Justin Raymond, a 7th grade student at Shelbyville Jr. High School recently competed in the Texas Jr. High Rodeo Finals in Gonzales, Texas. While there, he and his partner, George Chambers from Benton Louisiana, ended up winning Reserve State Grand Champion in the Team Roping Event and also earned a position on the Texas National Junior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to huron, South Dakota, June 24th thru June 30th to compete at the 14th annual National Junior Hugh Finals Rodeo (NJHFR) in the Team Roping Competition.
Featuring roughly 1,000 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces, Australia and Mexico, the NJHFR is the world's largest junior high rodeo. In addition to competing for more than $8,000 in prizes, NJHFR contestants will also be vying for more than $200,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named a National Junior High Finals Rodeo World Champion. To earn this title, contestants mist finish in the top 20 - based on their combined times/scores. Again, this year, the Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of all NJHFR performances will air on www.RidePass.com Performance times are 7 p.m. on June 24th, and 9 a.m. & 7 p.m. each day thereafter.
Along with great rodeo competition and the chance to meet new friends from around the world, NJHFR contestants have the opportunity to enjoy shooting sports, volleyball, contestant dances, family-oriented activities, church services sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, and shopping at the NJHFR trade show, as well as visiting area attractions as Huron hosts the NJHFR this year. To follow your local favorites at the NJHFR, visit www.NHSRA.com daily for complete results. For ticket information and reservations, visit www.sdstatefair.com
Yesterday At 8:12pm by Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
To facilitate information during the tournaments, the City is launching a new event app. Anyone wanting to stay up on the most current tournament news can download Attendify, then search DYB. Advertisers and tournament sponsors will also be featured in the app.
Anyone interested in sponsoring, staffing the tournament, or being a host family should download the sponsorship form at the City website at www.CenterTexas.org or contact Jason Mitchell at 936-590-7196 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Shelby County Commisioners' Court met this morning 6-20-18 at 9:30 a.m. at the active Shelby County Courthouse and took the following actions:
1. They approved and paid the weekly expenses.
2. No public comments were given.
3. Enrique Perez was scheduled to address the court about county road 3734 but did not show up for the meeting.
4. Shelby County Commissioner Pct. 1 Roscoe McSwain opened sealed bid for a backhoe. The court accepted the bid from Richard Tomlin with Highway 96 equipment for a used 2013 model 4 wheel drive backhoe for $56,500.
5. The court approved the creation of county road 2522 starting at county road 2521 and ending at an individual's property line.
It is almost here, something we have all been waiting for with some consternation and baited breath Summer solstice 2018 in Northern Hemisphere will begin at 5:07 AM on Thursday, June 21st Central Time. Also it is the longest day of 2018!
I hope our summer will be Nothing like our May 2018.
May 2018 was the planet's fourth-warmest May since record keeping began in 1880, according to NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) on Monday of this week. NASA also rated May 2018 as the fourth-warmest May on record. NOAA found that the only warmer May months were 2016, 2015, and 2017, in that order. NASA found the warmer Mays to be 2016, 2017, and 2014, in that order. Occasional differences in rankings between NASA and NOAA arise mostly due to how they handle data-sparse regions such as the Arctic, where few surface weather stations exist. The two agencies agreed that the planet's four warmest Mays in a century-plus of recordkeeping have all occurred in the past five years. We should NOT let these rain cooled June temperatures fool us. The Summer heat doldrums are just ahead.
The Tenaha Police Department assisted federal agents with The Department of State Diplomatic Security Service with the execution of a felony warrant and arrest of a Tenaha resident for multiple counts of passport fraud as well as being an illegal immigrant.
June 19, 2018 - It's not too late to be a vendor at the 2018 East Texas What-A-Melon Festival which is coming to downtown Center July 12-14th!
The Annual What-A-Melon Festival draws thousands of visitors to enjoy carnival rides, games, contests including ‘The Biggest Watermelon Contest’, live music and entertainment including Reed Barton Music and Zach Mason & the Jars, the Pet Contest and the Miss East Texas What-A-Melon Pageant. This is a fun, family-oriented good ol’time!
Booth space is $125 and includes a 10' x 10' canopy-covered space with an electric plug.
See the vendor application, for more vendor information. Application deadline is June 22, 2018.
Thursday July 5th: Gospel Concert at 6:30 at First Baptist Church Timpson.
Calvary Boys, Calvary Boys Trio, Broken Vessels, and Paul's Journey. Great line up. Also the carnival will be open from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Friday July 6th: Carnival open from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. entertainment on stage downtown. Legal Limit will open for Curtis Daniels starting at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday July 7th: Parade and carnival will begin at 10:00 a.m. After parade from the stage salute to flag and National Anthem. Introduction of guests. We will have the car, truck & motorcycle show on Austin St. beginning after the opening ceremonies. Also the pet show and bicycle decorating will be held immediately after ceremonies down under the tent at the end of the street. Pea shelling contest will be at 2:00 p.m. down under the tent at the end of the street. Clown with balloon art will be there until 4:00 p.m. Puppet show 2 to 3 times during the day. Food and craft vendor's will be there all three days. Evening entertainment will begin at 6:00 p.m. Followed by a short piano concert by Cozette. Then Nickel Draft will open for Bonamy immediately following Cozette. Our cake auction will begin at 8:00 p.m. following Nickle Draft. We also will have a petting zoo that will be open at 10:00 a.m. Just a good fun day, seeing all those folks you don't get to see that often and visiting in the downtown area like we use to do.
Sunday July 8th: We will have an evening service under the big tent starting at 6:00.
Armbands are good from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available at Timpson Public Library for @$15:00. Will be $18:00 on site.
Armband good for one night only.
Pre-sale Gospel Concert tickets are available at Timpson Public Library, First Baptist Church, Timpson, and Kings Nursery in Tenaha they are $8:00 pre-sale and $10.00 at door. You could not begin to see a concert like this anywhere else for that amount of money. Hope to see you all there.
Please come out and join us for lots of fun, good food, crafts and great entertainment on our stage. There is no charge for the entertainment nor is there a gate charge to get in.
Recently, four ADN nursing students travelled from Panola College with their instructor, Dr. Barbara Cordell to southern Belize, Central America to participate in a college course in Transcultural Nursing. The students chosen were: Denise Armstead, from Lufkin, who graduated in May from the LVN-ADN Transition track, Hannah Taylor Black, of Beckville and Chelsey Smith of DeBerry, who have completed Level III of the program, and Ivan Cuellar, of Henderson, who has completed Level II. They joined a team of 50 other doctors, nurses, students, and helpers to provide medical care to remote Mayan villages.
After arriving in Belize City, the group drove many hours to reach the small town of Punta Gorda. From there, the group divided into four teams and visited a total of sixteen villages in four days to attend to over 2000 patients. Several of the teams had to hike for one to three hours to reach their assigned village. “The students were wonderful at providing nursing assessments and treatments in challenging conditions,” said Professor Cordell. “We worked in a very hot environment without electricity, running water, or much of the technology we’re used to in the United States. The students learned to rely on basic observation skills and culturally sensitive communications and education.”
The larger group based out of Nacogdoches has been traveling on this mission trip for thirty-one years. The goal is to provide care to remote villagers who might not otherwise receive any medical care at all. Basic pain medications, antibiotics, and vitamins are provided as well as minor treatments such as wound care, splinting, and even occasional stitches for a severe cut.
Hannah said of her experience, “The patients taught each of us a lesson in humility and gratefulness. A piece of my heart will forever remain in four remote villages of southern Belize”.
Hannah Black and Denise Armstead teaching through a translator
Chelsey Smith assessing a patient with guidance from Dr. Cordell
Ivan Cuellar educating a patient
(l-r) Hannah Black, Dr. Barbara Cordell, Ivan Cuellar, Chelsey Smith, and Denise Armstead
Cristie Roye was recently hired as an assistant band director for Tenaha ISD. Ms. Roye will be the third director on staff, and will be in charge of percussion and trumpet sectionals, beginner classes, and 6th grade band. She will also assist Ms. Landrum with the middle school band and Mr. Sours with the high school band.
Cristie is entering her 13th year of teaching. Previously, Ms. Roye has been the Director of Bands at Sulphur Springs Middle School. Under her direction at Sulphur Springs Middle School, the 8th grade Varsity Middle School Band received Sweepstakes. She had over twenty 7th/8th grade students place in the All-Region band, and over thirty 7th/8th grade students receive superior ratings at solo & ensemble contest. The 6th grade band also received superior ratings at various competitions. Prior to that, Ms. Roye was an assistant director at Crandall ISD, where she was in charge of percussion and trumpet instruction for all the bands in the district.
Ms. Roye graduated from Hallsville High School in Hallsville, TX in 1994. She has a Music Education Degree from Baylor University in Waco, TX, where she graduated in the fall of 2000. During her time at Baylor University, She studied trumpet under Berry Hopper. She was a part of the Golden Wave Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Chamber Ensemble.
When Ms. Roye is not teaching you can find her out riding her bicycle. She is an avid cyclist who enjoys both road and mountain biking. She participates in many bicycle rides around the State of Texas as a participant, as well as a volunteer.
Ms. Roye is excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Tenaha Tiger Band Program, and to be joining the Tenaha ISD family.
Monday Evening by Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
Shelby county Grill FEST
The Shelby County Grill Fest Barbecue Cook-off was held Saturday, June 9 at the Windham Civic Center in Center, Texas, with cook teams from across east Texas and western Louisiana vying for over $6,700 in prize money and the Grand Champion trophy along with bragging rights.
The barbecue cook-off was presented by Farmers State Bank and sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society. The event featured five cooking categories including beans, brisket, chicken, ribs and dessert.
We are pleased to announce the top three winners in the five categories are:
1st Place - All Smoked Up from Jacksonville, Texas. Head cook was Oley Willis.
2nd Place – Son N Law BBQ from Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Head cook was Brandon Fulcher.
3rd Place – East Texas Smokers from Timpson, Texas. Head cook was Anna Bryce.
Pork Ribs Category:
1st Place – Son N Law BBQ from Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Head cook was Brandon Fulcher.
2nd Place – Gitcha Creek Country Cookers from Rusk, Texas. Head cook was David Chandler.
3rd Place – Hound Dawg Harris from San Augustine, Texas. Head cook was Robert Harris.
1st Place – Shelby County Outlaw Cookers from Center, Texas. Head cook was Rachel Moorman.
2nd Place – All Smoked Up from Jacksonville, Texas. Head cook was Oley Willis.
3rd Place – Tipsy Texan from Tenaha, Texas. Head cook was Joshua Campbell.
1st Place – Shelby County Outlaw Cookers from Center, Texas. Head cook was Rachel Moorman.
2nd Place – Farmers State Bank from Center, Texas. Head cook was Joey Lawson.
3rd Place – Hound Dawg Harris from San Augustine, Texas. Head cook was Robert Harris.
1st Place – Hound Dawg Harris from San Augustine, Texas. Cook: Robert Harris.
2nd Place – East Texas Smokers from Timpson, Texas. Cook: Anna Bryce.
3rd Place – Shelby County Outlaw Cookers from Center, Texas. Cook: Preston Whitney.
All Smoked Up cook team, led by Oley Willis took the Grand Champion trophy at the 2018 Shelby County Grill Fest and the Tipsy Texan cook team with Joshua Campbell was awarded the Reserve Grand Champion trophy Saturday, June 9, 2018.
The 42 Tournament and Washer Pitching Competition were sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank. Shelby Johnson and Evelyn Hufferd were the winners of the 42 Tournament. Josh McAdams and Josh Jones were the winners of the Washer Pitching Competition and a special thank you to these men for donating their prize money back to the cookers.
Awards were sponsored by the City of Center. Gold Sponsors were Tyson Foods and Windham Civic Center. Entertainment was sponsored by Rapid Payday & Title Loans and the Judge’s Table was sponsored by Pineywoods Beverage.
Silver sponsors were Mathews Real Estate, Ace Hardware of East Texas, Watson and Sons Funeral Home, 4C Electrical Services, B & S A/C and Heating and Executive Inn and Suites Joaquin.
Thank you to all that attended to sample the great food and please mark your calendars for April 6, 2019!
Planning is underway for the 42nd East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank. The Poultry Festival will be held October 4-6 on the historic downtown Center square, with chairmen Josh Payne, leading the steering committee. Arts and Crafts vendor applications are being accepted at the Shelby County Chamber office until Friday, August 10. To receive an application and a copy of the guidelines call the Chamber office or go online at www.shelbycountychamber.com. Gold Sponsors for the Festival are City of Center, Drewery Construction, Pilgrims Pride and Tyson Foods
The fee for the rental of a 10' x 10' booth is $125. Each booth includes a canopy and an electrical outlet. Booths must be manned continuously during the hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. all three days of the festival. First time exhibitors are asked to send three color photographs showing merchandise that will be in the booth. The Arts & Crafts committee will select the vendors based on the type and quality of merchandise and notify them of their selection on Friday, August 18.
For an application to be received by mail or electronically or questions, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or email email@example.com.
CENTER, Texas (June 15, 2018) – Baseball tournament season is upon us and hundreds of
players and their families will soon arrive in Center, Texas. The district tournament will be from
June 22 through June 25; the State tournaments will be June 29 through July 19.
The tournament program books will be available for all participants as mementos. This is a
chance for local businesses to highlight their goods, hours or special deals to tournament guests.
This year, the ads will run for all three weeks of district and state tournaments, and will also be
included for the World Series. This will be advertising to over 120 + teams and their families.
“The City hosts these tournaments each year,” Center Mayor David Chadwick explained, “and
they represent a large economic impact to our community. Advertising directly to these visitors
in the tournament program can provide an advantage to getting visitors into our local stores.” A
sponsorship in the tournament book will be the same for all tournaments and the World Series.
“Any business offering a coupon discount or special offer for visitors will be seen by hundreds,
perhaps thousands, of out of town visitors.”
If any business would like to sponsor a space in the tournament book, the deadline is approaching soon. “We need to get the book to the printers by June 19, so we need orders by then,” said Jason Mitchell, Center Recreation Program Director.
Further, to facilitate information during the tournaments, the City is launching a new event app.
“Anyone wanting to stay up on the most current tournament news can download Attendify, then
search DYB,” Mitchell added. Advertisers and tournament sponsors will also be featured in the
Anyone interested in sponsoring, staffing the tournament, or being a host family should download
Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 20th day of June, 2018 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 of the following items:
1. Approve and pay weekly expenses.
2. Public comments on agenda item.
3. Enrique Perez to address Commissioners’ Court about County Road 3734.
4. Pct. 1 to open sealed bids for Backhoe.
5. Commissioner Pct.2 to create County Road 2522 being 670 feet long, starting at County Road 2521 and ending at the Margaret Kay property line.
Huxley Helping Hands food pantry will be this Saturday June 16th, 2018 at 9 a.m. at the Hillcrest Baptist Church in Center, Texas only one box of food will be given out per household you must show Photo ID.
About A Week Ago by Deep East Texas Electric Coop
Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is warning residents to be on the alert for a telephone scam targeting utility consumers.
Scam artists call a home or business posing as a Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative employee and threaten to shut off service unless the consumer provides immediate payment by credit, debit, or by purchasing a pre-paid debit card.
Please be aware that Deep East Texas EC will never call members and threaten immediate disconnection. Rather, Deep East Texas EC sends written notice and makes courtesy calls to delinquent accounts prior to disconnection.
Should you receive a call that seems like a scam, the cooperative encourages you to hang up and call Deep East Texas EC directly at 1-866-392-2547 or 936-229-4000 to be certain you are dealing with an official representative of the cooperative.
Those who have been contacted by one of these scammers, or are victims of a scam, should also report the call to their local Sheriff’s Department and to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP.
On June 9, 2018 the Center Police Department executed a Narcotics Search Warrant at 902 Greer Street in Center, Texas. The execution of the search warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation into the distribution of “crack” cocaine and marijuana coming from the home. During the execution of the search warrant 2.209 pounds of white powdery substance- that field test positive for cocaine- was seized. Arrested on scene was a resident of the home, Trentin Patton, who was subsequently charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1>=400 Grams. The Center Police Depart expects the issuance of arrest warrants for additional subject(s), related to this case, in the near future.
Today 6-14-18 at 11 a.m. the local VFW Post 8904 and the Auxillary celebrated Flag Day with a changing of the flags at the Senior Nutrition Site located on Loop 500 in Center, TX. There was a large crowd that attened today's ceremony. Below is video coverage along with photos from the event.
Honor Band is the highest award a concert band can receive in the state of Texas.
The purpose of honor band is twofold. Many educators believe that through the process of hearing and observing the results of quality teaching, directors can develop their own instructional skills to a higher level. In addition, selection of an honor band in each classification recognizes communities and school systems that successfully support music in education through their instrumental music programs.
Bands enter at the region level by submitting a recording of a three-selection concert program recorded at a public performance. Those bands who advance from region move on the area judging and those who advance from area are then judged at the state level.
On June 13, 2018 TMEA Region 21 held its Honor Band judging session in Lindale, Tx. The Shelbyville HS Dragon Band recordings are advancing to the AREA round of the contest.
This is the second competition this summer that the Dragon Band has advanced to area. Congratulations to the Dragon Band, and good luck at the next level of competition.
Last date to order broilers for the Shelby County 4 H and FFA Broiler show is approaching quickly.
A pen of 30 chicks can be ordered and purchased for $30. Show rules and paperwork may be picked-up at the Extension office at 266 Nacogdoches Street (Old Elementary School Library Bldg.) All orders are due no later than July 2nd and are payable by check or money order only. Tentative date for pick-up of show chickens is the week of August 20, 2018. The 2018 Broiler Show and Sale will be held on October 6, 2018.
There will be a mandatory information meeting for anyone who wishes to participate in the Shelby County 4 H and FFA Broiler Show for 2018. This meeting will be held at the Shelby County 4H facilities located at 226 Nacogdoches Street on August 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Each exhibitor must have a parent or legal guardian (or a representative designated in writing by a parent or guardian) in attendance at that meeting.
Exhibitor’s WILL NOT be able to participate in the show without having attended this meeting.
Please make arrangements to attend.
If you have questions about participating in the 4-H Poultry project or learning what is involved in showing and raising chickens as a 4-H member, give Lane Dunn, Shelby County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources a call at 936-598-7744 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2018 East Texas What-A-Melon Pageant will be Saturday, July 14 from 5:30pm until 7:30pm and proceeds from the pageant will benefit Tonya Bailey who is battling cancer. Tonya Bailey is the owner of Bailey's Pageants and has hosted the What-A-Melon pageant for years.
Watermelon or summer attire is all you need! Girls 0-19 and Boys 0-5 will wear their favorite Summer outfit on the big stage during the festival.
There will be two $250 Cash Scholarships given away by Wiggins Farms and Luke Brown Watermelons.
Age divisions are: Baby 0-11 months; Toddler 12-23 months; Tiny 2-3 years; Little 4-5 years; Petite 6-8 years; Pre-teen 9-12 years; Teen 13-15 years; Miss 16-19 years; and Mister boys 0-5 years.
Registration fee is $50 and the deadline for entry is Thursday, July 5. The deadline will not be extended. The pageant is Saturday, July 14th with registration at 5pm and showtime at 5:30pm. Pageant will be held under the big tent on the downtown square during the What-A-Melon Festival.
This is the perfect first pageant! This is a natural beauty pageant, so only age appropriate makeup.
Registration forms can be dropped off at Elite Hair Designs, 125 Foster St, Center, TX 75935 or mailed to What-A-Melon Festival Pageant, P.O. Box 64, Center, Texas 75935.
Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 13th day of June, 2018 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 minutes of the May 2, 2018 Special meeting, May 9, 2018 Regular meeting, May 23, 2018 Special meeting, and May 30, 2018 Special meeting.
2. Approve and pay weekly expenses, and except line item transfers.
3. Approve Officers report.
4. Public comments on Agenda item.
5. Axley & Rode , LLP to present Annual Financial Audit Report for Shelby County, Fiscal Year 2017
6. Discuss and possibly approve the assignment of the Emergency Ambulance Service Exclusive Agreement between the County and Ace EMS by Allegiance Mobile Health.
Today, we share the loss of an outstanding sheriff. James Moore was known throughout Shelby County as a law enforcement professional who cared deeply about the public he was sworn to serve. There is not enough comfort we can provide to the Moore family, as well as his law enforcement family, except to offer our most heartfelt condolences for their loss. The Moore family also deserves our appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifice. No greater love has a person than the will to give their life for another. Let us honor his memory by joining together, lifting up his family in our prayers, and continuing to provide the quality tradition of service for which he is known for.
The flag has been lowered to half staff in honor of Sheriff James Moore.
Due to a mechanical problem at Plant 2, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the N.E.W. Water Supply Corporation PWS # 2030034 to notify all customers on FM 1751, FM 3279, and surrounding County Roads. This includes the Grapevine, Maxey Town and Chinquapin areas. Customers are to boil their water prior to consumption (eg., washing hands/ face, brushing teeth, drinking, etc). Children, seniors and persons with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to harmful bacteria, and all customers should follow these directions.
To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and ice making should be boiled and cooled prior to use for drinking water or human consumption purposes. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes.
In lieu of boiling, individuals may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source for drinking water or human consumption purposes.
When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the public water system officials will notify customers that the water is safe for drinking water or human consumption purposes.
Once the boil water notice is no longer in effect, the public water system will issue a notice to customers that rescinds the boil water notice in a manner similar to this notice.
Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received the notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.
If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact N.E.W. Water Supply Corporation at 220 W. Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas, 75972, or call 936-288-0489
Luke Brown Watermelons and Wiggins Farms are sponsoring the Texas Watermelon Queen and the National Watermelon Queen who will be visiting royalty for the 2018 What-A-Melon Festival - July 12th, 13th, and 14th.
Savannah Christensen, previously the 2017 Florida Watermelon Queen is the new 2018 National Watermelon Queen. She travels all over the United States, as well as Canada, promoting the production and consumption of the happiest, and tastiest fruit in the world, watermelon! Miss Christensen said, "There is no place I would rather be on July 12-14 than the 2018 East Texas What-A-Melon festival. I'm so excited to see what fun activities are in store for families and friends!"
Hannah Crisp, the 2018 Texas Watermelon Queen, will also be attending the festival. Miss Crisp gave a history of her journey to becoming the Texas Watermelon Queen, "I am currently a senior nursing student at East Texas Baptist University pursuing a career in pediatric oncology. Recently I was honored with the opportunity of representing the Texas Watermelon Association throughout the year traveling all over Texas, some out of state, and even out of the country promoting the sales of watermelons and the watermelon industry. I was crowned in November of 2017 at the Texas Watermelon Association Convention in McAllen. Most recently I have gotten to attend the Viva Fresh Produce Expo, go on a farm tour, attend the Alamo Watermelon Festival, and many other events. I am looking forward to my next event at the East Texas What-a-melon festival to share my love of watermelons and promoting the Texas watermelon industry."
Wiggins Farms and Luke Brown Watermelons are proud to sponsor these two ladies attending the What-A-Melon Festival and invite everyone to give a friendly East Texas 'Howdy' to them as they attend all the festival activities.
Lots of changes to our atmosphere that should bring some wetter, cooler temperatures later this week, but first....you guessed it...HOT, HUMID, and "FEELS LIKE" day time temps of 100 degrees.
Today - Mostly Sunny, kicked off at 71 degrees toward a high of 91, but a feels like of 100 degrees, this afternoon from 1-8pm especially with the mostly light winds at 5-8 mph.
Wed - a duplicate of today
Thur - 71 start to 91 degree temp with clouds forming and a chance for a morning shower is possible. Nothing significant... less than 1/10th, if that.
Friday - begins a multiple day period of T-storms and showers. The days will see 71 degree starts, but actual temps of a cooler 88 degrees.
We will continue with our humidity making it feel slightly warmer than the actual temperature. The "coolness" will be enhanced with the winds blowing at 10+ mph. Keep your rain gear handy. This looks to continue through the early part of next week. Some forecasts call for the rains to continue through mid to late next week. I will be interested to see what the NWS says on the Thursday AM weather briefing. Even with the T-storms we will see mostly light rain of 1/10th to 1/4 inch each day. Unless that is, If you are under one of these widely scattered and isolated T-storms, you could see higher amounts, just like last Sunday.
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated a one vehicle crash this afternoon on FM 226 about two miles south of SH 103.
The preliminary crash investigation indicates at about 4:30 p.m. on 6-11-18, a 2011 GMC pickup was traveling north on FM 226 when the truck drove off the roadway to the right and rolled over before striking a tree and catching fire.
The driver is identified as 22-year-old Chase Terrill, from Apple Springs, TX. Terrill was transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital in Lufkin and later pronounced deceased. Three passengers traveling with Terrill were also transported to area hospitals for treatment.
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.
The Dixie Youth Baseball World Series will be held in Center Texas July 20th - 23rd.
Schedule of Events:
Friday - July 20
1:00 Team Check-in at Windham Civic Center
Welcome Bags - Host Families
Hotel Keys if possible
3:00 - Team Games at Center Park
6:00 - Team Meal
7:30 - Opening Ceremonies
9:00 - Fireworks Show following Opening Ceremonies
Saturday - July 21
8:00 - Games begin at Center Park and Girls Softball Complex
1:00 - Hospitality Tent Lunch from 1:00 - 2:00
7:00 Team Bonding: Pizza and Movie Night at Windham Civic Center
Sunday - July 22
10:00 Games begin at Center Park and Girls Softball Complex
1:00 - Hospitality Tent Lunch from 1:00 - 2:00
3:00 - Team Bonding: Fun Day at Portacool Park 3:00 - 9:00
7:00 - Team Meal: Hamuburgers/Hotdogs/Chips/Drink at Portacool Park
Monday - July 23
8:00 - Games begin at Center Park and Girls Softball Complex
1:00 - Hospitality Tent Lunch from 1:00 - 2:00
Host Families, Team Check-in, Hospitality Tent - Sat, Sun and Mon, Movie Nights and Pizza - Saturday, Fun Dat at the Park - Sunday, T-Shirt Table
We are in need of around 45 Host Families. These families will coordinate with their teams the different activities that are planned. A Host Family would decorate their team's table for the opening ceremony and make up some goody bags for them to have. A Host Family is encouraged to do anything that would make their team feel welcomed.
Sign Renewals on Field ( All Year ) - $250
Field Sponsors during Event - 7 Fields, Big Sign on Field, Name on all publications of Brackets on Site, In Program, Online - $1250 per field / we supply a sign that you keep. $1000 per field if a sign is supplied
Hospitality Tent - Saturday, Sunday, Monda - $200 each day
Team Dinner - Opening Ceremonies - $1500
Opening Ceremonies and Fireworks - Four sponsors at $500 each
Pizza and Movie Night - Saturday - $1000
Fun Day at Portacool Park - Sunday - $1500
Tournament Program Ads - $250 full page, $150 half page
20% discount for Field/Team Meal Sponsors on all program ads
US 96: Crews are working to plane and level up the roadway and apply a permeable friction course from Center to Tenaha. Daily lane closures expected.
US 84: This project to safety treat fixed objects from the Rusk County Line to US 59 is completing with clean up and vegetative establishment.
SH 7: Crews will continue to place a permeable friction course overlay from the San Augustine County line to Mount Hermon. Daily lane closures expected.
SH 87: Work continues as crews install driveway culverts and extensions through the project designed to improve guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from SH 7 to SH 147.
CR 4059: Crews are placing riprap at Poor Joe Creek in this bridge replacement project.
CR 4620: Work continues on the detour bridge along with right of way work at this bridge replacement project at Risinger Creek.
SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
SH 21: Work continues to replace the bridge at Perkins Creek. Daily lane closures expected.
SH 21: The flex base is being cement treated at this bridge replacement project over Niciper Creek.
FM 705: Crews are monitoring vegetative establishment on this project designed to safety treat fixed objects from SH 147 to 2.4 miles south of FM 83.
FM 711: Work continues to place flexible base material and mix cement on this project designed to reconstruct and widen pavement from the Shelby County line to US 96. Daily lane closures expected
FM 2024: Spot sealing and edge repair in various locations.
SH 21: Work continues to improve guardrail to design standards and safety treat fixed objects from SH 7 to the San Augustine County line. Motorists should expect daily lane closures. A pilot car is in place to guide motorists.
SH 21 West: Crews will continue to mill and inlay near the Nacogdoches Courthouse at BU 59. Daily lane closures expected.
SH 21 East: Repairs to the road base are scheduled just east of Chireno. Lane closures expected.
SH 103: Work continues to upgrade metal beam guard fence to design standards from Angelina County to the San Augustine County line. Daily lane closures expected.
FM 95: Crews are working to drill shafts at the bridge replacement project at Terrapin Creek.
FM 1087: Barricades have been removed and crews are monitoring vegetative establishment on this project to safety treat fixed objects from US 259 to FM 95.
FM 1878: Crews are monitoring vegetative establishment and doing final cleanup on this project designed to replace the bridge at LaNana Creek.
FM 356: Crews are installing hand rail on this project where the pavement has been reconstructed and widened with a continuous two-way left turn lane and 10-foot shoulders from 1.1 miles north of US 190 to US 190.
Wells Landing: Crews are monitoring vegetative establishment on this bridge replacement project.
Thirteen year old Pacey Rhodes is headed to the Junior High National Rodeo Finals in Huron, South Dakota to be held June 25th - 30th. Pacey is the son of Robbie Rhodes and Heather Rhodes, and the grandson of J. T. and Jeanie Rhodes of Timpson.
Pacey competes in the Texas Region 5 Junior High Rodeo Association. His event is Chute Dogging. In the recent State Finals, Pacey placed first, with a time of 2.60 seconds in the first round on Tuesday, May 29th. First, with a time of 1.98 seconds, in the second round on Thursday, May 31st. The short go on Saturday, June 2nd, got him a third, with a time of 4.90 seconds. After all the points and times were calculated, he was 4th in the state. This earned him four beautiful belt buckles, and more importantly, a spot in the Junior High Rodeo National Finals!
Officer Joey Hudnall with the Tenaha police department has received a K9 donated by Police Chief Tim Barton with the Garrison Police Department. Officer Hudnall also works as a reserve officer with the Garrison PD.
Officer Joey Hudnall and K9 Nyx
The dog named Nyx is a 3 year old female Belgian Malinois and it is trained in narcotics detection and handler protection, this means the dog is not an attack dog but would help defend Officer Hudnall if the situation ever called for it. The dog has been trained to listen to commands only in German. This is the third K9 that Officer Hudnall has worked with during his law enforcement career. The previous dogs were a male Belgian Malinois and a black female Labrador. K9 Nyx is not the Tenaha Police Department’s dog but belongs to Officer Hudnall so he takes the dog home with him when he is off duty . The State of Texas requires him to keep training records of the K9. Officer Hudnall is responsible for Nyx’s police training, which he must do every day and keep records on. In addition Officer Hudnall must pay for all of Nyx’s food, upkeep, and medical expenses.
The Tenaha PD also received a new K9 unit vehicle. The K9 vehicle has a remote door that Officer Hudnall can use to deploy his K9 from the side of the vehicle.
K9 Holding Area
The vehicle also has temperature detection built in, if the digital thermostat reads over 85 degree inside of the vehicle then it alerts Officer Hudnall in a couple ways: the alarm is set off, the horn begins honking.
If it get too hot the vehicle also engages a cooling system for the dog. It lowers the windows and actives built in fans to cool the dog. The windows do have a cage behind the glass to prevent the dog from jumping out when lowered.
K9 Cooling Fan
The Tenaha City Council approved the Tenaha PD to get 3 new vehicles: the K9 vehicle for Officer Joey Hudnall, and police vehicles for Tenaha PD Chief Jeremy H. Pope and Officer Carlson.
Tenaha PD Vehicle
The vehicles are on lease with the Tenaha Police Department though Cap Fleet Upfitters a company that specializes in replacing, upgrading and supplying new police vehicles.
The 29th Annual Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Tipton Ford-Lincoln and produced by the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 9th in historic downtown Nacogdoches.
The festival begins at 8 a.m., Saturday, with sweet blueberry entertainment, arts and craft vendors, tasty treats, shows and activities all will enjoy through the day. Look for more exciting blueberry-inspired fun in Nacogdoches after the festival closes at 4 p.m.
Hug a Hero! gives everyone a chance to personally thank the people that serve and protect us.
Local fire and safety, EMS, veterans and community leaders will be at the Tipton Ford-Lincoln Photo Booth in front of the downtown Visitors Center at 200 E. Main St. Stop by, take a photo and personally express appreciation for their service!
Activities for Kids:
BLUEBERRY KIDS in FESTIVAL PARK
Kids' KSWP/KAVX Obstacle Course - New and improved with fun activities and challenges kids will love. Prizes for kids of all ages.
Craft Corner - FREE activities for children. Art and craft projects for children that will vary through the day. Special Thank You to Eaton Cooper Power Systems for making this fun event possible.
Kids Splash & Bounce Park - Giant inflatables for giggles and spills. Inflatables with water feature! Individual and $10 Unlimited Bounce wristbands available. Sponsored by Party'N Things / Space Walk of East Texas.
Big Blue Murals - We're looking for artists of all ages to express their creative talent on our super-sized canvas!
Cool Zone - Water misters, cold bottled water and cool fans! Sponsored by NMC Health Network.
PLUS! Vendor activities include a train ride, big bubble balls and a rock wall!
The jury ruled in the McMahon trial that was held yesterday 6-6-18 at the active Shelby County Courthouse that both Randa and Matthew Cole McMahon will have their parental rights terminated and that custody of their child will go to the child's grandmother on the mother's side Margaret Regina Raymond.
The McMahon were both arrested in 2017 for the charge of injury to a their child who at the time was 4 years old. The Somervelle County Sheriff’s Department executed two felony warrants on behalf of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, June 2, 2017 for Matthew McMahon, 29, of Shelbyville and Randa Askew Faust McMahon, 36, of Shelbyville, for Injury to a Child (F-1). The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office sought the warrants after investigating allegations of child abuse against a 4 year-old child.
During the investigation, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office found reason to believe that the defendants were locking the child in a large dog kennel and a closet for extensive periods of time. Randa McMahon age 36 and Matthew age 29 were originally arrested on July 19th for child endangerment charges.
After that arrest the McMahon's made bail, only to be arrested again. The couple has lost parental rights to their child and are awaiting to face their day in court for criminal charges.
Thirteen year old Pacey Rhodes is headed to the Junior High National Rodeo Finals in Huron, South Dakota to be held June 25 thru 30th. Pacey is the son of Robbie Rhodes and Heather Rhodes, and the grandson of J. T. and Jeanie Rhodes of Timpson.
Pacey competes in the Texas Region 5 Junior High Rodeo Association. His event is Chute Dogging. In the recent State Finals, Pacey placed first, with a time of 2.60 seconds in the first round on Tuesday, May 29. First, with a time of 1.98 seconds, in the second round on Thursday, May 31. The short go on Saturday, June 2, got him a third, with a time of 4.90 seconds. After all the points and times were calculated, he was 4th in the state. This earned him four beautiful belt buckles, and more importantly, a spot in the Junior High Rodeo National Finals!
A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, June 11, 2018, beginning at 12:00 noon, in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 343 FM 417 West, Shelbyville, Texas.