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New pastor welcomed at FUMC

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070722 new pastor

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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You’re invited to a countywide baby shower

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070722 county baby shower

To benefit G.R.A.C.E. Pregnancy Outreach

From Enterprise Staff

Love Never Fails Ministries is hosting a countywide baby shower to benefit G.R.A.C.E. Pregnancy Outreach. Donations will be collected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Onalaska City Hall. Cake and punch will be served.

G.R.A.C.E. Pregnancy Outreach is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that opened in 2017. It provides a place where individuals can find compassion and help without judgment or condemnation. The organization provides pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, prenatal services and parenting classes. These services are provided free of charge through the support of donors. Client advocates at the Outreach Center are committed to offering the emotional support and personal concern.

Items needed for babies include: diapers size newborn, fives and sixes; onesies, wipes, shampoo, baby wash, baby lotion, diaper rash medication, towels, wash rags and receiving blankets.

Items needed for moms and dads include: maxi pads, lanolin cream, breast pads, deodorant, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, tucks medicated pads and deodorant.

For additional information contact Susan Richardson at 936-646-3832.

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Scouts attend camp in Arkansas

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070322 boy scoutsMembers of Scout Troop 97 in front of Kia Kima Dining Hall. (l-r) Lowell Tompkins, Evan Couch, Raven Franklin, Jaxson Potter, Assistant Scoutmaster Tristan Brown and Scoutmaster David Brown. Courtesy photo

From Enterprise Staff

Members of Boy Scouts of America Troop 97 and Boy Scouts of America Troop 197 attended Camp Osage at the Kia Kima Scout Reservation in Hardy, Ark. in June. After an eventful drive to Arkansas, the troops settled into camp comfortably and had a great week of fun and education.
Of the scouts attending, nearly 30 merit badge classes were attended, and two leaders attended scoutmaster training. The troops hiked up a mountain to have midweek vespers at the “Golightly” chapel and several scouts spent a morning tubing on Lake Thunderbird and then whitewater kayaking that afternoon.
They concluded the week with a scoutmaster cookoff with Dutch oven enchiladas, a scoutmaster dance contest, an “Order of the Arrow” ceremony and the closing campfire where Troop 97 was named Honor Troop.
They volunteered and completed a camp conservation project and had a scout complete the “trailblazers” program and camp independently on the mountain with that group. Both troops scored almost perfect on their campsite inspection. The leaders worked kitchen duty several times, volunteered for latrine cleaning and the scouts decided to host a cracker barrel with another troop in their campsite.
Through fun, yet challenging, physical and mental activities, scouting encourages personal growth by teaching youth how to set goals and achieve them with determination. Scouting is something the whole family can experience together. The program is designed so that anyone—brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers—can have fun and make an impact.
For information about joining one of the local units, go to beascout.org and search 77351. Scouts has a program for everyone from kindergarten and up. 

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Hurricane season is upon us

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070322 hurricane seasonPolk County Emergency Management Coordinator Courtney Comstock and Deputy Coordinator Samuel Murra presented a program on hurricane preparedness during the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce’s recent quarterly membership meeting. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten

By Emily Banks Wooten
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Polk County Emergency Management Coordinator Courtney Comstock and Deputy Coordinator Samuel Murra presented a program on hurricane preparedness during the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce’s recent quarterly membership meeting Cho-Yeh Camp & Conference Center.

“Hurricanes are tropical storms that form in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1-Nov. 30. People who live in hurricane prone communities should know their vulnerability and what actions should be taken to reduce the effects of hurricanes,” Comstock said, adding that the Texas Department of Emergency Management, NOAA and local communities join together to recognize hurricane preparedness week every year.

“Polk County is located a little over 100 miles inland. Polk County is not affected by storm surge. However, torrential rains, tornados and high winds can result from hurricanes and cause damage to life and property,” Comstock said. “Heavy rains produced by a hurricane can cause flash flooding near the Trinity and Neches rivers.”

Comstock reviewed the list of items that should be in a hurricane preparedness disaster supply kit. The list includes water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation; food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food; battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both; flashlight and extra batteries; first aid kit; whistle to signal for help.

Comstock encouraged people with functional and access needs to call 211 to register to be included in the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry. She said those that should register are people with disabilities, people who are medically fragile, people with functional needs and people who require transportation assistance. She also recommended that these people have a checklist of medical equipment and assistive devices; a list of model numbers or serial numbers of medical devices and equipment; medical alert tags or bracelets; medications and copies of all prescriptions; hygiene supplies; phone numbers and names of physicians; and supplies for service animals.

Comstock told everyone about AlertMePolkCounty, the county’s emergency notification system which delivers emergency alerts via phone, text and email. The emergency alerts may include severe weather, wildfire, hazmat, evacuations and crime. You may register online but if you need assistance or do not have internet access, you may call the Officer of Emergency Management please at 936-327-6826 or visit the office at 602 E. Church St. Suite 165 in Livingston. You may be registered for the service in person or over the phone. Choose the “Outreach Message Option” in AlertMePolkCounty to receive notifications.

Other upcoming chamber events include:

• Ribbon cuttings for Fields Paint Contractors at 10:30 a.m. on July 8; Farmers Insurance Lawson Agency at 1:30 p.m. on July 29; and Sheri Clamon Insurance Agency at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 10.

• Power Hour with the Chamber from 8-9 a.m. July 5 at The Bull Shack. This event is held the first Tuesday of each month.

• Quarterly Membership Luncheon on Sept. 27.

• Learning Luncheons on Sept. 20, Oct. 18 and Nov. 15.

• WINOs (Women Interested in Networking Opportunities) on Sept. 29, Oct. 27 and Nov. 17.

• Come Clean Lake Livingston on Oct. 15.

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