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Center Garden Club installs new officers for 2019 - 2020


Center Garden Club met for a luncheon, a special Mother’s Day tribute, and an officer installation on May 15 in the home of Carolyn Bounds.

 The following officers were installed by a former Club President Carolyn Bounds:  President, Carole Chance; FIrst Vice President, Colleen Doggett; Second Vice President, Pam Sykes; Secretary, Robbie Kerr; Treasurer, Cherry Jones; Librarian, Lisa Albers; and Parliamentarian, Linda Bordelon.?

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Jury Cancellation for Monday


The Jury that was summoned for Monday, May 20, 2019, for the 273rd District Court, Honorable James A. Payne, Jr. presiding, has been canceled.

 

All cases scheduled have been resolved or passed. 

 

Anyone receiving a jury summons for this day is released until they receive a future summons. 

Thank you.

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Houston Man Sentenced for Federal Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Violations


Houston Man Sentenced for Federal Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Violations

 

               BEAUMONT, Texas – A 41-year-old Houston man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking and money laundering violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.

 

John D. Leontaritis, owner and operator of Vanderhall Exotics of Houston, and former owner-operator of Global Motorcars of Houston, car dealerships that specialized in exotic, luxury automobiles, was found guilty by a jury on Dec. 4, 2018 of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine, as well as, conspiracy to commit money laundering, which were committed from 2013 to 2017 in both the Houston and Beaumont areas. Today, he was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia A. Crone.

              

               According to information presented in court, Leontaritis acted as a financier in a large-scale Houston-based drug trafficking organization that was distributing large amounts of drugs from Mexico to various cities in the United States for several years. Specifically, Leontaritis laundered drug profits through his luxury automobile dealership in Houston by accepting cash from known drug dealers in return for luxury vehicles. As part of the conspiracy, he used fraudulent dealer invoices to hide the true identity of the buyers from law enforcement.  The conspiracy spanned many years and involved hundreds of kilograms of methamphetamine, and millions of dollars laundered through the dealership.  The court sentenced Leontaritis to 240 months (20 years) on each count to run concurrent and those sentences to run consecutive to a Southern District of Texas federal conviction for theft of public money in 2018.

 

“People who help launder drug money are critical to the conspiracies that allow the drug trade to operate,” said U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown.  “Law enforcement worked very hard, and stayed after this case doggedly to make sure every participant was prosecuted.”

               “Today’s lengthy prison sentence for John Leontaritis is another example of how aiding and abetting a drug trafficker can be just as risky as drug trafficking itself,” said Houston DEA Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy.  “We will investigate and prosecute anyone who supports these criminal enterprises.”

              

               This case is the result of an extensive joint investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).  The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply. 

 

This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Houston Police Department and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michelle S. Englade and Michael Anderson.

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Center Christian Fellowship- Vacation Bible School


 

 

 

 

 

CENTER CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP located at 2471 Hwy. 96 North, Center, TX will be hosting Vacation Bible School, June 5-7, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 P.M.  Featuring “The Incredibles” and the Power of Faith to Save the Day. Children will learn how to allow Jesus to work through them to turn them from ordinary to incredible from natural to supernatural through faith in God’s WORD. There will be two age groups: Kinder church age 3 through 1st grade and Children Church 2nd – 5th grade.  Everyone is welcome. 

 

 

 

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Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church- Musician Appreciation


Pastor Byron Coutee and Blount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church would like to invite all choirs, soloists, and praise teams to our Musician's Appreciation honoring Sis. Kristina Ceasar and Bro. Jalexius Davis on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at 6:30 pm. 
 

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Aggravated Robbery


 

 

Aggravated Robbery 

 

On the 16th of May 2019 Officers with the Nacogdoches Police Department responded to 2208 South Street (Pro Tech Solutions) in reference to an Aggravated Robbery.  


Officers arrived on scene and found that around 7:13 PM on this date the owner of the business was inside his store when an unknown masked black male came inside with a handgun and demanded property.  The suspect stole an undetermined amount of currency, two firearms and two cell phones.  The suspect then left the store and was last seen crossing South Street.  The victim who was not injured then left the location to find a phone to contact police.  After being notified of the Robbery Patrol Officers searched the area and were unable to locate the suspect.


This case is currently being investigated by the Nacogdoches Criminal Investigation Division (CID).

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Joaquin City Council Meeting



May 21, 2019

 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at
6:00 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.

ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.


2. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.


3. Swearing in of Elected Council Members.


4. Presentation of Students Recognition Awards.


5. Open Forum.


6. Council approval of the previous meeting’s minutes.


7. Monthly Reports:


a. City Secretary- Administrative updates.


b. Utility Billing Manager Report -- Monthly Receipts & Adjustments Report.


c. Public Works Manager-Update – Departmental Updates


d. Water Department-Update—Ongoing Water Projects


8. Council approval on Payment of Bills.


9. Discussion on City Code, Ordinance Violation, & Enforcement. 


10. Discussion on the shut-off date for natural gas services to the City Of Joaquin. 


11. Discussion & Council Action on providing online bill pay for utility customers. 


12. Discussion & Council Action on imposing a tax per barrel of saltwater injected inside City Limits. 


13. Discussion & Council Action on Park Improvements.


14. Discussion & Council Action on financing proposal for bids for an automatic water meter project.


15. Discussion & Council Action on work-based learning agreement with Workforce Solutions.


16. Discuss & Council Action to award a contract for administration grant writer TxCDBG F.A.S.T.  grant 2019-2020.


17. Discussion & Council Action on approval of the proposed lease agreement for city building.


18. Discussion & Council Action on approval of Hotel/Motel tax funds --Testing & removal costs for historic restoration for 130 Steve Hughes Drive.


19. Discussion & Council Action Budget Revisions- Projected Expenses.


20. Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting-Personnel Matters (551.074).


a) Personnel Reviews- Staff


21. Council reconvenes & possible action on matters discussed in executive session.


22. Adjournment.


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 executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.

 

Posted by Amanda Willey on  May 17, 2019, at 11:54 a.m.
 

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SFA events


 

 

 

 

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story


The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of the documentary “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” at 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

 

 Directed by Alexandra Dean, “Bombshell” brings to light the story of an unusual and accomplished woman, spurned as too beautiful to be smart, but a role model to this day. 

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

 

SFA Summer Stage Festival

This year’s SummerStage Festival at Stephen F. Austin State University runs June 27 through July 12 and features the musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and the beloved children’s story “The Reluctant Dragon.” The festival is sponsored in part by Tipton-Ford-Lincoln. 

 

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. July 3, 5, 8, 9, 10 and 11, and at 2 p.m. July 9 and 12. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students/youth. This show has some adult themes and is recommended for mature audiences. “The Reluctant Dragon” will be presented at 10 a.m. June 27 and 28 and July 5, 8, 10 and 11; at 2 p.m. June 27; and at 6:30 p.m. July 12. General admission tickets are $8. Pay-what-you-can performances for both shows are on July 8.

 

For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.theatre.sfasu.edu.

 

SFA presents ‘Given'

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of the documentary “Given” at 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

 

Told through the visceral experience of a 6-year-old, “Given” follows legendary surfers Aamion and Daize Goodwin from their island home of Kauai through 15 different countries in the quest for surf and to fulfill a calling handed down through generations.

 

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

SFA presents ‘The Velveteen Rabbit'

 

The Children's Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will present two performances of "The Velveteen Rabbit" on Friday, Oct. 18, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. 

 

Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium, which is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more. 

 

To order tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Visit the CPAS website at cpas.sfasu.edu for additional information.

 

SFA presents ‘A Christmas Carol
The Children's Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will present two performances of "A Christmas Carol" on Thursday, Dec. 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

 

Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium, which is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more. 

 

To order tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Visit the CPAS website at cpas.sfasu.edu for additional information.


SFA presents ‘We the People’
The Children's Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will present two performances of "We the People" on Friday, Jan. 31, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. 

 

Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium, which is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.

 

To order tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Visit the CPAS website at cpas.sfasu.edu for additional information.


SFA presents ‘Super Scientific Circus’
The Children's Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will present two performances of Super Scientific Circus on Friday, Feb. 28, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. 

 

Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium, which is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.

 

To order tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Visit the CPAS website at cpas.sfasu.edu for additional information.

 

SFA presents ‘Cinderella'
The Children's Performing Arts Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will present two performances of “Cinderella” on Tuesday, April 28, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

 

Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium, which is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.

 

To order tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Visit the CPAS website at cpas.sfasu.edu for additional information.

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Connor Bragg Wins State in Long Jump


 

 

Joaquin ISD Junior, Connor Bragg won Gold in the Long Jump making him the back to back 2A State Champ. He jumped a PR of 22’9.75” on his final attempt to seal the deal.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jennifer Stroud bake sale fundraiser


 

 

 

 

 

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Today's News 5-17-19


 

 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville Baseball Update


 

 

 

The Shelbyville Dragons baseball team defeated the Cushing Bearkats 15 to 1 in the round. Game 2 will be held this afternoon 5-17-19 at 5 p.m. in Rusk and Game 3 will follow if necessary.

 

The Ticket prices are $5 for adult and $2 for students.

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 22th day of May, 2019 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 weekly expenses.

 

2. Public comments on Agenda item.

 

3. Take action to recognize the FY 2018 Fund Cash Balances for Precinct 4 and adjust the FY2019 Budgeted Fund Carryover and adjust the FY 2019 Expense Budget.

 

4. Ken Leonard to discuss  upcoming Censes for the year of 2020.

 

5. Presentation of the Shelby County Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Financial Audit Report by Mr. Justin Matthews, CPA (Axley & Rode, LLP)

 

PUBLIC HEARING

 

6. Consider adopting and or/ approving the creation of a tax abatement zone, adopting tax abatement guideline, and approving a tax abatement agreement between Shelby County, Texas and Tyson Foods and having a public Hearing on the above.  

 

7. Adjourn.

 

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River City Fest Update


 

The stage in Logansport is flooded at this time they will still have the River City Festival this weekend but they will have the performers set up on stages in the parking lot near the police department in Logansport.

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Vehicle Wreck in Center


 

 


At around 9:30 p.m. on May 15, 2019, a two-vehicle wreck occurred in Center, Texas. A 2008 GMC truck was struck by a Dodge Avenger at the intersection of HWY 7 and San Augustine Street. 

 

 

The Center Police Department had multiple units who responded, and the Texas DPS also responded to the scene of the accident.

 

Allegiance Mobile Health responded to the scene and took the driver of the Dodge Avenger to a local medical facility, where they were treated. No fatalities were reported to have occurred on the scene. 

 

Hopkins wrecker service towed the GMC truck and East Texas towing hauled off the Dodge Avenger.

 

 

 

 

 

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Angelina County Fatality Crash


 

 

 

ANGELINA COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a two-vehicle fatality crash on the evening of May 15, 2019, on FM 1669, about five miles north of Huntington.

 

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 6:20 p.m., a 1995 Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer, transporting oil field equipment, was traveling north when a piece of unsecured equipment swung over into the southbound lane, striking a 2019 Chevrolet pickup.

 

The driver of the Peterbilt is identified as Jonathon Keller, 41, from Keller, TX. Keller was not injured during the crash.

 

The driver of the Chevrolet is identified as Jeremy Johnson, 38, from Mineral Wells. Johnson was pronounced deceased at the scene by an Angelina County Justice of the Peace.

 

This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.

 

 

 

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Today's News 5-16-19


 

 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville Dragons are the Area Champion in Baseball


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dragons are Area Champions!  They will play Cushing in the Regional Quarterfinals. The series is set for:


Game 1: Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m.
Game 2: Friday, May 17  at 5 p.m. 
Game 3: 30 minutes after game 2 if needed


All games are at Rusk High School.
We will be in the 1st base dugout.


Ticket prices are $5 adults, $2 students.


District passes, Coaching cards, and Senior Citizens passes will be accepted
Thank you all for the support and go Dragons!

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 

 


The Shelby County Commissioners' Court met on the morning of May 15, 2019, at the active Shelby County Courthouse.

 

The court approved the payment of weekly expenses and the current payroll. Merle Howard with the William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic addressed the court to requested funds to help restore Historic Bell. Her request was approved by the court. A closed executive session was held. They reopened the special meeting to the public and tabled the items in the executive meeting. No public comments were given on the agenda items.

 

A public hearing was scheduled to be held on adopting tax abatement guidelines for Shelby County, designating a reinvestment zone by Shelby County and approving a tax abatement agreement between Tyson Foods and Shelby County at 9:30 a.m. on the 22nd day of May, 2019, on the third floor of the Shelby County Courthouse located at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Texas 75935.

 

 

 

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Center Fire Department Respond to RV Fire


 

 


On May 15, 2019, at approximately 11:30 a.m. the Center Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at a residence located at 2067 FM 2468 and belonging to a Mr. Bobby Adams. The Center Fire Chief Keith Byndom would like to inform the public that this is a different Bobby Adams than the one who works for the Center Fire Department.


The Center Fire Department arrived on the scene to find a boat and two RV's on fire. One of the RV's sustained major damage, while the other received minor damage. According to the Center Fire Chief Keith Byndom, the apparent cause of the fire stemmed from an individual that was working on the boat and during the process of fueling it, an accident occurred that ignited the boat and the flames then spread to the RV's catching them on fire as well.

 
The Center Fire Department responded quickly and had both of the RV's put out within about 20 minutes of arriving on the scene. There was an individual who received minor burns but no major injuries or fatalities occurred due to the blaze.

 

 

 

 

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Timpson Band Seniors Make Memories with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On May 6, the senior members of the Timpson High School Band and their directors set out on an adventure to New York City.  They were able to see many sights in the city, such as The World Trade Center, Times Square, The Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, China Town, Little Italy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Trump Tower, and much more!  The group stayed in an apartment in Manhattan and traveled throughout the city using the subway.  

 

 

On Wednesday morning, May 8, things took an unexpected turn.  Timpson Band Director, Rhonda Daniel, said, “This is a story none of us will soon forget.  We went to Times Square at 6am to visit Good Morning America.  We didn’t have tickets to be in the studio audience, we were just hoping for 15 seconds of air time if one of the anchors came outside to the street.  We wanted to wave to our parents so they could see us having a good time in the Big Apple!  We could see Robin Roberts inside getting ready to start the show.  She noticed us, smiled, and even waved a few times, which we thought was very neat!  After filming the first segment of the show, Robin Roberts came outside to the street to meet us.  She posed for a few pictures with us, and was thrilled to learn that we were directors and members of a high school band.  She told us about how she played the tenor saxophone in high school and described her band uniform to us, which she said she wore with pride.  She said she had an immense amount of respect for band students and educators.  Robin asked me which song was our favorite to play.  Knowing that Katy Perry was a guest on the show, my obvious answer was, “‘Firework’ by Katy Perry.” 

 

 

 

 

 

Robin then told us she was going to get us inside the set of GMA.  We were escorted by security to a spot behind the cameras to watch Robin, Michael Strahan, and George Stephanopoulos continue filming.  At a commercial break, she introduced us to Michael Strahan.  Michael is from Houston, so we talked with him about Texas and football and took a few pictures with him.  Next, we were escorted upstairs where a spot was made for us near the studio audience to watch the remainder of the show.  Our students are huge fans of singer and American Idol judge Katy Perry, so this was just thrilling for our whole group.  When Katy’s interview was over, Robin Roberts brought her over to us.  Katy immediately locked eyes with one of our seniors, Cassidy Clifton.  She could see Cassidy’s excitement, so, in true Katy Perry fashion, she sat right down in Cassidy’s lap and consoled her as she cried!  Katy pretended to cry some and even kissed Cassidy on the cheek!  This all happened during a commercial break, but it did end up on GMA’s Instagram and Facebook stories.  When Katy left the set, Robin Roberts posed for a few more pictures with us and, again, told me how much she respected what educators do for their students.  The whole experience can be summed up in one word… surreal.” 

 

 

For these seniors, the quest for 15 seconds of fame turned into an experience they will carry with them forever.  New York City was unforgettable and Good Morning America was the “icing on the cake.”  The common tie between the Timpson Band seniors and Robin Roberts was, band.  Throughout the rest of their lives they will continue to come in contact with “band people” and feel an instant connection to them…. the rehearsals, the performances, the uniforms, the trips, the friends, the memories… we’ve all had  the same experiences and can relate to each other in a way that is indescribable.  The whole trip to New York City was made possible because of these seniors’ hard work and long-time commitment to this organization.  Congrats to the 2019 Timpson High School Band Seniors! 

 

 

 

Back Row (L to R): Taylor Roth, Dallas Dennis, Rebekah Parks, Devin Kimzey, Ja’Karia Deckard. Front Row (L to R): Cassidy Clifton, Allysha Stephens, Samaria Richard

 

 

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Notice of Public Hearing Regarding Tyson Foods


 


Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held on adopting tax abatement guidelines for Shelby County, designating a reinvestment zone by Shelby County and approving a tax abatement agreement between Tyson Foods and Shelby County at 9:30 a.m. on the 22nd day of May, 2019, on the third floor of the Shelby County Courthouse located at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Texas 75935.

 

 

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Veteran Stories - A.J. Procell


 

Happy birthday to Mr. A.J. Procell he turned 95 on 5-15-19. Thank you, Sir, for your service. 

 

 

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Today's News 5-15-19


 

 

 

 

 

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