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Tri-State Vacuum and Rental 100th Truck Celebration & Ribbon Cutting



Please join the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and Owners Troy and Abby Massey at Tri-State Vacuum and Rental’s 100th Truck Celebration and New Member Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, June 20th  at 12noon.  Tri-State Vacuum and Rental is located at 8204 US Hwy 59N in Tenaha. The public is invited to attend the celebration.  The celebration will be held from 12noon until 2:00 p.m.


Tri-State Vacuum and Rental are a locally owned and operated business in Tenaha.  Troy and Abby Massey started the business in 2015, supporting the communities and families where they call home.


Tri-State Vacuum and Rental is a leading trucking company in East Texas and North Louisiana.  At Tri-State, they do more than just haul.  They also provide the following services: bobcat and crane rental, containment systems, rig work, equipment hauling, and sand hauling.  Just give them a call, and they will help you.


Make sure you join Troy and Abby and the team at Tri-State Vacuum in celebrating their success!!

For more information, please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or




Bake Sale Saturday 6-15-19 at Raymond Motor Company







Fundraiser Bake Sale for Jennifer and Billy Paddie








On June 14, 2019, there was a medical bake sale fundraiser to help pay for the expenses of Jennifer and Billy Paddie held at Raymond Motor Company on San Augustine Street in Center, Texas. 








Jackson Missionary Baptist Church Fundraiser






















Center Missionary Baptist Church Revival



The Center Missionary Baptist Church will have a revival beginning Monday, June 17th thru Friday, June 21st. The service will begin each evening at 7 p.m. with their Pastor Bro. Hayden Dupree bringing the messages.





White Rock Cemetery Homecoming







VFW Post Meeting



The monthly meeting of VFW Post 8904 will be Monday, June 17, 6:30 pm at the post home, 617 Highway 96 N.


The Auxiliary will meet Saturday, June 15, at 11:45 am, post home, 617 Highway 96 N.





Timpson Bear Update



Timpson ISD Bear Update




Timpson High School and

Panola College are excited to offer the following courses:

? Certified Nurse Aide

(Must turn 17 by September 1st)


? EMT (Must turn 18 by June 2020)


Both classes will be taught on campus. If you are interested, please contact Charlotte Metcalf, Jerrod Campbell or Stephanie Behrens no later than August 1st.


Courses are limited to THS students.


Charlotte Metcalf

Jerrod Campbell

Stephanie Behrens




Shine Your Light and Smile Event





A community event for young people at the Perry Sampson Park in Center, Texas on June 15, 2019. 





Garrison Small Town Trade Days






Joaquin First United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School

Correction the Joaquin First United Methodist Church will be hosting Vacation Bible School on June 24-28th. The fun starts at 9 a.m. and will keep going until 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be served each day and the closing program will be Friday evening. For more information call 936-332-8326.




Open Door Worship Center Pastor & Wife Appreciation



Open Door Worship Center will have their Pastor & Wife 19th Appreciation Services Honoring Pastor Alvin & Elect Lady Vanessa Davis on June 23, 2019, at 3 p.m. 


They are located at 900 Cotton Ford Rd in Center, Texas. 

Special Guest will be Apostle Ronnie Morris & The Higher Ground Ministries.




What's Happening at the Library!



The first week of the Summer Reading/Learning Program at the Fannie Brown Booth Library was fantastic!  We had good attendance for all programs and some awesome programs.  This week we will start with our Preschool Story Time on Wednesday, June 12th at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for ages 2 - 5 years.  Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.
On Thursday, June 13th at 10:30 a.m., we will have Alien Day for ages 4-8 years.  A short video about a little alien will be shown, songs will be sung, and crafts made.  

On Thursday, June 13th at 2:00 p.m., the TWEENS (ages 9-13 years) will have Star Wars Day.  They will learn what it takes to be a Jedi.

We will also have Colorpalooza on Friday, June 14th at 2:00 p.m.  This is coloring for all ages. The Library will provide coloring pages, colored pencils, gel pens and markers.  Just bring your imagination!

Reading logs, along with a schedule of summer events, can be picked up at the Library or seen on Facebook at the Fannie Brown Booth Library Facebook page.  

Our Summer Program is sponsored by the Center Noon Lions Club.




CISD Honors Service Reward Recipients and Retirees






5 Years:


Jessica Belrose Teacher 


Gia Boyd Counselor Secretary/Registrar 


Sydney Brookshire Teacher 


Tiffany Bryant Teacher 


Andrea Clary Teacher 


Erika Cordray Instructional Aide 


Maria Cortez Lifeskills Aide 


DeShalon Evans Campus Secretary 


Maria Gonzalez Morales Bilingual Aide 


Perla Hernandez Lifeskills Aide 


Laura Hightower Teacher 


Amber Hill Teacher 


Kristie Hooks PEIMS


Kathy Johnson Teacher 


Ruby Johnson Technology Secretary 


Maria Juarez Library Aide 


Erica Klein Teacher 


Mayra Lopez Teacher 


Roy McLerran Asst Band Director 


Ann Nehring Principal Secretary 


Ciara O’Rear Teacher 


Janet Parker Teacher 


Joyce Permenter Administrative Asst. to Supt 


Kellie Pierce Teacher 


Dwight Preston Lifeskills Aide 


Aleyda Ramirez Bilingual Aide 


Zebbra Riggans Lifeskills Aide 


Shalley Standley Sp Ed Transit Aide 


Sheaqua Standley Instructional Aide 


Cindy Tillery Int. Director of RRA 


Breanna Westerfield Teacher 


Nick Wheeler Teacher 


Shelby Wheeler Teacher 



10 Years: 


Rosa Barbee Bilingual Aide 


Kaylin Burleson Academic Coordinator 


Cristy Dutton Teacher 


Ruth Gonzalez Accounts Payable 


Susana Grande-Valencia Teacher 


Kara Gregory Teacher 


Maureen Kennon Instructional Aide 


Alice Lynch Teacher 


Michael Parker Computer Technician 


Laura Ramirez Receptionist 



15 Years: 


Regina Cook Sp Ed Secretary 


Sheila Fisher Library Aide 


Danny Lawrence Fleet Maintenance Supervisor 


Katherine Massey Teacher 


Linda Moody Teacher 


Karen Owens Teacher 


Christy Sullivan Teacher 



20 Years: 


Heath Hagler Principal 


Amanda Handy Bus Driver 


Gayla Miller Associate HS Principal 



25 Years: 


Teresa Britt Sp Ed Counselor 


Ann Butler Teacher 


Robin Crawford Instructional Aide 


Evonne Green Cafeteria 


Sheila Gregston Teacher 


Joan Hayes Teacher 


Inez Hughes Principal 


Cindy Tomlin Teacher 


Jan Windham AEP Aide 





30 Years: 


Blanca Araiza Teacher 


Betty McDaniel Business Manager 


Kathy Nichols Teacher 


Rose Patton Nurse Aide 




40 Years: 


Betty Cook Bus Driver 




50 Years: 


Betty Martin Librarian 


Ronnie Wilkins District Testing Coordinator 


Deloris Wyatt Librarian 



Center ISD Retirees 







Out-of-School and Out-of-Work Youth Can Realize Path  to Future with Training and Paid Work Experience



Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas offers free guidance, support and incentives to help low-income youth prepare for success on the job in spite of barriers they might be facing. Those eligible could be working in 30 days or less.


Teens and young adults, ages 16-24 who are not in school or college, can receive work-readiness and life skills training that can help them get a good job and achieve their career goals. The program, called Dynamic Futures, is funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and priority is given to youth who meet one or more of the following categories:

School Dropout
Connected to the Juvenile or Adult Justice System
Homeless, Runaway, Foster Youth, Social Security, or Out-of-Home Placement
High School Diploma/GED, Low Income, & Basic Skills Deficient
High School Diploma/GED, Low Income, & English Language Learner
Low-income and Needs Additional Assistance
Pregnant or Parenting 


“Having the right skills is an important part of getting a good job and may assist in deciding on a career choice. Our youth specialists guide participants through an individualized training and work experience program,” said Benjamin King, Youth Program Specialist for Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas. 


He explained, work experience opportunities vary in a number of different ways including when and where the participants work. Work placements can include both public sector (governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, schools, etc.) and private sector (for-profit companies) sites. Young people participating in work experience are assigned to specialist specially trained to help teach them appropriate work habits and job skills.


Before seeking work, participants benefit from educational opportunities and training including: resume writing, interviewing skills, job search strategies, job readiness, and job placement skills.

To apply for Dynamic Futures, follow these three steps:

Step 1:    Visit your local Workforce Solutions Center at SHELBY COUNTY 145 CATCO DRIVE CENTER, TX 75935 (936) 598-2468and speak with a Youth Talent Acquisition Specialist
Step 2:     Complete Pre-enrollment
Step 3:     Complete a WIOA Application and bring in the following documents:

Birth Certificate or US Passport
Social Security Card
Driver’s License or Picture ID, unexpired
Selective Service Registration if male & 18+

Find the Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas location near you by visiting and clicking on ‘Find a Center.” The website also offers additional information about youth workforce services available.


Revival at the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church











Nacogdoches Medical Center to Host Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive from June 7-14



June 10, 2019 – Nacogdoches Medical Center (NMC) is leading a community campaign to provide a healthy breakfast for area children and adults struggling with hunger. The Healthy Over Hungry® Cereal Drive collects healthy cereal as well as monetory donations that will go towards the purchase of perishable breakfast items. The drive kicks off Friday, June 7 and runs through Friday, June 14.  Monetary and cereal donations collected at NMC will help to fill the shelves of the HOPE Food Pantry, which serves as a critical resource for people living with food insecurity.


Established in 1994, HOPE provides supplemental food to Nacogdoches County residents in need, and is a 501 (c)(3) organization that is supported through donations from the community. Approximately 640 Nacogdoches families visit the pantry once a month to obtain food. As a 100% volunteer organization, HOPE serves senior citizens, children, persons with disabilities, veterans, persons living is situational poverty, and many others.


Hunger in our community affects young and old alike. Many children and seniors in our area don’t know where their next meal will come from. Seniors often have to choose between food and medical care due to being on a limited income. Children are especially vulnerable over the summer when they don’t have access to school meal programs. “At Nacogdoches Medical Center we understand the health issues children face from hunger and poor nutrition,” said Philip Koovakada, Chief Executive Officer of Nacogdoches Medical Center. “We recognize the importance of beginning each day with a nutritious breakfast and, through this drive, we hope to help the many in our community struggling with food insecurity. We invite the community to help kids be Healthy Over Hungry® this summer.”


To join the fight against hunger here in our community, simply:


-         Drop off healthy cereal donations at Nacogdoches Medical Center in the Women’s Center Lobby between June 7th and June 14th or


-         Make a donation online at

·         Your donation will be used to purchase perishable items, such as milk, fruit and lean protein. All essential components to a healthy breakfast.






Tri-County Head Start is Taking Applications



Tri-C Head Start is now taking applications. They accept children 6 weeks to 5 years old.


You will need:


1. Child's Birth Certificate

2. Insurance Card

3. WIC Card

4. Shot Record

5. Proof of Income (Tax return, W2, Checks Subs, Award Letter,etc.)

To schedule an appointment call Saundra Bell Christopher at 936-657-4740 or Vera Boxley at 936-598-6315 Ext.304





Ribbon Cutting - Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful



On June 12, 2019, in Nacogdoches, the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the installation of a new recycling baler at Nacogdoches City Landfill  4602 NW Stallings Dr., in Nacogdoches, Texas. 






Center FFA places 10th overall at PtHA World Judging Contest



The Center FFA Horse Judging Team competed this week at the PtHA World Championship Judging Contest. Team members had to judge 11 classes and give 4 sets of oral reasons, where they must defend their placings. The team was 4th in halter, 10th in performance, 10th in reasons, and were the 10th place overall team in the WORLD! Team members are Josh Stephenson, Diana Escobedo, and Kennedy Bush. They are coached by Michaelle Coker. 



From left to right: Josh Stephenson, Diana Escobedo, and Kennedy Bush, Michaelle Coker.




Forest Service proposes day-use fee increases at recreation areas



The U.S. Forest Service is proposing day use fee increases at recreation sites and adding a new day use fee for an existing recreation site on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas. 


“The proposed changes will help to ensure fees are more comparable to similar public and private sites in the area, be consistent with inflationary costs, and help defray rising maintenance and operation costs,” said Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor.  He also noted that the last price increase for most sites occurred in 2003.


Proposed fee changes include:


National Forests and Grasslands in Texas

-- Annual day use pass: proposed increase from $30 - $40. Passes are valid for one year from date of purchase and honored at day use sites on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, Kisatchie National Forest and Corp of Engineer day use sites at Sam Rayburn and Town Bluff Reservoirs. Pass holders of the Interagency Senior and Access Passes will continue to receive a 50% discount on the annual day use pass.


Angelina National Forest

-- Boykin Springs Recreation Area day-use: proposed $5/day/vehicle


Sabine National Forest

-- Red Hills Lake Recreation Area swim area: proposed $5/day/vehicle; currently $3


Public notices proposing the fee increases will be posted in each recreation area and distributed through the media.


The Interagency Passes will be honored at standard amenity fee day use locations such as Boykin Springs.   Interagency Senior and Access passes offer a 50% discount on all single occupancy campsites, boat launch sites and swimming areas.


The fee proposal will be presented before a citizen’s advisory committee, called the Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee, and the public is invited to attend and comment at the meeting. The meeting time, location and agenda will be announced on The Regional forester will make a decision on these fee proposals after public comment is complete.


Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act in 2004 which allows the Forest Service to keep 80-95 percent of fees collected at certain recreation sites to operate, maintain and improve the sites.


For more information or comments regarding the fee proposals, contact Public Services Team Leader Mary Frye at 936-639-8528.




Flag Day Ceremony





In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14.  It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777.  The United States Army also celebrates its birthday on this date.


In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day.  In August 1946, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress but is not an official federal holiday.


Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will celebrate Flag Day with the patrons of the Senior Nutrition Center, Loop 500 in Center on Friday, June 14, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.  The US and Texas Flags that have flown at the Center for the past year will be replaced.  Everyone in attendance will receive a US Flag.  Following the program, you are invited to stay for lunch.





Youth Revival at House of Refuge



The House of Refuge would like to invite the public to attend their Youth Revival June 7 - 19 of 2019, at 7:30 p.m. each evening.


Monday Rev. Christopher Galloway of Lufkin, Texas will be there, Tuesday Pastor Mario Osby of Timpson, Texas and Wednesday Pastor Bradley Hale of San Augustine, Texas will be there.





Puppet Show at the Fannie Brown Booth Library






The Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library had a puppet show put on at 10:30 a.m. on June 6, 2019, by Puppet Wise Productions. Performing the show was  Raymond Eastman Jr. and his brother Trevor Eastman. 

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Mansfield State Historic Site



On Saturday, June 15, park staff will offer a fascinating look at the naval warships that were employed during the Red River Campaign, the Union's failed attempt to capture Shreveport, Louisiana, in the spring of 1864. The program will begin at 2:00 pm.


Through the use of informative slides and images, guests will learn about the capabilities and specifications of these 19th century vessels and compare them with naval ships of today. How these warships were used during the campaign and their fate afterward will also be discussed.


Mansfield State Historic Site is located on LA Highway 175, three miles south of the town of Mansfield, Louisiana. 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 locally or 888.677.6267 toll free, or visit





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