Log in

Top Stories        News         Sports

Polk County News - Breakout

Local receives scholarship

Write a comment
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

061622 scholarships awarded

From Enterprise Staff

Jaycee Graham, a recent graduate of Onalaska Junior Senior High School, is one of 493 students receiving a scholarship from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s educational program.

These scholarships are part of the rodeo’s $14.1 million in scholarships and total annual commitment of more than $22 million in educational funding and are awarded to students across the state of Texas.

“Our mission of promoting agriculture while supporting Texas youth and education is at the core of everything we do at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo,” President and CEO Chris Boleman said. “We are proud of what these scholars have accomplished, and it is thanks to the generosity of our donors that we can support these students as they continue their educational journey.”

The 493 recipients represent the majority of the rodeo’s scholarship programs, including Area Go Texan, Exhibitor, Hildebrand Family, Houston Area, Military and School Art scholarships. Each student received $20,000 to apply toward a four-year undergraduate degree, for a total scholarship commitment of nearly $10 million.

Of the scholarship recipients, 68% are female and 32% are male. Thirty-five percent of the scholars are the first in their family to graduate high school and nearly half will be the first in their family to attend college. These scholars will attend 42 different Texas colleges and universities, and the top three schools these students will be attending are Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at Austin and University of Houston. These students have chosen 110 different fields of study, with the top chosen majors being biology, psychology and mechanical engineering.

Additional information about the rodeo’s continued educational commitment can be found at rodeohouston.com. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the rodeo has committed more than $550 million to the youth of Texas and education. The 2023 rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 28-March 19. The 2023 World’s Championship Barbecue Contest, presented by Cotton Holdings, is scheduled for Feb. 23-25. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #rodeohouston online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest.

  • Hits: 359

All-day cookoff, party planned

Write a comment
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

061622 cookoff planned

Event to kick off Polk County Youth Rodeo

From Enterprise Staff

The 2nd annual Rodeo Kickoff, Cookoff and Barn Party, an all-day festival to raise funds for the Polk County Youth Rodeo Association located at 101 Fair St., will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Barney Wiggins Memorial Fairgrounds Arena. An arena style concert is slated for 5 p.m.

“We raised a little over $5,000 last year. We would love to raise more this year. It would mean a lot to the youth,” Tim Martin, event organizer, said.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 11-17 and free for children 10 and under. There will be a variety of activities for the children, entertainment all day and over 50 vendors. To obtain a vendor slot, contact Patty at 281-216-3099.

The barbecue cookoff will be sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society and there will be a 60% payout based on the number of entries. For entry forms, contact Tim at 936-425-0474.

All proceeds will go to the Polk County Youth Rodeo Association. This year’s Polk County Youth Rodeo is slated for July 6-9.

  • Hits: 230

Voter registration moving from tax office to county clerk

Write a comment
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

061622 voter registrationELDER ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH — During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Polk County Commissioners Court presented a procla-mation to Adult Protective Services designating Elder Abuse Awareness Month. (l-r) Precinct 1 Commissioner Guylene Robertson, Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Overstreet, County Judge Sydney Murphy, Mandy Wilson, Precinct 2 Commissioner Ronnie Vincent and Precinct 3 Com-missioner Milt Purvis. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten

Not in time for November election however

By Emily Banks Wooten
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

An order transferring voter registration duties from the tax assessor-collector to the county clerk was approved by the Polk County Commissioners Court during its regular meeting Tuesday.

“We met, Commissioner Purvis and myself, with (County Clerk) Shelana Hock and (Tax Assessor-Collector) Leslie Jones Burks and discussed combining the two instead of having them split and Shelana has very graciously agreed to consolidate those services in her office,” County JudgeSydney Murphy said, emphasizing that the change will not be made prior to the November election.

Previously, the county clerk and her staff have run the elections, while the county tax assessor-collector served as voter registrar and as such, was responsible for disseminating the voter registration cards. “My office will start integrating this Jan. 1,” Hock said.

In old business, the Court approved a new formula to determine the distribution of the road and bridge portion of the tax rate in conformance with the revised precinct boundaries. The new formula allows 75% of the funds as a base for the four road and bridge precincts with 20% being based on mileage and the remaining 5% based on the number of wooden bridges.

Precincts 3 and 4 have more area, or road mileage, while Precincts 1 and 2 are more densely populated. Looking at mileage, Precinct 1 has 114.6476; Precinct 2 has 156.3383; Precinct 3 has 288.7514; and Precinct 4 has 300.3530. Precinct 1 has no wooden bridges, whereas Precinct 2 has four, Precinct 3 has 15 and Precinct 4 has 19.

A tentative breakdown of road and bridge funding based on the new formula reflects 21.4% for Precinct 1; 22.9% for Precinct 2; 27.4% for Precinct 3; and 28.2 percent for Precinct 4.

“Everyone has their own unique set of circumstances,” Murphy said. “That’s probably about the fairest one we can come up with,” Precinct 3 Commissioner Milt Purvis said.

The Court discussed fiscal year 2023 employee benefits, specifically, the annually determined contribution rate for the Texas County & District Retirement System and employee health coverage for major medical. Regarding the retired employees, the Court approved keeping the contribution rate the same with no increase and no decrease. Regarding the employee health coverage for major medical, there are three options. Following some discussion of the options and the stated concerns regarding the costs to employees for their spouses and children, the Court agreed to schedule a meeting to explain the options to the employees and receive their input. The meeting is slated for 4 p.m. June 22. Presently, there are approximately 40 employees who have a spouse and/or family covered.

The status of the drought index was discussed and the Court agreed not to take any action at this time to regulate the use of certain fireworks for the July 4 firework season. However, it is possible the Court could potentially adopt a burn ban between now and July 4 if drought conditions do become a cause for concern.

A request for a capital purchase to be paid from the Precinct 1 Road & Bridge fund balance and included on the fiscal year 2022 reimbursement resolution for the year-end issuance of legally authorized debt, specifically, the purchase of a used excavator not to exceed $100,000, was approved.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Guylene Robertson informed the Court that she found one that should come in around $28,500.

Capital improvements to be paid from the general fund balance and included on the fiscal year 2022 reimbursement resolution for the year-end issuance of legally authorized debt for the courthouse restoration, not to exceed $5,730,000, were also approved.
The Court approved closing the fiscal year 2022 reimbursement resolution, finalizing all expenditures to be included for issue of authorized debt in

2022 Series Tax Notes (including the auditor’s verification of those expenditures previously approved) and including those authorized and pending payment prior to Sept. 30, 2022 (open invoicing/bids), stating the total to be authorized.

Murphy and Robertson were appointed to serve on the Deep East Texas Council of Governments Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 term will be considered.

The Court approved authorizing Goodwin Lassiter & Strong to advertise for construction bids on 2017 GLO DR 4332 (Harvey) Program, GLO Contract No. 20-065-018-C064.

Two requests for variance from the Polk County subdivision regulation design standards were approved. Rocking R RV Park in Precinct 1 provided an equitable alternative to the requirement that their streets be built to the standard required by Section 10.3(5)(d)(i) and Lagoon RV Park in Precinct 2 provided an equitable alternative to the minimum required street width of 24 feet for all roads per Section 10.4(A)(8). In conjunction with this item, the Court also approved infrastructure development plans for both RV parks.

Several items pertaining to personnel matters required action. The Court approved personnel action form requests submitted since the last meeting and reviewed two authorized emergency hirings, one in the district attorney’s office and the interim fire marshal. The addition of a fulltime maintenance worker to the Precinct 2 road and bridge department was approved. Also approved was the addition of a temporary part-time position in the district clerk’s office to assist the temporary district court.

“Just as the courts are facing a tremendous backlog of cases due to COVID, the district clerk’s office has also been impacted by the COVID backlog. This won’t affect the budget because it will paid from the COVID funds,” Murphy said.

Fiscal Year 2022 budget revisions and amendments, as presented by the County Auditor’s Office, were approved.

During informational reports, the Court presented the Polk County Commissioners Court Bobby Smith Memorial Scholarship, which is sponsored by Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, to the following recipients: Trace Flores of Big Sandy High School, Divine Byers of Corrigan-Camden High School, Brandon Izaguirre of Goodrich High School, Addison Hinton of Leggett High School, Wendy Anguiano of Livingston High School and Mattie Adams of Onalaska Junior Senior High School.

Also presented was the Law Enforcement Scholarship which is sponsored by Management & Training Corporation, the operators of the IAH Secure Adult Detention Facility. Recipients included: Ethan Murphy of Big Sandy High School Zackary Purvis of Corrigan-Camden High School, Marisa Olivares of Goodrich High School, Jessee Calderas of Leggett High School, Jordan Board and Charles Brooks of Livingston High School and Michael Arnold of Onalaska Junior Senior High School. The reason Livingston has two recipients is because the recipient from last year decided not to attend school and the monies were still there.

A proclamation designating elder abuse awareness month was presented to Adult Protective Services.

This month’s “Spotlight on Polk County” was on the AgriLife Extension Office. Additionally, the Court was apprised of the construction of a fence around the community garden at the county annex.

Items on the consent agenda were approved, including:

  • The minutes of the May 24 regular meeting and the June 3 special called meeting;
  • The schedule of bills;
  • An order designating surplus property;
  • Submittal of a request to the state comptroller for unclaimed rural electric cooperative capital credits;
  • Lake Livingston Water Supply Corporation’s request for sanitary control easement on Rodgers Street located in Wiggins Village No. 1 Subdivision in Precinct 2;
  • An interlocal agreement with Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool and an application for the provision of insurance coverages to include workers compensation, auto (physical damage and liability) and general, public officials, law enforcement liabilities;
  • A memorandum of understanding between Polk County Fire Marshal Department and the City of Livingston for dual use of fire prevention equipment;
    updates to the master street address guide;
  • A change order to update the price sheets for road materials from East Texas Asphalt;
  • Ratifying the appointment of a court coordinator and bailiff for the temporary district judge appointee;
  • A request from the county treasurer to terminate the contract with Openedge;
  • A request from the county treasurer to access online banking at Citizens State Bank in Corrigan;
  • A lease agreement renewing the supplemental county parking at 321 N. Beatty Ave.;
  • The removal of Deryl Oates as reserve deputy constable for Precinct 3;
  • The removal of Anthony Brugnone as reserve deputy fire marshal;
  • The addition of Robert “Bob” Wright and Jose Cruz as reserve deputy constables for Precinct 2; and
  • An amended resolution expressing the intent to reimburse expenditures to be incurred by Polk County, Texas (reimbursement resolution).
  • Pastor Sean Ferry of Pine Forest Baptist Church opened the meeting with prayer.
  • Hits: 279

Hookers to meet Thursday

Write a comment
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

061222 hookers fishing club

From Enterprise Staff

The Lake Livingston Fishing Club, “The Happy Hookers,” will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church located at 910 N. Washington Ave. in Livingston.

“Johnny and Randy Douglas with Ducktracker Slabs & Texan Teasers Lures will be there to discuss the use of, how to rig, when, how and where to fish the lure, as well as where they may be purchased,” Head Hooker Mike Bischoff said. “For anyone interested, they will also have with them asupply of lures for purchase.”

Lake Livingston Fishing Club, “The Happy Hookers,” is a fishing club whose mission is to enhance the enjoyment of fishing and the outdoors. Hookers is free and open to all and meets the third Thursday of each month.

For additional information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Hits: 345

Walmart evacuation explained

Write a comment
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

061222 walmart evacuation

By Enterprise Staff

A plumbing issue resulted in some confusion for local Walmart shoppers Thursday morning when they were instructed via an automated recording to leave their shopping carts and evacuate the store.

“There was a broken pipe in the automotive section that they had to repair,” Livingston Fire Chief Corky Cochran said.

“A water sprinkler burst in one of the bays in the automotive section. That set off the fire alarm and there’s an automated recording that goes off when the fire alarm goes off, instructing everyone to evacuate,” Livingston Police Chief Matt Parrish said.

While local consumers’ shopping may have been interrupted, it is good to know that the emergency systems are in working order should there ever be an actual emergency.

  • Hits: 1400