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Man Causes Disturbance at the Shelby County Court House Update


 

 

 

 

On Wednesday March 22nd at about 9:00 am Christopher Cartwright age 31 from Center entered the Shelby County Court House.  According to the bailiff “He was scheduled to be in court at 8:00 am he showed up shortly before 9:00 am for his arraignment and we were made aware of a dispute at the front door with the security officer.”  The bailiff then came down with several sheriff office deputies and by the time they arrived at the front door he was driving south bond in his vehicle.  Christopher Cartwright was later arrested by the Center police department on charges of possession of a controlled substance.  He has since been transferred to the Shelby County Jail.  

 

 

 

 

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Commissioners' Court Meeting Results


 

 

 

 

At today’s commissioners court meeting the court amoung other things took the following actions: They approved the payment of monthly expenses.  The court took action to disperse the Child Safety Fee Funds.  Josh McAdams addressed the court about this.  They approved Constable’s Precinct 4 Racial Profiling Report.  They approved the authorization and signature of the Request of FEMA fund letter to the Texas Department of Emergency Management.  They approved John Yarbrough to be paid in advance the sum of $15,200.00 for the construction of Commissioner Precinct 2 County Barn.  Lastly Judge Rafferty addressed the court about security issues.

 

 

Judge Rafferty and Commissioner Roscoe McSwain

 

 

Josh McAdams

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PANOLA COMPLETES THE SWEEP AT PARIS


 

#12 ranked Panola College defeated Paris Junior College three games to zero
last weekend.  Panola earned their first series sweep of a conference
opponent this spring.  Panola’s offense scored a series high 44 runs in
three games while only allowing an average of 4 runs for the weekend.  With
the victories Panola is now 27-5 on the season and 9-3 in conference.
Panola will be back in action this Thursday in Carthage to host Navarro
College.  Game time is set for 2pm.
 
 
 
*4-Hit Day For Boulware Leads Panola College Past Paris*
 
 
*Christian Boulware* gave Paris Junior College fits, as he bagged four hits
in Panola College’s 21-3 victory on Saturday. Boulware doubled in the
first, homered in the third, doubled in the fourth, and singled in the
fifth.
 
 
Panola took an early lead in the first inning. With two outs in the first
inning Christian Boulware drove in one run when he doubled.
 
 
Paris evened things up at one in the bottom of the first inning.  Anderson
drove in one when he singled in the first inning.
 
 
Panola took the lead for good with one run in the second inning.  In the
second *Austin Blakeley* hit a ground ball, but one run scored.  Then the
ball
 
 
Panola scored ten runs in the fifth inning. The big inning was thanks to a
double by *Colby Price*, a single, a single by *Chandler Morris*, a home
run by *Andrew Pace*, and a double by *Michael Lawson*.
 
 
*Logan Bailey* earned the win for Panola.  He tossed five innings,
surrendering three runs, six hits, striking out five, and walking one.
 
 
Home runs for Panola came when Pace homered in the fifth inning and
Boulware homered in the third inning.
 
 
Panola had 20 hits in the game. Boulware, Morris, Lawson, *Duke Ellis*, *Julian
Flores*, Bailey, Price, and Pace each collected multiple hits for Panola.
 
 
 
 
 
*Panola College Completes The Sweep Paris*
 
 
An early lead helped Panola College defeat Paris Junior College 11-3 on
Saturday in game two of the double header. Panola scored on a home run
by *Colby
Price* in the first inning, a home run by Lo*gan Berlof* in the second
inning, and a home run by Price in the second inning.
 
 
Panola scored four runs in the eighth inning.  Panola’s big inning was
driven by a home run by *Logan Bailey* and a passed ball.
 
 
*Taylor Tomlin* earned the win for Panola. He pitched five innings,
surrendering three runs, five hits, striking out three, and walking zero.
Two relievers helped Panola close out the victory.
 
 
*Miles **Dunn* threw two innings.  And *Erik Key* would close the door with
a punch out to end the game.
 
 
Home runs for Panola came when Price homered in the first and second
innings, *Logan Berlof* homered in the second inning, and Bailey homered in
the eighth inning. Home runs for Paris came when Paris homered in the third
inning and Nemecek homered in the fifth inning.
 
 
Panola had 16 hits in the game. Bailey, Berlof, Duke Ellis, *Christian
Boulware*, Price, and *Michael Lawson* each collected multiple hits for
Panola. Price and Bailey each drove in three runs to lead Panola. Panola
was sure-handed and didn't commit a single error. *Colton Oberthier* made
the most plays with seven.
 
 
Paris collected ten hits. Jeffries, Nemecek, and Solomon each collected
multiple hits for Paris. Paris was sure-handed in the field and didn't
commit a single error. Solomon had the most chances in the field with eight.
 
 
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"Photo taken by - Craig Cain"  Picture of Sophomores Andrew Pace and Colby
Price, Both collected 5 hits in two games to complete the sweep at Paris
Junior College

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Car Show


 

Just a little less than 2 weeks until our car show. Pre-registration is not required. Don't forget our new class, Kid's Rideables. This will be pedal/battery cars, no wagons, bicycles, etc.. We will give out 1 trophy & ribbons in this class. See you there !!!

 

 

 

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NOTICE OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE COMMISSIONERS COURT OF SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TEXAS


 

 
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above named Commissioners Court will be held on
Tuesday, the 28th day of March 2017 at 9:00 o’clock A.M. in the Commissioners Court Room
at 100 W. Columbia, Room 103, San Augustine, Texas.

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PWPS Schedule Change


 

Update: Due to Easter celebration the April meeting will be moved up to Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church, on Porter St. in Center, TX. 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The workshop will be "Pet Photography" and the monthly Challenge will be photographs submitted depicting "Window Light"

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Shelbyville Athletic and Band Booster Meetings


 

 

The regularly scheduled Shelbyville Band Booster Meeting has been canceled due to a conflict with the Athletic's Booster meeting.  The next Band Booster Meeting will be April 24th. The Athletic Booster Meeting will be held tonight at the Shelbyville elementary school building room 103 at 6 pm.
 
 

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VETERANS OF SOMALIA TO BE REMEMBERED


 

 
Americans consider themselves to be a compassionate people, and the United
States military has a long tradition of humanitarian relief operations both
within and outside the continental United States. Never has this
humanitarian impulse proven more dangerous to follow than in 1992 when the
United States intervened to arrest famine in the midst of an ongoing civil
war in the East African country of Somalia. Ultimately hundreds of thousands
were saved from starvation, but unintended involvement in Somali's civil
strife cost the lives of thirty American Soldiers, four Marines, and eight
Air Force personnel during the years of 1992 and 1994.
 
 
 
Shelby County VFW Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will honor those who served
during this time in "Operation Restore Hope" with a wreath laying at the
Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center on
Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 10 a.m.  As always the public is invited to
honor their fellow Americans.  More information call Post Quartermaster
Larry Hume at 598-2976.
 

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Missing Teen Found (Picture)


 

 

 

A female juvenile who has been missing from Shreveport, LA since Dec. 19, 2016 turned herself in to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office March 25 at 10:47 a.m.
 
According to Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell, Natalyia Theresa Rogers entered the SCSO this morning and spoke with Deputy Peter Davis. Rogers told Davis that she had been staying in Center with Samantha Nix.
 
Rogers said that she turned herself in because she was in need of medications and was starting to harm herself. Deputy Davis observed cuts on both of Rogers wrists.  Rogers is currently being held at the SCSO while transportation arrangements are made to take her back to Shreveport, LA. 
 
No further information is available at this time.
 

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Center City Council Meeting


 

 
The Center City Council will meet in Regular Session on Monday, March 27 , 2017 at 5: 00 p.m. in
the Council Room at City Hall. The following items are on the agenda for appropriate action:
 
I. Welcome Guests and Visitors.
 
II. Approval of Minutes of the Regular Meeting on March 13, 2017.
 
III. Discuss Consider and Action on the Following:
A. Resolution 2017- 7— Authorizing Advertising and Promotional Activities for the Civic
Center and Community House.
 
B. Presentation and Acceptance ofAudit—FY 2016
 
C. Approve Hangar Lease Agreement with Southview Asset Mgmt, LLC
 
D. Assumption ofUnfiled Drainage Easement and Facilities.
 
E. Award Contract for Home Grant Building Contractor.
 
IV. Items of Interest from Council and City Manager and Citizens—No Action Items.
 
V. Executive Session
Consider entering executive session for.legal consultation with the City Attorney and discussion
of pending litigation, personnel matters and land acquisition with possible action related thereto
upon reconvening in open session in accordance with Government Code Section 551. 071,
551. 072 and 551. 074
VI. Adjournment.

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Job Fair


 

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CITY OF TENAHA REGULAR CALLED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA March 27, 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 – March 27, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. at the Tenaha Municipal Building located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas.
 
Order of Business:
1. Call to Order & Roll Call
2. Pledge and Prayer
3. Welcome Guests/Public Comments
4. Consider Approval for Minutes from February 27, 2017 Regular Scheduled Council Meeting – ACTION
5. Consider Approval for February 2017 Financials – ACTION
6. Discuss and Consider Approval for Funding Equipment Presented by Tenaha Volunteer Department - ACTION
7. Discuss and Consider Approval of a Plan For Future Use of Booker T. Washington Park – ACTION
8. Discuss and Consider Approval of Waste Water Treatment Plant Dumpster – ACTION
9. Department Head Reports
10. Council Comments
11. Adjourn
 

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COMMISSIONERS COURT SPECIAL MEETING SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS


 

 
Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 27th day of March, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
 
 
1. Approve and pay monthly expenses.
 
2. Public discussion on agenda items.
 
3. Discuss and possibly approve consideration and signing of a contract between the County and NCIC Inmate Communications, Inc. for inmate telephone services.
 
4. Take action to disperse Child Safety Fee Funds.
 
5. Record Precinct 4 Constable’s 2017 Racial Profiling Report.
 
6. Authorize and sign the Request of FEMA funds letter to the Texas Department of Emergency Management.
 
7. Judge Rafferty to address the Court about security issues.
 
 
8. Discuss and possibly approve a contract between Shelby County and John             Yarbrough for $15,200.00 to build onto Commissioner Precinct 2’s county barn.
 
9. Adjourn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Cal Smith's Walk off Gives Panola College Victory Over Paris Junior College


 

 
 
Panola College took game one of the three game series in dramatic fashion,
with a 12-11 walk-off victory over Paris Junior College at Jim Reeves Field
on Thursday.  Panola trailed 11-10 in the bottom of the ninth inning when *Cal
Smith* doubled, driving in two runs.
 
 
Both offenses were strong at the plate as Panola collected 17 hits and
Paris 8 hits.
 
 
Paris captured a 2 run in the first inning on a throwing error.
 
 
Panola cut the lead in half with a solo homerun by *Logan Berlof* in the
bottom of the second.
 
 
Paris scored three runs in the top of the third inning to extend their lead
by four runs.  But, Panola would score six runs in the bottom half of the
third inning to take a two run lead.  Panola scored on a double by *Christian
Boulware*, a single by *Logan Bailey*, and a double by *Chandler Morris*.
 
 
Paris scored three more in the fourth inning, two in the fifth inning and
one run in the seventh inning to take a four run lead into the eighth.  But
it wasn’t enough as Panola responded with two runs in the bottom of the
eighth and three in the bottom of the ninth to secure the victory in walk
off fashion.
 
 
*Miles Dunn* earned the win for Panola. He went one inning, surrendering
zero runs, zero hits, and walking zero.
 
 
*Ryan Ratliff* started the game for Panola. He pitched three innings,
allowing five runs, and three hits.
 
 
Bailey, Morris, Boulware, *Julian Flores*, *Andrew Pace*, and *Michael
Lawson* each collected multiple hits for Panola. Boulware went 2-for-5 at
the plate as he led the team with four runs batted in.
 
 
With the win Panola now extends their regular season record to 25-5 and 7-3
in conference play.  The Ponies will travel to Paris Junior College for a
double header Saturday the 25th to finish the series.
 
 

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Weather Update


 

Tomorrow's view: Cooler 78/64. Becoming Cloudy. T-storms will move into the area by 3-4pm. The graphic below shows that we are in the slight risk of Strong gusty winds, and under the T-storms heavy rain, large hail and possible isolated tornadoes are all possible. This is a fast mover so the expected 1/2 to 1 inch of rain and the dry surfaces should not allow flooding to occur. We are also at the tail end of the front so the more intense storms will occur in OK, LA, AR, and NE portions of Deep East Texas as shown on the 2nd and 3rd graphs.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dessere Cooper Joaquin Lady Ram State Champion Power lifter


 

 

 

 

 

Dessere Cooper Junior at Joaquin High School is the State Champion for the 181 weight class in girls powerlifting.  She broke the state record with her total lift of 940 lbs for bench, dead lift and squat combined.  

 

 

 

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Health Fair


 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 10th Annual Health and Fitness Fair, presented by Cline Family Medicine, Thursday, March 30 at the Windham Civic Center from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.   Gold Sponsor, Nacogdoches Medical Center, helped in making the event a success.
 
A Scavenger Hunt will be held again with two random drawings for the chance to win a 32” Flat Screen TV and a FitBit.  Attendees and vendors are invited to participate in finding items throughout the fair.
 
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be on site with a blood mobile taking donations, to sign up to donate please contact Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682.
 
The fair will host break out session speakers from, CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial, Dr. Chris Cantu, “Chiropractic Medicine” and LeAnne Anderson, “Diabetes Care” at 10:30 a.m. and Casey Lout, Affinity Hospice, topic “Hospice Care” at 1:30 p.m. 
 
 
The fair is free to the public featuring 30 vendors with give aways and door prizes.    Vendors will be providing health screenings which include glucose, cholesterol, spinal screenings, heart awareness, bone density and vision. Information will be provided on home health, nursing homes, hospice, nutrition, allergy treatments, diabetes and caregiver relief.  
 
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682, email info@shelbycountychamber.com or www.shelbycountychamber.com.
 

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Health and Harmony Offers Herbology Class


 

Center Health and Harmony located at 811 Nacogdoches St., is hosting a Herbology Class on Saturday, April 8th.  Bella Vladimirsky from McAllen, Texas will be teaching the class. She is very knowledgeable in the field if Herbs and she is also a certified Iridologist.  There is a $75 charge for the class.  This class will be fun and informative and participants will earn a certificate. The class is from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information or to register for the class please call Center Health & Harmony at 936-598-4987.

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Panola College Job Fair


 

All-Workforce Solutions and Panola College would like to invite you to our Annual Spring Career Awareness/Job fair, which will be held on Friday, April 07, 2017 at the John D. Windham Civic Center, Center, Texas 75935 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. 

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SFA ROTC Shooting Contest


 

Public invited to support ROTC at Piney Woods Shootout
SFA’s Army ROTC is hosting Sam Houston State University’s Army ROTC’s marksmanship team for a friendly competition beginning noon Friday, March 31, at Meadow Ridge Archery and Gun's shooting complex in Nacogdoches.
 
Unofficially called “The Piney Woods Shootout,” the rifle marksmanship challenge consists of three shooting events that will test each competitor’s ability to accurately and safely engage a variety of targets using each marksmanship team’s civilian-equivalent M4 rifles. 
 
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees will help support future U.S. Army officers as they compete for the coveted Piney Woods Shootout trophy.
 
For more information, contact Meadow Ridge Archery and Gun shooting complex, at (936) 569-9880.

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SFA Library News


 

 
Steen Library has enabled greater discover ability of open access publications in Scholar Works with the assignment of Digital Object Identifiers to journal publications. Each DOI is unique to the publication and provides a persistent URL to the content.
 
The “Index of Texas Archaeology,” the first Scholar Works journal to incorporate this feature, experienced a significant increase in the number of reports downloaded within the first month of incorporating DOIs. In addition to other journals published in Scholar Works, the library will expand the use of DOIs to include data sets, theses, dissertations and other publications in the repository.

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STEM speaker series slated for March 27


 

SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics will host the STEM Business and Industry Speaker Series from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 27, in the Math Building, Lecture Hall 101.
 
The event aims to connect students to STEM professionals, and will feature two guest speakers, including professional Kristi L. Owens, vice president and wealth management advisor for the Greater Collin Country office of Merrell Lynch, and current SFA STEM student Brook Busbee.
 
Faculty members are encouraged to inform students of the event. Admission is free and open to students of all majors.
 
For more information, contact Kim Carmona, project coordinator for SFA's College of Sciences and Mathematics, at (936) 468-5197.

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Timpson Meet and Greet


 

The Timpson Volunteer Fire Dept. would like to invite all of the candidates for the Timpson I.S.D School Board and the Timpson City Council to a "Meet and Greet". 
 
Each candidate will be given the opportunity to address the community and answer questions. The candidates will be hosting the "Meet and Greet" at the Fire Dept. Saturday April 1st from 5pm until 7pm. If you would like more information please contact Talitha Green at the Fire Dept. (936)254-3547 or (936)332-4895.

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Monthly Meeting


 

Monday, March 27, 2017 - The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting March 27, 2017 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM.  Come join us as we honor our Confederate Ancestors!  
 
All interested parties are encouraged to attend, and any male descendant of a confederate soldier who was in good standing is eligible to join. The public is welcome. Those wishing to eat are asked to arrive about 6:00 PM so you’ll be ready for the program. Contact Jim Barrett (936) 254-2618 for additional information.
 

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Fun for Funds


 

 
 
Let the bidding begin - Fun for Funds benefit auction is Tuesday, March 28th from 6pm until 9pm!
 
The auction will be view-able online via a live webcast at funforfunds.org! Those wanting to bid can log onto www.funforfunds.org to register and participate in the live auction. Early bidding opens Friday, March 24th. The event will also be broadcast live on television via Suddenlink Cable Channel 2.
 
Be sure to take a look at this years auction items. The RIO Theatre made a request with 21st Century Fox for an auction item and they did not disappoint. Mike and Nita Adkison, owners, were pleased to present to the club a large basket stuffed full of various movie promo items including a mysterious black box with 'The Wolverine' on it, a jacket with 'Independence Day Resurgence', and many other items. Additional items are a table and bench set from Back Country Furniture Designs, a 5-piece patio dining set from Gibsons Energy, a kids dream come true 'Fire Truck Ride to School', and so much more. Items are being added daily.
 
Funds from the auction benefit the Catherine Pinkston Roughrider Scholarship Fund. Over the years, if you have ever participated in the Fun for Funds event, you have helped Rotary to raise over $1,000,000 for the Roughrider Scholarship Foundation (RSF). RSF has presented over 1,600 scholarships totaling over $1,000,000 to graduating CHS students and is funded by donations, not just from Rotary, but from the community. It has provided Center ISD students with a resource very few school systems have.
 
It's not to late to donate an item for the auction - Rotary is seeking items to auction which will bring the highest possible dollar amount. If you do not have a unique item to auction, any and all monetary donations are greatly appreciated and will benefit the same fund. During the auction, monetary donations can be made in honor or memory of someone and the donation will be announced during the broadcast as well as online.
 
If you have any questions about Fun for Funds or would like to make an auction item or monetary donation, please feel free to contact the Rotary Club at rotaryclub.center@gmail.com or call Jason Balkcom, Rotary Club President, at 936.598.3311. All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. J.J. Ford Rotary Club Member Phone: 936-591-9334

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Chris Paddie Update


 

 
 
 
 
 
While many of you enjoyed Spring Break last week, the legislature continued full steam ahead, with the House and Senate holding committee hearings and debating bills.
 
The House passed HB 62 which would create a statewide texting and driving ban.  In 2015, there were more than 470 fatalities and more than 18,000 injuries on Texas roads as a result of distracted driving.  HB 62 would make our roads safer by banning this practice which has already been banned in 46 other states.  The Senate State Affairs Committee heard a similar bill last week.  I am confident that this session we will be able to pass this common sense legislation.
 
Last week, the House State Affairs Committee heard SB 4, the sanctuary cities bill.  We heard almost 12 hours of testimony from hundreds of witnesses on this important matter.  I am looking forward to sending this bill to the House floor for a debate and getting it to the Governor's for his signature.  This week, the State Affairs Committee will hear HB 200, which would ban partial birth abortions.  
 
Last week I also presented HB 100 in the House Transportation Committee.  HB 100 would create a predictable, statewide regulatory for transportation networking companies.  Not only will this bill ensure that companies looking to come to Texas know they can expect fair and predictable regulations in Texas, it will also accelerate the growth of transportation networking companies and help to ensure that they are able to expand to rural areas and provide the same transportation solutions enjoyed by the metro areas. 
 
I also coauthored legislation that would provide a property tax exemption for the surviving spouse of a first responder who is killed in the line of duty.  This is similar to the exemption provided for spouses of slain military members and for disabled veterans.  This legislation is the least that we can do to show our appreciation for those that lay down their lives to keep the rest of us safe.
 
It is great to hear from so many East Texans each day on a wide range of issues ranging from education to Second Amendment rights to pro-life issues to healthcare concerns.  With your input I am able to better represent you in Austin.  As we continue to work our way through the legislative session, please make sure to contact me regarding the issues that are important to you.  You can reach me at 512-463-0556 or district9.paddie@houe.texas.gov.

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Weather Update


 

 

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Roughrider Academy


 

Center Independent School District is excited to announce the establishment
of their new campus, Roughrider Academy.
 
 
 
Roughrider Academy is an academic school providing a flexed, self-paced
curriculum for students in secondary education. The school is not a
disciplinary measure but instead an avenue for students who excel in a
non-traditional setting. Roughrider Academy, which will originate and
locate itself on the Center High School Campus, will employ a certified
faculty and team.
 
 
 
Roughrider Academy’s mission will provide an academic program focused on
skills needed to be independent learners and critical thinkers to be work
or college ready at the time of graduation. A digital platform will be used
to teach and test for mastery, and Academy teachers will facilitate the
program and provide direct instruction to enhance learning.
 
 
 
CISD's new Roughrider Academy will begin accepting enrollment applications
for the 2017-2018 school year beginning Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
 
 

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Panola Baseball Update


 

 

 

 

 

 

The Panola College baseball program moves up this week in
the national rankings to #12.  Rising four spots from the last week's
rankings at #16, The Ponies went 3-1 last week and improved to 24-5 on the
season and 6-3 in conference.  The Ponies will be at home Thursday, March
23rd for game one of a three game conference series with Paris Junior
College.
 
 
 
 
Last Week’s Recap
*Panola College Wins Back-And-Forth Affair Vs Northlake College*
 
 
Panola College and Northlake College played a taut affair, but Panola
eventually prevailed 12-9 after taking the lead for good in the tenth
inning.  The game was tied at nine with Panola College batting in the top
of the tenth when there was an error, scoring two runs.
 
 
Panola evened things up at nine in the top of the ninth inning. Panola
scored two runs when *Austin Blakeley* homered with two outs in the ninth
inning.
 
 
Panola scored five runs in the fourth inning. Panola’s big inning was
driven by a stolen base by* Logan Bailey*, a single by *Julian Flores*, a
single by De Leon, and a stolen base.
 
 
*Austin De Leon* collected five hits in five at bats to help lead Panola
to victory. De Leon singled in the third, singled in the fourth, singled in
the sixth, singled in the eighth, and singled in the tenth.
 
 
*Gannon Reiswig* earned the win for Panola. He pitched two innings,
allowing zero runs, zero hits, striking out one, and walking zero.
 
 
*Cole Clinton* started the game for Panola. He tossed one inning,
surrendering three runs, three hits, and walking one.
 
 
Panola had 13 hits in the game. De Leon and *Chandler Morris* each
collected multiple hits for Panola. *Colton Oberthier*, Blakeley, and De
Leon each drove in two runs to lead Panola.
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Panola College Claws Back, But Falls Just Short Against Northeast Texas
In Game One*
 
 
Panola College fought back after falling down by six runs in the fifth
inning. The comeback fell just short though, in a 6-4 defeat to Northeast
Texas on Thursday. Panola scored four runs in the failed comeback on a
double by *Andrew Pace*, a single by *Chandler Morris*, a groundout by *Austin
De Leon*, and a single by *Julian Flores*.
 
 
Panola fell behind early in the loss. Northeast Texas took the lead on a
walk in the first inning.
 
 
*Cayne Ueckert* took the loss for Panola. He went four and a third
innings, allowing six runs, five hits, and striking out four.
 
 
Panola had ten hits in the game. *Duke Ellis*, Flores, and Pace each
collected multiple hits for Panola. De Leon, Pace, Flores, and Morris each
drove in one run to lead Panola.
 
 
 
 
*Panola College Grabs Lead In Sixth Inning For Victory Over Northeast
Texas In Game Two*
 
 
Panola College defeated Northeast Texas 4-3 on Saturday after taking the
lead late in the game. The game was tied at three with Panola batting in
the bottom of the sixth when there was an error, scoring one run.
 
 
Panola took an early lead in the first inning. With one out in the first
inning *Christian Boulware* drove in one run when he singled.
 
 
*Miles Dunn* earned the win for Panola. He tossed one-third of an inning,
giving up zero runs, two hits, and walking zero. *Erik Key* recorded the
last three outs to earn the save for Panola.
 
 
*Logan Bailey* started the game for Panola. He went five and two-thirds
innings, allowing three runs, three hits, striking out 11, and walking one.
 
 
Panola had ten hits in the game. *Duke Ellis*, *Colby Price*, and *Michael
Lawson* each collected multiple hits for Panola. Lawson, Andrew Pace, and
Boulware each drove in one run to lead Panola.
 
 
 
 
 
*Panola College Best Northeast Texas In Blowout For Game Three*
 
 
Panola College took the lead late in the game in a 14-6 victory over
Northeast Texas on Saturday. Panola trailed 6-5 in the bottom of the sixth
inning when *Logan Bailey* homered, driving in two runs.
 
 
Both offenses were strong at the plate as Panola collected 16 hits and
Northeast Texas seven
 
Panola College captured the lead in the first inning. *Logan Berlof*
drove in one when he doubled in the first inning.
 
 
Panola scored five runs in the seventh inning. Panola scored on a single,
a single by Logan Bailey, and a single by *Andrew Pace*.
 
 
Northeast scored three runs in the fourth inning. The big inning for
Northeast Texas came thanks to a fielder's choice by Simms, a single by
Batten, and a single by Bundy.
 
 
*Gannon Reiswig* earned the win for Panola. He pitched three and a third
innings, giving up two runs, two hits, striking out one, and walking zero.
 
 
*Taylor Tomlin* started the game for Panola. He threw three and
two-thirds innings, surrendering four runs, five hits, striking out one,
and walking one.
 
 
Home runs for Panola came when *Julian Flores* homered in the sixth
inning and Bailey homered in the sixth inning.
 
 
Berlof, *Duke Ellis*, Bailey, *Colby Price*, and Pace each collected
multiple hits for Panola. Berlof went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Panola.

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CHS Coach Hiram Harrison Receives an Award


 

 

Center High School Coach Hiram Harrison has been coaching for 30 years and 11 of those years have been at Center ISD.  He recently was awarded the Outstanding Coach Award from the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Texas Job Fair


 
 
SFA’s Center for Career and Professional Development partners with the Houston Area Consortium of Career Centers each spring to host the Texas Job Fair - one of the largest college job fairs in Texas. This event attracts more than 1,500 students and alumni from HACCC institutions, in addition to graduates from institutions throughout Texas.
 
This year, the fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, on the University of St. Thomas campus in the Jerabeck Athletic and Activity Center.
 
SFA students and alumni are welcome to attend this event free of charge. A shuttle will be available for students who wish to attend, but space is limited. A $10 deposit is required to hold a seat on the shuttle and must be paid no later than Friday, March 24.
 
To view a list of attending employers, click here. Attendees need to bring copies of their résumé to distribute. Professional dress is required. Résumé assistance and the center's free Career Closet are available to help students prepare for the event. Information about these resources may be found on the center's website.
 
For more information, contact Brandi Derouen, assistant director of CCPD, at (936) 468-3305.

 

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Department of History to host noted historian, lecture tomorrow


 

 

Dr. Patrick Manning, who serves as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of World History at the University of Pittsburg, will visit SFA today and tomorrow for a reception and public lecture.
 
A former president of the American Historical Association, Manning is considered among the most prominent historians on African history, the African diaspora and global migrations. During his lecture, “The African Diaspora: Teaching About the Black Experience Worldwide,” Manning will discuss the African migration to the Americas, Europe and Asia during the past five centuries and how that migration has enriched cultures worldwide.
 
The Department of History will hold a reception for Manning from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today at the Old University Building, located at 411 N. Mound St. Light refreshments will be served.
 
The lecture will take place beginning at 7 p.m. tomorrow in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 102.
 
For more information, contact Dr. Mark Barringer, chair of the Department of History, at mbarringer@sfasu.edu.
 
 

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Dragon Boy Power-lifter Going to State


 

 

Kawon McCowin, Shelbyville High School Junior qualified for the State Powerlifting Meet to be held at the Taylor Expo Center in Abilene, TX on March 25, 2017. Kawon placed 2nd at the Regional Meet in the 275 pound, Division 3 Weight Class to advance to the State Meet. 
 
 

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Double Wide, Texas Play


 

 

 

Lamp-Lite Theatre Presents The Southern-Fried Trailer Park Comedy!  Doublewide, Texas On March 24 & 25 at 7:30 pm.  They are located on the Old Tyler Road in Nacogdoches, Texas.  For more information call 936-564-8300 or visit www.lamplitetheatre.com

 

 

 

 

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Produce Drop in Center


 

 

 

 

 

Early this morning Tri-County held a produce drop for the residents of our area.  The produce drop is held once a month on the 4th Wednesday of every month.

 

 

 

 

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Shelbyville Project Graduation


 

Shelbyville High School will be holding Project Graduation this year on May 19, 2017.  Project Graduation is a drug and alcohol free event that lasts all night.  It provides a safe alternative for graduates who might otherwise be partying.  It keeps graduates off the roads, prevents them from becoming an accident statistic, and gives their parents ease knowing their son/daughter is safely celebrating.
 
Project Graduation originated in Maine in response to the deaths of twelve teenagers in related highway crashes.  The idea of Project Graduation has spread across the nation during graduation and prom night, since these are the two deadliest nights for teenagers.  Project Graduation has saved lives in many communities and schools across the state of Texas.  The success of Project Graduation is in direct relation to the commitment of parents, school administration and staff, and community members and businesses.  These volunteers donate their time and money to provide an exciting and memorable evening of fun and fellowship for the graduates with their classmates for the very last time.  To make this event successful, we need donations from businesses and individuals like you in our area.
 
Any contributions you wish to make toward prizes or food will be greatly appreciated.  If you choose to make a monetary donation, please mail directly to the address below:
 
Shelbyville High School
Project Graduation—Cole Harrison
P.O. Box 325
Shelbyville, TX  75973 
 
We will recognize all businesses and individuals that contribute to this event in area publications.  If you have any questions, please call me at (936) 598-7323 or Debbie Gilchrist at (936) 598-2641.  We would appreciate donations by Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
 
Thank you for your support of the students of Shelbyville High School.  We appreciate our community and Shelby County for always providing!
 

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Stanley Burgay Bass Tournament


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Produce Drop in Center


 

Produce Drop this Morning at the old CVS Pharmacy Parking lot in Center Texas starting about 9 am.

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Piney Wood Photographic Society Next Meeting


 

The Piney Woods Photographic Society is meant for camera enthusiasts of all skills and interests. Our goal is to help you become a better photographer and give you a place to meet others who share your passion for photography. We try to create programs and activities with information and instruction for all skill levels in an environment of support and cooperation.
Visitors are welcome to attend our meetings with or without a member.
 
The next monthly meeting will be Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church, on Porter St. in Center, TX. 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  The workshop will be "Pet Photography" and the monthly Challenge will be photographs submitted depicting "Window Light"
 
The PWPS held its regular monthly meeting this past Saturday.  There was a really good workshop taught by Janet Hughes, on Lightroom Tips and Tricks.  The monthly challenge consisted of photographs submitted by members with a theme of "Texture".  Some wonderful photographs were submitted and the winners are listed below.  Congratulations to all!

 

March 2017 Challenge Winners 
                                  
Theme: Texture
 
First Place 
Billie Jones
 
 
 
Second Place
John Piersol
 
 
 
Third Place
Lea Ann Robertson
 
 
 

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Take A Kid Fishing


 

The 39th Annual Take a Kid Fishing bream tournament has been set for Saturday, May 13th, at Huxley Bay Marina.  Entry forms will be out next week, so be sure to pick up your forms and preregister.  Center Broadcasting and The Shelby County Bass Anglers say thank you to all sponsors.  Stay tuned to CBC radio stations and cbc-radio.com for more information.
 

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Shelby County 4-H


 

 

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Butterfly Release


 

The Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center will be hosting our annual Butterfly Release on Thursday, April 13, 2017, in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. This event will take place on the downtown square starting at 4:30 p.m. and is open to the community. The butterfly release is an opportunity for you to contribute your time to raising awareness of child abuse. You can also help the SCCAC in our efforts to prevent child abuse by educating yourself and others about child abuse. Together we CAN protect our children, stop abuse, and build a strong and prosperous future for our community.

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Presentation by David J. Peterson to take place next week


 

 
David J. Peterson, linguist, author and creator of the Dothraki language featured in HBO’s "Game of Thrones," will present a talk, “Conlangs: The art of language invention,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142. The talk is free and open to the public and will be followed by an audience Q&A session.
 
Peterson began creating languages in 2000 and has created languages for television shows and movies, including "Game of Thrones," "Emerald City," "Defiance," "Star-Crossed," "The 100" and "Thor 2." He is the world’s first and only professional conlanger and is the go-to person in Hollywood when a new language is needed. He also has authored books “The Art of Language Invention” and “Living Langauge Dothraki.”
 
For more information, contact Dr. Jessie Sams, associate professor in SFA’s Department of English and Creative Writing, at (936) 468-2101 or samsj@sfasu.edu.

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Earth Day Celebration at SFA


 

 
SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture and SFA Gardens will host an Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center located at 2900 Raguet St.
 
The event, held in conjunction with the SFA Gardens Mast Arboretum spring plant sale, is a family-friendly gathering that aims to engage the community in the outdoors and sustainable living.

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This Week at the Fannie Brown Booth Library


 

 
Tues. March 21st, 2:00 pm - FOL books for the book sale. 
 
 
Thurs. March 23rd, 
 
10:30 am – Preschool Story Time 
 
2:00 pm - Color Me Calm (Just come and enjoy.  They provide all materials.)
 

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CLINE FAMILY MEDICINE PRESENTS 10TH ANNUAL HEALTH AND FITNESS FAIR


 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 10th Annual Health and Fitness Fair, presented by Cline Family Medicine, Thursday, March 30 at the Windham Civic Center from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.   Gold Sponsor, Nacogdoches Medical Center, helped in making the event a success.
 
A Scavenger Hunt will be held again with two random drawings for the chance to win a 32” Flat Screen TV and a FitBit.  Attendees and vendors are invited to participate in finding items throughout the fair.
 
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be on site with a blood mobile taking donations, to sign up to donate please contact Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682.
 
The fair will host break out session speakers from, CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial, Dr. Chris Cantu, “Chiropractic Medicine” and LeAnne Anderson, “Diabetes Care” at 10:30 a.m. and Casey Lout, Affinity Hospice, topic “Hospice Care” at 1:30 p.m. 
 
 
The fair is free to the public featuring 30 vendors with give aways and door prizes.    Vendors will be providing health screenings which include glucose, cholesterol, spinal screenings, heart awareness, bone density and vision. Information will be provided on home health, nursing homes, hospice, nutrition, allergy treatments, diabetes and caregiver relief.  
 
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682, email info@shelbycountychamber.com or www.shelbycountychamber.com.
 

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Grant Program to Assist Veterans with Mental Health Support


 

 
AUSTIN  The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has announced it will award up to $10 million in grant funds to 20 community collaboratives located across the state to assist Texas veterans and their families struggling with mental health issues.
 
These grant funds, awarded as part of HHSC's Texas Veterans + Family Alliance grant program, are intended to improve the quality of life of Texas veterans and their families by supporting local Texas communities across the state to expand the availability of, increase access to, and enhance the delivery of mental health treatment and services.
 
The program was established by Sen. Jane Nelson's Senate Bill 55, which provides $20 million in state funds over the 2016-2017 biennium to be matched with local and private funds by grantees demonstrating commitment to addressing mental health needs of veterans and families living in their communities. 
 
"As the daughter of a World War II veteran, I am a big believer in this program because it brings the state, local organizations, and the private sector together to meet the specific needs of veterans in their communities. These grant projects are going to make it easier for veterans and their families to access the mental health services they need," Sen. Nelson said.
 
Projecting to serve more than 10,000 veterans and family members in total with grant-supported services, the following organizations have been selected as apparent awardees and will begin providing services pending execution of contracts:
 
 
 
Veterans and family members seeking assistance and services should contact the service provider directly.
 
For more information on accessing behavioral health services in Texas, please visit https://MentalHealthTX.org/
 
For more information on services for Texas veterans, families, and their survivors please visit https://veterans.portal.texas.gov/. For immediate assistance, please call 2-1-1 or (800) 252-VETS. 

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Panola College Rodeo


 

Panola College rodeo team was back in action this last weekend in College Station for the 8th of 10 regular season rodeos. It was a great weekend for rodeo action and Panola athletes took full advantage of the indoor arena to display some spectacular abilities.
 
Abby Phillips, a sophomore from Marshall, had a great weekend in the barrel racing. Abby and her horse Fame won 1st in the long go with a time of 16.01 seconds. The pair came back in the short go, to run a 16.04 for another 1st place finish. Abby dominated her event this weekend wining both goes and the average. Abby moved to second place in the Southern Region standings and improved her chances of qualifying for the CNFR in June. Jeffrey Collins, rodeo coach at Panola College, said a horse that can run with these horses in this region like that can run with any of the top horses in the world. Abby not only has a great shot at a national title for us here but has a great shot of making the NFR. Abby is a dedicated athlete who works very hard we will hear more about her in the near future.
 
Logan Cook , freshman in the ranch and land management program, had something to say in the Saddle bronc riding. Logan scored a 79 point ride on his first horse to win 1st place in the long go. The horse he rode was #12 Golden Ticket, the horse has won many titles in the pro rodeo world and was very rank and hard to ride. Cook came back in the short round with another 1st place win with a 76 point ride. Logan moved to second place in the Southern Region standings as did Abby and has almost secured himself a trip to CNFR. Logan is another young man we will hear a lot about in the near future.
 
The Team roping duo of Laramie and Colton Johnson, twins from Shreveport, where in fine form this weekend. The pair posted a first round time of 7.6 seconds. The time was fast enough for a 4th place finish in the long go. They came back to the short go and won another 4th place spot. The pair held on to 4th in the average as well. The season will come down to the last two rodeos, Laramie and Colton are in the 9th place spot, but have enough room to still qualify for the CNFR.
 
Steer Wrestler , Caleb Cogbill , had a great run in the long go posting a 5.4 second run good enough to place 6th in the long go. Caleb is a sophomore that will be graduating this year with a degree in Petroleum Technologies. Caleb plans to continue to rodeo while he also pursues a career in his field of studies. 
 
The combined efforts of each team for the weekend found the women’s team in 2nd place and the men’s team in 4th place. Both teams held their spot at 4th place overall in the region.  The rodeo team will participate again this weekend the 23-25 at Hillsboro, TX.  
 
 

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Chris Watlington and CHS Student Actors


 

 

 

Coming up this Thursday night at 6:30 pm at the Center High School Auditorium is the one act play Dark Road set after WWII it is about a convicted Nazi guard that is about to be executed. 

 

 

 

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Register Now for Shelby County 4-H Shooting Sports Project


 

 

Breaking clays, punching paper, and counting X's are all part of the 4-H Shelby County Shooting Sports project. Safety first - but lots of fun! The Shooting Sports project includes many options for 4-H members. You will learn safe gun handling skills, and sound fundamentals of shooting under the guidance of caring and knowledgeable adult volunteers.
 
4-H Shooting Sports is an educational program for youth ages 9 – 18 years, both male and female! It uses the skills and disciplines of shooting to assist young people and their leaders in obtaining knowledge and developing skills. Development of skills within the discipline of shooting and "life skills" is implicit in the program curriculum and explicitly stated for volunteers. It appeals to young people and volunteers from a wide range of urban and rural backgrounds. 4-H Shooting Sports promotes positive youth-adult interaction and peer leadership.
 
The focus of the Shelby County 4-H Shooting Sports program is the total development of the young person. The shooting sports and related natural resource activities are utilized as a vehicle for human growth and development. The shooting sports program attracts new audiences as well as enhances the traditional 4-H club program.
 
Want to join in the 4-H Shooting Sports fun?  Shotgun practice will kick-off beginning the week of March 27, 2017.  Contact Lane Dunn, County Extension Agent – Ag/NR at jldunn@ag.tamu.edu or Daphne Lovell at 936-598-7744 for participation information by March 23rd.
 

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BBQ Plate Fundraiser - UPDATED


 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of Sunshine will provide us with plenty of warmth the next several days with temperatures in the 80/60 range for the day and evenings.
 
- Thursday late afternoon will see winds from the South becoming blustery to announce our next cold front and rain for Friday and Saturday of amounts in the range of 1/2 to 3/4 inches. A lake wind advisory is likely to be issued. and...for high profile vehicles.
 
- Pollen has been in the extreme level and has dropped to the High level for Ash, Cedar, Oak, Grass, & Weeds.
   
- Flu is more regionalized here in Texas rather than widespread as it has been the last month. Still widespread for the Eastern 1/2 of the United States.
 
Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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Chicken Sandwich Fundraiser


 

The New Life Church is having a chicken sandwich plate fundraiser for a mission’s trips to Guatemala.
On Friday March 24th, 2017 at Center Chiropractic Dr. Shawn Riley.  Located on the corner of the Center Square. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, sandwich, chips, dessert and a bottle of water for $7.00 a plate. 
 

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Revival at Geneva Baptist Church


 

Geneva Baptist Church is having a revival March 24th – 26th with Evangelist Wallace Edgar.

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The Lasting Importance of Paper Documents


 

 

 

 

 

 

District Clerk Lori Oliver visited with TAGHS last week about the importance of preserving our old court documents some of which are older that the Historic Shelby County Court House.  Why is it important because paper copies last for hundreds of years and once they are gone they are gone forever.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
Life expectancy of Media Types:
 
Paper – 300 to 500 years
 
Microfilm – 50 to 100 years
 
Digital 2 to 10 years
 
RADIO INTERVIEW:
 

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JOIN US FOR AN EGG-STRAVAGANZA AT MISSION DOLORES!


 

 
 
SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas — Staying in San Augustine for the Easter holiday? Come to Mission Dolores State Historic Site for an “Egg-stravaganza” on Saturday, April 15th!
 
We will be making cascarones, or confetti eggs, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Children can take the cascarones home to crack with family members on Easter Sunday!
 
“Although the concept of confetti eggs originated in Asia, they were widespread in Spain in the 1700s” said Brooke Bonorden, site educator/interpreter at Mission Dolores State Historic Site. “We hope you will join us for an afternoon of festive fun!”
 
Mission Dolores was a Spanish mission built in 1721 in what is now San Augustine County, just 20 miles west of the Texas-Louisiana border. The site tells an important history about the Native American experience with Texas’ earliest European settlers. Visitors can explore the site’s history at the museum, where interpretive displays tell the story of Mission Dolores. The property also has a campground, picnic area, and group pavilions.
 
Program designed for children ages 10 and under. Admission is free. 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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Lunch and Learn at Mission Dolores


 

 
 
SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas —  Grab your lunch and a friend and head down to Mission Dolores State Historic Site on Friday, April 7th at 12:00 p.m. for the monthly “Lunch and Learn” program! 
 
The program, “Cemeteries and Historic Preservation” will highlight the important role cemeteries play in preserving our history and heritage. As part of the tricentennial celebration celebrating 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 are excited that Dr. Richard Hackney, President of the Historical Cemetery Society of Texas, will be a guest speaker for the program,” said Brooke Bonorden, site educator/interpreter at Mission Dolores State Historic Site. “As an East Texas native, Dr. Hackney is especially knowledgeable about cemeteries in our area. We hope you will join us for this great program!” 
 
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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Timpson City Council Meeting


 

 
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the governing body of the above named City will be held on the 21st day of March, 2017 at 5:30 pm at the City Hall, 456 Jacob Street, Timpson, Texas, at which time the following subjects will be considered, to-wit:  
  
  

  

1.    Call to Order:

 

2. Invocation:

 

3. Pledge: United States Pledge, Texas Pledge            

 

4. Chamber of Commerce:  Presented by Paul Smith.

 

5. Council Items:   Reports by the members of the City Council on matters not on the agenda will be made at this time.  A total, not to exceed 10 minutes will be devoted to these reports.

 

6. Presentations & Recognition:   The City would like to thank Tommy Sparks for

            31 years of dedicated service.

   

7. Citizens Input:  This time is provided for members of the public to address the City Council on items that appear within the Consent and Action Items or a matter not listed on the agenda. Each speaker is limited to 3 minutes.  A Citizens Input Form may be filled out and filed with the City Secretary prior to the meeting.

   

8.  Agenda Item:  Consider approval of the FY 2015-2016 AUDIT presented by Frank Campos.

     

     9.          Department Reports:

                            

          A.    Public Works Report:  Larry Burns

 

          B.    Police Department Report: Kent Graham

 

          C.    Municipal Court Report:  For the month of February 2017, there were 87 citations issued, 95 violations, 0 to juveniles and 3 to minors.  Total amount reported $20,135.98 the City’s portion a 55% estimate of $11,074.79.   In addition, $1397 will be paid to Linebarger for their fees we collected in the month of February.

 

          D.   City Secretary:  Leslie Leathers reporting there will be a trash dumpster on April 1st beside City Hall on Railroad Ave from 6 am - noon or until capacity is reached.  The recycle roll off box will be here for aluminum, paper and plastic only April 1st – 7th on the Plaza.  Also, the City will have an appreciation dinner for the Timpson Volunteer Fire Department on March 25th at 5:00pm at the Foxxhole.

 

Judge James Bogue’s yearly contract will be up April 1, 2017 but we will continue on a month by month basis as agreed to by Council last year.  He is still going to his Judge’s class and everything he needs is up to date.

The loan agreement with Texas State Bank to borrow against the 2 CD’s has been completed and signed by Mayor Smith and Mayor Pro Tem Allen.

 

          E.  Election Info:  There were 5 completed candidate packets submitted for the General Election on May 6th.  Incumbents Kyle Allen, Janell Baker and George Grace, Charleston Johnson and Tiffany Collins are the candidates for the three seats on the City Council.  They will begin their new terms in May of 2017.   A drawing was held on February 27th for the placement on the ballot.  Tiffany Curtis will be listed 1st, George Grace 2nd, Kyle Allen 3rd, Janell Baker 4th and Charleston Johnson 5th. 

 

             IMPORTANT DATES:

                  

*Early Voting begins April 24th at City Hall and ends May 2nd; weekdays only *April 24th and May 2nd are extended hours – 7am – 7pm other days are 8am-5pm *April 6th - the last day to register to vote or make a change of address in order to be able to vote in the May 6th Election. *April 25th - the last day to apply for ballots to be voted by mail.*May 6th --ELECTION DAY-- 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Timpson ISD Gym foyer.

 

     9.          Consent Agenda:  Items included under the Consent Agenda require little or no deliberation by the Council.  Approval of the Consent Agenda authorizes the City Secretary to proceed with the conclusion of each item as reflected in the Minutes of this meeting.

 

A.  Consider approval of the minutes of the regular meeting held on February 21, 2017

 

B.  Consider approval of the minutes of the special meeting held on March 7, 2017

 

C.  Consider approval of Financial Statements for the month of February 2017

 

D.  Consider approval of Accounts Payable – Paid bills for February, 2017

 

E.   Approve Resolution 03212017-1 (387) Waiver in Lieu of Taxes for Timpson Housing Authority.

 

E.  Approval of the TVFD Officers elected on March 14, 2017.  Fire Chief-Patrick Hendrick, Assistant Chief-Tuffy Green, Treasurer-Pete Andrews, Secretary-Talitha Green, Training Officers-Brock Strong and Corey Green and Captains-Frank Chimney, Marty Mikesh, Andy Terry and Greg Hailey.

 

F.  The Community Wide Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be on April 15, 2017 from     11:30am-1:30pm at SoSo Park.  Previously this was an Eastern Star event, however, this year it will be sponsored by the First Baptist Church in Timpson.  Hot dogs will be served at 11:30 followed by the Easter egg hunt.  Everyone is encouraged to come out, bring the kids and enjoy the festivities.  If you would like to donate money, candy filled eggs or hot dog supplies, contact Bro. W Dee Daniel at 936-254-2220.

 

G.  Ratify emergency expenditure for the hydrant repairs at 620 Houston St. to Hydra Tec Services for $2,034.46.  This was a leaking hydrant and it is suspected that it was broken by someone trying to steal water.  The Timpson PD has been notified and they will be checking this hydrant routinely for signs of theft.

 

REGULAR AGENDA ITEMS (10 –15)

 

     10.        Discuss and possibly take action:  Request for Bids or renew contract on the mowing for the Parks, RR row, and other city property currently on contract with Gareth Yoder for $23,860 per year paid monthly $1,988.33.

 

     11.       Discuss and possibly take action:  Update the Community Building Rental Agreement.

 

     12.       Discuss and possibly take action:  Add Mayor Pro Tem Kyle Allen and City    Secretary Leslie Leathers to the lockbox authorization at Austin Bank and remove the previous Mayor Pro Tem, Ronnie Wolfe.

 

     13.       Discuss and possibly take action:  Pay off Loan 2813009433 at Austin Bank.  This is the note for the land and the old Cobb building.  In the motion include what account to use for the payoff.

                            

     14.       Discuss and possibly take action:  Police Officer Michelle Ashworth evaluation from Chief Kent Graham and discussion of pay increase from $16.50 to $17.00.  When   Michelle was hired it stated that after 120 days (April 2, 2017) she would be evaluated and possibly receive a raise.

                

     15.       Adjourn:

 

    

    
 
    
 

 

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Preservation of Shelby County District Clerk Records


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Would you like to see and touch records made by and about your ancestors since the late 1800’s Shelby County officials are making it possible for the citizens and taxpayers to do just that!  
 
On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, Shelby County District Clerk, Lori Oliver, spoke to the Timpson Area Genealogy and Heritage Society about the efforts currently in progress to preserve the paper records entrusted to the Shelby County District Clerk’s office. These records include such case files as lawsuits, divorce, adoptions and cases involving juveniles.
 
When the Texas Constitution was written, the founding fathers stipulated that each county would have a district clerk.  The clerk shall, by government code, maintain and arrange the records relating to and lawfully deposited in the clerk’s office.  Ms. Oliver and her staff take this charge seriously and are working diligently toward that end.  
 
Most early county records were lost when the Shelby County Courthouse burned on June 2, 1882.  The oldest surviving record found to date is dated 1883.  Past efforts to preserve records have included microfilming and digitizing through a scanning process.  These efforts, however, do nothing to preserve the original paper records, which are disintegrating into dust as time passes. The rapidly deteriorating condition of the records prompted action to remediate the problem. County officials began looking at new technology and best practice for preserving them.  Paper records are estimated to last 300-500 years.  Microfilmed records are estimated to last 50-100 years.  With rapid changes in technology and the resultant incompatibility between old and new technology, digital records are estimated to be useable for 2-10 years. Based on these statistic, it has been determined that preserving the original paper record is the best preservation approach.
 
Funding is a big issue on what will be a long and costly project, but one that must be done. Preservation efforts are moving forward in $12000 to $15000 expenditures as funding becomes available.  Ms. Oliver stated that it is doubtful that the project will be completed in her tenure in the office of District Clerk and maybe not even in her lifetime.  
 
In 2009 the Texas State Legislature passed HB 3637 which assesses a $10 filing fee on all civil filings in the District Clerk’s office. Money collected from these filing fees is designated for records preservation.  Using income from the $10 filing fees, and with the support of the County Commissioners and a generous $50,000 transfer by Shelby County Clerk, Jennifer Fountain, from the County Clerk’s records preservation fund to the District Clerk’s records preservation fund. the efforts have begun.  
 
Kofile, Inc, the oldest and most experienced private conservation laboratory was hired and authorized to begin the preservation.  The initial investment authorized by the District Clerk was not to exceed $12,000.  Skilled conservators from Kofile carefully collected and processed the first batch of records through deacidification, which includes unfolding the records, cleaning them of dust, tape, etc, enhancing the clarity of the writing/typing and encapsulating each record in archival sleeves.  This process is projected to protect and extend the life of the original records for up to 300 years.  The processed records are returned to the county in attractive fire and weather resistant binders for viewing by the citizens of Shelby County and other interested parties.  A digital copy of each case file is provided by Kofile, Inc. Shelby County citizens and other researchers have the option of viewing the digital file or the bound file.  
 
In April 2015, the government mandated that the District Clerk accept only electronically filed cases.  In situations where e-filing is not practical and will impede action necessary to address an emergency situation, the office will accept original document filing.
 
The e-filing mandate requires that attorneys file cases through a secure online portal.  It was quickly determined that Judges and attorneys need access to these electronic files. With the expansion of access, however, confidentiality and privacy became issues.  To address this problem, State Representative, Travis Clardy, has introduced a bill in the Texas Legislature to protect those records that must be kept confidential.  These would include cases involving juveniles, adoptions and cases sealed by the courts.
 

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Texas House Passes Resolution Honoring Baileys


Last week representative Chris Paddie lead the motion to honor the recently passed Terry and Pam Bailey.  He had this to say: 

 

"One of the greatest honors I have, as a State Representative, is to author and pass memorial resolutions in memory of constituents. Some are harder than others and this week was one of those difficult and emotional ones. This week my colleagues stood with me, as we passed HR788 honoring the lives of Terry & Pam Bailey of Center. These folks were family and dear friends. We will forever miss them. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with their wonderful family."

 

 

 

 

 

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VFW Honors WWII Veteran


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
On Thursday, March 16th, members of Shelby County Memorial Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary visited with US Marine Crops World
War II Veteran Ford S. Brown, Sr.  Mr. Ford who will turn 100 years old in
September recalled his service during the invasion of Okinawa in April 1945.
The battle of Okinawa was the bloodiest and last battle in the Pacific.  He
and his wife Iva Nell will also celebrate their 79th Wedding Anniversary on
June 28th.  Mr. Ford was presented with a World War II baseball cap, a
framed certificate of appreciation for his service and a complimentary
membership in the VFW.  On hand with Mr. Ford and wife were their two
daughters, Sylvia Hearn and Cynthia Perez, County Veteran Service Officer
Sherry Riley, Auxiliary member Mary Fausett and Post Service Officer John
Piersol, Post Chaplain Cynthia Islas, Past Post Commander Mike Langford and
his three grandchildren and Post Quartermaster Larry Hume.
 
 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday, March 21, 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. Open Forum. Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
 
Monthly Reports:
 
City Secretary
 
Utility Billing Manager
 
Public Works Manager
 
Water Department
 
Fire Department
 
Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.
 
Discussion & Council Action on possible agreement with 31 Energy.
 
Discussion & Council Action on use of Hotel/Motel Tax funds to sponsor Heritage Festival.
 
Discussion & Council Action on sponsorship for refreshments for Elementary Students (Heritage Festival).
 
Discussion & Council Action on selection of 12 hour days for early voting- April 26th and 27th (Sec. 85.005(d)).
 
Discussion & Council Action on acceptance of certification of unopposed candidate (Special Election).
 
Discussion & Council Action on Ordering Cancellation of  Special Election- May 6, 2017
Adjournment.  

 

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FINAL TRAFFIC PATTERNS SEEN ON US 59 IN NACOGDOCHES


 

Motorists will see delays for the next two to three weeks as contactors prepare to place the final hot mix surface on US 59 at SL 224 in Nacogdoches. Both northbound and southbound traffic will be affected and intermittent lane closures can be expected. Once the final surface is placed and stripe applied, major construction on this project will be complete.
 
Southbound lanes of US 59 have also seen final traffic pattern changes as the inside lane of BU 59 now merges with outbound traffic just south of SL 224. Motorists exiting SL 224 onto US 59 SB no longer have a yield sign. The US 59 SB ramp now has a dedicated lane of travel that requires no yield. Directional signage is in place making motorists aware of the changes. Motorists are urged to stay alert until this final traffic pattern becomes familiar.
 
Northbound lanes of US 59 are being milled for the final surface and motorists are experiencing delays and lane closures traveling into Nacogdoches. Following the milling process, contractors will apply a sealcoat and then the final layer of hot mix to complete the new surface on both north and southbound lanes.
 
Motorists are urged to plan for delays or take alternate routes around the construction. Recommended routes include FM 2782 or SH 7. Old Lufkin Road is not a recommended route of travel.
 
Webber, contractor for the $14 million construction project, will complete the road work in two to three weeks, weather permitting. They will then be working on minor items and clean up throughout the project. All work is subject to change in inclement weather. Visit drivetexas.org for a complete list of closures and projects throughout the state.
 
For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.

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US Forest Service Hold Public Meetings


 

 
 
The US Forest Service will be hosting several public meetings on the Future Forest
Planning.  The meetings are open to the public and anyone that has an interest in
leasing, drilling and producing on the National Forest and Grasslands in Texas should
make plans to attend.
 
For more information please contact the US Forest Service at (936) 639-8586

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City of Joaquin Notice of Candidates for Election


 

These are our candidates for election and their positions on the ballot..
 
Mayor Bill Baker (I)
Pat Gray
 
Two At large City Council Positions:
 
Joseph Long (I)
Cathy Atkinson
LeeVern Stotts Gilliam
Mike Cummings Jr.

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Nacogdoches JC Penny's Location is Closing along with 137 other stores


 

JC Penny's is closing 138 different stores one of which will be the Nacogodoches Mall Location. 

 

For a complete list of stores click here: http://www.jcpnewsroom.com/news-releases/2017/assets/0317_list_of_store_closures.pdf

 

J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) announced it is implementing a plan to optimize its national retail operations as part of the Company’s successful return to profitability. Under the plan, the Company expects to close two distribution facilities and approximately 130 - 140 stores over the next few months. These strategic decisions will help align the Company’s brick-and-mortar presence with its omnichannel network, thereby redirecting capital resources to invest in locations and initiatives that offer the greatest revenue potential.
 
“In 2016, we achieved our $1 billion EBITDA target and delivered a net profit for the first time since 2010; however, we believe we must take aggressive action to better align our retail operations for sustainable growth. During the year, it became evident the stores that could fully execute the Company’s growth initiatives of beauty, home refresh and special sizes generated significantly higher sales, and a more vibrant in-store shopping environment,” said Marvin R. Ellison, chairman and chief executive officer of JCPenney. “We believe the relevance of our brick and mortar portfolio will be driven by the implementation of these initiatives consistently to a larger percent of our stores. Therefore, our decision to close stores will allow us to raise the overall brand standard of the Company and allocate capital more efficiently.”
 
“We understand that closing stores will impact the lives of many hard working associates, which is why we have decided to initiate a voluntary early retirement program for approximately 6,000 eligible associates. By coordinating the timing of these two events, we can expect to see a net increase in hiring as the number of full-time associates expected to take advantage of the early retirement incentive will far exceed the number of full-time positions affected by the store closures,” added Ellison.
 
“We believe closing stores will also allow us to adjust our business to effectively compete against the growing threat of online retailers. Maintaining a large store base gives us a competitive advantage in the evolving retail landscape since our physical stores are a destination for personalized beauty offerings, a broad array of special sizes, affordable private brands and quality home goods and services. It is essential to retain those locations that present the best expression of the JCPenney brand and function as a seamless extension of the omnichannel experience through online order fulfillment, same-day pick up, exchanges and returns,” said Ellison.
 
“While many pure play e-commerce companies are experiencing dramatically increasing fulfillment costs, we are pleased with the double digit growth of jcpenney.com and how leveraging our brick and mortar locations is enabling us to offset the last-mile delivery cost. We believe the future winners in retail will be the companies that can create a frictionless interaction between stores and e-commerce, while leveraging physical locations to minimize the growing operational costs of delivery. In fact, in 2016 approximately 75% of all online orders touched a physical store. Even with a reduced store count, JCPenney is competitively positioned to deliver a differentiated department store model that meets the expectations of a digital world with an inspiring, tangible shopping environment,” Ellison added.
 
As a result of the store actions, JCPenney will close a distribution center located in Lakeland, Fla. in early June, at which time operations will transfer to the Company’s logistics facility in Atlanta as part of a strategic effort to streamline store support services. The Company also is in the process of selling its supply chain facility in Buena Park, Calif. in an effort to monetize a lucrative real estate asset.
 
Associates who will be impacted by the store and distribution center closures will receive separation benefits, which includes assistance identifying other employment opportunities and outplacement services such as resume writing and interview preparation.
 
Eligibility for the Voluntary Early Retirement Program (VERP) will generally include home office, stores and supply chain personnel who met certain criteria related to age and years of service as of Jan. 31. Approximately 6,000 associates are eligible for the program. Current costs and future savings will be based on the number of associates who accept on or before March 17 when the consideration period expires. The Company’s qualified pension plan will remain in a well-funded status post VERP. No cash contributions to the pension plan are anticipated for the foreseeable future. Charges related to the VERP, of which the vast majority will be non-cash, will be reported in the Company’s first quarter fiscal 2017 results.
 
FINANCIAL IMPACT
The total store closures represent approximately 13 - 14 % of the Company’s current store portfolio, less than 5% of total annual sales, less than 2% of EBITDA and 0% of net income. The stores identified for closure either require significant capital to achieve the Company’s new brand standard or are minimally cash flow positive today relative to the Company’s overall consolidated average. Comparable sales performance for the closing stores was significantly below the remaining store base and these stores operate at a much higher expense rate given the lack of productivity. Once cycled, these closures are expected to be net income neutral.
 
The annual cost savings resulting from these strategic decisions, primarily occupancy, payroll, home office support, corporate administration and other store-related expenses, are estimated at approximately $200 million. During the first half of 2017, the Company expects to record an estimated pre-tax charge of approximately $225 million, primarily lease termination obligation expenses, non-cash asset impairments and transition costs, in connection with this initiative.
 
The Company plans to release a full list of planned closures in mid-March pending notification of all affected personnel. Nearly all impacted stores are expected to close in the second quarter of 2017.
 
“I have a deep appreciation and respect for our associates who are on the front lines working tirelessly to serve our customers every day. Closing a store is never an easy decision, especially given the local impact on valued employees and our most loyal shoppers,” said Ellison. “While any actions that reduce or exclude our presence in communities across the country is always difficult, it is essential that JCPenney continues to evolve in order to achieve long-term growth and profitability and deliver on shareholder value.”
 

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Sanderson Farms will bring 1,700 Jobs to East Texas


 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM) announced that sites located in Smith and Wood Counties, Texas, have been tentatively selected for construction of a new feed mill, hatchery, poultry processing plant and waste water treatment facility, subject to the contingencies discussed below. These facilities will comprise a state-of-the-art poultry complex with the capacity to process 1.25 million birds per week for retail chill pack customers. At full capacity, the complex will employ approximately 1,700 people, will require 80 contract growers, and will be equipped to process and sell approximately 375 million pounds of dressed poultry meat annually at full production.
 
Sanderson Farms expects to invest approximately $200 million in the new Texas complex and anticipates that associated contract growers will invest an additional $135 million in poultry production facilities. The Company expects to begin construction of the facilities during summer 2017, with initial operations of the new complex to begin during the first fiscal quarter of 2019.
 
Commencement of construction of the new complex is subject to completion of tax abatement and incentive agreements with public subdivisions and the state of Texas and obtaining final required permits from appropriate agencies.
 
According to Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Sanderson Farms, Inc., the selection of these sites followed a thorough due diligence process. "We are grateful for the cooperation from the economic development and governmental officials in Tyler, Mineola and Lindale, Texas; Wood and Smith Counties; and the State of Texas," said Sanderson. "We believe this expansion will enhance our ability to drive revenues and earnings and allow us to continue our record of building long-term value for our shareholders. The additional capacity of 1.25 million birds per week represented by the new complex will provide new marketing opportunities for the Company for retail grocery customers. We are pleased that our recent financial performance has put us in a position to continue to grow our Company."
 
Sanderson Farms, Inc. is engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh, frozen and minimally prepared chicken. Its shares trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol SAFM.
 
Source: Sanderson Farms

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History of St. Patrick's Day


 

 

 

 

Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
 
Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.  Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, cèilidhs, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services and historically the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted for the day, which encouraged and propagated the holiday's tradition of alcohol consumption.
 
Saint Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador (for provincial government employees), and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world, especially in Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand. Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. Modern celebrations have been greatly influenced by those of the Irish diaspora, particularly those that developed in North America. In recent years, there has been criticism of Saint Patrick's Day celebrations for having become too commercialised and for fostering negative stereotypes of the Irish.
 
 
 
 

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City of Center Awards Ceremony Pictures


 

 

 

 

 

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San Augustine Chamber News Letter


 

There was a well-attended meeting at the Log Cabin
(Chamber of Commerce Building) last week, for those interested as serving
as a *volunteer for the Red Cross*, to make a positive difference preparing
for and responding to disasters, including hurricanes, floods, tornadoes,
house fires, and any other type of disaster.  If you missed the meeting and
have questions please call Scott Brawley 936-238-3328 or Tressie Simon
936-275-2707 or 713-502-5544.
 
 
We are having a *Blood Drive at the Chamber tomorrow, 3/17* with fabulous
free t-shirts, juice and cookies.  [image: Inline image 3]*Please come and
show your support! * The Blood Donation vehicle will be at the Log Cabin
from 11 to 2:30.
 
 
Also tomorrow, *Shelby Savings Bank celebrates the Grand Opening of their
new ATM [image: Inline image 11]in Chireno* at Hwy 21 and FM 95 - they will
be doing *on site demos* of how to deposit checks and enjoy other
functionality, AND *handing out hot dogs *from 11 to 2, so it's your *lucky
free lunch Friday! 
 
 
*Mission Dolores* is wrapping up their 'Staycation' week for the kiddos with*
Music Making and Spear Throwing events on Friday and Saturday, *respectively,
from 1 to 3 pm.  There will also be another informative* Lunch 'n Learn *next
Friday, 3/24, celebrating *Women of the Republic of Texas.  *They've got a
lot of exciting things happening in April also, including a L&L on Historic
Cemeteries and a fun Easter Egg event for the little ones.
 
 
Next week there will be a Veteran's Rural Outreach
event at SA First United Methodist Church sponsored by the Burke Center -
for questions contact Jeff Headrick, MVPN Volunteer Coordinator at
(936)225-2887  or  jeffrey.headrick@myburke.org  *10 am Veteran's Rural
Outreach event at SA First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, March 21,
2017.*
 
 
 
*Our next Membership Meeting is next Tuesday, March 21, with guest speaker
Dr. Philip Reynolds and business of the Month - San Augustine Main Street.
 *
 
 
 
The *National Forests and Grasslands in Texas* (NFGT) are initiating
their
Forest Plan Revision*. They say, "Forest Plans are the overarching documents that
guide all management decisions and activities on lands managed by the
United States Forest Service.  You don't need a degree in forestry or
resource management to be involved. *We want you involved and we value your
opinions!* The NFGT will be hosting six meetings between March 20thand
April 6th 2017 in communities near the National Forest and Grassland units.
During this first round of public meetings, we will be asking for your
thoughts on issues or concerns you may have about the forests and
grasslands as well as existing management that you would like to see
carried forward through plan revision. Please bring your past
experiences from the forests and grasslands to share with the group and
think about how you would like to see the National Forests and Grasslands
in Texas managed over the next 10-20 years."  This will be very important
as items to be discussed include how to use our forest lands, including
whether or not oil and gas drilling / revenues are allowed.  Forest lands
are a wonderful resource but often do not contribute to the tax base of
their home counties.  Come have your opinion count and your voice
heard.  
 
*March 22, 6-8 pm, the Log Cabin, *611 W Columbia St., San Augustine, TX  
 
 
Next weekend we have the San Augustine County 4-H
Livestock Show and Chili Cook-off, always a good time and great way to
support the kids!
 
 
There is a *Stone Fort Museum Lunch & Learn* coming up on March 30 with
local author Gary Pinkerton, who wrote the book *Trammel’s Trace: The First
Road to Texas from the North* to tell the story of the early road from
Arkansas to Texas.  This  event is part of the spring Culinary Café events
on campus. The Café is run by the Hospitality program at SFA and the
luncheon menu will be Latin themed. There is a cost for the lunch of
$10.00. Gary will give a presentation on Trammel’s Trace and will stick
around to sell books and talk about this old road.  Lunch tickets must be
purchased in advance – call 936-468-2408 

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Breakfast Fundraiser


 

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Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace Course Coming to Center


 

 

Heritage Baptist Church would like to announce the upcoming Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University course.  This is a nine-week course where you will learn to pay off debt overcome your fear of budgeting, and create a savings plan to replace retirement worries with peace.  The class is free to attend but it is recommended that you purchase the course packet.  The Course will be held at Sassy Red’s Bakery, 1000 Tenaha St. in Center, Texas starting on Monday March 21st at 7:00 p.m.  For more information contact Pastor Roy Davis at 936-332-0310 or 936-598-8418.

 

 

Video: Pastor Roy Davis talks about course

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James Community Center Meeting


 

The James/Antioch Community Center will hold its monthly meeting on Saturday March 18th at 6:30 pm.  Following a short meeting a pot-luck supper will be enjoyed and games will be played.  Everyone from the community is invited to attend.  Bring a favorite covered dish and join in.  For more information call Donna Partlow at 591-1562.

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Cost of Texas Health Care


 

The cost of health care in Texas is rising faster than both the general inflation rate and the growth of the states population. In fiscal 2015, Texas state government spent $42.9 billion on health care services, or 43.1 percent of all its appropriations from state, federal and other sources.
 
The March issue of "Fiscal Notes" looks at a recent report issued by the Texas Comptrollers office, "Texas Health Care Spending Report: Fiscal 2015", which examines and quantifies health care spending by 68 state agencies and higher education institutions in a recent five-year period.
 
Emerging technologies, demographics and the growth of our great state will ensure the demand for health care services continues to increase even while the cost of these services is on the rise, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. The question for policymakers is how to contain these costs.
 
In this issue, the Comptrollers office also examines the potential for greater trade with Cuba, the communist nation that has been subject to a U.S. trade embargo since 1962. Relaxing or even removing the embargo could open new markets for Texas, especially for our agricultural producers. Yet significant statutory and political obstacles remain in place.

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Booster Seat Safety


 

 
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
 
Does the child sit all the way back against the auto seat?
Do the child’s knees bend comfortably at the edge of the vehicle?
Does the belt cross the shoulder between the neck and arm?
Is the lap belt as low as possible, touching the thighs?
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!
 
Call Jheri-Lynn McSwain, CEA-FCS at 936-598-7744 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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