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Now if we could only have similar court proceedings for all the lies Trump has sold to the gullible GOP. haha
Bullying at Livingston Junior High
My son is an 8th grader at Livingston Jr. High. Last year he was bullied and assaulted causing damage to the nerves in his brain. My son had double vision and was cross eyed for 8 months from the head trauma. The school did not call me or get medical attention for my him, they just sent him home on the school bus! He had surgery last October to correct the nerve damage, and in January we put him back in public school. 3 days ago my son was assaulted by a 10th grader on the school bus. This time the nerves in his brain were jarred causing his eyes to cross again and the double vision to return. This has had a serious impact on my sons self esteem and entire outlook on life. I believe that if these bullies don't start facing some serious consequences for their actions, things are only going to get worse.
I'm sorry to hear about that. That's a HORRIBLE thing that's happened. I don't know what the answer is, other than, I wouldn't subject my kid to that type of atmosphere. People would argue with me that "...that's real life in the real world". Ummm... no. Junior high school isn't the "real world". Sounds like a dysfunctional place that's out of control. - Editor
I live in the neighborhood with my children. It's really sickens me and make me sad to know that is happening right in the area my child live, play and have to walk the street to get to the school bus. I know it my own choice to live here. But given the first chance I can I'm getting my kids and get as far away from this deadly place.( no pun intended). I hate to know that this can take place so close to home. Thank you Willie for reporting on this. I thank you for keeping us updated.
You're very welcome, Jennifer. Thank you for being a reader. - Editor
Uncle Buddy was killed in this crash. Aunt Erma passed this morning at 2am. They were good people and lost their lives to a single mistake by someone else. . Please people, pay close attention while driving. This did not have to happen. We will miss them dearly.
Do we have any idea why Ashley Swansey's recount of what happened does not jive AT ALL with the original story delivered by PCT and Josh Sander's. The way the story reads is that Sanders was in his patrol car parked, or moving slow enough for an "incoherent" man, driving a vehicle of his own apparently, was able to "tightly group" a handful of rounds from a rifle.... While driving?!.. Incoherently?! Okay, and then the shooter left the pavement and jumped a creek where his vehicle came to rest between 3 trees. Ashley says in her email there was a standoff between the shooter and a deputy in their yard, shots were fired, and then the shooter took off to be apprehended a short time later. Whether it's Ashley's story or PCT's original story, it seems like there are some gaps, and that what actually happened falls somewhere between these two perspectives. I look forward to hearing the details as they emerge.
When a situation goes down and I show up on the scene, information from law enforcement isn't just a free for all. Sometimes it takes time for me to get information from law enforcement and/or other sources. In the meantime, I'll go ahead and put the information out there that I do know, with pictures. That's a courtesy to the public who wants to know. When we do eventually get the information, we post it. Thank you for writing. - Editor
Holiday Lake Estates
What is not mention on Polk county today, Joseph swansey (the shooter) came to our house and then opened fire on the deputy, and travis smith. There were 3 babies outside. He put all of our lives in danger including Joseph swanseys own biological son.
February 18th was a night I will not forget for a long time. I'm just glad that I was in the right place at the right time to help save some one's life. This young man has been in my thoughts and prayers all week. I found out last night that he survived and physically he is going to be fine. I pray that he gets the help he needs. Mr. Boyd would you please let him know that he had people praying for him and wishing the best for him.
This is a letter in response to the young man you're talking about in the article. He was found hanging over the side of the overpass with a rope tied around his neck and the other end tied to his truck. This kid works for me and is a fine young man. However just like us all he has some issues that are tough to deal with. I was on the phone with him minutes before this tragic incident and could tell something was not right. We never know the pain someone has unless it presents itself to the surface. I would like to extend gratitude and a big thank you to these first responders and law-enforcement that jumped into action to save his life. You are definitely heroes!!!!!!! Please keep this young man and his family in your prayers. Thanks.
This same day I almost hit this same truck... They had no warning signs out saying they were doing road work and a car in front of me quickly switched lanes to avoid hitting them and all the sudden I was right on top of the truck luckly I was able to stop and not hit the truck... But I don't believe the women in this wreck should have been cited they are the ones that should be responsible...
Bias Judge Has No Balls what has happened to our criminal justice system?
In December 2012 two young lives were taken by a drunk driver. To make things worse the drunk drivers buddy (Kalen Peters) shows up at the scene of the accident and tampers with evidence and is offering money to a witness to say it was the young deceased driver in the other truck who crossed over into his buddy’s lane. Kalen Peters had a previous DWI criminal background, however for this incident he pled guilty for tampering with evidence and attempting to pay off a witness for which he received ten years’ probation.
While on probation there are certain restrictions and consequences for which the probationer must comply with. In his probation sentence he was ordered to comply with the abstinence of any alcohol consumption. Having done so would violate his probation. In September 2016 this person was involved in an accident rolling over his truck, tractor and trailer. He was drunk 2 times the legal limit, however this was not his first time to consume alcohol. I have personally followed him and have seen him drinking and driving.
Lee Hon filed paper work to have his probation revoked. Mr. Hon got Joe Martin to help him on the case since Mr. Martin had handled the case against the driver of the truck Caleb Edwards. After a week of trial the jury found Caleb guilty and sentenced him to ten years in prison for each of the two lives that were taken. The judge did not stack the sentences; instead he let them run concurrently. After a week of trial and with all the emotional stress involved. I agreed with the DA Joe Martin to give Mr. Peters 10 years probation so that my family would not have to go through another trial. Also this would give Mr. Peters the opportunity to turn his life around.
A hearing was set for January 20, 2017 In District Judge Earnest McClendon’s court. THIS JUDGE HAS NO BALLS! He is a weak spineless bias judge, and one of the reasons Polk County is known for being lenient and soft on drunk drivers, which explains the numerous accidents in Polk County due to drunk drivers who usually have multiple DWI’s.
Mr. Peters lied on the stand denying his tampering with evidence or attempting to pay off witness at the scene. However two years ago Mr. Peters signed off on paperwork admitting he was guilty in tampering with evidence and with a witness.
I hope Mr. Hon files perjury charges against Mr. Peters. Kalen’s father and mother-in-law testified that Kalen had turned his life around; he has three children and is a hardworking man. They suggested that Kalen be given an alcohol treatment program and put back on probation. Kalen stated to the Livingston police officer the night of the rollover that he would be going to prison. I find it funny how he changed his life around so quick since he has not done so in the two (2) previous years knowing he could go to prison for violating the parole, I’m just relieved he did not kill anybody in his last accident.
My Daughter had two children that my wife and I are now raising instead of their mother. We try to comfort my granddaughter whenever she has prom, school functions, and she states she has no mother to be there with her. We have a grandson who wakes up at night crying and expressing how he wants to die so he can be with his mother and uncle.
If Kalen has truly turned his life around I will make the same offer to him or any member of his family, that I made to Caleb Edwards family. The offer is to join me to go to Livingston High School and talk to students about the horrors of drinking and driving, or texting and the consequences to which it could lead. It only takes one bad decision, for an accident to change so many lives.
Finally Judge Mr. McClendon, I just want you to know that if Kalen has another drunk driving accident and that accident claims an innocent life, rest assured, I will be there to remind you it is YOUR FAULT.
ALSO JUST SO YOU CAN BE CLEAR ON HOW I FEEL YOU HAVE NO BALLS
Kalen Peters will be going to court on February 17, 2017 on the misdemeanor DWI charge he could face up to a year in the county jail on that charge. The DA office will be seeking jail time I just hope it is not in Judge McClendon’s court
I agree with the comments. His family has way to many ties to Polk County "Livingston" especially. He just keeps getting slaps on the wrist. Had this have been anyone other than this kid. The book would've been thrown at him. It's sickening.. He needs to be prosecuted outside of Polk County so he can receive the justice his behavior disserves. Knowing how reckless this boy is, he will be back on pct.. This good old boy crap has got to stop. It would be nice if they would change a lot of the faces in the courthouse so justice can be served regardless of what his last name is. My advise to law enforcement of Polk County. If you see his truck after dark, pull him over because he is drunk or on his way to becoming drunk. What a waste.
Am I the only one that is completely disgusted by Judge McClendon's decision in this case? How many people does this man have to kill? Does it have to be Judge McClendon's family members that are murdered by this man's bad decisions before we see justice?! A minimum three months in a substance abuse facility is NOT the appropriate response to this man's blatant disregard for human life and the law. Is it his last name and his family pull??? Did someone cut the Judge a fat check?? This decision seems very suspicious. Either Lee Hon needs to step his game up, or it's time for Judge McClendon to sit his incompetent butt in a retirement home, and not the bench.
Wow, that is like giving him a vacation. Think of it like this, how would people have reacted if Charles Manson had been sent to anger management?
Good after noon Editor, I am writing to express some concerns about the article you wrote regarding the man struck by a car on US-59 late last week (2/3/17). That man was my brother. He is 41 year, old William Vogel. He lost his leg above the knee that very day. And endured nearly 7 hours of exploratory surgery to locate several areas of internal bleeding, and tend to broken bones. As of 3 hours ago he has not woken up. 2/6/2017. It hurts my heart to the core that there was no mention of the importance of safety while driving on Texas Highways. Especially because just about 4 years ago my oldest brother was struck on a highway (very close to this location)and is now completely dependent on my father for all of his daily needs and lays in a hospital bed in my father’s living room. I do not believe that incidents like these only happen to my family. I do know that this happens quite often and MUCH MORE emphasis should be placed on Safety and Prevention. I read the same day a man was killed and just today I noticed an article about a 14 yr. old boy that was hit. This has got to be addressed. I was a bit disturbed by the thankyou that was given to Ken with Kens Towing that responded to the scene after I read that the car was driven away (not towed). The photo of the dog in the back of the truck was puzzling to me because it was not one of the 2 pit bull dogs that ran my brother out into traffic. Asking for a follow-up and a safety focused future in East Texas.
Shelia, I'm very sorry about what your family is going through. As a local reporter who covers stuff like this, I've covered many auto pedestrian accidents, most are fatal for the pedestrian. You make a good point, something should be put on here regarding pedestrian safety: CLICK HERE FOR PEDESTRIAN SAFETY GUIDELINES. - Editor
I have read the story covering the hearing regarding Mr. Peters. Before I move forward, let me preface my comment by saying that I am not making a personal attack, I am stating my opinion.
Mr. Peters should get the ten years Prosecutor Lee Hon is seeking. Here’s why. In 2012, Mr. Peters was sentenced to a felony probation for offering money to a witness that saw the fatal crash which resulted in the premature death of young brother and sister.
Defense Counsel for Mr. Peters will have the public and the Honorable Presiding Judge believe that Mr. Peters is a 25 year old hard working man with a family to support.
What counsel left out of that theory was in the 2012 incident, the young brother, he was a son to a mother and a father who endure the loss of their son daily. They say there is nothing stronger than a mother’s love, and I agree with that statement as well as there is no stronger bond than that of a father and son. That young man’s life was ended prematurely and to trivialize it by attempting to sway someone into lying about what they saw is not only a danger to society, that is an individual who lacks a moral compass for right and wrong and will not progress society in a positive and forward mannerism.
The sister, she was a daughter to a mother and father, a mother to a daughter and a son, and they endure the loss of their daughter daily, as well as her daughter and son endure the loss of their mom daily. Her life was also taken prematurely. Again, to trivialize such by attempting to convince someone they saw something other than what they seen, that is anything but a productive member of society.
To further demonstrate his role in being an unproductive member of society with no moral compass, Mr. Peters deliberately refused to obey the law by consuming alcohol prior to his rollover accident that occurred in September 2016, whereby he admitted to the police he consumed alcohol prior to the accident which led to his arrest for driving while intoxicated. This of course happening while on felony probation for tampering with a witness.
The reality is Mr. Peters is a 25 year old who has no regard for life which has clearly been demonstrated by his choices which have been previously outlined.
Another thing counsel for Mr. Peters also failed to mention is that Mr. Peters is a thief (metaphorically speaking of course). Mr. Peters has stolen this Court’s time, other people’s time, and has clearly demonstrated he has no regard or intention of being a law abiding citizen, even while on probation. The Honorable Judge is taking the arguments under advisement, my prayer is he is trying to pick a number between 9 and 10 for the number of years Mr. Peters will be in prison where he will truly NOT be a danger to society.
Mr. Peters has finished the apple, there are no more bites to take.
We are losing Doctors through the St. Luke's takeover at an alarming rate. 5 that I know of so far. Many of these are specialists. For me I am losing the best physician I've had in my 75 years. He refused to play the "Bean Counter Game" that always comes when any corporation starts pinching penny's thinking they are doing the right thing. Yes they need to make a profit but how do you ask a physician to go from spending time with a large number of elderly as I am, explaining complicated medical issues but requiring them to perform with one eye on a time clock. Assembly-line medical never works. The word Ethical comes to mind. I've seen this in the Kaiser Foundation that we left when we retired here from northern California. It became a revolving door of never seeing the same doctor twice. You can't expect a physician to get to know you and your medical history when he's seeing you for the first time. Now if this is what's happening here in small town Texas I can't imagine what happens in Houston. I grew up in the 40's when our doctor would make house calls. Most of us were delivered by these same people. No one expects us to go back to that but we remember back in the 80's when doctors were flocking to the Kaiser Foundation because they could not afford to run their own offices because of the premiums of Malpractice insurance and then after several years run out of that same foundation because of the very same thing that's happening now in our own town. I have no answer for this but a large amount of citizens here are very upset over the exit of their doctors. If anyone has an answer please speak up.
@J.T. you were willing to dive deeper into this issue than you really needed to. The problem in this comment thread is simply racism, bigotry, and xenophobia. For all we know these men are 3rd generation AMERICANS with exotic last names. Most idiots in Livingston have never driven their 90's model pickup past the county line, so they turn into scared little children as soon as they see a name that isn't John or Jane Smith (talking about you there @T.B.). If this Huddle House was being brought to town by the Peebles, Ogletrees, or Baskins everyone would be on the edge of their seat for the grand opening. Which is a major contributing factor as to why companies like Chili's, IHOP, and other large companies aren't exactly clamoring to get their business into our crummy close minded community. Plus, these guys are simply franchisees in a much larger U.S. based company. So any worry that these guys are getting tax free loans, or some sort of special "illegal alien" treatment is simply Fox News paranoia.
@Debbie Smith, outside of the reasons I listed for J.T. as to why we can't get large chains into Livingston, another contributing factor is the "good ole boy's club" that some people like to call the Chamber of Commerce. We've allowed the same greedy people to run the Chamber of Commerce for as long as I can remember, and their only goal has been to keep competition out of Livingston. Not very capitalistic of a community that boasts to be "soooo conservative". If the Chamber of Commerce allows a Chili's to come into Livingston we might all realize that El Burrito actually sucks, and that my dog's Purina Pro Plan tastes better. So while all of our conservative community leaders so lovingly refer to large companies as "Job Creators", they don't want them creating jobs in OUR community. Which would increase the likelihood of more big companies eyeing their opportunity in our community because, like @Skip Barrow mentioned, a big part of what companies look at before opening a location is median age, median income, and population. With no new jobs coming into Livingston and every intelligent young person getting the F out as quickly as possible, big companies don't really see an upside to opening a location in Livingston. So from a former Livingstonian, and current Houstonian where we have all the options in the world, change the mindset of the community and you'll get all those awesome chains you'd like to see. Keep the same old caveman mentality of anyone that doesn't look or think like me is the devil, and you can continue to eat crummy Whistlestop Cafe/El Burrito food.
Legal immigrants into the U.S. commonly settle here with an official status of "resident alien," also known as a legal permanent resident or a green-card holder. These are people who have been granted the right to live and work in the U.S. permanently. Resident aliens are subject to the same tax laws as U.S. citizens. They must pay income, Social Security, Medicare and all other taxes citizens pay, and if they start businesses, those businesses are taxed like any other business.
Resident aliens have long been required to wait at least five years before they can apply for citizenship. This waiting period, combined with a lack of understanding about the tax responsibilities of resident aliens and perhaps a certain amount of hostility toward immigrants, may provide some of the basis for urban legends that claim immigrants live entirely tax-free for their first five years in the country. Those rumors, in turn, lead to confusion about the taxes on immigrant-owned business startups.
It amazes me how some people would bitch about anything no mater if it is positive or not. It is new business people who cares if it is huddle house, ihop, or waffle house as long as they are bringing in business. The only way to grow is to bring in new businesses. If you don't want the growth find a desert isle somewhere and be small.
Not being ungrateful or indifferent. The question was why large franchises don't come into the area. That's why ...... A few years back my company built out the first new steakhouse franchise that came to Texas from Florida.... People were skeptical but they proved themselves. Huddle House will have to do the same. Oh .... I'm sure you've heard of that once obscure Florida steakhouse today......."Outback Steakhouse".
Ah yes. - Editor
I can answer that Debbie..... Most big name brand franchises base their locations on several things. Three of the most important are median household income, population and traffic volume of a certain area. Chances are the Livingston area does not meet these requirements. Some large franchises do not have such strict guidelines (McDonald's, Burger King , Whataburger etc.) So, we'll just have to wait for another Mexican food place to open or a Huddle House instead of an IHOP....lol
I don't know what the problem is. Huddle House has a long history, is NOT an off brand, and will provide good affordable food and coffee 24/7. I personally think that we should be thankful. Maybe the reason for the indifference is because Huddle House hasn't been as common in Texas as it has been in other states? - Editor
It would be nice to get Chilis or an Ihop, why is it always these off the wall stores that
only move into Livingston? Sad
Huddle House? BAD IDEA. Talking with friends and the general consensus is,.......this town needs at least 5 more Mexican restaurants. Mexican restaurants, dollar stores, and more gas stations. Oh, I almost forgot, a third Subway sandwich shop.👍🏼
Hope the Huddle House brings a Waffle House with it.
Just one question. Are the "local entrepreneurs" American citizens or are they foreigners who get tax free interest free loans from our government to open businesses here in the USA?
Honestly, I have no idea. I just think that a Huddle House would be really nice for me as a reporter when I come off a story sometimes (especially in the middle of a cold night). :) - Editor
Those of you that oh so cared for the man and don't want to see the blood soak roadway and what not especially the nephew Don't Look it has a warning on each article as a disclaimer. New is news folks I prefer my news raw and un-edited. Do you cry when ABC or NBC show some guy covered by a sheet lying on the road? It's life folks. And think if he was loved so much why was this man at 75 years old having to walk down the road at night?
J.R. I agree with Scott if you can’t take it don’t look. You are doing a great job keep up the good work !! Thanks for all the Great News.
Thank you for the job you do in reporting local news. In my opinion you do an outstanding job. If these people do not want to see your pictures they do not have to look at them. The biggest problem we have today is people wanting sugar coated news. Keep up the good work.
I grew up with Butch and he was a great guy. He married my cousin, Carla. He comes from a large family that has been in Livingston for generations. He and his family deserve much better than your amateurish trash story and your out of taste pictures. You are nothing but an ambulance chasing, *** ******, seeking attention. I can only hope that upon your demise I get to do the exact same thing to you and your family. That will be right before I pee on your grave, sir.
Dee Dee Johnson Huntsville Poor taste man, extremely poor taste. No family member wants to see a beloved relatives blood splattered over the front of a car. You need to be a little more discretionary and mindful of people's feelings. Very dissapointed.
That was my Uncle. He was more than just some blood splatter on the grill of a passenger car. He had a name, a life, a family. My Uncle, affectionately known as "Butch" had friends that knew him as more than Roy Parker. Hell, I doubt many would even know him by that name.
This article you have posted about his passing comes as a strange coincidence, two evenings ago the wife and I were discussing the pictures you chose to take and post on your distastefully titled Pickup Vs. Garbage Truck article. I'll spare you the details as I'm sure I'm not the first person to be of the opinion that your grace and skill in journalism (or photo journalism) is questionable at best.
However, I do so sorely wish that there was a way that you could see that while I understand you have a job, and that job is to report the news, the manner in which you report these stories are essentially reducing these people to heaps of twisted steel and blood stains, all in the name of increased internet traffic. I could ask "Do you have a soul?" at the risk of sounding pretentious, instead I choose to ask you this: Do you have any concept of ethics?
My Uncle, Butch, he had a brother. Hit by a train in '82. Butch had a son, only son, died in a car crash in '84. Another brother, my father, motorcycle crash in '02. A niece, car crash in 2011. Our family has seen enough. Enough blood soaked asphalt. Enough scorched metal. Enough limp, lifeless bodies.
If you had any dignity or compassion for anyone other than yourself or your own, you would think twice about the content you publish. You run the only news site in town, you don't have to go to these lengths to get your daily click goal. You aren't going to lose advertisers. And whether you choose to take anything I say to heart, you aren't going to lose my traffic on your site. But you would gain my respect. And lets be honest, the people that cruise your site to implicitly see photographs of horrible car accidents? You wouldn't want to know those people anyway.
Livingston Volunteer Fire Department is Fast and Efficient
Dear Mr. Openshaw, I would like to publish the following in the Polk County Enterprise Letters to the Editor: Several months after moving into my new home, quite unexpectedly the fire alarm on my security system went off. It was unintentionally caused by smoking oil on the cook top. After removing the pan from the burner, I frantically followed the instructions on the keypad to turn the alarm off. Within 5 minutes, Allen Cook from the Polk County Volunteer Fire Department was at my door inquiring. I was very pleasantly surprised at the efficiency of the LVFD and the short period of time before they arrived, especially never thinking they would be called since I turned the alarm off. Due to the embarrassment at myself, Allen instructed me for future reference (hopefully never again!), to call the Security System people to report a false alarm. Thank you and kudos to Allen Cook and the LVFD for their rapid response time! Makes me feel very secure in my new home in Livingston.
Thank you for the letter. Yes, I know Allen, he's a great guy and takes his volunteer service to the fire department with great seriousness (as do all of them). Again, thank you for the letter. Just so you know, we're not affiliated with the Enterprise in any way. - Editor
I wanted to thank everyone, and when I say everyone I mean our community here in Polk County! God bless the generosity that I personally have seen! It has been overwhelming. I'm 52 years old, and I've never seen the kindness that has been shown to this family! So many people who didn't want their names mentioned whet so out of their way, and gave up their own Christmas to give! What a sight, and such an uplifting experience! Bags and boxes, person after person y'all came. We are organizing a benefit to try and replace their home, updates to come! Thanks again from Gabriel / Jordan Ford!
I had an encounter with same guy when he slammed into the back of my truck and trailer carrying my lawn equipment. Accident occurred on 190 west bound in front of Cedar Point. Construction going on at the time. And he was doing 65-70 and didnt even have time to stop and he just slammed into the back damage my equipment and truck. The impact sent him going into on coming vehicle and he slammed head on with another truck. This is guy is careless driver. I was able to recovery the damages to my truck and equipment through his insurance. But I pretty sure this accident and my accident will have his rates through the roof. Maybe he needs to stop driving. Or just be more careful.
I want to say thank you to all the officers and investigators who worked my brothers death. We whole heartedly believe it wasnt intentional but death by accident. My family and i appreciate everything everyone has done to help us during this tragedy. Its hard enough to deal with losing a loved one under any circumstances but to lose one in such a manner leaves so many questions and emotions running that makes it hard to even interact with officials doing their jobs. I want everyone to know that my brother was a great man who loved his family and friends who over come many obsticles in his life and still held his head high and found the positive things in life to keep pushing forward. He will forever be missed and remembered by all who knew him. Again thank you all.
I wish to express my utmost sorrow and grief for the Neill family and friends for their loss. My son is the driver of the garbage truck. May God comfort you and be with you always.
Sad story my friend Corey! Was truly a honest friend who was funny,nice, kind caring man who gave his heart whole to anyone who needed him! Wore more weight on his shoulders than anyone I knew but handled life so gracefully. Rip buddy
I’m from Livingston. Grew up there. My family is from Livingston, both sides; as far back as I can tell you. So, when I see arrest records, and criminal activity being taken care of by the local police, it used to make me sad. Sad because it hurts Livingston’s community having to be wary of such things. These days, drugs and crime seems to have inundated small towns like Livingston in a flood of devastation. Seeing all those faces week, after week, month after month- it is sad. Oddly enough, now I see the arrest records as hope. How can you see such horrible incidents as hopeful you might ask? Like Mrs. Rowe in the criminal records’ column, I was once one of those dressed in the striped colored shirt. I was once one of those “bad” people seen in the criminal column (more than once I might add). Without my arrest, I would have never ended up where I am today. Today, I am the director of a non-profit called My Brother’s Keeper in Colorado Springs, CO. My wife and I have a men’s sober living home downtown. Men come there to clean themselves up and become productive citizens again. I’ve seen change happen. I’ve seen fathers get their sons back, and son’s get their fathers back. I’ve seen miracles happen when addiction yields to God’s will. And it all starts with a picture in the paper. Hopeful. That is what I see when I see the many faces that fill the paper week, after week. I see hope of change. (Special thanks to the officers of the Polk County Sheriff’s Dept. and the City Police) Shayne McDonald Director: My Brother’s Keeper  360-3847 Mybrotherskeepsoberliving.com
From Saudi Arabia
Thanks for your news. It has always been welcomed as I am in Saudi Arabia and it keeps me up to date. I shall be home soon and hope to meet you.
Thank you for being a reader, and be careful over there. - Editor
Umm no! It's ridiculous, It's legal theft. Take them to jail. Not take to jail, steal money and car... it's RIDICULOUS, willie.. I'm impressed you pulled the grateful card on me.. can you explain to me as to what was ungrateful in my previous comment?
You should be grateful that these men and women in blue put their lives on the line EVERYDAY to keep us safe. Do you know what it's like to pull over a suspicious car, filled with thugs and do a vehicle search? You think that's easy? You think these policemen are personally stealing merchandise and money from the thugs? Your initial statement WREAKS of ungrafefulness. - Editor
I just don't agree with the law that allows the arresting agency to basically steal their money and car! It's so ridiculous, but what can you do it's organized crime... it's just not right.. I guess they need all the money they can get even if they have to steal it to keep their officers in brand new top of the line patrol cars. which is a waste of good tax money.. maybe Trump can fix that too..
Ummmm... No. The policemen aren't stealing anything. Their doing their jobs. You SHOULD be grateful for that. - Editor
Our newly elected president Trump has just been sued for fraud. Whats that say for our country. We have just witnesses the biggest con job of modern times.
No, we just dodged the biggest con job in modern times. - Editor
Mr. Barrows, the information being tweeted is from a fake site called "70 News". Sec. Clinton currently stands at 1.3 million votes ahead with well more than another million to be added to her lead as soon as California turns in their additional uncounted votes. Washington state and Utah still have votes to turn in along with Michigan which has not yet been called for either party but with Mr. Trump currently ahead by less than half percent. The senate currently shows a Republican loss of 3 seats (currently @ 51) with Louisiana to vote in the runoff in Dec. They will retain a slight majority. The Republican House only lost 6 seats so they retained a sizeable majority.
Click this link below - Editor
While I hope this is true about the popular vote , I can't find any solid info to back up Judge Jeanine's claim.
The American people, by more than a 2 million vote majority, chose Sec. Clinton as their choice for our next President. Donald Trump managed to get the electoral vote. He has to live with the fact that he was indeed rejected by a majority of the citizens. Sec. Clinton WAS the people's choice. I wouldn't call that being kicked in the teeth, but if calling it that works for you, so be it.
In January the Republicans will have the White House, Control the Senate and Congress. The Supreme Court will also soon have a conservative majority. I'd say the democrats got their teeth kicked in (and it's all because of Donald Trump). - Editor
Recognition of Our Veterans
My son is a veteran and a single dad. Today he went to IHOP in Conroe to enjoy a Veteran's Day meal with my 2-year-ols grandson. When he was seated next to the older couple he was concerned about my grandson disturbing their meal. When the older couple finished eating the lady came over to my son's table and complimented him on his son's manners and behavior. They also paid for my grandson's meal. As soon as he left IHOP, my son called me bursting at the seams with pride that he is raising his son right and that someone was kind enough to compliment him on that. Such a simple thing meant so much to him. The couple is from Livingston, and I hope they will see this and know how much their kindness meant to a single father trying his best to raise a child on his own.
Bullying In Public Schools
As a grandparent of 2 boys that attend public school in Livingston I just want to say that I think that the kids face a total injustice when it comes to bullies in the school system. I have heard of many instances where they have told a teacher or an adult in the school about being bullied only to be told that they are tattling and need to stop. I have had one of the children punched in the stomach by a child 2 grades higher than him and seen nothing done. The situation does not end with the children being bullied by other children. The adults that are there to teach and guide our children are guilty of this as well. The children are grabbed and jerked around. They have these people get right up in their faces hollering at them so loudly other people can hear it in a car with windows rolled up! When asked why nothing is said to the schools I hear the same response; nothing is ever done. The child is made to face the person that they are accusing and then are left to face that person everyday of school after that. I find it hard to believe, and so do they, that the they will not face repercussions for it. If a child or minor has to face someone in a court of law, they have an advocate that is there for them and they aren't made to face that person who they may or may not see in the community after that .Is that the case for a child in school? Do they have an advocate to help them? Or are made to be in the same school for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, with the person they are accusing? The ones they feel they need protection from. If they weren't protected before this how do they feel they will be protected after this! With the rise of our children committing suicide because of being bullied it seems that something should be done. All the campaigns for stopping bullying and yet the children are more afraid to speak up than ever. No I don't have an answer to the problem. I just know that I want to see my grandchildren feeling happy and safe going to school. Safe from the children and the adults that they are required by law to be with daily. I know that children are a handful and a challenge even on a good day. Remember, they are just children. They look for people to look out for them, teach them and guide them. Our children and grandchildren deserve this.
Great to see so many young men and women out enjoying East Texas deer hunting. And a tip to the Goodrich night vision pig hunters - Nice hog. He'll look "hawgzilla" bigger if you scoot even further back!
Suspicious Person in Onalaska
I am unsure if this constitutes as news that can be put on Polk County Today, but I feel I have to try to get the word out to other people. Yesterday morning around 8:45am I was in Onalaska, Texas getting gas from Valero. While I was pumping gas I had one of my children in the car and kept it locked as I was getting gas. There was a dark colored KIA vehicle (black or dark green) that was parked parallel to the gas pumps. I noticed a white male dressed in a dark blue shirt, dark beige colored pants with a bandage on both elbows standing outside the KIA which was next to my vehicle. After a few minutes of me pumping gas and checking my oil, the man walks behind my car and over to me and starts asking me questions. Some of his questions included "This looks like a family car, have kids? Do they enjoy this area, school and everything?" I answered him politely and short. He then asks me more questions about how I enjoy the weather, location, and then hits me with the question of "Do you enjoy being alive? You like living?" The way this gentleman was walking around the back of my car, his stance, and the fact that he could tell I was a woman, possibly with kids in the vehicle and by myself along with these last two questions made me feel extremely threatened. I looked at him, stated yes of course and he shook his head up and down as he walked away from my vehicle and back to his KIA. I immediately stopped pumping gas, got into my car and called the police. I then moved away from the pump I was at, did a sort of uturn and pulled up to another pump so that I could have a better eye on the man. I noticed a few minutes later that a few officers were glancing around the building of the Valero before a police car pulled up behind him. I watched the police officer speak to the man. The man then walked and got something out of his vehicle to hand to the officer and the officer walked back to his vehicle. After a minute or so the officer returned to the man, the two spoke for a couple of minutes and then the officer left. I did not stick around to see if the man in the KIA left. Later that day I went to the police station to ask about what had occurred with the incident. I was told that the man was talked to, he was just trying to make conversation and he was told to not walk up to people and try to have conversations especially asking questions about peoples children. I was told that they know of him, have his information and if it happens again then it will be handled accordingly. I just hope that if it does indeed happen again, that the man truly means no harm. I believe that some type of warning going out to the public would help more individuals to be aware of surroundings like this and what to do in this situation, how to avoid it and so forth.
One question--- due to the Texas law and log trucks who will be responsible for the accident? The accident with a log truck in which 2 people died in Polk county due to a mechanical breakdown on roadside before sunrise was determined to be truck driver's fault. There are hours and length of logs to be considered in these accidents. The photos are really NEWS unfortunately and although I might disagree with you on posting perhaps it might save someone in the future. As Anne Frank wrote-- " there is good in most things." Last but not least it's legal to take such photos from the roadway. Ps Willie just don't start wearing a blonde wig -heels and short tight skirt or we might mistake you for one of the major networks!!!!
Ed, maybe young people need to see these kind of pictures so they can have a sense of reality. Anyway they see more blood and guts on TV than they will ever see on this site.
I'll tell you what I think. I think you shouldn't put such graphic pictures out there for the public to see. This is just a kid. If you need to make some extra money maybe you ought to take on a second job.
Will this man be charged in this accident because it is not daylight at 7:04am.
Just because it's dark outside doesn't mean you wont be charged for striking another vehicle from behind. - Editor
E. Mays, would you happen to know what trolling is? Cuzzz I gotcha.
Chris... he was not hit by that bus, he was "distracted", and he ran into the bus. This is usually what happens in life when we get distracted from the real purpose. When driving, we need to keep our eyes on what we are supposed to be doing. When living our daily lives we need to keep focused on God. Both cars and life come with "Instructions". It is man who does not follow them and bad things happen. I am sorry for the tragedy but maybe this is God's way of telling us, don't get distracted less bad things will consume you. Keep your eyes on the road, both hands on the wheel and your mind on what you are supposed to be doing. This applies to driving and our daily lives. Praying for all.
Someone complained that your pictures showed Rev Sherry's hand. That was a glove from a person on the scene helping, not Rev. Sherry's hand. I was there. All of the pictures you posted were after he was removed.
Please tell me that the one picture is not of Rev. Sherry while he was trapped in his vehicle. You can see a person and a hand and I find this very disturbing. Would be great if it could be removed. Thank you
Ummm... No. No mam. He's not in the car in that picture. - Editor
God works in mysterious ways. I'm sure him being hit by that bus was all part of some grand divine scheme...
Terry and Melvyna Allison
Pastor Jeffrey Sherry was a very smart and compassionate man. I am a better person because of being a part of The Calvery Church family. He spoke life into a dead situation in my life, I will forever be grateful. My prayers are with his Wife, Son/Daughter in law, Daughter & his Parents and Church family. He Loved big! This is a great loss to the Christian world but a fabulous gain for Heaven! U beat us Pastor Jeffery Sherry to Glory, you'll be 1 of the first when the Trumpet sounds...
I for one, Willie, am very much appreciative of this story. Myself, family and friends like to know who the scum of the city is that is pushing drugs, while we are trying to raise our children to the best of our ability. If you don't want to be blasted all over the internet with your dirty deeds, don't do them. Everything comes out in the wash at some point in life. So again, THANK YOU WILLIE!! Keep up the great work!
You're very welcome. Thank you for reading. :) - Editor
Take this down this alone is bad enough of a situation. Further more I do not wish my face or my girlfriends face blasted all over the paper. It is a violation of my rights hers and any other person that is going thru what ever it is they are going thru. Go find some real crooks and get a real story. Here let me give you a couple investigate your self seems as you just know where to pop up. Cat and mouse lol I am a dog now what.
Nobody's rights have been violated. Everything in that story (pictures and everything) was above board and absolutely legal. - Editor
Good day, I have read your story about this person Nikole Jolivet. I don't know her but she has cause a lot of trouble for me the last few months. Two months ago I bought a very expensive car. The car was then stolen in a gated neighborhood in the Houston garden oaks area. Nikole was arrested weeks later for driving the stolen car. After reading about her past history i am fairly confident that she was the one who stole the car. She is currently in Jail for this crime. Not sure why she was release from jail for the previous stolen vehicles. She put over 3000 miles on the vehicle, more than what was on the car when it was stolen. The car was severally abused with damage everywhere, and likely unidentified mechanical problems exist due to the abuse. She also heavily smoked in the car, so much so that I do not feel that they will be able to remove the stench completely. I don’t smoke and I definitely wouldn’t want to get into a car every day that smells like smoke. She appeared to be living in the car, there was food everywhere as well. There was also about $2000 dollar of cloths and other item in the car that were never recovered and that insurance does not cover. The insurance covered about $12,000 in the damage done to the car but does not cover diminished value. The car was in such bad shape that, I do not feel that I can comfortably keep the car, because the reliability and safety of the vehicle has been compromised. I honestly wish the car was never recovered. Regardless I’ve lost about $10,000 in the diminished value of the car and belongings that were in the car when it was stolen and never recovered. That amount of money is hard to stomach, and I really have a hard time accepting that loss. I don't feel that i will ever get any money back from this person Nikole. I just hope that the punishment she receives is great.
Hillary Clinton: Corrupt..Greedy..narcissistic..Self righteous..Spineless..One sided..Twisted..Snake in the grass, lying old HAG!! If Hillary Clinton is elected, our nation is SCREWED..Any normal, God fearing, morally conscience person should know better than to vote for this idiot. A little bit of research and fact checking speaks for itself. Trump may sound like a trouble making, irritated, blabber mouth billionaire during debates, but he isn't a crooked, lying politician. He has admitted his wrongs and stood his ground. He calls that psychopath out in an every day, common person way..I personally like that, and appreciate his "political uncorrectness".. Trump also has a level headed VP nominee to hold him up when he slips..Hillary and her VP are both SLOW PAINFUL DEATHTRAPS FOR THE GREAT US OF A!! Hillary has breached our National Security, and still just writes it off as a mistake..OOPSIE!!..There are many other things that this woman has failed at..She can't straight forward admit her wrong. She's screwed up so many times, she herself has lost count. How can she be trusted to run a country?..
Eloquently stated! ...and I agree! I'd vote for a bloated dead armadillo for president over hillary clinton. - Editor
Sadly these crooks are about to be put back in the White House. There are "makers" and "takers" in this world and the "takers" are now in charge. The government tit sucking crowd, a morally corrupt Democratic Party, the media, Hollywood and disengaged "makers" will once again hand this country over to those who will take us into a third world society.......... We are digging our own graves.
Thank you for sharing this video. I saw the "Hilary's America" movie at the theatre & it is very informative about the Democratic party, Obama & Hilary Clinton. I was surprised & thankful that at the theatre there were not only seniors present, but actually young people as well. At the end of the movie, the entire theatre stood up & cheered. I strongly agree with you Willie that people need to get the DVD & watch it before you vote. America is currently in the hands of greedy crooks & we the people are the only ones that can change it. God Bless America!
The word "offended" is like a national phenomena now days. It's like people are not allowed freedom of speech anymore because it may "offend" someone now. You don't want this guy called a thug then maybe you should take him in and raise him right. He shot at an officer! Not matter his color he acted as a thug. Since when does the word thug describe only those of color and not a behavior. Courtney I can understand your concern for your son growing up in this world but take a step back and realize you are a small part of the problem. Stop addressing issues by color and by actions alone. Keep on doing a great job Willie!
Thank you. - Editor
Courtney, reading your comment on being 'offended' - I can only guess you're related to this 'thug' - You seriously want respect for someone who tried to take out an officer? Totally messed up - Being called a thug is a lot nicer than what I'd call him - black or white!
Observant Livingston And how, pray tell, do you suggest a person, that shoots at police personnel be addressed?
Please, don't believe the "lives matter" hype. Those who commit thuggish acts are thugs. No one said " black thug caught". As for not knowing what happened, it's pretty clear to me that this thug shot at a police officer. I don't think that can be justified, do you?
As a concerned citizen and faithful patron of Polk county today, I find the comment in the article very offensive when the comment was made that the thug was caught...really, not all black people are thugs...nobody know the true story, but the two involved...I'm not justifying it at all because it was definitely wrong for the guy to do...he's human just like everyone else and has a name.. I would think that respect would be appreciated in this for both families involved...I live in corrigan, and in a society where African American men are being killed every week and seems like everyday...I will no longer deal with Polk county today because that was uncalled for...enough is enough...it's sad enough that another Caucasian thought it was hilarious to say he needed to be shot in the head...that really upset me...ALL LIVES MATTER and that was not necessary at all...Willie follows the Bulldogs all last year, but I guess we're not good enough for anymore and I admired him for that...I usually don't do things like this, but all this violence and senseless killing needs to stop...I have an African American son and I worry everyday about him going out in this crazy world, and the THUG comment really offended me...CAN WE ALL GET ALONG AND MEAN IT IN PUBLIC AND AS WELL BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.
The VAST MAJORITY of people killed by police are white. So going by your statements, you should be completely outraged (for white people, since YOU seem to just be looking at color). When blacks are killed, then the leftist propaganda media jumps all over it and slants the truth for the world to see, thus the unnecessary outrage. Secondly, sorry, but I just can't give any respect to a thug that senselessly tries to shoot one of our policemen who's out there protecting us. - Editor