kickin Kajun Smokehouse
• 2nd place – Andrew Boyce – 42 Crew Barbecue
• 3rd place – Bill Manning – Bj’s Blue Smoke Barbecue
• 4th place – Alan Higginbotham – Whatever It Takes Cookers
• 5th place – Randall Kendrick – Hide-a-way Ranch Cookers
• 6th place – Brian Fox – Just Smokin Around
• 7th place – Andrew Stark – Premier Cookers
• 8th place – Jeff Dennison – Texas Red Dirt Cookers
• 9th place – Adam Martinez – Damn if I’m Po’
• 10th place – James Callahan – Tall Stack Barbecue

Beans
• 1st place – Mark Wenzel – Premier Cookers
• 2nd place – Cory Johnson – Polar Cookers
• 3rd place – Randell Kendrick – Hide-a-way Ranch Cookers

Cook’s Choice
• 1st place – Cole Clifton – Chevy Cookers
• 2nd place – Sean Steffey – Polk County Area Go-Texan
• 3rd place – James Callahan – Tall Stack Barbecue

Auto Winners
• Chairman’s Choice – Harry Nichols
• Gents Choice – Donny Kelley
• Ladies Choice – Ken Allison
• Best Motor – Terry Courtney
• Best Paint – Tim Mize
• Best of Show – Donny Kelley

Bike Winners
• Chairman’s Choice – John Holloway
• Best Motor – Hector Rangel
• Best Paint – Hector Rangel
• Best of Show – John Holloway

Kids Q Winners
• 1st place – Hailey Smith
• 2nd place – Bryla Kendrick
• 3rd place – Kadence Wenzel

Cornhole Tournament Winners
• 1st place – Josh Smith Sr. and Josh Smith Jr.
• 2nd place – Ethan Black and Tommy Ager
• 3rd place – Richard Brainard and Andrew Spain

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