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Community tailgate event Friday at LHS

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From Enterprise Staff

Livingston High School’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) Department is hosting a Community Tailgate event with food trucks, games and vendors from 4-6 p.m. Friday in the back parking lot of Livingston High School at 400 FM 350 South. Parking will be available in the front of the school in the student parking lot.

Some of the food vendors slated to be there include: Shelby’s Rookie Cookies, Bizzy Beez, Chelsea Snacks, Big Sippin Cookers, Long Branch Steakhouse, Myli’s Sweat Ice, Providence Pantry Freeze Dried Foods, PopLife Popcorn, Jamies Crazy Treats and Bullet Grill House.

Item vendors expected to be there include: Buckles & Spurs, Sweet Tees, The Suds Factory, Jesus Freak and Beaver Lodge Walking Sticks.

Informational booths will be provided by: Bradford at Brookside, Community Title, City of Livingston, Kindred Hospice, Harbor Hospice, DayNight Medical Supplies, FFA & 4H Buyers Committee, Lincare and Dedicated Orthopedics.

CTE student booths that will be there include: FCCLA, FFA, Yearbook, AV/Production and Health Science.

There is no cost to enter the tailgate event although the individual vendors will be collecting money for their items.

The event is the brainchild of Livingston High School student Donnie Gokey who is serving as the coordinator of the event. Hoping to pursue sports management in college, Gokey is using this event for his FCCLA competition project which is event management. He said he would like to see this community tailgate become an annual event.

“We want to have as many community members as possible come to the event to show off all of the awesome things our CTE department is doing. I also want to help gain more community support for our Livingston Lions football team,” Gokey said, adding that the tailgate event is meant to encourage the attendees to head to the football stadium afterward. Livingston will face Lumberton at Lion Stadium in the final game of the season.

For additional information contact Gokey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or CTE Coordinator Blake Thornton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Recycling center celebrates first year

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RECYCLED ART  This replica of the Polk County Courthouse, constructed completely from recyclable materials, was created last spring by Jadyn Pace, a local student. In celebration of the first anniversary of the local recycling center, Polk County Recycling & Beautification recently held a “Recycled Art Contest.” Anyone going to the recycling center during regularly scheduled days and times will be able to view the contest entries and cast a vote for People’s Choice. Winners will be announced on Nov. 15. Photo by Emily Banks WootenRECYCLED ART - This replica of the Polk County Courthouse, constructed completely from recyclable materials, was created last spring by Jadyn Pace, a local student. In celebration of the first anniversary of the local recycling center, Polk County Recycling & Beautification recently held a “Recycled Art Contest.” Anyone going to the recycling center during regularly scheduled days and times will be able to view the contest entries and cast a vote for People’s Choice. Winners will be announced on Nov. 15. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten

By Emily Banks Wooten
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To date, Polk County Recycling & Beautification (PCRB) has diverted over 88,000 pounds of materials from the Polk County Landfill. PCRB operates the local recycling center which is run by the community, for the community.

Friday is the one-year anniversary of the center and to celebrate, PCRB hosted a recycled art contest. Everyone is encouraged to take recyclables to the center Friday through Nov. 15 during regularly scheduled days and times to enter raffles for a chance to win $1,500 in prizes donated by local residents and businesses and to vote for People’s Choice in the recycled art contest.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second, third and People’s Choice. First place will receive $100. Second place will receive $50. Third place will receive $25. People’s Choice will receive $75. The winners will be announced on America Recycles Day which is Nov. 15.

The recycling center located at 10311 Hwy. 146 in Livingston at the intersection of Hwy. 146 and FM 2665. The recycling center accepts #1-#7 plastics, flattened corrugated cardboard and aluminum and steel “tin” cans and has recently started accepting plastic bags. Only clean materials can be recycled. Plastic containers and steel cans should be rinsed before drop off and boxes should be kept separate from other items to keep them dry.

The center is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. PCRB is a nonprofit organization that has partnered with Polk County to provide a reliable recycling service for the residents of East Texas, sustained by grants, donations and the sale of recyclable materials.

To learn more about volunteering at the recycling center or donating to the recycling center, visit PCRBTexas.org or Facebook.com/PCRBTexas. Checks may be mailed to 10311 TX-146, Livingston, TX 77351. Call 936-337-3315 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.

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Commissioners lift burn ban

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From Enterprise Staff

The Polk County Commissioners Court lifted the burn ban for the unincorporated areas of the county Tuesday following an emergency session.

The Polk County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) reviewed current conditions with the Texas Forest Service and both offices agreed that ending the burn ban is appropriate at this time. During the emergency session, the Court approved an order rescinding the prohibition of outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of the county.

However, both the Court and the OEM urge everyone to use caution in proceeding with outdoor burning, being mindful that conditions may change quickly and that individuals burning outdoors are responsible and liable for any fire damage resulting from such burning.

Additionally, the OEM suggests that anyone contemplating the outdoor burning of a sizeable amount of debris first contact the volunteer fire department in their area to receive the department’s recommendation and assistance.

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COME CLEAN LAKE LIVINGSTON

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This group of students from Goodrich ISD recently helped collect over 100 bags of trash and debris during the annual Come Clean Lake Livingston event hosted by the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce. The chamber, along with students, groups, businesses, families and individuals have been coming together for over 10 years to pick up trash around the shoreline of Lake Livingston. “Without our sponsors and participants this event would not be possible,” Chamber President/CEO Yvonne King said. Courtesy photo

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Seasonal activities abound

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There are a number of fall festivals, trunk or treats and Halloween-related activities available for children young and old. Just take your pick.

•First Baptist Church of Livingston will host a Fall Festival from 6-8 p.m. today (Sunday) at 106 Colt Rd. There will be food, inflatables, games, hayrides and lots of candy.

•Exceptional Emergency Center at 111 Emergency Dr. in Livingston will host its 9th annual Trunk or Treat Halloween Drive-Thru from 5-8 p.m. on Monday and will be handing out candy to all the trick or treaters that stop by.

•First Assembly of God will host its 29th annual Hallelujah Harvest from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at 2025 N. Washington Ave. It is a free family event with games for all ages. There will be a drama/skit, train ride, cotton candy, snow cones, elote, hot dogs, Cokes, hot chocolate, a fire truck, an ambulance and lots of candy.

•Central Baptist Church will host Trunk or Treat from 6-8 p.m. Monday at 503 N. East Ave. in Livingston. There will be free family fun with candy, games and bounce houses.

•Cedar Grove Elementary School PTO is hosting a Fall Fest from 5-7 p.m. Thursday on the grounds out front. Come join the community wide event where there will be carnival games, food and drinks, face painting, a bean bag toss, bounce houses, a cupcake walk, a silent auction and more. Tickets for the games are 50 cents each. All proceeds will benefit the Cedar Grove PTO. Cedar Grove Elementary School is located at 819 W. Church St. in Livingston.

•Trunk or Treat Monday, Oct. 31st 5-7 p.m. First Methodist Church of Goodrich located at 1229 Hwy Loop 393, Goodrich. There will be a drawing for two bikes.

•Halloween Candy & Wine Pairing at Tempe Creek Vineyard on Oct 30 at 4 p.m. This will be a sweet and fun pairing! We will show you ways to use your kids’ Halloween candy after you steal it! Nothing gourmet about this. You will receive four 2oz pours and six types of candy. Tempe Creek Vineyard is at 307 Dickens Ranch Rd, Livingston, TX

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