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LISD board president ends term

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Livingston ISD LogoBy Brian Besch
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Dr. Brent Hawkins, LISD Superintendent, opened the October board meeting with praise for School Board President Ben Ogletree at the last meeting of his term.

“It takes a whole lot of dedication and commitment to serve this length of time and leaves a substantial hole that the community needs to fill. Ogletree’s service predates the iPhone. When he took office, George W. Bush was our nation’s president and our Livingston High School junior class (Class of 2024) was born when he joined the board.

There have been very profound accomplishments during his term and the most demanding was during the school shutdown, due to the COVID pandemic.”

Hawkins also presented the administration report on Future Ready School Vision. “The attendance numbers are up by 2.5%, which helps to create memorable teaching. The college and career readiness scores for 2021 are at 50%. These scores are based on dual-credit classes, industrial-based certifications, earned associates degrees, college preparation classes or are workforce ready in completing a sequence of courses in career technology. School districts across the state have begun to phase out elective tracks that do not result in certifications. Livingston High School is doing the same by incorporating programs like cosmetology, LVN and HVAC.

“Our vision is to be sure our students are future-ready by having a commitment to the military, a college or trade school or holding a CTE (Career & Technical Education) certification upon graduation.”

The superintendent then presented the Emergency Operations plan and school safety update.

“After Uvalde, Gov.  (Greg) Abbott issued an order that put intruder requirements in place for all school districts. In a superintendent meeting with Sen. Nichols held earlier today, the legislators are preparing to put more funds in place to pay for school safety. Texas School Safety Center is requiring the revamping of district emergency operation plans. 

They are trying to make things better for all districts, so they continue tweaking the requirements. Intruder drills are being conducted by Texas Education Agency this month. A representative from the regional service center will be in our district to attempt to breach each campus. The voice from our parents is to not make the district like a prison while deciding what will best protect our kids. No school shooter has ever been successful with every exterior and interior door locked.”

Under the consent agenda, the board approved the minutes from previous board meetings, financial statement, and payment of bills. Also approved was the 2022-2023 Campus and District Improvement plans, adoption of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the purchase of a 2021 Toyota Tacoma for the Livingston Independent School District Maintenance Department from Moore Auto Sales in the amount of $30,191.

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ANNUAL KIDS FISHING FRENZIE

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Sixty-eight children recently participated in the City of Livingston Special Events Department’s annual kids fishing frenzie. This year’s winners included: Casey Long, Grayson Valderez, Serenity Karge, Kara Lee Wilkerson, Terrance Flascamp, Wyatt Allen, Austin Hibbard, Hunter Grisham and Uria Livingston. Courtesy photo

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New business orientation offered

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Dianne Amerine, a business advisor with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Angelina College, explained how the SBDC provides assistance to entrepreneurs wanting to grow or start their business during a recent learning lunch provided by the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Emily Banks Woote7Dianne Amerine, a business advisor with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Angelina College, explained how the SBDC provides assistance to entrepreneurs wanting to grow or start their business during a recent learning lunch provided by the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten

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Dianne Amerine, a business advisor with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Angelina College, was the guest speaker during a recent learning lunch provided by the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce.

Amerine explained that the SBDC receives federal funding support through the Small Business Administration (SBA) and is a resource partner with the SBA. Under the umbrella of the Texas Gulf Coast Network, it is one of four regional SBDC networks in Texas.

Explaining what they do and why, Amerine said the SBDC provides assistance to entrepreneurs wanting to start or grow their business. “Our goal is to help you have a positive impact on the economy with business starts, business growth, jobs and financing. Our success is measured and demonstrated through surveys. Your response is always crucial.”

Amerine said the SBDC provides free, one-on-one, confidential business advice; a wide variety of practical, affordable training; access to industry reports; and expertise in wretail, web design, international trade, technology commercialization and QuickBooks.

“We help with all the phases. We can meet you where you are. We have a program director and two parttime business advisors. We have an online registration process. Our plans are customized to our individual clients,” she said.

“We’re here for the life of your business, from start-up to beyond. We can’t provide legal or tax advice, but we can refer you to a professional network directory. We advise and teach, but we do not to the work for you. We help you apply for a loan, but we do not make the loan decision.”

Amerine emphasized the importance of having a business plan. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. What sets you apart? If everything’s equal, why choose you? You also have to have a vigorous marketing plan.

“The number one reason for failure in business is undercapitalization,” she said, in addition to failure to differentiate, failure to communicate, failure to plan, lack of discipline and broken-down leadership, among other things. “You plan on expenses being a maximum and revenues being a minimum.

“Turning small business into smart business is what we’re all about. We want to help drive people to your website. We will work with you,” she said. 

Amerine also emphasized knowing who the competition is. “What business are you in? What does your business do for your customer? What is your why? Who is your customer?

“We do not make loans and we do not give grants,” she said, adding that they can help determine if you can qualify for a loan.

In closing, Amerine shared five sites that are helpful for writing a business plan: sba.gov template which is free; liveplan.com which is a monthly subscription for $15-$30; Grow Think which is $98; lawdepot.com which is free; and dreambuilder.org which is free.

She also shared several resourceful websites, including: entrepreneur.com, cnnmoney.com, fortunesmallbusiness.com, smallbiz.com, liveplan.com, sba.gov and irs.gov.

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Proposed gas rate increase denied by Onalaska City Council

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A resolution denying the proposed rate increase by Onalaska Water & Gas Supply for natural gas was approved by the Onalaska City Council during its Oct. 11 meeting.

Council also approved a resolution establishing the Polk County Enterprise, which has a general circulation in the Onalaska area, as the city’s official newspaper.

In a personnel action request, Council approved Debbie Oxford as a telecommunication operator in the part time labor pool.

Council took action declaring the following buildings dangerous or unsafe:

•Jimmy Don Stallings, regarding Section 1, Lots 394 and 395 in Canyon Park;

•Patty Scarbrough, regarding Section 1, Lot 157 in Canyon Park;

•Monty Montague, regarding Section 1, Lot 128 in Canyon Park;

•Lowell Phillips, regarding Section 4, Lot 146 in Canyon Park;

•Hildegard Polvado, regarding Section 4, Lot 291 in Canyon Park;

•Joe Pharris, regarding Section 1, Lots 49 and 50 in Canyon Park;

•Jonathan L. McKinney, regarding Section 1, Block 1, Lots 80-82 in Ponderosa Ridge;

James Whitman, regarding Section 4, Lots 16 and 17 in Ponderosa Ridge;

Julian and Sally Wright, regarding Section 4, Lots 8 and 10 in Ponderosa Ridge; and

Robert and Pamela Rusnick, regarding Section 4, Lot 2 in Ponderosa Ridge.

Although there were two other properties on the list, Michael Boone, owner of Section 1, Lot 43 in Canyon Park, attended the meeting and informed city officials that he will take care of it. Additionally, the entry regarding Timothy Frank Dassow, owner of Section 1, Lots 206 and 207 in Canyon Park, was incorrect on the agenda so no action was taken.

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

Other business included approval of the minutes, vouchers and financial reports.

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Extended weekday, Saturday approve for early voting

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Early voting for the Nov. 8 General Election is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 24 through Nov. 4 at three locations – the Polk County Judicial Center located at 101 W. Mill St. in Livingston, the Onalaska Sub-Courthouse located at 14111 U.S. Hwy. 190 West in Onalaska and the Sechrest Webster Community Center located at 100 W. Front St. in Corrigan.

However, extended weekday and Saturday early voting has also been approved. Early voting will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 and Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the Polk County Judicial Center and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, also at the Polk County Judicial Center.

Listed below are the races that will be on the ballot and the respective candidates running in each race. Candidates’ political parties will be denoted with an R for Republican, a D for Democrat, an L for Libertarian and a G for Green. To view the ballot, go to page XA.

U.S. Representative, District 8

Morgan Luttrell, R

Laura Jones, D

Roy Eriksen, L

Governor

Greg Abbott, R

Beto O’Rourke, D

Mark Tippetts, L

Lieutenant Governor

Dan Patrick, R

Mike Collier, D

Shanna Steele, L

Attorney General

Ken Paxton, R

Rochelle Mercedes Garza, D

Mark Ash, L

Comptroller of Public Accounts

Glenn Hegar, R

Janet T. Dudding, D

V. Alonzo Echevarria-Garza, L

Commissioner of General Land Office

Dawn Buckingham, R

Jay Kleberg, D

Alfred Molison Jr., G

Commissioner of Agriculture

Sid Miller, R

Susan Hays, D

Railroad Commissioner

Wayne Christian, R

Luke Warford, D

Jaime Andres Diez, L

Hunter Wayne Crow, G

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 3

Debra Lehrmann, R

Erin A. Nowell, D

Thomas Edward Oxford, L

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 5

Rebeca Huddle, R

Amanda Reichek, D

Justice, Supreme Court, Place 9

Evan Young, R

Julia Maldonado, D

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5

Scott Walker, R

Dana Huffman, D

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6

Jesse F. McClure III, R

Robert Jonson, D

Member, State Board of Education, District 8

Audrey Young, R

Rhett Rosenquest Smith, L

State Senator, District 3

Robert Nichols, R

Steve Russell, D

Desarae Lindsey, L

State Representative, District 9

Trent Ashby, R

Jason Rogers, D

Justice, 9th Court of Appeals, Place 2

Jay Wright, R

Bob Mabry, D

Trustees, Livingston ISD School Board

Andrew Boyce

Kevin Grimm

Kevin Wooten

Chris Moehlmann

John Whiteside

Marty Drake

Cynthia Rios Thomas

Mandi Murphy Pipes

UNOPPOSED CANDIDATES

DECLARED ELECTED - STATE

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals,

Place 2

Mary Lou Keel, R

District Judge, 258th Judicial

District

Travis Kitchens, R

Criminal District Attorney Polk

County

Shelly Bush Sitton, R

UNOPPOSED CANDIDATES

DECLARED ELECTED - COUNTY

County Judge

Sydney Brown Murphy, R

Judge, County Court-at-law

Tom Brown, R

District Clerk

Bobbye Christopher, R

County Clerk

Schelana Myers Hock, R

County Treasurer

Terri L. Williams, R

County Commissioner,

Precinct No. 2

Mark Dubose, R

County Commissioner,

Precinct No. 4

Jerry Cassity, R

Justice of the Peace,

Precinct No. 1

Terri Lynne Mayer, R

Justice of the Peace,

Precinct No. 2

Sarah Rasberry, R

Justice of the Peace,

Precinct No. 3

Robert “Dooley” Johnson, R

Justice of the Peace,

Precinct No. 4

Jamie Richardson, R

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