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Council discusses possible replacement

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City of GoodrichBy Brian Besch
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The Goodrich City Council met Thursday to discuss an alderman seat, private railroad crossing and a culvert during July’s regular meeting in the community center.

Council discussed the possibility of replacing Alderman Richard Booth, who suffered a stroke recently and is now resting under hospice care near family in Arkansas.

“I am asking you all to keep their family in prayer,” Mayor Pro-tem Bobby Wright said. “This position, we just have to play it by ear, and maybe we can talk to some people and let them know that this is what we are going to do in the future.”

Without suggestions, council tabled the item until the August regular meeting.

The application to Union Pacific Railroad for a private railroad crossing at Garner Road has been submitted by Goodrich City Secretary Felicia Garrett. The road gives access to the city’s sewer plant. No one has returned information to the City of Goodrich since the application’s submittal.

The city approved building permits for ProStar Waste. With increased construction in Goodrich, the company has a contract to provide waste receptacles.

“We know that we are having houses come in and people are building,” Wright said. “Sometimes they get their own big trash dumpster. We have a contract with ProStar Waste, that if they have any renovations or tearing down structures, they would use ProStar Waste for the big dumpsters. The owner would have to come into city hall for a permit, letting us know that they are getting ready to build or what kind of construction they are getting ready to do. She (Garrett) would inform them that they would have to use ProStar Waste (for dumpsters).”

Finally, council discussed the continuing problem at Sam Loggins Road, where flooding is an issue after heavy rains. A few years ago, the city put in a large culvert to help the flow of water, yet flooding persists.

A six foot culvert has been discussed to be placed near the one already installed. With large amounts of rain, city contractors say water will reach around waist-high levels, dangerously close to an electrical box that sits nearby. The price for the culvert is expected to be around $5,000. 

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NEW TEACHER BAGS

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Members of the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce, along with volunteers, stuffed 200 bags that will be distributed to new schoolteachers throughout Polk County in the coming weeks. Each year the chamber accepts promotional products and materials from members for the goodie bags. The annual project is an opportunity for local businesses and service providers who are members of the chamber to promote themselves. A variety of promotional products are placed in the bags, including welcome guides, pens, pencils, rulers, nail files, notepads, coupons, flyers and other items and information. (l-r) Brenda Clifton, Philip Allison, Shirley Johnson and Sandra Villarreal. Courtesy photo

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St. Joseph’s to host VBS July 17-21

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St. Joseph’s Catholic Church will host “Tracking Mary: Mysteries and Messages,” its Vacation Bible School that promises fun-filled days of Catholic kids camp July 17-21 at the St. Joseph Family Center.

This year’s program features the Queen of Heaven Express, a special holy train traveling to the faraway places around the globe visited by the Blessed Mother: Lourdes, Fatima, Guadalupe, England and Ireland. Children will discover how Mary brings people closer to Jesus through the power of the Rosary. Mysteries and messages are revealed at each stop. The program focuses on Catholic identity and teaches the Bible from the Catholic perspective.

For additional information call 936-577-5235.

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Staying this side of the law

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By George Hollenbeck

It’s always better to meet the game warden in a friendly setting. A large crowd greeted Game Warden Dustin Shoemaker at the June meeting of the Lake Livingston Fishing Club, also known as the Happy Hookers.

Warden Shoemaker covered the waterfront – water safety, fishing and hunting regulations, and answered many questions from experienced boaters, anglers and hunters.

The next meeting of the fishing club is at 6:30 p.m. July 20 and will feature a representative from the Trinity River Authority. Meetings are free and open to all and take place at the First Presbyterian Church located at 910 N. Washington Ave. in Livingston.

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MannaFest staying active during summer

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By Emily Banks Wooten
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MannaFest food pantry served 577 families, or 1,661 individuals, during the month of June, averaging 58 families per day.

“Except for February, which is a short month, we have had over 450 families for all of 2023. The last two months have been over 550. We seem to have less food than we’ve ever had, although we are buying more food than ever. God will see us through,” Executive Director Marilyn Wise said.

During the month of June, MannaFest received $2,686 in donations, from churches, individuals and the Livingston Lions Club. As for gifts in kind, the food pantry received 3,689 pounds from Walmart, 1,188 pounds from Dollar General and 802 pounds from individuals, most of which were donations made at EagleFest. They also received 8,921 pounds of produce and other items from Southeast Texas Food Bank. They spent $7,058.69 on food and $486.27 on hygiene products.

“Big House is a Methodist youth missionary program for middle schoolers and above. On June 22, one of their small groups, five girls and one adult, did a deep cleaning for MannaFest,” Wise said. “This means moving every can, box, package, etc. from every pallet and shelf, cleaning, and returning everything to its place. They also weeded and cleaned out our flower beds and mowed the grounds.

“We are continuing to distribute summer food boxes. We have given around 300 of these boxes so far and will continue through July 28,” Wise said.

“We still need a volunteer to be in charge of Saturday mornings and one to be in charge of our Thursday senior boxes. Please let me know if you can help. We have some people interested in the director and assistant director positions, but they will need help,” Wise said.

“About two weeks ago, one of our longtime clients who can no longer manage getting out of her car and coming inside the pantry, asked if someone would come out and pray with her,” Wise said. “She was so moved by the prayer and so grateful that we care. It is often that our clients express their gratefulness for our caring and our prayers. This is a vital part of our ministry. I would say that sometimes it is as important as the food we give.

“Thank you to all of you who give your time, your money, your talents, your prayers, your caring, your interest to MannaFest. We could not be the ministry God has made us without every one of you,” Wise said.

Located at 803 W. Feagin St. in Livingston, MannaFest is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Fridays. To donate food or funds, to volunteer, or to learn how you may contribute, call 936-327-9555 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow MannaFest on Facebook to keep up with the fight to end hunger in Polk County.

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