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County tax assessor-collector announces retirement

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Polk County LogoA letter of resignation from Polk County Tax Assessor-Collector Leslie Jones-Burks, effective May 31 due to her retirement, will be received by the Polk County Commissioners Court during its regular meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The Court is slated to enter into an executive session for deliberation regarding the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties of a public officer or employee and also for deliberation regarding real property. Upon return to open session, the Court is expected to discuss and consider action regarding the purchase of real property.

Action regarding the Polk County Community Development Block Grant for the Dallardsville-Segno Water Improvement Project will be considered, specifically, a resolution adopting civil rights plans and policies, a resolution authorizing signatories and a presentation on Section 3, as required by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

A request from Polk County Sheriff Byron Lyons for agreement and conditions of employment for new cadets of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office enrolled in a basic police academy, to be funded by the sheriff’s personnel budget, will be considered for approval.

The Court is slated to receive nuisance abatement hearing determinations for Cause Nos. A00540 and A00535 and consider orders to abate the nuisances.

An order authorizing the sale of fireworks during the San Jacinto Day period of April 16 through midnight April 21 will be considered for approval.

Action related to the county homestead exemption will be discussed and considered.

Fiscal year 2023 budget revisions and amendments, as presented by the county auditor’s office, will be considered for approval.

In personnel matters, the Court will review and consider personnel action form requests submitted since the last meeting and will review any authorized emergency hirings. The Court will also consider approval of an update to the personnel management system.

Items on the consent agenda include:

Approve minutes of the March 14 meeting;

Approve schedule of bills;

Receive county auditor’s monthly report, pursuant to Local Government Code Sec. 114.025;

Approve advanced funding agreement with the State of Texas for bridge replacement or rehabilitation on Old Bering Road at Long King Creek in Precinct 3 at no cost to the county;

Approve advanced funding agreement with the State of Texas for bridge replacement or rehabilitation on Nine Bridge Road at Piney Creek Branch in Precinct 3 at no cost to the county;

Approve interlocal agreement with the City of Onalaska for the county’s provision of election equipment and services for the May 6 general election as recommended by the county clerk;

Approve work-based learning agreement renewal between Workforce Solutions and Polk County Maintenance Department;

Approve work-based learning agreement renewal between Workforce Solutions and Polk County Aging Department;

Approve contract extension between Deep East Texas Council of Governments and Polk County Aging Department for Contract Number 014-16-1000824-10 for Older American Act Program (congregate and home-delivered meals);

Approve Texas A&M Forest Service amendment to interlocal cooperation contract for prescribed burn at the gazebo nature area, extended from March 31, 2023 to March 31, 2024;

Accept sheriff’s use of force policy update;

Approve memorandums of understanding with Onalaska Water and Gas, Providence Water Supply Corporation and Tempe Water Supply Corporation for ARPA-funded projects;

Approve memorandums of understanding for local disaster preparedness (sheltering);

Ratify approval of order accepting Quiet Oak Drive in Four Corners Section 5, Precinct 2, as county roads and add to the master street address guide; and

Receive county treasurer’s monthly report for February 2023.

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UNVEILING, DEDICATION CEREMONY

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The Livingston High School Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC), formerly called the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program, will join the Livingston Police Department Color Guard to post the colors at a ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday at Anniversary Park in Livingston. The Robert Rankin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is hosting the ceremony to unveil and dedicate a first responders bench that the chapter is placing in the park. Everyone is invited to attend the ceremony and show support for all first responders. Representatives from the fire department, police department, sheriff’s department and EMS will unveil the bench. Music will be provided by Pam Sprott and Kim Sharp. (l-r) Samantha Rodriques, Joseph Teano, Jamie Hopson and Sonja Wiley. Courtesy photo

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Including bowling, ‘bitez’ and barbecue

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Polk County ChamberBy Emily Banks Wooten
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Registration is underway for the “Battle of the Businesses” bowling tournament, a new event hosted by the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce. Slated for April 24 at Triple J Lanes located at 6900 Hwy. 190 West, there will be dinner, cash prizes and door prizes.

There will be two flights, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. The afternoon flight is from 1-4 p.m. with setup beginning at noon. The evening flight is from 6-9 p.m. with setup beginning at 5 p.m. Teams will be made up of four people and the registration fee for the afternoon flight is $150 and the evening flight is $200.

Also new this year is “The Best of Texas,” a “business bitez expo” slated for May 2 at the Polk County Commerce Center located at 1017 U.S. 59 Loop North. Vendor booths are available starting at $50. Pre-sale tickets for the event are $10 apiece. Tickets at the door are $15 apiece.

The fourth annual State Championship Smoke in the Pines barbecue cookoff is slated for June 23-24 at Pedigo Park in Livingston. Additional activities in conjunction with the event are the auto and bike show, kids barbecue, cornhole tournament and vendor booths.

The event is affiliated with the International Barbecue Cookers Association (IBCA). The entry fee for IBCA meats is $200 and the entry fee for the ancillaries such as cook’s choice and beans is $25 each. If 75 or more teams participate the payout will be $7,500. There will be payouts for first through sixth IBCA meats, first through third for cook’s choice and first for beans.

The entry fee for the auto and bike show is $30 and for the kids barbecue is $25. Vendor booths are available for $65 and the cornhole team entry is $50.

IBCA judging rules will apply and may be viewed at https://ibcabbq.org/organization-documents/. For additional information about Smoke in the Pines contact John Clifton at 936-328-9864 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For information about any of the above events, contact the chamber office at 936-327-4929 or go to polkchamber.com.

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Preserving the harvest

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From Enterprise Staff

As spring has now sprung, it is now time to start planning what to do with all the vegetables and fruits you will harvest this growing season. Canning, drying and freezing are methods used to preserve the harvest and these methods will be discussed at the March Produce Growers Breakfast Meeting. The guest speaker will be Joel Redus, Angelina County Extension Agent for family and community health. He will explore and explain the different methods to safely preserve the harvest.

The Polk County Farm Bureau Growers Breakfast Meeting will be at 8 a.m. March 31 at the Polk County Farm Bureau building located at 900 Hwy. 59 Loop North in Livingston. Kolaches, doughnuts and coffee will be available. If you have not attended a previous meeting, please RSVP to the Polk County AgriLife Extension Office at 936-327-6828. There is no cost to attend.

Upcoming topics for 2023 include:

•May 26: County Farm Tour

•July 28: Rainwater Harvesting

•Sept. 29: Insect Control

Nov. 16: Understanding Food Labels 

From Enterprise Staff

As spring has now sprung, it is now time to start planning what to do with all the vegetables and fruits you will harvest this growing season. Canning, drying and freezing are methods used to preserve the harvest and these methods will be discussed at the March Produce Growers Breakfast Meeting. The guest speaker will be Joel Redus, Angelina County Extension Agent for family and community health. He will explore and explain the different methods to safely preserve the harvest.

The Polk County Farm Bureau Growers Breakfast Meeting will be at 8 a.m. March 31 at the Polk County Farm Bureau building located at 900 Hwy. 59 Loop North in Livingston. Kolaches, doughnuts and coffee will be available. If you have not attended a previous meeting, please RSVP to the Polk County AgriLife Extension Office at 936-327-6828. There is no cost to attend.

Upcoming topics for 2023 include:

•May 26: County Farm Tour

•July 28: Rainwater Harvesting

•Sept. 29: Insect Control

Nov. 16: Understanding Food Labels 

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Caney Creek Baptist Church to hold revival

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Caney Creek Baptist Church in Chester will be in Revival Monday, March 27 through Wednesday, March 29.

The church is located 4 miles west of Chester off FM 1745.

Everyone is invited to attend the services which will begin at 7 p.m. each evening. A nursery will be provided for each service.

Evangelist is Pastor Cliff Durham of Rosevine Baptist Church in San Augustine. Music will be provided by musican and gospel singer, Walter Point.

Bro. Pastor Russell Duplantis and church family extend a cordial invitation to everyone.

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