Polk County Enterprise (Livingston, Tex.), Vol. 119, No. 92, Ed. 1 Sunday, November 18, 2001 Page: 3 of 36
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POLK COUNTY ENTERPRISE, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18,2001 - PAGE 3A
Staples addresses amendments, gambling in town hall meeting
TOWN HALL MEETING -- State Senator Todd Staples addresses locdritESdunTato^
I hall meeting Thursday in the commissioners’ courtroom of the Polk County Courthouse Staples
j discussed accomplishments of the 77th legislative session and sought ideas from local citizens in
preparation for the 78th session.
City gets the jump on holiday
Christmas is here for the City of
Livingston Parks and Recreation
Department. We are in full swing
with decorations around town and
registration for many of the coining
events. We will start lighting up
the decorations at city hall. Anni-
versary Park, Murphy Memorial
Library and Pedigo Park on
Wednesday, Nov. 21.
We are trying to fill the last few
spots for entertainers at Christmas
on the Square and Christmas in the
Park. Christmas in the Park will be
at Pedigo Park on Dec. 8 from 6-9
p.m. Christmas on the Square is
scheduled for Dec. IS.
Entertainers will be performing at
two locations for the event down-
town. The Trade Days pavilion will
be the site for the entertainment
stage for Christmas in the Park.
Call the parks office at 327-5242
to reserve your time to entertain the
City of Livingston
Parks and Recreation
By LESLIE BOYKIN, superintendent
Parade entries wanted
Many businesses, community
organizations and clubs have signed
up to be in the lighted parade on
Dec. 15, but we still need more.
There is no fee for participating in
this new tradition in Livingston.
The parade will start at Pine Street
and West Church Street at 6 p.m.
The route will take the parade down
Church Street to the downtown area
where we will circle the courthouse
and then*tum north on Washington.
The parade will end behind city hall
to allow all the participants to en-
joy the entertainment, refreshments
and shopping at Christmas on the
Santa will be arriving with the
parade to spend the evening at Miss
Effie’s Cottage. Free pictures will
be available during the evening.
Free registration is also continu-
ing for the Tour of Lights Decorat-
ing Contest. Stop by the parks
office to give us the address of your
decorated home, business or neigh-
Get your registration in for the
fifth annual Jingle Bell Run. Early
registration fee is only $10 for the
T-shirt and bells. The event will be
held on Saturday, Dec. I, at Lion
Call the Parks and Recreation
Department office at 327-5242 for
more information or to become
involved in any of these fun com-
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Clothing • Shoes • Western Wear • Boots • Gifts
LIVINGSTON - State Senator
Todd Staples met Thursday with
local citizens to gather ideas in
preparation for the 78th legislative
Among the topics discussed by
Staples were the statewide teacher
health insurance program, junior
water rights and constitutional
amendments recently approved by
Specifically, Staples spoke with
Polk County residents about the
importance of Proposition 19,
authorizing an addiuonal $2 billion
in general obligation bonds for wa-
"Smaller communities will
greatly benefit from the passage avl
issuance of these bonds. This is a
low cost, high impact method of
financing local water needs,” Sta-
ples said. "Furthermore, this money
will be paid back by the borrowers,
not state taxpayers.”
Staples stressed the importance of
Proposition 7, which authorized
$500 million in bonds for veterans'
housing loans and cemeteries and
Proposition 15, which creates a
state bond fund allowing state
spending on toll roads.
“Clearly, Texas faces infrastruc-
ture challenges. Our population has
previously grown at an enormous
rate due to a healthy economy and
an appealing Texas way of life.’ In
order to continue positive growth
and maintain the environment that
has brought so many to Texas, we
must invest in transportation, edu-
cation and natural resources,” Sta-
He also spoke about rumors re-
garding a possible local casino)
“According to the Texas attorney
general, the operation of a casino in
Texas would be considered illegal as
defined by current state law and
court opinions. If any such casino
opens in Polk County, it would do
so in violation of the law, prompt-
ing law enforcement to address the
issue. I have stated my opposition
to casino gambling in Texas. I
maintain my opposition to casino
gambling in Texas,” Staples said.
Staples also announced his role
in interim studies aimed at securing
rural access to emergency medical
services and studying new and effec-
tive ways to attract and retain state
employees. Staples is also serving
on a Conservative Coalition Task
Force formed to meet state govern-
ment needs during the current
budget crunch without increasing
$ 10th Annual Coupon Boohs Available $
One of the Optimist Club of Livingston’s most popular promotions is returning for the 10th straight year. The
Polk County “Dining & Shopping Spree” Coupon Book is now going on sale. This year's book features $4,000
worth of gift certificates for free merchandise and services, 50% off discounts, and “2 for 1 ” dining, entertain-
ment, fast food, and pizza. Representatives will be contacting area residents by phone in November and De-
cember offering free delivery of the valuable, money-saving book.
rhe 10th Annual book consists of 280 offers valid until December, 2002 from 150 businesses, including 50
great restaurants (110from Polk County, 40 from Lufkin, Huntsville, Conroe, Humble, Houston and Galveston).
It features auto services including oil changes, alignments, lots of beauty services, dry cleaning, clothing cer-
tificates, pet services, and much more! In addition, you’ll receive “2 for 1” movie rentals, amusements for the
whole family, $800 worth of golf green fees, and 90 dinners from some of the area's most popular restaurants
including Golden Corral, El Taquito, Catfish King, Florida’s Kitchen, Friends & Neighbor's, The Shrimp Hut,
Courthouse Whistle Stop Cafe, Out To Lunch Cafe, Pizza Hut, Sonic, KFC and many more! Casa Tomas
(Huntsville), and Red Lobster, Luby's (Lufkin) are also participating with “2 for 1” offers.
In the back of the book, you’ll find “2 for 1” Six Flags Astroworld and Waterworld passes, Guadalupe river
trips, wildlife park admissions, free family portraits and glamour portraits from Hillview National Portrait
Studio and an entire section featuring 50% OFF Galveston hotels and attractions!
Fund raising proceeds will be used by the Optimist Club to help pay for the college scholarship program for
deserving graduating seniors in the Polk County Area. The “Dining & Shopping Spree” book is available for
only $34.95, (senior citizens - only $31.95) which includes delivery. Quantity discounts are available for busi-
nesses and individuals.
To order a book and support this fund-raiser, you may call 936-328-4600 Monday - Friday 9 a m. - 9 p.m.
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White, Barbara. Polk County Enterprise (Livingston, Tex.), Vol. 119, No. 92, Ed. 1 Sunday, November 18, 2001, newspaper, November 18, 2001; Livingston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth790259/m1/3/: accessed January 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Livingston Municipal Library.