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S.C. Sheriff's Office Releases Statement On Bomb Threat


Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at approximately 1216 P.M., the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call advising that a black male subject was at the Tenaha ISD and was armed with a gun and would not leave. The caller additionally stated that the black male subject threatened to blow up the school. Law Enforcement official responded to Tenaha ISD to assist Tenaha ISD Chief David Jeter with the situation, which included Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Tenaha City Marshal’s Office, Tenaha Pct 4 Constable Jake Metcalf, Timpson Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.

After further investigation, it was revealed that there was no threat to the faculty and/or student body of Tenaha ISD. It was rather another hoax call that solicited attention to cause panic. We treat every call, especially of this magnitude with great concern. Our office and the District Attorney’s office worked to get the information on the cellular device that was used and drew up a Grand Jury Subpoena for records. The number was linked back to a student at Tenaha ISD. Lieutenant Kevin W. Windham and Chief Deputy DJ Dickerson met with Tenaha ISD Chief David Jeter and Superintendent Scott Tyner regarding this investigation. In working together, a suspect was positively identified and the phone used to initiate the hoax call was located and seized for evidence. The juvenile suspect was released to family pending an appointment with Shelby County Juvenile Probation Officers. The family has cooperated fully throughout this investigation.

We extend our gratitude to all those who assisted in this investigation.

- See more at: http://www.scsotx.org/latest-works/scso-releases-statement-on-tenaha-isd-bomb-threat#sthash.w45rHmo6.dpuf

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Sheriff's Office Seeks Help Related to a Theft


 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information in regards to a recent theft which occurred on April 20, 2017  at 96 Equipment located at 3536 Highway 7 West in Center.
 
Suspect(s) entered onto the complainant's property and stole a 2017 Polaris Ranger 570.
 
Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.
 
If a caller does not wish to remain anonymous or receive a reward, they may contact Investigator Del Birdwell at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office 936-598-5600.
 
 
 
 
 

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Brantley Gilbert Concert KQBB Listeners Photos


 

 

 

 

 

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CITY OF TENAHA REGULAR CALLED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA April 24, 2017


 

 
If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda that should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.
 
The City Council of Tenaha will meet in regular session on Monday – April 24, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. at the Tenaha Municipal Building located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas.
 
Order of Business:
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Pledge and Prayer
3. Welcome Guests/Public Comments
4. Consider Approval for Minutes from March 27, 2017 Regular Scheduled Council Meeting – ACTION
5. Consider Approval for March 2017 Financials – ACTION
6. Review and Consider Approval to Adopt Proposed Resolution No. 2017-04-24-1R - Denial of Application for Authority to Increase Rates Submitted by Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) - ACTION
7. Re-Visit, Discuss and Consider Approval for Tabled Agenda Item #6 from March 27, 2017 To Approve Funding Equipment for the Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department - ACTION
8. Re-Visit, Discuss and Consider Approval for Tabled Agenda Item #8 from March 27, 2017 To Purchase A Dumpster for the Waste Water Treatment Plant – ACTION
9. Re-Visit, Discuss And Consider Approval for Tabled Agenda Item #7 from March 27, 2017 Meeting To Determine If The Booker T. Washington Park Should: a) Be Closed; b) Be Put Out For Bid To Sell; Or c) Invest Funds to Remodel and Update - ACTION  
10. Re-Visit, Discuss and Consider Approval for Tabled Agenda Item #11 from April 18, 2016 Meeting To Determine If Booker T. Washington Road Should Be Paved – ACTION
11. Closed Session – Section 551.074 Personnel Matters
a. New Hires
12. Return to Open Session
a. Motion to Accept Part-Time Deputy Marshal, Jacob Samford and Part-Time Administrative Assistant/Utilities Clerk, Alison Rhone - ACTION
13. Department Head Reports
14. Council Comments
15. Adjourn
 

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Joe Car Spa Donates to Project Graduation


 

Joe's Car Spa in Center,  is donating $5.00 per car wash to Shelbyville Project Graduation on Monday April 24th.

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Panola College Career Showcase Pictures


 

 

 

 

 

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Rodger Doyle Visits the James Community Center


 

Rodger Doyle with the Sons of Confederate Veterans visited the James Community Center yesterday and gave a speech about the civil war.

 

 

 

 

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Food Drive


 

April 24-28
 
JCC is having a food drive!!
 
The food drive will be held April 24-28 it’s going to help the Shelby County Outreach in Center. Food can consist of any canned goods and nonperishable food items, including bottle water, beans, rice, canned meat, pasta, instant potatoes, ramen noodles, soup, peanut butter, crackers, etc. 
 
 
 
 

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Birdwell awarded Sheriff's Association scholarship


 

 

The Sheriff's Association of Texas has awarded a scholarship for the Spring 2017 Semester to Bethany Birdwell, daughter of Shelby County Sheriff's Office Investigator Del Birdwell and Joanna Birdwell.
 
Bethany is a student at Stephen F. Austin State University, majoring in Education.
 
The Sheriffs' Association of Texas offers scholarships to eligible students pursuing an academic degree at a college or university. In addition to the Sheriffs' Association of Texas scholarships, several others are made available through the generosity of individuals or other organizations. These funds are managed by the Sheriffs' Association of Texas for award to qualified students. The scholarships are awarded once in the Spring Semester and once in the Fall Semester of each year. Since 1981, the Sheriffs' Association of Texas has awarded 1,891 youth scholarships, totaling $945,500.
 
On hand for the presentation of the scholarship to Bethany were Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell, Investigator Birdwell and  Chief Deputy DJ Dickerson. 
 
 
 
 

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DeSoto Parish Seeking assistance in identifying suspect


 

 

 

 

 
DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week Program is asking for the
public's help in locating/identifying suspect(s) wanted from DeSoto Parish
Area.
 
Delano Deshun Teray Owens of Logansport, LA. Owens is wanted for Contempt of
Court. Owens is described as a male, black, weighing 120 lbs., and is 22
years of age.
 
DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000.00 for
information that results in the suspect's arrest. Anyone with information is
asked to call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP (7867) or the DeSoto
Parish Sheriff's Office at (318) 872-3956 and ask to speak with Capt. James
Clements. All calls are confidential.  
 
 
 
 
 

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Chris Paddie Update


 

 
Well, after 15 hours of debate, I am proud to let you know that the Texas House of Representatives has passed a conservative, balanced budget.  This budget funds our priorities, increasing funding to our public schools, maintaining a strong presence on our southern border, preventing state dollars from being used for abortions and maintaining the voter approved increase in highway funding.
 
There were other important happenings in the House last week.  The State Affairs Committee voted out SB 4, which would end sanctuary cities in Texas.  I am proud to have voted for this important legislation in committee and look forward to getting it to the full House for debate and final passage.  
 
Last week, the Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Responsibility heard many pieces of legislation that would help to reign in our run away federal government.  The most prominent of this legislation was HJR 39, which would call for an Article V convention to amend the US Constitution to limit the power of the federal government.  I look forward to a vibrant debate about the proper role of the federal government.
 
The House also passed legislation across a wide range of topics this week, from water to services for veterans to mental health issues to cybercrime.  There is a broad array of topics that will be dealt with this session, and if you have questions about any of them, I would encourage you to contact me directly with any concerns or support that you have for a particular piece of legislation.
 
This week, the House will take up HB 21, which would overhaul our public school finance system.  Last year, after several years of litigation, the Texas Supreme Court upheld the school finance system, but urged the Legislature to reform the system.  HB 21 is the beginning of a much needed conversation in our state about how we fund our public schools.  I look forward to continuing working with our parents, educators, administrators, and taxpayers as we move through this important process.
 
While we are busy in committee hearings and marathon debates, it was great to be able to meet with many East Texans this past week.  As always, if you plan to be in Austin in the coming weeks, please make sure to reach out to me at 512-463-0556 or district9.paddie@house.texas.gov.
 
 

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Mayfair Rescheduled


 

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Meeting


 

"Monday, April 24, 2017 - The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting April 24, 2017 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM.  Come join us as we honor our Confederate Ancestors!  
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." 

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Desoto Parish Officer dies in Vehicle Accident


 

 

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle, with a heavy heart, can confirm that one of his employees, part of the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office family, has passed away this morning following a motorcycle/automobile accident.  The deputy, Christopher Sharply, was on his way to work when the accident occurred.  
 
 
Sheriff Arbuckle and the entire DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office would ask the
public to help us remember Chris and his family during this tragic time.  Please send prayers for Chris' family members and we ask that everyone respect their privacy during this time.
 
 

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WWII Army Air Core Pilot Mr. Childs


 

 

 

 

Yesterday Timpson WWII veteran 97 year old Mr. Terrell Childs gave a speech at the Timpson Library about how he fixed a German plane and flew it back to his base, using it for future missions aswell.  

 

 

 

 

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Commissioner Christian Participates in Opening of Historic Carbon Capture Plant


 

 

RICHMOND – Last week, Commissioner Wayne Christian attended the official opening of the world’s largest carbon capture facility, participating in the valve opening ceremony with Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Governor Greg Abbott, Congressman Pete Olson and Japanese General Consul Tetsuro Amano.
 
The Petra Nova Project, located in Fort Bend County, captures carbon dioxide resulting from coal-fired power generation and uses the CO2 for enhanced oil recovery while also sequestering it deep underground.
 
“With the official opening of the Petra Nova plant, Texas is undeniably the leader in energy technology,” Commissioner Christian said last Friday. “This important project will not only lead to more energy production and jobs in Texas, but to cleaner energy production as well.”
 
The Petra Nova project is expected to capture approximately 1.6 million metric tons of CO2 annually from the WA Parish Generating Station southwest of Houston. Hilcorp Energy will use the captured CO2 at the company’s West Ranch oil field.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Chamber Teacher Appreciation Reception


 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation reception hosted by the Shelby County Chamber will be held on Wednesday, April 26 at the Windham Civic Center in Center at 4:00 p.m. The reception is held annually to salute and recognize the dedicated administrations and teaching staff of all the Shelby County school districts.  The Chamber of Commerce Education committee will present each school campus Teacher of the Year with a Certificate of Recognition and will announce the Shelby County Teacher of the Year for Elementary and Secondary schools.  This is a time when gratitude and appreciation is expressed to the educators throughout the county.  The Teacher of the Year from the Shelby County School Campuses are:
 
Center Christian Academy – Monica Caldas
 
F.L. Moffett Primary School – Michelle Covington-Richards
Center Elementary School – Kimberly Hearn
Center Intermediate School – Kathy Johnson
Center Middle School – Sharon Rice
Center High School – Adam Ramirez
 
Excelsior ISD – Mary May
 
Joaquin Elementary School – Casey Gamble
Joaquin Junior High School – Amanda Freeman
Joaquin High School – Lisa Barton
 
S.W. Carter Elementary – Rose Jones
Shelbyville Middle School – Anita Sheppard
Shelbyville High School – Nicole Tindol
 
Timpson Elementary – Cindy Bush
Timpson Middle School – James Foster
Timpson High School – Danielle Smith
 
Gold sponsors for the event are Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank. For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or visit us at www.shelbycountychamber.com
 

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Shred Day


 
 
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Shelby Beautiful Clean Committee announces
 that the mobile shredding unit will be available on the Historic Downtown Center
Square on Friday, April 21 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Community members are invited
to bring documents that need to be shredded. Businesses are limited to ten file 
boxes unless prior arrangements have been made.
 
These services are provided free to the public as a service of the Shelby County
Beautiful Clean program of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.
 
 
 
 

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Golden Harvest Ministries Meetings


 

The Golden Harvest Ministries Club meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 11:30 am. At the First Baptist Church in Center. Their next meeting will be May 15, so come and join them for lunch.
 

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Just For You Ribbion Cutting


 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will join Saundra Christopher, owner of Just For You, on Thursday, April 27 at 4:30 p.m.  for a new member ribbon cutting. The Chamber will host the ribbon cutting at the Chamber office on the downtown square.  Just For You is a catering and event planning business that can cater small or large events.  
 
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.
 

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Run For The SON


 

 
Run For The SON, the annual fund raiser for the East Texas Disciples, local chapter of the Christian Motorcyclist Association will be held this Saturday on the NAPA parking lot across from Wal-Mart.  
 
Between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm we will have giant baked potato's loaded with BBQ and all the other fixings, cookies and a drink for an $8.00 donation.  CMA is a world wide Christian Ministry.  All proceeds go strictly for ministry.  Check out, east texas disciples 1127 on line to see what we are all about. Come and meet us and enjoy a great baked potato.

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Center Police Department Fundraiser


 

Center PD's Ladies Aux  T-Shirt Fundraiser.   2 choices to choose from.
CENTER, TX , or just TEXAS.   Shirts or Navy Blue, Short sleeve only.
 
 
 

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Minutes of Regular Meeting The Board of Trustees Center ISD


 

 
A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center Independent School District (CISD) was held on Thursday, April 13, 2017 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Center Independent School District Administration Board Room located at located at 107 Private Road 605 in Center, Texas 75935.
 
1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum
 
James Greer called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. and declared a quorum.
 
Present: James Greer; John Henry Holloway; Allison Johnson; Casey Lout; Matthew Mettauer; Traci Willoughby; Tammy Lemoine, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction; Betty McDaniel, Director of Finance and James Hockenberry, Superintendent
 
Absent: Daphne LaRock
 
Visitors: Danny Berry, Berry and Clay;  Barry Bowman, CISD Athletic Director; Lori Brister, CES Instructional Coach;  Mike Brister; Tina Byrnes, Southwest Foodservice Excellence; David Golden, McKinley-Golden Architects; Matthew Gregory, CHS Administrator; Heath Hagler, CIS Administrator; Jake Henson, CMS Administrator; Inez Hughes, Bilingual/ESL Coordinator; Jimmie Johnston, Southwest Foodservice Excellence; Chris Maggard, Southwest Foodservice Excellence; Amber Mathews, CES Teacher; Malcolm McKinley, McKinley-Golden Architects; Shelly Norvell, CES Administrator; Kurt Radnitzer, FLM Administrator; Allison Scull, parent; Anna Stuever, parent; Lindsey Tipton, Southwest Foodservice Excellence; Mickey Wulf, Special Services Director, CMS Beta Club students, sponsors and parents
 
2. Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance
 
John Henry Holloway gave the invocation and Traci Willoughby led the Pledges of Allegiance.
 
3. Closed Session
 
Mr. Greer called for a closed session at 5:32 p.m. under Texas Government Code §551.071 and §551.129 for presentation of Level III parent complaint by Shannon, Todd and Alexia Baldwin.
 
4. Open Session
 
The Board returned into open session at 6:06 p.m.  No action was taken in closed session. 
 
A motion was made by James Greer, seconded by Matthew Mettauer to uphold the decision from the Level II grievance hearing.
 
The motion carried 6-0.
5. Public Comments/Audience Participation
 
None
 
6. Recognition of Center Middle School Beta Club
 
The Center Middle School Beta Club State competition winners were recognized by their sponsors noting that the students received more awards than ever before and will advance to the National competition in Orlando, Florida.  
 
A motion was made by Matthew Mettauer, seconded by Allison Johnson to approve up to $10,000 for transportation cost for the Center Middle School Beta Club to travel to National competition in Florida.
 
The motion carried 6-0.
 
7. Consent Agenda
 
A motion was made by John Henry Holloway, seconded by Matthew Mettauer to approve the consent agenda consisting of the minutes from the special called meeting on March 21, 2017 and the regular meeting on March 21, 2017, Investment Report (March 2017); Tax Collection Report (March 2017); Financial Reports (March 2017); payment approvals over $50,000 and Overnight Student Activity Trips.
 
The motion carried 6-0.
 
8. Discussion and Consideration of Urgent Needs Project Plan
 
Danny Berry, Malcolm McKinley and David Golden presented the Board with concepts and information to consider in order for the District to accomplish the items on the urgent needs plan.  
 
A motion was made by Matthew Mettauer, seconded by Casey Lout to authorize architects to design CHS culinary kitchen, slight renovation to current field house, new field house concept and CES driveway/parking expansion plus allocate monies for CES playground equipment not to exceed $100,000, girls and boys weight room equipment, flooring at CHS and CMS weight rooms, 150 new athletic lockers and security fencing at CIS/CMS/CES in accordance with the enlisted proposals.
 
The motion carried 6-0.
 
The Board adjourned the meeting at 7:35 p.m.
 
The Board reconvened the meeting at 7:50 p.m.
 
9. Consideration to Approval Proposal for Food Service Management Company
 
The District received one proposal from our current food service management vendor, Southwest Foodservice Excellence.  
 
A motion was made by John Henry Holloway, seconded by Matthew Mettauer to approve the proposal for Food Service Management Company to Southwest Foodservice Excellence.
 
The motion carried 6-0.
 
10. Consideration to Approve the 2017-2018 Student Transfer Agreement
 
A motion was made by Matthew Mettauer, seconded by Allison Johnson to increase the out-of-district tuition to $500 per child – maximum of $1,500 per family, accept transfers all year and to approve the 2017-2018 Student Transfer Agreement.
 
The motion carried 6-0.
 
11. Consideration to Approve Job Descriptions
 
A motion was made by Traci Willoughby, seconded by John Henry Holloway to approve the Lead Teacher job descriptions for CHS and CMS with the revision of general knowledge of curriculum and instruction to extensive knowledge of curriculum and instruction.
 
The motion carried 6-0.
 
12. Distribution of TASB Policy Update 107
 
Each member of the Board received a copy of the TASB Policy Update 107 (affecting Local policies).
 
13. Closed Session
 
James Greer called for a closed session at 8:09 p.m. under Texas Government Code §551.074 for consideration of employment of contracted personnel, terminate probationary contracts, contract renewals for Administrators, teachers and certified support staff, resignation/retirement and extended emergency sick leave.
 
14. Open Session
 
The Board returned into open session at 9:20 p.m.  No action was taken in closed session. 
 
14.1 District Employees and Officers:  Texas Government Code §551.074 
 
14.1.1 A motion was made by John Henry Holloway, seconded by Matthew Mettauer to accept the resignations/retirements as recommended by Superintendent Hockenberry. 
 
Luciana Barr, CIS Dyslexia Coordinator – retirement
Rayford Copelin, Deputy Superintendent – retirement
Susan Fountain, FLM Teacher – retirement
Tammy Lemoine, Asst. Supt. of Curriculum & Instr & Sp Programs - retirement
Dianna Link, CMS Secretary – retirement
Stephenia Preston, PEIMS Coordinator - retirement
Kurt Radnitzer FLM Principal – retirement 
Sachiko Vick – FLM Food Service - retirement
Janese Ward – FLM Teacher - retirement
Marilyn Ballard, CHS Diagnostician - resignation
Evelyn Caraway, CES Teacher - resignation
Amanda Elder, CES Teacher - resignation
Erica Klein, CES Teacher - resignation
Kristine Knebel, CES Teacher - resignation
Rebecca Lyles, CES Teacher - resignation
Lynn Parish, CMS Teacher - resignation
Theresa Wallace, FLM Instructional Aide - resignation
Wendie Wooten, CES Teacher - resignation
 
The motion carried 6-0.
 
14.1.2 A motion was made by John Henry Holloway, seconded by Traci Willoughby to approve the employment of personnel as recommended by Superintendent Hockenberry. 
 
Jessica Belrose, Teacher - Center Elementary School
Sarah Hughes, Teacher - Center High School 
Laura Tellechea, Teacher - Center Elementary School
 
The motion carried 6-0.
 
14.1.3 There were no extended emergency sick leaves to be considered by the Board. 
 
14.1.4 A motion was made by Matthew Mettauer, seconded by Traci Willoughby to approve the contract renewals for Administrators, Teachers and Certified Support Staff as submitted by Superintendent Hockenberry. 
 
The motion carried 6-0.
 
15. Adjournment
 
A motion was made by Matthew Mettauer, seconded by Traci Willoughby to adjourn the meeting at 9:22 p.m.
 
The motion carried 6-0.

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Annual Spring Holy Ghost Revival


 

 
Triumph the Church & Kingdom of God in Christ - Strong Triumphant Band invite everyone the Annual Spring Holy Ghost Revival to be held on May 3 - 5th at 7 pm each night.

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Shelby County Leadership Organization Tours Center


 

 

 

 

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Roughrider Academy


 

Center Independent School District is now accepting applications for the
new campus, Roughrider Academy. Applications are available at the CHS front
office.
 
 
 
Roughrider Academy is an academic school providing a flexed, self-paced
curriculum for students in secondary education. The school is not a
disciplinary measure but instead an avenue for students who excel in a
non-traditional setting. Roughrider Academy, which will originate and
locate itself on the Center High School Campus, will employ a certified
faculty and team.
 
 
 
Roughrider Academy’s mission will provide an academic program focused on
skills needed to be independent learners and critical thinkers to be work
or college ready at the time of graduation. A digital platform will be used
to teach and test for mastery, and Academy teachers will facilitate the
program and provide direct instruction to enhance learning.
 
 
 
CISD's new Roughrider Academy will begin accepting enrollment applications
for the 2017-2018 school year beginning Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
 

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CHAMBER TO WELCOME M & M CONSTRUCTION


 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors invite the public to join them for a new member ribbon cutting for M & M Construction, on Tuesday, April 25 at 10:00 a.m.  It will be held at 408 Shelbyville Street in Center.  
 
M & M Construction owners, Mark Miller and Daniel Matthews, offer construction of decks, new homes, remodels, carports, fencing and landscaping.  For more information on other construction projects they may be contacted at 936-488-9306.
 
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.
 

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Pineywoods Cattle Congress


 

Pineywoods Cattle Congress Looking at Clovers, Hog trapping, and More 
Cattleman from across the region will have a field day to look at boosting profitability on their livestock operations on Friday, April 28.  
 
Held at the Woods Ranch on Rifle Road in Pollok, Texas, the program is set to cover a variety of topics and provide 3 CEU’s to individuals with pesticide licenses.  
The first topic on the agenda is feral hog (or wild-pig) control.  Topics were centered around the tried and true methods of pre-baiting and trapping will be discussed and demonstrated.  Feral hogs are an annual, real threat to hay meadows, pastures, and crops.  
Dr. Aaron Sumrall, County Extension Agent from Newton County will be leading the discussion and will also demonstrate how to make and use snares for hog control. 
Sprayer calibration is the next topic.  Darren Rozell of Rozell Ag Sprayers will be talking about how to calibrate sprayers and will demonstrate global positioning satellite technology to ensure good coverage on pastures. 
 
Next will be a discussion on the various flies and ticks that can affect livestock.  From the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Station at Overton, Dr. Jason Banta will be on hand to talk about these annual pests and some new developments that have been in the news regarding ticks. 
Lastly, we will tour a demonstration site where the host, Harold Wood, planted four types of clover.  We’ll look at the plots of Arrowleaf clover, Ball clover, Crimson clover, and White clover.  Clovers can be used to build the soil and provide short term, excellent forage for cattle.  Also from the Research Station in Overton, Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson will cover that material.   
Participants need to pre-register by calling the Texas AgriLife Extension Office in Angelina County at 936.634.6411 x 0 or Texas AgriLife Extension Office in Shelby County at 936-598-7744 by Wed, April 26 to get the early registration price of $20.  After that day (or at the gate) is $30.  
 
Registration for the field day starts at 8 am with the program starting at 8:30 am.  Directions to get to the field day, take Rifle Road off Hwy 7 in Pollok south 0.9 miles and look for signs on the left.  From Hwy 69 near the Pollok volunteer fire department, take Rifle Road north for 2.7 miles and look for signs on the right side of the road. 
Participants need to bring their own lawn chair.  
For more information contact the Angelina Extension office at the number above or email jldunn@ag.tamu.edu 
 
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Lane Dunn is the County Extension Agent for agriculture and natural resources for Shelby County. His email address is jldunn@ag.tamu.edu The members of Texas A&M AgriLife will provide equal opportunities in programs and activities, education, and employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity and will strive to achieve full and equal employment opportunity throughout Texas A&M AgriLife. 
 

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Woodmen Life Chapter 250 Picnic at Boles Field


 

Woodmen Life Chapter 250 will hold a picnic in honor of all of our graduates on Saturday, April 22nd, 11:00 am- 1:00 pm at Boles Field recreation area (FM 2694) in Shelbyville, TX.  All graduates will receive a scholarship from Woodmen and will be asked to share their plans for after graduation with all who are in attendance.  A hamburger and hot dog luncheon will be served.  All members are invited to attend.

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Scammer Busted in DeSoto Parish


 

 
Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle wanted to inform the public of the arrest of Alvin
"Rudy" Howard.  Howard was wanted on felony theft after scamming hundreds of
residents into purchasing a TWIC card with a promise of a job with a company
known as Motiva in Beaumont, TX.  Investigators worked diligently on the
scam and were able to gain enough evidence to secure a warrant for Howard.
Howard was arrested and later booked into the DeSoto Parish Detention Center
on the felony theft warrant.  He remains incarcerated pending bond. 
 
 
 
 
Alvin Dewayne Howard (B/M - DOB: 10/13/1984)
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Well Explodes in DeSoto


 

Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle wanted to inform the public of an explosion on a
well site that occurred in Mansfield, LA yesterday, April 18, 2017.  DeSoto
Parish Sheriff's Office received notification from 911 about a well
explosion on Walker Road in Mansfield, LA around 11:46 a.m.  Deputies
responded to the scene with DeSoto EMS and DeSoto Fire District 8.  It was
found that a crew was working on the site, operated by Aethon Energy, to
clean up damage caused during a recent storm.  During their cleanup effort,
one of the tanks on the site exploded causing injuries to three of the crew
members.  One subject was transported via Life Air with moderate injuries,
one subject was transported via ambulance to a local medical facility with
minor injuries, and one subject was pronounced deceased upon arrival.  We do
not believe any hazardous material was released during the incident and no
residential or commercial structures were in danger during or following the
explosion due to the remote location.

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Shelby County Historical Society Meeting


 

 

 

 

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Weatherman From Channel 3 Visits Golden Harvest Ministries


 

Earlier this week Joe Haynes Weatherman from Channel 3 in Sherevport visted the Golden Harvest Ministries in Center.

 

 

 

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False 911 Call at Tenaha ISD


 

Earlier today a false 911 call was place with someone posing as a Tenaha Employee, Tenaha ISD has released this statement.

 

"Once again.... some one is being cavalier with the comfort and security of our kids... today, someone placed a 911 call to law enforcement posing as a Tenaha employee that we had an active security situation. TISD has had no such incident. The call was made by someone in the public to 911 about our school. Again, TISD has been the victim of a hoax... a special thank you once again to all of the members of law enforcement that descended upon our school so quickly, as they were under the impression that they were responding to an active 911 situation. Repeating--- there has been no security situation at TISD today. Only a false 911 call from outside the district."

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San Augustine Pro Rodeo


 

 
San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce  Pro Rodeo – April 28th and 
29th, 7:30 PM nightly presented by L&R Timber and Common Disposal 
Adults $10, Children 12 and under $5, children under 3 free
 
Friday Night – Pink Out Night! Sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank – “Are you tough enough to wear Pink”
Saturday Night – Patriotic Night! Sponsored by Scarber Automotive – 
Veterans free with ID
 
Calf Scramble Nightly
 
Mutton Bustin before the show each night – children 7 and under – sign 
up at 5 PM
 
Team Roping, Bull Riding, Breakaway Riding, Barrel Racing, Saddle 
Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Steer Wresting and Tie Down Roping
 
Retail Vendors and Concession Stand Open

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Special Olympics


 

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Todd Spring Baptist Church Family and Friend's Day


 

Todd Spring Baptist Church in Shelbyville will have their annual family and friend’s day celebration on Sunday April 23, 2017 at 2:30 pm.  Pastor Curtis Archie and the East Liberty Baptist Church will be the special guest.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Wilbert Simmons Jr. Pastor.  If you have any questions please call Debbra at 936-591-2494.   

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Wanted - Popeyes Employee Commits Fraud


 

 
The Nacogdoches Police Department is asking for assistance identifying a forgery suspect.  On 3-16-17 the suspect in the photographs entered a business in Nacogdoches and passed a counterfeit check.  The suspect was wearing a Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen shirt but our investigation has revealed that she is NOT an employee of the local eatery.  The suspect was a passenger in a white Chevrolet Tahoe.
 
If you have any information on the identity of this suspect, call CRIME STOPPERS at 560-INFO (4636), hit the SUBMIT A TIP icon on our facebook page, or send us a tip on the web at www.ncstips.com. All information is confidential and you never have to give your name. CRIME STOPPERS will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000.00 for the first, most complete tip that leads to the arrest or indictment of this suspect.
 

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Pastor and Wife Appreciation


 

 
First Smyrna United Missionary Baptist Church pastor and wife appreciation will be held on May 7th at 2:30 pm.  Honoring 7 years of service for Pastor Charleston and Lady Elect Kitambra Baker.  Special guest speaker will be David Mitchell.

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Letter From the Sheriff


 

 
 
Citizens of Shelby County,
 
This letter is to address the concerns raised at the recent Tenaha City Council meeting.
To answer the question posed by the city council in Tenaha and the Mayor, I will try to show you how the daily operation at the Sheriff’s office works and how officers are scheduled to do the most work for the citizens of the entire county.
 
The calls received by the SCSO in any area of the county are rotated to the appropriate agency. If any incorporated city in the county does not have an officer available, we will make the call. Center, Tenaha and Timpson are fortunate enough to be able to afford police departments. Each Precinct has a Constable. We have six highway patrol and two game wardens.  The SCSO has two patrol deputies on duty at all times. With six patrol deputies for the entire county, we are reactive to calls. As much as I would love to be proactive to prevent violations, the county budget does not allow for more deputies and unless taxes are raised, we will stay the same. 
 
Everyone works together for the citizens of Shelby County but each have their department. 9-1-1 is answered only at the SCSO and calls are routed accordingly. All officers’ phone numbers are public information if provided by their departments.
 
There are 1,355 miles of county roads citizens live on in Shelby County and five cities within the county. No one city will be treated any different than the other. The SCSO does and will continue to answer calls throughout Shelby County.
 
The SCSO answers between 800-1,000 calls for service monthly. The deputies and investigators are working and patrolling 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, holidays included.
 
The SCSO along with myself, have and will continue to be accountable to the people of this county, all cities included. We always have been.
 
 
 
Willis Blackwell
 
Sheriff

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Relay For Life of Shelby County Designer Bag Bingo


 

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The Oldest Town in Texas Road Show


 

 

 

 

The Oldest Town in Texas Road Show returns to The Old Tobacco Warehouse in Nacogdoches at 7:30 pm on FRIDAY April 28, 2017!
 
This is a homegrown show that has gained popularity since inception by Kim Crisp and Stephen Pate. With performances at The PinesTheatre in Lufkin Texas, Carthage Civic Center, The 1894 Grand Opera House in Galveston, and other venues across the State, the show has made "The Old Tobacco Warehouse" in Nacogdoches its Home Venue with shows scheduled approximately every 10 -12 weeks apart. Consisting of professional musicians along with some favorite amateur talent, the variety show also often features nationally known comedian,  The Politically Correct Willie P Richardson, "The Phone Prankster" who is heard around the world on Sirius XM.  
 
The Branson-style variety show Produced by Kim Crisp and Stephen Pate is hosted by Brad Maule, who starred as ‘Dr. Tony Jones’ on TV’s General Hospital for 22+ years, Threes Company, Oprah Television Show, plus worked with Don Ho while living in Hawaii, not to mention numerous other television and movie appearances. Brad will MC, tell of local lore, entertain with jokes and sing some of his favorite Texas Swing numbers as well as (Herd a bunch of Cats.... ) A bunch of Cool Cats such as :
 
 Road Show regular cast members, Kim Crisp aka “Camo Elvis,” 
Stephen Pate lead guitar, music director and lead vocalist, who has appeared on numerous stages across Texas and on RFD TV along with the Roadshow Band. 
Band members include Jason Kelley " the Atomic Clock" on drums, 
Bo ' Fist Bump' Miller on keys, accordion, mandolin, and vocals; 
Sarah Griffin Humpries on fiddle and vocals, 
C D Scull on bass, and 
Jan Pate lead female vocalist. 
 
 Special guests Courtney Burch, Devin Horchem,Brandon Atchison, Merritt Banks, Brandon Hughes, ETX Music Award Winner Anna Stockdale will also be featured.  
 This Show will HONOR all Veterans and Public Service Personnel. A group of retired Marines and their spouses will be in town for a reunion and will be in attendance. General Mike Butchko will lead in the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem and the Prayer will be handled by the Marines. We would like to offer a special discount ticket price to all Military or Public Uniformed Personal of 10%  to this show.  
 
Tickets are priced at $20 for adults and $10 for students with tables of 10 available by request. 
Ticket locations include: Spring and Prince Boutique, 111 N. Pecan in Nacogdoches and at Nacogdoches Lighting and Flooring, 732 North University Drive.  Order online at ITickets.com or phone 800.965.9324. For info: call Kim Crisp at 936-371-9101. 
 
The Old Tobacco Warehouse is located on the 2nd floor at 111 N. Pecan in Nacogdoches. Elevator is available.
 

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WWII Vet Terrell Childs to Recall His Army-Air Corps Service for TAGHS


 

 

 

 
The attached WWII photograph of Terrell Childs standing near the nose of a crash landed German Messerschmitt Bf 110 airplane was posted on Facebook a few weeks ago, drawing a great deal of interest and many likes and shares. Readers were astonished to learn that the German fighter-bomber was in USAAF hands at the time of this crash, that Mr. Childs was instrumental in the U.S. military's acquisition of the plane, and that he had been aboard it at the time of the crash! The Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society invites the public to hear Timpson WWII veteran Terrell Childs recall this amazing story as well as others from his service to our country during WWII at their  monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 19 at 2PM in the meeting room of the Timpson Public Library on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets. 
 
 
 
 
 
     

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Easter Egg Hunt at Perry Sampson Park in Center


 

 

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Sports News


 

 
In Riderland
 
The Center Roughriders baseball team has a home game vs. the Henderson Lion on Tuesday, April 18 @ 7p.
 
In Bear Country
 
The Timpson Bears baseball team has a home game vs. Mt. Enterprise vs. the Wildcats on Tuesday, April 18 @ 6p.
 
In Tigerland
 
The Tenaha Tigers baseball team has an away game @ Shelbyville vs. the Dragons on Tuesday, April 18 @ 6p.
 
In Ram Country
 
The Joaquin Rams baseball team has an away game @ Woden vs. the Eagles on Tuesday, April 18 @ 6p.
 
San Augustine 
 
The San Augustine Wolves baseball team has an away game @ Broaddus vs. the Bulldogs on Tuesday, April 18 @ 12p.
 

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Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian Attends the Butterfly Release in Center


 

 

 

Yesterday was the Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center 2017 Butterfly release on the downtown Center City square.  The event began at 4:30, among those that attended was Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian who gave a speech about the importance that religious morals bring to society.

 

 

 

Wayne Christian TX Rail Road Commissioner & David Chadwick Mayor of Center. — at Shelby County Courthouse Square.

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Easter Egg Hunt Today at Fannie Brown Booth Library


 

 
Focused Care of Center will be holding their First Annual Easter Egg Hunt in the park at 2:00pm today 4/14 behind the Fanny Brown Booth Library. For more information call (936)598-2483.

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Patroon Baptist Church Garage Sale


 

Patroon Baptist Church is currently accepting donations for their indoor garage sale which will be held on April 28 and 29. Please contact Debbie at 598-9253, Katie at 488-9773 or Jessica at 201-1614 to arrange drop-off or pick-up. The garage sale will benefit a summer trip to camp. All donations are greatly appreciated.
 
Patroon Baptist Church will be holding an indoor garage sale on Friday, April 28 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, April 29 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Patroon Baptist Church is located at 310 FM 2261, Shelbyville. Proceeds will benefit a summer trip to Fort Rock family camp in Arkansas. 

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Sculpture for All April 22nd


 

 

 
Sculpture for All will be held on Saturday, April 22 at 5 PM - 7 PM at the Ruby Mize Azalea Garden in Nacogdoches. For more information call 1-936-468-4404 or visit: https://www.sculptureforall.com/
 

 

 

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CHS Theatre department will perform Anne Frank and Me at First Methodist Church


 

As part of the First Methodist Church Concert Series, the CHS Theatre department will perform Anne Frank and Me, a multi-generational play for all ages, at First United Methodist Church Sunday April 23 which is nationally recognized as Holocaust Remembrance Day.  The public is invited and admission is free.
 
The Theatre Department performed the play earlier as a dinner theatre at Center High School, but they were excited to be invited by the church to perform it as part of a special occasion.
 
"The kids and I were both flattered to be asked," director Chris Watlington said.  "It's not all that often that high school players get to take a show on the road.  This is a wonderful theatrical opportunity for my students and a good chance for the community to share in this important day of remembrance."
 
The show is suitable for all ages, assuming that the younger audiences are mature enough for subject matter involving the Holocaust.  The play begins at 7:00 pm and runs about 70 minutes.
 

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San Augustine Chamber News Letter


 

We wish you a very Happy Good Friday and Easter this weekend.  Take the little ones to Mission Dolores on Saturday for their “Egg-Stravaganza” to make confetti eggs, also known as cascarones, from 1pm to 3pm.  Program is designed for ages 10 and younger, no charge.  Call 275-3815 for details.
 
Remember to join us at the Monthly Membership Meeting next Tuesday, April 18th.  We’ll be hearing about our local 4-H programsand agriculture in schools, and enjoying catering by one of our  newest members, Shani’s Catering out of Center.  Our April Business of the Month is Texas Star Retail, and they have so many things going on – be sure to stop in to see them tomorrow, Good Friday, April 14th, to meet the Easter Bunny!  Bring your own camera for pictures, and maybe even take home a little live bunny of your own.  Don’t forget to visit the consignment room while you are there!  Texas Star is at 106 W Columbia, on the Square in San Augustine.
 
Relay for Life is coming up on Friday, May 12th around the Square in downtown San Augustine, from 7pm to 1am.  Register at http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=82832  or call (800) 227-2345 for more registration options.  If you aren’t able to join the relay that evening, there are a some really easy ways to show your support:  This Saturday, 4/15, San Augustine Subway is offering a profit share of 25% all day long, breakfast, lunch & dinner.  Just say “Relay for Life” as you check out – thank you, Carter Enterprises!  Two more options are coming up next week -  the Colonial Pines Cruisers are having a Chicken Spaghetti Fundraiser (plate also includes green beans, garlic bread, and dessert for just $7) benefitting Relay for Life, with plates to be delivered on April 19th.  AND, they are having a Burger & Bingo Night on Friday April 21st that is also a Relay Fundraiser!  $15 gets you a Burger Dinner and 2 Bingo Cards.  Call (936) 275-3412 to place your order for the Chicken Spaghetti, or to RSVP for Bingo Night.  
 
And there are two more fun ways to support the San Augustine Elementary Relay team - they are having a Crawfish Boil starting at 11am on Saturday, 4/22, just $6.00 for a plate, stop by the drop off zone at the school to get yours.  Plus, the Flamingos are back!!  If you'd like to 'flock' someone's yard with pink flamingos for just $20, go by the school to fill out your request!!  
 
OH - and CONGRATULATIONS to SAHS teacher Mary Whittlesey on being awarded State Citizenship Teacher of the Year!
 
Are you ready for the Heritage Festival?    Surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature this day will recognize the historical significance of cultures native to San Augustine over the last 300 years, beginning with the establishment of the 1717 Mission Dolores.   There will be musical entertainment, announcement of Texas Treasure Business Awards, a classic car show, tours of the recently restored 1919 Jail,  cultural heritage demonstrations, food, shopping, vendors, art,  reenactments, 10 of our East Texas Authors, a history scavenger hunt for our younger set, and much more!  Around the square in San Augustine on April 22nd.  The Texas Treasure 
 
Business Awards ---an award given by the Texas Historical Commission will be presented at 12:30 at the Main Stage, this year the businesses recognized include  Garner and Sons Funeral Home, since 1927; Heart Strings of East Texas,   since 1966, and Wyman Roberts Funeral Home,  since 1938.  We will also enjoy distinguished speakers and a cannon blast!  
 
 
As soon as the dust settles from Heritage Fest it’s time to RODEO!  Back for the second year, the San Augustine County Pro Rodeo on April 28th & 29th will feature events such as Team Roping, Bull Riding, Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down Roping, Calf Scramble and Mutton Busting!  Vendor spaces and Truck Spots are going fast, call the Chamber for details! 
 
AgriLife Extension Service is offering a ‘Do Well, Be Well’ program for people with Type 2 Diabetes or their caregivers, with weekly classes including a healthy lunch!  Just $25 covers the full course of information and five lunches,  with sessions 12pm-2pm on Wednesdays,  4/26-5/25 at the Log Cabin.  Call Sandy Jenkins at 275-3644 for more info or to register, or email her at sandy.jenkins@ag.tamu.edu.
 
Got some stuff you’ve been meaning to let go of?   The first Saturday in May just may be the biggest Junk in the Trunk of the year, since it coincides with Sale on the Trail, 200 miles of garage sales along the El Camino Real (Hwy 21) from Natchitoches to Nacogdoches on Fri & Sat May 5th & 6th!  Talk about shop til you drop…  Keep an eye on the Facebook page for more info - https://www.facebook.com/SaleontheTrail/
 
The San Augustine Library is now offering a weekly Story Hour for preschool children and their parents, come join the fun at 10 am each Wednesday for reading and crafts!  Call the Library with questions, 275-5367.  
 
Our local VFW Post #9313 is starting an auxiliary for family members of eligible veterans (those who were saw action or were deployed overseas during their service) even if the vet is not a member – call Paul Lester for details at (936) 596-6400.
 
Another great event for vets is the 'Veterans Stand Down' sponsored by DETCOG on Thursday, April 20th, from 9am to 3pm at the Civic Center in Lufkin.  'Adopt a Vet' for this this free event to benefit homeless veterans and offers info on housing and other assistance, survival bags, and goodies.  Call Veronica Thomas with DETCOG at (800) 256-6848 for more info. Veterans should bring their military ID with them.
 
Remember, April is Child Abuse Awareness Month – There’s No Excuse for Child Abuse! 
 
San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce
611 W. Columbia St, San Augustine, TX 75972   *  936-275-3610  *  www.sanaugustinetx.com
 
Upcoming Events:
4/21     DRT Dinner Theater for San Jacinto Day
4/22     Main Street's 4th Annual "A Texas Treasure - Heritage Festival"
4/28-9  San Augustine County Rodeo
5/5-6    Sale on the Trail - all along the El Camino Real from Natchitoches to Nacogdoches
10/28   27th Annual Sassafras Festival
 

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Joaquin Public Saftey Corporation Meeting


 

The Joaquin Public Safety Corporation will meet in regular session Monday, April 17, 2017
at 6:00 p.m. at the Joaquin City Office located at 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
          
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
 
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest  
2. Board approval of the previous month’s minutes.
3. Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
4. Review of financial standing of JPSD Corporation.
5. Adjourn.
 
IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held   in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.
 

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Joaquin Economic Development Corporation Meeting


 

 
The Joaquin Economic Development Corporation will meet in regular session Monday, April 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Joaquin City Office located at 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
          
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
 
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest  
2. Board approval of the previous month’s minutes.
3. Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
4. Review of financial standing of JED Corporation.
5. Board discussion and action on financial agreement with the City of Joaquin
6. Adjourn.
 
IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held   in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.
 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

 
The City Council of Joaquin will meet in special  session Monday, April 17, 2017
6:30 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. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Open Forum.
4. Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
5. Monthly Reports:
a. City Secretary
b. Utility Billing Manager
c. Public Works Manager
d. Water Department
e. Fire Department
6. Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.
7. Discussion & Council Action on renewal of TML IEBP Health insurance (rerate).
8. Discussion & Council Action on use of Hotel/Motel Tax funds to sponsor Heritage Festival.
9. Discussion & Council Action on sponsorship for refreshments for Elementary Students (Heritage Festival).
10. Discussion & Council Action on possible property exchange with Rodney Dean.
11. Adjournment.
 
 
IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held   in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Paddie Capitol Update


 

This Capitol Update comes to you in the midst of the House's debate of the budget for the next biennium.  
 
As we've discussed before, passing a budget is the only thing that each legislature is required to do according to the Texas Constitution.  During the budget debate, we decide how to spend the valuable tax dollars that you the taxpayers have entrusted us with.  We debate everything from education priorities to healthcare spending to border security.  This is the most wide ranging debate of each session.  I look forward to reporting back to you with the highlights of the House budget after we complete this marathon debate.
 
Even while we conduct this crucial debate, the other business before the legislature continues on.  Last week we debated an important measure that will ensure that more people have access to mental healthcare and substance abuse assistance through their medical insurance.  Mental health issues are one of the most pressing issues that face our local law enforcement and present throughout every facet of our penal and healthcare systems.  Anything that we can do to provide more mental health resources will be a benefit in many facets of society.
 
The House also passed legislation to facilitate tele-medicine for pediatric health providers in rural areas.  In East Texas, access to healthcare is one of the most important issues that we contend with.  Any measures that we can pass to make sure that all of rural Texas has access to top-notch healthcare will continue our quality of life in rural areas.
 
Last week, the State Affairs Committee continued hearing pro-life bills, which is one of the important charges of this committee.  We heard a bill that would end the cause of action for wrongful death.  That means that you could not sue your doctor if your child is born with birth defects, through no fault of the doctor.  We also heard a bill that would end the authority of a doctor to enter a do-not-resuscitate order without the consent of the patient.  I look forward to sending both of these bills to the entire house for debate.
 
It was great to have many of our local realtors and optometrists in Austin.  It is always wonderful to see so many East Texans in Austin advocating for issues that are important to them.  If you plan to be in Austin at any point during the remainder of the session, please make sure to reach out to me at 512-463-0556 or district9.paddie@house.texas.gov.
 
 
 

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Adam Ramirez VFW Post HS Teacher of the Year


 

Adam Ramirez was selected as the VFW Post 8904 HS Teacher of the Year. He was presented with a framed certificate, check for $100.00 and an engraved pen set. Adam teaches basic and advanced graphic design and illustration. Photos courtesy of Sydney Brookshire, District Media Coordinator. 
 
 
VFW Post Quarter Master Larry Hume, Teacher Adam Ramirez, Post Comander Gene Hutto

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Drunk Driver Wrecks on Shelbyville St.


 

 
Yesterday at approximately 8:58 a.m the Center Fire Department, Center Police Department, and Ace EMS responded to a wreck on Shelbyville St. in Center Texas.  The driver of a silver passenger car Casedrick Goodwin age 41 of Center ran off the road taking out a column at the Bark Boutique, and crashing through a telephone pole obliterating it.
 
The vehicle lost one of its front wheels and finally came to rest after taking out a speed limit sign.  Emergency personnel quickly responded to the scene.  Ace EMS transported the driver with minor injuries to Nacogdoches Medical Center in Center.  After he was released he was arrested for driving while intoxicated.  The Center Fire department and police departments blockaded the area.  
 
The vehicle was towed and the area cleaned up.  According to the Center Fire Department traffic resumed at approximately 10:15 a.m. 
 
 

 

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Wanted - Person


 

 
 
Center Crime Stoppers is seeking information on the whereabouts of Rick Eugene Warren, 42, of Timpson who has an active felony warrant for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. Mr. Warren is described as being a white male, 5'09” tall, and weighing 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
 
Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.
 
If a caller does not wish to remain anonymous or receive a reward, they may call the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at 936-598-5600.
 
If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape or warns Mr. Warren of impending discovery or apprehension will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Felony 3 offense.

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Wreck on Shelbyville Street in Center


 

This Morning at approximately 8:58 a.m the Center Fire Department, Center Police Department, and Ace EMS responded to a wreck on Shelbyville St. in Center Texas.  The driver of a silver passenger car ran off the road taking out a column at the Bark Boutique, and crashing through a telephone pole obliterating it.

 

The vehicle loss one of its front wheels and finaly came to rest after taking out a 30 mile per hour speed limit sign.  Emergency personnel quickly responded to the scene.  Ace EMS transported the driver with unknown injuries.  The Center Fire department and police departments blockaded the area.  

 

The vehicle began leaking fluids and the Firemen applied a chemical dust to prevent them from spreading.  The wrecker service arrived to tow away the vehicle and after picking up the larger pieces and hooking up the car the tow truck left the scene.  

 

According to the Center Fire Department traffic resumed at approximately 10:15 a.m. The idenity of the driver and his condition has yet to be officially released.      

 

 

 

 

 

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Mt. Zion C.M.E Passion Week & Sunrise Service


 

 
 
Passion Week Services on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. nightly with guest speaker, Prophet Jamie Capers, of Miles Chapel C.M.E. Church of Tyler,TX.  Sunrise Services with be held on Sunday at 6 a.m. with pastor Elgena Weaver giving the resurrection message with breakfast served immediately following.  Regular Morning Worship at 11 a.m. with Easter Program.
 
For more information call: 936-488-8096

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Texas Treasure Heritage Festival


 

 

 
Celebrate Texas "Firsts" in the Texas Historical Commissions National Register Commercial Historic District of downtown San Augustine!    Surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature this day will recognize the historical significance of different cultures native to San Augustine as far back as 300 years with the establishment of the 1717 Mission Dolores.    The area is known for its clean air and peaceful environment!    There will be musical entertainment, announcement of Texas Treasure Business Awards, classic car show, tour of recently restored 1919 Jail,  cultural heritage demonstrations, food, shopping, vendors, art,  reenactments, and much more! 
 
Saturday, April 22 ---------9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
 
Texas Treasure Business Awards ---an award given by the Texas Historical Commission will be presented at 12:30 at the Main Stage!    
 

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Tenaha School Board Meeting


 

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MAY LUNCH & LEARN AT MISSION DOLORES


 

 
 
SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas —  Grab your lunch and a friend and head down to Mission Dolores State Historic Site on Friday, May 26th at 12:00 p.m. for the monthly “Lunch and Learn” program! 
 
The program, “James Pinckney Henderson” will discuss the life and career of James Pinckney Henderson - a lawyer, politician, soldier, resident of San Augustine and the first Governor of the State of Texas. As part of the tricentennial celebration commemorating the establishment of Mission Dolores in San Augustine, Mission Dolores State Historic Site will hold similar lunchtime programs once a month throughout 2017, covering a variety of topics related to East Texas history. Our Site Manager, Mick Haven, will present this month’s program. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
Admission is free and the program will run from 12:00–1:00 p.m. Mission Dolores State Historic Site is currently open Tuesday through Sunday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, please call 936-275-3815.
 
 

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JOIN US FOR AN EGG-STRAVAGANZA AT MISSION DOLORES!


 

 
 
 
SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas - Staying in San Augustine for the Easter holiday? Come
to Mission Dolores State Historic Site for an "Egg-stravaganza" on Saturday,
April 15th!
 
 
 
We will be making cascarones, or confetti eggs, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Children can take the cascarones home to crack with family members on Easter
Sunday!
 
 
 
"Although the concept of confetti eggs originated in Asia, they were
widespread in Spain in the 1700s" said Brooke Bonorden, site
educator/interpreter at Mission Dolores State Historic Site. "We hope you
will join us for an afternoon of festive fun!"
 
 
 
Mission Dolores was a Spanish mission built in 1721 in what is now San
Augustine County, just 20 miles west of the Texas-Louisiana border. The site
tells an important history about the Native American experience with Texas'
earliest European settlers. Visitors can explore the site's history at the
museum, where interpretive displays tell the story of Mission Dolores. The
property also has a campground, picnic area, and group pavilions.
 
 
 
Program designed for children ages 10 and under. Admission is free. Mission
Dolores State Historic Site is currently open Tuesday through Sunday, 8
a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, please call 936-275-3815.
 
 

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HUXLEY HELPING HANDS FOOD PANTRY


 

 
 
HUXLEY HELPING HANDS, A LOCAL MISSION GROUP from the Huxley Community IS  HOLDING A FOOD PANTRY FOR THE RESIDENTS OF SHELBY COUNTY. I.D.& PROOF OF RESIDENCEY IS REQUIRED. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A BOX IF YOU DO NOT BRING PHOTO ID 
ONLY ONE (1) BOX PER HOUSEHOLD 
 
IT WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY,  APRIL 14 
 
DATE: APRIL 14 2017
 
TIME: SIGN-IN STARTS @ 9:00 AM UNTIL FOOD IS GONE
 
LOCATION: HILLCREST BAPTIST CHURCH 901 SOUTHVIEW CIRCLE CENTER TEXAS 
 

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Timpson City Council Meeting


 

 
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the governing body of the above named City will be held on the 18th day of April, 2017 at 5:30 pm. at the City Hall, 456 Jacob Street, Timpson, Texas, at which time the following subjects will be considered, to-wit:  
 
   Call to Order:  
 
Invocation:
 
Pledge: United States Pledge, Texas Pledge             
 
Chamber of Commerce: 
 
Council Items: 
 
Presentations & Recognition:
     
            a) The City of Timpson would like to present the Shelby County Children’s 
                Advocacy Center with a check in the amount of $551.03 (child safety fee)
     and recognize the Center for their efforts in Child Abuse Prevention through 
   educational programs and events throughout the county. 
 
             b) The Council would like to recognize Municipal Court Clerk Paula Mullins on
                 her 8th year anniversary and City Secretary Leslie Leathers on her 2nd anniversary
                 with the City of Timpson.  
                               
7.     Public Comment:  Notify the public of CenterPoint Energy’s 2016 GRIP                 
            Filing for the Beaumont/East Texas Division concerning rate increases.
             
     8.          Department Reports:                            
                  A.    Public Works:  Larry Burns
 
                  B.    Police Department: Kent Graham
 
                  C.   Municipal Court:  Reported for the month of March 2017, 66 citations,
     75 violations, 0 citations to a minor and 6 citations to a juvenile.
   Total amount reported $30,017.73 for the Police Department and Court, 
   the city’s portion a (55% Estimate) $16,509.75. In addition, 1,749.16
                         will be paid to Linebarger for their fees collected in the month of March.
 
 
            D.   City Secretary:  Leslie Leathers reporting that Sabrina Rogers with CopSync was
                   here on March 28th to meet with Mayor Smith and Chief Kent Graham.  Also,
                   Chief Tim Barton from Garrison was on hand to do a live demonstration.  The
                   CopSync grant application has been filed for the Timpson Police Department.
 
IMPORTANT DATES:
                   
                   *Early Voting begins April 24th at City Hall and ends May 2nd ; weekdays only
*April 24th  and May 2nd are extended hours – 7am – 7pm other days are 8am-5pm
             *April 6th - the last day to register to vote or make a change of address in order to be 
               able to vote in the May 6th Election.
             *April 25th - the last day to apply for ballots to be voted by mail.
             *May 6th --ELECTION DAY-- 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Timpson ISD Gym foryer.
 
             
      9.          Consent Agenda:  Items A thru E included under the Consent Agenda require little or no 
       Deliberation by the Council.  Approval of the Consent Agenda authorizes the       
       City Secretary to proceed with the conclusion of each item as reflected in the   
       Minutes of this meeting.
 
 Consider approval of the minutes from the Special Meeting on March 7, 2017  
 Consider approval of the minutes from the Regular Meeting on March 21, 2017
C.   Consider approval of  Financial Statement for the month ending March, 2017
D.   Consider approval of April Accounts Payable – Unpaid bills for March, 2017
E.   Approval for Timpson ISD and American Legion Post 90 to hold their 
       Annual Memorial Day Event on the Square.       
 
REGULAR AGENDA ITEMS  (10-16)
 
 
   10.         Discuss and take action: Approve the estimate for repairs to the 2008 F150 Electric
                 Department truck from David’s Auto for $1,441.32.  (The repairs are for the power
                 steering and air conditioner, a copy of the estimate is included in the packets.)
 
   11.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Approve $1,000 in additional repairs to the WPA
                 rock wall at SoSo Park.  Also, include the hourly amount to be paid to the contractor 
                 and what bank account/funds will be used.
 
   12.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Approve the funding for additional repairs needed
                 to the culvert project at Pecan and Marcus Streets.  Angelina Excavating was awarded
                 this bid at the Special Meeting in March 2017 but it did not include a wye inlet at
                 Grand Street for $4,635.00.  Even with this additional charge, the bill from Angelina
                 Excavating will still come in under the original bid from Duplichain.    
 
   13.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Approve new fencing at MLK Park.  Three bids
                 have been submitted to replace the fencing at the baseball field in the park.
 
   14.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Approve lease of land (facing 59) for a local
                 fruit stand owner.  Discuss liability insurance requirements and rental fees.
 
   15.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Discuss researching and implementing a
                 panhandling ordinance that lines up with the state statute.  The ordinance will 
                 bar people soliciting (begging) for money on city property and in public places, from
                 using threatening gestures, refusing to take “no” for an answer and intentionally 
                 blocking someone’s path.  It will also prohibit panhandling near an ATM or other
                 places people are likely to be caught with their wallets out, including banks and check
                 cashing places.  Also discuss fines or penalties that will be attached.
 
   16.         Adjourn: 
 
 
           
The Council reserves the right to retire into executive session concerning any of the items listed on this agenda whenever it is considered necessary and is legally justified under the Open Meetings Act.
This facility is wheelchair accessible and wheelchair parking is available.  Requests for accommodations or interpretive services must be made 48 hours prior to this meeting.  Please contact the City Secretary at 254-2421 for further information or needed assistance.
 
This agenda is posted as required under Government Code Section 551.041.  For more information or for a copy of the open meetings act, please contact the Attorney General of Texas at 1-800-252-8011 or the City Secretary at 936-254-2421.
 

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St. Therese Catholic Church Easter Services


 

 

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#IAmTXEd


 

#IAmTXEd is TEA’s social media campaign intended to share the ongoing success stories of Texas teachers in the classroom. The #IAmTXEd campaign collects and shares the stories of Texas educators whose work is leading to greater student outcomes and achievements. The social media posts are shared statewide each week via Texas Education Agency (TEA) Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  
 
Stories from the campaign will:
 
feature teachers providing rigorous and rewarding academic experiences;
highlight the critical role that educators play in students’ lives;
showcase teachers driving student achievement, a love of learning and personal growth; and/or
exhibit instances in which educators go above and beyond to provide meaningful learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. 
 
For More information visit: http://tea.texas.gov/iamtxed/

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Jury Duty Cancelled


 

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Comptroller Glenn Hegar Distributes $620 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments


 

 
*(AUSTIN)  *Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $620.2 million in local sales tax allocations for April, 4.9 percent more than in April 2016. These allocations are based on sales made in February by businesses that report tax monthly.
 
The cities of Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Austin saw noticeable increases in sales tax allocations, Hegar said. The cities of Sugar Land, McAllen, Irving and Grand Prairie saw noticeable decreases.
 
*LOCAL SALES TAX ALLOCATIONS (April 2017)*  *Recipient* *April 2017*
* Allocations*  *Change from*
*April 2016*  *Year-to-date*
*Change*  Cities 
$397.8M 2.8%  2.6% *Counties* $36.8M 4.8% 0.1%  Transit Systems $144.1M 7.4% 3.8%  *Special Purpose Taxing Districts* $41.5M 18.3% 10.4% Total *$620.2M* *4.9%* *3.2%* 
 

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First Baptist Church Easter Service


 

 

 

 

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Daughters of the King Conference


 

 

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Nichols Passes Ports Corridor Bill


 

 
Austin, TX – This week, Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) passed Senate Bill 1524 from the Texas Senate, which creates a permit allowing vehicles to carry oceangoing or international trade shipping containers within 30 miles of a port of entry, or an international bridge. 
 
"This legislation will allow Texas to maintain its competitive edge, as we compete with other states such as Louisiana, Florida and New York, who allow for increased weights on their roads," said Senator Nichols. "I am grateful to the Lt. Governor and members of the Senate for supporting this important piece of legislation." 
 
Since 1989, due to permitting requirements and weight allowances, industry has been faced with shipping partially empty containers which costs them extra money, especially on international trade. This causes them to not be as competitive as in other states and on the international market.
 
Senate Bill 1524 helps to solve this problem by creating an annual permit, which would allow ocean going containers to travel within 30 miles of a port of entry or an international bridge, with an allowed increased weight limit, and are required to have extra axles. They would be limited to only Texas Department of Transportation approved routes and the containers must be sealed with a U.S. customs seal. Applicants who want to haul containers covered under this bill would also be required to obtain extra training for a commercial driver's license.
 
“Thanks to leadership by Chairman Nichols and the Senate’s passage of SB 1524, Texas is taking strides to cement its position as the nation’s number one exporting state.  Many of our exports move through Texas seaports in ocean-going containers and more than 70 percent of that freight is shipped by truck at one point or another.  SB 1524 will make Texas manufacturers more competitive by allowing for more productive, safer trucks, while reducing truck miles and traffic congestion,” said Tony Bennett, President & CEO, Texas Assoc. of Manufacturers. 
“Senator Nichols developed a smart policy that will keep Texas competitive with other U.S. ports, and bring more jobs and more investment to our state," said Todd Staples, President of the Texas Oil and Gas Association. "This solution will reduce logistical cost for Texas business, while improving safety and reducing the impact on our public roads. Nichols demonstrated key leadership that will move Texas forward.”
 

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Fannie Brown Booth Library Book Sale


 

Friends of the Library are asking for donations of gently used paperback and hardback books in good condition.  No encyclopedias, please.  Books may be brought to the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library during regular library hours.  The books will be sold in the Spring Book Sale on Tuesday April 25 – Saturday April 29th.  All proceeds will go to the library for the purchase of new books.  Any volunteers who can help with sorting of books may call Melba at 936-591-7036, or Amy at 936-657-8529.  A yearly total of five volunteer hours of work on FOL projects enable you to be registered as a FOL member.

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Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church 178th Anniversary


 

 
Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite everyone to attend their 78th Annual Homecoming celebrating 178 years of continuous service.  Service begins at 10:30 am on Sunday April 23rd with lunch to follow in the fellowship hall.  Bro. Charles Williams will be bringing the morning message.  Afternoon singing begins at 1:30 pm.

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