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Volunteers make Easter bags for hospice patients

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The youth group from Trinity Lutheran Church in Livingston, along with volunteers from Harbor Hospice made Easter cards and goodie baskets for patients of an inpatient facility in Beaumont.

They delivered special Easter goodie bags and cards. The youth group also learned about hospice service, popped popcorn, baked cookies, organized the travel size donations, brought cases of water downstairs in cafe and nurse' stations and restocked welcome bags.

Hospice volunteer, Douglas Asiala, created a requested Ninja Turtle blanket for a special pediatric patient of Harbor Hospice, Beaumont.

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Volunteer Stephanie Murdock and her niece, Raygen, work to put together special Easter containers for patients and employees of Harbor Hospice of Livingston. Raygen was very helpful and even insisted on vacumming the mess afterwards.

Egg Hunt at Pedigo Park

Pedigo-Park-Egg-Hunt-640pChildren rush to grab their share of thousands of Easter eggs Saturday during the annual Egg Hunt at Pedigo Park.

Highlights from the Trinity-Neches Livestock Show and Rodeo (Updated)

Grand-Champion-Marke640pCompetition in and out of the show ring was hot and heavy last week during the 71st Annual Trinity-Neches Livestock Show. Local 4-H and FFA students exhibited livestock, art and mechanics throughout the week with Shelbi Maxwell of the Onalaska FFA exhibiting the grand champion steer for the third straight year. She is shown Thursday in the show ring with judge Bennie Whitworth.

TNLS-QUEEN-2016-640pAlso on Thursday, the 2016 TNLS Queen was crowned (pictured to the left) at the annual rodeo with Mattie Sheffield (left) of the Livingston FFA receiving the bouquet and gifts from 2015 Queen Paige DeBlasio of the Livingston 4-H.

Reserve-Champion-Marke640pRESERVE GRAND CHAMPION -- Paige DeBlasio of Livingston 4-H was awarded Reserve Grand Champion in the market steer show Thursday. The Trinity-Neches Livestock Show auction was held Friday night.

TNLS-RUNNER-UP640pSamantha Lowe, left, of Big Sandy FFA was named first runner-up in this year's TNLS Queen contest.

Rodeo-National-Anthem640pErica Hagmeyer of Goodrich 4-H and Mattie Sheffield of Livingston FFA display the national and state flags on horseback during the national anthem, which was performed by Samantha Lowe of Big Sandy FFA (not pictured.)

Rodeo-Calf-Riding640pRODEO ACTION -- Thursday’s Trinity-Neches Livestock Show rodeo opened with the calf riding event. Pictured is Paige DeBlasio, TNLS 2015 Queen, coming out of the gate.

Washer-Pitching-Youth-GrandYOUTH CHAMPIONS -- Kaden Mueck (left) and Landon Leggett of the Livingston 4-H were awarded grand champion banners in the Trinity-Neches Livestock Show’s washer-pitching tournament’s youth division Monday night.

Washer-Pitching-Adult-GrandADULT CHAMPIONS -- Cody Hopson (left) and Mike Ainsworth of Livingston won grand champion honors in the in the Trinity-Neches Livestock Show’s washer-pitching tournament’s adult division Monday.

Production-Poultry-Judging6Poultry judge Curtis Vader (far right) inspects the large number of entries in the broiler show during the Trinity-Neches Livestock Show.

Broiler-Grand-Champion640pGarret Goodson (second from left) of Livingston FFA was awarded Grand Champion in the broiler show Monday evening during the Trinity-Neches Livestock Show.

Production-Poultry-Grand-64PRODUCTION POULTRY GRAND CHAMPION -- Paige Parker of Livingston FFA (second from left) won the grand champion banner during the production poultry show held as part of the Trinity-Neches Livestock Show.

Halter-Horse-Judging640pLivestock judge Jenny Carlton (far left) looks over the finalists in the horse show held Tuesday morning.

Halter-Horse-Grand-Cha640pHALTER HORSE GRAND CHAMPION -- Landon Sandovall of Livingston 4-H won the grand champion banner in the halter horse show Tuesday morning during the 71st Annual Trinity-Neches Livestock Show.

Rabbit-Judging640pRabbit judge Hank Darden inspects each entry in the meat pen show Tuesday during the Trinity-Neches Livestock Show.

Rabbit-Grand-Champion640pSeth Johnson (left) of Livingston 4-H was awarded Grand Champion in the meat pen rabbit show Tuesday during the Trinity-Neches Livestock Show.

Off to the races at Pine Wood Derby

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Pine-Wood-Derby-1-640pAs part of the Spring Break activities last week, the Youth for Better Life organization hosted Pine Wood Derby Races at the Livingston Municipal Library. The youngsters constructed their race cars earlier in the week and gathered Friday to race them. Pictured are three cars lined up at the start of the inclined track and a trio of racers cross the electronic finish line which displays the order in which they completed the run.

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Pine-wood-derby-1-1-640pYoungsters were hard at work Tuesday making and decorating their wooden car entries for the first Pine Wood Derby races held on Friday.

Local artisans at Escapees Arts and Crafts Fair

art-crafts-fair-1-640pRay Epps, known as the “TexasAussie Woodcrafter,” proudly displays his variety of handcrafted tableware made of local and imported hardwood. He was among the local artists who exhibited their creations during Saturday’s event at the Escapees Activity Center.

art-crafts-fair-2-640pEach piece in this large jewelry collection has a unique theme to fit all kinds of personalities. The handcrafted jewelry is made by Shannon Clausen of Shannon’s Shenanigans and was for sale during the exhibition and sale hosted Saturday at the Escapees Activity Center near Livingston.

art-crafts-fair-3-640pThese “rainbow lamps” are cut freehand from recycled tin cans using welding torch by artisan James “Leslie” Dawley of Aloe Tinnery. They were among the unique crafts and decorative pieces on display and for sale during an event held Saturday at the Escapees Activity Center near Livingston.

Volunteers ‘rise up’ for community

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LIVINGSTON - Local churches are once again joining together for a weekend of service to Polk County on April 30 and May 1.

“Our churches believe that the problems we face in our community are too great for any one congregation to address by themselves,” said Kevan Wood, event coordinator. “But if we come together and serve on behalf of our great God, then we believe we will see God do something only He can do.”

The “Rise Up” weekend of service began in 2013 as a ministry of First Baptist Church. The event quickly grew from 300 participants the first year to over 1,000 and seven churches last year. There are already 12 churches committed to participate this year with the hopes that more will join.

“We know that all of our churches in the county serve throughout the year. This weekend isn’t designed to take away from anything we are all doing already,” Wood said.

“But this weekend was born out of a simple question: What if the people of God came together and focused on the same thing at the same time? What could God do in Polk County if our community was able to see first-hand the unity we feel as the body of Christ?”

Service projects have benefited the City of Livingston, several local school districts and many elderly in Polk County. The projects have included people of all ages and any skill or activity level. The group is also open to projects suggested by the community.

“You don’t have to be anything but willing to serve,” said Wood. “There will be something for everyone.”

Individuals and churches wishing more information on joining the “Rise Up” weekend of service or those who would like to suggest a project are asked to contact Wood at 936-327-4417 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rise-Up-volunteers-640pVOLUNTEERS – A group of young volunteers paint a building during a previous “Rise Up” weekend of service. Once again this year, volunteers of all ages will gather on April 30-May 1 to perform service work benefiting the community, the elderly and others.