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Illegal burn results in damages

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IllegalBurn 250Polk County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a burn ban violation off of FM 62 Monday in the Corrigan area off Bryant and Pine Groves Road that destroyed property and several acres of land.

Deputies arrived and observed a homeowner attempting to put a fire out that had spread from a burn barrel on his property. As the fire traveled quickly to a nearby residence, deputies immediately attempted to extinguish the flames, without success, due to the size of the fire.

Deputies then began warning other residents of the danger as fire officials and Texas Forest Service personnel arrived to protect other nearby homes and structures. First responders worked tirelessly for hours, finally able to contain the problem.

The fire was caused by a homeowner who was illegally burning household refuse in a burn barrel on his property. Embers escaped from the barrel and caught the vegetation, which spread to nearby properties, destroying a home, two structures, a travel trailer, and approximately 14 acres. Although many people suffered severe property loss or damage, no one was hurt in the incident.

Deputies identified the homeowner, who advised that he was aware of the current burn ban. The homeowner was subsequently arrested for illegal burning (in violation of burn ban) and booked into the Polk County Jail without incident. This case is still under investigation with help from the Texas A&M Forrest Service, with additional charges possible.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and local volunteer fire departments would like to remind all that Polk County remains under a burn ban. The Enterprise will have further reports once the ban is lifted.

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Five OISD students serve as foundation ambassadors

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081422 five oisd studentsOnalaska FFA students Samantha Valdez, Katy Stolley, Lilith Maichetti, AJ Pinkert and Rylee Taylor served as ambassadors for the Texas FFA Foundation during the 93rd annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 5-9. The foundation ambassadors served as liaison to sponsors, special guests and dignitaries on behalf of the Texas FFA during the annual convention. Courtesy photo

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Onalaska FFA students Samantha Valdez, Katy Stolley, Lilith Maichetti, AJ Pinkert and Rylee Taylor, served as ambassadors for the Texas FFA Foundation during the 93rd annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 5-9. The foundation ambassadors served as liaison to sponsors, special guests and dignitaries on behalf of the Texas FFA during the annual convention. Sixty-four students served this year.

“The Texas FFA Foundation Ambassadors have a unique opportunity to professionally network with some of our state and country’s top executives in business, education, agriculture and leadership,” Texas FFA Foundation Executive Director Aaron Alejandro said. “It is an honor to serve as a foundation ambassador. It is a program that parents, teachers, schools and communities can be proud their students are experiencing. Student participation can serve as a competitive edge with academic activities, career exploration and college pursuits.”

Ambassadors received comprehensive virtual training focused on donor relations, personal skills development and professional networking. They were taught to lead in a virtual world, and how to “Live Your Brand” on social media. Ambassadors led the innovative virtual scavenger hunt and social media challenge which connected students with sponsors, business leaders and stakeholders. Ambassadors discovered unique ways to highlight sponsors and recognize their generous support to agricultural science education and the Texas FFA.

During the annual convention, more than $2.3 million in scholarships were awarded and 2,500-plus students were recognized for their accomplishments at the state level. The 93rd annual Texas FFA Convention recorded approximately 10,000 members and guests. Members of the state’s largest agricultural youth leadership organization spent the week attending leadership workshops, participating in events and activities, being recognized for their achievements and serving as the legislative body for the Texas FFA Association.

The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 139,000. FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real world experiences through local, state and national competitions. For more information about the Texas FFA, visit www.mytexasffa.org.

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Four Onalaska FFA students receive Lone Star FFA Degree

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081422 oisd agFour members of the Onalaska FFA Chapter – Aiden Roberts, Madalyn Green, Brody Hoover and Raeleigh Read – were awarded the Lone Star FFA Degree during the 94th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 11-15. The Lone Star FFA Degree is the highest degree bestowed by the Texas FFA. (l-r) Roberts, Green and Hoover. Not pictured: Read. Courtesy photo

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Four members of the Onalaska FFA Chapter – Aiden Roberts, Madalyn Green, Brody Hoover and Raeleigh Read – were awarded the Lone Star FFA Degree – the highest degree bestowed by the Texas FFA – during the 94thannual Texas FFA State Convention held July 11-15.

The Lone Star FFA Degree recognizes FFA members who have received the chapter degree, been active FFA members for at least two years, completed at least four semesters of agricultural science at or above the ninth grade level, maintained a supervised agricultural experience program, demonstrated their leadership skills, and shown a commitment to the FFA through involvement at the chapter level and above.

These students were four of more than 2,200 FFA members to receive this esteemed degree. The 94th annual Texas FFA Convention recorded approximately 15,000 members and guests. Members of the state’s largest agricultural youth leadership organization spent the week attending leadership workshops, participating in events and activities, being recognized for their achievements and serving as the legislative body for the Texas FFA Association.

The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 156,000. FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real world experiences through local, state and national competitions. For more information about the Texas FFA, visit www.mytexasffa.org.

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ROTARY HEARS ABOUT GODTEL

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081422 rotarians godtelMartin Baker, the new director for Godtel Ministries who succeeds June Gentry who died last September, presented a program to the Rotary Club of Livingston recently. Godtel provides short-term housing for the homeless, on-site meals for the hungry, and clothing, household items, and furniture (when available) for those in need of these items. There is no monetary cost to the recipients for3 the services. Following the program, Rotary President Andrew Boyce presented a check to Baker for Godtel Ministries. Courtesy photo

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Local wins prestigious education award

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Dr. Jerry Maze, Executive Director of Region 12 Education Service Center (ESC) in Waco was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Peter C. Young Service Award by the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA). The award was presented at the AESA’s Summer Leadership Conference. The award recognizes an individual for extensive service leadership in advancement of educational service agencies at the regional, state or national level.

Maze said he was surprised and delighted to receive the award, especially since Peter Young was one of the first people he met when he began his career with educational service agencies.

“When I look at the list of previous winners of this award, I am so proud to be associated with such an amazing group of distinguished leaders. It is very humbling,” Maze said.

Maze has been active with AESA for years, serving on the executive council from 2012-2018 and as council president from 2015-17. He is currently a member of the Perspectives Editorial Board and president of the foundation board. He is a graduate of the Executive in Residence Program and in 2010 received the E. Robert Stephens Award, which recognizes research, writing and publication that advances the understanding of educational service agencies.

Maze became Executive Director of Region 12 ESC in 2011. Before that, he worked as a teacher and then school district administrator, serving as superintendent of the Hillsboro and Hubbard ISDs. The education leader began his career in his hometown as a teacher in Livingston ISD in southeast Texas.

“I realized that here was the big opportunity to impact many schools, many students and many districts at the same time,” he said.

Maze said he believes AESA and all educational service agencies have a critical role to play in meeting the continuing challenges faced by education leaders at all levels.

“On any given day, there will be questions to which there aren’t any easy answers,” Maze said.

“Collaboration with the experts is the way we solve the issues affecting education today and AESA is the platform to do that.”

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