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Timpson ISD Bear Update


TMS News – “Timpson Middle School is off to a great start for the 2017-2018 school year”, says TMS Principal Calvin Smith.

• Attendance this year has increased to 152 students.

• For the first time middle school students are taking high school credit classes.  Four students are taking computer application.  Seven students are taking Algebra I.  Twenty three students are taking a freshman agriculture class.

• Along with Timpson High School and Timpson Elementary School, the middle school will have a STEM open house October 12, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for parents and community to see STEM projects that students have created.  STEM is an acronym for Science Technology Engineering and Math.  Some of the projects students are on for the STEM open house are coding, bridge building, geo-domes and field irrigation.  Students are currently working and learning in the STEM areas of civil engineering, mechanical engineering and technology.

• Principal Smith also encourages everyone to come out and support the middle school Bear football team and Lady Bear volleyball teams this fall.

Lady Bear Cross Country News - The TLB Cross Country team competed at the West Sabine Invitational Wednesday. Once again the Lady Bears finished as Meet Champions by over 30 points! Congrats to Sadie Ramsey 6th, Jaycee Campbell 8th, Ashton Harris 12th, Harlie Ware 14th, Kamryn Courtney 22nd, Sara Duke 44th, and Laiton Braddock 52nd. There were over 90 participants in the meet. Congratulations again the Lady Bears!

Volleyball Team Update - The Timpson JH Lady Bear volleyball teams competed against  Shelbyville on Monday. The 7th grade defeated Shelbyville 2-0, the 8th grade won 2-1, and the Lady Bear Gold team lost to Shelbyville 2-0. Great Job JH Lady Bears!

The HS TLB Volleyball team traveled to Leverett’s Chapel Tuesday night. The Varsity team beat LC 3-1. The Lady Bears are now 18-6 on the season and 4-0 in district. Congrats Lady Bears!

Timpson Independent School District
PO Drawer 370
Timpson, TX 75975
www.timpsonisd.com

 

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Panola College Students Receive Scholarship from ETGPA


On Tuesday, September 19, the East Texas Gas Producers Association (ETGPA) presented Shana Smith and Brent Barreraz, Panola College Petroleum Technology students with a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants were required to be enrolled in the Panola College School of Energy program, have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA and submit an essay answering the questions, why they want to obtain a Petroleum Technology degree and where did they see themselves in five years.

 
 
 
 
“We are proud to partner with ETGPA and appreciate their support of our students and our program,” stated Daniel Hall, Panola College School of Energy Chair.
 
Pictured L to R: Daniel Hall, Shana Smith, Brent Barreraz, and Daniel Davis, President of ETGPA.

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Nacogdoches Police Activity Report - Week of 09/18/17


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Joaquin ISD - Board Minutes from September 18th Meeting


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Senior Parent Meeting - Joaquin ISD


There will be a Senior Parent Meeting for JHS students on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the JHS auditorium.

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Beef Cattle Seminar


Shelby County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office is hosting a  Beef Cattle Seminar, Monday, September 25th, 2017 starting at 6:00PM.  
 
As we leave summer and enter fall producers often ask, “What’s the best breed of bull?”  Dr. Jason Cleere, Beef Cattle Specialist, from Texas A&M will be the featured speaker.  Dr. Cleere will be discussing bull selection utilizing different methods to make the best choice for your operation including EPD’s, terminal vs. maternal, phenotype (the way the bull looks) and cost.  He will also discuss how blending these selection criteria can aid you in your purchasing process.
 
Feeding our cows is also a hot topic going into winter.  We have been blessed with moisture most of the summer and our cows are in great shape.  Dr. Cleere will be discussing feeding strategies and how to provide the proper nutrition for your cattle and keep it as cost effective as possible.   The program will provide 1.5 Beef Quality Assurance CEU hours and will be held at the new Shelby County Extension office located at 266 Nacogdoches St., Center, TX 75935.
 
Link Charolais will be sponsoring the program, meal and providing some excellent door prizes.  The pre-registration cost is $10.00 and registration at the door is $20.00.  You can go to our facebook page by searching for Shelby Extension Agriculture Natural Resources to receive information regarding this program, agriculture news and other upcoming programs.
  
Please RSVP with payment by September 20th, 2017 to our office.
 

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Cooking Well with Diabetes Education Classes


Diabetes is a growing issue in America that is affecting more and more people every day.  Living as a diabetic can be challenging and confusing.  Trying to figure out what you can and cannot eat can present a challenge when you are not sure of the true facts regarding diabetes.  To help educate the Shelby County community this topic, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in conjunction with sponsor Nacogdoches Medical Center will present Cooking Well with Diabetes classes.
 
This class will be presented October 13, 2107 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Templo Principe de paz, 398 State Hwy 7 West, Center, Texas.  The program will be presented in Spanish and English.  Topics will include recognizing carbohydrates in recipes and using sweeteners effectively, making recipes with fat better, reducing sodium and increasing fiber, and special event recipes that are healthy and delicious.  These interactive classes will include research based information, delicious diabetes friendly recipes demonstrations and tastings, lunch, and drawings for various door prizes.  
 
For more information or to RSVP for the class, contact the Shelby County Extension office at 936-598-7744 or email Jheri-Lynn McSwain, CEA-FCS at jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu.  For information in Spanish, contact Marlene Hernandez at 936-488-9443.  Registration in advance is required to participate in these informative class.
 

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Accredited Food Handler's Training Course to be Offered


The “Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER)” was recently revised and updated in 2015. A major change in the revision now requires all food employees to complete an accredited food handlers training program within 60 days of employment, effective September 2016.

 

A food handlers course accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services is being offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Shelby County. Food Safety: It’s In Your Hands is scheduled for Wednesday, September 27, 2017 starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Extension office meeting room, 266 Nacogdoches Street, Center, Texas 75935.

 

This 2-hour course will now be required for all food service employees to help promote the service of safe food. The certificate is good for 2 years and is valid anywhere in the State of Texas. The course is a basic overview of food safety practices that are necessary to ensure that safe food is served at your establishment. Practices discussed include good personal hygiene, cross contamination, and time and temperature abuse.

 

To register for the course, call the Extension office at 936-598-7744. Registration can also be done in-person the day of the course. The cost is $25 per person and must be paid in full before the course begins. If you have any questions regarding this course, please contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent-Family & Consumer Sciences at 936-598-7744 or jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu.

 

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Anyone needing special assistance at an Extension Program should contact the Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension Office of Shelby County at (936) 598-7744 at least two weeks prior to the program or event.

Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating

 

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2017 Poultry Festival T-Shirts are now Available


The 2017 Poultry Festival tee shirts are available for purchase at the following locations:  All Farmers State Bank locations – Main Branch, Roughrider Branch, Shelbyville Branch and Joaquin Branch; Citizens Bank; Sabine State Bank, The Balcony and The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

 

The 41st East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank, begins with the Opening Ceremonies, sponsored by High Roller Wells, LLC, at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 5 and runs through Saturday, October 7.

 

 

For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email info@shelbycountychamber.com or visit www.shelbycountychamber.com.

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Meeting


 

"Monday, September 25, 2017 - The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting September 25, 2017 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM.  Come join us as we honor our Confederate Ancestors!  

 

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East Texas Poultry Festival Kicks Off Chicken Fajita Lunch Order Deadline Approaching


 

 
 
 
The 41st Annual East Texas Poultry Festival kicks off with the Chicken Fajita Lunch, sponsored by East Texas Poultry Supply, scheduled for Wednesday, September 27 at 11:00 a.m. on the Historic Downtown Center Square.  The deadline to place orders is Friday, September 22.
 
According to Chairman, Bryan Wages, the lunch includes two chicken fajitas, chips, salsa and a drink for $7 per plate and delivery is available for 5 or more advance orders by calling 936-591-9334, faxing order form to 936-598-5032 or emailing sctoday@att.net. 
 
An order form for the Fajita Lunch, as well as other Poultry Festival Events, is available on the Poultry Festival Event page on the Chamber web site, www.shelbycountychamber.com or may be picked up at the Chamber office on the downtown square.
 

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Doo Dah Parade


 

East Texas Poultry Festival Doo Dah Parade Chairman, Marco Pallero, announces Center Tire Company as the 2017 Platinum Parade Sponsor.  The parade will circle the Historic Downtown Center Square, led by the Shelby County Junior Chamber of Commerce, at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27. Pre-registration for this popular event is not required.  Participants are to line up at the Farmers State Bank Drive-Thru at 4:00 p.m. Gold sponsors for the parade are Ihlo Sales and Imports and Professional Title Service.
 
To launch the action-packed day you are invited to enjoy the annual kick-off Chicken Fajita Luncheon sponsored by East Texas Poultry Supply. Orders are now being accepted. Forms are available on the Shelby County Chamber’s festival page at www.shelbycountychamber.com or by calling 598-3682 or emailing info@shelbycountychamber.com by Friday, September 22. The meal includes two fajitas, chips, salsa and a drink for $7 per plate and delivery is available for five or more advance orders.  
 
The Chicken Cooking Contest, Sponsored by Tyson Foods, begins at 5:00 p.m. and is open for participation in three categories, Youth, High School and Adult (age 18 and above).  Participants will be provided with approximately 36 inches of space in a covered presentation area to decorate. Participants are asked to prepare their recipe to create 25-30 sample size servings and bring serving utensils. Participants must be set up before the Doo Dah Parade in order to maintain the time schedule. All participants must have some type of cover for their dish. 
 
Chicken Cooking Contest awards and trophies will be presented in each category with First Place $100, Second Place $50 and Third Place $25.  The public is invited to attend.  Free samples will be offered until they run out of food.
 
 For questions, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.
 

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Shelby County's Got Talent!!!


 

Calling all talent!!  Come participate in the 41st Annual East Texas Poultry Festival’s first ever LOCAL TALENT EGGSTRAVAGANZA!!    Saturday, October 7th, the stage is yours!!  Can you sing, dance, juggle?  Are you a magician?  A ventriloquist? Storyteller?  We would love to showcase your talent!!
 
For More information contact the The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682, or Danny Paul and Sally Windham.
 

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RARE CANNON TO BE FOCUS AT MANSFIELD STATE HISTORIC SITE


 

Visitors to Mansfield State Historic Site can’t miss the iconic cannon on display inside the museum, but how many know of its storied past?  At first glance, it appears to be a standard of its type; but this cannon’s austere outward lines and extreme muzzle flare place it in a category all by itself.

 
At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, discover why the site’s 1861 Ellis & Moore 6-Pounder cannon is one of the rarest Civil War field pieces in existence today. Also discussed will be the full-scale reproduction artillery ammunition chest on display next to the cannon. Visitors will get a rare glimpse inside the chest and learn what was stored in its compartments.
 
Mansfield State Historic Site is located on LA Hwy. 175, three miles south of Mansfield.  Admission is $4 per person ages 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are admitted free.  For more information, call 318.872.1474 or 888.677.6267, or visit www.LaStateParks.com.

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Deadline for Poultry Festival Creative Art Show Entries


 
The East Texas Poultry Festival is just around the corner and entry forms and fees for the Creative Art Show are due to the Extension office no later than Friday, September 22nd.  The actual exhibit is not due until the week of Poultry Festival.  This year, the following creative art divisions will be featured:  
 
Art
Crafts 
Quilts
Canning
Photography
Horticulture
Woodworking
Metal Art
 
Entry forms and a complete set of division rules and guidelines are available from the Extension office and the Chamber of Commerce.  So, get your crochet needle, paint brush, canning jars, plant specimens, camera, sander, sewing machine, and welding torch in gear and plan to enter this fun event and let everyone in Shelby County see your creative talent!
 

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Dr. Johnson Talks to TAGHS


 

One could not drive past the Timpson ISD campus complex this past summer without noticing the renovation and construction projects going on there. In fact, though school has started, the biggest of these projects is still going on, with completion scheduled for mid 2018. Dr. Mid Johnson, TISD Superintendent, spoke to the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society on Sept. 13 to point out the many separate projects underway and how they all fit into TISD's plans for the future.
 
The genesis of much of the change at TISD was the troubling fact, revealed by a demographic study, that while the number of THS grads who entered college was about average, the number who finished college was well below the state average. To make matters worse, Dr. Johnson revealed that “in the last ten years, not one THS graduate identified as disadvantaged has completed a four year degree.”  The centerpiece of the district's construction program, the Collegiate Center, is intended to address that issue.
 
Dr. Johnson maintains that the percentage of THS graduates who finish college will be significantly improved by students' ability to earn college credits through dual credit and advanced placement courses which will be offered in the Collegiate Center, being constructed to the south of the football field. Further, economically disadvantaged students will have the ability to complete college credit courses while still living at home, thereby reducing the expense of attending college. He believes that a student who enters college with most of his or her freshman courses completed is much more likely to continue on to graduation. To ensure the success of the Collegiate Center, TISD has hired faculty members who have experience in setting up and managing a Collegiate Center. Dr. Johnson says that the number of students enrolled in THS could grow from its approximate current 150 students to about 180 as students from surrounding districts are drawn to these programs. The resulting increase in state funding would essentially pay for the Collegiate Center over time. The Collegiate Center will even feature a multi-purpose auditorium with a UIL compliant stage, with the old auditorium remaining in place.
 
The Collegiate Center will also have facilities for vocational programs, with welding slated for some time in the future. TISD vocational programs will also be improved with the new Ag Shop. A new Band Hall is being built and Technology and ISS will move into the old Bus Barn when renovations are completed. A new Bus Barn is under construction at the south end of McLoughlin Street. The elmentary school has received a new floor and ceiling and the elementary playground is being moved to a location behind the old Ag Shop, allowing elementary students to go the the playground without having to cross McLoughlin Street. An impressive new masonry sign with an electronic reader board has been built on the corner of Bear Drive and McLoughlin Street.
 
 
Athletic facilities are also being improved. A new gymnasium is under construction as well as a new softball field. The old gym will remain. 
 
Dr. Johnson said that Timpson holds a special place for him. Although he attended Gary schools, both of his parents are THS alumni and he remembers frequent visits to Timpson while he was growing up, including seeing movies at the Fox Theater. He stated that his children are Timpson Bears, through and through. 
 
TAGHS meets in the Meeting Room of the Timpson Public Library, located on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets, at 2PM on the third Wednesday of each month. The public is invited. 
 

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Fajita Lunch


 

The 41st Annual East Texas Poultry Festival kicks off with the Chicken Fajita Lunch,
sponsored by East Texas Poultry Supply.  
 
It will be held on Wednesday, September 27 at 11:00 a.m. on the Historic Downtown Center Square.
 
The lunch includes two chicken fajitas, chips, salsa and a drink for $7 per plate and delivery is available for 5 or more.  

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Payne & Payne Ribbon Cutting


 

A Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting will be held at Payne & Payne Home N' Suchlike on Friday, September 15 at 11:00 a.m., located at 105 San Augustine Street.  Stop in, shop and welcome Lacie Payne, Owner,  to the Downtown Square in Center.

 
UPDATE PHOTOS:
 

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POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY PHOTOS


 

UPDATE: PHOTOS

 

 

 

 

The United States' National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the
nation on the third Friday of September each year. Americans take the time
to remember those who are or were at one time prisoners of war (POW) and
those who are still missing in action (MIA), as well as their families.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is not a federal public holiday in the
United States but it is a national observance.
 
 
 
Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary
invite the public to their remembrance program Friday, September 15th, 10:00
a.m. at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the History Courthouse in
Center.  The POW/MIA Flag that has flown there 24/7 for the last year will
be retired and a new one hoisted.  
 
 
 
The names of veterans from Shelby County known to have at one time been a
Prisoner of War and those still missing in action will be read.  As always
the public, city and county officials from all over Shelby County are
cordially invited.
 
 
 
More information contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume, 598-2976 or
chief@chiefimaging.com.
 

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Photographic Society Meeting


 

The PWPS will be holding their regular monthly meeting this Saturday, the 16th.  

 

Being held at First United Methodist Church on Porter Street in Center, Tx from 9 a m - 12pm.  The workshop will feature "Using Flash" and the photo challenge will be "Shiny ". This should be an interesting meeting everyone is invited to attend and participate.

 

Also Billie Jones will be accepting the photo entries for the East Texas poultry Festival photography contest during that time. Any questions concerning the meeting or photography entries contact Billie Jones, 936-591-2426.

 

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GOLDEN HARVEST MINISTRIES CLUB MEETING


 

The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday September 18tht,  2017  in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM.   A musical program will be presented by Danny Paul and Sally Windham, two of our favorites.  ALSO, flu shots and  pneumonia shots will be given at no cost to those covered by Medicare Part A and B.  Please remember to bring your Medicare card with you.
 
Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.
 
 
 

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Chicken Cooking Contest


 

Start testing out your Chicken Recipes for the 41st Poultry Festival Cooking Contest sponsored by Tyson Foods. Chicken dishes can be grilled, baked, fried, in a casserole, in a dip – any way you love to cook and eat chicken.  The Chicken Cooking Contest is open for participation in three categories: Youth (ages 8-13), High School Youth (ages 14-17) and Adult (age 18 and above).  Trophies and cash prizes are presented to the winners in each category.  So, crank up the grill, heat up the oven and start searching for unique and delicious chicken recipes or fine tune that family favorite.
 
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and the 41st East Texas Poultry Festival Steering Committee extends a special note of appreciation and gratitude to the Presenting Sponsor Farmers State Bank, and Gold Sponsors City of Center and Tyson Foods.
 
For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email info@shelbycountychamber.com or visit www.shelbycountychamber.com.
 
 

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VFW Teacher of the Year


 

Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary
are now taking nominations for teachers of the year in grade K-5, 6-8 and
9-12.
 
The VFW annually recognizes the nation's top classroom elementary, junior
high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics
regularly and promote America's history and traditions effectively.   The
national award is $1.000.00 to the winner in each grade group, $1000.00 for
each winning teacher's school and an all-expenses paid trip to attend the
VFW National Convention.  There are also cash awards for winners at the
post, district and state levels.
 
Anyone except for themselves or a relative can nominate a teacher.  
 
STEP 1:
In 350 words or less, describe why you feel your nominee is deserving of the
award. Be sure to describe the teacher's innovative teaching and resource
development methods, as well as his or her dedication to education.
 
STEP 2:
Download and complete the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education
 
 
STEP 3:
Submit the nomination form along with your explanation to VFW Post 8904 by October 31,
2017.  Post winning nominees are then required to provide a one-page resume,
up to five pages of documentation of their teaching experience (references,
news articles, etc.) and a head and shoulder photo of themselves.
 
Questions or to obtain a copy of the nomination form contact VFW Post
Quartermaster Larry Hume, 598-2976 or chief@chiefimaging.com
 
 
 

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Food Pantry


 

HUXLEY HELPING HANDS, A LOCAL MISSION GROUP FROM THE HUXLEY COMMUNITY, ARE HOLDING A FOOD PANTRY FOR THE RESIDENTS OF SHELBY COUNTY. IT WILL BE HELD THE THIRD SATURDAY OF SEPTEMBER 2017.  IDENTIFICATION & PROOF OF RESIDENCY WILL BE REQUIRED. ONLY (1) BOX PER HOUSEHOLD WILL BE GIVEN. 
DATE: September 16, 2017
SIGN IN STARTS AT: 9:00 A.M. UNTIL FOOD IS GONE
LOCATION: HILLCREST BAPTIST CHURCH
       901 SOUTHVIEW CIRCLE, CENTER TEXAS
 
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
 
 

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Sassafras Festival


 

 

 

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Center Roughrider Football


 

 

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Mid Johnson to Speak at TAGHS Meeting


 

Central to Timpson's past, present, and future are Timpson's schools. Timpson ISD Superintendent Dr. Mid Johnson will outline some of the changes which are occurring at TISD, including major ongoing renovation and construction projects, when he speaks to the Timpson Area Genealogy and Heritage Society at 2PM on September 13.
 
A native of Gary, Dr. Johnson is beginning his eighth year as TISD Superintendent. His family has deep roots in the area, having owned property near Gary since the days of the Republic of Texas. Middleton Tate Johnson served in the Regulator-Moderator War, the Congress of the Republic of Texas, the Civil War, and was one of the first Texas Rangers. Dr. Johnson recalls coming to Timpson as a boy with his father, who was a farmer and rancher, to conduct business. 
 
“Timpson ISD is a very special place for me and my family” says Dr. Johnson. “We have seen some great times and some tougher times during my residency here. Our school is full of wonderful students and staff. It is most important that schools be filled with people who really care about kids and their futures. I am blessed to be a part of Timpson and Timpson ISD.”
 
TAGHS meets at 2PM on the third Wednesday of each month in the meeting room of the Timpson Public Library, located on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets. The public is always welcome.  
 
 

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YOUTH ESSAY PROGRAM PATRIOT'S PEN


 

Each year the Patriot's Pen program gives students an opportunity to write
essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme.  For 2017 - 18
this theme is "America's Gift to My Generation".  This past year more than
120,000 students participated nationwide with the national winner receiving
$5,000.  The competition is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students
enrolled in public, private or parochial schools or equivalent if
home-schooled.  The essay must be 300-400 typewritten words and the student
must write their own essay.  
 
 
 
Competition begins at the VFW post level and are due by October 31, 2017.
The post winner will receive $100.00 cash and advance to the district level
with first place winning $300.00 cash, second $200.00 and third $100.00.
The district winner advances to the state competition where last year's
winner received $2,000.
 
 
For more information contact VFW Post Quartermaster Larry Hume at 936-598-2976.
 
 

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Duck's Unlimited Banquet Photos


 

The Duck's Unlimited Banquet was held this past Satuday at the Civic Center in Center. Here are a few photos from the event.

 

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Beef Cattle Seminar


 

Shelby County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office is hosting a  Beef Cattle Seminar, Monday, September 25th, 2017 starting at 6:00PM.  
 
As we leave summer and enter fall producers often ask, “What’s the best breed of bull?”  Dr. Jason Cleere, Beef Cattle Specialist, from Texas A&M will be the featured speaker.  Dr. Cleere will be discussing bull selection utilizing different methods to make the best choice for your operation including EPD’s, terminal vs. maternal, phenotype (the way the bull looks) and cost.  He will also discuss how blending these selection criteria can aid you in your purchasing process.
 
Feeding our cows is also a hot topic going into winter.  We have been blessed with moisture most of the summer and our cows are in great shape.  Dr. Cleere will be discussing feeding strategies and how to provide the proper nutrition for your cattle and keep it as cost effective as possible.   The program will provide 1.5 Beef Quality Assurance CEU hours and will be held at the new Shelby County Extension office located at 266 Nacogdoches St., Center, TX 75935.
 
Link Charolais will be sponsoring the program, meal and providing some excellent door prizes.  The pre-registration cost is $10.00 and registration at the door is $20.00.  You can go to our facebook page by searching for Shelby Extension Agriculture Natural Resources to receive information regarding this program, agriculture news and other upcoming programs.
  
Please RSVP with payment by September 20th, 2017 to our office. 
 
 

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FIFTH ANNUAL HAPPENINGS AT SHELBYVILLE HILL PLANS FINALIZED


 
Shelbyville, Texas – September 10, 2017 – Plans for the 6th annual Happenings at Shelbyville Hill Fest on Saturday, October 21, 2017 are now finalized.  Through the help and support of our title Sponsor Farmers State Bank and many other local businessness and residents, our festival will once again be a big success.  Located in Shelbyville, Texas, the festival begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts until 5:00 p.m.  Festival music will feature return engagements by The Blake Brothers Bluegrass Band and new this year is Shreveport band Bucket List, with their mixed rockabilly sounds and local band Zack Mason and the Jars playing popular favorites.  We also welcome back local vocalist Vanita Sims for our opening ceremonies
 
Hosted by Shelbyville Lions Club, this admission-free, family-friendly event held in downtown Shelbyville features something for everyone –Classic Car Show, 42 and washer tournaments, a pumpkin patch and a childrens’s activity area.  Festival-goers can meet and mingle with local talented artisans as they display work ranging from ceramics, wood, leather and metalwork to jewelry, mixed-media art, repurposed furntiure pieces plus much more.  The festival will also include a variety of food booths, an old-fashioned cake walk, various raffles and “guess the weight” of the giant pumpkin! 
 
To learn more about competition entry forms or booth sign ups visit https://www.facebook.com/ShelbyvilleTXLions or email us at Shelbyville.lions@yahoo.com  You can also contact any Shelbyville Lions Club member, or call Carolyn Lamb 936.572.5003, Suzanne Walker 936.591.1655, Ginger Borders at 936-598-1120 or Josh Jones 936-572-1574

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Sam Samford Lodge Scholarships


 

Each year Sam Samford Lodge presents scholarships to two graduating seniors of Center High School. Funds are raised for the scholarships through the sell of raffle tickets. Tickets may be purchased from Lodge members or at our booth at the Poultry Festival. The items are; a Henry Golden Boy 22 riffle, a $500. gift certificate from WalMart, a Rugger 9mm pistol, a Lews rod and real combo and a Bear Cross Bow. The tickets are $20. each or six for a $100 donation.  Winners will be drawn at 6:30 PM on Saturday at the Poultry Festival.

 

The Lodge greatly appreciates your support in our efforts to help the students further their education and reach their goals of becoming successful citizens and contributors to our society. Some of the businesses and individuals who have already joined our efforts are; Borders Poultry Supply, Hardy's Machine Shop, Watson and Sons Funeral Home, Center Tire Co, Automotive Collision Specialist, ACE Hardware, NAPA Auto Parts, R & D Distributing, Monco Motors, Boles Feed, Center Auto Repair, Steel Bulding Supply, Covington Lumber Co, Shelby Savings Bank, Farmer's State Bank, Paul Putska, Danny Foster, James Crelia and Your Name could be next.

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BBQ Fund Raiser


 

The Central Heights- Appleby Volunteer Fire Department will be having their annual BBQ fundraiser on OCT. 1 from 10 AM to 2 PM. The BBQ fundraiser will be located at Central Heights Elementary Cafeteria. 

 
 

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Shelby County Historical Society Meeting


 

The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting September 19, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. Our guest speaker this month will be Colleen Doggett. She will speak to us about the Early Century Ferry Landings on the Sabine River. Everyone is invited to attend.
 
 

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The Friendliest Man in Center, Texas


 

Mr. Marlon Brewer has become a stapple around Center, Texas.  He is often seen walking or riding his bike around town. He is known by some as "Smiley" or "Mr. Smiley".  
 
Mr. Brewer will smile and wave at just about everyone that crosses his path.  He is originally from Houston.  He has worked at several barber shops in our area and currently works for Boyd Adams's barber shop.
 
He lives at the Nazerne Church and he also goes by the nickname "Elvis" because he likes to slick back his hair.  Now you know alittle more about the man behind the smile, Mr. Brewer the Friendliest man in Center, Texas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

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Shelby County Fit


 

Shelby County Fit – AgriLife Extension and Chamber of Commerce Health and Fitness Committee to Kick Off Worksite Wellness and Team and Individual Challenge 
 
On Monday, September 5th, The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Shelby County office and Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Health and Fitness Committee will kick-off registration for individual and team worksite wellness challenge for the county.  The eight-week challenge itself begins on Monday, September 25th.
 
Entering this challenge is easy – just dust off those walking shoes and join in as we “Walk Across Texas” by recruiting a team of up to eight people or sign up as a solo walker and compete with other teams and individuals to see who can walk the most miles over eight weeks from September 25 – November 17, 2017.   The goal is to walk at least 900 miles either as a team or individual (the distance from Center to El Paso) in eight weeks.  You can walk around the park, your neighborhood, at the gym, wherever your feet will take you to meet the goal.  That’s only a little over 16 miles per week or 2.5 miles per day per eight-member team!
Entry fee is a minimum of five cans or other non-perishable food per person to be given to the Shelby County Outreach Ministries food pantry.  The event is open to the public, both adult and youth.  
 
To register your team or as an individual walker stop by the Extension office, 266 Nacogdoches Street, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to pick-up your enrollment packet or contact us to have the packet emailed.  Deadline to register is Friday, September 22nd.  So, form a team of 8, choose your team captain, register your team beginning September 5th, and let’s walk on, Shelby County!
 
Participants will be able to check how their team is doing compared to other teams on the Walk Across Texas website.  To be eligible for prizes, participants must submit verification of physical activity or miles walked on a weekly basis through use of a tracking device or smart phone activity app.  Points can be earned by each participant for the following:  submitting weekly physical activity data, completing the challenge (all 8-weeks), and post survey.  The points can then be redeemed after the challenge for healthy cooking and fitness incentive items.
Start logging your miles beginning Monday, September 25th.  The Don’t Give Up Now event is scheduled on Saturday, October 7th in conjunction with the East Texas Poultry Festival CrossFit 5K Chicken Fun Run/Walk.  We will wrap up the 8-week program on Friday, November 17th.  All winners will be announced on December 1, 2017.  Prizes will be given for the top team walkers, top individual walker, and most unusual team name. 
 
This year we will be featuring a Yoga for Lunch fitness component, in addition to a Taste the Rainbow vegetable and fruit food tasting each Tuesday and Thursday from 12:15 – 12:45 pm at the Extension gym building during the 8-week challenge.
 
Shelby County Fit Walk Across Texas, sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is a fun, flexible, and FREE way to encourage people to exercise.  For more information, call Jheri-Lynn McSwain, CEA-FCH at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Shelby County at 936-598-7744 or email at jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu.
 

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Museum of East Texas


 

LUFKIN: The Museum of East Texas is hosting their annual fundraiser, Dinner and Dancing, on Saturday, September 23 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by CB Entertainment: Modern DJ, of Dallas. 
 
A delicious menu has been created and drink mixers are provided. The event will be inside the Museum. Throughout the evening, silent and live auctions will be held to benefit the Museum. Auction items include original art works, unique parties for children and for adults, fine wines, and many more fantastic treasures. Put on your dancing shoes and join us at the Museum for this fabulous event! Attire is party casual and the event is BYOB. No red wine, please. 
 
The Museum thanks its generous event sponsors, Georgia Pacific, Lufkin Printing Co., Inc., A-1 Party Rentals, Inc., the Lufkin Daily News, Donna’s Floral Designs, and the many dedicated volunteers who will make this special evening memorable for all. 
 
To make your reservation, or for further information, please contact the Museum of East Texas at 936.639.4434, or email Sherry Reinhardt at  HYPERLINK "mailto:sreinhardt@metlufkin.org" sreinhardt@metlufkin.org.
 
About the Museum
 
The Museum of East Texas is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is education through exhibitions of art and history. The Museum is located at 503 N. Second Street, across from the Pitser Garrison Convention Center, near downtown, in Lufkin, Texas. For general information, to schedule a docent-guided tour, become a museum member, or for facility rental information, call (936) 639-4434 or visit our website, metlufkin.org
 
Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Administrative hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is always free.
 
 

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Shelby County 4-H


 

Shelby County 4-H Youth Opportunities
 
When you think of 4-H most think of a youth organization that provides opportunities with the livestock, horses, food, textiles, photography, shooting sports, and leadership, just to name a few.  These projects are some of the banner programs that are offered but 4-H is more than that.  This year, Shelby County 4-H has kicked-off two new projects, Robotics and Archery.  In addition, Shelby County 4-H Club now has a permanent monthly meeting place at the new Extension office located at 266 Nacogdoches Street in Center.
 
September 4-H Club Meeting
 
The monthly club meeting will be held on Monday, September 11th beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Extension office.  This is a fun time for youth and parents to learn more about the different 4-H projects, participate in a learning experience based upon the monthly theme, have exciting recreation activities, and do a make and take art, craft or cooking activity.  
 
The club theme this month is “all about chickens.”  Parents will be provided information on enrolling in 4-H, a new enrollment incentive program for the youth, scholarship opportunities, and learn about the East Texas Poultry Festival broiler show and creative arts show and how their child can participate in this event.  Youth will meet at the gym building and participate in several fun races, including an egg toss and will make a personalized 4-H clover handprint painting.  They will also learn the 4-H pledge and motto and enjoy making new friends.
 
Upcoming Project Meetings
 
The Food project will meet on Saturday, September 9th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Extension office.  At this project meeting, the youth will be learning how to can jams and jellies.  Each child will make a jar of jam to take home.  The Textiles project will meet on the same date from 12:00 to 1:30 pm.  We will be learning to use a sewing machine to create a 4-H throw pillow and how to develop a storyboard to show creative expression.  So, bring a sack lunch and stay for both food and textiles on Saturday, September 9th.  
 
The Robotics project will meet on Sunday, September 10th from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at the Extension gym building.  Come out and learn about constructing a robot from Legos and developing software to make the robot function.
 
Other projects kicking off this month on the 18th include and Livestock (beef, goat, lamb, rabbit) at 5:00 p.m. and Shotgun at 6:00 p.m., both at the Extension office.  Taxidermy will kick-off on Monday, September 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the McGown Farm (call for directions).  Archery, photography, horse, will kick-off in October.
 
Please RSVP by phone to 598-7744 or by email to daphnellovell@ag.tamu.edu if your child will be participating in any of these three project meetings so that we can ensure adequate supplies are available.
 
What is 4-H?
 
Did you know that 4-H is the nation’s largest youth organization? Worldwide, there are over 6 million youth who participate. 4-H is in all 254 Texas counties, in all 50 states and in more than 80 countries. Over 591,000 of Texas young people are involved in 4-H. All you have to do is look at your local level to find young people taking the lead in addressing today’s challenges. In Texas, 4-H is a part of The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, a part of the Texas A&M University System. 4-H takes research-based information from the nation’s land-grant universities to youth in urban, small-town and rural communities. In Texas, 4-H is headquartered on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. 
 
Using the four-leaf clover for its emblem, each leaf carries an H. The four H's on the four-leaf clover stand for head, heart, hands and health. 4-H follows the philosophy of learning by doing. Youth develop life skills through hands-on projects that range from citizenship to expressive arts, communication to foods and nutrition, and leadership to science and technology. 4-H is for youth in grades 3 through 12. Youth can belong to 4-H individually or as members of clubs and groups. They can make new friends, visit new places, go on trips, attend workshops and conferences, host meetings and help their communities. 4-H is where young people explore, learn and discover in a safe environment. In 4-H, youth find their true passions, gain confidence and give back to their community. 
 
A National Positive Youth Development study shows that 4-Hers are nearly 5 times more likely to graduate from college, 4 times more likely to actively contribute to their community. 4-H members are also 3 times more likely to be physically active than non-4-H members and 2 times more likely to pursue a career in science, engineering or computers.  The 4-H program in Texas also is led by 29,996 volunteer 4-H leaders that serve and devote their time and talents to the youth of Texas!   
 
Need more information?
 
For more information on the Texas 4-H program and how you can become involved at the local level, call the Shelby County Extension office at 936-598-7744.  Youth enrolled in 4-H by September 20th will receive a free Shelby County 4-H t-shirt.  
 

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College Station Welcomes Multiple Grammy Winner, Bill Gaither & Gaither Vocal Band


 

On Thursday, September 14, 2017, at Central Baptist Church in College Station, TX, multi-Grammy Award-winner Bill Gaither will host a spectacular evening of music, laughter and encouragement featuring the talent of the prestigious Gaither Vocal Band (pictured in attached jpg).
 
The Gaither Vocal Band will share timeless gospel classics, as well as refreshing, inspiring new favorites embraced by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Few events have the ability unite individuals from all walks of life the way Gaither concerts do. “The longer I live, the more I learn to appreciate the here and now - this moment - this place in life - this group of people with whom I am privileged to collaborate,” states Gaither Vocal Band founder and bass singer, Bill Gaither. 
 
This sentiment has become the theme for the 2017 Gaither fall concert tour, as the Gaither Vocal Band celebrate the release of their brand new recording, We Have This Moment, produced by famed country and gospel music performer and studio musician Gordon Mote. The recording is a musical snapshot of a special season for this lauded quintet, featuring Gaither, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb, Todd Suttles and Reggie Smith, the newest addition to the iconic group.
 
Year after year, Bill Gaither has brought the Homecoming Tour into cities worldwide, performing to packed houses with collective attendance figures exceeding a million people and being ranked among the top concerts for tickets sold worldwide in any music genre during the past two decades.  Each concert showcases gospel music's finest talent and draws new listeners with every city. Joining The Gaither Vocal Band for this special evening will be talented female vocalist, Charlotte Ritchie and powerful male vocalist Gene McDonald, as well as guitarist and comedian, Kevin Williams.
 
Gaither continues to be delighted by audiences' response to the concerts, now more than 40 years after he quit his day job as a teacher: “I've always said it all starts with a great song, and we are  fortunate that each concert includes great songs that have stood the test of time. With all the musical choices that are available now, there is still a special place for the joy and optimism that reside in Gospel music. Good news never gets old.”
 
Named ASCAP's Songwriters of the Century, Bill and Gloria Gaither have written more than 700 popular gospel songs throughout their multi-decade career, including favorite standards “He Touched Me,” Because He Lives,” and “There's Just Something About That Name.” Since 1992, when Gaither began recording the celebrated Homecoming series of DVDs and CDs, most every volume has gone gold or platinum with sales totaling approximately 100 million volumes. The programs appear regularly on television networks around the world.
 
This evening with the Gaither Vocal Band at the Central Baptist Church in College Station, TX, will celebrate timeless themes of faith, unity and eternal hope through a variety of music the whole family will enjoy.  The concert will begin at 7:00pm. Complete information, including ticket pricing, is available by calling 979-776-9977 or visiting www.gaither.com or www.premierproductions.com. To charge tickets by phone, please call 855-484-1991. Group tickets are also available in person at Central Baptist Church Office or online at  www.premierproductions.com.
 

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Beef Cattle Seminar


 

Shelby County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office is hosting a  Beef Cattle Seminar, Monday, September 25th, 2017 starting at 6:00PM.  
 
As we leave summer and enter fall producers often ask, “What’s the best breed of bull?”  Dr. Jason Cleere, Beef Cattle Specialist, from Texas A&M will be the featured speaker.  Dr. Cleere will be discussing bull selection utilizing different methods to make the best choice for your operation including EPD’s, terminal vs. maternal, phenotype (the way the bull looks) and cost.  He will also discuss how blending these selection criteria can aid you in your purchasing process.
 
Feeding our cows is also a hot topic going into winter.  We have been blessed with moisture most of the summer and our cows are in great shape.  Dr. Cleere will be discussing feeding strategies and how to provide the proper nutrition for your cattle and keep it as cost effective as possible.   The program will provide 1.5 Beef Quality Assurance CEU hours and will be held at the new Shelby County Extension office located at 266 Nacogdoches St., Center, TX 75935.
 
Link Charolais will be sponsoring the program, meal and providing some excellent door prizes.  The pre-registration cost is $10.00 and registration at the door is $20.00.  You can go to our facebook page by searching for Shelby Extension Agriculture Natural Resources to receive information regarding this program, agriculture news and other upcoming programs.
  
Please RSVP with payment by September 20th, 2017 to our office.  For more information contact them at 936-598-7744.
 
 
 

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Breakfast Fundraiser


 

 

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Don Wall Coaches Show


 

 

 

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SHELBY COUNTY WORLD WAR I CENTENNIAL


 

This centennial year of World War I, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary are on a quest to account for all
veterans from this county who served; or who served and are not originally
from here but are now buried in the county.  To date we have 781 names and
adding more almost each day.
 
The red "Buddy Poppy" is the official flower of the VFW and represents the
blood shed by Americans in all wars.  The poppy flower is used universally
around the world to represent the same for their countrymen and women.  As
WW I in Europe began in 1914 there have already been many observances and
celebrations in other countries.  The United States entered the war in April
1917 so we have just passed the 100-year mark.  One thing all countries have
in common is the date of the armistice, November 11, 1918 now known in the
United States as Veterans Day.  
 
VFW Post 8904 and the Auxiliary are planning a community wide celebration on
Veterans Day, 2018 which we hope will be embraced by all citizens in our
county.  One of the things we hope to accomplish by then with your help is
the gathering of enough knitted and crocheted poppies to represent all the
names we will collect over the next year.  Finished poppies should be about
5" across. Use any combination of yarn and needles desired to achieve this.
Most patterns call for red yarn with a black or green center.  Also, poppies
may be made with all red yarn and a button, or other embellishment attached
in the center.  With these we hope to make a display at the Historic
Courthouse like (although not as many) the Tower of London.  Donations of
red, green and black yarn will also be accepted and can be dropped off at
Chief Imaging, 614 Tenaha Street, Center as can finished poppies.
 

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CMS Takes Donations


 

CMS Junior Chamber of Commerce and Junior BETA Club have joined forces to adopt a school affected by the storm.  Goodson Middle School, with a population of over 1200, is located in Cypress, Texas.  CMS is planning to collect donations for the students to help in making the beginning of the school year a bit easier.
 
The 'Adopt A School' program was organized through an online Facebook group, Principal Principles, a collaboration of administrators from all over the U. S. including many schools in the Houston and surrounding areas most affected by the hurricane.
 
Goodson Middle School is in need of supplies, including pencils, colored pencils, notebook paper, drawstring backpacks, earbuds, 1" binders, and 3"x5" note cards.  Every little bit will help.
 
Students will begin collecting donations after Labor Day.
 
Sixth graders will turn in their donations to Mrs. Sanford, seventh graders to Mrs. Burns, and eighth graders to Mrs. Andrews.  Community donations can be dropped off at the CMS front office. 
 

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Blood Drive in Center Today Friday 9-1-17


 

 

 

 

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Junk in the Trunk Trade Days


 

Remember Saturday Downtown September 2
Junk in the trunk
Trade days
 
When: First Saturday of each month
Where: Downtown san augustine courthouse square
Time: 10 am-2pm
 
Rules:
-No vehicle larger than a pickup
-Check-in by 9:45
-Rain or shine, no refunds
-all vehicles and merchandise must be removed no later than 3 p.m.
 

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VJ Day Memorial Today - UPDATED


 

The Local VFW will host a VJ DAY Victory over Japan Day memorial today at 10 a.m. at the historic Shelby County courthouse.  As always the public is invited to attend.
 
 

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103rd Church Anniversary Services


 

The Lily of the Valley Church of God in Christ would like to invite everyone to their 103rd Church Anniversary on September 17, 2017 at 3 p.m.
 
The Guest Speaker will be Elder C.L. King Pastor of the Bethel Temple Church of God in Christ.
 
 

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Iraq War Memorial Ceremony


 

 

 

 

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Sports News Football Schedules:


 

The Joaquin JV game scheduled for today 8-31-17 has been cancelled all the games below are still set to happened but that is subject to change at a moments notice so stay tuned for updates.

 

 

In Rider Land
The Center Roughriders will take on the Rusk Eagles Friday in Rusk at 7:30 p.m. it will be broadcast on kdet 930 am.
 
In Tiger Land
The Tenaha Tigers will take on the Joaquin Rams in Tenaha this Friday at 7:30 p.m. it will be broadcast on kqbb 100.5 fm and kxxe 92.5 fm with the legendary Don Wall.
 
In the Bears Den
The Timpson Bears will take on the West Sabine Tiger in Timpson at 7:30 p.m. this Friday.
 
In the Dragon's Lair
The Shelbyville Dragons will take on the Elkhart Elks a home game this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
 
In the Dog House
The Garrison Bulldogs will take on TK Gorman an away game this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
 
Be sure to tune in Tuesday Nights to the Don Wall Coaches show on KQBB 100.5 FM 7 - 9 p.m.

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Shelby County 4-H Recognizes Members and Volunteers


 

At the recent 4-H Kick-off event, Shelby County Extension agents Lane Dunn and Jheri-Lynn McSwain presented youth members with the “I Dare You” award and county-level “Gold Star” award.  The “I Dare You” awards were presented to Wesley Wages of Center 4-H Club, son of Bryan and Dee Wages, and Lance Holloway of Center 4-H Club, son of John Henry and Chelsea Holloway.
 
Wesley is active in the 4-H poultry, goat and heifer projects and has been a member of 4-H for six years.  He has shown livestock at the county-level and at numerous major state shows and placed in these shows.  Wesley also serves as the Shelby County 4-H Club secretary and maintains all A’s in school while staying active in tennis, band, Beta Club and the First Baptist Church youth group.
 
Lance is an active participant in the shooting sports (shotgun and archery), virtual fishing, swine, outdoor challenge and photography projects and has been a 4-H member for six years.  He has competed at county, district and state level contests, winning several awards in all projects in which he has participated.  In addition, Lance placed 2nd at the District Recordbook judging in the Intermediate Division of Shooting Sports.
 
These two young people have shown leadership and a willingness to always help in time of need.  They are both very active in the 4-H program participating in numerous projects and community service activities.
 
The county-level “Gold Star” awards were presented to Loren Vandrovec of Shelbyville 4-H Club, daughter of Bob and Stacey Vandrovec, and Blake Griffin of Center 4-H Club, son of Robert and Melody Griffin.  
 
Loren is an active member in several horse project events, including barrels, poles, drill, stakes race, team penning, ranch sorting, and trail and western riding.  She has also been involved in horse judging and horse quiz bowl.  Over her 8-year membership in 4-H, she has also participated in poultry, food, textiles and photography projects.  She has provided leadership as the president, vice president, and treasurer of the Shelbyville 4-H Club.  Loren is a junior at Shelbyville High School.
 
Blake has been a member of Center 4-H Club for the past 10 years and has been an active participant in showing steers, poultry, shooting sports, and horse projects.  He is currently the vice president of the Shelby County 4-H Club and has been a presenter, demonstrating roping skills for the past two years at Agriculture Education Day.  Blake has shown livestock at county show and has won numerous awards in the horse project at the district and state levels.  He recently earned the title of “Top Hand” in roping, receiving a saddle for this honor.  Blake is a senior at Center High School and plans to pursue a degree in ranch and farm management after graduation.
 
The “Friend of 4-H” award was presented to Hawkeye Hunting Club and its owners Mr. and Mrs. Mark Brueggeman and their son Kevin. Fairly new to Shelby County, they started off by helping the shooting sports project allowing 4-H to utilize their facility for shotgun practices. In addition, they have actively participated in the county livestock show and sale and East Texas Poultry Festival broiler sale by sponsoring several youth projects.
 
Please help us in congratulating and recognizing the efforts of these youth and supporters of Shelby County 4-H.  If you have any questions regarding the 4-H program, feel free to contact us at 936-598-7744.

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Fire Ants Can Float


 

FIRE ANTS - They float in balls on top of the water and rotate with the
Queen on top to keep from drowning. Keep this in mind when the rain is over
and the critters begin to return....
 
In addition to debris (snakes and alligators), Texans escaping Hurricane
Harvey’s floodwaters must watch out for floating balls of fire ants. And
the problem won’t go away after the waters subside.
 
The red imported fire ant evolved in South American floodplains, but has
since taken the southern U.S. by storm—both literally and figuratively. The
species adapted to float, and takes advantage of the habitat created by
floods. So they often arrive and thrive in the wake of human disasters.
 
“The waters recede and the fire ants are the first ones there to grab all
the resources,” says Alex Wild, an entomologist at the University of Texas.
 
When rains first submerge the colony, the ants join together using their
jaws and sticky pads on their legs, according to a study in the Proceedings
of National Academy of Sciences. Clumps form in just about a minute and a
half.
 
Each bunch can contain anywhere from thousands to millions of ants. The
critters at the bottom regularly switch out with the ones on the top, so
(almost) none of the insects stay under long enough to drown. The most
valuable members of the group—like the queen and her newest babies—are
pushed to the top and center for safe keeping, while a few unlucky
individuals get permanently pressed to the edge of the ball by their
neighbors. If one part of the newly mobile colony is disturbed, other ants
will move to fix the gap. These living rafts can stay together for days, or
as long as it takes to reach a tree or dry land.
 
-- Normal ants bite and then spray acid on the new wound, but fire ants are
much worse. They bite, hold on, and inject a venom containing 46 different
proteins, including poisons that sometimes affect the nervous system. They
also have a more brutal attack pattern than many social insects. If you
knock over a beehive, not all the bees will come after you—most colonies
have a few dedicated warriors to protect the clan. When fire ants are
disturbed, however, they all attack. About one in every hundred people will
have a full-body response to the stings, such as an allergic reaction or
even hallucinations.
 

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Food Pantry Cancelled


 

THE HARVEST FOR HOMES PANTRY WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW 8-31-2017 DUE TO WEATHER.
 
PLEASE CALL LATISHA HENDRIX 936-598-6315 EXT 501 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS
 
 

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Joaquin / Tenaha JV Game Cancelled


Due to inclement weather, the Joaquin JV vs Tenaha JV football game scheduled for Thursday (8/31/17) has been cancelled.

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Center Broadcasting Sports Promo


 

 

 

 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

There will be a Joaquin City Council meeting this Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at the Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.

 

Order of Business

 

1. Call to order,establish quorum & welcome guest.

 

2. Budget Discussions.

 

3. Adjourn.

 

 

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $25 Million In Emergency Relief Funds For Texas To Begin Repairs


 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that Secretary Elaine L. Chao has directed Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officials to make $25 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds immediately available to help Texas with repairs on flood-damaged roads and bridges following Hurricane Harvey. The funds were approved for release promptly after Texas’ request.
 
"I have mobilized the Department of Transportation to provide whatever assistance Texas requires to restore the state’s transportation systems," said Secretary Elaine L. Chao. "The funding provided today will help the state to act immediately and represents the beginning of our commitment to help repair Texas’ affected infrastructure.”
The FHWA ER funds help states pay for the costs of needed temporary repairs and facilitates permanent restoration of service in the weeks ahead. The FHWA’s ER program provides funding for highways and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.  The $25 million in Emergency Relief funding will be used to restore emergency access and to initiate the most critical repairs to damaged roadways and bridges in the next few weeks. 
 
The Department will continue to coordinate closely with federal, state, local, and tribal partners to support the local relief and recovery efforts to Hurricane Harvey.
 

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Governor Abbott Announces $25 Million In Federal Funds For TxDOT To Address Disastrous Impacts From Hurricane Harvey


 

AUSTIN  Governor Greg Abbott announced today that The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is receiving $25 million in federal funds to help rehabilitate the states transportation network after Hurricane Harvey waged an unprecedented attack on the Lone Star State. The Federal Highway Administration made the funds available for all counties on the Governor's Disaster Declaration.
 
"The immediate response from thefederal government to the State of Texas has been tremendous,and these funds couldn't come at a better time," said Governor Abbott. "This money will go to use immediately fordebris removal, clean up, and repairs toinfrastructure. There is still a long roadof rebuilding ahead, but this is a great first step and much needed in the hardest hit communities across Texas."
 
The storm made landfall on Aug. 24 as a Category 4 hurricane, flattening structures on the barrier islands at Corpus Christi and slowly moving inland with torrents of rain and tornados. An unprecedented 50 inches of rain have fallen in areas around Houston and the tropical storm continues to creep its way through southeast Texas. 
 
More than 1,500 TxDOT employees have been assessing and addressing the disaster that has affected almost 50 Texas counties. The historic flooding has downed traffic lights, damaged roadway signs and caused highway asphalt to buckle or worse, be swept away in some areas. To date, more than 530 roads remain flooded or closed. As TxDOT faces the enormous challenge to respond and address Harveys path of destruction, agency leaders say the federal funds will help them with everything from debris removal and traffic light replacement to bridge and road repairs.
 
The clean-up after this hurricane will be a huge task, said Tryon Lewis, Texas Transportation Commission Chairman. These funds, quickly provided by the Trump Administration, will help TxDOT to fulfill Governor Abbott's direction to get our highways clear so Texans can get back to their daily lives.
 
I am so grateful that TxDOT will be able to put these needed resources to work immediately for debris removal and road repairs, said Bruce Bugg, Texas Transportation Commissioner. The Trump Administration and Governor Abbott have been aligned and in lock step in helping address this monumental task we all face in the recovery following Hurricane Harvey.
 
 

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Governor Abbott And President Trump Receive Briefing And Give Update On Harvey


 

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today joined President Donald J. Trump in Corpus Christi to meet with local leaders and relief organizationsand receive a detailed briefing on the ongoing recovery effort. In addition to the briefing, Governor Abbott and President Trump were joined by federal, state, and local officials to continue discussion to improve coordination of resources and response efforts.
 
"I want to reassure all Texans impacted by this storm that federal, state, and local officials are working around the clock to respond tothis disaster and ensure the safety ofallthose in the storm's path," said GovernorAbbott."I also want to thank President Trump for his leadership and commitmentin helping the people of Texas recover from this storm.The Texas response tothisunprecedented disaster has been swift and focused, and we are committed tocontinuing our work with allfederal andlocalpartnersfor as long as it takes to help these communities recover."
 
Nobody's ever seen anything like this,and I just want to say that working with the governor and his entire team has been an honor for us, said President Trump. Recovery will be a long and difficult road, and the federal government stands ready, willing and able to support that effort. We've pledged our full support as Texas and Louisiana recover from this devastating and historic storm.
 
Following the visit to Corpus Christi,Governor Abbott and President Trump returned to the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) in Austin to receive an extensive briefingon the current status of the storm and the recovery effort.The Governor and President reaffirmed their number one priority is protecting life and rescuing those in harms way. The President also stated his commitment to doing everything possible to help Texas in the recovery effort.
 
Also in attendance during today's events were Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long, Texas Senator John Cornyn, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Rep. Michael McCaul as well as a number of other federal, state and local officials.
 
 

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Space Center Houston Extends Closure Due to Hurricane Harvey


 

HOUSTON, Aug. 29, 2017 -- Space Center Houston remains closed through Friday, Sept. 1, due to flooding and regional conditions caused by Hurricane Harvey.
 
We are monitoring conditions and will announce Saturday’s operating hours on Friday. Information on reopening will be posted at spacecenter.org (https://www.spacecenter.org) and on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SpaceCenterHouston.
 

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VFW Memorials Update


 

The programs for Thursday (Iraqi Freedom) and Friday (VJ Day) will be held
as scheduled but inside the Historic Courthouse, first floor in case of rain.  
 
Hopefully your spirits are not dampened and we will see you then.
 
 
 

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Sand Bag Locations DeSoto Parish


 

We wanted to inform residents of sand bag locations and other preparations
we're taking ahead of incoming Harvey.
 
Sand bags are available for residents to pick up at the following locations
during the listed times throughout the storm:
 
 
 
*         DeSoto Parish Police Jury Road Department (424 Liberty Lane, Grand
Cane, LA 71032) from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
*         City of Mansfield Maintenance Building (115 Edwards, Mansfield, LA
71052) from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
*         Fire District No. 1 (300 Marshal Road, Logansport, LA 71049) -
available 24 hours per day.
 
 
The DeSoto Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
have been and are currently working with other regional and state officials
regarding Harvey.  We are monitoring updates from the National Weather
Service and the State GOHSEP office.  We have our specialized equipment on
standby and are in a position to be able to request additional assistance
from the State.  The DeSoto Parish Police Jury has declared a State of
Emergency for DeSoto Parish due to the prediction of heavy rains and
possible flooding associated with Harvey.
 
Most predictions currently show between 4" and 8" of rain for our area.
Residents may expect localized flooding, especially in areas prone to
flooding (low lying areas).  We would recommend for residents to prepare of
the loss of electricity and urge you to store flashlights, extra batteries,
canned or non-perishable foods, and plenty of drinking water.

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Harvey Also A Disaster For Hungry School Children


Advocates Call for Monetary Donations to Local Groups, and for Government to Ensure Rapid and Robust Food Response
 
The following is a statement from Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, a national direct service and advocacy non-profit organization:
 
"Eighty one percent of Houston public school students come from such low-income families that they are eligible for free- and reduce-price meals. On any given day, Houston public schools provide 224,000 children with free and reduced-priced breakfasts and lunches, according to the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)<http://frac.org/wp-content/uploads/school-breakfast-large-school-districts-sy-2015-2016.pdf>.  For all the horrors faced by Houston this week and into the future, add to that the heartbreaking reality of increased child hunger because school didn't start today. To make matters even worse, because today is near the end of the month, many families that rely on SNAP (formerly called food stamp) benefits, issued near the start of the month, may have run out of benefits, and may not be able to reach area food pantries and soup pantries due to the flooding.
 
In Harris County, Texas, (where Houston is located), 886,678 people, more than half of whom are children, rely on SNAP to obtain groceries.  Americans have Texas in our thoughts and prayers, but we must do more. I urge anyone who can afford to do so to donate money to the Food Bank of Houston and other Texas food banks.  Even before Harvey hit, Texas had the 10th worst rate of hunger in the nation, with one out of six Texans living in homes that couldn't afford enough food in 2015, according to USDA. But the charitable sector can't fully respond to this massive new crisis - on top of the pre-existing hunger crises in Texas - alone.  I urge the federal, state, and local governments to work together to not only get food charities the help they need, but also to make government commodities and disaster SNAP benefits available easily and widely in the impacted areas."

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