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Luke (rt) and his good friend Larry Weishuhn are both in their mid seventies and still enjoying the great outdoors, maybe more now than ever! Photo by Luke Clayton
April 16, 2024


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Luke (rt) and his good friend Larry Weishuhn are both in their mid seventies and still enjoying the great outdoors, maybe more now than ever! Photo by Luke ClaytonThere was a time back when I was in my twenties and thirties that I thought I would be hanging…
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April 13, 2024

Close-to-home fun

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As an outdoors writer for the past 39 years, I’ve become accustomed to “gallavanting” around the country fishing, hunting and collecting material for my articles. Lately though, I’ve been sticking pretty close to home. Kenneth Shephard with a good “eater…

Polk County News - Breakout

Lighting ceremony is Tuesday

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From Enterprise Staff

The City of Livingston will host its annual Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Livingston City Hall as the city “flips the switch,” transforming downtown and Pedigo Park into a winter wonderland of lights.

Come out and celebrate the sights and sounds of the holidays. The Central Baptist Church children’s choir will perform. Parents are encouraged to come out and bring the children because Rudolph, Frosty and the Gingerbread Man will be there and available for pictures.

Tuesday’s lighting ceremony is the official kickoff for the holiday season locally.

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Court to eye purchase of recording systems

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Polk County LogoThe purchase and installation of audio/video recording systems in the Polk County Judicial Center courtrooms and the commissioners courtroom, to be funded with American Rescue Plan Act funds, will be discussed and considered for action during the regular meeting of the Polk County Commissioners Court at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The Court will consider approval of an agreement with True North for disaster debris monitoring and consulting.

Any necessary action to transition credit card processing in the Polk County Clerk’s Office from EZ-Net to Certified Payments by Deluxe will be discussed and considered.

A request for a capital purchase to be paid from the fund balance and included on the fiscal year 2022 reimbursement resolution for the year-end issuance of legally authorized debt will be considered, specifically, a request from the Precinct 4 justice of the peace office to purchase an auto date and time stamper, not to exceed $1,025.

Commissioners will consider a resolution in support of an amendment of criminal courts jurisdiction and will also canvass the results of the Nov. 8 general election.

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 fiscal year 2023 budget revisions, as presented by the county auditor’s office, will also be reviewed.

During informational reports, the Court will sign a proclamation recognizing National Adoption Month, hear the annual informational report from the grants and contracts coordinator and review the spotlight on the permits office.

Items on the consent agenda include:

•Approve the minutes of the Nov. 1 emergency session and the Nov. 8 regular meeting;

•Approve schedules of bills;

•Approve order designating surplus property;

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

•Approve update to master street address guide;

•Ratify renewal of agreement dated July 1, 2022 between Polk County and Motivation Education & Training Inc.;

•Ratify General Land Office Amendment No. 3 Contract 20-065-018-C064 to extend contract;

•Approve interlocal agreement renewing services with Harris County for postmortem examinations;

•Approve sheriff’s request to opt out of the Texas 1033 Program effective Dec. 31, 2022; and

•Approve use of $7,724 from maintenance capital outlay buildings (budgeted funds) for the air conditioning/heater replacement at the Polk County Gun Range.


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A capacity group of veterans, with their families and friends, recently attended the Veterans Day event at the H.E.A.R.T.S. (Helping Every American Remember Through Serving) Veterans Museum of Texas to celebrate the men and women who have answered the call to serve the country as members of the military. Retiring Congressman Kevin Brady spoke on his experiences in Congress working for the constituents. Other speakers credited Brady for engineering necessary programs to aid veterans in need, many of which have been adopted by the H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum. Several members of the Republican Club of Polk County attended the event. (l-r) Stan Goodson, Cindy Goodson, Mickey Kley Stephens, Gene Kohrman, Russ Johnson, Solita Collard and Tracey Shoellhorn.Courtesy photo

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Onalaska to annex 96 acres

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Onalaska logoBy Albert Trevino
Enterprise Staff

The Onalaska City Council will move forward on an annexation of land as action was taken during its November regular meeting.

An ordinance annexing around 96 acres of undeveloped land near the Yaupon Cove area was agreed on by the council to extend the boundary limits of the city. Although the land is currently undeveloped, this would grant any potential inhabitants within that property the rights and privileges of the city’s citizens. This also binds said citizens to the acts, ordinances, resolutions and regulations of Onalaska.

A property on two Canyon Park-area lots was deemed unsafe by the city council last week and is set to officially be vacated and taken down. Owner representation of the lots (section 1, lots 206 and 207) was reportedly not present to make any defense for the property in question, leaving the council to make the unsafe declaration.

Also, during the action agenda, the council changed contracts with a new law firm for collections. The previous contract with McCreary, Velselka, Bragg and Allen, PC was terminated and the new firm, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, was approved to enforce the collection of debt and accounts receivable for municipal fees and fines. The council also reauthorized a longstanding resolution for a collection fee of 30% for the city’s fines and fees.

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