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Tax Rate on Timpson City Government Agenda


Timpson City Government officials are scheduled to adopt and approve the fiscal year budget to take effect October 1st at their regular meeting tomorrow.

 

Also on the agenda are pay rate changes for the city police department and the tax rate for 31 cents per one hundred dollars worth of property value.

 

The meeting will be held at 5:30 tomorrow afternoon at the City Hall at 456 Jacob Street in Timpson. 

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Schedule of East Texas Poultry Events (Still subject to change)


Thursday, October 3, 2013

10:00 a.m. ……………………..……Opening Ceremonies Downtown Historic Courthouse

                                                                                   Presented by Farmers State Bank

Invocation………………………………………………………..……...………....... Rev. Joel McMahon

National Anthem…..…………...…………Center High School Band, Director Chris Smith  

Pledge to the Flag…..……………………………….……..…………....Timpson ISD Kindergarten

Cutting of the Feathers……………....2013 East Texas Poultry Festival Queen & Court                                    

Welcome……………........County Judge Rick Campbell, Center Mayor David Chadwick                                 

                                 Randy Collard, President Shelby County Chamber of Commerce                                                                  

10:00 a.m.  Food / Arts& Crafts Booths Open

QUILT SHOW - 10:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. Historic Courthouse

PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW - 10:00 a.m.  - 5:00 p.m.

                   Dr. Collard’s Office –Vision Source - 106 Nacogdoches St.

10:10 a.m.  F.L. Moffett Kindergarten Classes

Group I:       Batdorf, Sanders, Fults

Group II:     Fitzgerald, Rogers, Araiza

Group III:    DuVon, Ramsey, Rowlett, Covington

12:00 p.m   Center Elementary First Grade Classes

Group I:       Sullivan, Ruiz, Caraway

Group II:     Byndom, Cordray, K. Sanford

Group III:    Hayes, Cleaver, Livingston, Slaughter

12:40 p.m   Center Elementary Second Grade Classes

Group I:       Masterson, Herndon, Dillard

Group II:     Crouch, Gibson, Hooper

Group III:    Olaide, McClelland, Davidson, Radney

1:10 p.m.    Center Elementary Third Grade Classes

Group I:       Moore, Corbell, Hale    

Group II:     Brister, Pinkston, A. Sanford

Group III:   Helms, Crumbie, Chisenhall   

2:30 p.m.   Big Tent Open Microphone

4:00 p.m.   Carnival opens

5:30 p.m.    Strong Triumph Church Youth Choir

 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Carnival Arm Bands  $17

7:00 p.m.     Danny Paul Windham and The Pine Hill Review

                      Thomas Morrison  and the Pack of Strays     

Friday, October 4, 2013

 

10:00 a.m. Food / Arts & Crafts Booths open

QUILT SHOW - 10:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. Historic Courthouse

PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW - 10:00 a.m.  - 5:00 p.m.

                      Dr. Collard’s Office - Vision Source—106 Nacogdoches St.

10:00 a.m.   Excelsior School Wildcat Musicians

                       Grades K-3 “Old McDonald”

                       Fourth & Fifth Grade Classes “Old Texas”

                       Sixth & Seventh Grade Classes “Lean On Me”

                      Eighth Grade Class “America The Beautiful”

                       Played on Boomwhackers and Handbells

10:45 a.m.   Shelbyville Fourth Grade Classes “Flashback to the ‘50’s”

12:00 p.m.   Danny Paul, Sally and Friends - Homegrown & Homemade

  1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Carnival Arm Bands $17

  2:00 p.m.   Center High School Choir

  2:30 p.m.   Center Roughrider Community Pep Rally

  3:00-4:00 p.m.   Open Microphone

  4:00 p.m.   Jessica an d Tim Hopkins

  5:00 p.m.   Teresa’s Tumblers 

5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Carnival

  6:00 p.m.   Maureen Kennon, Vocalist

  6:30 p.m.   David Wheeler, Vocalist

  7:00 p.m.   Grateful Heart

  7:30 p.m.   The Borders Sisters

  8:00 p.m.   First Christian Church Praise Band

  8:30 p.m.   Chasity Davis, Vocalist

  9:00 p.m.   Soul Harvest

 

 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

 

7:30 a.m.   CASA 5K Run

9:30  a.m.   Cheer Competition-Center High School Gym

10:00 a.m.   Food / Arts & Crafts Booths Open

QUILT SHOW - 10:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. Historic Courthouse

PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW - 10:00 a.m.  - 5:00 p.m.

                     Dr. Collard’s Office - Vision Source - 106 Nacogdoches St.

PHOTO BOOTH - 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m.   4-H& FFA  Broiler Show Sift

12:00 p.m.   Broiler Show Sponsored by Tyson Foods   

12:00 p.m.   Carnival Opens

12:00 p.m.   Jasa Rodgers Unspeakable Praise Sign Language Interpretation

12:30 p.m.   Cheer Competition Awards

  1:30 p.m.   Malory Nehring, Vocalist

  2:00 p.m.   Johnson’s Lost Crowes

  3:00 p.m.   Ashton Hill Band

  4:30  p.m.   Lacey Felder, Vocalist 

  5:00 p.m.   “Strut, Cluck, and Crow” Chicken Clucking Contest

  5:45 p.m.   Lion’s Club Truck Drawing

  6:40 p.m.   Presentation of Moosberg Awards

  6:50 p.m.   Jon, Macy and Misty Bush Foundation drawing

  7:00 p.m.   4-H & FFA Broiler Show Auction Sponsored by Tyson Foods

  Following Auction: Johnson’s Lost Crowes

 

 

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Center Volunteer Firefighters Battle House Fire


Center Volunteer Firefighters battled a house fire on Farm-To-Market Road 4326 yesterday afternoon a little after 1:30.  It took firemen a couple of hours to get the blaze under control.  The house was destroyed.  No one was injured.  Fire officials are still investiagating what may have caused the fire.

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Panola College offers Command Spanish® for Mission Teams


The Office of Workforce and Continuing Education is set to offer a 16-hour Command Spanish® class beginning Monday, October 14 until December 9, 2013 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM in the Merle Glass building on the Panola College Carthage campus.  The cost of the class is $100.00 and preregistration is required.  The instructor is Nancy Nunez.  This program is a comprehensive treatment of the language used by service, volunteer, and religious organizations when bringing aid to Spanish-speaking countries.  Instruction focuses on the following aid areas:  construction, medical, dental, and ophthalmologic.  The language component utilizes a simplified manner to address pronunciation of the most important Spanish commands, questions, and phrases pertinent to daily interactions between Spanish-speakers and non-Spanish-speakers.  No prior knowledge of Spanish is necessary.  For more information and to register, contact the Continuing Education Office at 903-693-2067 or email: ce@panola.edu.

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BBQ Fund-Raiser Scheduled


A special fund-raiser is coming up in Timpson this Saturday when a BBQ Fund-Raiser for the flags of Bear Stadium and the Honor Wall Project will be held.  The event will be held at the Town Square Gazebo from 11 AM until dark.  Sponsors are the American Post Legion 90 and the Athletic Booster Club.

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Investigation Into Marijuana Farm Continues


Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell says no arrests have yet been made in yesterday's discovery of the approximately 12,000 marijuana plants growing on a piece of land west of Arcadia.  DPS assisted the sheriff's department in locating the estimated million dollars worth of plants.  Blackwell says the property is owned by a company out of Tom Ball, but it is not beleived anyone with that company was involved in the activity.  He says the land was , for the most part, considered abandoned and it is beleived a group of individuals developed the sophisticated operation with sprays and insecticides.  Again, no arrests have been made. 

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Burn Bans Lifted


Officials in Shelby and San Augustine Counties have confirmed that the outdoor burn bans in both counties have been lifted as of yesterday.  Caution is still advised when burning, however.

 

Center Volunteer Fire department officials have confirmed that the burn ban has been lifted in the city of Center, as well.

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Contest Deadline Extended


The chicken cooking contest recipe deadline has been extended to Friday, September 20, 2013.  The recipes are to be emailed to info@shelbycountychamber.com. The East Texas Poultry Festival Chicken Cooking Contest sponsored by Tyson Foods is promising many delicious dishes to be exhibited, so break out those recipes and get ready to cook. The 2013 contest will be held Wednesday September 25, immediately following the Doo Dah Parade on the Historic Downtown Center Square with judging at 5:00 p.m.  Participants will need to be set up and ready to go before judging begins.   In the event of bad weather the location would move to the active Shelby County Courthouse community room.

Chicken Cooking Contest Co-Chairs are Denise Merriman and Gina Estes with volunteers Renea Sanders, Daphne Lovell, Vicky Warren, Deborah Chadwick, Renita Swift and Savannah Oswalt.  There will be three categories for competition--Men, Women and Youth--with a $100.00 prize for 1st place in each category, $50.00 for second and $25.00 for third place.

There will also be a Peoples Choice Award and Best Dressed Table Award. Contestants will be provided with approximately 36 inches of covered presentation area to decorate. Participants are asked to prepare their recipe to create 25-30 sample size servings and bring serving utensils.This year contestants have a choice of bringing prepared dishes or cooking outdoors in a tailgate fashion, but all judged dishes will be exhibited in the presentation tent. Electricity will not be provided so an alternative fuel source must be used-- for example, chafing dishes, battery operated appliances etc.  Participants must be set up before the Doo Dah Parade in order to maintain the time schedule.    All participants must have some type of cover for their dish.

Once the judging is completed the area will be opened for a sample tasting to attendees for $5.00 per person. Chicken Cooking Contest Recipe books will be available for $2.00.  Chicken must be the main ingredient of the recipe. Recipes must be submitted to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Office by Wednesday, September 18 by 4:00 p.m. to be included in the cookbook. Recipes may be mailed or delivered to the Chamber office at 100 Courthouse Square, A-101, Center, Texas 75935 or emailed to info@shelbycountychamber.com. For more information call the Chamber at 598-3682.

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Panola College Reports Record Enrollment


Panola College has always prided itself as a being able to offer students a lot more for less, and given a home-style feeling.  This year's slogan for the annual Residence Hall Move In Day was "Small Town Big Dreams".  This philosophy seems to be working, Panola College has set a record for enrollment with 2701 this fall for the sixth straight year.  

 
As many Texas community colleges and universities are seeing declines in enrollment, Panola College has been experiencing a steady increase of about 3-4% a year over the last 6 years.  "Many factors have gone into our steady growth.  We feel that we are doing a great job of informing prospective students of the opportunities that Panola College offers.  Plus, our administration and faculty work hard to identify programs that will help students succeed and gain jobs in the workforce," stated Don Clinton, Vice President of Student Services.
 
Over the past 6 years Panola College has started or restructured  nine degrees and programs including:  Petroleum Technology, Emergency Medical Technician, Medical Assistant Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Panola One Online Nursing, Digital Media Design and Development, Early Childhood, and Electrical & Instrumentation Technology.  These programs along with the already established programs such as Associate Degree Nursing, Vocational Nursing, Welding, Health Information Technology, Office Professional, and Computer Information Technology have helped the college produce many workers for the East Texas workforce and around the State and country.
 
Academic transfers, dual credit, and online opportunities have also been on the steady climb.  Students realize the increasing cost of universities, the benefits that high schools are offering to their students for dual credit, and the many doors of opportunity that online courses can offer.  
 
Panola College offers a variety of opportunities to students from the traditional on campus experiences with residence halls, to the online courses, the traditional commuter paths, and the ever growing career and technical paths.  

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Football Scores


Atlanta 23

Center 16

 

Joaquin 46

Hemphill 20

 

Tenaha 47

Alto 6

 

Shelbyville 48

Carlisle 35

 

Garrison 35

Brook Hill 34

 

Timpson 20

Union Grove 6

 

Carthage 52

Chapel Hill 22

 

Beckville 42

All Saints 0

 

Tatum 49

Pleasant Grove 7

 

Nacogdoches 28

Lufkin 24

 

Bullard 38

Diboll 7

 

Hallsville 35

Henderson 22

 

John Tyler 44

Tyler Lee 0

 

Gilmer 60

Jacksonville 20 

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POW Ceremony Scheduled


Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary will hold a remembrance, Friday, September 20th, at the Veterans Memorial in Center in honor of POW/MIA Remembrance Day.  Specifically they will honor US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who has been held Prisoner of War in Afghanistan since June 30, 2009 and all those from Shelby County who were once POWs and those still MIA.  The POW/MIA Flag that flies at the Historic Courthouse 24/7 will also be replaced with a new one. 

 

The program begins at 10:00 am and the public as always is cordially invited.

 

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Center Fire Department Works Grass Fire


Center Volunteer Firefighters responded to a grass fire on Highway 96 South at the Sanford residence a little after 2 Sunday afternoon.

 

No injuries were reported and there was no damage reported to the house on the property.

 

However, the fire did destroy a shed at the location.

 

It took firefighters a couple of hours to get the blaze under control. 

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Center Tire Company to Sponsor Doo-Dah Parade


 

East Texas Poultry Festival Doo Dah Parade Chairman, Carolyn Lamb, announces Center Tire Company as the 2013 Parade Sponsor. The parade will circle the Historic Downtown Square, led by the Shelby County Junior Chamber of Commerce, at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25. Pre-registration for this popular event is not required. Participants are to line up at the Farmers State Bank Drive-Thru at 4:00 p.m.

 

To launch the action-packed day you are invited to enjoy the annual kick-off Chicken Fajita Luncheon. Orders are now being accepted. Forms are available on the Shelby County Chamber’s festival page at www.shelbycountychamber.com or by calling 598-3682 or emailing info@shelbycountychamber.com by Friday, September 21. The meal includes two fajitas, chips, salsa and a drink for $7 per plate and delivery is available for 5 or more advance orders.

 

Chicken Cooking Contest recipes are to be submitted by Wednesday, September 18 according to Chairman Denise Merriman. The contest, sponsored by Tyson Foods, will follow the Doo Dah Parade on the downtown Center Square at 5:00 p.m. Trophies and cash prizes will be given to the top cooks by categories, including People’s Choice and the Best Dressed Table. To enter the contest, recipes may be submitted by email to info@shelbycountychamber.com. If preferred, they may be mailed to or dropped off at the Chamber offices, 100 Courthouse Square, A-101, Center, Texas 75935 by the deadline. The public is invited to come out at 5:00 p.m. on the east side of the Square and try all the dishes for a $5 charge.

 

Rooster Revel 2013 will also be held Wednesday, September 25 on the Historic Downtown Square and will feature exclusive Rooster Revel 2013 metal art silhouette designs created and hand painted by the Center High School Agribusiness and Marketing students and art students. The limited edition artistic creations will be on display the week prior to the auction for public viewing at various business locations. For a list of business locations visit the chamber’s festival page. A select number of silhouettes will be auctioned at 6:00 p.m.

The Photography Show will be October 3-5 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Vision Source, the office of Dr. Charles Collard, at 106 Nacogdoches Street.  For entry forms and guidelines visit the Shelby County Chamber’s Poultry Festival page at www.shelbycountychamber.com.  Photo entries will be accepted Saturday, September 21 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Farmers State Bank in Shelbyville.  For questions, contact Billie Jones at 936-591-2426.

The Quilt Show will be held October 3-5 in the Historic Courthouse from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Quilts may not have been previously entered in any East Texas Poultry Festival Quilt Show. Quilts need to be turned in at the Historic Courthouse on Monday, September 30 from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. For entry form and guidelines visit the chamber’s festival page.

 

For questions, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.

 


 

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Local residents Gather To Remember 911 Fallen


A number of local residents turned out to remember those who died and those who gave their lives in the 911 tragedy twelve years ago today.

“We are here to honor the over 3,000 who died 9/11/2001and all who have served and sacrificed greatly in years since,” said VFW Post Commander Larry Hume.  Hume remembered three of Shelby County’s soldiers who gave their lives in the war on terror in Afghanistan and Iraq-Larry E. Polley Jr, Kevin Casey Roberts, and Cory Bertrand. 

The US Flag will fly at half-mast until sundown today per Presidential Proclamation.

Hume said the legacy of the first responders who unhesitatingly arrived at the scene of the Twin Towers the day they were attacked will live on in the spirit of  today’s first responders, such as those on the Center Police Department, EMS, Fire Department and Shelby County Sheriff’s office.

 

Police Chief Jim Albers  said today was a day to honor the fallen and let what happened strengthen our resolve to not let terrorists win.

EMS Spokesman Jesse Griffith says those who risked and gave their lives on that tragic day blazed the path for present-day responders to continue to do what they do.

Sheriff Willis Blackwell says he appreciates all emergency departments who save lives, pointing out that one department alone could not do it.

Fire Chief Keith Byndum, who laid a memorial wreath on the Shelby County Veterans Memorial Monument   commented that it takes a special kind to be a first responder.

Joaquin Mayor Mike Wood played Amazing Grace on the Bagpiipes.

Davd Treadaway of Eagles Across America played Taps.

 

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TYSON FOODS TO SPONSOR CHICKEN COOKING CONTEST


The chicken cooking contest recipe deadline is Wednesday, September 18, 2013.  The recipes are to be emailed to info@shelbycountychamber.com or may be mailed or delivered to the Chamber of Commerce office. The East Texas Poultry Festival Chicken Cooking Contest sponsored by Tyson Foods features creative, delicious dishes. The 2013 contest will be held Wednesday, September 25, immediately following the Doo Dah Parade on the Historic Downtown Center Square with judging at 5:00 p.m.  Participants will need to be set up and ready to go before judging begins.   In the event of bad weather the location will move to the active Shelby County Courthouse community room.

 

Chicken Cooking Contest Co-Chairpersons are Denise Merriman and Gina Estes. There will be three categories for competition--Men, Women and Youth--with a $100.00 prize for 1st place in each category, $50.00 for second and $25.00 for third place.

 

There will also be a People’s Choice Award and Best Dressed Table Award. Contestants will be provided with approximately 36 inches of covered presentation area to decorate. Participants are asked to prepare their recipe to create 25-30 sample size servings and bring serving utensils. This year contestants have a choice of bringing prepared dishes or cooking outdoors in a tailgate fashion, but all judged dishes will be exhibited in the presentation tent. Electricity will not be provided so an alternative fuel source must be used-- for example, chafing dishes, battery operated appliances etc.  Participants must be set up before the Doo Dah Parade in order to maintain the time schedule. All participants must have some type of cover for their dish.

 

Once the judging is completed the area will be opened for a sample tasting to attendees for $5.00 per person. Chicken Cooking Contest Recipe books will be available for $2.00. Chicken must be the main ingredient of the recipe. Recipes must be submitted to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Office by Wednesday, September 18 by 4:00 p.m. to be included in the cookbook. Recipes may be mailed or delivered to the Chamber office at 100 Courthouse Square, A-101, Center, Texas 75935 or emailed to info@shelbycountychamber.com. For more information call the Chamber at 598-3682.

 

 

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San Augustine County Commissioners to Meet


NOTICE OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE

COMMISSIONERS COURT OF SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TEXAS

   

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above named Commissioners Court will be held on Tuesday, the 10th day of September, 2013 A.D. at 10:30 o’clock A.M. in the Commissioners Court Room at 100 W. Columbia, Room 103, San Augustine, Texas, at which time the following subjects will be discussed, to-wit:

 

  • CALL TO ORDER
  • Establish Quorum                                                       
  • Invocation-  
  • Pledge of Allegiance-  
  • Acknowledge Guests

 

Texas Pledge of Allegiance: 

Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible.

 

  1.      Consider approval of the minutes of the Commissioners Court meeting held August 27, 2013.

 

  2.   Consider approval of the minutes of the Public Hearing held August 29, 2013.

 

  3.   Consider approval of the minutes of the Public Meeting held September 3, 2013.

 

  4.   Monthly Reports:

a.   Payroll                                                                           d.  County Clerk

  1. Bills                                                                               e.  District Clerk
  2. Justice of the Peace                                                      

 

  5.   Citizen Presentations:  At this time, any person not scheduled on the agenda with business before the Commissioners Court may speak to the Court.  No formal action can be taken on these items at this meeting. Please limit to two minutes each.

 

  6.   Discuss and select a Judge Pro Tem. – Judge Johnson

 

  7.  Discuss and take action on disbursements of Child Safety Fees. – Treasurer Smith

 

  8.  Discuss WIC services and needs in the San Augustine area. – Judge Johnson

 

  9.  Discuss and take action on selecting a Veteran’s Administration Officer for San Augustine County. – Judge Johnson

 

10.  Discuss and consider executing the 2014 RAMP grant for the San Augustine County Airport. – Project Manager Jenkins

 

11.  Discuss & approve the San Augustine County Clerk Records Management and Archive Plan. – County Clerk Noble

 

12.  Discuss & approve the San Augustine District Clerk Records Management and Archive Plan. – District Clerk Steptoe

 

13.  Discuss and approve a Records Archive fee of $10 needed to preserve and restore County Court records. – County Clerk Noble

 

14.   Discuss and approve a Records Archive fee of $10 needed to preserve and restore District Court records. – District Clerk Steptoe

 

 15.  Discuss and approve a Records Management and Preservation fee of $10 needed to preserve and restore County Court records. – County Clerk Noble

 

16.  Presentation by John Manual from the Law Offices of Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, LLP regarding taxpayer questions. – Tax Assessor Barthol

 

17. Hold the second public hearing for the proposed tax rate.

 

18.  Executive session to receive legal advice, to discuss personnel matters, and to discuss legal issues pertaining to pending contract.  No vote of final action may be taken in a closed meeting.

 

19.  Adjourn

 

     

     

 

 

Dated this the _____ day of __________, 2013.

 

           Commissioners Court of San Augustine County, Texas

            Margo Noble, County Clerk

 

By______________________________

 

 

 

Pursuant to the authority granted under Government Code, Chap. 551, the Commissioners Court may convene a closed session to discuss any of the above agenda items.  Immediately before any closed session, the specific section or sections of Government Code, Chap. 551, which provides statutory authority

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VFW POST 8904 REMEMBERS SEPTEMBER 11, 2001


Those whom we lost on September 11, 2001, will forever hold a cherished place in our hearts and in the history of our nation. By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001, (Public Law 107-89), Congress authorized the president to designate September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day" to perpetuate the memory of those who perished in the attack on America and to pursue peace and justice in the world and security at home.

 

Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary invite the citizens of Shelby County to join them at their annual Patriot Day Observance, Wednesday September 11th, 2013 at the Veterans Memorial located on the grounds of the Historic Shelby County Courthouse.  The program will begin at 9:30 am and include a prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, lowering of the colors to half-staff, remarks by Center Fire Chief Keith Byndom, Center Chief of Police Jim Albers and Jessie Griffith of ACE EMS, memorial wreath laying, bagpipes by Joaquin Mayor Mike Wood.  The program will be closed out at 9:46 a.m. (the time the first airliner crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center) with the playing of Taps by David Treadaway of Bugles Across America.

If you cannot join us we urge all citizens to take a moment to remember the over 3000 innocent people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Sacrifice is meaningless without remembrance.  America’s collective consciousness demands that all citizens recall and be aware of the deaths of their fellow countrymen. More information contact Larry Hume, at 598-2976.

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Panola College offers Computer Literacy


The office of Workforce and Continuing Education is set to offer Computer Literacy.  The class meets Thursdays beginning September 12 through September 26, 2013 in the Merle Glass building, room 119 at the Panola College Carthage campus.  Class meets 5:30 PM until 8:00 PM.  The cost of the class is $50.00 and pre-registration is required.  The instructor is Bill Schrader.  The class provides the novice computer user an opportunity to learn about computer components, operating systems, and an introduction to the internet, email, and application software.  For more information and to register, contact the Continuing Education office at 903-693-2067 or email:ce@panola.edu.

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Third Earthquake Hits Timpson Area This Week


The US Geological Survey has confirmed another earthquake hit the Timpson area this morning a little after 3 AM.  The quake (which was reported just west of Timpson) registered at 2.4 on the Richter Scale, lower than the quakes of earlier this week that were 4.1 and 4.3.  As was the case earlier this week, there were no injuries or major property damage reported.  

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County Judge Breaks 2-2 tie on Budget and Tax Rate


The Shelby County Commmissioners Court has voted 3-2 to approve the proposed fiscal year 2013-2014 budget and tax rate of sixty cents per one hundred dollars worth of property value.  

 

Two votes were taken ; one on the budget and one on the tax rate, which reflects a two cent increase over last year.

 

County Judge Rick Campbell voted along with County Commissioners Travis Rodgers and Bradley Allen in voting in favor of both items.  Commissioners Roscoe McSwain and Jimmy Lout voted against. 

 

 

More on this morning's meeting will be coming up in later newscasts and reports.

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Shelby County Sheriff's Department Clear Joaquin Church Burglary


The Shelby County Sheriff's department reports that all items stolen from the Joaquin Pentecostal Church a couple of weeks ago have been recovered with the suspected culprit in custody.

 

It was August 13th when Investigator John Pope received the call that the church had been burglarized.

The pastor of the church told Pope that four guitars had been stolen and thousands of dollars in damage had been done to church property. 

Shelby County Sheriffs officials placed the burglary on Crime Stoppers , which was run through KDET/KQBB.

Five days later, an individual came to the sheriffs office and reported that someone had tried to sell him guitars at Dairy Queen in Center and used his cell phone to place a call. 

Investigator Pope then contacted Invesigator Windham with the Shelby County DA's office , who subpoenad the  phone number. 

Investigator Pope then went to a Tenaha street location after receiving the related information from the phone company recovered one of the stolen guitars.  That information then led to a search warrant issued last Friday for a San Augustine County residence.  That was where officers from the Shelby and San Augustine County Sheriff's department arrested James Ross Bennett.  Deputies recovered the other three guitars taken from the church at that location. 

 

"The Shelby County Sherriff's Office would like to thank the agencies involved with this case and the person who came forward with the information" department officials said in a press release.

 

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Recent Center School Board Minutes


A Called Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD was held Friday, August 30, 2013, beginning at 12:00 PM in the Center ISD Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.

 

 

1.

Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum

 

Dr. Golden called the meeting to order at 12:00 p.m.

 

Present: Dixon Golden, Ortega Cartwright, Deborah Chadwick, Jim Sawyer, Sharon Nelson, Dan Wilkins, Stephen Shires, Director of Finance and Business Operations Betty McDaniel, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Tammy Lemoine, Deputy Superintendent Rayford Copelin, and Superintendent James Hockenberry

 

Absent: None

 

Visitor(s): Jeff Ackerman of Southwest Food Service Excellence

 

 

2.

Consider Approval of Amendments to the 2012-2013 Budget   

 

A motion was made by Jim Sawyer, seconded by Dan Wilkins to approve the amendments to the 2012-2013 budget. The motion carried 7-0.  
 

 

3.

Public Hearing on the Adoption of the 2013-2014 Budget and Tax Rate

 

A public hearing was held on the adoption of the 2013-2014 budget and tax rate.

 

 

4.

Consider Adoption of the 2013-2014 Budget

 

A motion was made by Deborah Chadwick, seconded by Sharon Nelson to adopt the 2013-2014 budget. The motion read as follows:

 

“I move that the board adopt for the 2013-2014 school year the following budgets:

 

The Maintenance and Operation (M&O) Budget of $20,334,188; the National School Lunch and Breakfast Budget of $1,676,400; the Interest and Sinking (I&S) Budget of $1,292,213; and the Construction Fund Budget of $159,108.”

The motion carried 7-0.

 

5.

Consider Adoption of the 2013-2014 Tax Rate

 

A motion was made by Sharon Nelson, seconded by Dan Wilkins to adopt the 2013-2014 tax rate. The motion read as follows:

 

“I move that the board adopt for the 2013-2014 school year the following tax rates:

 

The Maintenance and Operation (M&O) tax rate of $1.17 and the Interest and Sinking (I&S) tax rate of $0.1638 for a total tax rate of $1.3338. This tax rate will generate .04% less taxes for maintenance and operations than last year’s tax rate.”

 

The motion carried 7-0.

 

6.

Appoint Delegate and Alternate Delegate to the TASA/TASB Conference

 

A motion was made by Ortega Cartwright, seconded by Sharon Nelson to appoint Jim Sawyer as delegate and Dan Wilkins as alternate delegate to the TASA/TASB Conference. The motion carried 7-0.

 

7.

District Employees and Officers

 

A motion was made by Stephen Shires, seconded by Dan Wilkins to employ the district employees and officers as recommended by the Superintendent.

 

A.

Resignation/Retirement of Personnel


Nicolle Davis -- Instructional Technologist
 

 

B.

Employment of Personnel


Amy O'Dell -- CMS Teacher
Erica Klein -- CES Teacher (Class Size Reduction)
Mayra Hernandez -- CIS Bilingual Aide
Genera Bolton -- CMS Special Education Aide

 

C.

Employment of Substitute Teachers

 

 

D.

Leave(s) of Absence


Joyce Hill

 

The motion carried 7-0.

 

8.

Adjournment

 

A motion was made by Dan Wilkins, seconded by Ortega Cartwright to adjourn the meeting at 12:10 p.m. The motion carried 7-0.

 

 

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Pertussis Prompts Texas Health Alert


The Texas Department of State Health Services is urging people to make sure they’re vaccinated against pertussis after projections show the number of people sick with the deadly disease this year is on track to reach the highest level in more than 50 years.
“This is extremely concerning. If cases continue to be diagnosed at the current rate, we will see the most Texas cases since the 1950s,” said Dr. Lisa Cornelius, DSHS infectious diseases medical officer. “Pertussis is highly infectious and can cause serious complications, especially in babies, so people should take it seriously.” 
DSHS issued a health alert today advising doctors on diagnosing and treating pertussis. The state health department also strongly encourages people to make sure their children’s and their own vaccinations are up to date. While infants remain the most at risk, people of all ages can still get pertussis.
DSHS has reported nearly 2,000 pertussis cases so far this year, and the annual total likely will surpass the recent high of 3,358 cases in 2009. There have also been two pertussis-related deaths in Texas this year, both of infants too young to be vaccinated.
To better protect babies, DSHS recommends pregnant women get a dose of pertussis vaccine during every pregnancy, preferably between 27 and 36 weeks of pregnancy. This helps protect the baby before he or she can start the vaccination series at 2 months old and helps keep the mother from getting sick and infecting the baby. Fathers, siblings, extended family members, medical providers and others who will be around newborns should also be vaccinated. Many babies get whooping cough from adults or older brothers or sisters who don’t even know they have the disease. While symptoms are usually milder in teens and adults, pertussis can be life threatening for babies because of the risk of apnea, an interruption in breathing.
Pertussis is a bacterial infection that often starts with cold-like symptoms and a mild cough. After a week or two, severe coughing can begin and last for several weeks. Coughing fits may be followed by vomiting or a “whooping” sound, the reason the disease is also called “whooping cough.” Pertussis spreads easily through the air when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. People with pertussis are most contagious while they have cold-like symptoms and during the first two weeks after coughing starts.
Anyone with an unexplained, prolonged cough or who has had close contact with a person with pertussis should contact their health care provider. Early diagnosis and treatment may reduce the severity of symptoms and shorten the contagious period. Doctors who suspect a pertussis infection are required to report it to their local health department within one working day. Patients who have pertussis should not go back to work or school until they’ve completed five days of antibiotic treatment.
Parents are urged to check their children’s shot records to be sure they are completely vaccinated against pertussis and should keep infants, especially those less than 6 months old, away from people with a cough. Adults should talk to their medical provider about receiving a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine.
A link to the complete health advisory is below.

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Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee Schedules Third Meeting


All summer, the planners from  Fort Worth based engineering firm Freese & Nichols have been working with the Center Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan.  The CPAC’s next scheduled meeting is for Tuesday, September 10 at 5:30 pm at the Windham Civic Center.   Any City resident interested in participating in this meeting is welcome to attend.

 

“As part of this process, we sent out invitations to each of our residential water customers to take a community survey,” explains Center Mayor David Chadwick.  “At our next meeting we will review the survey results and use any gained insights to inform our decisions and directions for the plan.”

 

A comprehensive plan examines demographic and economic data on the City and will look at projected population growth, current and future land use, a thoroughfare plan, and neighborhood and community livability.  In coordination with the planning consultant and staff, the CPAC will develop the plan for presentation to Council.  Two additional public meetings to discuss these various topics will be scheduled.

 

“This next meeting will be very interesting in that we will be talking about economic development, community livability and the implementation of the plan,” described Center City Manager, Chad Nehring.  “We anticipate that the plan will be presented to the City Council for adoption in the next few months.”

 

Chadwick continued, “This is not a process to take lightly as this plan will guide us for the next 10 years and beyond.”

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Veterans BBQ Slated


The Holly Springs Baptist Church Veterans Connect Group would like to invite all veterans and their families to their Freedom Feast Family BBQ to be held Saturday, September 28th, at 5:00 p.m.  It will be held in the Church Gym at 16928 N. Hwy 59 in Garrison.

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Shelby County Sherriff Wanrs Public of Scam


The Shelby County Sheriff's Office would like to advise everyone that we received multiple complaints reporting a phone scam on Sunday morning, 9-1-13, involving a person calling residences and claiming to be from their phone company needing to collect money on past due accounts.  We would like to advise the county of the situation and let everyone know that if they have given out any personal information in such a situation to please contact us so we can take steps to stop or minimize any damage.

 

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37th East Texas Poultry Festival Kick-Off Events


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce announces the 37th East Texas Poultry Festival season will kick-off Wednesday, September 25  with several events, including the Chicken Fajita Luncheon, the ever popular Doo-Dah Parade sponsored by Center Tire Company and the Chicken Cooking Contest sponsored by Tyson Foods. 

 

The Chicken Fajita Kick-Off Luncheon will offer tasty fare starting at 11:00 a.m. on the Historic Downtown Center Square according to Chairman, Bryan Wages. The lunch includes two chicken fajitas, chips, salsa and a drink for $7 per plate and delivery is available for 5 or more advance orders by calling 598.3682 or emailing info@shelbycountychamber.com by Friday, September 21. An order form for the Fajita Luncheon, as well as other Poultry Festival Events, is available on the Poultry Festival Event page on the Chamber web site, www.shelbycountychamber.com.

 

Everybody loves a parade--especially the East Texas Poultry Festival's Doo-Dah Parade! So decorate a float, trailer, tractor, or business vehicle to have a great time, because just about anything goes! Participants will line up at the Farmers State Bank Drive-Thru at 4:00. The parade will circle the historic downtown square led by the Shelby County Junior Chamber of Commerce at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25.

 

Come and enjoy fantastic chicken recipes at the Chicken Cooking Contest sponsored by Tyson Foods.  Trophies and cash prizes are given to the top cooks by categories, including People’s Choice and the Best Dressed Table.  The public is invited to come out at 5:00 p.m. on the east side of the Square and try all the dishes for a $5 charge. To enter the contest, recipes may be submitted by email to info@shelbycountychamber.com. They also may be mailed to or dropped off at the Chamber offices, 100 Courthouse Square, A-101, Center, Texas 75935. Chairman Denise Merriman states the deadline for submitting recipes is Wednesday, September 18.  

 

Festival co-chairmen, Jim Sawyer and Hollie Adams, announce the evening ‘s events will include a live and silent auction for the Rooster Revel metal sculptures at 6:00 p.m. The exclusive Rooster Revel 2013 metal art silhouette designs are created and hand painted by the Center High School Agribusiness and Marketing students led by Shana Brittain.  The limited edition artistic creations will be on display from September 18-25 for public viewing at various business locations prior to the auction.

 

For more information, please call the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936.598.3682.

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Asleep at the Wheel to perform in Carthage


The Kings of Texas Swing, Asleep at the Wheel, will perform in concert at the Carthage Civic Center on Saturday, Sept. 14. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. concert.

The Grammy Award-winning “Kings of Texas Swing” will perform in the first of a Performing Arts Series sponsored by the Fine & Performing Arts Department at Panola College. Tickets may be purchased in person or by phone through the Panola County Chamber of Commerce, 300 W. Panola, 903-693-6634. The link to purchase general admission seats online is http://outhousetickets.com/Venue/Carthage_Civic_Center/. Reserved floor seats are $35, and general admission seats are $25.

Collaborating with Panola College on the show are Main Street, the City of Carthage, the Panola County Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

Local musical group, In the Jeans, will open the show. Sisters Rachel and Sydney Gee along with Bob Gonzales play a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, violin and percussion to produce a folk-music sound.

Headlining the show, Asleep at the Wheel, has won nine Grammy Awards over the group’s 42-year history. The band continues to introduce American roots music and the western swing genre to a new generation on tour.

When the doors open at 5:30, the Panola College Band and Chorale will sell barbecue sandwich meals for $7 each as a fundraiser for the Fine Arts Department.

 

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Two Earthquakes hit Timpson area


Timpson officials say two earthquakes that hit the area yesterday evening did little , if any damge.  Police Officer Adam Renfro says there were reports of pictures falling off walls and homes shaking for anywhere from 15-30 seconds, but no major structural damage or injuries were reported.

 

The first earthquake occurred just before five and registered 4.1 on the Richter scale and the second one occurred two hours later and registered 4.3.

 

Both earthquakes occurred WNW of the city of Timpson.

 

According to the US Geological Survey, yesterday's quakes bring the total of earthquakes to hit the Timpson area to 12 since May of 2012.

 

The last earthquake to hit the area was January 31st and registered at 2.7.  The incident which registered highest on the Richter scale was the one that occurred May 17th, 2012 which was 4.8 on the scale.

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