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KEEPING STUDENTS SAFE

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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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OLD FILLING STATION DEMOLISHED

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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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Chamber gearing up to stuff goodie bags

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free samples and gifting conceptual still-life, shopping bag with price tag with Goodie Bag text on it and other bags in the background shot at shallow depth of field with bokeh and fairy lightsThe deadline to drop off promotional products and materials at the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce office for the new teacher goodie bags is July 14. Courtesy photo

From Enterprise Staff

The deadline to drop off promotional products and materials at the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce office for the new teacher goodie bags is July 14. This is an annual project of the chamber and it’s also an opportunity for local businesses and service providers to promote themselves. A variety of promotional products are placed in the bags, including pens, pencils, rulers, nail files, notepads, coupons, flyers and other items and information.

“You are welcome to start bringing any goodies you may have for the new teacher bags. We will need 175 of each of the items for the bags no later than July 14. Schools are starting earlier this year,” Chamber President/CEO Yvonne L. King said.

The next “Power Hour” with the chamber is slated for 8-9 a.m. Tuesday at The Bull Shack. Enjoy a cup of coffee, bring your business cards, mix and mingle and make new friends and contacts.

There are two upcoming ribbon cutting ceremonies that will be held at the chamber office. One for Sheri Clamon Allstate Insurance is slated for 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday and one for Worthy Soft Wash is slated for 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

The next quarterly membership meeting is scheduled for June 28 at Cho-Yeh Camp & Conference Center. Polk County Emergency Management Coordinator Courtney Comstock will be the guest speaker. Reserve a seat by contacting the chamber at 936-327-4929 or by making a reservation on the chamber’s website at polkchamber.com. Door prizes will be available.

The chamber is also gearing up for the 3rd annual Smoke in the Pines Barbecue Cookoff June 24-25 at Pedigo Park. In addition to the barbecue cookoff, there will also be an auto and bike show, a kids cookoff, a cornhole tournament and vendors.

“Please check out the chamber’s calendar on our website for upcoming events and activities. It is free to add all your events to the calendar,” King said, adding, “I ask you, ‘What can the chamber do for you today?’”

The chamber’s website may be found at polkchamber.com. The chamber office is located at 1001 U.S. 59 Loop North in Livingston. The phone number is 396-327-4929. For additional information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Two officers added for LISD

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livingston police dept logoA special meeting of the board of the trustees was called on Saturday to approve a budget increase for two positions.

Approval for the additional school-based officer positions with the Livingston Police Department was the sole agenda item.

“I applaud the board of trustees for their continued investment in school security,” Livingston Superintendent Dr. Brent Hawkins said. “Our board has proven over time that they will make the toughdecisions to ensure that their commitment to the vision of school security becomes a reality. The increase in these funds ensures that each campus in LISD is covered by a school-based officer for the 2022-2023 school year.  This is one of many actions that have been taken by the board and the school district to ensure the mission and priority of keeping our school’s students and staff as safe as possible.”

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Come on down

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 Local appears on The Price is Right

By Emily Banks Wooten

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 “Oh. My. Gosh. It was so fun. I had been waiting to spin that wheel since I was five,” Livingston Resident Melissa Russo said of her recent appearance on the long-running CBS game show, The Price is Right.

“I used to watch with my grandmother when I was sick or had early dismissal or during summer vacation. We watched it every day and every day my grandmother would say, ‘Some day you and I are going to fly out to California and stay with Cousin Timmy and go to a Price is Right taping,’” she said.

Melissa Russo And Drew CarreyMelissa Russo, of Livingston, and Drew Carey, host of the CBS game show, The Price is Right, are shown together on the day that Russo fulfilled a childhood dream by appearing on the show. Courtesy photo

Russo’s grandmother has been gone for over 20 years, but Russo was in California last year visiting Cousin Timmy and told him about it. “He’d never heard the story before but when he did, he said, ‘We must do it,’” Russo said.

A lot of things had changed due to the pandemic and the whole process was different, Russo said, adding that they have a much smaller studio audience now, following the pandemic.

“He (Timmy) sent me an application before the holidays, and I filled it out and sent it in. They contacted me and conducted several interviews and then we selected a date. We made T-shirts with my grandmother’s picture on them, so she’d be there with us. It was amazing. I think she was loving it,” Russo said.

“There were four things I wanted to do, and I got to do all four. I wanted to bid $1 on something. I wanted to bid $.01 on something. I wanted to win something, and I wanted to spin the wheel,” she said.

Russo won a pool table and a rowing machine although she ended up forfeiting them, as she’s currently traveling full-time in a camper. When asked if she received money in place of them, she said, “No, unfortunately.

“I did when a pretty fancy mini-fridge with French doors that I sent to my mother and stepfather,” she said.

Originally hailing from the East Coast where she grew up in Pennsylvania, Russo maintains her Livingston, Texas address as her legal address while she’s on the road traveling.

Melissa Russo And Cousin TimmyMelissa Russo, of Livingston, and her cousin Timmy sport the T-shirts they made to wear to a taping of The Price is Right. The T-shirts feature a picture of their grandmother who watched the show daily and promised Russo that one day they’d go. Courtesy photo

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