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Lawn care program offered

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By Matthew R. March, MNRD
Polk County Extension Agent

The Polk County AgriLife Extension office is hosting a lawn management program for homeowners on June 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program will allow participants to learn the skills needed for a healthier greener lawn. Topics that will be covered include species selection, establishment, weeds, pest, fertilization, mowing, diseases and general management.

Speakers will include local lawn care professionals and AgriLife Extension lawn specialists. The program will take place at the extension office at 602 E. Church St. in Livingston. The cost is $20 and lunch will be provided.
Please register by June 10 by calling the extension office at 936-327-6828.

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Local named to honor roll

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From Enterprise Staff

Nicholas A. Truelove, of Livingston, an exercise science major at Bethany College, was recently named to the Academic Dean’s Honor Roll for the spring semester. Truelove is one of 213 students named to the honor roll, which requires a student to be enrolled full-time with a semester grade point average of at least 3.50, to qualify.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. At Bethany, students join a community of dedicated educators and caring mentors who walk alongside them as they discover, explore and navigate the path to their purpose.

Bethany College is online at bethanylb.edu and is located in Lindsborg, Kansas, the fine arts and crafts capital of the state.

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Habitat raising funds to start 19th build

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060522 Rotary Check HabitatThe Rotary Club of Livingston recently presented a check to Amy Borel, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Polk County, to assist the organization that provides affordable housing for low-income families. (l-r) Rotary President Andrew Boyce, Borel, Rotary Treasurer Joe Roth. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten

By Emily Banks Wooten

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Amy Borel, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Polk County, spoke to the Rotary Club of Livingston recently, sharing updates on the local affiliate of Habitat International.

The nonprofit, Christian based housing ministry began in Atlanta, Ga. in the 1970s and now operates affiliates throughout the world, with the goal being to eliminate substandard housing by providing adequate, affordable housing which is available to all who can afford and qualify for a reasonable no interest mortgage.

“We build homes for low-income families and think of it as giving a hand up, not a handout,” Borel said, commenting that Habitat for Humanity of Polk County has been in existence since 2003.

“Habitat affiliates are grown and created locally, with affiliates throughout the United States and in 70 countries nationally. When we fundraise here, a portion goes back to Habitat for Humanity International, so when you give locally, you’re also giving globally,” Borel said.

The homes are built by volunteers with help from the homeowners themselves who provide sweat equity. Depending on where the group builds and the expertise of the volunteers, they do have to subcontract work from time to time. The homes are funded by contributions and donations from individuals, Polk County churches and businesses, as well as the proceeds from ReStore, Habitat’s local resale shop, located at 1402 N. Washington Ave. in Livingston.

Borel said that the ReStore resale shop accepts construction pieces, housewares, used appliances and will even provide pickup for large loads. She added that the ReStore has also recently begun selling good quality, eco-friendly paint and paint supplies.

“We’ve built 18 homes right here in Polk County since 2003. We have a new partner family and we’re raising funds to start that build. We’re always looking for volunteers,” Borel said.

Members of the public can help by volunteering their time, money and slightly used household items and building materials. Without the public’s help, Habitat for Humanity cannot continue to build low-cost homes or operate its store enough hours to fund their projects. For additional information call 936-328-8529 or follow on Facebook.

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060522 Deputy Constable Amario

Pct. 1 Deputy Constable Marcelo Rosario is welcomed by some students at Goodrich Elementary School. In the wake of the May 24 Uvalde school shooting tragedy, the office of Pct. 1 Constable Scott Hughes maintained a steady presence at Goodrich schools throughout the end of the school year. Hughes and his deputy constables provided additional patrols and walk-throughs of the school buildings. “The safety of our children, teachers and staff are a priority. My deputies have been well-received. The Goodrich ISD teachers and staff are doing an amazing job educating and protecting our children,” Hughes said. Courtesy photo

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Jarrells Station Razed

Workers are shown Wednesday razing the abandoned building located at 522 W. Church St. in Livingston, site of the former Jarrell’s Filling Station. The station was closed several years ago when Owner Fred Jarrell became ill and moved out of town. Following Jarrell’s death, his surviving family proceeded with plans to remove the underground tanks and demolish the building. In recent years, work has been ongoing to clean up the city through the removal of dilapidated, unsafe buildings as well as the cleanup and removal of weeds, brush and rubbish from various abandoned properties throughout the city. City officials have remarked how diligently the Jarrells have been trying to clean up the place and resolve the situation. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten

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