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Keep up the good work Willie.I agree with your political viewpoints about this story.
To Norma and others. I like Willie's Website. Willie has a website and is very frank about his political viewpoints. That is much better than those who claim to be totally objective and hide their true feeling behind subtle insinuations, both physical and verbal. Most news sources use various means to promote their personal or corporate views. As Ford King once said, "You can't see two animals fight without taking sides." Voice inflections, intonations, accentuations all go to swaying viewer opinion. Body language, even eye rolling, head tosses are reactions that give the viewers a certain mindset. Reports can be dismissive, or give importance and approval to trivialities that should be on TMZ and aren't worthy of serious journalism.
Very good observation about the subtle biasness that's so prevelant (and extremely liberal, and PC) in today's "news". - Editor
I agree with u. The president has caused so much conflict here. How he got re elected was by the promises he made & never carries them out.
No, it’s not just you. Every thinking person saw this smelling to high heaven as soon as it happened.
No, Willie, you are seeing through the BS. There is no way of knowing, if he had not been stopped, would he have brought a real clock bomb the next time?
He's the child of a known islamic extremist sympathizer. It's obvious how his dad is going to raise him. - Editor
TwilaJCR I'm not sure Mr. Stephens fully understands the threat. If someone puts a device that looks like a bomb, not a clock, inside of a locker at a public place, that is terroristic activity. As far as age, our legals systems protects minors. However, that is not their reality. One terrorist planner was jailed for life in the UK. He instigated a plot to be carried out in Australia. He won't be publicly identified until he comes of age. At the time of arrest, he was 14. Children are taken to detention for much lesser offenses. Their parents are notified, but some time may elapse before that transpires. Ahmed's sister was along, taking the pictures that surfaced on social media. She could have called his parents herself immediately had she been concerned and not part of a bigger plan.. Google "teen terrorist." You will be amazed that most of these terrorist are young, and many in their teen years. Age 15 is not uncommon. Further, males and females both detonate bombs. One fanatic mother, tried to get her three year old son into terrorist training with the Islamic State. This has the earmarks of a conspiracy due to the father's activism and businesses he owned. In one "honor killing case" in the Houston area, a family conspired and murdered Gelareh Bagherzadeh, a 30-year-old researcher at MD Anderson, because they thought she was trying to convert their daughter to Christianity. The family also conspired and murdered Coty Beavers, the twin brother of Gelareh's boyfriend. Both of the murder victims were Christians. Killing is a family affair. This also looks like a practice run such as the has been done in several terrorist bombing. The unfortunate things is the knee jerk reaction and making this potential Bin Laden a celebrity. It should have been investigated and the investigation take it's course. Now, they have left the country and nothing can be done.
You are 100 per cent right.he and his whole family are POS.they came over here,took advantage of all our country has to offer then dreams up this little stunt.they new it looked like a bomb when they put it together and was hoping it would get the reaction it did.All you bleeding hearts that want to take up for this family then why don't all of you volunteer to pay him what he wants.seems to me you would want to help him out since he is a poor little mistreated boy.And why your at it,go ahead and tell him your sorry also when you are handing him the money. Personaly,his whole family can K--- M- A--.
"He INTENTIONALLY came to school with a device made to look like a bomb. After he got his desired response, he then plays the victim. Yes, he is what his parents have created him to be... a POS. He is what he is. - Editor"
(Please note sarcasm below)
From this point on I respectfully request that you call every pedophile, thief, intentional drunk and doped up driver, rapist and murderer that you report about on your site ...a POS--- just so people can be clear. I mean we all think this don't we? Dont these sorry "POS" also INTENTIONALLY do these horrible things, blame them on others, lie about it , and play the Victim too? Don't they deserve the same name calling? I should think so....or do you reserve the name calling and judgement for a 14 year old Muslim kid only.
What happened to innocent until proven guilty?
I don't recall any of DWI people I covered getting celebrity status, invited to the white house, then turn around and demand a written apology from the (County or City), then sue them for millions (all with a smart alick grin on their face). Secondly, I just can't have any sympathy for muslim extremists. When he INTENTIONALLY brought a device to school that looked like a bomb, then that's terrorist activity... If it looks like a duck... - Editor
You asked in your editorial if others thought you were over reacting and I gave you my menial opinion ....which I said "a little bit." Sorry, but I do not think its a good thing to name call the child a "POS", period. It says something about you as a grown man. Yes, you can be angry but you can also be angry without cursing a kid and still get your point across.
First, it would seem the police violated Texas law. I can look up the statute if you wish. The kid was held/questioned/interrogated without legal counsel or without his parents present. That has already been established, and they admitted to it. I never said I agreed with the kids actions or bringing the clock to school.
It really doesn't matter if his father is UBL. Its the child whose rights were violated , and his father's business is inadmissible because it doesn't pertain to the case. So, let them sue. All the things the father witheld about his son, school records, etc. from the media will come out and that's a good thing. They are citizens of America. They are entitled to the same rights as anyone else.
Frivolous lawsuits happen everyday in this state. I don't agree with the family suing Irving, but as a parent I do not agree with the way the child was treated and denied access to his parents or counsel and "allegedly" pressured into signing a document of guilt....however, it's in the courts hands now. I hope the full truth of the case comes out.
I don't think the case will see the inside of a court room... the city will settle out of court and it won't be 15 mil, not even close.
You tell me I should be upset...fine, I'm upset that our fraudulent Attorney General , Ken Paxton, was recently indicted and no one talks about that...much less is even aware of it. I'm more upset with how much this dude is currently costing and embarrassing our state more than I am this kid and his family attempting to sue Irving for an amount of money that they will never get.
Happy Thanksgiving, I hope it's great.
He INTENTIONALLY came to school with a device made to look like a bomb. After he got his desired response, he then plays the victim. Yes, he is what his parents have created him to be... a POS. He is what he is. - Editor
For any who think you are overreaching, the back story on this family indicates it was an organized and planned hoax to further the father's agenda.
First. the father, Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, is a Muslim Activist. He has been involved in several well publicized events and activities to end what he determines is islamophobia.
Next, Mohamed Elhassan is a Sufi Iman who directs the Islamic Sufi Center in Texas.
Mohamed Elhassan also owns a computer repair shop in Irving, Texas ,a cab company called Jet Taxi, a medical emergency transport company called Paradise Prime Investments, and the solar energy business AlSufi International in Sudan. His primary interest is in Sudan While he lives in the US, he has twice run for president of Sudan, unsuccessfully.
If Papa has a computer shop, then Ahmed would know exactly what he was doing and it was not an original time keeping invention, not an invention at all, but a ruse.
The sister, who also took the videos released to the public, has problems at the school the year before. She threatened to blow up the school.
Just to throw in a a fact to give one some perspective, last week there were two female suicide bombers who killed in 15 in Nigeria. The youngest was a a 11 year old girl. The Islamic State has training camps for their young men, like 9, 10, 11, years to learn to make bombs and suicide vests as well as other jihad training.
Ronnie Smith Hey man you are so very correct. Stupid people and a very extremely stupid president. Best Regards
You are right.his family planned the whole thing.they made the clock look like a bomb on purpose and they got the reaction they wanted.as far as our president.he should have minded his own business instead of butting in on something like this.this had nothing to do with running the country.Now they want money,they need to tell them where they can stick it.
YOU ARE TOTALLY CORRECT
I think your over reacting a bit here. This is a 14 year old boy with brown skin and a Muslim background that built a clock, the media gets a hold of the story and people lost their $hit. ALL we know about him and his family is what the media has reported. I'm not saying what he did -building the clock- wasn't questionable. I get it. I'm saying that for a grown man (you) to be so "convinced" of purposeful wrongdoing and upset with a child that you don't even know and have never even met personally that you openly call him an " incorrigible little POS" on your editorial shows some anger and over reaction on your part.
Ummmm... Yeah. I should be a little angry, shouldn't I? (and you should be to). - Editor
We are taking donations for Jessica and her family. We were able to donate $1075 to her tonight from today toward funeral expenses. We need lothes,shoes,food, gift cards and toys we are collecting also. Feel free to call or text me for info. We are taking credit cards ( my company is paying the cc fees) so 100% of what you donate will go to her.
I just seen about the terrible fire and loss of the young lad,
Fire does not acknowledge age or who it hurts.
Bless the poor youngster and deepest condolences to family.
Thank you for writing. It's always nice to hear from folks across the pond. ;) - Editor
If anyone has information on where we can help this family by making donations, please let me know. I have some employees who want to help if they can including myself. Thank you,
Karen Holland Buck
Hi There, I just read about this tragedy and would like to find a way to assist the family and notify other neighbors as well.
I live in Spring, but am coming up to the Scenic Cove Loop area tomorrow and would like to see if I can find out a little info before hand so I may be able to bring a few things with me for the family. Can you please tell me how I may find out age/gender and sizes of the surviving children and the Mom's clothing size as well. Also, can items be delivered to the Fire Station there at Scenic Cove Loop, or where can we deliver them? Thanks so much, --832-766-0329
Sept 13th my husband, 4 friends, and myself donated money, $600 to rescue a 4yo foxtrot mare from bastrop killpen. PayPal ed the money to Hal. Connie Roxana picked up our mare, Hope, and brought her to the rescue. I only received 1 picture if Hope after numerous requests. I was told the scared mare went to a trainer and they kept her. I have not heard from Connie in a month. We lived so far away and am worried sick about Hope's whereabouts. In the county's seizure video in the beginning is a grey mare......I am wondering if that is our Hope? My cell # 267 312 6263. I need help located this scared probably thin and starved mare, Hope.
Thank you. Stephanie
Thankful that law enforcement noticed these poor animals and did something. The poor explanation for these horrendous conditions from people saying that the horses were skinny because they were in quarantine does not explain the improper humane disposal or the fact that dogs were kept locked up inside a trailer for 3 days in toxic conditions. ALL of the animals on this property needed to be seized! How can you make excuses for that? God Bless the poor children that had to live in these conditions also. How do people justify this?
You might have wanted to gather all the facts before you posted your slanderous story. All those horses were in quarantine, they had been rescued from kill pens and we're being quarantined, fed and doctored before being shipped to their new homes. They have thousands of dollars of receipts for vet care and feed bills. Looks like nice quality hay in your pictures too. The horses came to them like that or in worse condition from the kill pens. Sure some horses died that came to them that were beyond saving."
Pure LIES!! My friend bailed a young horse from auction & it was being held at this place--she has BEFORE & AFTER pics of the horse. PLUS she was paying board for him to stay at this dump. There is PROOF of the condition he was in before you got him. He was average weight "before" he got there--now after being in this Hell-hole--he is skeletal--STARVED--ribs, hip-bones showing. How can you call it a slanderous story--pictures don't lie. Oh and Yeah--"nice hay"?--you certainly didn't give it to any of the horses did you??? I have had horses over 20 years--they don't look like that unless YOU DON'T FEED THEM!!! LIARS! I hope you & your friend Connie are locked up somewhere & they don't feed YOU--wouldn't THAT be justice!!
You might have wanted to gather all the facts before you posted your slanderous story. All those horses were in quarantine, they had been rescued from kill pens and we're being quarantined, fed and doctored before being shipped to their new homes. They have thousands of dollars of receipts for vet care and feed bills. Looks like nice quality hay in your pictures too. The horses came to them like that or in worse condition from the kill pens. Sure some horses died that came to them that were beyond saving. He did not have the equipment to get them buried properly and the person that they used to dispose of them properly fell ill and they were having trouble getting soneone else to do it. When all this went down they were hauling horses to Arizona and had their youngest children with them and his two oldest sons were home, the only ones home ages 16 and 17 and we're responsible for doing chores and what not. Their landlord found out they were running a rescue quarantine and tried to extort them for additional money beyond their rent at over 100 dollars per horse per month and when they refused to pay tgat citing tgey weren't making a profit, their landlord started all this. It'll all come out in court and your worthless is gonna have to print a retraction!!!
Some of those horses where being held in quarentine for customers who rescued from kill pens so some probably where skinny but where can we contact if those where our horses
What about all the dead horses that were all over the property? - Editor
After reading this editorial, I have to say that it leans towards a racist overtone. It doesn't talk about illegal immigration, but immigration in general. It also mentions African American's which has nothing to do with immigration. It also doesn't mention the white supremacy groups that plague this country. But I do agree that if a person comes here illegally they should be held to the same standards as a criminal trespasser. I hated the fact that president Reagon gave a million illegal aliens amnesty with out first securing the border. And I hate it that Nixon brought china out of the closet to become such a powerful country and take so many of our jobs. There is a enough blame to go around. But the fact is, neither side wants to close the border. If they did they would have done it by now. What they really want do do is form a north America continent with out any fences and one currency, kind of like the euro.
It had racial overtones to YOU because you're a liberal and I don't agree with your views. - Editor
I lost all respect for the Democratic party in 2012 when they had to actually vote whether to keep God in their platform at their convention. And leftists supporters actually booed God! And you wonder why our country is on a downward spiral?! I can't see one positive thing Obama has done for this country in 8 years. I certainly didn't see him at the National Day of Prayer, didn't he cancel that & chose not to participate?!! 'Nuff said. I pray people search their hearts before voting in the upcoming elections!
Reading other news sites for the true source of the video, I learned that the Hispanic PAC group "DeportRacism" filmed it, and offered $5000 for anyone who'd call Trump a racist during his appearance on Saturday Night Live. Quote: "Deport Racism is a PAC that was created to fight anti-Latino racism in the 2016 election. The group focuses its work on creating viral videos, social media memes, and “headline-generating confrontations,” according to its website." It was also noted on several news sites that this particular PAC has no connection to Hillary Clinton, and neither do the websites they link to on their webpage. "Some have said that these are signs that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is behind the anti-Trump campaign run by Deport Racism. However, this isn’t actually the case. The truth is that Luke Montgomery, a Clinton supporter and activist, is the person behind all the sites, without any direct connections to Clinton."
If you want to harp on how Clinton is dividing our nation's people, perhaps it's time to look in the mirror at what part you're playing in that same type of divisiveness. Lumping people into your idea of "left", or "liberal" categories serves no purpose - other than to let them know that you'll resort to name-calling of anyone who may not agree with you (or vote like you). According to your definitions, I am "left", but had nothing to do with this PAC, their video, or their views, and don't agree with their tactics at all. You make it sound like I (and others of the same mindset) joined arms with Hillary to teach those kids how to use profanity... as if they are any less appalling than the kids I hear using the same language in WalMart! Lumping everyone into categories is not the way to foster discussion and compromise - two things we desperately need in our government and our country.
Chosen ignorance. That's what I call it when people have no desire to learn anything different than that which supports their viewpoint. Facts are out there, easy to find on the internet, and some just don't care enough to bother. That might require them to change their mind, or their opinion! It's easier to blame it all on the liberals or lefties, than to look within and realize that you might be perpetuating the problem.
When you look at the OVERWHELMING bias of the main stream media, and the witch hunts they conduct (like Paula Dean), the actions of Hillary Clinton and her race baiting and sexist speeches, and Bernie Sanders the self proclaimed socialist, and how around 50% of the nation supports these dispicable people, then I know everything I need to know about the liberal leftists. I'm not going to mention Obama sending his justice dept. to places like Freddie Gray and Michael Brown's funerals while ignoring our police putting their lives on the lines. - Editor
Willie, you know that the liberal left is all for the freedom of speech. That is if you agree with their point of view. If you do not agree with their view, your racist, homophobic, islamicphobic, ect ect.
I go to your site every day to see what’s happening in Polk County. I think you’re doing a good job and performing a service, but I don’t think your political views have a place here if you plan to be a professional journalist.
Really? Journalists in the biggest news services give political opinions all the time. - Editor
You nailed it Willie.i agree with everything you said and you said it well.trump is saying what most people would like to be able to say and I think he is going to be the next president.
Well I'm on the Trump Bandwagon :) - Editor
Hey john, You are obviously a typical CNN loving leftist Kool aid drinker who thinks all opposing views should be silenced. Here's an idea ..... Start your own news site and you can sing the praises of the socialist crap you believe in or...... Just don't offend yourself by going to this site.
Willie, you might as well name your website PolkCountyFoxNewsToday.com, because that is obviously the only "news source" that you get your information from. You say "Liberals are 99% emotion and MAYBE 1% substance". Newsflash, your website is 100% garbage. Polkcountytoday.com is in the same league as TMZ at best, and you are NOT a reporter, but merely an ambulance chaser. Your views are in line with Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity. Please, if you want to be a news reporter, keep your opinions to yourself and report the news, and not your "political views", because you are grossly politically illiterate. I'm sure you won't publish this in the letters to the editor, and I wouldn't expect anything less. Have a great day.
Hmmm, I think the column made simple good sense. Also, what fun is news without an occasional editorial piece? Thanks for writing! - Editor
Gaming at the Alabama Coushatta Tribe in East Polk County
Ben Barrow Leggett Bring it on…..hope they build a hugh casino eventually. I'm sure the casino owners in Louisiana are in Austin as we speak with loads of cash trying to keep the anti-gambling politicians paid off. So far they have been successful. We'll see how their latest attempt hold's up trying to stop the tribe from exersising it's rights and their own decision making.
Jaybird Werth/ big sand. The family are close friends and are going through some rough times right now without their mom and wife. The husband is a long distance driver who is wanting to stay with his two girls as much as he can. If any of you know any local trucks hiring or company owners please let me know my name is Jaybird, contact me in Facebook and I will relay the message to him. Please help this family in need at the holidays to be together and this man who is grieving because a part of his soul has gone home. Thank you
Also there was no man pull them out the 9 years pulled herself and her sister out and went to the road looking for help and tot passed a few times she said. They are just babies who really didn't want this story up because she felt it would not honor her memory. These are babies wanting to be together and if anyone can help with a local driving job it would be greatly appreciated.
No one has mentioned the man who stopped to help the woman and pulled her children from the vehicle. A Livingston man came upon the accident and did all he could to aide the family. He was put in the right spot at the right time to show compassion to a dying woman and comfort to her lovely girls. Let's not forget the unspoken hero in all this. This man is heartbroken that he could not do more.
that girl was related to my teacher
Were there witnesses to know that she swerved to avoid the deer?
That's what her 9 year old told the troopers. - Editor
Let's see...300 ft IN THE AIR.. That's the length of a football field. And 20ft in height, no less. That's higher than Evil Knievel's bus jumps. I SERIOUSLY doubt that is anywhere near accurate. Did he drive off of a cliff? I do not think a mustang could produce enough power for that kind of jump. Not to mention a 74 year old...that's not impossible of course but seems odd, I did not know the guy. The drinking part.... yes that is the believable part.
A path of freshly broken branches high in the trees show his exact path. - Editor
LISD School Bus Complaint
Angie B, I agree with you 1,000,000,% on your concerns!! I dare say if we did a survey on the accidents involving school buses, or due to them stopping on the highways now we would see a dramatic increase. When I was small they picked me up at my drive way. This should still be the case if a parent wants or needs their child to ride a bus. It is dangerous, and unnecessary for a child to stand on the side of highways such as 190, 146 and 59 with card zooming past them to wait for a school bus to pick them up before day light. I don't know who made this change but it needs to be reconsidered and changed. Thank you for all of the posts of tragic accidents proving these points as well
As a mother of small children that ride the bus in Livingston Texas. I found myself outraged. That one of the 5 children getting on the bus from home this morning on the corner of Young and HWY 146 was left. He had fallen and was running crying only about 15 seconds late to the door of the bus. Other Mothers were just as shocked to see the last of the 5 kids left as he stood in front of the bus doors. The driver made eye contact with him and then drove off leaving him standing on Hwy 146. It is my understanding from the children as no school official has brought the issue to me, that the driver does not like the fact that the 5 children sit on the porch and wait for the bus. Our home is seated where the bus stops. My children almost always get to the bus door faster than the 1 sometimes 2 other children waiting by the highway to ride the same bus. At maximum the children sprint 20 feet to the bus doors from our porch. They have there backpacks on and are waiting to see the bus come over the hill on the highway. This morning when I called the bus barn. I was told they agree with the bus driver that the 5 children should stand by this busy highway as it is safer for all the children on the bus. There point being my children would get on faster if they would be standing by the busy highway. How many mothers have unloaded 5 children from a car? It takes quite a bit more time. As I am not going to allow my children to stand by a busy highway. Safe? Wanting to save time? Yes I can pull my car out of my drive way to park by my mailbox 10 feet from my porch. Does this save time? No. There are seat belts, child locks and not to mention its safer for everyone else going to work from our road. not to have all the cars parked in there way. Our intersection is one of the more dangerous ones. The homes at the corner sit high above the highway leaving little visibility to to turn onto busy hwy 146.
Glenn and Beth Cassity McClammy Silsbee We represented the Silsbee VFD at the Livingston VFD 100 th. anniversary and I must say how well organized the event was, from the staging of emergency vehicles at the start of the parade to the parking of vehicles for the ceremony. Hats off to everyone involved in the anniversary realizing lots of planning had to be done thanks to the city employees as well as all the fireman both active and retired, certainly says something good when an organization that has had only 2 chiefs in 51 years what excellent leadership can do. Good to see former Chief B. R. Hanes in attendance. It says something good when an outsider notices that there is a good working relationship with the city and county officials. Special thanks to everyone that was involved and participated it was an honor to be part of Polk County, Texas history.
I know that everybody has their own opinion of Livingston Chi St Lukes hospital based on their own individual experiences!! Mine hasn't always been great either! But when the staff goes above and beyond what is required to make your experience great ,,,,well, i think they deserve recognition!! So i feel it is necessary to acknowledge the excellent care our mom received in the E.R. at the hands of Kathy Pixley and staff. Kathy has always treated our mom with so much respect going above and beyond what is required to make her feel comfortable while providing excellent care! Thank you Kathy for all that you have done for our mom!! In a time when seniors feel like they no longer matter your ethical behavior is to be commended! And thanks to Natalie who took care of our mom while in ICU. You both are assets to Chi St Lukes hospital! And because of the treatment our mom received during this last visit .....maybe it will be easier to persuade her to return when in need of medical treatment in the future! Because it is typically a challenge! Thank you both for taking such good care of our mom!!
Your correct Lynn did not want to press charges against Conrad but the DA should have picked up changes do to it being aggregate assault with a deadly weapon that is crazy that he was not held for his actions if he was in any other County in Texas he would have been charged but do to him being 74 years old and self proclaimed indigent he is being treated in this fashion if the rolls were reversed it would be a sob story of an elderly person being attacked.That is not the case here so will my brother see justice served in think not Polk County has already reduced his bond this morning so what is to say he doesn't attack my brother again if he bonds out i just don't understand the thought process of the Sheriff office and Polk County on this matter they really need to think about this vendetta he has against my brother how will they protect him if this man gets released from jail
To answer Brittney Parrott. Yes, there are children that live and play in that area. And this area is know for having a bad reputation. As far as suggesting to collect all the fact before posting the article. I believe Willie Openshaw did a fine job of getting all the fact. Both times he was out there. He is to let you know what I personally know because Lynn Langley is in fact a friend of my mother. Yes there was an argument over the fact the dog urinating on property. Yes, the shooter was arrested and booked and released last night because the victim did not wish to press charges. He did want to have problems with this older gentleman. So as far as the second shooting. The victim decided to not have any further altercation with the shooter. He would take a different route to his home. But this still did not stop him from shooting again. He was even witnessed sitting on his front porch laughing and saying he has no remorse. So with all that being said. I will like to state that Lynn Langley did make it through surgery just fine. And he is recouping and will be released soon. Thank You Willie for the fine work you do.
This is my brother that was shot by this phyco he was walking home to lay down because his head was hurt from last night's shooting the man that shot him today was unprovoked as my brother said nothing to him today it is the sheriff office fault that the shooting today happened if he would have been in custody from lasts nights attempted murder this would not be a story today so please have the facts correct before you post any more incorrect comments. Any questions or comments my name is Charles lyons 281 594 1086
This is my brother text telling me what happened last night
Mr Conrad don't like my dog and I walk my dog past his house he yelled at me from across the road ask me if I let my dog shit next to his porch I said no I walked on took my dog to his kennel put my dog in his kennel walk back toward my house as I was passing by his house he said hey I said what he got off of his porch and started pushing me this man is 75 years old I cannot hit him I grabbed his hand that was on me and pushed it toward his chest and told him to stop he then pointed his pistol at me and shot me Becky & Lynn Langley Becky & Lynn Langley
And the let this guy go are you kidding me he shot my brother again today because of shear incompetence of the sheriff office in this case why would you let someone go after shooting someone I can't understand this
All I have to say is that the man who did the shooting regardless if it was a real bullet or not should have been arrested last night. It takes the victim getting shot a second time with a real gun for the shooter to be arrested. I bet you if it were anywhere else the place wouldn't be called dtsfunctional. I suggest all the fact be collected before an article is posted. There are kids that live over there. They play outside everyday. Would it be called dysfunctional if it was a child that was shot? Most likely not but I guess that's Polk County for you.
I live next door and I am very impressed with the response of all involved and handle everything very professional. I give hats off to Livingston Fire Dept. for a great job well done and Livingston PD for traffic control! And most of all PCT for being on the scene.
In view of recent and many past wrecks at the same spot, surely the County is looking into putting a red light at this intersection. It might save a life.
Nearly every accident that happens at that spot comes from people failing to yield from the crossover. A red light for a crossover isn't the answer. - Editor
I noticed two accidents at Hwy 190 and Fm 2457 and I am not surprised. The majority of the time vehicles coming Fm 2457 do not yield. I have almost been hit several times and gotten the "middle finger salute" when I could not safely yield to the vehicles coming on to Hwy 190 from Fm 2457. Perhaps a stop sign is needed instead of a yield sign before someone gets "mangled for life" or killed.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MY SISTER ANN SNOOK FIND KAYLA LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON 10-11-15. THANK YOU LORD FOR SAVING HER FROM ANY INJURIES. THIS WAS A VERY SCARY TIME FOR THEM ALL I KNOW. ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR ALL YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT.
Dear Editor, We are very saddened that Jose Garcia Lara passed away from his injuries. We were in the vehicle behind the person that hit him. My husband, Michael Williams, offered his help to the paramedics and held Mr. Lara's hand and prayed for him. Mr Lara was not breathing very well and was moaning, but did not seem aware of what had happened. My husband held Mr. Lara's hand and prayed for him until the paramedics needed his help getting supplies from the van. Please let his family know that many, many people were praying for him and the lady driving the car that struck him. We continue to pray for his family and friends as they grieve the loss of Mr. Lara.
Willie, I am writing because of three recent articles in Polk County Today. Driver slams into the back of vehicle stopped for a school bus on Tuesday, September 22, three days later on Friday, September 25 and a few days later on Thursday, October 1. Is there a contest with points awarded if you can ram through the car/truck in front of you that has stopped for a school bus? Do you get extra points for texting at the point of impact, for causing a multi-vehicle accident, for injuries sustained, or for actually hitting the bus? I ask the question, because most drivers who stop and patiently wait for school busses loading and unloading children don't want to play this game, so can someone tell us how to opt out please? Each report states the driver was issued specific citations such as failure to control speed. Why no mention of a citation issued for failing to stop for a school bus, which is a serious offence in most states, with a hefty fine, several points on the driving record and higher insurance rates. Does the fact that an innocent driver blocked their path mitigate the fact that they obviously had no intention of stopping for the school bus and its precious cargo?
Well, school busses aren't the only time this happens. I've seen a number of times when there's a wreck and traffic is blocked and someone not paying attention slams someone else from behind that's sitting in blocked traffic. As far as getting cited for not stopping for a school bus, I'd have to say that since the vehicle slammed into another vehicle then the driver did stop (terrible way to stop, but they never passed the stopped school bus, so they can't be cited for that). - Editor
First have you checked to make sure her family was notified before posting pictures of her truck and blasting her name all over the internet.... also do some fact checks.... she left via life flight not via ambulance and before u blast alcohol could be smelled on her and in her truck probably should know she had a blood alcohol test done and it was negative... thanks one of her loving daughters
Family was notified before posting. She did leave via ambulance, then flown (air medical helicopter is ALSO an ambulance). If her test comes back negative, great, but the smell of alcohol was there. The story only says "alcohol SUSPSECTED". - Editor
Tammy H his eyes look crazy like the batman shooter. wonder if he was on psych drugs? ------------------------------------------ Skip Barrow
That dude reminds me of a spaced out beatnik from the 60's....... from an episode of the old "Dragnet" TV series ( yeah I know. I'm showing my age ...lol)
JLW Livingston Does anybody know if it is legal in Polk county to just dump all of your household trash on the ground? My neighbor has a huge pile of trash on the back of his place and every time it rains it washes down the draws and into the creek that crosses my place. Just don't seem right, but I don't know.
Kristopher Boddie If you view the dress policy of TDCJ it clearly states that the uniform shall not be worn off-duty in a casual manner. See PD-28 page 3. http://www.tdcj.texas.gov/divisions/hr/hr-policy/pd-28.pdf.
I would think this rule is enforced to prevent this sort of activity. Seriously, people need to read before claiming there is no such rule. I hope these guys don't work for TDCJ because they obviously shouldn't be if they don't know the policy. --------------------------------------------- Karla Burleson Onalaska To the first poster, that is not a rule. ------------------------------------------- John Livingston There is no policy stating you can't wear your uniform in public . ------------------------------------------ Rowan Blanchard Ok, no one else is going to say it, so here goes. I thought TDCJ policy was that correctional officers could not wear their uniforms in public for this very reason.
2015 Livingston Lions Not Getting Coverage from PolkCountyToday.com
Scott Walters Alto Willie, I write this as a former Livingston Lion football player, former big school administrator and now small school principal. I also have all respect for those coaches and players who have worked so hard and spilled their hearts on a Friday night.
I'm not sure what you mean by Livingston playing larger schools due to "political reasons"? You say because of that, they have to play schools the size of Lufkin etc. That part is true, I'm just confused by the political part. As a previous administrator and teacher in Lufkin for the better part of 18 years, we played in districts where we were the smallest school not only in the district but also in 5A. We always just missed out on the cut by sometimes 15 or 20 students. It wasn't until the re-alignment a couple years ago that changed. Most of those years Lufkin did well or dominated the larger schools with its play. In fact, last year, when Lufkin dropped down, they struggled against much smaller schools. Now at Alto (200 students), we play as a 2A division I. Except for our game this week which will be against Tenaha (ranked 2A div II), all of our preseason games are against very good 3A schools (we beat Crockett badly and more than held our own against your CC Bulldogs in a scrimmage, missed that coverage by the way). Some of these schools are 2 times larger than us. We are currently 4-0. My point in all this is to say that I'm not sure it's good enough just to say that you won't cover Livingston because they play schools larger than them. If that's the case than be mad and UIL and spread the love. I respect what you do and think you serve a great purpose for Polk County but I don't think it's good enough to say, I don't cover Livingston because they are in a stacked district. But back to my original question? What's political about the realignment?
Well, I could be wrong, but as a man who's not on the inside of these things, I can't imagine why LISD would be playing such large schools. That simply doesn't stand to reason. Who are the people that make these determinations when they realign? I don't know them. Hypothetically speaking, what if the district gets more financial assistance for being in a larger district? That could be political. - Editor ---------------------------------------------- Ashley Combs Livingston I'm not understanding some of these statements in these letters about the Livingston Lions. Statements about how you don't support them and about how bad you are treating them. People please stop making this a personal attack on the Lions. It's not. Nowhere has he ever said that he didn't support them, nowhere does he mistreat them. I can almost promise that in the near future when he does happen to cover a Lions game, he's the one that will be mistreated with nasty letters. --------------------------------------- Margie West
Willie,Here we ago again more belly aching from parents and other citizens because Livingston isn't in your spot light. I applaud you for everything you do. So Livingston isn't getting the football coverage this year who cares. I haven't once seen a post of belly aching because basketball, golf, softball, baseball, tennis, and all the other sports and activities haven't had a weekly following, only in football. If a parent wants their child and their team to be on your page they should help you. Everyone in this day and age has cell phones and I know there are lots of pictures being taken on these cell phones. In the time that a person took to write their belly aching post to you they could of sent you a summary of the game. I haven't been to a game in a few years as my children are out of school, and yes they attended Livingston from K-12th grade, but I know when I went they were always announcing who did what with the ball and for how many yards. Start taking notes parents and sending in your own report. Last I checked this county had what 6 school districts within the boundaries of Polk County. That is an awful lot of coverage for one individual, 1,100 square miles according to Wikipedia. So parents of any child in an extracurricular activity school related or other if you want individuals such as myself to read and see your child don't expect it to be Willie who travels all those miles. How about instead of belly aching help a man out and send the information? Just my opinion.
--------------------------------------------- Ben Barrow Leggett Willie , I agree with you on so many things but I have just got to say you are wrong on this. This county and community are like a family and family does not give attention to one child who is doing exceptionally well and ignore another child because they are struggling and don’t do as well. That is condescending and demeaning. As was stated those kiddos cant help their circumstance. Just getting out there and giving it there all when they no the odds are against them every week says a lot. That shows self respect and character. And lord knows we could use more of that in these times. ---------------------------------------------- Valerie S Livingston I've seen the other complaints about your lack of coverage of the Lions and your responses. The most recent says "I can only cover 1 team per week. The Bulldogs are hitting on all cylinders and are a part of Polk county." Ok given, they are part of Polk county, you have given full coverage to both games they have played without even a mention of the score of Livingstons games. The "political reasons" you cite as to why it's ok to ignore the effort and heart of these kids is ridiculous. Even if they were the worst team in the state, they're still kids doing their best and deserve acknowledgement. These kids don't get to choose who they play and deserve just as much attention as the other teams in the county you claim to cover fairly. No one is asking for you to stop covering Corrigan, just be fair to Livingston boys and cover them too. I know your comment to that will be you can't be 2 places at once. You don't have to be, go to Corrigan, but get the highlights from Livingston from one of your affiliates or the newspaper or whatever, and stop ignoring them. I usually agree with you and have even defended you and the job you do on several occasions, though I don't even know you. I am very disappointed at the treatment of these boys and don't even have a child playing. I hope you consider this and rethink your treatment of these kids who are just as deserving as the Bulldogs that you love so much. Thank you for your time.
Bottome line, we simply don't have the staff to cover two games per week. As things currently stand, Corrigan gets the coverage. Valerie, maybe you can email a writeup of the game each week. We'll post it. - Editor ----------------------------------------- Adron Seward Proud Lion Parent, Livingston Willie, I normally don't comment on any of this and roll my eyes when others are blasting you for anything. However, this time I have to say I don't agree with your reasoning.... My son plays on the varsity team and we couldn't be more proud of him and his team mates... They work harder than most can ever imagine...and while you are right they are paired up with much larger teams that is not by any means the players faults at all. They deserve support if for no other reason because they have chosen to be so dedicated in something positive.... They are all dedicated and give it their all despite political decisions others have made for them ...they still press on... While they may not win every game they are still deserving of praise for what they are doing as do the other schools in the county... I realize that you cannot be at all of the schools at the same time but it wouldn't be that difficult to give our boys a little support... Because they have just as much heart as the Corrigan Bulldogs despite decisions made for them... That in itself should be reason enough to show the KIDS they have the support of our community win or lose....because they have chosen athletics and football when in this crazy world we live in...it'd be easier to give up because they have been paired with much larger teams...but they are not giving up..
I understand your point of view, however, we can only cover 1 team per week. The Bulldogs are hitting on all cylinders and they are part of Polk County. In all the times we've been covering Livingston, the good folks in Corrigan never complained. Maybe it's their turn to get some of the coverage. - Editor ------------------------------------------------ Tammy Flowers
Dear Editor, Can you please tell us why there is nothing about Livingston ISD football games? We never see it and last night 9-4-15 was our first real game but we are not seeing anything. I was there but some people were not and would like to know who won or lost and if there are any pics taken can you please put some with the JROTC students they help out but putting up and down the Lion dome that the football players run throw are never showen in any pictures just the ones that hold the flags are always showen..
Football and a JROTC parent
We love the Lions, however, due political reasons (apparently), the Lions are playing schools the size of Lufkin. These schools have larger talent pools to choose from and are able to produce bigger teams. In short, the Lions, while they're a good team, are overmatched by playing much larger schools. On the other hand, the Corrigan-Camden Bulldogs are destroying everyone in their path, thus, they get the coverage. - Editor