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From the Polk County Office of Emergency Management...
May 19, 2015 1:00p.m.
The Polk County Office of Emergency Management, in coordination with the Trinity River Authority, is monitoring the level of Lake Livingston and the water releases from the Lake Livingston Dam.
State and local preparations are being made to respond should flooding occur. The American Red Cross is also on standby.
At this time, the Polk County Office of Emergency Management has no reports of water over roadways or flooded structures. If you reside in a flood-prone area, please consider making personal preparations should flooding occur.
If you have not registered to receive alerts from our office, please do so by logging onto www.oem.co.polk.tx.us.
ROCKETS FORUM STARTED! Thank you, Ruby Singleton for our first letter about the Rockets! The forum link is now on our menu (top of page).
CRIME STOPPERS PAYS CA$H REWARDS!
The Livingston Police Department is investigating the Felony Theft of brass water fittings which has occurred at a local business in the Livingston area. The pictured vehicle was involved in the theft and was occupied by two white males. If you recognize the vehicle in the photographs or have information of the theft please contact the Livingston Police Department. (Reference LPD Case #15-05-04620).
Callers will remain anonymous and may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information provided leads to an arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.
Lake Livingston Water Level and Water Release at Lake Livingston Dam...
As of Monday morning May 18, 2015, current Lake Livingston level is 132.79 msl (mean sea level) which is 1.79 feet above the normal pool level of 131.00 msl. Release is 55,600 cfs (cubic feet per second, 1 cubic foot of water = 7.48 gallons). This lake level and corresponding release is in response to rainfall within the Trinity River watershed which includes local rainfall along with that from the Dallas, Fort Worth area and up to the headwaters of the river including all tributaries. Releases from the Livingston Dam do not exceed the 24 hour inflow meaning water is not released that would not normally be moving downstream if the dam were not here. This release procedure is designed to mimic nature as closely as possible and accounts for the temporary increase in the lake level while utilizing flowage easement for storage capacity.
Flows of this level have not been recorded on Lake Livingston since October of 2009. Lake level and discharge information is updated on a 24 hour recorded information line at the dam which is 936-365-3922 or on the Trinity River Authority webpage at www.trinityra.org . Residents along the Trinity River should contact their Emergency Management Coordinator in the county they reside in for flood related information.
I Don't Know What's Gonna Happen, But... It sure was fun watching the Houston Rockets easily dispose of the Dallas Mavericks and then come back from a 3 to 1 deficit in a 7 game series against the L.A. Clippers and wreck the Clippers' party. The Clippers' cocky Blake Griffin kinda rubbed the Rockets' fur the wrong way when he seemingly was looking past the Rockets talking about holding the Larry O'Brien Trophy. Yesterday's game was so similar to the Rockets of '94/'95. The Toyota Center was rockin, Clutch City paraphernalia was everywhere the ever present chant from the crowd, "Let's Go Ro-ckets... Let's Go Ro-ckets". James Hardin led all scorers with 31 points and also kicked in 8 assists and 7 rebounds. Eerily similar to the Rockets of old, there was even a back breaking 3 point shot very similar to Mario Elie's Kiss of Death against the Phoenix Suns back in '95. Trevor Ariza took a pass on the far base line and drained a 3 putting the game out of reach for the Clippers. I felt like it was '94/'95 all over again. But there's still tons of work to be done. Now the Rockets have to face the NBA's top ranked Golden State Warriors in another grueling 7 game series with the Warriors having home court advantage. It all starts in Oakland this Tuesday. The game starts at 8 pm our time and will be on ESPN. Let's Go Rockets! Willie P. Openshaw, Editor
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Walmart Repairs Coming Along...
The following is a statement from Walmart Spokesperson, Anne Hatfield:
“With the assistance of contractors and mechanical engineers we have undergone a comprehensive process to identify the plumbing repairs and upgrades the stores will receive. We are now ready to begin requesting some of the initial permits that may be needed to begin demolition for the work required while we finalize the design plans for submittal to the city for review. We still anticipate reopening the stores within the next six months, in time for the holiday season.
“Given the unique circumstances of the temporary closures, we continue to focus on our associates and have added benefits and made a series of policy exceptions, including identifying transfer opportunities for more than half of the associates who have requested to continue working at local area stores, offering severance pay for part-time associates and committing to return associates to the same rate of pay or higher if they are rehired for the same job.
“We continue to thank the community for their patience as we work to give our customers and associates even better stores.”
Ribbon Cutting... Cunningham's Kickapoo Bait & Tackle, ONALASKA, May 15, 2015 - On the afternoon of May 15, 2015, Bill and Wendy Cunningham of Cunningham's Kickapoo Bait & Tackle had their official ribbon cutting/grand opening. Members of the Polk County Chamber of Commerce were on hand as Bill cut the ceremonial ribbon. Cunningham's offers not only an endless supply of fishing bait and tackle, but they also have top of the line rods and reels, outdoor sports clothing, kayaks, and offer a 30 ft. chartered, air conditioned pontoon boat for parties on Lake Livingston (includes a trip to pine island if desired). Additionally, they host fishing tournaments every Thursday and are involved with other fishing tournaments. Stop in and say hello to Wendy and Bill. They're located at 13050 US-190 West (just over the Kickapoo bridge in Onalaska), you can give 'em a call at 936-646-4478.
Bill Cunningham (with wife, Wendy) cuts the ceremonial ribbon (30 ft. pontoon boat visible in background).
Speed Limit on Secnic Loop to Change, LUFKIN, May 14, 2015 - A Texas Transportation Commission Minute Order has been issued establishing a new speed limit on FM 3277 in Polk County.
The speed change is a result of a recent traffic and engineering speed study conducted on the roadway. The speed will change for the entire distance of the road from 55 miles per hour to 50 miles per hour.
The lower speed limit will allow for a better and safer traffic flow. The result of the speed study determined the need to alter the speed limit on FM 3277.
Motorists are advised to be alert to changing speed limits and abide by all traffic control devices on this and all roadways.
The new speed limit will take effect once maintenance crews install the signs.
I remember when I was a child, Memorial day meant we went to a big picnic. There were US Flags everywhere, a parade, and we ate BBQ. It also meant that school was over for the year and Summer was finally here. I don’t think I realized the significance of that day...(CLICK HERE FOR MORE)
On Tuesday May 5, 2015 at approximately 1:45 pm the Livingston Police Department was dispatched to a local retail store in regards to a white male subject attempting to pass counterfeit money and had been dropped off at the store by a blue and white Ford truck. While conducing this investigation another call was received several minutes later from a local convenience store that there was a white male and female attempting to pass counterfeit money to purchase fuel. Upon Officers arrival the suspects had fled the scene in a older model blue and white Ford truck that matched the description at the retail store. The white male suspect was captured on the outside security camera standing beside the truck and the white male female is observed standing at the front counter in the store wearing a pink shirt. The Livingston Police Department is asking for assistance in the identity of these suspects and the whereabouts of the suspect's vehicle. If you have any information on this crime call Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP or the Livingston Police Department 936-327-3117 and ask for Detective Leon Middleton. All callers will remain anonymous and may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information provided leads to an arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.
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CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin Earns Prestigious Stroke Award
LUFKIN, May 2, 2015 - Located deep in the heart of the Stroke Belt, CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin recognizes the desperate need for quality stroke care and improving the lives of our community. For the fourth year in a row, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association awarded CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin with the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke GOLD PLUS Quality Achievement Award for outstanding stroke care (PLEASE CLICK HERE TO KNOW THE SYMPTONS OF A STROKE)
CRIME STOPPERS PAYS CA$H REWARDS!
CORRIGAN POLICE DEPARTMENT NEEDS YOUR HELP: On Monday 4-27-2015 around 8:30 pm Corrigan PD received a 911 transfer from Polk County regarding an “armed robbery” which had just occurred at 303 South Home Street, Corrigan Texas which is better known as the “Family Dollar” store. The caller advised the suspects had entered the store on foot and displayed a black pistol demanding the store money before leaving the store on foot.
Two unknown suspects entered the store first suspect was wearing a RED flat brimmed hat, Dallas Cowboys Hoody, black pants and was carrying a black pistol. He was able to convince the store employees to give him (and the other suspect who was helping him) the cash the store had on hand. The other suspect was described as short, and small, wearing a Red and Blue striped jacket with a “Chicago Bulls” ball cap.
It appeared neither suspect was wearing gloves, so different items they had touched during the robbery was taken as evidence so they could be processed for identifying information. No store customers were inside the store when the robbery occurred due to it being close to closing time for the business.
The actors fled the scene on foot after taking the store cash and several cartons of misc. cigarettes. The store manager is currently processing the store receipts to get a total loss value for the event. The scene was processed and the investigation is on-going at this time. If you or anyone you know may have any information on the identity of the suspects in the pictures below, please contact the Corrigan Police Department at 936-398-2551 or Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP. Your identity will remain anonymous.
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WELL THAT'S ONE WAY TO START YOUR MONDAY... LIVINGSTON, April 27, 2015 - At 4 something am, my wife woke me and stated that her smart phone alerted her of a possible tornado nearby. Sure enough, the house was shaking and all three dogs were in the bed. A window blew out and water started coming in...CLICK HERE FOR MORE
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will be accepting sealed bids on property located in the Canyon Park Subdivision in Onalaska, Texas. The property is located off of Huckleberry to the left of the community center and water office. The property has a building with hang over to the front with a shed and hang over to the left of the shed and has two lots (48 and 49). The property has been maintained and has working utilities.
The bids need to be sent to:
Lt A Lowrie Polk County Sheriff’s Office 1733 N Washington Livingston Tx, 77351
Starting bid for the property and buildings will be $10,000.00. The sealed bids will be opened on June 1st, 2015 at 10:00 am and the winner will be notified at that time.
Accident on 146 Turns Fatal... The Major Accident that occurred on US-146 on February 18, has turned fatal... (CLICK HERE FOR MORE)
Workforce Solutions will host 2 information sessions on Monday, April 20 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm at the Polk County Commerce Center (Angelina College Sub-campus). Representatives from Workforce Solutions, Texas Workforce Commission and Angelina College will be providing information about services available and unemployment insurance. Workforce Solutions will also host a hiring event the same day at the Workforce Solutions office in Livingston. Employers will be onsite ready to accept applications, interview and hire!!
Tribal Police Feeling Pressure from Tribal Council, LIVINGSTON, April 15, 2015 -According to a lawyer representing the Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Texas, the tribe is a sovereign nation. Under the pressure of the tribal council, the tribal police (licensed by the State of Texas) are instructed to run their cases through "Tribal Court" (even though law states that the tribe does not have prosecution authority). As peace officers licensed by the State of Texas, the tribal police officers have been educated and trained to uphold Texas law, but according to some of their police who spoke on the condition of anonymity, they're being pushed by the Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Council to do something entirely different...more
Driver Rolls Vehicle Into Ditch... LIVINGSTON, April 14, 2015 - At approximately 9 pm on April 13, 2015, the driver of a green Pontiac G6 was south-bound on Old Woodville Road (approaching East Church St.). The driver says he was texting when his vehicle veered too far left and struck a guardrail and continued until the angled guardrail forced his car to roll on its side into a ditch. Sergeant Chad Ward, and Officers Jason Thomas and Adam Williford (all with Livingston PD) were dispatched to the scene. The driver wasn't injured but did have an open container of beer in his vehicle. Sergeant Ward performed a field sobriety test and the driver passed. However, he was cited for open container, failure to maintain a single lane of traffic, no insurance and expired registration. His vehicle was recovered by Ken's Towingand will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
The Lowdown on Livingston Walmart Super Center... Walmart did in fact close down on April 13, 2015. Since they were closing sometime shortly after 7 pm, it only stood to reason that they had sales on perishable items like produce and meats. Rumors were swirling...CLICK HERE FOR MORE
Walmart: Rumor Has It... Rumors are swirling fast and furious all over Polk County about our Livingston Walmart Super Center. Some of what we've heard is that they're supposed to close down tonight. We're hearing everything from "It's to kill birds that got in the store" to "Routine maintenance" to "Closed for remodeling until December". Well, we've heard from a credible source that Walmart is supposed to close down tonight at 7 pm and it will be closed indefinitely (meaning, they don't know when they'll reopen). As to why, that has not been released to us. It does seem a little odd seeing how they look like they're about to open an newly installed gas / service station in the parking lot.
When we learn more, we'll post it right here. - Editor
1 Hospitalized in Rollover Accident, LIVINGSTON, April 10, 2015 -At approximately 2:30 pm on April 10, 2015 a green 1999 Nissan Altima driven by Mary Dunbar, 85, of Onalaska, was in the parking lot at South Point at the south end of Pan American Drive. Dunbar attempted to pull across the south-bound side of Pan American but failed to yield to an oncoming...more
Webworms Have Invaded... We've been getting email from folks asking if we know anything about the webworms that have been suddenly popping up everywhere in this part of Texas. To be honest, I've been living in Polk County since 1991 and this is the first time I've seen so many on the scale that we've been seeing them in the last couple of weeks. When I was growing up in East Houston, we had 'em there and they would infest parts of our trees in the yard with their webs. I know that they wont sting (like an asp) and they're totally harmless, but they're mostly just kinda annoying. I've heard that they make good fishing worms. At any rate, I'm no expert on webworms, but if you want to get rid of 'em, here's a website that I found that might help. Good luck! - Editor
SUV T-Bones Pickup, No Injuries... LIVINGSTON, April 4, 2014 - At approximately 4 pm on April 4, 2015 - The driver of a black Ford Expedition was south-bound on South Houston (146) in Livingston. A red Ford F-150 was east-bound on Abbey and attempted to cross Houston but failed to yield to the driver of the Expedition and got t-boned by the Expedition. Officers Kaleb Barker, Tito Reyes, and Sergeant Lewis Milner were dispatched to the scene along with Livingston Volunteer Fire Department. Fortunately, nobody was injured. Investigating Officer, Kaleb Barker cited the driver of the pickup for failure to yield right-of-way from a stop sign. Traffic was partially blocked during investigation and cleanup. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered both vehicles and they'll be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
SENSELESS DEATHS ON THE RISE DUE TO DISTRACTED DRIVING TxDOT launches ‘Talk, Text, Crash’ campaign to help curb deadly trend
With more people dying senselessly on Texas roads due to distracted driving, the Texas Department of Transportation kicks off its annual “Talk, Text, Crash” campaign to urge drivers to give their full attention to the road. TxDOT’s campaign coincides with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April.
“Nearly 1 in 5 traffic crashes in Texas is caused by a distracted driver,” said TxDOT Deputy Executive Director John Barton. “Last year, 468 people were killed because someone took their attention off the road. How important is a fleeting distraction when it could end in the death of someone, perhaps even one of your loved ones?”
Distracted driving-related crashes in Texas are highest among 16- to 24-year-olds. In 2014, there were 100,825 crashes in Texas involving distracted driving — up 6 percent from the previous year.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers using a mobile phone are four times more likely to cause serious injury in a crash. Text messaging is particularly dangerous. New research conducted last year by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute showed it takes a driver double the amount of time to react when they are distracted by text messaging. Additionally, sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s the equivalent of driving the length of a football field while blindfolded.
While mobile phone use is the most recognizable driving distraction, any type of behavior that draws a motorist’s attention away from driving is dangerous. TxDOT urges drivers to refrain from:
Texting or checking email
Eating and drinking
Programming a navigation system or adjusting music
If a distraction absolutely requires immediate attention, TxDOT reminds drivers to pull over to a safe location and come to a complete stop before diverting their attention.
For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.
Hauled Truck Catches Utility Line... LIVINGSTON, March 31, 2015 - At approximately 5 pm on March 31, 2015, a furniture truck from Pedigo Furniture was being hauled by a rollback wrecker from the parking lot of a Shell station off Pan American Drive (South Livingston). As the wrecker (with LakeView Wrecker) was exiting the parking lot onto Pan American, the truck that was being hauled, caught what police described as a sagging cable. The cable (reportedly owned by LivCom Communications) was not properly maintained and was sagging low and not up to regulation height. Sergeant Ronnie Bogany and Kevin Ward were dispatched to the scene along with utility trucks from LivCom Communications to clean up the mess. Nobody was injured. Click here to visit Pedigo Furniture's website!
MY SOAPBOX OF THE DAY Why on Earth Would Someone Do This? As a resident of the City of Livingston, I have to give all credit to the Livingston City Council, Mayor Clarke Evans, and the Staff of this fine town. I believe that Livingston is a very well run town and is kept nicely by its residents and city workers. This town has very affordable electricity, trash pickup, and fresh water (they even provide trash bags). They get involved in community events like Easter Egg Hunts for the Kids, and Relay for Life. The city has nice parks like Pedigo Park and Matthews Park. Speaking of Matthews Park, my wife and I just love the walking track, as do many folks around here. The park is mowed and manicured by the city and is such a nice luxury to have at our convenience. There's also a section with children's playground equipment. That leads into my soapbox today. The city recently (in the last couple of days) installed some new playground equipment for kids. What annoys me is, some goof, some doofus, some Beavis and Butt Head type idiot came along and decided to mark the newly installed kids' equipment with what looks like gang graffiti. Really? A kids playground? In Livingston, Texas? Really? Whoever did this, if you want to be a "gangsta" or whatever, that's your problem, but geez, leave the kids alone. You haven't intimidated anyone. You've just made it public that you're a goof.
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