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I'm So Worth It! Event


 

 
The Pineywoods Oureach Center presents I'm So Worth It! For girls 5-18 years old. July 28th at 7p.m. and July 29th from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  It will be held at the Pineywood Oureach Center Located at 255 Haley Dr. in Center,TX registration is $10 per child.
 
You can register here at: http://paypal.me/DaddysGirl14
 
 
 

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Produce Drop this Morning in Center


 

 

 

 

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Vacation Bible School Strong Church


 

 
Strong Triumph Church will be hosting their Vacation Bible School June 28-30th, from 6-8 p.m. each night. Come out for fun, food, and fellowship as we dive deeper into the Word of God.

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Local Barber Competes at Dallas Hair Show


 

 

 

 

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Center Tennis Tournament


 

Center HS Summer Singles Tournament is Friday for girls and boys.  Two divisions for both groups--incoming grades 7-9 and incoming grades 10-12.  It will be held this Friday Morning.  
 
Contact Coach Leon Dykes at: 
 
 
Sign in is 8:00 am and awards will be given for first, second, third places and for the consolation bracket champion.
 
Fans are encouraged to come see some tennis-- this is one of many tournaments held throughout north east texas.  Center is the newest stop for the Northeast Texas Tennis circuit which also includes stops in Longview, Tyler, Kilgore, Mesquite, and Forney.  There are some very good players who will be in town for the tournament.  We hope to see you there.
 

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Dixie Youth State Baseball Tournament Opening


 

 
Celebrate Independence Day early this year at the Dixie Youth State Baseball Tournament Opening Ceremonies this Friday night.  Last year, the opening featured a fireworks display and this year’s will be even more grand.  What better way to kick off the weekend before the 4th of July than celebrating the enthusiasm of hundreds of youth ready to play baseball and enjoying the first fireworks show of the season?  Join Center Youth Baseball and the City of Center in the evening of food, fun and fireworks at Center Noon Lions’ Club Baseball Fields at Center Park on Roughrider Drive.
 
 

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This Week at the Fannie Brown Booth Library


 

 

This Week at the Library: 
 
Thurs., June 29th, 10:30 a.m. - Ages 4-8 yrs.: Mike and Linda Bordelon, Importance of Bees
 
Thurs., June 29th, 2:00 p.m. - Ages 9-13: LEGO group: theme - STAR WARS
 
Thurs., June 29th, 6:00 p.m. - Color Me Calm, ages 15 & up
 
Fri, June 30th, 2:00 p.m. - Colorpalooza, ages toddler to grandparents
 
 

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Child Seat Safety Information


 

 

 

 

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Center Pre-K Round Up


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Roundup for Jesus


 

 

The Bennett Chapel Baptist Church is hosting the Roundup for Jesus Rodeo on Saturday July 15, 2017 at the Shelby County Rodeo Arena. It is free to attend and there will be door prizes.

 
 

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Timpson Frontier Days Starts Thursday!


 

 
 
TIMPSON’S ANNUAL FRONTIER DAYS events will begin Thursday, June 30th with the opening of the Carnival downtown and the Gospel Singing at the First Baptist Church, located at 715 N 2nd Str. The Gospel Singing will start at 7pm with The Calvary Boys, Calvary Boys Trio, Grounded and The Master’s Men. 
 
FRIDAY The carnival continues, there will be entertainment on the downtown streets & stage beginning at 6 pm. We look forward to Faith's Journey first visit to Timpson all the way from Branson, MO; they books themselves as absolutely country and definitely gospel. Look for our own, Curtis Daniel to be taking the stage and singing both Friday and Saturday! 
 
SATURDAY will be a full day of events! The fun will begin with the parade at 10AM. Immediately following the parade will be our opening ceremony, the announcement of the 2016 Cowboy(s) of the Year for Timpson and our surrounding towns, the antique car show, and the pet show. There will be entertainment all day long including clowns, a greased pig catching, peach cobbler contest, sexy legs competition and of course the carnival with food vendors open throughout the day and into the night. The downtown plaza will also be host to vendors with food, toys, what-nots, and raffles during all 3 days. Timpson Twirlers and Cheerleaders will perform at 6PM. Please make sure you attend our famous cake auction before the entertainment Saturday evening. Immediately following the cake auction Leavin Sundown will take the stage for the street dance. Center Broadcasting Company will also do a live radio remote on KQBB 100.5 FM from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m on Saturday. 
 
SUNDAY EVENING the public is invited to join us for a Church Service under the tent, complete with gospel music beginning at 6pm! Bring your lawn chair.  
 
CONTACT INFO / DATES / FEES Carnival Armbands for EACH NITE sold separately $15 in adv good for one nite only at the carnival $18 per nite at the gate. These can be purchased at the Timpson Public Library. Tickets on sale for the Gospel Singing      $8 adv   or   $10 at the door   -   Timpson Public Library,  Kings Nursery  Tenaha   or   FBC Timpson  8am – noon Mon – Friday Car Show on back street immediately following parade. Contact David Pate 936-554-7211 Washer board tournament for 
 
CASH PRIZE SATURDAY Contact Tracy Rucker 936-615-5360   $10 per Team  80% First Place   20% Second Street activities are always free, no charge to enjoy the entertainment! Marilyn Corder # 936-254-4146 cell   936-254-2603 home   936-254-2966 Library  
 
Come join us for TIMPSON FRONTIER DAYS 2016!

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This Week at the Fannie Brown Booth Library


 

As part of their reading program the Fannie Brown Booth Library will have Mike & Linda Bordelon, Beekeepers give a presentation about the importance of bees.  It will be held this Thursday at 10:30 a.m.  For more information call 936-598-5522.

 

 

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East Texas Area Wide Gospel Meeting


 

 

 

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Toledo Finance 50 Year Anniversary Celebration


 

 

 

 

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Commissioners Court Results


 

 

 

 

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Nacogdoches Indivisible Monthly Meeting


 

Nacogdoches Indivisible will be holding its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 11 at 6 pm at the Jalapeno Tree Mexican Restaurant, located at 637 N University Dr, Nacogdoches TX. Anyone interested in working to promote a progressive political agenda and to elect progressive candidates is welcome to attend and to join the group.
 
If you have any questions, please contact me. Donna M. Todd 936.615.7825
 
 

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Panola Welcomes their New Dean of Health Sciences


 

 

 

 

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Junk in the Trunk


 

Remember Saturday Downtown July 1
Junk in the trunk
Trade days
 
When: First Saturday of each month
Where: Downtown san augustine courthouse square
time: 10 am-2pm
 
rules
-No vehicle larger than a pickup
-Check-in by 9:45
-Rain or shine, no refunds
-all vehicles and merchandise must be removed no later than 3 pm​
 
 
 

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Broiler Show Orders are Being Taken


 

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 will be perfect you.   
Showing Broilers through 4-H can lead to many rewards that can include an increased appreciation of the poultry industry, leadership skills, and 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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TxDOT Update


 

LUFKIN - Local property owners are confused about letters received from a law firm in Houston in an advertising attempt to gain business.
 
The letters say, "TxDOT will likely take your property" which is stamped "advertisement" at the bottom of the letter. The property owners are mostly located near current or future TxDOT construction projects. These advertisements should be disregarded.
 
"When we go through right-of-way acquisitions for construction projects, we contact property owners who will be affected by the project. We mail each affected person a letter and then speak with them directly on the telephone or sit down with them to discuss the project," said Rhonda Oaks, Lufkin District public information officer. "We want the public to know that if you have not received a letter from our right-of-way professionals regarding a construction project; your property will not be affected."
 
The advertisement has been mailed to property owners listed on the tax rolls in the area of future projects. In most cases, the right-of-way has already been purchased by TxDOT or those receiving the advertisements are not located near a future project.
 
"The public is always welcome to contact us with any questions they might have regarding right-of-way acquisitions, but rule of thumb is, if we have not already contacted you, then your property will not be a part of any acquisition," Oaks said.
 
For a complete list of projects in the Lufkin District, visit txdot.gov and click Inside TxDOT, then Project Tracker. The public will then be able to choose a county to view all current construction projects and those under development.
 
For more information, contact
Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.OaksDonaldson@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.
 
 
 

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Wreck in Nacogdoches County


 

 

 

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY-Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers
on June 23, responded to a report of a one vehicle fatality crash on US 259 at
approximately 5:15 p.m., just south of the Rusk County line.
 
The preliminary crash investigation indicates a 2017 Dodge pickup towing a trailer
was traveling north on US 259 when the vehicle drove across the southbound lanes
and struck a tree on the west side of the roadway.
 
The driver has been identified as Marvel Bushnell, 39, from Beaumont, TX.
Bushnell was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash by Nacogdoches
County Justice of the Peace Kerry Williamson.
 
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at
this time.
 
 
 
 

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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 27TH day of June 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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TAGHS Photo Meeting


 

 

 

 

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Fort Davis Broom Store


 

While on vacation in Fort Davis, Texas I found prehaps one of the only hand made broom stores in the state of Texas.  The store is owned by Mr. Jim Goodwin in this interview he tells us he has not actually been doing this for very long.  

 

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Center City Council Workshop Session


The Center City Council will meet in a Workshop Session on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 4:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers at Center City Hall. the following items are on the agenda for approprate action:

 

Preliminary Budget Workshop

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City of Tenaha Regular Scheduled Meeting Agenda


CITY OF TENAHA REGULAR SCHEUDLED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA 
June 26, 2017
 
If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda that should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.
 
The City Council of Tenaha will meet in regular session on Monday – June 26, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. at the Tenaha Municipal Building located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas.
 
Order of Business:
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Pledge and Prayer
3. Welcome Guests/Public Comments
4. Consider Approval for Minutes from May 24, 2017 Regular Scheduled Council Meeting and June 19, 2017 Special Called Council Meeting. – ACTION
5. Consider Approval for May 2017 Financials – ACTION
6. Presentation of 2014-2015 Audit from Mr. Norman White – Auditor
a. Consider Approval/Disapproval of 2014- 2015 Audit as presented. - ACTION
7. Status Update Pertaining to Old Business from May 22, 2017 Meeting:
a. Aeration System Bid
b. Water Ground Storage Tank Bid
8. Re-Visit Agenda Item #9 from May 22, 2017 Meeting – Discuss and Consider Approval for Tandem Tank to Complete the Scope of Work as Determined Necessary by Matt Barton – Director of Public Works - ACTION
9. Nominate/Approve New Mayor Pro Tem – ACTION
10. Discuss Policy Defining the Use of The Marshal’s Vehicles 
11. Discuss and Consider Approval to Issue Donation ($150.00 - $300.00) to the August 14, 2017 Back To School Bash Event Sponsored by The Tenaha Youth Center - ACTION
12. Discuss and Consider Approval to:
a. Increase Voluntary Fire Monthly Donation Fee On Water Bills from $1.00 to $2.00 – ACTION
b. Set Effective Date – ACTION
13. Discuss and Consider Approval To Purchase Items Listed on the REVISED Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department Equipment List – ACTION
14. Convene to Closed Session Per Section 551.074 Personnel Matters: 
a. Discuss Timeline and Consider Approval to Hire Alison Rhone as a Full-Time City Employee.
15. Return to Open Session 
a. Council to Make Motion Pertaining to the Outcome of Closed Session - ACTION
16. Department Head Reports
17. Council Comments
18. Adjourn
 
This notice was posted at 11:00 a.m.  Friday – 6/23/2017 and sent to East Texas Press, Inc., The Light & Champion, Shelby County Today, and KDET.
 
Sheryl R. Clark - City Secretary
City of Tenaha
 

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension to host Learn, Grow, Eat and Go! Educator Training


Learn, Grow, Eat and Go!
 
School gardens have arrived as a “must have” popular project to encourage student interest in science and nutrition. The Learn, Grow, Eat & GO! (LGEG) Program has multiple components including a garden, classroom curriculum, vegetable tasting & recipe demonstrations, student journal, books, family stories and Walk Across Texas! The LGEG classroom curriculum is designed for 3-5th grades with a focus on science, math, language arts and health. The WAT! Program is appropriate for all grades and has supporting activities for a variety of subject maters. The hands-on learning within the program has been shown to engage all students! These components can foster connections across the campus, district and within the community. Schools, students and families get the most benefit when LGEG and all components are fully implemented!
 
On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host a Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! hands on workshop and training for schools, youth development organizations, community partners and county agents from across the state.  We will walk through the lessons, plant a container garden, taste vegetables and participate in food demonstrations.
 
This training will be located at the Nacogdoches County Extension office located on 203 West Main Street in Nacogdoches Texas.  With the support of gracious donors from Nacogdoches County, LGEG Curriculum materials will be available for a reduced price at the training.    
 
The training will be from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm with a fee of $25 to cover lunch and supplies.  If you have any questions Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Shelby CEA-FCS or  936-598-7744 or jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu.  CBEC Hours will be given and Certificates will also be available.  Make checks payable to Shelby FCS Account and mail to:   Nacogdoches County Extension Office, co LGEG, 203 W. Main Street, Nacogdoches, TX 77843
 
 
Individual with disabilities who require auxiliary aide service or accommodation in order to participate in the event are encouraged to contact our office within 5 working days prior to the program.  Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.
 

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Benefit Program for Mr. Robert Montgomery


Benefit Program
 
Is scheduled for our Classmate Mr. Robert Montgomery:
 
He is the son of the late Joe Jr. Montgomery and Lutisha Montgomery. Robert, a 1974 graduate of San Augustine High School, TJC College graduate 1978 serving East Texas and the community as an Outstanding Ophthalmic Dispensers eye wear for many years. We are asking the Class of 1974 to come help us make this Benefit Program a special day for Robert.  Your presence will mean a lot.  If you can’t attend we’re asking you to Go on facebook….There you will find a page set up for the Class of 1974 San Augustine High School. Information is available there for you to make a donation for the benefit program for Robert Montgomery.
 
When:  Saturday, July 1, 2017
 
Where: Sand Hill Baptist Church, Jamesville Rd, CR 338, Chireno, TX in the Sand Hill Community.
 
If you are traveling from San Augustine you will be traveling 21 West, you will see the sign, Sand Hill Baptist Church, make a right.  If you are traveling from Nacogdoches, TX it’s 21 East …you will make a left the sign is there Sand Hill Baptist Church, where Rev. Drayton Garner is the Pastor.
 
Time: 7:00 p.m.
 
With  our classmate Rev. Timothy Teel, Guest speaker
 
Note: The Public is welcome!!!!
 
May God Bless You Is Our Prayer
 
Classmates of 1974
 

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Commissioners Court Agenda


COMMISSIONERS’ COURT
SPECIAL MEETING
SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS
 
Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 26th day of June, 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. Discuss and possibly approve DETCOG Regional Mutual Aid Agreement.
 
4. District Attorney, Stephen Shires to address court regarding using Forfeiture Funds as a salary supplement for a staff member.
 
5. Discuss and possibly approve partnering with the City of Center for the purchase of a new building to house the radio systems for county and city emergency services.  If approved, discuss and determine which fund the purchase will be made from.
 
6. Jheri-Lynn McSwain to ask approval for landscaping around the Historic Court House.
 
7. Adjourn to executive session.
 
EXECUTIVE SESSION
 
8. An Executive session will also be held for the purpose of discussing personnel, hearing complaints against personnel, or to deliberate the appointed, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee. This closed session is authorized by Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code Section 551.074.
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 9. Reopen public meeting.
 
10. Discuss and possibly take action on decision of court regarding Justice of the                         Peace Precinct 1.
 
11. Adjourn meeting.
 

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Canning Workshop


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Shelby County Crash 6/22/17


SHELBY COUNTY- Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers responded to and investigated a two vehicle fatal crash early this morning on SH 7 about four miles east of Center. The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 1:10 a.m., a 1988 Isuzu pickup was traveling east on SH 7 and crossed over the center stripe and struck a westbound 2015 Dodge SUV head-on. The driver of the Isuzu was identified as Vicki Thomas, 70, from Center, TX. Thomas was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash by Justice of the Peace Maxie Eaves. The driver of the Dodge SUV was identified as Rebekah Simmonds, 20, from Shelbyville, TX. Simmonds was transported to a Center Hospital with unknown injuries. This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.

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San Augustine - Texas Star Retail---special event


You’re invited to Texas Star Retail Store's Special July Event

Mark Manning will be presenting his personalized children's books as well as custom designs for t-shirts for churches, groups, sports teams, and individuals. The children's books will be available for customization and print the very same day! Refreshments will be provided for all who attend event.  

You won’t want to miss all of this fun:


        Where: Texas Star Retail Store (106 W. Columbia)
        When: 7.7.2017
        Time: 10 am-2 pm

 

Here’s to fun filled community day for all!

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Tropical Storm Cindy Update


*TODAY, CINDY, WILL STILL MAKE HER WAY INTO EAST TEXAS AND WESTERN
LOUISIANA. *
 
   - *HEAVY RAIN:* SLATED TO BEGIN SOMETIME AFTER 4 AM TODAY. FORECAST IS
   FOR *3-4 INCHES* AND FLASH FLOODING IS ANTICIPATED IN LOW LYING AREAS IN
   SAN AUGUSTINE AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES
   - *WINDS:* SUBSTANTIALLY LOWER AT A SUSTAINED 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35.
   - *TEMPERATURES:* HI OF 78 AND LOW OF 74
   - *HUMIDITY: *AT 100% SO "FEELS LIKE" TEMP WILL BE 10 DEGREES HIGHER.
   - *ADVISORIES:*  FLASH FLOODING, LAKE WIND ADVISORY, DANGEROUS LIGHTNING.
 
*            BE PREPARED AND HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE.*
 
*        CHECK IN ON FAMILY, FIENDS, AND NEIGHBORS*

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Forest Service recreation areas closed in preparation for flooding from Tropical Storm Cindy


Forest Service recreation areas closed in preparation for flooding from Tropical Storm Cindy
 
The U.S. Forest Service is temporarily closing all recreation areas in the Angelina and Sabine National Forests as a safety precaution due to expected severe flooding from Tropical Storm Cindy.
 
All recreation areas and trails will be closed for the duration of the storm.
 
"Weather forecasters are predicting severe flooding and possible rainfall up to 10 to15 inches in some areas," said Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor.
 
"We encourage everyone to exercise extreme caution over the coming days; even without hurricane-force winds, high levels of soil saturation can increase the likelihood of trees falling," he said.
 
During a flood, rapidly rising water can reach dangerous levels.  Rising flood waters carry a velocity strong enough to roll vehicles, tear out trees, destroy bridges and undermine roads. A low-lying area can become a death trap in a matter of minutes.
 
Forest visitors may contact the Angelina Ranger Office at 936-897-1068 or the Sabine Ranger Office at 409-625-1940 or visit the website at www.fs.usda.gov/texas for information on when recreation areas will re-open.

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Children's Advocacy Center to Benefit from What-A-Melon Crawl


The SCCAC would like to thank the Rotary Club for choosing our agency as the beneficiary of this year's What-A-Melon Crawl 5K and Fun Run. The run will be held on Saturday, July 8, at the John D. Windham Civic Center starting at 7AM for the Fun Run and continuing with the 5K at 7:30AM. We hope that you will join us for this opportunity to raise funds to support services for child abuse victims. The SCCAC would also like to extend special thanks to the sponsors of the What-A-Melon run: Boles Feed Company, JBA Financial Services, and Farmers State Bank.

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Care and Share will be taken applications for Senior Boxes in Chireno


Care and Share will be taking applications for Senior Boxes in Chireno.  Applicants must be at least 60 years old and must qualify financially.  They will take application at 104 N. Montgomery during their pantry hours, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 to 1:00. Also, June 28th at the Fire Station between 1:00 and 4:00 PM.  A Senior Box contains approximately 40 pounds of can good, juices, can meat, and dry goods.

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What-A-Melon Festival T-Shirts are Ready!


 

 
 
The 2017 What-A-Melon Festival t-shirts have arrived and are available for purchase at Shelby Savings Bank main branch, Farmers State Bank main branch and Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. All shirts are $15 each.
 
The What-A-Melon Festival starts Thursday, July 6th and runs through Saturday, July 8th.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jason Balkcom, President of the Rotary Club of Center, revealed the winner of the 2017 What-A-Melon Festival logo contest to be Kayarra Emerson, an 11th grader at Center High School, at the club's May 16th meeting. It's her design which incorporated the festival theme with the Rotary wheel in the middle that is on all the festival t-shirts!

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Frontier Days


 

SATURDAY July 1st, will be a full day of events! The fun will begin with the
parade at 10AM. Immediately following the parade will be our opening
ceremony, the announcement of the 2017 Cowboy(s) of the Year for Timpson and
our surrounding towns, the antique car show, and the pet show. There will be
entertainment all day long including clowns, a greased pig catching, peach
cobbler contest, sexy legs competition and of course the carnival with food
vendors open throughout the day and into the night. The downtown plaza will
also be host to vendors with food, toys, what-nots, and raffles during all 3
days. Our very own Tracy Broadway will MC Saturdays events starting with the
Parade. Timpson Twirlers and Cheerleaders will perform at 6PM. Please make
sure you attend our famous cake auction before the entertainment Saturday
evening. Immediately following the cake auction Leavin Sundown will take the
stage for the street dance after you enjoy a little Curtis Daniel Country. 
 
SUNDAY EVENING July 2nd,  the public is invited to join us for a Church
Service under the tent, complete with gospel music beginning at 6pm! Bring
your lawn chair. Bother Dee from First Baptist Church will bring the message
with several other community churches leading worship and singing.
 
CONTACT INFO / DATES / FEES
 
Marilyn Corder # 936-254-4146 cell   936-254-2603 home   Paul Smith #
936-554-4557
 
Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce # 936-254-3500  
 
 
 

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Meeting


 

 
"Monday, June 26, 2017 - The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting June 26, 2017 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM.  Come join us as we honor our Confederate Ancestors!  
 
All interested parties are encouraged to attend, and any male descendant of a confederate soldier who was in good standing is eligible to join. The public is welcome. Those wishing to eat are asked to arrive about 6:00 PM so you’ll be ready for the program. Contact Jim Barrett (936) 254-2618 for additional information." 
 
 

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Vacation Bible School Old Salem MBC


 

 

Old Salem MBC will have Vacation Bible School on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 9:00 am-2:00 pm. with registration starting at 8:45am. Lunch will be provided and kids of all ages are welcome! Take Hwy 7 West to FM 711, about 10 miles to CR 1297 on left. 

 
 
 

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Vacation Bible School Strong Church


 

Strong Triumph Church invites all youth to join us starting June 28, 2017 for our annual Vacation Bible School. It will be held each night from 6-8 p.m. Come out for lots of fun, great food, and awesome fellowship as we dive deeper in God's Holy Word!!!
 
For more information, please contact Elder Faye Dell Allen at 936-368-2611/936-572-5810.
 
 
 

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Father's Day Celebration at Perry Sampson Park


 

Yesterday the community gathered to honor their Fathers at the Perry Sampson Park in Center.  It was a fun filled day of events with a basketball tournament, free food and free hair cuts.

 

 

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Portacool Park Grand Opening in Center, Texas


 

The Portacool Park had it grand opening recently here are some photos and a video from the event:

 

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TAGHS to Work on Photo Identification at June Meeting


 

 
 
 
 
 
“Who is that?” and “Where was that taken?” are the most common questions heard when viewing old photos. The value and significance of an antique photograph is immeasureably increased when the people in it are identified, as well as the place, date, and occasion.
 
Unfortunately, this information is frequently lost over time. The Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society has a large collection of old photos that have been donated over the years but little or no documentation was provided for many of them.  
 
TAGHS is making a concerted effort to add as much information about these photos as possible and the public is invited to help. At the June 21st monthly TAGHS meeting, members and guests will view a large selection of antique photos and be asked to identify individuals in the picture and share any information they might have about the subject of the photo.  
 
The public is invited to share their knowledge of Timpson's past and to participate the the fun at 2PM this Wednesday in the new meeting room of the Timpson Public Library, located on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets in downtown Timpson.
 
 
 

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The San Augustine Boil Water Notice is Lifted


 

The Boil water notice for San Augustine has been lifted it is no longer necessary for citizens to boil their water.  

 

 

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KQBB Toledo Fiance Live Radio Remote


 

KQBB 100.5 FM will be hosting a live remote from 10-12 on Fri the 30th, at Toledo Finance on the Center square, helping them celebrate their 50th anniversary.  They will have drawings and refreshments from 8:30-5:30.  Locally owned since 1967.  KQBB 100.5 FM will be giving away Schlitterbahn tickets and other prizes.

 

 

 

 

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2017 Texas Watermelon Queen Coming to Festival


 

 
The Texas Watermelon Queen will be the special guest at the East Texas What-A-Melon Festival coming July 6th, 7th, 8th.
 
The Texas Watermelon Queen is special to Shelby County as she is Miss Chloe Elizabeth Brown from Center, Texas. She is the daughter of Keith Brown and Beth Brown and a 2015 Graduate of Joaquin High School. Miss Brown is currently a junior at Stephen F. Austin State University where she is studying mass communications with a concentration in advertising and public relations. In 2015 Chloe earned a Certified Natural Health Professional (CNHP) certification in Orlando, Florida.
 
This is not the first time Miss Chloe has traveled representing Shelby County. In 2014, as a junior in high school, she traveled to London, England and was honored to march in the Queen's parade after earning All-American honors during UCA Cheer Camp the previous summer.
 
Now Chloe is traveling all over Texas as the Texas Watermelon Queen and is once again representing Shelby County well. She was crowned queen in November of 2016 at the Texas Watermelon Association Convention which was held in McAllen.
 
She has been promoting watermelons at various events and festivals since including Alamo Watermelon Festival held this past May.
 
Miss Texas Watermelon Chloe Brown's visit to the festival is being sponsored by Wiggins Farms and Luke Brown Watermelons.
 
 
 
 
 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

 
The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular  session Tuesday June 20, 2017
6:30 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Open Forum.
4. Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
5. Monthly Reports:
a. City Secretary
b. Utility Billing Manager
c. Public Works Manager
d. Water Department
e. Fire Department
6. Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.
7. Discussion & Council Action on approval of iTour USA proposals for postings within the City of Joaquin.
8. Discussion by Council on the possibility of hiring a City Marshal.
9. Discussion & Council Action on Financial Agreement with Joaquin Economic Development Committee.
10. Discussion & Council Action on approval of candidates to fill part-time administrative and temporary part -time public works position.
11. Discussion & Council Action on appointment of individual to fill the council seat vacated by Pat Gray.
 
12. Adjournment.
 
 
 

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Cooking Class for Kids


 

 

 

 

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Portacool Park Grand Opening in Center, Texas


 

In an interview with Center Broadcasting Company Center City Manger Chad Nehring tells us about the opening of the Portacool Park.

 

 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

 
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the governing body of the City of Tenaha will be held on Monday – June 19, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. in the City Hall Council Meeting Room located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive in Tenaha, Texas. If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.
 
 
Order of Business:
 
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
 
2. Pledge and Prayer
 
3. Welcome Guests / Public Comment
 
4. Closed Session Section 
a. 551.071 (Attorney Consultation) & 551.074 (Personnel/Public) – Attorney Consultation on Duties of Council, Mayor and City Secretary.
b. 551.071 (Attorney Consultation) – Contemplated Litigation 
 
5. Return to Open Session.
 
6. Adjourn
 

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Piney Wood Photographic Society Next Meeting


 

The PWPS will be holding their regular monthly meeting this Saturday 6/17, Methodist church on porter st. 9 am-12pm any camera enthusiasts are invited. 

 

 

 

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Flag Day 2017 Photos


 

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The Story Lady Visits the Center Library


 

 

 

 

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San Augustine Boil Water Notice


 

There is a boil water notice in effect for San Augustine Rural Water Supply.

 

 

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Annual Youth Revival and Youth Explosion


 

The Youth Department of Strong Triumph Church would like to invite everyone to our Annual Youth Revival, to be held Tuesday, June 20-Thursday, June 22, beginning at 7 p.m. each evening. The guest speaker will be Apostle Javoris Gatlin, Pastor of The Life Church International of Longview, Texas. We also invite everyone to our Annual Youth Explosion, to be held Saturday, June 24, beginning at 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 25, beginning at 3 p.m. On Saturday night, we will have a motivational speaker, which will be Ms. Stephany Carter from Shelbyville, Texas. The theme for both the revival and the explosion is 1 Peter 2:9: But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; For more information, please contact Elder Faye Dell Allen at 936-368-2611/936-572-5810!

 
 
 

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Next Step Ministries Picnic


 

Next Step Ministries and partnering area churches will be serving complimentary hotdogs and hamburgers on the San Augustine Courthouse Square this Friday at 4:30 pm.  The picnic will be served from the gazebo on the north east corner of the courthouse lawn (by the James Pickney Henderson statue).  Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a beautiful summer’s evening of good food, fun and fellowship with the hard working and thoroughly charming Next Step team of volunteers.
 
One of the goals of the multiyear Next Step Ministries project is to raise the standard of living through home repairs and building projects for county residents who are living in acutely difficult and many times desperate need.  The work done by local and Next Step Ministries volunteers includes, but not exclusive to home repair projects such as roofing, siding, dry walling and wheel chair ramps.
 
 

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Jasper's Independence Day Celebration


 

The annual Jasper’s Independence Day Celebration will be Saturday, July 1st, starting at 4:00 pm at Sandy Creek Park on Marvin Hancock Drive in Jasper, Texas.
 
The festivities will include a bubble blowing contest starting at 4:00 pm, and later in the evening, a hula hoop contest, watermelon eating contest sponsored by JC3 Cowboy Church, along with Drey Limbrick’s basketball hoops, and Mooney Fun Jumps and More’s obstacle course, bouncy house, and a water slide for the smaller kids. Harvest Church will have a face painting booth, and “David Entertains” balloon artist will make free animal balloons for the children, sponsored by the Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial. 
 
The Texas Fallen Heroes will have the Texas Tags Honor display paying tribute to our military men and women who have died since 9-11 in the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan displaying replicas of their dog tags along with patriotic items for sale.
 
Members of a local talent group, Dustin Faulk, Michael Spicer II, Scott Hulcomb, and Casey Lawrence, from Jasper High School, called the “Blue Dream” band will start the evening off at 4:30 pm. and play throughout the evening. The high energy “Full Circle” Band from Dallas, Texas playing hits of today will take the stage around 5 pm, and will entertain the crowd until 9:15 pm. 
The National Anthem will be sung at 9:20 pm., by Jeff Piles, Minister of Music at Hillcrest Baptist Church, followed by a prayer, by Hillcrest Baptist Preacher, David Nugent. 
 
Come hungry because there will be pork-a-bobs, cotton candy, candied apples, dippin’ dots ice cream, burgers, hot dogs, kettle corn, Mexican food, fresh squeezed lemonade and more!
The Zambelli fireworks show will start at 9:30 pm. choreographed to music. As in years past, Pyroagent, Craig George, from Campti, Louisiana will shoot the show! Keith and Kyle Kettrey with Showtech Productions, from Dallas, Texas will provide the sound for the band and the fireworks show.
 
Marvin Hancock Drive will close to traffic at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 1st and will not reopen until after the show and the crowd and vendors have cleared the street. The City of Jasper will run the trolleys from the closed “Tidbit” store on the corner of Houston Street and Marvin Hancock Drive to the entrance of the park.
 
For more information: call Debbie Foster, 409-489-8447, or KJAS Radio, 409-384-2626.
 
 

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What-A-Melon 5k


 

The Rotary Club of Center will be hosting its 6th annual What-A-Melon 5K and Fun Run, Saturday, July 8th beginning at the John D. Windham Civic Center.
 
 
Each year Rotary has chosen a local non-profit organization in which to donate a majority of the proceeds of this event. In years past, we have donated to wonderful organizations such as the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library, Center Softball Association, Scouting, and Shelby County Outreach Ministries. This year Rotary is donating to the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center.
 
The Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center provides community education on recognizing, reporting, and preventing child abuse; assists with investigations of child abuse allegations; and provides mental health counseling free of charge to child victims of abuse. Without the communities support these services would not be possible.
 
The Fun Run and 5K has a new route this year taking advantage of the trail which connects the Civic Center to the Center High School campus and the youth baseball fields. The fun run will begin at 7:00AM and the 5K at 7:30AM at the John D. Windham Civic Center. Both events are for people of all ages. You can walk or run either event. Strollers are acceptable. T-shirts will be available for the first 125 participants.
 
Rotary encourages everyone to come out and participate in this fun family event.
 
If there are any questions or if you are an individual, organization or business interested in being a sponsor of this event, please contact Scott Stanfield at sstanfield@fsbctx.com or 598-3311. Individual sign up forms can be picked up at Farmers State Bank or Shelby Savings Bank main branches.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What-A-Melon Festival


 

 
The 2017 What-A-Melon Festival will be held July 6th - 8th at the Historic Shelby County Court House Square.
 
 
 
 
 

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The Shelby County Sheriff's Office Blood Drive


 

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is having a blood drive on July 7th from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 

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Caddo Mounds Star Gazing


 

 
ALTO, Texas Join Douglas (Doug) Parsons, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Tyler Junior College, for a night sky program at Caddo Mounds SHS.
 
Doug will bring an array of telescopes - from a modest 4 inch diameter telescope to the large 20 inch diameter telescope. You are invited to bring your own telescope, picnic blankets and lawn chairs.
 
Saturn will be high in the sky during this time as will the center of our galaxy (so lots of clusters and nebulae).
 
Please Call To Indicate Interest In Attending.
                               
       
WHO: Doug Parsons, Professor of Physics at Tyler Junior College 
 
WHAT: Star Gazing $4.00 admission fee per person
Ample parking provided 
 
WHEN: Saturday July 1st    (Please Call To Indicate Interest In Attending.)
8:30 p.m.
 
WHERE: Caddo Mounds SHS, 1649 State Hwy 21 west, Alto, Texas.  The site is located 6 miles west of Alto, and approximately 30 minutes from Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Jacksonville and Crockett, Texas. Call 936-858-3218 for directions or additional information.
 
BACKGROUND: Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, is the remains of a large village and religious center built by a group of Caddo Indians known as the Hasinai more than 1,200 years ago on the prairie overlooking the Neches River. Located along the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas, the site presents the culture and customs of the Caddo people through intriguing exhibits, displays and preserved burial and ceremonial mounds. For more information visit www.visitcaddomounds.com.
 

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Center Floral & Gifts to Host


 

 
    
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors with Elizabeth Pinkston, owner of Center Floral & Gifts, will welcome Chamber members to a Business After Hours event on Thursday, June 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at their new location at 135 Shelbyville Street on the downtown Center square.  There will be live music by Zach Mason, door prize drawing and refreshments will be served.
 
Center Floral & Gifts will showcase their products, services and new location while at the same time it gives an opportunity for Chamber members to network with other Chamber members in a casual, relaxed atmosphere to encourage member to member business.
Center Floral specializes in creating unique and beautiful arrangements for any occasion. Floral arrangements can be customized by choosing from a variety of flowers for all special occasions or just because.   The staff at Center Floral will take the time to create a personal and unique arrangement.  Orders can placed by phone, in person or online. In addition to floral arrangements, Center Floral carries several lines of body scrubs and lotions, candles and fun assortment of gifts. For more information on their services and products, Center Floral & Gifts can be reached at 936-598-2413.
 
For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or visit info@shelbycountychamber.com..
 

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San Augustine Business Owners Meeting


 

 
The San Augustine Main Street Program will hold a Business Owners Meeting on Tuesday, 6/20 at 6:00 p.m. at 611 W. Columbia in San Augustine.  Special Guest Speaker is Brittney Ford and she will be discussing how to use the internet to promote your business.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Diabetic Class


 

Cooking Well with Diabetes is a series of two, fun, interactive classes packed with research based information and delicious diabetes friendly recipes demonstrations and tastings.
 

 

For more information or to register contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Shelby County Extension Agent at 936-598-7744.  The First Class will be held on July 22nd.

 

 

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2017 Poultry Festival 4-H Show Broiler Orders Taken


 

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 will be perfect you.   
Showing Broilers through 4-H can lead to many rewards that can include an increased appreciation of the poultry industry, leadership skills, and 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 200 San Augustine Street, #7 (Shelby County Courthouse Annex Building).  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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Writing Class at Fannie Brown Booth Library Today


 

The Fannie Brown Booth Library will have a writing class on at 2:30 p.m today. Local author, Terri Lacher, will be giving tips and ideas on how to make your thoughts and ideas come to life.
 
Our next summer reading event will be Thursday morning, June 15th at 10:30.  Sara Ward - the Story Lady, will be our performer for the younger children. Then at 2:00 p.m., the Tweens will have another LEGO group.  Reading logs are still available.  Our summer program is sponsored by the Center Noon Lions Club.
 
 
 

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Food Pantry


 

 
 
HUXLEY HELPING HANDS, A LOCAL MISSION GROUP FROM THE HUXLEY COMMUNITY, ARE HOLDING A FOOD PANTRY FOR THE RESIDENTS OF SHELBY COUNTY. IT WILL BE HELD.  I.D. & PROOF OF RESIDENCY WILL BE REQUIRED. ONLY (1) BOX PER HOUSEHOLD WILL BE GIVEN. 
 
DATE: June 17, 2017
 
TIME: 9:00 A.M. – UNTIL FOOD IS GONE
 
LOCATION: HILLCREST BAPTIST CHURCH
901 SOUTHVIEW CIRCLE, CENTER TEXAS
 
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes him should not perish but have everlasting life.  - John 3:16
 

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Flag Day Ceremony


 

In honor of Flag Day, today, Wednesday, June 14 the VFW Post 8904 will have a short program
and be replacing the flag at the Senior Nutrition Center on Loop 500 at 11:00 a.m. Plan on joining them and staying for lunch that will be served at 11:30 a.m.
 
 
 
 

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Lipsey to Serve as Panola College Trustee


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panola College announces the appointment of a new member of its Board of
Trustees, Brooke Lipsey, to replace longtime board member, Mrs. Evelyn
Sharp who recently resigned.
 
“Our newest Board member embodies the spirit of community and brings
talent, expertise and energy to the table,” said Dr. Greg Powell, President
of Panola College. “We are fortunate to have the level of experience and
leadership in place on our Board, and we couldn’t be more pleased with this
appointment.”
 
Brooke Lipsey is a Carthage native and a 1999 graduate of Carthage high
School. She began her collegiate career at Panola College before
transferring to Stephen F. Austin State University where she earned her
Bachelor’s Degree in Finance in 2002.
 
While attending SFA, Lipsey began her career at BancorpSouth and later
transferred to their Marshall Branch. She also worked as an accountant for
Robinson and Williams, CPAs. Currently, she works for the Panola County
Auditor’s office as 2nd assistant auditor and has been the bookkeeper for
Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral home since 2005.
 
Brooke and her husband, Stuart Lipsey, have two children, Olivia, age 9,
and Travis, age 7. Her family are active members at the First United
Methodist Church, where she enjoys teaching Sunday school, LOGOS, and
directing Vacation Bible School.
 
“I am extremely honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve on the
Board of Trustees for Panola College, an institution that our community is
so blessed to have. I am grateful for Mrs. Evelyn Sharp’s many years of
service and contributions to the College. I truly have big shoes to fill,”
stated Lipsey.
 
The Panola College Board of Trustees are: Chair, William Goolsby;
Vice-Chair, Hal Palmer; Secretary, Glendell Chadwick; Brooke Lipsey; Bobby
Phillips; Kevin Smith; and Richard Thomas.
 
 
 

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GOLDEN HARVEST MINISTRIES CLUB MEETING


 

The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday June 19th,. 2017  in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM.   The program will be presented by The Bluegrass Trio from First Baptist Church.
 
Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.
 
 

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Center City Council Meeting Outcome


 

 

 

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Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 

 

 

 

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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 13TH day of June 2017 at 9:00 o’clock A.M. in the Commissioners Court Room
at 100 W. Columbia, Room 103, San Augustine, Texas.
 
 
 

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Center City Council Meeting


 

The Center City Council will have a meeting today at 1:00 p.m. at the John D. Windham Civic Center.
 
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