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CLASSES WILL SOON BEGIN — New Livingston school teachers Miranda Peters (rear) and Mendy Fears help prepare the classrooms at Cedar Grove Elementary for the young students entering school this year. The first day of the 2017-2018 school year for Livingston ISD and Goodrich ISD is Monday, Aug. 21. Big Sandy ISD will start classes on Wednesday, Aug. 23. Onalaska ISD and Leggett ISD will start school on Monday, Aug. 28. Corrigan ISD will begin classes on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

Backyard Bass Program

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CASTING CALL -- Local students received instruction on basic fishing skills during the Backyard Bass Program hosted at Livingston Municipal Library. The program, sponsored by Youth for Better Life, was led by Livingston ISD coaches who gave the students hands-on practice on their casting and catching skills. The library will also complete its “Build a Better World” summer reading program on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 3:30 p.m. with a special puppet show and awards presentation for the top readers. The library’s annual Back to School Fair will be held on Thursday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Basket of Deplora-Bulls" (Photo)

Trump-Inauguration-PartySammy “The Bull” Drake of The Bull Shack hosts an Inauguration watch party at his Livingston coffee shop on Friday, wearing a mask of newly sworn-in President Donald J. Trump. Drake was an avid supporter of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election and is optimistic about the policies of the new President. Special coupons and discounts were given to customers attending the watch party. (ENTERPRISE PHOTO BY ALBERT TREVINO)

LHS senior at inauguration

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Brent Lensing, a senior at Livingston High School, was nominated by his band director, Al Torres, to attend the Presidential Inaugural Leadership Summit as a delegate.

The Summit was held during the inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington D.C.

Students attending the summit were divided into groups of six to discuss topics that will face the next president of the United States. They are working together toward national and global solutions.

While attending the Summit, students will have the opportunity to meet General Colin Powell, all-time leading scorer in international soccer history Abby Wambach, as well as other notable politicians and journalists.

The Summit is designed to empower next generation of leaders by offering them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness history and be inspired by world-renowned speakers. They will also celebrate the inauguration, as well as engage, participate, and be heard in a Summit Showcase that allows the top three student groups to be recognized with awards and scholarships.

Earlier in the week, Lensing said he was looking forward to attending a presidential gala on Saturday at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, where Trump will make an appearance.

Inauguration2INAUGURATION — Brent Lansing, a senior at Livingston High School, poses in a mock up of the Oval Office. Lansing was in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

MannaFest Tour of Homes 2016 (Photos)

LIVINGSTON -- Holiday décor was on display Saturday during the third annual MannaFest Christmas Tour of Homes in Livingston when the public was given access to four homes decked out in their Christmas finery.

Decorated trees, holiday dining room arrangements, bedroom displays and a multitude of decorations were on view.

The 2016 tour featured the homes of Susan and Mike Dabney, Alice and Ken Butler, Leonna and Bill Wiggins and Rachel and Marty Drake. The homeowners decorate and open their homes for viewing for this major fund-raising event for the MannaFest Food Pantry.

During the annual tour, shuttles buses are used to transport the guests from the Central Baptist Church to the homes and back. In addition to visiting the homes, those taking part in the tour also are afforded an opportunity to visit the shopping gallery set up at the church.

Mannafest began in 1999 as a joint outreach effort among several local Christian churches to provide Thanksgiving dinner to those in need.

Since then it has expanded into an established food pantry, becoming a non-profit organization in 2001. The pantry, located at 803 W. Feagin, works to help feed some of the 20 percent of Polk Countians who are at or below the poverty line.

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