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MANSFIELD STATE HISTORIC SITE HOSTS APPARITIONS: CITY OF MANSFIELD WALKING TOUR


 

 
 
Mansfield State Historic Site staff, in collaboration with the De Soto Parish Tourism Bureau, will offer a walking tour of downtown Mansfield on Saturday, June 17. Time, progress, and neglect has been the death of many historic structures in downtown Mansfield. Though gone, their roles in Mansfield’s history still linger like a spirit. The tour will focus on a few buildings and sites that had a great impact on Mansfield’s antebellum, Civil War era, and recent past. Gripping stories of Mansfield’s history will help preserve these historic places to take on a modern role, instead of being lost forever. So come celebrate Great Outdoors Month by taking part in this tour.
 
Those attending the program will meet at Mansfield State Historic Site by 10:30 a.m. then follow the Park Ranger to the designated parking area in town. This is a weather-permitting outdoor program which involves walking on concrete and pavement; dress appropriately for the weather and terrain.
 
Mansfield State Historic Site is located on State Highway 175, three miles south of Mansfield.  Program admission is $5 per person, ages 12 and under are free. General park admission is $4.00 per person ages 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are admitted free.  For more information, call 318.872.1474 or 888.677.6267, or visit www.LaStateParks.com.
 
 
 
 
 

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MANSFIELD STATE HISTORIC SITE HOSTS TOM SAWYER DAYS: COMMUNITY PICNIC


 

 
Look back to the days of the community outing, blankets on the ground, and games for everyone to play, as Mansfield State Historic Site hosts a Community Picnic Day from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 3. In conjunction with American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day and Great Outdoors Month, park staff and volunteers will present visitors with examples of what was commonly seen at a Victorian era picnic, and encourage visitors to take part in period games such as Town Ball. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunch and make a day of it at the park!  So come enjoy the games, walking trails, and family time!
 
In case of inclement weather or poor ground conditions the event will be cancelled; make sure to contact the park for the latest information.  
 
Mansfield State Historic Site is located on State Highway 175, three miles south of Mansfield.   Park admission is $4.00 per person age 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are free.  For more information, call 318.872.1474or 888.677.6267, or visit www.LaStateParks.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Governor Abbott To Sign Bill Reducing Handgun License Fees


 

 
 
AUSTIN - Governor Abbot will sign Senate Bill 16 (SB16), which reduces the fee for a handgun license in Texas. The signing will take place in Austin, Texas, on Friday, May 26th.
 
 

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DeSoto Parish Seeking assistance in identifying suspect


 

 

 

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FOOD RECALL!!!


 

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2017– Armour Eckrich Meats, LLC, a Junction City, Kan. establishment, is recalling approximately 90,978 pounds of ready-to-eat sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
 
 
The food service fully-cooked pork, turkey and beef breakfast sausage items were produced and packaged from April 26 through April 28, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:
 
      
 
8,769 cases of 16.6 oz. vacuumed packages containing “ECKRICH SMOK-Y CHEDDAR BREAKFAST SAUSAGE, NATURALLY HARDWOOD SMOKED” on the label, case code/ UPC number “27815 17984,” and a Use By date of “08/17/17.”
 
 
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 3JC” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distribution centers in Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
 
                                 
The problem was discovered on May 15, 2017 when Armour Eckrich Meats, Inc. was notified by another FSIS-regulated establishment that pieces of metal were embedded in a fully cooked sausage product produced by Armour Eckrich Meats, Inc. 
 
 
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  
 
 
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
 
 
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify theircustomers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
 
 
Consumers with questions about the recall can call 1 (877) 933-4625. Media with questions about the recall can contact Kassi Belz, vice president of public relations for the Dalton Agency, at (904) 398-5222.
 
 
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
 
 

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TxDOT Update


 

LUFKIN – A pre-construction meeting held Wednesday in the Lufkin Area Office signaled the beginning of a new construction project on US 59 North in Angelina County.
 
Barricades will be set next week for the project area on US 59, beginning just north of FM 2021 in Redland to the Angelina River Bridge. Moore Brothers Construction Company, Lufkin, will serve as contractor for the $2.9 million project to resurface the roadway. Work includes removing the existing surface, and then placing a layer of hot mix asphalt for leveling, a sealcoat application and the final riding surface layer designed to reduce water spray and noise.
 
Work on this project should begin by June 5 and last up to six months, weather permitting. As this project begins, motorists are urged to reduce speed, obey all traffic control devices, stay alert and prepare for delays through the work area. Remember, traffic fines double when workers are present.
 
For more information about this and other construction projects or closures statewide, visit drivetexas.org. For more information about this project, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or call (936)633-4395.
 
 

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JUNE LUNCH & LEARN COMES EARLY TO MISSION DOLORES


 

 
 
SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas —  Grab your lunch and a friend and head down to Mission Dolores State Historic Site on Friday, June 9th at 12:00 p.m. for the monthly “Lunch and Learn” program! 
 
The program, “Sawmill History” will provide an overview of logging and sawmill operations in East Texas, as well as a glimpse of life in a sawmill town. The guest speaker for this program is Kaitlin Wieseman, the Education Coordinator for the Texas Forestry Museum. Ms. Wieseman earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Master of Arts in History with an emphasis in Public History from Stephen F. Austin State University. A Victoria, Texas native, Ms. Wieseman currently resides in Nacogdoches. 
 
As part of the tricentennial celebration commemorating the establishment of Mission Dolores in San Augustine, Mission Dolores State Historic Site will hold similar lunchtime programs once a month throughout 2017, covering a variety of topics related to East Texas history. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
Admission is free and the program will run from 12:00–1:00 p.m. Mission Dolores State Historic Site is currently open Tuesday through Sunday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, please call 936-275-3815.
 
 
 
 
 

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4-H Shooters


 

 

 

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DPS Update on Bus Wreck Outside of Timpson


 

The Wreck Happened yesterday "5/24/17" this is just the offical press release from the DPS

 

SHELBY COUNTY –Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers are
investigating this morning on US 59 a three vehicle injury crash involving a school
bus.
 
The preliminary crash information indicates at approximately 7:30 a.m., a Timpson
ISD school bus was stopped loading students about four miles north of Timpson -
with flashing red lights activated - in the northbound lane on US 59 when it was
struck from behind. A 1995 Mack dump truck sideswiped a 2010 Kenworth truck
tractor that was stopped for the school bus, then struck the back left of the school
bus.
 
At this time, preliminary reports indicate five children have been transported to a
local hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries.
The driver of the dump truck is identified as Benjamin Salazar, 55, of Wells, TX.
He was not reportedly injured.
 
The driver of the school bus is identified as Sabra Sessions, 28, of Nacogdoches,
TX. Sessions was transported to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital with unknown
injuries.
 
The driver of the Kenworth truck tractor is identified as Abel Longoria III, 41, of
Brownsville, TX. Longoria was not reportedly injured in the crash.
 
This investigation remains ongoing. No additional information is available at this
time.
 
 
 

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Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday


This weekend you can buy certain ENERGY STAR® energy-efficient products tax-free during the annual Texas ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday. There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can buy, and you do not need to give the seller an exemption certificate to buy items tax free.

This year’s tax-free ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday begins Saturday, May 27, and goes through midnight on Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day). read more

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Dixie League Baseball


 

Center will be hosting the Dixie League Baseball Tournaments beginning on June 9 through July 18.  The Chamber will be providing information for the packets that will be mailed the Coaches and teams.  Jason Mitchell, City of Center, would like to request items for the goodie bags  that are given to the players when they arrive.  Some samples of items are bubble gum, individually wrapped candies, beef jerky and chips.  They will be putting together around 700 bags to hand out.  If you would like to donate items you can drop them off  at the Chamber on or before Thursday, June 1.
 
 

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Jenny Fancher Retirement Party - Photos


 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce invites the community to a retirement reception for Jenny Fancher on Thursday, May 25.  Fancher has been a member of the Chamber team for 12 years and has been  an instrumental part of many Chamber events and activities. Chamber  members, ambassadors, and the community are invited to stop by and visit  from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to offer well wishes, appreciation for service to  the chamber, and retirement congratulations.  Refreshments willbe served.
 
The Chamber wishes everyone a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend.  The Chamber will be closed on Friday, May 26 and Monday, May 29 in observance of the holiday.  For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or
info@shelbycountychamber.com [mailto:info@shelbycountychamber.com]
 
 
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Rep. Chris Paddie Capitol Update


 

 
We are down to just a handful of days left in the 85th Legislative Session.  The House and Senate are both working feverishly to wrap up the many issues that are left to be resolved.
 
Last week, the House passed several sunset bills, including the Department of Transportation, the Board of Dental Examiners, the State Bar, and the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.  Each state agency is subject to the sunset review process every twelve years.  A sunset review involves a top-to-bottom review of the functions of the agency, with the Sunset Committee and Commission staff working throughout the interim to make recommendations to the next legislature on if the agency should be continued, and, if so, what changes need to be made to ensure that the agency is operating as efficiently as possible to achieve its mission.  This is a valuable process that helps to make  certain that our agencies are being as responsive as possible and serving their intended purpose.
 
The House also passed SB 12, which will provide funds for law enforcement agencies to purchase bulletproof vests that will protect our officers from rifle rounds.  Unfortunately, the urgent need for these vests was highlighted by murder of 5 Dallas Police officers last July.  On that tragic evening, the gunman was using a high-powered rifle, for which the officers' body armor was not sufficient.  I am proud to have voted for this legislation and hope that we can provide protection for our law enforcement officers.
 
While I usually discuss what the House accomplishes each week, I am proud to say that last week, the Senate passed HB 100, which is my bill that provides a statewide regulatory framework for transportation networking companies like Uber and Lyft.  With sensible statewide regulation, instead of having different regulations each time you cross a city limit, we will be able to spur innovation and grow our transportation options across the state and not just in the metroplexes.  
 
The House also passed SB 42, the Judge Julie Kocurek Judicial and Courthouse Security Act.  Judge Kocurek is a judge in Austin who was ambushed in an assassination attempt last year.  Thankfully, Judge Kocurek survived her attack and has returned to the bench.  SB 42 will serve to strengthen security at our courthouses and for our judges as they encounter dangerous individuals on a constant basis.  We must work to protect our public servants as they uphold our laws.
 
As we go through the final weeks of session, or if you have issues that I can assist you with at any time, please make sure to reach out to me at 512-463-0556 or district9.paddie@house.texas.gov.
 
 
 

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Timpson Bus involved in Wreck


 

 
A Timpson ISD school bus was hit by another vehicle this morning.  Students and driver were examined at a medical facility and were released.  Thank you to the first responders and law enforcement.
 
 

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Produce Drop this Morning in Center


 

 

 

 

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Grant Belrose Competes in Cross Fit Competition in San Antonio


 

 

 

 

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Vehicle Fire Near County Road 3122


 

 

 

 

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Updated Vehicle Wreck Near Bobo


 

 
About 6:30 a.m this morning a wreck occurred outside of Timpson on U.S 59 North in Bobo.  The driver of a dump truck was passing a 18 wheeler when he stuck the rear end of a school bus. The 18-wheeler was undamaged. The driver of the dump truck received minor facial injuries and was not hospitalized.  The driver of the school bus and several children were taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries and have since been released.  No major injuries or fatalities occurred.  The Timpson VFD and other emergency personnel quickly responded the road was blockaded but the scene has been mostly cleared. Traffic has resumed and emergency personnel are awaiting hazmat to clean up fluids leaked from the wreck.  
 
 
 
 

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Center Nutrition Grand Opening


 

 

 

 

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12 Year - Old Pianist will be on TV Show


 

Antonio "Nio" Ajero, a 12-year-old pianist from Nacogdoches, Texas, who performed before a live audience on the LeTourneau University Belcher Center stage for an upcoming episode of From the Top, will be featured when the show airs nationally at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3 on Red River Radio.
 
From the Top is the hit NPR radio program featuring America's best young classical musicians and hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley. The radio show also is available for streaming and podcast at fromthetop.org.
 
Nio is in the seventh grade at Mike Moses Middle School. He currently studies in the Music Preparatory Division of Stephen F. Austin State University with Linda Parr. His favorite musical experience was when he won the 2017 Baylor/Waco Solo Piano Competition. Outside of music, Nio enjoys Taekwondo, MathCounts, and cooking. On the broadcast, Nio performs Caprice à la Scarlatti in G major, Op. 14, No. 3 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski.
 
Also included: Quartet Diamant from Chicago, Illinois featuring Masha Lakisova (15), violin, Rebecca Moy (16), violin, Natalie Clarke (17), viola, and Adam Lee (16), cello performing: I. Allegro violento ed agitato from String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20, by Alberto Ginastera; Olivia Elerson, flute, 16, from Waxahachie, Texas performing: III. Allegro scherzando from the Sonata for Flute and Piano by Otar Taktakishvili with Christopher O'Riley, piano; David Caplan, cello, 17, from Skokie, Illinois performing: Élégie, Op.24 by Gabriel Fauré with Christopher O'Riley, piano; and Sena Cho, violin, 14, from Irvine, California performing: I. Allegro molto ed appassionato from Sonata No. 3, Op.45 for Violin and Piano by Edvard Grieg and Tango (Por Una Cabeza) by Carlos Gardel, arr. John Williams, with Christopher O'Riley, piano.
 
Olivia Elerson, Adam Lee, and David Caplan will also receive From the Top's Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in conjunction with their performances on the show. The $10,000 Award is given to deserving young musicians to help further their musical studies.
 
LeTourneau University's Belcher Center opened in the Fall of 2007 as the premier performance center for the city of Longview, Texas, and surrounding communities. Designed by professionals in architecture and theater design with world-class acoustics and staging, the 2,000-seat center features 1,400 seats on the ground level and another 600 seats in two, opera-style balconies. Belcher Center chapel services held three times per week during the fall and spring semesters provide LETU students incredible Christian speakers and music groups. Chapels are open to the public and a schedule can be found on the LeTourneau University Web site at www.letu.edu<http://www.letu.edu>.
 
LeTourneau University is the premier Christian polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU's residential campus in Longview, Texas, and in hybrid and fully online options at centers in Dallas and Houston.

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The Deadly Tick


 

Coming This Summer: More Ticks and a Deadly New Tick-Borne Disease
People need to be extra cautious when outdoors, with more of the critters after a mild 
 
 
THURSDAY, May 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have a double-shot of bad news about ticks: There's a new, and potentially fatal, tick-borne illness called Powassan, and this summer looks like it might be one of the worst on record for an increase in the tick population.
"Tick-borne diseases are on the rise, and prevention should be on everyone's mind, particularly during the spring and summer, and early fall when ticks are most active," said Rebecca Eisen. She is a research biologist in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's division of vector-borne diseases. 
 
Laura Goodman, a senior research associate in population medicine and diagnostic sciences at Cornell University, concurred. "It's going to be a bad season," she said.
Approximately 75 cases of Powassan disease were reported in the United States over the past 10 years. Most cases have occurred in the Northeast and Great Lakes region, according to the CDC.
 
Powassan is a virus that can be transmitted through a tick bite. Although rare, Powassan has been spreading, and more cases are likely this year, Goodman said. 
Signs and symptoms of Powassan can include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures and memory loss. Long-term neurological damage also may occur, according to the CDC.
 
There's currently no specific treatment for the disease. People with severe Powassan often need to be hospitalized to receive respiratory support, intravenous fluids or medications to reduce swelling in the brain. 
 
If inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) occurs, the fatality rate is approximately 10 percent, the CDC warns.
 
There's no vaccine to prevent Powassan. The best prevention is avoiding ticks.
And that may be harder to do this year, experts at Cornell University explained. Because of a milder winter in the Northeast, a dramatic increase in the tick population is expected in that region and possibly across the northern United States.
Eisen said that "the ability of ticks to survive and reproduce also is influenced by temperature and precipitation. Other factors include, but are not limited to, availability of hosts and suitable habitat, such as wooded or brushy vegetation." 
 
Ticks that can transmit illnesses have expanded their geographic range and are now being found in places they weren't seen 20 years ago, she noted. 
Reforestation and increased deer populations are contributing to the expanding tick distribution, Eisen said. 
 
Ticks carry not only bacterial diseases such as Lyme, but also viral illnesses like Powassan and parasitic diseases like babesiosis. 
 
Since the late 1990s, the number of reported cases of Lyme disease in the United States has tripled, and the number of counties in the Northeast and upper Midwest that are considered high-risk for Lyme disease has increased by more than 300 percent, Eisen said. 
In 2015, about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease were reported in Americans, but the number was likely much higher, according to the CDC. 
 
To protect yourself from a tick-borne infection, the CDC recommends: 
Learning which tick-borne diseases are common in your area.
Avoiding places with thick vegetation, high grass and leaf litter. 
Walking in the center of trails when hiking.
Using repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET on exposed skin for protection that lasts several hours. 
 
Using products that contain permethrin to treat clothing and gear -- such as boots, pants, socks and tents -- or wearing clothing pre-treated with permethrin.
Bathing or showering as soon as possible after potential exposure, to wash off ticks before they bite.
 
Removing all attached ticks as soon as possible. 
Treating dogs with products that kill and/or repel ticks. 
Examining gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats and day packs.
Drying clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors. If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed. If the clothes require washing first, hot water is recommended. 
If the clothes can't be washed in hot water, tumble dry on low heat for 90 minutes or high heat for 60 minutes. The clothes should be warm and completely dry.
"It's especially important to take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones, including pets, from ticks during this season, as well as any time during the warmer months when you're outside," Eisen said. 
 
SOURCES: Rebecca Eisen, Ph.D., research biologist, division of vector-borne diseases, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Laura Goodman, Ph.D., senior research associate, population medicine & diagnostic sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
 

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Taking Care of Weeds in Farm Ponds


 

 
 
I’ve said many times here and to folks across the county that I get more questions specifically about pond management than any other topic.  Indeed, a staple of east Texas land owners is the farm pond.  
 
Ponds can serve many purposes. Well-managed ponds can provide irrigation, an easily-accessible water source for livestock and can be tremendous wildlife habitat. Primarily, many ponds are used for recreational activities such as boating, swimming and most often, fishing.  
And when you break up the pond questions into categories, getting rid of excess vegetation is at the top of that list.  
 
Before we start, please understand that some vegetation is good and even needed in most ponds.  Vegetation provides cover and helps add oxygen.   Interestingly, too much vegetation can lead to problems as well.  
 
There are four kinds of aquatic vegetation: submersed (completely underwater), immersed (with dry vegetative matter existing above the surface), floating vegetation, and algae.  In local terms, these pond weeds are either all below the water, above the water, float on top, or pond scum. 
 
There are two commonly used types of control – plant-eating fish or herbicides.  The two types of fish that can be used to control pond weeds: grass carp and tilapia.  
Grass carp are state restricted fish requiring a permit from the Texas Parks and Wildlife.  Grass carp do an excellent job of consuming weeds such as elodea, hydrilla, naiads, pondweed, chara, and parrotfeather.  You can request an application for a grass carp permit by calling your local Texas Parks and Wildlife office.  
 
Tilapia is a tropical, freshwater fish that are excellent at controlling algae, mosquito fern, bladder wort, duck weed, and water meal.  Tilapia are not restricted but, due to their tropical nature, die off during the winter in un-heated water and need to be thought of as an annual biological treatment.  In ponds large enough to include bass, the tilapia help fatten up bass for the winter months as tilapia get sluggish in cooling water. 
My most recent calls have been about filamentous algae.  We’ve got lots of not-so-flattering colloquial names such as “slime” and “pond scum”.  Filamentous algae is the slimy material you have to remove from the fish hook each time.
 
Controlling this algae can be done fairly easily with the above mentioned tilapia and with several available products that contain copper.  Copper products including copper sulfate, bluestone, Cutrine, Komeen, and many others. 
 
I mention algae not only because those are the most recent questions, but because it is common, easy to control and can cause problems most quickly.  
Herbicides approved for use in ponds will not kill fish.  However, when something is killed and begins to rot, the decomposition process consumes oxygen.  A dead squirrel on the side of the road may not cause any serious lack of oxygen, but a pond full of decomposing vegetation certainly can result in a fish die-off from lack of oxygen.  
 
A possible solution to the oxygen depletion problem and subsequent die-off of fish is to treat no more than a third of the pond at a time so that fish have oxygen available.  
Let if be said, there are products commonly used in ponds that have no business there.  If the label does not state that it can be used in a pond with specific instructions on how to apply it, then it is not legal to use in a pond.  
 
With the bevy of products available, there is not enough room in this article to cover them all.  Contact the Extension office for exactly which products to use with your circumstance.
 
 
 
 

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Help Keep Your Child Safe - Don't Move Your Child to a Seat Belt Too Soon


 

 
 
Unfortunately, seat belts do not come in one-size-fits-all. In fact, the seat belt that is designed to save an adult’s life in a crash does not fit a young child. And, the poor fit of the seat belt can actually cause serious injuries or even death during a crash. Many parents are under the impression that a child can be moved to the vehicle seat belt system when they have outgrown the weight limits of their child safety seat. Most conventional forward-facing child safety seats have a 5-point harness system that can be used until at least 40 pounds. However, most children weigh 40 pounds long before they are tall enough to fit in the vehicle lap/shoulder belt. 
 
Children do not fit well in the vehicle lap/shoulder belts that were designed for adults who are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. Instead of fitting properly over the lower hips, the lap belt rides over the soft tissues of the abdomen and can cause severe injury or death. The shoulder portion of the belt hits the child’s neck or face instead of lying flat across the chest. This causes many children to place the shoulder belt behind their back, leaving them with no upper body protection. A booster seat ‘boosts’ the child up so the lap/shoulder belt will fit correctly and provide protection in a crash.
 
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent, Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Shelby County, reminds parents that correctly using a booster seat can protect a child from being thrown around the vehicle or being totally ejected in a crash. In a crash, children who are incorrectly restrained by a lap/shoulder belt are likely to sustain serious injuries to internal organs, as well as the head and spinal cord. In fact, these abdominal and spinal injuries are medically referred to as “Seat Belt Syndrome.”  
 
 
 
Motor vehicle crashes continue to be one of the leading causes of death and injury for children 14 and under. Car seats, including boosters, have been proven to be effective in preventing injuries and deaths and studies show that booster seats can reduce the risk of injury by 59 percent. But children in this age group are the least likely to be properly restrained. Surveys conducted during 2016 by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute found that only 31.8% of 5-9 year olds in Texas were correctly restrained. In Texas, fatalities in the 5-9 year old age group are nearly twice as high as the national rate.
 
The law in Texas requires children under 8 years old, unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches, to be in a child restraint system according to the manufacturer’s instructions. According to the law, an 8 year old can legally ride in the seat belt, but only a small percentage of 8 year olds are 4 feet 9 inches tall. While not every child who is 4 feet 9 inches will fit the seat belt — due to some children being longer in the torso and some children having longer legs — the average child reaches 4 feet 9 inches at age 11! Best practice is to keep the child in a booster seat until the lap/shoulder belts fits, which is usually sometime between ages 8-12.
 
The injury rate and high costs associated with medical care and lost productivity for families is huge. Booster seats are an affordable solution for protecting children in the 4 to 8-plus age group. The cost of booster seats is low; generally between $15 to $40 for a basic booster seat.  Researchers estimate that a $30 booster seat generates nearly $2,000 in benefit to society from reduced health-care expenses. Booster seats offer a low-cost solution to a high-cost problem.
 
When is your child ready for the seat belt?
 
Take the Five Step Test
 
1. Does the child sit all the way back against the auto seat?
2. Do the child’s knees bend comfortably at the edge of the vehicle?
3. Does the belt cross the shoulder between the neck and arm?
4. Is the lap belt as low as possible, touching the thighs?
5. Can the child stay seated like this for the whole trip?
 
If you answered ‘no’ to any of these questions, your child needs a booster seat to make both
the shoulder belt and the lap belt fit right for the best crash protection. Your child will be more comfortable, too!
 
Appointments for booster seat fittings are available each Friday, beginning June 2, 2017, through the Shelby County Extension office.  Call Daphne Lovell at 936-598-7744 to schedule your appointment for a free child safety seat inspection, or visit http://buckleup.tamu.edu to find a certified child passenger safety technician in your area.
 

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Pastor and Wife Service


 

 
The Bennett Chapel Baptist Church will belebrate their Anniversary Services for Bishop W.C. & Lady Donna Martin on May 28th at 3:00 p.m.
 

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Annual Usher Day Program


 

 
The Pastor and members of Jersualem C.M.E Church cordially invite you to their Annual Usher Day Program on Sunday, May 28th at 2:30 p.m.
 
 

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Sweet Union Missionary Baptist Choir Anniversary


 

Sweet Union Missionary Baptist Church of Garrison invites everyone to their choir anniversary.  The service will be held on Sunday, May 28th at 3:00 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 

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Judge Eaves Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 will be Retiring


 

 

 

 

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Red Hill Lake Recreation Area opens for the season


 

 
 
Red Hill Lake Recreation Area will be open Thursday, May 25 through Oct. 1 for the summer season.  
 
The delayed opening of Red Hill Lake Recreation Area is a result of vandalism to the electric hookups in January.  As a result of the vandalism, electricity will not be available at campsites, according to Kimpton Cooper, Sabine National Forest Ranger.
 
“If anyone has information related to this crime, please call our office at 409-625-1940,” Cooper said.
 
 

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Meeting


 

"Monday, May 29, 2017 - The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting May 29, 2017 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM.  Come join us as we honor our Confederate Ancestors!  
 
 
 

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FLAGS AT HALF STAFF IN HONOR OF MEMORIAL DAY


 

 
Memorial Day is Monday, May 29th, 2017.  United States Flags should be flown
at half-staff from sunrise until noon.  All banks, schools, businesses and
government offices that fly a flag that can be lowered are asked to please
do so in honor of those Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  All
other flags flying with the US Flag should also be lowered.
 
If you fly a flag that can't be lowered you can still show respect for the
day by tying a black cord or ribbon to the top of the flag pole.  It too
should be removed at noon.
 
If you have no one to lower your flag at sunrise it is permissible to lower
it the night before so it will be in place at sunrise.
 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

 
The City Council of Joaquin will meet in special session Thursday, May 25, 2017
 at 2:30 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting-Personnel Matters (551.074).
Water Worker- Personnel Review & Possible Promotion.
Public Works Worker- Personnel Review & Possible Promotion.
Discussion and Council Action on possible addition of part–time Public Works & Administrative staff.
Adjournment.  
 
 

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Joaquin Boil Water Notice


 

 
The City of Joaquin has a boil water notice.
 
 

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Panola College Foundation Receives $10,000


 

 
 
On Monday, May 22, 2017, Harley Wilson, Nat Lankford, and Charlotte Woods
presented the Panola College Foundation with a check for $10,000 towards
the Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship.
 
Charlie Woods graduated from Carthage High School in 1972.  He attended
Panola College before entering a Ranch Management Program at Texas
Christian University. Following graduation Charlie worked most of his life
in the oilfield.
 
Charlie was an avid fisherman. His love of the sport began at an early age
when he fished with his “Papaw” Spurlock. Charlie fished the FLW Wal-Mart
Bass Fishing League where he won first place in one of the tournaments on
the Texas Tournament Trail. He also took first place in the Texas Oilman’s
Tournament and the Louisiana Oilman’s Tournament. He and Harley Wilson also
won a boat at the Toledo Bend Classic tournament. Charlie was also a member
of the Carthage Bass Fishing League. He particularly loved the fishing
trips with his friends to Lake Falcon in South Texas on the Texas – Mexico
border. His plans were to eventually travel to Brazil to fish for Peacock
Bass.
 
The Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship was established five years ago by
his friends and family to help sophomore students enrolling in Panola
College’s petroleum technology program. Scholarship funds are raised
through the annual Charlie Woods Memorial Fishing Tournament held on Toledo
Bend each May.
 
 
 
 
*Photo: (L to R) Nat Lankford and Harley Wilson with a check for the
Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship to the Panola College Foundation. *

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Grace Manor Receives a Donation


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The XI Alpha Delta Rho Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi recently donated to Grace
Manor.
 
The sorority presented a check to staff members Sunshine Haley, Courtney
Brittain, and Malinda Johnson, pictured with Sorority members: Anna Stuever,
Jennifer Jones and Denise Merriman.
 
Beta Sigma Phi is primarily a social and cultural organization that
incorporates service as part of its activities. The motto for Beta Sigma Phi
is Life, Learning and Friendship. We are proud to be able to donate funds to
local child-serving organizations to assist with their unique programs and
services.
 
 
 
 

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Relay for Life


 

Relay for life and the Survivor Luncheon will be held at the Windham Civic Center on June 3rd.
 
Luncheon Starts at 12:00 p.m.
 
Relay Opening Ceremony Starts at 2:15 p.m.  
 
 

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The Work of Mr. Charles Hughes


 

 

 

 

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Men's and Women's Day Program


 

Mt. Gillion Missionary Baptist Church
Hwy 87 North
Center, TX 75935
Rev. R. L. Cotton, Pastor
 
 
You’re invited to attend our
Men and Women Day Program
Sunday, June 11, 2017
3:00 p.m.
 
O Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name; make known his deeds among the people.
Psalm 105:1
 
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Psalm 133:1
 
Guest Speaker
Rev. Joseph Hall Sr., 
Pastor of
Benford Chapel Baptist Church
126 Martin Luther King Street
Tenaha, TX 75974
 
 

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DeSoto Parish Officer Retires


 
Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle would like to congratulate a retiree and thank him
for his service to DeSoto Parish.  Donnie Barber officially retired
following a 29 year career with DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office.  We would
like to wish him a happy retirement. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
L-R: Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle, Donnie Barber
 

 

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Center City Council Meeting


 

The City of Center will have a meeting tonight at 11:00 p.m.  

 

Agenda:

 

http://cbc-radio.com/assets/uploads/05-22-2017%20Workshop%20Packet_Optimized%20(2).pdf

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

 
If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda that should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.
 
The City Council of Tenaha will meet in regular session on Monday – May 22, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. at the Tenaha Municipal Building located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas.
 
CITY OF TENAHA REGULAR CALLED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA 
May 22, 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 – May 22, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. at the Tenaha Municipal Building located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas.
 
Order of Business:
 
Call to Order & Roll Call
 
Pledge and Prayer
Welcome Guests/Public Comments
Consider Approval for Minutes from April 24, 2017 Regular Scheduled Council Meeting; May 4, 2017 Special Called Council Meeting; May 15, 2017 Special Called Council Meeting  – ACTION
Consider Approval for April 2017 Financials – ACTION
Award Contractor for City of Tenaha TxCDBG #7216441 Streets & Drainage Improvements –
 
ACTION
 
Re-Visit Marshal’s Office Policies and Consider Approval – ACTION
Racial Profiling Policy
Internal Review Policy
Storage of Police Unit Video
Discuss Water Aeration System Needs and Requirements; Consider Approval to Advertise for Bid - Water Aeration System – ACTION
Discuss and Consider Approval to Advertise for Bid - Cleaning of the Water Ground Storage Tank -
 
ACTION
 
Re-Visit, Discuss and Consider Approval or Disapproval for Tabled Agenda Item #5 from 5/4/2017 Special Called Meeting To Approve Funding Equipment for the Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department –
 
ACTION
 
Department Head Reports
Council Comments
Adjourn
 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners Court Meeting Today


 

The Shelby County Commissioner's Court will have a meeting this moring at 9:30 a.m. among other items on the agenda they will be discussing the retirement of Judge Maxie Eaves as Justice of the Peace Precinct 1. 

 

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San Augustine Memorial Day Program


 
The San Augustine County Memorial Day Observance will be held at the Museum Theater on Monday, May 29.  Starts at 11 a.m.  
 
 

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Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center Encourages Awareness


 

 
 
May 19, 2017 - Teachers and other school professionals serve as an important
first line of defense in the battle against child abuse. In our state,
educators remain the largest professional group to report suspected child
abuse and neglect. This time of year, children eagerly prepare for summer
vacation, summer camps, trips to the pool, family vacations, and also
decreased amounts of adult supervision. Children's Advocacy CentersT of
Texas, Inc. (CACTX) encourages Texans to be active in child abuse
prevention, through personal awareness of the signs and symptoms of child
abuse, and we ask all adults to immediately report suspicions of abuse or
neglect to Child Protective Services or local law enforcement.
 
 
 
"Education is key to child abuse prevention. Talk to the children in your
life about body safety, appropriate boundaries, and the difference between
good secrets and bad secrets. Discuss internet safety and the dangers about
sharing too much information on social media. Open communication allows
children to feel more comfortable in asking questions and divulging
information," said Joy Rauls, Executive Director of Children's Advocacy
Centers of Texas, Inc.  "If your child is attending a summer camp, program
or summer child care, familiarize yourself with the program's policies.
Consider inquiring about the adult-to-child ratio, screening procedures for
new and existing employees and visitors, and rules about one-on-one
interaction."
 
 
 
Be aware of the signs and symptoms of child abuse. Some children may not
exhibit changes in behavior, however common signs may include:
 
 
 
*        Unexplained injuries
*        Changes in behavior
*        Regression to earlier behaviors
*        Fear of going home
*        Changes in eating or sleeping habits
*        Lack of personal care or hygiene
*        Risk-taking behaviors
*        Inappropriate sexual behaviors
 
 
 
You can make a difference in the life of a child.  If you suspect that a
child may be the victim of abuse or neglect, please contact Child Protective
Service's Statewide Intake at (800)252-5400 or file a report at
www.txabusehotline.org <http://www.txabusehotline.org> .  If a child is in
immediate danger, please contact 911.
 

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Piney Woods Photographic Society Meeting


 

Monthly meeting Saturday 5/20, 9-12 pm. First united Methodist church on porter st,, Center Tx. Monthly challenge features "pastels" visitors are welcome. For more information contact Billie Jones 936-591-2426 or pineywoodsphoto.com
 
 
 

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Rep. Chris Paddie Capitol Update


 
 
In the final weeks of each session, the House of Representatives operates under deadlines that guide the wrap up of a regular session  This week marks the deadline for House bills to be debated in the House.  With the House ending in a little less than three weeks, we are definitely in crunch time.
 
Last week, the House continued efforts to reform our foster care system.  Over the past years, we have seen a growing crisis in the child protective services, ultimately resulting in the tragic death of the children in the foster care system.  One of the most important things that we are doing this session is to reform the foster care system to make certain that the most vulnerable among us are being cared for.
 
Last week, I was pleased to pass SB 1289, which gives a preference for American made steel and iron in taxpayer funded infrastructure projects.  This bill has provisions to make certain that taxpayers get the best possible value for money spent on iron and steel but also makes certain that our tax dollars are not funding Chinese and Indian steel that is being produced in violation of international trade  agreements.  I am proud to author is legislation to provide a level playing field for Texan and American steel producers.
 
The House also took up important legislation to reform the Houston and Dallas municipal, fire, and police pension systems.  While some outside of Houston and Dallas question the importance of shoring up these pension systems, it is important to appreciate that we are still at a point in time where we can fix these systems without the state having to step in fiscally.  If we had not passed these reforms, it would be very likely that the state would have had to step in and shore up these funds with state tax dollars.
 
One of the bills that I signed onto this week was HB 1911, the constitutional carry bill.  You may have heard or seen misleading information regarding my stance on HB 1911, but I want to make it clear once and for all:  I have always supported and fought to defend the expansion of our 2nd Amendment rights and will continue to do so as long as you continue to trust me to be your State Representative.  
 
If you ever hear a third party make allegations about where I do or do not stand on an issue, I would encourage you to contact me directly regarding my positions.  If you have any issue that is important to you or an issue that you would like more information about, you can reach me at 512-463-0556 or district9.paddie@house.texas.gov.
 

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Timpson Memorial Day Program


 

Timpson Memorial Day Program – Timpson American Legion Post 90 and Timpson ISD will present a Memorial Day program to remember those military men and women who sacrificed their lives in service to our country.  The program will be Monday, May 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. held at the Timpson Plaza.  Servicemen from Timpson who were killed while serving their country will have their names read aloud in tribute to their sacrifice.  Gold Star families will be recognized by Post 90 1st Vice Commander James Cope.  Commander Penhallegon will be the speaker.  Taps will be played at the end of the program.  Everyone is invited to attend this program as a way to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

 

 

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Post Office Food Drive Results


 

The Center Post Office would like to thank everyone that contributed to the National Association Of Letter Carriers Annual Food Drive conducted on May 13th. The food drive collected over 2000 pounds of food to be distributed to needy families in our community. Your concern shown for those less fortunate in our community by your donations is greatly appreciated! 
 
The Post Office has two (2) new stamps that are available for sale. We have a stamps that depict a "wedding boutonniere" which would be great for wedding invitations and special occasions. We also have a new "Henry David  Thoreau" stamp for sale as well. Also remember that we offer "Stamps By Fax". You can fax your stamp order to the Post Office at (936) 591-0544, and we will make every effort to deliver your stamps to your place of business or home within an hour.
 
 
 

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New Life Church Fundraiser


 

 

 

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FREE Walk and Talk 8-week Nutrition and Fitness Program


 
Everyone starts the year out with new fitness and nutrition goals, but by the middle of the year we lose sight of those goals.  Do you still want to exercise and eat better?  Well here is your opportunity to continue working towards the goal of eating better and exercising.  To help you continue to work towards your lifestyle changes, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is launching Walk and Talk, an 8-week program that encourages exercise and healthy eating.
The program consists of weekly nutrition tips on how to eat more fruits and vegetables to help participants move toward a healthier weight and includes a weekly weight check-in, weekly challenge to “stay the course,” healthy recipes and tips, exercise resources, and a weight-loss planner. Weekly door prizes and incentives will be given to class participants.
The series will kick off at 6:00 p.m.  June 12, 2017 at the Extension office at 266 Nacogdoches Street in Center Texas with a nutrition tip followed by a walking fitness component.  We will meet weekly at various places to walk.  Walk and Talk is a great FREE program to do with a friend or family member. It’s always easier to reach your goals when you have additional support.  All course materials will be provided by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Shelby County office.  
 
Pre-registration is available from June 5 thru June 8, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon at the new Extension office at 266 Nacogdoches Street in Center, Texas.  For more information, visit or contact our office at (936) 598-7744.
 
If you have any questions about this program, please contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent – Family & Consumer Sciences or Feleshia Thompson Better Living for Texans, Extension Assistant at (936) 598-7744 or jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu or Feleshia.thompson@ag.tamu.edu or follow us on Facebook Shelby County Extension Service FCS.
 
Educational programs of the Texas A&M 
 
AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Co
 
 
 

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Shelbyville Antiques and Vintage Mayfair Canceled


 

 
 
Out of respect to families, Shelbyville school district and all involved with recent events, the Shelbyville Lions Club is canceling the Antiques and Vintage Mayfair, originally scheduled for Saturday May 20, 2017.  The Shelbyville Lions Club extends condolences and prayers to our community.  We apologize for any inconvenience to those who planned to attend the event.
 
 

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Letter From Shelbyville Superintendent


 
Dear Shelbyville ISD’s Learning Community:
 
It is with great sorrow that I report to you that yesterday afternoon there was a bus accident that resulted in the death of one of our precious children.  All of the students involved in the accident were evaluated at the scene by first responders.  Some students were released directly to their parents.   Others were transported by ambulance to area medical facilities for more in-depth diagnosis and treatment.  Thankfully, all of the students who were taken to local medical facilities were treated yesterday evening and released to return home.  
 
Words cannot express the pain and grief all of Shelbyville ISD’s learning community share in this tragedy.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of all involved.  Since the accident is still under investigation, I will not share specific details at this time.  Nonetheless, I do want to request that we all strive to respect the feelings and privacy of our students and their families as they cope with yesterday’s tragedy.      
 
Additional counselors are available at the school to provide support to any students or staff members who need assistance.  Since children react to emotional events differently, it is important that teachers and parents work together to continue to assess the needs of our students and respond to those needs. Please let your child's teacher or principal know if you have a particular concern, or if you think your child needs some extra attention and support.  
 
Shelbyville ISD would like to express its gratitude to all of the first responders, medical personnel, parents, students, friends, and community members who provided their extraordinary assistance to our students and bus driver yesterday.  Also, thanks to the surrounding school districts who called and offered Shelbyville ISD their support.  The response to the accident and its aftermath was swift and diligent.  We are truly blessed to be surrounded by countless individuals who offer unconditional love and support to Shelbyville’s learning community.  As this school year draws to an end, Shelbyville ISD will continue to work with all of you to provide a positive and safe learning environment for all of our students.  Thank you.
 
Respectfully yours,
 
Ray West
Superintendent
 

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Updated on Wreck in Lout Town


 
As a result of the crash involving the Shelbyville ISD school bus, Victor Lee, 13,
of Shelbyville, was pronounced deceased yesterday at a Nacogdoches Hospital.
The driver of the 1997 Dodge truck has been identified as Courtland Vaughn, 20,
from Shelbyville, TX. Vaughn was not reportedly injured as a result of the crash.
Marla Denby, 53, of Shelbyville was identified as the driver of the school bus and
was treated at a local hospital for her injuries.
 
Several other students involved in the crash were transported to area hospitals.
This investigation remains ongoing.
 
(please note the corrected age)
 
LUFKIN – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers are investigating
this evening a fatal two-vehicle school bus crash on FM 139 at County Route 2552.
At approximately 4 p.m., a Shelbyville Independent School District bus was
turning right from FM 139 onto CR 2552 to travel south when it was struck from
behind by a 1997 Dodge pickup. The collision caused the school bus to turnover,
resulting in the death of an 13 year-old boy and injuring several students.
This investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes
available. 

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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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Highway Department News


 

LUFKIN - A pre-construction meeting was held in Lufkin last week signaling the beginning of a new construction project in Trinity County.  Barricades will be set next week and construction is scheduled to begin by the end of the month on a section of US 287 extending from SH 94 to Harrison Avenue in Groveton. A.L. Helmcamp, Buffalo, TX, will serve as contractor for the $1.8 million project that is designed to reconstruct existing pavement.
 
As this project progresses, motorists are asked to stay alert to moving equipment and workers through the area. Obey all traffic control devices and prepare for intermittent daily lane closures through the project. Traffic fines double when workers are present.
 
For a complete list of statewide projects and road closures, visit drivetexas.org. For more information about this project and others through the nine-county Lufkin District, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.OaksDonaldson@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.
 
 
 

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Frontier Days


 

 
TIMPSON'S ANNUAL FRONTIER DAYS will celebrate our 55th year with 4 days of
events. 
 
Thursday, June 29th 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, Grounded, Broken Vessels and The Calvary
Boys Trio. 
 
FRIDAY June 30th, the carnival continues, there will be entertainment on the
downtown streets & stage beginning at 6 pm. Look for our own, Curtis Daniel to be taking
the stage and singing both Friday and Saturday! Main stage event will be
Country music by Broken Vessels. 
 
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.

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Buddy Poppy Day


 

 
Since 1922, the Buddy Poppy has been an integral part of the VFW community.  As VFW's official memorial flower, the Poppy represents the blood shed by American service members and it reiterates that the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Auxiliary will never forget their sacrifices.
 
Shelby County Memorial VFW Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will be distributing Buddy Poppies this Saturday, May 20th at Walmart on Hurst Street from 9 am to 3 pm.  Donations go to meet unexpected needs of Shelby County Veterans.  Be sure to get yours.
 
 

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The Sheriff's Office Thanks Everyone who helped with the Appreciation Lunch


 

 

 

 

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Portacool Park Grand Opening in Center, Texas


 
After months of work and dedication, the vision for Portacool Park is a reality. The park will officially open Saturday, June 17, 2017, during a celebration planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring fun for the entire family. 
 
“At Portacool, we are proud to call Center our home,” said Ben Wulf, CEO of Portacool, LLC, the naming sponsor of the park and funding partner. “This project has been possible in part because of all of our hardworking employees, both past and present. We are excited and honored to be able to give back to the city and community that has provided us a platform to become a globally recognized company.”
 
Portacool Park is the culmination of more than a year of project planning and coordination of funding from Portacool, LLC, a grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife, the City of Center and the Street Improvements for Economic Development. The renovated park facilities include a quarter-mile walking trail, restroom facilities, azalea garden, covered pavilion/basketball court, a multi-purpose soccer/football field that will accommodate CISD athletics and, of course, specially designed cool zones featuring Portacool evaporative coolers.  
 
“With common vision, cooperation and community partners such as Portacool, it is amazing what can be accomplished,” Chad Nehring, City Manager, said. “We are so pleased with the results of these efforts and cannot wait for everyone to come out and enjoy this asset to our community.” 
 
Please plan to join Portacool employees and City representatives during the opening event on June 17 as they welcome you to the newly renovated and expanded park. Hot dogs, popcorn and more will be available to the public. 
 
 

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Hawthorne Missionary Baptist Church Fundraiser


 

The Hawthorne Missionary Baptist Church will have a fundraiser on the Center Square on May 25th at 10:30 a.m. 936-591-5283.  $7 for brisket sandwhiches. 

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Revival Services at the Rocky Mt. Baptist Church


 

Homecoming/Revival Service Sunday July 9th @ 2:30 p.m.

 

Revival Service July 10-12th at 7:30 p.m.  Minister Tory Barnes will bring the messages.  

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The James/Antioch Community Center


 

 
The James/Antioch Community Center will hold it's May meeting on Saturday the 20th.  This month will be election of officers.  After the meeting there will be a potluck supper.  For more information call 591-1562.
 
 

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School Bus Wreck Near Lout Town - UPDATE


UPDATE FROM DPS

** Updated Information **

As a result of the crash involving the Shelbyville ISD school bus, Victor Lee, 13, of Shelbyville, was pronounced deceased yesterday at a Nacogdoches Hospital.

 

The driver of the 1997 Dodge truck has been identified as Courtland Vaughn, 20, from Shelbyville, TX. Vaughn was not reportedly injured as a result of the crash.

Marla Denby, 53, of Shelbyville was identified as the driver of the school bus and was treated at a local hospital for her injuries.

Several other students involved in the crash were transported to area hospitals. This investigation remains ongoing. (please note the corrected age)

 

LUFKIN – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers are investigating this evening a fatal two-vehicle school bus crash on FM 139 at County Route 2552.
 
At approximately 4 p.m., a Shelbyville Independent School District bus was turning right from FM 139 onto CR 2552 to travel south when it was struck from behind by a 1997 Dodge pickup. The collision caused the school bus to turnover, resulting in the death of an 11 year-old boy and injuring several students.
 

 

This investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available.
 
 
Earlier today at approximately 4:00 p.m. a two vehicle wreck occurred on FM 139 near Lout Town Grocery involving a white Truck and a Shelbvyille ISD School bus. According to Texas DPS Troopers Jones and Hallenbeck a truck being driven by Chase Vaughn hit the the Shelbyville School Bus being driven by Marla Denby and ejected one of the passengers from the school bus. The Shelby County Sheriff Office, Center Fire Department, Shelbyville Fire Department, and Texas DPS Troopers all responded to the scene, along with EMS. Those injured where transported to medical facilities. Williams Wrecker Service helped to clean up the area and hauled away the vehicles.
 

 

 

 

 

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Graduation Dates


 

 

 

 

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Flags at Half-Staff


 

Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered that the Texas and U.S. flags be flown at half-staff Monday, May 15, in honor of Peace Officer Memorial Day. Flags will return to full-staff on Tuesday, May 16.

 

 

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Texas Blueberry Festival


 

The 28th annual Texas Blueberry Festival, a day-long celebration of the annual blueberry harvest, will take place June 10 in downtown Nacogdoches.
 
The festival will begin at 8 a.m. and will include arts and crafts vendors, tasty treats, shows, activities and more.
 
 

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GRAND OPENING RIBBON CUTTING PLANNED FOR CENTER NUTRITION


 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors invite the public to join them for a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting for Center Nutrition, on Tuesday, May 23 at 11:00 a.m.  It will be held at their location at 500 Hurst Street in Center.
 
Center Nutrition owners, Roberto and Carolina Diaz, offer fitness assessments, nutrition shakes and various other nutrition products.  For more information on their services and products, they may be contacted at 936-657-9110.
 
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.
 
 

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Chamber of Commerce Congratulates Junior Chamber Graduating Seniors


 

 
The  Shelby County Chamber of Commerce would like to take this opportunity  to congratulate
the Class of 2017 graduating seniors that were in the  Junior Chamber of Commerce
and Young Ambassador program.
 
The  2016-2017 JCC program was comprised of 347 members with 64 seniors.  The Chamber
thanks all the JCC students in helping with  Chamber  and Community events around
the county.
 
The Chamber sends best wishes to each Senior and knows that their futures will be
bright.
 
 
Class of 2017:
 
Center Christian Academy
Brynna Birdwell
Adarsh Tailor
 
Center High School
Ruth Gutierrez
Diana Solis
Kenia Palacios
Troiesha Winn
Ruth Sanchez
Haley Price
Hugo Carrosco Bohorquez
Madeline Myers
Prisilla Ramos
Jaqueline Alejaldre
Monica Olalde
Nyisha McColister
Jesse Burns
Casey Sneed
Kailey Agnew
Shakira Johnson
Elisabet Guerrero
Maricruz Gonzalez
Dulce Gonzalez
Jennifer Alvarado
Edith Gonzalez
Veronica Vazquez
Karen Salazar
Jazmin Uriostegui
Aslin Lucio
Zack Fausett
Kimberly Rodriguez
Maria Gamez
Whitlee Reed
Mariela Varela
Nate Morris
MeKayla Hubbard
Alysha Zmorre
Madison Agnew
Sydney Denney
Konner Windham
 
Shelbyville High School
Jacob Bragg
Jessica Garrett
Hannah Hall
Kaitlin Campbell
Kennedy Parker
Mariana Mendoza
Bailey Rabalais
Kamaryn Smith
Perla Coporali
Elijah Johnson
 
Timpson High School
Darian Hutto
Cutter Smith
Holly Hughes
Tykuirra Bryant
Aislynn Kimnzey
Jeremy Wagstaff
 
Tenaha High School
Daniela Leos
Katelyn Kellar
Brooke McClure
Bianca Ramirez
Kaleb Wyatt
 
Joaquin High School
Maci McDaniel
Madolyn Covington
Dalayna Daw
Justin Hooper
Nate Belrose
 
 

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Red Cross Volunteer Recruitment Meeting


 

Anyone interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer is cordially invited to attend a meeting conducted by the American Red Cross on Thursday May 18th at 5:30 PM.  The meeting will be held at the Shelby County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Community Room at 200 San Augustine St. in Center.
 
For more information you can contact Scott Brawley with the Red Cross at 936-634-6013.
 
 
 

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Weather Update


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning today, each day by mid afternoon will see our Southerly Gulf
winds pick up to 10-15 mph. The only exception is Saturday when it will
turn to a strong Northerly wind with the passage of a cold front and the
beginning of a rainy few days into mid week next week. Only slightly cooler
temps during the rainy period.
 
We could see some popup showers with the heating of the day with several
upper level disturbances passing through our Deep East Texas area.....not
high chances, but our temps, humidity, and Gulf breezes could generate some
moisture during this period as our temps will be in the mid 80's and lows
dropping only in the the upper 60's and low 70's at night. We will see
partly cloudy skies mixed with Sunshine until Friday. Rain with a mix of
T-storms Saturday thru Wednesday of next week but only about an inch of
rain total. most of the rain will be to our South  and North once again.
Thursday's NWS conference call should shed more light on what will occur as
we get closer to the T-storm & rain forecast period.
 

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Pond Day 2017


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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

 
The City of Tenaha will have a City Council Meeting at the Tenaha Municipal Building located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas.
 
 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday, May 16, 2017
6:30 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
 
Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Mayor’s Remarks.
 
Discussion & Council Action on approval of Canvas of Votes of May 6, 2017 General Election.
 
Swearing in of New Mayor and Councilmembers.
 
Open Forum.
 
 
Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
 
Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.
Discussion & Council Action on election of New Mayor Pro-tem
Discussion & Council Action removal of former Mayor and Councilmember’s from City Accounts.  
Discussion & Council Action addition of New Mayor Pro-tem to City Accounts.
Discussion & Council Action of renewal of Certificate of Deposit with Texas Bank and with revision and update of Current City Secretary & Mayor.
 
Executive Session-Consultation with Attorney for the City-Legal Advice.
Adjournment.
 
 
 
 

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MEMORIAL DAY 2017


 

Shelby County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary invite
the public to their annual Memorial Day Program to be held at in the
Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter Street,
Center, Texas.  The program will begin at 11:00 a.m.  The 192 names of
Shelby County military killed in action/missing in action from the Civil War
to today's war on terror will be read.  While the names are being read, the
public is invited to help decorate the Memorial Wreath.
 
The playing of Taps will close the program.  Please make plans to join us.
Bring your family as this is an excellent opportunity to educate our youth
about the sacrifices of many.
 
Call Post QM Larry Hume for information or questions, 598-2976.
 
 

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Charles Hughes and His Work to Be Subject of May TAGHS Meeting


 

 
Charles Hughes's shoe shop was a fixture in Timpson for many years. A
Timpson native, Mr. Hughes spent most of his life here doing what he loved
best: working with leather. He would half sole and heel your Thom McAn
shoes or Tony Llama boots, even re-build your saddle, but his real love was
creating hand-tooled leather goods. His skill was widely respected and
admired. Though he closed his shop over ten years ago and he, himself, died
in 2009, Mr. Hughes lives on through his surviving work. The Timpson Area
Genealogical and Heritage Society invites the public to remember Mr. Hughes
at their May meeting next Wednesday and view examples of his work which
will be on display.
 
 
TAGHS meets at 2PM on third Wednesday of each month in the Timpson Public
Library on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets in downtown Timpson.
The public is always welcome.

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