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Boosters available

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The Polk County Office of Emergency Management is hosting a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at the Dunbar Gym located at 1103 Dunbar Ave. in Livingston.

Booster immunization with the Moderna vaccine will be available for individuals 18 and older. Walk-ins are welcome without an appointment. Follow the posted signage regarding parking at the location.

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Guidelines provided by recycling center

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recycline graphicBy Emily Banks Wooten
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Polk County’s new recycling center has been open two days a week on a trial basis for several weeks now and will continue to for the foreseeable future. Located at 10311 Hwy. 146 in Livingston, the center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

“To our recyclers, we want to thank you so much for your interest in recycling and say that we appreciate your support and contributions,” Kari Miller said. Miller, assistant to Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy, also serves as the county’s liaison to the Polk County Recycling & Beautification group.

“Based on some of the recent drop-offs, we want to provide some more information about the particulars of this center. Polk County Recycling & Beautification doesn’t have the capacity to recycle all types of materials, so we want to let you know what we can, and can’t, take and hope you will help us by spreading the word to your friends and neighbors,” Miller said.

Items the center can accept include:

#1 Plastics. These include beverage bottles (rinsed and without lids) and various other clear food containers. You know it’s a #1 if it has a triangle stamped in the plastic with a “1” inside it.

#2 Plastics. These are thicker containers, like milk jugs and detergent bottles (rinsed and without lids). You know it’s a #2 if it has a triangle stamped in the plastic with a “2” inside it.

Corrugated Cardboard (clean and dry)

Aluminum Cans (empty)

Mixed Paper (envelopes, magazines, newspapers, colored paper, paper-back books, etc.) Paper should be sorted separately from all other materials.

“Any plastics that don’t have a triangle, like bags and other filmy plastics, or plastics that have a triangle with numbers 3-7 in them cannot be recycled at our facility. We don’t have buyers for those materials, so they have to be thrown away. Unfortunately, we also cannot take food or drink cartons or greasy pizza boxes,” Miller said.

“All materials should be pre-sorted so they can be put in the appropriate bins. This will help reduce the strain on PCRB staff and volunteers and ensure the operation is successful. It is also important that the materials be relatively clean to help keep the center clean and ensure the materials fetch the best possible price in the market,” Miller said.

“We sincerely appreciate our first wave of donors and look forward to visiting next time you come see us. Together, we can make our community and county a more beautiful place,” Miller said.

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New ministry to present “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

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A youth theater production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be presented in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Livingston at 6:30 p.m. Friday with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The production is being put on by the Performing Arts Society of East Texas (P.A.S.E.T.), a ministry of FUMC Livingston.

A special “invited dress rehearsal” preview performance will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday for anyone unable to attend the other performances. Please note that to attend the “invited dress rehearsal” an RSVP is required by calling the director at 936-327-7100, ext. 118.

While this and other projects have been in the planning stages for some time, previous attempts to launch P.A.S.E.T—FUMC’s newest ministry and outreach project—were delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic. As such, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will serve as the much-anticipated inaugural event in what the church hopes will be an ongoing effort to bring quality, live entertainment to Polk County and the surrounding area by way of theatrical productions and other events that promote Christian values through uplifting and edifying programming that ministers to audience members of all ages and backgrounds.

The production is directed and produced by FUMC’s Director of Music & Performing Arts Jonathan N. Kupper with sets and costumes by former FUMC children’s director Sally Frasier and Polk County Memorial Museum Curator and longtime theater technician Betsy Deiterman.

The show stars young actor-performers from around the Polk County area including Dean Culp in the title role as well as principle roles played by: Jami, Mikayla and Evelyn Grimes, Austin and Addison Poe, Zoe Benningfield, Aubrey Hall and Landon and Austin Cruise among several other talented, young performers.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” is a general admission production with no ticket price. Instead, donations will be accepted and encouraged at the performances of the show with all proceeds going to support the music and performing arts ministry of Livingston FUMC.

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Candidate information provided

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Vote GraphicBy Emily Banks Wooten
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The filing period for county, district and statewide offices for the 2022 Texas Primary Elections began Nov. 13 and will conclude at 6 p.m. Dec. 13.

For primary elections, candidates file their applications with their state party chairs or, in the event that a district is wholly contained within a single county, their county party chairs. The state and county chairs, in turn, upload approved candidates into the Texas Secretary of State’s portal. Early voting for the March 1, 2022 Primary Elections begins on Feb. 14.

Polk County Publishing Company has a policy to run a free announcement with photo in the newspaper for every candidate who runs for a political office in the county, or as a representative of the county, allowing the candidates to have the opportunity to introduce themselves and their vision to readers.

The photo should be a large .jpg and the announcement should be typed in a Word document not to exceed 400 words. Both should be emailed to the editor or can be brought into the office on a flash drive.

In addition, a candidate may choose to pay a one-time charge to be added to the official Political Calendar. This advertisement runs every week in the newspaper through the election and includes the candidate name/position/party affiliation. The cost is the same if you sign up early or late for the calendar. The pricing is as follows: $100 for precinct offices, $150 for county offices, $200 for state offices and $250 for national offices.

According to PCPC Publisher Kelli Barnes, all political advertising must be paid for by 5 p.m. Monday of the week you want your advertisement to run in the newspaper. Late advertisements can only be accepted as space allows due to press concerns. Advertising position requests can accompany advertisements. We do not charge more for location requests and we cannot guarantee location without advance notice of two weeks. We no longer accept political ads for our Facebook page. Ask to speak to an advertising representative at your newspaper to discuss paid advertising. 

Barnes added that the PCPC Print Shop is available to help with political signs and other print materials. Contact Jessica at 936-327-4357 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for pricing and availability.

“We look forward to helping all candidates in their campaign efforts,” Barnes said. 

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In honor of Patsy - Family leads second annual citrus drive

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Last year, in celebration of Center of Hope volunteer Patsy Wilson’s life, the Wilson family donated bags of oranges and candy canes to help those in need around the holidays. A total of 112 bags of Cuties and 3,024 candy canes were donated around Christmas.

Growing up in Tyler, Patsy’s favorite thing at Christmas time was receiving an orange. It was outside the means of her family’s budget, but a treasure for that time of year.

This year, the Wilsons are beginning the second annual Patsy Wilson Citrus Drive in hopes of helping even more. Her daughter-in-law, Leigh Wilson, said her family would attempt to reproduce the success of last year.

“Because none of us are physically there this year, I called Gloria (Barber, Center of Hope Director of Operations) and said that all of us were going to donate money to the mission,” Wilson said. “That is what we’re going to do for our Christmas for each other. We picked the food distribution date of Dec. 16 to be when they will give out the oranges and candy canes as they did last year.”

The family’s goal this season is to raise $5,000 for Polk County Center of Hope. It is a busy time of year for the Center, and the money could go a long way toward helping those in need.

“Last year we kind of did it spur of the moment and, in the obituary for Patsy, asked to please make donations to the Polk County Mission,” Wilson said. “This year, we’re going to challenge Polk County to meet us and take what oranges they can, and whatever leftover money, to send so Center of Hope can use however they think is most needed.”

Wilson said the family is hoping to make the citrus drive an annual event, giving something different to the people of Polk County and providing a memorable Christmas. In the past, the Wilsons would donate to charity causes instead of purchasing Christmas gifts for each other.

The family is asking those who would like to participate to tell the Center of Hope “Patsy sent me,” with groceries, produce, checks or cash. The Center of Hope has a few Facebook messages this week encouraging the same. As of press time, $1,000 has been raised.

“The funds that come in specified for this time of year, we add to the food choices for Christmas dinners,” Barber said of Center of Hope’s efforts. “We try to just meet the needs of everyone and it is a hard time of year for a lot of people. We try to make it a little more cheerful.”

The Center’s director said toys for children are also part of the Christmas delivery.

“We don’t purchase, we have had a lot donated. The Hook ‘n Needle Club has crocheted more items and donated toys. Central Baptist has also donated toys, so we won’t purchase any, but we will hand out those
that have been donated. The main thing that we will purchase will just be extra food items, that way, you don’t just get the basics. You will get citrus and you will get stuffing and things that will help meals and spread a little cheer.”

If the Wilsons can reach their goal of $5,000, it would enable the Center of Hope to double the amount of families they reach. They already serve between 550 and 600 families in a month, which feeds 1,600-1,700 individuals.

“It just does your heart good to have people reach out,” Barber said. “Not just this group, but we have had food drives from the probation department, from the Montessori school, from different churches and Pedigo’s. The community just comes together and we live in a great community. It still always just warms your heart to see how many
people want to help in whatever way they can for the season.”

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