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Council awards mowing contract

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Goodrich Texas City Hall 2018By Brian Besch

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The Goodrich City Council heard information on property boundaries and awarded the mowing contract in May’s regular meeting Thursday at the Goodrich Community Center.

Tony Griffin has recently purchased a property directly behind the Goodrich Community Center. He has recently attended a council meeting, stating the desire to install an RV park with a possibility of around 30 tiny homes.

A survey of the land purchased shows that the property runs next to the community center.

Goodrich Mayor Kelly Nelson informed him the city would be interested in purchasing the land next to the center.

“He says that he would be glad to donate it,” Nelson informed the council.

Council still plans to have another survey performed to determine exact boundaries.

Council accepted the bid of $300 per month from T.J. Harrell for the mowing contract at city hall and the community center.

The emergency preparedness plan was tabled until the next meeting

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Damage reporting tool presented

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Clingaman explains how the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool may be accessed through a QR code or by visiting the TDEM website at tdem.texas.gov. Photo by Emily Banks WootenClingaman explains how the Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool may be accessed through a QR code or by visiting the TDEM website at tdem.texas.gov. Photo by Emily Banks Wooten

By Emily Banks Wooten
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A new tool for reporting damages following a disaster was shared with the Rotary Club of Livingston recently when Jon Clingaman, the district coordinator for District 14 in the Lufkin office of Region 2 of the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM), presented a program for the local club.

iSTAT, which signifies Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool, is a tool that may be accessed through a QR code or by visiting the TDEM website at tdem.texas.gov. Through the tool, Texans can report damage to homes and businesses using the damage survey. The information provided in the survey aids emergency management officials gain an understanding of damages that have occurred and helps officials determine if the state meets federal requirements for various forms of disaster assistance, as well as identify any immediate resource needs. Reporting damage through the iSTAT tool is a voluntary activity, however and is not a substitute for reporting damage to your insurance agency. Nor does it guarantee disaster relief assistance.

“Judge Murphy (Polk County Judge Sydney Murphy) and Courtney (Polk County Emergency Management Coordinator Courtney Comstock) will be pushing this tool. It is extremely important. Not only will it tell you where and what the damages are, it will also tell of unmet needs,” Clingaman said, adding, “It’s important you know this tool is out there prior to storm season.”

Clingaman explained that TDEM is now a division of the Texas A&M University System whereas it formerly fell under the Texas Department of Public Safety. He provided an overview of the state’s team, noting that their goal is to manage the state’s emergency management plan which is responding, recovering from, and mitigating disasters.

“There are four steps – preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery. Another of our goals would be to recognize the depth of the emergency management department here in Polk County. And at the state level we certainly recognize the depth that Judge Murphy and Courtney and Sam put into it,” Clingaman said.

“Judge Murphy is the local emergency management director. If she needs our help, we come. We don’t come unless she asks us. Judge Murphy is responsible for declaring an emergency in Polk County. The mayor is responsible in the City of Livingston,” Clingaman said.

He also referred to Chapter 418 of the Texas Government Code which details what the county judge may do in the event of a disaster. “She can put a curfew out. She can supersede a code. It allows them to supersede to provide support for the county,” he said.

Clingaman also explained that an integral step in the recovery process is reporting all the uninsured losses collaboratively for the State of Texas – things like debris removal costs, law enforcement costs, emergency protective measures, water systems, parks and roads, electrical, power lines – things that aren’t insured.

“This is what pushes the uninsured numbers up,” he said, remarking that there is a $47½ million threshold. He cited Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, commenting that the $47½ million threshold is per event. “That’s $47½ million for Katrina and $47½ million for Rita, so now we’re at $95 million.”

These are referred to as public losses and up to 75% may be recovered from FEMA. “Counties and cities are insured so that’s why these have to be uninsured losses. That’s the public side. Before you can receive assistance on the public side, you need to see 800, give or take, homes damaged or destroyed,” Clingaman said.

He also mentioned the opportunity for Small Business Administration loans. “They have ultra-low interest rates. They open what’s called disaster outreach loan assistance for uninsured losses,” he said.

“After a disaster, people automatically go, ‘Where’s FEMA?’ but FEMA won’t come to the state without the notification from us that we need their help, just like we won’t come without Judge Murphy asking us to,” Clingaman said, adding, “It would be unfair for us to provide assistance before the local resources are utilitized.

“You guys are fortunate here in Polk County to have the local leadership you have. They’re very engaged,” Clingaman said.

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City names new park 

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City of Livingston logoBy Emily Banks Wooten
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The Livingston City Council approved “Cannon Pond & Park” as the name of the 5.9-acre tract donated to the city by Cannon Pritchard during its regular meeting May 10. The tract is located beside and behind Whataburger. A dedication ceremony is planned for 9 a.m. on May 20.

City Manager Bill S. Wiggins apprised Council of a proposed cost of living adjustment for the employee salary schedule, to be effective Oct. 1 at the start of the new fiscal year. “The cost of living is at 8½% so we have to do something,” Wiggins said, adding that the exact percentage adjustment is yet to be determined.

A public hearing on an appeal by Coast 2 Coast Signs regarding the denial of a sign permit for an off-premise pylon sign at 1620 W. Church St. to advertise for Panda Express and Starbucks was held. Although no one from Coast 2 Coast Signs was there, there was a representative from Starbucks.

The public hearing was initially on the city’s April 12 agenda, although it wasn’t held as no one from Coast 2 Coast Signs attended. At that time, Wiggins explained that the city’s ordinance allows for on-premise signage but prohibits putting signage elsewhere, so it was automatically denied. According to Wiggins, what the company’s wanting to do is put up a large sign on the Hwy. 59 feeder road near the side entrance to the Walmart parking lot. “They got permission from Walmart to put it there. It’s 65 feet in the air. Any exceptions (to the ordinance) we do on a case-by-case basis. That’s what we’re doing here.” During that same meeting, City Attorney James W. Wright apprised Council that the subject of on- and off-premise signs is presently before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Although Council was slated to consider possible action on the appeal following the May 10 hearing, it was deferred once again. “With the growth we’re experiencing, we’re going to have to revisit our ordinance. It just doesn’t apply as it did when initially adopted,” Wiggins said.

During his monthly city manager’s report, Wiggins updated Council on various projects and events. Livingston Trade Days is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday and the Livingston Farmers & Artisan Market is slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21 at Anniversary Park.

Regarding current development projects, city officials are reviewing plans for Highway 190 Apartments, a new 63-unit apartment complex to be located at 909 E. Church St. Work is ongoing on the new Livingston ISD concession stand near the high school at 400 FM 350 South. Work is ongoing at the Livingston Pioneer Crossing Apartments at 1101 Dogwood. A permit is ready to be issued for On The Run Truckstop to be located at 911 E. Church St.

Additionally, a permit has been issued for the courthouse restoration project at 101 W. Church St. Work is ongoing at the new Taco Bueno located at 2001 U.S. Hwy. 190 West just east of First National Bank Westside. A permit has been issued and dirt work has begun for a Wendy’s which will be located at 1819 U.S. Hwy. 190 West just east of Chick-fil-A. A permit has also been issued for a new Pizza Hut which will be located at 1205 W. Church St. at Jackson Square. It is unknown at this time if the existing Pizza Hut will remain or close.

In other items to mention, Wiggins apprised Council that the Polk Central Appraisal District included the City of Livingston on this year’s tax statements. He said he wanted to bring it to their attention in the event they are asked about it. He emphasized that the City of Livingston does not have an ad valorem tax and has not had one since 1988.

Wiggins also reported that the city is conducting an online auction of surplus vehicles and equipment with Auctioneer Express. The auction has been advertised locally in the Polk County Enterprise and published on the city’s website and bulletin board. The auction will end on May 18.

Other business included approval of the minutes of the April 12 meeting and the accounts over $500.

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Over $1M in scholarships presented

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Jesus Adame and Ashley Moore were named Mr. and Miss LHS for 2022 during Honors Night Tuesday. Each year the LHS faculty nominates and selects two remarkable students for their contributions to the campus as leaders and positive role models for their classmates. Adame and Moore are shown with Counselor Judy Porter. Courtesy photoJesus Adame and Ashley Moore were named Mr. and Miss LHS for 2022 during Honors Night Tuesday. Each year the LHS faculty nominates and selects two remarkable students for their contributions to the campus as leaders and positive role models for their classmates. Adame and Moore are shown with Counselor Judy Porter. Courtesy photo

Green & White Scholarship Program awards LISD students

By Enterprise Staff

Over $1 million in scholarships was awarded to the Livingston High School Class of 2022 during the 33rd annual Livingston ISD Honors Night Tuesday.

“On behalf of LHS and the Green and White Scholarship program, I would like to thank all of our parents and donors for coming out this evening to support this wonderful event. Tonight we will be awarding more than $1 million dollars which would not be possible without our generous donors and their dedication to the students of LHS,” LISD Superintendent Dr. Brent E. Hawkins said.

Following the presentation of the colors by the LHS Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) and the National Anthem by the LHS Choir, Hawkins recognized the senior students who have chosen to serve the United States Army following graduation – Autumn Appling, Camden Douglas and Jonathon Schupska – who were accompanied by Naval Science Teacher Sergeant First Class Grady Tinker – U.S. Army Retired and Staff Sergeant Powers with the U.S. Army.

“These students have chosen to protect and serve their country and we commend them for this tremendous decision,” Hawkins said.

Additionally, LHS Seniors Private First Class Heath Holley and Private First Class Cheyenne McCarty are both contracted with the US Army, having joined the Army Reserves last summer through the Split Training Option. They completed 10 weeks of basic training after their junior year in high school and continued to train one weekend each month in the reserves while also serving as NNDCC leadership during their senior year at LHS. Both soldiers have military occupational skills of chemical, radiological, biological, nuclear specialist.

“Thank you for your continued service,” Hawkins said.

In 1989, the Outstanding Graduate Program was initiated to honor graduates from Livingston schools, including those students who came to LISD from Onalaska ISD, who have achieved excellence since graduation from Livingston High School or Dunbar High School. One hundred nineteen graduates have been recognized thus far.

Edward Ward Jones, a 1947 LHS graduate, was selected as Outstanding Graduate this year, making him the 120th graduate to receive the honor. Jones’ wife, Billie, was there to accept the award. Jones died in May of 2021. (See additional coverage, page XB.)

Jami Alexander recognized the top 10% of the graduating class. The 24 students, from one to 24, included: Jesus Adame, Wendy Anguiano, Pengyu Chen, Crystal Rosas, Ashley Moore, Kaylie Campbell, Lane Parrish, Rose Miller, Ja’Nayah Pickens, Veronica Dickens, Kosmia Cooley, Karen Tolentino, Kyle Stanley, Raqeeb Anjum, Kaitlyn Livingston, Payton Sturm, Dylan Shannon, Madilinn Ainsworth, Amber Nettles, Joshua Anderson, Oscar Vazquez, Jacob Brown, Breckett Long and Avnoor Verma.

Also recognized were Jesus Adame and Ashley Moore who were named Mr. and Miss LHS, having been selected for the honor by the LHS faculty.

“Welcome to one of the greatest nights of the year in our community. Tonight’s scholarship presentations are a culmination of a year’s worth of fundraising activities, committee meetings and hundreds of community members working together with the common goal of making higher education affordable to our local students,” LISD Director of Communications Jennifer Birdwell said.

“For 33 years the Livingston Green and White Scholarship program has assisted local community organizations, memorial scholarships and our donors with identifying potential scholarship candidates and distributing funds to college students. Through the commitment of these many organizations, our program has assisted thousands of LISD graduates,” Birdwell said.

“This community has given graciously because we believe in our graduates and what you are capable of accomplishing in the future. Be diligent, make us proud and wherever you go, be sure to give back to your local community,” Birdwell said.

This year’s recipients, along with the scholarships they’ve been awarded, include:

Taylor Abbott – Jimmy Snyder Memorial Scholarship.

Jesus Adame – E. Gary Morrison (1931) Family Scholarship, Helen Grube Centennial Scholarship, Lee Ellzey Family Charitable Trust Scholarship, Livingston Band Booster Club Scholarship, Pine Ridge Primary School Scholarship.

Madilinn Ainsworth – Brian Perry Memorial Scholarship, Eastex Telephone Cooperative Scholarship, Lee Ellzey Family Charitable Trust Scholarship, Livingston Aggie Club Ring Scholarship, Peter’s Tractor “Cultivate our Future” Scholarship, Polk County Go Texan Scholarship, SFASU Distinguished High School Program Scholarship.

Joshua Anderson – Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Wendy Anguiano – Livingston Junior High School Scholarship, Ollege & Minnie Morrison Scholarship, Patty Carmona Memorial Scholarship, Polk County Commissioner’s Court - Bobby Smith Memorial Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Raqeeb R. Anjum – LHS Business Professionals of America (BPA) Scholarship, SFASU Distinguished High School Program Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Paige Blackmon – Livingston High School Fishing Team Scholarship.

Jordan Board – Livingston Police Department - Caran Coward Memorial Scholarship, Polk County Commissioner’s Court Special Scholarship, Polk County Peace Officers’ Association Scholarship.

Brannon Boyd – First National Bank Scholarship, Livingston High School Scholarship, Livingston Junior High School Scholarship, Timber Creek Elementary School Scholarship.

Micah Breazeale – Polk County Peace Officers’ Association Scholarship.

Charles Brooks – First United Methodist Church - Jimmy Phillips Memorial Scholarship, Polk County Commissioner’s Court Special Scholarship.

Jacob Brown – First United Methodist Church - Jimmy Phillips Memorial Scholarship, Lake Livingston Telephone Scholarship, SFASU Distinguished High School Program Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Katie Brumley – First National Bank Scholarship, Livingston Junior High School Scholarship, Livingston Police Department - Caran Coward Memorial Scholarship.

Madalyn Burke – The Smith Family Foundation Scholarship.

Kaylie Bush – Brian Perry Memorial Scholarship, Livingston Athletic Booster Club Scholarship, Livingston High School Scholarship, Livingston Junior High School Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Kaylie Campbell – Lee Ellzey Family Charitable Trust Scholarship, Livingston Aggie Club Ring Scholarship, Moore Family Scholarship, Polk County Go Texan Scholarship.

Adriana Cardona – Timber Creek Elementary School Scholarship.

Pengyu Chen – Lee Ellzey Family Charitable Trust Scholarship, LHS Business Professionals of America (BPA) Scholarship, LHS UIL Academic Scholarship, Newman and Lillian Haynes Memorial Scholarship.

Tyler Dean Chism – Livingston Police Department - Caran Coward Memorial Scholarship, SFASU Distinguished High School Program Scholarship.

Kenedy Clements – SFASU Distinguished High School Program Scholarship, Timber Creek Elementary School Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Vocational Scholarship.

Kosmia Cooley – First State Bank Scholarship, Lee Ellzey Family Charitable Trust Scholarship.

Brayden Crabtree – Helm Family Scholarship, LHS UIL Academic Scholarship, SFASU Distinguished High School Program Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Seth Cummings – Cedar Grove Elementary School Scholarship.

Alexis Davalos – Josephine Nevins Memorial Scholarship, Livingston Communication (LivCom) Scholarship, Livingston Police Department - Caran Coward Memorial Scholarship, Polk County Peace Officers’ Association Scholarship.

Veronica Dickens – Cole Overstreet Memorial Scholarship, Creekside Elementary School Scholarship, E. Gary Morrison (1931) Family Scholarship, Eastex Telephone Cooperative Scholarship, Ellen V. Jones Memorial Scholarship, Lee Ellzey Family Charitable Trust Scholarship, LHS UIL Academic Scholarship, LISD Administration & Support Staff Scholarship, LISD Alumni & Community Scholarship, Livingston Band Booster Club Scholarship, Livingston Junior High School Scholarship, Moore Family Scholarship, SFASU Distinguished High School Program Scholarship.

Ian Drewett – Hunter Williams Memorial Scholarship, SFASU Distinguished High School Program Scholarship.

Marlinda Dunham – John & Martha Stubbs Opportunity Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Vocational Scholarship.

Hailey Ethier – Livingston Lions Club L.C. “Sandy” Moore Scholarship, Rhett Lathan Memorial Scholarship.

Willie Fagan III – Cedar Grove Elementary School Scholarship, Escapees RV Club Scholarship, Florida’s Kitchen African-American Achievement Scholarship, Hunter Williams Memorial Scholarship, John & Martha Stubbs Opportunity Scholarship, Livingston Police Department - Caran Coward Memorial Scholarship, Pine Ridge Primary School Scholarship, Polk County Peace Officers’ Association Scholarship, Rotary Club of Livingston Scholarship, Timber Creek Elementary School Scholarship

Shelby Flannery – LISD Alumni & Community Scholarship, Moore Family Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Brayden Garcia – LHS UIL Academic Scholarship.

Brooke Garcia – Danny R. Tinney Future Teacher Memorial Scholarship.

Katelyn Garcia – Timber Creek Elementary School Scholarship.

Jyonna Green – Dunbar Alumni Scholarship, Florida’s Kitchen African-American Achievement Scholarship, John & Martha Stubbs Opportunity Scholarship, Polk/San Jacinto NAACP Scholarship.

Jeilynn Hagler – LHS UIL Academic Scholarship, Livingston Lions Club L.C. “Sandy” Moore Scholarship, SFASU Distinguished High School Program Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Vocational Scholarship.

Jenna Hampton – First State Bank Scholarship, Laureate Theta Eta Chapter Scholarship, Pine Ridge Primary School Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Noah Hargraves – Cedar Grove Elementary School Scholarship, Ernest E. Cochran Family Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Vocational Scholarship.

Mikel Harry – Florida’s Kitchen African-American Achievement Scholarship, Hunter Williams Memorial Scholarship, Livingston Lions Club L.C. “Sandy” Moore Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Vocational Scholarship.

Mitchell Hathaway – the Creekside Elementary School Scholarship.

Luz Hernandez – Hunter Williams Memorial Scholarship.

Quivion Horton – John & Martha Stubbs Opportunity Scholarship, Timber Creek Elementary School Scholarship.

Gabriella Hughes – Rotary Club of Livingston Scholarship.

Ty Hunter – Trinity Masonic Lodge #14 AF & AM Award.

Tommie Legg – The Smith Family Foundation Scholarship.

Emily Lewis – Moore Family Scholarship, Pine Ridge Primary School Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Kaitlyn Livingston – Eastex Telephone Cooperative Scholarship, Harrison Scholarship, Miss Polk County Scholarship, SFASU Distinguished High School Program Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Breckett Long – the Brian Perry Memorial Scholarship, Cole Overstreet Memorial Scholarship, Ernest E. Cochran Family Scholarship, Hunter Williams Memorial Scholarship, Lee Ellzey Family Charitable Trust Scholarship, LISD Alumni & Community Scholarship, Livingston Aggie Club Ring Scholarship, Livingston Athletic Booster Club Scholarship, Livingston High School Fishing Team Scholarship, Livingston Junior High School Scholarship, Moore Family Scholarship, Polk County Go Texan Scholarship, Rhett Lathan Memorial Scholarship, Timber Creek Elementary School Scholarship.

Brandon Lyons – Brian Perry Memorial Scholarship, Dunbar Alumni Scholarship, Polk County Peace Officers’ Association Scholarship, Timber Creek Elementary School Scholarship.

Gregory (Trey) Martin – First United Methodist Church - Jimmy Phillips Memorial Scholarship.

Reid McGibney – People’s State Bank Scholarship.

Madison McGwier – Webster Educational Foundation Vocational Scholarship.

Rose Miller – Cedar Grove Elementary School Scholarship, Livingston Junior High School Scholarship, Pine Ridge Primary School Scholarship, SFASU Distinguished High School Program Scholarship.

Kyle Mitchell – Livingston Police Department - Caran Coward Memorial Scholarship, Polk County Peace Officers’ Association Scholarship.

Akira Montgomery – Creekside Elementary School Scholarship, Hunter Williams Memorial Scholarship, Livingston High School Scholarship.

Ashley Moore – Amanda Smith Memorial Scholarship, Brian Perry Memorial Scholarship, LISD Administration & Support Staff Scholarship, Livingston Aggie Club Ring Scholarship, Livingston Junior High School Scholarship, Miss Polk County Scholarship, Peter’s Tractor “Cultivate our Future” Scholarship, Polk County Go Texan Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship

Trevor Moore – The Smith Family Foundation Scholarship.

Jaylenn Morris – Dunbar Alumni Scholarship, Rotary Club of Livingston Scholarship.

Amber Nettles – LHS UIL Academic Scholarship, Livingston Junior High School Scholarship, SFASU Distinguished High School Program Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Isaiah Oldham – The Smith Family Foundation Scholarship.

Taryn Kinlee Orn – Brian Perry Memorial Scholarship, Cedar Grove Elementary School Scholarship, Livingston Athletic Booster Club Scholarship, Livingston Junior High School Scholarship, People’s State Bank Scholarship, SFASU Distinguished High School Program Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Carrie Parker – Webster Educational Foundation Vocational Scholarship.

Lane Parrish – Brian Perry Memorial Scholarship, Hunter Williams Memorial Scholarship, Livingston Aggie Club Ring Scholarship, Livingston Lions Club L.C. “Sandy” Moore Scholarship, Ollege & Minnie Morrison Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Cody Patranella – Brian Perry Memorial Scholarship, First State Bank Scholarship, Hunter Williams Memorial Scholarship, Livingston Athletic Booster Club Scholarship, Pine Ridge Primary School Scholarship, Polk County Garden Club Scholarship, Rhett Lathan Memorial Scholarship, Timber Creek Elementary School Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Darrell Phillips – “Let Us Never Forget” in Memory of PFC Stuart Moore Scholarship.

Ja’Nayah Pickens – Cole Overstreet Memorial Scholarship, Dorothy Jaggers Hurt Memorial Scholarship, Dunbar Alumni Scholarship, Florida’s Kitchen African-American Achievement Scholarship, Livingston Athletic Booster Club Scholarship, Livingston Junior High School Scholarship, Miss Polk County Scholarship, Polk County Peace Officers’ Association Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Kalynn Pickett – Hunter Williams Memorial Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Vocational Scholarship.

Hannah Pike – Anneliese Hartmann Memorial Scholarship, Cedar Grove Elementary School Scholarship.

Cheyenne Prickett (McCarty) – “Let Us Never Forget” in Memory of PFC Stuart Moore Scholarship, Livingston High School Scholarship.

Abby Redden – Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Hannah Robeson – Webster Educational Foundation Vocational Scholarship.

Carson Robison – SFASU Distinguished High School Program Scholarship.

Micheal Rodriguez – Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Macie Rogers – Hunter Williams Memorial Scholarship, Livingston Police Department - Caran Coward Memorial Scholarship, Pine Ridge Primary School Scholarship, Polk County Peace Officers’ Association Scholarship.

Crystal Rosas – American Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarship, Livingston Lions Club L.C. “Sandy” Moore Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Favian Rosas – Hunter Williams Memorial Scholarship.

Damian Ruiz – Rhett Lathan Memorial Scholarship, Timber Creek Elementary School Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Savannah Ruiz – John & Martha Stubbs Opportunity Scholarship.

Daniil Rusanyuk – Rotary Club of Livingston Scholarship, Timber Creek Elementary School Scholarship.

Norman Rushing – LHS UIL Academic Scholarship.

Dylan Shannon – Cole Overstreet Memorial Scholarship, Livingston Aggie Club Ring Scholarship, Moore Family Scholarship, Peter’s Tractor “Cultivate our Future” Scholarship, Polk County Go Texan Scholarship, Rhett Lathan Memorial Scholarship, Sam Houston Electric Cooperative Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Celestia Sifuentes – Hunter Williams Memorial Scholarship.

Charlotte Sloan – Lee Ellzey Family Charitable Trust Scholarship, Pine Ridge Primary School Scholarship, SFASU Distinguished High School Program Scholarship.

Kaitlyn Smith – Hunter Williams Memorial Scholarship.

Tiffany Spears – Emerald Belles Booster Club Scholarship.

Kyle Stanley – Brian Perry Memorial Scholarship, Cedar Grove Elementary School Scholarship, Cole Overstreet Memorial Scholarship, Eastex Telephone Cooperative Scholarship, Lee Ellzey Family Charitable Trust Scholarship, LISD Alumni & Community Scholarship, Livingston Athletic Booster Club Scholarship, Moore Family Scholarship, Polk County Go Texan Scholarship, Polk County Peace Officers’ Association, Timber Creek Elementary School Scholarship.

Sophia Stern – Creekside Elementary School Scholarship, Livingston Band Booster Club Scholarship, Joshua Stevens, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Payton Sturm – Cedar Grove Elementary School Scholarship, Cole Overstreet Memorial Scholarship, Lee Ellzey Family Charitable Trust Scholarship, Livingston Aggie Club Ring Scholarship, Livingston High School Fishing Team Scholarship, Polk County Peace Officers’ Association Scholarship, SFASU Distinguished High School Program Scholarship.

Brenna Thomas – Livingston Junior High School Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Noel Timm – Rotary Club of Livingston Scholarship.

Karen Tolentino – The Mickey Gilbert Scholarship for Educators Scholarship.

Juan Torres – Hunter Williams Memorial Scholarship.

Kathy Trevino – First State Bank Scholarship, Peter’s Tractor “Cultivate our Future” Scholarship, SFASU Distinguished High School Program Scholarship, The Mickey Gilbert Scholarship for Educators Scholarship.

Jorge Vallejo Jr. – LHS UIL Academic Scholarship.

Orlando Vazquez – Newman and Lillian Haynes Memorial Scholarship.

Oscar Vazquez – SFASU Distinguished High School Program Scholarship, Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Avnoor Verma – Dorothy Jaggers Hurt Memorial Scholarship, LHS UIL Academic Scholarship, Rotary Club of Livingston Scholarship.

Vanesa Villanueva – Webster Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship.

Michaela Villarreal – E. Harlan Cochran Memorial Scholarship, LHS UIL Academic Scholarship.

Trevor Warren – Livingston Aggie Club Ring Scholarship, SFASU Distinguished High School Program Scholarship.

Gabriela Watson – Newman and Lillian Haynes Memorial Scholarship.

Kelton Whisenhunt – Webster Educational Foundation Vocational Scholarship.

Brayden White – Cedar Grove Elementary School Scholarship, Eastex Telephone Cooperative Scholarship, Hunter Williams Memorial Scholarship, Livingston Athletic Booster Club Scholarship, Sam Houston Electric Cooperative Scholarship.

Brynten White – LK Walker Memorial Scholarship.

Damian Zuniga – Health Professional Scholarship, Hunter Williams Memorial Scholarship.

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Election returns clarified, canvassed for Onalaska City Council

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Election Equipment 500By Emily Banks Wooten
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T.D. Jennings and Kevin Arnett were both elected to full terms on the Onalaska City Council following the May 7 city elections. Jennings received 226 votes, or 44.23%, and Arnett received 175 votes, or 34.25%. The two defeated Curtis Dickens who received 110 votes, or 21.53%.

Zachary Davies was elected to fill an unexpired term as council member, receiving 262 votes, or 74.43%, defeating Kory Thomas Zipperer who received 90 votes, or 25.57%.

James W. Arnett was elected mayor, receiving 241 votes, or 64.44%, defeating Paul Laverty who received 121 votes, or 32.35%, and Bart Goldsmith who received 12 votes, or 3.21%.

The May 7 election results were canvassed and certified during the regular meeting of the Onalaska City Council May 10. The newly elected officials were seated, administered the oaths of office and presented their election certificates. Shirley Gilmore was reelected mayor pro-tem.

Council reappointed David Johnson as municipal judge, Greg Magee as associate municipal judge and Chris Thompson as city prosecutor/city attorney.

Resolution 2022-004, designating signatories for all city bank accounts, was reviewed and approved.

Council also approved Resolution 2022-005, accepting a proposal from Raymond K. Vann & Associates to provide administrative services for the 2022 TXCDBG fire, ambulance and service truck fund competition.

Onalaska Police Chief Jessica Stanton reported that the police department conducted 321 subdivision checks and 100 business checks during the month of April in addition to responding to 512 calls. Thirteen misdemeanor arrests and seven felony arrests were made, 130 warnings were issued and 98 citations were issued. The department drove 3,898 miles, worked 22 cases and served 11 warrants.

Onalaska Fire Chief Jay Stutts reported that the fire department responded to a total of 56 calls during the month of April, 32 in the city and 24 in the county, for a total of 93 man-hours. There were two mutual aid calls, 34 medical calls, four structure fires, six grass fires, five motor vehicle accidents, three assist calls and two landing zones.

Permit Manager Lee Parrish reported that 17 permits were issued during the month of April. The total cost of the projects is $325,132 and the total fees were $3,906.40. He reported that four 10-day compliance warnings were posted on properties for unwholesome conditions and that 12 inspections were conducted.

Library Representative Sherry Brecheen reported there are currently 1,773 library patrons, income in the amount of $529.25 came in during April and 62 volunteer hours were recorded.

City Administrator Angela Stutts reported that progress in the back of Oakridge Subdivision will be seen in the next couple of weeks. She reported that Precinct 2 Commissioner Ronnie Vincent advised that along with some ditch work, grinding up existing road and laying rock, the end result will be compacted rock roads. Stutts informed Council that volunteer assistance is being sought to clean up around the city sidewalks. She also reminded everyone that anyone has a road complaint to let her know so that it can be documented and evaluated.

Other business included approval of the minutes, payment of vouchers and acceptance of the financial reports.

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