Polk County Enterprise (Livingston, Tex.), Vol. 119, No. 92, Ed. 1 Sunday, November 18, 2001 Page: 1 of 36
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Gambling opponents gather
KOTO BY EMILY BANKS
OPPOSITION GATHERS -- Fifty people gathered on the steps of the Polk County Courthouse
Thursday night to express their opposition to gambling, specifically a proposed casino at the
Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation. Several local pastors spoke. Shown addressing the
crowd is Glenn Wilkins, who works with the Committee for the Prevention of Gambling
State redistricting decisions still ahead
By EMILY BANKS
LIVINGSTON - Fifty people
gathered on the steps of the Polk
County Courthouse Thursday night
to express their opposition to gam-
bling, specifically a proposed ca-
sino on the Alabama-Coushatta
Coordinated by Kenneth Yar-
brough, an elder with the Living-
ston Church of Christ, and Glenn
Wilkins, who works with the
Committee for the Prevention of
Gambling Expansion, the gathering
gave those interested the opportu-
nity voice the reasons why they are
opposed to gambling.
“I want you to believe in your
heart that you’re doing the right
thing,” Yarbrough said. “You know
that when people are addicted to
gambling, and they will be addicted,
they’ll spend their wife and chil-
dren’s means and they’ll commit
Yarbrough told the crowd about a
telephone call he received that day
Turner's district relatively unscathed
LIVINGSTON - Polk County
will continue to be part of Con-
gressional • District 2, now repre-
sented in Washington by Con-
gressman Jim Turner, under a redis-
tricting plan approved by a panel of
three federal judges Wednesday.
While there is still a chain* the
ruling could be appealed to the U.S.
Supreme Court, suite election offi-
cials indicate the map approved
Wednesday will likely be used for
the 2002 elections.
Turner's district remains rela-
tively intact under the plat with
only Shelby "County srorang to
another district, District 1.
The state picked up two new
U.S. representative districts through
population increases reflected in the
2000 census. One of the new dis-
tricts, District 31, stretches from
northwestern Harris County across
Walter, Austin, Washington, Bra-
zos, Burleson, Lee and Bastrop
counties into Williamson County
Big Sandy supports Hendrix
DALLARDSVILLE -- During its
regular meeting Monday, the Board
of Trustees of the Big Sandy Inde-
pendent School District cast its
684-vote entitlement for Sally Hen-
drix, the board’s representative on
the Polk Central Appraisal District
Board of Directors.
The bogid held a public hearing
on the Academic Excellence Indica-
tor System report.
The 2001-2002 district improve-
ment plan - submitted by the site-
based decision-making committee -
was approved by the board.
The board discussed the fact that a
TAAS administration date waiver
was granted by the Texas Education
Agency. The district had requested
the waiver due to a conflict in dates
with the TAAS test and the Na-
tional School Renaissance Confer-
ence in San Antonio in which the
facility will be participating Feb.
16-19. As a result of the waiver
being granted, the TAAS test will
be administered the week after Feb.
Having previously discussed im-
plementing a policy for three-year
high school graduates, the boaid
reviewed several examples presented
by the Texas Association of School
Boards arid authorized Superinten-
dent Darrell Myers to present one
for recommendation at next
Banks, post offices and gov-
ernment offices will be closed
Thursday for Thanksgiving.
Polk County government of-
fices, including those in the
courthouse and subcourthouses,
will be closed both Thursday and
City of Livingston offices will
also be closed on Thursday and
Friday. There will be no curbside
garbage collection in the city on
Thursday, but the regular pickup
Schedule will resume on Friday.
The Polk County Enterprise
business office will also be
closed on Thursday.
In conjunction with compliance
with Governmental Accounting
Standards Board Statement No. 34,
the board approved the employment
of RCI Technologies, the same
firm that handles the district's rec-
ords management system.
In an update on the baseball and
softball fields, the board learned that
a water well is currently being
drilled for the sprinkler system and
will also serve as a backup system.
In addition, the sprinkler system is
currently being installed.
Proposals for an audio system for
the board room were reviewed, but
no action was taken.
Although the board was to re-
ceive the 2000-2001 annual audit
report from Sauls & Pechacek, the
report was not ready in time for
Monday’s meeting. As a result, it
will be presented at the December
The board entered into an execu-
tive session, but no action was
taken upon return to open session.
Superintendent Darrell Myers re-
ported that the district has been
notified that it is a model district
with the School Renaissance Pro-
LEGGETT - The Board of Trus-
tees of the Leggett Independent
School District approved Blue
Cross/Blue Shield as insurance car-
rier for the district employees for
the 2001-2002 school year and also
approved the school’s contribution
during its regular meeting Thurs-
Two upcoming overnight trips
were approved - the boys basket-
ball team traveling to Brookshire
for the Brookshire Royal basketball
tournament Dec. 6-8
Galveston for the
O’Connell tournament ]
The board approved the audit re-
port for the 2000-2001 school year
as presented by Sauls 6 Pechacek
and approved employment of the
firm to conduct the 2001-2002
See GAS pg. 2A
Myers also repotted that current
tax collections are at 98.87 percent.
Following a discussion, the board
authorized the site-based decision-
making committee to begin look-
ing at needs assessment as to the
state of the buildings in the district.
Regarding the transportation re-
port, Myers apprised the board that
installation of a fence around the
bus barn is completed and the buses
have been moved inside the fence.
Other business included approval
of the expenditures for October and
the minutes of the previous meet-
north of Austin. The other new
district, District 32, is in the
northwest section of Dallas
Under the new plan. Turner’s dis-
trict includes Polk, Tyler, part of
Montgomery, C erokee, Houston.
Angelina, Trinity, part of Nacogdo-
ches, San Augustine, Sabine, Jas-
per, Newton, Orange, Hardin, Lib-
erty, San Jacinto, Walker and
The same three-judge panel -
Republican Patrick Higginbotham
of the 5th Circuit Court of Ap-
peals, and Democrats John T. Wad
and John Hannah Jr., both U.S.
district judges in Tyler - will be
ruling on State Senate and House
districts, with a decision possibly
coming this month.
On Friday, the U.S. Justice De-
partment rejected the state House
redistricting plan that was adopted
by the Legislative Redistricting
Board in July. Friday's action
means there will be no official state
plan before the three-judge panel,
increasing the likelihood that the
judges will formulate their own
from a woman in Houston, express-
ing her opposition to his speaking
out against gambling.
He said she asked him if he was
Baptist and he said no, then she
asked him if he was Church of
Christ and he told her it was none
of her business. He said when he
asked the woman what his religion
had to do with it, she replied that
it’s the “holy rollers" who oppose
Yarbrough said he then asked her,
“Well do you consider yourself a
“It doesn’t really matter to me
what your religious persuasion is,”
Brother Frank Hood, pastor of Soda
Baptist Church, said as he thanked
everyone for coming.
“I’m here because I’m interested
in the moral climate of our com-
munity and I think a casino will
bring about moral decay," Hood
said, adding, however, “It’s not our
battle, but the battle of the Lord.
“This is one way a community of
people can stand together,” Hood
said. “Another way is to contact our
legislators. They listen more
closely than we realize."
“It’s wonderful to come together
in unity,” Pastor Don Dye of
Christ Community Church said.
“The great thing God gave us is the
right to choose, because what one
generation tolerates, the next gen-
“If you trust in God, you don’t
leave things to chance and gam-
bling isjjased on chance,” Dye said.
Elmer Moore, pastor of the
Northside Church of Christ, com-
pared the issue to a hole in a dike.
“At the outset, it doesn't look bad
But where does it stop?
“I think it would be bad for Polk
County. I think it would be bad for
Livingston. 1 want you to ask
yourself what good could come of
it,” Moore said.
Although Lindell Mitchell, pas-
tor of the Livingston Church of
Christ, was unable to attend due to
being out of the country, it’s no
secret the role he has played in the
opposition efforts. Yarbrough made
available to those interested copies
of an article Mitchell wrote entitled,
“More on Why Gambling is Bad ”
Hood commented that he appreci-
ates the effort Mitchell has made by
stepping out in front regarding the
“It’s something we need to keep
an eye on,” Wilkins said. "The
moral law is to stand up for what is
Commenting on the people he
deals with working with those on
death row as well as the general
population, Ray Harrison, a prison
minister for the Church of Christ,
said, “Most are there for drugs and
alcohol. A casino would bring in
more drugs and alcohol.
“People get addicted tg gambling,
then resort to selling drugs to get
the money to feed their addiction,"
Harrison said. “This is just bring-
See TRIBE pg. 2A
Roofing issues among
items on USD agenda
LIVINGSTON - Approval of the
2000-2001 audit; a construction
update, including a report on roof-
ing issues; and acceptance of
cash/personal property donations are
among the items on the agenda for
Monday’s regular meeting of the
Livingston Independent School
District Board of Trustees.
Student and staff recognition will
include a presentation by Commu-
nications Director Gregg Faith.
There will be an opportunity for
citizen comments near the top of
The board will also consider ap-
proval of a textbook committee,
budget amendments, a bid on asbes-
tos removal, an interlocal agree-
ment with the county, the sale of
delinquent tax properties and student
overnight trip requests.
A tuition issue will also be con-
Superintendent Janet Morris is
scheduled to report on assessment
of board/supenntendent team per-
formance and present campus police
and Central Appraisal District re-
Trustees will go into closed ses-
sion to discuss resignations ami
hiring of professional and auxiliary
personnel and hiring of substitute
Monday’s meeting will begin at
6 p.m. in the LISD Administration
Office, 1412 Hwy. 146 South.
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DRESSED IN HOLIDAY STYLE - City of Livingston Electric Department employees put up garland at the intersection of Church
and Washington streets. They have also placed 73 Christmas trees on utility poles around die city and put up the big lighted
Christinas tree at die intersection of U.S. 190 and the U.S. 59 Bypass.
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