Panola College will honor longtime theatre professor Elizabeth Hedges by formally naming the campus Studio Theatre in her honor. Former students, friends and the public are invited to a reception scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 16 in the Elizabeth R. Hedges Studio Theatre.
Hedges retired from Panola College in 2007 after a 30-year career as a theatre and speech professor. During her tenure, she directed hundreds of student performers in countless plays, winning awards and accolades in state and national venues.
“Liz Hedges grew the theatre department from three to thirty-five students,” said Karen King, current Panola College Theatre Professor. “Students such as Linda Davis crossed the stage and went on to careers in show business. She also inspired generations of teachers and college professors.”
The Studio Theatre was Hedges’ inspiration. Originally slated to be a storage area for the Q.M. Martin Auditorium, she lobbied for the space to house a studio theatre. She helped design the new addition, creating an intimate theatre option that proved to be the drama department’s most popular venue.
Upon completion of construction in 1987, Hedges inaugurated the dinner theatre, which continues today as the major fundraising program for the drama department. Students convert the open space into a tiered dining area, and serve dinner to patrons prior to the show. In 2017, Hedges came back to Panola to guest direct the dinner theatre’s three performances of “Steel Magnolias” to sold-out audiences.
Hedges remains active in educational theatre in Texas and was named the Texas Educational Theatre Association’s College-University Teacher of the Year in 2005. The Texas Community College Speech/Theatre Association gave her the Founder’s Award in 2007. She travels throughout the state adjudicating performances, as well as judging and coordinating University Interscholastic League one-act play events.
A sixth-generation native Texan, Hedges chairs the Panola County Historical Commission, and is the Historian General for the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. She is now working on producing and directing an original film about Texas history that will be given free to every middle-school classroom in the state.
She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at Tyler, where she also completed post-graduate work. She began her career teaching high school theatre in Houston before coming to Carthage and joining the Panola College faculty in 1978.
Dr. Greg Powell, Panola College President, invites the public to the reception on February 16. “We are pleased to honor Liz Hedges for the three decades of devotion she has shown to theatre and the fine arts by formally creating the Elizabeth R. Hedges Studio Theatre,” he said.
Liz Hedges will be honored with a reception at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 16 in the studio theatre of the Q.M. Martin Auditorium Building on the Panola College campus. Friends, former students, and the public are invited to attend.
Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. needs your help. Due to the winter weather conditions we are issuing out more food boxes than normal. We need food items for our emergency food boxes. Here is a list of items needed:
1 lb bags of rice
1 lb bags of beans
Mac and cheese
To donate food, please drop them by our offices located at 930 Shelbyville Street. For more information please call us at 598-4990.
Last month, 26 Tenaha middle school band students and 4 Tenaha high school band students competed for the chance to earn a chair in one of the Region 21 ATSSB All-Region Bands. The Tenaha band students competed against the most talented band students from other 1A-4A schools in this region. All of the Tenaha band students worked hard over several months to prepare audition music for this competition. Each student competed on his or her individual instrument as opposed to competing as an ensemble or group. Those that made the band performed with an “all-star" band that practiced together this past Saturday, and then performed a concert in Chapel Hill the same day. The following students from Tenaha earned a chair in the Region 21-East Zone middle school band, and performed on Saturday:
Corsicana, Texas – The Panola College men’s basketball team lost to Navarro College here Saturday afternoon, 100-78. The loss snaps Panola’s six game winning streak. Panola sits 5-3 in Region 14 play and 12-6 overall. “A combination of their hot shooting and our struggles really hurt us today.” Head Coach Grant McMillan stated. “We just have to play better on the road.” He added.
Panola was up 8-5 early in the first half before Navarro took a 13-10 lead with 13:25 remaining in the frame. Navarro capitalized on back-to-back turnovers late in the half to extend their lead to 41-24 heading into the locker rooms. Panola hovered around the 17 point deficit most of the second half but could not gain any ground.
Panola continues Region 14 play this upcoming Wednesday January, 24th when they host nationally ranked Trinity Valley Community College. Tip-off is set for 7:00 PM on the campus of Panola College.
The Paris Peace Accord ending the Vietnam War was signed on January 27, 1973, and was followed by the withdrawal of the remaining American troops. The terms of the accord called for a complete ceasefire in South Vietnam, allowed North Vietnamese forces to retain the territory they had captured, release of US prisoners of war, and called for both sides to find a political solution to the conflict. As an enticement to South Vietnam, President Nixon offered US airpower to enforce the peace terms (this was stopped in December 1974 when Congress cut off all military aid to South Vietnam).
More than 58,000 Americans gave their lives in the Vietnam War and there are still 1,601 missing in action.
In observance of the 45th Anniversary Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will host a Memorial Observance for those who served in the Vietnam War. A wreath laying will take place at 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 26th, 2018 at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Shelby County Courthouse.
The names of nine Shelby County Veterans who were killed in action during the Vietnam War will be read. They are: Ted W. Adams, William L. “Shorty” Andrews, Jimmy Barnett, Mac Curtis Buckley, Larry Byford, Ray Chatelain, Jr., William H. Eaden, Jerry Lynn Hughes, and Taylor D. Johnson.
As always, the public is cordially invited. Questions call Post Quartermaster Larry Hume at 936-598-2976.
"Monday, January 29, 2018 - The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting January 29, 2018 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM. Come join us as we honor our Confederate Ancestors!
Tommy Holmes, of the Carthage Camp, will bring us some Texas Division SCV information we all need to know
All interested parties are encouraged to attend, and any male descendant of a confederate soldier who was in good standing is eligible to join. The public is welcome. Those wishing to eat are asked to arrive about 6:00 PM so you’ll be ready for the program. Contact Jim Barrett (936) 254-2618 for additional information."
In collaboration with the College of Sciences and Mathematics, the Center for Career and Professional Development will host the 2018 STEM Career and Internship Expo from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.
Faculty and staff members are encouraged to inform students about the event, especially those who may be looking to find a full-time or internship position. Click here for a list of participating employers.
If a faculty member would like record of attendance for their students, a class roster or a sign-in sheet must be provided to the CCPD by Tuesday, Jan. 30.
Students will need their student ID for check-in and copies of their résumé to distribute to employers. Professional dress is required. Résumé assistance and the center's free Career Closet are available to students.
For more information, contact Brandi Derouen, assistant director of the CCPD, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (936) 468-3305.
Chamber increasing its role in public policy, its value to members
NACOGDOCHES, TX - The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce will feature "Chamber of Clout," a program on the changing role of Chambers in the public policy and advocacy process at the Fourth Friday Luncheon, Jan. 26 at Austin Hall, 4606 North St. The luncheon's Presenting sponsor is NIBCO INC.
"In the past 15 years, Chambers of Commerce across the nation have moved aggressively into the arena of public policy and advocacy. It is now common to see Chamber staff and members lobbying on important issues for the members and communities they serve on the local, state and national level," said C. Wayne Mitchell, IOM, President/CEO of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce. “It is not unusual to see Chamber members from many Texas Chambers visit Austin and Washington on an annual basis. It is important that we convey our legislative priorities to legislators and regulators.”
The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce is currently involved in efforts to expand involvement and influence in public policy and advocacy. Mitchell will explain why Chambers are expanding their roles in advocacy, how issues will be identified and the roles Chambers will play in influencing the process. He will respond to questions at the conclusion of his presentation.
Lunch is $16 and registration is requested by 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 24. Contact the Nacogdoches County Chamber at 936-560-5533 or email email@example.com to register.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - A faculty recital by Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at Stephen F. Austin State University, has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. Originally scheduled for Tuesday night, Jan. 16, Meyer's recital was canceled because of the university's closure due to inclement weather.
Meyer will perform "Mourning Dove Sonnet" by Christopher Deane, "Stop Speaking" by Andy Akiho and "Intersection Lines" from Meyer's own composition, "Seven Images for Solo Concert Snare Drum." Other selections to be performed include "Roar" from John Luther Adams' "Mathematics of Resonant Bodies" and "Madera Viento y Metal" by Alejandro Viñao.
In Deane's "Mourning Dove Sonnet" for vibraphone, the composer requires a performer to employ both standard performance techniques, as well as progressive procedures such as bowing of the bars with bass bows, producing harmonics of certain notes, and bending the pitches of bars, Meyers explained.
"Seven Images" was composed after Meyer returned from a clinic and performance tour in Slovenia where he visited a modern art museum in Ljubljana.
"As soon as I entered the museum, I was immediately captivated by several large-scale installations," Meyer said. "These installations stayed in my memory long after I had left Slovenia. Because of my fascination with the museum and its art, I decided to create seven snare drum solos based off of seven of the most memorable installations and pieces of art I witnessed."
"Stop Speaking" is a contemporary piece for solo snare drum and digital playback. It was commissioned for the 2011 Modern Snare Drum Competition hosted by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Viñao used electronic sounds to extend and transform the resonance and timbre of the marimba for "Madera Viento y Metal."
"The harmonies in 'Madera Viento y Metal' follow not only the logic of the notes and scales on which the piece is based, but are also dictated by the colors and resonances resulting from the interaction between the marimba and the electronics sounds I created for this work," the composer writes. "This interaction is dynamic, changing from moment to moment as the music unfolds."
The recital is part of the School of Music's Calliope Concert Series.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.
We will be having our first monthly of 2018 this Saturday, January 20th at the First Methodist Church on Porter Street in Center Tx. 9 a m to 12 pm. Anyone interested in camera or photography invited to attend. Hoping to see lots of people at the meeting to jumpstart the new year. For more information contact Billie Jones 936-591-2426 or jonbill392 @hughes.net.
About A Week Ago by Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension
Sewing Sensations for Adults Class to be Offered
Want to learn how to use a sewing machine? Machine sew a quilt? Use sewing tools and learn shortcuts? Then register for this fun, hands-on Sewing Senations class hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and taught by professional quilter, Margaret Smith.
Ms. Smith is a master quilter and has professionally quilted for the past 50 years and created over 500 quilts, many of which have been showcased in quilt shows such as East Texas Poultry Festival in Center, Pineywoods show in Carthage, and in the South Padre Island show. She has taught numerous sewing classes in Alaska and Hemphill and belongs to the Busy Quilter and Panola Squares quilt guilds in Carthage.
Classes will be conducted Monday evenings from 5 to 7 pm, February 12 – March 26, 2018 at the Shelby County Extension office, 266 Nacogdoches Street, Center. Sewing machines are available for participant use. Cost for this 7-week course is $75 per person. Partial scholarships are available upon request. Class is limited to 10 adult participants. No experience is needed.
To register for this class or for additional information, contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health at 598-7744 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration due by February 5th.
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Step Up and Scale Down and Become the Biggest Loser of Weight in Shelby County
It’s a new year and time for a new you! Become the biggest loser in Shelby County — of weight, that is. A monetary award, gym membership, a hair make-over, massage, and various gift cards are among the prizes available for the most successful competitors in the county’s weight loss and physical fitness program.
Join Texas A&M AgriLife Extension for the opening weigh-in of participants which takes place January 22 - February 5, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Shelby County Extension office at 266 Nacogdoches Street, Center. Participants will weigh-in, submit a $30 participation fee and have their “before” picture taken during registration.
Winners of the 12-week long challenge will be determined by the percentage of body weight they lose during the three-month competition, not by lost pounds. All participants will weigh-in weekly to chart their progress (weights will be kept confidential), which ends with a final weigh-in at the Extension office the week of April 23-27. The winners will be awarded cash prizes of $500, $300, and $100 for 1st – 3rd places, respectively and recognized at a Celebration event on May 8th.
Shelby County Extension Agent, Jheri-Lynn McSwain says the Healthy Texas program also will include:
•weekly “Tone in 20” fitness program,
•weekly healthy cooking nutrition classes,
•weekly door prizes
•fun, hands-on cooking demonstrations and tastings, and a
•5K Fun Run and Walk.
In conjunction, participants will be encouraged to enter an additional weight loss challenge for all of East Texas entitled Lighten Up East Texas. Participants in this free contest will be eligible to win grand prizes such as $5,000 in cash for the top male and female percentage of weight lost, two $1,000 gift cards from Brookshire Brothers, a drawing for other cash prizes for those losing 5% or more in weight, and a Broadway Square Mall Makeover Package. For more information on this weight-loss challenge go to www.lightenupeastexas.com.
McSwain says she expects the weight-loss program to make a big impact at the start of the Healthy Texas campaign. “This is a challenge designed to be fun” she says, “but at the same time help people achieve their weight-loss goals and although there are prizes, everyone who reaches a healthier weight is a winner. Last year, I had 128 participants that worked hard and successfully lost a total of 713 pounds as a group. I anticipate an even larger group of participants for the 2018 program.”
If you have questions about this wellness program, please contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health at 598-7744 or email@example.com or follow us on Facebook at Shelby Extension Service.
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
The seventh annual Princess Ball is approaching! Start planning now to attend the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center Princess Ball on Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the John D. Windham Civic Center. The evening will include a red carpet entrance, music and dancing, refreshments, and a special gift for each princess that attends. Photographers will be available starting at 5:30 pm for those who don't want to miss a moment of dancing. The event is open to girls ages 3-13 and their adult family member escort. Tickets are $20 and will go on sale January 16th. Table reservations for parties of eight are available for an additional $50. You must purchase tickets before the event-they are not sold at the door. Don't miss out on this opportunity to give your princess a magical night! Tickets are available at the Advocacy Center, 131 Tenaha Street, Monday- Friday 8:00 am-3:00 pm, 936-590-9864, or Dazzle Me Pink & Blue at 902 Tenaha Street, Tuesday-Friday 10:00 am-6:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am-4:00 pm, 936-590-6822. Get your tickets before they sell out!
This year's Princess Ball is being sponsored by:
CLINE FAMILY MEDICINE,DAZZLE ME PINK & BLUE, DON & JANENE WALKER, JML MANAGEMENT, INC., NIX FOREST INDUSTRIES INC., PREMIUM GRAPHICS & DESIGN, SHELBY SAVINGS BANK, QUICKSTOP STORES, TRAILS END GROCERY & RV, BOOM BOOM PHOTO BOOTH, GCS CAKES BY CINDY METTEAUER, HUGHES FLORIST, AND SNELL PHOTOGRAPHY
Sam Samford Masonic Lodge in Center is announcing their Spring Fundraiser Raffle. The raffle item is a Husqvarna, zero turn, 54 inch cut, mower. Tickets are $20.00 each or 6, for $100.00. The drawing will be on March 13th, 2018 just in time for spring. Tickets can be obtained from any Lodge member.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration and parade was held on Monday 1-15-18 on the starting on the downtown Center City Square and making its way to the Abundant Love Ministries Church on Shelbyville St. Below are videos and pictures of the event.
On January 10, Center Garden Club enjoyed a fascinating and informative conservation program presented by club member Mrs. Juanita Robinson of Hemphill. Mrs. Robinson, a mosaic artist, discussed and exhibited numerous items and materials that she had collected and repurposed, such as glass tableware, discarded light fixtures, broken glass pieces, plastic containers, oatmeal cylinders, soft drink cans, and others. She inspired members to save our environment by thinking about repurposing before discarding.
Center Garden Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May. The public is welcomed. For more information, please contact Carolyn Bounds at 598-3414.
Center Garden Club's "natural wonder" for January 2018, is one among several gigantic and aged red cedar trees that stands in Center's Fairview Cemetery. The featured greenish-brown pyramidal cedar stands oh so tall...perhaps more than sixty feet tall. It is a beauty -- generously providing cover for wildlife; rich aromatic greenery for holiday decoration; rot-resistant wood; as well as a stunning silhouette against the sky. The branches are supported by a beautiful shaggy trunk with unique definition only nature creates. Our Fairview Cemetery red cedar has over many decades, perhaps more than ten, been quite tolerant, able to adapt to a variety of conditions, such as drought, searing sun, poor soil, and a lack of attention. Our Fairview Cemetery red cedar is "one wonder" in Shelby County that has endured, will endure, and does, indeed, deserve our attention and admiration.
Center Garden Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month, September through May. The public is welcomed. For more information, please contact Carolyn Bounds at 598-3414.
About A Week Ago by Mansfield State Historic Site
The Battle of Mansfield was one of the largest Civil War battles fought west of the Mississippi. Heroism and sacrifice abounded as both sides clashed from daybreak to sunset in the fields and woods of Northwest Louisiana, in what would become the last major victory of the War for Confederate arms. Why was the battle fought? What were the objectives of each side? At 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, an in-depth presentation by the park historian using battlefield maps and informative slides will answer these questions and more.
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
Hey, everyone! It's that time again. The Fannie Brown Booth Library Friends of the Library will have their first meeting of 2018 on Tuesday, January 16th, at 10:00 a.m. at the library. They are looking for new members and officers, so now is a great time to join. Make some new friends, visit with old ones, and help support your Library. For more information, please call 936-598-5522. We look forward to seeing you!
The Toledo Bend Chapter of the Lone Star Dutch Oven Society will be cooking every 3rd Saturday at Boles Field outside of Shelbyville, Texas. The public is invited to eat and learn about the art of dutch oven cooking and if up to the challenge become a member. We start cooking about 9:00 am and have pots on the table at 12 noon. Bring your lawn chairs and join us. Call James at 409-625-4787 for more information.
About Three Weeks Ago by Shelby County Historical Society
There has been a change in the speaker for the Shelby County Historical Society Meeting this month.
The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting January 16, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. Our guest speaker this month will be Terri Lacher. She will speak about the CCC Camp located here during WWII. Everyone is invited to attend.
The James Antioch Community will have their regular monthly meeting on Saturday, Jan 20, 2018 at the James Antioch Community Building. We meet at 6:30 PM and have a covered dish super. There will be an important business meeting and then as time permits we will play Bingo! Come and join your friends for an evening of fun and friendship.
The Texas Association of Soccer Coaches (TASC) has awarded Gerardo Martinez 2017 All-State Coach for Region 3. For more information on the award, click here. To view this season's soccer schedule, click here.
Beginning March 2018, Timpson VAS will conduct a 6-week (60 hours) class for Emergency Medical Responders (EMR). The course prepares candidates for the NREMT cognitive exam which is required to obtain a state license. The cost of the course is $500 which includes tuition and books. Classes will be held from 6pm – 10pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The classroom location is 159 Bremond Street, Timpson, Texas 75975.
Emergency Medical Responders are also commonly known as Certified First Responders. Emergency Medical Responders provide immediate lifesaving care to critical patients who access the emergency medical services system. EMRs have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide immediate lifesaving interventions while awaiting additional EMS resources to arrive. EMRs also provide assistance to higher-level personnel at the scene of emergencies and during transport. Emergency Medical Responders are a vital part of the comprehensive EMS response. Under medical oversight, Emergency Medical Responders perform basic interventions with minimal equipment.
Timpson Volunteer Ambulance Service is a state approved provider and recognized for classroom instruction of the Emergency Medical Responder course that prepares candidates to take the NREMT cognitive exam which, upon successfully passing, allows the candidate to become licensed through the Texas Department of State Health Services.
To learn how to register or obtain more information, call Tracy Lee at (936) 554-0988.
(Longview, Texas) – LeTourneau University will present weekly Spring 2018 Science Seminars on a variety of research topics each Thursday from 11 to 11:50 a.m. in the Berry Auditorium, C101, in the Glaske Engineering Building on the university’s main campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave. in Longview.
All presentations are free and open to the public.
Organizer of the seminars is LETU chemistry professor Dr. Gary DeBoer.
“These science seminars exemplify the meaning of a university,” DeBoer said. “They are a means of communicating the latest research discoveries while allowing the community to engage with the scientists. We want to serve our community and we encourage the public to attend and celebrate the discoveries of science with us on Thursdays at 11 a.m. this semester.”
· Jan. 11: Science & The Law, presented by Ben Penticoff, legal counsel at Tetra Pak in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.
· Jan. 18: Science Education: Faith & Learning, presented by physics professor Edward Hamilton of LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.
· Feb. 1 Paper Sensors for Formaldehyde Detection, presented by LETU students Darlene Ishimwe and Danielle Lofgren of LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.
· Feb. 8: Materials Engineering, presented by Shih-Fing Chou, University of Texas at Tyler in Tyler, Texas.
· Feb. 15: WHEELS, presented by undergraduate students on the WHEELS research team at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.
· Feb. 22 ATCatalyst.org presented by assistant professor Karen Rispin, Department of Biology at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.
· March 1 Undergraduate Physics Research, presented by LETU students Aaron Conrad and Luke Grosh from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.
· March 8 Radioactive Waste, presented by engineering faculty member John Tixier from the School of Engineering at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.
· March 22 Cancer and You, presented by Mitsuo Ikebe, UTHealth Northeast, University of Texas at Tyler, in Tyler, Texas.
· March 29 Planetary Geophysics, presented by faculty member Peter James of Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
· April 5 The Age of the Earth, presented by adjunct theology professor David Lemons of LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas.
· April 12 Using Ionic Liquids to Synthesize Drugs, presented by LETU forensic chemistry student Robert Mooreland, Department of Chemistry at LeTourneau University, Longview, TX
· April 19 Engineering at the Ames National Laboratory, presented by Dr Gitogo Churu, School of Engineering, LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas.
· April 26 Patent Law and Engineering, presented by
Greg Parker, Parker Justiss, Dallas, Texas.
Any questions or comments regarding the seminar schedule may be directed to Gary DeBoer at GaryDeBoer@letu.edu or 903.233.3363. Opinions expressed by the speakers at seminar are their own and should not be taken as official positions of LeTourneau University. Updates to this schedule can be found at www.letu.edu/scienceseminars.
(Longview, Texas)—LeTourneau University’s Director of Fine Arts Dr. Jim Taylor encourages community members who can sing to participate in the Longview Civic Chorus (formerly the East Texas Community Chorus) for high school through adult-aged singers.
Rehearsals are held each Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 117 of the Education Building, next to the Belcher Center, on the LeTourneau University campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave. No formal auditions are necessary, but singers must be able to hold a choral part amid harmony. Participants can simply come to rehearsals through the first week in February to join.
Membership is comprised of music professionals as well as church choir-level singers who seek to sing more challenging music for a mid-to-large sized chorus of about 50 members. The LCC sings music from classical masterworks to music that is more contemporary. The atmosphere is one of hard work, humor, and camaraderie.
The LCC may be taken for credit through LeTourneau University, or members may simply pay a $75 fee for the semester. The Longview Civic Chorus and the LeTourneau Singers will combine voices on occasion to form a mass choir for performing larger works.
The 2018 spring semester will conclude with a Masterworks Concert at Trinity Episcopal Church in a performance of Haydn’s St. Nicholas Mass and Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, accompanied by chamber orchestra, on Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, go to www.letu.edu/finearts and click on the Longview Civic Chorus link. The LCC is also on Facebook.
Taylor is in his first year as LETU’s new director of fine arts and associate professor of music. He has extensive experience conducting choirs of all ages, and is a published composer whose works have been performed nationally and internationally. His energy and enthusiasm for great music is contagious and he makes singing choral music great fun.
LeTourneau University is the premier Christian polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, and in hybrid and fully online options at centers in the Dallas and Houston areas. For additional information, visit www.letu.edu.
The entire Blue Santa team would like to thank you for your generous donation to the Blue Santa program. With your donation and others like yours, we were able to provide Christmas to approximately 204 children. That is 204 smiles put on little children’s faces, that wasn’t getting anything for Christmas without your help! I wish that you could have seen some of the parents in tears when they picked up the gifts for their children, and some of the children’s faces when we delivered with Santa; it made all the work worth while! Again thank you, we couldn’t have done it without you!
About Three Weeks Ago by GOLDEN HARVEST MINISTRIES CLUB
The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday January 15th 2018 in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM. Alease Copelin will present the program about the Food Recovery Program between the school and Meals on Wheels.
Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.
SISD School Board Members pictured are: (front row, L to R) Tim Bradshaw, 4 years; Dr. Ray West, Superintendent; Etola Jones, President, 9 years; Mark Bohannon, Vice-President, 4 years; (back row, L to R); Duane Lout, 6 years; Joe Tom Schillings, 9 years; Joey Lawson, Secretary, 5 years; and Chris Koltonski, 2 years.
The month of January has been proclaimed School Board Recognition Month to emphasize the importance of the men and women across the state of Texas who serve on school boards. Shelbyville I.S.D. students benefit every day from the dedication and commitment to public education of our local trustees. These men and women sit through meetings, read reports, listen to parents’ concerns, and do the hard work to benefit the students and the community. They serve without pay, giving of their time and expertise to ensure that young Texans have the skills needed for lifelong success. These local citizens are elected by the community to make critical decisions that directly affect the future of our youth. At this time, we say thank you to these dedicated volunteers. We appreciate their generous sharing of time and energy. They are truly heroes for our schools. “Thank You” to the Shelbyville I.S.D. School Board.
A MLK Day Celebration will be held on January 15th, 2018 at 4 p.m. the parade will begin on the Downtown Center square. Line up is at 3:45 p.m. They will proceed down Shelbyville Street and end at Abundant Love Ministries Church located at 1426 Shelbyville Street, Center, TX where a program will follow. For more information call 936-590-8576.
Woodmen Life Chapter 250 will hold there annual officer installation dinner on Monday, January 15th, 2018. Dinner will be held at 6:00 pm at Big Zach's Place located at 223 Main St in Logansport. All members are invited to attend to enjoy good fellowship and meet your chapter officers.
The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will have the first meeting of 2018 on Saturday, January 13 at 10:00 AM at the Sam Samford Lodge in Center. Gina Ferren has the program. Hostesses are Elizabeth Pate, Bonnie Dorman, JoAnn Rushing, Vickie Martin and Alease Copelin, all descendants of William and Barbara Samford. Plans and activities for the new year will be discussed. Plan to join us. For more information call Maggie at 936-248-3361.
I suspect that we are all familiar with the colloquial expression concerning brass monkeys. Most of the sayings have to do with weather – cold weather. When and how did this idiom arise, and what do brass monkeys have to do with the weather? Research on this reveals interesting information.
During the 19th and 20th centuries, small monkeys cast from the alloy brass were very common tourist souvenirs from China and Japan. They usually, but not always, came in a set of three representing the Three Wise Monkeys. You may recall that these sets which showed monkeys covering their eyes, ears, and mouths represented “see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil”. Old brass monkeys of this type are now collector items.
Somewhere along the line the phrase “it’s cold enough to freeze the tail off a brass monkey” became popular. People began to change the phrase to add additional body parts, such as the nose, ears, or testicles as an image of something solid and inert that could only be affected by extreme low temperatures.
Experts disagree, but the most common explanation of this phrase comes from ship captains during the very early days of sailing ships by the British navy at the time of the Napoleonic wars. Every ship had to have cannons for protection. The cannons of that day required round iron projectiles, or cannon balls. The captain wanted to store the cannonballs so that they could be of instant use if attacked, but not be rolling around on the gun deck.
The solution was to stack the balls up in a square-based pyramid next to the cannon. The top level of the stack had but one ball, the next level had four, the next had nine, the next had sixteen, and so on. Four levels would provide a stack of thirty cannon balls. The only real problem was how to keep the bottom level from sliding out from under the weight of the higher levels.
To prevent this, engineers devised a small brass plate, named a “brass monkey”, with one rounded indentation for each cannonball in the bottom layer. Brass was used because the cannonballs would not rust to the brass monkey as it would an iron one.
An unexpected problem arose with the use of the brass monkey. When the temperature falls, brass contracts in size faster than iron. As it got colder on the gun decks, the indentations in the brass monkey would get smaller than the iron cannonballs they were holding. If the temperature got cold enough, the bottom layer would pop out of the indentation, thus spilling the entire pyramid of balls over the ship’s deck. Thus, it was, quite literally, cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.
Though no one knows for sure where this phrase originated, it is widely believed that the reference is almost certainly 16th to 18th century humor, just like it is used today to emphasize how cold it is.
Tenaha Holiday Hoops Classic awards a $200.00 Post-Secondary Scholarship to one team member from each participating team in the tournament. The scholarship is awarded to the senior player with the highest GPA on the team.
Kyle Dodd-Tindol received the scholarship award for Shelbyville.
About Three Weeks Ago by Shelby County Historical Society
The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting January 16, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. Our guest speaker this month will be Maggie Casto. She will speak about Frontier Medicine. Everyone is invited to attend.
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas is waiving day-use fees Jan. 15 at day-use areas in the Angelina, Sabine, Davy Crockett and Sam Houston National Forests, and the Caddo and Lyndon B. Johnson Grasslands.
"Martin Luther King, Jr. was a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement and his leadership inspired men and women, young and old, in this nation and around the world," said Eddie Taylor, Forest Supervisor for the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas. "We hope you take this opportunity to visit the great outdoors to help make your Martin Luther King, Jr. Day more memorable."
Camping fees remain in effect, but day-use fees will be waived on Monday, Jan. 15 at these recreation areas and trails:
Angelina National Forest - Caney Creek and Townsend.
Sabine National Forest - Haley's Ferry, Ragtown, East Hamilton, Indian Mounds, Lakeview and Willow Oak.
Davy Crockett National Forest - Ratcliff Lake and Piney Creek Horse Trail.
Sam Houston National Forest - Double Lake, Stubblefield, Cagle boat ramp, Scotts Ridge boat ramp and the Multi-Use Trail.
Caddo and Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands - Coffee Mill Lake, Bois d'Arc Trail, West Lake Crockett, Black Creek Lake, Valley View and TADRA.