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Shelby County man dies in accidental shooting Saturday


An accidental shooting around noon Saturday has taken the life of a Shelby County man.

 

According to a press release from Sheriff Willis Blackwell, 21-year old Taylor Keele was pronounced dead upon arrival at Memorial Health System of East Texas in San Augustine.

 

The release said the sheriff’s office received a 911 call indicating there had been a shooting accident at a residence on County Road 1024.

 

The initial investigation revealed that 25-year old Bret Anderson and Keele were handling a 9mm pistol, when Anderson unintentionally discharged the firearm striking Keele in the chest.

 

Keele was transported to the San Augustine hospital by ACE EMS.

 

Sheriff Blackwell said Anderson was arrested at the scene and charged with manslaughter. He added at the time of the press release the incident is believed to be purely accidental and the case remains under investigation.

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Week 1 High School Football Final Scores


Center 28  Waskom 20

Tenaha 39 Joaquin 8
San Augustine 14 Garrison 18
Shelbyville 28 Linden-Kildare 12
Timpson 15 Tyler All Saints 23
Kilgore 25 Nacogdoches 27
Carthage 20 Hallsville 52
Longview 14 Lufkin 44
Newton 7 Tatum 39
West Sabine 52 Burkeville 8
Hull-Daisetta 6 Hemphill 22
Alto 46 Crockett 28

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 8/28/14--8/29/14


Arrest Report

8/28/14--8/29/14

 

Shelby County:

 

Tony Smith, 30, Center, Driving While Intoxicated-3rd or more, and Unlawful Carrying a Weapon

 

Sarah Jeanne Hite, 27, Center, Two Warrants-Endangering a Child, Warrant-Open Container, and Warrant-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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It's Football Time! High School season kicks-off tonight for local teams


High school football fans have been waiting 8 months for this day, as the season kicks-off tonight for teams across the state of Texas.

 

Center Broadcasting is proud to once again be the "Voice of Center Roughrider Football" as the Riders open the 2014 campaign on the road against Waskom. The Wildcats were state semi-finalist last season, and have been picked to win it all in Class 3A, Div. II.

 

Don Wall says the Riders have showed good signs on both sides of the ball heading into the opener. He noted defensively, Center has stepped up and not allowed much scoring in their two scrimmages.

 

Offensively the Riders are expected to highlight the throwing game, as QB Kyle Parks will have two prime targets in All-American Octavius Evans and Parks’ brother, Cameron Parks.

 

Catch all the Rider action on KDET online at cbc-radio.com and on 92.5 KXXE with Rob Payne and Chris Watlington starting their 21st season, along with the Rider Broadcast team beginning at 7 p.m.

 

Also tonight, our Shelby County Game of the Week gets started with a good intra-county rivalry as the state's No. 3 ranked team, the Tenaha Tigers go to the Joaquin Rams. There are new faces behind center for both teams and the Rams’ rushing game is highlighted by two 1,000+ yard rushers.

 

Leading the Tigers is QB T.J. Thomas, and the Rams' QB is Brock Lawson, and running backs Nate Belrose and Jonathan Rico will be in the backfield.

 

Don Wall will describe the Tenaha at Joaquin action on Q-100 KQBB, and online at cbc-radio.com.

 

In other area games, the Shelbyville Dragons go to Linden-Kildare; the Timpson Bears will be in Tyler to play All Saints Episcopal, and the San Augustine Wolves go to Garrison to play the Bulldogs. Also, Carthage at Hallsville and Kilgore at Nacogdoches, among others we'll be keeping tabs on tonight. The Logansport Tigers are playing in the DeSoto Parish Jamboree in Mansfield.

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Sheriff's office makes drug arrests, children reportedly present


The Shelby County Sheriff's Department is reporting two arrests were made this week involving the use of illegal drugs with children present. According to Sheriff Willis Blackwell, 36-year old Michael Lee Smith of Center was arrested Wednesday on three felony warrants, including Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and two counts of Endangering a Child. Also, 27-year old Sarah Jeanne Hite of Center was arrested Thursday morning in connection with the same investigation on two counts of Endangering a Child. Both subjects were linked to the use of meth. No other details of the arrest have been released.

 

Michael Lee Smith

 

Sarah Jeanne Hite

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Be aware of TxDOT's Labor Day "Drink. Drive. Go to Jail" campaign


TxDOT's annual Labor Day “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail” campaign will be a priority this weekend, as drivers and motorcyclist are encouraged to avoid drinking and driving, or face severe consequences. The two-week campaign, now through Monday, has Texas law enforcement officers stepping up their vigilance to arrest drunk drivers. During last year’s Labor Day weekend in Texas, nearly half of the 35 holiday traffic fatalities were caused by drivers under the influence. TxDOT has developed SoberRides.org to help people quickly and easily find sober alternatives to drinking and driving. Options include asking a sober friend or family member for a ride home, and staying put.

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CISD Board meets today at noon, to consider adoption of FY Tax Rate, Budget


The Center ISD Board of Trustees will have a meeting at 12 noon today, and among the agenda items for consideration and approval will be amending the 2013-24 Budget, and holding a Public Hearing on the adoption of the 2014-15 Proposed Budget and proposed Tax Rate. As well as considering adoption of the new Fiscal Year Tax Rate and Budget. The board will also discuss a request for an emergency leave of absence in closed session. Any action to be taken will be done so in open session.

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Timpson City Council to have special meeting Tuesday


The Timpson City Council will have a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2. Among the agenda items for discussion and possible action will be Economic Development Corporation street projects; the final Budget review; and agreeing to accept the Texas Municipal League health insurance proposal for city employees. In addition, the Timpson Volunteer Fire Dept. will be purchasing a tanker truck for $25,000 with funds to be used from the fire department's savings account; and the city council's expected to authorize an expense from the city's General Savings Fund for fuel to go to Austin and pickup the tanker.

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Garrison Homecoming on for Saturday, rain or shine


The Garrison Homecoming is set for tomorrow, as the Garrison Lions Club and Garrison Special Projects committee have joined together to sponsored the event. Activities start at 10 a.m. with a parade, followed by a domino and washer tournament, entertainment, games for the kids including a rock-climbing wall, bounce house, train rides, plus gift and food vendor booths. The FFA BBQ sale starts at 11 a.m., the announcement of Citizen of the Year and the Lions Club Cake Auction begins at 2 p.m. The Garrison Homecoming Saturday...rain or shine!

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Mobile mammography unit to be in Center Sept. 12, appointments being accepted


The ETMC Mobile Digital Mammography Unit will be in Center, Friday, Sept. 12 at the historic Shelby County Courthouse. To schedule a digital mammogram, contact the Shelby County Extension Office at 936-598-7744, an appointment is required. Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurance will be accepted and filed. Mammograms will be available at no charge to those without insurance or financial ability to pay.

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Poultry Festival Quilt, Photography Show information released


The Texas Education Extension Association is hosting the annual quilt show during the 38th East Texas Poultry Festival, Oct. 2-4. Quilts will be on display at the Historic Courthouse from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Jheri-Lynn Smith, Quilt Chair, says you can pick up your registration packets at the chamber of commerce, or extension office, or online at shelbycountychamber.com. For more information call 598-7744 or 598-3682.

 

The Poultry Festival Open Photography Show will be held at Vision Source, located next to the Rio Theatre, Oct. 2-4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event chairman and coordinator Billie Jones says entries will be accepted at First United Methodist Church in Center on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry fee is $2 per entry. Categories include children, youth and adults. Photography show entry forms and rules can be picked up at the chamber office or online at shelbcountychamber.com.

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Iraqi Freedom observance at 10 a.m. this morning


At 10 a.m. this morning, VFW Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary will hold an observance for those who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The public is invited to the event at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center.

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Funeral Notices: 8/29/14


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 90-year old W.M. "Buck" Williams, Jr. of Center. Service will be at 2 p.m. this afternoon at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 76-year old Harry M. Logan of Center. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Center.

 

Garner & Son Mortuary of San Augustine announces service for 93-year old Ms. Ollie "Cot" Sigler Ellington of Shelbyville. Service will be at 12 noon Saturday at True Vine Baptist Church, with interment to follow in the Greer Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at Garner & Son Chapel.

 

Garrison Funeral Home announces service for 73-year old Kenneth Ray Curbow of Garrison. He passed away Thursday in Garrison. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Garrison Funeral Home. Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Garrison Funeral Home, with interment at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Garrison. Among Kenneth Ray Curbow’s survivors are son, Michael Curbow; brother, Roger Curbow; and sisters, Sally Ritter, Geneva McCray and Martha Wade.

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Local Sports Round up 8/29/14; High School Football scheduled tonight


Tonight's high school football schedule: Center at Waskom; Tenaha at Joaquin; Shelbyville at Linden-Kildare; Timpson at Tyler All Saints; San Augustine at Garrison; and Logansport in the DeSoto Parish Jamboree in Mansfield. Also, Carthage at Hallsville; Kilgore at Nacogdoches; and Longview at Lufkin, as well as other games.

 

Center Broadcasting will have the Center vs. Waskom game on KDET online at cbc-radio.com starting with pre-game at 7 p.m., and the Tenaha vs. Joaquin game on Q100, KQBB, and online at cbc-radio.com with pre-game at 7:20 p.m.

 

The SFA Lumberjacks will open their football season Saturday night in Manhattan, Kansas against #20 Kansas State. Kick-off is 6:10 p.m.

 

The East Texas Colts, a semi-pro football team that’s headquartered in Center will be having their final tryouts at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Center High School practice field behind Roughrider Stadium. You must be at least 18 years of age, just bring your cleats, shorts, gloves, etc. There’s a $25 non-refundable try-out fee. For more information contact Joshua Black at 332-9554 or Colton Thompson at 332-8407. You can also check out the team’s Facebook page at ETX Colts. The season will begin in February.

 

The Center Youth Football League will continue with have its final sign-up Saturday, Aug. 30th from 10:00am-1:00p. m. at the Center Middle School Cafeteria. Be sure and bring a copy of your child's birth certificate. Sign up fees are $50 for flag and $80 for tackle. Ages 5-12 are allowed to play.

 

Shelbyville Youth Football League will have their final football sign up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday at the Shelbyville Youth Baseball fields.

Sign ups for Joaquin Youth Football and Cheer will be Saturday, Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Haslam. The league is for Kindergarten thru 6th Grade, and a child must be 5 by Sept. 1, 2014. A copy of the child's birth certificate is needed at time of sign-up.

 

The National Wild Turkey Federation will be hosting its annual adult-child dove hunt and JAKES event, Sunday, Sept. 7 starting at 2:30 p.m. in the Sabine National Forest near Shelbyville. Only 20 applicants will be accepted. The hunt is for youth, 8 to 17 years of age, and child must have taken a State Hunters Education, and be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older who possesses a valid State Hunting License. For more information contact Ron Hasken at 936-897-1068.

 

The Dove hunting season opens up Monday in the North and Central Zones in Texas, and will continue until Oct. 20. There will also be a dove season from Dec. 19 - Jan. 7, 2015.

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Rain expected for Labor Day Weekend, decreases by Monday


Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 93. Southeast wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Saturday: A 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Sunday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
 
Labor Day: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.
 
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
 
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

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KDET AM operating at reduced daytime power


Center Broadcasting wants to let listeners of KDET AM that the station continues to operate at a reduced daytime power as repairs are being made to our transmitter and tower. If you're finding it more difficult to receive a clearer signal, especially in the outlying areas of Center, that's the reason. We're hoping have the situation repaired over soon. Thanks for your patience and we apologize for the inconvenience.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 8/27/14--8/28/14


Arrest Report

8/27/14--8/28/14

 

Shelby County:

 

Michael Lee Smith, 36, Center, Warrant-Aggravated Assault with a Weapon & two Warrants for Endangering a Child

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Flight for Life air rapid transport now flying in Shelby County


A third rapid transport medical helicopter company began service in Shelby County Wednesday when Trinity Mother Frances' Flight for Life was introduced to emergency personnel and the media at Center Municipal Airport.

 

Flight for Life has three units that can be on the scene here within 20 to 30 minutes from their bases at the Gregg County Airport, Palestine and even Winnsboro.

 

Flight Nurse Brandon Means says the company saw where there was a need for additional medical rapid transport. He noted with Shelby County being a distance from a Level 1 trauma facility, Flight for Life's service will enhance availability in times of need.

 

Means added Trinity Mother Frances' Flight for Life air units are staffed with double board certified medics, and will fly in the rain and even at night, as very well trained pilots wear night-vision goggles.

 

ACE EMS' Jessie Griffith tells us having the additional helicopter transport in Shelby County will definitely assist when there’s trauma with multiple critical injuries.

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Pickup truck burns at abandoned residence, sheriff's office investigating


The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a pickup truck fire that occurred late Wednesday morning in the James Community at an abandoned house on County Road 3140.

 

Center Fire Chief Keith Byndom told Center Broadcasting his department arrived to find a late-model four-door Chevrolet pickup fully engulfed in flames, very close to the structure, and no one around.

 

Chief Byndon said due to the suspicious nature, he notified the sheriff’s department. Sheriff Willis Blackwell advised the house belonged to Jeff Webster.

 

Due to damage caused by the fire, the VIN and license plate were unreadable.

 

Sheriff Blackwell said if anyone has any information about a missing pickup or the incident, to contact his office at 936-598-5601.

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Joaquin ISD to hold public meeting Sept. 2 to discuss Tax Ratification Election; Budget Public Hearing today


Early voting began yesterday in the Joaquin ISD for a Tax Ratification Election to be held Saturday, Sept. 13. Registered voters of the Joaquin ISD can cast their ballot at the school administration building from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday thru Sept. 9.

 

The Joaquin ISD will hold a public meeting to discuss the Tax Ratification Election at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2 in the auditorium at the junior high/high school campus. The Joaquin ISD is asking residents to come and participate in the discussion.

 

The Joaquin ISD Board of Trustees have a Public Hearing at 5:30 p.m. this afternoon, and among the agenda items for discussion and possible action includes, amending the 2013-14 Budget; adopting the 2014-15 Budget; and approve fuel proposals.

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Shelbyville ISD Trustees have noon meeting for Public Hearing on Budget, Tax Rate


The Shelbyville ISD Board of Trustees will have a special called meeting at 12 noon today. Among the agenda items will be a Public Hearing to discuss the Budget and Proposed Tax Rate and executive session, where the board is to discuss personnel and attorney consultation. If any action is taken, it would be done in open session.

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Joaquin City Council to hold meeting this evening


The Joaquin City Council will have a regular meeting at 6 p.m. tonight. Among the agenda items for discussion and possible action will be placement of credit card & online payment system for utility bills, delinquent utility accounts, designating the City Park a smoke free, drug free & gun free zone, tank inspection for the elevated and ground storage; update on Community Center Rules, purchase of print from Rusty Wilson, and adopting the tax rate for 2014.

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Gas prices steady heading into Labor Day Weekend


With the Labor Day holiday weekend just ahead, the average price for a gallon of regular gas statewide is averaging $3.24 a gallon, that's down two pennies in the past week, according to gasbuddy.com. In Louisiana, a gallon’s averaging $3.19, down two cents in the past week. Nationally, the average is $3.42, which is nine cents less from the same time a year ago. Here at home, checking prices this morning in Center, the lowest we found was $3.23 at Wal-Mart, with no change in the past week. AAA is predicting Labor Day weekend travel will be heavier than in recent years.

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Garrison Homecoming set for Saturday, parade, domino, washer tourneys part of event, rain or shine


The Garrison Lions Club & Garrison Special Projects committee have joined forces to host the annual Garrison Homecoming this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Dena Westmoreland is co-chair of Garrison Special Projects, and says the community homecoming has been moved from the Fall, back to Labor Day as it was for many years, and says there's been really good response.

 

Ms. Westmoreland says an added feature is the Bulldog Alumni Ally where classmates can meet and greet.

 

Events kick-off at 10 a.m. with a parade, followed by a domino and washer tournament, entertainment, games for the kids including a rock-climbing wall, bounce house, train rides, plus gift and food vendor booths.

 

Ms. Westmoreland added the FFA BBQ sale starts at 11 a.m., the announcement of Citizen of the Year and the Lions Club Cake Auction begins at 2 p.m.

 

The Garrison Homecoming Saturday...rain or shine!

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Tri-County food pantry giveaway in Center this morning


Tri-County Community Action has partnered with the East Texas Food Bank for a weekly food pantry giveaway known as "Harvest for Homes" for Shelby County residents. Certain criteria must be met to receive food, but you may qualify, regardless. You're asked to bring proof of Shelby County residency and income verification The grocery giveaway will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. this morning, and every Thursday, at Tri-County's offices, at 214 Nacogdoches Street in Center. By the way, the produce drop, such as the one that took place yesterday, is held the fourth Wednesday of the month at the old CVS building in Center. For more information on the programs offered by Tri-County, contact their office at 598-6315.

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Funeral Notices: 8/28/14


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 76-year old Harry M. Logan of Center. He passed away Monday in Tyler. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Center. Among Harry M. Logan’s survivors are wife, Lyn Lawrence Logan of Center; children, Christopher Logan of, California and Amy Logan-Ditolla of South Carolina; step-children, Jeffery Abinette of NY and Timothy Abinette of Virginia; brothers, John Merle Logan and Howard Logan, both of Oregon, and Kenneth Logan of NY.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 90-year old W.M. "Buck" Williams, Jr. of Center. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces a memorial service for 83-year old Gwen Thomas “Skeet” Rawson of Tenaha. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. this afternoon at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Prior to the memorial service, a visitation will be held beginning at 12 noon, and his family invites all of his friends to attend.

 

Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson announces service for 77-year old Joe Dan Hairgrove of Timpson. Service will be at 10:30 a.m. this morning at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Timpson, with interment at Mt. Olive Cemetery.

 

Garrison Funeral Home announces service for 76-year old Don Dotson of Garrison. Service will be at 12 noon today at Garrison Funeral Home. Visitation will be held two hours prior to service.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces service for 101-year old Mrs. Effie Lee (Harvey) Hanks of San Augustine County. Service will be at 2 p.m. this afternoon in the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with interment in the Dickerson Cemetery in San Augustine County.

 

Garner & Son Mortuary of San Augustine announces service for 93-year old Ms. Ollie "Cot" Sigler Ellington of Shelbyville. Service will be at 12 noon Saturday at True Vine Baptist Church, with interment to follow in the Greer Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Garner & Son Chapel. 

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Turning Disasters into Opportunities, subject of Lifetree Cafe gathering tonight


Strategies for coping with difficult times will be shared at Lifetree Café at 6 p.m. tonight. The program, titled “Bouncing Back: Turning Disasters into Opportunities,” features a screening of the award-winning short film Dancing Outside the Box. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Café is located at The Little Fox Marketplace, across the square from the Rio Theatre in Center.

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Sports Round-up 8/28/14


The high school football season kicks-off Friday night, and the local schedule includes the Center Roughriders at Waskom to take on last years' state semi-finalist. Center Broadcasting will have all the Rider action on KDET online at cbc-radio.com and on 92.5 KXXE with Rob Payne and Chris Watlington and the Rider Broadcast team. Also, the Shelby County Game of the Week has the Tenaha Tigers at the Joaquin Rams. Don Wall will describe the action on Q-100 KQBB, and on cbc-radio.com. Elsewhere, the Shelbyville Dragons go to Linden-Kildare; the Timpson Bears will be in Tyler to play All Saints Episcopal, the San Augustine Wolves go to Garrison to play the Bulldogs; and the Logansport Tigers are playing in the DeSoto Parish Jamboree in Mansfield.

 

The SFA Lumberjacks will open their football season Saturday night in Manhattan, Kansas against Kansas State. Kick-off is 6:10 p.m.

 

Volleyball action today, has the Center Lady Riders and the Timpson Lady Bears both playing in the Waskom Tournament Thursday today thru Saturday.

 

The Center Youth Football League will continue with sign-ups today from 5-7:30pm. Sign-ups will also be held on Saturday, Aug. 30th from 10:00am-1:00pm. The last day to sign up will be August 30th. All sign-ups will be held in the Center Middle School Cafeteria. Be sure and bring a copy of your child's birth certificate. Sign up fees are $50 for flag and $80 for tackle. Ages 5-12 are allowed to play.

 

Shelbyville Youth Football League will have football sign up today at the Shelbyville Youth Baseball fields from 5:00pm until 7:00pm. The last day to sign up will be Saturday, August 30th from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

 

 

Sign ups for Joaquin Youth Football and Cheer will be Saturday, Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Haslam. The league is for Kindergarten thru 6th Grade, and a child must be 5 by Sept. 1, 2014. A copy of the child's birth certificate is needed at time of sign-up.

 

The National Wild Turkey Federation will be hosting its annual adult-child dove hunt and JAKES event, Sunday, Sept. 7 starting at 2:30 p.m. in the Sabine National Forest near Shelbyville. Only 20 applicants will be accepted. The hunt is for youth, 8 to 17 years of age, and child must have taken a State Hunters Education, and be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older who possesses a valid State Hunting License. For more information contact Ron Hasken at 936-897-1068.

 

The Dove hunting season opens up Monday in the North and Central Zones in Texas, and will continue until Oct. 20. There will also be a dove season from Dec. 19 - Jan. 7, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunny, with increasing chance of rain, highs a bit cooler


Today: A 30 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Southeast wind around 5 mph in the afternoon.
 
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
 
Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72.
 
Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90.
 
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
 
Labor Day: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91.

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Middle of the Week...Hot, heat index around 100, chance of showers


Today: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
 
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.
 
Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73.
 
Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91.
 
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74.
 
Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 93.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 8/26/14--8/27/14


Arrest Report

8/26/14--8/27/14

 

Laauza Crowder, 23, Center, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Appear, Original Charge: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

Margie Estes, 47, Shelbyville, Warrant-Exploitation of the Elderly

 

Joahouillan Nickerson, 34, Lawton, OK, Evading Arrest with Previous Convictions & Escape/Resisting Arrest

 

Terry Cherry, 22, Carthage, Criminal Trespass

 

Xavier Cartwright, 36, Shelbyville, Warrant-Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity & Warrant-Delivery of Marijuana

 

Richard McGee, 51, Center, Terroristic Threat against Family/Household

 

Kathleen Parram, 50, Center, Warrant-Failure to Appear, Original Charge: Driving While Intoxicated

 

San Augustine County:

 

Jason Brady Clegg, 41, Broaddus, Assault-Family Violence Impeding Breathing, and Two charges Assault, Unlawful Restraint Causing Serious Bodily Injury, Criminal Mischief and Interference with Emergency Call

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

 

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Court documents show former Tenaha City Marshal, Constable was co-conspirator in theft at office


KTRE-TV reported last night that federal court documents recently released names former Tenaha City Marshal and Shelby County Constable Fred Walker as a co-conspirator to an alleged drug theft that occurred at his office in August 2010.

 

The news story says that Walker and Tenaha businessman Roderrete McClure stole drugs and firearms from the evidence room in Walker’s city office over several months. McClure is serving three years in federal prison from charges stemming from the investigation to the theft.

 

Court documents state an FBI agent was asked to investigate an extortion letter turned in to the Shelby County’s District Attorney’s office by Walker from a person by the name of “Jack Frost” that claimed to know about Walker and McClure and wanted $70,000.

 

The letter was traced to a man in the Dallas area that said he was hired by McClure and Walker to help sell the drugs that they had stolen from the evidence locker.

 

The report says that paperwork claims 500 pounds and over 2,000 grams of prescription drugs in pill form had been stolen.

 

The man said McClure also staged a burglary of Walker’s office to cover his tracks, and allegedly purchased a rifle at Center Walmart and shot the glass door out of the constable’s office in Tenaha and stole 20 pounds of marijuana, cocaine, prescription drugs, and seven guns that were thrown into Flat Fork Creek in Shelby County.

 

He and a co-conspirator also ransacked the evidence room, and left documents and a map to make it appear the break-in was performed by members of a Mexican drug organization.

 

The report says there’s no record of any case against Walker at this time.

 

Fred Walker

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Final suspect in healthcare fraud case receives sentence


The co-owner of a former ambulance service in Shelby and surrounding counties, North East Texas EMS, was sentenced last week for his part in the company's health care fraud conspiracy.

 

A federal judge sentenced 50-year old William Morris Harville of Elgin to a year, plus a day in prison. He must also pay $787,407 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release after he finishes his prison term.

 

Two co-defendants, 57-year old Cathy Messer Harvill of Elgin, and 43-year old Shon Everett Cooper of Center, received their sentences earlier this month. Harvill received 27 months in prison and Cooper received five years probation.

 

The three conspired from Jan. 2007 to March 2012 to make false claims through Medicate and Medicaid by using the ambulance services when it was not necessary.

 

Cooper supervised the Nacogdoches office of the company.

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San Augustine County Jury finds woman not guilty of fraud


A San Augustine County jury found a San Augustine woman not guilty of not properly executing a church deed. 74-year old Margie Coffee was indicted on fraud charges back in 2012.

 

The charges date back three years ago when Coffee and her cousin Betty Clark decided to re-organize the Gloryland Pentecostal Church, which sits on land their grandparents deeded to the church.

 

Former pastor of the church, Shawn Husband testified Tuesday he saw tension among the congregation, and financial support was lacking due to no transparency.

 

When Clark decided to leave the church, Husband said he was advised by an attorney to restructure with a new name and become a non-profit corporation.

 

During cross examination, Coffee’s attorney pointed out it was illegal because members were acting as trustees of the church, which they were never elected to do.

 

There are other co-conspirators that will also have their days in court.

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Excelsior ISD recognized by Texas Education Agency


The Texas Education Agency recently recognized Excelsior ISD as a High Performing Reward School and a High Progress Reward School. Excelsior has been designated as a Title 1, Part A Reward School (in the past this recognition was referred to as Distinguished School). High Performing Rewards Schools are those Title 1 schools with distinctions based on math and reading performance. High Progress Rewards Schools are those in the top 25 percent in annual improvement or top 25 percent of those demonstrating the ability to close performance gaps.

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East Texas Poultry Festival events kick-off Sept. 24


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce announces the 38th East Texas Poultry Festival season will kick-off Wednesday, September 24 with several events, including the Chicken Fajita Luncheon, the Doo-Dah Parade sponsored by Center Tire Company and the Chicken Cooking Contest sponsored by Tyson Foods.  These events usher in the season prior to the Festival opening Thursday, October 2. For more information, please call the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936.598.3682.

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Early voting in Joaquin ISD Tax Ratification Election begins today through Sept. 9


Voters of the Joaquin ISD can cast their ballot early starting today, for the Sept. 13th Tax Ratification Election. At the July board meeting, Joaquin ISD Trustees set a Maintenance & Operation tax rate of $1.17 and an Interest & Sinking tax rate of $0.4155 for a total tax rate of $1.5855 per $100 of appraised value. This total tax rate is two cents lower than last year’s rate. The increase in the M&O tax rate must be ratified by voters. Early voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., today, Aug. 27 thru Sept. 9 at the Joaquin ISD Administration Building. On Election Day, Sept. 13, polling locations will be the Joaquin ISD Administration Building, and the Huxley Volunteer Fire Dept. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Questions can be directed to Superintendent Phil Worsham at 936-269-3128.

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Funeral Notices: 8/27/14


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 90-year old W.M. "Buck" Williams, Jr. of Center. He passed away Tuesday at his residence. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Among Buck Williams' survivors are his wife, Melba Grimsley Williams; daughter Montie Dawson of Longview; son, Todd Williams of Weatherford; brothers, Banks Williams of Montgomery and Lowell Williams of Longview; and three sisters-in-law, Betty Williams of Longview, Betty Grimsley of Center and Irene Grimsley of Winnsboro.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 83-year old Gwen Thomas “Skeet” Rawson of Tenaha. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Prior to the memorial service, a visitation will be held beginning at 12 noon, and his family invites all of his friends to attend.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces pending service for Harry M. Logan of Center. He passed away Monday in Tyler.

 

Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson announces service for 77-year old Joe Dan Hairgrove of Timpson. He passed away Tuesday in San Augustine. Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Timpson, with interment at Mt. Olive Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Taylor Funeral Home. Among Joe Dan Hairgrove’s survivors are wife, Betty Hairgrove of Timspon; son, Shawn Hairgrove of Timpson; daughters, Nat Klein of Center, Trellis McCann of Center, and Sutton Spieckerman of Zephyer.

 

Garrison Funeral Home announces service for 76-year old Don Dotson of Garrison. Service will be at 12 noon Thursday at Garrison Funeral Home. Visitation will be held two hours prior to service.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces memorial service for 93-year old Murrel Williams of San Augustine. Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. this morning at First Baptist Church in San Augustine, with burial at Chapel Hill Cemetery.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces service for 101-year old Mrs. Effie Lee (Harvey) Hanks of San Augustine County. She passes away Monday in Silsbee. Service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with interment in the Dickerson Cemetery in San Augustine County. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home. Among Effie Lee (Harvey) Hanks’ survivors are, son, J.W. Hanks of Jasper; daughters, Wilma McMillien of Geneva, Betty Collum of Vidor, Rita (Hanks) Doyen of Silsbee and Novice Stringer of DeKalb.

 

Garner & Son Mortuary of San Augustine announces service for 93-year old Ms. Ollie "Cot" Sigler Ellington of Shelbyville. She passed away Sunday at Pine Grove Nuring Home in Center. Service will be at 12 noon Saturday at True Vine Baptist Church, with interment to follow in the Greer Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Garner & Son Chapel. Among Ollie "Cot" Sigler Ellington's survivors are, sons, Gene Alton Sigler of Converse and Charles R. Ellington of Nacogdoches; and daughter, Patsy Johnson of Center. 

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Local Sports Round up 8/27/14


The high school football season kicks-off Friday night, and the local schedule includes the Center Roughriders at Waskom. Center Broadcasting will have all the Rider action on KDET online at cbc-radio.com and on 92.5 KXXE starting with pre-game at 7 p.m. Also, the Shelby County Game of the Week has the Tenaha Tigers at the Joaquin Rams. We’ll have the action on Q-100 KQBB, and on cbc-radio.com. Elsewhere, the Shelbyville Dragons go to Linden-Kildare; the Timpson Bears will be in Tyler to play All Saints Episcopal, the San Augustine Wolves go to Garrison to play the Bulldogs; and the Logansport Tigers are playing in the DeSoto Parish Jamboree in Mansfield.

 

Volleyball action coming up, the Center Lady Riders and the Timpson Lady Bears are both playing in the Waskom Tournament Thursday thru Saturday.

 

The Center Youth Football League will continue with sign-ups Thursday, August 28th from 5-7:30pm. Sign-ups will also be held on Saturday, Aug. 30th from 10:00am-1:00pm. The last day to sign up will be August 30th. All sign-ups will be held in the Center Middle School Cafeteria. Be sure and bring a copy of your child's birth certificate. Sign up fees are $50 for flag and $80 for tackle. Ages 5-12 are allowed to play.

 

Shelbyville Youth Football League will have football sign up Thursday, August 28 at the Shelbyville Youth Baseball fields from 5:00pm until 7:00pm. The last day to sign up will be Saturday, August 30th from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

 

Sign ups for Joaquin Youth Football and Cheer will be Saturday, Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Haslam. The league is for Kindergarten thru 6th Grade, and a child must be 5 by Sept. 1, 2014. A copy of the child's birth certificate is needed at time of sign-up.

 

The National Wild Turkey Federation will be hosting its annual adult-child dove hunt and JAKES event, Sunday, Sept. 7 starting at 2:30 p.m. in the Sabine National Forest near Shelbyville. Only 20 applicants will be accepted. The hunt is for youth, 8 to 17 years of age, and child must have taken a State Hunters Education, and be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older who possesses a valid State Hunting License. For more information contact Ron Hasken at 936-897-1068.

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Tri-County to hold produce drop Wednesday morning


Tri-County Community Action produce drop is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
 
The drop will take place at the "old" CVS building parking lot at the north traffic intersection in Center, and is open to everyone.
 
Produce is available on a first come, first serve basis. Each person will be given one number per household; however, after all numbers have been called, anyone can return to the line and receive more produce.
 
Tri-County is also seeking volunteers. If you would like to help out, contact LaTisha Hendrix at 598-6315, ext. 28, or Yolonda Neel at extension 18.
 

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Shelby County Chamber of Commerce announces 38th East Texas Poultry Festival Events


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce announces the 38th East Texas Poultry Festival season will kick-off Wednesday, September 24  with several events, including the Chicken Fajita Luncheon, the Doo-Dah Parade sponsored by Center Tire Company and the Chicken Cooking Contest sponsored by Tyson Foods.  These events usher in the season prior to the Festival opening Thursday, October 2.

 

The Chicken Fajita Kick-Off Luncheon starts 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 19. 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.

 

Center Tire Company knows everyone loves a parade--especially the East Texas Poultry Festival's Doo-Dah Parade. Decorated floats, trailers, tractors, or business vehicles lend a great time, and 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 24.

 

Following the parade Shelby County Chefs will highlight 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 5:30 p.m. on the east side of the Square and try all the dishes for a $5.  To enter recipes may be emailed to info@shelbycountychamber.com,  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 17. 

 

Festival chairman, Jim Sawyer and co-chairman Hollie Adams, announce the evening ‘s events will also include a live and silent auction for Rooster Revel metal sculptures at 6:00 p.m. The exclusive Rooster Revel 2014 metal art silhouette designs are created and hand painted by the Center High School Agribusiness and Marketing students led by Jessica Shadix. “Meet the Artist” will take place Thursday, September 11.  The limited edition artistic creations will be on display for public viewing at various business locations for prior to the auction, according to Chairman, Andi Foster. 

 

Two Festival events which highlight Shelby County’s rich heritage are the Quilt Show and Photography Show. Local artistic talent will be displayed October 2, 3 and 4. The Quilt Show will be held in the 1885 Historic Courthouse on the Center Square from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Quilt entrants may be either the owner of the quilt(s) entered or have been involved in the execution/making of the quilt(s). The categories for entries are:   Hand pieced/hand quilted, Appliqué/hand quilted, Machine pieced/hand quilted, Appliqué machine/machine quilted, Machine pieced/machine quilted, Miniature Quilts, Wall Hangings, Theme Quilts and Traditional Quilts.  Heirloom quilts are welcomed.

 

The Photography Show will be held in the Vision Source office of Dr. Charles Collard, located next to the Rio Theatre on the Center Square from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. during the Poultry Festival. Photography Show Categories include Fine Art, Scenic, Urban, People, Animals, Digital Manipulation, Flowers and Poultry according to Chairman Billie Jones. The age groups are, Children, 12 & under / Youth, 13-18 / Adults, 19 & over. 

 

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

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 8/25/14--8/26/14


Arrest Report

8/25/14--8/26/14

 

Shelby County:

 

Michael Garrett, 46, Cushing, Evading Arrest & Nacogdoches County Warrant-Aggravated Robbery

 

Robert Davis, 30, Shreveport, Warrant-Theft

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Fraud trial underway for San Augustine County woman


The fraud trial of a San Augustine County woman got underway yesterday in Judge Craig Mixon’s First Judicial District Court in San Augustine. 74-year old Margie Coffee and her cousin, Betty Clark are accused of not executing a warranty deed properly to reorganize a church that’s located on their grandparent’s property in 2011. Coffee was indicted for filing a fraudulent document two years ago. During Monday’s testimony, Clark said the church’s former interim pastor, Shawn Husband wanted to take things over, and she and Coffee didn’t like the way he was conducting himself. Clark said she decided to give her cousin, Coffee a check and go their separate ways. Coffee reportedly didn’t want the money, but instead asked Clark, who’s the church’s treasurer, to hand over the church records. In 2012, the church was renamed and the deed was updated. Coffee’s attorney says in the deed left by the ladies’ grandparents there were no bylaws and that Clark created the bylaws herself. The church was originally called the Gloryland Church, and renamed as Apostolic Assembly of East Texas.

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Center Economic Development Corp. Board to possibly approve Workforce Training and Development Assistance Program


The City of Center Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors will meet at 12 noon Wednesday and among the items for discussion and approval will be the creation of a Workforce Training and Development Assistance Program. The City Council approved a resolution at last night's meeting to allow for such program. City Manager Chad Nehring said the City of Center currently does not have a workforce development policy, and this program would be an investment that could assist with business attraction or retention programs. He added these type programs also assist in the scoring or ranking of applications for state funding opportunities. Nehring said this type of training program would be used in certain circumstances in lieu of companies needing or qualifying for more significant development assistance or traditional tax incentives. Nehring added Tyson Foods is seeking an application to the Texas Enterprise Zone program for assistance with a large maintenance project and will receive additional points if such a program is in place.

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Nacogdoches County Commissioners to possible approve tax increase at meeting today


When Nacogdoches County Commissioners meet today, they'll consider approving a four-and-a-half center tax increase. At a Budget workshop last Friday, commissioners debated whether to increase the rate to almost $.55 cents per $100 valuation, or if it should be raised by 2.5 cents with the remainder balanced by some of the county's $3.4 million in reserves. It's being reported if Nacogdoches County Commissioners raise it just beneath the rollback rate of $.55, the tax hike could generate around $1.27 million in additional property tax revenue for the 2014-15 Budget in Nacogdoches County.

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DETCOG Board approves new Budget


At their meeting last week in Groveton, the Deep East Texas Council of Governments Board approved a $26.6 million budget for Fiscal Year 2015. Executive Director Walter Diggles said the $4.6 million increase is due to the Hurricane Ike Housing Recovery program as it enters the construction phase. Diggles said 40 families have been approved to receive benefits from the program, and construction has already started on homes throughout the 12-county region. In other business, the DETCOG board authorized the agency to take bids on a new building in Lufkin. The next DETCOG Board meeting is scheduled for Sept. 18 in Tyler County.

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Early voting in Joaquin ISD Tax Ratification Election starts Wednesday


Voters of the Joaquin ISD can cast their ballot early starting this tomorrow, Aug. 27, for the Sept. 13th Tax Ratification Election. At the July board meeting, Joaquin ISD Trustees set a Maintenance & Operation tax rate of $1.17 and an Interest & Sinking tax rate of $0.4155 for a total tax rate of $1.5855 per $100 of appraised value. This total tax rate is two cents lower than last year’s rate. The increase in the M&O tax rate must be ratified by voters. Early voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 27 thru Sept. 9 at the Joaquin ISD Administration Building. On Election Day, Sept. 13, polling locations will be the Joaquin ISD Administration Building, and the Huxley Volunteer Fire Dept. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Questions can be directed to Superintendent Phil Worsham at 936-269-3128.

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San Augustine County Commissioners to hold Budget Workshop this morning


The San Augustine County Commissioners' Court has a Budget Workshop when they meet at 9 a.m. this morning. The court will also discuss setting a Budget hearing date. We reported last week San Augustine County is facing a $226,000 Budget shortfall heading into the new fiscal year.

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Joaquin ISD will have Public Hearing Thursday at 5:30 p.m.


The Joaquin ISD Board of Trustees have a Public Hearing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday night, and among the agenda items for discussion and possible action includes, amending the 2013-14 Budget; adopting the 2014-15 Budget; and approve fuel proposals.

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Shelbyville ISD Trustees have called meeting at noon Thursday


The Shelbyville ISD Board of Trustees will have a special called meeting at 12 noon Thursday. Among the agenda items will be a Public Hearing to discuss the Budget and Proposed Tax Rate and executive session, where the board is to discuss personnel and attorney consultation. If any action is taken, it would be done in open session.

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Joaquin City Council to meet Thursday


After having to be rescheduled from last week, the Joaquin City Council will have a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday. Among the agenda items for discussion and possible action will be placement of credit card & online payment system for utility bills, delinquent utility accounts, designating the City Park a smoke free, drug free & gun free zone, tank inspection for the elevated and ground storage; update on Community Center Rules, purchase of print from Rusty Wilson, and adopting the tax rate for 2014.

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Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers' Association "Ranch Gathering" Thursday; RSVP by noon Wednesday


The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association will be hosting a ranch gathering Thursday evening at the Windham Civic Center. The event is free and open to the public. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a complimentary beef dinner. The association’s Special Ranger Larry Hand will provide a law enforcement update and offer ranchers advice on how they can keep their livestock and equipment safe and secure. The Texas Beef Council Industry Relations Manager Mike McCravey will provide an update on the Texas Beef Checkoff. Additionally, cattle raisers will get an update on important legislative issues. You’re asked to RSVP to 800-242-7820, ext. 192 by noon Wednesday so the meal caterer can properly prepare. 

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Lifetree Cafe program set for 6 p.m. Thursday


Strategies for coping with difficult times will be shared at Lifetree Café at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26. The program, titled “Bouncing Back: Turning Disasters into Opportunities,” features a screening of the award-winning short film Dancing Outside the Box. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Café is located at The Little Fox Marketplace, across the square from the Rio Theatre in Center.

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Operation Iraqi Freedom observance set for 10 a.m. Friday in Center


This Friday, August 29th, VFW Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary will hold an observance for those who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom at 10:00 am. The public is invited to join us at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center.

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Funeral Notices: 8/26/14


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces pending service for Harry M. Logan of Center. He passed away Monday in Tyler. Among Harry M. Logan’s survivors is his wife, Lynn Logan of Center. That’s pending service for Harry M. Logan at Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces the death of 61-year old Charles Albert DeGaugh of Center. He passed away Saturday in Crockett. He was previously employed with both Center ISD and Shelbyville ISD, where he served as a custodian. His wishes were to be cremated and no service is planned. Among Charles Albert DeGaugh’s survivors are brothers, James Ray DeGaugh of Center, Donald Earl DeGaugh of Montgomery and Chester Wayne DeGaugh of Houston.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 83-year old Gwen Thomas “Skeet” Rawson of Tenaha. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Prior to the memorial service, a visitation will be held beginning at 12 noon, and his family invites all of his friends to attend. He was the former owner of Tenaha Milling Company.

 

Garrison Funeral Home announces service for 76-year old Don Dotson of Garrison. Service will be at 12 noon Thursday at Garrison Funeral Home. Visitation will be held two hours prior to service.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces memorial service for 93-year old Murrel Williams of San Augustine. Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in San Augustine, with burial at Chapel Hill Cemetery. 

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Local Sports Round up 8/26/14; Don Wall's Shelby County Coaches' Show makes season debut tonight


The 19th season of Don Wall’s Shelby County Coaches’ Show debuts tonight at 7 p.m. on Center Broadcasting’s Q-100, KQBB. The veteran sportscaster has been calling local high school sports for over 30 years, and says the coaches’ show will inform the fan on a week-to-week basis during the season, and be entertaining.

 

The shows opens with Tenaha’s Terry Ward, followed by Wayne Gandy of Joaquin, Kevin Goodwin of Center at 8 p.m., and Jason Ferguson of Shelbyville closing out the two-hour program. Don says we could see a first this high school season, with all four of the Shelby County teams included on the show possibly making the playoffs.

 

That’s Don Wall’s Shelby County Coaches Show, at 7 p.m. Tuesday nights on Q-100, KQBB and online at cbc-radio.com. Later this week on this newscast, Don will preview the Shelby County teams and their expectations this season.

 

The high school football season kicks-off Friday night, and the local schedule includes the Center Roughriders at Waskom to take on last years' state semi-finalist. Center Broadcasting will have all the Rider action on KDET online at cbc-radio.com and on 92.5 KXXE with Rob Payne and Chris Watlington and the Rider Broadcast team. Also, the Shelby County Game of the Week has the Tenaha Tigers at the Joaquin Rams. Don Wall will describe the action on Q-100 KQBB, and on cbc-radio.com. Elsewhere, the Shelbyville Dragons go to Linden-Kildare; the Timpson Bears will be in Tyler to play All Saints Episcopal, the San Augustine Wolves go to Garrison to play the Bulldogs; and the Logansport Tigers are playing in the DeSoto Parish Jamboree in Mansfield.

 

Meet the Dragons, tonight, Tuesday, at 7 p.m. in the Shelbyville gym.

 

Girls' volleyball on tap today, the Center Lady Riders are home to play Colmesneil, and the Timpson Lady Bears go to Karnack.

 

The Center Youth Football League will have sign-ups today, Tuesday, August 26th and Thursday, August 28th from 5-7:30pm. Sign-ups will also be held on Saturday, Aug. 30th from 10:00am-1:00pm. The last day to sign up will be August 30th. All sign-ups will be held in the Center Middle School Cafeteria. Be sure and bring a copy of your child's birth certificate. Sign up fees are $50 for flag and $80 for tackle. Ages 5-12 are allowed to play.

 

The National Wild Turkey Federation will be hosting its annual adult-child dove hunt and JAKES event, Sunday, Sept. 7 starting at 2:30 p.m. in the Sabine National Forest near Shelbyville. Only 20 applicants will be accepted. The hunt is for youth, 8 to 17 years of age, and child must have taken a State Hunters Education, and be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older who possesses a valid State Hunting License. For more information contact Ron Hasken at 936-897-1068.

 

 

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Rain chances expected through Labor Day Weekend


Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92. East wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
 
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Light southeast wind becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
 
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
 
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot,high near 95. 
 
Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, low around 74.
 
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.
 
Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, low around 74.
 
Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91.

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UPDATE: Chireno bank robbed, suspect nabbed near Tenaha


Press release from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office

 

A Cushing man is in custody after a bank robbery that occurred in Chireno, Texas shortly before noon today. Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office and Precinct 4 constable office were dispatched to the Captial One Bank in reference to a bank robbery. The suspect had fled in an unknown direction driving a blue car.

Deputies were able to obtain a partial license plate number to the vehicle which was given out to surrounding counties. Deputies arrived on scene at the bank and started processing the crime scene and reviewing the video from the bank. Shortly after 12:00 pm an officer with the San Augustine Police Department spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle in the robbery. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle refused to stop. The vehicle turned onto Highway 96 and continued at high rates of speed into Shelby County.

Center Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff Office, and DPS joined in the high speed pursuit. Law enforcement officers chased the vehicle almost to Tenaha, Texas on Highway 96 until officers were able to stop the vehicle. The lone occupant of the vehicle was identified as Mitchell Garrett, 46, from Cushing Texas. Officers found evidence inside the vehicle that linked Garrett to the robbery of the bank, including money taken from the bank and clothing used during the robbery.

The FBI and Texas Ranger Brazil went to Shelby County and conducted an interview with the suspect. Garrett has given a confession to the robbery that occurred at the Captial One Bank. Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office Investigators have obtained a warrant for Garrett for the offense of Aggravated Robbery. Garrett is currently in jail at the Shelby County Jail on Evading Arrest charges

Sheriff Jason Bridges stated that the Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office will file the Aggravated Robbery Charges on Garrett and a hold will be placed on him. At some point he will be transported to the Nacogdoches County Jail on our charges.

Sheriff Jason Bridges stated that video footage from the bank showed Garrett approaching the teller and showing the teller a note that demanded money. Garrett had his hand in his pocket during this time and acted as though he had a weapon inhis pocket while demanding money.

Money from the robbery has been recovered that was found inside of Garrett’s vehicle. Sheriff Jason Bridges stated that they are not releasing the amount that was stolen.

 

Michael Garrett

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Now's the time to save vegetable and flower seeds for future planting and swapping


Saving flower and vegetable seeds was done routinely not too many years ago. Sharing seeds with friends and neighbors was both helpful and enjoyable. Seedsare expensive and, with the exception of hybrid plants, can still be saved today. If properly gathered and stored, these seeds will produce beautiful flowers or delicious, nutritious vegetables. Saving seeds also helps to preserve some heirloom strains that are no longer commercially available.

You can save vegetable and flower seeds from your garden produce and flower beds to plant next year. Seed saving involves selecting suitable plants from which to save seed, harvesting seeds at the right time, and storing them properly over the winter.

Plant selection

Tomatoes, peppers, beans and peas are good choices for seed saving. These plants have flowers that are self-pollinating, and seeds that require little or no special treatment before storage. Seeds from biennial crops such as carrots or beets are harder to save, since the plants need two growing seasons to set seed.

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Cucumbers, melons, squash, pumpkins, and gourds can all be cross-pollinated by insects. Although the quality of the current crop will not be affected, seeds from such a cross will grow into vines with fruit unlike that of the parent plant--often inferior in flavor and other characteristics.

When saving seed, chose open-pollinated varieties rather than hybrids. If open-pollinated varieties self-pollinate or are cross-pollinated by other plants of the same variety, they set seed which grows into plants that are still very similar to the parent plant, bearing similar fruit and setting seeds that will produce more similar plants. Open-pollinated varieties may be "heirlooms," varieties that have been passed down from one generation of gardeners to the next, or they may be more recent selections.

Hybrid vegetable plants are products of crosses between two different varieties, combining traits of the parent plants. Sometimes a combination is particularly good, producing plants with outstanding vigor, disease resistance, and productivity. Hybrid seeds are generally more expensive as they cost more to produce.

Hybrid plants, such as 'Big Boy', 'Beefmaster' and 'Early Girl' tomatoes will produce viable seed. Plants grown from that seed, however, will not be just like the hybrid parents; instead, they will be a completely new combination of the good and bad traits of the plants that were initially crossed. It's impossible to predict just how the seedling plant will perform or what qualities the fruit will have.

Some tomato varieties are not hybrids; instead they are open-pollinated types such as 'Big Rainbow', 'San Marzano' and 'Brandywine'. Seed produced by these varieties will grow into plants very similar to the parent plants, with nearly identical fruit. Likewise, 'Habanero', 'California Wonder' and 'Corno di Toro' peppers; 'Lincoln', 'Little Marvel' and 'Perfection' peas; and 'Kentucky Wonder', 'Blue Lake' and 'Tendercrop' beans are all open-pollinated varieties that will come true from seed.

Once you have planted an open-pollinated crop, select the plants from which you want to save seed. Choose only the most vigorous plants with the best-tasting fruit as parents for the next year's crop. Do not save seed from weak or off-type plants.

Harvesting and storing vegetable seed

Saving tomato seeds is easy. Allow fruits to ripen fully and scoop out the seeds, along with the gel surrounding them, before you eat or cook the tomatoes. Put the seeds and gel in a glass jar with some water. Stir or swirl the mixture twice a day. The mixture will ferment and the seeds should sink to the bottom within five days. Pour off the liquid, rinse the seeds and spread them out to dry on paper towels.

Saving pepper seeds is even easier. Allow some fruits to stay on the plants until they become fully ripe and start to wrinkle. Remove the seeds from the peppers and spread them out to dry.

Save pea and bean seeds by allowing the pods to ripen on the plants until they're dry and starting to turn brown, with the seeds rattling inside. This may be as long as a month after you would normally harvest the peas or beans to eat. Strip the pods from the plants and spread them out to dry indoors. They should dry at least two weeks before shelling, or you can leave the seeds in the pods until planting time.

Store seeds in tightly-sealed glass containers. You can store different kinds of seeds, each in individual paper packets, together in a large container. Keep seeds dry and cool. A temperature between 32° and 41°F is ideal, so your refrigerator can be a good place to store seeds.

A small amount of silica-gel desiccant added to each container will absorb moisture from the air and help keep the seeds dry. Silica gel is sold in bulk for drying flowers at craft supply stores. Powdered milk can also be used as a desiccant. Use one to two tablespoons of milk powder from a freshly opened package. Wrap the powder in a piece of cheesecloth or a facial tissue and place it in the container with the seeds. Powdered milk will absorb excess moisture from the air for about six months.

Be sure to label your saved vegetable seeds with their name, variety, and the date you collected them. It's too easy to forget the details by the following spring.

Harvesting and storing flower seed

After the flowers fade and the seedpods dry, break them off and place the seed heads on newspaper in a tray. As they continue to dry and the seeds begin to fall, they can be stored in film canisters or other small containers. Be sure to label and store in a cool, dry place. When it is time to plant, you will have an inexpensive start to yet another year of gardening pleasure. And this joy of gardening can go on indefinitely as you plant again, save again, and share with those around you.

                

          In full bloom                                    Ready for seed harvest

Shelby County seed swap

As we did earlier this year, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be hosting a seed swap in late January 2015.  Start saving your vegetable, flower, herb seeds and any rhizomes or bulbs for this free fun-filled event.  More information will follow at a later date as to time and location.

For more information on Extension programs, please contact either county extension agent Lane Dunn  or Jheri-Lynn Smith at 936-598-7744. 

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Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability, or national origin The Texas A&M University System, U. S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating. A member of The Texas A&M University System and its statewide Agriculture Program. 

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 8/22/14--8/25/14


Arrest Report

8/22/14--8/25/14

 

Shelby County:

 

Jeffrey Glen Hudson, 43, Logansport, Three Warrants for Aggravated Assault of a Child

 

Jerica N. Carrington, 26, Center, Warrant-Terroristic Threat

 

Travor Hubbard, 20, Center, Warrant-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Warrant-Failure to Appear, Original Charge: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Open Container, Speeding and Warrant-Failure to Appear, Original Charge: Speeding

 

Artura Guiterez, 33, Center, Driving While Intoxicated

 

Jose Lopez, 26, Center, Driving While Intoxicated and Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor

 

Bryan Hendricks, 45, Center, Driving While Intoxicated-1st Offense

 

Melissa Morgan, 31, Tenaha, Warrant-Theft and Warrant-Warrant-Credit/Debit Card Abuse

 

Shane Mosley, 50, Logansport, Possession of a Prohibited Weapon

 

Joshua Prewitt, 20, Joaquin, Failure to ID by Fugitive and Warrant-Evading Arrest

 

Alejandro Sanchez, 40, Tenaha, Driving While Intoxicated with Open Container

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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County Extension Agent Jheri-Lynn Smith offers "Back to School" safety tips


It's back to school today for children across the state, and motorist will sharing the road with school buses, children walking, and even lots of new teen drivers taking their first vehicle to school. Shelby County Extension Agent Jheri-Lynn Smith says drivers need to be vigilant because school children can be very unpredictable. She says to look out for children rather than expecting them to look out for us is our best defense as drivers. She offers these TxDOT tips for driving in school zones.

 

Put away your cell phone

Always obey school zone speed limit signs

Drop off and pick up your children in your school's designated areas, not the middle of the street

Keep an eye on chldren gathered at bus stops

Be alert for children who might dart across the street or between vehicles on their way to school

 

Shelby County Extension Agent, Jheri-Lynn Smith. She adds motorist can make a big difference by remembering to drive with extra caution when driving in school zones. Your slower speed and extra attention may very well save a life!

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court to hold second Public Meeting today for proposed tax rate


Shelby County Commissioners' Court will conduct the second of two-required public hearings concerning the Fiscal Year 2014-15 Tax Rate when they meet at 9:30 this morning. Two hearing are required since the "effective tax rate" will be increasing. The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for Shelby County from the same properties in both the 2013 and the 2014 tax year. There is no increase in the "proposed tax rate" for FY 2014-15 in Shelby County. Commissioners are expected to act on the new Budget and Tax Rate for the new Fiscal Year when they meet Sept. 8.

 

After this morning's public hearing, a special meeting of the commissioners' court will be held at 9:45 a.m. when citizen Nayeli Gonzalez to address the court in regards to a school bus turn-around on CR 1043 & CR 1044. Ms. Gonzalez presentation was rescheduled from the last meeting due to her commissioner, Pct. 1's Roscoe McSwain not being present.

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Center City Council meets today @ 5 p.m.


The Center City Council has a regular meeting at 5 p.m. this afternoon and the session will begin with a public hearing for the proposed comprehensive plan and the Fiscal Year 2015 Tax Rate. Among the agenda items will be cancellation of council election for the two at-large and District 4 positions. There will be an election Nov. 4 for District 2, between incumbent Jerry Lathan and challenger Jud Matthews. In addition, the council will approve street closure request from the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce for the Poultry Festival events; and authorize purchase of a fleet vehicle for the police department.

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Joaquin ISD Trustees meet tonight for Budget Workshop


The Joaquin ISD Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. tonight for the purpose of having a FY 2014-15 Budget Workshop.

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Back to school, work weather; sunny, hot & chance of showers


Today: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. North wind around 5 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon.
 
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 94. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. East wind around 5 mph.
 
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the morning.
 
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 72.
 
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.
 
Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74.
 
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 93.

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Community invited to tour Shelby County Jail


Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell would like to extend an invitation to all schools, churches and organizations in Shelby County for a tour of the County Jail. If you would be interested in doing this, please feel free to contact the office at (936) 598-5600 and ask for Sheriff Blackwell, Chief Shad Sparks or Jail Administrator, William Cox.  The sheriff says, "we look forward to seeing you".

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PA Suzanne Middlebrook joins Cline Family Medicine


Longtime physician's assistant, Suzanne Middlebrook has joined Cline Family Medicine at 630 Hurst Street in Center. Ms. Middlebrook was previously with ETMC in Center working with Dr. Jane Todd. Ms. Middlebrook has been a PA for over 25 years, and although she said she has a love for patients of all ages, her skills are especially suited for children and infants. Ms. Middlebrook noted she was "thrilled" to be associated with Cline Family Medicine. The clinic has recently welcomed Dr. David Vineyard, OB/GYN from Nacogdoches. He sees patients at the Center clinic monthly.

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TxDOT choses Cheryl Flood as Lufkin District's new engineer


The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has picked Cheryl Flood, as the new chief engineer to lead its Lufkin District. She replaces Dennis Cooley, who in July was appointed as Tyler District Engineer. Cheryl becomes the first female district engineer in Lufkin and one of only a few in department history. As District Engineer, Ms. Flood will oversee the planning, designing, building, operation and maintenance of the state transportation system for the nine-county Lufkin District. She has served as the Lufkin District's Director of Transportation Planning and Development (TP&D) since 2003.

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Angelina College offering technology courses in San Augustine


The Continuing Education Department of Angelina College is offering educational courses in technology in San Augustine. The Fall courses include Microsoft Word, to be taught for 5-weeks for 2-hours on Thursday evenings beginning Sept. 18; Microsoft Excel, also a 5-weeks for 2-hours on Tuesday evenings starting Oct. 7; and QuickBooks Pro, Accounting for Business, a 7-week course, for 3-hours on Thursdays beginning Oct. 23. Classes will be held at San Augustine High School, and taught by Pam Pohly. For more information on these continuing ed classes, call Angelina College at 936-633-5206.

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VFW 8904, Ladies Auxiliary to mark Operation Iraqi Freedom with Friday observance


This Friday, August 29th, VFW Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary will hold an observance for those who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom at 10:00 am. The public is invited to join us at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center.

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Funeral Notices: 8/25/14


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 83-year old Gwen Thomas “Skeet” Rawson of Tenaha. He passed away Sunday in Lufkin Memorial Rehab Hospital following a severe illness. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Prior to the memorial service, a visitation will be held beginning at 12 noon, and his family invites all of his friends to attend. He was the former owner of Tenaha Milling Company. Among “Skeet” Rawson’s survivors are his wife, Analea Rawson of Tenaha; daughters, Renee Rawson Phillips of Prosper and Amanda Jackson of Cayuga; son Matt Rawson of Tenaha; and brother, Dean Rawson.

 

Garrison Funeral Home announces service for 76-year old Don Dotson of Garrison. He passed away Sunday at his residence. Service will be at 12 noon Thursday at Garrison Funeral Home. Visitation will be held two hours prior to service. Among Don Dotson’s survivors are, wife, Glendolyn Dotson of Garrison; children, Donna Sue Dotson of South Carolina; Dickie Wayne Dotson, Debbie Donaldson, John Dotson and Jeff Dotson, all of North Carolina, and Kim Hutchins of Dickinson; stepson, Eddie O’Bryan of Pearland; brothers, Billie Dotson, Jimmy Dotson, Dean Dotson, Albert Wayne Dotson and Michael Dotson; and sisters, Pat Travis, Barbara Wills and Mary Lankford.

 

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 74-year old Bro. Kenneth Verner of Center. He passed away Friday at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Service will be at 10 a.m. this morning at New Hope Congregational Methodist Church in Center, with burial to follow at New Hope Cemetery. He retired as pastor of New Hope Congregational Methodist Church in 2011, and pastored the Tennessee Presbyterian Church in Shelby County, on several occasions, and was doing so until the time of his death. He also worked as a commercial artist and sign painter and owned and operated JKV Art/Design. Among Bro. Kenneth Verner’s survivors are, wife, Evelyn Lawson Meeks Verner of Center; son, Craig Verner of Quinlan, and Timothy of Center; step children, James Everett Meeks of Tracy City, TN, Johanna Ries of Franklin, NC, Timothy Lyn Meeks and Jeremy Houston Meeks of Fayetteville, TN; and sisters, Mary Mitchell of Nacogdoches, Naomi Brimhall of Bryan, Jane Anderton of Sheffield, Alabama, and Carolyn Wines of Lake Jackson. In lieu of flowers, family request donations can be made to one of the following charities: Ministerial Alliance (Good Samaritan Fund) c/o Bro. Michael Hale 117 Cora St. Center; New Hope Congregational Methodist Church c/o Dorothy Fausett 404 Parks St. Center; or Congregational Methodist Church General Conference fund for Missions.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces a memorial visitation for 60-year old Joseph “Jody” Frank Whitman of Copperas Cove, formerly of Shelbyville and Joaquin. He passed away Friday at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. Memorial visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight at Mangum Funeral Home. Among Joseph “Jody” Frank Whitman’s survivors are, daughters, Renee Martin of Copperas Cove, Louise Hernandez of Prairieville, LA, and Heather Kendrick of Joaquin.

 

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces memorial service for 93-year old Murrel Williams of San Augustine. She passed away Friday at her residence. Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in San Augustine, with burial at Chapel Hill Cemetery. Among Murrel Williams’ survivors are a son, John Mason Williams of San Augustine; and a daughter, Janis Louise Lorenson of Rhode Island.

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Local Sports Round up 8/25/14; Meet the Riders at 7 p.m. tonight


Center Varsity Tennis team opened up their Fall season with a win over
Nacogdoches last week. The official score was 10 - 4, but with all extra matches played 19 - 6. The Riders were up 6 matches to 2 at the end of doubles. They had 13 wins and 4 losses in singles. The Varsity team will travel to Lufkin Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. start. The Seniors for the 2014-2015 Rider Tennis Team are: Adam Reeves, Alec Lucas, Chris Dunn, Dillon Reynolds, Kamden Lucas, Sheridan Cassell, Faith Lengl, Rylee Hudspeth, and Nathan Stuever. Coaches are Leon Dykes and Beth Nichols.

Meet the Riders will be held, at 7 p.m. tonight, Monday, at Roughrider Stadium. All Middle School and High School Athletic Programs will be recognized as well as the Middle School and High School Spirit Teams and Middle School and High School Bands. Don't forget, the 3rd Annual Purple Pride Cookout hosted by the CHS Cheerleaders will be held prior to the event from 4 to 6:30 p.m. You can get a burger, chips, dessert, and water for $7.

 

Meet the Dragons will be held tomorrow night, Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Shelbyville gym.


Girls' volleyball Tuesday, the Center Lady Riders are home to play Colmesneil, and the Timpson Lady Bears go to Karnack.

 

The Center Youth Football League will have sign-ups tomorrow, Tuesday, August 26th and Thursday, August 28th from 5-7:30pm. Sign-ups will also be held on Saturday, Aug. 30th from 10:00am-1:00pm. The last day to sign up will be August 30th. All sign-ups will be held in the Center Middle School Cafeteria. Be sure and bring a copy of your child's birth certificate. Sign up fees are $50 for flag and $80 for tackle. Ages 5-12 are allowed to play.

 

The high school football season kicks-off Friday night, and the local schedule includes the Center Roughriders at Waskom to last years' state semi-finalist. Center Broadcasting will have all the Rider action on 92.5 KXXE and online at cbc-radio.com with Rob Payne and Chris Watlington and the Rider Broadcast team. Also, the Shelbyville Dragons go to Linden-Kildare; the Timpson Bears will be in Tyler to play All Saints Episcopal; the Shelby County Game of the Week has the Tenaha Tigers at the Joaquin Rams. Don Wall will describe the action on Q-100 KQBB, and on cbc-radio.com. In addition, the San Augustine Wolves go to Garrison to play the Bulldogs; and the Logansport Tigers are playing in the DeSoto Parish Jamboree Friday night in Mansfield.

 

A Center Broadcasting programming note: Don Wall's Shelby County Coaches' Show will debut for the season tomorrow night at 7 p.m. on Q-100, KQBB and online at cbc-radio.com.

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Sonic Boom: Shelby County Employee Wellness Program


A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program begun in March has over 75 county employees learning all that goes into having a healthy lifestyle.  “The Shelby County Employee Wellness Program is a program to promote a healthy and happy work environment and to encourage positive lifestyle changes through nutrition and fitness,” said Jheri-Lynn Smith, Shelby County Extension agent for family and consumer sciences.  “This is a statewide program that is initiated through the Texas Association of Counties (TAC).  It ties in to our mission of educating the public concerning healthy lifestyles and choices, chronic disease management, stress management, and more.” 

Hosted through TAC’s Health and Employee Benefits Pool (HEBP), the Healthy County Wellness Program invites interested counties to track health education and activity.  On its website, TAC offers several wellness programs and ideas for keeping employees accountable for their health.

“The wellness program operates all year long, we began in March with a survey to find out topics of interest,” stated Smith.  From this list a once a month Lunch-and-Learn program was established in which employees meet in the courthouse meeting room for a healthy lunch and to listen to a short program on a topic of interest.  “This year, our menu is comprised of choices from the Mediterranean diet plan.  This month I am featuring Greek chicken with whole wheat penne and caprese salad and our presentation will be, ‘Growing and Cooking with Culinary Herbs.’”

On the fitness side, several employees participated in the recent Biggest Loser program in which Deputy County Clerk, Jennifer Fountain and Commissioner Jimmy Lout were the program promoters.    The Sonic Boom Challenge, a TAC program utilized in the Shelby County Wellness Program tasked participants with keeping track of the amount of steps they took each day by fastening a pedometer to their footwear.  This was a completion based upon the number of steps taken each day and employees could login to a website to view their and other employee’s daily results.  Smith stated, “We had 47 employees participate in the challenge this year.  From that group, 27 met the challenge of walking 5,000 steps a day for 40 days.  I was recently pleased to learn that our own Debbra Johnson, legal assistant to the District Attorney, placed first in the state with 1,959,597 steps taken during the 8 week challenge.”

 

Debbra Johnson, Top winner in the state Sonic Boom Challenge

 

Top 10 employees in Sonic Boom Challenge

Rank

Employee

Total Steps

Total Time

1

Debbra Johnson

1,959,597

25,621.40

2

Jennifer Fountain

1,347,567

14,972.20

3

Jayne Crain

1,329,022

16,679.40

4

Marlene Hernandez

595,627

9,562.80

5

Jenney Chessher

560,075

10,166.90

6

Veronica Berry

520,310

9,069.40

7

Teresa Vazquez

520,310

9,006.70

8

Darlene Clark

400,216

8,240.30

9

Shawna Walker

369,083

5,302.10

10

Teresa Hughes

348,686

6,526.60

 

This past week, Nacogdoches Medical Center provided free health screenings to employees and their family members for glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, and weight.  They are also scheduled to return in September to conduct a free PVD screening in which a person can be assessed for possible arterial blockage.

Beyond all the physical benefits that coincide with increased physical health are fiscal benefits promised through HEBP.  “Each employee that completes a health risk assessment on the Blue Cross Blue Shield website receives a $50 gift certificate in which they can select from large list of vendors.  Blue points are earned on BCBS each time a member logs in, which can be redeemed for all kinds of gift cards as well.”

The next event in the county’s Wellness Program is a Walk Across Texas challenge wherein employees form competitive 8 member teams and strive to walk all 839 miles across Texas in an 8 week time period.

If you would like additional information regarding Extension programs, please contact Jheri-Lynn Smith, CEA-FCS at 936-598-7744 or jheri-lynn.smith@ag.tamu.edu.

 

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 8/21/14--8/22/14


Arrest Report

8/21/14--8/22/14

 

Shelby County:

 

Michele Hughes, 45, Nacogdoches, Sentenced to 12 months State Jail, Original Charge: Forgery

 

Daryl McSwain, 46, Center, Two Warrants-Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

 

William Smith, 18, Center, Warrant-Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Warrant-Tampering with Evidence

 

Jahir Garcia-Luna, 19, Center, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Tampering with Evidence

 

Joseph Simpson, 24, Center, Warrant-Violation of Probation, Original Charge: Theft

 

San Augustine County: Christopher Garsee, 36, San Augustine, Disorderly Conduct

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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Center ISD employee placed on leave with pay, to stand trial for fraudulent use of ID


A Center ISD employee is to stand trial in November five years after being indicted on three counts of fraudulent use of identifying information by a Nacogdoches County Grand Jury.

 

According to an article in today’s Light and Champion, a secretary at Center High School, Retena Harrison-Hartsfield was placed on administrative leave with pay in May by Center ISD when they discovered the District Attorney would prosecute.

 

Superintendent Dr. James Hockenberry said in the article that the school district did not know of any charges against Ms. Harrison-Hartsfield when she was hired in 2006.

 

She was indicted in January 2008, and Dr. Hockenberry said it was an article that appeared in the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel last August that made the district aware of the charges.

 

The indictment says Ms. Harrison-Hartsfield used a social security number obtained from former Garrison High School student/athlete Brandon Walker in April 2001 to open credit card accounts in his name. Reportedly, while a senior, Walker and other students were assisted by his basketball coach Hiram Harrison, and his wife Retena Harrison-Hartsfield to complete ACT forms.

 

Walker said he became aware of the issue while at college in Natchitoches when he had problems renting because of bad credit. Walker also said he confronted her and she confessed and explained why she did it.

 

Ms. Harrison-Hartsfield is represented by Center attorney and Center ISD Trustee, Stephen Shires.

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"R to the Third Power" awareness program underway at Center ISD


You’ll notice new signage around Center ISD campuses with the new school year containing an “R and a raised 3” as the district is joining with others from around the state to bring awareness to respect and responsibility in school districts, communities and in the workplace.

 

According to Superintendent, Dr. James Hockenberry, “R to the third power, Riders are Respectful and Responsible” has been created by Center ISD as a model for behavior. He said a couple of board members attended the Texas Association of School Boards Conference over the Summer, and it focused on respect and responsibility.

 

Hockenberry say banners, t-shirts and bracelets have been designed, and are being worn and displayed. He added that the district is notifying parents/guardians asking for their support, and letters were given out at Meet the Teacher events, and will be done so at other district activities.

 

Hockenberry said awareness of “R to the third power, Riders are Respectful and Responsible” will increase through the school year.

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Shelby County Commissioners holding public hearing on new Budget, tax rate this morning


The Shelby County Commissioners' Court will be considering adoption of the Fiscal Year 2014-15 Budget and setting the new fiscal year tax rate when they hold a public hearing at 9:30 this morning.

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Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association hosting ranch gathering in Center Aug. 28


The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association will be hosting a ranch gathering next Thursday, Aug. 28 at the Windham Civic Center.

 

The event is free and open to the public. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a complimentary beef dinner.

 

The association’s Special Ranger Larry Hand will provide a law enforcement update and offer ranchers advice on how they can keep their livestock and equipment safe and secure.

 

The Texas Beef Council Industry Relations Manager Mike McCravey will provide an update on the Texas Beef Checkoff.

 

Additionally, cattle raisers will get an update on important legislative issues.

 

You’re asked to RSVP to 800-242-7820, ext. 192.

 

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association ranch gathering is sponsored by Novartis Animal Health and Texas Farm Credit. Anyone who joins at the gathering will receive a free metal gate sign courtesy of Bayer Animal Health and New Holland Agriculture.

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DETEC offering Co-op Connections card for customers, businesses


Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative has started a program that benefits the co-op's customers when shopping, and also assist local businesses increase customer visits in person and online.

 

Co-op Communications Specialist Brittney Johnson says members of Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative should have received a Co-op Connections card with their August statement.

 

There is no cost and no expiration. She adds it’s simply a benefit of your cooperative membership. No activation is needed, and the card is ready to use now!

 

The card helps members save on: automotive needs, retail shopping, energy efficiency, health needs such as dental, vision and prescriptions, travel and so much more here at home and nationwide, whether by in person shopping or online.

 

If you haven't received a Co-op Connections card, contact Ms. Johnson at 936-275-4000.

 

She adds for any local businesses interested in offering discounts through the program, there's no cost. Just contact her and she'll be glad to explain.

 

  

 

 

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City of Tenaha offering dumpster for non-typical items today & Saturday


The City of Tenaha will have dumpsters available today and Saturday for the discarding of items not typically thrown away with usual garbage collection. The dumpsters will be in front of the Tenaha Municipal Building at 238 N. George Bowers Drive. The city is asking that items such as tires, paint, batteries or any Freon items, as well as house hold garbage NOT be placed in the dumpsters. For information on the placement of house hold trash, contact Doyce Bailey at Tenaha City Hall. Mayor Orinthia Johnson said Commissioner Bradley Allen assisted with having the dumpsters available.

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East Texas Extended Care offering back-to-school immunizations Saturday


East Texas Extended Care will be hosting an immunization clinic tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at all four locations – Timpson, Center, San Augustine and Pineland. They will have immunizations for children with private insurance, Medicaid and 15 dollar shots for children with no insurance. No appointments are necessary-walk ins only, and please remember to bring your insurance card and the child’s immunization record.

 

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CVFD asking for MDA donations during "Fill the Boot" Saturday


The Center Volunteer Fire Department will be on the Center square tomorrow, Sat. Aug. 23rd for the Annual Muscular Dystrophy Fundraiser "Fill The Boot." You’re asked to drop by and help the department raise money for MDA.

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Funeral Notices: 8/22/14


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces a graveside service for 72-year old Wilber Cordell Lout of The Woodlands. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville. Among Wilber Cordell Lout’s survivors are, sons, Ronald Lout of The Woodlands and Jonathan Lout of Center; brothers, Kenneth Lout of Shelbyville and Randolph Lout of Center; and sister, Carolyn McGee of McKinney.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home of San Augustine announces a memorial graveside service for 67-year old Chester Farrell Sanders, Jr. of Ft. Worth, originally of San Augustine. Memorial graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Thomas Cemetery, San Augustine County. The family chose cremation and visitation will be just prior to graveside.

 

Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home in Palestine announces service for 24-year old Heather Elaine Green, and her unborn daughter, Emmie Jo, of Elkhart. Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Palestine, with graveside service at 3 p.m. at Mt. Comfort Cemetery near Maydelle. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to GoFundMe.com (Help the Green Family)

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Local Sports Round up 8/22/14


High school football scrimmages today has the Joaquin Rams at Colmesneil; the Timpson Bears and Shelbyville Dragons will both be involved in a three-way scrimmage as they head at West Rusk; and the Garrison Bulldogs are home to play Groveton.

 

The Logansport Tigers are at Lakeside tonight.

 

Last night, the Tenaha Tigers and New Diana, reportedly played to a 13-all tie in their scrimmage. No report on the Center Riders-Brook Hill scrimmage.

 

Meet the Riders will be held, at 7 p.m. Monday, at Roughrider Stadium. All Middle School and High School Athletic Programs will be recognized as well as the Middle School and High School Spirit Teams and Middle School and High School Bands.
 

Also, the 3rd Annual Purple Pride Cookout will be hosted by the CHS Cheerleaders is Monday during Meet the Riders. They will be serving meals at the Center Roughrider Stadium Concession Stand from 4:00-6:30 P.M. Each dinner will be $7 and will consist of a Hamburger, chips, dessert, and water. If you'd like to purchase a meal ticket in advance, you can get one from any member of the JV or Varsity Cheerleader Squads and at the front office at Center High School. **The tickets show a serve time of 4:00-5:30. Please note that they will be serving until 6:30 instead.

 

Meet the Dragons will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Shelbyville gym.

 

Volleyball action today and Saturday, the Center Lady Riders are in the Marshall Tournament, and The Timpson Lady Bears are in the Overton Tournament.

 

The Center Youth Football League will have sign-ups on Tuesday, August 26th and Thursday, August 28th from 5-7:30pm. Sign-ups will also be held on Saturday, August 30th from 10:00am-1:00pm. The last day to sign up will be August 30th. All sign-ups will be held in the Center Middle School Cafeteria. Be sure and bring a copy of your child's birth certificate. Sign up fees are $50 for flag and $80 for tackle. Ages 5-12 are allowed to play. For more information contact Heath Hagler at 598-6148.

 

The East Texas Colts, a semi-pro football team that’s headquartered in Center will be having tryouts at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Center High School practice field behind Roughrider Stadium. You must be at least 18 years of age, just bring your cleats, shorts, gloves, etc. There’s a $25 non-refundable try-out fee. The final tryout is Aug. 30. For more information contact Joshua Black at 332-9554 or Colton Thompson at 332-8407. You can also check out the team’s Facebook page at ETX Colts. The season will begin in February.

 

 

 

 

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It's Friday!! Sunny & hot


Today: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 74. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
 
Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the morning.
 
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 74. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming southwest after midnight.
 
Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.
 
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 74.
 
Monday: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98.
 
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
 
Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

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CMS Cheerleaders Excel at Private UCA Cheer Camp


The CMS 7th and 8th grade Cheerleaders hosted a private UCA Cheer Camp this summer, where the squads learned several new cheers and chants for the upcoming season. Each squad earned trophies for their performances during their evaluations, and both squads also earned ribbons for their dance, cheer, and routine evaluations.
In addition to the overall squad awards, the following young ladies earned a spot on the All American squad, and have the opportunity to cheer at the Macy's Thanksgiving parade in Houston: Kelsey Adair (7th), Kalei LaRock (7th), Jade Parker (8th), Bryanna Sample (8th), Cheyenne Byrnes (8th), Malaisha Cartwright (8th), Esther Mergerson (8th), and Maddie Russell (8th). Following the private camp, UCA hosted a private stunt camp, where both squads learned safety techniques and new, exciting stunts. Both squads again earned trophies and ribbons for their hard work and attention to safety.


The 2014-2015 CMS Cheerleaders (followed by their individual camp awards)
are:
7th grade
Chassity Davis-Top Girl of the Week
Kelsey Adair-Dancing Diva
Kalei LaRock-Best All Around
Patience Cherry-Step Up to the Plate
Jasmine Cooks-Jump Queen
Annah Morris-Most Spirited
Raimi Phillips-Most Improved
Jacelyn Rhone-Beast Base
LeAndra Scurlock-Ballin' Back-spot
Mallory Fausett-Cheer Champ

8th grade
Lacey Felder-Ballin' Back-spot
Cheyenne Byrnes-Miss Congeniality
Maddie Russell-The Trooper!
Bryanna Sample-Dancing Diva
Kailan Randle-Most Improved
Jade Parker-Top Girl of the Week
Katelyn Bolton-Step Up to the Plate
Carsen Vickers-Right On Time
Cassidy Sanford-Beast Base
Esther Mergerson-Best All Around
Olivia Johnson-Cheer Champ
Malaisha Cartwright-Jump Queen

We are looking forward to another amazing year, and can't wait to see you
all in the stands on Thursday nights!

 

7th Grade Cheerleaders

 

 

8th Grade Cheerleaders

 

 

All-American Cheerleaders

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 8/20/14--8/21/14


Arrest Report

8/20/14--8/21/14

 

Shelby County:

 

Freddie Joe Rose, 72, Florien, La., Theft

 

Gregory Harper, 36, Center, Aggravated Assault

 

Daniell Patton, 20, Center, Theft

 

Gustarius Johnson, 38, Center, Possession of Marijuana

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Tenaha hires deputy city marshal, work bids awarded for McNeil Park project


The City of Tenaha has a new deputy city marshal after the council gave approval Monday night for the hiring of Darren Gray to that position.

 

Mayor Orinthia Johnson tells us City Marshall Jimmy Wagstaff made the recommendation to the council, and Gray should be on duty within the next couple of weeks after all the proper pre-employment screening is done.

 

In other personnel matters, the council designated public works consultant Stacy Cranford as the new Public Works Director.

 

Mayor Johnson also advised bids were awarded on work to be done to the new McNeil Park in town. He said Aaron Roland received the OK for dirt work at $3,500; Jimmy Broadway was given the wrought iron fence job for $11,000, and Keith Martin will do the electrical work at the project for $1,938. Mayor Johnson said work should begin on the new park around Sept. 18.

 

The Tenaha City Council also received an update on the vandalism of flower boxes on the downtown square. Mayor Johnson said someone smashed one of the Tenaha Beautification Committee's projects recently. He said if violators are captured, they would be prosecuted.

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TxDOT has construction projects undeway in Shelby County


Lufkin TxDOT has informed us that there are two construction projects under way on SH 7 in Shelby County, and both have reduced the speed limits to 65 mph. This is temporary and only for construction.

 

TxDOT’s Kathi Smith says the contractor is Odum Services of Marshall, and there will be an upgrade to the guardrail to bring up to current standards on SH 7 from the San Augustine County Line to about 4.5 miles north of FM 2913. It also includes upgrades on US 96 from US 59 to SH 87. She said work started Monday and is expected to take about three months to complete. The cost is of the project is $840,000.

 

Also, Moore Bros Construction of Lufkin has the other contract to resurface SH 7 from Mt. Herman to US 96 at a cost of $2.1 million. This project also started Monday and is expected to be completed in approximately three months.

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San Augustine applying for grant to improve downtown sidewalks


Downtown sidewalk improvements as part of the Main Street designation in the City of San Augustine are being addressed, as the city council approved the application for a Texas Department of Agriculture Main Street Program grant at their meeting Tuesday evening.

 

City Manager Bruce Milstead says the city's seeking $150,000 in funding for the project, with the city's match of $45,000.

 

He also said the council granted him permission to renew a revolving line of credit with Compass Bank for $150,000. Milstead said this assist especially during the summer months to assist with payment of the city's utility obligations to Deep East Texas Electric Co-op.

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Timpson City Council seeks bids for garbage collection


The Timpson City Council decided at their meeting Tuesday to put out for bids on the city’s garbage service.

 

City Secretary Barbara Hunt says instead of renewing the contract with Pineywoods Sanitation at this time, it was voted on to advertise for bids through Sept. 15.

 

Timpson Council has also decided to go with the Texas Municipal League as the city’s health insurance carrier. Mayor Debra Smith has said TML’s rate will save the city $24,000 annually rather than staying with Blue Cross-Blue Shield.

 

In other business, the mowing contract for Woodlawn Cemetery with Piney Woods Lawn Care (Ricky Askins) was renewed at $1,375 a month; and Angelina Excavating was awarded the bid for work on the streets surrounding B&B Foods. The monies for the project came through IKE 2.2 Grant money.

 

No action on the Fiscal Year 2014-15 Budget was taken. 

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Man suffers medical emergency, falls from ladder in Center


A local sign maker is recovering at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital after suffering a stroke while working at a downtown Center business and falling about 12 feet off a ladder Tuesday morning.

 

Kenneth Verner was doing work at The Pizzeria when the medical emergency occurred. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital, and according to his son, Tim Verner had several splintered ribs, a collapsed lung, broken vertebra, a large gash on his arm and bleeding on the brain, and apparent paralysis.

 

Tim Verner said his father’s heart also arrested about six times. After a temporary pacemaker was installed, and tense moments fighting for survival, Kenneth Verner is reported to be stable, but remains in critical condition.

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Carthage, Gary ISDs to have "armed" staff


When school bells ring Monday to signal the start of classes for the 2014-15 school year, two Panola County school districts will be among those that will have armed staff.

 

According to an article in the Panola Watchman newspaper, Carthage and Gary ISDs have joined several East Texas school districts that implemented extra precautions to help ensure the safety of students. It's believed allowing personnel to carry concealed weapons can save lives in the typical three to five minutes before law enforcement arrives.

 

Carthage ISD Superintendent Glen Hambrick said an online survey asking parents their thoughts of arming staff showed an 80 percent favorbility to the idea.

 

Carthage has also included a police department, in addition to magnetic doors to buildings, extra security cameras, and the district has lockdown procedures.

 

Carthage ISD was the sixth East Texas school district to arm staff. Hambrick said there are signs posted in those districts notifying visitors that there's armed staff.

 

We were told by Center ISD Superintendent Dr. James Hockenberry before the summer break that the Center ISD did not have intentions to arm district employees. 

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Parents encouraged to "Meet the Teacher" at area schools today


It's Meet the Teacher for local schools....

 

The Center ISD is having have Meet the Teacher today for F.L. Moffett from 5:30-6:30, at Center Intermediate, from 5 to 6 p.m.; and Center Middle School, today, from 5:30 to 6:30.

 

Timpson Elementary School Meet the Teachers will be held this afternoon from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Meanwhile, Timpson High School/Middle School Meet the Teachers is Thursday September 18 from 4:30 pm. – 6:00 p.m.

 

Parents are invited to Meet the Teacher at Shelbyville ISD from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., this afternoon. Students may bring their school supplies.

 

Parents can Meet the Teacher in Tenaha, today, from 4:30 - 6:30 pm; Schedules can be picked up on Friday, August 22, in the high school office.

 

Joaquin Elementary Meet the Teacher will be held on today, from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Joaquin Junior High and High School Meet the Teacher will be held from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm.

 

Excelsior ISD is having 'Meet the Teacher' from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. this evening. Students are encouraged to bring their supplies that evening.

 

San Augustine Meet the Teacher at the Elementary & High School will be on Friday, August 22. Come out from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the Elementary School and from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the High School (6th-12th). Students may bring school supplies to leave in their classroom at that time too!

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CHOZEN youth group holding Back to School event Saturday


The CHOZEN Youth of Abundant Love Ministries invites the community to their first Back to School Outreach Event, Saturday, Aug. 23 from 11 am. To 1 p.m. at 1218 Shelbyville St. in Center. Kid’s hair styles and cuts will be offered FREE of charge. FREE school supplies and clothing will be distributed until all is gone. 

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Funeral Notices: 8/21/14


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces a graveside service for 72-year old Wilber Cordell Lout of The Woodlands, formerly of Shelby County. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home of San Augustine announces a memorial graveside service for 67-year old Chester Farrell Sanders, Jr. of Ft. Worth, originally of San Augustine. Memorial graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Thomas Cemetery, San Augustine County. The family chose cremation and visitation will be just prior to graveside.

 

Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home in Palestine announces service for 24-year old Heather Elaine Green, and her unborn daughter, Emmie Jo, of Elkhart. Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Palestine, with graveside service at 3 p.m. at Mt. Comfort Cemetery near Maydelle. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to GoFundMe.com (Help the Green Family)

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Local Sports Round up 8/21/14; teams prepare for final tune-ups before start of season


It's the final scrimmage action before the start of the regular season next week for local high school football teams. Today, the Center Roughriders will be home at 5 p.m. to take Brook Hill; the Tenaha Tigers go to New Diana for a 5 p.m. start; and the San Augustine Wolves go to Woodville. Friday's scrimmages have the Joaquin Rams at Colmesneil; the Timpson Bears and Shelbyville Dragons will both be involved in a three-way scrimmage as they head at West Rusk; and the Garrison Bulldogs are home to play Groveton.

 

The Logansport Tigers will be at Lakeside tomorrow night.

 

Meet the Riders will be held, Monday, Aug. 25, at 7 P.M. at Roughrider Stadium. All Middle School and High School Athletic Programs will be recognized as well as the Middle School and High School Spirit Teams and Middle School and High School Bands.
 

Also, the 3rd Annual Purple Pride Cookout will be hosted by the CHS Cheerleaders next Monday night, Aug. 25 during Meet the Riders. They will be serving meals at the Center Roughrider Stadium Concession Stand from 4:00-6:30 P.M. Each dinner will be $7 and will consist of a Hamburger, chips, dessert, and water. If you'd like to purchase a meal ticket in advance, you can get one from any member of the JV or Varsity Cheerleader Squads and at the front office at Center High School. **The tickets show a serve time of 4:00-5:30. Please note that they will be serving until 6:30 instead.

 

Meet the Rams will be held tonight at 6:30pm in the Joaquin High School Gym.

 

Meet the Dragons will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Shelbyville gym.

 

By the way, Tenaha does not have a Meet the Tigers any longer. It's now Media Day, and this year's event takes place at 9 a.m. this morning at The Pit.

 

Volleyball action schedule will have the Center Lady Riders in the Marshall Tournament starting today. The Timpson Lady Bears are in the Overton Tournament beginning today.

 

The Center Youth Football League will have sign-ups on Tuesday, August 26th and Thursday, August 28th from 5-7:30pm. Sign-ups will also be held on Saturday, August 30th from 10:00am-1:00pm. The last day to sign up will be August 30th. All sign-ups will be held in the Center Middle School Cafeteria. Be sure and bring a copy of your child's birth certificate. Sign up fees are $50 for flag and $80 for tackle. Ages 5-12 are allowed to play. For more information contact Heath Hagler at 598-6148.

 

The East Texas Colts, a semi-pro football team that’s headquartered in Center will be having tryouts at 3 p.m. Saturday, at the Center High School practice field behind Roughrider Stadium. You must be at least 18 years of age, just bring your cleats, shorts, gloves, etc. There’s a $25 non-refundable try-out fee. For more information contact Joshua Black at 332-9554 or Colton Thompson at 332-8407. You can also check out the team’s Facebook page at ETX Colts. The season will begin in February.

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Sunny & hot with a slight chance of rain


Today: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the morning.
 
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 73. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the morning.
 
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 73.
 
Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 95.
 
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 72.
 
Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95

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Center Middle School Beta Club attends 18th annual national convention


The Center Middle School Beta Club (academic honors club with strong
emphasis on community service) proudly represented Center ISD when they
competed in the State Beta Convention on February 14-15, 2014.  The group, consisting of 16 students, placed in three events including Living
Literature, Art (Oil/Acrylics), and Spotlight Your Club.

Placing at the state convention earned the students the opportunity to
participate in the 18th Annual National Beta Convention in Richmond, VA, on June 21st through June 24, 2014.  Fourteen students from CMS attended the convention and competed in all three events.  This is the largest group to participate at the national level from Center ISD to date.

At the convention, students attended general sessions, where keynote
speakers, guest speakers, and guest performers addressed the group.
Students also experienced life lessons by participating in a campaign rally where candidates vying for a national office delivered their agenda, and students voted on the candidates they felt would best lead the Beta organization through service, leadership, and academics to create positive changes in our communities and our world.  A celebration dance was also held to provide an opportunity for the entire group (1,500 students in attendance) to socialize and meet other Beta’s from the many states participating in the national convention.

While in Virginia, CMS students visited Colonial Williamsburg for an
educational excursion, where they toured the Governor’s Palace,
kitchen/scullery, and palace gardens/boxwood maze.  They played colonial
games at the Benjamin Powell House and drew water from an 18th century
water well.  The group also visited Anderson’s Blacksmith Shop and Public
Armoury, Wigmaker, and assisted the colonials in pressing mud with their
feet to make bricks.  Finally, the group enjoyed a colonial meal at the
King’s Arms Tavern.  This was truly an educational experience that all
students enjoyed.

The CMS Beta Club would like to express their sincere appreciation to the
Center ISD School Board Members, Dr. James Hockenberry, Superintendent, and the following businesses/community members for their generous support in making this trip of a lifetime available to our students.

Ben Wulf

Farmers State Bank

Shelby Savings Bank

J & D Construction

WesTech – Wesley Metcalf

David Shields, ASE Auto Inc.

Ken Boles – Boles Feed

Mettauer Law Firm

Toledo Finance

Ace Hardware of East Texas

East Texas Poultry Supply

McAdams Propane

Gatherings – Carolyn Lamb

Pizzeria

Don and Susan Bush

JD Portable Cooling Sales

General Shelters

Steptoe Real Estate

Texas Glacier Ice

Double K Glass

Paul Pustka

The Balcony

Dance Furniture

Kevin Jones

Monco Motor Company

State Farm Insurance – Chris Mayfield

Ken Muckelroy

Bounds Insurance

Dr. Keith Miller

Fred Wulf

State Farm Insurance – Sandy Wheeler

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 8/19/14--8/20/14


Arrest Report

8/19/14--8/20/14

 

Shelby County:

 

Marcus Alan Jones, 24, Center, Driving While Intoxicated with Open Container-2nd, and Possession of Marijuana

 

Jonathan Bernard Miles, Jr., 23, Tenaha, Warrant-Non Child Support

 

Marcus Goodwin, 38, Center, Driving While License Invalid with Previous Convictions

 

Luis Acuna, 22, Center, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

 

San Augustine County: Lovely L. Wilson, 47, San Augustine, Criminal Trespass, Theft, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Late afternoon storms sweep across area, no damage reported


Another round of late afternoon thunderstorms swept across the Deep East Texas & Western Louisiana area yesterday as the isolated storms and showers spawned off due to heating and the seabreeze that’s moved inland from the Gulf Coast. No severe weather statements or warnings were issued by the National Weather Service during the course of the storms, and we stayed away from the gusty winds that have accompanied previous storms tracking across the area. There’s another chance of similar storms today. Look for afternoon highs to climb into the mid to upper 90s, combined with the relative humidity, heat indices will ranged from 100 to 104.

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San Augustine County sees short-fall with new Budget, cuts made


With property values lower in San Augustine County that means the county's new budget has to be trimmed by some $226,000. At their meeting last week, the commissioners' court voted to tentatively set the 2014-15 tax rate at $0.46 per $100 valuation, the same as last fiscal year. Commissioners are expected to approve the tax rate at their meeting Aug. 26.

 

County Judge Sammye Johnson said the budget shortfall has the county working to cut-back on expenses while keeping the same tax rate. This has meant each of the commissioners reducing their Budget by $21,000, some $50,000 was cut in the General Operations Budget, and another $23,000 was taken out of the Sheriff's Office Budget.

 

San Augustine County Treasurer Pam Smith says the county will take almost $129,000 in cash in their investment fund to help with the shortfall.

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court to hole public hearing on FY Budget, Tax Rate Friday


The Shelby County Commissioners' Court will be considering adoption of the Fiscal Year 2014-15 Budget and setting the new fiscal year tax rate when they hold a public hearing at 9:30 Friday morning.

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Nacogdoches County Judge reduces pay for new Fiscal Year


Nacogdoches County Judge Mike Perry has filed an affidavit saying he will reduce his pay by more than $24,000 when the new Fiscal Year begins Oct. 1.

 

Perry told the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel that he didn’t run for the office for what it paid, and said he never promised Nacogdoches citizens that he wouldn’t increase the tax rate.

 

Judge Perry is reducing his income from $76, 125 to $51,953 so as to match the commissioners’ flat salary.

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Joaquin City Council meeting rescheduled to Thursday evening


We received notification from the City of Joaquin yesterday that their Council meeting scheduled for last night was postponed, and rescheduled until Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m.

 

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Center Firemen respond to grease fire at Center Place Apartments


A grease fire at Center Place Apartments Tuesday afternoon resulted in minor fire and smoke damage to an apartment. Center Fire Chief Keith Byndom says the call came in around 3:30 to the apartments on Clifford Street, and fireman arrived to find a good amount of smoke coming from Apartment 16, identified as the residence of Shaquanna Dock. He added fireman quickly extinguished the blaze and escorted other apartment occupants to safety. No injuries were reported.

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Joaquin ISD voters can cast ballots early beginning Aug. 27 for Tax Ratification Election


Voters of the Joaquin ISD will have the opportunity to cast their ballot early starting next Wednesday, Aug. 27 for the Sept. 13th Tax Ratification Election.

 

At the July board meeting, Joaquin ISD Trustees set a Maintenance & Operation tax rate of $1.17 and an Interest & Sinking tax rate of $0.4155 for a total tax rate of $1.5855 per $100 of appraised value. This total tax rate is two cents lower than last year’s rate. The increase in the M&O tax rate must be ratified by voters.

 

Early voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 27 thru Sept. 9 at the Joaquin ISD Administration Building.

 

On Election Day, Sept. 13, polling locations will be the Joaquin ISD Administration Building, and the Huxley Volunteer Fire Dept. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Questions can be directed to Superintendent Phil Worsham at 936-269-3128.

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UPDATED to include Heather Elaine Green's obit: GoFundMe account set up for Green Family to help with funeral, medical costs


A GoFundMe account has been started for the Christopher Green Family by family friend, Dianne Phelps. The account was setup to help with burial costs for Heather and medical cost for Chris, who continues to recover at University Health in Shreveport with a number of internal injuries, in addition to broken bones and fractures.

 

The Greens were in a two vehicle accident last Saturday afternoon that took the life of Heather and their unborn child. She leaves behind two young daughters.

 

Ms. Phelps said that every little bit will help as they pick up the pieces as Chris recovers, as well as for burial costs.

 

You can find the account by going to GoFundMe.com and typing in, "Help the Greeen Family".

 

The two young daughters of Christopher Green, and the late Heather Green, who lost her life in a two-vehicle accident Aug. 16 near Center.

 

 

Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home in Palestine announces  service for 24-year old Heather Elaine Green, and her unborn daughter, Emmie Jo, of Elkhart. Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cedar Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Palestine, with graveside service at 3 p.m. at Mt. Comfort Cemetery near Maydelle. She passed away Saturday from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Shelby County. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Herrington/Land of Memory Funeral Home. Among Heather Elaine Green’s survivors are, husband, Christopher B. Green, her daughters, Camie Capri and Victoria Grace; parents, Mark and Brenda Jorgensen; brother, Hayden D. Jorgensen, all of Elkhart; in laws, Eddie and Donna Green and brother-in-law, Chuck Green, all of Center. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to GoFundMe.com (Help the Green Family)

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East Texas Extended Care opening Center location today


East Texas Extended Care will be opening their fourth location this morning at 233 Hurst Street.

 

The Center office is the third health-care facility this year that owners Dawn Barnes and Justin Timmons have opened. Others include Pineland and San Augustine. The original facility in Timpson was opened a couple of years ago.

 

The Center office’s hours are 8 to 4, Monday thru Friday, and opened for lunch with walk-ins only.

 

Joining the team in Center is Family Nurse Practioner Bridget Hughes.

 

This Saturday, East Texas Extended Care will be hosting an immunization clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at all four locations – Timpson, Center, San Augustine and Pineland. They will have immunizations for children with private insurance, Medicaid and 15 dollar shots for children with no insurance. No appointments are necessary, and remember to bring your insurance card and the child’s immunization record.

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"Meet the Teacher" scheduled for area schools


There's several Meet the Teacher events this week:

The Center ISD will have Meet the Teacher at F.L. Moffett from 5:30-6:30, Thursday, Aug. 21; Center Elementary, 2nd grade, today, Aug. 20, 5 to 6 p.m.; Center Intermediate, Thursday, Aug. 21 from 5 to 6 p.m.; Center Middle School, Aug. 21, 5:30 to 6:30; and Center H.S. Aug. 20, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

 

Timpson Elementary School Meet the Teachers will be held Thursday August 21 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Meanwhile,  Timpson High School/Middle School Meet the Teachers is Thursday September 18 from 4:30 pm. – 6:00 p.m.

 

Parents are invited to Meet the Teacher at Shelbyville ISD from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21. Students may bring their school supplies.

 

Parents can Meet the Teacher in Tenaha, Thursday, August 21, from 4:30 - 6:30 pm; Schedules can be picked up on Friday, August 22, in the high school office.

 

Joaquin Elementary Meet the Teacher will be held on Thursday, August 21 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Joaquin Junior High and High School Meet the Teacher will be held on Thursday, August 21st from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm.

 

Excelsior ISD announces 'Meet the Teacher' will be held on Thursday, August 21, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to bring their supplies that evening.

 

San Augustine Meet the Teacher at the Elementary & High School will be on August 22. Come out from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the Elementary School and from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the High School (6th-12th). Students may bring school supplies to leave in their classroom at that time too!

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Funeral Notices: 8/20/14


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces a graveside service for 72-year old Wilber Cordell Lout of The Woodlands, formerly of Shelby County. He passed away Tuesday. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 96-year old Nellie Lucille Jackson Hughes of Joaquin. Service will be at 10 a.m. this morning at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 73-year old Martha Alice Dennis Luman Anthony of Center. Service will be at 2 p.m. today at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Corinth Cemetery, Timpson.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home of San Augustine announces a memorial graveside service for 67-year old Chester Farrell Sanders, Jr. of Ft. Worth, originally of San Augustine. He passed away Tuesday in Ft. Worth. Memorial graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Thomas Cemetery, San Augustine County. The family chose cremation and visitation will be just prior to graveside. Among Chester Farrell Sanders, Jr.’s survivors are, daughters, and Belinda Sanders Davis of Nacogdoches, Maxine Sanders of Oklahoma City.

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Local gas prices see slight decrease in past week


The average price for a gallon of regular gas statewide is averaging $3.26 a gallon, that's down a penny in the past week, according to gasbuddy.com. In Louisiana, a gallon’s averaging $3.21, down two cents in the past week. Nationally, the average is $3.43, which is a dime less from the same time a year ago. Here at home, checking prices this morning in Center, the lowest we found was $3.23 at Wal-Mart, down three cents in the past week. 

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Local Sports Round up 8/20/14; 2nd controlled scrimmages Thursday & Friday


Local high school football teams are involved in their controlled scrimmages this week. Tomorrow, the Center Roughriders will be home at 5 p.m. to take Tyler Brook Hill; the Tenaha Tigers go to New Diana for a 5 p.m. start; and the San Augustine Wolves go to Woodville. Friday's scrimmages have the Joaquin Rams at Colmesneil; the Timpson Bears and Shelbyville Dragons will both be involved in a three-way scrimmage as they head at West Rusk; and the Garrison Bulldogs are home to play Groveton.

 

The Logansport Tigers will be at Lakeside Friday night.

 

Meet the Riders will be held, Monday, Aug. 25, at 7:00 P.M. at Roughrider Stadium. All Middle School and High School Athletic Programs will be recognized as well as the Middle School and High School Spirit Teams and Middle School and High School Bands.
 

Also, the 3rd Annual Purple Pride Cookout will be hosted by the CHS Cheerleaders next Monday night, Aug. 25 during Meet the Riders. They will be serving meals at the Center Roughrider Stadium Concession Stand from 4:00-6:30 P.M. Each dinner will be $7 and will consist of a Hamburger, chips, dessert, and water. If you'd like to purchase a meal ticket in advance, you can get one from any member of the JV or Varsity Cheerleader Squads and at the front office at Center High School. **The tickets show a serve time of 4:00-5:30. Please note that they will be serving until 6:30 instead.

 

Meet the Rams will be held on Thursday, August 21 at 6:30pm in the Joaquin High School Gym.

 

Meet the Dragons will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Shelbyville gym.

Volleyball action schedule will have the Center Lady Riders in the Marshall Tournament starting Thursday. The Timpson Lady Bears are in the Overton Tournament beginning Thursday.

 

 

 

 

 

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Might see more thunderstorms this afternoon


Today: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 102. South wind 0 to 15 mph.
 
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. South wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Heat index values as high as 105. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 75.
 
Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98.
 
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 75.
 
Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98.
 

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Stormy weather tracks across area


SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE DEVELOPING AND MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 25 TO 30 MPH ACROSS DEEP EAST TEXAS AND CENTRAL AND
NORTH LOUISIANA. MOST AREAS LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED WILL GENERALLY BE
SOUTH OF THE I20 CORRIDOR OVER THE NEXT HOUR OR SO. HEAVY
DOWNPOURS...GUSTY WINDS...AND CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING WILL BE
POSSIBLE.

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Weather Advisory Issued


 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SHREVEPORT HAS ISSUED A SIGNIFICANT
WEATHER ADVISORY...EFFECTIVE UNTIL 615 PM CDT...FOR THE FOLLOWING
PARISHES AND COUNTIES...
 
IN NORTHWEST LOUISIANA...
     SABINE AND DE SOTO...
IN EASTERN TEXAS...
     SHELBY...
 AT 507 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS WERE
DETECTING A STRONG THUNDERSTORM 11 MILES NORTHEAST OF PATROON...OR 17
MILES EAST OF CENTER...MOVING EAST AT 10 MPH.
 
GUSTY WINDS OF AROUND 50 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THIS STORM.

 

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 8/18/14--8/19/14


Arrest Report

8/18/14--8/19/14

 

Shelby County:

 

Luke Daniel Doles, 21, Joaquin, No Liability Insurance, Failure to Appear, Possession of Drug Perihelia and Expired Registration

 

Carrie Wilkins, 42, Center, Driving While Intoxicated with Child Under 15

 

Dustin Colt Clark, 26, Center, Driving While Intoxicated

 

San Augustine County:

 

Joshua M. Myers, 35, Bronson, Assault-Family Violence

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Nov. 4 school board, city council election filing ends, 8 vying for CISD Trustee positions


There was a last-minute charge to the filing window yesterday for several individuals interested in running for city and school board races this fall as the deadline came to a close.

 

The Center ISD Board race will be an 8 candidate field in November, vying for four positions. All four incumbents filed, including Dr. Dixon Golden, Ortega Cartwright, Jim Sawyer and Deborah Chadwick, in addition to challengers, James Greer, John Henry Holloway, Traci Willoughby and Daphne LaRock.

 

In the city of Center, there will be one contested position, as Dist. 2 incumbent Councilman Jerry Lathan is challenged by Jud Mathews. Incumbents at-large council members Leigh Porterfield and Jim Forbes, as well as Dist. 4 Councilman Charles Rushing are un-opposed.

 

In the city of San Augustine, all four incumbents filed, and all four have opposition. For Alderman #1, Incumbent Valencia Price and Alana Borders; #2, Incumbent Pamela Teel and James “Jim” Blackwell; #3, Incumbent Mike Malone and Stacy “Jack” Watts; #4, Incumbent Joe Verhalen and Rodney Litton; and Alderman #5, Incumbent Claudia Cabriales, Dan Fussell and John Alexander.

 

For the San Augustine ISD Trustee election, Position #3 incumbent Ryan Garcia, James “Jim” Blackwell and Patricia McClure; Position #4 incumbent Edwin Henly, Henry Lee Garner and David Garner; Position #5 incumbent Orvin Garrett, Dennis Barnes and Loretta Bedford; and for Position #6 incumbent Charles Donald Boyett and Steven Standley.

 

There will be no election in the Excelsior ISD, as all four incumbents were un-opposed. Bennie Russell, L.D. Eddins, Bo Barbe and James Miles.

 

Drawings for a place on the ballot will take place Monday for all elections.

 

Early Voting will take place Oct. 20 thru Oct. 31.

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Nacogdoches S.O. uncovers fraudulent ID card manufacturer, arrest made


Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Department arrested an illegal alien last week for the fraudulent production of identification cards.

 

Sheriff Jason Bridges said in a press release that 45-year old Andres Marrero was taken into custody after two search warrants were executed. He said an ongoing investigation into fraudulent identifications cards led investigators to identify the main target.

 

Sheriff Bridges said his office had received complaints about fraudulent ID cards being made and had recovered some of them over the last several months. A deal was set up to purchase a set of the cards by an undercover deputy. Electronic devices were recovered during the searches, including computers, printers, hard drives, printing emblems, fake ID cards and other items.

 

Among the items manufactured were fake social security cards, residential alien cards, Mexico ID cards, Texas ID cards and Texas driver’s licenses.

 

The suspect, confessed to manufacturing at least 200 fraudulent ID cards over the last eight months.

 

Sheriff Bridges said more arrests are pending, and the operation is shut-down. 

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TxDOT launches "Drink. Drive. Go to Jail" now thru Labor Day


In an effort to lower the staggering statistic of a traffic crash about every 20 minutes of a driver under the influence of alcohol, TxDOT launched its annual Labor Day “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail” campaign last Friday, which reminds drivers and motorcyclist to avoid drinking and driving, or face severe consequences.

 

The campaign, now through Sept. 1, will see Texas law enforcement officers stepping up their vigilance to arrest drunk drivers.

 

During last year’s Labor Day weekend in Texas, nearly half of the 35 holiday traffic fatalities were caused by drivers under the influence. TxDOT has developed SoberRides.org to help people quickly and easily find sober alternatives to drinking and driving.

 

Options include asking a sober friend or family member for a ride home, and staying put.

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San Augustine Council to consider Tax Rate at this afternoon's meeting


The San Augustine City Council will have a regular meeting at 5 p.m. today and among the agenda items for discussion and possible action will be approving the 2014 Property Tax Rate and to schedule a public hearing; approving an application for funding through the Texas Dept. of Agriculture Main Street Program; layout options for the Main Street Sidewalk Project for grant; adopting a couple of fair housing policies; and authorizing City Manager Bruce Milstead to renew revolving line of credit with BBVA Compass Bank for $150,000 to pay utilities and other short-time expenses.

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Timpson City Council expects to approve Budget, Tax Rate at today's meeting


The Timpson City Council will have a Budget Workshop at 5 p.m. this afternoon, followed by a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m.

 

Among the agenda items for discussion and possible action will be adopting the Budget and Tax Rate for 2014-15; small purchase prices from three contractors for the Timpson Economic Development Committee Project and GLO IKE 2.2 Marcus Street Improvements; contract with Pineywoods Lawn Care & Irrigation; and the contract renewal with Piney Woods Sanitation.

 

In addition, Timpson City Council will discuss and consider a resolution in support of a grant for solid waste, a cemetery resolution; and the city's health insurance carrier.

 

Among citizen input, Aneva Lane to address the council concerning street repair, and a request to reserve the gazebo downtown for a church revival Sept. 29--Oct. 5 from the Mennonite congregation.

 

As for the municipal court report, for the month of July, there has been almost $32,000 in fine money collected, with some $17,500 the city's portion.

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Joaquin City Council to discuss method of paying utility bills


The Joaquin City Council has a regular meeting at 6 p.m. tonight, and among the agenda items for discussion and possible approval will be an update on Community Center Rules; purchase of print from Rusty Wilson of Old Logansport Bridge; placement of credit card & online payment system for utility bills; addressing backflow prevention valve at Quick Lube; and tank inspection for elevated and ground storage. The council’s also expected to set a special meeting for Aug. 28 to adopt the tax rate.

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Area schools have "Meet the Teacher" events this week


The Center ISD will have Meet the Teacher at F.L. Moffett from 5:30-6:30, Thursday, Aug. 21; Center Elementary, 1st grade, today, Aug. 19 from 5 to 6 p.m.; and 2nd grade, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 5 to 6 p.m.; Center Intermediate, Thursday, Aug. 21 from 5 to 6 p.m.; Center Middle School, Aug. 21, 5:30 to 6:30; and Center H.S. Aug. 20, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

 

 

Timpson Elementary School Meet the Teachers will be held Thursday August 21 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Meanwhile,  Timpson High School/Middle School Meet the Teachers is Thursday September 18 from 4:30 pm. – 6:00 p.m.

 

Parents are invited to Meet the Teacher at Shelbyville ISD from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21. Students may bring their school supplies.

 

Parents can Meet the Teacher in Tenaha, Thursday, August 21, from 4:30 - 6:30 pm; Schedules can be picked up on Friday, August 22, in the high school office.

 

Joaquin Elementary Meet the Teacher will be held on Thursday, August 21 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Joaquin Junior High and High School Meet the Teacher will be held on Thursday, August 21st from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm.

 

Excelsior ISD announces 'Meet the Teacher' will be held on Thursday, August 21, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to bring their supplies that evening.

 

San Augustine Meet the Teacher at the Elementary & High School will be on August 22. Come out from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the Elementary School and from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the High School (6th-12th). Students may bring school supplies to leave in their classroom at that time too!

 

 

 

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City of Tenaha to have dumpsters available Friday & Saturday


The City of Tenaha will have dumpsters available for the discarding of items not typically thrown away with usual garbage collection. The dumpsters will be in front of the Tenaha Municipal Building at 238 N. George Bowers Drive this Friday & Saturday, Aug. 22 & 23. The city is asking that items such as tires, paint, batteries or any Freon items, as well as house hold garbage NOT be placed in the dumpsters. For information on the placement of house hold trash, contact Doyce Bailey at Tenaha City Hall.

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Lifetree Cafe program set for 6 p.m. Thursday


How ancient practices can help us connect with God will be discussed at Lifetree Cafe at 6 p.m., Thursday Aug. 21. The program, titled "Encountering God: What Ancient Practices Can Teach us Today," features a short film depicting how various groups and individuals have tried to grow spiritually. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Cafe is located at The Little Fox Marketplace, across the corner from The Rio Theatre. Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffee-house type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Rick Lindsey at 936-332-8312.

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Funeral Notices: 8/19/14


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 96-year old Nellie Lucille Jackson Hughes of Joaquin. She passed away Saturday at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin. Among Nellie Lucille Jackson Hughes’ survivors are daughters, Zelno Belsha of Joaquin and Sue Weaver of Center.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 73-year old Martha Alice Dennis Luman Anthony of Center. She passed away Sunday in Center. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Corinth Cemetery, Timpson. Among Martha Alice Dennis Luman Anthony’s survivors are, children, Linda Flores, Johnnie Susie Plata, both of Tenaha; Betty Marie Miller of Nacogdoches; and James Luman, Martha Jaimes, George Luman and Thomas Anthony, all of Center; brothers, Albert Dennis of Center, Jimmy Denis of Illinois, and Gilbert Dennis of Huntington.


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 34-year old Gladys Edith Campos of Center. She passed away Saturday at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Service will be at 2 p.m. today at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Among Gladys Edith Campos’ survivors are, parents, Juan & Maria Campos; brothers, Juan Campos, Jr, Alberto Campos and Eliud Campos, all of Center.

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Sports Round-up 8/19/14; Rider Octavius Evans receives pre-season recognition


Center Roughrider wide receiver and safety Octavius Evans has been ranked as the #53 football player in the United States graduating Class of 2017 by 247sports.com. Evans is 6-1, 192 pound Sophomore, and racked up an impressive 734 yards, with 67 receptions and 8 touchdowns as a freshman last season. He also had 32 tackles defensively. Other accolades for Evans are being named to the 2013 MaxPreps Freshman All-American First Team and being voted District 20-3A Newcomer of the Year.

 

It's the final controlled scrimmages this week for local high school football. The Center Roughriders will be home at 5 p.m. Thursday night to play Tyler Brook Hill; the Tenaha Tigers go to New Diana Thursday; and the San Augustine Wolves go to Woodville Thursday. Friday's scrimmages have the Joaquin Rams at Colmesneil; the Timpson Bears head to West Rusk; and the Garrison Bulldogs are home to play Groveton.

 

The Logansport Tigers will be at Lakeside Friday night.

 

Center Independent School District would like to invite everyone to Meet the Riders, Monday, Aug. 25, at 7:00 P.M. at Roughrider Stadium. All Middle School and High School Athletic Programs will be recognized as well as the Middle School and High School Spirit Teams and Middle School and High School Bands.
 

By the way, the 3rd Annual Purple Pride Cookout will be hosted by the CHS Cheerleaders next Monday night, Aug. 25 during Meet the Riders. They will be serving meals at the Center Roughrider Stadium Concession Stand from 4:00-6:30 P.M. Each dinner will be $7 and will consist of a Hamburger, chips, dessert, and water. If you'd like to purchase a meal ticket in advance, you can get one from any member of the JV or Varsity Cheerleader Squads and at the front office at Center High School. **The tickets show a serve time of 4:00-5:30. Please note that they will be serving until 6:30 instead.

 

Meet the Rams will be held on Thursday, August 21 at 6:30pm in the Joaquin High School Gym.

 

Meet the Dragons will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Shelbyville gym.

 

Volleyball action scheduled today has the Center Lady Riders in Nacogdoches, playing a tri-match with Gary and Nacogdoches. Center will be in the Marshall Tournament starting Thursday. The Timpson Lady Bears go to Colmesneil tomorrow and are in the Overton Tournament beginning Thursday. By the way, Shelbyville ISD has started competition volleyball this season, and as soon as we can get a schedule, we’ll be including the Lady Dragons’ matches on this report.

 

The Shelbyville I.S.D. has announced that all Shelbyville I.S.D. retirees will be admitted free of charge to home athletic events for the 14-15 school year by presenting a special pass. If you are a Shelbyville I.S.D. retiree and do not receive a pass by mail, come by the administration office or call 598-2641.

Shelbyville I.S.D. announces that Senior Citizens (age 65 or over) who reside in Shelbyville I.S.D. will be admitted free of charge to all Home Athletic Events for the 2014-15 school year, by presenting a Shelbyville I.S.D. Gold Card Pass. **Proof of age and residence is required.** come by the Shelbyville I.S.D. Administration Office at your convenience to pick up a Gold Card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunny & 96, gonna feel like 104


Today: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Heat index values as high as 104. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of afterbiib showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Heat index values as high as 104. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.
 
Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98.
 
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 72.
 
Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98.

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Sports Update: Teams look good in first scrimmage action


In football scrimmage action last weekend, the Center Roughriders out scored Palestine 4 touchdowns to 1, with the Rider Defense reported to have played very well.

 

The Timpson Bears scored 5 times on Groveton Friday night, allowing one score in their first scrimmage.

 

The Shelbyville Dragons were in a four-way scrimmage with Anahuac, West Hardin and Deweyville, and we’ve been told the Dragon offense scored everytime, but once, and the defense only gave up one score.

 

It’s reported the Joaquin Rams looked good as they took on Huntington, with each teams scoring in the “live” quarter.

 

Tenaha won their controlled scrimmage with Harleton, 1-0, and also won live 10 min qtr 7-0.

 

In Garrison, the Bulldogs were said to have moved the ball pretty well and scored against Arp.

 

It's the final controlled scrimmages this week for local high school football. The Center Roughriders will be home at 5 p.m. Thursday night to play Tyler Brook Hill; the Tenaha Tigers go to New Diana Thursday; and the San Augustine Wolves go to Woodville Thursday. Friday's scrimmages have the Joaquin Rams at Colmesneil; the Timpson Bears head to West Rusk; and the Garrison Bulldogs are home to play Groveton.

 

The Logansport Tigers will be at Lakeside Friday night.

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Center ISD has "Meet the Teacher" this week


The Center ISD will have Meet the Teacher this week. F.L. Moffett from 5:30-6:30, Thursday, Aug. 21; Center Elementary, 1st grade, Tuesday, Aug. 19 from 5 to 6 p.m.; 2nd grade, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 5 to 6 p.m.; and third grade, today, Aug. 18, 5 to 6 p.m. Center Intermediate, Thursday, Aug. 21 from 5 to 6 p.m.; Center Middle School, Aug. 21, 5:30 to 6:30; and Center H.S. Aug. 20, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 8/15/14--8/18/14


Arrest Report

8/15/14--8/18/14

 

Shelby County:

 

Javier Chavez, 27, Center, Driving While Intoxicated

 

Roy Dale Crockett, 34, Center, Delivery of Marijuana

 

Detria Lashun Hamilton, 38, Mesquite, Fraudulent Use/Possession of Identifying Information

 

Nathan Cheshire, 40, Center, Driving While Intoxicated-2nd Offense

 

Clyde Rutherford, 54, Shelbyville, Warrant-Violation of Parole

 

Massaund Van Williams, 35, Center, Warrant-Burglary of a Habitation

 

Cheria Daniels, 25, Center, Motion to Revoke Probation, Original Charge: Credit Card Abuse

 

San Augustine County:

 

Arthur Johnson, Jr., 60, San Augustine, Public Intoxication

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 


 

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Expectant mother loses life in two-vehicle accident Saturday


A two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon, between Center and Timpson, has taken the life of an expectant mother, while two others were transported to area hospitals for treatment of injuries.

 

DPS Trooper Jade LaVergne investigated the crash on State Hwy. 87 north, six-miles north of Center in the Huber Community, which occurred about 2:25 p.m. His report says 24-year old Heather Elaine Jorgensen Green of Elkhart, a passenger in a 2009 Dodge Durango, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Pct. 5, Jim Powers.

 

Trooper LaVergne says a 2007 Ford Taurus driven by 16-year old Jeremy DeShannon Boykins of Shelbyville was headed south, when the vehicle, for unknown reason, crossed over the center line into the oncoming traffic, and struck the northbound Dodge, driven by 28-year old Christopher Brian Green of Elkhart, head-on.

 

Boykins was taken by ACE EMS to Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview where he received treatment, and according to family friends, was reported to have been released yesterday.

 

Meanwhile, Christopher Green was life-flighted to University Health in Shreveport. A family member says he has a number of broken bones and fractures, and both lungs are partially collapsed.

 

Heather Green was pregnant with the couple’s third child.

 

Funeral service for Heather Elaine Jorgensen Green is pending at Mangum Funeral Home.

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Unemployment up slightly, but better than 2013


The Texas Workforce Commission released the July jobless numbers Friday, and Shelby County’s unemployment rate is up slightly from June, from 5.7 to 5.9 percent. July’s rate is the highest since 5.9 in March. A year ago, the unemployment was 7.1 percent in Shelby County. Although the local rate is above the statewide number of 5.1 percent, it’s below the national unemployment rate of 6.2 percent.

 

In San Augustine County, the July jobless rate is 8.2, up from 7.8 in June of this year, but better than the 10.2 in July 2013.

 

Sabine County continues to have one of the highest unemployment rates in the region, at 11 percent.

 

Other neighboring counties: Nacogdoches, 6 percent; Angelina, 5.5 percent and Panola, 4.2 percent.

 

The statewide job growth is led by professional and business services, ranging from legal services, to security guards to landscaping.

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Tenaha City Council will consider hiring deputy city marshal tonight


After a month of taking applications, the Tenaha City Council will consider the hiring of a deputy city marshal when they meet at 5:15 p.m. this afternoon. City Marshal Jimmy Wagstaff has been the lone officer in since taking over the position earlier this year.

 

In other items, Tenaha Council may take action on a mowing proposal from Mike Davis, open bids on work for the new McNeill Park; hear from attorney Stephen Shires in regards to the procedures for disposing of seized property/vehicles; and approve several fair housing procedural policies.

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Tenaha school trustees to meet later today


The Tenaha ISD Board of Trustees has a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. this afternoon, and among the agenda items for consideration and possible approval will be the proposed tax rate for 2014, as well as calling for a public hearing on Sept. 2 to discuss the 2014 Budget and proposed tax rate, and setting the tax rate after such.

 

Superintendent Scott Tyner says the Tenaha ISD’s appraised property values are $2 million less than proposed back in May. He added the overall tax rate will increase slightly from the proposed figure in June.

 

In addition, Tenaha school trustees will consider publication for bidding on the baseball field project, and approving the student handbook, code of conduct and employee handbook at today’s meeting.

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Joaquin ISD Board has meeting this evening


The Joaquin ISD Board of Trustees will set Aug. 28 as the date for a public meeting to discuss the Budget when they meet at 6 p.m. this evening.

 

The board will also appoint election judges for the Tax Ratification Election on Sept. 13; and will consider changing requirements for transfer students.

 

They’ll also consider insuring property owners, previously in the Joaquin ISD moved to Shelbyville ISD, that their students may attend Joaquin ISD tuition free.

 

Trustees are also to discuss Superintendent Phil Worsham’s salary and any resignations, hirings and contracts in executive session. Any action on those items would be done in open session.

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Sign-up deadline today for Nov. 4 city & school board elections


Today’s the sign-up deadline for a place on the Nov. 4th  ballot in several city and school board races in the area.

 

So far, elections will be held in the City of Center and City of San Augustine, as at least one council position is being challenged, and also in the San Augustine ISD. As of Friday, only incumbents have filed in the Center and Excelsior ISDs. Interested individuals will need to go to their school administration building or city hall and file the paperwork to run. Deadline is today.

 

Early Voting will take place Oct. 20 thru Oct. 31.

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Jury cancellation today for 123rd District Court


District Clerk Lori Oliver reports, the jury that has been summoned for today, Monday, August 18th, for the 123rd District Court, Honorable Charles "Brick" Dickerson, presiding has been cancelled. Anyone receiving a summons for today for the 123rd District Court, Shelby County, you have been released from jury service until you receive a future summons.

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Funeral Notices: 8/18/14


Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 24-year old Heather Jorgensen Green of Shelby County & Elkhart. She passed away Saturday from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Among survivors are her husband, Chris Green and two daughters.

 

Mangum Funeral Home was in charge of service Sunday for 88-year old Winnifred Helton of Center. She passed away Friday at Memorial Health System of East Texas in San Augustine. Service was held at Mangum Funeral Home with burial at Sand Hill Cemetery in Center. She recently retired from NAPA-Toledo Automotive in Center where she was a bookkeeper for 35 years. Among Winnifred Helton’s survivors are, a son, Gary Helton of Center; and daughter, Zettie Dean of Center.

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 56-year old George Allen Goodwin, Jr. of Joaquin. He passed away Friday in LaMarque. Service will be at 2 p.m. today at Watson & Sons Chapel, with burial at Old Home Cemetery in Center. Among George Allen Goodwin, Jr.s survivors are, his mother Pauline Kaper; sisters, Pam Cunningham and Georganne Palmer

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home of San Augustine was in charge of service Sunday for 84-year old Mary Estelle “Bit” Hickman of Broaddus. She passed away Friday. Service was held at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home with burial at Oak Grove Cemetery in Broaddus. Among Mary “Bit” Hickman’s survivors are, a son, Kyle Hickman of Broaddus; daughter, Jane Bennefield of San Augustine; sisters, Pauline Simmons of Bronson, and Leodus Askew of Broaddus; and brothers-in-law, K.P. Jeanes of Broddus and Aubrey Hickman of San Antonio.

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home announces service for 89-year old G.H. (George)Watkins of Pearland. He passed away Thursday in Crockett. Service will be at 11:30 a.m. this morning at McMahan’s Chapel. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Among GH (George) Watkins survivors is a son, Scott G. Watkins of Madisonville.

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Purple Pride Cook-out planned for Aug. 25


The 3rd Annual Purple Pride Cookout will be hosted by the CHS
Cheerleaders next Monday night, Aug. 25 during Meet the Riders. They will be serving meals at the Center Roughrider Stadium Concession Stand from 4:00-6:30 P.M. Each dinner will be $7 and will consist of a Hamburger, condiments, chips, dessert, and water. If you'd like to purchase a meal ticket in advance, you can get one from any member of the JV or Varsity Cheerleader Squads and at the front office at Center High School. **The tickets show a serve time of 4:00-5:30. Please note that they will be serving until 6:30 instead.

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Local Sports Roundup 8/18/14; Riders, Bears perform well in first scrimmages


In football scrimmage action last weekend, the Center Roughriders out scored Palestine 4 touchdowns to 1, with the Rider Defense reported to have played very well. The Timpson Bears scored 5 times on Groveton Friday night, allowing one score in their first scrimmage.

 

It's the final controlled scrimmages this week for local high school football. The Center Roughriders will be home at 5 p.m. Thursday night to play Tyler Brook Hill; the Tenaha Tigers go to New Diana Thursday; and the San Augustine Wolves go to Woodville Thursday. Friday's scrimmages have the Joaquin Rams at Colmesneil; the Timpson Bears head to West Rusk; and the Garrison Bulldogs are home to play Groveton.

 

The Logansport Tigers will be at Lakeside Friday night.

 

Center Independent School District would like to invite everyone to Meet the Riders, Monday, Aug. 25, at 7:00 P.M. at Roughrider Stadium. All Middle School and High School Athletic Programs will be recognized as well as the Middle School and High School Spirit Teams and Middle School and High School Bands.
 

Volleyball action scheduled Tuesday has the Center Lady Riders in Nacogdoches, playing a tri-match with Gary and Nacogdoches. Center will be in the Marshall Tournament starting Thursday. The Timpson Lady Bears go to Colmesneil tomorrow and are in the Overton Tournament beginning Thursday. By the way, Shelbyville ISD has started competition volleyball this season, and as soon as we can get a schedule, we’ll be including the Lady Dragons’ matches on this report.

 

Meet the Riders will be Monday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. at Roughrider Stadium.

 

Meet the Rams will be held on Thursday, Aug.21 at 6:30pm in the Joaquin High School Gym.

 

Meet the Dragons will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Shelbyville gym.


 

 

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Chance of showers, possible thunderstorms for most of week


Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 93. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75.
 
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96.
 
Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75.
 
Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98.

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Rain chance this afternoon, tonight, heat index vaules in triple digits


SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE TODAY OVER

NORTHEAST TEXAS. THESE SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL SHIFT FARTHER SOUTHEAST INTO NORTHWEST LOUISIANA...AND EAST TEXAS TONIGHT. ISOLATED STRONG STORMS CONTAINING GUSTY WINDS AND BRIEF HEAVY RAINFALL WILL BE POSSIBLE...ALTHOUGH ORGANIZED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE NOT EXPECTED.

 

Today: A 30 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms,. Partly sunny, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 104. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75. South wind around 5 mph.

Monday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 93. Heat index values as high as 102. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75. South wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 75.

Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms . Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 75.

Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 75.

Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

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Dr. Jane Todd re-locates to 233 Hurst Street, will see patients on a part-time basis; East Texas Extended Care to open fourth location in Center Aug. 20


We have some additional information to a news story we had yesterday.

 

We had told you that Dr. Jane Todd would be moving her practice to 233 Hurst Street in Center, and begin seeing patients again on Monday, Aug. 25, after her affiliation with ETMC-Tyler ceases today.

 

Dawn Barnes, owner of East Texas Extended Care, and the owner of the building where Dr. Todd will be re-locating, has told us Dr. Todd will be seeing patients on a part-time basis, and be in the office only during certain times during the week.

 

Ms. Barnes also advised Dr. Todd is not an employee or associated with East Texas Extended Care. She said her relationship with them was only related to the space they rent in that building.

 

Now, East Texas Extended Care will be opening in Center next Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 8 a.m. Their hours will be 8 to 4, Monday thru Friday, and open during lunch, and no appointment is necessary.

 

Ms. Barnes said their phone number will be 936-598-ETEC.

 

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 8/14/14--8/15/14


Arrest Report

8/14/14--8/15/14

 

Shelby County:

 

Robert Bolton, 37, Center, Sabine County Warrant-Criminal Non-Support

 

Valerie Marshall, 46, Center, Violation of Probation, Original Charge: Forgery

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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Texas hunting & fishing licenses go on sale today


It’s a big day for outdoors folks, as the Texas hunting and fishing licenses go on sale this morning. However, before you head out to get yours, be sure you have taken care of any fines or other civil restitution that you may owe to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department—you could be denied a license if you haven’t. Every year Texas Parks and Wildlife issues about 2.5 million hunting and fishing licenses. For more about regulations go to the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s website: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us

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Candidate filing continues through Monday for city, school elections


Sign-up deadline for a place on the Nov. 4 city and school board ballot is Monday, Aug. 18, with a couple of days left, here's are the filings so far.

 

In the City of Center, filings include at-large, incumbents Leigh Porterfield and Jim Forbes, Dist. 2 incumbent Jerry Lathan and Jud Matthews, and Dist. 4 incumbent Charles Rushing.

 

In the Center ISD Trustee election, filing has been all four incumbents, Dr. Dixon Golden, Ortega Cartwright, Jim Sawyer and Deborah Chadwick.

 

The Excelsior ISD Trustee election filings include all four incumbents, Bennie Russell, L.D. Eddins, Bo Barbe and James Miles.

 

In the City of San Augustine election, filing are Mayor Leroy Hughes, Alderman #1, Valencia Price; Alderman #2 Pamela Teel; Alderman #3 Mike Malone; Alderman #4 Joe Verhalen and Rodney Litton; and for Alderman #5 incumbent Claudia Cabriales, Dan Fussell and John Alexander.

 

For the San Augustine ISD Trustee election, Position #3 incumbent Ryan Garcia; Position #4 incumbent Edwin Henly; Position #5 incumbent Orvin Garrett and Dennis Barnes; and for Position #6 incumbent Charles Donald Boyett and Loretta Bedford.

 

Interested individuals will need to go to their school administration building or city hall and file the paperwork to run. Deadline is Monday at closing to be on the Nov. 4 ballot.

 

Early Voting will take place Oct. 20 thru Oct. 31.

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Off-premise beer, wine sale election to be part of Nov. 4 ballot in San Augustine County


In San Augustine County Justice Precinct 4 there will be an election for the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only as part of the Nov. 4 ballot.

 

Election Administrator Deborah Woods says the commissioners' court agreed to call the election after a petition was turned into her office containing over the required 265 signatures needed.

 

Ms. Woods said JP Pct. 4 runs from the courthouse square to the Chinquapin-Hebron area south to Lake Sam Rayburn.

 

A similar election was held last November in San Augustine County Justice Precinct 3 and failed.

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Forecasters saying we could be in for an early fall


If you have enjoyed the below average temperatures and wetter summer weather we've experienced, that trend may continue through the fall.

 

AccuWeather.com is saying that cold fronts that are typical in Texas during the winter, could be making an early appearance, beginning as soon as mid-October.

 

At this point, long-range meteorologist are not sure if El Nino, the warmer than average waters in the Eastern Pacific, will be a factor in the East Texas weather pattern this fall.

 

AccuWeather is saying rain chances will improve over the last four months of the year, but not expected to help with drought conditions that continue to plague parts of Texas and the southwest.

 

AccuWeather said there's a high risk of severe weather this fall across the south.

 

 

 

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Elite Football League semi-pro team forming in Center, tryouts tomorrow


If some of you men out there feel you may still have some gas in the tank and have always dreamed of playing adult amateur semi-pro full contact 11-man football, this may be your chance.

 

The Elite Football League has come to Center. Tryouts began this month, and will continue for the next three Saturdays and is open to any male 18-year of age and older. Joshua Black is a co-owner and coach for the East Texas Colts, based here in Center. He says he and co-owner Colton Thompson started the team to give younger adult men an activity.

 

Black says the East Texas Colts will play a 10-game schedule starting in February, and go up against teams from Shrevport, Lufkin and Longview. He added they'll play an exhibition benefit game at SFA in October against Lufkin for Breast Cancer Awareness.

 

Head coach for the Colts is Dwight Preston, and tryouts are at 3 p.m. tomorrow, and Aug. 23 and 30 at the practice field behind Roughrider Stadium.

 

Black said they would be set-up with all types of agility drills at the tryouts.

 

Black says there's a $25 non-refundable tryout fee. Just bring your cleats, shorts, gloves, etc.

 

For more information about the EFL's East Texas Colts, contact Joshua Black at 936-332-9554.

 

You can also check out the team’s Facebook page at ETX Colts. The season will begin in February.

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A few openings remain for Women Helping Women event Saturday


Shelby County Agri-Life Extension Agent Jheri-Lynn Smith says they have a few opening left for tomorrow's free Women Helping Women Friend to Friend event scheduled from 11 am. to 1 p.m. at the Center Community House. Guest speaker is CEO of The Hope Clinic, Jean Diebolt, who'll share info to women on getting mammograms, pap smears and other detection screenings early. Sign-ups will be taken for FREE cervical and breast cancer exams. There'll be on-site FREE health screenings, lunch will be served, and each attendee receives a grab bag. To register for the Women Helping Women, Friend to Friend FREE event tomorrow in Center, contact the Shelby County Extension Office at 598-7744. 

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Huxley Helping Hands to give out food Saturday


Huxley Helping Hands, a local mission group from the Huxley Community, is holding a food pantry tomorrow, Saturday for the residents of Shelby County.  Proof of residency is required. Only one (1) box per household.  Sign-in starts at 9am Saturday morning until food is gone at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 901 Southview Circle, Center. 

 

Note: We were given incorrect information that said this giveaway was to be Thursday. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Poultry Festival arts & crafts vendor booth deadline is TODAY


The deadline to apply for an arts and crafts vendor booth at the 38th annual East Texas Poultry Festival is today, Friday. The festival will take place Oct. 2-4. The fee for a 10' x 10' booth is $125. For an application by mail or electronically or questions, call the Shelby County Chamber at 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.

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Funeral Notices: 8/15/14


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces the passing of 80-year old Mary Nell Garrett Teer of Joaquin. She passed away Wednesday at her residence. The family will have a private memorial service at a later time. Among Mary Nell Garrett Teer's survivors are, a son, Randy Garrett of Joaquin; daughter-in-law, Mary Garrett of Beckville; sister, Laverne Higgins of Splendora; and brothers, Charles Johnson of the Deadwood Community of Panola County, and Buddy Johnson of South Houston.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 70-year old James Edward Cole of Tyler, formerly of Joaquin. Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at Sholar Cemetery in Joaquin, with military honors under the direction of US Navy Honor Guards. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home of San Augustine announces service for 82-year old Mrs. Alice Joy Bryan of San Augustine. She passed away Wednesday in San Augustine. Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with burial to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Broaddus. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home. Among Alice Joy Bryan’s survivors are, son, Mike Bryan of San Augustine and Frank Bryan of Nacogdoches; daughters, Linda McCoy of Zavalla, Lori Courtney of Norwood, Jodine Rogers of San Augustine and Nancy McCarty, both of San Augustine; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Tarver of San Augustine.

 

Sid Roberts Funeral Home of Nacogdoches announces service for 86-year old Celia Pearl Greer, a long time resident of Center. She passed away last Saturday in Baytown. Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church in Center, with interment at St. John’s Cemetery in Center. Family and friends will gather at Bright Morning Star cafeteria for the repass after interment. Visitation will be prior to service from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Among Celia Pearl Greer’s survivors are, two daughters: Regina G. Netherly of Baytown, and Leachress A. Dorsey of Highlands; two sisters Thelma Carmichael and Velma Davis of Oklahoma City; three brothers, Tommie Dennis of Bellwood, Illinois, Keither Dennis of Rosevine and Willie Charles (W.C.) Dennis of Rosevine.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces service for 66-year old Kay Loretta Waterhouse of Center. A Wake will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Community Funeral Home in Center. Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Triumph Church in Center, with interment at Westview Cemetery in Center.

 

Garner & Son Mortuary of San Augustine announces pending service for 60-year old Ray Neil Montgomery of San Augustine. He passed away Tuesday at Lufkin Memorial Hospital.

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Local Sports Round up 8/15/14; teams have first scrimmage of season today, Saturday


Local high school football teams will be taking part in controlled scrimmage action this evening or tomorrow as teams are seeing their first contact outside training camp. Today, Center is home to take on Palestine, starting with sub-varsity at 6 p.m., and varsity around 7 p.m.; Shelbyville goes to Deweyville; Tenaha’s home to scrimmage Harleton at 5 p.m.; and Timpson goes to Groveton with a 6 p.m. start. On Saturday, Joaquin’s home to take on Huntington at 9 a.m., San Augustine will be home to scrimmage Colmesneil at 6 p.m.; and Garrison hosts Arp at 10 a.m. Saturday. The regular season will kick-off Aug. 29.

 

Here’s a rundown of the annual ‘Meet the Team” events coming up. 

 

Meet the Wolves is being held in the San Augustine High School Gym starting at 6:30 pm tonight.

 

Meet the Rams will be held on Thursday, August 21 at 6:30pm in the Joaquin High School Gym.

 

Meet the Riders will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 25 at Roughrider Stadium.

 

Meet the Dragons will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Shelbyville gym.

 

High school volleyball action: The Center Lady Riders are playing in the Central Heights Tournament today and Saturday; and the Timpson Lady Bears are taking part in the Gary Tournament today and Saturday.

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Shelbyville, Timpson holding youth football sign-ups Saturday


Shelbyville Youth Football League will be having their first set of sign ups this Saturday, August 16th from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm at the youth baseball fields in Shelbyville. Be sure and bring a copy of your child's birth certificate. Sign up fees are $50 for flag and $80 for tackle. Ages allowed to play are 5-12 years old.

 

Timpson Youth Football League sign up will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 16 at B & B Foods. You must provide a copy of your child’s birth certificate. Sign up is $50 for flag and $85 for tackle. The league is open to players from 5-12 years of age.

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Summertime weather for the weekend!


Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
 
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74.
 
Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.
 
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.
 
Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 8/13/14--8/14/14


Arrest Report

8/13/14--8/14/14

 

Shelby County:

 

Joey Garner, 32, Center, Violation of Probation, Original Charge: Theft

 

Edwin Humphrey, II, 25, Center, Possession of a Controlled Substance & Warrant-Failure to Appear, Original Charge: Possession of Marijuana

 

San Augustine County:

 

Willie C. Berry, 43, San Augustine, Assault-Family Violence

 

Nakendra L. Clifton, 33, San Augustine, Motion for Adjudication of Guilt, Original Charge: Theft of Property

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Shelby County, City of Center set tax rates for FY 2015, hearings scheduled


The Shelby County property tax rate will stay the same for Fiscal Year 2015 after the Commissioners’ Court gave approval to a rate of $0.60 per $100 valuation during a special called meeting Wednesday morning. County Judge Rick Campbell said the proposed tax rate is what’s in the proposed Budget. Since the tax rate is above the effective rate, which is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for Shelby County from the same properties in both the 2013 tax year and the 2014 tax year, two public hearings will be held before the final approval of the rate. Those public hearings are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 22 & Aug. 25.

 

Similar action for the City of Center, as the Council approved a resolution to adopt a tax rate to not exceed $0.53 per $100 valuation at their meeting Monday night. Before the rate is set in stone, two public hearings are scheduled at 5 p.m., on Aug. 25 and Sept. 8. City Manager Chad Nehring said the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget is being developed with a proposed tax rate that could be established higher than the effective rate of $0.51, which is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for the City of Center from the same properties in both the 2013 and 2014 tax year. The rollback tax rate is $0.54, which is the highest tax rate the City of Center may adopt before voters are entitled to petition for an election to limit the rate. Nehring said the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget is still in draft form, and options are beginning to be narrowed this month to develop the presented Budget required for consideration during September meetings.

 

 

 

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Center ISD Trustees meet tonight


The Center ISD Board of Trustees will have a regular meeting at 6 p.m. tonight. Among the agenda items for consideration and possible approval will be reviewing the 2014-15 proposed Budget; setting Aug. 29 for a public meeting to discuss the Budget and proposed tax rate; the sale of property due to non-payment of taxes; and review and discuss state accountability results. Also, the Center ISD Trustees will order a board of trustee election for Nov. 4, approve the appraisal calendar, the Student Code of Conduct; grading policies, and review and discuss a campaign to raise awareness about Respect and Responsibility.

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ETMC's affiliation with local physicians ceases, doctors begin new chapter


Three local medical doctors will either be moving out of Shelby County or beginning their practice as independent physicians within the next few days.

 

ETMC in Tyler's decision in June to pull-out of Shelby County and cease affiliation locally becomes effective tomorrow.

 

Dr. Jane Todd, Dr. Craig McMullen and Dr. Chandra's offices lost their branding with ETMC as the healthcare system felt it did not make economic sense to continue, due in part to reduced reimbursements from commercial insurance and federally funded health programs.

 

Christy Tompkins, who's served as the clinic manger for all three clinics told us that Dr. McMullen, along with Family Nurse Practioner Cicily Cross Blair will be opening a clinic in Carthage across from ETMC Hospital Friday, and that Dr. Todd would be moving to the building on Hurst Street, that formerly housed Dr. McMullen's practice, and would begin seeing patients again Aug. 25. That location is owned by Dawn Barnes of East Texas Extended Care, who has plans to open a clinic there as well, soon.

 

Ms. Tompkins also said Dr. Chandra would remain at her office on Hwy. 96 south in Center, and would begin seeing patients Monday.

 

Affected by ETMC's decision is approximately 20 employees, including physicians and mid-level providers and office personnel.

 

Ms. Tompkins said that around half of the staff would be going to ETMC facilities in Carthage.

 

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Hadnot detention hearing in Beaumont draws rally


The parents of a Jasper man charged with selling drugs linked to Alfred Wright's death rallied Wednesday morning outside the federal courthouse in Beaumont, denying their son had anything to do with Wright's death.

 

A detention hearing for 28-year old Shane Hadnot was held yesterday morning. Sharon Hadnot, the mother of Shane Hadnot, says her son may be guilty of selling drugs but he's not guilty of murder.

 

Members of the New Black Panther Party attended the rally in support of the Wright and Hadnot families. A federal grand jury last week indicted Hadnot on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance resulting in death, and distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death.

 

Prosecutors say he sold drugs Wright took that led to his death. Last week, relatives of Wright and supporters held a rally in downtown Houston, claiming the investigation and charges are a "cover up." Supporters of Hadnot are making the same contention.

 

According to the indictment, Hadnot admitted selling a gram of cocaine and three Xanax tablets to Wright, but not meth.

 

Hadnot is not charged with murder. He agreed to detention yesterday until a pre-trial hearing is held September 22nd.

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San Augustine Chamber holding ribbon cutting this morning for T & K's Shaved Ice


The San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce will be holding a ribbon cutting at 10:30 this morning for T & K’s Shaved Ice, located on Hwy. 96 North in San Augustine, next to McAdams Propane. The business is owned by Tabatha Blankenship.

 

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UPDATE: Tri-County has food giveaway today, Huxley Helping Hands on Saturday


Tri-County Community Action will begin a weekly food pantry giveaway this morning for Shelby County residents. “Harvest for Homes” will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Tri-County’s offices at 214 Nacogdoches Street, the old elementary school. You’re asked to bring proof of Shelby County residency, and income verification. The grocery giveaway will be held each Thursday at Tri-County from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 

Huxley Helping Hands, a local mission group from the Huxley Community, is also holding a food pantry Saturday, Aug. 16 for the residents of Shelby County.  Proof of residency is required. Only one (1) box per household.  Sign-in starts at 9am until food is gone at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 901 Southview Circle, Center. 

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"Fish Camp" this afternoon at CHS


Center High School will be hosting its annual "Fish Camp" for the incoming Freshmen Class this afternoon from 12PM to 7 PM. The afternoon long event will be interactive and high energy. All students planning to participate in the day’s festivities need to dress comfortably and wear tennis shoes. Registration will be from 12-12:30 in the CHS Cafetorium. All members of the Class of 2018 need to attend and all parents are invited to join their students for dinner at 5:45 PM in the CHS Cafetorium. Packets are being mailed to CHS freshmen with more information and a full schedule of events.

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2014 Center High School Yearbooks arrive, pick-up times scheduled


The 2014 Center High School Yearbooks have arrived. To pick up yearbooks, you may come to the high school on Friday, August 15th from 2-3:30 or on Wednesday, August 20th during CHS Open House. If you cannot make either time, you may pick it up from Mrs. Cassell beginning Monday, August 25th from 2:40-3:30.

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"Why Islamic radicals hate America, the West" subject of Lifetree Cafe gathering tonight


Lifetree Café in Center will have discussion on “Why Islamic radicals hate America and the West” at 6 p.m. tonight. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Café is located at The Little Fox Marketplace, across the corner from the Rio Theatre in downtown Center. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffee shop-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Rick Lindsey at 936-332-8312.

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Funeral Notices: 8/14/14


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 66-year old Phillip John Bounds of Garland, formerly of Center.  Service will be at 2 p.m. this afternoon at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, with interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park. A visitation will be held at 1 p.m.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 70-year old James Edward Cole of Tyler, formerly of Joaquin. Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at Sholar Cemetery in Joaquin, with military honors under the direction of US Navy Honor Guards. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service. Among James Edward Cole’s survivors are, 3 sisters, Sandra Jean Cole Watkins of Tyler, Winifrey Jane Cole Crème of Houston, and Brenda Sue Cole Miller of Tyler.

 

Sid Roberts Funeral Home in Nacogdoches announces service for 86-year old Cecelia Pearl Greer, a long-time Center resident. Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church in Center.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces service for 66-year old Kay Loretta Waterhouse of Center. She passed away Sunday at Nacogdoches Medical Center. A Wake will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Community Funeral Home in Center. Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Triumph Church in Center, with interment at Westview Cemetery in Center. Among Kay Loretta Waterhouse’s survivors are, husband, Richard Phillps of Center; and a son, Ardie J. Phillips of Center.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces pending service for 55-year old Versie White of Joaquin. He passed away Tuesday at Briarcliff Nursing Home in Carthage.

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Try-outs continue Saturday for local semi-pro football team


The East Texas Colts, a semi-pro football team that’s headquartered in Center will be having tryouts at 3 p.m. Saturday, as well as Saturday Aug. 23 and 30 at the Center High School practice field behind Roughrider Stadium. You must be at least 18 years of age, just bring your cleats, shorts, gloves, etc. There’s a $25 non-refundable try-out fee. For more information contact Joshua Black at 332-9554 or Colton Thompson at 332-8407. You can also check out the team’s Facebook page at ETX Colts. The season will begin in February.

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Sports Round-up 8/14/14 A.P. ranks Tenaha #3, scrimmage action Friday & Saturday


The A.P. released its Top 10 high school football pre-season rankings yesterday, and the Tenaha Tigers are No. 3 in the Class 2A poll, just behind Mart and No. 1 Refugio. Cisco is the top team in 3A, with Newton is No. 5. 4A’s top team is Stephenville, with Carthage ranked No. 4, with Gilmer and Kilgore tied for 8th. Top team in 5A is Aledo; and 6A’s No. 1 pre-season team is Allen.

 

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football has Tenaha picked to win the Class 2A state championship.

 

Local high school football teams will be taking part in controlled scrimmage action either Friday or Saturday. Tomorrow, Center is home to take on Palestine; Shelbyville goes to Deweyville; Tenaha’s home to scrimmage Harleton at 5 p.m.; and Timpson goes to Groveton. On Saturday, Joaquin’s home to take on Huntington at 9 a.m., San Augustine will be home to scrimmage Colmesneil at 6 p.m.; and Garrison has Arp coming to town Saturday. The regular season will kick-off Aug. 29. Center Broadcasting is once again the home of Center Roughrider Football as Rob Payne and Chris Watlington are back for their 21st season describing the action of all Rider games this season. Also, The Shelby County Game of the Week with veteran play-by-play man Don Wall on Q-100, KQBB.

 

Here’s a rundown of the annual ‘Meet the Team” events coming up. 

 

Meet the Bears will be held at 6 p.m. tonight at Bear Stadium.

 

Meet the Wolves is being held in the San Augustine High School Gym starting at 6:30 pm tomorrow night.

 

Meet the Rams will be held on Thursday, August 21 at 6:30pm in the Joaquin High School Gym.

 

Meet the Riders will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 25 at Roughrider Stadium.

 

Meet the Dragons will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Shelbyville gym.

 

 

High school volleyball action: The Center Lady Riders are playing in the Central Heights Tournament today thru Saturday; and the Timpson Lady Bears are taking part in the Gary Tournament today through Saturday.

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Sunshine abundant, temps in the low 90s


Today: Sunny, with a high near 91. Wind from the east around 5 mph.
 
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 66. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
 
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 94. Light south wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
 
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.
 
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96.
 
Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
 
Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

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Center Volunteer Fire Department


CVFD ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 8/12/14--8/13/14


Arrest Report

8/12/14--8/13/14

 

Shelby County: No Arrest Reported

 

San Augustine County:

 

Lee Ann Trapp, 34, San Augustine, Burglary of a Building

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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TxDOT matching grant to assist San Augustine County with airport upgrades


The San Augustine County Airport has been in need of repairs for several years and thanks to a TxDOT matching grant of over $500,000, a project will begin soon that will allow for safer travel to and from the airport. San Augustine County Judge Samye Johnson says the funds will allow for runway extension and other work, such as guidance for air traffic and a generator. The judge added the airport can now have insurance for incoming planes.

 

She said the county has been after TxDOT airport funding for over three-and-a-half years, and thanks to the persistence of administrative assistant Sandy Jenkins, they responded. Judge Johnson says the TxDOT 90/10 grant will costs San Augustine County around $50,000, with NO tax-payer money involved. The matching monies will come from economic development.

 

Judge Johnson says work should begin soon on the San Augustine County Airport runway and guidance additions and repairs.

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City of San Augustine awards bid for street resurfacing


The City of San Augustine awarded the bid for resurfacing work on over 30 city streets at their meeting Monday night. City Manager Bruce Milstead said Drewery Construction of Nacogdoches' bid was $975,000, with the project funded through Ike 2.2 grant money. More good new, is that the bid comes in under what was allocated.

 

Milstead says  there could be additional streets included in the work, or go to help purchase needed equipment.

 

In addition, Ike money will be funding the replacement of some 30 electrical poles, as well as a half-million in repairs to the City of San Augustine's sewer plant--both projects expected to get started before the end-of-the year.

 

Milstead also added TxDOT is suppose to go out for bids in September on the complete overhaul project of the traffic circle.

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court has special meeting this morning to discuss tax rate


The Shelby County Commissioners will also have a special meeting at 9:30 this morning to discuss the tax rate; if proposed tax rate will exceed the rollback rate or the effective tax rate (whichever is lower), take record vote and schedule public hearing.

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Man killed when gas pipeline explodes in Rusk County


Authorities in Rusk County are saying a Gregg County man was killed Tuesday afternoon when a natural gas pipeline exploded in southeastern Rusk County.

 

Officials said the 12-inch line was broken by a tractor on a mowing crew. The operator struck a natural gas line, causing the rupture.

 

The victim of the explosion has been identified as Connor Wilson of White Oak and worked for Thuderhorse Oilfield Services.

 

The accident occurred around 5:15 p.m. yesterday, and the pipeline was owned by Enbridge.

 

Residences in a one-mile radio around the ruptured were evacuated, but allowed to return just before 10 p.m. last night. The scene is about 12 miles southeast of Henderson.

 

The explosion was heard about 17 miles away in Carthage.

 

Connor Wilson leaves behind a wife and four children.

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Panola College Dean of Nursing to be on ABC's 20/20 Friday


Dr. Barbra Cordell, Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences at Panola College will be on 20/20 this Friday, August 15th, at 9pm on ABC. The episode will have several medical mysteries discussed and Dr. Cordell will be featured in the case of Auto Brewery Syndrome.  This is based on the Nick Hess’ case and will include interviews with Nick, his wife, Dr. Cordell and Dr. Kandoia. Auto Brewery Syndrome, a.k.a. gut fermentation syndrome—is when an excess of yeast trapped in the small intestine creates alcohol that is absorbed directly into the bloodstream.

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Search underway for suspects that stole iPads from Carthage WalMart


Carthage Police are searching for individuals involved in what they’re calling the planned theft of some $7,000 worth of iPads from the Carthage Wal-Mart store early Monday morning.

 

Surveillance video revealed two unidentified black males entered the store about 2 a.m., obtained a bag and pry bar from the hardware department, and then shattered the glass door of a locked case in the electronics section and removed 13 iPads and left.

 

Two other suspects were waiting outside, and they all left the scene in a silver or gold Chrysler 200.

 

Carthage Police said it appeared the suspects knew exactly what they were doing.

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Sign-up deadline today for Women to Women event to be held Saturday in Center


Sign-up continues through today, for the FREE women's health event that will take place in Center, this Saturday, Aug. 16. Women Helping Women, Friend to Friend will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Center Community House. Guest speaker is CEO of The Hope Clinic, Jean Diebolt. To register for the Women Helping Women, Friend to Friend FREE event on Aug. 16 in Center, contact the Shelby County Extension Office at 598-7744. Deadline is today.

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Gas prices continue slow decrease


The average price for a gallon of regular gas statewide is averaging $3.27 a gallon, that's down four cents in the past week, according to gasbuddy.com. In Louisiana, a gallon’s averaging $3.23, down a three cents in the past week. Nationally, the average is $3.46, which is 8 cents less from the same time a year ago. Here at home, checking prices this morning in Center, the lowest we found was $3.26 at Wal-Mart, down three cents in the past week. 

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DETCOG changes meeting to Aug. 21


The August Board of Directors Meeting of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) will hold their meeting on Thursday, Aug. 21, a week earlier than originally announced. The board’s meeting date was changed due to a conflict with a conference in Austin, which  judges and a commissioner will attend. The board will meet at the United Methodist Church in Groveton. A luncheon will be served at noon, with the board meeting to follow.  DETCOG President Wes Suiter, has extended an invitation to the meeting to all interested parties. For more information, contact the DETCOG office in Jasper at 409-384-5704.

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Funeral Notices: 8/13/14


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 66-year old Phillip John Bounds of Garland, formerly of Center.  Service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, with interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service. Among Phillip John Bounds' survivors are, wife, Pam Bounds of Garland; son, Phil Bounds of Spring; daughter, Mishea Davis-Bounds of Garland; father, Hubert Burke Bounds; sisters, Jama Holder of Richardson, Marsha Bounds of Center, Melonia Molloy of Timpson and Anita Long of Center.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 92-year old T.G. Gerald Bellmyer of Tenaha. Service will be at 10 a.m. this morning at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Newburn Cemetery in Center.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces graveside service for 71-year old Clara Ann Touchstone of Shreveport. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. this morning at Willow Grove Cemetery in Joaquin.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 70-year old James Edward Cole of Tyler, formerly of Joaquin. Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at Sholar Cemetery in Joaquin, with military honors under the direction of US Navy Honor Guards. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service. Among James Edward Cole’s survivors are, 3 sisters, Sandra Jean Cole Watkins of Tyler, Winifrey Jane Cole Crème of Houston, and Brenda Sue Cole Miller of Tyler.

 

 

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Sunny and lo to mid 90s continue thru rest of week


Today: Sunny, with a high near 91. Wind becoming east around 5 mph.
 
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 64. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
 
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the morning.
 
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 68. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
 
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.
 
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.
 
Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.
 
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 75.
 
Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 8/11/14--8/12/14


Arrest Report

8/11/14--8/12/14

 

Shelby County:

 

Leonel Hernandez, 29, Center, Evading Arrest with a Vehicle

 

Charles Edwards, 20, homeless, Warrant-Criminal Trespass

 

Giovani Johnson, 25, Center, Violation of Probation, Original Charge: Criminal Mischief

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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Monday storms bring rain, wind and power outages to area



A stormy late afternoon and early evening Monday as a weak cold frontal passage produced a strong line of thunderstorm activity as gusty winds, brief heavy downpours and thunder and dangerous cloud to ground lightning accompanied the line of activity. The National Weather Service issued a significant weather advisory before 5 p.m. for Shelby County, along with Sabine and DeSoto Parishes. Thunderstorms were tracking to the southeast at 30 mph with wind potentials of 40 to 60 mph. The weather service issued three severe thunderstorm warnings which included Shelby County, the first just before 5 p.m., the second around 5:30 p.m. which also included eastern San Augustine and Sabine County, and the third at 6:15 p.m. as storm activity continued to track southward. Although rain was area wide, the heavier storms and larger amounts of rain were along the eastern half of Shelby County and adjoining areas of northwest Louisiana. The National Weather Service reported trees down around Shelby County, with the Joaquin area and points southward seeing more reported damage. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office had a report of a tree down on Hwy. 84 at FM 3343 (Willow Grove Road), which was removed by the Joaquin VFD, as well as Patroon, and Lout Town areas. 

 

Deep East Texas Electric reports at 5:30 yesterday, they had 400 to 500 meters out due to the line of storms. The Co-op’s Brittney Johnson tells us the hardest hit area was Huxley, where during the peak of the storm, approximately 200 outages were reported. By 8 p.m. last night, she said around 250 members were without power within Nacogdoches, Shelby and Sabine Counties, and crews worked throughout the night to restore electricity.

 

 

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Center receives lone "distinction" mark from TEA in high school math, other districts recognized


We reported yesterday that all Shelby County schools had received “Met Standard” according to the TEA’s accountability system’s rating, which is the highest designation based primarily on student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, the state’s standardized test, as well as graduation rates and diploma plans for high school campuses and districts. 

 

Schools that receive the Met Standard rating can qualify for up to seven distinctions in various categories. To earn a distinction, schools have to perform at top levels when compared to other schools of similar size and population.

 

In the Center ISD, the district received one distinction out of 18 possible, that for high school math.

 

Superintendent Dr. James Hockenberry told us he is especially proud of that “Distinction’. He said Center ISD has an exceptional staff, and the teacher’s diligent pursuit towards greatness is very much appreciated. He added he congratulates all district campuses for “meeting standard”.

 

Meanwhile, Timpson ISD had 5 out of 19 distinctions, 4 at the high school; Tenaha ISD had 2 of 6; Joaquin ISD with 6 of 19 distinctions, 4 at the high school and 2 at the elementary; Shelbyville with 2 of 6; and Excelsior ISD with 2 of 5 distinctions. The San Augustine ISD had 2 of 12, both at the elementary campus; Martinsville ISD with 4 of 6; and Garrison ISD received 6 of 19 distinctions, including 4 of 6 at the high school.

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San Augustine County Commissioners' Court to meet this moring


The San Augustine County Commissioners’ Court will meet at 9 a.m. this morning with a rather lengthy agenda to consider.

 

Among the items are ordering an election for the legal sale of beer and wine for off premise consumption only in Justice Precinct 4 for November 4; an update from Curtis Architecture for jail drawings, bidding and oversight of construction on building a firewall in the county jail; San Augustine Main Street using the Courthouse Square on the first Saturday of each month beginning November for “Junk in the Trunk” event; action on moving the precinct 5 polling place from New Hope Community Center to Shiloh Baptist Church; approve elections judges for years 2014-2015; and action in regards to 2015 Sheriffs’ and Constables’ Fees.

 

In addition to discussion of the tax rate; and review 2014-2015 Budget & Tax Rate Planning Calendar.

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Timpson ISD Trustees meet tonight, Budget workshop, regular meeting


The Timpson ISD Board of Trustees have a Budget workshop and regular meeting starting at 6 p.m. this evening. Action items for trustees to consider will be setting a date for a Public Meeting to discuss the Budget and proposed tax rate; approval of sealed bids for fuel, heating and air conditioning; and if any, hiring of personnel and personnel issues.

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UPDATE: Filing continues for city, school board elections through Aug. 18


With the sign-up deadline for a place on the Nov. 4 city and school board ballot coming up next Monday, Aug. 18, there’s been some additions since our update yesterday.

 

In the City of Center, all four incumbents have filed for re-election to the council; they include at-large positions held by Leigh Porterfield and Jim Forbes; Dist. 2 Jerry Lathan and Dist. 4 Charles Rushing. Challenging Councilman Lathan is Jud Matthews.

 

In the Center ISD Trustee election; all four incumbents have filed, Dr. Dixon Golden, Ortega Cartwright, Jim Sawyer and Deborah Chadwick.

 

The Excelsior ISD Trustee election has four positions up, with L.D. Eddins having been the lone incumbent thus far to file. Spots also up are those of Bennie Russell, Bo Barbe and James Miles.

 

In San Augustine, Mayor Leroy Hughes has filed, in addition to Council members Joe Verhalen and Mike Malone, and in the San Augustine ISD Trustee’s race, incumbents Orvin Garrett, Ryan Garcia, Edwin Henley and Charles Donald Boyett are running, and challenging Garrett for Position 5 is Dennis Barnes.

 

Early Voting will take place Oct. 20 thru Oct. 31.

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TxDOT hosting open house in Nacogdoches today to receive input on widening of East Austin Street


TxDOT is hosting an open house tonight in Nacogdoches to receive input on the proposed widening of FM 2609, or East Austin Street in Nacogdoches.

 

The event will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the C.L. Simon Recreation Center on North Street. The latest project maps will be on display.

 

The City of Nacogdoches asked TxDOT to widen FM 2609/East Austin Street from Raguet to North Street to alleviate congestion and improve safety and mobility.

 

Input gathered tonight will be used as TxDOT moves forward working with the city to develop engineering plans and begin the environmental process.

 

TxDOT has allocated funding for this project and is currently scheduled to open bids for construction in 2017.

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Jury Cancellation Monday, Aug. 18 in 123rd District Court


District Clerk Lori Oliver reports, the jury that has been summoned for Monday, August 18th, for the 123rd District Court, Honorable Charles C. "Brick" Dickerson, presiding has been cancelled. Anyone receiving a summons for that day is released from jury service until they receive a future summons.

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Tri-County to begin food giveaway Thursday for qualified residents


Tri-County Community Action has partnered with the East Texas Food Bank to start a weekly food pantry giveaway to be known as "Harvest for Homes" for Shelby County residents this Thursday morning. Even though there are existing food pantries in the area, Tri-County believes more help for individuals and families is need. Social Services Director Brenda Allen says certain criteria must be met to receive food, but you may qualify, regardless.

 

She says a proof of Shely County residency and income verification is needed, such as Food Stamp Letter, TANF Letter, SSI Letter, etc. Eliminating the thought process for the elderly, especially those having to decide between whether they eat or buy prescription medication has prompted the start of "Harvest for Homes".

 

 

Ms. Allen says the grocery giveaway will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, and every Thursday thereafter, at Tri-County's offices, at 214 Nacogdoches Street in Center.

 

She added Tri-County's produce drop served over 200 last month. It's being held the fourth Wednesday morning of each month at the old CVS building at the north traffic intersection in Center, and is open to anyone. For more information on the programs offered by Tri-County, contact their office at 598-6315.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"Texas Highways" tabs Nacogdoches at #8 in state's top destinations


Nacogdoches has made “Texas Highways” magazine’s “Top 40 Travel Destinations” list, coming in at number 8.

 

The City of Nacogdoches beat out travel destinations such as New Braunfels, Palo Duro Canyon, Corpus Christi, Galveston, Padre Island, Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth. According to a Web-based story, sites such as Millard’s Crossing Historical Village and the Sterne-Hoya House Museum and Library were important draws, along with antique, restaurants and the expansive educational gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University.

 

Also, “Texas Highways” said Tonkawa Springs, near Garrison, is one of the “best natural swimming holes in Texas”.

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Nacogdoches Chamber's 93rd annual meeting and membership banquet, Sept. 30


The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce 93rd Annual Meeting and Membership Banquet is Tuesday, Sept. 30, at SFA Grand Ballroom.

 

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. The Gary Justice Business Excellence Award recipients and Citizen of the Year will be recognized, and the 2014-15 chamber board of directors will be inducted at the event.

 

Bronze sponsorships are available for $600 and include corporate recognition and seating for nine. Individual admission tickets are available for $40.

 

Contact the chamber of commerce at 936-560-5533 for reservations. Seating is limited, and the reservation deadline is Sept. 26.

 

Award recipients for 2014 are: Ed Pool, Citizen of the Year - sponsored by Tipton Ford, Inc.; Party 'N Things, Small Business of the Year - sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.; Wingstop, Medium Business of the Year - sponsored by Regions Bank; Rex Perry Autoplex, Large Business of the Year - sponsored by R&K Distributors, Inc. 

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Sign-up for FREE women's health event comes to close Wednesday


Sign-up continues through tomorrow, Wednesday for the FREE women's health event that will take place in Center, this Saturday, Aug. 16. Women Helping Women, Friend to Friend will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Center Community House. Guest speaker is CEO of The Hope Clinic, Jean Diebolt. To register for the Women Helping Women, Friend to Friend FREE event on Aug. 16 in Center, contact the Shelby County Extension Office at 598-7744. Deadline is tomorrow, Wednesday.

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Poultry Festival arts & crafts vendor booth deadline extended to Friday


The deadline to apply for an arts and crafts vendor booth at the 38th annual East Texas Poultry Festival has been extended to this Friday, Aug. 15. The festival will take place Oct. 2-4. The fee for a 10' x 10' booth is $125. For an application by mail or electronically or questions, call the Shelby County Chamber at 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.

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Tenaha Wall of Honor nominations close today


The Tenaha ISD has extended the deadline for accepting nominations for the Tenaha Hall of Honor thru today, Tuesday. The Tenaha ISD Trustees approved the creation of the Tenaha Tiger Hall of Honor in 2005 order to recognize those individuals that have distinguished themselves as past or current educators, alumni, or supporters of the Tenaha school system. This year, Hall of Honor will be in conjunction with Homecoming on Nov. 1.

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Lifetree Cafe program set for 6 p.m. Thursday


Lifetree Café in Center will have discussion on “Why Islamic radicals hate America and the West” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Café is located at The Little Fox Marketplace, across the corner from the Rio Theatre in downtown Center. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffee shop-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Rick Lindsey at 936-332-8312.

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Funeral Notices: 8/12/14


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces pending service for Phillip J. Bounds of Dallas, formerly of Center. He passed away Sunday. That’s pending service at Watson & Sons for Phillip J. Bounds.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces a memorial service for 78-year old Gracie Jean Wimberly Fancher of Joaquin. Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. this morning at Watson & Sons Funeral Home Chapel. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service time.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 92-year old T.G. Gerald Bellmyer of Tenaha. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Newburn Cemetery in Center.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces graveside service for 71-year old Clara Ann Touchstone of Shreveport. She passed away Sunday at Willis Knighton South in Shreveport. She was a 1961 graduate of Joaquin High School. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Willow Grove Cemetery in Joaquin. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Mangum Funeral Home. Among Clara Touchstone’s survivors are, husband, Ben Touchstone of Shreveport; two sons, Benjamin Ray Touchstone, Jr. of Effie, Louisiana, and Aaron Scott Touchstone of Shreveport; brothers and sisters, Mickie Shull of Center, Aaron Avery Blount, Jr. of Joaquin, Sandra Stephens of Logansport, and Norma Gene Bates of Joaquin.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces graveside service for 76-year old Ruth Sanford of Center. Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. this morning at Oaklawn Memorial Park.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 70-year old Edward Cole of Tyler, formerly of Joaquin. Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at Sholar Cemetery in Joaquin. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home of San Augustine announces service for 70-year old James J. McDaniel of Broaddus. Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. this afternoon at Trinity Baptist Church in Broaddus, with burial in the Macedonia Cemetery in San Augustine County.

 

Sid Roberts Funeral Home in Nacogdoches announces pending service for 86-year old Cecelia Pearl Greer, a long-time Center resident. She passed away Saturday in Houston.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces pending service for 65-year old Kay L. Waterhouse of Center. She passed away Sunday at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

 

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Sports Round-up 8/12/14; volleyball gets started, first football scrimmages to be held Friday & Saturday


The high school volleyball season gets underway this week, and there’s action on tap today at the Timpson Lady Bears will host Colmesneil beginning at 4:30. Also, the Center Lady Riders will start their volleyball season Wednesday at home against Winona at 4:30 p.m.

 

Area football teams will have the opportunity to hit someone other than a teammate later this week when the first controlled scrimmages take place. On Friday, Center is home to take on Palestine; Shelbyville goes to Deweyville; Tenaha’s home to scrimmage Harleton; and Timpson goes to Groveton. On Saturday, Joaquin’s home to take on Huntington at 9 a.m., San Augustine will be home to scrimmage Colmesneil at 6 p.m.; and Garrison has Arp coming to town Saturday. The regular season will kick-off Aug. 29. A programming note, “Don Wall’s Shelby County Coaches Show” will begin two weeks from tonight on Q-100, KQBB.

 

Here’s a rundown of the annual ‘Meet the Team” events coming up.  Meet the Bears will be held on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. at Bear Stadium.

 

Meet the Wolves is being held in the San Augustine High School Gym starting at 6:30 pm on Friday, August 15.

 

Meet the Rams will be held on Thursday, August 21 at 6:30pm in the Joaquin High School Gym.

 

Meet the Riders will be held on Monday, Aug. 25 at Roughrider Stadium.

 

Meet the Dragons will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Shelbyville gym.

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Rain is gone, sun and mid 90s return


Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the morning.
 
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 67. East wind around 5 mph.
 
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 94. East wind around 5 mph.
 
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 70.
 
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.
 
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 72.
 
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 5:45 p.m.


BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
453 PM CDT MON AUG 11 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SHREVEPORT HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
  SHELBY COUNTY IN EASTERN TEXAS...
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF CENTER...

* UNTIL 545 PM CDT

* AT 452 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
  SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS
  OF 60 MPH.  THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR TENAHA...OR 6 MILES
  NORTHWEST OF CENTER...AND MOVING EAST AT 15 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
  SHELBYVILLE...

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N.E.W. Water System Lifts Boil Water Notice


The N.E.W. Water System in San Augustine County has lifted the boil water notice for customers on Route 1. This is North and West of the City of San Augustine. No need to boil water anymore.

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City of Huxley rescinds boil water notice


The City of Huxley has lifted the boil water notice for Possum Trot, Oakdale, New Harmony, Rollings Hills, English Bay, Ragtown, Brinson, Paul's Store, and Shelby Beach areas. It is no longer necessary to boil the water prior to consumption.

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Rain chances good with weak cold front passage, temps stay below summer normals


Today: A 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 92. Wind becoming west around 5 mph.
 
Tonight: A 60 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
 
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of early morning showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Light north wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
 
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light in the evening.
 
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the morning.
 
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 68.
 
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 92.
 
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 71.
 
Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 8/8/14--8/11/14


Arrest Report

8/8/14--8/11/14

 

Shelby County:

 

Roshea Deon Rushing, 34, Center, Burglary of a Habitation & Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

 

Melton Garrett, 37, Shelbyville, Warrant-Violation of Probation, Original Charge: Driving While License Invalid, Warrant-Speeding, Warrant-Failure to Appear, Original Charge: Speeding, and Warrant-No Driver's License

 

Linda Ann Blount Dubois, 63, Center, Criminal Trespass

 

Steven Wayne Implom, 48, Keithville, LA, Warrant-Burglary of a Building

 

Alexius Rochelle Horton, 26, Center, Warrant-Criminal Mischief

 

Eric Perez, 21, Center, Burglary of Habitation & Resisting Arrest

 

Carrie Moore, 48, Center, Public Intoxication

 

San Augustine County:

 

Lee Jerrell Polk, 28, San Augustine, Assault-Family Violence Causing Bodily Injury

 

Albert James Norris, 54, Florine, LA., Jasper County Warrant-Failure to Appear, Original Charge: Assault

 

Trevor W. Woods, 18, San Augustine, Minor in Consumption

 

Jessie T. Roland, 27, San Augustine, 9 Day Commitment as Condition of Probation

 

James Lee Hollis, Jr., 47, San Augustine, Assault-Family Violence Causing Bodily Injury

 

Alexandria Williams, 18, Lufkin, Minor in Consumption

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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All Shelby County schools "Met Standard" in state accountability rating


Last Friday, the Texas Education Agency released the 2014 state accountability system ratings for school districts, charters and campuses across the state.

 

The ratings reveal that 90 percent of school districts and charters in Texas achieved the rating of Met Standard.

 

One of three ratings under the accountability system are used: Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard; or Improvement Required.

 

Good news, all Shelby County school districts and campuses Met Standard.

 

In addition, all San Augustine ISD districts Met Standard.

 

In Nacogdoches County, the Garrison and Martinsville ISDs, all Met Standard, while the Nacogdoches ISD was tabbed with Improvement Required.

 

The ratings are based primarily on student performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, the state’s standardized test, but also considered graduation rates and diploma plans for high school campuses and districts. 

 

TEA spokeswoman DeEtta Culbertons said, the ratings give parents, community members and taxpayers “an overview of how their districts and campuses are doing at meeting student academic standards and that students are learning what they need to know.

 

Schools that receive the Met Standard rating can qualify for up to seven distinctions in various categories. To earn a distinction, schools have to perform at top levels when compared to other schools of similar size and population.

 

I'll have a follow-up Tuesday on how the local school districts fared with distinctions.
 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court to call for appraisal, survey of old elementary school


The Shelby County Commissioners' Court has a regular meeting this morning at 9:30, and among the agenda items for discussion and possible action, will be reappointing John Howard to serve as a Burke Center Board Member for a two-year term; adoption of a couple of Fair Housing policies; and possibly taking action on getting an appraisal and survey on the old elementary school property on Nacogdoches Street, owned by the county.

 

County Judge Rick Campbell told us it’s the court's intentions to give some two-thirds ownership of the facility to Tri-County, excluding the old library and fourth-grade wing, with certain stipulations should Tri-County ever leave. He said the county didn't have the funding available to renovate the buildings as needed for selling. Tri-County has had use of the facility for close to four years.

 

Commissioners are also expected to approve relocation of Election Precinct 1West from Center Christian Family Life Center to the JOI Ranch building for all future elections.

 

In addition, Nayeli Gonzalez will address the court in regards to a school bus turn-around on County Roads 1043 and County Road 1044.

 

Shelby County Commissioners will also have a special meeting at 9:30 Wednesday morning to discuss the tax rate; if proposed tax rate will exceed the rollback rate or the effective tax rate (whichever is lower), take record vote and schedule public hearing.

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Center City Council to hold meetings today


The Center City Council has a couple of meetings on tap today.

 

At 4 p.m., they’ll have a special workshop session for preliminary Budget discussion, and among the agenda items at the regular meeting at 5 p.m., will be approving four resolutions, among those are nominating Tyson Foods for designation as a Texas Enterprise Zone Project; accepting plat of Ray Jones addition to the City of Center; authorizing maximum property tax rate for consideration for Fiscal Year 2015; and agreement with Emergency Communications Network for Fiscal Year 2015 Code Red Service Contract. This is the weather alert and emergency notification call system.

 

Center Council members are also expected to authorize purchase of a utility truck for the water department.

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All incumbents have filed for re-election in City of Center, CISD race


All four incumbents on the Center City Council with positions up for re-election have filed to run.

 

At-large council members Jim Forbes and Leigh Porterfield, as well as Position 2 Councilman Jerry Lathan and Position 4 Councilman Charles Rushing have all filed the proper paperwork to be on the November ballot.

 

In addition, all four of the Center school trustee positions up for election have also filed for re-election, they are: Dr. Dixon Golden, Ortega Cartwright, Jim Sawyer, and Deborah Chadwick.

 

 

The City of San Augustine will be electing a mayor and five council positions, and the Center, Excelsior and San Augustine ISD's will also be having elections this fall.

 

Interested individuals have a week from today, Aug. 18 to make their intentions known. I'll be updating the election filings tomorrow.

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Center man arrested for burglary, felon in possession of firearm


A Center man has been arrested for burglarizing a residence in the James Community, in addition to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

 

Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that 34-year old Roshea Deon Rushing was taken into custody July 20 for the burglary of a residence on County Road 3126.

 

Sheriff Blackwell says deputies responded to a 911 call to James Grocery concerning a suspect that had broken into a residence and had gotten a ride there from a man living at the residence.

 

Deputies Cody Muse and Michael Griffin, along with Center Police Department Officer Steven Thornburgh located Rushing on County Road 3215 after they heard a gun shot. Rushing was found in possession of a .22 caliber pistol and a small amount of marijuana. Deputies believe the suspect was possibly under the influence of PCP.

 

After interviewing the complainants, Jaime and Tiffany Teodoro, it was discovered that Rushing had driven a car through a fence, got it stuck, then kicked in the door to the Teodoro residence, awoke them, and asked for a ride to James Grocery.

 

Jaime Teodoro drove Rushing to the store and dropped him off.

 

Bond was set by Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Margie Anderson at $40,000 for Burglary of a Habitation, and $20,000 for Possession of a Firearm.

 

The case was investigated by Kevin Windham of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

 

Roshea Deon Rushing

 

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Jasper man indicted, arrested in connection with Alfred Wright's death in Sabine County


The US Attorney's Office announced Friday the indictment and arrest of a Jasper man in connection to the death of Alfred Wright, whose body was found in a wooded area in Sabine County last November.

 

According to the US Attorney's Office, 28-year old Shane Dwayne Hadnot was indicted by a federal grand jury and arrested Thursday with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance resulting in death.

 

Wright went missing on Nov. 7, 2013 in Hemphill when his truck broke down at a grocery store along Hwy. 87. Family members and friends found Wright's body in a wooded area of Sabine County on Nov. 25.

 

Despite the fact that authorities mounted ground and air searches for Wright, his body was found approximately 25 yards from where he disappeared.

 

The indictment says Wright's disappearance and death revealed his involvement with Hadnot. Phone records, witness statements and drug evidence located during the search of Hadnot's car, indicated he was selling cocaine to Wright. Five hours before Wright went missing; he sent a text to Hadnot requesting to buy cocaine and other drugs.

 

An autopsy showed Wright's blood contained cocaine, meth and Xanax.

 

If convicted, Hadnot faces from 20 years to life in federal prison.

 

The family of Alfred Wright was in Houston Friday saying Hadnot is being used as a scapegoat, and is not to blame for their son’s death. They believe the Sabine County Sheriff’s Office is the issue and they still blame them.

 

Shane Dwayne Hadnot

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Follow-up: Name of wreck victim on FM 711 released


To bring you up-to-date on a story we had last Friday concerning a one-vehicle roll-over accident on FM 711 Thursday.

 

DPS Trooper Jade Lavergne says 55-year old Regina Curry of Center was traveling west on FM 711 when she left the roadway, overcorrected and drove up an embankment, rolling a Kia Sorrento, with the vehicle coming to rest on its top.

 

A life-flight helicopter was called, however, Curry became combative and was removed, and it was determined her injuries were not life threatening.

 

She was taken to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital for a blood test.

 

Trooper Lavergne reported she was cited for no seatbelt, no driver’s license and no insurance.

 

The vehicle was reportedly owned by Steve Tomlin.

 

The accident continues under investigation.

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San Augustine City Council has called meeting today to award bid for street improvements


The San Augustine City Council has a called meeting at 4 p.m. this afternoon, with the only agenda item being discussion and action, if any, to award bid for City of San Augustine street improvements.

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Shelbyville ISD Trustees have two meetings on tap today


The Shelbyville ISD Board of Trustees have a couple of meetings today.

 

At noon, a special called meeting will take place for a Budget workshop. That will be followed by a regular meeting at 12:30 p.m., at which time trustees will consider for approval the teacher salary schedule, the student code of conduct, the proposed tax rate, and setting a public meeting date on the Budget and proposed tax rate.

 

Superintendent Dr. Ray West is to also give a report on the student and employee handbook for the new school year.

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Funeral Notices: 8/11/14


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 92-year old T.G. Gerald Bellmyer of Tenaha. He passed away Sunday at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Visitation will be form 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Newburn Cemetery in Center. Among T.G. Gerald Bellmyer’s survivors are,daughter, Sharon Kay Bartee of Madill, OK.; and son, Tom Bellmyer of Tenaha.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces pending service for 71-year old Clara Touchstone of Shreveport. She passed away Sunday at Willis Knighton South in Shreveport. Among Clara Touchstone’s survivors are, husband, Ben Touchstone of Shreveport.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces graveside service for 76-year old Ruth Sanford of Center. She passed away Saturday at her residence after a brief illness. She worked at Tyson for many years where she was a supervisor in the shipping department and she was also a caregiver to the elderly. Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening at Mangum Funeral Home. Among Ruth Sanford’s survivors are, sons, Darrell Sanford of Center and Clovis Sanford of Dallas; brothers & sisters, Robert Windham of Murkel, Douglas Windham of Timpson, Richard Windham of Center, Gerald Windham of El Paso, Lonnie Windham of Lufkin, Pat Sherman of Center and Kay Johnson of Carthage; and step-brother, Jimmie Socia of Nacogdoches.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 70-year old Edward Cole of Tyler, formerly of Joaquin. He passed away last Wednesday at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at Sholar Cemetery in Joaquin. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Among Edward Cole’s survivors are,  sister, Brenda Miller of Tyler.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 88-year old Alma Mae Hall of League City, formerly of Huxley. Service will be at 10 a.m. this morning at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces a memorial service for 78-year old Gracie Jean Wimberly Fancher of Joaquin. Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home Chapel. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service time.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home of San Augustine announces service for 70-year old James J. McDaniel of Broaddus. He passed away Saturday in Lufkin. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:00 P.M., at Trinity Baptist Church in Broaddus, with burial in the Macedonia Cemetery in San Augustine County. Visitation will be at Trinity Baptist Church today from 5:00 till 8:00 pm. Among James J. McDaniel’s survivors are, his wife Sandra McDaniel of Broaddus; daughters, Janice Mott of Broaddus, Mary Kingsley of Lufkin, Glenda Niell of Broaddus, Jami Dailey of Huntsville, Alabama; son, J.C. Wilson of Broaddus; sisters, Margie Morton and Avor Nell Abbott, both of Broaddus; step-brother, Robert Johnson of Houston; step-sister, Kandi McWhorter of Huntington; mother-in-law, Madalynne Stockton of Huntington.

 

Sid Roberts Funeral Home in Nacogdoches announces pending service for 86-year old Cecelia Pearl Greer, a long-time Center resident. She passed away Saturday in Houston.

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BOIL WATER NOTICE CANCELLED FOR MCCLELLAND WATER SYSTEM IN PATROON AREA


The McClelland Water Supply notified Center Broadcasting Friday that the boil water notice issued last week for residents in the Patroon area has been rescinded. If you’re a customer of the McClelland Water System in the Patroon area, it’s no longer necessary to boil water before consumption.

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Campbell says he doesn't see Shelby County discussing immigration resolution


We told you earlier this week that one East Texas county had taken the initiative to pass an immigration resolution against housing, providing medical care and educating individuals crossing the border illegally.

 

Rusk County’s commissioners’ court passed the resolution Tuesday to make it the first county in this region to support the banning of services to illegal residents. Just keep in mind, this is not a law.

 

Shelby County Judge Rick Campbell tells us he doesn’t see passage of this type of immigration resolution happening here. He noted the real issue is securing our borders against terrorist before we start immigration reform.

 

Judge Campbell said he met recently with Gov. Rick Perry, and assured him he had the support of Shelby County in protecting our border.

 

The judge added immigration reform would not be on his agenda in the final four months of his term in office.

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18-wheeler gets stuck on railroad tracks in Timpson, freed with little damage


A few tense moments in Timpson Thursday morning when a tractor-trailer rig carrying bottled water became stuck on the railroad tracks at the Bremond Street crossing in town.

 

Timpson Chief of Police Kent Graham tells us the tractor truck had a flat tire on the rear axle which dropped the front of the trailer just enough, so that the landing gear came into contact with the pavement, deploying it fully, and forcing the rig to come to a stop on the tracks.

 

Chief Graham said the incident occurred around 9 a.m., and as a safety precaution, Union Pacific Railroad officials were notified of the situation so that any trains headed toward Timpson would be alerted.

 

A large wrecker was dispatched to the scene, and was able to move the rig from the tracks. There was no damage reported to the tracks.

 

Chief Graham said the truck was owned by JST Trucking from Ripley, Tennessee and was headed to Houston for a delivery of the water.

 

18-wheeler stuck on train tracks in Timpson Thursday. Photo by Caitlyn Smith

 

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Details unknown after one-vehicle accident Thursday on FM 711


Details are not known on a one-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on FM 711, just off Hwy. 7 west of Center.

 

The accident occurred around 4:15 p.m., when a Kia Sorrento reportedly left the roadway and flipped over.

 

Life-flight was summoned, but due to complications with the patient, they were taken by ACE EMS to a Nacogdoches hospital.

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TxDOT work on Hurst Street slows traffic, vehicle damaged Thursday


TxDOT continues work on Hurst Street in Center, as crews are cutting out bad spots on the shoulders and patching. If you’ve traveled in that area this week, you know that traffic flow has slowed as lanes have been closed to allow for work. 

 

Unfortunately, there was a one-vehicle accident yesterday morning after 10 a.m. when a Nissan Altima drove off into a part of the roadway that had been dug out for replacement at the Hurst Street and Arcadia Road intersection.

 

The vehicle suffered possible undercarriage damage.

 

TxDOT crews are close to wrapping up the work on Hurst Street.

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Four individuals indicted for Burkeville bank robbery


Four East Texans have been charged in connection with a violent bank robbery in Newton County in June.

 

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales says that 24-year old Keith Collins, Jr. of Jasper, 20-year old Michael Dwayne Byerly of Newton, 21-year old Xavier Odarius Clark of Jasper and 20-year old Khadijah Joy De’Inn Adams of Bon Weir were indicted by a grand jury yesterday and charged with federal violations.

 

According to the indictment, during the June 25 robbery of Sabine State Bank & Trust in Burkeville, a bank employee was stabbed multiple times sustaining injuries when confronted by a man as the employee returned to turn off a light that had been left on in the bank.

 

A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment charging Collins, Byerly, and Clark with bank robbery, conspiracy to commit armed bank robbery, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, and accessory after the fact.

 

Adams was also charged with accessory after the fact. 

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Forbes, Porterfield, Lathan file for re-election in Center City Council race


We want to bring you up-to-date on filing for position on the Center City Council race coming up in November. We received notification yesterday that at-large Center Councilman Jim Forbes and Position 2 Councilman Jerry Lathan had both filed for re-election. They join at-large Council woman Leigh Porterfield making their intentions known for the upcoming city council election.

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Tri-County's "Harvest for Homes" to begin Aug. 14


Tri-County Community Action, Inc. has partnered with the East Texas Food Bank to take part in trying to eliminate hunger within our communities. Tri County Community Action’s “Harvest for Homes” will begin its operation on Thursday, August 14, and each Thursday thereafter beginning at 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at 214 Nacogdoches Street in Center, – Room #23. If you are a resident of Shelby County, you may be eligible to receive food assistance. You will be required to provide proof of residency and income verification (such as Food Stamp Letter, TANF Letter, SSI Letter, etc.). Each household can be served once every 30 days.

 

 

 

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Advocacy Center's "Back Pack Drive" deadline is today


The back-to-school back-pack drive sponsored by the Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center continues through today.

 

With your generous support, the advocacy center is able to provide children who have been victims of child abuse with the essential school supplies. The center serves children in both Shelby and San Augustine County.

 

Monetary donations of $25 usually ensures a complete backpack, or packs filled with basic supplies, gift cards, or any supplies you are able to donate are appreciated.

 

The drop off place for Shelby County is The Children’s Advocacy Center, at 220 Field St., Center, from 9AM-12PM on today.

 

In San Augustine County: donations can be left at Shelby Savings Bank. 

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First Baptist-Center Back to School Bash set for Saturday


First Baptist Church in Center is hosting a Back to School Bash from 1 to 8 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday. There will be fun with water games, as well as pizza and Mike Satterfield. The event is for students from 7th through 12th grade. You’re reminded to bring a change of clothes for after the water games.

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Deadline today for arts & crafts vendor booth apps for 38th East Texas Poultry Festival


Applications for arts and craft vendor booths at the 38th East Texas Poultry Festival are being accepted through today, Friday at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office.  To receive an application and a copy of the guidelines call the Chamber office at 936-598-3682, or go online at www.shelbycountychamber.com. The fee for the rental of a 10' x 10' booth is $125. 

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Funeral Notices: 8/8/14


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces a memorial service for 78-year old Gracie Jean Wimberly Fancher of Joaquin. She passed away Thursday in Shreveport. Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home Chapel. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service time. Among Gracie Jean Wimberly Fancher’s survivors are, a daughter, Connie Carroll of Joaquin; brother, Wayne Wimberly of the Old Center Community of Shelby County; brother-in-law,  Bill Fancher of Victoria; and sister-in-law, Gloria Fancher of Victoria.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 64-year old B. Donice Shilling of Milam. She passed away Thursday at her residence. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Among B. Donice Shilling’s survivors are, her husband, Robert D. Shilling of Milam.

 

Watson & Son Funeral Home announces service for 74-year old, Attorney John R. Smith. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. this evening at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Memorial donations may to the American Cancer Society, Oklahoma City, OK, or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Washington, DC in memory of John R. Smith.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 90-year old Charles “Hutch” Hutcherson of Center. He passed away Thursday at his residence. Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mangum Funeral Home, with burial at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be prior to service on Sunday beginning at 12 noon until 2 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home. Hutch worked many years as a salesman at Center Motor Company. Among Charles “Hutch” Hutcherson’s survivors are, 3 daughters, Jayne Crain of Center, Penny Lynch of Shelbyville and Lizann Burke of Center; and sister-in-law, Donna Hutcherson of Hallsville.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces pending service for Edward Cole. He passed away yesterday in Tyler. That’s pending service at Mangum Funeral Home for Edward Cole. Additional service information & survivors will be announced later.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 88-year old Alma Mae Hall of League City, formerly of Huxley. Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces service for 74-year old Nancy May Womack of the Rosevine Community in Sabine County. Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with interment in the Chapel Hill Cemetery in San Augustine County. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home announces service for 91-year old J.C. McGrew of Broaddus. He passed away Wednesday in Lufkin. Service will be at 2 p.m. today at Trinity Baptist Church in Broaddus, with burial at Runnels Cemetery in San Augustine County. 

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 8/7/14--8/8/14


Arrest Report

8/7/14--8/8/14

 

Shelby County:

 

Mary Thomas, 31, Center, Warrant-Theft by Check

 

James Mathew Maddox, 22, Woodville, Terroristic Threat

 

Sara Mott, 21 Bronson, Warrant-Interference with Child Custody

 

Cynthia Renee Brown, 30, Pineland, Warrant-Interference with Child Custody

 

Judy V. Brown, 55, Pineland, Warrant-Interference with Child Custody

 

San Augustine County: Rickey S. Boykin, 53, Lufkin, Warrant-Theft

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Happy Friday! Sunny, hot with a chance of showers


Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 76. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 102. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
 
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 75.
 
Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.
 
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
 
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

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Tax Free Weekend starts Friday, one of the busiest shopping times of the year


Retailers across the state of Texas are preparing for what’s being called the second busiest shopping time of the year, as the annual sales tax holiday begins tomorrow and goes through the weekend.

 

Only the weekend after Thanksgiving is reported to be busier.

 

Shoppers can save money on certain items priced under $100 during the annual event. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales tax, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.

 

Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax free can be found on the Texas State Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.

 

Center Broadcasting encourages you to shop local, first, before going out of town. 

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Louisiana schools already headed back to classrooms, Texas to start Aug. 25


Schools in Texas will resume classes for the 2014-15 year in a little over two week on Monday, Aug. 25. However, some students in Louisiana are back in the classroom this week. DeSoto Parish schools wrapped up their summer vacation on Tuesday, and Sabine Parish students will return Aug. 15. 

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Filing continues for city, school board elections thru Aug. 18, some incumbents have made intentions known


The sign-up deadline for a place on the ballot in the Nov. 4 city and school board election is Monday, Aug. 18. Holding elections this fall will be the cities of Center and San Augustine, as well as school board elections in the Center, Excelsior and San Augustine ISDs.

 

In the City of Center, there are four council positions up for re-election in November, they include: at-large spots held by Leigh Porterfield and Jim Forbes; Dist. 2 Jerry Lathan and Dist. 4 Charles Rushing. As of yesterday, Ms. Porterfield had been the only person to return paperwork for a position on the November ballot.

 

The City of San Augustine is electing a mayor and all five council seats, including spots held by Mayor Leroy Hughes, and council members, Joe VerHalen, Mike Malone, Claudia Caberalis, Velencia Price, and Pam Teel. So far, Mayor Hughes, VerHalen and Malone had filed for re-election.

 

Center school trustee positions up for election are those of: Dr. Dixon Golden, Ortega Cartwright, Jim Sawyer, and Deborah Chadwick. Center ISD reports all four incumbents have filed for re-election.

 

Excelsior ISD board members having their positions expire are: Bennie Russell, L.D. Eddins, Bo Barbe and James Miles. There has been no filings as of yesterday.

 

Meanwhile in the San Augustine ISD, trustees with expiring terms are: Orvin Garrett, Ryan Garcia, Edwin Henly and Charles Donald Boyett. Garrett, Henly and Boyette have filed for re-election. Challenging Garrett for Position 5 is Dennis Barnes.

 

Early Voting will take place Oct. 20 thru Oct. 31.

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Sabine County man's bail is $1.1 million for sex crimes against children


A Sabine County man remains behind bars in the Sabine County Jail in Hemphill with a collective bail of $1.1 million, after he was indicted on seven felony charges of sex crimes against children.

 

A Sabine County grand jury indicted 47-year old Bobby Dean Elliott of Pineland on five charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, one indecency with a child charge, and one prohibited sexual conduct.

 

The charges date back to 1990.

 

Sabine County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Elliott back in June after a now 15-year old girl made an outcry and said Elliott had sexually assaulted her.

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Polk County officials uncover another marijuana field


Polk County authorities have uncovered another marijuana field for the second time in as many weeks.

 

Sheriff’s officials say six fields were discovered Tuesday after a call was received concerning suspicious activity in the southeast corner of Polk County.

 

Helicopters located the fields and 6,500 plants were harvested. The fields were similar to those harvested last week where 100,000 plants were harvested in the Goodrich area—which is being called the biggest marijuana field bust in Texas history.

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Nacogdoches man arrested for indecency with children


The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Department is saying a man was arrested on two counts of indecency with a child after a child made an outcry to a parent of being assaulted.

 

A forensic interview of two children under the age of eight years was conducted, and it was discovered they had been victimized at their residence.

 

Sheriff Jason Bridges says 18-year old Aaron Lee Burch of Nacogdoches was arrested. It’s reported he was alone with the children, babysitting them, when he reportedly pulled down his pants and exposed himself to both children. Burch also had both children perform lewd acts of sexual nature in front of him.

 

Warrants were obtained and the suspect was arrested Tuesday night at a residence on CR 419.

 

Burch’s bond was set at $75,000 and he’s been charged with a second degree and third degree felony. 

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FREE women's health event coming Aug. 16 in Center, sign-up deadline is Aug. 13


A FREE women's health event will take place in Center, Saturday, Aug. 16 to help bring awareness for breast and cervical cancer prevention. Women Helping Women, Friend to Friend is sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, along with the Center Rotary Club, Lions Club, The Hope Clinic, Nacogdoches Medical Center and Cline Family Medicine. Guest speaker is CEO of The Hope Clinic, Jean Diebolt, who'll share info to women on getting mammograms, pap smears and other detection screenings early.

 

Extension Agent Jheri-Lynn Smith says if you can't afford to have these screenings, don't worry, there's funding available through a grant that was recently approved.

 

She says appointments for cervical and breast cancer exams are being scheduled at the event for a later date.

 

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Center Community House and seating is limited. Therefore, registration in advance is required, with deadline next Wednesday, Aug. 13.

 

Ms. Smith adds there'll be on-site FREE health screenings, lunch will be served, and each attendee receives a grab bag. She reminds women it's never too early to receive preventative cancer exams. Mothers are also encouraged to bring their teenage daughters to the event.

 

To register for the Women Helping Women, Friend to Friend FREE event on Aug. 16 in Center, contact the Shelby County Extension Office at 598-7744.

 

Deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 13.

 

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Senior Citizen athletic passes to be issued by CISD, ID pictures for employees also to be made


All senior citizens (65 years or older) who reside in the Center ISD and retired personnel may receive their free general admission athletic pass for the 2014-15 school year upon request.

 

Picture ID passes will be issued, Monday, Aug. 18 thru Friday, Aug. 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Administration Office. These are general admission passes to all Center ISD home athletic events throughout the school year.

 

By the way, Center ISD substitute teachers, volunteers and band booster, along with Center ISD employee ID pictures will be made from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18 thru Aug. 22 at the administration office.

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Center High School "Fish Camp" set for Aug. 14


Center High School will be hosting its annual "Fish Camp" for the incoming Freshmen Class on Thursday, August 14th, from 12PM to 7 PM.

 

The afternoon long event will be interactive and high energy. All students planning to participate in the day’s festivities need to dress comfortably and wear tennis shoes.

 

Registration will be from 12-12:30 in the CHS Cafetorium.

 

All members of the Class of 2018 need to attend and all parents are invited to join their students for dinner at 5:45 PM in the CHS Cafetorium.

 

Packets are being mailed to CHS freshmen with more information and a full schedule of events.

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Lifetree Cafe to hosts miracles program tonight


How to overcome childhood pain will be discussed at Lifetree Café at 6 p.m., tonight, Thursday, Aug. 7. Admission to the 60-minute free event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is located at the Little Fox Marketplace, across the corner from the Rio Theatre in Center. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Rick Lindsey at 936-332-8312.

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Funeral Notices: 8/7/14


 

Watson & Son Funeral Home announces service for 74-year old, Attorney John R. Smith. He passed away Wednesday in San Augustine. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Among John R. Smith’s survivors are, his wife, Cindy Conway Smith; son, John Russell Smith, Jr. of Tampa, Florida; sisters, Nancy Lambert of Kentucky, Rita Smith of Reno, Nevada, and sister and brother-in-law, Barbara Conway and Robert Earl Bailey of Nacogdoches. Memorial donations may to the American Cancer Society, Oklahoma City, OK, or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Washington, DC in memory of John R. Smith.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces pending service for Edward Cole. He passed away yesterday in Tyler. That’s pending service at Mangum Funeral Home for Edward Cole. Additional service information & survivors will be announced later.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 74-year old Jack Henry Hughes, Sr. of Center. He passed away Tuesday at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Mr. Hughes was a farmer. Service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at Oaklawn Memorial Park, with military honors directed by VFW Post 8904. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at Mangum Funeral Home. Among Jack Henry Hughes, Srs’. survivors, are children, Angela Latham and Amy Oswalt, both of Tenaha, and Judy McDonald, Jack “Peanut” Hughes, Jr., Tammy Roden, Billy Hughes, Chad “Shorty” Hughes and Jaclyn Morris, all of Center; and sister, Dorothy Shofner of Center.

 

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 88-year old

Alma Mae Hall of League City, formerly of Huxley. She passed away Tuesday in League City. Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel, with burial at Strong Cemetery in Huxley. Among Alma Mae Hall’s survivors are, children, William “Bill” Hall and Melissa Jensen, both of Illinois, Jack Hall of Houston and Rebecca Tucker of League City.

 

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces the passing of 81-year old Henry Doyle Carroll of Joaquin. Visitation will from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Mangum Funeral Home. No service is planned, cremation will follow visitation.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces service for 74-year old Nancy May Womack of the Rosevine Community in Sabine County. She passes away Tuesday in Lufkin. Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with interment in the Chapel Hill Cemetery in San Augustine County. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home. Among Nancy May Womack’s survivors are, daughters, Elizabeth Pugh of Texas City; and brother, Edwin Kelley of Longview.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 8/6/14--8/7/14


Arrest Report

8/6/14--8/7/14

 

Shelby County: No Arrest Reported

 

San Augustine County:

 

Robert Crouch, 34, San Augustine, Motion to Revoke

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Afternoon showers possible, daytime highs heat up


Today: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.
 
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97.
 
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.
 
Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

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Funeral services set for long-time Center attorney, John R. Smith


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for Center attorney, 74-year old John R. Smith of Center. He passed away Wednesday.

 

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

 

Among John R. Smith's survivors are, his wife, Cindy Smith of Center.

 

Additional information and survivors will be announced later.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 8/5/14--8/6/14


Arrest Report

8/5/14--8/6/14

 

Shelby County:

 

Dontey Barnes, 33, Center, Evading Arrest

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

 

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Former ambulance owner, supervisor sentenced for healthcare fraud


One of the owners of the former North East Texas EMS and a supervisor for the ambulance service has been sentenced by a federal judge in a health care fraud conspiracy.

 

Court records indicate that 57-year old Cathy Harvill of Elgin will serve 27 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and must pay over $787,000 in restitution.

 

n addition, 43-year old Shon Cooper of Center was sentenced to five years probation and must pay $93,400 in restitution.

 

Sentencing for Harvill’s husband, 50-year old William Harvill has been continued.

 

All three conspired for over 5-years, from 2007 to 2012, to make false claims through Medicare and Medicaid by using the ambulance services when it was not necessary.

 

Cooper supervised the Nacogdoches office of the Center-based company.

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Rusk County passes resolution to not educate, house or give medical care to illegals


In neighboring Rusk County there’s a first for an East Texas county. The commissioners’ court has passed an immigration resolution against housing people crossing the border illegally.

 

The commissioners decided the county will also not educate or allow those individuals who illegally crossed the border to receive medical care within Rusk County.

 

The resolution is not a law.

 

Supporters and the opposition acknowledge the federal government has not contacted any East Texas counties about housing people who have illegally crossed the border. 

 

Center Broadcasting attempted to reach out to Shelby County Judge Rick Campbell to see if the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court had thoughts of considering a similar resolution, but he was unavailable for comment.

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Nacogdoches City Council agrees to help with funding for proposed water park


At last night’s Nacogdoches City Council meeting, the governing body decided after a public hearing to enter into an economic development agreement with Splash Kingdom. There were pros and cons voiced at the meeting, but the council passed the agreement by a 4-1 vote. Splash Kingdom owner, Johnny Blevins has other water parks in Canton and Shreveport. The $6 million proposed facility would be built on city-owned property on University Drive.  Nacogdoches Council voted last night to give $500,000 worth of land, $112,000 in cash and a $170,000 advance. The park is expected to open in June 2015. 

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First Baptist Center hosting Back to School Bash Saturday


First Baptist Church in Center is hosting a Back to School Bash from 1 to 8 p.m. this Saturday. There will be fun with water games, as well as pizza and Mike Satterfield. The event is for students from 7th through 12th grade. You’re reminded to bring a change of clothes for after the water games.

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Tenaha ISD extends Hall of Honor nominations deadline to Aug. 12


The Tenaha ISD has extended the deadline for accepting nominations for the Tenaha Hall of Honor thru next Tuesday, Aug. 12. The Tenaha ISD Trustees approved the creation of the Tenaha Tiger Hall of Honor in 2005 order to recognize those individuals that have distinguished themselves as past or current educators, alumni, or supporters of the Tenaha school system. This year, Hall of Honor will be in conjunction with Homecoming on November 1. To submit a nominee, contact Brenda Askew at the Tenaha ISD Administration Building.

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Gas prices see continued decline


The average price for a gallon of regular gas statewide is averaging $3.31 a gallon, that's down a nickel in the past week, according to gasbuddy.com. In Louisiana, a gallon’s averaging $3.26, down a nickel in the past week. Nationally, the average is $3.47, which is 13 cents less from the same time a year ago. Here at home, checking prices this morning in Center, the lowest we found was $3.29 at Wal-Mart, down four cents in the past week. 

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Funeral Notices: 8/6/14


Mangum Funeral Home announces pending service for 74-year old Jack Hughes of Center. He passed away Tuesday at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Among Jack Hughes’ survivors are 8 children, Angela Latham of Tenaha, Judy McDonald of Center, Jack Hughes, Jr. of Center, Tammy Roden of Center, Billy Hughes of Center, Amy Oswalt of Timpson, Chad Hughes of Center and Jaclyn Morris of Center.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces pending service for 88-year old Alma Mae Hall of League City, formerly of Shelby County. She passed away Tuesday in League City. Among Alma Mae Hall’s survivors are, children, William Ray Hall and Melissa Jensen, both of Illinois, Jack Lee Roy Hall of Houston and Rebecca Tucker of League City.

 

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces the passing of 81-year old Henry Doyle Carroll of Joaquin. He passed away Monday at Pine Grove Nursing Home in Center. Visitation will from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Mangum Funeral Home. No service is planned, cremation will follow visitation. Among Henry Doyle Carroll’s survivors are, a son and daughter-in-law, Dewey & Diane Carroll of Joaquin; and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Carroll of Joaquin.

 

 

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You might get an afternoon shower, thunderstorm today


Today: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the morning.
 
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.
 
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.
 
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.
 
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

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Mississippi defeats Center in Dixie Boys World Series semi-final, 9-7


The Texas (Center) state champs came up short in their semi-final appearance at the Dixie Boys World Series against Mississippi, losing 9-7. Mississippi jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second inning, and fought off a comeback by Center.

 

Texas cut the lead to 7-3 in the third, and were within two runs in the fourth when Dalton Alexander got a three-run homer to make it an 8-6 game. However, Mississippi added a run in the fifth, and got good pitching in the final two innings to secure the win.

 

Congratulations to the Texas (Center) Dixie Boys on a great run through the tournament and World Series.

 

This team went undefeated three-straight years in state tournament play.

 

Mississippi will advance to the championship round to play the winner of Bossier City and North Carolina.

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Boil water notice for Patroon area, and N.E.W. Water Supply in San Augustine County


Two water systems in the area have issued boil water notices.
 
The McClelland Water System has issued a boil water notice for customers that were without water Monday, Aug. 4 in the Patroon area.
 
Also, the N.E.W. Water Supply System on Route Number 1 in San Augustine, north and west of San Augustine have a boil water notice. This is a safety precaution due to a pump outage that occured at Plant 1.
 
This does not include customers on N.E.W. south or east of the City of San Augustine, nor customers on San Augustine Rural Water Supply, GM Water, Bland Lake Water or Denning Rural Water.
 
Customers will be notified when the boil water notices are lifted.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 8/4/14--8/5/14


Arrest Report

8/4/14--8/5/14

 

Shelby County:

 

George Bylock, 45, Joaquin, Assault-Family Violence, Causing Bodily Injury

 

Clayton Russell, 26, Timpson, Harassment and Possession of Marijuana

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

 

 

 

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Texas Dixie Boys to play Mississippi at 5 today in final four, game to be webcast


The Texas State Champion (Center) Dixie Boys are one win away from playing for a World Series Championship after coming from behind to take a 5-4 win over Florida last night in Bossier City.

 

Texas will now face Hattiesburg, Mississippi at 5 p.m. this afternoon with a trip to Wednesday’s championship game on the line. Mississippi lost to Bossier City, 13-8 last night.

 

Texas fell behind 4-0 to Florida, but rallied to tie, when Landon Odom belted a three-run homer. Texas took the lead for good in the 7th.

 

Texas also fought back in Monday’s early game to take a 6-4 win over Alabama to avoid elimination.

 

Today’s Texas vs. Mississippi game at 5 p.m. will be webcast on Jock Jive Sports. Simply go to jockjive.com, and you’ll see the link on the front page.

 

Bossier City plays North Carolina is the other semi-final at 8 p.m. tonight.

 

The World Series Championship game will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

 

www.jockjive.com

 

 

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Nacogdoches man electrocuted in incident at Pilgrims Pride Monday


A Pilgrim’s Pride employee in Nacogdoches has died after being electrocuted while working on machinery at the processing facility early Monday.

 

A corporate press release says that 50-year old Bobby Joe Beall of Nacogdoches was taken to the hospital around 3:20 a.m. Monday morning where he was pronounced dead.

 

The release says the Pilgrim’s Pride was working with local officials and OSHA to determine the cause of the incident.

 

Pilgrim's Pride is located at 928 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Nacogdoches.

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Sabine County woman loses life in two-vehicle accident


A Sabine County woman lost her life in a two-vehicle head-on accident Sunday morning near Hemphill.

 

DPS reports 73-year old Sonia Dunn Butler of Hemphill died at University Health in Shreveport Sunday afternoon after being transported from the scene by Life Air Rescue.

 

The investigation indicates Ms. Butler was driving a 2008 Nissan Altima, when a 2007 Honda Element, driven by 74-year old Madelyn Neuman Flowers, also of Hemphill, was traveling north on FM 3121, when she crossed over into the oncoming lane of traffic and struck Ms. Butler’s vehicle.

 

The incident occurred around 9:40 a.m. Sunday, approximately 4 miles east of Hemphill.

 

Ms. Flowers was transported from the scene to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler for treatment by Sabine County EMS. Her condition is not known.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

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Newton County sheriff placed on paid administrative leave


A Beaumont television station is reporting that Newton County Sheriff Eddie Shannon has been placed on paid administrative leave by the county commissioners’ court following his grand jury indictment and arrest last week.

 

KFDM-TV says the Newton County Commissioners’ Court voted unanimously in favor of the action Monday, and Shannon will remain off the job pending the outcome of his criminal case.

 

Shannon is an elected official and will remain sheriff.

 

Meanwhile, Chief Deputy Cynthia Hall will handle administrative duties.

 

The Newton County Grand Jury indicted Shannon on a charge of making a terroristic threat allegedly saying he as going to shoot the county judge and commissioners after becoming frustrated in a commissioners’ court meeting.

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Shelby County Sheriff's Office reports July monthly calls


Shelby County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Shad Sparks reports, the sheriff’s office had 765 calls for service for the month of July. He says that number does not include walk in complaints or on view incidents by patrol deputies. Chief Sparks said the information is reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety Uniform Crime Reporting Office in Austin.

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Very thankful O'Connor makes video appearance during gun drawing Saturday night


During Saturday night’s Center Volunteer Fire Department BINGO Fundraiser event, fellow fireman Kevin O’Connor made a live video appearance via SKYPE during the drawing for three guns, with tickets sold to assist O’Connor and his wife Saundra during his long recovery in Houston following a double-lung transplant last month.

 

An emotional O’Connor thanked everyone for their support. O’Connor is a local plumber, and has been a Center Volunteer Fireman for 11 years.

 

Winner of the guns were Glynn Russell, John Green and Jack Ford.

 

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Lifetree Cafe program to discuss childhood pain Thursday evenin


How to overcome childhood pain will be discussed at Lifetree Café at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7. Admission to the 60-minute free event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Café is located at the Little Fox Marketplace, across the corner from the Rio Theatre in Center. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Rick Lindsey at 936-332-8312.

 

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Funeral Notices: 8/5/14


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 92-year old Raymond C. Payne of Laplace, Louisiana. He passed away Friday at his residence. Service will be at 1 p.m. this afternoon at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Shelbyville, with interment at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service time. Among Raymond C. Payne’s survivors are a daughter, Dolores Payne Gennaro of Laplace, Louisiana; and a son, Randall R. Payne of Lumberton, Mississippi.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces the passing of 74-year old R.E. "Bobby" Thomas, Sr. of Center. He passed away Sunday at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon, today at Mangum Funeral Home. No service is planned. Cremation will follow visitation. Among R.E. "Bobby" Thomas, Sr's survivors, are, wife, Joy Kenderdine Thomas of Center; four children, Robert Thomas, Jr. of Bossier City, Mark Thomas of Houston, Detra Lehman of Waller and Elizabeth Thomas of Joaquin; and sisters and brother, Teeny, Vida and Cecil Thomas.

 

Garrison Funeral Home announces service for 85-year old Danny Lee Crowley, Sr. of Nacogdoches. He passed away Saturday in Nacogdoches. Service will be at 11 a.m. this morning at Cold Springs Baptist Church. Among Danny Lee Crowley, Srs. survivors, are his wife, Erma Jewel "Dupie" Crowley; children, Sharon Mason of Cypress, Danny Crowley, Jr. of Houston, John Crowley of Houston, Leslie Crowley of Houston, and Gwen Crowley of Nacogdoches; and sister, Jody Turner of Dallas.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces service for 74-year old Janelle Dickerson. Service will be at 2 p.m. this afternoon at Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with burial in the Chinquapin Cemetery in San Augustine County. 

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A typical summer weather pattern has set in


Today: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Light southeast wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
 
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
 
Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 93. Light south wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
 
Wednesday Night: A 30 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 94. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73.
 
Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 93.
 
Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74.
 
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 93.

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Texas champs do it again in World Series, rally to take 5-4 win over Florida, advance to semi-final round


The Texas State Champion (Center) Dixie Boys are headed to the semi-final round of the World Series after coming from behind to take a 5-4 win tonight in Bossier City.

 

Texas will face the loser of the Bossier City/Mississippi game at 5 p.m. Tuesday with a trip to the championship round on the line.

 

Texas fell behind 4-0 to Florida, but rallied to tie, thanks to a three-run homer by Landon Odom. Texas took the lead for good in the 7th.

 

Texas also fought back in Monday’s early game to take a 6-4 win over Alabama to stay alive.

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Texas Champs defeat Louisiana, 6-5, advance to play Florida at 5 today


The Texas state champion Dixie Boys (Center) defeated Louisiana, 6-5 just moments ago at the World Series to advace to the quarter-final round against Florida at 5 p.m. tonight. A win, and Texas plays in the semi-finals Tuesday.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 8/1/14--8/4/14


Arrest Report

8/1/14--8/4/14

 

Shelby County:

 

Jonathan B. Lout, 34, Center, Warrant: Failure to Appear, Warrant-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Expired or No Registration

 

Lorenzo Oneal Lane, 39, Joaquin, Warrant-Operating Unauthorized Motor Vehicle on Public Roadway, Warrant-Failure to Appear, and Warrant-No Drivers License

 

Mack Hamilton, 44, Center, Angelina County Warrant-Theft

 

Christopher Robertson, 38, Center, Violation of Parole

 

Richard Richmond, 56, Logansport, Warrant-Driving While Intoxicated-3rd

 

Rhiana Smith, 31, Center, Theft by Check, Warrant-Driving While Intoxicated with Child

 

Ricardo Espinoza, 25, Center, Public Intoxication

 

Nathan Jones, 50, Center, Driving While Intoxicated

 

San Augustine County:

 

Kayla M. Wallace, 31, Port Neches, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving While License Invalid and No Tail Lights

 

Denise M. Johnson, 39, San Augustine, Criminal Trespass

 

Note: All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Dixie Boys Texas Champions stave off elimination with win Sunday, play again at 10 a.m. this morning


The Texas State Champion Center Dixie Boys 14U baseball team avoided elimination at the World Series in Bossier City yesterday with a 7-3 win over Alabama.

 

The team will now face Louisiana at 10 a.m. this morning, and with a win, would play at 5 p.m. this afternoon.

 

The team was in a must-win Sunday after losing to Bossier City, 9-2 in Saturday night’s opener.

 

The Dixie Boys World Series is being played at Tinsley Athletic Complex, located off Texas in Bossier City.

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Woman arrested for sexual assault of San Augustine teen


Following up on an arrest we reported last week in San Augustine County.

 

A 22-year old woman, Malissia Stanton of Orange was charged with second-degree sexual assault of a child and assault after San Augustine County deputies responded to a call where Stanton said she was assaulted by a 16-year old male.

 

Chief Deputy Gary Cunningham says upon further investigation, it was discovered after speaking with both parties, the boy had been involved in a sexual relationship with Stanton and she had assaulted him, and he had assaulted her. It was also discovered that the teenager had burglarized property.

 

He was sent to juvenile probation in Lufkin and charged with assault and two charges of second-degree burglary.

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Court of Criminal Appeals denies Tanner for part in kidnapping


The Texas Court of Appeals has denied another woman an appeal for her conviction of kidnapping a boy in 2003.

 

Krystle Rosie Tanner was convicted by a San Augustine County jury in 2013 for her part in kidnapping Miguel Morin in Houston, and keeping him until they were arrested in 2011.

 

Tanner’s mother, Gloria Walker, who was convicted of the same charges, was also denied her appeal last month. Tanner’s legal team alleged that the state violated her right to due process by failing to preserve evidence that her counsel to mount an effective defense.

 

Tanner’s appeal also said the court abused its discretion when it excluded testimony from her aunt, and she received ineffective legal assistance.

 

Tanner received two concurrent 8-year prison sentences for her part in the kidnapping.

 

For eight years, Tanner and her mother hid Miguel Morin in homes all over Central and East Texas.

 

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Newton County Sheriff Shannon indicted for terroristic threat, turns self in


Newton County Sheriff Eddie Shannon turned himself in at the Tyler County Jail in Woodville last Friday morning after the Newton County Grand Jury indicted him on a third degree felony charge of terroristic threat to a public servant last Thursday. He was released on a $10,000 bond.

 

Shannon is accused of making threats against the county judge and members of the commissioners’ court. Reports say Shannon attended a Newton County Commissioners’ Court meeting, became frustrated with the court, went back to the sheriff’s department and allegedly threatened to shoot the county judge and the county commissioners.

 

Shannon has been sheriff of Newton County since 2012.

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Joaquin ISD reminds students to pick up class schedules, registration next week


The Joaquin ISD reminds Joaquin Jr. High and High School students they can pick up class schedules and registration forms starting next week. On Monday, Aug. 11, 12th grade students can stop by the office from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11th graders can pick up their information from 1 to 3 p.m. On Thursday, Aug. 14, Joaquin Jr. High 6th thru 8th graders from 9 to 11 a.m., and 9th and 10th grade students from 1 to 3 p.m. Joaquin ISD students will report to the first day of class at 8 a.m., Monday, Aug. 25.

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Tenaha ISD accepting Hall of Honor nominations until Aug. 5


The Tenaha ISD is accepting nominations for the Tenaha Hall of Honor thru tomorrow. The Tenaha ISD Trustees approved the creation of the Tenaha Tiger Hall of Honor in order to recognize those individuals that have distinguished themselves as past or current educators, alumni, or supporters of the Tenaha school system. This year, Hall of Honor will be in conjunction with Homecoming on November 1. To submit a nominee, contact Brenda Askew at the Tenaha ISD Administration Building.

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Event on Aug. 16 in Center to focus on women's health


A Women Helping Women, Friend to Friend event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Center Community House at 415 San Augustine Street.

 

Lunch will be served at no charge, Nacogdoches Medical Center will be on-site conducting FREE health screenings, appointments for cervical and breast cancer screenings will be scheduled and conducted at no charge for those that qualify, door prizes, goodie bags and vendors will be on-site.

 

Speaker will be Jean Diebolt, CEO of The Hope Clinic in Tenaha.

 

Registration in advance is required by Aug. 13, as seating is limited to the first 100 participants.

 

For more info contact the Shelby County AgriLife Extension office at 936-598-7744.

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Funeral Notices: 8/4/14


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces pending service for 92-year old Raymond C. Payne of Laplace, Louisiana. He passed away Friday.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home was in charge of service Sunday for 84-year old Marjorie Beth Ruddell of Center. She passed away last Friday at Green Acres Nursing Home in Center. Service was held at Watson & Sons Chapel with interment at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Shelby County. She retired from Tyson Foods where she worked as a receptionist. Among Marjorie Beth Ruddell’s survivors are, a son, Robert Ruddell of Center. Memorial donations may be made in Ms. Ruddell’s name to American Cancer Society, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma or Alzheimer’s Association, Washington, DC.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces service for 74-year old Janelle Dickerson. She passed away Saturday in Lufkin. Service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with burial in the Chinquapin Cemetery in San Augustine County. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home.  Among Janelle Dickerson’s survivors are, husband, Jerry Dickerson of Lufkin; daughters, Debra Spears of Corpus Christi, Lynn Lamb of Pollock, and Charlotte Dickerson of Lufkin; sister, Barbara Plagens of Rosenberg; brothers and sisters-in-law, Sandra Hightower, Vivian & Eudeline Dickerson, Wanda & Royce Wall, and Martha Dickerson.

 

 

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High school football practice begins today, season opens Aug. 29


High school football players across the state of Texas will take to the practice field today when workouts begin for the upcoming season. There’s no contact allowed the first four days. However, that changes Friday with the first day of full pads. Here's a rundown of local teams and their first practice starts today. Center will meet at 9 a.m., with practice from 5 to 8:45 p.m.; Shelbyville will get started at 9:30 a.m.; Joaquin is set to go at 7:30 a.m.; Timpson at 7 a.m.; Tenaha at 8 a.m. and San Augustine will meet at 3:30 p.m., and plan to hit the field around 5 p.m. Monday.

 

You can find season schedules for all area teams on the Center Broadcasting website, cbc-radio.com. Look under the "sports" tab, along with our broadcast schedules.

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Slight chance of afternoon showers, t-storms highs low to mid 90s


Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the morning.
 
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 72. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
 
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.
 
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming southwest after midnight.
 
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.
 
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
 
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 94.
 
Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73.
 
Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 93.

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