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Joaquin ISD Substitute Training and Orientation


 

Joaquin ISD will be holding a Substitute Training and Orientation on
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Joaquin ISD Administration
Office.  Please complete an online application found on the JISD website,
www.joaquinisd.net, under employment opportunities. For more information
contact Donna Vergo at (936)269-3128 ext. 225.
 
 

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Lil' Riders Punt, Pass and Kick Camp Today! 8-17-17


 

The Center Lil' Riders Punt, Pass and Kick Camp today at 5:00 p.m. at the Roughrider Stadium.
 
 

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Weather Update


 

A High pressure dome is settling in over Texas and should prevent any
Major hurricane activity from development over the Gulf area just as it did
with Hurricane GERT you can see in the graphic above bending on out to the
Atlantic.  Gert is producing just some sea waves and slightly higher tides
than normally seen.
 
IF the T-storms and showers do sink further South into our area, we
could see a gust front wind of 30 mph as seen in Southeast OK, Northeast
Texas and Shreveport this morning and a brief rain of maybe 1/4 inch before
dying out.  Of course, this could all change rapidly.? Stay tuned to your
favorite weather sources.
 
 
 

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Center High School Class of 1987 Reunion


 

The Center High School Class of 1987 is getting ready for their 30th Annual Reunion.  They will sit together durning the Center Football game on September 15th at 7:30 p.m.  They will have a parade on the following Saturday September 16th at 4:00 p.m. starting at the Farmers State Bank in Center.  The Reunion will be held later that evening at 7:00 p.m. at the JOI Ranch located on Folsom Chapel Road 5198 FM 2026 in Tenaha, TX 75974.  The cost of attendance is $50 for a couple and $30 for individuals.  Dues can be paid at any Farmers State Bank location and for more information contact Angela Gardner at: 936-591-5711.
 
 
 
 
 

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Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ Revival


 

Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ
 
San Augustine, Texas
 
 
Healing & Deliverance Revival 2017
 
August 17-19     7pm each night
 
Guest Revivalist: Pastor Richard McCowin
 
Lone Star Baptist Church
 
Larue, Texas

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Fire in Garrison


 

Yesterday at approxiamtely 9:50 a.m. there was a single structure dwelling fire in the Garrison Area on County Road 3284.  Garrison, Appleby, Mt. Entiprise Fire Departments responded.  The Fire was put out and the Garrison Fire Department returned to the station by 11:00 a.m.
 
 

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Heat Advisory in Effect


 

There will be a heat advisory in effect today from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m.

 

 

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BBQ Fund Raiser


 

There will be a BBQ Fundraiser benefiting Calvin Smith and Neera Smith this Friday at the Outreach Center next to Piney Woods nursing home off the loop in Center this Friday.
 
Calvin Invites the public to attend. To place order you can call 936-572-5342.
 
 
 
 
 

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Runaway Child Found


 

Kelly Reneau the 15 year old Runaway child from Timpson has been found and is safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Weather Update


 

Our Lows continue to be driven to the North by some strong High pressure
systems to our South over the Gulf and to our West driving all the rain
generators out of our area. This is allowing lots of humidity and Heat to
build. At 4:34pm, My weather station said it was 95.5 with a Temperature
Heat index of 113.4 with the humidity at 63%. we should have some wind to
stir the air along with some fairly decent cloud cover.
 
TOO Hot for man or beast! It's time to protect ourselves, our friends, our
relatives, our neighbors, our pets, our plants, and the elderly.
Especially the elderly whose bodies can not regulate with age.  There is a
great need for box fans to be given out to those in need of relief from the
heat.
 
Except for some possible Sea breeze generated showers during the afternoons
with this heat and humidity we will continue this pattern into the weekend.
and those will not generate as much moisture as the "Love Bugs".... unless
you are right under the T-storm/showers.
 
Our *UV* rays are in the EXTREME range so even with SPF protection you can
quickly get a sunburn.
 
Also, all the rain over the last 2 weeks or so has given our *pollen *a
restart on grasses and weeds to a high level.
 

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Woodmen Life Chapter 250 Meeting


 

Woodmen Life Chapter 250 will hold a reunion dinner after being off for the summer on Monday, August 21st at 6:00 pm.  Dinner will be served at Clear Springs Restaurant in Nacogdoches inside the banquet room.  All members are invited to come out and enjoy good food and fellowship.

 

 

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Today's News 8-15-17


 

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Tyson Family Fun Day


 

Tyson Family Fun day will be held this weekend on Sunday August 20th at the Portacool Park in Center, Texas from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

 

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San Augustine Chamber Membership Meeting


 

San Augustine Chamber of Commerce membership meeting today at 12:00 noon,  Speaker:
Nancy Windham, Executive Director of the Lufkin/Angelina County Economic Development Corp-- will be here,you will not want to miss!
 
 
 

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Football Scrimmages


 

 
In Riderland
 
Center Riders vs Kirbyville Wildcats in Kirbyville, this Friday at 6:30 p.m.
 
 
In Ram Country 
 
Joaquin Rams vs Logansport Tigers, home game in Joaquin this Friday at 7:00 p.m.
 
 
In the Bears Den
 
Timpson Bears will have a home game vs Groveton Indians this Friday August 18th at 5:00 p.m.
 
 
In the Dragon's Lair
 
The Shelbyville Dragons will have a home game vs the Tenaha Tigers this Friday at 6:00 p.m. 
 
 
In the Doghouse
 
The Garrison Bulldogs will have a home game vs Arp Tigers this Friday at 6:00 p.m.
 
 

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School Schedules


 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
 
Center ISD started this Monday
 
Tenaha ISD will start on August 28th
 
Shelbyville ISD starts on August 28th
 
Timpson ISD will start on August 28th
 
Joaquin ISD will start on August 21st
 
Meet the Teacher at Joaquin August 17th
also School board meeting at JISD at 6:00 p.m. on the 21st
 
Garrison ISD starts on August 28th
 

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41st EAST TEXAS POULTRY FESTIVAL ARTS & CRAFTS VENDOR DEADLINE EXTENDED


 

The deadline to apply for an Arts and Crafts vendor booth at the 41st East Texas Poultry Festival, sponsored by Farmers State Bank, has been extended to Friday, September 1. The festival will take place October 5-7 on the historic downtown Center Square. Limited spaces are still available and the applications are being accepted at the Shelby County Chamber office. 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 representative merchandise.  At the deadline, the Arts & Crafts committee will select the vendors based on the type and quality of merchandise and notify them of their selection. Applications are available for download at www.shelbycountychamber.com
 
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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Center Football This Week


 

Center Riders vs Kirbyville Wildcats Scrimmage
@ Kirbyville, Friday, 8/18.
Freshmen & JV @ 5:00 p.m.
Varsity @ 6:30 p.m.
 
 

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TxDOT Urges Drivers to Be Safe


 

LUFKIN - As the new school year begins, TxDOT is reminding drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to exercise caution in and around school zones and school buses.
 
Schools in the nine-county Lufkin District are set to begin in coming days and the safety of all school children and motorists is important. Driver inattention could cause an unsafe condition on the roadway, whether it involves pedestrians, those on bicycles or school buses.
In 2015, there were 683 vehicle crashes in Texas school zones.
 
"We are urging all motorists to pay attention and follow the law as they drive near school zones and school buses," said Rhonda Oaks, Lufkin District public information officer. "The statistics for 2016 are not yet available, but in 2015 the Lufkin District recorded four vehicle crashes in school zones. Even one is too many. Everyone should remain alert. Drivers should slow down and pay close attention when entering a school zone."
Safety tips for drivers to remember include:
 
  *   Obey the speed limit in school zones. Violators face fines up to $200.
  *   Cell phone use is unlawful in an active school zone and violators face fines up to $200.
  *   Drop off and pick up children in designated areas, not in the street.
  *   Be alert to children who might dart across a street or in between vehicles to and from     school.
 
 
Safety tips for pedestrians include:
 
  *   Parents and children walking to school should be alert and cross the street only at intersections or crosswalks.
 
  *   Always walk on sidewalks if they are available.
  *   Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. Never assume the driver sees you.
  *   Obey all crossing guards.
 
 
Safety tips for cyclists include:
 
  *   Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
  *   Don't be distracted by electronic devices.
  *   Watch for vehicles in all directions.
 
 
When driving near a school bus, Texas law requires motorists to stop in all directions on an undivided roadway for flashing red school bus lights. Once the bus begins moving and the red flashing lights have stopped, motorists can resume driving. Violators could face fines of up to $1,000.
 
Additional information on school safety can be found on TxDOT.gov. Motorists can find traffic updates and closures on drivetexas.org or TxDOT Lufkin on Twitter.
For more information, contact:
 
Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.OaksDonaldson@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.
 
 

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Commissioners' Court Results


 

 

 

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Photo Graphic Society Meeting


 

The PWPS will be holding our regular monthly meeting this Saturday 8/19/17 from 9 am to 12 pm at the Methodist church on Porter St. in Center. Hey all.
This next meeting will be jam packed!
 
Our challenge theme is low angle. And we are gonna try to do 2 workshops - print mounting (since we have fall shows coming up) and off camera flash. Lots to do in 3 hours so don't be late! Look forward to seeing everybody. And if you have friends, invite them.
 
For more information call or text Billie F Jones, 936-591-2426
 

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The House of Refuge Homecoming and Revival


 

The House of Refuge Homecoming and Revival will start Sunday August 20 at 3:00 our Guest Speaker will be Pastor Mario Osby of Timpson Tx. And starting Monday the 21 at 7:30 our speaker will be Pastor Carlos Johnson Timpson Tx. and Tuesday night Pastor Byron Cutee Center Tx. and Wednesday night Bishop W.C. Martin Shelbyville Tx.

 

 

 
 

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GOLDEN HARVEST MINISTRIES CLUB MEETING


 

The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday August 21st,  2017  in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM.   The program will be presented by  Ron Barbee telling about the work and opportunities of TEXAS BAPTIST MEN.

 
 

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Scotty Rhodes to Speak at TAGHS August Meeting


 

If you grew up in Timpson, Scotty Rhodes probably knows who you are...and who your parents are...and their siblings! Possessed of an incredible encyclopedic memory about the people and history of Timpson, “Mr. Big” has been the “go-to guy” for information about Timpson citizenry for many years.
 
Born here in the late 1940s, Scotty is the only child of the Reverend Bob Rhodes and his wife, Mathilde. Descended from one of the extended families who came to Timpson from Tignall, Georgia around the beginning of the 20th century, Scotty grew up hearing about the early settlers of Timpson...and remembered it. He continued to amass his knowledge of the local citizenry for over the next half century...and remembered it! The Timpson Area Genealogy and Heritage Society invites the public to hear Scotty recall a minute portion of this knowledge at their August 16 meeting at 2PM in the new meeting room of the Timpson Public Library, located on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets. 
 
 
 

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Timpson Budget Workshop


 

Notice is hereby given that a BUDGET WORKSHOP will be held immediately preceding the regular meeting of the governing body of the above named City. The workshop will begin at 5:00pm and will end promptly at 5:30pm on the 15th day of August, 2017. No action will be taken during the workshop. The meeting can be conducted with or without a quorum. The Economic Development Corp will also have a meeting prior to the Budget Workshop at 4:00pm to discuss adopting the preliminary budget for 2017-18.
 
Notice is hereby given that a REGULAR MEETING of the governing body of the above named City will be held on the 15th day of August, 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:  Chamber of Commerce
 
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.
 
Presentations & Recognition:  Henry Marx will celebrate his 4th year anniversary
on August 21st.
 
     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 July 2017, there were 45 citations
                  issued,  54 violations, 1 to juveniles and 2 to minors.  Total amount reported
                  $15,552.00, the City’s portion a 55% estimate of $8,553.60.
 
            D.   City Secretary:  Leslie Leathers reporting there have been no bids on the 2008
            Crown Vic owned by the Police Department.  Larry Burns has received a quote on 
            a new transmission for the race track located at the Waste Water Plant for $6,199.00
 
 
     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.
 
 
  Consider approval of the minutes of the regular meeting held on July 18, 2017
  Consider approval of the minutes of the special meeting held on July 25, 2017
  Consider approval of the minutes of the regular meeting of the EDC on August
  1st, 2017
  Consider approval of Financial Statement for the month of July, 2017
  Consider approval of Accounts Payable – Unpaid bills for July, 2017 
 
REGULAR AGENDA ITEMS  (10 –14)
 
                    
      10.         Discuss and take action:  Discuss & Adopt the PROPOSED 2017-2018 Budget for 
                    Water/Sewer & Electric Enterprise Funds. 
 
      11.         Discuss and take action:  Discuss and Adopt the PROPOSED Budget for the     
                    General Operating Fund for 2017-2018  including  the Streets, Parks, Cemetery, 
                    Court Technology, EDC, TVFD, Basic Operations of the City Office & Timpson 
                    City Police Department.
                    Please include in the Motion the Gross Revenue/Gross Expenditures/Size of Police 
                    Force/Net Fund Increase or Decrease.
 
      12.         Discuss and take action:  Discuss and consider adopting the Proposed
Tax Rate for 2017-2018. Read the proposed ordinance regarding the proposed 
                    Tax rate and percentage of increase if any.  
 
      13.         Discuss and take action: Consider a special called meeting, if needed, to work on 
                    the budget or tax rate. Both MUST be adopted no later than Thursday, 
                    September 28, 2017.  If no special meetings are called the FINAL BUDGET & TAX 
                    RATE will be adopted at the September 19, 2017 meeting.
    
      14.         Adjourn:                         
 

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Patroon Baptist Church Youth Fundraiser


 

Patroon Baptist Church is hosting a community lunch fundraiser on Sunday, August 27. Come eat with us after church or stop by our fellowship hall to grab a to-go plate. We will bless the food at 12:30. Everyone is welcome! The menu includes spaghetti, chicken spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, green beans, corn, and dessert. Donations are appreciated and will benefit our youth fund.

 

 

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Church Service at St. John's Episcopal


 

St. John's Episcopal church will have guest speaker Bishop Fisher from Tyler this Sunday August 13th for their 9 a.m. service.

 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in Special Workshop session Tuesday, August 15, 2017 5:30 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
Budget Discussions.
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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Sabine Co. Crash


 

SABINE COUNTY, TX – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers
responded to and investigated a one vehicle rollover fatality crash on US 96 about
one mile south of Bronson yesterday afternoon at approximately 3 p.m.
 
The preliminary crash investigation indicates a 2008 Nissan passenger car was
traveling south on US 96 when the vehicle crossed the northbound lane of US 96,
struck a culvert and rolled-ejecting the driver.
 
The driver of the vehicle is identified as Christopher Williams, 45, from Jasper.
Williams was transported from the scene to Sabine County Memorial Hospital and
was pronounced deceased at 4:41 p.m.
 
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at
this time.
 
 

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Wildlife management on your property


 

Friday August 18th a multi-county program will be held at the Angelina County Extension office landowners interested in the management of wildlife will have the opportunity to learn from industry professionals how they can better manage for white tailed deer. 
 
Sessions for this event include deer necropsy, prescribed fire, Managed Land Deer Program updates, antler restrictions data, and methods to deter feral hogs and beavers. 
 
A necropsy is similar to an autopsy in that whitetail deer enthusiasts can study harvested deer and determine more of the overall health than what can be observed from a visual appraisal. 
Prescribed fire is a powerful and excellent tool that when used correctly can have tremendous benefit to wildlife and native plant species.  Fire was a naturally occurring part of our local ecosystem for eons. Today we are so good at preventing and stopping destructive structural and wild fires that many don’t even know that it can be of tremendous benefit. 
 
Representatives from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will be on hand provide updates on the Managed Lands Deer Program (MLDP).  The MLDP is ended to foster and support sound management and stewardship of native wildlife and wildlife habitats on private lands. Deer harvest is an important aspect of habitat management and conservation. 
 
Landowners enrolled in either the MLDP Harvest Option or Conservation Option are able to take advantage of extended season lengths and liberalized harvest opportunities.
 
Additionally, TPWD will share results from the ten years of data that they’ve accumulated on the antler restrictions that came into effect in 2006.  Antler restrictions provided a base management across property lines to allow for older bucks, improve the age structure of the whitetail deer herd and increase hunter opportunity.  
 
Lastly, we all know feral hogs and beavers can cause great destruction to property.  Hogs will tear up crops, fields, and even residential landscapes by rooting through it.  Beavers will cut down younger trees and use them to build their dams which can then cause flooding.  We will be looking at ways to legally and effectively control them. 
 
Two Continuing Education Units will be given for those agricultural producers with a pesticide license.  For landowners with a Private Pesticide License from the Texas Department of Agriculture, they are required to get 15 CEUs every 5 years to maintain their license.  
To RSVP call 409-379-4831 by Wednesday, Aug 16.   You will pay at the door.  Cost is $10 per person. 
 
We encourage anyone with an interest in benefiting white tailed deer and other wildlife to participate.  Both hunters and non-hunters will benefit.
 
 

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Shelby County Jail Sergeant Arrested


 

 
According to Joey Haley a commissioned peace officer with 123rd District Attorney's Office.  
 
On August 8, 2017 a complaint was filled by a released inmate from the Shelby County Jail.  The complainant Tony Josh Parker alleged that while an inmate at the Shelby County Jail he was inappropriately "grabbed" by the genitals by a Jail Sergeant Mr. Korey Lanier McClure.  
 
Parker stated that this happened on multiple occasions while he was a trustee at the jail.  Mr. Parker alleged that on one occasion, the Jail Sergeant called him into his office and showed him a video on his phone of an unknown male masturbating.  On this same day he also showed Parker a picture of himself naked.  In addition after he was released from the jail the complainant Parker said that he received texts asking to allow oral sex acts to be performed on him by the Jail Sergeant.  
 
Parker also alleged that while an inmate at the Shelby County Jail, he was told by McClure that if he gave him $200 he would get him released from jail.  McClure allowed Parker to make a phone call to his mother to make arrangements to get the money.  Parker stated that he was allowed to go into the recreation area by himself, where his mother gave him the money, he was then let back into the jail where he turned it over to Sgt. McClure.
 
The photos and texts were taken as evidence and Korey Lanier McClure was arrested on the charges of Improper Sexual Activity with a Person in custody, and Bribery.  According to Graves Bail Bonds he posted a total bond of $11,000 of which $8,000 was for bribery and $3,000 was for sexual misconduct. 
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court


 

Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 14th day of August, 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 the minutes of the July 10, 2017 Regular Meeting, and the July 24, 2017 Special Meeting, of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court.
 
2. Approve and pay the monthly expenses.
 
3. Approve Officers’ Reports.
 
4. Public Comments on Agenda items.
 
5. Discuss and possibly approve donation of pipe from Nuverra to Shelby County. Pipe will be used for culverts for County Commissioners. The pipe is located in Frierson, La.
 
6. Discuss and possibly approve contract with Bryan & Bryan Asphalt, LLC.
 
7. Judy Thompson to address the court about CR 4378.
 
8. Accept and record the Certificate of Completion of the Basic Peace Officer Course and the Reactivation of the Peace Officer’s License of Roy G. Cheatwood, Constable Precinct 3.
 
9. Discuss payment options and possibly approve the reimbursement for the utility adjustment and new highway construction costs for Loop 500 as per an Agreement to Contribute signed on August 13, 2007 between the County and the Texas Department of Transportation.
 
10. Sealed bids to be discussed and possibly accepted on Property ID 21747, located in the Jesse Amason Survey, City of Center which has been struck off the tax rolls.
 
11. Discuss and possibly advertise for bids on janitorial services.
 
12. Discuss and possibly approve the purchase of a new computer for Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 from the Justice Court Technology Fund.
 
13. Discuss and possibly approve the purchase of a new vehicle for Constable Precinct 3.
 
14. David Chandler to address the court about a contract for 911 ambulance calls.
 
15. Adjourn.
 

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Commissioners' Court Budget Workshop


 

Notice is hereby given that a Workshop of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 14th day of August, 2017 at 10:00 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. Work on the budget for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018.
 
2.   Adjourn.
 
 

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Weather Update


 

I am sure by now everyone recognises the noise outside as Thunder and the
sound on your car and house is rain.
 
The National Weather Service has just issued an advisory for OKLA, Ark, NW
LA, and NE Tx for the possibility of river and small stream flooding. The
rain for those areas is anticipated to be 8-12 inches.  If you are planning
trips to these areas please stay informed through your weather radio, TV &
Radio stations. previous rain, saturated ground, and lack of drought
conditions will cause vast amounts of runoff into rivers, lakes, small
streams and coverage of low water crossings.
 
We are in a persistent and rare August event that will continue into mid
next week with more rain, and 5-8 degree cooler temperatures.  The flooding
will as always depend on where the locally heavy rainfall occurs. Whether
it has an impact on us here in Deep East Texas will depend on how far South
and West the rain sags.
 
The prime impact area is on the Red River and its watershed areas.
 

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Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Announces the Chicken Cooking Contest


 

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

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Wreck Leads to Death in Huxley Area


 

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers responded to and investigated a one vehicle fatal crash on FM 139 about three miles north of Huxley yesterday evening at approximately 9:15 p.m.
 
The preliminary crash investigation indicates a 2002 Oldsmobile passenger car was
traveling south on FM 139 when the vehicle drove off the roadway to the left and
struck a utility pole.
 
The driver of the vehicle is identified as Robert Jones, 28, from Shelbyville. Jones
was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash by Justice of the Peace Marla
Denby.
 
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at
this time.
 
 

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HUXLEY HELPING HANDS


 

 
HUXLEY HELPING HANDS, A LOCAL MISSION GROUP IS HOLDING A FOOD PANTRY FOR THE RESIDENTS OF SHELBY COUNTY. IT WILL BE HELD THE SECOND SATURDAY OF AUGUST 2017.  PROOF OF RESIDENCY & I.D. WILL BE REQUIRED. ONLY (1) BOX PER HOUSEHOLD WILL BE GIVEN. 
 
DATE: August 12, 2017
TIME: 9:00 A.M. UNTIL FOOD IS GONE
LOCATION: HILLCREST BAPTIST CHURCH
901 SOUTHVIEW CIRCLE, CENTER TEXAS
 
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
 
 
 

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Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports the recovery of stolen property in Shelby County


 
 
On August 7, The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a call for suspicious activity involving the transport of a backhoe.  Blue Diamond Hot Shot (BDHS) out of Gary, Texas was contracted by Christy Borders, 46 of Center, to transport a backhoe to Shreveport, LA.  During the course of setting up a location to pick up the equipment, Borders changed the location spots for different reasons. Borders also told BDHS that the equipment would need to he hauled after sunset. BDHS took possession of the equipment and became suspicious of the property when it was observed the vehicle identification number (VIN) appeared to have been tampered with. BDHS left the location spot with the equipment and immediately contacted the SCSO. 
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Del Birdwell and Timpson Police Officer Michelle Ashworth responded to the area where BDHS advised they had stopped with the equipment. BDHS had entered into Panola County. Law enforcement officers with the Carthage Police Department and the Panola County Sheriff’s Office responded to the location to assist Birdwell and Ashworth. 
 
Birdwell identified the equipment as a 4WD John Deere 310 SJ backhoe on a trailer. Birdwell inspected the equipment and observed that the third, fifth and ninth digits on the VIN had been altered.  A driver for BDHS advised Birdwell that Borders was calling him repeatedly. Birdwell advised the driver to tell Borders to come to the location in Carthage. 
 
Borders arrived on the scene in Carthage and Birdwell questioned her about the equipment. Borders stated she was selling the equipment for an individual whose name changed several times while she was talking to Birdwell. Borders denied having any knowledge of the VIN being altered. Borders stated she had sent pictures of the equipment to the potential buyer and had not noticed anything out of the ordinary. Borders showed Birdwell the photos she sent the buyer. The picture showing the VIN plate was taken with the plate off the machine. The picture shows two rivet holes exposed with one hole having damage around the edge. Borders was extremely nervous while being questioned by Birdwell and continuously had to gather her thoughts before answering questions.
 
Borders was advised that the equipment would be impounded until ownership could be proven. The equipment was transported to the SCSO. 
On August 8, Birdwell made contact with Doggett Equipment in Lufkin. A representative of the company ran the VIN for Birdwell and it revealed the equipment belonged to Panola County Road and Bridge. 
 
Birdwell contacted Panola County and he was advised the equipment had been sold in an auction. Panola County stated the equipment was sold to Panola Enterprises, owned by Larry Fields. 
 
 
Larry Fields contacted Birdwell to inquire about the stolen equipment. Fields traveled to the SCSO and was able to positively identify the recovered property as his. Fields further stated he had filed a report with Panola County. The equipment was released to Fields.
Charges are forthcoming out of Panola County for the individuals involved with this crime. 
The SCSO will seek warrants for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity (M-A) and Tampering with Identification Numbers (M-A).
 
Panola County will seek warrants for Theft (F-3).
The SCSO would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the Carthage Police Department, Panola County Sheriff’s Office and the Timpson Police Department for their assistance in this situation. 

 

 

 

 

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Felon of the Week DeSoto


 

 

 

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Woodland Christian Church Services


 

Sunday School (beginning Sep. 3) - 9:45am
Worship Service - 10:45am
Sunday Night Bible Class - pm
Wednesday Night Youth Program - kicking off August 30th 5-7pm (meal Provided)
 
Timpson, Texas - Corner of Hwy 59 & 84
Sunday School (beginning Sep. 3) - 9:45am
Worship Service - 10:45am
Sunday Night Bible Class - 6pm
Wednesday Night Youth Program - kicking off August 30th 5-7pm (meal Provided) • Adult Bible Study also offered!
 
 

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Flags at Half-Staff


 

The Texas and U.S. flags will be lowered to half-staff until sunset tomorrow in memory of former Texas Gov. Mark White as directed by Gov. Greg Abbott.
 
Flags also will be lowered again on the day of White’s interment.
 
 

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Teacher Arrested


 

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports the arrest of Cynthia Suzett Hughes, 49, of Tenaha.
On August 4, 2017, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Chad Brown was contacted by a parent of a juvenile student who attends Tenaha High School. The parent advised Brown that she believed Hughes, a high school teacher employed by Tenaha Independent School District (TISD), was communicating inappropriately with the student.
 
Brown and TISD Police Chief Derek Jeter interviewed the student who advised officers that he did receive nude photographs of Hughes. The student also told the officers on one occasion during the summer of 2017 Hughes messaged said student and stated all of her family members were away and she would like to spend some time together.
 
Brown and Jeter interviewed Hughes who admitted that she sent the nude photos to the student. 
Hughes turned herself in to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on August 9 and was arrested for the offense of Improper Relationship between Educator and Student, a 3rd Degree Felony. She was arraigned by JP-1, Melissa Crouch. Hughes posted $20,000 bond and was released. 
 
 

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Shelbyville ISD Immunization Clinic


 

State law requires all students be current on their immunizations before attending school.  Shelbyville ISD will be offering an Immunization Clinic to students enrolled in classes for the 2017-18 year.  The Clinic will be held during “Meet the Teacher,” August 24, 2017, between the hours of 3:30 – 5:30 PM…  Immunizations will be available to ALL students…  Parents should bring a current copy of student’s immunization record and, if student is insured, bring insurance card.   For more information you may contact the school nurse, Jeane Taylor at 936 598-7363.  Students who are not up-to-date on immunizations will not be allowed to attend classes, until the immunizations are complete.   

 

 

 

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Center Athletic Booster Raffle


 

The Center Athletic Booster Club is holding a raffle with a 2017 Polaris
Ranger "Camo" Crew 900 as the prize.
 
Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100.
 
You may purchase your tickets at the Athletic Office
located at Center High School or from any Booster Club member.
 
The drawing will take place at the final 2017 Varsity Football game versus
Kilgore.
 
The Polaris is currently located at The Shelby Savings Bank on Selma Street
for viewing.  A photo is attached.

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Deadline for Arts and Crafts Vendor Booths


 

The deadline to apply for an Arts and Crafts vendor booth at the 41st East Texas Poultry Festival, sponsored by Farmers State Bank, is Friday, August 11. The festival will take place October 5-7 on the historic downtown Center Square. Limited spaces are still available and the applications are being accepted at the Shelby County Chamber office. 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 representative merchandise.  At the deadline, the Arts & Crafts committee will select the vendors based on the type and quality of merchandise and notify them of their selection. Applications are available for download at www.shelbycountychamber.com
 
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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Project String Power


 

After 2017 Spring Recital, Maestro Leonard Kacenjar stands with violin students who played solos and group selections to share their progress in making music as students of Project String Power, Inc.
 
Project String Power, Inc. registration for violin, viola, cello, upright bass, harp, guitar (all styles), and banjo lessons is scheduled for Saturday, August 12, 10:30-12 noon at Naylor Hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 308 Cottage Road, Carthage, TX. Lesson times and help with choosing an instrument to learn can be done at that time.
 
Students who have accomplished the basic requirements to join Super Group String Orchestra, Silver Dew Bluegrass Band, Texas Made Rock and Country band, Forte Cello Ensemble and/or Pineywoods Harp Ensemble can join one or more of the performance groups.  
 
There is a $25 registration fee for each instrument studied.  Application for a scholarship for lessons may be made at the time of registration.  Registration forms may also be printed from the website www.projectstringpower.org and mailed to the address given. Project String Power, Inc.  is a non-profit music school that operates with the purpose of making lessons affordable for all. For further information, please call 903-263-0598.
 
News Release from Joyce Hughes, 903-263-0598
 

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Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


 

 

 

 

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Revival and Homecoming Services


 

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Revial Services August 16-18th at 7:00 p.m. each evening.  Pastor Jospeh Hall Jr. is the guest speaker.  Homecoming services at 12 noon on the August 20th, Pastor Brandon Owens Sr. for more information call 936-572-0774.
 
 

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Wreck on HWY 7 Updated


 

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 9:00 a.m. a wreck occurred on HWY 7 between Center and Nacogdoches near fm 711 involving a passenger car, Hughes wrecker service responded along with emergency personnel from the Center Fire Department and Shelby County Sheriff's office. The road was blockaded. 
 
 
According to the Texas DPS the vehicle was driven by Ayan Ahmed 30 of Nacogdoches.  The driver was traveling at an unsafe speed left the road way hit a small tree and then entered the east bound lane overturning. There were no other vehicles involved and no passengers.  
 
The driver was taken to the Nacogdoches Medical Center in Center and issued a citation for traveling at an unsafe speed. The roadway was cleared by emergency personnel and traffic resumed.
 
 
 
 
 

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Every Veteran Has A Story


 

 

 

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Homemaker's Extension Club Meeting


 

The Homemaker's Extension Club will have their August meeting on Thursday August 17th at 1:00 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension Office in Center located at 266 Nacogdoches St.
 
 
 

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Shelby County Cruisers Meeting


 

Shelby County Cruisers Meeting tomorrow at T&R Steaks and More at 6:30 p.m.
 
 
 

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Center Substitute Teacher Orientation


 

Center ISD will be holding their annual Substitute Orientation on Tuesday, August 8th from 8 AM to 12 Noon at the High School Library. All district substitutes are required to attend to go over policies for the upcoming school year. For more information or questions please contact Holly Mikesh, HR Officer, at 936-598-5642.

 

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Center School Board Meeting


 

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held August 8, 2017, beginning at 12:00 PM in the Center High School - New Ag Building - 658 Roughrider Drive Center, Texas 75935.
 
 
 
 

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Tri-County Meeting


 

Tri-County meeting tonight for information contact them at: 936-598-6315.

 
 

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San Augustine Commissioners Court Meeting


 

There will be a San Augustine Commissioners' Court meeting this Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.

 

For the Agenda Click Here:

 

 

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Center ISD Agriculture Science Building Expansion Project


 

On April 14, 2016, the Center ISD Board of Trustees approved two projects, an agriculture science building, and tennis facility expansion. After nearly 16 months of planning, preparation, and construction, the district is excited to announce the completion of the agriculture science building. The new expansion project consists of 10,500 square feet to meet the present and future needs of the agriculture science program. 
 
The Career and Technical Education (CTE) department of Center High School (CHS) has seen remarkable growth and student interest over the past ten years. Currently, the CTE agriculture science program is one of the fastest growing at CHS, and many of our related programs were displaced in rooms not designed for such advanced and specialized courses. Additionally, the lack of adequate space left many interested students without the opportunity to take certain courses.  
 
On August 8, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., Center ISD will hold a ribbon cutting to open the new facility. The expansion project includes specialized classrooms for agribusiness, animal science, floral design, power, structure, and technical systems, and a meeting room for FFA and other leadership activities. We welcome you to join us on for this special moment and event. 
 
 

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Radio News 8-4-17


 

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State 4-H Horse Champ Blake Griffin Video Interview:


 

 

 

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Update on Wreck on 96 South


 

According to Texas DPS officials at approximately 1:24 yesterday John Michael Joe Lee 36 of Stonewall, LA was traveling southbound on Highway 96 South.  
 
 
He was in a 2013 White Freight-Liner pulling a 2010 black Galley Trailer when it left the right side of the roadway and overturned just inside of San Augustine County near the Shelby County, San Augustine County line.  Major damage was cause to both the truck and trailer.
 
Mr. Lee was taken by a San Augustine ambulance to the Nacogdoches Emergency Center in Center where he was life-flighted to Tyler for his injuries. The wreck did not involve any other vehicles. He was later issued a citation for failure to maintain a single lane.
 
 
 

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Shelby County 4-H'er Selected to Represent District and State in Leadership Roles


 

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is comprised of 12 districts covering all 254 counties in Texas, and Shelby County is part of District 5 which is composed of 22 counties in the East region. Recently, the district conducted a leadership camp in Laneville for youth in grades 9 to 12.  At the camp, participants learned the importance of being a leader for their community, what makes a good public speaker, and giving back to their counties through community service opportunities.  At the conclusion of the camp, these youth leaders were given the chance to present a speech on the importance leadership within their counties and participate in a peer-led interview.  Megan Dunn, a Shelby County 4-H member participated in this opportunity and because of her motivating speech and outstanding interview, she was selected to represent the district as president.  In addition, Megan also selected for a position on the state 4-H council.  
 
 
The Texas 4-H Council is a team of 4-H members elected by their peers from across the state of Texas representing the twelve AgriLife Extension districts. Serving as ambassadors for the Texas 4-H program, members represent the organization statewide while collaborating with Extension faculty to plan, coordinate, and facilitate activities and events.
 
Megan also serves the state as a Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador.  As a livestock ambassador, she is provided additional opportunities to develop and practice advanced leadership skills related to mentoring other youth and to advocate for animal agriculture.  We would like to wish congratulations to Megan for selection to these top district and state positions.   
 
If you have any questions regarding 4-H, please do not hesitate to contact the Shelby County Extension Office at 936-598-7744, Lane Dunn, Ag/NR Agent and Jheri-Lynn McSwain, FCS Agent.  Be sure to check us out on Facebook at Shelby Extension.
 
 

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Governor Greg Abbott Participates In White House's 2017 Hurricane Preparedness Briefing For State Leaders


 

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today joined President Donald J. Trump, heads of federal agencies and other Governors from across the country via video teleconference for the 2017 White House Hurricane Briefing. In addition to the President, other participants on the teleconference included Department of Homeland Security Acting-Secretary Elaine Duke and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long, who discussed the importance of readiness efforts and provided an overview of response to and recovery from a hurricane. 
 
During the teleconference, Governor Abbott spoke about the preparedness efforts already underway in Texas to ensure the state is ready in the event of a hurricane.
 
"Texas is in a constant state of hurricane preparedness, and the safety of Texans is our top priority," said Governor Abbott. "The Texas Division of Emergency Management continues to plan and train in the event of a hurricane, and I would encourage all Texans to be mindful of the dangers and always comply with evacuation orders issued by local officials. I appreciate the efforts of our partners at the federal level in helping to build resilience, preparedness & responsiveness in communities across the country."
 
Natural disaster preparedness is a joint effort between state and local partners, the American people, and the federal government. We at DHS and FEMA are ready to respond quickly, efficiently, and effectively when a disaster occurs, said Acting Secretary Duke. We take this responsibility seriously, and like today will continue to coordinate closely with our state and local partners to support our nations collective ability to respond.
 

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Photography Show


 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 
We still have 3 well defined cold fronts that will approach our area over
the next several days. We are in a "very Rare" weather pattern for this
time of the year. We are very unstable in our atmosphere:
 
   1. Cold fronts
   2. 5-10 degree colder temperatures
   3. above normal rainfall.
 
We will creep back into the low 90's. and North of I30 will see periods of
heavy rain with the 1st Cold front. We could join the rainfall event if the
front sags further South on Saturday and Sunday.
 
The second cold front should stay on track to be influencing our weather on
Monday and Tuesday.
 
The third cold front is still well away from us and could change in the
week's time period, but as of now it should impact our weather for Wed &
Thur.
 
What it all means is we will have lots of clouds, and rain chances along
with our unseasonably cool August weather.
 
Though we may hear some Thunder and see some lightning, this does not
appear to have any severe weather associated with it at this time. Even
light and variable winds to temper our humidity.
 

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Schlitterbahn Ticket Winner


 

 

 

 

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Rob Payne Interview:


 

 

 

 

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Radio News 8-4-17 Arrest/Obits


 

 

 

 

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Wreck on 96 South


 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners Court Budget Meeting


 

Notice is hereby given that a Workshop of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 7th day of August, 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. Work on the budget for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018.
 
2.   Adjourn.
 
 

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Radio Host Chris Watlington Interview:


 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville Athletic Booster Meeting


 

Shelbyville Athletic Boosters meeting Monday, August 7th at 5 p.m. in room 101 in the Elementary building.

 

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Mt. Gillion Missionary Baptist Church Revival


 
Welcome To Our
47th Annual Revival
 
When: Monday, August 7, 2017 through Friday, August 11, 2017
 
Where: Mt. Gillion Missionary Baptist Church, Hwy 87, Center, TX, where the Rev. R. L. Cotton
is Pastor.
 
Time: 7:30 p.m. nightly
 
Guest Speaker for the week will be Rev. Kenneth L. Cotton, Pastor of The Goodwill Baptist Church in Pineland, TX.
 
Looking forward to seeing you there.
 
 
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Celebrating Our 47th Annual Home Coming
 
When: Sunday, August 13, 2017
 
Time: 12 Noon
 
Come out and help us Celebrate this Occasion…..
 

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Comal County and State Shooting Sports Results


 

The Comal County Claybusters held their annual shoot at the National Shooting complex in San Antonio July 15 and 16.  This shoot is commonly called the state warmup shoot because it is the weekend before the State 4-H games.  Representing Shelby County 4-H were shooters Dawson McFadden, Colton Gutermuth and Lance Holloway.  In the intermediate division, Lance Holloway placed third in super sporting and fourth in sporting clays.  
 
The following week the Texas 4-H shotgun games were held at the National shooting complex in San Antonio, July 18-22.  This year there were over 800 kids from across Texas that participated.  Shelby County 4-H had six kids attend.  In the Senior II division, Konner Windham placed first in trap Lewis Class 3.  In the Senior I division, Colton Gutermuth placed fourth in modified trap.  In the Intermediate division, Lance Holloway placed second in whizbang.
 
 
Comal County participants
Left to right:  Lance Holloway, Colton Gutermuth,
and Dawson McFadden
 
Shelby County 4-H shooters had a great week.  Nic Lambert shot his personal best shooting 98/100 in skeet and trap but missed placing in the tough senior II division.  Konner Windham shot her first 25 straight in trap.  Colton Gutermuth shot his first 50 straight in trap.  Dawson McFadden shot his first 25 straight in both skeet and trap.  Lance Holloway shot his first 25 straight in modified trap.  Overall, the team had a great week in San Antonio.  We would like to say congratulations on a job well done representing Shelby County 4-H.
State Shotgun GameParticipants:  Logan Holloway, Lance Holloway, Nic Lambert, Dawson McFadden, Konner Windham, and Colton Gutermuth 
 
If you have any questions or would like more information regarding 4-H, please give us a all at 936-598-7744.
 

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Growing Broilers for the East Texas Poultry Festival


 

Broilers are meat type chickens usually about 6 to 7 weeks of age when ready for processing.  The 4-H broiler project is a very popular youth project.  Their popularity is because the projects are shorter in length, require less space, and are less expensive than many other 4-H livestock projects.
 
 
Because all the birds are from the same genetic source, the differences in the conformation of the birds is due to the management practices of the competitor.  A successful entry requires good management skills such as maintain the proper environment, disease control, feeding good quality feed, and keeping good records.  The contestants also learn what selection criteria are necessary when choosing their pen of birds to show.
 
 
In preparation for the upcoming East Texas Poultry Festival in October and the arrival of baby chicks in late August, the Shelby County Extension office will be hosting a Broiler Show Workshop on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the new county Extension office located at 266 Nacogdoches Street in Center.
 
 

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41st EAST TEXAS POULTRY FESTIVAL SEEKS ARTS & CRAFTS VENDORS


 

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  "http://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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