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Funeral Notice: Loyce Marie Fowler


Loyce Marie Fowler, 62, of Center, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2015 in Tyler. 

 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday, June 1, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Steve Noble officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

 

Mrs. Fowler was born March 1, 1953 in Center to Leroy Bowlin and Margie McCauley Bowlin.  She enjoyed reading and was a great 42 player.  Mrs. Fowler dearly loved her church family at Assembly of God New Life Church in Center.

 

She is survived by

Husband: Ricky Fowler of Center

 

Daughter: Misti Kaceen Phillips of Center

 

Grandchildren:

Destini Kaceen Phillips

Raimi Marie Philips

Lera Abigail Watson

Makenzi Grace Alford

 

Mother: Margie McCauley Bowlin

 

Brothers & Sisters:

Preston McCauley and wife, Annette, of Decatur

Joyce Elliott and husband, Tommy, of Bedford

Linda UpChurch and the late, Jesse UpChurch, of Center

James Bowlin and wife, Marty, of Louisville

Brenda Shofner and fiancé, James Miller, of Center

Doug Bowlin and wife, Misty, of Nacogdoches

 

Preceded in death by

Son: Joshua Fowler

Brother-in-law: Jesse UpChurch

Father: Leroy Bowlin

 

Pallbearers will be Ricky Fowler, Justin Jefferson, Jeremy Frederick, James Tyre Jr., Jason Birch, Scott Adair, Phil Hennigan and Deyan Bomar.  Honorary pallbearer will be Brannon Denby.

 

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

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Nichols passes legislation to dedicate billions to Texas roads


The Texas Legislature has approved Senator Robert Nichols' (R-Jacksonville) Senate Joint Resolution 5, which will constitutionally dedicate approximately $3 billion per year to the State Highway Fund (SHF). As this is a constitutional amendment, it will be sent to the voters in November 2015.

 

"I am thankful to Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick and my colleagues in the Legislature for their support," said Nichols. "If passed by the voters, this legislation will be the largest single increase in transportation funding in Texas history."

 

This constitutional amendment will dedicate a deposit of $2.5 billion per year to the SHF, to build non tolled roads and bridges, as long as our state's economy continues to grow.

 

In addition, each fiscal year beginning in 2020, 35 percent of all Motor Vehicle Sales, Use and Rental Taxes revenues, in excess of $5 billion, will be deposited into the SHF for the same use.

 

It is estimated the combination of these deposits will grow to approximately $4 billion per year within 15 years, adjusting for population growth and inflation. In addition, there are protections in place to ensure that in times of recession, the Legislature has the ability to reduce a portion of these deposits by a 2/3 vote of both chambers.   

 

"With the progress the 83rd Legislature made, the overwhelming support from the voters on Proposition 1 last November, this sessions budget and SJR 5, the State's transportation funding is going to be where it needs to be in the future," said Nichols.

 

Use of these dedicated funds in the State Highway Fund would be limited to non-tolled roads and bridges. If approved, this proposal will give the Texas Department of Transportation a predictable revenue stream which they can use to implement long-range transportation plans.

 

Nichols, a former Texas transportation commissioner, currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. He has worked on Texas transportation issues in various capacities since 1997. 

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Weather Update @ 9:15 a.m.


Better look and find your sunglasses and wide brimmed hats today.  As soon as this fog and low clouds burn off, we will see high pressure move in and lots of sun for the next 9-10 days. Little to no chances for rain...other than a widely scattered,pop up shower.
 

Bad news...We caught a total of 1.5 inches last night and early this morning and that puts us at 1.06 inches from our all time May total from back in 1975 of 11.30 inches.Worst news....Dallas caught another 1.92 inches yesterdayHouston....2.61 inches..
 
Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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Only a slight chance of showers thru Monday, sunny & dry expected remainder of week


Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Northwest wind around 5 mph. 

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Northwest wind around 5 mph. 

Monday: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. North wind around 5 mph. 

Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. 

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Northeast wind around 5 mph. 

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

 

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TxDOT project updates week of 06/01/15


LUFKIN - While recent rain storms have slowed many TxDOT projects, with just a little bit of early summer sunshine many are beginning to move forward.

In Angelina County, three major construction projects continue with two nearing completion and one just beginning.


Loop 287/US 59 construction project crews will continue to lay concrete paving that will connect the southbound connector bridge. Crews will then coordinate with sub-contractors to open the Business 59 Southbound Main Lanes. Soon thereafter, the Loop 287 Westbound and Eastbound Main Lanes will open to motorists. With the completion date on the project expected to be January 2016, construction left to complete includes concrete paving on the Loop 287 Westbound and Eastbound lanes, two U-turn bridges and two interchange ramps.

The FM 2021/US 59 construction project at Redland is also nearing completion with concrete paving in the southbound ramp and at the intersection of the ramp at FM 2021 West. Storm sewer and final pavement structures for the south end of the southbound ramp are still to be completed. The bridge construction over US 59 is finished and will be opened to motorists once the ramps are built. The project is slated for completion in October.

Motorists traveling North Timberland Drive have seen the beginnings of the A&NR railroad bridge replacement project near the Loop 287/US 59 construction that will, once completed, offer a smooth transition to US 59 North and Loop 287 East or West. Motorists will experience continued lane closures in the southbound and northbound lanes in coming weeks.

As motorists travel through the many work areas in Lufkin's nine-county district, they are urged to stay alert to work crews and nearby equipment and machinery. They should expect delays, slow down and watch for flaggers and signs that will direct them through construction areas.

"With summer months approaching, our maintenance and construction crews are hoping to be in full swing with annual seal coating projects that will refurbish the roadways as well as move construction projects forward to completion," said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. "We urge motorists to obey all traffic safety signs and remember that traffic fines double when workers are present."

Project updates and plans for the week of June 1, weather permitting, include:

ANGELINA COUNTY:
US 59: Ongoing road repairs in the north and southbound lanes 1 mile south of FM 841 and north of SH 103.
State Highway Spur 266: The Denman Avenue Drainage Improvement Project continues in both east and westbound lanes of the spur.

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY:
US 59: Mill and inlay as weather permits.
SH 21: Work will restart on completion of the project from FM 226 to FM 3276.
Loop 224: Lane construction from SH 7 to US 59 South.
FM 3314: Widening existing pavement surface width.
CR 706 at Yseleta Creek: Final clean-up and shaping at new structure.

SHELBY COUNTY:
US 84: Final clean-up and shaping for pavement reconstruction between the Rusk County line and US 59 in Timpson.
US 84: Texas/Louisiana bridge construction.
Loop 500: Construction from US 96 to SH 7.
FM 139: Safety treating fixed objects.

SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY:
SH 21: Intersection improvements and rehabilitation.
CR 4320: Bridge work at Chiamon Bayou and Harvey Creek.

SABINE COUNTY:
FM 1: Safety treating fixed objects.
FM 1592: Safety treating fixed objects.

TRINITY COUNTY:
SH 94: Safety treating fixed objects between SH 19 and US 287.
SH 94: Safety treating fixed objects from US 287 in Groveton to the Neches River.

POLK COUNTY:
US 59: Patching base failures at various locations, shoulder rehabilitation and striping roadway.
SH 146: Striping roadway.
US 287/FM 946: Concrete construction of headwalls and wingwalls on cross structures.

SAN JACINTO COUNTY:
US 59: Road rehabilitation and reconstruction.
US 59/FM 2914: Placing bridge beams and hauling embankment.

HOUSTON COUNTY:
SH 7: Reconstruction of existing lanes and add passing lanes and shoulders.
FM 2915: Road repairs.


 

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Center High Class of 2015 Honor Graduates


The CHS Class of 2015 Honor Students have been announced. There was a record setting 56 honor graduates who completed the requirements for the Recommended or Distinguished Graduation Plans. They are as follows:

High Honors:
1.) Jessica Johnson 99.6875
2.) Kaleth Salazar 97.7255
3.) Adam Reeves 97.5091
4.) Changcai Wang 96.8704
5.) Julie McSwain 96.8077
6.) James Holt 96.5490
7.) Alyssa Waller 96.4904
8.) Vanessa Renteria 95.9643
9.) Trista Fountain 95.7800
10.) Tory Davis 95.5082
11.) Alec Lucas 95.5000
12.) Josh Burns 95.4902
13.) Vanessa Solis 95.3878
14.) Kelsie Waller 95.3860
15.) Patty Romo 95.0526

Honors:
16. Jessica Alexander 94.9216
17.) Erika Figueroa Franco 94.7059
18.) Chris Dunn 94.2182
19.) Chris Caudle 94.1695
20.) Cecilia Soto 94.0357
21.) Elizabeth Chadwick 93.9811
22.) Skylar Jamison 93.9057
23.) Rylee Hudspeth 93.7455
24.) Dalton Horton 93.4808
25.) Jacob Mitchell 93.2745
26.) Brianna Ward 93.2586
27.) Kamden Lucas 93.2182
28.) Jesse McGraw 93.0727
29.) Gabriela Landin 92.8846
30.) Taylor Tomlin 92.7222
31.) Emily Jolly 92.5091
32.) Faith Lengl 92.4667
33.) Samantha Gonzalez 92.4310
34.) Diana Perez 92.3333
35.) Taighen Mathews 92.2000
36.) Justin Renfro 91.9815
37.) Tarsheanna Bauer 91.9804
38.) Dillon Reynolds 91.6739
39.) Madaly Bartley 91.4211
40.) Riley Jo Mitchell 91.3585
41.) Marissa Tomlin 91.3455
42.) DeVincent Hoyt 91.2128
43.) Cesia Salvador 90.7895
44.) Rhaelyn Pitts 90.7321
45.) Ethan Hairgrove 90.6415
45.) Nehemias Santana 90.6415
47.) Traven Bolton 90.6000
48.) Marissa Macias 90.5094
49.) Katesia Evans 90.4815
50.) Miguel Mora 90.4375
51.) Jack Ford 90.4259
52.) Caiden Rainbolt 90.3704
53.) Bianca Leon 90.2667
54.) Austin Wright 90.1923
55.) Macayla Perry 90.1897
56.) Melissa Palacios 90.0926

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AgriLife Extension experts: Texans will see mosquito population explosion


RESIDENTS CAN HELP CONTROL, PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM MOSQUITOES

DALLAS – Anticipating a significant increase in the state’s mosquito
population, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists are offering
tips on how Texans can help slow mosquito breeding in backyards and protect
from being bitten.

“Mosquito populations are booming throughout the state and will likely
not go away anytime soon after all our rains and flooding,” said Dr. Mike
Merchant, AgriLife Extension urban entomologist in Dallas. “Not all of
the mosquitoes swarming us right now are likely to carry disease, but West
Nile virus-infected mosquitoes are beginning to show up in traps.”
[2]
The Asian tiger mosquito shown here is one of the two mosquito species
known to commonly transmit the chikungunya virus. The other is the closely
related yellow fever mosquito. Both species are  found in Texas. (Texas
A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Mike Merchant)

Texas Department of State Health Services recently announced the first 2015
case of West Nile virus in the state, and Dallas County Health and Human
Services just issued a health advisory reporting its first positive
mosquito pool of the year.

Merchant added that chikungunya, another disease transmitted by mosquitoes,
is on the radar of U.S. and state health officials as a growing concern. He
said the virus is regularly brought into the U.S. by travelers, but as yet
a human-to-mosquito-to-human cycle has not developed in Texas.

“This could change, however, as it did last year in Florida where a
handful of cases occurred among Floridians who had not traveled to the
Caribbean,” Merchant said. “The principal mosquito vectors of
chikungunya include the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, and its
close relative, the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti. Chikungunya
frequently comes with a very bad headache, joint pain, rash and fever.
 There is no treatment for or vaccine to protect from this disease.”

For more information about where mosquitoes can breed, and how to identify
Aedes and other mosquitoes, Merchant suggested going to AgriLife
Extension’s Mosquito Safari website, http://mosquitosafari.tamu.edu[3].

Humans are not the only ones to suffer from mosquito-borne diseases,
AgriLife Extension experts noted.

“Mosquitoes can also be vectors for dog heartworm,” said Dr. Sonja
Swiger, AgriLife Extension livestock/veterinary entomologist in
Stephenville.

According to Swiger, an infected mosquito can pass tiny heartworm parasites
on to any uninfected dog it bites. Heartworm causes lasting damage to
heart, lungs and arteries, and can affect the dog’s quality and length of
life. In addition, horses are susceptible to several encephalitis diseases,
including West Nile virus, and should be vaccinated every year.

Swiger said that to control mosquitoes effectively and economically,
everyone should understand their basic life cycle and be familiar with the
important mosquito types. According to Swiger, mosquitoes can be divided
into two groups based on where they lay their eggs. For example, floodwater
mosquitoes lay eggs on the ground in low spots, and these eggs hatch when
it rains and the low area fills with water.

“With the unusually high May rainfall, these mosquitoes are common now
and likely to remain so during the duration of the rain,” she said.
“Floodwater mosquitoes are good fliers and can travel many miles from
their breeding sites in temporary pools, roadsides and low lying areas.”

She noted there is little people can do on their own property to protect
themselves from floodwater mosquitoes, other than stay indoors or wear
repellent.

“We have more control over other mosquitoes that breed in containers and
live closer to town,”  Swiger said. “Container breeding mosquitoes
include some of the most significant species that may negatively affect
human health, including the common house mosquito.”

The entomologists referred to what they called “the four D’s” as a
general means for people to help manage mosquitoes and protect against
bites. These are:

— Dusk/Dawn – Avoid being outside when mosquitoes are searching for a
blood meal, which is usually in the early morning hours and just before the
sun goes down. While some species are daytime biters, most prefer to feed
at dusk and dawn.

— Drain – Empty standing water from “containers” around your home
and work areas, such as buckets, wheelbarrows, kiddie pools, toys, dog
bowls, water troughs, tires, bottles, etc. Make improvements that allow
standing water to run off following rains.

— Dress – If out during mosquito feeding hours, wear long sleeves and
pants in plain colors. Avoid attracting them by wearing excessive amounts
of perform or aftershave.

— Defend – Any time you go outside for an extended period of time, wear
an insect repellent.

Dr. Charles Allen, AgriLife Extension entomology program leader in San
Angelo, said mowing tall weeds and grass can help eliminate some mosquito
resting areas.

“When mosquito populations are high, labeled contact insecticides can be
used to knock down adults,” he said. “For greatest effectiveness,
sprays should be directed to shady mosquito resting areas. In addition,
insecticide-based misting systems can be effective short-term, but repeated
applications can cause insecticide resistance or be harmful to non-target
insects and may result in loss of control. These systems are most likely to
be effective if timers are set to spray when mosquitoes are most active.”

Allen said there are also techniques that can help control larval stage of
mosquitoes in water.

“Mosquito dunks containing insect growth regulators or Bti, the mosquito
larva’s bacterial natural enemy, can be used in water that cannot be
dumped or drained to reduce mosquito populations,” he said.

Products that apply a surface film or oil on the water can also be used to
reduce larval mosquito and pupal populations by preventing them from
getting air through their breathing tubes, he said.  The use of films or
oils should be limited to locations without any other organisms, since it
will prevent oxygen to the non-target organisms as well.

According to Merchant, insect repellent is still the best overall defense
against those “less savory insect and mite biters.”

“I always suggest people keep a bottle or can of repellent just outside
their doorway to remind them to spray exposed skin, even if they plan to be
outside just a short while,” he said. “Keeping repellent in your car is
a very good idea too.”

The entomologists agreed that repellents with DEET remain the gold standard
for protection.

“DEET has some of the best persistence. However, there are good
alternatives to DEET if you aren’t going to be outside very long,”
Merchant said. “The natural repellent, oil of lemon eucalyptus, is a good
alternative to DEET for those who prefer an organic product. The most
important thing is to find a repellent that works for you and to use it.”

Merchant periodically posts news updates on mosquito activity on his City
Bugs website, http://citybugs.tamu.edu[4]. He also has developed four
short videos on different aspects of mosquito control that can be found at
http://bit.ly/1F8cZkg[5].

* By: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu * By: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu * Contacts: Dr. Sonja Swiger, 254-968-4144, slswiger@ag.tamu.edu * Dr. Mike Merchant, 972-952-9204, m-merchant@tamu.edu * Dr. Charles Allen, 325-653-4576, ctallen@ag.tamu.edu
 

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Capitol Update 05/29/15


We are in the final days of the 84th Legislative session, with Monday, June 1st being the final day.  The House and Senate are coming to agreements on most of the important issues; hopefully we will not be called back for a special session.

 

The House and the Senate have reached an agreement on open carry legislation that will allow CHL holders to openly carry their firearms in the same manner in which they are currently allowed to concealed carry.  License holders will continue to have to pass background checks and demonstrate proficiency with their firearm.

 

The House and Senate also reached an agreement on tax cuts that will benefit all businesses and home owners.  The compromise plan will give tax payers almost $4 billion in tax relief and will result in a 25% margins tax rate cut and a $10,000 increase in the statewide homestead exemption.  The homestead exemption increase will be presented to voters in November 2015. I hope that you will come out and make your voice heard on this constitutional amendment. 

 

You will also be asked to vote on another constitutional amendment, one that will dedicate approximately $2.5 billion of general sales tax dollars and up to $1.75 billion of vehicle sales tax dollars to transportation.  This measure goes a long way in fixing our transportation funding deficit and does so without raising taxes.  Transportation funding is one of the governor's emergency items and one of the most pressing issues facing our state.  I am pleased to report that the legislature is bringing you solutions on this front.

 

The House and Senate also finalized HB 11, which will allow the DPS to bulk up its presence on the Mexican border.   As we have seen in the past year, Texas must have a more significant presence on the border to make up for the failings of the federal government.  HB 11 will give our law enforcement the necessary tools to combat human trafficking, drug smuggling, and other transnational criminal activity.  As we have seen, increasing our law enforcement presence has been an effective option to combat these crimes. 

 

As the legislative session winds up, I want to encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I want to hear your opinion regarding the issues that are important to you. It is with your input that I am able to best represent you. My office number is 512-463-0556 or district9.paddie@house.state.tx.us.

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Center ISD recognizes employees


Center ISD 2014-15 Service Award Recognition
5 Year Pins: April Bloys, Patrick Conn, Abel Delgado, Stephanie Gaddy, Mary

Grisby, Nancy Herrera, Megan Loftice, Rebecca Mireles, Melissa Munoz, Amber
Preston, Sonja Roland

 


10 Year Pins: Lee Brazzel, Laura Chandler, Lesleigh Fitzgerald, Olinda Hale, Sommer erndon, Jackie Kirkwood, Chantay Lee, Christy Mahan, Doug Moore, Angelica Morales, Wanda Price, Christy Rodriguez, Becky Rogers, Angela Waller, Jennifer Whittlesey



15 Year Pins: Gladys Andrews, Gabriela Flores, Stephanie Fults, Suzy Guerrero, Richard Miller, Mattie Ragan



20 Year Pins: Katie Dunn, Rebecca Harkness, Lynne Williams



25 Year Pins: Susan Fountain, Linda Doudna, Joanie Higginbotham, Becky Jordan, Dea Link, Alonza Moore, Kris Rash, Chris Watlington


30 Year Pins: Christy Byndom, Yolanda Davis, Joyce Jackson, Mitzi Lengl, Iva Nell Miller, Linda Snell


35 Year Pins: Ray Miller

Retirees:
BeBee Metcalf-18 Years
David Cassell-22 Years
Karen Albert 19 Years
Bryan Clay-3 Years
Betty Cook-36 Years
Donna Ivey-2 Years
Rachel Paddie 34 Years
Mary Paxton-27 Years
Rene Verdine-23 Years

 

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Jury cancellation for 273rd District Court for June 8


The jury that had been summoned for Monday, June 8, 2015 for the 273rd District Court, Shelby County, Honorable Charles R. Mitchell presiding has been cancelled. If you had received a summons to appear, you have been excused until you receive a future summons.

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Tenaha ISD Board of Trustees to hold public hearing, regular meeting Monday; special meeting to interview for AD on Tuesday (agendas)


Notice of Called Public Hearing of the 
Tenaha Independent School District Board of Trustees
 
Notice is hereby given that a Called Public Hearing is set for Monday, June 01, 2015 at 5:15 p. m. in the Boardroom of the Administration Office located at 138 College Street, Tenaha, Texas 75974.
 
1. Call to Order
2. Public Participation is Invited
3. Discussion of the 2015-2016  School District’s Budget and the 2015 Proposed Tax Rate ( Indebtness & Service; Maintenance & Operation)
4. Adjournment
 
Notice of School District Called Regular Meeting
Board of Trustees – Tenaha Independent School District
 
Notice is hereby given that a Called Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Tenaha Independent School District is scheduled for Monday, June 1, 2015 beginning at 5:30 p. m. in the Boardroom of the Administration office located at 138 College Street, Tenaha, Texas 75974.
The Subjects to be discussed or considered, or upon which any formal action may be taken are as follows: 
(Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on the meeting notice.)
 
1. Call to Order
2. Public Comment
3. Oath of Office
4. Re-organization of the Board
5. Board Training with Karczewski-Bradshaw, LLP
6. Consider for Approval 2014-2015 Budget Amendments
7. Consider for Approval the Resolution for Senate Bill 149 Requiring Individual Graduation Committees
8. District Employees and Officers
(a.) Employment, Resignations, New Hire, and/or Discipline
(b.) Consider for Approval Hiring Administrative Position
9. Comments by Board Members
Adjournment
 
Notice of Called Special Meeting of the 
Tenaha Independent School District Board of Trustees
 
Notice is hereby given that a Special Called Public School Board Meeting is set for Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 5:30 p. m. in the Boardroom of the Administration Office located at 138 College Street, Tenaha, Texas 75974.
 
1. Call to Order
2. Public Comment
3. Discussion and Interview for Athletic Director-Executive Session
4. District Employees and Officers Texas Gov’t Code § 551.074
(a.) Employment, Resignations, New Hire, and/or Discipline
5. Adjournment
 

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Unofficial Minutes from Special Called CISD Board Meeting


The Board of Trustees

Center ISD

 

 

A special called meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center Independent School District (CISD) was held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Center ISD Administration Board Room located at 107 Private Road 605 Center, Texas  75935.

 

1.         Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum

 

            James Greer called the meeting to order at 12:00 p.m. and declared a quorum.

 

Present:           James Greer; Daphne LaRock; Sharon Nelson; Traci Willoughby; Dan     Wilkins; Rayford Copelin, Deputy Superintendent; Tammy Lemoine, Assistant Superintendent Curriculum and Instruction; Betty McDaniel,                     Director of Finance and James Hockenberry, Superintendent

 

Absent:            John Henry Holloway and Stephen Shires

 

Visitors:           Heather Brink, Southwest Foodservice Excellence; Tracy Broadway, Center                                       Broadcasting; J.B. Raymond and Ashley Tompkins, Light and Champion

 

2.         Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

 

            Dan Wilkins gave the invocation and Traci Willoughby led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

3.         Consideration and Approval to Accept Proposal to Relocate School District             Transportation Facility and Operations Center

 

            Administration received one bid from J&J Raymond Leasing, LLC pertaining to the relocation      of the school district’s transportation facility and operations center.

 

            A motion was made by Sharon Nelson, seconded by Traci Willoughby to approve the       proposal submitted by J&J Raymond Leasing, LLC for lease of facilities and real property        pending the school district’s legal counsel review and revisions and the satisfaction of any        addition requirements of local governments.

 

            The motion carried 5-0.

 

4.         Consideration and Approval to Immediately Implement Senate Bill 149

 

            A motion was made by Traci Willoughby, seconded by Daphne LaRock to approve to      immediately implement Senate Bill 149.

 

            The motion carried 5-0.

 

 

5.         Update on Facilities Projects

 

            Administration has made a lot of progress with regard to the facilities projects.       Administration has met with and continues to have conversations with the architect and      engineer as well as gathering information relative to middle school gym, high school field          house, stadium field house, middle school field house and weight room, intermediate school     gym and the property in and around the tennis courts.  The bleachers and scoreboards have             been ordered.  Dr. Hockenberry indicated that it will be early to mid-July 2015 before all the         details of the proposed projects will be known and brought before the Board for a decision.              Dr. Hockenberry will provide the Board with facilities updates at every Board meeting for the      next many months.

 

6.         Closed Session

 

            James Greer called for a closed session at 12:19 p.m. under Texas Government Code    §551.071, §551.074 and §551.129 for consideration of employment of contracted personnel,            resignation/retirement and extended emergency sick leave.

 

7.         Open Session

 

                The Board returned into open session at 12:32 p.m.  No action was taken in closed session.

 

            7.1       District Employees and Officers:  Texas Government Code §551.071, §551.074 and        §551.129

 

7.1.1    A motion was made by Traci Willoughby, seconded by Sharon Nelson to   approve the employment of contracted personnel as recommended by Superintendent Hockenberry.

 

            Rachel Cherry, Teacher – Center Elementary School

            Lori Corbello, English Teacher – Center High School

            Kamille Hisel, Teacher – Center Elementary School

           

                        The motion carried 5-0.

 

7.1.2    A motion was made by Sharon Nelson, seconded by Daphne LaRock accept        the resignations/retirements as recommended by Superintendent          Hockenberry.

 

            Mary Paxton, Cafeteria CMS, retirement

            Sheila Haddox, CMS Teacher, resignation

            Olinda Hale, CES Teacher, resignation

            Karlie McQueen, CHS Teacher, resignation

            Davanna Sanders, CMS Teacher, resignation

            Renee Verdine, CMS Teacher, resignation

            Tammy Wall, CMS Sp Education Teacher, resignation

            Kristen Ruby Woodward, CHS Teacher, resignation

 

            The motion carried 5-0.

 

7.1.3    There were no extended emergency sick leaves to be considered by the   Board.

 

10.       Adjournment

 

A motion was made by Dan Wilkins, seconded by Sharon Nelson to adjourn the meeting at 12:35 p.m.

 

The motion carried 5-0.

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San Augustine County Commissioners' Court to hold special meeting Monday morning (agenda)


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It's official...City of Huxley rescinds Boil Water Notice


Testing has been completed and the Boil Water Notice for Possum Trot, Oakdale and New Harmony areas has been lifted.

 

It is no longer necessary to boil the water prior to consumption.

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PANOLA COLLEGE ANNOUNCES DEAN’S LIST


Panola College is proud to announce the names of those students named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2015 semester. To qualify a student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours with a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.79. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.

 

ARKANSAS

 

LITTLE ROCK-

TYLER CORNWELL

 

LOUSIANNA

 

HAUGHTON-

CINDY

LOYD

 

KEITHVILLE-

PATRICIA

MABERRY

SPENCER

ROLLAND

MARY

SANDERS

 

RODESSA-

LADONNA

SEVERIN

 

NEW MEXICO

 

MESILLA PARK-

LEIYONA

YOUNG

 

TEXAS

 

ALBA-

MICHAELA

MOFFETT

 

BECKVILLE-

MEAGEN

TILLMAN

 

 

BULLARD-

JOBUCK

SILER

 

CARTHAGE-

JACOB

ALDANA

SHELBY

ALLEN

RANZY

ARMSTRONG

BRAULIO

BARRON

MADISON

BROWN

SIERRA

COLLINS

REBEKAH

CORLEY

SUMMER

CROLEY

HUNTER

DODD

ANA

GUERRERO ROD

BAILEY

HAECKER

KENDRICK

HENDERSON

SHAWN

HORN

DAVID

JOHNSON

RAVEN

MATHENY

BRETT

MAY

LAUREN

MILLER

STEPHANIE

PAGE

BROOKLYN

PEACE

LOGAN

SPEAR

 

CENTER –

JANUARY

ARNOLD

KALISHIA

CALHOUN

JAYTON

CASSELL

NAKRISTIANNA

CRAWFORD

ETHAN

GURLEY

JAXON

LUCAS

JOEL

PALLARES

MALLORY

SNIDER

 

CIBOLO-

SHELBY

WATERS

                                                     

DEBERRY-

NATASHA

GREKULAK

CHAKERA

HOLCOMB

 

GARY-

CAMERON

COLIGAN

KAREN

MARTIN

TREVOR

THOMPSON

 

GILMER-

NICKOLAS

MOSES

 

HARLETON-

CASEY

MORRIS

DUSTIN

TOWNSEND

 

HENDERSON-

ALAINA

CHRISTIAN

ASHLEY

CHRISTIAN

LATONYA

DIXON

JORDAN

GILLESPIE

ROGELIO

GONZALEZ

EMILY

ORTIZ

KATY

PHIPPS

AESHA

STRONG

 

HILLSBORO-

KYREE

WILLIAMS

 

JACKSONVILLE-

MCCARTNEY

RYAN

 

JEFFERSON-

TAMMIE

FORD

ALICISA

PERKINS

 

LONGBRANCH-

CAITLIN

ELLIOTT

MACIE

INNERARITY

VICTORIA

YULE

 

LONGVIEW-

BREMMEN

DERRY

STEPHEN

HAM

SHAUNNIA

OLIVER

 

MARSHALL-

URSULA

BETANCOURT

JAYME

COLE

STEPHANIE

EMERSON

HALEY

HARRIS

ZACHARY

HARRISON

SHENE

JOHNSON

KARA

WILCOX

 

MOUNT ENTERPRISE

LAURA

FRYMAN

APRIL

VESSELS

 

NACOGDOCHES-

STEVEN

EMMERLING

JAYLON

THORN

 

RIO VISTA-

CHRISTOPHER

HENSLEE

JASON

HENSLEE

 

SAN AUGUSTINE-

JESSICA

DAVIS

JORDON

LEMLEY

JOHN

STRACENER

 

SANGER-

Julieh Clark

 

SHELBYVILLE-

LEWIS

DALES

 

SILSBEE-

JORDAN

GORE

 

TENAHA-

TAYLOR

FLOURNOY

BRADY

TOVAR

EMILY

WARD

 

TIMPSON-

RYAN

BATTLES

CHRISTIN

LINDGREN

MONICA

MONTOYA

 

WASKOM-

BAILEY

ALLWHITE

 

WELLS-

VICTORIA

YOUNG

 

WHITE OAK-

CLAYTON

OWENS

 

WOODWAY-

ERICA

LARSEN

 

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PANOLA COLLEGE ANNOUNCES PRESIDENT’S LIST


 

Panola College is proud to announce the names of those students named to the President’s List for the spring 2015 semester. To qualify a student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours with a grade point average between 3.8 and 4.0. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.

 

CALIFORNIA

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH-

Hunter Stevens

 

LOUISIANA

 

LOGANSPORT-

Hunter Bagley

                                                     

MANY-

Derek Mong

Nicholas Pearson

 

TEXAS

 

BECKVILLE-                             

MATTHEW

LETOURNEAU

REBECCA

LOREDO

 

CARTHAGE-                              

CHRISTOPHER

BARNES

MANUEL

CAMPA

MARY

CHANCE

SAMANTHA

COLLE

TRENTON

CROOKS

KENZE

CURRY

CHRISTINA

DAVIS

CHRISTY

EDDINS

KELWIN

EDWARDS

BAYLEE

GRIFFITH

CHRISTOPHER

HALL

COBY

HAMMONS

MARAH

JONES

MALLORY

NICHOLS

JEFFRY

ONEY

KELCIE

ONEY

MICHAEL

PACE

ISSA

SHOGUNLE

MUSA

SHOGUNLE

AMANDA

SPENCER

LAUREN

THOMPSON

AMBER

WEATHERFORD

                                                     

CENTER-                                    

CHRISSY

BARRINO

BRANDIE

BENEDETTI

LUKE

BURNS

LILIANA

CASTANEDA

KURSTIN

DOCKENS

KEVIN

FENTON

OSIEL

GARCIA

JAMES

HAGLER

BRANDON

HOLT

TAYLOR

HUDSPETH

TAMMY

JOHNSON

LAURA

LINDSEY

AARON

MORALES

KHRYSTANE

PATTON

MATTHEW

REYNOLDS

KAYCEE

RICKETSON

ASHLEY

WRIGHT

 

CIBOLO-

CHANTEL WOODARD

 

 

 

CORSICANA-

Cayman Hawk

 

DEBERRY-                                 

WILLIAM

MCCLURE

TAUNYA

VANCE

 

 

DIANA-

Julie Phillips                                 

EUSTANCE-

Katherine Baze

 

GARRISON-

RIALIE

TAYLOR

 

GARY-                                        

ALICIA

AYERS

GREGORY

MURDOCK

RONNA

PHILLIPS

REBECCA

STRONG

 

HENDERSON-                           

SARAHI

CONTRERAS

 

HILLSBORO-

MCKENSIE PIAR

 

HOUSTON-

KIARA

FREEMAN

ERICKA

MCBURNEY

 

HUGHES SPRING-

TRENTON

SHELTON

 

JEFFERSON-

ANNA

CRUMBIE

 

JOAQUIN-                                  

KYLE

CHAMBLISS

ANGEL

EBEY

SAMANTHA

WHITAKER

 

LINDEN-

ANNE

BUONGIORNE

 

LONGVIEW-

SHANNON

PRUETT

 

MARSHALL-

HANNAH

ANDERS

CHELSEA

JOHNSON

JESSICA

LONG

JENNIFER

OLVERA

SHARNICE

RUSK

STEVEN

YATES

 

MISSOURI CITY-

VICTORIA

VALDEZ

 

MOUNT ENTERPRISE-      

TAYLOR

JIMMERSON

 

NACOGDOCHES-   

MARY

HURST

 

SAN AUGUSTINE-                   

ALEJANDRA

REYES-FARIAS

 

SCOTTSVILLE-

Makenzie Buckner

 

SHELBYVILLE-

STACEY

CASEY

MICHAEL

ELLIOTT

PRECIOUS

GILLASPIE

TIFFANEE

VAUGHN

 

TALCO-

JONATHAN

MOORE

 

TENAHA-                                   

EFRAIN

HERNANDEZ

JOSHUA

HICKMAN

PAUL

TINDOL

 

TIMPSON-                                  

MARGO

HOOPER

ISAIAH

MOLLOY

TAYLOR

MORRIS

 

TROUP-

Ryan Cheatham

 

WASKOM-

Danny Aguayo

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Weather Update @ 8: 15 a.m.


The twins, the dry lines that joined late yesterday were separated and went there own ways.  The north hammered Dallas and Ft Worth again yesterday.  Houston got its share and today....the dry line to the south is headed our way...we will likely get some rain...how much....only mother nature knows what she has planned.  stay tuned to your favorite weather source and be prepared to take appropriate action.  Saturday and Sunday is still slated to provide us rain....then....next weeks rain chances are low with lots more sun. 
Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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CHS Athletic 'Banquet of Champions' award winners


On Tuesday, May 26th, the Center High School Athletic Department celebrated
its athletes with a Banquet of Champions at the John D. Windham Civic
Center. Each sport recognized its team members and gave individual awards
for the excellence achieved during the 2014-15 seasons.

Awards given were:

*FOOTBALL*

Offensive MVP – DaCorey McGee

Defensive MVP – Sayoddrick Barnes

Team MVP – Octavius Evans


*BOYS BASKETBALL*

Offensive MVP – Jaterious Evans

Defensive MVP – Kyle Parks

Team MVP – Octavius Evans


*Boys Baseball: Awards will be released at a later time*



*BOYS POWERLIFTING*

Outstanding Lifter Heavy Platform – Witt Dockens

Outstanding Lifter Light Platform – JaCarlos Hall

Team MVP – DeVincent Hoyt



*GOLF*

Boys MVP – Beau Byrnes

Girls MVP – Madison Agnew



*BOYS SOCCER*

Offensive MVP – Isidro Lopez

Defensive MVP – Brandon Almazan

Team MVP – Marcos Lopez



*BOYS TRACK*

Outstanding Thrower – LaMarcus Goodwin

Outstanding Runner – Sayoddrick Barnes

MVP – Arnol Escobedo



*GIRLS TRACK*

Outstanding Runner – Bre Hightower

Outstanding Thrower – Rachel Andrews

MVP – Zara Sloan



*TENNIS*

Boys/MVP – Adam Reeves, Alec Lucas

Girls/MVP – Julie Garcia, Malory Nehring



*CROSS COUNTRY*

Boys/MVP – Arnol Escobedo

Girls/MVP – Illiana Rojas



*GIRLS BASKETBALL*

Offensive MVP – Taylor Nichols

Defensive MVP – Tynequa McGee

Team MVP – Cheyenne Woodard



*VOLLEYBALL*

Offensive MVP – Riley Mitchell

Defensive MVP – Katesia Evans

Team MVP – Cheyenne Woodard



*GIRLS SOCCER*

Offensive MVP – Dulce Gonzalez, Mari Cruz Gonzalez

Defensive MVP – Erika Figueroa

Team MVP – Diana Espino



*SOFTBALL*

Offensive MVP – MeKayla Hubbard

Defensive MVP – Bailee Hendricks

Team MVP – Taylor Nichols



*GIRLS POWERLIFTING*

Outstanding Lifter Heavy Platform – Dee Mendoza

Outstanding Lifter Light Platform – Rylee Hudspeth

Team MVP – Rachel Andrews


*ACADEMIC ATHLETE AWARD*

Girl – Malory Nehring

Boy – Adam Reeves


*FIGHTING HEART AWARD*

Girl – Bre Hightower

Boy – Julian Jimenez & Arnol Escobedo



*LADY RIDER AWARD*

Cheyenne Woodard


*RIDER AWARD*

Armando Escobedo

DaCorey McGee


*R.E. MALONE AWARD*

GIRL – RYLEE HUDSPETH

BOY – ADAM REEVES & JOSH BURNS

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It's Friday!!! There's rain all over forecast


Today: A 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 86. South wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
Tonight: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, low around 69. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Saturday: A 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, high near 85.Southeast wind at 5 mph. 
 
Saturday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 69.
 
Sunday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 82.
 
Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 66.
 
Monday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83.
 
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 64.
 
Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of rain, high 85.
 
Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68.
 
Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85.
 
Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69.
 
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

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Local Sports Round Up 05/29/15; Riders down 0-1 in region semi-final series, Game 2 @ 1 p.m. Saturday


In sports,

 

Baseball state playoffs:

 

The Center Baseball Roughriders dug a hole early and could never recover as they lose Game 1 of their Class 4A regional semi-final series to Huffman-Hargrave, 3-1 at Lamar University in Beaumont last night.

 

The Riders are facing elimination Saturday, with Game 2 set for 1 p.m. back in Beaumont.

 

With Dalton Horton getting his first start of the playoffs, the southpaw fell behind 3-0 as the Hawks used an error, base-on-balls and four hits to get the lead.

 

Center’s only run came in the fifth, and were able to get a runner to third the following inning.

 

Game 3 would be played 30 minutes immediately after the conclusion of Game 2.

 

Center (24-4-1) vs. Huffman-Hargrave (24-4)

(Best-of-three series)

 

Game 1: Center 1, Huffman-Hargrave 3

Game 2: 1 p.m. Saturday, (May 30), Beaumont, Lamar University

Game 3: follows Game 2 if necessary

 

Center Broadcasting will have coverage of the Riders throughout the state playoffs on Q-100 KQBB as Don Wall has the call. A reminder, you can also listen to the broadcast via our website at cbc-radio.com or download the free Tune-In radio app for your I-phone or Android device and type in KQBB.

 

Meanwhile, Carthage got its sixth consecutive playoff shutout as they downed West Orange-Stark, 9-0 in Game 1 of their Class 4A regional semifinal playoff series at Driller Park in Kilgore last night.

 

The Bulldogs go for the sweep with Game 2 at McNeese State’s Cowboy Diamond in Lake Charles at 3 p.m. Saturday.

 

Carthage vs. West Orange-Stark

(Best-of-three series)

 

    Game 1: Carthage 9, West Orange-Stark 0

    Game 2: 3 p.m. Saturday (May 30), McNeese State, Lake Charles

    Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary

 

The winner of the Center/Huffman-Hargrave series will meet the Carthage/West Orange-Stark winner for the Region III Championship and a trip to the state tournament on the line.

 

CLASS 2A REGION III

Harleton vs. West Sabine

(Best-of-three series)

At Gary HS

 

    Game 1: Harleton 11, West Sabine 3

    Game 2: 6 p.m. Friday (May 29)

    Game 3: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 30), if necessary

 

 

Beckville vs. Union Grove

(Best-of-three series)

At Centenary College, Shreveport, La.

 

    Game 1: Beckville 18, Union Grove 2

    Game 2: 3 p.m. Saturday (May 30)

    Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary

 

 

Girls’ softball region final

 

CLASS 2A REGION III

 

    Harleton 12, Cayuga 0 (Harleton advances to state tourney)

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 05/28/15--05/29/15


Arrest Report

5/28/15—5/29/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Javier Gonzalez, 23, Center, Two Charges-Possession of a Controlled Substance, Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While License Suspended & Possession of Marijuana

 

Seabrenia Higginbotham, 41, San Augustine, Driving While Intoxicated-3rd of More

 

San Augustine County:

 

Dwight E. Martin, 27, Louisiana, Orange County Warrant-Not Support

 

Kinshana Cartwright, 36, Shelbyville, Assault-Family Violence Causing Bodily Injury, Interfere with Public Duties of a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest/Search or Transport

 

Rafe Pharris, 54, Broaddus, Assault & Assault Impairing Breathing

 

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

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Class of 2015 grads to receive diplomas this evening


A busy day for high school graduation in Shelby County as Center, Shelbyville, Joaquin & Timpson graduates will walk their respective stages tonight.

 

Center High grads will receive their diplomas @ 8 p.m. at Roughrider Stadium. Just in case of rain, Center ISD officials say tonight’s graduation will be moved to Roughrider Gym.

 

Shelbyville will have ceremonies at 7 p.m. in the Gym/Band Hall; Joaquin @ 8 p.m.; and Timpson @ 8 p.m. in the High School Gym.

 

Tenaha graduates received their diplomas Thursday evening.

 

Garrison High School graduation is 8 p.m. Saturday and San Augustine High School graduation is June 5 @ 8 p.m. at Wolfpack Stadium.

 

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Shelby County DU's annual Green Wing event to be held June 6


Coming up a week from tomorrow, on Saturday, June 6, the Shelby County Ducks Unlimited Chapter will have its 22nd annual Green Wing event.

 

Committeeman Clint Tanner says DU's youth group is a great way to pass along the mission of Ducks Unlimited to the next generation.

 

Tanner says there'll be prizes for all kids, as well as Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Wardens on hand to provide hunter safety tips, a gun safety demonstration from Collin Matthews, as well as the Shelby County Jr. Bass Anglers. He adds Mike Hudman with Black Water Retrievers has a dog demonstration, plus other events, including a free hot dog meal.

 

Tanner notes Green Wing began two decades ago as a way for kids to enjoy the outdoors, and has led to leadership roles of the local DU chapter.

 

The Shelby County DU Green Wing event is for all kids' up to 17 years. Registration fee is $15, and starts at 9:30 a.m. next Saturday, June 6 at Weldon Boles' property, off Hwy. 96 south, down Old City Lake Road, 245 County Road 1006 outside Center. Tanner reminds kids to bring their fishing pole.

 

For more, contact Clint Tanner at 332-4767 or Adam Reeves at 332-6420.

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Funeral Notices: 05/29/15


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces a memorial service for 64-year old John Patrick Dominy of Center, formerly of Houston. He passed away Wednesday at his residence. Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Among John Patrick Dominy's survivors is his wife, Ivy Ray Dominy of Center; daughters, Jennifer & Matt Beattie of LaPorte and Jill & Chirs Willey of Pearland; brother, Marvin Dominy of Pearland; and sisters, Cora Sue Mach of Houston and Cheri Chevalier of Hallettsville.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home of San Augustine announces service for 95-year old Mr. David Fitzgerald. He passed away Wednesday in Lufkin. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home. Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, San Augustine County, with burial at Shiloh Cemetery. He was an electronics repairman & beekeeper. Among David Fitzgerald’s survivors is his wife, Nancy Pauline Fitzgerald of San Augustine; son, Doug & Peggy Fitzgerald of San Augustine; brothers-in-law, Derrell & Sandy Bennett of San Augustine, Ferrell Bennett of Center and Weldon & Julie Bennett of Bronson.

 

Community Funeral Home of Timpson announces service for 80-year old Roy Lee Paige of Timpson. Lay-in-state will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Wallace Chapel Baptist Church in Timpson with service to follow. No wake is planned. Interment will be at Smyrna Cemetery in Timpson.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces service for 43-year old Miss Rebecca Johnson of Center. Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church in Center, with interment at Brittian Creek Cemetery in East Hamilton. Among Rebecca Johnson’s survivors is her mother, Iva Nell Johnson of Shelbyville; a very special friend, Anderson Polley, Jr. of Center; sons, Chris & Heather Johnson of Ft. Worth and DeCarl & Monique Johnson of Nacogdoches; brothers, Jarvis Johnson, Jr. of Center, Jeffery Johnson of Mexico and Andy & Takita Johnson of Shelbyville; and sisters, Stephanie Johnson of Center, Sandra Johnson of Nacogdoches and Debra Johnson of Center.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces pending service for 70-year old Henry Eaden of Tenaha.

 

Garner & Son Mortuary of San Augustine announces service for 96-year old Vera Lee Jones Bluford of San Augustine. Service will be at 1 p.m. today at Reed Chapel Baptist Church, with interment at Thompson Cemetery. Visitation will be 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. this morning at Garner & Son Chapel and from 11:50 a.m. until service at Reed Chapel.

 

Garner & Son Mortuary announces service for 43-year old Ms. Demetra Teel of Houston. Service will be at 12 noon Saturday County Line Baptist Church, with interment at County Line Cemetery. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. Saturday at Garner & Son and from 11 a.m. to service time at County Line Baptist Church. 

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Timpson Frontier Days Pony Express schedule announced


(Note: A tradition of the annual Timpson Frontier Days is delivery of invitation to neighboring towns via horseback)

 

Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce announces Pony Express information. 

Timpson Frontier Days July 2nd - 5th 2015

 

Timpson Frontier Days Pony Express schedule 

Monday June 8th 

10:30 am Mount Enterprise, Texas at City Hall

11:00 am Garrison, Texas in front of Commercial Bank 

11:45 am Joaquin, Texas City Hall

1:30 pm Center, Texas on the Court House lawn

Tuesday June 9th 

10:00 am Timpson, Texas at the gazebo in Downtown Plaza

10:30 am Tenaha, Texas at City Hall

11:00 am Gary, Texas at City Hall

11:30 am Carthage, Texas at the Country Music Hall of Fame 

 

Everyone is invited to join in at one location or all. Cowboy attire is
certainly not required but will make for good photos; and if you are so
inclined, feel free to bring a horse and be a part of the Timpson Pony
Express.

 

Hope everyone comes and joins the fun. 

 

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Texas Blueberry Festival to feature FREE "Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park" Friday night, June 12


The 2015 Texas Blueberry Festival gets an early start with a FREE Friday night concert, the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park from 5 to 10 p.m. June 12 at Banita Creek Park North.

Rex Perry Autoplex is sponsoring the family-friendly event that will feature five musical acts: The Steve Hartz Family Band, The Coursey Family Band, The Blake Brothers Bluegrass Band, Bottom Dollar String Band and Catahoula Drive.

The concert starts at 5 p.m. with local act, the Steve Hartz Family Band, with Old Time String Shop proprietor Steve Hartz, his wife Sheryl and their daughter Sidney Rose.

 

The Coursey Family Band, a three-generation band from North Texas that features a 13-year old.

Blake Brother Bluegrass Band, a high-energy bluegrass group from Shreveport, Louisiana, performs at 7 p.m.

The Bottom Dollar String Band, a contemporary bluegrass band from Austin, performs at 8 p.m.

The headliner, Cataholoua Drive, takes the stage at 9 p.m. This Pineville, La. four-piece is looking to the future of Bluegrass music while keeping true to tradition and was a finalist in the 2014 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of American Band Contest.



First Baptist Nacogdoches, Texas is partnering with the concert organizers to provide convenient and accessible parking for the event.

The concert will also feature food vendors and lots of water and organizers encourage music fans to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the wide-open spaces in the park. The event is family-friendly so no coolers or alcohol will be allowed in the park.

Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce organizers are excited about growing the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park into an annual event and are grateful for the enthusiastic partners that make the concert possible, especially the City of Nacogdoches- City Government, First Baptist Church and of course our generous sponsor, Rex Perry Autoplex.

The Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Brookshire Brothers continues Saturday with a full day of activities in downtown Nacogdoches, including a blueberry pancake breakfast, competitions and more live entertainment. For more information, visit tbf.nacogdoches.org or call 936-560-5533.

 

 

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Funeral Notice: Mr. David L. Fitzgerald


Mr. David L. Fitzgerald, age 95, of San Augustine, Texas died in Lufkin, Texas on May 27, 2015. He was born in San Augustine County on September 12, 1919, to the late William Freeman Fitzgerald and Martha Agnes (Pate) Fitzgerald.

 

Mr. Fitzgerald lived in San Augustine (the Denning Community) all his life. On December 16, 1948, he married Nancy Pauline Bennett, celebrating 66 years of marriage in 2014. He began repairing lawnmowers and then radios and televisions, turning the lawnmower business over to his son Doug. He was also a local beekeeper, supplying honey to many in the area.

 

Mr. Fitzgerald is survived by his wife, Nancy Fitzgerald of San Augustine; son and daughter-in-law,Doug and Peggy Fitzgerald of San Augustine; granddaughter, Kayla Fitzgerald of San Augustine; brothers-in-law, Derrell and wife Sandy of San Augustine, Ferrell Bennett of Center, Texas, Weldon and wife Julie Bennett of Bronson, Texas; along with numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Martha Fitzgerald; brother, Maston Fitzgerald; sisters, Artie Worry and Lucette Stotts.

 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015, 2:00 p.m. at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Belgarde officiating. Visitation will be Friday, May 29, 2015, 5 til 8 p.m., at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery, in the Denning Community.

 

Pallbearers are Ed Boring, Ben Blount, Odus Gautney III, Tommy Hogan, Chris Hogan and Charles Morton. 

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine, wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com

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Graveside Service Notice: Walter Ralph Bosman, Jr.


Walter Ralph Bosman, Jr.  59, of Humble, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston.

 

Graveside Service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday starting at 12 noon until 1:30 p.m.at Mangum Funeral Home.

 

He was born May 3, 1956 in Houston, Texas to Walter Ralph Bosman, Sr. and Maycel ImoJean (Taylor) Bosman.  He worked for Briggs Equipment in Houston for many years.

 

He is preceded in death by Mother, Maycel ImoJean Bosman, Father, Walter R. Bosman, Sr. & Brother, Gary Bosman.

 

He is survived by:

Wife:

Lynnette Stoll Bosman of Houston

Children:

Christie Behrens of Cypress

Walter R. Bosman, III & wife, Alyssa of Katy

Granddaughter:

Meagan Behrens

 

You may sign the online registry book at www.mangumfuneralhome.com

Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas

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Center ISD Trustees move forward with acquiring site on Loop 500 for new transportation facility


Within a couple of weeks the Center ISD could have a new location for the district’s transportation facility and operations center. Trustees gave approval to a proposal that would move the bus barn to a location owned by J.B. Raymond on Loop 500 between Hwy. 87 and 7 East during a special called meeting Thursday.

 

Superintendent Dr. James Hockenberry said the district looked into possible renovation of the current facility on one acre on Hwy. 87 north, but said it was more feasible to move forward with acquiring the 4.5 acre site that already has a large metal building and office.

 

Hockenberry cited economic feasibility, space and the long-term agreement Raymond had proposed.

 

Following a review of the lease agreement by counsel, Hockenberry said the district plans to move forward with moving the transportation facility as soon as possible.

 

He said the lease terms were 20-years at $5,000 monthly, plus would be rent free until Jan. 2016.

 

Hockenberry also gave the board an update on facilities’ projects focused on the Malone Drive campuses. Trustees approved moving forward with no more than $3 million in improvements two weeks ago. He said the positive outcomes fit into a much larger plan for the district.

 

Hockenberry and Deputy Superintendent Rayford Copelin advised it could be early to mid-July before renovation work would begin on the middle and intermediate school campuses, including gyms and locker rooms.

 

They both stressed no work or materials would be OKed without the consent of the board.

 

 

 

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Annual Texas Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches to feature 30+ live entertainment acts June 13


NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS -The 26th Annual Texas Blueberry Festival presented by
Brookshire Brothers will put about 30-plus live entertainment acts on several stages throughout  downtown Nacogdoches. The festival is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 13.

"The music festival within the Texas Blueberry Festival offers an eclectic mix of free entertainment including classic rock, Texas country and blues and acoustic folk guitar," said Crystal Capps, festival entertainment coordinator. "Plus, folks are able to enjoy other types of live performances such as dance, martial arts and gymnastics."

The Main Street Stage is at the east end of the festival boundaries, in the city parking lot at the Main St. and Mound St. intersection. If you wander south of downtown - down the hill - you will find the Festival Park Fredonia Rotary Stage. The Plaza Principal Stage is the stage behind the Visitor Center in the heart of the festival near the Pilar St. and Pecan St. intersection.

"Artists performing at the Texas Blueberry Festival will have CDs for sale near each stage," said Jaclyn Partin, festival entertainment coordinator. "All acts are subject to change, so check the Entertainment page of the TexasBlueberryFestival.com site for updates and more information for all festival events."

 

Find an indoor stage in the Commercial Bank of Texas lobby with Cowboy Max comedy performances at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. and Cookin' Up the Blues cooking demonstrations at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The Texas Blueberry Festival is produced by the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce.

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*Stage Schedules:*



*Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Brookshire Brothers*

Schedules as of May 28. All entertainment acts subject to change.



*Plaza Principal Stage*

(near intersection of Pilar St. and Pecan St.)

*Time Slot*

*Group*

*Genre*

8-8:30

Rhythm Rocker Cloggers

Dance

8:30-9:30

Distant Relativez

Jazz/Motown

9:30-9:40

MC

  9:40-10:40

Ally Fuller

  10:40-11

Little Miss Blueberry presentation

  11-11:45

Stacey Cohorst & Hannah Cortinas

American

11:45-12:45

Stephen Castillo

  12:45-1:45

Justin Ikpo

  1:45-2

Blueberry Winners

  2-2:05

MC

  2:05-3

Allstars

Bluegrass

3-4:00

OheMGee

Dance





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*Main Street Stage*

(East end of Main St. near Mound St.)



*Time Slot*

*Group*

*Genre*

8-9:00

Zumba

Dance

9:00-10

Kevin Woodall

Christian/Country

10-11:00

The Never Brothers

Classic Rock

11-12:00

Sam Shupak

Country

12-1:00

Michael Carubelli Band

1-2:00

Uncommon Objects

  2-3:00

Darcy

  3-4:00

McGrath Project

Blues/Rock & Roll






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*Festival Park – Fredonia Rotary Stage*

(South of downtown brick streets and Banita Creek)





*Time Slot*

*Group*

*Genre*

8-9:00

Boys & Girls Club Gymnastics

  9:00-9:30

Kate Kovar

  9:30-10:30

Jenna McDaniel

country

10:30-11:15

Martial Arts

martial arts

11:15-12:15

Brandon Pierce

Christian

12:15-1:15

Cindy Greyson

Folk

1:15-2:15

Rueben Solly

Rock

2:15-3:00

All Nighter

Acoustic

3-4:00

Martial Arts

martial arts

 

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My Five Cents...A weekly column from Sen. Robert Nichols


As I write this, we are in the last few days of the Session. Like the state, which has been affected by torrential downpours and floods, the Legislature is working to hold back a flood of bills as we try to beat the deadline. The next time you hear from me the 84th Legislative Session will have adjourned for Sine Die, meaning we have adjourned without setting a date for the next time we will meet, on June 1st.

 

Here are five things that happened this week at your Texas Capitol:

 

1.      Proposed Tax Cuts

 

Over the past few weeks, the Senate and House have worked on a tax cut agreement for the state. Recently, they reached a compromise on components of a $3.8 billion tax cut package which includes a mix of business and property tax reductions. The Senate has approved House Bill 32 which would cut the business franchise tax by 25 percent. The House approved Senate Bill 1, which would increase the state homestead exemption on school property taxes from $15,000 to $25,000. Both bills must go back to their original chambers to finalize the compromises. If approved by both chambers, Senate Bill 1 will be sent to the voters in November 2015.  

 

2.      Fireworks

 

While earning my bachelor's degree from Lamar University, I worked my way through school by setting up stands and selling fireworks. To this day I still love fireworks. I was thrilled to be asked by Rep. James White to sponsor and pass House Bill 1150 in the Senate, which would expand the times of year when fireworks may be sold to the public.

 

House Bill 1150 would authorize the commissioners court of a county to allow vendors to sell fireworks in that county on and before Texas Independence Day, San Jacinto Day and Memorial Day. This would be in addition to Cinco de Mayo, the Fourth of July and New Year's Eve. Texans will now be able to celebrate our important state holidays with a bang.

 

3.      Teacher Retirement System

 

At the beginning of this legislative session, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) estimated that its health insurance program, TRS-Care, would run out of money during the 2016 fiscal year with a $768 million shortfall by 2017. To prevent TRS from having to raise the premiums of more than 230,000 retirees or cutting their benefits to cover this shortfall, the Legislature has allocated funding within the state's supplemental budget to ensure that neither of those things happen.

 

To better safeguard the program, the Senate has approved House Bill 2974, by Senator Huffman, which would create a joint interim committee made up of members from the House and Senate to develop a strategy for the two healthcare plans, TRS-Care and TRS-ActiveCare, which are administered by TRS.  The committee will examine the financial soundness of both plans, the cost and affordability for eligible persons and access to physicians and health care providers.  

 

4.      Remember the Alamo

 

Almost nothing is more symbolic to Texas than the Alamo. It stands as a reminder of the famous Texas Revolution battle where 180 defenders died and the famous battle cry "Remember the Alamo'. From its thousands of visitors each year to numerous movies honoring its history, the Alamo is a Texas treasure. 

 

A few months ago, a study was released showing the west side of the Alamo had lost nearly three inches of limestone over a 55-year period. Because of these needed repairs and the lack of a location for the collection of Texas memorabilia donated by Phil Collins last year, the Legislature has appropriated approximately $25 million to preserve and restore the landmark. With this funding, the Alamo will continue to stand for generations to come.   

 

5.      Celebrating 'The Duke'  

 

This week, in honor of his 108th birthday, I had the privilege of sponsoring a Senate Resolution designating May 26, 2015 as John Wayne Day in Texas and, for the first time, the legendary actor was named an Honorary Texan. I also welcomed his children Ethan, Patrick and Marisa Wayne, as well as his granddaughters Carmela Wayne and Anita Swift to the Senate floor.

 

John Wayne was the star of many famous movies such as True Grit, Big Jake, McClintock and The Green Berets. He personified the classical cowboy by combining someone who was rough-edged, yet generous and endured courage. Through his acting, he remains a cultural icon and his films continue to appeal to new generations.

 

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Timpson's Frontier Days' celebration set for July 2-4


The Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce their upcoming
2015 Frontier Days event July 2-4.

 

We're excited because this year has brought forth the largest listing of planned events, possibly in the history of Frontier Days. Our three day event kicks off with the Gospel Singing on Thursday evening and ends with the Community Wide Church Service on Sunday evening. 

This year, Frontier Days has carnival rides, midway, arts and crafts and food booths available for all three days. Musical entertainment starts Friday evening with performances by the talented Curtis Daniel and Dale Cummings. 

Saturday's events include the Frontier Days Parade, Pet Show, Car Show and Gunfight re-enactments throughout the afternoon. An entertaining clown will be out and about, who can make any balloon animal your child could possibly ask for, and perform magic shows. Saturday evening's main entertainment will start off with Curtis Daniel singing country music that you can "scoot your boots to" on the downtown streets, right after the twirlers and cheerleaders
perform. 

Then, position yourself, there on the street, and get ready to watch a laser light show that rivals larger towns like Houston and Dallas. And of course, you will not want to miss the largest Cake Auction in Texas, held just before the Laser Light Show on Saturday. This year, we will finish up the evening, by kicking off the largest street dance ever, with music by the Charlie Robinson Band. 

Entertainment is free, with the exception of carnival rides, the food booths and what you may spend in the Arts and Crafts section. You can help us pay for this year's Frontier Days events, by bidding on and purchasing a cake, during our cake auction or helping with a donation or a sponsorship.

 

For more information and exact times on Frontier Days events, stay tuned to your local radio stations and watch your local newspaper listings. Posters will also be prominently displayed in businesses around town. 

Hope everyone comes and joins the fun. 

 

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Tenaha Tiger Daily 05/28/15


May 28, 2015-Early Release 11:30 am; End of 6th Grading Period; Graduation;
Project Graduation

May 29, 2015-Teacher In-Service/Student Holiday

 

Community

 

Tenaha Youth Center

Open Saturday's 5-9 pm for Grades 7-12

Open Tuesday's 5-5:30 for grades K-3 Summer Reading Program.

 

Notice:

The Tenaha ISD is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. 

Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for
all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or
disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal
service. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:  

Tenaha ISD Cafeteria

138 College Street

Tenaha TX 75661

June 1st, 2015-June 30th, 2015

Monday thru Thursday Starting June 2nd, 2015

Breakfast- 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Lunch- 11:30a.m.-12:30p.m.


 

 

 

 

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Weather Update @ 10:45 a.m.


The good news is that the jet stream has moved more to the north so we will begin our Summer like pattern of widely scattered and isolated T-storms mainly in the late afternoon and evening hours. 

Our highs will return to more normal temperatures...upper 80's and 90's.


The Red River watershed is near record flooding at the 36 foot level. Major flooding is a concern as the crest will not take place before next week and any additional rain will only compound the issue and cause more major flooding downstream from the Texoma lake area where the spillways have been opened to reduce the lake level.


This should be our view for the next day or so with lots of sun today and tomorrow before the clouds return. By Sunday evening, we could see more than an inch of additional rain.  
 Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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First Responders Appreciation Lunch slated for June 5


Center Independent School District and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will hold an Appreciation Lunch for First Responders throughout Shelby County on Friday, June 5 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the John D. Windham Civic Center.

 

Public servants and peace officers carry a responsibility for maintaining order, enforcing the law and protecting the lives and property of our citizens.   Often, service involves personal sacrifices and even personal danger.  The appreciation lunch recognizes the contribution law enforcement makes to the community.

 

Sponsoring the event are Specter, Inc., Portacool and McAdams Propane.

 

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Memorial Service: John Patrick Dominy


John Patrick Dominy, 64, of Center, formerly of Houston, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at his residence.

 

Memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. 

 

Mr. Dominy was born November 8, 1950 in Houston to Marvin Dominy and Margaret Powers Dominy.  He served in the United States National Guard and was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Houston.  Mr. Dominy was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan.

 

He is survived by

Wife: Ivy Ray Dominy of Center

 

Daughters:

Jennifer Beattie and husband, Matt, of LaPorte

Jill Willey and husband, Chris, of Pearland

 

Grandchildren:

Nathan

Brianna

Noah

 

Brother: Marvin Dominy of Pearland

 

Sisters:

Cora Sue Mach of Houston

Cheri Chevalier of Hallettsville

 

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

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Weather Update @ 8:30 a.m.


How about yesterday's weather...nice change huh?  Looks like we may get another repeat today with less sun and a few more clouds...still just as humid once the fog burns off. 
I will give a more detailed forecast once I have the "Big boys" information from the NWS session at 10 today.  Until then...this is what I see for the weather through the weekend and into next week.   
   - mix of clouds and sunshine today and on Friday until about 4pm when our chances for rain are back.....thru Saturday and Sunday.
   - Next week still some chances for those Widely scattered and not so general coverage popup afternoon t-storms we always get during the Summer.
   - The el Nino effect is still in place and will keep the Pacific and Gulf moisture flowing our way.  Still lots of LOWS making their way toward us from the far North Regions of COLD.
 Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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Daytime warming to ignite afternoon shower, thunderstorm chances


Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 85. South wind around 5 mph this afternoon.
 
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, low around 71. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
 
Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, high near 84. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, low around 68. 
 
Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 84.
 
Saturday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 68.
 
Sunday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 82.
 
Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 65.
 
Monday: A 40 percent chance of rain, high near 85.
 
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 66.
 
Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 86.
 
Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a low around 69.
 
Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.
 

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Local Sports Round Up 05/28/15; Rider Baseball opens region semi-final series vs. Huffman-Hargrave in Beaumont tonight


In sports,

 

Baseball state playoffs:

 

The Center Roughriders will play the #2 state-ranked Huffman-Hargrave Hawks in a best-of-three Class 4A regional semi-final series at Lamar University in Beaumont beginning tonight. Game 1 of the series starts with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch, with Game 2 at 1 PM Saturday. If needed, Game 3 will be played 30 minutes immediately after the conclusion of Game 2.

 

Center (24-3-1) vs. Huffman-Hargrave (23-4)

(Best-of-three series)

 

Game 1: 6:30 p.m. Thursday (May 28), Beaumont, Lamar University

Game 2: 1 p.m. Saturday, (May 30), Beaumont, Lamar University

Game 3: follows Game 2 if necessary

 

Center Broadcasting will have coverage of the Riders throughout the state playoffs on Q-100 KQBB as Don Wall has the call. A reminder, you can also listen to the broadcast via our website at cbc-radio.com or download the free Tune-In radio app for your I-phone or Android device and type in KQBB.

 

Carthage also advances to the region semi-final round. The Bulldogs will play West Orange-Stark in a best-of-three series this week.

 

Carthage vs. West Orange-Stark

(Best-of-three series)

 

    Game 1: 8 p.m. Thursday (May 28), Kilgore’s Driller Park

    Game 2: 3 p.m. Saturday (May 30), McNeese State, Lake Charles, La.

    Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary

 

The winner of the Center/Huffman-Hargrave series will meet the Carthage/West Orange-Stark winner for the Region III Championship and a trip to the state tournament on the line.

 

CLASS 2A REGION III

Harleton vs. West Sabine

(Best-of-three series)

At Gary HS

 

    Game 1: 6 p.m. Thursday (May 28)

    Game 2: 6 p.m. Friday (May 29)

    Game 3: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 30), if necessary

 

 

Beckville vs. Union Grove

(Best-of-three series)

At Centenary College, Shreveport, La.

 

    Game 1: 3 p.m. Thursday (May 28)

    Game 2: 3 p.m. Saturday (May 30)

    Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary

 

Center Lady Rider Softball all-district

 

Receiving All-District Softball honors include Center Varsity

Softball players:

 

1st Team Catcher- Bailee Hendricks

1st Team Outfield- Lajada Hicks

1st Team Designated Player- Karson Milford

 

2nd Team Pitcher-Mekayla Hubbard

2nd Team Outfield- Chasity Ellington

 

Honorable Mention:

Rachel Andrews

Macy Mayo

Tionna (Tee-ah-na) Eberlan

Taylor Nichols

 

Academic All District:

Lajada Hicks

Madelyn Eaves

Taylor Nichols

 

Joaquin 12U all stars grab district title, headed to state

 

The 12U Joaquin Lady Ram All Star Team is headed to the state tournament in Lufkin June 12-14 after winning the district tournament in Nacogdoches going undefeated last weekend. The Lady Rams played five games Saturday and defeated Hudson, 7-4 in the championship game Sunday.

 

DU Greenwing event:

The Shelby County Ducks’ Unlimited annual Green Wing event will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 6, at Weldon Boles’ property off Old City Lake Road, 245 County Road 1006 outside Center. Clint Tanner said there will be prizes for all kids, along with Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Wardens providing hunter safety, Shelby County Jr. Bass Anglers, Collin Matthews with a gun safety demo, Mike Hudman with Black Water Retrievers with a dog demo and kids enjoy a free hot dog meal. All kids’ ages up to 17 are invited to attend. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. By the way, kids, bring your fishing pole. For more information call Clint Tanner at 936-332-4767 or Adam Reeves at 936-332-6420.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 05/27/15--05/28/15


Arrest Report

5/27/15—5/28/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Joe Allen Cooks, 38, Tenaha, Assault on a Public Servant

 

Frankie Eugene Baker, 48, Timpson, Warrant-Failure to Appear, Original Charge: Motion for Enforcement (child support), No Driver’s License, Expired Registration & Violate Promise to Appear.

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

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

 

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Center ISD Trustees to open bids on proposed new transportation facility location at noon today


The Center ISD is interested in pursuing the move of the district's transportation facility and operations center and will be opening sealed bids on the possible lease of a different facility at a special called meeting at noon today.

 

Superintendent Dr. James Hockenberry was authorized by the board earlier this month to solicit proposals to relocate the current bus bar that's adjacent to Timpson Hwy.

 

Hockenberry said Center ISD discussed another location for the transportation facility over a year ago and decided not to accept a proposal at that time.

 

Also today, trustees are expected to act on immediate implantation of Senate Bill 149, which Hockenberry said was recently enacted by the Texas Legislature. He said under certain conditions a student who has not passed End of Course examinations may graduate. This new law was signed by Gov. Abbott and is retroactive for the 2015 graduating class. He added to be fully compliant with the law school districts need to adopt a resolution suspending certain policies for this school year.

 

Hockenberry is to also give the school board an update on facilities projects that were given the green light a couple of weeks ago.

 

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Sabine County woman dies when tree falls on home during Wednesday morning storms


The line of thunderstorms that barreled through the area early Wednesday morning has resulted in the death of an elderly Sabine County woman.

 

The Sabine County Sheriff’s Office says 87-year old Stella Parrish of Hemphill was killed when a tree fell on her home.

 

Sheriff Tom Maddox says investigators suspect that the saturated ground and windy conditions were responsible in the tree falling on the home.

 

TxDOT is also reporting a number of Sabine County roadways were also closed yesterday while crews worked to remove trees. Those roads included Highways 103 & 184, FM 2024, FM 83, FM 1592 and FM 944.

 

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DETCOG Membership Meeting and Award Luncheon to be held in Lufkin today


The Ralph W. Steen East Texan of the Year Award will be presented during the 46th Annual Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) Membership Meeting and awards luncheon to be held today, Thursday, May 28 at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center in Lufkin.

 

The Steen award was named after past president of Stephen F. Austin State University, Dr. Ralph W. Steen.  It honors an individual who has played a major role in leadership and service to the twelve county DETCOG Region.

 

Two sets of scholarships also will be presented.  The Stewart and Malone Memorial Scholarships are presented to students from the region’s high schools. The DETCOG Employee Memorial Scholarships are funded by contributions from DETCOG employees and are awarded to the children or grandchildren of DETCOG employees.

 

The public is invited.

 

The morning sessions are free and open to the public. Luncheon tickets can be purchased at the door. 

 

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Area graduates to receive diplomas starting with Tenaha tonight


All Shelby County high school will have senior graduation ceremonies this week.

 

Tenaha’s Commencement is at 7 p.m. tonight in the Special Events Center.

 

On Friday, Center, Shelbyville, Joaquin & Timpson graduates will walk the stage.

 

Center High grads will receive their diplomas @ 8 p.m. at Roughrider Stadium; Shelbyville at 7 p.m. in the Gym/Band Hall; Joaquin @ 8 p.m.; and Timpson @ 8 p.m. in the High School Gym.

 

Garrison High School graduation is 8 p.m. Saturday and San Augustine High School graduation is June 5 @ 8 p.m. at Wolfpack Stadium.

 

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Blood drive scheduled for Shelby County courthouse today


There will be a blood drive today in Center as the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and Shelby County Courthouse will host the event from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the active courthouse parking lot.

 

County Treasurer Ann Blackwell is coordinating the event and tells us that blood center personnel are saying because of weather issues across the region the collection of blood donations are down.

 

She says she was told that a lot of usual blood drives had to be cancelled, therefore limiting supplies that are needed for area hospitals. Ms. Blackwell said this would be a great opportunity to help those that are in need with all's that's going on.

 

Ms. Blackwell says today's blood drive is a tee-shirt drive with military colored shirts. If you'd like to set up a time to donate, contact her at 936-598-3581.

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Blood drive scheduled for Shelby County courthouse today


There will be a blood drive today in Center as the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and Shelby County Courthouse will host the event from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the active courthouse parking lot.

 

County Treasurer Ann Blackwell is coordinating the event and tells us that blood center personnel are saying because of weather issues across the region the collection of blood donations are down.

 

She says she was told that a lot of usual blood drives had to be cancelled, therefore limiting supplies that are needed for area hospitals. Ms. Blackwell said this would be a great opportunity to help those that are in need with all's that's going on.

 

Ms. Blackwell says today's blood drive is a tee-shirt drive with military colored shirts. If you'd like to set up a time to donate, contact her at 936-598-3581.

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62nd Shelby County Sheriff's Posse Pro Rodeo set for June 5 & 6


It’s rodeo time and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Posse invites you to their 62nd annual Pro rodeo at 8pm, June 5th and 6th at the Shelby County Expo Center.

 

Get ready to rodeo in Shelby County with some of the top rodeo cowboys in the business riding the tough stock of Klein Brother’s Rodeo Company.

 

The 62nd annual Shelby County Sheriff’s Posse Pro rodeo is sponsored by The Shelby County Sheriff’s Posse, Wright Chrysler Dodge Ram and Klein Brothers Rodeo.

 

Admission for children and adults is $5 and five and under get in free. Presale tickets are available at Wright Chrysler Dodge Ram, Boles Feed, Triple J Feed.

 

Enjoy entertainment by Shelby County’s own drill teams, including the East Texas Rustlers, East Texas Young Guns, East Texas Roughriders Youth, and the East Texas Roughriders.

 

Come hungry and enjoy the concessions by Providence Missionary Baptist Church in support of their Belize mission trip. 

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Funeral Notices: 05/28/15


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces pending service for 64-year old John Dominey of Center, formerly of Houston. He passed away Wednesday at his residence.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces a graveside service for 80-year old Thomas Carroll Stack of Center. He passed away Wednesday in Nacogdoches. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. He retired from the US Army. Among Thomas Carroll Stack’s survivors is a sister, Judy & Fred Hughes of Lufkin.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home of San Augustine announces pending service for 95-year old Mr. David Fitzgerald. He passed away Wednesday in Lufkin.

 

Community Funeral Home of Timpson announces service for 80-year old Roy Lee Paige of Timpson. He passed away last Friday in Shreveport. Lay-in-state will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Wallace Chapel Baptist Church in Timpson with service to follow. No wake is planned. Interment will be at Smyrna Cemetery in Timpson. Among Roy Lee Paige’s survivors is a daughter, Brandi Paige & Thomas May of New Orleans; a son, Ronnie L. Paige of California; and sister, Willie Lee Paige of Timpson.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces service for 43-year old Miss Rebecca Johnson of Center. She passed away last Sunday at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church in Center, with interment at Brittian Creek Cemetery in East Hamilton. Among Rebecca Johnson’s survivors is her mother, Iva Nell Johnson of Shelbyville; a very special friend, Anderson Polley, Jr. of Center; sons, Chris & Heather Johnson of Ft. Worth and DeCarl & Monique Johnson of Nacogdoches; brothers, Jarvis Johnson, Jr. of Center, Jeffery Johnson of Mexico and Andy & Takita Johnson of Shelbyville; and sisters, Stephanie Johnson of Center, Sandra Johnson of Nacogdoches and Debra Johnson of Center.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces pending service for 70-year old Henry Eaden of Tenaha.

 

Garner & Son Mortuary of San Augustine announces service for 96-year old Vera Lee Jones Bluford of San Augustine. Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Reed Chapel Baptist Church, with interment at Thompson Cemetery. Visitation will be 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday at Garner & Son Chapel and from 11:50 a.m. until service at Reed Chapel.

 

Garner & Son Mortuary announces service for 43-year old Ms. Demetra Teel of Houston. Service will be at 12 noon Saturday County Line Baptist Church, with interment at County Line Cemetery. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. Saturday at Garner & Son and from 11 a.m. to service time at County Line Baptist Church. 

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Boil Water Notice still in effect by City of Huxley


Center Broadcasting received a notification in error Wednesday that the City of Huxley had rescinded the Boil Water Notice that was issued Tuesday for Possum Trot, Oakdale and New Harmony. There is still a Boil Water Notice for those areas of the City of Huxley water system. When it is no longer necessary to boil water prior to consumption, the City of Huxley will notify.

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Pending Funeral Notice: John Dominey


John Dominey, 64, of Center, formerly of Houston, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at his residence.

Funeral services are pending at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

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Center Broadcasting continues broadcast of Roughrider Baseball through state playoffs


Tune into KQBB 100.5 or via the internet at cbc-radio.com to hear the live broadcast of Rider Baseball. Center Broadcasting Company can be heard anywhere when you can download the free Tune-In Radio App for your Android or iPhone.

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Pending Funeral Notice: David Fitzgerald


Services are pending for Mr. David Fitzgerald, age 95, who passed away
May 27, 2015, in Lufkin, Texas.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home of San Augustine in charge of arrangements.

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Texas Crop & Livestock Weather 05/27/15


East: Heavy rains continued to saturate pastures, hayfields and farmlands across the region. Most counties had surplus subsoil and topsoil moisture. Rainfall amounts were from 3 to 8 inches. Lakes, ponds and rivers continued to overflow. From Jan. 1 through the last week of May, Houston County had received 54 inches of rain and has been declared a disaster area. Crop ground has standing water, and the crops are drowning. In Cherokee County, rising creeks and rivers flooded most bottomland. Throughout the region, producers were unable to harvest cool-season grasses or fertilize the first cutting of warm-season grasses due to the wet, muddy conditions. Cattle were in good shape, but horn fly counts were tremendously high.

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Graveside Service Notice: Thomas Carroll Stack


Thomas Carroll Stack, 80, of Center, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

 

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.

 

Mr. Stack was born October 1, 1934 in Center to Thomas Carroll Stack Sr. and Thelma Pearl Reaves Stack.  He retired from the United States Army.

 

He is survived by

Sister: Judy Hughes and husband, Fred, of Lufkin

 

Favorite Companion: Bandit

 

Lots of wonderful friends, especially:

Mike & Julie Wulf

Doyle & Billie Luman

Yogi

 

Preceded in death by

Parents: Thomas Carroll Stack Sr. and Thelma Pearl Reaves Stack

 

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

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Know the proper flag etiquette


With busy day-today life you might miss an opportunity to fly your US Flag either a full or half-staff.   Shelby County Memorial VFW Post 8904 and the Ladies Auxiliary want to help make sure you never miss a flag holiday or half-staff occasion ever.

If you would like to sign up for our email notification service to receive alerts right to your inbox about a week before contact Post Quartermaster Larry Hume at chief@chiefimaging.com <mailto:chief@chiefimaging.com>  or
call 598-2976.

Except for federal agencies there is no law or flag police who can make you lower your flag, keep in in good repair, etc., but we hope as fellow Americans everyone will want to show their pride of country and respect. Together Shelby County, Texas can be the proudest place in America.  

 

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Blood donations down due to heavy rains, drive at Shelby County Courthouse very important Thursday


There will be a blood drive Thursday in Center as the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and Shelby County Courthouse will host the event from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the active courthouse parking lot.
 
County Treasurer Ann Blackwell is coordinating the event and tells us that blood center personnel are saying because of weather issues across the region the collection of blood donations are down.
 
She was told that a lot of usual blood drives had to be cancelled, therefore limiting supplies that are needed for area hospitals. Ms. Blackwell said this would be a great opportunity to help those that are in need with all's that's going on.
 
Ms. Blackwell says Thurday's blood drive is a tee-shirt drive with military colored shirts. If you'd like to set up a time to donate, contact her at 936-598-3581.

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Joaquin Lady Rams All Stars


The 12U Joaquin Lady Ram All Star Team competed at the District Tournament in Nacogdoches, Texas on May 23rd and 24th.  Due to weather, the team played 5 games on Saturday with the last game carrying over into Sunday morning.  The Lady Rams went undefeated in all five of those games which placed them playing in the District Championship game on Sunday at 11:30 am.  The Lady Rams faced the Hudson Hornets in the Championship Game, having already defeated them once during the tournament, were able to defeat them again in the final game.  The Lady Rams won the championship game 7-4 earning the title Undefeated 12U District Champions.  Congratulations ladies on digging deep, playing your hearts out and never giving up! 

The Lady Rams will compete in the State Tournament on June 12-14 in Lufkin Texas.  Good Luck! ALL IN!

Image attached: Front row left to right: JJ Bass, Kennedy Stanley, Kaylie Brooks, Kaylea Neal Back row left to right – Victoria Byrd, Kaylee Oliver, Ebbie Kate McCann, Maddisyn Cheatwood, Emma Martin, Camryn Runnels.

Coaches: Jason Stanley and Johnathan Neal

 

 

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Center ISD Special Services Receives Donation


This April, Gina Estes and Deborah Chadwick hosted a Stella and Dot fundraiser to support Center ISD Special Services.  This fundraiser was in coordination with the April Autism Awareness Campaign, with which Stella and Dot is proud to be associated.  Their donation will assist our students with autism, with resources and special activities during the summer Behavior Academy as well as during the upcoming school year. Our many thanks to Deborah Chadwick and Gina Estes for their time, effort, and monetary donations.
 
​Pictured from L to R: Cassie Kay, ​Gina Estes, Scotty Riggans, Teresa Britt, and Mickey Wulf
 
~​Submitted by Cassie Kay​

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CHS Varsity Softball All-District Selections


2015 All-District Softball Selections have been announced. Center Varsity Softball honors are as follows:
 
1st Team Catcher- Bailee Hendricks
1st Team Outfield- Lajada Hicks
1st Team Designated Player- Karson Milford
 
2nd Team Pitcher-Mekayla Hubbard
2nd Team Outfield- Chasity Ellington
 
Honorable Mention:
Rachel Andrews
Macy Mayo
Tionna Eberlan
Taylor Nichols
 
Academic All District:
Lajada Hicks
Madelyn Eaves
Taylor Nichols

 

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CHS Floral Design Students Receive Certification


At Center High School, students are able to take Floral Design as their Art credit if in the Agricultural pathway. Students learn many valuable, employable skills while in the class. During the year they are exposed to real-world work environments and are expected to display these characteristics. The Floral Design students would like to thank Hughes Florist for allowing us to help out during the Valentine's rush this year! The experience was amazing and the students learned so much!
 
After learning all techniques needed, students are given the opportunity to test for their Texas State Floral Association Level 1 Floral Certifications. This year, 12 students traveled to College Station to gain their Level 1 Floral Certifications. Students are required to pass (with a 75 or above) a written test of 100 questions, and based on grading criteria- properly create a boutonniere and symmetrical triangular floral arrangement.
 
This year students had a 100% PASSING RATE! We would like to congratulate these students for their hard work!
Jennifer Alvarado
Estefania Echeverria
Abbey Eddins
Noemi Guerrero
Lorena Huichapa
Macy Mayo
Riley Mitchell
Mayra Morales
Joana Morales
Morgan Ray
Joanna Waller
Andres Leon- not pictured
 
 
​~Submitted by Jessica Shadix, CHS Floral Design Instructor

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Weather Update @ 7:30 a.m.


Good news, if there is any. We will see sunshine between our storms...however...with the heating from the sun will come more of these storms firing up ahead of the dry lines separating the dry air and moist warm areas.  

 

Each day thru the rest of this week and through the weekend, the storms are expected to re-fire by each afternoon and evening. Looking at the graphic below you can see the sun in the valleys between the rain events anticipated thru the week end.  Lesser amounts of severe weather and heavy rain, but hail, strong winds, and rain are expected.


The best news is the forecast for rain for next week is greatly reduced.


This morning we put another 1.22 inches of rain in the bucket for a May total so far of 8.73 inches.  That is just 2.57 inches from 1975's highest rain total for the month of May for San Augustine of 11.30 inches....and....we have 4 days left in the month with more rain being forecast.  

 

Some of our Far Southern and Northern parts SA Couty have received higher totals. 
 

Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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Another round of thunderstorms brings hefty rain Wednesday morning


According to Center's official weather observer Jim Forbes, 1.85 inches of rain fell in Center early Wednesday morning. Forbes says that brings the monthly total to 9.34 inches, and year-to-date, 39.67 inches. The yearly average is 53 inches of rain in Center.

 

Report from Tom Johnson, San Augustine:

 

This latest 1.12 inches of rain this morning has not helped the flooding on the Ayish Bayou here in San Augustine nor the Attoyac Bayou in Cherino. The NWS has issued a flood advisory for these until late Thursday.


North Houston is currently experiencing heavy storms and rain.  The woodlands and Magnolia have already put another 2.53 inches on rain on top of a already desperate situation and flood waters are continuing to rise. These storms took a different track last night and this morning. They were not expected to move South and East from the Dallas area nor be as intense as they became this morning. 


Will we get more...NWS thinks we will by 3-4 pm today with the dry lines and another cold front moving our way. 

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Nacogdoches doctor sentenced for DWI


The Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel is reporting a Nacogdoches physician was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 days in jail followed by two years probation after a Driving While Intoxicated charge last year.

 

Dr. Kelley Moon was also ordered to perform 80 hours of community service and to pay a $4,000 fine. Her driver's license was suspended for 90 days, and an ignitioninterlock device must be placed on any vehicle she operates.

 

The article also said the 44-year old Moon, must consume no alcohol, use a portable breath monitor four times a day and submit to 'any sobriety tests requested by law enforcement.'

 

A jury convicted Moon on May 15 of driving while intoxicated. She was arrested in March 2014 after she reportedly crashed her vehicle into Austin Arms Apartments on Douglass Road.

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Continued rain chances, sun also possible


Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 87. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Tonight: A 40 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, low around 71. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
 
Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, Partly sunny, high near 86. 
 
Thursday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 71.
 
Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, Mostly cloudy, high near 85. 
 
Friday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 70.
 
Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, high near 85.
 
Saturday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 69.
 
Sunday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 85.
 
Sunday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 69.
 
Monday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 85.
 
Monday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 68.
 
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 86.

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Local Sports Round Up 05/27/15; Rider, Lady Rider athletes honored at 'Banquet of Champions'


In sports,

 

Center Athletic Banquet:

 

The Center Athletic Banquet, “Banquet of Champions” was held last night at the Windham Civic Center. Here are the major award winners:

 

High GPA…

Girl…Malory Nehring

Boy…Adam Reeves

 

Fighting Heart

Girls…Bri Hightower & Zarah Sloan

Boys…Julian Jiménez & Arnol Escobedo

 

Rider of the Year

Girl…Cheyenne Woodard

Boy…Arnol Escobedo & Decory McGee

 

R. E. Malone Award

Girl….Rylee Hudspeth

Boy…Adam Reeves & Josh Burns

 

Baseball state playoffs:

 

The Center Roughriders will play the Huffman-Hargrave Hawks in a best-of-three Class 4A regional semi-final series at Lamar University in Beaumont beginning tomorrow evening. Game 1 of the series will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, with Game 2 at 1 PM Saturday. If needed, Game 3 will be played 30 minutes immediately after the conclusion of Game 2. The Riders (24-3-1) have won 13 in-a-row, while Huffman is 23-4 on the season, going 12-0 in Dist. 23-4A to take the championship. The Hawks defeated Hardin-Jefferson, 5-0 in bi-district; won two-of-three in area over Caldwell, (9-3 & 7-0) and had the 3-2, 8-inning win over Bridge City last week in the region quarterfinals.

 

Center (24-3-1) vs. Huffman-Hargrave (23-4)

(Best-of-three series)

 

Game 1: 6:30 p.m. Thursday (May 28), Beaumont, Lamar University

Game 2: 1 p.m. Saturday, (May 30), Beaumont, Lamar University

Game 3: follows Game 2 if necessary

 

Center Broadcasting will have coverage of the Riders throughout the state playoffs on Q-100 KQBB as Don Wall has the call. A reminder, you can also listen to the broadcast via our website at cbc-radio.com or download the free Tune-In radio app for your I-phone or Android device and type in KQBB.

 

Carthage also advances to the region semi-final round. The Bulldogs will play West Orange-Stark in a best-of-three series this week.

 

Carthage vs. West Orange-Stark

(Best-of-three series)

 

    Game 1: 8 p.m. Thursday (May 28), Kilgore’s Driller Park

    Game 2: 3 p.m. Saturday (May 30), McNeese State, Lake Charles, La.

    Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary

 

 

CLASS 2A REGION III

Harleton vs. West Sabine

(Best-of-three series)

At Gary HS

 

    Game 1: 6 p.m. Thursday (May 28)

    Game 2: 6 p.m. Friday (May 29)

    Game 3: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 30), if necessary

 

 

Beckville vs. Union Grove

(Best-of-three series)

At Centenary College, Shreveport, La.

 

    Game 1: 3 p.m. Thursday (May 28)

    Game 2: 3 p.m. Saturday (May 30)

    Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary

 

 

DU Greenwing event:

The Shelby County Ducks’ Unlimited annual Green Wing event will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 6, at Weldon Boles’ property off Old City Lake Road, 245 County Road 1006 outside Center. Clint Tanner said there will be prizes for all kids, along with Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Wardens providing hunter safety, Shelby County Jr. Bass Anglers, Collin Matthews with a gun safety demo, Mike Hudman with Black Water Retrievers with a dog demo and kids enjoy a free hot dog meal. All kids’ ages up to 17 are invited to attend. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. By the way, kids, bring your fishing pole. For more information call Clint Tanner at 936-332-4767 or Adam Reeves at 936-332-6420.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 05/26/15--05/27/15


Arrest Report

5/26/15—5/27/15

Shelby County:

 

Dakota Wade Barr, 18, Timpson, Warrant-Terroristic Threat

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

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

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Shelby County Commissioners move forward with hiring of assistant DA, stress importance of County Road Use Permits


In an effort to help push more criminal cases through the system the Shelby County Commissioners Court agreed to name Center attorney Stephen Shires as the assistant district attorney at their meeting Monday.

 

County Judge Allison Harbison said DA Kenneth Florence made some cuts to his budget to allow for the new hire.

 

Among those budget cuts were eliminating the DA investigator's position, and some $10,000 in car allowance.

 

Shires has assisted Florence before as a special prosecutor. He'll be a contract employee receiving a flat monthly salary totaling $60,000 a year, and is asking for no benefits.

 

Shires announced to the court that he would be seeking the DA's position in the next election and that Florence has chosen to run.

 

In another item of business commissioners believe the county needs to resume a County Road Use Permit system, due primarily to the amount of commercial trucks that are utilizing the roads and making it tough for residents to safely use.

 

County Commissioner Pct. 3 Travis Rodgers says his phone stays busy with citizen complaints, especially as the above average rain received.

 

He added using the permit system would let commissioners know what trucks are using the roads and make sure they are held liable for repairs. The county has also said they'll be posting the free permit application on its website, soon.

 

The old county jail on the Center Square could be housing county offices again. Judge Harbison said Jennings Place had sold out and the new owner was occupying the facility without a contract at $500 a month. She said getting the probation department out of the aging hospital on Hurst Street should be a priority, or possibly another county office to use the space.

 

Commissioners moved forward with sending the current occupant a letter requesting they vacate the building in 60 to 90 days.

 

Shelby County Commissioners also voted to:

 

*Approve Farmers State Bank as the county depository.

 

*Designate May as Elder Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.

 

The Shelby County Commissioners' Court designated May as Elder Abuse Prevention Awareness Month during their meeting Monday. Pictured (left) County Clerk Jennifer Fountain, Tracey Belin, supevisor for Adult Protective Services, County Commissioner Pct. 2 Jimmy Lout, County Judge Allison Harbison, County Commissioner Pct. 3 Travis Rodgers, County Commissioner Pct. 1 Roscoe McSwain and Mason Hendry of Adult Protective Services. Not pictured, County Commissioner Pct. 4 Bradley Allen.

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San Augustine County gets "thumbs-up" on jail re-inspection


The San Augustine County Jail facility received a good report after a re-inspection of the facility recently.

 

County Judge’s Administrative Assistant Sandy Jenkins tells us during a previous inspection this year the state jail inspector found issue as there was not an adequate firewall. She said after construction was done to correct the problem, the re-inspection got the thumbs up.

 

Ms. Jenkins says that Robert Cartwright has volunteered to help San Augustine as Emergency Management Coordinator. She noted he’s a retired sheriff’s deputy and has very ample training to assist with those matters.

 

Meanwhile, the sheriff’s department will be able to purchase a new vehicle from unexpected carry-over funds.

 

San Augustine County Commissioners voted no to a commercial business using the pavilion on the courthouse square feeling it would take away from downtown businesses.

 

Commissioner Pct. 3 Joey Holloway was selected again to be Judge Pro Tem.

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City of Center Economic Development Corp. Board to meet at noon today


The City of Center Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors will meet at 12 noon today.

 

Among the agenda items will be to approve contract with Murray Mathews for participation of 22 acre sites in the documented sites program and approve engineering contract with KSA Engineers for professional services work in the documented sites program.

 

In executive session, the board will discuss potential assistance package for Project Restoration.

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Funeral Notices: 05/27/15


Obits:

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces service for 73-year old Mrs. Maurine Bailey of Center. Service will be at 1 p.m. today at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, with interment at Westview Cemetery in Center.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces pending service for 43-year old Miss Rebecca Johnson of Center.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces pending service for 70-year old Henry Eaden of Tenaha.

 

Community Funeral Home of Timpson announces pending service for 80-year old Roy Lee Paige of Timpson.

 

Garner & Son Mortuary of San Augustine announces service for 96-year old Vera Lee Jones Bluford of San Augustine. She passed away May 19 at her residence. Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Reed Chapel Baptist Church, with interment at Thompson Cemetery. Visitation will be 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday at Garner & Son Chapel and from 11:50 a.m. until service at Reed Chapel. Among Vera Lee Jones Bluford’s survivor are sons, RC & Gloria Bluford of Beaumont, Acey & Margorie Bluford, Jr. of Houston and Dennis Bluford of San Augustine; daughters, Exie Suvlett of Beaumont, Shirley & Walter Balloon of Forney, Betty Bluford of San Augustine, Ernestine Hicks of California, Eunice Sigler of Center, Jewell & Marion Rashall of Iowa and Joyce & Denny Windson of Georgia.

 

Garner & Son Mortuary announces service for 43-year old Ms. Demetra Teel of Houston. She passed away May 21 in Houston. Service will be at 12 noon Saturday County Line Baptist Church, with interment at County Line Cemetery. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. Saturday at Garner & Son and from 11 a.m. to service time at County Line Baptist Church. Among Demetra Teel’s survivors are brothers, Larry Teel of Houston and Stephen & Emily Teel of San Augustine; sisters, Sheila Teel of Houston, Demetria Teel of Houston and Brenda Crain of San Augustine; and foster brother, Milargo E. of Houston.

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City of Huxley issues Boil Water Notice


The City of Huxley issued a Boil Water Notice for Possum Trot, New Harmony and Oakdale communities due to loss of pressure.

 

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to consumption. The water should be brought to a vigorous boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.

 

When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the City of Huxley will notify you. If you have any questions regarding this matter, you may contact City Hall at 936-368-2266. 

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Panola College campuses to re-open Wednesday, May 27


Following Monday night's storm that caused power outages through most of the day Tuesday, all Panola College campuses will be open Wednesday, May 27th contingent on the power remaining on.

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DETEC Outage Update @ 4 p.m.


As of 4 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 800 members remaining without power.

Approximately 450 of these members are located in Carthage and Gary in Panola County.  SWEPCO - Southwestern Electric Power Company, has reported both transmission feeds that serve DETEC members on and along both sides of US 59 is currently out and not accessible by truck.  SWEPCO crews are working to safely access this area to restore the transmission line that serves DETEC members.  Due to the severe flooding in this area, SWEPCO is reporting that it may be late this evening before the repairs are made.  As soon as the transmission line is repaired by SWEPCO, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative crews can work to restore power to those members affected.

Panola Co - approx. 450 members affected
Nacogdoches Co. - approx. 250 (primarily along FM 2259)
Shelby Co. - approx. 100
San Augustine, Sabine & Jasper Co. - less than 10

We understand that being without electricity is a hardship, please be assured that your Co-op is working diligently to restore your power.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

DETEC would like to remind members to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES.  Consider them all to be live and dangerous.  Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines and outages.

Brittney Johnson
Communications Specialist

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Funeral Notice: Ms. Demetra Teel


Percy Garner and Son Mortuary would like to announce the death and services of:

 

Ms. Demetra Teel, age 43, of Houston, Texas.  Ms. Teel passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Houston Northwest Hospital in Houston, Texas. 

 

Funeral Service

 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

12 noon

County Line Baptist Church

Interment County Line Cemetery

 

Visitation

 

Will be held the day of the service from

8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.at Garner & Son

11:00 a.m. until Service time at county Line Baptist Church

 

Survivors

 

2 Brothers                   Larry Teel of Houston, Texas

                                    Stephen Teel (Emily) of San Augustine, Texas

 

2 Sisters                       Shelia Teel of Houston, Texas

                                    Demetria Teel of Houston, Texas

                                    Brenda Crain of San Augustine, Texas

 

Foster Brother             Milargo E. of Houston, Texas

 

 

As well as a host of other relatives and friends

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Funeral Notice: Vera Lee Jones Bluford


Percy Garner and Son Mortuary would like to announce the death and services of:

 

Vera Lee Jones Bluford, age 96, of San Augustine, Texas.  Mrs. Bluford passed away Tuesday Morning, May 19, 2015 at her residence in San Augustine, Texas. 

 

Funeral Service

 

Friday, May 29, 2015

1 p.m.

Reed Chapel Baptist Church

Interment in Thompson Cemetery

 

 

Visitation

Will be held the day of the service from:

8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Garner & Son Chapel

11:50 a.m. until Service Time at Reed Chapel

 

Survivors

 

3 Sons                       RC Bluford (Gloria) of Beaumont, Texas

                                    Acey Bluford Jr. (Margorie) of Houston, Texas

                                    Dennis Bluford of San Augustine, Texas

 

7 Daughters              Exie Suvlett of Beaumont, Texas

                                    Shirley Balloon (Walter) of Forney, Texas

                                    Betty Bluford of San Augustine, Texas

                                    Ernestine Hicks of Sacramento, California

                                    Eunice Sigler of Center, Texas

                                    Jewel Rashall (Marion) of Davenport, Iowa

                                    Joyce Windson (Denny) of Litoria, Georgia

 

50 Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren

 

As well as a host of other relatives and friends.

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"Cowboy Up Your Store Front" contest cut-off extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, more money thrown in for winners


If you wanted to participate in the “Cowboy Up Your Store Front” contest for the upcoming Shelby County Sheriff’s Posse Pro Rodeo and you didn’t get by with your registration form Tuesday, don’t worry, you have until the end of business, Wednesday, and this could very well be worth your time.

 

Sheriff’s Posse President Boo Klein says he’s upped the cash rewards to $500 for first place winner and $250 for second place, plus rodeo tickets.

 

He reminds all participating businesses that you must have your window/store fronts completed by noon on Monday, June 1.

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TxDOT responds to Monday night storm damage


LUFKIN - Overnight storms Monday produced more rainfall that resulted in flooded roadways across Lufkin's nine-county district. Crews worked through the night in some counties to clear debris and monitor damaged or flooded roadways.

"Most roadways are open for travel today, debris is cleared and water is receding," said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. "Motorists should be cautious of rising water with more storms forecasts throughout this week. Don't drive if you don't have to during thunderstorms and never attempt to drive through water flooded across a roadway."

Damage and flooding in the Lufkin District Monday included:

ANGELINA COUNTY:
FM 841: Water across roadway.
FM 3150: Water across roadway.
FM 324: Water across roadway.
FM 841: High water in areas.
FM 2497: Impassable due to high water.

SAN JACINTO COUNTY:
SH 150 at FM 222: Both lanes closed due to downed power lines.
FM 945 at Moody Road: Southbound lane closed due to damaged pavement caused by flooding.
FM 945 North: Repairs to pavement caused by excessive water.
FM 3128: Excessive sand in the eastbound lane.

TRINITY COUNTY:
US 287: Some areas flooded and impassable.
SH 94: Water over roadway and trees down.
FM 1280: Closed due to high water.
FM 357: High water and trees down in roadway.
FM 358: High water across the roadway.
FM 2781: Intermittent closures from high water.
FM 2781: Trees down on the roadway.

HOUSTON COUNTY:
FM 229: Water across roadway.

SHELBY COUNTY:
US 59: Trees down in the roadway.
FM 139: Trees down in the roadway.
FM 1645: Trees down in the roadway.
FM 1656: Trees down in the roadway.
FM 2787: Trees down in the roadway.

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY:
No road closures or damage reported.

POLK COUNTY:
No road closures or damage reported.

SABINE COUNTY:
No road closures or damage reported.

SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY:
No road closures or damage reported.

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DETEC power outage update @ 12 noon


As of 12 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 1450 members remaining without power.

Approximately 450 of these members are located in Carthage and Gary in Panola County.  SWEPCO - Southwestern Electric Power Company, has reported both transmission feeds that serve DETEC members on and along both sides of US 59 is currently out and not accessible by truck.  SWEPCO crews are working to safely access this area to restore the transmission line that serves DETEC members.  Due to the severe flooding in this area, SWEPCO is reporting that it may be late this evening before the repairs are made.  As soon as the transmission line is repaired by SWEPCO, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative crews can work to restore power to those members affected.

Panola Co - approx. 450 members affected
Shelby Co. - approx. 400
Nacogdoches Co. - approx. 300
San Augustine Co. - approx. 200
Sabine Co. - approx. 100

We understand that being without electricity is a hardship, please be assured that your Co-op is working diligently to restore your power.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

DETEC would like to remind members to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES.  Consider them all to be live and dangerous.  Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines and outages.


Brittney Johnson
Communications Specialist

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Weather Update @ 11 a.m. Tuesday


(According to Center's official weather observer Jim Forbes, he recorded 1.43 inches of rain as of 6 a.m. Monday morning.)

 

Tom Johnson's Report:

 

Yesterday....gust front was 27 MPH...rain rate was 5.17 at one time.  1.68 inches yesterday...7.43 inches for May(so far)...2.35 inches above our 37 year average for the month...Gives us 29.41 for 2015...or 7.30 inches above the average for this time of year over the 37 year span in spite of a low -2.78 for the month of February 2015. This is only 4 inches below our highest ever 11.30 back in 1975.

 

Co-op folks worked all night to restore power to some areas where soggy ground and trees that were already and did not know it from our 2010/2011 drought years continue to fall with the strong winds.

 

Forecast:

 

Tuesday05/26  85 | 71 °F 50% Precip. / 0.04 in Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing this afternoon. High near 85F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.Tuesday Night 20% Precip. / 0 inPartly to mostly cloudy. A stray thunderstorm is possible. Low 71F. Winds light and variable.

 

Wednesday05/27  87 | 70 °F 80% Precip. / 0.24 in  Cloudy skies during the morning hours followed by thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 87F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 80%.Wednesday Night 20% Precip. / 0 inPartly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low near 70F. Winds light and variable.

 

Thursday05/28  85 | 70 °F 60% Precip. / 0.16 in  Partly cloudy in the morning followed by scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High around 85F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.Thursday Night 60% Precip. / 0.03 inScattered thunderstorms in the evening, with fog developing late. Low around 70F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%. Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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DETEC power outage update @ 8 a.m.


As of 8 AM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 1500 members remaining without power with the majority of these outages in Shelby County.

Crews worked throughout the night to restore power and will continue to work until all power is restored.

DETEC would like to remind members to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES.  Consider them all to be live and dangerous.  Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines and outages.

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Partly sunny with a chance of rain continuing


Today: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 85. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 87. 
 
Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 71.
 
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 86. 
 
Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 71.
 
Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 85.
 
Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 70.
 
Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 84.
 
Saturday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 69.
 
Sunday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 85.
 
Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 69.
 
Monday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

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Local Sports Round Up 05/26/15; Rider Baseball to play Huffman-Hargrave in region semis in Beaumont starting Thursday


In sports,

 

Baseball state playoffs:

 

The Center Roughrider Baseball team is continuing their march through the state playoffs with a two-game sweep over the Hudson Hornets last week. This sends Center to the Regional Semi-Final series against Huffman Hargrave this weekend at Lamar University in Beaumont. Game 1 of the series will be on Thursday at 6:30 PM Game 2 is 1 PM Saturday. If needed, Game 3 will be played 30 minutes immediately after the conclusion of Game 2.

 

Center Broadcasting will have coverage of the Riders throughout the state playoffs on Q-100 KQBB as Don Wall has the call. A reminder, you can also listen to the broadcast via our website at cbc-radio.com or download the free Tune-In radio app for your I-phone or Android device and type in KQBB.

 

Carthage also advances to the region semi-final round after sweeping Waco Robinson. The Bulldogs will play West Orange-Stark in a best-of-three series this week.

 

Carthage vs. West Orange-Stark

(Best-of-three series)

 

    Game 1: 8 p.m. Thursday (May 28), Kilgore’s Driller Park

    Game 2: 3 p.m. Saturday (May 30), McNeese State, Lake Charles, La.

    Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary

 

 

CLASS 2A REGION III

Harleton vs. West Sabine

(Best-of-three series)

At Gary HS

 

    Game 1: 6 p.m. Thursday (May 28)

    Game 2: 6 p.m. Friday (May 29)

    Game 3: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 30), if necessary

 

 

Beckville vs. Union Grove

(Best-of-three series)

At Centenary College, Shreveport, La.

 

    Game 1: 3 p.m. Thursday (May 28)

    Game 2: 3 p.m. Saturday (May 30)

    Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary

 

 

DU Greenwing event:

The Shelby County Ducks’ Unlimited annual Green Wing event will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 6, at Weldon Boles’ property off Old City Lake Road, 245 County Road 1006 outside Center. Clint Tanner said there will be prizes for all kids, along with Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Wardens providing hunter safety, Shelby County Jr. Bass Anglers, Collin Matthews with a gun safety demo, Mike Hudman with Black Water Retrievers with a dog demo and kids enjoy a free hot dog meal. All kids’ ages up to 17 are invited to attend. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. By the way, kids, bring your fishing pole. For more information call Clint Tanner at 936-332-4767 or Adam Reeves at 936-332-6420.

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Local Sports Round Up 05/26/15; Rider Baseball to play Huffman-Hargrave in region semis in Beaumont starting Thursday


In sports,

 

Baseball state playoffs:

 

The Center Roughrider Baseball team is continuing their march through the state playoffs with a two-game sweep over the Hudson Hornets last week. This sends Center to the Regional Semi-Final series against Huffman Hargrave this weekend at Lamar University in Beaumont. Game 1 of the series will be on Thursday at 6:30 PM at Lamar University. Game 2 is 1 PM. If needed, Game 3 will be played 30 minutes immediately after the conclusion of Game 2.

 

Center Broadcasting will have coverage of the Riders throughout the state playoffs on Q-100 KQBB as Don Wall has the call. A reminder, you can also listen to the broadcast via our website at cbc-radio.com or download the free Tune-In radio app for your I-phone or Android device and type in KQBB.

 

Carthage also advances to the region semi-final round after sweeping Waco Robinson. The Bulldogs will play West Orange-Stark in a best-of-three series this week.

 

Carthage vs. West Orange-Stark

(Best-of-three series)

 

    Game 1: 8 p.m. Thursday (May 28), Kilgore’s Driller Park

    Game 2: 3 p.m. Saturday (May 30), McNeese State, Lake Charles, La.

    Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary

 

 

CLASS 2A REGION III

Harleton vs. West Sabine

(Best-of-three series)

At Gary HS

 

    Game 1: 6 p.m. Thursday (May 28)

    Game 2: 6 p.m. Friday (May 29)

    Game 3: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 30), if necessary

 

 

Beckville vs. Union Grove

(Best-of-three series)

At Centenary College, Shreveport, La.

 

    Game 1: 3 p.m. Thursday (May 28)

    Game 2: 3 p.m. Saturday (May 30)

    Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary

 

 

DU Greenwing event:

The Shelby County Ducks’ Unlimited annual Green Wing event will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 6, at Weldon Boles’ property off Old City Lake Road, 245 County Road 1006 outside Center. Clint Tanner said there will be prizes for all kids, along with Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Wardens providing hunter safety, Shelby County Jr. Bass Anglers, Collin Matthews with a gun safety demo, Mike Hudman with Black Water Retrievers with a dog demo and kids enjoy a free hot dog meal. All kids’ ages up to 17 are invited to attend. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. By the way, kids, bring your fishing pole. For more information call Clint Tanner at 936-332-4767 or Adam Reeves at 936-332-6420.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 05/22/15--05/26/15


Arrest Report

5/22/15—5/26/15

Shelby County:

 

Miguel Miranda-Larcia, 32, Center, Failure to Register as a Sex Offender with False ID with Previous Conviction

 

Anthony Land, 34, Garrison, Warrants-Violation of Probation, Original Charge: Retaliation Enhanced & Warrant-Violation of Probation, Original Charge: Assault with Prior Conviction

 

Eric Jerome Jackson, 49, Center, Warrant-Violation of Probation, Original Charge: Driving While Intoxicated

 

Kenneth Hayes, 52, Carthage, Possession of a Dangerous Drug

 

Steven Dennis, 49, Shelbyville, Intoxication Assault

 

Franklin Ronald Jackson, 47, Joaquin, Upshur Co. Warrant-Possession of a Controlled Substance

 

Ismael Romero Moreno, 33, Center, Assault-Family Violence Causing Injury

 

Charlotte Sneed, 22, Center, Warrant-Theft

 

Glenroy Weeks, 25, Houston, Failure to ID & Fictious License Plate

 

Travis Patton, 51, Center, Public Intoxication

 

San Augustine County:

 

Kenneth E. Burch, 31, Jasper, Public Intoxication

 

Russell A. Walton, Disorderly Conduct

 

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

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Storms hit area for third-straight Monday, numerous power outages reported by DETEC


For the third straight Monday the area was pelted by thunderstorms activity. Among the biggest weather maker continues to be high winds. The National Weather Service says winds were clocked over 70 mph across our area toppling several trees. Rusk County had a reported tornado near the Rusk County Airport just before 7 p.m.

 

Electrical power outage has been one of the most widespread issues with the storms as Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative reported at 11:30 p.m. there were some 3,250 member customers without power, the largest area being in Shelby County where 1,500 were reported.

 

By 2:30 a.m. that was down to 1,000. Brittney Johnson, DETEC Communications Specialist tells us crews are continuing to work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.

 

AEP SWEPCO was harder hit, as of 3 a.m. there were no Shelby County outages, but Rusk County reported 7,600, Panola County had over 4,800 customers without power, and DeSoto Parish with 2,100.

 

Massive flooding in Houston overnight, as from 6 to 11 inches of rain has made several roads, including primary interstates impassable.

 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of disaster in twenty-four counties, including Jasper and Newton Counties. This now brings the total number of counties on the list to thirty-seven. The governor says the declaration authorizes further mobilization of state resources to assist impacted communities in the wake of recent flooding and tornadoes, and he says additional counties may be added to the list in the future.

 

The main issue in Jasper and Newton Couties is flooding along the Neches and Sabine Rivers. Both waterways are out of the banks, and with more rain forecast this week, the water levels could rise even more.

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Unemployment steady across the region


The Texas Workforce Commission says the state's unemployment rate remained steady at 4.2 percent in April, according to information released last Friday. That rate is a full percentage point below the 5.2 percent a year ago. Shelby County's April unemployment is 4.6 percent, a slight decrease from March's 4.7 percent and like the state's, a full percentage point below the 5.6 percent a year ago.

 

The Shelby County workforce is 11,593 with 529 reportedly looking for work.

 

In San Augustine County, they're trending a little higher in April compared to March. The unemployment rate in San Augustine County last month was 9 percent, the same as April 2014, and slightly higher than 8.8 in March.

 

San Augustine's workforce is 2,786, with 245 unemployed.

 

In neighboring counties, the April unemployment is 8.3 percent in Sabine County, Nacogdoches 4.2 percent, Angelina at 5.3 percent and Panola County 4.3 percent.

 

The national unemployment rate is 5.4 percent.

 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court to hold meeting this morning


The Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will have a special meeting at 9:30 this morning. Among the agenda items for discussion and possible action will be discuss and possibly take action on the lease of the Old County Jail property on the Center Square at 108 Austin Street; and a budget adjustment request form the district attorney and county road use permits.

 

In addition, adult protective services will address the court in the signing of a proclamation for Elder Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.

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San Augustine County Commissioners' Court meeting this morning


The San Augustine County Commissioners’ Court will have a regular meeting at 9 a.m. this morning and among the agenda items for discussion and appropriate action will be sheriff’s department car purchase from unexpected revenues; selecting a Judge Pro Tem; and use of the  pavilion on the courthouse lawn for benefit lunches/dinners.

 

In addition to having someone coordinate In-County Emergency Management.

 

There will also be discussion on courthouse gutter issues and discussion of a Corp of Engineers letter in regards to Whipporwill Cove. The Court will also have a Budget workshop.

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San Augustine City Council to have called meeting today


The San Augustine City Council has a called meeting at 5 p.m. today and among the agenda items will be interviewing applicants for the city manager’s position in executive session.

 

On Thursday, the San Augustine City Council will have a Budget Workshop meeting at 4 p.m. to review and discuss Fiscal Year 2015-16 Budget.

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"Watch UR BAC" program to be in Center this evening


The Watch UR BAC (pronounced “Watch Your Back,”) program team will be in Center at 6 p.m. this evening, Tuesday, May 26.

 

The team will be conducting educational programs for students at the Municipal Court at 1020 Shelbyville St.

 

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), teaches Texans about the dangers of alcohol misuse —including binge drinking and alcohol poisoning, as well as the dangers of impaired driving.

 

A DWI prevention simulator is used to demonstrate the effect of alcohol on driving skills. 

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Gumbo fundraiser for Ashley Beene to be held today on Center Square


There will be a gumbo lunch benefit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today with proceeds to go to medical expenses for Ashley Elizabeth Beene, a victim of Cystic Fibrosis. Ashley is awaiting a double-lung transplant, and has a young son, Carter. Lunches are $7 each and include chicken-and-sausage gumbo, crackers, dessert and drink. Meals can be picked up on the Center Square. For more information contact Clay Samuels at 332-2949.

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National Weather Service cancels Flash Flood Watch


As of 4 a.m., the National Weather Service had cancelled the Flash Flood Watch issued for the area that was to have expired at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

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Center ISD Board of Trustees to have special called meeting Thursday


The Center ISD Board of Trustees will have a special called meeting at 12 noon Thursday and among the agenda items for consideration and approval will be the proposed relocation of the school district transportation facility and operations center.

 

In addition, the board is expected to give approval for the immediate implementation of Senate Bill 149, and an update on facilities projects will be given.

 

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All Shelby County high schools to have graduation ceremonies this week


All Shelby County high school will have senior graduation ceremonies this week:

 

Tenaha's is Thursday, with Center, Shelbyville, Joaquin & Timpson graduates to walk the stage Friday.

 

Center @ 8 p.m. at Roughrider Stadium; Shelbyville at 7 p.m. in the Gym/Band Hall; Joaquin @ 8 p.m.; and Timpson @ 8 p.m. in the High School Gym.

 

San Augustine High School graduation is June 5 @ 8 p.m. at Wolfpack Stadium.

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Blood drive scheduled for Shelby County courthouse Thursday


The Shelby County Sheriff's Office and Shelby County Courthouse will be sponsoring a blood drive on Thursday, May 28 from 10am - 2:30pm. The bus will be located in the active courthouse parking lot. This is a tee shirt drive with military colored shirts. You’re asked to take time to donate. Appointments can be set up on line or call Ann Blackwell to schedule at 936-598-3581.

 

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"Cowboy Up Your Storefront Contest" deadline is today


Since yesterday was a holiday the deadline for entering the “Cowboy Up Your Store Front” contest has been extended until today, Tuesday.

 

With the 62nd Shelby County Sheriff's Posse Pro Rodeo coming to town June 5 and 6, you're asked to deck your business store front out in full western flair.

 

Businesses will be judged by members of the community, and the judging will take place on Thursday, June 4th. Storefronts will be judged on originality, color, and characteristics.

 

If you would like to enter the Cowboy Up Your Storefront Contest, stop by Center Broadcasting Company offices and pick up your required entry form, or visit us our website at cbc-radio.com.

 

Forms must be turned into the radio station by today.

 

Winners will be judged on Thursday, June 4th, and announced on air Fri. morning June 5, and at rodeo.

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Funeral Notices: 05/26/15


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 94-year old James Irl Powell of Shelbyville. Service will be at 10 a.m. this morning at Watson & Sons Chapel, with a military graveside service to follow at Shelbyville Cemetery under the direction of VFW Post 8904. He was a longtime educator in the Shelbyville ISD. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shelbyville Cemetery.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces service for 73-year old Mrs. Maurine Bailey of Center. Service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center, with interment at Westview Cemetery in Center. Among Maurine Bailey’s survivors are sons, Thomas Irving of Center and David Irving of Dallas; and daughters, Shirley Irving of Dixon and Laureen Irving of Florien, La.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces pending service for 43-year old Miss Rebecca Johnson of Center.

 

Community Funeral Home of Timpson announces pending service for 80-year old Roy Lee Paige of Timpson.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces pending service for 70-year old Henry Eaden of Tenaha.

 

Garner & Son Mortuary of San Augustine announces pending service for 43-year old Ms. Demetra Teel of Houston.

 

Garner & Sons Mortuary of San Augustine announces pending service for 96-year old Vera Lee Jones Bluford of San Augustine. 

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Weather related power outages at 2:30 a.m.


DETEC is reporting approx. 1460 total outages as of 2:30 AM

Shelby Co. - approx. 1000

Nacogdoches Co. - approx. 250

Sabine & Jasper Co. -approx. 200

San Augustine Co. - approx. 10

Crews are continuing work to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.

DETEC would like to remind members to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES.  Consider them all to be live and dangerous.  Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines and outages.

Brittney Johnson
Communications Specialist

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Weather Update @ 3 p.m. Monday; TORNADO WATCH UNTIL 10 P.M., FLASH FLOOD WATCH UNTIL 7 A.M. TUESDAY


SHORT TERM FORECAST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
256 PM CDT MON MAY 25 2015

ARZ050-051-059-070-OKZ077-TXZ096-097-108>112-124>126-136>138-
149>153-165-166-252200-
SEVIER-HOWARD-LITTLE RIVER-MILLER-MCCURTAIN-RED RIVER-BOWIE-
FRANKLIN-TITUS-CAMP-MORRIS-CASS-WOOD-UPSHUR-MARION-SMITH-GREGG-
HARRISON-CHEROKEE-RUSK-PANOLA-NACOGDOCHES-SHELBY-ANGELINA-
SAN AUGUSTINE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...DE QUEEN...NASHVILLE...
MINERAL SPRINGS...DIERKS...ASHDOWN...TEXARKANA...IDABEL...
BROKEN BOW...CLARKSVILLE...BOGATA...MOUNT VERNON...
MOUNT PLEASANT...PITTSBURG...DAINGERFIELD...LONE STAR...NAPLES...
OMAHA...ATLANTA...LINDEN...HUGHES SPRINGS...QUEEN CITY...
MINEOLA...WINNSBORO...QUITMAN...HAWKINS...GILMER...BIG SANDY...
JEFFERSON...TYLER...LONGVIEW...MARSHALL...JACKSONVILLE...RUSK...
HENDERSON...CARTHAGE...NACOGDOCHES...CENTER...LUFKIN...
SAN AUGUSTINE
256 PM CDT MON MAY 25 2015

.NOW...
...TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH 10 PM...
...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH 7 AM TUESDAY...
AT 3 PM...SHREVEPORT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR SHOWED SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS EAST TEXAS THAT EXTENDED FROM TEXARKANA THROUGH QUEEN CITY...ALTO...AND NACOGDOCHES. EXPECT NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TO DEVELOP AND SPREAD NORTHEAST THROUGH THIS MONDAY EVENING. SOME STORMS WILL BECOME SEVERE AND PRODUCE HIGH WINDS...HAIL...AND VERY HEAVY RAINFALL. ALSO SOME OF THE STRONGER STORMS WILL LIKELY PRODUCE A TORNADO. AREA RESIDENTS SHOULD KEEP AN EYE TO SKY AND LISTEN FOR WATCHES AND WARNINGS. ALSO DRIVERS ARE REMINDED TO TURN AROUND...DON`T DROWN IF YOU ENCOUNTER FLOODED ROADWAYS.

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Timpson Bear Update 05/25/15



Weekly Calendar of Events –

Mon. May 25 – Memorial Day – Early Release @ 12:30 p.m.

Tues. May 26 – State UIL Poetry Contest Prelims at Austin
-------------------- Elementary Field Day

Wed. May 27 – State UIL Poetry Contest finals in Austin

Thurs. May 28 – Timpson Middle School graduation at 7:00 p.m. in High School gym

Fri. May 27 – 9:30 a.m. Senior pancake breakfast in HE kitchen (graduation practice follows breakfast)
----------------------Timpson High School graduation 8:00 p.m. in gym ( Seniors need to be in band
                                    hall at 7:15 p.m.)
-----------------------End of six weeks
-----------------------Early Release @ 12:30 p.m.
------------------Report cards sent home
------------------Staff workday – 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
------------------Staff lunch @ 11:30 a.m.

THS Scholarship Night – At last week’s Timpson High School Scholarship Night, $94,207 in scholarships was awarded.  Attached is a list of scholarships, students receiving scholarships and the college each plan to attend.

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Coming up this week at Center ISD 05/25/15--05/30-15


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Center Roughrider Baseball Regional Semi-final series set with Huffman-Hargrave


The Center Roughrider Baseball team is continuing their march to State with another win over the Hudson Hornets. The Roughriders sealed the Regional Quarterfinal series in two games last week. This sends Center to the Regional Semi-Final series against Huffman Hargrave this weekend. Game 1 of the series will be on Thursday, May 28th, at 6:30 PM at Lamar University in
Beaumont. Game 2 will be played on Saturday, May 30th at 1 PM at Lamar University in Beaumont. If needed, Game 3 will be played 30 minutes immediately after the conclusion of Game 2.

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Flash Flood Watch issued until 7 a.m. Tuesday


...A FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH 7 AM CDT TUESDAY
FOR ALL OF EAST TEXAS...EXTREME SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA...SOUTHWEST
ARKANSAS...AND NORTH LOUISIANA...


...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING...

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING

* SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL INCREASE THIS AFTERNOON AND
  TONIGHT OVER MUCH OF THE FOUR STATE REGION...AHEAD OF A STRONG
  UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE THAT WILL LIFT NORTHEAST ACROSS CENTRAL
  TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA. LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL WILL BE
  POSSIBLE...WITH ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF ONE TO THREE
  INCHES EXPECTED...WITH ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS. WITH GROUNDS
  STILL SATURATED FROM EXCESSIVE RAINFALL THAT HAS FALLEN OVER
  THE LAST WEEK...THIS ADDITIONAL RAINFALL WILL RESULT IN
  INCREASED RUNOFF AND THE POTENTIAL FOR FLASH FLOODING.

* LOW LYING AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS...ESPECIALLY IN THE VICINITY
  OF RAPIDLY RISING CREEKS AND VERY HEAVY RAINFALL...WILL BE
  MOST PRONE TO FLASH FLOODING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
DO NOT CROSS MOVING WATER ON ROADWAYS...BRIDGES...AND AT LOW
WATER CROSSINGS. ROAD SURFACES AND CULVERTS CAN BE WASHED OUT.

TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS. MOST
FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES ATTEMPTING TO CROSS IN HIGH WATER.

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Weather Update @ 8 a.m. Monday


We were fortunate that yesterday's storms did not do much more than cover us with clouds and drizzle at times. It is currently off to our East just exiting Jackson, Miss.  You can see from the graphic below that our next persistent weather event currently runs from the Austin to West Texas area and is headed our way.  Our 10 day view is a mix of some sun and some rain everyday for the most part. AND, I hope not the 3-5 inches of rain being forecast.  


Please, keep in mind...Several people have lost their lives in this flooding. Turn around, don't drown!


The Corp of Engineers have begun opening the Texhoma spillways and the Red River will likely move from minor flooding to major flooding down stream....with more rain expected.  Coming home Friday, we saw many creeks and streams and the Trinity river well out of their banks in Central Texas. It looked like many farmers, ranchers, and oil companies got caught with livestock and equipment in low lying areas now experiencing flooding.

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Weather Update @ 9:30 a.m. Sunday


Timing and Overview:
Showers and thunderstorms will increase across East Texas and Southeast Oklahoma this morning, before spreading into North Louisiana and Southwest Arkansas this afternoon and evening. Daytime heating will contribute to a destabilizing atmosphere, ahead of a strong upper level disturbance that will move into the region later today. Isolated severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds and isolated tornadoes will be possible, mainly over extreme Eastern Texas, North Louisiana and Southwest Arkansas. The primary threats though will be locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding. The severe weather and flash flood threat will diminish from west to east later this evening. 


Another upper level disturbance moving across Texas/Oklahoma Monday will contribute to another round of showers and thunderstorms Monday afternoon and night. Some of these storms may also become severe, with damaging winds and isolated tornadoes again possible over East Texas, North Louisiana, and Southwest Arkansas. Locally heavy rainfall will be the primary threat, with the soils expected to become primed from the heavy rains later today such that flash flooding will be a significant concern areawide late Monday afternoon through Monday night.  Given the already saturated grounds, it will not take much wind to down/uproot trees from strong thunderstorms. The fact that organized strong to possibly severe thunderstorms are expected Monday afternoon and night will only enhance the potential for downed trees. 


Rainfall:  Rainfall amounts of one to three inches are expected today and tonight from this first weather system...with additional amounts of two to in excess of four inches likely with the second disturbance Monday and Monday night. Thus, two day storm totals of three to six inches, with locally higher amounts, are likely areawide through Tuesday morning.  
As you can see, we are in the bulls eye this time...be prepared...listen to your favorite weather source...aND...TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN!!

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Funeral Notice: James Irl Powell


James Irl Powell, 94, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015 at his residence.

 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 25, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Ronnie Wheeler officiating.  A military honors graveside service will follow at Shelbyville Cemetery in Shelbyville under the direction of VFW Post 8904.

 

James was born December 4, 1920 to Irl H. and Oma Tillman Powell, the second of four children.  He grew up on a farm near Shelbyville, where he learned his work ethic and values at an early age.rn  Powell,  

 

James was christened in the Shelbyville Methodist Church, reaffirming his faith in 1936.  As an adult, he served this church in many capacities - Sunday school teacher, Chairman of the Administrative Board of Trustees, delegate to annual conference and history finance, and records committees.  He was a fifth generation member of this church.

 

James attended Shelbyville Schools, graduating in 1938.  He participated in basketball, baseball and track.  He enrolled in Stephen F. Austin State Teacher College, leaving after three years to work in the building of Fort Polk, Louisiana and to build airplanes for Rohr aircraft in San Diego, California, before joining the Army Air Corps.  James trained as a radio operator/gunner in Chicago, Illinois and Fort Meyers, Florida, before being assigned to a B-17 crew which trained 300 crews for combat, before being stationed in Nuthampstead, England.  He participated in 29 air combat missions that included the Rhineland, Central Europe and France.  His military decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross.  He enjoyed his 398th Bomb Group Reunions and staying in contact with the 2 remaining members of his crew.  He often referred to a list of his missions as he grew older.

 

James returned to earn his degree, as well as play basketball, at Stephen F. Austin and taught for seven years in the Shelby County Vocational Agriculture Program for veterans.  He was then employed by Shelbyville ISD as a coach and teacher.  He was the basketball coach, assistant football and baseball coach and taught Science, Biology, Math and Chemistry.  He then served as High School principal for 16 years.  He retired in 1980, having spent 37 years as a coach, teacher and administrator.

 

James was a life member of the 398th Bomb Group Memorial Association and VFW Post 8904.  He was also a member of the SFA Alumni Association, founding member of the Nuthampstead Airfield Museum and the Shelbyville Cemetery Committee.  He felt that one of his highest honors was being presented the Community Builder award by Sam Houston Masonic Lodge #32. 

 

James loved God, America, the Methodist Church, his family, sports and ice cream – not necessarily in that order!

 

He is survived by

Sons:

James Gregory Powell of Shelbyville

Timothy Irl Powell and wife, Donna of Odessa

 

Grandson: Joshua Irl Powell and wife, Ashlee of Odessa

 

Great Granddaughter: Charlotte Avery Powell of Odessa

 

Sister: Shirley Powell Head of Tyler

 

Brother-in-law: Richard Wheeler of Ojai, California

 

Numerous nephews, former students and camp friends

 

Special Caretakers:

Sonya McBride and Travis

Ricky Cartwright

Sue Hagler

Helen Reynolds

 

Preceded in death by

Wife: Juanice Wheeler Powell

Daughter: Sheila Powell

Parents: Irl H. and Oma Tillman Powell

Brothers: Joe Frank Powell, Jack T. Powell

Brothers-in-law: Gilbert Wheeler, John Head

 

Pallbearers will be Joshua Powell, Don Wheeler, Brett Wheeler, Doug Wheeler, Marcy Bradberry and Ricky Cartwright. Honorary pallbearers will be Lewis Runnels, Jack Bradberry, Bobby Collins, Doyle Carter, Henry Whittlesey and Lamar Smith.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shelbyville Cemetery, c/o Jack Bradberry, PO Box 453, Shelbyville, Texas 75973, c/o Greg Powell, PO Box 335, Shelbyville, Texas 75973.

 

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

 

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Weather Update @ 8:15 a.m.


...A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from 4 AM Sunday through 7 AM Monday for all of East Texas, Southeast Oklahoma, much of Southwest Arkansas and Northwest Louisiana...Timing and Overview:
Showers and thunderstorms are expected to increase Sunday morning over extreme Southeast Oklahoma and East Texas, before spreading east northeast into Southwest Arkansas and North Louisiana Sunday afternoon ahead of an upper level disturbance that will enter West Texas. Even though this disturbance and the accompanying showers and thunderstorms will be progressive across the area Sunday/Sunday night, locally heavy rainfall will be possible atop already saturated grounds. This will result in increased runoff and the potential for flash flooding across much of the Watch area. It is possible that Union County Arkansas and the remainder of Northcentral Louisiana could be included in the watch later today or tonight should forecast rainfall amounts increase over these areas. 


Isolated severe thunderstorms can not be ruled out either Sunday for the Watch area...with damaging winds possible. However, please note that even gusty winds from non-severe thunderstorms may still down trees given the very saturated grounds from heavy rainfall that has fallen over the last couple of weeks. 


There will be another upper level disturbance moving into the region Monday night, which will yield another isolated severe thunderstorm threat, although the main emphasis will again be for heavy rainfall and flash flooding. Thus, the Flash Flood Watch will likely be extended in time for portions if not all of the region by Monday. This will be communicated with you in future emails.   
 

Four State Impacts:

Rainfall:  Widespread rainfall amounts of one to three inches...with isolated higher amounts will be possible through early Monday morning.  Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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Pending Funeral Notice: James Irl Powell


James Irl Powell, 94, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015 at his residence.

Funeral services are pending at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

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City of Center EDC Board to meet May 27


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Shelby County Commissioners' Court to hold regular meeting May 26


COMMISSIONERS’ COURT

SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS

 

 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 26th day of May, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:

 

           

           

 

1.  Approve and pay monthly expenses.

 

                        2.  Public Comments on Agenda items.

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                        3.  Receive and possibly approve bid on the County Depository contract.

 

4.  Discuss and possibly take action on the lease of the property, located at 108 Austin Street. (The old County jail).

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5.  Discuss and possibly take action on the Budget Adjustment Request from the  District Attorney.

 

6.  Discuss and possibly take action on the County Road Use Permits.

 

7.  Mason Hendry and Tracey Belin with Adult Protective Services to address the court in the signing of a Proclamation for Elder Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.

           

8.  Adjourn.

 

            

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Capitol Update 05/22/15


We are in the final days of the 84th Legislative Session.  The House of Representatives is governed by procedural rules that ensure an orderly and transparent end to each legislative session.  These rules have an important purpose: to make sure that suspect legislation is not slipped in at the end without debate or public notice. 

 

May 15th was the last day for debate on House bills, and next week will be the deadline for debate on Senate bills.  I can assure you that I am watching closely to make sure that bad amendments don't find a way onto good legislation in these final days.

 

The House has passed some important measures in the last week.  We passed S.B. 2065, the pastor protection bill, which I was proud to co-sponsor.  S.B. 2065 would make certain that churches and pastors are not required to perform marriages that violate their religious beliefs.  It also clarifies that they cannot be sued or prosecuted for not performing these ceremonies.  This bill is important to ensure that our pastors are not persecuted for standing up for their principles and their faith.

 

The House also passed several important pieces of pro-life legislation this week.  H.B. 3994 will strengthen protections for minors seeking abortions through the judicial bypass system.  The bill requires more proof that minors are sufficiently informed to have an abortion, whether the abortion is in the best interest of the minor, and whether asking for parental consent could endanger the minor.  We also passed H.B. 3374, which would ensure that patients have access to food, water and pain management in their final days.

 

The House also passed an important ethics reform in H.B. 681.  This bill would prohibit elected officials who are convicted of certain crimes from receiving their pension.  These crimes include bribery, perjury, embezzlement, extortion, and theft of public money.  This is a common sense reform that makes sure bad actors don't continue to receive money for their criminal activities. 

 

As the legislative session winds up, I want to encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I want to hear your opinion regarding the issues that are important to you. It is with your input that I am able to best represent you. My office number is 512-463-0556 or district9.paddie@house.state.tx.us.

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Underage drinking prevention program coming to Center Police Department


Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contacts:            

EDNA BOYKINS                                                                                                                

CENTER MUNICIPAL COURT                                                                                                        Watch UR BAC program        

936-598-4244                                                                                                    

EBOYKINS@CI.CENTER.TX.US                                                                                    

 

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Watch UR BAC program

Underage drinking prevention program coming to Center Police Department

Program teaches about alcohol misuse, dangers of impaired driving, and friends watching out for friends

The Watch UR BAC (pronounced “Watch Your Back,”) program team will be in Center, Texas onTuesday May 26, 2015.  The team will be conducting educational programs for students at Municipal Court  on Tuesday May 26 at 6:00 PM.  We are located at 1020 Shelbyville St. Center, TX.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), teaches Texans about the dangers of alcohol misuse —including binge drinking and alcohol poisoning, as well as the dangers of impaired driving. In 2013, 1,089 Texans were killed in alcohol-related crashes and tens of thousands were injured.

A DWI prevention simulator is used to demonstrate the effect of alcohol on driving skills. Through a video game atmosphere, drivers experience obstacles and hazards to simulate what might happen if driving impaired. Impaired driving goggles, which distort vision, are worn by the driver during the simulation experience to further duplicate the effect of alcohol on one’s vision.

 

 

Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating

 

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San Augustine County Commissioners' Court to meet Tuesday morning (agenda)


NOTICE OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE COMMISSIONERS COURT OF SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TEXAS
 
SAMYE JOHNSON
COUNTY JUDGE
COMMISSIONERS
TOMMY HUNTER, Precinct 1 JOEY HOLLOWAY, Precinct 3 EDWARD WILSON, Precinct 2 DAVID MCEACHERN, Precinct 4
 
 
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above named Commissioners Court will be held on Tuesday, the 26th day of May, 2015, at 9:00 o’clock A.M. in the Commissioners Court Room at 100 W. Columbia, Room 103, San Augustine, Texas, at which time the following will be discussed and appropriate action taken; pursuant to B.T.C.A. Government Code Chapter 51, Open Meetings Act, including all Subchapters and Sections:
 
NO CELL PHONES, AUDIBLE PAGERS, AND/OR BEEPERS SHALL BE USED WHILE COURT IS IN SESSION
ï‚· Establish Quorum
ï‚· Invocation
ï‚· Pledge of allegiance to the United States Flag
ï‚· Pledge of allegiance to the Texas Flag
ï‚· CALL TO ORDER – 9:00 a.m.
Comments from the bench
 
1. Discuss and consider approval of the minutes for the Commissioners Court meeting held May 12, 2015.
 
2. Discuss and consider Monthly Reports:
a) Payroll d) County Clerk’s Report g) Sheriff’s Department Report
b) Bills e) District Clerk’s Report h) Justice of the Peace Report
c) Treasurer Report f) Tax Office Report i) Auditor Report
 
3. PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS/COMMENTS - opportunity for the general public to address the Court on any matter. The Court may not discuss any presented issue, nor may any action be taken on any issue at this time. Comments are limited to 3 minutes.
 
4. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Approve travel vouchers. – Judge Johnson
 
5. Present Certificates of Attendance to Treasurer Pam Smith, for County Treasurers’ Continuing Education. – Judge Johnson
 
6. Update report on County Jail Facility Re-inspection. – Judge Johnson
 
7. Discuss: Courthouse gutters issues. – Judge Johnson
 
8. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Sheriff Dept. car purchase from unexpected revenue. – Auditor Verhalen
 
9. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Selecting a Judge Pro Tem. – Judge Johnson
 
10. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Use of pavilion for benefit lunches/dinners. – Project Manager Jenkins
 
11. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: In-county EM. – Judge Johnson
 
12. Discuss Corp of Engineers letter (approved by County Attorney) Re: Whippoorwill Cove. – Judge Johnson
 
13. WORKSHOP:
Budget
 
EXECUTIVE SESSION (Closed to public)
Pursuant to Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code
EXECUTIVE SESSION ITEMS
Note 1 Gov’t Code Ann 551.071, Consultation with Attorney
Note 2 Gov’t Code Ann 551.072, Real Property
Note 3 Gov’t Code Ann 551.074, Personnel Matters
Note 4 Gov’t Code Ann 551.076, Security
Note 5 Gov’t Code Ann 551.087, Economic Development Negotiations
The Commissioners Court will consider the following items in Executive Session. The Commissioners Court may also consider any other matter posted on the agenda if there are issues that require consideration in Executive Session and the Commissioners Court announces that the item will be considered during Executive Session.
RESUME OPEN SESSION AND TAKE ANY NECESSARY ACTION RESULTING FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION DELIBERATIONS.
14. ADJOURNMENT
I, the undersigned County Clerk, do hereby certify NOTICE of Regular meeting of the above named Commissioners Court is a true and correct copy of said Notice and that I have caused said Notice to be posted on the doors at the Courthouse of San Augustine County, Texas located at 100 W. Columbia Street on the 22nd day of May, 2015.
_______________________________
Margo Noble, County Clerk

 

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Joaquin City Council to have special called meetings Tuesday (agendas)


SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
Joaquin Public Safety Corporation
May 26,2015
 
The City Council of Joaquin will meet in special session Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 5:15 p.m. at the Joaquin City Offices located at 124 N. Preston.  Order of business as follows.
 
                                                                             Agenda
 
 
1. Call meeting to order, establish quorum and welcome guest.
2. Discussion & Council approval of paying auditor’s bill.
3. Adjournment
 
If during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held   in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.
 
Posted by Amanda Willey at 12:23 p.m.
 
 
 
SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
May 26, 2015
 
The City Council of Joaquin will meet in special session Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 6 p.m. . at the Joaquin City Offices located at 124 N. Preston.  Order of business as follows.
 
                                                                             Agenda
 
 
1. Call meeting to order, establish quorum and welcome guest.
2. Discussion & Council approval of adding new Mayor Bill Baker, Mayor Pro Tem Ben Brittain, Councilman Mike Atkinson, and City Secretary, Amanda Willey, to all  accounts maintained by the city as well as removing former Mayor Mike Wood and City Secretary Donna Fitzgerald from said accounts.
3. Adjournment
 
If during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held   in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.
 
Posted by Amanda Willey at 12:23 p.m.
 

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Timpson Bear Update 05/22/15


Early Release – Timpson ISD will early release on Monday May 25 at 12:30 p.m.  Buses will run at 12:45 p.m.

Memorial Day Program Cancelled – The Timpson Memorial Day program scheduled for Monday, May 25th has been cancelled due to potential bad weather and ground moisture.  A program will be planned in the future to remember Timpson military men and women killed in the line of duty to their country and to dedicate the Honor Wall at SoSo Park.

Pre K News - Tuesday, May 29th Maxine Bersch Lovern, came and told story's and sang songs to Timpson Elementary School Ms. Penny's and Mrs. Stefanie's Pre-K classes. She is 96 years old. She is a professional storyteller.  She has written books on storytelling along with her memoirs. Her web page is: http://maxinebersch.com/  Last month she taught storytelling to a group in Virginia.  Pre-K thanks you very much for coming.

Mrs. Iles’ 2nd Grade – Fossil Dig - Mrs. Iles’ 2nd graders have been studying fossils. Last week they all got to participate in a fossil excavation. They used chocolate chip cookies and the fossils were the chocolate chips. The tool they had to use for excavation was a toothpick. They learned how precise and delicate you have to be when working with fossils.

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Center PD Detective assist in large narcotics investigation


An extensive Narcotics Investigation spawned by Center Police Department Detective Chris Knowlton leads to a major blow in Methamphetamine traffic within Shelby County/Center, Tx and into Rusk County.
 
Special thanks to Rusk County Sheriff's Office, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Henderson Police Department and Rusk County Constable PCT #3 who through great teamwork, followed through with this investigation.
 
http://www.kltv.com/story/29114531/one-man-arrested-one-wanted-in-rusk-county-meth-bust

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Ramos named TxDOT Lufkin District-Nacogdoches area engineer


LUFKIN - Shannon Ramos, P.E., has recently been named as Nacogdoches Area Engineer for the Lufkin District.

In her new role, Shannon will head the Nacogdoches Area Office which oversees all construction and maintenance activities in Nacogdoches, Sabine, Shelby, and San Augustine counties.

Shannon began her career with TxDOT in January 2003 for the Lufkin District's Consultant Management Section after her December 2002 graduation from Texas A&M University.

She transferred to the Lufkin Area Office in September 2003 where she was responsible for development of multiple construction and maintenance plans and later served as Project Engineer for the SH 94 Neches River bridge replacement project between Angelina and Trinity County.

She received her license as an Professional Engineer in December 2007. In February 2012, Shannon accepted the position of Nacogdoches County Assistant Area Engineer and has served in that position since.

Shannon and her husband, Ernesto, have been married for 10 years and have two children, Anastasia, 8, and Henry, 5. The family resides in Lufkin and Shannon enjoys camping with her family and watching her children compete in sporting events.




 

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National Cancer Survivor Day to be recognized


June 7th is National Cancer Survivor Day ~ The Light&Champion will be honoring survivors in the June 5th edition. A person is comsidered a survivor from the date of diagnosis. Please submit a photo of the survivor in your life with the name of the survivor and length of time as a survivor by e-mail to news@lightandchampion or upload to the Light & Champion Face Book page. The deadline to submit a photo is June 1st ~ The Survivor picture page will print in the Friday, June  5th edition of the Light and Champion. 

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Coming Up at Joaquin ISD 5/25/15--5/31/15


Joaquin ISD News and Events for the week of May 25 – May 31

May 25 - Weather Day/School Holiday
May 25 -Memorial Day
May 26 - Any parents that would like to donate a gift to project graduation, please send to Mrs.Wanda Scruggs by Tuesday, May 26, 2015.
May 26 – 5th Grade Science Fair
May 26 - Kindergarten Graduation 6:00 PM in the auditorium.
May 27 – Elementary Summer Safety Program (for students only)
May 28 – Elementary Field Day
May 28 - Joaquin Jr. High Graduation at 7:00 PM in the new gym.
May 29 – 8:30AM – Senior Breakfast at Word of Faith Church. Any student that needs a ride please report to the high school office at 8:00 AM for a school official to take you to the Word of Faith Church.
May 29 – Elementary Awards Day (Time: (K-2 - 9:00-9:45 AM) (3rd-5th – 10:00-10:45)
May 29 – Early release day! Students will be released at 1:10 PM
May 29th – Last Day of School!
May 29 – JHS Graduation Practice at 10:30 AM in the JHS gym. All seniors are to report to the new gym at 10:30 AM. DO NOT BE LATE!
May 29 – JHS Graduation at 8:00 PM - All seniors are to report to the Band Hall at 7:00 PM for the JHS Alumni reception. Parents are welcome as well. Do not be late to the reception. The alumni will award some seniors at the reception. Put your things in the auditorium and then go to the reception. Seniors will report back to the auditorium at 7:30 PM to put on their cap and gown to take pictures.
Seniors may wear medals and cords presented at the Academic Banquet and Senior Awards night.

Attire:
Male: slacks or jeans without holes, tuck shirt in pants; NO flip flops.
Female: dress, slacks, NO Flip flops
All clothing MUST be school appropriate

May 29 – Project Graduation in the old gym from 11:30 PM until 5:00 AM

Parents are asked to be here at 10:30 PM to help set up in the old gym. Come through the gym door at the old gym. NO other doors will be open.

Seniors are to park their vehicles in the bus lane; the gates will be locked at 11:30 PM.

Project graduation is for graduates ONLY; NO former graduates or underclassmen, siblings, etc.


Have a safe and happy summer!!
School will resume August 24, 2015!

 

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It's Friday!!! As advertised...rain chances continue, probability goes up Sunday


Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, high near 78. East wind around 5 mph.
 
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, low around 66. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, high near 83. South wind around 10 mph.
 
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 71.
 
Sunday: A 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 82.
 
Sunday Night: A 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 70.
 
Memorial Day: A 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 80. 
 
Monday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 68.
 
Tuesday: A 60 percent chance of rain, high near 83.
 
Tuesday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 70.
 
Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 86.
 
Wednesday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 70.
 
Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87.

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Local Sports Round Up 05/22/15; Riders throw shut-out at Hudson in Game 1, Game 2 at 7 p.m. tonight


In sports,

 

Baseball state playoffs:

 

The Center Roughriders are one win away from the region semi-final round after winning Game 1 of their best-of-three region quarterfinal series against Hudson, 6-0 in Gary last night.

 

Game 2 will start at 7 p.m. tonight. The Riders have won 12 in-a-row and got a one-hitter from Jacob Mitchell.

 

Center broke open a 1-0 game in the sixth inning when they pushed five runs across, thanks to a triple from Caiden Rainbolt.

 

The Riders have now outscored the opponent, 50-5 in the playoffs. It was also the first time this season Hudson has been shut-out.

 

The Center/Hudson winner will move on to play the Bridge City/Huffman Hargrave winner. That one game playoff is being played in Baytown Friday night.

 

Center Broadcasting will have coverage of the Riders throughout the state playoffs on Q-100 KQBB as Don Wall has the call. A reminder, you can also listen to the broadcast via our website at cbc-radio.com or download the free Tune-In radio app for your I-phone or Android device and type in KQBB.

 

CLASS 4A REGION III

Center (23-3-1) vs. Hudson (21-11)
Regional Quarterfinals

Game 1 Thursday Center 6, Hudson 0
Game 2 at 7pm Friday at Gary, Center home
Game 3, if needed, Saturday at 1pm at Gary

 

W24 Bridge City (19-8) Vs. W23 Huffman Hargrave (22-4)

One Game: Friday, May 22nd @ Baytown Sterling, 7:00
 

R19 Carthage (17-10) Vs. W17 Robinson (22-5-1)

Game 1: Friday, May 22nd @ Mesquite Tillery, 6:00

Game 2: Saturday, May 23rd @ Mesquite Tillery, 2:00

Game 3: After Game 2 (if necessary)

 

T24 West Orange-Stark (20-7) Vs. W21 Bellville (20-7)

Game 1: Thursday, May 21st @ Barbers Hill, 7:30

Game 2: Friday, May 22nd @ Barbers Hill, 7:00

Game 3: Saturday, May 23rd @ Barbers Hill, 2:00

CLASS 3A REGION III

W20 Academy (23-4-1) Vs. W19 West (24-2-1)

Game 1: Wednesday, May 20th @ Georgetown Eastview, 7:30

 

R21 Elkhart (21-10) Vs. W23 Buna (17-5)

Game 1: Thursday, May 21st @ Texas Slam (Livingston), 7:00

Game 2: Friday, May 22nd @ Texas Slam (Livingston), 7:00

Game 3: Saturday, May 23rd @ Texas Slam (Livingston), 1:00

 

R19 Clifton (20-4-2) Vs. T19 Teague (15-7-2)

Game 1: Thursday, May 21st @ Midway, 7:00

Game 2: Friday, May 22nd @ Midway, 7:00

Game 3: Saturday, May 23rd @ Midway, 3:00

 R23 Warren (20-7) Vs. W21 New Waverly (19-8-1)

Game 1: Friday, May 22nd @ Kingwood, 7:00

Game 2: Saturday, May 23rd @ Kingwood, 2:00

Game 3: After Game 2 (if necessary)

 

CLASS 2A REGION III

 R17 James Bowie v R19 Harleton

   Game 1 – Thursday May 21 at 6pm at Hughes Springs

   Game 2 – Friday, May 22 at 6pm at Hughes Springs

   Game 3 – if needed Saturday at 2pm

 

West Sabine vs. Colmesneil

(Best-of-three series)
At Lamar or Port Neches

·      Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday (May 21)

·      Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday (May 22)

·      Game 3: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 23), if necessary

 

Union Grove vs. Maud

(Best-of-three series)
At Centenary College, Shreveport, La.

·      Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday (May 21)

·      Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday (May 22)

·      Game 3: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 23), if necessary

 

Beckville vs. Centerville

Thursday’s Game 1 cancelled.

Game 1: Noon Friday at Livingston at the Texas Slam Facility.

 

 

 

Softball state playoffs:

CLASS 4A REGION III

Carthage vs. Huffman Hargrave

(Best-of-three series)

At Lufkin Hudson HS

    Game 1: Carthage 1, Huffman Hargrave 0

    Game 2: 3 p.m. Saturday (May 23)

    Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary

CLASS 3A REGION II

Hughes Springs vs. Pilot Point

(Best-of-three series)
At Bonham HS

·      Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday (May 21)

·      Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday (May 22)

·      Game 3: 7 p.m. Saturday (May 23), if necessary

 

CLASS 3A REGION III

White Oak vs. Woodville

 

CLASS 2A REGION III

Cayuga vs. Cushing

(Best-of-three series)
At Mumford HS

·      Game 1: 5 p.m. Friday (May 22)

·      Game 2: 1 p.m. Saturday (May 23)

·      Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary

 

Harleton vs. Grapeland

·      One-game playoff: 6:30 p.m. Thursday (May 21), Bullard’s Brook Hill School


 

DU Greenwing event:

The Shelby County Ducks’ Unlimited annual Green Wing event will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 6, at Weldon Boles’ property off Old City Lake Road outside Center. Clint Tanner said there will be prizes for all kids, along with Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Wardens providing hunter safety, Shelby County Jr. Bass Anglers, Collin Matthews with a gun safety demo, Mike Hudman with Black Water Retrievers with a dog demo and kids enjoy a free hot dog meal. All kids’ ages up to 17 are invited to attend. Mark your calendar for June 6, the Shelby County Ducks Unlimited Greenwing Event. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. The location is 245 CR 1006, Center. By the way, kids, bring your fishing pole. For more information call Clint Tanner at 936-332-4767 or Adam Reeves at 936-332-6420.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 05/21/15--05/22/15


Arrest Report

5/21/15—5/22/15

Shelby County:

 

Kayla Gunderman, 38, Center, Violation of Probation, Original Charge: Theft

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

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

 

 

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Monday is Memorial Day, programs planned to honor those that died serving our country


Monday is Memorial Day and is a Federal Holiday.

 

The day is for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

 

All banks, the post office, federal, state, county and local municipalities are closed for business Monday. There's also no school.

 

Among Memorial Day observances:

 

Shelby County Memorial VFW Post 8904 & the Ladies Auxiliary will hold their annual Memorial Day Program on Monday, at 11 am in Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church, in Center. Names of all Shelby County Veterans killed in action from the Civil War to today's War on Terror will be read. The memorial wreath will be decorated by those in attendance as the names are read. Musical selections will be provided by students from the Center Middle School Band and Choir. The playing of Taps will close the program. 

 

The annual Timpson Memorial Day program has been cancelled. The Timpson American Legion made the decision Thursday based on the potential threat of inclement weather. By the way, the Timpson Bear Band Boosters have postponed their BBQ chicken fundraiser Monday and say they will be rescheduling.

 

The San Augustine American Legion Memorial Day program will be held at San Augustine High School at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, as well as at 11 a.m. Monday at First Methodist Church in San Augustine.

 

Also, tomorrow, Saturday, a Veterans Monument will be dedicated at the Bethel Cemetery in Nacogdoches County. The ceremony will begin at 11 am with a complimentary BBQ lunch to be served afterwards. There’s a cordial invitation to all veterans to attend. Bethel Cemetery is located south of Hwy 59 on CR 941.  Stay on 941 until you come to FM 2609 and the Cemetery is next to the Bethel Baptist Church. 

 

By the way, on Memorial Day, United States Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon.  All banks, schools, businesses and government offices that fly a flag that can be lowered are asked to please do so in honor of those Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  If you fly a flag that can't be lowered you can still show respect for the day by tying a black cord or ribbon to the top of the flag pole.  It too should be removed at noon.

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Effort underway to restore historic 1919 San Augustine County Jail


An effort is underway in San Augustine to restore the 1919 county jail to its original red-brick-with-yellow-trim exterior.

 

The project has been undertaken by the San Augustine Garden Club in partnership with San Augustine Main Street Patrons and Loyal Supporters and San Augustine County Historical Commission.

 

The 1919 jail is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The structure is located adjacent to the San Augustine County Courthouse.

 

Betty Oglesbee says a substantial number of donations have been received or pledged, but they are still dollars away from the the goal of $400,000 to $500,000.

 

She says if you'd like to make a donation, San Augustine County Treasurer Pam Smith has set up an account for the "1919 Jail Restoration Fund".

 

Ms. Oglesbee said plans are for the building to become a law enforcement museum, in addition, the still-intact jail cells will become "research cubbies" for a Texana Research Library.

 

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"Cowboy Up Your Storefront Contest" deadline extended to Tuesday, May 26


Since Monday is a holiday the deadline for entering the “Cowboy Up Your Store Front” contest has been extended until Tuesday, May 26.

 

With the 62nd Shelby County Sheriff's Posse Pro Rodeo coming to town June 5 and 6, you're asked to deck your business store front out in full western flair.

 

Businesses will be judged by members of the community, and the judging will take place on Thursday, June 4th.

 

Storefronts will be judged on originality, color, and characteristics. First Place pays out $250 plus 8 rodeo tickets; second place pays out $150 plus 4 rodeo tickets. There is no entry fee to participate in the contest.

 

If you would like to enter the Cowboy Up Your Storefront Contest, stop by Center Broadcasting Company offices at 307 San Augustine Street and pick up your required entry form, or visit us our website at cbc-radio.com.

 

For more information contact Boo Klein at 936-590-0661.

 

Forms must be turned in to Center Broadcasting, 307 San Augustine Street in Center by Tuesday. 

 

Each business will be issued a number upon returning the completed entry form.

 

Winners will be judged on Thursday, June 4th, and announced on Fri. morning on the KQBB 100.5 and KDET 930AM; and at rodeo.

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Funeral Notices: 05/22/15


Mangum Funeral Home announces a graveside service for 86-year old Ruth Reeve of Alvin, formerly of Tenaha. She passed away Wednesday in Alvin. Graveside will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Prospect Cemetery, Timpson.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces service for 78-year old Kenneth McCauley of San Augustine. He passed away Thursday in Lufkin. Service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with burial at Liberty Hill Cemetery, San Augustine County. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home. He was a logger, plumber and minister. Among Kenneth McCauley’s survivors is his wife, Kathryn McCauley of San Augustine; sons, Robert & Lacresia McCauley of San Augustine, Cody Lindsey of Center, Zachery Lindsey and Cale Lindsey, both of San Augustine; daughters, Chelsey McCoy of San Augusine and Victoria Lindswy of Lufkin; brothers, W.H. & Barbara McCauley of Nacogdoches, Travis & Beverly McCauley of Chireno, Jack & Sarah McCauley of San Augustine; sisters, Bobbie Jackson of Houston, Audrey Wells of San Augustine and Betty & Harold Loggins of San Augustine.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces service for 23-year old Jesse Rae Welch of the Bronson (Grapevine Community). Service will be at 2 p.m., Sunday at Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with burial at Dickerson Cemetery, San Augustine County. Visitation will be tonight & Saturday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces service for 65-year old Steven McCauley of Hemphill, formerly of San Augustine. Service will be at 2 p.m. today at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, with burial in the Parker Cemetery, San Augustine County. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. this morning at the funeral home.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home of San Augustine announces a memorial service for 77-year old Charlie Marvin Mills of Houston, formerly of San Augustine. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Old Salem Cemetery in Sabine County.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces pending service for 73-year old Mrs. Maurine Bailey of Center. She passed away Monday at her residence.

 

CJ Davis Memorial Funeral Services in Timpson and Hicks Mortuary of Center announces service for Martha Price of Nacogdoches, a native of San Augustine. Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Bapist Church in San Augustine, with burial to follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery. A private visitation will be held at 3 p.m. today at CJ Davis Memorial Funeral Chapel in Timpson.

 

Stringer Griffin Funeral Home of Jasper announces a graveside service for 46-year old Chris Williams of Dickinson. He passed away last Sunday. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Stringer Griffin Funeral Home in Jasper. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Brookeland Cemetery in Brookeland, with Gordon Vaughn officiating. Chis Williams is survived by his mother, Sandra Bell Swope & husband, Jim of Dickinson; father, Ron & Jean Williams of Nacogdoches; and sister, Erin of Nacogdoches; grandmother, Virginia Bell of Center and Norvell Williams Holt of Center.

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San Augustine City Council to have called meeting Tuesday, Budget Workshop Wednesday


May 21, 2015
 
 
 
The City of San Augustine City Council will meet for a called meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers located at 301 South Harrison Street, San Augustine, Texas.
 
 
 
A G E N D A
 
1. Call Meeting To Order
2. Prayer
3. Pledge To The Flag
4. Welcome Guest
5. Executive Session
§551.074 Personnel Matters – Interview Applicants For City Manager’s 
Position
6. Reconvene and Take Action If Any On Executive Session Item
7. Adjourn
 
 
 
The City Council reserves the right to adjourn into Executive Session at any time during the course of this meeting to discuss any of the matters listed above, as authorized by Texas Government Code, Section 551.071 (Consultation with Attorney), 551.072 (Deliberations about Real Property), 551.073 (Deliberations about Gifts and Donations), 551.074 (Personnel Matters), 551.076 (Deliberations About Security Devices) and 551.087 (Economic Development).
 
 
 
I, the undersigned authority do hereby certify that the Notice of Meeting was posted on the front door at City Hall of the City of San Augustine, TX, a place convenient and readily accessible to the general public at all times and said Notice was posted on the following date and time:
May 21, 2015 at__5:00 P.M.._________ and remained so posted continuously for at least 72 hours preceding the scheduled time of said meeting.
 
 
City Secretary, City of San Augustine, Texas
 
 
May 21, 2015
 
 
 
The City of San Augustine City Council will meet for a budget workshop on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.   The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers located at 301 South Harrison Street, San Augustine, Texas.
 
 
A G E N D A
 
1. Call Meeting To Order
2. Prayer
3. Pledge To The Flags
4. Welcome Guest
5. Review and Discuss FY 2015- 2016 Budget
6. Adjourn
 
 
The City Council reserves the right to adjourn into Executive Session at any time during the course of this meeting to discuss any of the matters listed above, as authorized by Texas Government Code, Section 551.071 (Consultation with Attorney), 551.072 (Deliberations about Real Property), 551.073 (Deliberations about Gifts and Donations), 551.074 (Personnel Matters), 551.076 (Deliberations About Security Devices) and 551.087 (Economic Development).
 
 
 
I, the undersigned authority do hereby certify that the Notice of Meeting was posted on the front door at City Hall of the City of San Augustine, TX, a place convenient and readily accessible to the general public at all times and said Notice was posted on the following date and time:
May 21, 2015 at 5:00 P.M. and remained so posted continuously for at least 72 hours preceding the scheduled time of said meeting.
 
 
City Secretary, City of San Augustine, Texas
 

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TxDOT kept busy with road closures, flooded areas


LUFKIN - Excessive rain and flooding were reported again in several areas of the nine-county Lufkin District Thursday, keeping TxDOT crews busy monitoring road closures and flooded areas.

Crews are continuing to make efforts to repair pavement wash-outs that resulted in road closures caused by flooding earlier in the week.

SH 103 West, east of FM 2021, was closed in the westbound lane Wednesday night after a portion of the pavement was washed out making it impassable. Thursday afternoon, excessive flooding made it necessary to close all lanes until flood waters recede from the highway and repairs can be made. Westbound traffic will be diverted northbound onto FM 706, while eastbound traffic will be diverted onto SH 7 at the Angelina County line. Traffic coming from FM 706 West onto SH 103 will be diverted back to the east toward Lufkin.

Crews are continuing to make repairs to a part of FM 2680 as weather allows after a pavement wash-out blocked the roadway on Monday.

"Ongoing weather issues this week have kept our workers busy around the clock," said Rhonda Oaks, TxDOT public information officer for the Lufkin District. "We are advising motorists to avoid flooded roadways and limit driving during bad weather. Water rises quickly and if you must drive, never attempt to drive through a flooded area or moving water. Just a few inches of water can sweep a vehicle off the road. Drivers should remain alert for road closures and changing traffic patterns. Obey all traffic signs and watch for workers who are monitoring traffic."

In addition to the closures at SH 103 West and FM 2680, flooded areas and temporary closures from Thursday's storms included:

ANGELINA COUNTY
US 69 South: Closed due to water across roadway in north and southbound lanes of travel. Traffic diverted through FM 326.
FM 1475 and Tom Holland Road: Closed due to high water.
FM 1271 (Old Union Road): Closed and impassable.
US 59 South at Burke: High water across roadway.
FM 819: Flooded at low water crossings.
FM 2497: Water across roadway 3 miles north of FM 304.
FM 706 at SH 103 West: Flooded in one lane and impassable.
FM 2108: High water across the roadway.

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY
FM 2863 (Press Road): Flooded with 3 feet of water across both lanes.

TRINITY COUNTY
SH 94: High water over roadway in various places.
FM 233: Flooded roadway.
FM 356: Flooded roadway.

HOUSTON COUNTY
Trees reported down, but no road closures or flooding issues.

San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Polk and Sabine counties reported no weather-related issues.

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.

 

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Undercover operation nets supplier in Logansport


DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle would like to announce an update to a previous press release involving the sale of narcotics near Logansport High School. 

 

Agents with the Tri-Parish Drug Task Force, acting on intelligence obtained during
the previous investigation, identified the supplier of narcotics which were
being sold to students. 

 

Undercover buys were made from a residence in the 100 block of Spring Street in Logansport, LA and a search warrant was obtained for the residence.  Agents executed that search warrant on May 15, 2015 and recovered about 105 grams of suspected marijuana, a loaded .38 Smith and Wesson handgun, and various drug paraphernalia. 

 

Children were present in the residence at the time of the search warrant and in the same area as the narcotics and drug paraphernalia.  The children were released to
a relative pending an investigation by Child Protective Services. 

 

Arrested at the location was Ashley N. McCoy (B/F - DOB: 02/23/1987) of Logansport,
LA.  She was charged with the offenses of LA R.S. 40:966.A.(1) Possession of
Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute, LA R.S. 14:95.E Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of CDS, LA R.S. 40:1023 Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, LA R.S. 40:982 Second or Subsequent Offense, and 2 counts of 14:91.13 Illegal Use of CDS In the Presence of Persons Under 17.  She was later booked into DeSoto Parish Detention Center.

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Shelby Savings Bank announces promotions


Shelby Savings Bank board chairman Rick Campbell is pleased to announce the promotion of four employees. Ana Arcibar, Michele Askew, Josh Jones and Schyler Magdziak have been named assistant vice presidents.

 

"These four are vital members of the Shelby Savings Bank team," Campbell said. "Their performance has been impressive, and their commitment to the community and the bank is inspiring. It's exciting to see their hard work pay off, and we know these promotions will help us better serve our customers."

 

Arcibar has been with Shelby Savings Bank for five years and serves as a mortgage loan officer. She moved to East Texas from El Paso in 1995 and attended Center High School. She began her career in real estate, working as a title examiner for five years before entering the banking industry in 2010.

 

Askew has been with Shelby Savings Bank for seven years and serves as assistant compliance officer. A graduate of Center High School, she attended Panola College and owned a Mission Foods distribution business before entering the banking industry. She serves on the CASA board and is a sister in the Eta Rho sorority. 

 

Jones is a Shelbyville native who has been with Shelby Savings Bank for two years and serves as a loan officer. He graduated from Texas A&M, is a member of the Shelbyville Lion's Club and attends Ephesus Baptist Church.

 

Magdziak worked for Tyson Foods for three years before entering the banking industry. She has been with Shelby Savings Bank for more than a year and opened the Palestine loan production office last June. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin in 2011 with a degree in animal science and has plans to pursue her MBA through Texas A&M's online program. She is active in Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce and enjoys barrel racing and training barrel horses on the weekends.

 

Bank officials expressed great pride in their employees and said it was an honor to announce these four promotions.

 

"We have some of the finest people in East Texas working for us," said Will Lucas, Shelby Savings Bank president and COO. "It's a pleasure working beside them, and we enjoy seeing them grow in their careers."

 

Shelby County Savings Association officially opened on July 27, 1982, in a portable building on Austin Street in Center. Today, Shelby Savings Bank has five locations - two in Center with branches in San Augustine and Hemphill and a loan production office in Palestine - 76 employees and, as of Dec. 31, 2014, $262,202,668 in working assets. 

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AS FLOODING THREATENS TEXAS, TxDOT URGES DRIVERS TO OBEY TRAFFIC LAWS DURING HOLIDAY TRAVEL


AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Transportation urges drivers to “TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN” as flooding continues to be a serious concern in the state with more storms in the forecast for the Memorial Day weekend. Rainfall totals have already approached 20 inches in some parts of Texas, saturating the ground and setting up the potential for more flooding and possible road closures.

“For many Texas families, Memorial Day weekend kicks off the start of a summer filled with road trips and recreation, so we want to make sure everyone arrives alive to each destination,” said John Barton, TxDOT deputy executive director. “Not only is it important for families to obey
all traffic laws when driving, but they also need to keep an eye on the weather and make sure their windshield wipers, turn signals and tires are in proper working order.”

With heavy rains continuing around the state through Memorial Day weekend, TxDOT reminds drivers to take extra precautions by following these tips:

  * If water is covering a road, don’t try to cross. As little as six inches of water can float some vehicles.
  * It is illegal to remove barricades blocking lower water crossings. Penalties can range from $200 to $1,000 and/or two years in jail.   * Never try to walk, swim or drive through swift water.
  * If your vehicle stalls in deep water, leave it and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
  * Turn around; don’t drown.
  * Always wear a seat belt and never drive under the influence of alcohol. In 2014, there were 37 fatalities on Texas roadways over the Memorial Day weekend. Ten victims were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash and 15 were killed due to impaired drivers.

Additionally, TxDOT reminds drivers to keep their vehicles maintained. As part of its “Drive Clean Texas[3]” air quality campaign, TxDOT offers the “Roadcents” Web app to help drivers save money, reduce tailpipe emissions and keep vehicles operating efficiently by driving smart. 

Being well-rested and sharing driving responsibilities also are recommended. Across the state, TxDOT operates 12 Travel Information Centers[5] where visitors can rest, get directions and stretch their legs. The centers are staffed by professional travel counselors who welcome visitors, help with routings and provide information on points of interest, events and road conditions. Internet access, restrooms and picnic tables also are available.
 

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Public notice regarding destruction of Special Education records in the Joaquin ISD


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Tenaha Tiger Daily 05/21/15


May 21, 2015-Boo Bullying in SEC

May 22, 2015-Scholarship Assembly; Senior Celebration at the Youth Center
RSVP Required.

May 25, 2015-Texas State Solo & Ensemble Hendrickson HS Pflugerville 

May 26, 2015-PK4 Field Trip to Zoo; Elementary Field Day

May 27, 2015- Elementary Awards in SEC 9:00 am

May 28, 2015-Early Release 11:30 am; End of 6th Grading Period; Graduation

May 29, 2015-Teacher In-Service/Student Holiday

 

 

Senior Spotlight

 
Kolton Flores

Parents/Grandparents: Linda & Jose Flores

Best Friend in School: Kyleigh Vesper

What Career Field Pursuing: Culinary

 

JaQuarious Williams

Nickname: Money

Parents/Grandparents: Shirley Thomas

Clubs/Organizations/Sports/Honors/Awards: Football; Band; Track

Favorite High School Memory: Football and Band Trip to New York

Best Friend in School: Cobe Caraway; Kebo Reed

What College or Tech School are you planning on attending? Panola

What Career Field Pursuing: Business 
     

Taylor Walton

Nickname: Tayy

Parents/Grandparents: Tracy & Tracy Walton

Clubs/Organizations/Sports/Honors/Awards: Basketball; BETA

Favorite High School Memory: Playing around in Mrs. Armstrong's room

Best Friend in School: TaKameria; Ashton; Mikaela; Trevin; Tiffani

Favorite Song: Love Don't Change

Favorite Book: All of the Bluford

What College or Tech School are you planning on attending: Kilgore College

What Career Field are you pursuing? Medical


William "Seth" Wyatt

Parents/Grandparents: Billy & Katha Wyatt

Clubs/Organizations/Sports/Honors/Awards: Football; Track; Band; BETA; JCC;
FFA; Baseball

Offices Held: Drum Major; Senior Class President

What College or Tech School are you planning on attending: Texas A & M

What Career Field are you pursuing? Communications

 

Band Update:

The Roarin' Band from Tigerland arrived back into Tenaha at approx. 6:30am. The students, directors, bus drivers, and chaperone teachers are completely exhausted after this 7 day trip (including those teachers that continued rigorous instruction in Tenaha while we were gone)! However, it's worth it when you think of the excitement and overall educational experience these students from the little town of Tenaha, TX were provided. Rewarding hard working students with the best educational experiences and opportunities should always be the number one priority of any school district, regardless of how tough it may be on us teachers to pull it off. Thankfully Tenaha I.S.D. understands that. 

Thank you Tenaha I.S.D. for providing these kids with memories that will
last a lifetime!
 

The SCHOLARSHIP Assembly for Seniors is on May 22nd @ 9:30 a.m. in our SEC.
Parents-guardians-relatives are welcome.  A reception will follow.  Seniors are asked to dress to impress in their nice clothes as if going for an interview.  

We look forward to recognizing the Class of 2015 for all of their hard work.
Karen Fallin

 

Notice:

The Tenaha ISD is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. 

Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for
all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or
disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal
service. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:  

Tenaha ISD Cafeteria

138 College Street

Tenaha TX 75661

June 1st, 2015-June 30th, 2015

Monday thru Thursday Starting June 2nd, 2015

Breakfast- 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Lunch- 11:30a.m.-12:30p.m.

 

 

 

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DETEC power outage update @ 12:40 p.m.


As of 12:40 PM approximately less than 30 members are without power due to the morning storms.  Theses members are scattered in Nacogdoches, San Augustine, Sabine and Jasper Counties.

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative would like to thank the membership for their patience as crews have worked to restore power as quickly as possible.  DETEC is proud of the hard work and extra hours crews have endured this storm season - thank a Lineman when you see one!

If you are still experiencing an outage please report it to DETEC at 1-800-392-5986.

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DETEC power outage update @ 12:30 p.m.


Currently DETEC is reporting approximately 350 weather related outages.

Nacogdoches Co. - approx. 150 - FM 225 area, west of Nacogdoches
Sabine Co. - approx. 200 - lake area of FM 3520

Crews are working to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.

DETEC would like to remind members to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES.  Consider them all to be live and dangerous.  Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines and outages.

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Timpson Bear Band Boosters postpone BBQ Monday, to reschedule


Since the Memorial Day program was cancelled in Timpson for Monday, the Timpson Bear Band Booster have made the decision to postpone their BBQ fundraiser. Band Boosters say they will reschedule, soon.

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Weather Update @ 11 a.m.


Already 1.69" (San Augustine). IIt will slack off this afternoon and tomorrow and Sat will return to widely scattered afternoon t storms. nothing severe.  

 

Cold front and pacific/gulf air collided further south than forecast...right over us.  late sat sun mon will b another round of heavy rain as another low comes our way. 

 


I',m in Austin and from Madisonville thru North Zulch cattle are standing in knee deep water. Areas of hwy 21 show signs of sand mud and debris at one time was over the hwy and created lots of pot holes.

 

Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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Potential inclement weather forces postponement of Timpson Memorial Day program on Monday


Center Broadcasting has received information that the Timpson Memorial Day program Monday has been cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather. The program is sponsored by the Timpson ISD and American Legion.

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DETEC reporting outages this morning


Currently DETEC is reporting approximately 600 weather related outages.

Shelby Co. - approx. 50
San Augustine Co. - approx. 380 - Outages in Shelby and San Augustine Counties are primarily along Hwy 147 N in the Hawthorne, Bland Lake and Calgary Communities
Nacogdoches Co. - approx. 150  - FM 225 area, west of Nacogdoches
Sabine Co. - less than 20

Crews are working to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.

DETEC would like to remind members to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES.  Consider them all to be live and dangerous.  Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines and outages.

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My Five Cents...A weekly column from Sen. Robert Nichols


This weekend, our country will observe Memorial Day and remember the sacrifices of the military men and women who gave their lives serving our nation. I hope we all take time to give thanks for those who sacrificed everything for our nation so we might live free.

 

Here are five things that happened this week at your Texas Capitol:

 

1.      Gold Star Mothers

 

The Texas Legislature recently passed legislation designating the last Sunday in September as Gold Star Mother's Day, to honor those who have lost children while they served in the United States Armed Forces.

 

The name 'Gold Star Mothers' comes from the  custom, started in World War I and continued today, where military families would put up a service flag near their front window. The flag featured a blue star for each family member serving their country and gold stars honoring those who were killed while serving. As we remember our fallen soldiers this weekend during Memorial Day, let us also remember those who have lost loved ones.

 

2.Sharia Law

 

Over the past few months, you may have heard about sharia law and legislation filed this session which would prevent courts in the state from enforcing sharia law. While Texas currently has laws in place which prevent courts in our state from enforcing any foreign laws or court decisions, these proposed bills would reinforce this.

 

Texans should be reassured they are protected from these foreign laws infiltrating our court systems. As these bills continue to move through the Legislature in these last few days of session, I have and will continue to support any measure that reinforces this strict prohibition.

 

3.      Veto Methods

 

As session is slowly drawing to a close, more bills are being passed by both chambers and sent to the governor's office. Upon receipt, the governor has 10 days to review and either sign or veto a bill before it automatically becomes law. In addition, the governor has the power of line-item veto, where he can remove certain provisions listed in the bill without killing the entire piece of legislation.

 

While the Legislature may in theory override a veto with a two-thirds vote, that is impossible if session has ended. Because almost all legislation is finally passed in the last days of session, there are very few bills the Legislature could revive should the governor veto it. This makes the governor's veto a very powerful tool as it can completely shut down legislation despite its passage by the Legislature. I will continue to keep you updated as we finish out the last few days of session.

 

4.      Beekeepers in Texas

 

Did you know every third bit of food consumed by the average Texan is made as a result of honey bee pollination? Our state has about 125 commercial beekeepers and has seen a significant increase in beekeeping hobbyist over the past decade. While the beekeeping industry plays a small part in the state's agriculture industry, they play a vital role in ensuring Texans have a viable food source.

 

Under current Texas law, a beekeeper who extracts honey produced by his own bees and offers it for sale falls under certain regulations and must obtain a license from the Department of State Health Services. In addition, there is no distinction under current law between hobbyists and larger honey producers.

 

This week, the Legislature passed SB 1766, for which I am a co-author, which exempts small scale and beekeeping hobbyists who annually produce less than 2,500 pounds of honey from the licensing requirement. I am proud many beekeepers call Senate District 3 home and I look forward to continue to protect their interests in Austin.

 

5.License Plates

 

When driving down the road, I am sure you have seen numerous different types of license plates on vehicles which recognize a favorite sports team, college or organization. You might have also seen those that honor individuals and their families for their service to our country. While the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and My Plates can approve, design and sell specialty plates, the Texas Legislature has to approve license plates that are offered to individuals (such as veterans) for a free or reduced fee.

 

This session, approximately 100 new license plates have been approved through the Senate Transportation Committee, of which I am Chair.  So the next time you are driving and see a license plate honoring one of our brave veterans, make sure you give them a friendly wave in recognition of their service. 

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Shelby County Grand Jury hands down indictments this week


The January Term of the 273rd District Court Grand Jury for Shelby County convened this week and handed down a number of indictments. 
 
Among those were several Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (second degree felony), including two against Daryl McSwain for trying to use a 2001 Ford pickup to ram motorcycles driven by Robert Mitchell Miller and Dusten Byrd off the road, and  then exhibited a deadly weapon. The incident reportedly occured on Aug. 21, 2014.
 
Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon indictments, were also brought against Jahir Garcia-Luna and William Brandon Smith for shooting April Rochelle Peterson with an air-soft rifle on Aug. 18, 2014. Garcia-Luna and Smith both received an additional indictment of Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence (third degree felony), for concealing the rifle.
 
Erick Sanchez, Assault Bodily Injury (third degree felony), July 18, 2014, intentionally impeded the normal breathing of Milagro Gonzalez.
 
William Harold Lovell III, Intoxication Assault (third degree felony), Aug. 15, 2013, caused serioud bodily injury to Alicia Cruse by intentional reckless driving causing vehicle he was driving to rollover. He had a blood alcohol concentration of at least.08.
 
Carrie Moore Wilkins, Driving While Intoxicated with Child Passenger (state jail felony), Aug. 18, 2014, operated a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated with passenger younger than 15.
 
Maria De Los Angeles Mendoza-Lemus, Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information (state jail felony), Aug. 28, 2014, Without consent of Cathryn Spaulding used her Social Security number to gain employment.
 
Massaud Williams, Burglary of a Habitation (second degree felony), July 11, 2014, entered habitaton without consent of Atoshia Ayers and committed theft of property.
 
Massaud Williams, Evading Arrest-Prior Convictions (state jail felony), Dec. 6, 2014, intentionally fled Center PD Officer Thornburgh who was attempting to lawfully arrest or detain him.
 
Ashley Shaunte Fredieu, Credit Card/Debit Card Abuse Against the Elderly (third degree felony), Aug. 16, 2014, attempted to use a Master Card without consent of Ola M. Gardner, an elderly invidual 65 years of age or older at Walmart.
 
Mitchell Lynn Garrett, Evading Arrest (third degree felony), Aug. 25, 2014, intentionally fled Center PD Officer, Sgt. Burkhalter.
 
Leonel Hernandez, Evading Arrest (third degree felony), Aug. 10, 2014, intentionlly fled Center PD Officer Thornburgh.
 
Jamison Rashard Swindle, Possession of a Controlled Substance, (second degree felony) & Delivery of a Controlled Substance (second degree felony) July 3, 2014. Also, Delivery of a Controlled Substance on June 27, 2014.
 
Aubrey Calvin Pearson, Failure to Register as a Sex Offender (third degree felony), Jan. 24, 2015.
 
Hollis Neel Farris, Theft (third degree felony), July 7, 2014, stole a Black Angus Bull from Paul Hancock without consent of owner with intent to deprive the owner of the property.
 
Michael Shermane Johnson, Possession of a Controlled Substance (third degree felony), July 30, 2014.
 
Glendon Dale Webb, Possession of a Controlled Substance (third degree felony), July 5, 2014.
 
David Nathan Lewis, Jr., Failure to Stop and Render Aid (third degree felony), May 4, 2014, drove a vehicle that became involved in a accident resulting in damage to a vehicle, left the scene without giving his name, address and registration number of the vehicle to Jedediah Dale Davenport, the driver of the vehicle collided with.
 
Chadwick Obrien Bradshaw, Possession of a Controlled Substance (state jail felony), July 4, 2014.
 
Jose Luis Garay, Evading Arrest (third degree felony) Aug. 16, 2014, intentionally fled from Game Warden  Nathan Skeen, who was attempting to lawfully arrest or detain defendant.
 
Agustin S. Jimenez, Driving While Intoxicated (third degree felony), July 19, 2014.
 
NOTE: Indictment does not mean guilt. The use of a grand jury indictment is intended to ensure that a prosecutor brings a case to trial only if there is probable cause to support the crime was committed by a suspect. 
 

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Family searching for lost pet


Please help us find Remi. Last seen this at 9:20 am May 20, 2015 around highway 7 and CR 3000. Please call Matthew or LeAnn Rafferty936.269.9156 or 713.4192721

 

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CHS CNA and Phlebotomy Students Receive Certification


The CHS CNA and Phlebotomy students recently completed their program and received their pins.

 

The CNA students, under the direction of Judy Lee and Kathy Camp had to complete a total of 112 classroom and clinical hours as well as take the exam. The following students received their certification: 


Paola Bazaldua
Jakyric Driver
Erika Figueroa
Rylee Hudspeth
Faith Lengl
Riley Mitchell
Patty Romo
Kaleth Salazar
Brianna Ward

The Phlebotomy students, under the instruction of Nicole Vaughn had to complete 120 classroom hours and 120 clinical hours in order to received their certiciation. The group passed their exam in May after having classroom and clinical time. 
The following students are now certified in phlebotomy:


Jessica Alexander
Carla Almaguer
Madalyn Bartley
Marissa Macias
Taighen Mathews
Macayla Perry
Landri Roberts
Estefany Robledo
Kelsie Waller

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URGENT: Mayfest cancelled â€" rescheduling for June


The annual Mayfest scheduled for today at Lufkin’s Pitser Garrison Convention Center has been cancelled.  Heavy rains in the Lufkin area have rendered many streets and highways impassable.

The event’s sponsors, the Area Agency on Aging and 2-1-1 Texas of Deep East Texas will reschedule Mayfest for sometime in June.

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Flood Advisory issued for area


FLOOD ADVISORY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
839 AM CDT THU MAY 21 2015

RED RIVER LA-CLAIBORNE LA-BOSSIER LA-CADDO LA-BIENVILLE LA-
WEBSTER LA-LINCOLN LA-NATCHITOCHES LA-DE SOTO LA-RUSK TX-SHELBY TX-
GREGG TX-HARRISON TX-PANOLA TX-
839 AM CDT THU MAY 21 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SHREVEPORT HAS ISSUED A

* URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR...
  RED RIVER PARISH IN NORTHWESTERN LOUISIANA...
  SOUTHERN CLAIBORNE PARISH IN NORTHWESTERN LOUISIANA...
  SOUTHERN BOSSIER PARISH IN NORTHWESTERN LOUISIANA...
  CADDO PARISH IN NORTHWESTERN LOUISIANA...
  BIENVILLE PARISH IN NORTHWESTERN LOUISIANA...
  WEBSTER PARISH IN NORTHWESTERN LOUISIANA...
  LINCOLN PARISH IN NORTH CENTRAL LOUISIANA...
  NORTHWESTERN NATCHITOCHES PARISH IN NORTHWESTERN LOUISIANA...
  DE SOTO PARISH IN NORTHWESTERN LOUISIANA...
  NORTHERN RUSK COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN TEXAS...
  NORTHEASTERN SHELBY COUNTY IN EASTERN TEXAS...
  SOUTHERN GREGG COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN TEXAS...
  HARRISON COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN TEXAS...
  PANOLA COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN TEXAS...

* UNTIL 1130 AM CDT

* AT 837 AM CDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN DUE TO
  THUNDERSTORMS. THIS WILL CAUSE URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOODING IN
  THE ADVISORY AREA. ONE TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN HAVE ALREADY
  FALLEN...WITH RAINFALL RATES INCREASING.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...
  SHREVEPORT...LONGVIEW...BOSSIER CITY...MARSHALL...RUSTON...
  HENDERSON...MINDEN...KILGORE...CARTHAGE...MANSFIELD...GRAMBLING...
  HOMER...HALLSVILLE...HAUGHTON...GREENWOOD...ARCADIA...BLANCHARD...
  WASKOM...COUSHATTA AND BENTON.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL OF ONE TO TWO INCHES IS EXPECTED OVER THE AREA.
THIS ADDITIONAL RAIN WILL MAKE MINOR FLOODING...AS GROUND REMAINS
VERY SATURATED FROM PREVIOUS RAINFALLS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND.

DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF FLOOD WATERS. ONLY A FEW INCHES OF
RAPIDLY FLOWING WATER CAN QUICKLY CARRY AWAY YOUR VEHICLE.

TO REPORT FLOODING...HAVE THE NEAREST LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY RELAY
YOUR REPORT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE.

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Flood Warning continues for Sabine River at Logansport through Monday afternoon


FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
826 AM CDT THU MAY 21 2015

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...


Do not drive vehicles through flooded waterways.  Use caution when
walking near flooded riverbanks.  Do not try to wade or swim in
flooded rivers and bayous.


The flood warning continues for
  the Sabine River At Logansport, Louisiana.
* until Monday afternoon...or until the warning is cancelled.
* At 745 AM Thursday the stage was 28.7 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecast.
* Flood stage is 28 feet.
* Forecast...The river will continue to fall to below flood stage by
  Sunday evening.  Also the Sabine River crested at 29.3 feet during
  Wednesday evening at Logansport, Louisiana.
* Impact...at 28.0 feet...Expect lowland flooding problems of the
  heavily wooded floodplain to continue for several days.

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Center ISD Literary Magazine available for purchase


The first Center ISD Literary Magazine, *Artisan*, is now available at the high school for *$4.00*.  Please email sydney.brookshire@centerisd.org if
you would like one delivered to your campus.

Over 40 students across the district have had their writing, illustrations and designs published in the magazine.  Support our dedicated artisans by purchasing yours today!

 

Quantity is limited.

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Shower & thunderstorms, chances pick up Sunday & Monday


Today: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, high near 77. Northeast wind around 10 mph.
 
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, low around 62. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
 
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, high near 79. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 67.
 
Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, high near 84.
 
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 70.
 
Sunday: A 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 84.
 
Sunday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 71.
 
Memorial Day: A 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorm, high near 81. 
 
Monday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 68.
 
Tuesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 85.
 
Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 70.
 
Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

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Local Sports Round Up 05/21/15; Riders open region quarterfinal series with Hudson tonight


Baseball state playoffs:

 

The Center Roughriders will enter the third round of the Class 4A state baseball playoffs against Hudson in a best-of-three region quarterfinal series in Gary beginning tonight. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. You have to go back almost 40 years to find a Rider team that has gone this far in the state playoffs. Game 2 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, and if necessary, Game 3 would be at 1 p.m.

 

Hudson was Dist. 20-4A champion, going 7-2, with both loses coming to Jasper (7-6 & 2-1). The Hornets enter tonight's series after winning 2-of-3 (2-0, 2-4 & 5-0) from Rusk in bi-district and a one-game area win over Lorena (2-0).

 

Meanwhile, the Riders have swept their two playoff series over Huntington and Groesbeck, outscoring the opponent 44-5.

 

The Center/Hudson winner will move on to the region semi-finals against the Bridge City/Huffman Hargrave winner. That one game playoff is being played in Baytown Friday night.

 

Center Broadcasting will have coverage of the Riders throughout the state playoffs on Q-100 KQBB as Don Wall has the call. A reminder, you can also listen to the broadcast via our website at cbc-radio.com or download the free Tune-In radio app for your I-phone or Android device and type in KQBB.

 

CLASS 4A REGION III

Center (22-3-1) vs. Hudson (21-10
Regional Quarterfinals

Game 1 Thursday at 7pm at Gary, Center visitors
Game 2 at 7pm at Gary, Center home
Game 3, if needed, Saturday at 1pm at Gary

 

W24 Bridge City (19-8) Vs. W23 Huffman Hargrave (22-4)

One Game: Friday, May 22nd @ Baytown Sterling, 7:00
 

R19 Carthage (17-10) Vs. W17 Robinson (22-5-1)

Game 1: Friday, May 22nd @ Mesquite Tillery, 6:00

Game 2: Saturday, May 23rd @ Mesquite Tillery, 2:00

Game 3: After Game 2 (if necessary)

T24 West Orange-Stark (20-7) Vs. W21 Bellville (20-7)

Game 1: Thursday, May 21st @ Barbers Hill, 7:30

Game 2: Friday, May 22nd @ Barbers Hill, 7:00

Game 3: Saturday, May 23rd @ Barbers Hill, 2:00

CLASS 3A REGION III

W20 Academy (23-4-1) Vs. W19 West (24-2-1)

Game 1: Wednesday, May 20th @ Georgetown Eastview, 7:30

 

R21 Elkhart (21-10) Vs. W23 Buna (17-5)

Game 1: Thursday, May 21st @ Texas Slam (Livingston), 7:00

Game 2: Friday, May 22nd @ Texas Slam (Livingston), 7:00

Game 3: Saturday, May 23rd @ Texas Slam (Livingston), 1:00

 

R19 Clifton (20-4-2) Vs. T19 Teague (15-7-2)

Game 1: Thursday, May 21st @ Midway, 7:00

Game 2: Friday, May 22nd @ Midway, 7:00

Game 3: Saturday, May 23rd @ Midway, 3:00

 R23 Warren (20-7) Vs. W21 New Waverly (19-8-1)

Game 1: Friday, May 22nd @ Kingwood, 7:00

Game 2: Saturday, May 23rd @ Kingwood, 2:00

Game 3: After Game 2 (if necessary)

 

CLASS 2A REGION III

 R17 James Bowie v R19 Harleton

   Game 1 – Thursday May 21 at 6pm at Hughes Springs

   Game 2 – Friday, May 22 at 6pm at Hughes Springs

   Game 3 – if needed Saturday at 2pm

 

West Sabine vs. Colmesneil

(Best-of-three series)
At Lamar or Port Neches

·      Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday (May 21)

·      Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday (May 22)

·      Game 3: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 23), if necessary

 

Union Grove vs. Maud

(Best-of-three series)
At Centenary College, Shreveport, La.

·      Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday (May 21)

·      Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday (May 22)

·      Game 3: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 23), if necessary

 

Beckville vs. Centerville

(Best-of-three series)
At Pollok Central HS

·      Game 1: 6 p.m. Thursday (May 21)

·      Game 2: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 23)

·      Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary


 

Softball state playoffs:

CLASS 4A REGION III

Carthage vs. Huffman Hargrave

(Best-of-three series)

At Lufkin Hudson HS

    Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday (May 21)

    Game 2: 3 p.m. Saturday (May 23)

    Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary

CLASS 3A REGION II

Hughes Springs vs. Pilot Point

(Best-of-three series)
At Bonham HS

·      Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday (May 21)

·      Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday (May 22)

·      Game 3: 7 p.m. Saturday (May 23), if necessary

 

CLASS 3A REGION III

White Oak vs. Woodville

 

CLASS 2A REGION III

Cayuga vs. Cushing

(Best-of-three series)
At Mumford HS

·      Game 1: 5 p.m. Friday (May 22)

·      Game 2: 1 p.m. Saturday (May 23)

·      Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary

 

Harleton vs. Grapeland

·      One-game playoff: 6:30 p.m. Thursday (May 21), Bullard’s Brook Hill School


DU Greenwing event:

The Shelby County Ducks’ Unlimited annual Green Wing event will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 6, at Weldon Boles’ property off Old City Lake Road outside Center. Clint Tanner said there will be prizes for all kids, along with Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Wardens providing hunter safety, Shelby County Jr. Bass Anglers, Collin Matthews with a gun safety demo, Mike Hudman with Black Water Retrievers with a dog demo and kids enjoy a free hot dog meal. All kids’ ages up to 17 are invited to attend. Mark your calendar for June 6, the Shelby County Ducks Unlimited Greenwing Event. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. The location is 245 CR 1006, Center. By the way, kids, bring your fishing pole. For more information call Clint Tanner at 936-332-4767 or Adam Reeves at 936-332-6420.

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Tenaha ISD Board scheduled to make hire of new AD/head football coach June 4


Hiring a replacement for Terry Ward as Tenaha ISD AD/head football coach could happen in two weeks. A trustee meeting is scheduled for June 4 at which time a job offer will likely be made.

 

According to the administration office, applications for the position are being taken through today, Thursday.

 

The job description states that Superintendent Scott Tyner is screening applicants through June 1, and will make his report of the top candidates to the board at that time.

 

The site states the board will select and offer a contract to the candidate on June 4.

 

Ward presented his letter of resignation May 13 after eight years with the Tenaha ISD and left the same day to pursue the head job with the Harleton ISD.

 

Ward was the Tigers' head football coach for six years, a state championship in 2011, and a return trip as state finalist the following year and semi-finalist in 2013 & 2014.

 

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 05/20/15--05/21/15


Arrest Report

5/20/15—5/21/15

Shelby County:

 

Laporchea McCowin, 22, Shelbyville, Warrant-Theft

 

Tony Smith, 31, Center, Terroristic Threat against a Public Official

 

Jermonte Monroe, 20, Mansfield, La., Possession of Marijuana

 

Jerry Wayne Akins, 28, Lufkin, Violation of Probation, Original Charge: Theft

 

Jonathan B. Lout, 35, Center, Public Intoxication

 

Theresa Novascone, 22, Rosenberg, Possession of Marijuana & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

Gryson Drew Allen, 28, Sugar Land, Possession of Marijuana & Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

Timothy Lenard Johnson, 33, Center, Harrassment

 

San Augustine County:

 

 

Corey Galicia, 24, Galveston, Theft

 

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

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San Augustine County man loses life in one-vehicle accident Wednesday


A San Augustine County man has died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday morning.

 

According to DPS Communications Lufkin, 23-year old Jesse Rae Welch of Bronson was driving a 2013 Dodge Durango, heading northwest on FM 3279, some 10 miles southeast of Bronson, when for unknown reason left the roadway and overturned.

 

Welch was pronounced dead at the scene by JP Billy Williams.

 

Funeral service for Jesse Welch will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine.

 

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Timpson City Council members receive oath, employees recognized


At their meeting Tuesday the Timpson City Council canvassed the results of the May 9 election after it was declared incumbent George Grace had won re-election by one vote after two provisional votes had been declared legal the week before.

 

Grace, along with other incumbents Janell Baker and Kyle Allen were given their oaths of office by Timpson Municipal Judge James Bogue. Councilman Ronnie Wolfe was then re-elected as Mayor Pro Tem.

 

Recognized were city employees Tommy Sparks for 29 years, Police Chief Kent Graham with 5 years and Thomas Jernigan with 2 years of employment.

 

Mayor Debra Smith said the City of Timpson will start the new budget process at the June meeting.

 

There's already speculation Timpson Council will again revisit a possible reduction in force of the city's five-member police department when budgets are reviewed.

 

 

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San Augustine City Council gives OK to company to pursue grant monies


The San Augustine City Council gave the OK to Harold Hunter of Communities Unlimited to begin a search for governmental grants, loans and other funds that would assist the city in repairing and upgrading its utility infrastructure.

 

City Secretary Cinda Garner said the decision was made during the council's meeting Tuesday. Hunter advised his fees would be paid by another party, not the city.

 

Ms. Garner said the discussion concerning the purchase of a possible oral history center was tabled.

 

No action was taken by the San Augustine Council when they reconvened after executive session. Ms. Garner said one city manager candidate was interviewed at Tuesday's meeting.

 

 

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San Augustine man jailed for throwing grandson against wall, other charges


A San Augustine man remains in jail after he threw his young grandson into a wall.

 

San Augustine Police arrested 48-year old James O’Neil Brown last Friday and charged him with Injury to a Child for refusing to let the 9-year old in out of the rain then committed the physical assault.

 

It was after Brown’s daughter and grandson went to police to report the incident he was taken into custody. He was also charged with Criminal Trespass and Assault by Threat.

 

The youngsters stated after asking his grandfather if he could come inside the house to put on some shoes to keep his feet from getting wet, Brown would not let him in. The boy came inside the house, was hunted down by Brown, who grabbed the youngster by the shirt and reportedly threw him into a wall.

 

The Criminal Trespass and Assault by Threat charges resulted from a separate incident at Sunset Hills complex early on May 15. Brown said he was sprayed in the face with mace at his daughter’s apartment. He got angry, started yelling and threatened her. He then reportedly threw a spray bottled at his daughter, and she then sprayed him with the pepper spray.

 

The report stated because a criminal trespass warning had been issued to Brown, he shouldn’t have been at the apartment complex.

 

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Reminder: Center Emergency facility Grand Opening ribbon cutting postponed


A reminder, the grand opening ribbon cutting for the Center Emergency and Diagnostic Imaging Facility that was scheduled for today, had been postponed until a later date.

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Buster Bounds tabbed Town Historian


Center businessman Buster Bounds was named by the Shelby County Historical Commission recently as Center Town Historian.

 

Bounds is the second so citizen receiving the honor, the late Mattie Dellinger being the first.

 

During a ceremony with family and friends May 14 at the historic Shelby County Courthouse, Buster accepted a plaque from the commission.

 

He has video archived hundreds of interviews of citizens telling the history of the area. Combined with Mattie’s written history, it’s safe to say Center and Shelby County’s history will live on.

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Center High Awards & National Honor Society induction ceremony this afternoon


The Center High School Student Awards and National Honor Society has been set for today, Thursday, May 21st.

 

The National Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be in the CHS Library at 4:00 PM.

 

The Student Awards will be in the CHS Cafetorium at 5:00 PM.

 

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"Cowboy Up Your Storefront Contest" underway for annual Sheriff's Posse Rodeo, sign-up ends Monday


Time is running out to enter the 62nd Shelby County Sheriff's Posse Pro Rodeo coming "Cowboy Up" Your Store Front contest.

 

You're asked to deck your business store front out in full western flair.

 

Businesses will be judged by members of the community, and the judging will take place on Thursday, June 4th.  

 

Storefronts will be judged on originality, color, and characteristics. 

 

First Place pays out $250 plus 8 rodeo tickets; second place pays out $150 plus 4 rodeo tickets.

 

There is no entry fee to participate in the contest.  If you would like to enter the Cowboy Up Your Storefront Contest, stop by Center Broadcasting Company offices at 307 San Augustine Street in Center to pick up your required entry form, or visit us our website at cbc-radio.com.

 

For more information contact Boo Klein at 936-590-0661.

 

Forms must be turned in to Center Broadcasting, 307 San Augustine Street in Center on or before May 25th.  Each business will be issued a number upon returning the completed entry form.

 

Winners will be judged on Thursday, June 4th, and announced on Fri. morning on the KQBB 100.5 and KDET 930AM; and at rodeo.

 

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Funeral Notices: 05/21/15


Obits:

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces a graveside service for 86-year old Ruth Reeve of Alvin, formerly of Tenaha. She passed away Wednesday in Alvin. Graveside will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Prospect Cemetery, Timpson. Among Ruth Reeve’s survivors are sons, Joseph & Susan Reeve of Amarillo, Kenneth & Jeanette Reeve of Alvin and Van & Anita Reeve of Houston.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces service for 23-year old Jesse Rae Welch of Bronson. He passed away Wednesday, May 20 from injuries sustained in a automobile accident. He was a pipeline and also worked in the log woods. Service will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 24 at Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with burial at Dickerson Cemetery, San Augustine County. Visitation will be Friday & Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home. Among Jesse Rae Welch’s survivors are his wife, Carolyn Welch of San Augustine County, 3 children, Kacie, Bentlee and Baylee Welch of San Augustine County; Parents, Jerry and Teresa Welch of San Augustine County; sister, Jessica Welch of Broaddus; brother, Jerry Welch of Bronson; grandparents, C.P. and Sue Ray of Etoile, Jodie Welch of San Augustine, and Pat and Carroll Adkins of San Augustine.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces service for 65-year old Steven McCauley of Hemphill, formerly of San Augustine. He passed away last Friday in Hemphill. Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, with burial in Parker Cemetery in San Augustine County. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home of San Augustine announces a memorial service for 77-year old Charlie Marvin Mills of Houston, formerly of San Augustine. He passed away in January in Houston. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Old Salem Cemetery in Sabine County. He was a 1955 graduate of San Augustine High School and owned and operated Aaron’s Septic Tank business.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces pending service for 73-year old Mrs. Maurine Bailey of Center. She passed away Monday at her residence.

 

CJ Davis Memorial Funeral Services in Timpson and Hicks Mortuary of Center announces service for Martha Price of Nacogdoches, a native of San Augustine. Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Bapist Church in San Augustine, with burial to follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery. A private visitation will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at CJ Davis Memorial Funeral Chapel in Timpson. 

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Dickerson, Jones take Teacher of the Year honors at Wednesday's appreciation reception


Recognized as the "Shelby County Elementary Teacher of the Year" at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce's Teacher Appreciation Reception was Nancy Dickerson (left), the Excelsior ISD Teacher of the Year. Presenting the award is Education Committee Chairman, Kelly Lucas. The annual event was held at the Windham Civic Center Wednesday. Photo by Jenny Fancher

 

Shelbyville Middle School Teacher of the Year Jared Jones is presented the "Shelby County Secondary Teacher of the Year" award by Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee Chairman Kelly Lucas during Wednesday's Teacher Appreciation Reception at the Windham Civic Center. Photo by Jenny Fancher

 

 

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Veterans Monument to be dedicated at Bethel Cemetery in Nacogdoches County Saturday


On Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 a Veterans Monument will be dedicated at the Bethel Cemetery in Nacogdoches County. 

 

US Army/Navy Veteran James McLain has spearheaded this project for the past several years.  The ceremony will begin at 11 am with Jerry Shumate acting as MC.  After the ceremony which is expected to last about 20 - 30 minutes a complimentary BBQ lunch will be served.  Comrade McLain has asked that I extend a cordial invitation to all
veterans.

Bethel Cemetery is located south of Hwy 59 on CR 941.  Stay on 941 until you
come to FM 2609 and the Cemetery is next to the Bethel Baptist Church.  (See
link to google map below)

https://www.google.com/maps/@31.7188987,-94.6034723,15z 

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Funeral Notice: Jesse Rae Welch


Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces service for 23-year old Jesse Rae Welch, of San Augustine County. He passed away Wednesday, May 20. He was a pipeline and also worked in the log woods.

 

Service will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 24 at Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with burial at Dickerson Cemetery, San Augustine County.

 

Visitation will be Friday & Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home.

 

Jesse was born to Jerry and Teresa (Yarbrough) in Center, Texas on Jan. 13, 1992.

 

Left to cherish memories are his wife, Carolyn Welch of San Augustine County, 3 children, Kacie, Bentlee and Baylee Welch of San Augustine County; Parents, Jerry and Teresa Welch of San Augustine County; sister, Jessica Welch of Broaddus; brother, Jerry Welch of Bronson; grandparents, C.P. and Sue Ray of Etoile, Jodie Welch of San Augustine, Pat and Carroll Adkins of San Augustine; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

Pallbearers will be Jerry Welch, J.T. Parker, Chris Byley, Westley Hightower, Shelton Williams, Jason Cartwright. Honorary Pallbearers are Sam McGee, Steve Dwire, Kevin Welch, William Paul Allen and Micah Hightower.

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Graveside Service Notice: Ruth Reeve


Ruth Reeve, 86, of Alvin formerly of Tenaha, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015  in Alvin, Texas.

 

Graveside Service will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015 at New Prospect Cemetery in Timpson.

 

She was born September 6, 1928 in Tenaha to Joseph Artist and Mattie (Cochran) Deaton.     

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph & Mattie Deaton and her Husband, Robert Charlie Reeve, Jr.

 

She is survived by:

Sons:

Joseph Reeve & wife, Susan of Amarillo

Kenneth Reeve & wife, Jeanette of Alvin

Van Reeve & wife, Anita of Houston

5 Grandchildren

5 Great Grandchildren

 

 

Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas

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Center High School Class of 2015 benefits from scholarships


Center High School Scholarship Awards 2015

Thanks to the generosity of the community in which we live, 84% of the Class of 2015 received a scholarship of some type!

Military Recognition

U.S. Army – Jordan Puckett

 

Foundations

Bonehill Foundation

Cesia Salvador, Rhaelyn Pitts, Madalyn Bartley, Tarsheanna Bauer, Traven Bolton, Josh Burns, Elizabeth Chadwick, Tory Davis, Chris Dunn, Erika Figueroa, Trista Fountain, Patty Romo, Kaleth Salazar, Nehemias Santana, Vanessa Solis, Cecilia Soto, Marissa Tomlin, Taylor Tomlin, Alyssa Waller, Kesie Waller, Chang Wang, Brianna Ward, Samantha Gonzalez, Ethan Hairgrove, DeVincent Hoyt, Rylee Hudspeth, Rani Jamison, Gabriela Landin, Faith Lengl, Alec Lucas, Kamden Lucas, Taighen Mathews, Jesse McGraw, Jacob Mitchell, Riley Jo Mitchell, Miguel Mora, Diana Perez, Adam Reeves, Justin Renfro, Vanessa Renteria

Heritage Achievement Foundation

James Holt, Jessica Johnson, Venessa Renteria, Jazmin Romo, Nehemias Santana

Sand Hill Foundation, LLC – Paige Sims

Roughrider Scholarship Foundation

In memory of Catherine Pinkston – Madalyn Bartley

In memory of Mann Pinkston –Allan Avendano

 In memory of Bobby Pinkston – Estefany Robledo

In memory of Bob and Mildred Pinkston – Landri Roberts

In memory of F.E. Parker – Demario Riley

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Massey – Chardonnay Perodin

In memory of Aileen and Forney Parker –Ka’lyn Rhodes

In memory of Homer Bryce- Austin Wright

In honor of John D. Griffin – Dallas O’Donnell

In memory of Bridges and Maggie Harris – Denzel Moore

In memory of Bobby Lee – Lonzo Weathered

In honor of Hallmark/Center Fixture Operations – Dustin Hearne

In memory of Delores Walker – Brianna Ward

In memory of Mitchell Jetton (family) –Miguel Mora

In memory of Dr. Victor and Wava Mathews – Taighen Mathews

In memory of Earl Biggers – Paola Bazaldua

In honor of Fred Wulf – Haley Denby

In memory of Danny Clint Fenton – Trista Fountain

In memory of Martin Weaver – Elizabeth Chadwick

In memory of Melvin M. Miller – Skylar Jamison

In memory of James Roscoe and Evie Lee McSwain – Julie McSwain

In memory of Pam Baldwin – Alec Lucas

In memory of Kathryn Vaughn – Chris Dunn

In memory of Norris Askew (Shelby Co. Bass Anglers) – Dalton Horton

In honor of Bruce Koonce (Shelby Co. Bass Anglers) – Kamden Lucas

In memory of David Specter – Armando Escobedo

In memory of Brent Barr – Jessica Johnson

In memory of Rena and Julian Taylor – Riley Jo Mitchell

In memory of Dean Stewart (CHS Band Boosters) – Montana Woodard

In memory of Byron McDaniel (CHS Band Boosters) – James Holt

In honor of the Pride of Shelby County (CHS Band Boosters) – Nathan Stuever

In memory of Vance Payne – Jessica Alexander

In memory of Clint Weaver – Kamden Owens

In memory of Lewis and Johnnie Brown – Alyssa Waller

In memory of Gene Borders – Chris Caudle

In memory of Luke “Jack” Motley, Jr. – Rylee Hudspeth

In honor of Shelby Savings Bank – Kaleth Salazar

In memory of Clyde Monroe – Diana Perez

In honor of the Center Noon Lions Club – Whitney Paige Sims

In memory of Mitchell Jetton (Lions Club) – Cheyenne Woodard

In memory of Army Spc. Larry E. Polley, Jr. – Jordan Puckett

In honor of Center Rotary Club –  Melissa Palacios

In memory of John Alvis Howard – Chris Mackey

In memory of Carlos and honor of Cathy Fox in memory of Ted Fox – Gabriela Landin

In honor of Becky Yarbrough Jeans and Class of 1977 – Taylor Tomlin

In honor of James and Mona Campbell – C.J. Garner

In memory of Jamie Campbell Gamble – Courtney Bell

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Jones -  Jazmin Romo

In honor of General Shelters – Justin Renfro

In memory of Clint Donnan and Clay Donnan – Jack Ford

In memory of Darren Wilson – MacKenzie Dockens

In memory of Walter Rainbolt, Jr. – Caiden Rainbolt

In memory of Mitchell Bailey – Macayla Perry

In memory of Jon, Misty and Macy Bush – Ethan Hairgrove

In memory of Billy G. Bridges, Sr. – J.T. Jones

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Boles – Vanessa Solis

In memory of Gail Cuculic – Kaleigh Scates

In memory of Gail Cuculic and honor of Janie Cuculic – Megan Reynolds

In honor of The Cuculic Kids – Samantha Gonzalez

In memory of Gail and Toopie Cuculic – Devincent Hoyt

In memory of Gene Biddle – Ashley Fults

In memory of Mallory Franks – Emily Fults

In memory of Carlton and Hulon Dance – Emily Jolly

In honor of Armstrong/Bruce Triangle Pacific – Aaron Brazzel

In honor of William “Bill” Lloyd – Macayla Williford

In honor of Port-A-Cool – Mayra Roldan

In honor of Farmers State Bank – Erika Figueroa

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. W.I Davis, Sr. – Quinard Jackson

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Neilson, Sr. – Jakyric Driver

In memory of Minnie Jewel Thomas Rogers –Monica Rodriguez

In memory of Ken Sanders – Adam Reeves

In memory of Pat Buddin – Lydia Reimer

In honor of Cecil W. and Virginia Lampley Watlington – Nehemias Santana

In memory of Morris D. Cammack – Mari Garcia

Roughrider Foundation cont.

In memory of Tolbert Foster – Savannah Lout

In memory of Inez Alford Harper and James Harper – Marissa Macia

In memory of Leo Childs and James Innes – Chang Wang

In memory of Davis Kain Tillotson – Jared Wiggins

In honor of James and Becky Greer – Joshua Burns

In memory of Gilbert Link – Tory Davis

In honor of Ray Jones Chevrolet/Center Motor Company – Pedro Mendoza

In memory of F.L. Moffett – Joana Morales

In honor of Pilgrims Pride – Rhaelyn Pitts

In honor of Tyson Foods, Inc. – Gilberto Vega

In memory of Roy and Wilma Wooley – Tarsheanna Bauer

In memory of Mattie Dellinger – Kelsie Waller

In honor of the Classes of 1940 & 1941 – Carla Almaguer

In honor of the Class of 1956 – Kyishia Garrett

In honor of the Class of 1981 – Jacob Covington

In memory of Carolyn Irish Bourque – Vanessa Renteria

In memory of Mac and Mattie Lou Bussey – Cesia Salvador

In memory of Andrew “Andy” Chance – Jesse McGraw

In honor of the Nacogdoches Coca-Cola Bottling Company – Jacob Mitchell

In memory of Gregory Mack Luman – Faith Lengl

In memory of Richard Menefee – Juan Morales

In honor of McNeil and memory of Bonnie Moore – Cecilia Soto

In memory of C.P. (Prentice) and Daliah Sanders – JaGerrick Moore

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. C.P. Scurlock – Brianna Suell

In honor of John Tom Scurlock and C. Ray Scurlock – Diana Espino

In honor of Shelby Regional Medical Center – Marissa Tomlin

In honor of the Shelby County Sportsman’s Committee – Katesia Evans

In honor of F.L. Moffett Primary School – Jamison Moore

In honor of the Center High School DECA – Dustin Folsom

Roughrider Foundation cont.

In memory of Jermichael Rashard Smith – Traven Bolton

In memory of Rayford and Margaret Copelin – Lorena Gonsalez

 

General Scholarships

Brainstorm Entertainment – C.J. Garner

Camp College  - Allan Avendano, Tarsheanna Bauer, Jakyric Driver, Katesia Evans, Kyishia Garrett, Lorena Gonsalez, Marissa Macias, Riley Jo Mitchell, Jamison Moore, Vanessa Renteria, Demario Riley, Landri Roberts, Monica Rodriguez, Kaleth Salazar, Brianna Suell, San Juanita Vazquez, Kelsie Waller, Brianna Ward, Lonzo Weathered

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative – Kaleth Salazar, Cecilia Soto, Alyssa Waller, Tory Davis, Trista Fountain, Chris Dunn, Jessica Johnson, Jessica Alexander, Faith Lengl, Taighen Mathews, Alec Lucas, Taylor Tomlin, Dalton Horton

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative Lineman – Zach Verhalen

Center High School Band Boosters – Montana Woodard, Nathan Stuever, James Holt, Tasha Bauer, Mari Garcia, San Juanita Vazquez, DeVincent Hoyt, Julie McSwain, Cheyenne Woodard

CISD Employee – Paola Bazaldua, Traven Bolton, Aaron Brazzel, Joshua Burns, Chris Caudle, Jacob Covington, Chris Dunn, Jack Ford, Faith Lengl, Savannah Lout, Jamison Moore, Paige Sims, Paola Rangel, Cade Foehner

Citizens Bank – Jacob Covington, Skylar Jamison, Taighen Mathews, Jacob Mitchell, Joana Morales, Adam Reeves, Taylor Tomlin, Baylee Woodard, Brooke Woodard, Austin Wright

Heritage Achievement – James Holt, Jessica Johnson, Vanessa Renteria, Jazmin Romo, Nehemias Santana

Shelby County Attorney – Erika Figueroa

Daughters of the Republic of Texas – Ceclilia Soto

Shelby County Farm Bureau – Brianna Suell, Nehemias Santana, Alec Lucas, Faith Lengl, Chris Dunn

Farmers State Bank – Changcai Wang

Shelby County Friends of Go Texan – Jessica Johnson, Adam Reeves, Kaleth Salazar, Julie McSwain, James Holt, Josh Burns, Tory Davis, Kelsie Waller, Alec Lucas, Jessica Alexander, Cecilia Soto, Chris Dunn, Chris Caudle, Dalton Horton, Jesse McGraw, Brianna Ward, Emily Jolly, Gabriela Landin, Rani Jamison, Jacob Mitchell, Kamden Lucas, Justin Renfro, Ethan Hairgrove, Alyssa Waller, Vanessa Solis, Trista Fountain, Taighen Mathews, Caiden Rainbolt (Walter Rainbolt Memorial)

National Wild Turkey Federation – Caiden Rainbolt

Mu Alpha Theta – Kaleth Salazar, Cecilia Soto, Brianna Ward

Pineywoods Board of Realtors – Demario Riley

Center Garden Club – Jared Wiggins

General Scholarships cont.

Port-A-Cool – Mayra Roldan

State Powerlifting Scholarship – DeVincent Hoyt

Texas Garden Club – Kelsie Waller

East Texas Antique Tractor – Alyssa Waller

Jackson Missionary Baptist Church – James Holt

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Poultry Festival Queens Pageant – Macayla Perry, Jessica Alexander, Taighen Mathews

Rotary Club of Center – Adam Reeves, Elizabeth Chadwick, Alec Lucas, Taighen Mathews

Sam Samford Lodge #149 – Madalyn Bartley, Chris Caudle

Shelby County Bass Anglers – Jared Wiggins, Dalton Horton, Julie McSwain, James Holt, Paige Sims

Shelby County Cruisers – Ethan Hairgrove

Shelby Savings Bank – Josh Burns, Tory Davis, Chris Dunn, Alec Lucas

Texas Glacier Ice and Water – Jack Ford, Dustin Hearne

Woodman Lodge #250 – Jacob Mitchell, Brianna Suell

Xi Epsilon Rho – Jessica Alexander, Jacob Covington, Alec Lucas, Jared Wiggins

Classic Riderz – Rashad Randle, C.J. Garner

Memorials

Erma Daniels James Memorial – Trista Fountain, Rylee Hudspeth

Darren Wilson Golf Memorial – Justin Renfro

L.D. Suell Memorial – Brianna Suell

Steve Webb Memorial – Josh Burns

Eta Rho/Ginny Mallory Wright – Jessica Alexander

Special Recognition – Julie Wilkinson

Colleges/Universities/Affiliates

Aggie Moms Club –  Jessica Alexander, Alec Lucas, Tory Davis, Alyssa Waller

Houston Baptist University – Jessica Johnson

Lamar University – Kelsie Waller

Texas Christian University – Dalton Horton

Louisiana State University Shreveport – Jacob Mitchell

University of Houston – Jesse McGraw

College/Universities/Affiliates cont.

University of Texas at Tyler – Josh Burns

Panola College

Leadership – Katesia Evans, Lorena Gonsalez, Marissa Macias, Vanessa Renteria, Mayra Roldan, Jazmin Romo, Jared Wiggins, Cheyenne Woodard, Paola Bazaldua

Theater – Chris Caudle, Braden Wood, Mackenzie Dockens, Emily Jolly, Montana Woodard, Dallas O’Donnell, Allan Avendano, Megan Reynolds

                Choir – Juan Ramos

                Band – Jamison Moore, Juan Morales

Bonehill Award – Megan Lovett, Mari Garcia, Lonzo Weathered

Stephen F. Austin State University

Office of Admissions Academic Excellence – Josh Burns, Adam Reeves, Trista Fountain, Kaleth Salazar, James Holt, Alyssa Waller, Jessica Alexander, Tory Davis, Julie McSwain

Alumni Awards

Oates Brothers – Austin Wright

Homer & Velma Bryce – Trista Fountain, James Holt, Nathan Stuever, Brianna Ward

Bonehill – Rani Jamison, Brianna Ward

SFA Friends of the Visual Arts – Julie McSwain

SFA Smith-Hutson – Julie McSwain

Texas Ex-Students Association – Shelby County Chapter

Oates Brothers – Changcai Wang, Adam Reeves

Bonehill – Josh Burns, Miguel Mora

 

 

 

 

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Tenaha man busted and charged with seven felonies, found in possession of $30,000 in suspected drug money in Center Tuesday morning


A Tenaha man was arrested and charged with seven felonies, including Intent to Distribute and money laundering that resulted from a traffic stop early Tuesday morning in Center.

 

Also taken into possession were an assortment of drugs, a gun and over $30,000 in suspected drug money was seized.

 

Center Police arrested 25-year old Benny Earl Holmes after he was observed leaving Wal-mart with no headlights on around 1:30 a.m.

 

Center PD Sgt. Scott Burkhalter stopped Holmes and smelled a strong odor of marijuana and placed him into custody.

 

K9 officer “Taz”, along with fellow officer Jake Gross and Shelby County Deputies Michael Griffin and Bradley Horton assisted.

 

The investigation revealed a .380 and two large bags of marijuana in the floorboard of the vehicle. Also, 13.6 grams of meth, powder cocaine, over a quarter-pound of marijuana, a large amount of assorted pills, the currency and a pistol.

 

Benny Earl Holmes

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Tenaha Tiger Daily 05/20/15


May 21, 2015-Boo Bullying in SEC

May 22, 2015-Scholarship Assembly; Senior Celebration at the Youth Center RSVP Required.

May 25, 2015-Texas State Solo & Ensemble Hendrickson HS Pflugerville 

May 26, 2015-PK4 Field Trip to Zoo; Elementary Field Day

May 27, 2015- Elementary Awards in SEC 9:00 am

May 28, 2015-Early Release 11:30 am; End of 6th Grading Period; Graduation

May 29, 2015-Teacher In-Service/Student Holiday
 

Senior Spotlight

 Francisca Tovar

Parents/Grandparents: Jose' & Maria Tovar

Clubs/Organizations/Sports/Honors/Awards: Band

Offices Held: Senior Class Secretary

Favorite High School Memory: Participating at the State Championship Game
and actually winning State in Football.

Best Friend in School: Alaina Jones

What College or Tech School planning to attend: Panola College or Tyler
Junior College

What Career Field Pursuing: Nursing
 

Lance Wagstaff

Parents/Grandparents: Danny Wagstaff & Fondu Sepulvado

Clubs/Organizations/Sports/Honors/Awards: Football; Baseball; Track and
Field

Best Friend in School: Ricky Corpus

What Career Field Pursuing: Oilfield

     

D'Andre Thomas

Nickname: Dre

Parents/Grandparents: Janella Thomas & Willie Garner

Clubs/Organizations/Sports/Honors/Awards: Football; Track; Basketball

Favorite High School Memory: Going to State in Football back to back

Best Friend in School: Cobe Caraway

What College or Tech School are you planning on attending: Kilgore College

What Career Field are you pursuing? Kinesiology


The SCHOLARSHIP Assembly for Seniors is on May 22nd @ 9:30 a.m. in our SEC.
Parents-guardians-relatives are welcome.  A reception will follow.  Seniors
are asked to dress to impress in their nice clothes as if going for an
interview.  

We look forward to recognizing the Class of 2015 for all of their hard work.
Karen Fallin


Notice:

The Tenaha ISD is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. 

Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:  

Tenaha ISD Cafeteria

138 College Street

Tenaha TX 75661

June 1st, 2015-June 30th, 2015

Monday thru Thursday Starting June 2nd, 2015

Breakfast- 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Lunch- 11:30a.m.-12:30p.m.

 

 

 

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Sheriff's investigators, Crime Stoppers asking for info in deer lease theft


PRESS RELEASE

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on April 11th, 2015 suspect(s) entered onto the property of a deer lease located on County Road 1017 in Center, Texas and stole items such as a utility trailer with deer stands, deer feeder, solar panels, trail cameras, and buddy heaters. A photograph was provided from a trail camera that shows a vehicle of interest that was on the deer lease on April 09th, 2015 at approximately 12:33pm. The property was stolen on April 11th, 2015 at approximately 1242am. Photographs were also provided depicting the some of the stolen property.

If anyone has any information regarding this case, please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936-598-5600 and ask to speak with Criminal Investigation Division Sergeant DJ Dickerson or Investigator Kevin W. Windham.

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information.Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember, you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be
paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

 
 

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Weather Update at 10:30 a.m.


- Yes, that is rain from some widely scattered showers that will continue to alternate with our sun for the next couple of days....   

   - Friday, maybe no rain, but overcast ahead of the next round of the el Nino driven Lows to hit our area late Sat, Sun, Mon.   

   - 10 day forecast is for....wait for it....ok, you guessed it!   More rain! and sun so you will not become vitamin depleted...   

 
Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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Center Crime Stoppers seeks information on vehicle burglaries in James/Antioch communities Monday


Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that sometime on Monday, May 18th, 2015 at 10pm to Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 0400am, unknown suspect(s) entered into several vehicles in Shelby County. Areas in which the burglaries occurred was in the James/Antioch Communities on County Road 3215 and FM 2608. Suspect(s) stole a Pioneer stereo system and money.
 
 If anyone has any information regarding this case, please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 936-598-5600 and ask to speak with Criminal Investigation Division Sergeant DJ Dickerson or Investigator Kevin W. Windham.
 
Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online atwww.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember, you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.
 

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Sheriff's office & Center PD work together to make drug bust


Sheriff Willis Blackwell would like to report that on the 12th of May at
around 12:00 A.M. Sergeant Michael Griffin while on routine patrol made a
traffic stop on a vehicle for an expired registration on Martin Luther King
Drive in Center. 

Sergeant Griffin identified the driver as James Allen Watson of Joaquin with passenger Crystal Monique Steffen of Center. 

During the course of the traffic stop, Sergeant Griffin observed the driver to be
nervous and was denied consent to search the vehicle. Sergeant Burkhalter
and K9 Taz with the Center Police Department was contacted to perform an
open air sniff around the vehicle. K9 Taz alerted on the vehicle as
containing possible narcotics and a search of the vehicle was performed.

During the search a usable amount of methamphetamine was located along with
several items of drug paraphernalia. 

James Allen Watson was placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance (state jail felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia(class c misdemeanor). 

This illustrates the inter agency cooperation between different law enforcement agencies committed to make Shelby County a better place. We would like to stress if you observe anything you believe to be suspicious or believe there is
illegal drug activity in your neighborhood to please feel free to call your
local agency or report it to the Center Crime stoppers.
James Allen Watson

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Local athletes compete in Memorial Hermann Ironman, Shelbyville's Summer Koltonski included


Sixteen Nacogdoches Endurance Training (NET) athletes competed recently in the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN North American Championship event in The Woodlands. The event consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run. The NET athletes, who range in age from 25-57, took anywhere from 12 to 16-plus hours to complete the event. The OutRival Racing run aid station, which was managed by volunteers from NET, won second place for best aid station. As part of winning best aid station, an extra donation will be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Pictured, back row, from left, are the 2015 NET IRONMAN athletes, Karl Brisco, Wade Flasowski, Becky McMorries, Alan Gaska, Kyle McMorries, Bryan Davis, Curt Findeisen, John Copen, and Clayton Collier, and front row, Robyn Magar, Kasey Cigich, Kelley Davis, Julie Lewis, Summer Koltonski, Suzie Hapgood and Terri Cawley. (Courtesy Photo)

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Slight rain chance today, increases tonight & Thursday


Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, high near 84. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
Tonight: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, low around 70. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
 
Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, high near 82. 
 
Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 66. 
 
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 80.
 
Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 67.
 
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 85.
 
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 70.
 
Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 85.
 
Sunday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 69.
 
Memorial Day: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82.
 
Monday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 68.
 
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

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Local Sports Round Up 05/20/15


In sports,

 

Baseball state playoffs:

 

The Center Roughriders are in the third round of the Class 4A state baseball playoffs and will meet Hudson in a best-of-three region quarterfinal series to be played in Gary starting at 7 p.m. Thursday. Game 2 is 7 p.m. Friday, with Game 3, if needed set for 1 p.m. Saturday. The series winner advances to the region semi-finals to play the Bridge City/Huffman Hargrave winner.

 

Center Broadcasting will have coverage of the Riders throughout the state playoffs on Q-100 KQBB as Don Wall has the call.

 

CLASS 4A REGION III

Center (22-3-1) vs. Hudson (21-10
Regional Quarterfinals

Game 1 Thursday at 7pm at Gary, Center visitors
Game 2 at 7pm at Gary, Center home
Game 3, if needed, Saturday at 1pm at Gary

 

W24 Bridge City (19-8) Vs. W23 Huffman Hargrave (22-4)

Game 1: Friday, May 22nd @ Baytown Sterling, 7:00
 

R19 Carthage (17-10) Vs. W17 Robinson (22-5-1)

Game 1: Friday, May 22nd @ Mesquite Tillery, 6:00

Game 2: Saturday, May 23rd @ Mesquite Tillery, 2:00

Game 3: After Game 2 (if necessary)

 

T24 West Orange-Stark (20-7) Vs. W21 Bellville (20-7)

Game 1: Thursday, May 21st @ Barbers Hill, 7:30

Game 2: Friday, May 22nd @ Barbers Hill, 7:00

Game 3: Saturday, May 23rd @ Barbers Hill, 2:00

CLASS 3A REGION III

W20 Academy (23-4-1) Vs. W19 West (24-2-1)

Game 1: Wednesday, May 20th @ Georgetown Eastview, 7:30

 

R21 Elkhart (21-10) Vs. W23 Buna (17-5)

Game 1: Thursday, May 21st @ Texas Slam (Livingston), 7:00

Game 2: Friday, May 22nd @ Texas Slam (Livingston), 7:00

Game 3: Saturday, May 23rd @ Texas Slam (Livingston), 1:00

 

R19 Clifton (20-4-2) Vs. T19 Teague (15-7-2)

Game 1: Thursday, May 21st @ Midway, 7:00

Game 2: Friday, May 22nd @ Midway, 7:00

Game 3: Saturday, May 23rd @ Midway, 3:00

 

R23 Warren (20-7) Vs. W21 New Waverly (19-8-1)

Game 1: Friday, May 22nd @ Kingwood, 7:00

Game 2: Saturday, May 23rd @ Kingwood, 2:00

Game 3: After Game 2 (if necessary)

 

CLASS 2A REGION III

 R17 James Bowie v R19 Harleton

   Game 1 – Thursday May 21 at 6pm at Hughes Springs

   Game 2 – Friday, May 22 at 6pm at Hughes Springs

   Game 3 – if needed Saturday at 2pm

 

West Sabine vs. Colmesneil

(Best-of-three series)
At Lamar or Port Neches

·      Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday (May 21)

·      Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday (May 22)

·      Game 3: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 23), if necessary

 

Union Grove vs. Maud

(Best-of-three series)
At Centenary College, Shreveport, La.

·      Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday (May 21)

·      Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday (May 22)

·      Game 3: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 23), if necessary

 

Beckville vs. Centerville

(Best-of-three series)
At Pollok Central HS

·      Game 1: 6 p.m. Thursday (May 21)

·      Game 2: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 23)

·      Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary

 

 

Softball All-District Selections:

After taking second place in district and advancing into the state playoffs, the Shelbyville Lady Dragons Softball team had several players named to all-district. Those Lady Dragons chosen by the district coaches were:

Defensive MVP
Ali Baty

Offensive MVP
Caleigh Sparks

All District 1st Team
Chesnie Sullivan
Harlie Hagler
Bailey Rabalais
Kamaryn Smith

All District 2nd Team
Blaire Deal
Hannah Hall
Kalie Vaughn

All District Honorable Mention
Belinda Bohannon
Tristin Wilburn

 

 

Softball state playoffs:

CLASS 4A REGION III

Carthage vs. Huffman Hargrave

(Best-of-three series)

At Lufkin Hudson HS

    Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday (May 21)

    Game 2: 3 p.m. Saturday (May 23)

    Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary

CLASS 3A REGION II

Hughes Springs vs. Pilot Point

(Best-of-three series)
At Bonham HS

·      Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday (May 21)

·      Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday (May 22)

·      Game 3: 7 p.m. Saturday (May 23), if necessary

 

CLASS 3A REGION III

White Oak vs. Woodville

 

CLASS 2A REGION III

Cayuga vs. Cushing

(Best-of-three series)
At Mumford HS

·      Game 1: 5 p.m. Friday (May 22)

·      Game 2: 1 p.m. Saturday (May 23)

·      Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary

 

Harleton vs. Grapeland

·      One-game playoff: 6:30 p.m. Thursday (May 21), Bullard’s Brook Hill School


DU Greenwing event:

The Shelby County Ducks’ Unlimited annual Green Wing event will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 6, at Weldon Boles’ property off Old City Lake Road outside Center. Clint Tanner said there will be prizes for all kids, along with Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Wardens providing hunter safety, Shelby County Jr. Bass Anglers, Collin Matthews with a gun safety demo, Mike Hudman with Black Water Retrievers with a dog demo and kids enjoy a free hot dog meal. All kids’ ages up to 17 are invited to attend. Mark your calendar for June 6, the Shelby County Ducks Unlimited Greenwing Event. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. The location is 245 CR 1006, Center. By the way, kids, bring your fishing pole. For more information call Clint Tanner at 936-332-4767 or Adam Reeves at 936-332-6420.

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Go Rodeo!! 62nd Shelby County Sheriff's Posse Pro Rodeo June 5 & 6, tickets just $5


It’s rodeo time and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Posse invites you to their 62nd annual Pro rodeo at 8pm, June 5th and 6th at the Shelby County Expo Center. 

 

Get ready to rodeo in Shelby County with some of the top rodeo cowboys in the business riding the tough stock of Klein Brother’s Rodeo Company. 

 

The 62nd annual Shelby County Sheriff’s Posse Pro rodeo is sponsored by The Shelby County Sheriff’s Posse, Wright Chrysler Dodge Ram and Klein Brothers Rodeo. 

 

Get the family ready to rodeo!  Admission for children and adults is $5 and five and under get in free. 

 

Presale tickets are available at Wright Chrysler Dodge Ram, Boles Feed, Triple J Feed. 

 

Come out and enjoy entertainment by Shelby County’s own drill teams, including the East Texas Rustlers,  East Texas Young Guns, East Texas Roughriders Youth, and the East Texas Roughriders.   

 

Come hungry and enjoy the concessions by Providence Missionary Baptist Church in support of their Belize mission trip.  

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Joaquin City Council agrees to move forward with annexation of Haslam Tire Co.


The City of Joaquin has agreed to move forward with the annexation of Haslam Tire Company.

 

City Secretary Amanda Willey said that decision came at Monday night's meeting where both parties felt it would be mutually beneficial. She said the added sales tax revenue for the city and providing the tire company with additional city utilities and services was an added plus.

 

Ms. Willey said Joaquin Council also voted to establish a separate account for the voluntary $3 monthly Public Safety Fee that's included on utility billing. The monies go to the volunteer fire department, who would be in charge of paying their bills after receiving the funds from the city.

 

Action was tabled on hiring a new part-time clerk and a possible utility rate increase.

 

New Mayor Bill Baker, along with council members Mike Atkinson and Joe Long received their oaths of office from JP Pct. 3 Margie Anderson.

 

Councilman Ben Brittain was appointed as the new Mayor Pro Tem.

 

Ms. Willey said the council is discussing the filling of Mayor Baker's seat on the council.

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Tenaha City Council approves Employee Handbook, closer to having truck & animal ordinances


After months of discussion, changes and tweaking the City of Tenaha now officially has an Employee Handbook.

 

City Attorney Stephen Shires presented the council the manual and they approved the final revisions at their meeting Monday.

 

Mayor Orinthia Johnson tells us all city employees were given a copy and will be required to read and sign.

 

Johnson also said the council is closer to having an ordinance dealing with trucks and animal control, and setting fines for violators. Dealing with those issues has been a 'hot button' for the Tenaha Council. The mayor advised Shires is researching information and will present an ordinance proposal at the June meeting.

 

New council members were also sworn-in as incumbents Michael Baker and Claudine Howard, and Natalie Harris becomes the first black female council member in Tenaha.

 

Mayor Johnson said there will be a meeting of the Economic Development Advisory Committee at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 to discuss how the city and Tenaha ISD can go about receiving reimbursement from Burlington Northern Railroad for the proposed closure of a crossing at Sugar Hill Road and the feed mill.

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Center named in Top 100 of best towns to live in Texas


Center has been chosen as one of the best towns to live in Texas, according to the Top 100 rankings released yesterday by the website U.S. Niche.

 

Center comes in at No. 63 on the list.

 

The website says “towns” exclude suburbs and cities with over 100,000 residents.

 

Towns are ranked on livability using grades for weather, safety, schools and access to activities, jobs, housing and transportation. A high ranking indicates that a town offers a high quality of life to its residents.

 

Within an hour’s drive of Center, only Henderson (#21), Diboll (#44), Carthage (#52), and Jasper (#55) rank higher than Center.

 

On the other side, Nacogdoches comes in at #91 and Marshall #96.

 

Here are Center’s “letter grades”: Things to Do Grade: B-; Easiest Commute Grade: B+; Education Grade C+; Community Grade: C; Housing Grade: C+; Jobs Grade: A+; Crime & Safety Grade: C-; Health & Fitness Grade: B-; Outdoor Activities: B; & Weather Grade: B+.

 

The Top 3 Best Towns to Live in Texas, according to U.S. Niche are: #3 Conroe, #2 College Station; and #1 Sugar Land.

 

 

https://local.niche.com/rankings/towns/best-towns/s/texas/?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=RankingsList&utm_source=facebook

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DETCOG Membership Meeting and Award Luncheon to be held in Lufkin May 28


The Ralph W. Steen East Texan of the Year Award will be presented during the 46th Annual Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) Membership Meeting and awards luncheon to be held next Thursday, May 28 at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center in Lufkin.

 

The Steen award was named after past president of Stephen F. Austin State University, the late Dr. Ralph W. Steen.  It honors an individual who has played a major role in leadership and service to the twelve county DETCOG Region.

 

Two sets of scholarships also will be presented.  The Stewart and Malone Memorial Scholarships are presented to students from the region’s high schools. The DETCOG Employee Memorial Scholarships are funded by contributions from DETCOG employees and are awarded to the children or grandchildren of DETCOG employees.

 

DETCOG’s Board President, Angelina County Judge, Wes Suiter, extends an invitation to the public to attend. The morning sessions are free and open to the public.

 

Luncheon tickets can be purchased at the door. 

 

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Center Middle School to host Memorial Day program this morning


Center Middle School will host a Memorial Day program this morning.

 

There are two program times, 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

 

CMS faculty and staff extends an invitation for the community to attend, especially veterans.

 

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Teacher appreciation reception set for Windham Civic Center at 4 p.m. today


As the school year winds down the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will salute the talented teachers throughout the county’s school districts at 4 o’clock this afternoon when a teacher appreciation reception to be held at the Windham Civic Center.

 

Kelly Lucas is chairperson of the chamber’s education committee and says teachers of the year from each campus will be recognized and presented a certificate of recognition. She adds the event allows the chamber to express gratitude and appreciation to educators throughout Shelby County.

 

Ms. Lucas says the Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year will be chosen from the nominees submitted by each campus.

 

 

The Teacher of the Year from the Shelby County School Campuses are:

 

F.L. Moffett Primary School – Elizabeth Rowlett

Center Elementary School – Amy Sanford

Center Intermediate School – Betty Cook

Center Middle School – Tabitha Stone

Center High School – Michael Elder

 

Excelsior ISD – Nancy Dickerson

 

Joaquin Elementary School – Lori May

Joaquin Junior High School – Mary Hovey

Joaquin High School – Regina Brazzel

 

S.W. Carter Elementary – Martha Goodwyn

Shelbyville Middle School –Jared Jones

Shelbyville High School – Marc Raines

 

Timpson Elementary – Cindy Lovil

Timpson Middle School – Kristan Solomon

Timpson High School – Teresa Jourden

 

Gold sponsors for the event are Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank.

 

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Roughrider Stadium Track closes Wednesday in preparation for graduation


The Roughrider Stadium track will be closed starting today, Wednesday until the first week of June as the school district prepares for the Center High School graduation ceremony on May 29.

 

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Funeral Notices: 05/20/15


Mangum Funeral Home announces 80-year old Billy Joe “B.J.” Wright of the Woods Community of Panola County. He passed away Tuesday. His wishes were to be cremated and no services are planned at this time. He owned and operated B.J. Wright Plumbing Services since 1978. Among Billy Joe “B.J.” Wright’s survivors is a son, Billy Jay & Muriel Wright of the Woods Community; daughters, Kimberley Jan & Mike Marshall of College Station, Jodi Alyson & Raymond Fountain of Center and Shelley & Gary Munsterman of Colorado.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 52-year old Ricky Earnest Johnson of Tenaha. Service will be at 2 p.m. this afternoon at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at North Jericho Cemetery, Center.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 70-year old Brenda “BB” Cook Hennigan of Joaquin. Service will be at 11 a.m. this morning at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at 4 p.m. today at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Beaumont. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department, Desoto Fire District 1 and Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home of San Augustine announces service for 45-year old James Ollie Burns of San Augustine. Service will be at 11 a.m. this morning at Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with burial at Dickerson Cemetery, San Augustine County.

 

CJ Davis Memorial Funeral Services in Timpson and Hicks Mortuary of Center announces service for Martha Price of Nacogdoches, a native of San Augustine. Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Bapist Church in San Augustine, with burial to follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery. A private visitation will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at CJ Davis Memorial Funeral Chapel in Timpson.

 

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Portraits of Freedom art exhibit to open at SFA June 13


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Shelbyville Lady Dragon Softball players named all-district


Shelbyville HS Lady Dragon Softball had a good year and it showed in the members selected for All-District honor.

 

Members of the Shelbyville Softball teams elected are:

 

Defensive MVP
Ali Baty

Offensive MVP
Caleigh Sparks

All District 1st Team
Chesnie Sullivan
Harlie Hagler
Bailey Rabalais
Kamaryn Smith

All District 2nd Team
Blaire Deal
Hannah Hall
Kalie Vaughn

All District Honorable Mention
Belinda Bohannon
Tristin Wilburn

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Shelby County 4-H Shooters take part in Jefferson County Whizbang


May 19, 2015

The Jefferson Co. Whizbang was held in Winnie on Saturday May 16th.  Shelby Co 4h shooters had four kids participating; Colton Gutermuth, Lance Holloway, Logan Holloway and Seth Shamblin.
Jr. Division:
Seth Shamlin- 1st skeet, 1st trap, 1st Whizbang
Junior HOA- Seth Shamblin

Intermediate Division:
Skeet- Lance Holloway 1st, Logan Holloway 2nd, Colton Gutermuth 6th
Trap- Logan Holloway 4th
Whizbang- Logan Holloway 1st (he shot a perfect 50/50)
Intermediate HOA- Logan Holloway

Pictured left to right:  Colton Gutermuth, Logan Holloway, Lance Holloway, Seth Shamblin

 When you see these kids, please congratulate them on a job well done representing Shelby County.  If you are interested in 4-H, or know of anyone that is, please call us.  We can be reached at 936-598-7744.

                       

Anyone needing special assistance at an Extension Program should contact the Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension Office of Shelby County at (936) 598-7744 at least one week prior to the program or event.   Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, color, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.

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Death Notice: Billy Joe "B.J." Wright


Billy Joe “B.J.” Wright, age 80 of the Woods community, passed away,

 Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

 

His wishes were to be cremated and no services are planned at this time.

 

He was born November 14, 1934 in Wills Point, Texas to parents, Maxie & Alice Cristine (Carpenter) Wright. He owned and operated B.J Wright Plumbing Services since 1978. He is preceded in death by his parents, Maxie & Alice Wright, his wife, Genevieve Nevels Wright and 2 sisters, Betty Jane Whisenhunt and Barbara June Brichetto.

 

He is survived by

Son: Billy Jay Wright & wife, Muriel of the Woods community

Daughters:

Kimberley Jan Marshall & husband, Mike of College Station

Jodi Alyson Fountain& husband, Raymond of Center

Shelley Munsterman & husband, Gary of Highlands Ranch, CO

 

Grandchildren:

Christopher Marshall,  Laura Newman, Jayson Wright, Josh Munsterman, Erin Lahey, Matthew Munsterman, Bryan Zulko & Amy Borja

 

6 Great Grandchildren and one on the way

 

 

Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas

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Putting safety first this month â€" and throughout the year Electrical Safety During and After Storms


 

It’s May – and Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is celebrating National Electrical Safety Month. While safety for our members is top priority year-round, Electrical Safety Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of safety excellence.

 

Severe storms can cause many electrical safety hazards in and around our homes. To protect yourself and your family from storm-related electrical dangers, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative provides answers to common storm-safety questions.

 

Indoor Safety - How can I keep my family safe inside while it’s storming?

• Stay away from windows and doors.

• Unplug electronic equipment before the storm arrives.  During the storm, avoid contact with electrical equipment, cords and plumbing (including sinks, bathtubs and faucets).

• Limit the use of corded telephones to emergencies only.  You can use cordless or cellphones safely.

• You should bring your pets inside to protect them.  Doghouses are not lightning-safe, and chained animals can easily become victims of lightning strikes.

 

Outdoor Safety - What should I do if I am caught outside during a thunderstorm or lightning storm?

• Don’t stand close to other people.  Spread out.

• Lightning strikes the tallest available object, so if you are in an exposed area, crouch low, tuck your head and cover your ears.  Do not lie down.

• Stay away from trees and metal.  Don’t hold on to metal items like bats, golf clubs, fishing rods, tennis rackets or tools. Avoid metal sheds, clotheslines, poles and fences.

• Stay away from water, including pools, lakes, puddles and anything damp—like grass or even wet towels.

 

What should I do if I encounter a lightning storm while driving?

Slow down and use extra caution. If possible, pull off the road into a safe area. Do not leave your vehicle and do not use electronic devices inside the car.

 

Power Lines - What do I do if I encounter a downed power line?

• Move at least 10 feet away from the line and anything touching it.

• Do not attempt to move a downed power line or anything in contact with the line.  Even nonconductive materials like wood or cloth, if slightly wet, can conduct electricity and electrocute you.

a• If you see someone who is in direct or indirect contact with a downed line, do not touch the person—you could become the next victim.  Call 911 instead.

 

What if my car contacts a downed line?

Do not drive over downed power lines. But if you are in a car that has come into contact with a downed line, stay in your car. Tell others to stay away.  If you must leave your car because it’s on fire, jump out with both feet together and avoid contact with the car and the ground at the same time.  Shuffle away with small steps, keeping your feet together and on the ground at all times.

 

Flooded Areas - What should I look out for when my home is flooded?

Use extreme care when stepping into flooded areas indoors. Submerged outlets or electrical cords can energize water, posing a lethal situation.  Do not use electrical appliances that have gotten wet until a qualified service repairperson can examine them. Electrical equipment exposed to water can be extremely dangerous if re-energized without proper reconditioning or replacement.

 

Does a flood affect my home’s electrical system?

Electrical system elements such as circuit breakers, fuses, ground-fault circuit interrupters, receptacles, plugs and switches can malfunction when water and silt get inside. If they have been submerged, have a licensed, qualified professional replace them.

 

Can flooded outside areas be dangerous, too?

Yes. Downed power lines or submerged outlets from adjacent homes could energize the water. Use extreme caution when entering any flooded area.

 

To ensure safety at all times, when in doubt always call 911 and then contact Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative at 1-800-392-5986.

 

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative wishes you a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend! 

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Joaquin ISD Board Meeting Minutes 05/18/15


 

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Flood Warning continues for Sabine River at Logansport


FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
909 AM CDT TUE MAY 19 2015

The flood warning continues for
  the Sabine River At Logansport, Louisiana.
* until further notice...or until the warning is canceled.
* At 845 AM Tuesday the stage was 28.8 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast.
* Flood stage is 28 feet.
* Forecast...The river will continue rising to near 30.1 feet by
  Wednesday early afternoon then begin falling.
* Impact...Minor lowland flooding of the boat ramp...picnic
  area...and amphitheater.

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PANOLA COLLEGE OFFERS THEATRE CAMP GRADES K-4TH


The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education office is offering Theatre Camp, July 6-10, for ages K-4th. Camp time is from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on the Carthage Campus. The cost of the camp is $55.00 and preregistration is required. For more information, contact the Continuing Education office at 903-693-2067 or email at ce@panola.edu.

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PANOLA COLLEGE OFFERS THEATRE CAMP GRADES 5TH-7th


The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education office is offering Theatre Camp, July 6 – 10, for grades 5th-7th. Camp is from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on the Carthage Campus. The cost of the camp is $55.00 and preregistration is required. For more information, contact the Continuing Education office at 903-693-2067 or email at ce@panola.edu.

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PANOLA COLLEGE OFFERS SAFE SITTER SUMMER CAMP


The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education office is offering a Safe Sitter camp. This camp is scheduled July 15-16 for ages 11-18. The camp is designed to prepare young teens to be safe in unsupervised settings as well as babysitting as a business. Lunch will be provided. Camp is from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on the Center Campus. The cost of the camp is
$85.00 and preregistration is required. For more information, contact the
Continuing Education office at 903-693-2067 or email at ce@panola.edu.

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Update on Monday's rainfall amounts


Center's official weather observer Jim Forbes says the 1.42 inches he received Monday puts the monthly rainfall for May at 5.51 inches, and brings the year-to-date total to 35.84 inches.

 

Forbes said we are above the yearly average at this point by over 13 inches (22.63").

 

By the way, James Greer picked up 2.65 inches Monday north of Center.

 

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Patch morning fog, partly sunny, chance of afternoon shower, thunderstorms


Today: Patchy morning fog with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Southeast around 5 mph.
 
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, low around 69. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 84. 
 
Wednesday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 70. 
 
Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 84.
 
Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 66.
 
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 81.
 
Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 67.
 
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 85.
 
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 70.
 
Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 85.
 
Sunday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 69.
 
Memorial Day: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84.

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Local Sports Round Up 05/19/15


 

Baseball state playoffs:

 

The Center Roughriders are in the third round of the Class 4A state baseball playoffs and will meet Hudson in a best-of-three region quarterfinal series to be played in Gary starting at 7 p.m. Thursday. Game 2 is 7 p.m. Friday, with Game 3, if needed set for 1 p.m. Saturday. The series winner advances to the region semi-finals to play the Bridge City/Huffman Hargrave winner.

 

Center Broadcasting will have coverage of the Riders throughout the state playoffs on Q-100 KQBB as Don Wall has the call.

 

CLASS 4A REGION III

Center (22-3-1) vs. Hudson (21-10
Regional Quarterfinals

Game 1 Thursday at 7pm at Gary, Center visitors
Game 2 at 7pm at Gary, Center home
Game 3, if needed, Saturday at 1pm at Gary

W24 Bridge City (19-8) Vs. W23 Huffman Hargrave (22-4)

Game 1: Friday, May 22nd @ Baytown Sterling, 7:00
 

R19 Carthage (17-10) Vs. W17 Robinson (22-5-1)

Game 1: Friday, May 22nd @ Mesquite Tillery, 6:00

Game 2: Saturday, May 23rd @ Mesquite Tillery, 2:00

Game 3: After Game 2 (if necessary)

 

T24 West Orange-Stark (20-7) Vs. W21 Bellville (20-7)

Game 1: Thursday, May 21st @ Barbers Hill, 7:30

Game 2: Friday, May 22nd @ Barbers Hill, 7:00

Game 3: Saturday, May 23rd @ Barbers Hill, 2:00

CLASS 3A REGION III

W20 Academy (23-4-1) Vs. W19 West (24-2-1)

Game 1: Wednesday, May 20th @ Georgetown Eastview, 7:30

 

R21 Elkhart (21-10) Vs. W23 Buna (17-5)

Game 1: Thursday, May 21st @ Texas Slam (Livingston), 7:00

Game 2: Friday, May 22nd @ Texas Slam (Livingston), 7:00

Game 3: Saturday, May 23rd @ Texas Slam (Livingston), 1:00

 

R19 Clifton (20-4-2) Vs. T19 Teague (15-7-2)

Game 1: Thursday, May 21st @ Midway, 7:00

Game 2: Friday, May 22nd @ Midway, 7:00

Game 3: Saturday, May 23rd @ Midway, 3:00

 

R23 Warren (20-7) Vs. W21 New Waverly (19-8-1)

Game 1: Friday, May 22nd @ Kingwood, 7:00

Game 2: Saturday, May 23rd @ Kingwood, 2:00

Game 3: After Game 2 (if necessary)

CLASS 2A REGION III

 R17 James Bowie v R19 Harleton

   Game 1 – Thursday May 21 at 6pm at Hughes Springs

   Game 2 – Friday, May 22 at 6pm at Hughes Springs

   Game 3 – if needed Saturday at 2pm

 

West Sabine vs. Colmesneil

(Best-of-three series)
At Lamar or Port Neches

·         Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday (May 21)

·         Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday (May 22)

·         Game 3: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 23), if necessary

 

Union Grove vs. Maud

(Best-of-three series)
At Centenary College, Shreveport, La.

·         Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday (May 21)

·         Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday (May 22)

·         Game 3: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 23), if necessary

 

Beckville vs. Centerville

(Best-of-three series)
At Pollok Central HS

·         Game 1: 6 p.m. Thursday (May 21)

·         Game 2: 2 p.m. Saturday (May 23)

·         Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary


 

 

Softball state playoffs:

 

CLASS 4A REGION III

Carthage vs. Huffman Hargrave

(Best-of-three series)

At Lufkin Hudson HS

    Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday (May 21)

    Game 2: 3 p.m. Saturday (May 23)

    Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary

CLASS 3A REGION II

Hughes Springs vs. Pilot Point

(Best-of-three series)
At Bonham HS

·         Game 1: 7 p.m. Thursday (May 21)

·         Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday (May 22)

·         Game 3: 7 p.m. Saturday (May 23), if necessary

 

CLASS 3A REGION III

White Oak vs. Woodville

 

CLASS 2A REGION III

Cayuga vs. Cushing

(Best-of-three series)
At Mumford HS

·         Game 1: 5 p.m. Friday (May 22)

·         Game 2: 1 p.m. Saturday (May 23)

·         Game 3: follows Game 2, if necessary

 

Harleton vs. Grapeland

·         One-game playoff: 6:30 p.m. Thursday (May 21), Bullard’s Brook Hill School

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Shelby County DU Green Wing event set for June 6


The Shelby County Ducks’ Unlimited annual Green Wing event will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 6, at Weldon Boles’ property off Old City Lake Road outside Center.

 

Clint Tanner said there will be prizes for all kids, along with Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Wardens providing hunter safety, Shelby County Jr. Bass Anglers, Collin Matthews with a gun safety demo, Mike Hudman with Black Water Retrievers with a dog demo and kids enjoy a free hot dog meal.

 

All kids’ ages up to 17 are invited to attend.

 

Mark your calendar for June 6, the Shelby County Ducks Unlimited Greenwing Event.

 

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.

 

The location is 245 CR 1006, Center. By the way, kids, bring your fishing pole.

 

For more information call Clint Tanner at 936-332-4767 or Adam Reeves at 936-332-6420.

 

 

 

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 05/18/15--05/19/15


Arrest Report

5/18/15—5/19/15

Shelby County:

 

Angela Fults, 28, Joaquin, Assault-Family Violence

 

Ashley Miller, 22, Grand Cane, La., Assault-Family Violence

 

Elizavette Perez, 32, Center, Driving While License Invalid & 2 charges-Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

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

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Lots of rain in a short amount of time Monday, Timpson, Shelbyville to begin school later this morning


Lots of rain in a short amount of time on already saturated ground resulted in flash flooding across the area Monday morning. The National Weather Service issued several warnings for the Deep East Texas and West Louisiana area as upwards to 5 inches of rain fell in the warned area during the mid-morning hours. According to post on the Center Broadcasting Company Facebook pages, rainfall amounts varied from 1.78 to over 3 inches in Joaquin, 2 inches in James and Byrdtown, 2.50 inches in areas just outside Center, 3 inches in Garrison and San Augustine, 4 inches in Stanley, to as much as 5 inches in Huxley. According to Jim Forbes, he had 1.42 inches as of 2 p.m. and in the past week, Jim says he’s received almost five inches. Several areas, especially Joaquin reported flash flooding in a short span of time.

 

Lots of lightning accompany the storms that tracked across the area. In a bizarre incident, a Timpson High School student was struck by lightning as he sat nearby a window in the computer lab. Timpson ISD Superintendent Dr. Mid Johnson told us the lightning pass through a classroom window hitting the student. Dr. Johnson said the student was medically evaluated as a precautionary measure and he reportedly never lost consciousness, although he was shaken from the ordeal.

 

Area schools also responded to the high amounts of water as the Joaquin ISD made the decision after lunch Monday to not run the after school bus routes as a safety precaution. Administrative Assistant Jennifer McCann said in a release that road conditions had deteriorated and the decision was made release students at 1 p.m. 

 

The Timpson ISD followed suite releasing students at 1:45 p.m. Dr. Mid Johnson said Timpson ISD will begin classes at 10 a.m. this morning.

 

The Shelbyville ID has notified us they will be starting classes one hour later this morning due to flooding conditions on roads. Officials believe the later start time will allow for better visibility for bus drivers and others.

 

In the City of Center, a large oak tree fell on Gladstone around 11:30 a.m. Monday blocking the street for several hours while city employees cleared the roadway. The tree also broke a CenterPoint gas meter and pulled down SWEPCO power lines, and damaged a small car parked along the street.

 

Another product of the stormy weather were power outages as DETEC reported some 1,300 customers without service at 11 a.m. The number had dwindled to around 50 by 4 p.m.

 

TxDOT reports several roadways closed in the nine-county Lufkin District. Public Information Officer Rhonda Oaks says the fierce storms produced several reports of stranded motorist. In Shelby County, US 59 at the railroad overpass in Tenaha was reported impassable for some time, in addition to FM 95 and FM 138 in Nacogdoches County.

 

The flood warning continues for

the Sabine River At Logansport.

* until further notice ...or until the warning is

cancelled.

* At 7:45 PM Monday The stage was 27.6 feet.

* Minor flooding is forecast.

* Flood stage is 28.0 feet.

* Forecast ...Rise above flood stage by early today and continue to

rise to near 29.5 feet by early Friday morning.

* Impact ...at 30.0 feet ...Flooding will continue to slowly decrease

and end during the next several days.

 

Flood warning also issued for the Attoyac Bayou near Chireno as water level was four feet above flood stage at 8 p.m. last night.

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Timpson City Council to have regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. this afternoon


The Timpson City Council will have a meeting at 5:30 p.m. this afternoon and among the agenda items will be canvassing the May 9 election and issuing oaths of office to council members Kyle Allen, Janell Baker and George Grace and then election of a Mayor Pro-Tem.

 

Among the items for discussion and possible action will be the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality renewal fees and authorizing new city secretary Leslie Leathers for bank depositories.

 

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San Augustine City Council to meet at 5 p.m. today


The San Augustine City Council meets at 5 p.m. today and among the agenda items is accepting the resignation of Robert Brown from the San Augustine Main Street Advisory Board and replacing him with Glenda Harrison.

 

In addition, Harold Hunter with Communities Unlimited will make a presentation regarding financial opportunities for the City of San Augustine and Jerry Williams will be on hand to discuss the possibility of purchasing an oral history center computer system.

 

San Augustine City Council will continue to interview city manager candidates to replace the late Bruce Milstead.

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Timpson Memorial Day program to be held at 10 a.m. May 25


The annual Timpson Memorial Day program will be held at 10 a.m. at the Park Plaza in downtown Timpson. The event is sponsored by the Timpson ISD and American Legion.

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Funeral Notices: 05/19/15


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 52-year old Ricky Earnest Johnson of Tenaha. He passed away Sunday at his home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at North Jericho Cemetery, Center. He worked construction. Among survivors is Laurie Lynn Partlow; her children, John & Tammy Smith of Center, Stacy Smith of Dreka, Eric Partlow of Center, and Amy & Jamie Lindley of Huxley; brother, Johnny Johnson & Nadoona; sisters, Sue Ann & Eddie Joe Chisenhall, and Kathy Mora and Peggy Moore.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 59-year old Louann Hurst Leach of Pineland. Service will be at 3 p.m. this afternoon at First United Methodist Church in Center, with interment at Fairview Cemetery in Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Gideons International, Hemphill

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 70-year old Brenda “BB” Cook Hennigan of Joaquin. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Beaumont. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department, Desoto Fire District 1 and Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home of San Augustine announces service for 45-year old James Ollie Burns of San Augustine. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home. Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with burial at Dickerson Cemetery, San Augustine County.

 

CJ Davis Memorial Funeral Services in Timpson and Hicks Mortuary of Center announces service for Martha Price of Nacogdoches, a native of San Augustine. Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Bapist Church in San Augustine, with burial to follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery. A private visitation will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at CJ Davis Memorial Funeral Chapel in Timpson. 

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Weather Update @ 12 midnight


As I have discussed several times prior to this, a persistent weather pattern has been fueling the heavy rain in our region and the split jet stream carries the upper level cold air down into Mexico and up through Texas mid section and when it hits the moisture laden Gulf air flowing in  where we are...well T-storms, hail, severe weather and heavy rain just can not help itself when it shows up.  
Another way of saying the same thing....In short, a southward dip in the jet stream has been locked in place over the western states, allowing it to launch disturbances into the Plains. It is those disturbances that provide the necessary lift in the atmosphere to trigger thunderstorm development as they intercept a warm, moist air mass in place near the surface of the earth.


Ok, I could just say......Unfortunately, it appears this weather pattern will stay in place through much of the rest of thisweek and into the weekend, allowing the bouts of rain and thunderstorms to continue to do what they do....give us lotsof rain, hail, damaging winds, dangerous lightning, flooding.....and everything else that goes with the pattern....If the forecast below is correct...we may only see...less than an inch of total rain through the weekend...anyone want to bet on that?
 

 

My automated station rain bowl was blown of level and the rocker arm did not reflect the actual rain we caught Monday...Thank goodness I have an old fashion glass gauge...It said 3 inches...ok, so it was just 2.97 as best I can guess...but at this point in the rainy season who's counting the hundredths!! 

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CHS Soccer teams honored with dinner


On Monday, May 11th, the CHS Athletic Booster Club sponsored an evening at First Baptist Church in order to recognize the individual and team achievements of the CHS Boys and Girls Soccer Teams.

 

The Shelby County Cookers graciously cooked the hamburgers for the meal.

 

The master of ceremonies was Center ISD School Board President James Greer and a special guest speaker, Fabio Giminez from Argentina was brought by JBA Financial Services.

 

Mr. Giminez is a former pro soccer player who played professionally in Argentina, Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, Paraguay, and the US. After retiring, he coached for 12 years in Bolivia. He now lives in the Longview area and works with Hispanic Churches throughout East Texas. He spoke to the athletes about his career and encouraged them in the pursuit of their future.

 

This was a great evening for the athletes to see how important they are to the community.

 

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TxDOT reports flooded roadways during storms Monday


LUFKIN - TxDOT officials reported flooded and closed roadways in several areas of the nine-county Lufkin District following severe thunderstorms Monday.
 
TxDOT maintenance crews responded to high water in many areas in Angelina County throughout the morning. The roads were closed or closely monitored until water receded.  One road washed out and workers immediately began to repair what rushing flood waters left behind.
 
Motorists can check for flooding or road closures at www.drivetexas.org. Most roads opened to traffic again by late afternoon but crews continued to monitor situations.
 
"Drivers should never attempt to drive through a flooded area. As little as six inches of water can sweep a vehicle off the roadway," said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the TxDOT Lufkin District. "The storms on Monday were fierce and there were several reports of stranded motorists. If you can keep from driving during bad weather, then do. If you must be on the road, please stay alert to possible flooded roads and fast-rising water. We can't stress enough to slow down and obey all traffic safety signs."
 
Roadways either impassable or closed from Monday's storms included:
 
SHELBY COUNTY
 
*    US 59 at the railroad overpass in Tenaha: Impassable
 
ANGELINA COUNTY
 
  *   US 69 North: Closed after water covered all four lanes near Central School;
  *   FM 2680: Roadway washed out and road closed until repairs are complete;
  *   Loop 287 at US 59 South: Underpass closed beneath South First Street;
  *   SH 94 West: Water across all four lanes;
  *   FM 706: Water across roadway in section between US 69 North and SH 103 West;
  *   FM 2021: The section of Farm Road between US 59 North and US 69 North had water over both lanes;
  *   FM 1194 at Loop 287: Road closed;
  *   FM 3150 at FM 706: Impassable and closed;
  *   FM 843: High water across both lanes;
  *   FM 2251: Road flooded and impassable.
  *   FM 324: Impassable and under water.
  *   FM 2497: Water on roadway. Closed.
 
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY
 
  *   FM 95, FM 138 and CR 280: Impassable.
 
TRINITY COUNTY
 
  *   FM 356: Water over roadway;
  *   FM 1280: Water over roadway;
  *   FM 230: Water over roadway;
  *   FM 358: Water over roadway;
  *   FM 358 at Piney Creek: Water on roadway but still passable

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Funeral Notice: Ricky Earnest Johnson


Ricky Earnest Johnson, 52, of Tenaha, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015 at his home. 

 

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Don Windham and Bro. Billy Windham officiating.  Interment will follow at North Jericho Cemetery in Center.

 

Mr. Johnson was born November 27, 1962 in Center to J.T. Johnson and Nora Evelyn Finklea Johnson. He worked construction – building houses, sheet rocking, chicken houses and took pride in refinishing furniture at home.  His best piece was redoing his Grandmother Tennie’s old dresser. 

 

Ricky leaves behind his extended family, Laurie Lynn Partlow – who he said “I wouldn’t be anyone without you.”  Laurie’s children who called him “Pops” – John Smith and wife Tammy of Center, Stacey Smith of Dreka, Eric Partlow of Center, and Amy Lindley and husband, Jamie, of Huxley; the “boys” – six grandsons who he was “Paw Paw” to – Justin Smith and wife, Krystal, Matthew and Logan Smith of Center, Zachery Hass and Cody Holt of Lufkin, and Dakota Hass of Dreka and “Baby Girl” Evelynn Elizabeth Lindley; brother Johnny Johnson and Nadoona; sisters, Sue Ann Chisenhall and husband, Eddie Joe, Kathy Mora and Peggy Moore.

 

He is preceded in death by parents, J.T. & Nora Johnson; brothers, Jerry Thomas Johnson, Jackie Lee Johnson; nephews, Michael Etheridge, Rueben Olivas; nieces, Christy and Misty Olivas.

 

Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com

 

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DETEC outage @ 4 p.m.


As of 4 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 130 members remaining without power due to the severe weather.

Nacogdoches Co: approx. 70 (with the majority located in the Etoile area)
San Augustine Co: less than 5
Sabine Co: approx. 55 (Hemphill)

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Flags at half staff in honor of Memorial Day


Memorial Day is Monday, May 25th, 2015.  United States Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon.  All banks, schools, businesses and government offices that fly a flag that can be lowered are asked to please do so in honor of those Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  

If you fly a flag that can't be lowered you can still show respect for the day by tying a black cord or ribbon to the top of the flag pole.  It too should be removed at noon.

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San Augustine County Chamber News 05/18/15


Hello Chamber Friends!

It's Time to Update our Chamber Directory/Visitors Guide...We Hope to Visit
You Soon!

Don't Forget:  Membership Meeting Tomorrow, May 19th~ Noon ~ Log Cabin
Our "Jr Chamber" will be Performing the Meeting and Students from Broaddus
will be visiting us- Come out and Support our Youth
Caterer:  Jackson Hill Marina
Business of the Month: T & K Shaved Ice and Snacks
Speaker: Denise Smith/ GED Coordinator/ Angelina College

Have a Great Week!

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Shelbyville Track & Field has great showing at state meet


Shelbyville Track and Field made a strong showing at the UIL State Track and Field Event hosted at Mike Myers Stadium at the University of Texas in Austin this weekend.

 

Mikel Carter finished 4th in the Pole Vault ending his career in style as a school record holder, a Texas Relay competitor and a State Track Meet Medalist. Great job over the last 4 years for this young man.


The Lady Dragons, who were State Champions in the 4x400 Relay (Keanna Osby, Daisy

Cartwright, Kyra Ross and Cleosha Jeter) last year were on a mission this year. Their goal was to break the state record for Conference AA. They were the talk of the AA and AAA meet. They finished first with an astounding 40+ meter lead to win the race with the fastest time ran since 1978, with a 4:00.30. The Lady Dragons finished just .06 from the state record. Losing only one to graduation this year, the goal will be the same next year. To finish the season as State Record Holders. Great Job 4x400! 

 

The 4x200 (Belinda Bohannon, Kyra Ross, Cleosha Jeter and Daisy Cartwright)
went into the meet in 4th place not expected to overcome some stiff competition. With a revamped plan of attack, the Lady Dragons did indeed overcome the stiff competition and indeed got on the medal stand with a strong 3rd place finish. Keanna Osby qualified for 3 events as a freshman this year and pulled off a 3 second personal record running a 2:18.36 in
the 800 M  to finish 2nd. She was 7th in the 400m Dash and was a member of the gold medal  4x400 Relay. Cleosha Jeter added the one extra point placing 6th in the Triple Jump to get our team over the hump for a 2nd overall finish as a team taking home the State Runner Up Trophy. Bailey Rabalais qualified for state in the Discus for the second consecutive year and we expect big things from her in the next two seasons.

Lady Dragons set Regional and School Records in the 4x400 Relay this year. Finished with the school's highest placing ever at the State Meet this year with a 2nd place finish. With only one athlete lost to graduation, the future is very bright for the Lady Dragon Track Team.

WE WILL WIN!


 

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Timpson Bear Update 05/18/15


Upcoming Events –

Tues. May 19th - High School Awards – 10:00 a.m. - High School Auditorium
-------------------------- Kindergarten Graduation – 6:00 p.m. - Auditorium

Thurs. May 21st – Middle School Awards – 9:00 a.m. - Gym
----------------------------- Senior Scholarship Presentation – 6:00 p.m. - Auditorium

Fri. May 22nd – Senior Celebration – 6:00 p.m. – Auditorium

Tues. May 26th – Elementary Field Day

Thurs. May 28th – Middle School Graduation – 7:00 p.m. – Gym

Fri. May 29th – High School Graduation – 8:00 p.m. – Gym


Congratulations to the Boys’  Track Team as State 2A runner up. Relay teams competing in the State track meet include:

Terence Garrett, Devonta Thompson, Shakur Johnson and Eric Gossett in the 4x100 Relay—2nd.
Hayden Smith, Devonta Thompson, Shakur Johnson and Eric Gossett in the 4X100 Relay---2nd.
Also to Eric Gossett in the 100m Dash—2nd.

Timpson place Runner up (2nd) in the State Track Meet out of 57 Schools competing.

They had an outstanding Track Season.

State Academic UIL Competition - Good Luck to Robert Torres on his trip to Austin for State academic UIL competition on May 26-27!

 

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Timpson ISD to have 10 a.m. start Tuesday


The Timpson ISD will have a late start at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning to allow for better bus visibility.


Timpson Independent School District

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Coming up the week at Center ISD 05/18/15--05/24/15


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DETEC outage update @ 1 p.m.


As of 1 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 230 member without power due to the severe weather.

Panola Co: approx. 85 members out
Shelby Co: approx. 80
Nacogdoches Co: less than 10
San Augustine Co: approx. 50
Sabine Co: less than 5

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Presentation of Regional Awards and Scholarships Highlight DETCOG’s 46th Membership Meeting


 

 

Jasper, Texas – The Ralph W. Steen East Texan of the Year Award will be presented during the 46th Annual Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) Membership Meeting and awards luncheon.  It is being held Thursday, May 28th at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center in Lufkin.   

 

The Steen award was named after the beloved past president of Stephen F. Austin State University, Dr. Ralph W. Steen.  It honors an individual who has played a major role in leadership and service to the twelve county DETCOG Region. 

 

Two sets of scholarships also will be presented.  The Stewart and Malone Memorial Scholarships are presented to students from the region’s high schools.   The DETCOG Employee Memorial Scholarships are funded by contributions from DETCOG employees and are awarded to the children or grandchildren of DETCOG employees.

 

“The annual membership meeting is always special because it gives the DETCOG board of directors, members and staff, a chance to visit with representatives of the communities we serve,” says DETCOG’s Executive Director, Walter G. Diggles, Sr.  “The highlight of the meeting has always been the presentation of the Ralph W. Steen East Texan of the Year.  What makes it special is that each new recipient is chosen by those who previously received the recognition.”

 

DETCOG’s Board President, Angelina County Judge, Wes Suiter, would like to extend an invitation to the public to attend.  The morning sessions are free and open to the public.  Luncheon tickets can be purchased at the door.  Anyone needing information may contact Cynthia Trowbridge at the DETCOG office in Jasper at (409) 384-5704.

 

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Joaquin ISD NOT running bus routes Monday afternoon


Road conditions have deteriorated to such a point that Joaquin ISD has decided not to run bus routes this afternoon. 

 

Students will be held at the school with supervision until parents can pick them up. 

 

This is a highly unusual situation and this decision has been made in an effort to keep all
students safe.

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Shelbyville ISD to start classes one hour later Tuesday


Shelbyville I.S.D.  will start classes one hour later than normal  on Tuesday, May 19th due to the prediction of flooding roads in our area. This will allow for better visibility for bus drivers and others.

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Center Emergency facility Grand Opening ribbon cutting Postponed


 

Due to predicted inclement weather, the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting for the Center Emergency and Diagnostic Imaging Facility which was scheduled for Thursday, May 21 has been postponed until a later date.

 

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or www.shelbycountychamber.com.

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DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office awards scholarships


Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle is pleased to announce the winners of the LSA Scholarship Awards.  Sheriff Arbuckle awarded these scholarships to four (4) DeSoto Parish graduating student:
 
 Jasmine N. White of Logansport High School, Irenaissia Kelly of Mansfield High School, Chase Slater of North DeSoto High School, and Baylee' R. Youngblood of Mansfield High School.
 
Jasmine is the daughter of Ingrid Davis.  She plans to attend Louisiana Tech University and will be majoring in Engineering.
 
Irenaissia is the daughter of TaSunda Kelly.  She plans to attend Xavier University of Louisiana and will be majoring in Psychology Pre-Med while minoring in Business Administration.
 
Chase is the son of Sandra Vig Slater.  He plans to attend Northwestern State University and will be majoring in Mass Communication.
 
Baylee' is the daughter of Ronie T. and Vanessa Mckinney Youngblood.  She plans to attend Louisiana State University Shreveport and will be majoring in Biology/Pre-Med.
 
Sheriff Arbuckle said, "We were able once again to award four scholarships to DeSoto Parish students.  This would not be possible without the kind and generous support from DeSoto Parish citizens of the Louisiana Sheriff's Honorary Membership Program.  Thanks again for your participation and
support."
 
Pictured Left to Right: Chase Slater, Irenaissia Kelly, Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle, Baylee' R. Youngblood, Jasmine N. White

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Timpson lighting event at MLK Field postponed until June 1