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Local Arrest Report for November 29th


 

Local Arrest Report for November 29th

 

Maurice Jones, 31 of Monroe, Louisiana was arrested by Shelby County Sheriffs for Possession of Marijuana.

 

Jewell Roberts, of San Augustine was arrested by San Augustine Police for Driving While License Invalid, No Insurance, Expired Registration, Expired Inspection, and Evading Arrest.

 

All Suspects are Innocent Until Proven Guilty Before a Court of Law.

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In Funeral Announcements


 In Funeral Announcements

Rickey Jackson, 58 formally of Center, now of Denver Colorado died in Colorado on Monday.  Memorial service will be tomorrow at Triumph the Church at 1:00pm. 

Jimmy Eugene Finley, 42, of Center, passed away Monday. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., tomorrow at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Center.

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Local Sports Update


 In Local Sports

 

High school football playoffs enter the third round tonight, and among the local action:

The 7-4 Tenaha Tigers will play 9-3 Bremond at 7:30 in Crockett, in a Class A, Division II Region III contest. The Tenaha ISD is advising tickets for tonight’s game are available at the gate only, and there will be a Pep Rally at 2:00 this afternoon in the Special Events Center. Tenaha Schools will dismiss at 2:30.

The 9-2 San Augustine Wolves will take on 9-2 Mart at 7:30 this evening in Palestine in a Class A, Division I Region III semi-final contest. There will be a pep-rally at 2 p.m. at San Augustine High School, and afterwards, fans are invited to join students, faculty, and parents for a send-off at 2:45 p.m. Buses are scheduled to leave from the field house at 3 p.m.

Center Broadcasting will have live coverage of the San Augustine/Mart game on 92.5 KDET FM, as Don Wall will describe the action. The game will also stream on cbc-radio.com.

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Christmas events and parades scheduled tonight and this weekend


There are several Christmas events and parades scheduled tonight and this weekend around the listening area.

 

HOPE’s Angel & Christmas Tree Light Project in Tenaha will have their tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. tonight in downtown Tenaha.

In Center, the Naughty or Nice 5K night-time run is at 6 p.m. tonight.

The “Christmas in the Plaza” event will take place tonight and Saturday in downtown Nacogdoches during the Nine Flags Festival.

The 17th annual Miss Merry Christmas and Mister Happy Holidays Christmas Pageant, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, in the Center Middle School Auditorium on Kennedy Street.

Before the night-time parade in Center Saturday, the Daughters of the Republic William Carroll Crawford Chapter will have the First Ladies in Texas Building located on the Center Square open for tours. Refreshments and Christmas decorations can be purchased from vendors located on the west and east sides on the inside of the square.

Parade Grand Marshal, John Howard invites all to the 13th annual Downtown Night Time Lighted Christmas Parade, Santa’s Christmas Parade, in Center at 6 p.m. Saturday. Photo time for children with Santa Claus will be at the Shelby County Historic Courthouse immediately following the end of the parade.

The San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce & San Augustine Garden Club present Christmas in the Park, this afternoon, in downtown San Augustine. The Town Square Lighting kicks off with the parade at 5:30 p.m. There’ll be food by the GoTexans, hot dogs, hamburgers, hot chocolate and more. The Miss Merry Christmas Pageant will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Center Broadcasting Community Spotlight of the Week


It’s now time for the Center Broadcasting Community Spotlight of the Week. This Week’s Community Spotlight will be shedding light on a man who organizes and cooks to help others out. We would like to highlight Mr. Bobby Daw. Bobby was born and raised in Center, however eventually moved away for work. After working for Southwestern Bell for thirty years, Bobby retired and headed back to Center. In the mid to late eighties, Bobby and some guys went down to Houston to compete in a BBQ cook-off hosted by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The prize was a scholarship being awarded to the county for a deserving student. After great success, the group of guys decided to form an official team. It was then the Shelby County Cookers was born. Every year since, the team has been heading to Houston to compete in the Poultry division of the cook-off. Approximately 400 teams are represented each year and the Shelby County Cookers always end up being one of the top 20 teams. The team that started with 10 or 12 people has grown to 33 and counting. Bobby has been instrumental in the functions of the group as well as the arranging of all the fundraisers, to which the cookers help groups raise funds for worthy causes within the community. When we interviewed Bobby, he humbly gave all the credit to the group. So to Honor Bobby Daw’s wish, we not only want to thank Bobby Daw but also the Shelby County Cookers for all of their hard work and tireless dedication to the people of Shelby County.

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San Augustine County Commissioners’ Court


At the San Augustine County Commissioners’ Court meeting this week, commissioners approved a request by County Judge Sammye Johnson to proceed with research and available funding to move the current location of the adult probation office from the old jail on the courthouse square, to a location between the Sheriff and J-P offices. Judge Johnson said security was her main concern in making the request. She noted there was only one way in and out of the old jail building, which posed a potentional security risk for county employees. She also requested “panic buttons” be installed at the new location, when that does occur.  San Augustine County Commissioners also gave approval to County Auditor JoAnna Johnson to have a partition wall installed in her office in the courthouse. The room was once used as the Commissioners’ Court Room. Ms. Johnson said funding from the project would come from left over courthouse restoration funds. A bid was submitted by Ms. Johnson for $3,600 for the partition renovation, which would also need approval from the Historical Commission. In addition, commissioners approved a request by Auditor Johnson to return using Tiller & Company as the county’s external auditor.

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Doyline residents urged to evacuate


State Representative Jeff Thompson has requested a hearing from the 8th District of Louisiana in order to look into the conditions at Explo. The request comes on the heels of a Louisiana State Police investigation into Explo, a company that makes propellants for the military. Investigators say Explo reportedly improperly stored one million pounds of propellant at Camp Minden. Officials warned residents of the City of Doyline to take seriously an evacuation notice Thursday night at a town hall meeting at Doyline High School. The meeting, led by Webster Sheriff Gary Sexton, urged about 1,000 residents to evacuate the city starting Friday night through the weekend. No date has been set for a hearing.

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Retail gasoline prices have held steady this week


AAA Texas says retail gasoline prices have held steady this week and remain at an average $3.16 per gallon. The association survey also found nationwide prices at the pump were also unchanged Thursday at $3.41 per gallon. El Paso has the highest average gasoline prices statewide at $3.24 per gallon. Beaumont and the Dallas-Fort Worth area have the least expensive gasoline at $3.10. AAA says gasoline prices have been declining amid the transition to winter-blend fuel, which is less expensive to produce, plus cheaper crude oil prices and lower demand.

 

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In Funeral Announcements


 

In Funeral Announcements

Rosie Daniels, 91 of Center passed away Thursday, November 22 at Pine Grove Nursing Home.  Funeral services will be today at 1:00 p.m at the St. Paul Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in Westview Cemetery.

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Local Arrest Report for November 26th


 Local Arrest Report for November 26th

 

Jeffrey Wallace, 23, of Quinlan was arrested by Shelby County Sheriffs for Sexual Assault of a Child.

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Local Sports


Here’s what’s on tap in the high school football playoffs this week: The 7-4 Tenaha Tigers will play 9-3 Bremond at 7:30 Friday night in Crockett, in a Class A, Division II Region III contest. The Tenaha/Bremond winner plays the winner of the Mt Enterprise/Frost regional game in next week’s quarter-final round. Mt Enterprise will play Frost at 7:30 Friday in Teague. The Tenaha ISD is advising tickets for Friday’s game are available at the gate only, and there will be a Pep Rally at 2:00 Friday in the Special Events Center. Tenaha Schools will dismiss at 2:30.

 

The 9-2 San Augustine Wolves will take on 9-2 Mart at 7:30 Friday in Palestine in a Class A, Division I Region III contest. The S.A./Mart winner takes on the winner of the Bosqueville/Alto game, being played at 7:30 Friday night in Buffalo.

 

Center Broadcasting will have live coverage of the San Augustine/Mart game on 92.5 KDET FM, as Don Wall will describe the action. The game will also stream on cbc-radio.com.

 

High school basketball today:

 

Boys-Center at Chapel Hill; Waskom at Joaquin; Beckville at Timpson; West Sabine at Shelbyville; and Overton at Garrison.

 

Girls- Center at Garrison; San Augustine at West Rusk; West Sabine at Shelbyville; Beckville at Timpson; and Tenaha at Central.

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No jury duty for the 123rd District Court


Shelby County District Clerk Lori Oliver says anyone receiving a jury summons for today, Tuesday, Nov. 27 for the 123rd District Court, Judge Guy Griffin, presiding has been excused from jury duty. All cases have been passed or settled. Again, if you had received a jury summons for today, Tuesday, in District Judge Guy Griffin’s 123rd Court, you have been excused from jury duty until you receive a future summons.

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Texas American Federation of Teachers meeting


The Texas American Federation of Teachers is inviting parents, teachers, school employees and community leaders to a town hall event in Nacogdoches to create a vision for public education. The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight at the Nacogdoches Parks and Recreation Center, at 1112 North Street. The meeting is free and open to the public. Texas ATF is traveling throughout the state to offer more than a dozen of these events aimed at creating a vision for Texas public schools. The community conversations will help set a pro-public school policy agenda for the next legislative session and will identify how to improve our schools in the areas of: school funding, accountability, teaching quality, and equal access to high-quality education. Texas AFT represents more than 65,000 teachers, paraprofessionals, support personnel, and higher-education employees across the state. Texas AFT is affiliated with the 1.5-million-member American Federation of Teachers.

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Electricity Town Hall & Annual Meeting


State Senator Robert Nichols invites East Texans to an Electricity Town Hall & Annual Meeting with the Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel , from 5:30 to 7 today in Lufkin. O-P-U-C is the state agency that represents consumer interests for homeowner, renter and small business utility ratepayers in electric and telephone proceedings before appropriate regulatory entities. Senator Nichols is bringing O-P-U-C’s Public Counsel & staff to Lufkin to discuss: Shopping for retail electric providers in the Texas competitive electric market & how to reduce your costs; and Energy efficiency & ways to reduce electricity use. You’re urged to bring your electric bill and staff will review for important information that may affect your per month cost. The meeting is taking place at Lufkin City Hall, in Room 202 above the Council Chambers. Address is 300 East Shepherd Avenue. Due to other activities in the area, attendants should look for signage directing them to designated parking at city hall for the O-P-U-C meeting.

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No recount in the Shelby County Sheriff’s race


To follow up on a story we told you about recently, there will be no recount in the Shelby County Sheriff’s race. County Clerk Allison Harbison’s office confirmed Monday that Sheriff Newton Johnson did not pick-up the recount paperwork and return within the time allowed after canvassing of ballots. Mrs. Harbison said a candidate has two days after canvassing to file the paperwork and pay the $1,500 fee needed to call for a recount. Last Wednesday, Nov. 21 was the deadline date. Sheriff Johnson had verbally advised Mrs. Harbison a few days after the Nov. 6 General Election he wanted to call for the recount to challenger Willis Blackwell by 88 votes. All new and re-elected county officials will take office Jan. 1.

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Tractor causes major damage to a home


A freak accident Monday involving a tractor at a residence on County Road 3090, caused major damage to a home. According to fire department personnel, a parked tractor, left running, at the William Nichols’ home, malfunctioned, jumped out of gear and crashed into the structure setting it ablaze. Fireman from Center and Shelbyville responded and found that the fire had been brought under control by members of the Nichols family with the help of a portable spray rig. The driver of the tractor said he had placed the tractor in gear to go inside for a drink, heard a crash, and found smoke coming from the porch area. There was also damage to an exterior wall of a bedroom.

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Shreveport City Council will vote today


The Shreveport City Council will vote today on a proposal to redraw some of its seven districts, and it wants a large showing of citizens to show up and give their input. The hearing is set to start at 3 p.m. in Government Chambers at Government Plaza. The Council is required to redraw its districts every 10 years based upon U.S. Census information. According to the resolution, the districts must be arranged in a "logical geographic pattern" and be as close to the pattern of districts that existed before any revision.

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Texas' open records law should be tightened


Texas' open records law should be tightened and clarified to reduce lawsuits, witnesses told a Senate committee Monday. Freedom of information advocates said the Legislature could improve on what is widely seen as one of the best public information acts in the country, but should provide more information, not less. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst asked the Senate Open Government Committee to consider possible changes to the Public Information Act when the Legislature meets next year. One key question is how much information private contractors must turn over when they are providing services on behalf of the government.

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In Funeral Announcements


 In Funeral Announcements

Martin Baxter Patton, 42 of Center, passed away Tuesday at Shelby Regional Hospital.  
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11am at Triumph Church in Center. 
Burial will follow at Thompson Cemetery in Shelbyville. 

Jouwana Standley, 34 of Center passed away Tuesday. 
Services are pending at Community Funeral Home in Center.  

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Local Arrest Report for November 22nd


 Local Arrest Report for November 22nd

 

Beatrice Pittman, 35, of Center was arrested by Center Police for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of a Dangerous Drug.

 

Robert Nickerson, 49, of Center was arrested by Center Police for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of a Dangerous Drug.

 

Joe Adams, 26, of Tenaha was arrested by Tenaha Police for Public Intoxication.

 

Eufracio Gonzalez, 46, of Center was arrested by Center Police for Driving While Intoxicated, No Driver's License, and Failure to Identify.

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High School Football playoff update


 

Here’s a look at the high school football playoffs involving our local teams:

 

The 6-4 Tenaha Tigers will play 7-4 Overton at 2 p.m. this afternoon in Beckville in a Class A, Div. II area game. The winner meets the Hubbard-Bremond game winner, that’s being played tonight in Waco.

 

The 10-0 Joaquin Rams take on 10-1 Bosqueville at 7 p.m. tonight in Palestine in a Class A, Div. I area-round game. The winner will advance on to play the winner of the Hull-Daisetta-Alto game that’s being played at 2 p.m. today in Lufkin.

 

Center Broadcasting will have live coverage of the Rams on Q-100 KQBB FM, as Don Wall describes the action from Palestine. The action will also be streaming at cbc-radio.com.

 

In another Class A, Division I second round game, the 8-2 San Augustine Wolves, play 6-5 Axtell at 7:30 tonight in Crockett. The winner has the Mart-West Sabine winner, a game being played at 6 p.m. Saturday in Palestine.

 

In the Class 2A, Division II playoffs, the 8-3 Garrison Bulldogs will play 10-0 Centerville at 7 tonight in Bullard. The winner has the winner of the Hughes Springs-Hearne game that’s being played at 7 p.m. tonight at SFA.

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Toys for Tot motorcycle ride reving up


The Nacogdoches Gypsy Motorcycle Club and VFW Motorcycle Group Unit #31 are having a ride to help out Toys for Tots, which will benefit children in Nacogdoches and Shelby Counties, and surrounding areas tomorrow, Saturday, starting at Sports Shack, at 4601 North Street in Nacogdoches. Registration is from 11 a.m. till noon. To participate in the ride, there’s a $5 fee, and one unwrapped toy per person. There will be a parade at noon, ending at the Gypsy Clubhouse on FM 225 in Nacogdoches. There are Toys for Tots collection boxes set up at eight Center businesses, including: Brookshire Brothers, Tractor Supply, Wulf Outdoor Sports and H&S Foods.

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Joaquin Christmas Festival


The Joaquin Christmas Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, in downtown Joaquin. In addition to the B-B-Q Cook-off there will be Bingo, a cake walk, parade, pageant, live entertainment, pictures with Santa, vendors, mechanical bull, plus, a car, motorcycle and tractor show with first place trophies for each class/no entry fee, Ladies Auxiliary hamburger and B-B-Q plate sales, and the East Texas Chopper Guys Food Drive benefiting Christian Services. You’re urged to bring an unwrapped toy/canned food to help out.

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Center City Council meeting canceled


Center City Secretary Barbara Boyd has informed us the Center City Council meeting for Monday, Nov. 26 has been canceled.

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Shelby County Commissioners’ Court


The Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will have a Special meeting at 9:30 Monday morning. On the agenda is to approve and pay monthly expenses and amend Budget line items accordingly.

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Small Business Saturday


Speaking of “shopping at home”, tomorrow, is Small Business Saturday. For those who value supporting local businesses, it’s a day designated to celebrate small businesses by spending there. The day falls at a time when everybody is still in shopping mode. In its third year now, “Small Business Saturday” was started by American Express and a slew of influential partners including the Small Business Administration, multiple professional sports organizations and some of the countries’ biggest corporations that want you to "shop small." So, shop at home”.

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Sales tax revenues varied across East Texas


Sales tax revenues are varied across East Texas in October, as some cities are seeing double-digit decreases, while others are seeing hefty increases based on figures represented by September sales. In Shelby County, the City of Center’s sales taxes revenues are down over 10.5%, with a net payment this period of $302-thousand. Year-to-date, they’re down 10 percent. However, in Timpson, there’s a 39% increase in payments to date, with the latest sales-tax check for $21, 704. The City of Huxley’s net payment is up over 55 percent, while Joaquin’s October check is down almost 28 percent, but is second only to Center, at $26,717.Tenaha is down almost 12 percent from the same period in 2011.

 

In San Augustine, the net payment to date was right at $37-thousand, which was down 27% from the same period last year, and the City of Broaddus saw a 25% decrease in the latest sales tax payment from the state. In Nacogdoches, their payment was down 6 percent for the period, as a check of almost $530-thousand is going to Nacogdoches. While in Garrison, they’re sales tax revenue saw a four-percent increase. Timpson Mayor Debra Smith said the increase in her city’s tax revenue relates back to doing business at home. “Shopping locally not only saves you the fuel and time expended when travelling to neighboring towns it puts money back into our local economy to operate and improve our water & sewer systems, our streets & sidewalks and our parks.”

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Acadian Day in Louisiana


State government employees are getting a long Thanksgiving weekend, with offices closed Friday in a holiday that commemorates Louisiana's Cajun heritage. Gov. Bobby Jindal has continued the annual tradition of designating Friday as Acadian Day, which remembers the arrival in Louisiana of the Acadians, many of whom settled in large southern areas of the state after being deported from Nova Scotia in 1755. Acadian Day is an optional holiday for Louisiana governors to call each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

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Interstate 10 pile up


Interstate 10 near Beaumont re-opened Thursday evening, hours after a massive crash involving as many as 100 vehicles left two people dead and up to 120 injured. According to sources, the crash took place in extremely dense fog shortly before 9 a.m. along a two-mile stretch of road between Taylor's Bayou and Hampshire Road. I-10 was closed in both directions west of Beaumont near Hampshire Road. Shortly after noon, the westbound lanes reopened to traffic. The eastbound lanes re-opened at 5 p.m Thursday evening.

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In Funeral Announcements


 

In Funeral Announcements

Phillip Cooper, 49, of Center, passed away Monday at Nacogdoches Medical Center.  Graveside Services will be 10 a.m. today at Oaklawn Memorial Park. 

Lillie Mae Spruiell, 83, of Joaquin passed away Monday at Pine Grove Nursing Home.  Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. today at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Johnson Cemetery in Joaquin. 

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Local High School Sports


Here’s a look at the high school football playoffs this week involving our local teams:

 

The 6-4 Tenaha Tigers will play 7-4 Overton at 2 p.m. Friday in Beckville in a Class A, Div. II area game. The winner meets the Hubbard-Bremond game winner, that’s being played Friday night in Waco.

 

The 10-0 Joaquin Rams take on 10-1 Bosqueville at 7 p.m. Friday night in Palestine in a Class A, Div. I area-round game. Both teams are state-ranked, as the Rams are still No. 3, and Bosqueville No. 10. The winner will advance on to play the winner of the Hull-Daisetta-Alto game that’s to be played 2 p.m. Friday in Lufkin.

 

Center Broadcasting will have live coverage of the Rams on Q-100 KQBB FM, as Don Wall describes the action from Palestine.

 

On the other side of the Region III, Class A, Division I bracket, the 8-2 San Augustine Wolves, state-ranked at No. 8, will play 6-5 Axtell at 7:30 Friday in Crockett. The winner has the Mart-West Sabine winner, a game being played at 6 p.m. Saturday in Palestine.

 

The 8-3 Garrison Bulldogs will play 10-0, No. 4 state-ranked Centerville in a Class 2A, Div. II area round game at 7 Friday night in Bullard. The winner has the winner of the Hughes Springs-Hearne game that’s being played Friday at SFA.

 

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Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner Tomorrow


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and the Shelby County Outreach Ministries is gearing up for their Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The annual event will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Senior Nutrition Site, Loop 500 in Center. In addition, there’s a Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Senior Nutrition Site in San Augustine, at 405 South Bolivar. If you would like to volunteer your time to serve, deliver meals, donate one of the listed items, or if you would like to help sponsor this great event, you can call Pam at 936-572-5040. Ms. White adds, the event is not just for people who can’t afford a meal. If you need someone to spend this Holiday with, come join them.

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Shelby County Attorney toy drive


Shelby County Attorney Gary Rholes and his staff are conducting their annual toy drive. Toys are being sought to give to very deserving kids. We are asking the community to give their support by donating unwrapped toys for children ranging in ages from 2 years to 12 years old or a monetary donation. The toys may be dropped off at the Shelby County Attorney’s office located at 518 Nacogdoches Street in Center. If any further information is needed please contact the County Attorney office at 936-598-6100.

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Downtown businesses offering evening shopping hours


Downtown businesses will be offering evening shopping hours and door prizes. Including Trends, Gatherings, The Balcony and Austin Street Marketplace. Carolers and musical entertainment will feature Maureen Kennon, Grateful Heart and Tim and Jessica Hopkins located around the square. The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will have an open house tour and serve wassail at the First Ladies in Texas building on the inside of the square. A shuttle bus will be available from location to location for those that desire transportation assistance. For more information, please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936.598.3682.

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Holiday Progressive Dinner deadline is Today


Today’s the deadline for purchasing tickets to the 2012 Holiday Progressive Dinner on the Courthouse Square in Center on Nov. 29. The five course meal will be served one course at a time by hosts Ace Hardware, Vision Source, Jennings Place, Whalen’s and the Center Garden Club at the historic 1885 courthouse.

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San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting


At Tuesday’s San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting, San Augustine Mayor Leroy Hughes told those in attendance, the City of San Augustine has received grant funding for several projects. Among those is $950,000 from economic development funding for construction of water and sewage lines to property on U.S. Hwy. 96 at the proposed site of the new Pinto Pony Cookie Factory. The new facility is expected to employ some 200 in its first stage. Mayor Hughes said the city expects to start extending city services to the area within 2 to 3 months. Also, San Augustine has plans to use a million dollars of monies received as part of Hurricane Ike Recovery Funding for street projects. Mayor Hughes added that a DETCOG grant has been received for the purchase of a portable recycling bin to be located at the trash transfer station, which could also be transported to Broaddus once a month. San Augustine County Chamber members were reminded of the Christmas in the Park and Parade on Nov. 30 and the Miss Merry Christmas Pageant on Dec. 1.

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One-vehicle accident Tuesday morning


Two Center residents died following an early morning one-vehicle accident Tuesday morning on State Hwy. 87, near the foot-of-the hill in Shelbyville. 34-year old Jouwana Standley and 42-year old Martin Baxter Patton lost their lives when the car they were traveling in left the road and struck a tree just after 5 a.m., according to DPS reports. Standley was pronounced dead at the scene by J-P Burt Furlow, and Patton died at Center Memorial Hospital. DPS say neither Standley or Patton were wearing seatbelts.

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Logansport teacher arrested for inappropriate relationship


The DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office has released more information on the arrest Monday of a former Logansport High School teacher for having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year old female student. 34-year old Marcus McCann of Joaquin was charged with prohibited sexual contact between teacher and student. According to Sheriff’s Lt. Robert Davidson, the student was an adult, but she’s a student. McCann used to teach math and coach the girls’ basketball team, and detectives say they found almost 17,000 text messages, many sexual, between the two, and some during school hours. Logansport school officials say the behavior was unacceptable. The charge against McCann was a misdemeanor, not a felony due to the student’s age. The case has been handed over to the district attorney's office. McCann is out of jail after making bond Monday.

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Abducted girl found safe


 An Amber Alert was issued Monday evening around 7:45pm. for 11-year old Savannah Hurley, who has been located safely in Trinity County. Authorities say Monday afternoon, the girl's mother, Shelly Jean Hurley, 46, abducted Savannah when Child Protective Services came to remove the child from her custody. Hurley has been taken into custody. Also, Savannah's maternal grandmother, Patricia Rutledge, 64, was arrested in Trinity County and is charged with interfering with child custody. No bond has been set yet.

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In Funeral Announcements


In Funeral Announcements

 

Lillie Mae Spruiell, 83, of Joaquin passed away Monday at Pine Grove Nursing Home. Visitation will be today from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.  Services will be 2:00 p.m. tomorrow at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Johnson Cemetery in Joaquin.

 

Phillip Cooper, 49, of Center, passed away Monday at Nacogdoches Medical Center.  Visitation will be today from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.  Graveside Services will be 10 a.m. tomorrow at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

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Local Sports Update


And Now for Local Sports:

 

High school football playoffs this week has several local teams involved in second-round action:

 

The 6-4 Tenaha Tigers will play 7-4 Overton at 2 p.m. Friday in Beckville in a Class A, Div. II area game. The winner meets the Hubbard-Bremond game winner, that’s being played Friday night in Waco.

 

The 10-0 Joaquin Rams take on 10-1 Bosqueville at 7 p.m. Friday night in Palestine in a Class A, Div. I area-round game. Both teams are state-ranked, as the Rams are still No. 3, and Bosqueville No. 10. The winner will advance on to play the winner of the Hull-Daisetta-Alto game that’s played Friday night in Lufkin.

 

On the other side of the Region III, Class A, Division I bracket, the 8-2 San Augustine Wolves, state-ranked at No. 8, will play 6-5 Axtell at 7:30 Friday in Crockett. The winner has the Mart-West Sabine winner, a game being played at 6 p.m. Saturday in Palestine.

 

The 8-3 Garrison Bulldogs will play 10-0, No. 4 state-ranked Centerville in a Class 2A, Div. II area round game at 7 Friday night in Bullard. The winner has the winner of the Hughes Spring-Hearne game that’s being played Friday at SFA.

 

A programming note: It’s Tuesday and you’re invited to tune in to Don Wall’s Coaches Show tonight at 7 on Q-100 KQBB FM.

 

High School Basketball last night: Boys – Chireno over Spurger, 68-47; Woden beats Broaddus, 65-47. Girls – Woden defeats Broaddus, 46-34.

 

Tonight’s games: the Lady Riders host the Timpson Lady Bears; the Chireno Lady Owls go to Tenaha to play the Lady Tigers; and the Broaddus Lady Bulldogs go to Garrison to play the Lady Bulldogs.

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San Augustine County Chamber Membership meeting


The San Augustine County Chamber Membership meeting will from noon to 1 p.m. today at the Log Cabin, 611 West Columbia. Lunch will be served at 11:45, with Mary Kay’s Country Diner providing the meal. Guest speaker for today’s luncheon is Jeffrey Holliday of Chesapeake Energy. The Business of the Monday is Smith Flower Garden. Be sure and bring a receipt from a San Augustine County business to be eligible for the door prize.

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Tenaha city council meeting results


At their meeting last night, the Tenaha City Council received the report from the city’s auditor on the audit of fiscal year 2011 thru 2012; heard from committee recommendations for the new city hall; received a report from the Shelby County Groundwater District; and decided to pursue cleanup of illegal dumping site, encompassed by Hwy. 59 at Roy Berry Street and Martin Luther King. The Tenaha Council has also agreed to help Natalie Harris find a place for operation of 5 Loaves/2 Fish Program.

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Joaquin City Council meeting


The Joaquin City Council will be meeting in regular session this evening. Among the agenda items will be a presentation by Terry Byrd on the Shelby County Groundwater District, and discussion and possible action by the council to approve a resolution on the ground water conservation district; in addition to discussion and approval of water contracts with the Towns of Logansport and the Paxton/Jackson Water System. That’s a meeting of the Joaquin City Council at 6 tonight.

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Three Center men arrested in narcotics bust


A lengthy investigation by the Center Police Department’s Tactical Narcotics Team has lead to the arrest of three Center men. A press release issued by the Narcotics Division, says a search warrant was served last Friday afternoon on a residence at 1103 Bolton Street, where the owner of the property, 46-year old LaJuan Christopher Cole was found to be in possession of PCP or “Angel Dust”, and was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Second Degree Felony, in addition to Possession of Crack Cocaine, a Third Degree Felony. Also arrested at the residence was 35-year old Melton Garrett, on a charge of possession of PCP, and 29-year old Marcus Cartwright, charged with Possession of Marijuana. The Center P-D’s Narcotics Division said they have been tracking the distribution of PCP and Crack Cocaine by Cole, as well as other dealers in the area. Detectives have additional charges pending on Cole as well as others involved.

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Kenneth Wayne Boyd released on PR Bond


Shelby County District Attorney Kenneth Florence has advised Center Broadcasting  that Kenneth Wayne Boyd was released on a PR Bond last night after serving a 13-year murder sentence for the murder of three in 1997 in Center. Florence says Body remains under indictment while the Center Police Department completes its investigation. If new evidence is found implicating Boyd, Florence said he’s subject to trial. But, without new evidence, he has insufficient evidence to proceed to trial and all charges would be dismissed. Last week, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted relief to Boyd in a writ of Habeas Corpus hearing after the writ cited a pattern of prosecutorial misconduct including suppressed items of evidence and false testimony during his trial.

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Logansport teacher accused of sexting


A Logansport teacher has been arrested, accused of sending a student sexually explicit text messages. 34-year-old Marcus McCan is charged with prohibited sexual contact with a student.  The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office says McCan turned himself in to authorities Monday morning. Investigators say McCan, who was a coach and math teacher at Logansport High School texted the 17-year-old student sexually-charged messages several times. McCan resigned in October after law enforcement started their investigation.

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Amber Alert - Child Abduction


Trinity County authorities have issued an Amber Alert for 11-year-old Savannah Hurley who was abducted by her mother Monday afternoon.  After interviewing the grandmother, Police are in route to Garland where they think the duo might be.  Here's a description of Savannah is a white female, approximately 4'10", 120 lbs.  Any one with information about the suspect, child or vehicle should call the Trinity County Sheriff's office immediately at 936-642-1424.

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Early Morning One Car Accident


Two Center residents died following an early morning one-vehicle accident Tuesday morning on State Hwy. 87,  near the foot-of-the hill in Shelbyville.  34-year old Jouwana Standley and 42-year old Martin Baxter Patton lost their lives when the car they were traveling in left the road and struck a tree just after 5 a.m., according to DPS reports. Standley was pronounced dead at the scene by J-P Pct. Burt Furlow, and Patton died at Center Memorial Hospital. DPS say neither Standley nor Patton were wearing seatbelts.

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Local Arrest Report for November 17th and 18th


Local Arrest Report for November 17th and 18th

 

Latarrance Gray, 21, of Tenaha was arrested by Tenaha City Marshalls for Assault and Violation of Probation.

 

Rodolfo Gray, 23,  of Tenaha was arrested by Tenaha City Marshalls for Aggravated Assault.

 

Keith Brown, 36, of Carthage was arrested by Shelby County Sheriffs for Driving While Intoxicated and No Driver's License.

 

Clifford Bell, 50, of Center  was arrested by Shelby County Sheriffs for Criminal Mischief.

 

Lajuan Cole, 46, of Center was arrested by Center Police for Possession of a Controlled Substance.

 

Melton Garrett, 35, of Shelbyville was arrested by Center Police for Possession of a Controlled Substance.

 

James Wilkinson, 29, of Joaquin was was arrested by Shelby County Sheriffs for No Driver's License, No Insurance and Expired Registration.

 

Ryan Murphy, 24, of Nacogdoches was arrested by DPS for Driving While Intoxicated.

 

Haley Greer, 19, of Joaquin was arrested by DPS for Driving Under the Influence, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Minor in Possession of Alcohol.

 

Orvin Rebollar, 29 of Center was arrested by Center Police for Interfering with a Police Officer.

 

Lakeisha Jackson of San Augustine was arrested by DPS for Failure to Appear.

 

Joshua Pike of San Augustine was arrested by San Augustine Police for Possession of a Controlled Substance and  Driving While License Invalid.

 

Michael Torres, of San Augustine was arrested by DPS for Driving While Intoxicated and Driving While License Suspended.

 

All Suspects are Innocent until proven guilty before a court of law.

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High School Sports Update


In the high school football playoffs from the weekend, the Center Roughriders’ season came to an end Friday night, as Fairfield takes a 21-17 win. The Riders finish with an 8-3 record, as Fairfield advances to the area round of the Class 3A playoffs to play Lorena Friday night in Bryan. We congratulate the Center Roughriders on a great season!

 

Other scores involving District 20-3A, playoff teams, Jasper defeats Groesbeck, 58-28, to qualify for the area round where they’ll take on the state’s No. 1 team, Navasota Friday night in Conroe; and Carthage is headed to the second round, after a 30-27 win over Palestine. Carthage will now play Taylor at 7:30 Friday in Corsicana.

 

The Garrison Bulldogs beat Omaha Paul Pewitt, 36-0, as 8-3 Garrison takes on 10-0 Centerville at 7 Friday night in Bullard in an area-round game. Elsewhere, Alto over Harleton, 35-9, and will now play Hull-Daisetta at 2 p.m. Friday in Lufkin; and Mt Enterprise beats Lovelady, 40-7, and will take on Maud in the next round.

 

The Joaquin Rams, Tenaha Tigers and San Augustine Wolves all have second-round playoff games this week.

 

10-0 Joaquin takes on 10-1 Bosqueville at 7 Friday night in Palestine in A Class A, Div. I area game. There will be a "send off" pep rally at 2:45 on Friday, Nov. 23 in the Joaquin ISD bus lane. Center Broadcasting will have coverage of the Rams on Q-100, KQBB FM as Don Wall describes the action.

 

6-4 Tenaha meets 7-4 Overton at 2 p.m. Friday in Beckville in a Class A, Div. II around-round contest.

 

8-2 San Augustine will play 6-5 Axtell in a Class A, Div. 1 area-round game at 7:30 Friday night in Crockett.

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"Fill a Chevy" Food Drive


By the way, we remind you, Center Broadcasting, Ray Jones Chevrolet and Covington Lumber Company has combined forces to help fill the Shelby County Outreach Ministry’s Food Pantry. Now through Nov. 29, drop non-perishable food items by Ray Jones Chevrolet, Hwy. 96 North in Center, and for every bag or box of food items you leave, you’re registered for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate from Covington Lumber Company. An old change for a year will also be given away to some lucky individual that drops off non-perishable food items. The drawings for the items will be Nov. 30. Help fill a Chevy and assist the food pantry at Shelby County Outreach Ministries.

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Holiday Progressive Dinner on the Square


For a holiday evening of dining, shopping, fellowship and music, the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 2012 Holiday Progressive Dinner on the Square committee reminds everyone that tickets for the Thursday, November 29 dinner are on sale and must be purchased by Wednesday, November 21. The five course meal will be served one course at a time by hosts Ace Hardware, Vision Source, Jennings Place, Whalen’s and the Center Garden Club at the historic 1885 courthouse.  Advance tickets are $25 and available at Farmers State Bank, Gatherings, Austin Street Marketplace, Ace Hardware, Whalen’s Fine Dining and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.   Each attendee will receive a map and an event program featuring the dinner locations, times, entertainment and door prizes.  For more information, please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936.598.3682

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Sand Hills Water Supply water boil notice


Due to confusion concerning the area of the Sand Hills Water Supply water boil notice we told you about last Friday, if you live in the area from the Attoyac River Bridge on Hwy. 7 West, to approximately 1 mile East to County Road 1246, you are under a boil water notice. No other area is included. This notice will remain in effect until further notice.

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Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner


Shelby County Outreach Ministries is gearing up for their Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner. The annual event will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, at the Senior Nutrition Site, Loop 500 in Center. This year organizers will also be having a Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Senior Nutrition Site in San Augustine, at 405 South Bolivar. However, Shelby County Outreach Ministries needs turkeys, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, eggs, and homemade desserts. If you would like to volunteer your time to serve, deliver meals, donate one of the listed items, or if you would like to help sponsor this great event, you can call Pam at 936-572-5040. Ms. White adds, the event is not just for people who can’t afford a meal. If you need someone to spend this Holiday with, come join them.

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Tenaha ISD School Board meeting this afternoon


The Tenaha ISD School Board has a regular meeting at 5:30 this afternoon. Among the agenda items will be to consider for approval changing local policy to the Cheerleader Constitution; and changing the dual credit requirements for transfer students in the student handbook. Prior to the regular meeting, a called public meeting will be held at 5:15 for the purpose of distributing a financial management report that explains the district’s performance under each of the 21 indicators and resultant district’s rating in accordance.

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Timpson City Council meeting on Tuesday


When the Timpson City Council meets on Tuesday, they’ll be considering the elimination of the local 911 dispatching for fire and ambulance, which would be turned over to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Also, on the agenda will be authorizing changes to the animal control procedures, as presented by control officer Jack Burrous; as well as consider approval of bid on property; consider approval of an ordinance establishing maximum speeds for motor vehicles in certain designated areas as designated by TxDOT, in addition to designating Paula Mullins as interim/acting city secretary until the position is filled. Tanya (Tonya) Windham resigned as city secretary last week to pursue another job. A resolution will also be presented to allow citizens of Timpson to choose whether or not to establish a ground water conservation district. That’s a meeting of the Timpson City Council at 5:30 Tuesday evening.

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Commissioners’ Court canvassing ballots today


Shelby County Commissioners’ Court has a special called meeting at 9 this morning for the purpose of canvassing the ballots for the General Election held Nov. 6.  In a related matter, we told last week there was a possibility of Sheriff Newton Johnson requesting a recount of the ballots cast in the Nov. 6 General Election, as the incumbent was defeated by Willis Blackwell by 88 votes. Shelby County Clerk Allison Harbison confirmed last week that Sheriff Johnson had “verbally” said he would be following through with a recount. However, as of the close of business Friday, the recount paperwork had not been picked up by the sheriff. Ms. Harbison said an individual has two days after votes are canvassed to make their intentions officially known. That would be Wednesday.

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Louisiana's 2013 budget looks grim


The first snapshot of next year's state budget shortfall has been unveiled to lawmakers, and it's grim.  Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget advisers said Friday the state is short $963 million to continue running all existing programs and account for inflationary growth in the budget year that begins July 1.  Another slice of the shortfall, at least $164 million, includes inflation costs, merit raises for state employees and other items that lawmakers haven't necessarily funded in recent years.

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West Texas parade kills 4 veterans


Organizers of a parade in West Texas in which four military veterans were killed when a train plowed into a truck had been using the same route for three years, investigators said on Sunday.  The parade was organized by a group called Show of Support-Hunt for Heroes and has been an annual event in Midland for nine years. It was supposed to be the start of a three-day weekend of events in appreciation of the veterans’ service.  According to the NTSB, the train sounded its horn nine seconds before the crash. The guardrail hit the truck, and then the engineer pulled the emergency brake, trying to stop the train that was traveling at 62 mph.  Four veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were killed and 16 other people were hurt.

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In Funeral Announcements


In Funeral Announcements

 

Thomas Hyatt, 78, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday at his residence.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., today at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., tomorrow at North DeSoto Church in Stonewall, Louisiana.

 

Nella Faye Hubbard, 78, of Center, passed away Saturday at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.  Visitation will be held today at Community Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be held tomorrow at 2:00 pm at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with burial to follow at Blount Chapel Cemetery.

 

Charles D. Brown, 80, of Center, passed away yesterday at Shelby Regional Medical Center.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., tomorrow at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday at Watson & Sons Chapel. Burial will follow at White Rock Cemetery in Center.

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Local Arrest Report for November 15th


Local Arrest Report for November 15th

 

Jewell Roberts of San Augustine was arrested by San Augustine Police for Evading Arrest, Driving While License Invalid, No Insurance,  Expired Registration, and Expired Inspection.

 

Frank Burrow of San Augustine was arrested by San Augustine Police for Possession of Marijuana.

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Local High School Sports


The Timpson Bears came up short in their Class 1A, Div. I bi-district playoff game last night in Center, losing to West Sabine, 33-20. West Sabine added two fourth period scores to come away with the win and advance to the second round of the playoffs where they’ll meet Mart next week. The Bears see their season end with a 9-2 record, a complete turnaround from last season’s 1-9.

 

High School Football Playoffs, Bi-District Round Tonight:

 

(8-2) Center plays (7-3) Fairfield, 7:30 tonight at Lindale. The winner has the winner of the Lorena/Rockdale game, which is being played tonight in Killeen. Center defeated Fairfield, 26-23 with a field goal in overtime on Sept. 21st. Tickets are being sold at the gate, only. Adult tickets are $6, students $4. Center is the home team. A Roughrider Playoff Pep Rally will be at 1:20 this afternoon at the high school gym.

 

Center Broadcasting will have live coverage of tonight’s Center-Fairfield playoff game beginning with the Rider Stadium Pre-game Show at 7 on KDET and streaming online at cbc-radio.com. Rob Payne, Chris Watlington and the Rider Radio Team will be on hand to describe the action.

 

Other playoff games tonight:

 

(7-3) Garrison takes on (4-6) Paul Pewitt, 7:30 in Carthage. The winner advances to play Centerville.

(8-2) Carthage plays (7-3) Palestine, 7:30 in Lufkin. The winner has the winner of Waco LaVega/Taylor.

Joaquin , Tenaha and San Augustine have also qualified for the state playoffs, as they have first-round byes this week.

 

Joaquin’s first post-season opponent was determined last night as Bosqueville beats Colmesneil, 63-41 in Crockett. We’ll have the details of the Joaquin game as soon as they become available.

 

Tenaha will play Overton in the playoffs next week, as they defeat Wortham last night in Palestine, 34-7. Details of Tenaha’s playoff game will be known later today.

 

San Augustine will have to wait until Saturday night to see who they’ll play, as Iola is playing Axtell in Groesbeck.

 

Other playoff games tonight involving area teams: (8-2) Jasper vs. (6-4) Groesbeck, in Crockett; (6-3) Spring DeKaney vs. (7-3) Lufkin, Bowers Stadium, at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.

 

The SFA Lumberjacks play their last game of the season at 6 Saturday night as they host Northwestern State in the Battle for Chief Caddo.

 

At the Martinsville basketball tournament Thursday, girls’ action: Martinsville defeats Timpson, 49-18, and Martinsville over Garrison, 55-16. Also Garrison beats Brookeland, 34-33 in girls’ play.

 

High school basketball this weekend: the Center Lady Riders continue play in the Slocum/Rusk Tourney thru Saturday; the Timpson Lady Bears and Garrison Lady Bulldogs are taking part in the Martinsville Tourney; the Tenaha Lady Tigers are playing in the Lovelady Tournament; the San Augustine Lady Wolves go to Huntington tonight; and the Shelbyville Dragons and Lady Dragons go to Hemphill this evening.

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$1,000 pre-paid Visa Card and the winner is...


A drawing was held Wednesday for a $1,000 pre-paid Visa Card, as fundraiser for the Panola College Foundation. Winner was Becky Anderson of Carthage. The winning ticket was sold by Panola College Foundation Board member Wanda Hanszen. Panola College Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Dr. Van Patterson wished to thank all the foundation’s board members for their hard work. Patterson said the college is also thankful for the support shown by the community, faculty, staff and students at Panola College, in addition to Farmers State Bank for sponsoring the fundraiser.

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Boil Water Notice


Sand Hills Water Supply has issued a Boil Water Notice for customers starting with 377 CR 1246 to 15529 Hwy 7 West and on CR 1245. This notice will remain in effect until further notice.

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Relay For Life set to kick off


Relay For Life of Shelby County is having their Fall Festival from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, at Center Mini Park, with games and lots of fun. There will be prizes and candy for the kids. The new 2013 information and team captain’s packets will be available. You’re invited to come help "Kickoff" the new year!

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20th Annual Milam Settlers Day


Organizers are saying the biggest and best Milam Settlers Day ever will be held in Milam today and Saturday. The two-day event will mark the 20th anniversary of the popular festival. A large number of vendors will be set up to sell their wares, and there will be lots of music (bluegrass, fiddlers, dulcimers, and singers). Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy this annual event.  The Bevil’s Rangers, a favorite attraction, will be returning to provide demonstrations of early Texas clothing, blacksmithing, pottery making, basket weaving, and cooking.  Shoppers are encouraged to get started early this morning as most vendors will be set up and ready to go. There will be a huge array of foods available as vendors will offer everything from barbecue to funnel cakes, including spiral fries, gumbo, baked goods of all kinds, stone ground cornmeal, roasted peanuts and pork rinds, popcorn, turkey legs, tamales, hamburgers and hot dogs.  There’s a full line-up of entertainment scheduled for Saturday. Children will enjoy pony rides and wagon rides.  This year's Milam Settlers Day Gumbo Cook-off on Saturday is going to be bigger and better than ever before!  Other highlights of this year's festival include a Classic Car Show, and Quilt Show. It’s estimated a crowd to exceed 5,000 over the course of the two days. For more information, call Ellen Melton at 409-625-4876 or check the website at milamsettlersday.org.

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Millions of dollars approved for school funding


In a press conference yesterday, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that millions of dollars for Southwest Louisiana projects were approved by the Bond Commission after his administration recommended them for funding.  In total, the approved projects include over $62 million in support for higher education throughout Louisiana. Since 2008, the Jindal administration has supported more than $700 million dollars in critical higher education infrastructure investments across the state.In a press conference yesterday, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that millions of dollars for Southwest Louisiana projects were approved by the Bond Commission after his administration recommended them for funding.  In total, the approved projects include over $62 million in support for higher education throughout Louisiana. Since 2008, the Jindal administration has supported more than $700 million dollars in critical higher education infrastructure investments across the state.

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Low-income couples allowed to divorce without lawyers


The Texas Supreme Court has decided to move forward with allowing low-income couples without children to divorce without hiring lawyers.  The court ordered Wednesday that a proposed standardized divorce form that would be acceptable in Texas courts be published for a period of public comment. It could approve the new procedure by early next year. The standardized form, tailored to Texas law, would be available in uncontested cases.  The suggested form will be published in the Texas Bar Journal, and comments will be accepted through Feb. 1.

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In Funeral Announcements


In Funeral Announcements

Bennie P. Goodwin-Taylor,  72, of Center passed away Saturday. Visitation will be held today from 6pm to 8pm at Community Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held Tomorrow at 12 noon at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with burial to follow at McGilliam Cemetery in Shelby County.

Thomas Hyatt, 78, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday at his residence.  Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday at North DeSoto Church in Stonewall, Louisiana. 

Nella Faye Hubbard, 78, of Center, passed away Saturday at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.  Visitation will be held Friday at Community Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be held Saturday at 2pm at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with burial to follow at Blount Chapel Cemetery.

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High School Sports


 

High School Football Playoffs, Bi-District Round This Week:

 

(8-2) Center plays (7-3) Fairfield, 7:30 Friday at Lindale. The winner has the winner of the Lorena/Rockdale game in the second round. Tickets for the game will be sold at the gate, only. Adult tickets are $6, students $4. Center is the home team.

 

Center Broadcasting will have live coverage of the Center-Fairfield playoff game Friday night beginning with the Rider Stadium Pre-game Show at 7 on KDET and streaming online at cbc-radio.com.

 

(9-1) Timpson plays (8-2) West Sabine, 7:30 Thursday in Center. Winner plays Mart in the next round. Tickets for Thursday game are $5-Adults, $3-Students at the gate. District and senior citizen passes are accepted. Timpson will be visitors.

 

(7-3) Garrison takes on (4-6) Paul Pewitt, 7:30 Friday in Carthage. The winner advances to play Centerville.

 

(8-2) Carthage plays (7-3) Palestine, 7:30 Friday in Lufkin. The winner has the winner of Waco LaVega/Taylor.

 

High School basketball last night: Varsity Boys: Woden beats Martinsville, 72-55; Chireno over Zavalla, 55-48. Varsity Girls: Martinsville defeats Woden, 47-41.

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20th annual Milam Settler’s Day


The 20th annual Milam Settler’s Day will be this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 & 17 at El Camino Park in Milam, at the intersection of State Hwys. 87 & 21. There will be lots of food, fun, entertainment, and vendors. There’s a 5K Run/Walk Saturday morning, Gumbo cook-off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Classic Car Show, plus mule-drawn wagon rides, wild-west shootout, pony rides and lots more. For more go to the settler’s day website www.milamsettlersday.org.

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13th annual Downtown Night Time Lighted Christmas Parade


The 13th annual Downtown Night Time Lighted Christmas Parade in Center, sponsored by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and there’s a couple of deadlines this week for parade participants, and those wanting to sell items at the parade. First of all, those interested in being vendors must have applications into the Chamber office by tomorrow, Thursday. Vendors are limited to churches, civic and non-profit organizations. Parade float entry registration is free and completed applications must be returned to the Chamber office by this Friday. The theme for the 2012 parade is Enchanted Christmas Forest, and John Howard is the parade’s Grand Marshal. In conjunction with the parade, there will be a Naughty or Nice 5K run on Friday, Nov. 30. Entry fee is $25 for early registration and $30 for regular registration. Online registration can be completed at www.onestoprace.com. (one-stop-race dot come) T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 250 registrants. Runners can register in-person at packet pick-up on race day beginning at 4 p.m. at the chamber office. Both Vendor Booth Space and Parade Float applications and entry rules are available at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, or online at/www.shelbycountychamber.com.

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Daleigh Bargains new to the community


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors welcomes Daleigh Bargains as a new business to the community, as a grand opening ribbon cutting will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 15. Daleigh Bargains is located in Center at 1000 Tenaha Street, and owners are Michael and Bobbie Sue Scates. Daleigh Bargains is a resale shop of clothing, antiques, tools, furniture, appliances and much more. Daleigh Bargains can be reached at 936-598-9890. Refreshments will be served.

 

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Joaquin man killed by train


A Joaquin man was killed by a freight train Saturday Morning. According to sources, 20-year old Steven Cavalier suffered severe head injuries after being hit by a BNSF Railway company train. The incident occurred off the Haslam Strip behind HWR Trucking in Haslam around 9:28 a.m. Authorities indicate the conductor of the train noticed someone laying on the tracks and proceeded to sound his horn several times to no avail. Shelby County Sheriff Deputy Lester Pitts responded to the scene along with Ace EMS. A company representative from Union Pacific was also on the scene collecting information. Justice of the Peace Pct. 5 Judge Jim Powers, pronounced Cavalier dead at the scene. No autopsy will be done at this time.

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Sheriff Johnson wants a recount


It appears a recount may be held in the recent Shelby County Sheriff’s election. Even though an application has not been officially made, Shelby County Clerk Allison Harbison confirmed Tuesday, that Sheriff Newton Johnson has “verbally” said he would be petitioning for a recount of the results of last Tuesday’s General Election. Johnson was unofficially defeated by challenger Willis Blackwell by 88 votes, as almost 92-hundred registered voters cast their ballots. Ms. Harbison said a candidate has two days after votes are canvassed to ask for a recount. The Shelby County Commissioners’ Court is planning to canvass the election results Monday, Nov. 19. She added it’s also the petitioner’s prerogative to request electronic or hand counting be done. If that’s the case, Ms. Harbison said it could take 2 to 3 days to recount ballots by hand, or a day-and-a-half if done electronically. She also said it’s common for recounts to be asked for in high-profile elections when there’s less than 10 percent difference in votes. She reminded us Sheriff Johnson was involved in a recount when he was elected in 2004.

 

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Officials investigating yet another explosion


Officials are investigating yet another explosion at a former Army base in the ArkLaTex. It happened at Camp Minden Tuesday morning at 8:36 a.m. inside of an area known as "Area G," owned by GOEX Powder. The company makes black powder used by the military and also used for fireworks. According to GOEX officials, it was a small explosion that started at an unmanned machine. GOEX COO Tim Vaitekumas says there was no fire and minimal damage. No injuries were reported. It's the second explosion at Camp Minden in less than a month. On October 15, a blast in an underground bunker owned by Explo, Inc. shook the area, shattering windows in homes and businesses up to a few miles away. Officials are drawing no connection or similarities between the two incidents. The military, ATF and Louisiana State Police are involved in the investigation. They are waiting for the smoke to clear inside the building before they can get in and take a closer look at what happened.

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Texans seek the right to secede


Just a week after President Barack Obama was re-elected, a petition by Texans for the right to secede from the rest of the country has garnered some 64,000 signatures, many more than the 25,000 signature threshold needed to get a response from the Obama administration. The Texas petition to "peacefully" secede has gained by far the most traction of any state, citing "economic difficulties" related to the actions of the federal government in Texas, and "blatant abuses" of Texans' rights by the National Defense Authorization Act and Transportation Security Administration. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, however, said he does not support secession. Perry press secretary Catherine Frazier indicated Gov. Perry believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it. But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government." Not everyone in Texas today, of course, wants secession. The some 64,000 signatures make up just .2 percent of the state's total population.

 

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In Funeral Announcements


In Funeral Announcements

 

Shelba Jean Wallace, 74, of Timpson passed away Saturday in Center, TX.  No services for Shelba Wallace are scheduled at this time.

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Local School Sports Update


At the UIL State Cross-Country Meet held last Saturday in Round Rock, the Shelbyville Lady Dragons finished in 12th place. Congratulations to the Shelbyville Lady Dragons for qualifying for the state meet.

 

Dave Campbell’s Texas High School Football state rankings are out for the first-round of the playoffs, and the Center Roughriders have dropped out the Class 3A poll after last week’s loss to Jasper. Carthage is No. 10, Jasper 22nd, while Navasota remains the No. 1 Class 3A team.

 

The Joaquin Rams continued to hold onto the No. 3 ranking in Class 1A, Div. I, while the San Augustine Wolves have moved up two spots to No. 8 this week. Mason is the top team in the division.

 

As for Class 1A, Div. II, Munday is still No. 1. In Class 2A, Div. I, Cameron Yoe retains the top spot, while Newton is No. 2; and in 2A, Div. II, Refugio is No. 1, and Arp No. 8.

 

Class 4A’s No. 1 is Pearland Dawson, John Tyler at No. 2, and in 5A, Katy is still the No. 1 team.

 

High School Football Playoffs, Bi-District Round This Week:

 

(8-2) Center plays (7-3) Fairfield, 7:30 Friday at Lindale. The winner has the winner of the Lorena/Rockdale game in the second round. Tickets for the game will be sold at the gate, only. Adult tickets are $6, students $4. Passes accepted include: Retiree, and Texas High School Coaches Association, as well as 19-3A district pass, 20-3A district pass.

 

Center Broadcasting will have live coverage of the Center-Fairfield playoff game Friday night beginning with the Rider Stadium Pre-game Show at 7 on KDET, and streaming online at cbc-radio.com.

 

(9-1) Timpson plays (8-2) West Sabine, 7:30 Thursday in Center. Winner plays Mart in the next round. Tickets for Thursday's game in Center are $5-Adults, $3-Students at the gate. District and senior citizen passes are accepted. Timpson will be visitors.

 

(7-3) Garrison takes on (4-6) Paul Pewitt, 7:30 Friday in Carthage. The winner advances to play Centerville.

 

(8-2) Carthage plays (7-3) Palestine, 7:30 Friday in Lufkin. The winner has the winner of Waco LaVega/Taylor.

 

It’s Tuesday and we invite you to tune into Don Wall’s Coaches Show tonight at 7 on Q-100, KQBB FM.

 

High school basketball action on top tonight: the Center Lady Riders will be in Timpson to play the Lady Bears; the San Augustine Lady Wolves go to Hemphill; the Shelbyville Dragons and Lady Dragons head to Brookeland; the Tenaha Lady Tigers go to Cartha ge; and Woden at Martinsville.

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Local Arrest Report for November 12th


Local Arrest Report for November 12th

 

Lee Garrett, 21, of Nacogdoches was arrested by Shelby County Sheriffs for Manufacturing and Delivery of a Controlled Substance.

 

Ben Frazier, 49, of Timpson was arrested by Timpson Police for Violation of Probation and Failure to Appear.

 

Timothy Shaw, 22, of Center was arrested by Center Police for Endangering a Child and Assault.

 

All Suspects are Innocent until proven guilty before a court of law.

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Chireno woman survives a 30-foot fall


A Chireno woman trying to remove a snake from a water well survived a 30-foot fall before refusing medical treatment over the weekend, according to a Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s report. The victim told first responders she could not see the snake and was trying to use a fish net to retrieve it when she fell head-first into the well around 2 p.m. Saturday. She had been removed from the well when a deputy and volunteer firefighters responded to a 911 call about six hours later. She “had no injuries and refused medical treatment from EMS,” according to the report.

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Garrison man escaped serious injuries


A Garrison man escaped serious injuries following an accident Monday morning in Rusk County. However, the livestock he was hauling didn’t fair as well. Five head of cattle and one horse are dead following a one-vehicle crash involving a livestock trailer just east of Reklaw. According to DPS, Pete Stokes, was passing a vehicle when it turned in front of him. He swerved to miss the vehicle and the stock trailer came loose and rolled down an embankment. The DPS say Stokes did not have his safety chains hooked up from the truck to the trailer. Two other horses were injured. Stokes was on his way to sell the livestock in New Summerfield. Stokes will be cited for not using chains. The other vehicle left the scene and DPS is trying to find the driver.

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Hockenberry halts public prayer


Those in attendance at last Friday night’s football game at Roughrider Stadium appeared to have been “caught off guard’ when there was no public prayer offered during pre-game activities. Several fans in attendance and others have taken to social media outlets since to express their shock and displeasure at the decision made by C-I-S-D administration.  District Superintendent Dr. James Hockenberry told Center Broadcasting Monday that he was advised by the school district’s attorney recently to halt public prayer over the public address system at football games, or the school could put itself at risk of future legal issues.  Dr. Hockenberry said he advised the public address announcer, prior to Friday’s game, to not ask for a moment of silence, which has typically led into prayer at Roughrider games. He added there was nothing wrong with asking for silence before the start of a game, but public prayer over the sound system at sporting events, primarily home football games was not to be allowed. Dr. Hockenberry said prior laws and policy, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions prompted the action.  He said he’s had a number of phone calls since Friday night, and offered up an apology to those affected, saying he was doing only what he thought was right in protecting the Center ISD. After meeting with school board president, Dr. Dixon Golden, Dr. Hockenberry says he believes the school district has come up with a method of “student expression”, or a time where a chosen student will be able to conduct prayer or other open communications publicly, without being obscene over the P-A system at Roughrider home football games. He said details of the “student expression” will be worked out during the board’s meeting Thursday night.  He said it’s up to each school district individually to allow or not allow prayer at football games. When asked if prayer would be allowed at the Roughriders’ game Friday night in Lindale, Dr. Hockenberry said, that would be left up to the Lindale ISD, and the policy they have, since Center was playing at their stadium.

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Louisiana seeking peaceful severance from the Union


In the days following the 2012 General Election, citizens from several northern and southern states, including Louisiana, have openly petitioned the White House to secede from the United States.  In fact, 23 petitions from have appeared on the White House petition website at petitions.whitehouse.gov.  Boasting more than 16,000 total signatures thus far on the Louisiana petition, the petitioners are asking for a peaceful severance from the Union in order give the state the ability to form its own government as a sovereign state.  The petitions for the other states still need a total of 25,000 signatures each by Dec. 10, 2012 in order to be considered by the White House.

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Governor talking reforms for welfare and unemployment insurance


Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are teaming up for a rare joint press conference to discuss reforms for welfare and unemployment insurance. The pair will be at an Austin glass company today. Their appearance comes following a bill announced Monday by Republican state Sen. Jane Nelson of Flower Mound.  Nelson's proposal was offered on the first day to pre-file legislation for the upcoming 2013 legislative session and aims to reform welfare to "more closely align with the program's original mission."  It would strengthen job training requirements, institute drug testing for high-risk applicants, and tighten policies preventing using welfare funds to buy alcohol and tobacco.  Dewhurst spokesman Matt Hirsch said Perry and Dewhurst will "talk about the bill and where they want to go with it this session."

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In Funeral Announcements


In Funeral Announcements

 

Nay O. Smith, Sr, 88, long-time resident of the Hawthorne Community, passed away, Friday in San Augustine.  Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. today in the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel with interment in the Antioch Cemetery in San Augustine.

 

Funeral services are pending for Shelba Wallace, 74, of Timpson. Ms. Wallace passed away Saturday in Center.  Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson is in charge of arrangements.

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Local Arrest Report for November 10th & 11th


Local Arrest Report for November 10th & 11th

 

Lindsey Odell, 42, of Vidor was arrested by DPS for Public Intoxication, No Drivers License, No Insurance, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Retaliation.

 

Justin Haessly, 25, of Tenaha was arrested by Shelby County Sheriffs for Public Intoxication and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

Willie Richardson, 57, of Nacogdoches was arrested by Shelby County Sheriffs for Public Intoxication.

 

Robert Mason, 36, of Tenaha was arrested by Tenaha City Marshalls for Public Intoxication.

 

John Wilson of San Augustine was arrested by San Augustine County Sheriffs for Criminal Trespassing.

 

Gerald Steptoe of San Augustine was arrested by San Augustine County Sheriffs for Aggravated Assault.

 

Tyler Elumbaugh of San Augustine was arrested by San Augustine County Sheriffs for Public Intoxication.

 

All Suspects are Innocent until proven guilty before a court of law.

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High School Playoff Schedule


The high school football regular season came to an end Friday night, and the first-round playoff picture is set.  The Center Roughriders lost to Jasper 21-27 and will play 7-3 Fairfield at 7:30 Friday night in Lindale, in a Region III bi-district contest. Meanwhile, Jasper takes on Groesbeck at 7:30 Friday in Crockett; and Carthage, the district champion, enters the “big school” playoffs against Palestine at 7:30 Friday in Lufkin.  The Joaquin Rams finished the season at 10-0, and the champs of District 9-A, Division I, with a 34-22 win over Harleton. The Rams have a first-round bye in the playoffs. Finishing second in district was Timpson, as the 9-1 Bears defeat Big Sandy, 24-9. Timpson will play 8-2 West Sabine at 7:30 Thursday night at Roughrider Stadium in Center in a bi-district game. Third place Harleton takes on Alto at 7:30 Friday at West Rusk High in New London. 

 

The District 10-A, Div. I Champion San Augustine Wolves have a first-round bye. The 8-2 Wolves finished the regular season with a 35-3 win over Cushing. The Shelbyville Dragons saw their playoff hopes dashed when Alto took a 45-20 win Friday.  In District 11-A, Div. II, the District Champion Tenaha Tigers wrapped up the regular season with a 56-0 shutout of Sabine Pass, and are waiting to see who their first playoff opponent will be, as the 6-4 Tigers also have a first-round bye. Meanwhile, second place 7-3 Mt Enterprise will play 3-6 Lovelady at 7:30 Friday in Rusk; and third place representative, 3-7 Evadale takes on 7-3 Bremond at 7:30 Friday in Groveton.  The Garrison Bulldogs enter the state playoffs at 7:30 Friday in Carthage against 4-6 Paul Pewitt.

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Community meetings today


There are several governing bodies in the community holding regular or special called meetings today.

 

The Center City Council meets at 5 this afternoon, and among the items for discussion and possible action includes: approve construction management contract and amendments establishing maximum construction price for renovations to the Community House; in addition to approving amendments to design-builder contract with Berry & Clay Construction for City Hall renovations.

There will also be a presentation by Terry Allen requesting support for the Regional Groundwater Conservation District.  Center City Council will also hear updates on street construction projects; the City Hall water-bill Kiosk; radio equipment purchase; and the downtown Streetscape informational video.

 

When the Timpson City Council meets at 5:15 today, the lone agenda item for the special meeting will be discussing and considering the resignation of Tanya Windham as city secretary. Council members are also expected to authorize the advertising for applicants for the city secretary position.

 

The Shelbyville ISD Board of Trustees meet tonight, and among the agenda items will be a public meeting on School FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas); consider for approval an emergency plan and district/campus improvement plan; and receive an update from Superintendent, Dr. Ray West, on the District Academic Meet, open house and health fair, and facilities update. That’s a meeting of the Shelbyville school board at 6 this evening.

 

The Shelby County Commissioners’ Court and the San Augustine County Commissioners’ Court both have meetings scheduled for Tuesday morning, a change in meeting day due to the courthouses being closed today for Veterans Day observance.

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Open house at the Rainbow Room


The Shelby County Community Partners Board invites you to attend open house at the Rainbow Room, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., today. The Rainbow Room is located at 420 Tenaha Street in center. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given away.

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Veterans Day Celebrations


Yesterday was Veterans Day, and since it fell on Sunday, there are a couple of Veterans Day events being held today.

 

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Posts of San Augustine, Operation Stronghold of Broaddus and the San Augustine Historical Society will jointly conduct this year’s Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m., this morning, in the Museum Theater in San Augustine (because the 11th falls on a Sunday). As always, the event is open to the public and there will be no admission charge.

 

The Timpson ISD is having their annual Veterans Program, at 10 a.m., this morning, at the Timpson High School Gym. All veterans are invited to attend. Guest speaker will be Retired Navy Petty Officer, Vernett Richardson of Timpson.

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Woman thrown off state fair ride


A woman remains in the hospital after being thrown off of a ferris wheel ride at the Louisiana State Fair on Saturday night. Witnesses standing in line when the accident happened report a lady was ejected from her seat on the "Fun Factory" ride to a spot on the pavement about 20 feet away. Shreveport Fire Department Chief Scott Wolverton says the victim was transported to LSU Hospital in Shreveport and is now in fair condition. Chris Giordano, president of the Louisiana State Fair said "It looks like it wasn't a human error or a ride malfunction but simply an accident,". The State Fire Marshal's office, along with Shreveport Police and State Patrol are investigating the accident. A cause of the accident is unknown at this time.

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Federal health care law not popular in Texas


President Barack Obama’s federal health care law may be safe from repeal, but it’s drawing nothing close to a salute in Texas. Just as before last week’s election, state leaders criticize President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement, even after he won re-election and Democrats strengthened their grip on the U.S. Senate. Among the biggest immediate issues, expanding Medicaid and creating an exchange for people to seek insurance coverage is one issue where state leaders aren’t budging. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Texas is home to nearly 6.1 million who lacked health insurance for all of 2011. That’s the highest percentage 23.8 of any state. Governor Perry's Press Secretary Catherine Frazier said “Texas will not be a subcontractor to Obamacare.” There is nothing flexible about this, noting that federal officials still would “dictate how it’s operated” and enforce “rules that haven’t even been determined. According to federal law, if a state doesn’t roll out an exchange, the federal government will. States have been given a Friday deadline in order to notify federal officials that they want to run their exchange. Frazier said Texas has no plans to respond.

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In Funeral Announcements


In Funeral Announcements

 

Patsy Ann Wilder Watson, 70 of Timpson, passed away Tuesday in Center, Texas. Visitation will be held Today from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at Garrison Funeral Home with funeral services to follow at 2:00 p.m at Garrison Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

 

Charles E. Ramsey, 73, of Joaquin, passed away Monday in Center. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Today at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Watson & Sons Chapel.

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Local Arrest Report for November 7th


Local Arrest Report for November 7th

 

Robert Baker of San Augustine was arrested by DPS for Possession of a Controlled Substance.

 

All Suspects are Innocent until proven guilty before a court of law.

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Life saving blood drive 11/9


Center area churches will host a life saving blood drive, from 3 p.m. till 7 p.m., tomorrow at the First United Pentecostal Church, Hwy. 96 south. All Walk-ins Welcome. Everyone that attempts to donate will receive a FREE T-SHIRT!! Donate in honor of a Veteran. For more info, contact Center United Pentecostal Church, 598-3646.

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Local Football News


It’s the final week of the high school football regular season, and Friday night’s  schedule has: Jasper at Center; Joaquin at Harleton; Big Sandy at Timpson; San Augustine at Cushing; Shelbyville at Alto; Tenaha at Sabine Pass; Union Grove at Garrison; Nacogdoches at Lindale; and Conroe at Lufkin.

 

Center Broadcasting will have coverage of the Center-Jasper game on KDET; while the Shelby County Game of the Week has Shelbyville at Alto on Q-100, KQBB FM. Both games will also be streaming at cbc-radio.com.

 

Center, Joaquin, Timpson, Tenaha, San Augustine, and Garrison have all sewed up playoff spots. Shelbyville will need to win to have a chance at post-season.

 

Senior Night for Center High School will be tomorrow night. The senior representatives on the football team, cheerleader squad and Chaparral’s will be recognized at 6:40 during pre-game. Band and twirler seniors will be recognized at half time.

 

Timpson ISD is holding their annual Pink Out Game tomorrow night. The school district’s hoping to fill the stadium PINK! The school district is asking that everyone wear pink to the game. There are t-shirts from last year’s game that are available for sale. They are $10.00 each. If you are interested in purchasing one, contact the Middle School Office @ (936) 254-2078 ext. 2200. At half time there will be a balloon release in honor of those who have loved ones that have survived or lost the battle with breast cancer.

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Grand opening & ribbon cutting


Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a grand opening & ribbon cutting for Cotton Belt Antiques & Drapery Room at 11:00 a.m, tomorrow, across from Quick Stop, on Hwy. 59. Cynthia Hutchins has brought to Timpson a store with more than just antiques; she has a unique assortment of Christmas decorations, gift baskets, gourmet coffee, easy dinner baskets and much more. You’re invited to come out and welcome this business to Timpson.

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Update: More Election News


We’re finding out more results on the election for the District Judge in the First Judicial District, that includes 4- east Texas counties, where incumbent Craig Mixson was elected to a full-term. Judge Mixson won all four counties, taking 58 percent of the votes cast against Jennifer Jobe Seale. Almost 30-thousand voters in San Augustine, Sabine, Jasper and Newton Counties voted in that election. Judge Mixson was appointed to the bench by Governor Rick Perry in March of this year.

 

Results from some of the other elections Tuesday, included voter's in Sabine County's Precinct 1, voting in favor of both local option alcohol sale issues . The first option was for off premise beer and wine sales, and the second was the sale of mix drinks in restaurants.

 

Meanwhile, voters in Logansport decided to keep their current mayor. Logansport Mayor Katherine Freeman was re-elected by healthy margins. Freeman soundly bested challenger William David Downing with 80 percent of the 573 votes cast. The victory marks the second official term for Freeman. She was thrown into the political arena in November 2007 with the death of her husband, the former Mayor Dennis Freeman. She served out the year remaining in his term then ran for a full four-year term.

 

Tuesday’s election also settled who will serve on the town council in Logansport. Seven were vying for five seats. The top vote-getters were Norman Arbuckle, Judge Cordray, Martha Guillotte, Dale Morvan and Edith Williams.  Almost 72 percent of the registered voters in DeSoto Parish cast ballots during Tuesday’s election.

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Center Broadcasting Community Spotlight of the Week


It’s now time for the Center Broadcasting Community Spotlight of the Week.  This Week’s Community Spotlight will be shedding light on a woman who knows how to draw, plan and execute.  This week we would like to highlight Leigh Porterfield.  Leigh is a Center native and 1976 graduate of Center High School.  Leigh is also a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University.  From there, Leigh worked 20 years as an architectural designer of business’ and homes in the area.  Leigh comes from a strong family that has always been actively involved with the community.  Leigh’s Great Grandfather was a former state representative along with her grandfather who not only served as mayor of Center but also as fire chief.  Leigh's father was also active in the community and Leigh is by no means any different as she too dedicates her time and energy to various community and civic organizations.  Currently, Leigh is the chairwomen of the Shelby County Republican Party as well as a member of the Center City Council.  When Leigh is not working on a project with the city, Lee and her family attend the Holly Springs Baptist Church.  Lee is active in various church programs where she is able to be a positive role model and thereby share her wisdom, talents, and experience with others.  We want to thank Leigh Porterfield for all of her hard work and dedication to the City of Center.

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26th Judicial District Judge to settle in a runoff


The 26th Judicial District Judge race has resulted in a runoff. Mike Nerren won 40% of the vote in Webster and Bossier parishes. He will go up against 'Whit' Graves who took 31% of the vote. John Slattery had 29%.  Nerren and supporters gathered at Lucky Palace in Bossier City to watch the results roll in. After a majority of the precincts were reporting, Nerren addressed the crowd.  "It is going to be a runoff. The good news is we're in. I thank everybody for their help. The bad news: Everybody needs to go home and get some rest because it starts tomorrow," said Nerren.  The runoff election will be held December 8.

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Texas Republicans lose supermajority prowess


Texas Republicans will go into the 2013 legislative session with much of the same agenda as last year: tackle government spending, tighten immigration laws and discourage abortion. But this time, they'll have to do it without a supermajority in the state House.  The GOP won 95 out of 150 seats in the House and 19 out of 31 in the Senate, guaranteeing they'll have majorities in both. However, by failing to maintain their supermajority in the House, Republicans won't be able to suspend the rules and should the Democratic minority in either chamber take a trip out of state, they would lose a quorum to conduct business.  While Republicans may have lost the ability to push through their agenda, Democrats only added seven votes in the Texas House, fewer than they hoped.

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In Funeral Announcements


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  • Sammy Lee Williams, 71, of Center passed away Friday at his home in Center.  Funeral services will be today at 1:00 p.m. at Triumph the Church & Kingdom of God in Christ. Burial will follow at West View.Cemetery.                                                                                                                                                                                                         

     

  • Shelia Denby Windham, 58, of Shelbyville passed away Sunday in Shreveport, Louisiana. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., today at Watson & Sons Chapel. Burial will follow at Patroon Cemetery in Shelbyville.

 

  • Patsy Ann Wilder Watson, 70 of Timpson, passed away Tuesday in Center, Texas. Visitation will be held Thursday, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at Garrison Funeral Home with funeral services to follow at 2pm at Garrison Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery.    

                                                       

  • Charles E. Ramsey, 73, of Joaquin, passed away Monday,  in Center. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Thursday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Watson & Sons Chapel.

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Local Arrest Report for November 6th


 Local Arrest Report for November 6th

 

 

Joshua Bearden 23, of San Augustine was arrested by Shelby County Sheriffs for Failure to Appear for Forgery and Theft by Check.

 

Gloria Johnson, 45, of Center was arrested by Shelby County Sheriffs for Violation of Probation for Burglary of a Habitation.

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Local Election Results


After a long day of voting and after the smoke had cleared, Shelby and San Augustine Counties report a great voter turnout at the polls. And now here are the the results:

 

Shel by County Sheriff: (I) Newton Johnson, Jr. – 4,554

Willis Blackwell – 4,642 won by 88 votes

 

Shelby County D.A.: (I) Kenneth Florence – 4,842

Stephen Shires – 4,181

 

Dist. Judge 123rd Judicial District : Includes Shelby and Panola Counties

Incumbent Guy Griffin – loses to challenger Charles “Brick” Dickerson, 9,275 to 9,652. Griffin outpolled Dickerson in Shelby County, taking 56% of the vote. However, Dickerson’s home county of Panola gave the challenger the votes to win.

 

Shelby County J-P #1: (I) Maxie Eaves2,210 wins by 18 votes

Melissa Crouch – 2,192

 

Constable Pct. 3: (I) Billy Hearnesberger – 1,024

Roy Cheatwood – 399

 

Constable Pct. 4: (I) Fred Walker – 283

Bryan Gray – 390

 

City of Center Council Post. 2: (I) Charles Byndom – 85

Jerry Lathan – 59

 

San Augustine Dist. Judge 1st Dist.: (I) Craig Mixson – 16,696

Jennifer Job Seale – 12,517

 

SAISD $5-million bond for construction of new athletic facility:

For – 1,525 Against – 663

 

SAISD – Authorizing trustees to purchase attendance credits from the state:

For – 1,401

Against - 659

 

SAISD School Board: Post. 2: William “Bub” Johnson – 1,430

Jennifer Studdard – 572

 

Post. 5: Orvin Garrett – 1,109

Dennis Barnes – 1,072

 

Post. 7: William Richards – 1,133

James Moore – 918

 

San Augustine County Constable Pct. 2: Jeff Mosby – 520

Robert “Pooh” Wynn – 269

 

San Augustine County Constable Pct. 4

Ben Miller – 407

Kevin Gratehouse - 555

 

Broaddus ISD School Board Place 5: (I) James Sowell defeats Linda Briley Rushing.

 

In the presidential race, even though President Barack Obama pulled out a victory with the electoral votes, In Shelby County Mitt Romney led 74.04% to Obama's 24.98%.

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Louisiana's tough gun laws


Louisiana voters have approved a constitutional amendment to strengthen already strong gun possession rights in the state. The amendment was drawn up to eliminate language in the Louisiana Constitution that would allow passage of laws prohibiting concealed weapons. It also includes a requirement that any gun restriction laws be held to a tough judicial standard. Opponents said the measure could spell the end to gun prohibitions on college campuses, churches and government buildings, while opening a door for criminals convicted of gun-related crimes to appeal their court cases. The issue was 1 of 9 proposed constitutional changes on Tuesday's ballot.

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Ted Cruz cruises into U.S. Senate seat


Tea party-backed Republican Ted Cruz has won the race for Texas' open U.S. Senate seat. Cruz beat former Democratic state representative Paul Sadler. The ex-state solicitor general was heavily favored since Texas has not elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since Lloyd Bentsen in 1988. Sadler conceded the U.S. Senate race to Republican Ted Cruz, urging supporters to "be proud of the voters' choice." Cruz succeeds retiring Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

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2012 COUNTY VOTING LOCATIONS


 

SHELBY COUNTY VOTING LOCATIONS
PRECINCT LOCATION VOTING CENTER ADDRESS CITY - STATE
1 N Center First UnitedMethodist Church 211 N. Porter Street Center, TX
1 SO Center Church of Christ 110 Hurst Street Center, TX
1 SE Center Senior Citizens Center 3580 Loop 500 East Center, TX
1 SW Center Center Community House 423 San Augustine Street Center, TX
1 W Center Center Christian Family Life Center 2471 US Hwy 96 N Center, TX
2 Aiken Excelsior School Sardis Cemetery Association Building  11270 St. Hwy 7 W. Center, TX
3 Sardis Sardis Cemetery Association Building 2962 FM 414 Center, TX
4 Huxley Lydia Baptist Church Fellowship Hall 14998 FM 139 Shelbyville, TX
5 Joaquin First United Methodist Church 175 Faulkville Road Fellowship Hall Joaquin, TX
6 Dreka Dreka Pentecostal Church Fellowship Hall 1193 FM2427 Shelbyville, TX
7 Shelbyville Shelbyville First Baptist Church – Shelbyville 5030 SH 87 South Fellowship Hall Shelbyville, TX
8 Tenaha First United Methodist Church 256 N. George Bowers Dr. Schiede Hall Tenaha, TX
9 N Timpson Texas State Bank 830 N. 1st St. W. Timpson, TX
9 S Timpson Timpson Timpson School Gym Foyer S. 2nd St. Timpson, TX
SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY VOTING LOCATIONS
PRECINCT LOCATION VOTING CENTER ADDRESS CITY - STATE
1 San Augustine San Augustine High School Gym Norvell Drive San Augustine, TX
2 San Augustine Reed Chapel Baptist Church 301 Ironosa Dr San Augustine, TX
3 San Augustine Senior Citizens Building 405 Bolivar St San Augustine, TX
4 San Augustine Methodist Church (Basement) 205 S Liberty San Augustine, TX
5 San Augustine New Hope Community Center FM 354 San Augustine, TX
6 San Augustine Crossroads Church Hwy 103 at FM 1277 San Augustine, TX
7 San Augustine Bethel Baptist Church Fellowship Hall FM 1992 San Augustine, TX
8 Broaddus Broaddus Community Center CR 361 off of Hwy 147 Broaddus, TX
9 Broaddus Long Pines Baptist Church Hwy 83 at Old FM 705 Broaddus, TX
10 San Augustine Chinquapin Baptist Church FM 1751 off of Hwy 103 San Augustine, TX
11 San Augustine Reed Chapel Baptist Church 301 Ironosa Drive San Augustine, TX

 

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In Funeral Announcements


In Funeral Announcements

 

Shelia Denby Windham, 58, of Shelbyville passed away Sunday in Shreveport, Louisiana. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., today at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., tomorrow at Watson & Sons Chapel. Burial will follow at Patroon Cemetery in Shelbyville.

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Local High School Football News


Dave Campbell’s high school football rankings are out for Week 10, and the 8-1 Center Roughriders have moved up to No. 21 in the Class 3A rankings. Navasota remains the No. 1 Class 3A team. Carthage is No. 11, with Jasper at No. 24.  The 9-0 Joaquin Rams remain the No. 3 Class 1A, Div. I in the state. The 7-2 San Augustine Wolves have taken over No. 10 in the same state-wide poll. Mason is still No. 1. Meanwhile, in the 1A, Div. II rankings, Munday is No. 1.  Pearland Dawson is No. 1 in the Class 4A poll, with John Tyler No. 2; and the top team in Class 5A remains Katy.

 

This week’s high school football schedule has teams wrapping up the regular season. Jasper will be in Center as both teams are headed into the state playoffs. A Center win will have the Riders playing Grosbeck in the first round, and a loss, Center plays Fairfield.  Joaquin will wrap up the regular season at Harleton, as the Rams are a win away from the outright district title. Meanwhile, Timpson will be home to play Big Sandy. Both Joaquin and Timpson are playoff bound. The Rams would earn a first-round bye with a district championship.  The San Augustine Wolves will play their last game of the regular season as they go to Cushing Friday night. The Wolves captured the District 10-1A, Div. I championship beating Alto last week. The Shelbyville Dragons still have an outside shot at post-season, but they must beat Alto this week.  The Tenaha Tigers have also claimed the championship of District 11-1A, Div. II, and will be in Sabine Pass Friday night to play their final regular season game. Tenaha will have a first-round bye in the playoffs.  The Garrison Bulldogs have clinched a playoff berth, and will host Union Grove in the district finale this week.

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Election Coverage starting at 7:00 p.m tonight on KDET & KQBB


Center Broadcasting Company stations will have election coverage starting at 7:00 p.m tonight. We will have national and state results, and of course, the outcome of local elections on KDET, and during Don Wall’s Coaches Show on Q-100 KQBB. You will also be able to listen to coverage as we stream online at cbc-radio.com, and following along on the Center Broadcasting Company Facebook page.

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It’s General Election Day in San Augustine County


It’s General Election Day in San Augustine County

 

San Augustine County voters are selecting a First Judicial District Judge, as incumbent Craig Mixson is challenged by Jennifer Job (Jobe) Seale (Seal).

 

San Augustine ISD voters have a $5-million dollar bond issue for construction of a new athletic facility to vote on; and the selection of three school board members.  Including Position 2 between William (Bub) Johnson and Jennifer Studdard; Position 5 Orvin Garrett and Dennis Barnes; and Position 7 between William Richards and James Moore.

 

There’s also two San Augustine Constable races up for election. In Pct. 2, incumbent Jeff Mosby is challenged by Robert Pooh Wynn; and in Pct. 4, incumbent Ben Miller is opposed by Kevin Gratehouse.

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It’s General Election Day in Shelby County


Shelby County voters are deciding on three county-wide offices, that of sheriff, between incumbent Newton Johnson, Jr. and Willis Blackwell; district attorney with incumbent Kenneth Florence and Steven Shires; and District Judge of the 123rd Judicial District with incumbent Guy Griffin and Charles “Brick” Dickerson. Other races in Shelby County, are J-P Pct. 1, Maxie Eaves and Melissa Crouch; Constable Pct. 3, Billy Hearnesberger and Roy Cheatwood; and Pct. 4 constable between incumbent Fred Walker and challenger Bryan Gray. In addition, there’s a district-wide race for state representative, Dist. 9 between candidate-elect Chris Paddie and write-in John McIntyre.

 

In the City of Center, there’s an election for Council Position 2, with incumbent Charles Byndom opposed by Jerry Lathan. Voting for that City of Center election is taking place today at the Senior Nutrition Center on Loop 500.

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Louisiana advises voters to do homework


Louisiana's top elections official advised voters to do their homework about Today's hefty ballot and to expect a lengthy wait to get in the voting booth.  Secretary of State Tom Schedler predicted turnout for the election could top 70 percent in Louisiana after more than 350,000 people cast early ballots for Tuesday's elections, about 12 percent of Louisiana's 2.9 million registered voters.  The polls in Louisiana opened at 6 a.m. today and close at 8 p.m.  Schedler cited the long list of items on the ballot and the large number of people expected to show up. Anyone in line by poll closing time will be allowed to vote, so people could cast ballots well after 8 p.m.  Information about what's on the ballot is available on the secretary of state's website. Schedler's office also has a mobile application available for smart phones that provides personalized ballot information and polling locations.

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Texas' top-of-the-ballot races are foregone conclusions


Texas' top-of-the-ballot races are foregone conclusions.  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will almost certainly win the state's 36 presidential electoral votes today and tea party-backed Republican Ted Cruz will complete a once seemingly impossible rise from virtual unknown ex-state solicitor general to the first Hispanic from Texas elected to the U.S. Senate, replacing the retiring Kay Bailey Hutchison.  Cruz's contest against underfunded, former Democratic state Rep. Paul Sadler was easy compared to his upset victory in the fierce Republican Senate primary, when he shocked Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the choice of Gov. Rick Perry and the mainstream GOP.   A Democrat has not captured statewide office here since 1994.  Many down-ballot contests are also shaping up to hold few surprises, with Republicans likely continuing to dominate traditionally conservative parts of the state and Democrats controlling areas where they've usually done well. In fact, of the 198 major races across the state, only 19 look to be competitive.  Even with Texas getting four new representatives in Congress thanks to adding 4.3 million residents between 2000 and 2010, Republicans are likely to take 23 seats Tuesday, one more than the 22 they won out of 32 possible seats two years ago.

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City of Huxley conducting water system maintenance


The City of Huxley PWS #2100019, will be conducting water system maintenance beginning November 5, 2012 through November 19, 2012. This maintenance will consist of a free chlorine disinfection burnout of our distribution system.  This is a normal maintenance procedure performed to remove any bio films and to reduce unstable water conditions in the system thereby insuring high quality of water delivery to our customers.  During this maintenance period you may notice an odor or slight discoloration, but the safety of the water will not be affected. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the City of Huxley at 936-368-2266 or 936-368-2633

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The Center Police giving a free class in loss prevention and security


The Center Police Department will be giving a free class to local business owners in Shelby County in loss prevention and security. This class will focus on protecting your business from burglary, theft and fraud. It will help business owners and employees develop a working knowledge of protecting the business, employees and customers. This class will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 30. If you’re interested in attending this class, or sending an employee, contact Detective Joey Haley at 936-598-2788.

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SFA Alumni Association to honor James Campbell


Shelby County’s James Campbell of Center, will be among those honored by the SFA Alumni Association at the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony, at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, at the Hotel Fredonia in Nacogdoches. The awards are bestowed on those who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and community, committed themselves to advancing the values and goals of SFA, and ensured a better quality of life for future generations.  James Campbell is a former president of the SFA Alumni Association and graduate of the Class of 1948, and has been involved in numerous civic, business and community organizations. Campbell endowed the James and Mona Campbell Scholarship for Agriculture, Forestry and Educations majors for Shelby County residents attending SFA. Tickets to the awards ceremony dinner are $50 per person, $90 per couple or $350 for a table of eight. You can purchase tickets online by Nov. 15 at www.sfaalumni.com or by calling the SFA Alumni Association at 936-468-3407. Dress is business attire.

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DeSoto Parish schools superintendent calls it quits


Long-time DeSoto Parish schools superintendent, Walter Lee has called it quits. Lee advised school board members last Thursday night at their regular meeting he would be stepping down. He served 21-years as head of the DeSoto Parish school board. Lee said the district is facing some belt-tightening resulting from the Haynesville Shale downfall. Cade Brumley, who’s served as assistant superintendent for the past year, will be the interim until a superintendent in contracted. 

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Water payment kiosk coming soon


The way water customers pay their bills are about to radically change for the better. The City will soon install a payment kiosk where the current drive-thru window is. “Once the kiosk is operational, a person will not make drive-thru payments,” explained Barbara Boyd, Center City Secretary. She said, “People will be able to dive or walk up and make a payment. Of course, the counter inside will remain open if a customer needs to talk with someone.”  One of the great benefits to the kiosk is that customers are able to check on the balance of their account and make a payment 24/7 instead of waiting until City Hall is open. “Payments made are instantly applied to water accounts,” described Center City Manager Chad Nehring. “The only drawback is that the kiosk will not return coin change for cash payments.” Those customers will receive bill change and a credit for the remaining change on their account.  The kiosk is scheduled to be installed about the first week of November. During construction, people are encouraged to either mail their payments or come inside City Hall.

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General Election to kick off tomorrow


If early voting is any indication, tomorrow’s election turn-out could see one of the heavier General Election days in a number of years. At the close of early voting Friday, 3,906 had voted in Shelby County. In addition, Shelby County Clerk Allison Harbison’s office had sent out 499 ballots by mail, which includes military personnel. This year’s early voting was termed, “heavy” in Shelby County, however, it was a little less than the 4,011 from 2008. In the City of Center Position 2 Council race, 125 voted early.  San Augustine County’s early voting total on Friday was 1,918, which is around 200 voters less than 2008, according to Election’s Administrator Deborah Woods.  Your usual voting location will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow for General Election voting. The weather will be no problem, as we’re expected to have Sunny conditions.  We invite you to join Center Broadcasting company stations for election coverage starting at 7 Tuesday night. We’ll join forces with the Texas State Network to bring you national and state results, and of course, local elections on KDET, and during Don Wall’s Coaches Show on Q-100 KQBB. You’ll also be able to listen to coverage as we stream online at cbc-radio.com.

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In Funeral Announcements


 In Funeral Announcements
 

Kerry K. Whitton, 78 passed away Monday at Colonial Pines Health Care Center. Visitation will be today from 1:00 – 3:45 p.m at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson followed by a private graveside burial at 4:00 p.m in Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson.

Juanita Spears, 75 of Garrison passed away Monday in Nacogdoches. Visitation will be held tomorrow from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m at Garrison Funeral Home with funeral services to follow at 11a.m. Burial will follow at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison.

Tom Martin, 100 of Garrison passed away Tuesday in Nacogdoches. Visitation will be held Friday from 5pm to 7pm at Garrison Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30am at First Baptist Church in Garrison.  Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Garrison.

Edith Warr, 89, of Center, passed away Wednesday at Pine Grove Nursing Home.  Visitation will be Friday evening at Mangum Funeral Home. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

David Lloyd Anderson, Sr., 70, of Timpson passed away Saturday at his home in Timpson. A memorial graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m Saturday in Turner Cemetery located on Kidd Cemetery Road in New Caney, TX.

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Center Roughrider 2012 Football Playoff Shirts


Center Roughrider 2012 Football Playoff Shirts will go on sale Monday, November 5th. If you’d like one, you can pick them up in the front office at CHS. Sizes available are Youth Small-Youth Large for $10. Adult Small to Adult XL for $12, and A2X and A3X at $15.

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REMINDER: Turn your clocks back an hour Saturday night


You’re reminded to turn your clocks back an hour Saturday night before going to bed. Daylight Savings Time comes to an end at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Also, this is a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

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Local Football Action


This week’s high school football schedule has anticipation growing for several big district games in the area. On tap Friday night, its unbeaten Timpson at unbeaten No. 3 state-ranked Joaquin. Both are playoff bound, with the winner taking over sole possession of first in the district and the inside trek to a district championship. Center Broadcasting will have live coverage of that game as our Shelby County Game of the Week on Q-100, KQBB-FM. Another key match-up has Alto at San Augustine, as they're tied atop the district standings. Other games have Grapeland at Shelbyville; Garrison at Frankston; and Saturday night, it’s homecoming in Tenaha as the Tigers take on Evadale as they battle it out for first-place. We’ll have the play-by-play of the Tenaha-Evadale game Saturday night on Q-100, KQBB-FM. The No. 22 state-ranked Center Roughriders have a bye.

 

A programming note, there will be a special 30 minute “bye-week” show for Rider fans at 7 Friday night on KDET, as Chris Watlington will host the program.

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Grand opening & ribbon cutting in Timpson


Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce will have a grand opening & ribbon cutting for Phase 1 Beauty Salon at 10 a.m., this Saturday, November 3rd. Cheryl Washington is the owner/operator. The salon is located at 426 North 1st Street in Timpson, next to Gerald Mackey Insurance.

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It's homecoming in Tenaha


Its homecoming weekend in Tenaha and a number of activities are planned during the celebration. A children’s pet show will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday on the square; the booster club lunch on the square from 11:30 to 1:30; and the Tenaha Homecoming parade is set for 12:30 p.m. Other events are a Meet the Coaches reception from 1 to 2 p.m. at Citizens State Bank; and the alumni reception and open house at the high school cafetorium from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The pre-game activities at The Pit will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the Tiger Homecoming game against Evadale is set to kick-off at 7. This year’s Tenaha Homecoming is honoring all graduating classes ending with a 2.

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Loop 500 in Center is growing


Loop 500 in Center is about to grow. A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 10:30 Friday morning for the Loop 500 Extension Project in the City of Center. The $11.9 million project is being funded by the City of Center, the Texas Transportation Commission and the Texas Department of Transportation Lufkin District. The 3.3-mile northeast section extension will extend from U.S. 96 north to State Highway 7 East. This section of Loop 500 will be a two-lane highway with paved shoulders. Friday morning’s groundbreaking event will feature local and state elected officials, along with TxDOT representatives discussing the significance of the loop extension project before breaking ground for construction. The groundbreaking is being held at the intersection of Highway 7 East and Loop 500 in Center.

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Early voting winding down


Early voting for next Tuesday’s General Election is winding down. Shelby County voters can continue to cast ballots early from 8 to 4:30 today and Friday at Shelby County Clerk Allison Harbison’s office on the Center Square. In San Augustine County, early voting is taking place from 8 to 4 through Friday, at Election Administrator Deborah Wood’s office at 225 North Harrison, in the El Camino Justice Center, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Broaddus Community Center.

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Shreveport Red Cross steps up


With such widespread destruction across the Northeast, the entire country, including the ArkLaTex, is pitching in to help. Nationwide, there have been at least 62 deaths as a result of Sandy. More than 6 million people were without power, and estimates on the cost of damage were in the billions of dollars.

Rescues efforts by the National Guard continued in New York, New Jersey and other states. Teams attempted to reach an estimated 20,000 people trapped by flooding in Hoboken, NJ, roughly 25 percent of the city. In response, the Shreveport chapter of the American Red Cross on Wednesday deployed an emergency response vehicle to New Jersey. Sources say the goal of the local Red Cross chapter is just to help out in any way it can. The Shreveport Red Cross team is heading to New Brunswick, N.J., which was one of the hardest hit states. Sandy forced more than 20,000 people to spend the night in Red Cross shelters across the nation. Michelle Davison of the Red Cross says the function of the vehicle "is to go out to the affected areas and to do things like mass feedings, deliver supplies, even do client work out of them." In other words, a bit of everything. The truck is mostly empty now, but they will gather supplies from a Red Cross chapter as they get closer to their destination. The Shreveport chapter expects to arrive on Friday.

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41-year-old James Calvert captured


Police have found a 4-year-old boy and a man suspected of shooting and killing his ex-wife, according to Tyler Police spokesman Don Martin. Late last night, 41-year-old James Calvert was captured in West Monroe, Louisiana. Martin says the child, Lucas Calvert is safe. Tyler Police got a call around 11:30 p.m. from the West Monroe Police Department. Calvert was pulled over for a regular traffic stop in a 2000 Buick LeSabre with fake license plates. He started a slow roll then started a short high-speed pursuit which led to a minor wreck. West Monroe police say Calvert had a gun in both his lap and the backseat of the car where Lucas was unharmed in a car seat. There was no struggle according to police, but officers did have to break a window to get Calvert out of the vehicle. DPS, Texas Rangers, the FBI and U.S. Marshal's were all involved in the search. The investigation is still ongoing at this time. It is unknown when Calvert will be extradited back to Texas. According to Tyler Police, James Calvert shot his ex-wife Jelena Sriraman and kidnapped their 4-year-old child, Lucas Calvert. According to the Smith County Sheriff's Office, Calvert has been booked into the county jail on three charges of violating a protective order since 2009.

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Center Broadcasting Community Spotlight of the Week


It’s now time for the Center Broadcasting Community Spotlight of the Week. This Week’s Community Spotlight will be shedding light on a creative man who is no stranger to Art. We would like to highlight Mr. Woodrow Foster. Woodrow was born and raised in Stephenville, Texas. Woodrow started out as a writer and just so happens had an adoring fan from Center. This fan corresponded with Woodrow and overtime a relationship developed. Eventually in 1936, this adoring fan Lorene Hughes became Lorene Foster. Even though jobs were hard to find, Woodrow had a passion for Art. Woodrow worked for a movie theater in Seagraves, Texas painting movie signs. He then moved on to Leonard Brothers Department store in Fort Worth, where he worked in the Art Department painting signs and advertisements. Later on during World War 2, Woodrow worked for Consolidated Aircraft Factory which later became General Dynamics. There Woodrow illustrated all of the pilots handbooks and maintenance manuals for all of the aircraft. When the war ended, out of work, Woodrow and his wife Lorene moved to Center. Woodrow has since painted over 1000 paintings and countless baptistries for churches. Thanks to former State Representative Bill Haley, Woodrow was named the Texas State Artist for 1991-1992. Woodrow has numerous taught Art classes and held demonstrations for over 30 years. Woodrow still draws cartoons in his free time for fun. We want to thank Mr. Woodrow Foster for being an inspiration as well as for providing a positive example for others to follow. November 3rd, Woodrow Foster will be celebrating his one-hundredth birthday.

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