Summer fruit vendor at Matthews Park

Mexican-Fruit-VendorHumberto Espinoza of Goodrich shows off the large papayas and watermelons he sells from the back of his yellow storage truck each Thursday afternoon at Matthews Street Park. In addition to the variety of fruits, Espinoza keeps a selection of Mexican sweet breads, soft drinks and frozen treats that are popular refreshments during the summer.

Babin offers assistance with federal agencies

LIVINGSTON – Those who are having problems with federal agencies are invited to seek help from U.S. Rep. Brian Babin's office during a Constituent Services Day set from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at the Livingston Municipal Library, 707 N. Tyler.

Staff members from Babin’s office will be on hand to assist local residents with any issue involving federal agencies.

“We have been able to help hundreds of constituents address concerns with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Medicare, the IRS, FEMA, the Small Business Administration and other federal agencies,” Babin said.

He noted that because his district includes nine counties, he is unable to have a district office in each county.

“What we are able to do is bring our staff to you and your community – and this is what we will be doing in the coming weeks. While I will not be at this meeting, my staff will be there to help an assist you with your case.”

48th Annual Alabama-Coushatta Powwow

Mens-Traditional-DancersRepresentatives from tribes across the nation took part in the competition held Friday and Saturday at the reservation east of Livingston. The event was moved under the A-C Veterans Pavilion this year due to the wet weather. Pictured are Traditional dancers in the adult men’s division raise their sticks during Saturday’s competition at the 48th Annual Alabama-Coushatta Powwow.







Traditional dancers in the adult men’s division raise their sticks during Saturday’s competition at the 48th Annual Alabama-Coushatta Powwow.

Family Fun Day at Pedigo Park

mini-bowlingLocal children, including students from the Livingston Montessori School, stayed active during Family Fun Day hosted at the Pedigo Park Trade Days Pavilion on Tuesday. In addition to the fun mini-games, staff from the Livingston ISD Athletic Department helped train the young participates in different outdoor sports activities like soccer and batting practice. The event was sponsored by Livingston Municipal Library as part of its sports-themed summer reading program, “On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!”.



Livingston Community Band's Freedom Concert (Photo)

Freedom-ConcertChoir Director Nate Shockey assists with conducting the Livingston Community Band during its Freedom Concert held Monday at First United Methodist Church. The band, led by director Gerald Fagan (not pictured,) was also joined by the First United Methodist Church Choir. The event was held to honor veterans and active-duty military personnel for their service.

County students earn AC degrees, certificates

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LUFKIN – Almost 50 Polk County students were among the nearly 700 who received degrees and/or certifications from Angelina College.

Following is the list divided by hometown of record and including the appropriate degree and/or certification. AAS represents an Associate of Applied Science degree and AA represents an Associate of Arts degree.


Regina Brown, AAS, Human Services-Case Management Specialty and Cert., Human Services; Martin Chavez, AAS, Management Development; Lori DeJesus, AA, General Curriculum; Monique Delarosa, AAS, Registered Nurse, Cert. 2, Vocational Nursing-MEEP; L. Felipe, Cert. 1, Human Services; Jorge Gomez, Cert., EMT-Renewable Energy, Cert. 1, Electrical Specialty; Gabriela Gonzalez, Cert. 1, Pharmacy Technology; Yarisa Lopez, AAS, Human Services-Case Management and Cert., Human Services; Jennifer Lucas, AAS, Child and Family Development, Cert. 1, Child and Family Development; William Maxey, Cert. 1, Diesel Technology; and Gilberto Rojo, AAS, EMT-Electrical Specialty.


Leta Pixley, Cert., Surgical Technology; and Joshua Sanders, AAS, Registered Nurse.


Tristan Adams, AAS, Criminal Justice, Cert. 1, Criminal Justice Core; Shawnna Agate, Cert., Real Estate Salesman; Teresa Battise, AAS, Legal Assistant-Paralegal; Hannah Cain, AAS, Respiratory Care; Amy Chism, AAS, Registered Nurse; Daniel DeGraw, AAS, General Business; Lamika Gilkey, Cert. 2, Vocational Nurse; Emerald Green, AAS, Registered Nurse; Misty Griffin, AAS, Human Services-Case Management Specialty, Cert. 1, Human Services; Jacqulyn Grimm, AAS, Registered Nurse; Travis Hendrix, Cert. 1, Diesel Technology; Stephanie Jordan, AAS, Legal Assistant-Paralegal; Andrew Kight, AAS, Criminal Justice; Ryan Lonergan II, AAS, Registered Nurse, Cert. 2, Vocational Nursing-MEEP; Cabrena Lunsford, AAS, Management Development; Kristy McClain, AAS, Design and Applied Arts; Tatyana Nickson, Cert. 2, Vocational Nurse; Tanya Odom, Cert. 2, Vocational Nurse; Eva Pecoraro Girod, AAS, General Business; Dana Placker, AAS, Registered Nurse; ChiAnne Puckett, Cert., Surgical Technology; Cecilia Ramirez, Cert. 2, Vocational Nurse; Taylor Scott, AS, General Curriculum; Rebecca Stembridge, AAS, Registered Nurse, Cert. 2, Vocational Nursing-MEEP; Keri Tippie, Cert. 1, Real Estate Salesman; Jessica Williams, AAS, Registered Nurse, Cert. 2, Vocational Nursing-MEEP; and Haden Steagall, Cert. 1, Diesel Technology.


Emily Cook, Cert. 1, Drafting and Design; Shelbie Courvelle, AAS, Diagnostic Medical Sonography; Edgar Damian, AAS, EMT-Fluid Power Specialty; Gerardo Guerrero, AAS, Management Development; Katrena Martin, AS, Business-Leading to BBA; and Allen Poage, Jr., Cert. 1, Diesel Technology.