County Extension Agent-Family and Community Health
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
June 14, 2019
4-H Kids Sewing Day Camps to be Offered
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Shelby County will be hosting their annual 4-H Kids Sewing Sensations Day Camps (beginner and advanced) in July in Center, Texas. This program is open to all youth ages 9 through 18, and you do not have to be a member of 4-H to participate.
Advanced Sewing Sensations – (for youth with previous experience from last year’s sewing camp or with other machine sewing experience), will be held July 8-10th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for grades 3 – 12. Participants will learn advanced sewing machine techniques and will make and design their own lap quilt to keep and showcase in the upcoming Poultry Festival Creative Arts Show. We will also be working on our Quilt of Valor project to make quilts for Shelby County military veterans. Cost is $20 per child and class is limited to 10 students.
Beginning Sewing Sensations – (for youth with no experience using a sewing machine), will be held July 29 – August 2nd from 9:30 – 11:30 am for grades 3-12. Participants will learn how to use a sewing machine and will make a pillowcase, tote bag, and other projects to showcase in the upcoming Poultry Festival Creative Arts Show. Cost is $15 per child and class is limited to 10 students.
Sewing machines and fabric for quilt fronts will be provided for the participants. You may also bring your own machine if desired. Grandmothers, moms and other adults willing to help with re-threading and other small sewing tasks are encouraged to attend the classes with participants (sewing experience not required).
For registration information for either camp, please contact Tera at 936-598-7744. For additional information on these programs, contact Feleshia Thompson at either 598-7744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone needing special assistance at an Extension Program should contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office of Shelby County at (936) 598-7744 at least two weeks prior to the program or event.
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This time on Pastor stories we visited with Grant Murphree the associate pastor at the Center Christian Fellowship Church and found out more about his church, and how he came to be involved with the ministry.
Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 19th day of June, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
1. Approve and pay weekly expenses.
2. Public comments on Agenda item.
3. Discuss and take action on approving the renewal of the Texas Association of Counties group health insurance for the 2020 plan year.
4. Pct. 1 Commissioner to payoff Cat loader 926M, and Pct. 2 to make final lease payment and to refinance the remaining balance on Cat Maintainer.
5. Open sealed bid for remodeling the Juvenile Probation building to accommodate JP. 1.
The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday June 18, 2019 at
6:00 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Open Forum.
4. Council approval of the previous meeting’s minutes.
5. Monthly Reports:
a. City Secretary- Administrative updates.
b. Utility Billing Manager Report -- Monthly Receipts & Adjustments Report.
c. Public Works Manager-Update – Departmental Updates
d. Water Department-Update—Water Report
6. Council approval on Payment of Bills.
7. Discussion & Council Action on events committee requests-Electricity at Bridge, Budget.
8. Discussion & Council Action on selection of online bill pay provider for utility customers.
9. Discussion & Council Action on budget revisions.
10. Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting-Consultations with Attorney (551.071) & Personnel Matters(551.074).
a) Legal Advice- Contemplated Litigation.
b) Legal Advice- Possible contracts relating to City Property.
c) Evaluation-Asst. Utility Billing Clerk.
d) Evaluation- Public Works Worker.
e) Personnel Matters-City Secretary
11. Council reconvenes & possible action on matters discussed in executive session.
Due to a break in the line, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required the Denning Rural Public Water System PWS # 2030004 to notify customers West of FM 354 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 customer 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 Denning Rural Water System at 220 W. Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas, 75972, or call 936-288-0489
or Charles Sharp at 936-201-5001.
2019-06-14 08:10:00 by Shelby County Sheriff's Office
On June 12, 2019, a deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office made a traffic stop on County Road 1210 in Center. From past dealings, the deputy was able to identify the subject as Bradley Fountain, 31, of Center. As the deputy approached the vehicle, the driver and a female passenger fled the scene at a high rate of speed. The deputy pursued the fleeing vehicle, eventually losing sight. Additional law enforcement officers patrolled the area looking for the subjects. The vehicle was later found abandoned on private property. The vehicle was impounded. On June 13, 2019, a felony warrant was signed on Fountain for Evading Arrest/Detention with a vehicle. Fountain is also being sought for other warrants including Violation of Probation and Possession of Marijuana.
During the investigation and search for Fountain, SCSO deputies responded to a residence on CR 1168. Deputies had a prior knowledge of the female subject frequenting a residence on CR 1168. When deputies arrived, they observed multiple subjects at the residence. A male subject deputies identified as Joshua Dupree, 34, of Center, fled on foot at the sight of the officers. A foot chase ensued but officers lost sight of Dupree as he fled into the woods.
A male subject on scene was identified as Mitchell Permenter, 32, of Nacogdoches. Permenter was arrested for outstanding warrants out of Nacogdoches County.
On June 13, 2019, a warrant was signed on Dupree for Evading Arrest/Detention. Dupree has existing warrants out of Shelby County for Violation of Probation, Failure to Appear and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.
The SCSO is seeking assistance of the public with locating Fountain and/or Dupree. If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the SCSO (936) 598-5601.
If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape, or warns Fountain and/or Dupree of impending discovery or apprehension, will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Felony 3 offense.
2019-06-13 11:43:00 by Press Release & Justin Mott
The Tenaha Livestock Nutrition Center located at 7665 US Highway 96 North in Tenaha had their official ribbon cutting ceremony on June 6, 2019.
Established in 1998, Livestock Nutrition Center specializes in blending customized rations, supplements and premixes to meet the specific nutritional needs of each operation. Livestock Nutrition Center has eighteen locations in five states. Each location varies in services and product offering based on the needs of the area. The experienced sales staff and nutritionist will work with customers to design a feeding program that is specific to each operation.
Shelby County watermelon growers are invited to bring their largest watermelon to the 30th Annual East Texas What-A-Melon Festival on the downtown Center square. The festival is July 11th, 12th, and 13th!
Last year was a good year for watermelons in Shelby County with twenty-two watermelon entries of which nineteen tipped the scales over 100 pounds! The first place melon grown by Olivia Johnson weighed 152 lbs and won the $2,500 grand prize.
Whose melon will weigh in as the largest of the festival this year and leave with the big bucks? The weigh in is Thursday, July 11th at 6pm. The winning melon will be on display for the duration of the festival for visitors to see and for photo opportunities.
Entry deadline is Monday, June 24th. Melons must be grown in Shelby County and all entries will be marked while attached to the vine by festival judges. Entry forms can be picked up at Boles Feed in Center or at Brookshire Brothers on Hurst Street in Center. Entries can be dropped off at Brookshire Brothers on Hurst Street in Center or can be mailed to Chandra Atholi, 301 Wulf Creek Drive, Center, Texas 75935 or faxed to 936-598-5032.
The What-A-Melon Festival is hosted by the Center Rotary Club.
Today 6-13-19 is the last day to buy raffle tickets for the Father's Day Gift Basket! Shelby County Outreach Ministries will draw the winner tomorrow, June 14th. The drawing will be at 12 noon at the Senior Site.
Come by today before it's too late and purchase your tickets! They are $10 each or 6 for $50. You can get your tickets at the Shelby County Outreach Ministries offices. For more information, call us at 598-4990.
2019-06-13 09:46:00 by Press Release edited by Justin Mott
The Nacogdoches Walmart has partial reopened following the fire. According to a Walmart employee only the grocery has reopened.
NACOGDOCHES,TX (June 10, 2019) Just before 1:00 a.m. Nacogdoches Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a fire at 4810 North st which is also known as Walmart Superstore. Firefighters located a fire in the clothing section of the store that employees were attempting to extinguish with fire extinguishers. Fire crews were able to get the fire extinguished. At this time no individuals are believed to have been injured as a result of the fire.
Fire and Police Department Personnel determined the fire was a result of arson and immediately began an investigation to determine who the suspect was. Officers located a person of interest still on the scene. During the course of the investigation, Officers developed probable cause to believe this individual was the person who intentionally set the fire and placed him into custody on the charge of Arson F-2. The suspect was identified to be Scott Gilbert 38 years of age from Arkansas. The suspect is currently at the Nacogdoches County Jail.
The store suffered extensive smoke damage and is currently closed. At this time it is unknown when the store will be reopened.
Shelbyville ISD Board Members and Administration Recognize 2019 Ready Writing State Champion, Molly Windham.
Molly competed in News Writing, Feature Writing, Editorial Writing, Headline Writing, Copy Editing, Ready Writing, and One Act Play at the District UIL Academic Meet. She placed 1st in Editorial Writing, 1st in Ready Writing, 3rd in Feature Writing, 3rd in News Writing, 4th in Headline Writing, and Honorable Mention All-Star Cast.
She was the district high point individual at the District Meet. She advanced to the Regional Meet, where she competed in Editorial Writing, Feature Writing, Headline Writing, and Ready Writing. She placed 3rd in Ready Writing, and advanced to the State Academic UIL Meet. At the State Meet, Molly earned the Gold Medal for District AA Ready Writing.
Rotary Club of Center selected the winning logo for the 30th East Texas What-A-Melon Festival from eight entries submitted by Center ISD graphic design students. At the winning logo reveal, the designer was announced to be Edwin Morin who is now a 2019 graduate of Center HS.
The graphic design entries were submitted by the students of Adam Ramirez who teaches graphic design and illustration. He challenged his students to design the festival logo and the winning design received a $100 prize. Rotary Club President Hollie Adams presented the prize money to Morin during the Rotary Club meeting.
The artwork will be featured on the What-A-Melon festival shirts and festival promotions.
Photo Caption: Rotary Club members with (front row) Adam Rameriz and his graphic design students. Edwin Morin is the student in the purple Roughrider shirt.
The 30th Annual What-A-Melon Festival is one month away and its not too late to be part of the big event which helps to raise money for the Rotary Club of Center who donates it back into the community!
How can you be a part of the Festival?
Be a sponsor - It is What-A-Melon Festival time again and we are working hard to make this year even bigger and better. Last year was a success and we look for 2019 to be another great year!
WAM Platinum Sponsor ($1,000+) - Sponsor receives six shirts and six buttons, name on festival advertising thru media and festival sign under Big Tent, logo on back of festival shirts, as well as name announced over PA system throughout festival activities
Gold Sponsor ($500 - $999) - Sponsor receives four shirts, four buttons, name on back of festival shirts, and name on festival advertising thru media and festival signs
WAM Silver Sponsor ($250 - $499) - Sponsor receives two shirts, two buttons, name of festival signs
WAM Bronze Sponsor ($150 - $249) - Sponsor receives two shirts and two buttons
WAM Crawl (5K & Fun Run) Sponsor ($500) - Sponsor receives logo on the back of festival shirts and one admittance into 5K. 5K proceeds benefit the Shelby County Historical Society (museum)
Request a sponsorship letter and form! The sponsorship deadline was extended to 5pm on June 14th! Don't wait to help support this great community event!
Be a vendor - It's not too late to be a vendor at the 30th East Texas What-A-Melon Festival which is coming to downtown Center July 11-13th! The festival draws thousands of visitors to enjoy carnival rides, games, contests including ‘The Biggest Watermelon Contest,’ live music, the Pet Contest and the Miss East Texas What-A-Melon Pageant. This is a fun, family-oriented good ol’time!
Booth space for merchant vendors is $125. Booth space for food vendors is $250. For more vendor information and to fill out a form to submit to the vendor committee, request a vendor application at email@example.com. Application deadline is June 17, 2019.
"The What-A-Melon Festival is set for July 11th, 12th, and 13th."
Starting today, parents can access their child’s STAAR results and other resources to support summer learning at home by visiting TexasAssessment.gov.
Additionally, teachers with a STAAR Assessment Management System account and an associated TX-UNIQUE-STAFF-ID in the Assessment Management System will now have access in the STAAR educator portal. This access provides teachers with rosters that contain results for students linked to their teacher’s TX-UNIQUE-STAFF-ID during the registration window.
You can help parents access these resources by:
Providing parents with the “Log In & Learn More” flyer. Please use the method your district typically uses to share information with parents (direct mail, email, send home with students, etc). The flyer explains the steps parents must take to access their child’s STAAR results at TexasAssessment.gov.
Sharing Unique Access Codes with parents. To log in to TexasAssessment.gov, parents will need a Unique Access Code. These unique IDs should not be sent home in backpacks. Please use a secure method for distributing them.
Should you need more assistance, we’ve attached an FAQ document providing additional information about this effort.
Thank you for your dedication and support of Texas parents and students.
The KJAS Radio and Jasper’s Independence Day Celebration will be held on, Saturday, June 29th, starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Gazebo in Sandy Creek Park on Marvin Hancock Drive!
Festivities include LIVE entertainment at 6:00 p.m. by the “City Nights” Band from Sugarland, Texas, Linda Gish- Balloon Animal Art, Dewayne Armstrong -Fun in the Sun Water Slides and Inflatables, the Jasper Police Association Infamous Dunking Booth, and Face Painting. In between song sets, Jennifer Cuellar and the Furlow’s will provide music to the crowd.
KJAS Radio will have their annual hula-hoop contest for kids four to twelve years old starting at 7:30 p.m. with trophies for 1st and 2nd place. For the second year in a row, Rene’ Kellly Ellis, Jasper County Treasurer will sponsor the Watermelon Eating Contest starting at 6:00 p.m. for kids 7 years to 16, and a ladies and men divisions awarding trophies to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
There will also be local charity and commercial vendors selling festival foods, Rudy’s K-Bobs, Dippin’ Dot ice-cream, Mexican food, lemonade, hamburgers, hot dogs, alligator, and more!
“Heroes and Patriots” will be on hand with Military themed items and lighted patriotic toys for sell.
As in years past, Craig George, from Campti, Lousiana will once again shoot a spectacular 15-minute fireworks show choreographed to patriotic music at 9:30 p.m. on the South Side of the pond. Show-Tech Productions, Dallas, Texas will provide the sound throughout the park.
For the safety of the vendors, Marvin Hancock Drive at Sandy Creek Park will close at 3:00 p.m. to set up and have access to the roadway. The City of Jasper will run the trollies starting at 4:30 p.m. to the entrance of Sandy Creek Park for those folks that don’t want to walk.
Coordinator, Debbie Foster says stay safe, have fun, bring your lawn chairs, use sunscreen, and drink plenty of water and gator-aide. This event is free to the public.
Chad Metcalf a Shelby County local loved fishing so much he made it a fulltime profession and became a fishing guide. While at the time of the interview he still had a part-time job as a millwright, his fulltime job is taking people fishing and he has the gear and the skills to do so.
This year will be an exciting celebration of the 57th year of Timpson Frontier Days. This year expect to see local bands bringing you the best of country music and entertainment from the downtown stage on Friday and Saturday, Gospel singing on Thursday night. and look forward to our local Gospel group Soul Out for our Sunday Community Service downtown Sunday evening. Petting zoo will be an excitement for the youngsters on the downtown plaza and more entertainment and things to do this year than ever before.
Carnival will be 3 days. Thursday and Friday starting at 6pm, armband tickets honored. Saturday Carnival right after the parade opening rides and midway at 11. Carnival will stay open during the day as long as patrons are keeping them busy then opening back up in the evening. $15 presale purchased at Timpson Public Library / $18 on site. Armbands good for any evening from 6pm to 10pm on night of your choice.
Food & Craft Booths Thursday evening, Friday evening and all-day Saturday
Thursday Gospel Concert starting at 6:30 pm at The First Baptist Church in Timpson, 715 N 2nd St. Featuring the Calvary Boys & Trio and Faith’s Journey. Tickets $10 at the door or $8 in advance purchased from Marilyn Corder, Timpson Public Library, Kings Nursery in Tenaha or First Baptist Church.
Friday on Stage Downtown Biggest Frontier Days Friday night entertainment ever with 3 different entertainers, Southern Impact starts at 6pm then The C - Dale Cummings 50’s, 60’s & 70’s music with Curtis Daniel finishing the night. Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes and plan on dancing the night away.
Saturday Parade line up in front of school starts at 9am with Parade starting at 10am.
Introduction of Guest, prayer and National Anthem starts the festivities. Food & Craft Booths open following the Parade. Cars, Trucks & Motorcycles Show starts right after Parade. This will take place on the back street. Pet Show and Games from 11:30 to 3 pm. Place and winners will be announced from stage. Washer and horseshoe pitching start at 9 in SoSo Park. This will take a break during the parade and resume after the parade. This year entertainment will include The Outlaws gunfighting shows starting after the parade. The Amazing David Wonders making balloon art and performing magic shows all afternoon. Rebecca Daniel and her puppets will entertain youngsters of all ages on the stage. Times will be announced.
Twirlers & Cheerleaders will perform at 6pm in the streets.
Jeremy Bowley & Legal Limit will take stage after twirlers and Cheerleaders performance.
Cake Auction at 8pm, Curtis Daniel will be the auctioneer. (This helps fund Frontier Days and keeps the streets open with entertainment free of charge, please bid)
Top Billing performance from HWY 59 Band starts right after Cake Auction.
We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the festivities, bring your lawn chair and remember anything that takes place in the streets are free. Come on and listen to the music and dance in the streets.
Sunday Community Service Downtown on The Square starts at 6pm. Souled Out will be performing Gospel music and leading the singing. Pastor Levi Cohorst will bring us the message. Bring your lawn chairs and remember that “A Community that can worship together can live together”.
2019-06-10 10:25:00 by Joaquin ISD edited by Justin Mott
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with 34CFR 300.573, Joaquin Independent School District intends to destroy the records of all students who have not had any recorded action with Joaquin I.S.D. Special Education at the end of five (5) years.
Any student, or former student, who has reached 18 years of age, may review and/or receive these records by contacting the Special Education Department at (936)269-3258 X 239 and scheduling an appointment by July 30, 2019. Destruction of these records will begin August 30, 2019.
According to federal law, parents and guardians lose their right to review or obtain these records when their child (the student) reaches 18 years of age or starts attending a postsecondary institution, whichever occurs first. However, a parent of a child with a disability who is 18 years of age or older may retain parental rights provided that the child has been determined to be legally incompetent or legally incapacitated.
Upon review, a copy of any information contained in the record will be provided to the parent/guardian or eligible student.
Once an appointment is scheduled, the record will be held for review for ten days after the appointment date. If an appointment is not kept or if the appointment is rescheduled, the file will be held for 10 days from the last scheduled appointment.
If no student, parent or guardian responds to this public notice, the school district will assume consent to destroy the entire record specific to the student.
In accordance with federal and state laws, special education records are maintained for five years after the student exits the special education program. A permanent record of the student’s name, address, phone number, grades, attendance record and year completed is maintained in perpetuity.
The purpose of destruction is to protect the student from improper and unauthorized disclosure of the confidential information contained within the file. Please note that certain records may be needed by the student, parent or guardian for social security benefits or other purposes.
If you do not understand this notice or if you are in need of interpretation, contact:
Special Education Director
11109 US Hwy 84 East
Joaquin, Texas 75954
Phone 936-269-3258 Extension 237
According to the Nacogdoches Fire Department, a fire occurred at the Nacogdoches Walmart Supercenter located at 4810 Nort Street in Nacogdoches. The fire started late on the evening of Sunday, June 9, 2019, the blaze was extinguished by 1 a.m. The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time. According to the Nacogdoches Police Department, it is closed at this time.
Radio station KDET is currently off air due to technical problems at the transmitter. We are working to repair the problem, but it may take a few days. All programming will continue to be aired online. You can listen by clicking HERE or searching for KDET on the tune in radio app or on your smart device. Thank you for your patience.
SABINE COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) responded to
a one vehicle roll-over crash this afternoon on SH 184, about six miles west of
The preliminary crash investigation indicates at approximately 5:15 p.m., a 2017
Dodge passenger car was traveling west on SH 184 when the vehicle drove off the
roadway to the left where it struck several trees before the vehicle caught fire and
The driver and a 15-year-old passenger were both pronounced deceased at the
scene of the crash.
Two additional passengers were transported to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport
with unknown injuries.
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at
2019-06-09 09:45:00 by Jheri- Lhynn McSwain
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Ph.D.
County Extension Agent-Family and Community Health
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
June 7, 2019
Texas Extension Education Association Club – Women on the Go
Get Pickled – How to Make Delicious Refrigerator Pickled Veggies & Avocados
You are invited to attend the Texas Extension Education Association Women on the Go Club, Thursday, June 13th from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Extension office, located at 266 Nacogdoches Street in Center. Come out, bring a friend, and enjoy this learning experience.
The June program will feature County Extension Agent, Jheri-Lynn McSwain sharing information on how to make easy refrigerator pickles, veggies, and even avocados. Samples will be provided!
The focus of this fun, the hands-on club will be on learning tips and shortcuts to be more productive and successful in balancing home, family and work through a healthy lifestyle. While the focus of the club is geared toward women, it is open to men who also want to participate.
Be sure to RSVP to 936-598-7744 no later than Tuesday, June 11th if you would like to attend. Lunch will be provided at no charge. If you have questions, please contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent – Family & Community Health via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating