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Sons of Confederate Veterans Meeting


 

"Monday, July 31, 2017 - The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting July 31, 2017 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM.  Come join us as we honor our Confederate Ancestors!  We will be electing officers for the next year.  Please remember it is time to pay your dues if you haven't already done so.

 
 

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Tri-County Community Action Board Meeting


 

Tri-County Community Action, Inc. will hold a Board Meeting on Monday August 7, 2017 in Center, Texas. The meeting will be held at the Central Office located (214 Nacogdoches St.) Center, Texas. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm for more information you may contact Yolanda Neal at (936) 598-6315 Ext. 200

 

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Burglary Suspect Arrested


 

 

Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports the arrest of Charles Patrick Davis, 31, of Tenaha.
 
Davis’ arrest led to the recovery of two Honda ATV’s that were recently reported stolen from the Beck Farm in Huxley owned by C. Scott Massey.
 
 
 
On July 10, Lieutenant Kevin Windham of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) was provided photo documentation from a game camera that was placed on the Beck Farm. The photos captured two separate occurrences of a white male entering a large metal building on the property. The photos show the suspect inside the building, holding a gasoline can, as if to be putting gas in the ATV which belonged to Massey.
 
After reviewing the photos from the game camera, SCSO Chief Deputy D.J. Dickerson recognized the suspect as Davis.
 
A warrant was issued for Davis on July 12. Davis was arrested at the SCSO on July 17. He was charged with Burglary of a Building (F-4), Burglary of a Building (F-4) and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon (F-3).
 
After his arrest Lt. Windham interviewed Davis and Davis admitted to entering the building on the Beck Farm and stealing the ATV’s. Davis also provided Lt. Windham with information that led to the recovery of the ATV’s. The property was recovered and returned to Massey.
 
Davis was released from the SCSO on July 18 after posting bonds totaling $15,000.
 
 
Pictured with the revocered ATV's are (left to right) Lt. Kevin Windham, Sheriff Willis Blackwell, C. Scott Massey and Chief Deputy D.J. Dickerson.

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Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 

 

 

 

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MANSFIELD STATE HISTORIC SITE HOSTS CIVIL WAR SURGERY & MEDICINE


 

 
 
On Saturday, August 12, come out to Mansfield State Historic Site and learn about the medical treatment received by Civil War soldiers. Using the backdrop of the museum’s hospital scene, get a candid picture of what it was like to visit what some Union soldiers called, “Uncle Sam’s Sawmill.”
 
The presentation will be held at 2 p.m. inside the museum. A reproduction amputation field kit will be on display, with the instruments demonstrated to illustrate how surgeons treated battlefield wounds. Also discussed will be the various diseases and illnesses contracted by the soldiers, and how disease ravaged the ranks of both North and South.
 
 
Mansfield State Historic Site is located on La. Hwy. 175, three miles south of Mansfield.  Admission is $4 per person ages 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are admitted free.  For more information, call 318.872.1474 or 888.677.6267, or visit www.LaStateParks.com.
 
 

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San Augustine Commissioners Court Meeting


 

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above named Commissioners Court will be held on
Tuesday, the 25TH day of July 2017 at 9:00 o’clock A.M. in the Commissioners Court Room
at 100 W. Columbia, Room 103, San Augustine, Texas, at which time the following will be
discussed and appropriate action taken; pursuant to B.T.C.A. Government Code Chapter 51,
Open Meetings Act, including all Subchapters and Sections:
 
 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 
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 – July 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 June 26, 2017 Regular Scheduled Council Meeting – ACTION
5. Consider Approval for June 2017 Financials – ACTION
6. Discuss and Possibly Create a Ballpark Maintenance Schedule 
a. Consider Approval for Ballpark Maintenance Schedule if Created – ACTION
7. Discuss Maintenance of S. Railroad Street Railroad Closure Area 
8. Review Handbook Policy Defining the Use of The Marshal’s Vehicles 
9. Discuss and Consider Approval to Schedule a Public Budget Workshop for Monday – August 21, 2017 @ 5:15 p.m. at City Hall - ACTION 
 
10. Discuss and Consider Approval to Advertise for Bid For Auditor to Conduct FYE 2016 & 2017 Audits - ACTION
 
11. Discuss and Consider Approval of Ordinance #2017-07-24-1  Establishing City Application & Permit Fees for The Legal Sale of Beer and Wine Sales for Off-Premises Consumption Only - ACTION
 
12. Convene to Closed Session Per Section 551.074 Personnel Matters: 
a. Review & Discuss Incident Involving Deputy Marshal Gray
b. Employee Evaluation Jimmy Wagstaff – Performance and Compensation Comparison
c. Employee Evaluation Darren Gray - Performance and Compensation Comparison 
d. Employee Evaluation Jacob Samford - Performance and Compensation Comparison 
e. Employee Evaluation Matt Barton - Performance and Compensation Comparison 
f. Employee Evaluation Kendrick McClure - Performance and Compensation Comparison 
g. Employee Evaluation Manuel Cuevas - Performance and Compensation Comparison 
h. Employee Evaluation Roland Brittian - Performance and Compensation Comparison 
i. Employee Evaluation Sheryl Clark - Performance and Compensation Comparison 
j. Employee Evaluation Elizabeth Swint - Performance and Compensation Comparison 
k. Employee Evaluation Alison Rhone- Performance and Compensation Comparison 
13. Return to Open Session 
a. Council to Make Motion(s) Pertaining to the Outcome of Closed Session - ACTION
14. Department Head Reports
15. Council Comments
16. Adjourn
 

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Project Cemetery


 

Today Project Cemetery had their public meeting at Oaklawn Cemetery located right outside of Center there was a good turnout.    

 

 

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Meet the Teacher at Center ISD


 

 

 

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Fish Camp at Center ISD


 

Incoming CHS freshmen are invited to join faculty and staff for FISH CAMP! August 10th, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 
The event is absolutely FREE, and participating freshmen will receive a free t-shirt and lunch!
 
Students: 
- receive your schedule
- take a tour of campus and find your classes
- talk with upper classmen about the upcoming 4 years
- play games and visit with friends
- learn about CHS clubs/organizations
 
Students will have the opportunity to pay their mandatory $10 freshmen dues.
 
Yearbooks will also be available for preorder - Receive a Fish Camp discount off of the $45 price! Cash/check available.
 
More information coming soon!

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Capitol Update


 

This week was the beginning of the first called, or special, session of the 85th legislature.  The Texas Constitution requires that the Legislature meet for 140 days every odd numbered year, but the governor has the authority to call 30-day special sessions for specific policy initiatives determined by the governor.
 
Governor Abbott convened a special session starting July 18th with the call initially consisting of completing sunset legislation that failed to pass during regular session.  Without this legislation, as of September 1st, the Texas Medical Board and several other agencies would have ceased to exist.  This outcome would have endangered the health and safety of all Texans and needed to be fixed.
 
The Senate passed the sunset legislation early Thursday morning and after that bill passed the Senate, the Governor added several other items to the call for the special session.  The Governor added a wide range of topics to the call, from the privacy or “bathroom” bill, to property tax reform and teacher pay increases.  
 
I was pleased to see that the Governor also heeded the House’s calls to add reform of the retired teacher’s healthcare program and our broken school finance system.  These are two issues that have been priorities for the House during the regular session and will continue to be priorities during the special session.
 
The retired teacher’s healthcare system, or TRS Care, was left underfunded by legislation in the regular session.  The House attempted to increase funding for TRS Cares, but that amount was decreased when the legislation went to the Senate.  As a result, retired teachers across the state saw their premiums increase by up to 500% without any increase in their retirement pay.  This is unmanageable for our retired teachers and breaks the promise that we made to our educators.
 
Likewise, the House passed HB 21, which would have increased funding for our public schools and would begin the process of fixing our complicated and broken school finance system.  More importantly for our rural school districts, it would have replaced the ASATR funding that is so vital to many of our school districts.  Without this funding, not only will our school districts be left severely underfunded, some of them would become insolvent and have to close their doors.  
 
While I have heard from hundreds of you between now and the end of the regular session, school finance and TRS Cares have been of the most concern in District 9.  I look forward to working the Governor and the Senate to find real solutions to these problems that have real consequences for all Texans.
 
I would encourage you to let me know which issues in the special session matter the most to you.  You can contact me at 512-463-0556 or district9.paddie@house.texas.gov.
 

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Sheriff's Office Seeks Help


 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information and assistance in identifying a suspect involved in a recent burglary that occurred in the Stockman Community on two different occasions between May 25th and May 27th, 2017.
 
 
The suspect depicted in the photograph cut the locks on the Sheridan gas well gate and gained entry to a property in the Stockman Community. Once on the property, the suspect stole all the appliances from inside the unoccupied residence which included a washer, dryer, refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, and two portable air conditioners among other things. The suspect was captured by a motion sensor camera also carrying a chainsaw that was taken from the property.
 
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.
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 24th day of July, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
 
 
1. Approve and pay monthly expenses.
 
2. Public discussion on agenda items.
 
3. Open and possibly accept a bid for asphalt zipper for R&B Precinct 3 & 4. 
 
4. Tax Assessor-Collector to address court to discuss and possibly take action to end or renew contract with Computer Information Concepts.
 
5. Tax Assessor-Collector Continuing Education Transcript to be presented to the court for evidence of compliance with Texas Property Tax Code Sec. 6:231(d) No action needed.
 
6. Discuss and possibly approve use of the Historic Court House for the Quilt Show exhibit and the courtyard for a special event and vendors during the 41st annual Shelby County Poultry Festival.  
 
7.   Shelby County applied for a portion of the Unclaimed Capital Credits in the amount of $ 16,300.79. The State has allocated these funds.  Discuss and approve disbursement of these funds as allowed under Texas Local Government Code Section 371.004.
 
8. Discuss and approve Imposition or Removal of Optional Motor Vehicle Fees as allowed under Chapter 502 of the Texas Transportation Code for Calendar Year 2018.
 
9. Approve the automobile trade-ins and purchase of new vehicle from San Augustine Motors for Constable, Precinct 4 with the balance of $14,000.00 being taken from the Contingency Fund.
 
10. Discuss and possibly approve the renewal of the group health insurance plan for the 2018 Plan Year.
 
11. Discuss and possibly approve the closing of a section of County Road 3737 from the intersection of the Reeves, Smith, and Nichols properties, approximately 3075 feet to the end.
 
12. Approve bond for Melissa Crouch, Justice of the Peace Precinct 1.
 
13. Record open meeting of the Shelby County Community Supervision Department. Non Action Item.
 
14. Adjourn.
 

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Shelby County Youth Soccer and Football


 

Shelby County Youth Soccer and Football would like to announce that the fall
registrations will be Tuesday July 25 and Thursday July 27.  Registrations
will be held at the Middle School Cafeteria from 5pm - 7pm.  Any questions,
please call Jason Mitchell @ 936-590-7196.
 
 

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Lufkin/Angelina Chamber CEO to Address Nacogdoches Chamber


 

NACOGDOCHES, TX –Jim Johnson, IOM, President and CEO of the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce and the Lufkin/Angelina Economic Development Partnership will address attendees of the Nacogdoches County Chamber’s Fourth Friday Luncheon at noon to 1 p.m., Friday, July 28 at Austin Hall, 4606 North Street, Nacogdoches, Texas.
 
Johnson will present "Collaboration in Our Community" and will highlight the relationship history between Lufkin and Nacogdoches and how we are each other's biggest resource.
 
“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Johnson to Nacogdoches and are looking forward to his presentation on this important topic,” C. Wayne Mitchell, President & CEO of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce said. “Collaboration and establishing partnerships is critical to the future development of East Texas and Mr. Johnson has been a wonderful colleague and partner.”
 
Johnson oversees the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce which represents more than1300 members, nearly 800 businesses and was awarded a five star accreditation from the US Chamber of Commerce.
 
Mr. Johnson came from the Pearland Chamber of Commerce in Pearland, TX where he served as Vice President. He is a 2015 graduate of Institute for Organizational Management and a graduate of both Leadership Lufkin and Leadership Pearland. He currently serves on the board of directors for Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives; the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organizational Management Board of Regents for the West Location; the Angelina Arts Alliance; the George H. Henderson Jr. Expo Center; Angelina Beautiful Clean; the Texas Forestry Museum and the Lufkin State Supported Living Center. Previously, he was a member of the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) first-ever Emerging Leaders Advisory Council from 2013 to 2016.
 
Attendee registration is required by 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 26. The cost of the luncheon is $16.00 and reservations are required. To register for the program please call 936-560-5533 or find a secure "register and pay online" option in Hot News at www.nacogdoches.org.
 

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Wayne Fults Shares Timpson Bottling Works History with TAGHS


 

In 1979, Wayne Fults found an odd bottle marked “Jasper Bottling Works” in a gulley in Sabine County. Having grown up around Pineland, he was no stranger to old “coke bottles” in ditches, but this one was different. It was short, thick, and had some sort of wire aparatus in the opening. Fults assumed it had been the product of a bottle manufacturer in Jasper but he wanted to know more. Thus began a nearly 40 year fascination with antique soft drink bottles that Mr. Fults shared with the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society at their July meeting last Wednesday.
 
Fults showed the strange bottle to his grandfather, who had been born in 1895, to see if he could shed any light on Wayne's find. His grandfather knew exactly what it was: an old “sody water” bottle. Wayne's grandfather said he had first seen “sody water” in Center when he was a boy. It was in just such a bottle that he and other family members were given one soda water each by a store operator. His grandfather twisted and pulled on the wire in the stopper but it would not come out. Finally his brother showed him that one opened the bottle by striking the wire with one's hand, forcing the stopper down into the bottle with a “pop”. His grandfather's soda was strawberry flavored and he, having never had a soft drink before, turned it up and tried to gulp it down. Fults says the soda foamed up in his grandfather's mouth, came out his nose, burning all the way, and got all over his fresh clothes. The experience was so unpleasant that he never drank another soft drink.
 
Naturally effervescent beverages like beer and some wines have existed for thousands of years, but the process by which this effervescence could be added artificially wasn't discovered until the 19th century. These “carbonated” soft drinks could only be found at the soda fountain of pharmacies, served from the spigot in a glass. Bottling soda water was another matter. It was easy to produce a bottle thick enough to withstand the pressure created by a carbonated drink, but it was not until 1894 that a patent was issued for the Hutchinson Patent Spring Stopper, the type first encountered by Wayne's grandfather, which used a wire device to hold the stopper inside, rather than outside, the bottle. The pressure inside the bottle pressed the rubber and steel stopper ever more tightly against the inside of the bottle's opening, creating an effective seal and making the bottling of carbonated soft drinks possible. Only by pushing the stopper back into the bottle could the bottle's contents be accessed. Soft drink bottlers began opening up all over, ordering their Hutchinson bottles from large glass factories in the North, but having their company's name molded into the side, as in Wayne's Jasper Bottling Works bottle.
 
Fults doesn't know when the first Timpson Bottling Works opened, but assumes it was around 1900. He thinks it is possible that there was more than one bottler given that some early bottles in his collection are marked Timpson Bottling Works, while other Hutchinson bottles of the same era are marked Timpson Bottling Company, with variations thereof.  Because the stopper of a Hutchinson bottle could not be removed, washing and sanitizing the bottle for re-filling was difficult. The invention of the familiar crimped metal crown cap in the early 20th century spelled the end of the Hutchinson  bottle but it allows bottle collectors to date a bottle's manufacture.
 
Fult's has a number of Timpson Hutchinson bottles as well as later crown-cap bottles in his collection. However, he has never seen a Timpson bottle from the 1920s, leading him to conclude that Timpson Bottling Works failed in the teens, possibly as early as 1913. This theory is supported by the fact that he has a newspaper article from 1928 announcing that a bottling plant was coming to Timpson. The bottles in Wayne's collection from the early 20th century are all of the “utilitarian” type, with no ornamentation. Those from the 1930's are in the “art deco” style, with greater attention to aesthetics and ornamentation in their design. Margie Holt brought one of that style to the meeting, which Mr. Fults revealed was from 1931 by decoding the numbers stamped on the bottle's bottom.
 
Mr. Fults brought an astonishing array of Timpson bottles for display at the meeting, including both Hutchinson and crown-cap types in different variations. Some were stamped Timpson Bottling Works, while others were stamped Timpson Bottling Company, or TBW. He also displayed three wooden soft drink cases marked Timpson Bottling Works, which he says would have been used for shipping new bottles as well as the collection of used bottles for return to the plant for re-filling. Unlike more familiar crown-cap bottle cases, these Hutchinson bottle cases have lids and were designed to have the bottle placed top down rather than up.  Another unusual item he displayed was a crown-cap Timpson Bottling Works bottle about 20% larger than the other bottles. He has never seen another like it and doubts that it was used for soft drinks, but possibly syrup or perhaps even beer. No one in attendance knew its purpose either.
 
Mr. Fults was accompanied to the meeting by Casey Roby, a fellow collector who is putting together a bottling museum in Silsbee. Casey said the displays are about 80% complete and he hopes to have it open soon. A number of other bottle collectors had seen the announcements of the subject and theis month's TAGHS meeting and came as guests as well. Wayne still seekes out bottles from East Texas and Western Louisiana and maintains a website featuring his collection at fults.org.
 
The Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 2PM in the meeting room of the Timpson Public Library, located on the Corner of Austin and Bremond Streets. The public is always invited.
 

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Heat Advisory Extended


 

HA continues. Heat Indexes expected to exceed 106 to 109 through the
weekend and may extend into next week as the High pressure dome continues
to sit over us. Below are a couple of reminders of what our heat can cause
and how to recognize the illness symptoms.
 
 
 

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Shelby County Sheriff's Office Technology


 

 

 

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$7 Million Jackpot Ticket Sold in Little Elm


 

(AUSTIN) – A $7 million jackpot winning ticket for the Lotto Texas® drawing held on July 19 was sold in Little Elm.
 
The ticket matched all six numbers drawn (1-3-11-15-16-50). The cash value option was selected at the time of purchase and the claimant will receive $4,891,713.84. The prize has not yet been claimed.  “If you have the winning Lotto Texas jackpot ticket, sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place until you can travel to Austin and claim the prize,” said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “We look forward to meeting the winner.”
 
For selling the jackpot winning ticket, the Kroger #580, located at 2671 Little Elm Parkway, in Little Elm, is eligible for a $70,000 retailer bonus.
 
The prize must be claimed no later than 180 days from the draw date.  Lotto Texas is played by picking six numbers from one to 54 and offers multi-million dollar jackpots. Drawings are every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:12 p.m. CT. For $1 more per play, a player can select the Extra! add-onfeature and win up to $10,000 more on non-jackpot prizes. 
 
 

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Radio News 7-20-17 Evening Edition


 

 

 

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Shelby County Deputy Arrested on Charges of Assaulting his Wife


 

A Shelby County deputy was arrested for charges of assaulting his wife.  On Tuesday July 18th Peter John Davis was arrested by the Shelby County Sheriff’s office on charges of assaulting his wife Rebekah Dian Davis.  According to Texas DPS Trooper James Hick.  

 

Ms. Davis reported several incidences where she was assaulted by her husband Peter John Davis, in their home in Center located on CR 1180.  Ms. Davis told the Trooper that during fits of anger Peter attacked her and place his hands on her throat.  

 

Rebekah provided photographic documentation to law enforcement and stated the dates of several assaults: 1-28-2017, 5-12-2017, 5-30-2017.  

 

 

 

 

 

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McMahon's Arrested Again for Child Endangerment Charges - UPATED


 

 
New child endangerment charges have been filled against the McMahon's a couple from Shelbyville who were previously arrested for locking a 4-year old child up in a dog kennel. Randa McMahon age 36 and Matthew age 29 were arrested on July 19th for child endagerment charges.
 
 
 
Last month the Somervelle County Sheriff’s Department executed two felony warrants on behalf of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, June 2, 2017 for Matthew McMahon, 29, of Shelbyville and Randa Askew Faust McMahon, 36, of Shelbyville, for Injury to a Child (F-1). The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office sought the warrants after investigating allegations of child abuse against a 4 year-old child.
 
During the investigation, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office found reason to believe that the defendants were locking the child in a large dog kennel and a closet for extensive periods of time. 
 
After the couples previous arrest the McMahon's made bail, only to be arrested again this month. They are curently being held at the Shelby County Sheriff's office in Center, TX both of their bonds have been set at $200,000.  
 
 
 
 

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Joaquin Substitute Training


 

Joaquin ISD will hold its annual Substitute Teacher Orientation Training on Monday, August 7, 2017, 9:00 a.m. until noon, in the Joaquin High School Professional Development room located at the back of the high school.  Please complete an online application found on the district website,
www.joaquinisd.net, under the employment opportunities tab on the left.  Complete classified application and apply for the open substitute teacher position.  You must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and go through the required Texas Education Agency fingerprint process and a criminal history background check will be performed.  Substitute teaching
assignments are on an as needed basis.  More information will be provided at the orientation.
 
 
 

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VFW Honors Korean War Veterans


 

On June 25, 1950, the North Korean Army began an offensive to invade South
Korea that resulted in the capture of the republic's capital, Seoul, within
four days. The United States, the United Kingdom and other members of the
United Nations moved to actively defend South Korea - an effort that would
last until July 27, 1953, when negotiations concluded and fighting finally
ended.
 
To commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who served in the Korean
War, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the
Ladies Auxiliary will host a Wreath Laying at the Veterans Memorial on the
grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center on Thursday, July 27th, 2017 at
10:00 a.m.  The names of Shelby County Veterans killed in action/missing in
action during the Korean War will also be read.  All Korean War Veterans and
the public are cordially invited. 
 

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Timpson Gets a New Municipal Judge


 

During the Timpson City Council meeting this week the City of Timpson appointed Ms. Marilyn Corder to the position of Municipal Court Judge.  She will beging serving as the active judge at the begining of August. 
 
 

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Poultry Festival Vendor Information


 
Planning is underway for the 41st East Texas Poultry Festival presented by Farmers State Bank, which will take place October 5-7 on the historic downtown Center square, with chairmen Josh Payne, leading the steering committee. According to Polly McKissick Montemayor, Arts and Crafts Committee Chair, vendor applications are being accepted at the Shelby County Chamber office until Friday, August 11.  To receive an application and a copy of the guidelines call the Chamber office or go online at  HYPERLINK "http://www.shelbycountychamber.com" www.shelbycountychamber.com. Gold Sponsors for the Festival are City of Center and Tyson Foods.
 
The fee for the rental of a 10' x 10' booth is $125.  Each booth includes a canopy and an electrical outlet.  Booths must be manned continuously during the hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. all three days of the festival.  First time exhibitors are asked to send three color photographs showing merchandise that will be in the booth.  The Arts & Crafts committee will select the vendors based on the type and quality of merchandise and notify them of their selection on Friday, August 18.
For an application to be received by mail or electronically or questions, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.
 
 
 

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Broiler Show Orders Deadline Approaching


 
Are you a youth in grades 3rd through 12th and interested in showing chickens at the upcoming East Texas Poultry Festival?  The Shelby County 4-H Poultry project offers many activities to youth of all ages.  Activities that youth can engage in include poultry production of all types, preparing foods using poultry products and public presentations that utilize information learned from the many areas within the poultry program.  Youths can compete in activities at the county, district, state and national levels of competition.  Rewards include an increased appreciation of the influence of the poultry industry on our lives and recognition in the form of awards, prizes, trips, and even collegiate scholarships.  
 
Sound interesting?  If so, now is the time to place your order for chicks for the Shelby County Broiler Show.  A pen of 30 chicks are ordered and purchased for $30.   Show rules and paperwork may be picked-up at the Extension office at 266 Nacogdoches St. (Old Elementary School Library Bldg.).  All orders are due no later than July 31st and are payable by check or money order only.   Tentative date for pick-up of show chickens is the week of August 21, 2017.  If you have questions about participating in the 4-H Poultry project or learning what is involved in showing and raising chickens as a 4-H member, give Lane Dunn, Shelby County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources a call at 936-598-7744 or email at jldunn@ag.tamu.edu.
 
 
 

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Lil' Riders Punt, Pass, and Kick Camp, August 17th, Roughrider Stadium


 

Attention all “Lil Riders”: Girls and Boys that are entering Kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to attend the third annual “Lil Rider Punt, Pass, and Kick” camp. The event will be held at 5pm Thursday August 17th at Roughrider Stadium in Center, Texas. The Varsity Football Team and Coaching Staff will work with the kids on throwing, kicking, catching, agility drills, and more. There is no cost to participate, so bring your “Lil Rider” and join the fun! The event is sponsored by the Center Athletic Boosters.
 
About Center Athletic Boosters:
Center Athletic Boosters’ Mission Statement: “Building Character One Play at a Time”. Our goal is to support student athletes as they compete both on and off the field so they may win in the classroom, on the field, and in everyday life.
 

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Governor Abbott Announces Growing Support For Property Tax Reform Legislation


 

AUSTIN  Governor Greg Abbott today announced that his call formeaningful property tax reform is generating growing support across Texas. Property tax reform is part of the Governor's 20-item agenda for the ongoing special legislative session.
 
 
 
Texas now ranks among the top five states in the nation with the highest property tax rates on industrial property. Our excessive property taxes stand out when compared to our competitor states. Texas businesses and industries pay 62% of all state and local taxes  more than 40% above the national average, according to the Council on State Taxation (COST). This is a threat to job growth and economic sustainability. We must begin to turn this around. And Governor Abbotts call to revisit this issue in the special session is an important step in that direction.* **- *Tony Bennett, President & CEO,* Texas Association of Manufacturers*
 
 
 
The Texas Apartment Association (TAA) applauds Governor Greg Abbott's leadership to ensure the accountability, consistency and transparency of our property tax system. Property tax rates, appraisals and the dispute resolution process are all elements that impact the cost of housing in Texas. Because rental properties do not have valuation limits or homestead exemptions to deflect some of the impact of increasing property valuations and tax rates, these increasing costs have a direct impact upon rental rates and in turn effect housing affordability across the state of Texas. Our association looks forward to working with Governor Abbott, members of the Texas Legislature and other stakeholders during the upcoming special session to address these issues and help secure the long-term economic growth of our state.* - *Chris Newton, Executive Vice President,* Texas Apartment Association*
 
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On behalf of the residential construction and development industry in Texas, the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) will continue to work with the Governor and Legislature to protect private property rights from overly burdensome governmental regulations, taxes and fees. Easing the load of skyrocketing property taxes, expediting the permitting process, and protecting property owners from egregious regulation changes on existing property and onerous tree ordinances are issues TAB has regularly advanced over its 70 years of existence. TAB applauds Governor Abbott for his steadfast commitment to reducing onerous and costly regulations, taxes and fees on private individuals and businesses across the state. Though the residential construction industry maintains its status as an economic driver in Texas, regulatory decisions by state and local governments can and will have an impact on the cost and availability of housing.* - *Rick McGuire, President,* Texas Association of Builders *
 
 
 
As both a Realtor and a City Council Member, I have seen skyrocketing property taxes force heartbroken families to sell their long-time homes and deflated buyers to continually postpone their dream of homeownership. My clients work hard to live within their means, and we should expect the same from our local politicians. It is imperative that the Legislature pass meaningful property tax reform that brings our tax code into the 21st century and restores true local control: accountability to the voters. Meaningful reform must include an updated rollback rate, asking the voters for approval to exceed that rate, and increased transparency in a currently convoluted process. I thank Governor Abbott for working to ensure that the low tax environment that has led to so much prosperity for the people of this state is not undermined by an affordability crisis brought on by local governments."* - *Ellen Troxclair, *Austin City Council Member, District 8*
 
 
 
By adding property tax reform to the call this special session, the Governor has given lawmakers a chance to address the needs of our small business job creators in Texas. Were hopeful the legislature will answer the Governors call for meaningful property tax reform. - Will Newton, Executive Director,* NFIB/Texas *
 
 
 
Cities like Houston, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio benefit from Texas burdensome property tax code. While businesses, particularly commercial property owners, have watched their property valuations skyrocket over the past few years, municipalities are cashing in on the record high taxes being collected on Texas properties. Members of the Texas Business Owners and Managers Association are thankful for Governor Abbotts commitment to provide relief to Texas overburdened taxpayers by making this issue a priority in the special session.* - *Brett D. Williams, CPM, President, *Texas BOMA*
 
 
 
Texans needs property tax reform that will give them meaningful new tools so they can better tackle their rising property tax bills. Lower rollback thresholds and better visibility in the local tax rate setting process are critical steps lawmakers can take this session. Voter empowerment is the ultimate local control.* - *Dale Craymer, President, *Texas Taxpayers and Research Association*
 
 
 
"As some of the biggest job creators in the state and nation, we know that Texas' heavy property tax burden is a major impediment to growth. We hope lawmakers use this special session to stem the overall growth of this tax burden in a way that makes Texas more competitive."* - *Todd Staples, President,* Texas Oil and Gas Association*
 
 
 
The freedom to buy and own private property has been a cornerstone of the Texas identity for two centuries. We are excited to work alongside Governor Abbott to deliver meaningful property tax reforms that safeguard this right and stop Texans from being taxed out of their house and home. - Jerome Greener, State Director,* Americans for Prosperity  TX*
 
 
 
Property Tax Reform must be done with expediency and purpose. Although we prefer property taxes to be abolished, a meaningful interim solution is to use the buyers original price of the property as the assessed value that is taxable. So, come on all you conservative, principled lawmakers, Get er done! - Trayce Bradford, President,* Texas Eagle Forum*
 

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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 sometime between July 16th and July 18th, 2017.
 
Suspect(s) entered onto the complainant's property located on Highway 147  in Shelbyville and stole a John Deere EZ Track Z465 zero turn lawn mower.  
 
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.
 
 
 
 

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Weather Update


 

The national Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a *HEAT ADVISORY* for
much of Deep East Texas that DOES include San Augustine County. Though it
has been issued for today thru Thursday, I don't see any relief until
Friday or Saturday when our winds pick up and a *slight* chance for a rain
show moves in...and then not much lower Temps or Humidity. It will be
interesting to see what the Thursday NWS call has to offer.
 
 

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Evening Radio News 7-19-17


 

 

 

 

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The Great Texas Ballon Race


 

 

 

 

2017 marks 40 years of the Great Texas Balloon Race
This will be a monumental year for the GTBR as we celebrate
40 years of "Lifting Up Longview"
 
 
July 28-30, 2017
 
It's a world class event attracting the very best competitive pilots from across the United States and the world.
 
Considered by many of the pilots that compete at the Great Texas Balloon Race to be the best run event on the circuit, the Great Texas Balloon Race earned Longview the official designation as "The Balloon Capital of Texas" by the Governor of Texas in 1985. 
 
In 2013 Gregg County was proclaimed "The Balloon Race Capital of Texas" by the 83rd Texas Legislature. 
 
Balloon flights begin Friday morning with a flight over the City of Longview and continue each morning through Sunday over the East Texas Regional Airport. Launch and landing sites change each day as they are always determined by wind and the weather.
 
Balloon Glows on Friday and Saturday night entertain crowds with an awesome display of color and excitement. It's one of the most popular things to do at the event as the public is able to get up close and watch how balloons are inflated and operate.
 
Live concerts Friday and Saturday nights following the Balloon Glow extend the entertainment into the late night. 
 
Kids Land is a safe restricted area for children that requires a small separate entry fee. Activities and attractions differ from year to year but it is always a fun time.
 
Vendors display their arts, crafts and other merchandise in booths lined up along an improvised midway.
 
Food Vendors make sure there is always enough to eat and drink during the day and evening.
 
 

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Governor Greg Abbott Announces Texas Public Elementary School Reading Initiative


 

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath today announced a comprehensive reading initiative  Texas Readers  to strengthen the reading skills of students across the state. 
 
 
 
While Texas has some of the best public schools in the country, there is still more we can do to provide our children with the best education possible, said Governor Abbott. Texas Readers tackles the important issue of student literacy and will give parents, teachers, and students invaluable tools to make reading and literacy one of the highest education priorities. I am proud that this initiative is providing students in our public elementary schools the best possible chance to succeed and to continue making Texas great for generations to come.
 
 
 
Reading will always be the foundation that determines success in the classroom for every child at every grade level, said Commissioner Morath. The Texas Readers initiative provides our teachers with needed educational supports to ensure our children will be equipped to read from the earliest grades through high school graduation and beyond.
 
 
 
Texas Readers is designed to assist public elementary schools enhance their reading instruction by providing enriched teacher-development opportunities and additional innovative classroom tools. In addition, the initiative will include a public awareness campaign, called Raising Texas Readers, which will focus on ways to build our childrens literacy and reading skills at home.
 
 
 
The Texas Readers initiative is composed of three major components  Parental and Public Awareness, High-Quality Professional Development Opportunities, and Innovative Classroom Tools. Each component will include the following resources:
 
 
 
*Parental and Public Awareness*
 
 
  * Raising Texas Readers  a new collaborative effort between TEA, PBS, the United Way, and Univision  will provide public service announcements and advertisements that will be broadcast in 11 media markets covering the state. In addition to the PSA campaign, Raising Texas Readers includes local family events, free online apps, a text messaging campaign and comprehensive website. 
  * Earlier this year, TEA launched the new STAAR Report Card to drastically improve communication and transparency with educators and families on how students are performing on the STAAR exam. TEA is currently working on additional literacy resources and helpful tips for working with children at home. 
 
 
 
*High-Quality Professional Development Opportunities*
 
 
  * The updated Texas Literacy Academies will provide new systematic instruction through ready-to-use materials paired with a series of ongoing, year-round continuing education opportunities, such as a lesson study, micro-credentials, and live coaching, as well as focused instruction targeted toward special education students and English Language Learners. 
  * Striving Readers  a brand new tool  will build directly upon the Texas Literacy Academy experiences and provide literacy coaches, professional development, strategic planning, sustainability support and the ability for districts to pilot programs and models that can be disseminated across the state. 
  * Texas second phase of the Reading Excellence Teams will continue to focus on improving educator practices in reading by providing teams of coaches around the state to support our teachers while enhancing the overall effectiveness for educators and students and maximizing the efficiency of resources. 
 
 
 
*Innovative Classroom Tools *
 
 
  * Teaching the TEKS will provide educators with a clear and concise break down of states instructional expectations of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and will provide sample lessons, differentiation strategies and sample State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test questions. Teaching the TEKS will also help educators and families understand the student expectation and what all children should know and be able to do at the end of each school year. 
  * TEA is developing a set of free online instructional materials to assist elementary school English-Language Arts teachers with improving reading instruction, including intensive supports, technology, and adaptive programs. 
  * A new collection of optional content mastery tools will provide school districts with optional, free classroom tools to regularly monitor students reading comprehension and skills throughout the school year to assist teachers in their decision-making about future instruction and provide immediate feedback to students to steadily improve their classroom performance. 
 
 
 

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Texas Prepaid Tuition Programs Newborn Enrollment Deadline Approaches


 

 
*(AUSTIN) * The deadline is extended through July 31 for Texas families to enroll their newborns in the Texas Tuition Promise FundSM and pay this years rates for all or some future tuition and school-wide required fees at Texas public colleges and universities. Newborns are children younger than one year at the time of enrollment.
 
Under the Texas Tuition Promise Fund, the state's prepaid college tuition program, participants can purchase tuition units and lock in costs based on today's prices.
 
"It is never too early for Texas families to consider enrolling their newborns in this program, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. "Purchasing tuition unitstoday allows families to lay the foundation for their childrens future educational opportunities.
 
Enrollment at 2016-17 prices closed Feb. 28 for children older than one. The next annual enrollment period begins on Sept. 1 and is based on Texas public college and university tuition and school-wide required fees for the 2017-18 school year.
 
Complete plan information, including plan description and agreement, current prices, enrollment forms and more is available online atTuitionPromise.org [ https://www.texastuitionpromisefund.com/ ], or by calling 1-800-445-GRAD (4723), Option 5.
 
Purchasers should carefully consider the risks, administrative fees, service and other charges and expenses associated with the contracts, including plan termination and decreased transfer or refund value. Purchasers should read these documents carefully before purchasing a contract. Participation in the plan does not guarantee admission to or graduation from any college or university.
 
*COMMENTS OR COMPLAINTS*: Comments or complaints may be forwarded to the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Program, Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts at P.O. Box 13407, Austin, Texas 78711-3407, or by calling 512-936-2064.
 
 

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Homecoming & Revival Services


 

The Sweet Union Missionary Baptist Church of Garrion would like to invite everyone to attend their homecomjng and revival services.  Homecoming will be held on Sunday, July 23rd at 3:00 p.m. Rev. James Roberts will be the guest speaker.  The revival will begin on Monday July 24th - Friday July 28th at 7:30 p.m. nightly.  Rev. Kelvin Lynch will be the evangelist.  Everyone is invited to attend.
 
 

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Family & Friends Day - UPDATED


 

House of Refuge Apostolic Ministries would like to invite everyone to attend our family and friends day program on Sunday July 23rd at 3:00 p.m. with guest speaker: Pastor Robert Lane of the Sandridge Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, TX.  

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July Community Calendar


 

 

 

 

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San Augustine Civic Auction


 

The San Augustine Civic Auction host by the San Augustine Chamber of Commerece will be held at the San Augustine County Fair Grounds on July 29th.
 
The doors open at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the auction will start at 7:00 p.m.
 
Tickets are now on sale for $25 a piece, a table of 8 can be reserved for $200 and the early bird special raffle tickets are $75 a piece.  For more information you can call 936-275-3610.
 
 
 
 
 

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San Augustine Chamber Events


 

 
*Membership Meeting every 3rd Tuesday - Feb-Nov*
*7/29      Civic Auction*
*10/28   27th Annual Sassafras Festival*
 

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Joaquin Football School Schedule


 

 

 

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Camp College for Center Students


 

 
 
 
 
 
On July 13, Center High School seniors descended on Panola College to
experience Camp College 2017. Camp College is a camp between Center High
School and Panola College that gives their students the opportunity to
learn about and prepare for their college career.
 
Twenty-three students lived in campus housing for a night, ate in the
Panola dining hall and learned about student activities and organizations.
Panola College gave tours of the campus and talked about different programs
of study available. Students also learned about the admissions process,
financial aid and scholarship opportunities, library services and
eLearning.
 
Center High School held additional sessions for students about essay
writing, resume writing and overall preparation for college needed during
their senior year. Panola College has worked with Center High School since
2014 to offer this unique experience to their incoming seniors.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Center ISD to Open New Building


 

Center ISD will hold a ribbon cutting on August 8th at 11:00 a.m. to formally open
the new Agriculture Science Building Expansion. The expansion project took nearly
16 months of planning, preparation and construction and includes 10,500 square feet
of additional space for specialized classrooms for agribusiness, animal science,
 floral design, power, structure and technical systems. There is also a meeting 
room for FFA and other leadership activities.
 
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) department of Center High School has seen
remarkable growth and student interest over the past 10 years. Currently, the CTE
agriculture science program is one of the fastest growing programs at CHS.
 
Please join Administration, Staff and Students of Center High School and the district
in celebrating this exciting addition to Center ISD.
 
 

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Weather Update


 

It looks to me like the series of upper air disturbances we have been
seeing that have brought us all the afternoon pop up T-storms have given
way to our normal Summertime *High* pressure systems. Those will bring us
mid 90's with lots of Summer Sun for the next 4-5 days before we see any
chances for rain. You can see the string of blue Highs in the graphic below.
 
 
Before the change we had lots of rain for a Texas July. I will get the
amounts out as I receive the reports.
 
Aso shown in the graphic are 3 tropical events being watched.
 
   - Atlantic - Tropical *Depression *FOUR* that has been hanging around
   for days has now officially become a named Tropical *Storm *DON*.
   Located off the NE coast of Venezuela.
   - Eastern Pacific - Hurricane *Fernando* has been churning up the waters
   of the Pacific at a Cat 4 level.  It is expected to loose strength over the
   next couple of days and become a TS by early morning the 21st of July.
   - Eastern Pacific - Following closely on the heels of FERNANDO is Tropical
   Depression *SEVEN-E*. Will it find enough disturbance
   following Fernando to be come a Tropical Storm or even a Hurricane?
 

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Gas Leak in Center


 

 

 

 

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Panola College Named a Great Place to Work


 

 
Panola College has once again been named a great college to work for,
according to a new survey by *The* *Chronicle of Higher Education*, a top
trade publication for colleges and universities. Panola College has held
this honor for six consecutive years.
 
The results, released today in *The Chronicle’s* tenth annual report on The
Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 232 colleges and universities.
 
Only 79 of the institutions that applied for the program achieved “Great
College to Work For” recognition. Results are reported for small, medium,
and large institutions, with Panola College included among the small
universities with 2,999 students or fewer.
 
Panola College was also placed on the Honor Roll as a stand out college in
its size category for winning honors in 10 categories this year. These
categories included:* Collaborative Governance; Compensation & Benefits;
Confidence in Senior Leadership; Facilities, Workspace & Security; Job
Satisfaction; Professional/Career Development Programs; Respect and
Appreciation; Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship; Teaching
Environment (Faculty Only); Work/Life Balance. *
 
“Panola College is honored to receive this recognition again for the sixth
consecutive year,” said Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College. “To
continue to receive this award is a direct reflection of our remarkable
Board of Trustees, the faculty, staff, and administration.”
 
“Ten years in, the Great Colleges to Work For distinction is well-known by
academic jobseekers as a sign that an institution’s employees are valued
and given opportunities for growth even when they face financial
constraints,” said Liz McMillen, editor of *The Chronicle*. “Any college or
university that’s on the list is showing that they emphasize one of their
most valuable assets: their faculty and staff.”
 
The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an
institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies, and
a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support
staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received
recognition was the employee feedback.
 
To administer the survey and analyze the results, *The Chronicle* worked
with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has
conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of
thousands of employees nationwide.
 
“It’s easier to be a great workplace during good times, but it’s when times
are tough that the commitment to workplace quality really gets tested,”
said Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner, ModernThink LLC.
“And those institutions that measure up during times of economic hardship
reinforce their already strong cultures and put even more distance between
them and their peer institutions for whom they compete for talent.”
 
Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most comprehensive
workplace study in higher education.
 
*About The Chronicle of Higher Education: *
 
*The Chronicle of Higher Education* is dedicated to serving the
higher-education community with insights, understanding, and intellectual
engagement. Academic leaders and professionals from around the world trust *The
Chronicle’s* analysis and in-depth exploration to make informed decisions.
 

 

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Revival Old Salem Missionary Baptist Church


 

Old Salem Missionary Baptist Church will hold their revival July 31st - August 4th starting each night at 7:00 pm.  Congregational singing and all specials are welcome.  Brother Cliff Durham of Rosevine MBC will bring the word of God each night.  Take highway 7 West from Center to FM 711 to County Road 1297 on the left. 

 
 
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Fire in Timpson


 

At approximately 11:52 Sunday July 16th, 2017 the Timpson Volunteer fire department were called out to a mobile home fire on county road 4021. A motorcycle sitting next to the house had caught fire and then the house. It took about 3 hours to put it out with the assistance of center fire department. They contained the fire to one section of the home.

 
 

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Timpson Fire Rescue Training


 

The Mt. Enterprise Volunteer Fire Department has invited Timpson EMS and Timpson VFD to a free training on air bags to be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Mt. Enterprise VFD. Contact Tim Wheat for more information.
 
 

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Fults to Speak on Timpson Bottling Works at July TAGHS Meeting


 

Bottled soft drinks like Coca Cola and Dr Pepper were invented in the late 19th century and it wasn't long until most towns of any size had a bottling works. Timpson was not an exception. The thick glass bottles bore the name of the bottling works and had a deposit on them to ensure their return to the bottler for re-use.  Many, of course, never made it back and these century-old bottles are now prized by soda bottle collectors like Wayne Fults. 
 
A native East Texan, Fults has been seeking out East Texas soda bottles for many years and has amassed an impressive collection, including a number from the Timpson Bottling Works. He will have some of his collection on display when he speaks to the Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society on July 19 and he hopes anyone who also has bottles or items related to the Timpson Bottling Works will bring them to the meeting.  TAGHS meets at 2PM on the third Wednesday of every month in the meeting room of the Timpson Public Library on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets in Timpson. The public is invited.

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Joaquin Public Safety Corporation Meeting


 

 
The Joaquin Public Safety Corporation will meet in regular session Tuesday, July 18, 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 assistance with SCBA replacement.
4.  Board discussion and recommendation of action to The City of Joaquin on expiring terms.
5.  Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
6.  Review of financial standing of JPSD Corporation.
7. 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


 

The Joaquin Economic Development Corporation will meet in regular session Tuesday, July 18, 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 discussion and recommendation of action to The City of Joaquin on expiring terms.
4. Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
5. Review of financial standing of JED Corporation.
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 regular session Tuesday July 18, 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. Swearing in of newly appointed Council Member Jessie Griffith.
4. Open Forum.
5. Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
6. Monthly Reports:
a. City Secretary
Scheduling Availability for Budget Workshops.
Property Tax Rate Quorum Reminder.
Report on initiation of procurement process for GLO Grant.
b. Utility Billing Manager
Report  --Monthly receipts
c. Public Works Manager
Update -- Sewer Plant Rehabilitation.
Update -- Staffing Issues
d. Water Department
Update-- Ground Storage, Monitoring System, Logansport Meter, Chlorine Injection System.
7. Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.
8. Update to Council by Grant Writer Raymond K. Vann regarding status of 2017-2018 TDA Grant process and opportunities for other grants.
9. Discussion & Council Action on request of East Texas Press to be designated the official newspaper of the City of Joaquin.
10. Discussion & Council Action on Adjournment.
 
 
 

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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 July, 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:  
 
1.   Call to Order:  Mayor Debra Smith
 
2. Invocation:
 
3. Pledge: United States Pledge, Texas Pledge             
 
4. Chamber of Commerce: 
 
5. Council Items:  Reports by the members of the City Council on matters not on the
             agenda will be made at this time.  A total, not to exceed 10 minutes will be devoted 
             to these reports.
 
6. Presentations & Recognition:  Charlotte Broadway will be celebrating a 
birthday on August 12th.
 
7. Citizens Input: This time is provided for members of the public to address the City
             Council on items that appear within the Consent and Action Items or a matter not
             listed on the agenda.  Each speaker is limited to 3 minutes.  A Citizens Input Form
             may be filled out and filed with the City Secretary prior to the meeting.
                              
     8.          Department Reports:
                             
            A.    Public Works Report:  Larry Burns
 
            B.    Police Department Report: Kent Graham
 
            C.    Municipal Court Report:  For the month of June 2017, there were 85 citations
                    issued,  93 violations, 0 to a juvenile and 3 to a minor.  Total amount reported
                    $17,775.65, the city’s portion a 55% estimate of $9,776.61.
 
      D.   City Secretary:  2017-18 Budget Workshops were held July 6th for Water/Sewer, 
             July 12th for Electric and July 13th for the General Dept. (Police and City Office).
             At these meetings, the Mayor went over year to date numbers in comparison to the
             budget numbers for each department.  Department Heads then gave a forecast of 
             expenditures for the upcoming budget cycle.
 
            The annual Back to School Event, sponsored by Timpson First Baptist Church
            will be on August 10th from 4:30-7:00 pm at the Community Building in SoSo Park.
            Kids (accompanied by an adult) will receive a backpack and school supplies.  If you
            would like to donate any supplies please contact Leslie at 254-2421 or Bro Dee at
            254-2220.
 
            On August 5th there will be a trash dumpster on RR Ave beside City Hall.  It will
            be available from 6am until it reaches capacity, so come early.  There will also be a                        
            recycle dumpster from August 5-11th located by the gazebo on the square.             
 
 
     9.           Consent Agenda:  Items 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.
 
A. Consider approval of the minutes of the regular meeting held on June 20th, 2017  
B. Consider approval of Financial Statement for the month of June, 2017
C. Consider approval of Accounts Payable – Unpaid bills for June, 2017 
D. The Volunteer Fire Department is asking to purchase five (5) new handheld radios.  
 There are also two (2) radios that need new batteries and three (3) need new antennas.
 The cost will be $1,287.85, attached is a quote from Faith Communications.  Prices
  include programming.
 
 
REGULAR AGENDA ITEMS  (10 –17)
 
   10.           Discuss and possibly take action:  Amend the 2016-17 Water Budget to reflect
                   the infrastructure improvements of $51,030.  These were the repairs to the storm
                   sewer at Marcus and Pecan, culvert repairs on Holly St, and water line repairs on
                   Timpson and Pine Streets.  These were paid for with CD’s from Texas State Bank.
 
   11.           Discuss and possibly take action:  Set a date to adopt the preliminary Budgets for                                                  
                   Water/Sewer, General and Electric Departments for 2017-2018. (Deadline for the 
                   proposed budgets must be filed with the Municipal Clerk, Leslie Leathers at least 30 
                   days PRIOR to adopting the City Tax Rate and 2017-18 Final Budget and 15 days
                   PRIOR to the Public Hearing on City Budget.)
                                   
   12.           Discuss and possibly take action:  During the council meeting on July 30, 2015,
                   former Mayor Pro Tem Ronnie Wolfe asked that a cap be put on the insurance
                   for City Employees.  The motion passed with a 3-2 vote, Wolfe, Baker and Grace
                   in favor and Ramsey and Allen opposed.  This item is to remove the cap set forth
                   by the three previous City Council members.
 
   13.           Discuss and possibly take action:  Review bids and select a contractor to perform 
                   the Annual Fire Hydrant Audit.  Texas Hydrant Services bid $4,615.00 and Hydra
                   Tec bid $5,575.50.
 
   14.           Discuss and possibly take action: Appoint a new Municipal Court Judge due to
                   the passing of James Bogue.  There are two (2) applicants, Gerald Mackey and 
                   Marilyn Corder.
 
   15.           Discuss and possibly take action:  Sale by sealed bids for the donated 2008 Crown
                   Vic owned by the Police Department.  Mileage is 116,000 and it is currently fully
                   operational.  New owner will be expected to take possession within 15 days of  
                   purchase.  Sealed bids are to be dropped off at City Hall or mailed to PO Box 369.  
                   The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids.  Bids must be turned in or  
                   postmarked by August 7, 2017. Council will either except or reject bids on Aug 15th .
                   Certified funds or cash will be required at time of transfer of property/ownership.   
                   Bids under $2,500 will not be considered.
 
   16.           Discuss and possibly take action:  Get an estimate to replace the transmission on
                   the aerator for the race track at the Waste Water Plant.  Also, get an estimate to repair
                   the old transmission to use as a backup. 
 
   17.          Adjourn:
 

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HUXLEY HELPING HANDS FOOD PANTRY


 
HUXLEY HELPING HANDS, A LOCAL MISSION GROUP FROM THE HUXLEY COMMUNITY, ARE HOLDING A FOOD PANTRY FOR THE RESIDENTS OF SHELBY COUNTY. I.D. & PROOF OF RESIDENCEY IS REQUIRED. ONLY ONE (1) BOX PER HOUSEHOLD 
IT WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY 
DATE: JULY 15, 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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Shelby County Sheriff is Looking for a Man


 

The Shelby County District Attorney's office is seeking the whereabouts of Donald Ray Runnels, age 50, of Logansport.
 
 
Runnels has four outstanding warrants: failure to appear for the original charge of evading arrest, offense date June 9, 2014; sexual assault, second degree felony, offense date of June 2, 2016; failure to appear for the original charge of failure to register as a sex offender, offense date of June 6, 2016; and failure to appear for the original charge of failure to register as a sex offender, offense date of July 8, 2016.
 
Judge Leanne Kay Rafferty, 123rd Judicial District Court, issued a capias warrant for Runnels arrest. On July 5th Judge Rafferty issued an order to appear for July 10, 2017 to which only the attorney for Runnels appeared.
 
Runnels has a trail date for July 17, 2017 in the 123rd Judicial District Court with Judge Rafferty presiding.
 
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 Runnels 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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Photo Graphic Society Meeting


 

The monthly meeting of the piney woods photographic Society will be held this Saturday, July 15, 2017 beginning at 9 AM until 12 PM.  all camera and photography enthusiast are invited to attend. The workshop will feature printing and mounting photographs and The monthly challenge will be birds.  For more information on the meeting or memberships contact Billie Jones 936-591-2426. 
 
 
 

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Weather Update


 

 Both Goeff Reeder and Norman Neel in the North part of SA County put
   1.67 inches in their rain buckets.
   - San Augustine another .31 inches
   - Tall Timbers got almost 4 inches on Sunday, but only .04 today. Did
   get lots of noise though.
   - Swanson Hill in Goodwin .00
   - Further South in the Southern part of SA County only .08 in Broaddus
 
​As I mentioned earlier...more of these widely scattered rainy, noisy,
lightning shows to come​ over what I think will be staying with us long
term. this next several days...maybe into next week even.
 
Maybe you will be the next to experience some beneficial rain. Rain gear is
the watch word.
 
Remember when the Thunder Roars...Go in doors!!
 

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Weather Update


 

This morning's NWS Webinar gives us chances for a continuation of T-storms,
lightning. some possible wind damage associated with the down bursts as
these storms die down, and a pretty good soaking rain under the storms that
form.  The sea breeze storms are already beginning to generate this morning
off the Gulf in the Beaumont area and are headed North just as they have
the last couple of days.
 
With the heat of the day, our chances for more of the *pop up storms from
Noon to 5pm* will occur.  These conditions are forecast to continue thru
the better part of next week with increasing chances on this Friday thru
Monday of next week.
 
 
 

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Drug Bust by Sheriff's Office


 

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 three subjects were arrested from a traffic stop initiated by Chief Deputy DJ Dickerson on Highway 7 East at FM 2608 in the James Community.  During the traffic stop, the driver who was later identified as Andrew Scott Elliott (34 y/o of Carthage), gave a fictitious name and date of birth and was found to have an outstanding warrant out of Gregg County. The front passenger was identified as a Brandon Curtis Bledsoe (31 y/o of Joaquin) also gave a fictitious name and had an outstanding warrant out of Shelby County. The back seat passenger was identified as Angela Dalton Welch (55 y/o of Carthage).
 
During the contact, a clear zip bag containing a crystal-like substance was observed in the passenger floor board area which led to a probable cause search. During the search, approximately 2.55 grams of suspected methamphetamine was seized along with over an ounce of marijuana along with digital scales, individual zip bags and other paraphernalia.
 
As the investigation continued there were extension cords and Victor brand torches and torch heads also found in the vehicle. It was determined that Panola County Sheriff's Office had received a report about property being taken from a residence. Investigator Del Birdwell, who was assisting Chief Dickerson on the traffic stop, spoke with Panola County Sheriff's Office about the property and the items were recovered and secured for Panola County.
 
           
Elliott was charged with Fail To Identify Giving False/Fictitious Information / Fugitive from Justice, Misdemeanor A, POCS >=1g<4g, Felony 3, POM<2oz, Misdemeanor B and warrant out of Gregg County.
 
 
Bledsoe was charged with Failure To Identify Giving False/Fictitious Information  / Fugitive From Justice, Misdemeanor A,  POCS >= 1g<4g, Felony 3, POM < 2oz, Misdemeanor B and Capias Warrant for Failure To Appear on original charge of POCS with Intent to Deliver, Felony 1.
 
 
Welch was charged with POCS >=1g<4g, Felony 3 and POM<2oz, Misdemeanor B.
 
Special thanks for DPS Troopers Taylor Buster and Richard Hill as well as our own Investigator Del Birdwell, Patrol Sergeant Jeffery Gogolewski, Deputy Jordan Long, and K9 “Chapo” for their assistance.
 

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Shelbyville Get's a New Band Director


 

 

 

 

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Project Cemetery


 

 

 

 

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San Augustine Jail Museum is Now Open


 

 

The recently restored San  Augustine County 1919 Jail--- Law Enforcement Museum (N. L. Tindall Building) is now open Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

 
 

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Coming Events in San Augustine


 

        MAIN STREET JUNK IN THE TRUNK TRADES DAY-Sat.,AUG.5 
         
        MAIN STREET JUNK IN THE TRUNK TRADES DAY-Sat., SEPT. 2 
         
        AN AMERICAN MAIN STREET PATRIOTS DAY--Mon., Sept. 11
         
        MAIN STREET JUNK IN THE TRUNK TRADES DAY--Sat., OCT. 7 
         
        MAIN STREET JUNK IN THE TRUNK TRADES DAY--Sat., NOV. 4 ​
         
        MAIN STREET CHRISTMAS JUBILEE DAYS--Thurs---Sat., Nov. 30-Dec.2.  JUNK IN THE TRUNK TRADES DAY--Sat. Dec., 2
         
        MAIN STREET HOME COMING AND SUGAR PLUMS CHRISTMAS PARADE-- Friday, Dec. 1 
         
 
The community especially looks forward to the :  
San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce Annual Sassafras Festival Saturday, October 28, 2017 held downtown!
 
 
  
 

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Texas Comptroller Update


 

 
(AUSTIN)  *Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $679.9 million in local sales tax allocations for July, 9 percent more than in July 2016. These allocations are based on sales made in May by businesses that report tax monthly.
 
The cities of Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Midland and Odessa saw noticeable increases in sales tax allocations, Hegar said.
 
*LOCAL SALES TAX ALLOCATIONS (July 2017)*  *Recipient* *July 2017*
* Allocations*  *Change from*
* July 2016*  *Year-to-date*
*Change*  Cities 
$439.8M 8.0%  3.2% *Counties* $41.3M 14.0% 3.5%  Transit Systems $153.8M 7.9% 3.9%  *Special Purpose Taxing Districts* $45.1M 20.1% 12.1% Total *$679.9M* *9.0%* *3.9%* 
 
 

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4-H Champion Seth Shamblin


 

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Fire in Shelbyville


 

 

 

 

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Nacogdoches Chamber Luncheon


 

We welcome Jim Johnson, pictured left, IOM, President and CEO of the Lufkin/Angelina
 County Chamber of Commerce and the Lufkin/Angelina Economic Development  Partnership
at the Chamber's Fourth Friday Luncheon.
 
The event is from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, July 28 at Austin Hall, 4606  North St.
Johnson will present "Collaboration in Our Community" and will  highlight the relationship
history between Lufkin and Nacogdoches and  how we are some of each others biggest
resource.
 
 
 

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Center Glass To Hold a New Ownership Ribbon Cutting


 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce invites the Public and Chamber members to a ribbon cutting at Center Glass to welcome new owners Anna and Justin Lee.  The ribbon cutting will be held on Wednesday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m. at 1414 Southview Circle in Center. 
 
 
 

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Shelbyville Band Booster Meeting


 

The Shelbyville Band Boosters will have their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Monday, July the 24th, starting at 6pm in the Band Hall.  Refreshments will be served.  We are excited to welcome Deshmond Johnson, Director of Bands, and Kaci Trent, Assistant Band Director.  We invite you to be a part of this year's Band Boosters and support our students.
 
 
 

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Shelbyville Get's a New Band Director


 

Shelbyville Band Director Deshmond Johnson is excited to be the new Director of Bands for Shelbyville ISD.
 
He, along with assistant band director, Kasi Trent, invites all band students and parents to the SHS Band MEET & GREET this Thursday July 13 @ 6pm at the Band Hall
 
Other student reminders include INSTRUMENT CHECKOUT – Wednesday July 19 @ 10am – 1pm
 
LEADERSHIP MEETING – Wednesday July 19 @ 1pm – 2pm
 
SUMMER BAND CAMP – July 24 – 28 @ 8am – 3pm
 
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Johnson at 936-591-9991
 

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Travis Clardy is trying to get teachers a raise


 

Travis Clardy East Texas Lawmaker is writing an education bill for the coming special legislative session in answer to the governor's call to raise teachers pay by $1,000.
 
 
 

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Tri-County Food Bank


 

 

 

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Magician Visits Center Library


 

 

 

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Rodeo for Jesus Cancelled Until Further Notice


 

The Rodeo for Jesus that was scheduled for this Saturday has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, more to follow.  
 
 

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