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Funeral Service: Willie Earl Moore


Willie Earl Moore, age 78, of the East Liberty Community passed away Sunday evening, June 28, 2015 at his residence.

 

Visitation will be held all day Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas. Funeral service will be held at 12noon on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at East Liberty Baptist Church, Center, Texas. Interment will be at Rather Cemetery Shelbyville, Texas with Pastor Curtis Archie officiating.

 

He is survived by:

Wife, Mae Ella Moore of Center

 

Sons:
Willie Charles (Gloria) McCowin of Detroit, Michigan
Jimmy Wayne Williams of Lufkin

 

Daughters:
Debra Deason of Lufkin
Sheron (John) Anthony of Center
Lynn (Desmond) Tolbert of Lufkin
Tammy (Christopher) Galbway of Lufkin

 

16 Grandchildren, 10 Great-Grandchildren

 

Brothers:
Zebedee (Lula) Moore, Jr. of Center
Mervin G. Moore of Center
R.L. Moore of Center
Robert Moore of Center
Carl (Dazella) Moore of Houston

 

Sisters:
Lou Byndom of Center
Queen Garrett of Center

 

Services are under the direction of Community Funeral Home, Center, Texas.

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Pending Funeral Service: Margaret Dehart


Margaret Dehart, 83, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in Ashdown, Arkansas.

 

Services are pending at Mangum Funeral Home.

 

Among her survivors include:

Daughter: Cynthia Robison of Del Rio

Son: Victor Robinson of Thailand

 

 

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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Seabreeze generated storms starting to pop up


Summertime,Sea breeze generated storms are beginning to fire up to our South from Corpus Christi to Baton Rouge and northward to almost Jasper.  Will it get here...maybe, if the heating holds, but nothing severe even thourgh some of the clouds have risen to 30,000 to 37,000 feet.  Just widely scattered T-storms and not much rain.  The outflow boundary winds should cool things down as they did yesterday's pop up storms. movement is to the NNE at about 25 mph. 

Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

 

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Community Beautification Award presented to First United Methodist Church-Center


 

The Shelby Beautiful Clean Committee of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce presented a Community Beautification Award to the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) for their many years of caring and beautifying the Methodist Church Cemetery.  As one of the oldest cemeteries in Shelby County, it was established over 154 years ago and the first burial with a marker was Jarrell B. Chandler in 1861.

The Methodist Church Cemetery has become a featured landmark in Center and is included in the Downtown Walking tour guide created by Steve and Lisa Thomas.  The church established a memorial fund for contributions to be earmarked for cemetery landscape and maintenance. For many years, the work was guided and led by Nell Polley, and now in recent years, the mission is continued by Suzanne Ihlo, both of who are longtime church members.

The church welcomed Pastor Karen Jones in 2015 and FUMC Trustees Chairman is Kenneth Hardy.  The church is recognized by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce for the constant care and efforts for beautification to the community and the mindful preservation of history.  The cemetery is fenced and has an irrigation system.  Most recently, all the burial markers were cleaned and preserved to a pristine state.   Routine trimming and plantings in the FUMC Cemetery create a beautiful garden landscape year round. The last burial of over 100 people in the cemetery was Pollie Holt in 1939.

The Shelby Beautiful Clean Committee is chaired by Jodi Fountain. Shelby Beautiful Clean is affiliated with Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful programs.  The committee leads recycling efforts as well as recognizes beautification efforts in Shelby County.

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote and advance economic enrichment and development, tourism and the social and civic interest of Shelby County and adjoining areas.  

L to R: Dot Golding, Chamber Ambassador, Jodi Fountain, Shelby Beautiful Clean Chairman,
Suzanne Ihlo, Chairman Cemetery Care, Kenneth Hardy, Chairman of Trustees, Kelli Snider, Church Secretary, Andi Foster, Chamber Ambassador, Ann Harmon. Church member, Nell Polley, Past Chairman Cemetery Care and Karen Jones, Pastor

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Death Notice: Glen Earl Morris


Glen Earl Morris, 77, of Hemphill, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont.

 

No services are planned at this time. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home.

 

He was born October 3, 1937 in Hemphill to George Edward and Pearl Ruth ( McDaniel) Morris. He attended Lamar College. He worked for a Ford Dealership for many years in management and ownership.

 

He is survived by:

Brother:

James Edward Morris of Nevada

Cousin:

Dorothy “Sunny” Dent of Milam

  

 

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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Graveside Service Notice: Mr. Milton Emit Sutton


Mr. Milton Emit Sutton, 88, passed away on June 30, 2015, in San Augustine, Texas.

 

Milton was born to Frances (Graham) Sutton and Estle Sutton on July 23, 1926, in Polk County, Texas. He was a retired Pipe liner Inspector, and a member of the Trinity Masonic Lodge #14 in Livingston and was a Shriner.

 

He is survived by his children, Carlos Bolton and Peggy; Mary Jones and Chip; Jo Anna Johnson and Terry; Tina Sutton and Jo. Grandchildren, Leah Fry and David; Jeff Bolton and Michelle; Krystal Blackwell and Bubba; Mark Bolton; Katy Cecere and David; Claire Johnson; Abby Johnson and Dusty Lout. Great-grandchildren: Jacob, Sarah, Bodie, Bailey, Tyler, Dylan, Elly, and Wolfe; Brother, Floyd Sutton; Sister, Joyce Denby; Sister-in-law, Shirley Sutton, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Sutton; his parents, Estle and Frances Sutton; step-mother, Bertie Sutton; brothers, Vernon Sutton and Lloyd Sutton; sister, Jewel Heitze; infant son, Milton Ray Sutton.

 

Graveside Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, in the Menard Chapel Cemetery in Livingston. Visitation will be prior to graveside only.

- See more at: http://www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/817/Milton_Emit_Sutton/obituary.html#tribute-start

Mr. Milton Emit Sutton, 88, passed away on June 30, 2015, in San Augustine, Texas.

 

Milton was born to Frances (Graham) Sutton and Estle Sutton on July 23, 1926, in Polk County, Texas. He was a retired Pipe liner Inspector, and a member of the Trinity Masonic Lodge #14 in Livingston and was a Shriner.

 

He is survived by his children, Carlos Bolton and Peggy; Mary Jones and Chip; Jo Anna Johnson and Terry; Tina Sutton and Jo. Grandchildren, Leah Fry and David; Jeff Bolton and Michelle; Krystal Blackwell and Bubba; Mark Bolton; Katy Cecere and David; Claire Johnson; Abby Johnson and Dusty Lout. Great-grandchildren: Jacob, Sarah, Bodie, Bailey, Tyler, Dylan, Elly, and Wolfe; Brother, Floyd Sutton; Sister, Joyce Denby; Sister-in-law, Shirley Sutton, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Sutton; his parents, Estle and Frances Sutton; step-mother, Bertie Sutton; brothers, Vernon Sutton and Lloyd Sutton; sister, Jewel Heitze; infant son, Milton Ray Sutton.

 

Graveside Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, in the Menard Chapel Cemetery in Livingston. Visitation will be prior to graveside only.

- See more at: http://www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/817/Milton_Emit_Sutton/obituary.html#tribute-start

Mr. Milton Emit Sutton, 88, passed away on June 30, 2015, in San Augustine, Texas.

 

Milton was born to Frances (Graham) Sutton and Estle Sutton on July 23, 1926, in Polk County, Texas. He was a retired Pipe liner Inspector, and a member of the Trinity Masonic Lodge #14 in Livingston and was a Shriner.

 

He is survived by his children, Carlos Bolton and Peggy; Mary Jones and Chip; Jo Anna Johnson and Terry; Tina Sutton and Jo. Grandchildren, Leah Fry and David; Jeff Bolton and Michelle; Krystal Blackwell and Bubba; Mark Bolton; Katy Cecere and David; Claire Johnson; Abby Johnson and Dusty Lout. Great-grandchildren: Jacob, Sarah, Bodie, Bailey, Tyler, Dylan, Elly, and Wolfe; Brother, Floyd Sutton; Sister, Joyce Denby; Sister-in-law, Shirley Sutton, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Sutton; his parents, Estle and Frances Sutton; step-mother, Bertie Sutton; brothers, Vernon Sutton and Lloyd Sutton; sister, Jewel Heitze; infant son, Milton Ray Sutton.

 

Graveside Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, in the Menard Chapel Cemetery in Livingston. Visitation will be prior to graveside only.

- See more at: http://www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/817/Milton_Emit_Sutton/obituary.html#tribute-start
Mr. Milton Emit Sutton, 88, passed away on June 30, 2015, in San Augustine, Texas.
 
Milton was born to Frances (Graham) Sutton and Estle Sutton on July 23, 1926, in Polk County, Texas. He was a retired Pipe liner Inspector, and a member of the Trinity Masonic Lodge #14 in Livingston and was a Shriner.
 
He is survived by his children, Carlos Bolton and Peggy; Mary Jones and Chip; Jo Anna Johnson and Terry; Tina Sutton and Jo. Grandchildren, Leah Fry and David; Jeff Bolton and Michelle; Krystal Blackwell and Bubba; Mark Bolton; Katy Cecere and David; Claire Johnson; Abby Johnson and Dusty Lout. Great-grandchildren: Jacob, Sarah, Bodie, Bailey, Tyler, Dylan, Elly, and Wolfe; Brother, Floyd Sutton; Sister, Joyce Denby; Sister-in-law, Shirley Sutton, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
 
He is preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Sutton; his parents, Estle and Frances Sutton; step-mother, Bertie Sutton; brothers, Vernon Sutton and Lloyd Sutton; sister, Jewel Heitze; infant son, Milton Ray Sutton.
 
Graveside Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, in the Menard Chapel Cemetery in Livingston. Visitation will be prior to graveside only.
 
Service directed by Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, San Augustine
 

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4C Electrical Services relocation ribbon cutting set for July 10


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will host a relocation ribbon cutting for 4C Electrical Services and owner Scooter Clark on Friday, July 10 at 9:00 a.m. 4C Electrical Services is located at 1595 Southview Circle in Center.

 

4C has a team of ten electricians and can meet industrial, commercial and residential electrical needs of any size.

 

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or www.shelbycountychamber

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Construction projects approved for TxDOT-Lufkin District


LUFKIN - The Texas Transportation Commission on Thursday approved three construction projects for the Lufkin District totaling $4.8 million. The work is slated to begin in late 2015 and early 2016.

"From highways to county roads and the bridges in between, we are dedicated to doing our part to improve the quality of life and economic opportunity for the people of our great state," said Commissioner Jeff Austin III, Texas Transportation Commission.

One project was approved for Nacogdoches County while the other two are located in Houston County.

Kevin Buranakitipinyo, director of construction for the Lufkin District, outlined each project.

"Once these projects are completed they will improve the safety and mobility for the traveling public," he said.

The newly approved projects include:


  *   Nacogdoches County - FM 95: This project will consist of rehabilitating and widening the current pavement structure from 22-feet to 24-feet. Driveways and cross structures will also be safety treated. The $1.38 million project will stretch one-half mile west of US 59 in Garrison to the Rusk County line. Pinto Construction Company will serve as contractor. The project will begin in late Summer or early Fall and should be completed in approximately 10 months.
  *   Houston County - CR 3480 and CR 3615: This $748,567 project is set to replace the bridge and approaches that traverse Big Creek tributary on CR 3480 and Tantabogue Tributary on CR 3615 with concrete bridges that will accommodate a 24-foot roadway. Hartbeat Construction will serve as contractor with work set to begin in early 2016 that should be completed in approximately eight months.
  *   Houston County - FM 227: This project will replace two existing bridges, one at Hickory Creek and another at Hickory Creek Relief with concrete structures that will have 11-foot driving lanes and five-foot shoulders. The $2.6 million project will be led by Pierce Construction, who will serve as contractor. It is slated to begin in early 2016.


 

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REMINDER: FL Moffett PreK Roundup set for July 13 & 14


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REMINDER: Lady Rider Volleyball camp to be held July 6-9


The Center Lady Roughrider Athletic Program is hosting a Volleyball Camp on July 6th-9th from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Center High School Gym. It is for Incoming 5th graders through 9th graders. The cost will be $20 for individuals or $35 for two children families. Please use the attached form to register.

 

For more information, contact Coach Dana Irvin or Mrs. Sherry Turner at 936-598-6173 ext. 2231.

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Panola College hosting volleyball camp



The annual Panola Volleyball Camp kicked off Monday with approximately 95 participants.  "It is exciting that we continue to grow.  We strive every year to put on an excellent camp so all the kids interested in volleyball in our community will get something out of it, whether they are 8 or 18," says Head Coach Amber McCray.

Our community has been great support of our volleyball program, and it plays an important part in our effort to remain one of the top programs in the country," noted Vice President of Student Services/Athletic Director Don Clinton.

With over 90 participants this year's camp has exceeded all attendance expectations especially with the construction on the Panola College campus.  Next year space will not be a problem.  Panola College expects to move into its new Charles C. Mathews Foundation Student Center this fall. The Mathews Student Center will include a new fitness gym and renovated AJ Gym that will house 4 volleyball courts and give the program an opportunity to continue growing camps.


 

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Shower, thunderstorm chances increase today, partly sunny 93


Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 93. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, low around 73. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, high near 92. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
 
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 74. 
 
Thursday: Mostly sunny, high near 93. 
 
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 74.
 
Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 94.
 
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 74.
 
Independence Day: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 93.
 
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, low around 74.
 
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 93.
 
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, low around 74.
 
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.
 

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 06/29/15--06/30/15


Arrest Report

06/29/15—06/30/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Ashley Nicole Snyder, 26, Tenaha, Warrant-Terroristic Threat

 

James Seth Pitre, 27, Shreveport, Theft of Property x 2

 

Liza Meshell, 36, Shreveport, Theft

 

Kevin Zamora, 24, Timpson, Rusk County Warrant-Theft

 

Alton Clark, 59, Center, Assault-Family Violence Causing Bodily Injury

 

San Augustine County:

 

Chadwick J. Parks, 29, San Augustine, Denton County Warrant-Failure to Appear, Original Charge: Possession of Marijuana

 

Michael Cox, 60, Louisiana, Fleeing an Officer & Prohibited Substance in a Correctional Facility

 

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

 

 

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Timpson woman indicted for providing contraband to Nacogdoches County Jail trusty


A Shelby County woman was indicted by a Nacogdoches Grand Jury recently, accused of helping a former Nacogdoches County jail trusty and his mother smuggle drugs into the Nacogdoches County Jail.

 

Thirty-five year old Misti Lynn Hogue of Timpson was indicted for engaging in organized criminal activity when she reportedly provided 34-year old David Nathan Lewis, Jr. with a cellphone, marijuana, pills and tobacco, which were found on the grounds of the Nacogdoches County Expo Center where several trustees had been doing work detail.

 

Video footage revealed Hogue and Lewis' mother, 60-year old Eva Lewis of Timpson provided the contraband. A jailer found tobacco products on Lewis when he returned from working at the expo.

 

Sheriff Jason Bridges says Hogue and Eva Lewis were charged with prohibited substance in a correctional facility, which was enhanced to engaging in criminal activity. 

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Funeral Notices: 06/30/15


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 97-year old Olga Mae Adams of Center. She passed away Sunday in Nacogdoches. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, with interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held prior to service beginning at 9 a.m. Among Olga Mae Adams survivors is a son, Jimmy W. Adams of Center; sisters, Linda Clifton of Nacogdoches, Joy Jones of Shelbyville, Diane Jones of Center, Pauline Brittain of Colorado and Gloria Fleming of Conroe; brothers, Sam Livingston of Nacogdoches and Bill Livingston of Center.

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 76-year old Cynthia (Sue, Cindy) Jeanette Weaver Traxler of the Neuville Community, Center. She passed away Sunday. Service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mangum Funeral Home, with burial at O.E. Price Cemetery in Logansport. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening at Mangum Funeral Home. Among Cynthia Traxler’s survivors is her husband, Lonnie Traxler, Sr. of Center; children, Lonnie Traxler, Jr. and wife Robin, Lyndia (Lindy) & Marvin Oliver, and Cathy & Bobby Halbert, all of Center; sisters, Virginia & Jud Campbell & Delma & Dee Strickland; brother, Delmar (Bubba) J. & Jane Weaver; and sisters-in-law, Audrey & Dearl Hall, Lillie & Billy McClusky and Ila B. Traxler.

 

Garrison Funeral Home announces service for 79-year old Travis Warren Chandler of Nacogdoches. He passed away Monday at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at First Baptist Church in Garrison. Service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Garrison, with interment at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison. Among Travis Warren Chandler’s survivors is his wife, Laverne Chandler; children, Terry & Susan Chandler, Sherry & Joey Cranford and Jerry & Pam Chandler; mother, Opal Chandler; brother, Joe & Myke Chandler; and sisters, Juanita Mahan, Martha & Malcom Harvey and Mary & Ron Spratt.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces pending service for 78-year old Mr. Willie Earl Moore of the East Liberty Community. He passed away Sunday at his home.

 

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Funeral Notice: Travis Warren Chandler


Travis Warren Chandler, 79, of Nacogdoches, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015 at Nacogdoches Medical Center in Nacogdoches.

 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Garrison.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Garrison with Bro. Jeremy Pruitt officiating.  Interment will follow at Cold Springs Cemetery in Garrison.

 

Mr. Chandler was born January 24, 1936 in Garrison to W.C. Dock Chandler and Opal Rousseau Chandler.  He loved to work on his antique cars, but most especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

He is survived by

Wife of 58 years: Laverne Chandler

 

Children:

Terry Chandler and wife, Susan

Sherry Cranford and husband, Joey

Jerry Chandler and wife, Pam

 

Grandchildren:

Chelsey Brewer and husband, Heath

John Cranford and wife, Britney

Wes Chandler and wife, Tiffani

Allison O’Connor and husband, Corey

Nash Chandler and wife, Melissa

Jared Chandler

Teryn Chandler

Eli Chandler

 

Great Grandchildren:

Luccasey Brewer

Jace Chandler

Maveryk Cranford

Conley Brewer

Payton O’Connor

Cabela Brewer

 

Mother: Opal Chandler

 

Brother: Joe Chandler and wife, Myke

 

Sisters:

Juanita Mahan

Martha Harvey and husband, Malcolm

Mary Spratt and husband, Ron

 

Pallbearers will be Wes Chandler, John Cranford, Nash Chandler, Jared Chandler, Heath Brewer, Corey O’Connor and Eli Chandler.  Honorary pallbearers will be Luccasey Brewer, Jace Chander, Ron Freeland, George Muckleroy, Ronnie Stanaland, Roy May, Jerome Hale, Angel Castro, Matthew Stultz and Howard Stokes.

 

Services are under the direction of Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, Texas.

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UPDATE Funeral Notice: Olga Mae Adams


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Olga Mae Adams, 97, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

 

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.  Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 9:00 a.m. 

 

Ms. Adams was born April 3, 1918 in Center to Louis M. Livingston and Della C. Abbott Livingston.  She was a member of First Christian Church in Center.

 

She is survived by

Son: Jimmy W. Adams of Center

 

Grandchildren:

Greg Adams of Colmesneil

Susan Adams of Fort Worth

Michael Collins of Shelbyville

Lisa Collins Corbell of Longview

Angela Cox of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania

 

Great Grandchildren:

Matthew Adams of Colmesneil

Shauna Sanford of Center

Nicole Bush of Center

Natalia Prescott of Fort Worth

Courtney Corbell Casey of Ingleside

Leslie Corbell Sonnier of Diana

Tory Rogers of New Braunfels

Jessica Cox Price of New Braunfels

Adam Cox of Center

 

A number of Great Great Grandchildren

 

Sisters:

Linda Clifton of Nacogdoches

Joy Jones of Shelbyville

Diane Jones of Center

Pauline Brittain of Aster, Colorado

Gloria Fleming of Conroe

 

Brothers:

Sam Livingston of Nacogdoches

Bill Livingston of Center

 

Preceded in death by

Husband: Hugh Adams

Daughter: Betty June Collins

Son: Joe Adams

Sisters: Ima Jean Bush, Pat Schorer

Brothers: Audra Livingston, Aubra Livingston, Jim Livingston

 

Pallbearers will be Greg Adams, Matthew Adams, Adam Cox, Michael Collins, Josh Price and David Sanford.

 

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

 

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Funeral Notice: Cynthia (Sue,Cindy) Jeanette Weaver Traxler


 

Cynthia (Sue,Cindy) Jeanette Weaver Traxler, 76, of the Neuville Community, Center, Texas, went to be with her heavenly Father Sunday, June 28, 2015.

 

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Larry Bryd officiating. Burial will follow at O.E. Price Cemetery in Logansport, LA. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 30, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

 

She was born September 14, 1938 in Logansport, LA to Delmar Jay Weaver and Hazel (Lewis) Weaver.  Mrs. Traxler retired from Ferrell’s Veterinary Clinic in Silsbee, Texas after 25 years of service. There she learned to give large and small animals shots, draw blood and do lab tests. She was Past Matron of Silsbee Order of the Eastern Star for 2 years. She was active in Neuville Baptist Church, serving as teacher, W.M.U. treasurer, church treasurer and editor of the church bulletin. When she and Lonnie moved to East Texas in 2001, all 3 of their children followed and live within a 3 mile radius of them. She was a very outgoing person and loved life, as her choice of songs will show. She never met a stranger and loved to travel.

 

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Delmar J. Weaver, Hazel Weaver Thompson and Step-father, Marshall Thompson.

 

She is survived by:

Husband of 60 years:
Lonnie Traxler, Sr. of Center

Children:
Lonnie Traxler, Jr. & wife, Robin of Center

Lyndia (Lindy) & husband, Marvin Oliver of Center

Cathy & Husband, Bobby Halbert of Center

Grandchildren:

Stefanie Little & husband, Mike, Eric Traxler & wife, Amber, Philip Traxler,

Jessica Smith & James Pounders, Hannah Johnson, Ian Moore, Isaac Traxler, Jesse Traxler,

Sarah Traxler, Katie Traxler & Ila Traxler

Great Grandchildren:

Shannon Little, Erienne Pounders & Erika Pounders

Numerous Step Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and Great Great Grandchildren

Sisters:

Virginia (Jud) Campbell

Delma (Dee) Strickland

Brother:

Delmar (Bubba) J. Weaver & wife, Jane

Cuncle:

Eddie (Nub) Weaver

Numerous Nieces & Nephews from both the Traxler and Weaver sides of the family and many friends

She also leaves behind a very loving and supportive church family.

Sisters-in-law:

Audrey Hall & husband, Dearl

Lillie McClusky  & husband, Billy

Ila B. Traxler 

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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Shelby & San Augustine County clerks say they will issue same-sex marriage licenses


Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton calls the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a "lawless ruling" and says state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses.

 

He warned in a statement Sunday that any clerk, justice of the peace or other administrator who declines to issue a license to a same-sex couple could face litigation or a fine. But he says "numerous lawyers" stand ready to defend, free of charge, any public official refusing to grant one.

 

In Shelby County County Clerk Jennifer Fountain told Center Broadcasting that she had conferred with Assistant District Attorney Stephen Shires and County Attorney Gary Rholes and they both told her to avoid any legal implications, both personally and against the county, to go ahead and proceed with issuing licenses.

 

Ms. Fountain said she took an oath to uphold the law of the office, the county and state of Texas and she would abide.

 

She noted she’s waiting to receive the forms electronically from the vendor.

 

Meanwhile, San Augustine County Clerk Margo Noble said she now has the proper forms and will be issuing licenses.

 

As of lunch Monday, neither Shelby nor San Augustine County had had a same-sex couple approach their offices for a marriage license.

 

Not all east Texas counties are issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Those include Sabine and Panola Counties.

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Mission-Oriented Team Provides Spiritual Focus to CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Ministry


 

LUFKIN, TEXAS (June 29, 2015)… As physical changes continue to take shape on the CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial campus – including new signage along Frank Street and major capital investments at the Temple Cancer Center – a more divine transformation is also occurring within the walls of the hospital.

 

One aspect of CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial’s integration process into the Catholic Health Initiatives organization is to formulate an emphasis on the healing ministry of the Church, supported by education and research.

 

Three new staff members make up Memorial’s newly appointed Mission Integration team, focused on incorporating overall spiritual care and holistic healing, and to facilitate awareness of the sacred work of healing.

 

“We provide professional leadership to assure the integration of our mission as a core business practice for our ministry,” said Jay Gilchrist, Vice President of Mission Integration. “Our expertise and work is rooted deeply in the CHI Core Values of Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence. We strive to help create a culture grounded in these values and expressed through our common vocation to heal as Jesus healed across the health continuum in all of our communities.”

 

The Mission Integration team focuses on professional spiritual care for all patients, families and staff; workplace spirituality; faith partnerships with the community; ethics; strengthening the practice of compassionate service; and helping build healthier communities.

 

The new team includes Gilchrist, who served as a Catholic lay minister for more than 35 years with experience as a chaplain, lay pastor/church planter and a supervisor of lay pastors. For the past five years, he served as Vice President of Mission Integration for Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Letters from the University of Iowa, a Master of Arts degree in English from Iowa and a Master of Arts degree in Christian Spiritualities from Mundelein College of Loyola University in Chicago.

 

Gilchrist will oversee spiritual care, ethics, healthy communities efforts, workplace spirituality, collective theological reflection on holy healing work, and mission/ministry leadership development.

 

Charles Macko is CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial’s Manager of Spiritual Care. Macko has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a training coordinator at Walt Disney World hotels and resorts, and worked for Wal-Mart for 15 years in management. He attended Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and received his Master’s degree in Divinity and has been a hospital chaplain for the last seven years in Oklahoma City at both Integris Baptist Medical Center and St. Anthony’s Hospital.

 

Walter Futch serves as the Chaplain at CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial in Livingston and at the Specialty Hospital in Lufkin. Deeply rooted in the East Texas community, he served as Senior Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Lufkin for 23 years, and before that as youth and music minister. He is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Futch recently completed a year as a Chaplain Resident at Baylor St. Luke’s and Texas Children’s Hospitals in Houston.

 

Michael Monterastelli, PRN Chaplain, has lived in Lufkin for the past eight years, seven as pastor of the First Lutheran Church of Lufkin. For the past year, he served as a PRN Chaplain. He received a Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was ordained the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod in 2007. Before seminary, he helped enforce the Clean Water Act with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, taught computer skills in Oklahoma City, and worked in the oil fields. He received his bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Missouri in Rolla, Missouri.

 

“We look to the Holy Spirit to help us bring new life, energy and viability to every encounter with the people of Deep East Texas,” Gilchrist said.

 

One aspect of CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial’s integration process into the Catholic Health Initiatives organization is to formulate an emphasis on the healing ministry of the Church, supported by education and research.  Charles Macko, Michael Monterastelli, Jay Gilchrist and Walter Futch make up Memorial’s newly appointed Mission Integration team, which focuses on incorporating overall spiritual care and holistic healing, and facilitating awareness of the sacred work of healing.

 

About CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial:

Memorial provides more than a quarter of a million patient services each year and has a longstanding history of providing quality, innovative health care in East Texas.

 

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The Fourth of July, "Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over"


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Center ISD Board of Trustees to have special meeting Wednesday afternoon (agenda)


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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 06/26/15--06/29/15


Arrest Report

06/26/15—06/29/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Hermenegildo Ramirez, 39, Center, Failure to Stop and Exchange Info

 

Anita Eddins, 46, Center, Harassment

 

Zachary Cheatwood, 21, Joaquin, Warrant-Driving While Intoxicated

 

Mack Henry Hamilton, 45, Homeless, Warrant-Theft

 

Tia Lenee Meshell, 25, Shelbyville, Violation of Probation, Original Charge: Forgery

 

Danny Wright, 57, Timpson, Warrant-Assault by Occlusion & Warrant-Interfering with 9-1-1 Call

 

William Windham, 33, Center, Warrant-Contempt of Court

 

Coan Knight, 46, Logansport, Driving While Intoxicated

 

San Augustine County:

 

Joshua Amburn, 29, San Augustine, Time Service

 

James Jordan, 19, San Augustine, Warrant-Failure to Appear, Original Charge: Assault-Family Violence

 

Henry H. Alexander, 52, Broaddus, Warrant-Failure to Appear, Original Charge: Driving While Intoxicated-2nd

 

Bryan N. Spurgeon, 53, Orange, Intoxicated Manslaughter with a Vehicle

Charles Bennett, 27, Center, Driving While License Invalid

 

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

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Afternoon, early evening showers & thunderstorms possible today


Today: A 30 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, high near 89. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, low around 72. 
 
Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 90. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tuesday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, low around 73. 
 
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, high near 92. 
 
Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, low around 73.
 
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.
 
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
 
Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.
 
Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
 
Independence Day: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92.
 
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
 
Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92.

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Local Sports Round Up 06/29/15


In sports,

 

Center Lady Rider Athletic camps set

The Center Lady Roughrider Athletic Program is hosting a Volleyball Camp on July 6th-9th from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Center High School Gym. It is for Incoming 5th graders through 9th graders. The cost will be $20 for individuals or $35 for two children families. Pre-registration continues thru today.

 

The Center Lady Roughrider Athletic Program is hosting a Basketball Camp on July 27th-30th from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Center High School Gym. It is for Incoming 5th graders through 9th graders. The cost will be $20 for individuals or $35 for two children families. Pre-registration is from now until July 20th.

 

For more information on either camp, contact Coach Dana Irvin or Mrs. Sherry Turner at 936-598-6173 ext. 2231.

 

 

Timpson Frontier Day Washer Board Tournament

A Washer Board tournament will be among the activities at the annual Timpson Frontier Days on Saturday, July 4. The tourney is for two-person teams, consisting of any age and gender. It’s a double-elimination style bracket and will start at 11 a.m. in downtown Timpson. Cost is $10 per team with 80 percent payout to first-place, 20 percent to second place. Pre-registration is required no later than 5 p.m. July 1. There will be NO registration allowed the day of the tournament. For more on the Timpson Frontier Day Washer Board Tournament, contact Tracy Rucker at 936-615-5360. Registration forms are also available on the Timpson Frontier Day Facebook page. Registration form and fee can also be taken to the Timpson Public Library by this Wednesday, July 1.

 

 

 

What-A-Melon 5K/Walk set for July 11

Center Rotary Club is gearing up for their annual What-A-Melon 5K/ Walk event which will be held on Saturday, July 11th. Each year, Center Rotary Club donates a major portion of the events funds to a local non-profit organization. This year’s funds will go towards the Shelby County Outreach Ministries. Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate in this fun family event. The event will be held at the Center Square. The fun run will begin at 7:00AM and the 5K at 7:30AM. Both events are for people of all ages. You can walk or run either event. Strollers are acceptable. T-shirts will be available for the first 150 participants. Packet pickup will be held at All Hours Fitness on Friday, July 10 from 5PM – 6:30PM and Saturday, July 11 from 6AM-6:45AM. Registrations are available at Shelby Savings Bank, All Hours Fitness and Shelby County Outreach Ministries. Registration is also available (and preferred) online at www.onestoprace.com. To be a sponsor for the event or any other general event questions, please call Anna Lee at 598-5688 or email at alee@shelbysavingsbank.com.

 

SFA Payne qualifies for World Championship

Stephen F. Austin’s Demi Payne accomplished exactly what she set out to do in Eugene, Oregon at the USA Championships last weekend: qualify for the 2015 World Championships in Beijing as a member of the national team. The 2015 NCAA outdoor champion vaulted 15-1 (4.60m) on Sunday at Historic Hayward Field to finish third out of the top 18 women’s pole vaulters in the country. Payne becomes the first Ladyjack to make a national team in program history.

 

 

 

 

 

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UPDATE: Man arraigned for Intoxication Manslaughter in two-vehicle crash that takes woman's life


A two-vehicle head-on accident just inside the San Augustine county line Friday night has taken the life of an Orange woman and resulted in another Orange man being charged in her death.

 

DPS Communications in Lufkin says Trooper Jade LaVergne's accident report states, 61-year old Malinda Pond was a passenger in a 2015 Honda Pilot headed southbound on US 96, driven by 61-year old William Pond, also of Orange, when a 2006 Dodge Ram driven by 53-year old Bryan Spurgeon of Orange was northbound and crossed the center stripe striking the Honda head-on.

 

The accident occurred at 9:58 p.m., approximately 5 miles north of San Augustine, two miles south of the Shelby County line.

 

Malinda Pond was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:20 p.m. by San Augustine County JP Pct. 4 J.D. Miller.

 

William Pond was life-flighed to ETMC Tyler and was listed in stable condition.

 

Spurgeon was taken to CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial in San Augustine, treated and then arrested and charged with Intoxication Manslaughter with a Vehicle. He was arraigned by Judge Miller and released Saturday on $100,000 bond.

 

Two passengers in the Pond vehicle, 11-year old Brent Silvers was treated at CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial in San Augustine, and 12-year old Sierra Muse, was taken to University Health in Shreveport. Their condition is not known. They are both from Indianapolis, IN.

 

 

 

 

 

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Local county clerks waiting for proper forms to issue same-sex marriage licenses


The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

 

Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia.

 

The court's 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

 

Soon after the court’s announcement, not having the proper license forms in most counties in Texas was the issue.

 

In Shelby County, the county clerk’s office advised me a same sex couple would need to wait until County Clerk Jennifer Fountain was back in the office Monday.

 

Meanwhile, San Augustine County Clerk Margo Noble said she was waiting to hear from the state’s vital statistics’ department to proceed.

 

Same-sex couples, just like heterosexual couples must wait 72 hours after obtaining a license before they can get married.

 

 

 

 

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ETPOA hosting blood drive in Center today


The 64th annual East Texas Peace Officers' Training Conference is underway at the Windham Civic Center through Tuesday.

 

Over 100 law enforcement officers from Texarkana to Beaumont are in town for the event which features required continuing education classroom training for officers and jailers.

 

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be conducting a blood drive from 10-2:30 p.m. today in the parking lot of the civic center, with a $5 Starbucks card going to all donors.

 

An awards banquet will conclude the conference Tuesday night as officer of the year and humanitarian of the year will be among the awards. In addition, the peace officers will also award four $1,000 scholarships.

 

 

 

 

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Jury cancelled for 273rd District Court in Center today


Shelby County District Clerk Lori Oliver announces the jury that has been summoned for today, Monday, June 29, for the 273rd District Court with honorable Charles R. Mitchell, presiding has been cancelled due to scheduled cases being resolved or passed. Anyone receiving a summons for that day is released from jury service until they receive a future summons.

 

 

 

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Timpson City Council to have special meeting today


The Timpson City Council has a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. this afternoon and among the agenda items for discussion and possible action will be to approve portion of a project involving the bore under Union Pacific Railroad for installation of a sewer line and have Goodwin & Lasiter go out for bids.

 

Timpson Council will also discuss whether to borrow the funds to pay for the project or use the CD’s held at Austin Bank as collateral.

 

 

 

 

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26th annual What-A-Melon Festival to be held July 9-11


The 26th Annual What-A-Melon Festival, sponsored by the Center Rotary Club is coming to downtown Center on July 9-11.

 

The three day event will feature carnival rides, vendor booths, a pet show, a pageant, 5K What-A-Melon Crawl, live entertainment, and lots of great fun!

 

Thursday night's entertainment includes a line-up of great gospel music!

 

The fun continues Friday with a crowd favorite, the What-A-Melon Pet Show. Bring your favorite pet to the stage in their cutest watermelon attire. No farm animals, pets only. More live entertainment to follow.

 

Come downtown early Saturday, July 11th with the 4th Annual 5K What-A-Melon Crawl starting at 7am. Each year proceeds from the 5K benefit a local group or organization and this year proceeds will benefit Shelby County Outreach Ministries.

 

You won’t want to miss the festival's Watermelon Seed Spitting and Speed Eating contests which are held Saturday, July 11th under the big tent at 4pm. At 5pm the weighing in of Shelby County's biggest watermelons begins. Find out who wins the honor of growing Shelby County's Largest Watermelon and big money!

 

The cutest watermelon attire will take the stage at 6pm Saturday during the Annual What-A-Melon Pageant! Girls 0-15 years and boys 0-5 years compete in their favorite watermelon or summer attire. Following the pageant, live entertainment once again takes the stage.

 

What-A-Melon Festival entry buttons will be available at the festival entry gates on Thursday evening. Buttons are $4 and are good for entry to the festival for all three days. Children five and under get in free.

 

Craft and merchandise vendor spaces are still available. Email whatamelonfestival@gmail.com for more information or to request a vendor application.

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Funeral Notices: 06/29/15


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 93-year old Brooksie A. McGee of Montgomery. She passed away Saturday in Center. Service will be at 11 a.m. this morning, Monday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center. A visitation will be held at 9 a.m. prior to service. Among Brooksie A. McGee’s survivors is a brother-in-law, E.A. Tomlin of Center, in addition to a host of nieces & nephews.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 75-year old Gwyn Hale "Ms. Gwyn" Cockrell of Joaquin. She passed away Friday in Nacogdoches. Service will be at 2 p.m. today, Monday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Joaquin Cemetery. Among Gwyn Cockrell's survivors are children, David & Penny Rutherford of Deville, La., Jeff & Lisa Rutherford of Kentucky, Jessie & Jennifer Rutherford of Frankston, Lori Riggs & Jerry Roth of Tenaha and Gina Marshall & Robert Bush of Shelbyville.

 

Timpson Funeral Home of Timpson was in charge of service Saturday for 95-year old Helen Blanche Summers of Garrison. She passed away Thursday in Garrison. Service was held at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel with interment at Woodlawn Heights Cemetery in Mt. Enterprise. Among Helen Blanche Summers' survivors are sons, Jerry & Cindy Summers and Dale & Cass Summers.

 

 

 

 

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UPDATE Funeral Notice: Brooksie A. McGee


Brooksie A. McGee, 93, of Montgomery, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015 in Center. 

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 29, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Center. A visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 9:00 a.m. 

Ms. McGee was born July 5, 1921 in Shelby County to Ezekiel Patterson Anthony and Vada Lee Bradshaw Anthony. She worked at South Main Bank in Houston. Ms. McGee was of the Church of Christ faith. 

She is survived by 
Brother-in-law: E.A. Tomlin of Center 

Nieces and Nephews: 
Becky Sparks of Oklahoma 
Peggy Johnson and husband, Johnny, of Montgomery 
Mickey Sample of Center 
Tina Williams and husband, Clark, of Center 
Janie Graves and husband, Delbert, of Center 
Pete Andrews and wife, Beth, of Center 
Russell Andrews of Center 
Danny Tomlin and wife, Barbara, of Center 
Diane Tomlin of Nacogdoches 
Katy Hagan of Nacogdoches 
Jim Tomlin and wife, Cathy, of Center
Jannett Bonner and husband, Randy, of Joaquin 
Paula Spann and husband, Chuck, of Center 
Frankie Anthony and wife, Valerie, of Center 
Mark Anthony of Denton 
Mitchell Anthony and wife, Sonya, of Center 
LaResa Livingston of Denton 

Special Great Niece: Julie Clements and husband, Matt, of Spring 

Great Nephew: Micah Oberg and wife, Sadie, of Montgomery 

Special Great Great Nieces and Nephews: 
Addison 
Brooklynn 
Jansen 

Preceded in death by 
Husband: James McGee 
Parents: Ezekiel Patterson Anthony and Vada Lee Bradshaw Anthony 
Sisters: Ardell Sample, Bernice Andrews, Maxine Tomlin 
Brother: Grover Anthony 
Sister-in-law: Arabelle Anthony 
Brothers-in-law: W.W. Sample, Talvis Andrews 
Nieces and Nephews: Joyce Malone, Shorty Andrews, Larry Sparks 

Pallbearers will be Frankie Anthony, Mark Anthony, Mitchell Anthony, Micah Oberg, Pete Andrews and Russell Andrews.

 

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

 

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US 96 head-on crash takes life of Orange woman, man arrested for Intoxication manslaughter


A two-vehicle head-on accident just inside the San Augustine county line Friday night has taken the life of an Orange woman and has a man in the San Augustine County Jail charged in the incident.
 
DPS Communications in Lufkin says Trooper Jade LaVergne's accident report states, 61-year old Malinda Pond was a passenger in a 2015 Honda Pilot headed southbound on US 96, driven by 61-year old William Pond, also of Orange, when a 2006 Dodge Ram driven by 53-year old Bryan Spurgeon of Orange was northbound and crossed the center stripe striking the Honda head-on.
 
The accident occured at 9:58 p.m., approximately 5 miles north of San Augustine, two miles south of the Shelby County line.
 
Malinda Pond was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:20 p.m. by San Augustine County JP Pct. 4 J.D. Miller. 
 
William Pond was life-flighed to ETMC Tyler and is listed in stable condition.
Spurgeon was taken to CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial in San Augustine, treated and then arrested and charged with Intoxication Manslaughter with a Vehicle. As of late Saturday morning he was waiting to be arraigned.
 
Two passengers in the Pond vehicle, 11-year old Brent Silvers was treated at CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial in San Augustine, and 12-year old Sierra Muse, was taken to University Health in Shreveport. Their condition is not know. They are both from Indianapoli, IN.
 

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UPDATE Funeral Notice: Helen Blanche Summers


Helen Blanche Summers, 95, passed away on Friday, June 25, 2015, in Garrison, Texas.  Helen was born on October 10, 1919 to her parents, Thomas Eugene Moore and Sally Sawyer. 

 

Visitation will be on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 10:00-12:00 AM at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas.  Funeral services will be immediately following at 12:00 PM. with Brother Nolan Ritchie and Brother Cliff Hughes officiating.  Burial will follow at Woodlawn Heights Cemetery, Mt. Enterprise, Texas.

 

Helen grew up in Fountain Hill, Arkansas where she attended high school.  She met Frank Summers in Hamburg, Arkansas and they married on December 24, 1938, enjoying 70 years of marriage.  Helen will be remembered by her children and grandchildren as loving to play games.  Every time there was a gathering, Helen wanted to play games; Phase 10 being her favorite.  She was also an accomplished singer, singing specials at church on many occasions.  Until her health prevented her attendance, Helen was active in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Timpson. 

 

Helen is survived by her sons, Jerry Summers and his wife, Cindy and Dale Summers and his wife, Cass; her daughter-in-law Joyce Summers; 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. 

 

Helen was preceded in death by her loving husband, Frank; her parents; son, Earl Eugene Summers;  3 brothers and 2 sisters. 

 

Pallbearers for Helen will be Brad Roy, Jeremy Summers, DeWayne Pace, Colton Casey, and Sid Harris.

 

The Summers family is being served by Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson, Texas.  To offer your condolences or sign an online register, please visit taylorfh.net.  

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Weather Update @ 9 a.m.


 

SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS...MAINLY SOUTH OF I30 AND ACROSS THE I20 CORRI-DOR...CONTINUE TO SHIFT SLOWLY TO THE SOUTHEAST WITH HEAVY RAIN AND FRE-
QUENT LIGHTNING EXPECTED IN THE HEAVIER STORMS. OTHERWISE...WIDELY SCAT-
TERED SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE ACROSS NORTHEAST TEXAS...NORTH AND CENTRAL LOUISIANA...AND SOUTHERN ARKANSAS. RAINFALL TOTALS FROM 1 TO 2 INCHES POS-SIBLE WITH SOME STORMS.

Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Southwest wind around 5 mph.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. Southwest wind around 5 mph.

Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.

Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.

Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.

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Funeral Notice: Gwyn Hale Cockrell "Ms. Gwyn"


Gwyn Hale Cockrell “Ms. Gwyn”, 75, of Joaquin, passed away Friday, June 26, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

 

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 29, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Larry Parker officiating.  Interment will follow at Joaquin Cemetery in Joaquin.

 

Ms. Gwyn was born December 25, 1939 in Lubbock to Jessie D. Hale and Ruby Fay Fritz Hale.  She enjoyed Country & Western singing and antiquing.  Ms. Gwyn dearly loved her family.

 

She is survived by

Children:

David Rutherford and wife, Penny, of Deville, Louisiana

Jeff Rutherford and wife, Lisa, of Louisville

Jessie Rutherford and wife, Jennifer, of Frankston

Lori Riggs and Jerry Roth of Tenaha

Gina Marshall and Robert Bush of Shelbyville

 

Grandchildren:

Jennifer Soto and husband, Ruben

Crystal Hass

Dean Halford

Casey Adair and wife, Mianna

Colby Adair

Jessica Marshall

Michael Marshall and wife, Terri

Andrew

Heidi

Travis

Johnny

Leann

Brandi

Lacy

Tina

Jesse

Penny

Jeffrey

Macie

Cody

Cassie

Jaxon Paul

 

Great Grandchildren:

Dylan

Cody

Trenton

Brandon

Dixie

Haley

Chesney

Kylie

Jordan

Joshua

Jace

Cooper

Ethan

Jalyn

Dillon

Zack

Kaden

Brooke

 

Preceded in death by

Husband: LB Cockrell

Grandson: James Ruston Hass

Parents: Jessie D. Hale and Ruby Fay Fritz Hale

 

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

 

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Weather Update @ 4 p.m. Friday


Stay tuned to your favorite weather stations and keep an eye to the sky as we do have the possibility of these T-storms late today and overnight.  The NWS does now feel some may turn severe in terms of hail & wind under some of these isolated storms through late afternoon and overnight tonight. We are currently in the GENERAL RISK area of the advisory. 


Good Afternoon Shreveport Partners,
...Strong to Severe Thunderstorms possible across portions of the Four State Region this afternoon and evening...
Timing and Overview:Showers and Thunderstorms will increase across Southeast Oklahoma, Northeast Texas, and Southwest Arkansas later this afternoon/evening and slowly expand southward during the overnight hours. A few severe storms will be possible, especially this afternoon, but the threat for severe weather will gradually diminish after sunset. (See Graphic Below)Four State Impacts:
Damaging Winds:  Primary threat
Large Hail: Cannot be ruled out, but occurrences should be isolated


Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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UPDATE Funeral Notice: Helen B. Summers


Funeral service for Helen B. Summers, 95, of Garrison, Texas will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at 12:00 PM at Taylor Funeral Home Chapel. There will be a visitation beginning at 10:00 AM that will last until the service begins. Ms. Helen passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Garrison. Services are under the direction of Taylor Funeral Home.

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Shelby County 4-H Shooters take part in Houston County Whiz-bang


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RAILROAD WORK PLANNED IN SHELBY COUNTY Road closure set in Tenaha


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June 26, 2015

LUFKIN - The Texas Department of Transportation and BNSF Railway Company will close FM 947, north of Tenaha on Thursday, July 2, for scheduled maintenance on the railroad crossing.

The work will consist of replacing existing sub-base, track adjustments and concrete pads that will provide a smoother crossing for motorists traveling FM 947. BNSF Railway and its contractors will perform the work while TxDOT will oversee traffic control for the project.

The one day project will require that FM 947 be closed to traffic on Thursday, July 2 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and, if weather permits the project to be completed in one day, it will be open to traffic Friday, July 3.

Motorists should expect barricades to be placed and construction signs installed on FM 947 at the intersection of US 59 and at the intersection of FM 947 and FM 2695.

Motorists should obey all traffic barriers and signs as they are placed in an effort to warn the public of the road closure and limit inconvenience as much as possible. Drivers should plan to take alternate routes during the construction period.

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2015 Poultry Festival Broiler Show chick orders being taken


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UM "ARMY" home repair assistance applications process ends


Shelby County Outreach Ministries has been taking applications for home repair assistance for the UM "ARMY" crews that will be in Center July 20-24. Patsy Carl at Helping Hands Outreach advises the process has ended with a very good response seeking help.

 

Ms. Carl expresses her appreciation to all that applied and said applications are now going into a data base to verify qualifications for repair assistance.

 

Members of the United Methodist Action Reachout Mission by Youth - or the UM ARMY - spend a week in a community doing home repairs for area elderly and disabled people. 

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Tenaha to celebrate Independence Day with with music & fireworks


 

Tenaha will have an Independence Day celebration Saturday, July 4 at Tenaha’s Tiger Stadium. The event is sponsored by the American Legion Post 520, Tenaha Businessmen’s Club and several other businesses in and out of Shelby County.  The program is presented free of charge. The gates will open at 7:00 p.m.  The Calvary Boys Trio will provide the entertainment at 8:00 p.m. followed by a large fireworks display at 9:00 p.m.

 

The Tenaha Girls Basketball team will have the concession stand open selling chopped beef sandwiches, sausage and drinks.  Lawn chair space is available.

 

For more information, please contact Linda Perry, Secretary of the Businessmen’s Club at 936-248-2681.

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"Harvest for Homes" Food Pantry closed July 2


Tri-County Community Action "Harvest for Homes" Food Pantry will be closed Thursday, July 2.

 

They will be open Thursday, July 9.

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Weather Update @ 8:30 a.m. Friday


A little change is in the forecast to help us close out the month on a slightly wetter note.  Today, there is a Cumulus field of those cotton ball clouds that will further develop and expand by late this morning with isolated to scattered convection popping up during peak afternoon heating and on throughout the early evening hours...then, likely increasing overnight as a weak cold front that I mentioned earlier, begins its drop Southward into the area through the morning hours on Saturday.
Sunday looks to be sunny, slightly cooler....a really nice day in the mid 80's. 


A broad upper low over the western Gulf is developing over the far Southern SW Texas and Louisiana and setting up a convection area that may setup next week with sea breeze generated showers thru the week...nothing heavy or severe. 


Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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CDC: Swimming pool, hot tub water contamination increasing in the U.S.




(CBS News)

Outbreaks of illness in pools, hot tubs and lakes throughout the United States have been increasing in recent years as a result of a parasite called Cryptosporidium.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report today that  documented 90 illness outbreaks reported in 32 states and Puerto Rico for the years
2011-2012. Illnesses affected at least 1,788 people and resulted in at least 95 
hospitalizations and one death.

The majority of outbreaks were associated with treated recreational water such as
swimming pools and hot tubs and involved Cryptosporidium. The parasite can survive
for 10 days or more even in water that's chlorinated to kill germs.

"This parasite is extremely chlorine-resistant," Michele Hlavsa, lead author of 
the report, told CBS News. "Swimmers bring it into the water when they are sick 
with diarrhea."

CDC's report states, "Since 1988, the year that the first U.S. treated recreational
water-associated outbreak of Cryptosporidium was detected, the number of these outbreaks
reported annually has significantly increased."

In the U.S., codes regulating public recreational pools and spas are established
 by state or local agencies. CDC suggests that these variations in codes could be
leading to outbreaks.

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It's Friday!!! Sunny & warm, rain chances increase late tonight thru Saturday


Today: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, high near 92. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tonight: A 40 percent chance of late-night showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, low around 75. 
 
Saturday: A 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, high near 86. West wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
Saturday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 70. 
 
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 89. 
 
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 70.
 
Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.
 
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72.
 
Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90.
 
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73.
 
Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91.
 
Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74.
 
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92

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Owner says new Nacogdoches waterpark, Timber Falls should be open in two weeks


The owner of the new Nacogdoches waterpark says Splash Kingdom will hopefully be open in two weeks.

 

Johnny Blevins says they’ve lost 60 days of work time due to rain. Most of the concrete work is complete on the park located on North University Drive.

 

Timber Falls will feature pools, a waterfall and 40-foot slides, beach volleyball, a 20-foot treehouse, picnic areas, rental cabanas, adult hot tub, lazy river and snack bar.

 

Timber Falls is scheduled to be open until September, from 11 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m. each day.

 

About 50,000 people are expected to visit the park this year.

 

For ticket information, visit splashkingdomwaterpark.com.

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Local Sports Round Up 06/26/15; AD: Sheppard laid foundation for future success of Rider Baseball


In sports,

 

Sheppard resigns Center ISD to take head job at Pine Tree

 

The Center ISD is in search for a new head baseball coach as David Sheppard has left to take the head job at Pine Tree High School in Longview. Sheppard submitted his resignation to Center ISD Athletic Director Barry Bowman earlier this week.

 

Sheppard guided the Riders to a District Championship and Region Finalist title this season.

 

Barry Bowman told Center Broadcasting Thursday, “We hated to see Coach Sheppard leave Center High School, but certainly wish him nothing but the best in this new chapter in his and his family's life.”

 

Bowman added, “He (Sheppard) has been a tremendous asset to Center ISD and specifically, Center High School Baseball Program. He has certainly laid a great foundation for our baseball program to move forward with a new head coach."
 

The job posting was up on the CISD website yesterday.

 

 

Center Lady Rider Athletic camps set

The Center Lady Roughrider Athletic Program is hosting a Volleyball Camp on July 6th-9th from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Center High School Gym. It is for Incoming 5th graders through 9th graders. The cost will be $20 for individuals or $35 for two children families. Pre-registration is from now until June 29th.

 

The Center Lady Roughrider Athletic Program is hosting a Basketball Camp on July 27th-30th from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Center High School Gym. It is for Incoming 5th graders through 9th graders. The cost will be $20 for individuals or $35 for two children families. Pre-registration is from now until July 20th.

 

For more information on either camp, contact Coach Dana Irvin or Mrs. Sherry Turner at 936-598-6173 ext. 2231.

 

 

Timpson Frontier Day Washer Board Tournament

A Washer Board tournament will be among the activities at the annual Timpson Frontier Days on Saturday, July 4. The tourney is for two-person teams, consisting of any age and gender. It’s a double-elimination style bracket and will start at 11 a.m. in downtown Timpson. Cost is $10 per team with 80 percent payout to first-place, 20 percent to second place. Pre-registration is required no later than 5 p.m. July 1. There will be NO registration allowed the day of the tournament. For more on the Timpson Frontier Day Washer Board Tournament, contact Tracy Rucker at 936-615-5360. Registration forms are also available on the Timpson Frontier Day Facebook page. Registration form and fee can also be taken to the Timpson Public Library by July 1.

 

What-A-Melon 5K/Walk set for July 11

Center Rotary Club is gearing up for their annual What-A-Melon 5K/ Walk event which will be held on Saturday, July 11th. Each year, Center Rotary Club donates a major portion of the events funds to a local non-profit organization. This year’s funds will go towards the Shelby County Outreach Ministries. Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate in this fun family event. The event will be held at the Center Square. The fun run will begin at 7:00AM and the 5K at 7:30AM. Both events are for people of all ages. You can walk or run either event. Strollers are acceptable. T-shirts will be available for the first 150 participants. Packet pickup will be held at All Hours Fitness on Friday, July 10 from 5PM – 6:30PM and Saturday, July 11 from 6AM-6:45AM. Registrations are available at Shelby Savings Bank, All Hours Fitness and Shelby County Outreach Ministries. Registration is also available (and preferred) online at www.onestoprace.com. To be a sponsor for the event or any other general event questions, please call Anna Lee at 598-5688 or email at alee@shelbysavingsbank.com.

 

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 06/25/15--06/26/15


Arrest Report

06/25/15—06/26/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Terry Daniels, 53, Garrison, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

 

Sir Tonio Evans, 28, Tenaha, Warrants-Assault-Family Violence and Driving While License Invalid x 3

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

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

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July 3 to be observed as part of Fourth of July holiday by state & local municipalities, banks & post office to be open


Next Friday, July 3 will be observed as part of the Fourth of July holiday by state and local governmental municipalities, but not federal offices.

 

The Shelby and San Augustine County Courthouses will be closed July 3, as will city offices in the area.

 

Not taking the holiday next Friday will be the post office and banks, they'll be open for business as usual.

 

A number of locally-owned businesses will begin their Fourth of July celebrations early by being closed July 3 as well since the 4th falls on a Saturday.

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East Texas Peace Officers' Association to assemble in Center June 28-30


There will be extra law enforcement in Center beginning this weekend as the 64th annual East Texas Peace Officers’ Training Conference is held at the Windham Civic Center June 28-30.

 

Over 100 officers will be taking part in classroom training to keep-up with their required continuing education and other events.

 

San Augustine Police Chief Gary Fountain is president of the association. He says on top of the training sessions, attendees will enjoy fellowship with fellow officers, plus a great program is planned for the awards banquet Tuesday night.

 

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will conduct a blood drive from 10-2:30 p.m. Monday at the civic center, with a $5 Starbucks card going to all donors.

 

The awards banquet will conclude the conference Tuesday night as officer of the year and humanitarian of the year will be among the awards. In addition, the peace officers will also award four $1,000 scholarships.

 

The East Texas Peace Officers’ Training Conference is open to any Texas law enforcement officer and jailer.

 

You can find out more or register online at ETPOA.org. 

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Something for just about everyone this weekend


Going on this weekend:

 

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage will host its John Ritter Tribute Show tonight, June 26. Grammy Award winner, Linda Davis will offer her Stage Presence 101 class to anyone wanting to help take their performance to the next level. There's two sessions this evening, and anyone interested can sign up by contacting the Panola County Chamber of Commerce, or Googling Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Cost is $100 per person/per class. The John Ritter Tribute Showcase auditions and "Evening in the Road" will be Saturday, June 27. Auditions begin at 9 a.m. at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Thirty people will be chosen to go to the finals in August in Carthage.

 

The Timpson Varsity Cheerleaders will host a mini cheerleading camp for students in Pre-K through fifth grade on Saturday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Timpson High School Gym. Registration is $25.

 

The Texas Country Music Association will host a Texas Country Cares concert benefit disaster relief in East Texas on Saturday, June 27 at the VFW Post 5620, located at 421 N. Live Oak in Carthage. Admission is free. Among the performers is Jeremy Bowley of Timpson, Steve Mays and Three of a Kind, along with Richards Wilson of Carthage. For more contact the VFW at 903-693-2975.

 

The Texas Purple Hull Pea Festival will be held Saturday, June 27 in the woods of Newton County’s Shankleville Community. The event will feature lots of food vendors, including purple hull peas, crafts and live music The Shankleville Community is located between Texas Highways 63 and 87 on FM 1415 near Burkeville, Texas.

 

The Talleys will be in concert on Sunday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m. at Holly Springs Baptist Church, on Hwy 59, six miles south of Garrison. A love offering will be taken.

 

 

 

 

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Largest watermelon entry deadline is July 3 for upcoming What-A-Melon Festival


If you plan on entering a watermelon in the 26th annual What-A-Melon Festival’s Largest Watermelon Contest you have one week from today, July 3 to enter your entry.

 

The weigh-in will be held on the last day of the festival, Saturday, July 11th.

 

Entry forms can be obtained at Brookshire Brothers Grocery and Boles Feed.

 

All completed forms will need to be returned by the deadline date. Entry forms can be mailed to: Chandra Atholi, 301 Wulf Creek Drive, Center, Texas 75935 or faxed to (936) 591-8884. Entry forms can also be hand delivered to Brookshire Brothers on Hurst Street in Center.

 

Watermelons MUST be grown in SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS, and be attached to the vine when judges assign numbers. It is the responsibility of each contestant to make sure that the entry form is received by the July 3 deadline.

 

An official with the festival will contact the contestant on the entry form to set up a time to mark and record your entry in the contest.

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Funeral Notices 06/26/15


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 84-year old Louise Waller of Center. She passed away Wednesday in Arkansas. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Among Louise Waller’s survivors are children, Annie & Dean Fisher of Arkansas, Melvin Waller, Thomas & Brenda Waller and Kathy & Jimmy Hagler, all of Center, and Omie & Travis Hagler of Vidor; and siblings, Leonard, Mary, Eunice, Sue, James, Linda Ann, Porter, Margaret, Annette, Carl Roy & Troy.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 51-year old Tommy Lloyd Bailey of Broaddus.  Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Sardis Cemetery, Shelby County.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 92-year old Mary Jane Goings of Shelbyville. Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, with a private interment at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

 

Mangum Funeral Home and Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore announces a graveside service for 89-year old Doris Wanda Teel Conway of Kilgore. Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m. this morning at Ramah Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Ramah Cemetery.

 

Taylor Funeral Home of Timpson announces pending service for 95-year old Helen B. Summers of Timpson.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home announces service for 91-year old Mr. Bernard LeRoy Woods of San Augustine. Service will be at 11 a.m. this morning in the San Augustine County Cowboy Church, with interment in the Liberty Hill Cemetery in San Augustine County. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the San Augustine County Cowboy Church.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home of San Augustine announces service for 82-year old Mrs. Joyce Geraldine (Griffin) Farr Lacy of Wylie. Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with interment in the Liberty Hill Cemetery in San Augustine. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home.

 

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Funeral Notice: Louise Waller


Louise Waller, 84, a lifetime resident of Center, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Arkansas.

 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel in Center with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.

 

Ms. Waller was born April 7, 1931 in San Augustine to Adolph Yarbrough and Annie Mae Eddings Yarbrough.  She was blessed with five children, whom she loved dearly.  Ms. Waller was not only a devoted mother to her children, she was also a friend, a confidante, a fan, an advisor and so much more. She was also known as “MaMaw”, “Ammaw”, “Aunt Ease”, “Ease”, “Edith”, “Jimmie Lou”, “Sweet MaMah”, “Mama”, “Maw” and “Sweet Little Mama.” In her spare time, Ms. Waller enjoyed quilting.  She was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.

 

She is survived by

Children:

Annie Fisher and husband, Dean, of Bonnerdale, Arkansas

Melvin Waller of Center

Thomas Waller and wife, Brenda, of Center

Kathy Hagler and husband, Jimmy, of Center

Omie Hagler and husband, Travis, of Vidor

 

Grandchildren:

Nicole Styles

David Brittain

Brian Adams

Heath Hagler

Chris Adams

Josh Waller

Joel Waller

Stephanie Waller

Lisa Teel

Glynn Hagler

Kim Hagler

 

Great Grandchildren:

Justin Brittain

Lauren Styles

Kaitlyn Adams

Aidan Hagler

Anna Hagler

Katie Waller

Pierson Waller

Sarah Waller

Savannah Waller

Haleigh Smith

Alexis Adams

Cody Brittain

Elaina Adams

Tyler Hagler

Clarissa Hagler

Shanice Hagler

Kinleigh Downs

Jordan Downs

 

Siblings:

Leonard

Mary

Eunice

Sue

James

Linda Ann

Porter

Margaret

Annette

Carl

Roy

Troy

 

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends

 

Preceded in death by

Husband: Arthur Waller

Daughter: Beth O’Donnell

Son-in-law: Mike O’Donnell

Siblings: Elton, Frank, Maurine, Welton, Lucy, Donald, Ray

 

Pallbearers will be David Brittain, Brian Adams, Glynn Hagler, Heath Hagler, Aidan Hagler, Justin Brittain, Chris Adams, Josh Waller and Joel Waller.  Honorary pallbearers will be Ms. Waller’s granddaughters and great granddaughters.

 

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

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Pending Funeral Notice: Helen B. Summers


HELEN B. SUMMERS, 95, of Timpson. Services are pending at this time at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson.

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DPS increasing DWI patrols for July 4th holiday



AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will increase DWI patrols for a 12-day period that includes the July 4th holiday. From June 26 – July 7, DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent. 

“As Texans make their plans for the Fourth of July, DPS is urging everyone to enjoy the holiday responsibly,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Driving while impaired can have deadly consequences, so Texans who plan to drink alcohol should always designate a sober driver or choose alternate forms of transportation. During the holiday, DPS troopers will be increasing patrols to help keep travelers safe and take dangerous drivers off the road.”

During the 2014 July 4th enforcement period, DPS troopers made more than 1,050 DWI arrests during the enforcement period. Of those arrests, 219 were the direct result of a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) grant, which allowed increased patrols in high-risk locations during times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent. During the same period, DPS enforcement also resulted in more than 15,000 speeding citations and more than 2,500 seat belt/child safety seat citations.

According to TxDOT, in 2014 more than 1,000 people in Texas were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving a driver who was under the influence of alcohol, accounting for 29 percent of the year’s total traffic fatalities. 

 

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San Augustine Main Street "Junk in the Trunk" set for Aug. 1


It's time to start cleaning  out again!   This event is just in time for earning  "back to school" spending money.   The quarterly Junk in the Trunk Trades Day  is coming up!   It only costs $5.00 to participate as a vendor.

What:         Junk in the Trunk Trades Day    
Date:          Saturday, August 1, 2015 
Time:          10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Where:       Courthouse Square   (parking spaces around the historic courthouse)
Who:          Vendors and Shoppers Welcome 

 

Call for a vendor form.   936-201-9798 -cell  or 936-275-3172 -office   leave a message if no answers.
 

Contest for Vendors: any vendor that participates in the Junk in the Trunk that goes into a store or restaurant  downtown and purchases something on Saturday August 1 is eligible for a drawing to be held at 2 p.m. August 1 at the Pavilion located on the corner of the courthouse.You will need to drop your sales receipt (name and phone number) written on it into the jar by 1:45 p.m. for the drawing.  

Contest for Shoppers:   if you are a shopper and you go into a store or restaurant  downtown and purchase something on Saturday August 1 is eligible for a drawing to be held at 2 p.m. August 1 at the Pavilion located on the corner of the courthouse.   You will need to drop your sales receipt (with name and phone number)   into the jar by 1:45 p.m. for the drawing.  

You do not have to be present to win!    

  

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Panola College hosts Kids’ College 2015


The week of June 22 Panola College’s Workforce and Continuing Education department hosted Kids’ College 2015.

 

The camp was a great success and all participants had a great time. This year participants took part in learning art, music, animal science, technology, forensic science, character building and fitness. Panola College would like to express their appreciation to each and every person who helped and contributed to this event. 

 

A special thank you to this year’s sponsors -Reliable Healthcare, Hawthorn Funeral Home, Toledo Automotive Supply – NAPA, Denny’s, Louisiana Pacific Corp, McDonald’s, Chicken Express, Chris Mauritzen – HALO Branded Solutions, H-E-B, Patsy Meck - State Farm Insurance, Tate Barber – State Farm Insurance, Panola National Bank, Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home, Courtney Construction, Boles Feed Company, McAdams Propane Company, The Law
Office of Jeff Adams, PLLC, Borders Poultry Supply, Shelby Savings Bank, Texas State Bank, Farmers State Bank, ACE Hardware of East Texas, Devon Energy, First United Methodist Church of Center, TX, and First Baptist Church of Center, TX.

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San Augustine Chatter from the Chamber


It's Almost Friday!!!

The Ribbon Cuttings for McDonald's and CheckPoint #29 were Successful and
Now We are Ready for Another One or Two!.......
The Changes/Updates Happening in our County are Awesome!....
*Shop Locally*.... You'll be Amazed by the Deals and Items you Find!!!

*Ayish Bayou Mercantile*
*When: Wednesday, July 1*
*Time:  10:30 am*
Where: 125 E. Columbia (next to Imogene's)

*Refreshments Will Be Served*

*The Yellow Rose*
*When: Thurs, July 16*
*Time: 3:30 pm*
*Where:  Hwy 96 N (old Paintball Bldg-across from Shelby LP Gas)*

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 Chamber Highlighter:
Business of the Month

*"McAdams Propane Company"*
*936-275-2925 *
*(San Augustine Location)*
*936-598-7444 *
*(Center Location)*

*~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~*

 Let's Paint the Town.....RED, WHITE, & BLUE to Celebrate our Independence!

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*Chamber's *
*ANNUAL CIVIC AUCTION*

Sat, September 12, 2015
*~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~*

*Mary Kay's Country Diner*
*936-275-0121*

Friday Night Specials (4-closing)

*All You Can Eat Fish*- $ 10.99
(served with fries, coleslaw, hushpuppies,& pinto beans)

*Steak & Shrimp*- $ 14.99
(8 oz sirloin steak and a skewer of grilled shrimp, served with dinner
salad, baked potato, and Texas toast)
No Substitutions~OR~ Sharing

Preparations for the Annual Sassafras Festival have Begun...
It's Our 25th Year so Expect More Fun!!!
Date: October 24, 2015
 

Have a Great Weekend!!!

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Paxton Water Supply lifts Boil Water Notice


The Paxton Water Supply says it is no longer necessary for customers in the Jackson area to boil their water. The  notice had been given last week.

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Sheppard resigns Center ISD to take head baseball job at Pine Tree


Center Broadcasting has learned that Center Roughrider Head Baseball Coach David Sheppard resigned earlier this week to take the head job at Pine Tree High School. in Longview.

 

Under his guidance,the Riders were Region Finalist this season.

 

We'll have more details as they become available.

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Timpson City Council to have special meeting Monday


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Game Warden Field Notes June 2015


The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.

 

Bird on a Wire

A Shelby County game warden received a call about a red-tailed hawk being shot off a power line. When he arrived he found the hawk, and interviewed the witness. The witness said that he saw a vehicle come to a stop, heard a shot, and saw the hawk fall as the vehicle sped away. A few miles down the road, the vehicle matching the description was found parked at a residence. The rifle was found still in the vehicle.

 

Staying Afloat

Two girls learned the importance of life jackets at Falcon State Park. A Starr County game warden got a call from a woman who said her daughter and a friend had drifted out from shore on Falcon Lake in kayaks. She said the wind was blowing them toward the middle of the lake and the girls couldn’t paddle against the wind and waves. Almost immediately after hanging up, the mother called back and said one of the girls had flipped out of the kayak and could barely be seen. The warden asked a state park officer to assist in a rescue and as they launched their boat, the wind was blowing hard and the waves were white capping on the lake. A red life jacket was floating between the waves. As they reached the floating girl, she could barely speak from exhaustion. After helping her into the boat, she said she almost gave up hope of being rescued. The officers then went to the other girl who was still in her kayak and got her safely in the boat as well.

 

Ill-Fated Four

An Atascosa County radio dispatcher said that there were reports of multiple gunshots at a residence in Charlotte. A game warden and a county deputy were the first to respond and found a person dead in the front yard from apparent gunshot wounds. The two men cleared the house and tended to the homeowner, who had multiple gunshot wounds, also. The homeowner was flown by Airlife to San Antonio and the warden stayed behind. Shortly after daybreak four people allegedly involved in the shootout were in custody.

 

Three Amigos

Wardens were suspicious of a vehicle driving on the shoulder of a highway in Potter County. They pulled the vehicle over and discovered open containers of alcohol and the waft of marijuana. Two of the three occupants were minors and the third, on parole, tried to give a false date of birth. He was understandably a little nervous about being found in violation of state laws. He was arrested for giving false information to a peace officer under lawful detention and was later transported to the Potter County Jail. His companions received citations for their illegal acts.

 

Citations and then Some

A simple fishing license citation spiraled into a third degree felony when a Travis County warden found a man fishing without a license on Lake Pflugerville.  When the man handed over his driver’s license, the warden noted that he was a registered sex offender. After probing the records, wardens discovered that the subject had not reported where he lived. The wardens obtained a warrant for arrest with a third degree felony for failing to register.

 

The (Attempted) Exodus

A small-scale version of The Great Race went down in Travis County. A warden was on duty at Lady Bird Lake and met two men poised to inject suspected narcotics into their arms.  The first scrambled over and under fences, fleeing his impending arrest. He left behind his backpack with color copies of his ID, social security card, and monthly calendar of all his appointments.  The warden obtained a felony warrant for evasion and the following day other officers found the suspect on IH 35 near Waco in a stolen car. Records revealed this wasn’t his first time to butt heads with law enforcement and he was returned to Travis County to face the evasion and auto theft charges.

 

The Other Two Shots

A Harris County landowner reported hearing three gunshots. When game wardens arrived on scene they found two men who had permission to hunt hogs and coyotes, but who had killed a buck instead. The wardens found with them a scabbard with the knife missing, along with two hunting rifles and a pistol. The men were taken to the Waller County Jail with misdemeanor charges.  Later one of the wardens went back to gather GPS and photo evidence and found a knife that matched the scabbard found earlier and two more deer carcasses, explaining the two other gun shots heard. The evidence was gathered and the wardens added a felony charge of taking game without landowner’s permission.

 

Femme Non-Fatale

A game warden was patrolling after the flood in Atascosa County when he heard a radio alert for a car involved in an assault with bodily injury incident. Moments later the warden spotted the vehicle coming his way, so he stopped the woman driving. More officers arrived for backup and an officer arrested her on site for assaulting a man in Jourdanton and for two stalking warrants.

 

Two are Better Than One

A man was on his boat with a friend when the motor stalled in Copano Bay.  The two used an anchor and line to pull themselves to shore, and when the line broke, one of them dove into the water to grab it. Luckily his friend threw a life jacket to him. The boat drifted away and the man was left hanging onto the jacket until Aransas County game wardens arrived to pull him to safety.

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Weather Update @ 11:30 a.m. Thursday


RAINFALL:While we remain under a dome of HIGH pressure, our atmosphere is holding high moisture content. There is a frontal boundary LOW with several disturbed areas sitting just to our North that is expected to slowly drift South and hopefully will pass on thru before stalling out.  Most of the rain will be light except under the T-storm areas. Some small hail, lightning, and gusty winds in the storm areas can be seen. Most of the action will occur South of the I-20 corridor. Nothing Severe is expected for the next 7 days.  Rain accumulations in our Deep East Texas area will be in the range of 1 to 1 1/2 inches. Most of that Friday evening , Saturday, and Sunday. Still, it depends on where the front stalls. 

DROUGHT CONDITIONS:For the first time in many years, Texas, all of Texas is out of the drought conditions status. That is a HOORAY for us and West Texas
TROPICAL CONDITIONS:Nothing is forming out of Africa, so the Atlantic should be quiet. Nothing in the way of tropical waves, or potential tropical disturbed areas in the Gulf, and the Pacific remains stable for the most part around the US. Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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My five cents...A monthly column from Sen. Robert Nichols


On June 14th, we commemorated the adoption of a flag with 13 stars and stripes to represent our nation and our founding colonies, with the stars set on a blue background to "represent a new constellation" in the night sky. While the stars in our current flag have changed to 50, the pride behind our flag has not.

 

Here are five things happening around your state:

 

1.      Proposition 7

 

During the 84th Legislative Session, I authored and passed Senate Joint Resolution 5, which will dedicate a portion of the state's sales and motor vehicle sales tax to the State Highway Fund. This constitutional amendment must be approved by the voters during the November 3, 2015 election. Over the next few months, I will be traveling around Senate District 3 and the State to educate Texans on this important proposal.

 

As there are six additional constitutional amendments on the November ballot, the Texas Secretary of State’s Office recently held a drawing to determine the rankings of the constitutional amendments on the ballot. My proposed transportation amendment will appear as Proposition 7.

 

To find out more about the other proposed propositions as well as to ensure you are registered to vote you can visit www.votetexas.gov.

 

2.      Texas Gold Rush

 

While Texas has long been known for things such as cowboys, oil and cattle, we could very soon be known for gold as well. Governor Abbott recently signed HB 483 into law, authorizing the Texas Comptroller's Office to create the state's first bullion depository. This would provide a secure facility to store around $1 billion of gold bars owned by the University of Texas Investment Management Co., which are currently housed at a bank in New York. The depository could also hold deposits of gold and other precious metals from cities, businesses, individuals and countries.

 

When the system is fully operational, it would work more like a bank handling transactions. As the depository grew, the state would be able to earn revenue from the storage fees. Texas currently pays approximately $1 million a year to store its gold at the New York depository.

 

3.      Veto Period

 

In my last column I told you about the Governor’s veto period and how he had until June 21st to veto bills. That deadline has passed and Governor Abbott has vetoed 42 of the 1,408 bills and resolutions passed by the Legislature. With his line-item veto authority,  he also cut $230 million from the state’s $209 billion budget the Legislature had set for the next two years. I am very proud of the work the Legislature accomplished this session and look forward to getting back to the district and sharing with you all that we accomplished.

 

4.      Come and Get It!

 

Did you know that one in four Texans have unclaimed property from forgotten bank accounts, uncashed checks, utility refunds and more? Banks and other entities make an effort to reunite this money with its owners, but if they cannot after a certain period, state law mandates the assets be turned over to the Comptroller’s office. The Comptroller’s Unclaimed Property Division works diligently to give Texas citizens back what is truly theirs. Currently, approximately $3.4 billion in property has not been claimed by Texans. In 2014, the state returned more than $200 million to its owners.

 

Because it is never too late to make a claim, go to the Comptroller's website at https://mycpa.cpa.state.tx.us/up/Search.jsp and type in your name or the names of family and friends to see if you or someone you know has money waiting to be claimed. You can also call toll free at 1-800-654-FIND (3463).

 

5.      Fourth of July

 

As a child, I was always fascinated with fireworks. I worked my way through college by setting up stands and selling fireworks. To this day I am still fascinated with them and they are one of my favorite ways to mark a holiday. Fourth of July is probably the most notable holiday for fireworks, but did you know the 84th Legislature approved for fireworks to also be sold during Texas Independence Day, San Jacinto Day and Memorial Day?

 

John Adams once said the Fourth of July should be "solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other." Whether you take one of John Adam's suggestions or do something different, I hope you celebrate the Fourth of July with family and friends as I know mine will be.

 

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UPDATE: DPS releases info on six-fatality head-on accident in Tyler County


On June 24 at approximately 3:15pm, there was a two vehicle crash on US-69 near CR 3205 in Tyler County.  This is 0.7 miles south of Colmesneil, Texas.  There were no survivors in this fatal crash.

 

A 1997 GMC pickup truck was traveling north on US-69.  A 2011 GMC SUV was traveling south on US-69.  For an unknown reason, the driver of the GMC pickup truck crossed the center stripe into the southbound lane and struck the GMC SUV head-on.

 

 The driver of the GMC pickup truck, Brandon Lee Simmons (30) of Colmesneil, Texas, was transported to Tyler County Hospital in Woodville, Texas.  Brandon Simmons died at the hospital at 6:53pm.  The passenger of the GMC pickup truck, Michael Ray Simmons (32) of Brookland, Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace, Trisha Ford.

 

The driver of the GMC SUV, Doris McGowan Rogers (62) of Warren, Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace, Trisha Ford.  Two passenger of the GMC SUV, Jewel Denson McGowan (95) of Warren, Texas, and Sharon Kaye Morgan (68) of Kountze, Texas, were both pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace, Trisha Ford.  The final passenger of the GMC SUV, Timberlee Kay Gossett (22) of Kountze, Texas, was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.  Timberlee Gossett died at the hospital at 5:07 p.m.

 

This crash closed US-69 in both directions for about five (5) hours.  

 

This is an ongoing crash investigation.  There are no further details to be released. 

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Computer Vision Syndrome: The rise of digital eye strain



(Portland Tribune)

In this high tech world, we are constantly texting, emailing and checking the latest
sports scores.

We may love our smart phones, computers and tablets, but in the process, our eyes
are suffering the consequences. Dr. Mark Pennesi, assistant professor in ophthalmic
genetics at the OHSU Casey Eye Institute, said there can be "deleterious" effects
on your eyes if you're using these devices all day long.

It can be as simple as the number of times you blink.

"Any time you are looking at a screen, your blink rate decreases," Pennesi said.
 "That can actually lead to dry eyes and ocular irritation." According to Pennesi,
your eyes need to blink every couple of seconds.

He added that eye strain and headaches are associated with prolonged exposure to
 these screens.

"These kind of things can be bothersome," Pennesi said.

"The best thing to do (if you're in front of a computer all day) is to take frequent
breaks. Maybe once an hour, get up from your computer - when we're looking at things
close up, muscles in our eye actually have to contract, to change the shape of the
lens, so that we can focus on things closer to us."

To help alleviate this, Pennesi suggests you take hourly breaks at work and perhaps
go outside to look at something far away. This helps the muscles, within the eye,
relax.

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Head-on crash in Tyler County takes six lives Wednesday afternoon


There was a tragic accident in Tyler County Wednesday afternoon just south of Colmesneil when a head-on crash between a log truck and passenger vehicle resulted in six dying around 3 p.m.

 

DPS says four were pronounced dead at the scene with two more passing away at a hospital.

 

The accident took place on US 69 just south of Colmesneil and north of Woodville on a two-lane bridge.

 

No other details are available.

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Partly sunny & hot, chance of showers, probability increases Saturday


Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 93. Heat index values as high as 102. West wind around 5 mph.
 
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. 
 
Friday: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 91. 
 
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 74. 
 
Saturday: A 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, high near 86. 
 
Saturday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 70.
 
Sunday: Mostly sunny, high near 89.
 
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 70.
 
Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.
 
Monday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 72.
 
Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.
 
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.
 
Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91.

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Local Sports Round up 06/25/15; Campbell's "Texas Football" has predictions on upcoming season


Dave Campbell’s Texas Football on stands

 

The long-time gridiron magazine, “Dave Campbell’s Texas Football” hit the newsstands this week, and the “bible” of Texas football has several local teams making runs at the playoffs.

 

In Dist. 6-4A DII, the Center Roughriders under new head coach Barry Bowman are hoping to better the magazine’s choice which has the team picked No. 5 in a 6-team district. The Riders attempt to turn things around this season after going winless a year ago.

 

Dist. 6-4A D II prediction

 

1.    Gladewater

2.    Tatum

3.    Atlanta

4.    Pleasant Grove

5.    Center

6.    Spring Hill

 

In Dist. 10-2A DI, Campbell has the Shelbyville Dragons No. 2 behind a loaded West Sabine squad, while the Joaquin Rams are No. 3, and the San Augustine Wolves No. 4. Shelbyville running back Octavian Burrell has been tabbed the preseason district offensive MVP. There’s a lot of talent in this district. With new head coaches, Joaquin and San Augustine are going to make it interesting.

 

Dist. 10-2A DI prediction

 

1.    West Sabine

2.    Shelbyville

3.    Joaquin

4.    San Augustine

5.    Beckville

6.    Cushing

 

Meanwhile in Dist. 11-2A DII, the Tenaha Tigers, with new head coach Craig Horn, are to repeat as district champions after ending as regional finalist last season. Tenaha is picked to be region champs as well. Tiger Wide receiver Colton Goeke is the preseason offensive MVP. The Timpson Bears are No. 2, and according to Campbell, are one of five dark horses in Class 2A to possibly make a run for a state championship after losing in the bi-district round a year ago. Timpson lineback Hunter Smith is the preseason MVP.

 

Dist. 11-2A DII prediction

 

1.    Tenaha

2.    Timpson

3.    Overton

4.    Maud

5.    Mount Enterprise

6.    Fruitvale

 

Dist. 11-3A DII prediction

 

1.    Newton

2.    Crockett

3.    Corrigan-Camden

4.    Garrison

5.    Deweyville

6.    Hemphill

 

Dist. 9-4A DI prediction

 

1.    Carthage

2.    Henderson

3.    Chapel Hill

4.    Kilgore

5.    Palestine

6.    Brownsboro

 

Center Lady Rider Athletic camps set

The Center Lady Roughrider Athletic Program is hosting a Volleyball Camp on July 6th-9th from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Center High School Gym. It is for Incoming 5th graders through 9th graders. The cost will be $20 for individuals or $35 for two children families. Pre-registration is from now until June 29th.

 

The Center Lady Roughrider Athletic Program is hosting a Basketball Camp on July 27th-30th from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Center High School Gym. It is for Incoming 5th graders through 9th graders. The cost will be $20 for individuals or $35 for two children families. Pre-registration is from now until July 20th.

 

For more information on either camp, contact Coach Dana Irvin or Mrs. Sherry Turner at 936-598-6173 ext. 2231.

 

Timpson Frontier Day Washer Board Tournament

A Washer Board tournament will be among the activities at the annual Timpson Frontier Days on Saturday, July 4. The tourney is for two-person teams, consisting of any age and gender. It’s a double-elimination style bracket and will start at 11 a.m. in downtown Timpson. Cost is $10 per team with 80 percent payout to first-place, 20 percent to second place. Pre-registration is required no later than 5 p.m. July 1. There will be NO registration allowed the day of the tournament. For more on the Timpson Frontier Day Washer Board Tournament, contact Tracy Rucker at 936-615-5360. Registration forms are also available on the Timpson Frontier Day Facebook page. Registration form and fee can also be taken to the Timpson Public Library by July 1.

 

 

What-A-Melon 5K/Walk set for July 11

Center Rotary Club is gearing up for their annual What-A-Melon 5K/ Walk event which will be held on Saturday, July 11th. Each year, Center Rotary Club donates a major portion of the events funds to a local non-profit organization. This year’s funds will go towards the Shelby County Outreach Ministries. Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate in this fun family event. The event will be held at the Center Square. The fun run will begin at 7:00AM and the 5K at 7:30AM. Both events are for people of all ages. You can walk or run either event. Strollers are acceptable. T-shirts will be available for the first 150 participants. Packet pickup will be held at All Hours Fitness on Friday, July 10 from 5PM – 6:30PM and Saturday, July 11 from 6AM-6:45AM. Registrations are available at Shelby Savings Bank, All Hours Fitness and Shelby County Outreach Ministries. Registration is also available (and preferred) online at www.onestoprace.com. To be a sponsor for the event or any other general event questions, please call Anna Lee at 598-5688 or email at alee@shelbysavingsbank.com.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 06/24/15--06/25/15


Arrest Report

06/24/15—06/25/15

 

Shelby County:

 

James Anthony Stoker, 34, Center, Forgery

 

Eric Rodriguez, 27, Joaquin, Warrant-Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle & Warrant-Domestic Abuse

 

Ricky James Jackson, 22, Center, Resisting Arrest & Transport

 

John Francis Tutt, Jr., 56, Timpson, Warrant-Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

 

Christian Solice, 52, Sulphur, La., Warrant-Burglary of a Habitation

 

San Augustine County:

 

Victoria Lindsey, Nacogdoches Warrant-Failure to Appear

 

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

 

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UPDATE: Local carpenter avoids serious injury in fall Wednesday, could go home today


A Shelbyville man has avoided serious injury after falling from a boat deck he was doing carpentry work on at Toledo Bend Wednesday morning.

 

A family member says 37-year old Jason Williford was working at a residence in the Pretty Point area of the lake near Huxley, a little after 9 a.m. when he stepped on a board that gave way and he fell some 12 feet off the roof of the structure, landing on the deck.

 

Williford was taken by ACE EMC to the Huxley Fire Dept. where he was flown by Life Air Rescue to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

 

Williford’s sister, Lorei Choate tells us her brother has no internal injuries, all test came back negative and he’s looking at being released today, once pain from minor fractures of the vertebrae are under control. No surgery was required.

 

Ms. Choate says the family appreciates everyone’s prayers. 

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Fixed-wing aircraft now available for emergency care transport in Shelby County


Shelby County emergency care transporting has taken on another provider as First Flight is now available.

 

The fixed-wing aircraft is an airplane that provides similar transport to critical care facilities like a helicopter.

 

essie Griffith of ACE EMS tells us a patient with a rare disease was flown to Galveston from Center this week eliminating a lengthy transport process via ground ambulance.

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Local veterans' service officer is now "official" in her position thanks to legislation


Shelby County and interim San Augustine County Veterans' Service Officer Sherry Riley is now official in her position.

 

After Gov. Greg Abbott signed-off on House Bill 906 last week the law was changed and Ms. Riley can continued to assist local veterans. Prior to the legislation's approval an officer had to be either a veteran, a spouse of a 100 percent disabled veteran or had a child die while in service.

 

She said State Rep. Chris Paddie and Trent Ashby worked together to get the measure through the legislature which now says a veterans' service officer can be the spouse of a 20-year service veteran, which qualifies her. Sen. Robert Nichols sponsored the bill on the Senate side.

 

Ms. Riley told the San Augustine County Commissioners' Court Tuesday when she was appointed in Shelby County around 18-months ago she didn't know she was not legal in the position.

 

Ms. Riley offices in the San Augustine County Courthouse on Mondays & Tuesdays, and Shelby County. Courthouse Wednesdays thru Fridays.

 

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Mental exam ordered on former Center ISD teacher accused of murder in Panola County


In Panola County, 123rd District Court Judge Charles “Brick” Dickerson has said the woman charged with killing her husband will undergo a psychological examination to see if she’s competent for trial.

 

Judge Dickerson granted a motion Wednesday for 49-year old Sarah Gilpatrick Venable of the Murvaul Community to have the mental exam to see if she was insane at the time of the alleged murder of Jay Venable in April.

 

Venable’s court appointed attorney filed the motion for the exam. The incident was reportedly brought on by a verbal domestic argument over Ms. Venable losing her job.

 

Sarah Veneable is a former Center ISD Middle School teacher who resigned in February.

 

She remains in the Panola county Detention Center with bond of $500,000.

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East Texas Peace Officers' Association to assemble in Center June 28-30


There will be extra law enforcement in Center beginning this weekend as the 64th annual East Texas Peace Officers’ Training Conference is held at the Windham Civic Center June 28-30.

 

Over 100 officers will be taking part in classroom training to keep-up with their required continuing education and other events.

 

San Augustine Police Chief Gary Fountain is president of the association. He says along with some real good training, they expect to have a great annual meeting and top it off with the awards banquet.

 

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will conduct a blood drive from 10-2:30 p.m. Monday at the civic center, with a $5 Starbucks card going to all donors.

 

The awards banquet will conclude the conference Tuesday night as officer of the year and humanitarian of the year will be among the awards. In addition, the peace officers will also award four $1,000 scholarships.

 

The East Texas Peace Officers’ Training Conference is open to any Texas law enforcement officer and jailer.

 

You can find out more or register online at ETPOA.org. 

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Funeral Notices: 06/25/15


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 92-year old Mary Jane Goings of Shelbyville. She passed away Wednesday in Nacogdoches. Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, with a private interment at Strong Cemetery in Huxley. Among Mary Jane Goings’ survivors are daughters, LaRetta Dean & Brenda Doster, both of Shelbyville; sister, Willie Mae Snider of Houston; and brothers, Frank & Janette Chambliss and Jim & Faye Chambliss, all of Houston.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 51-year old Tommy Lloyd Bailey of Broaddus. He passed away Sunday in Lufkin. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Sardis Cemetery, Shelby County. Among Tommy Lloyd Bailey’s survivors is his wife, Bambi Bailey of Broaddus; sons, Scott & Tina Bailey of Broaddus, Derik Lanicek of Anderson, Rusty & Laila Lanicek of North Carolina, James & Charnea Bailey of Batson and Josh & Megan Bailey of Silsbee; daughter, Samantha & Estefano Cardena of Orange; mother, Margaret & Amado Balli of Alabama; brother & sisters, Dusty Fenner, Danny Bailey, Tina Sample, Tony & Debbie Bailey, Sarah & Noel Bergeven, Nora & Bubba Gore, Ken & Terisa Brand, Trish & Kent Jowell, JR Balli, Bell Mach, Albert Balli, Anthony Balli and Adam Balli; father-in-law, Sam Porter.

 

Mangum Funeral Home and Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore announces a graveside service for 89-year old Doris Wanda Teel Conway of Kilgore. She passed away Tuesday in Kilgore. Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday at Ramah Cemetery, Tenaha. Family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. this evening at Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore. Among Wanda Conway’s survivors are daughters, Sandy Teel Smith & Peni Andrews; and son, Danny Teel. Memorial contributions can be made to Ramah Cemetery.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home of San Augustine announces service for 82-year old Mrs. Joyce Geraldine (Griffin) Farr Lacy of Wylie. She passed away Wednesday in Wylie. Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with interment in the Liberty Hill Cemetery in San Augustine. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home. She worked in real estate. Among Joyce Geraldine (Griffin) Farr Lacy’s survivors are sons, Dan & Diane Farr of Garland, Charles & Marry Farr of Ft. Worth, and Chris & Marci Farr of Allen; sister, Merle & Gene of Humble; and brother, R.D. Griffin of Rosevine and San Augustine.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home announces 71-year old Susan Kay Tewell of San Augustine passed away Tuesday in San Augustine. She was a registered nurse for many years. She chose cremation and the family will hold a memorial service at a later date. Among Susan Kay Tewell’s survivors is her husband, Tony Tewell of San Augustine; daughters, Kathy & Bob Lomox of Oklahoma and Jennifer & Brady of Lumberton; son, Joshua & Jessica Tewell of North Carolina.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home announces service for 91-year old Mr. Bernard LeRoy Woods of San Augustine. Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the San Augustine County Cowboy Church, with interment in the Liberty Hill Cemetery in San Augustine County. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Wyman Roberts Funeral Home. He was a retired banker and rancher. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the San Augustine County Cowboy Church.

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Graveside Service Notice: Wanda Conway


Mangum Funeral Home and Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore announces a graveside service for 89-year old Wanda Conway of Kilgore. She passed away Tuesday in Kilgore. Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday at Ramah Cemetery, Tenaha. Family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. this evening at Rader Funeral Home in Kilgore. Memorial contributions can be made to Ramah Cemetery.

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Sand Hills Water Supply lifts Boil Water Notice


The Boil Water Notice issued last week by the Sand Hills Water Supply was lifted Wednesday.

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Funeral Notice: Mrs. Joyce Geraldine (Griffin) Farr Lacy


Mrs. Joyce Geraldine (Griffin) Farr Lacy, age 82, of Wylie, Texas, passed from this life on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Wylie, Texas in Collin County, near Dallas.

 

Joyce was born to Esther (Siegmund) Griffin and Roman Dever Griffin on December 4, 1932, in Ledbetter, Texas. She worked in Real Estate and was a member of the Eastern Star, The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and was a loving Mom. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

 

Those who are left to cherish her memory include, Her son, Dan Farr and his wife, Diane of Garland; Charles Farr and his wife, Mary of Ft. Worth; Chris Farr and his wife, Marci of Allen; Sister, Merle Gene Husband of Humble; Brother, R.D. Griffin of Rosevine and San Augustine; Her Grandchildren, Jessica Farr; Megan Farr, and Macy Farr.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Esther and Roman Griffin; Her husbands, Wallace M. Farr and Martin Lacy.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel with Bro. Don Lofton officiating. Interment will be in the Liberty Hill Cemetery in San Augustine. Visitation will be Friday evening, June 26, 2015, from the hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 West Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas 75972.

- See more at: http://www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/816/Joyce__Lacy_/obituary.html#content-start

Mrs. Joyce Geraldine (Griffin) Farr Lacy, age 82, of Wylie, Texas, passed from this life on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Wylie, Texas in Collin County, near Dallas.

 

Joyce was born to Esther (Siegmund) Griffin and Roman Dever Griffin on December 4, 1932, in Ledbetter, Texas. She worked in Real Estate and was a member of the Eastern Star, The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and was a loving Mom. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

 

Those who are left to cherish her memory include, Her son, Dan Farr and his wife, Diane of Garland; Charles Farr and his wife, Mary of Ft. Worth; Chris Farr and his wife, Marci of Allen; Sister, Merle Gene Husband of Humble; Brother, R.D. Griffin of Rosevine and San Augustine; Her Grandchildren, Jessica Farr; Megan Farr, and Macy Farr.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Esther and Roman Griffin; Her husbands, Wallace M. Farr and Martin Lacy.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel with Bro. Don Lofton officiating. Interment will be in the Liberty Hill Cemetery in San Augustine. Visitation will be Friday evening, June 26, 2015, from the hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 West Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas 75972.

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Death Notice: Susan Kay Tewell


Susan Kay Tewell, age 71, of San Augustine, passed from this life on Tuesday evening, June 23, 2015, in San Augustine.

 

Susan was born to Naomi (Maloney) Hobert and William Hobert on December 24, 1943, in Monitcello, Iowa. She was employed as Registered Nurse for many years, and was Catholic.

 

Those who are left to cherish her memory include, Her husband, Tony Tewell of San Augustine; Her daughters, Kathy Lomox and her husband, Bob of Bixby, Oklahoma; Jennifer and her husband, Brady of Lumberton; Son, Joshua Tewell and his wife, Jessica of Waynesville, North Carolina; Her beloved grandchildren, Tiffany Lomax; Devin Lomax, Ian Brady and Rylee Brady.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Naomi and William Hobert.

 

The family chose cremation, Memorial Services will be held by the family at a later date.

- See more at: http://www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/815/Susan_Kay_Tewell/obituary.html#sthash.RpdqpB2r.TY7Pj06Y.dpufSusan Kay Tewell, age 71, of San Augustine, passed from this life on Tuesday evening, June 23, 2015, in San Augustine.

 

Susan was born to Naomi (Maloney) Hobert and William Hobert on December 24, 1943, in Monitcello, Iowa. She was employed as Registered Nurse for many years, and was Catholic.

 

Those who are left to cherish her memory include, Her husband, Tony Tewell of San Augustine; Her daughters, Kathy Lomox and her husband, Bob of Bixby, Oklahoma; Jennifer and her husband, Brady of Lumberton; Son, Joshua Tewell and his wife, Jessica of Waynesville, North Carolina; Her beloved grandchildren, Tiffany Lomax; Devin Lomax, Ian Brady and Rylee Brady.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Naomi and William Hobert.

 

The family chose cremation, Memorial Services will be held by the family at a later date.

- See more at: http://www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/815/Susan_Kay_Tewell/obituary.html#sthash.RpdqpB2r.TY7Pj06Y.dpuf

Susan Kay Tewell, age 71, of San Augustine, passed from this life on Tuesday evening, June 23, 2015, in San Augustine.

 

Susan was born to Naomi (Maloney) Hobert and William Hobert on December 24, 1943, in Monitcello, Iowa. She was employed as Registered Nurse for many years, and was Catholic.

 

Those who are left to cherish her memory include, Her husband, Tony Tewell of San Augustine; Her daughters, Kathy Lomox and her husband, Bob of Bixby, Oklahoma; Jennifer and her husband, Brady of Lumberton; Son, Joshua Tewell and his wife, Jessica of Waynesville, North Carolina; Her beloved grandchildren, Tiffany Lomax; Devin Lomax, Ian Brady and Rylee Brady.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Naomi and William Hobert.

 

The family chose cremation, Memorial Services will be held by the family at a later date. 

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Jury cancellation for 273rd District Court for June 29


Shelby County District Clerk Lori Oliver announces the jury that has been summoned for Monday, June 29, 2015 for the 273rd District Court with honorable Charles R. Mitchell, presiding has been cancelled due to scheduled cases being resolved or passed.

 

Anyone receiving a summons for that day is released from july service until they receive a future summons.

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Funeral Notice: Mary Jane Goings


Mary Jane Goings, 92, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Nacogdoches.

 

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Mike Mahalack officiating.  Private interment was held at Strong Cemetery in Huxley.

 

Ms. Goings was born April 7, 1923 in Jasper County to Frank Chambliss and Eva Bonner Chambliss.  She loved crafts and especially enjoyed sewing.  She was of the Jehovah’s Witness faith.

 

She is survived by

Daughters:

LaRetta Dean of Shelbyville

Brenda Doster of Shelbyville

 

Grandchildren:

Robert Vaughn and wife, Barbara, of Shelbyville

Chris Vaughn and wife, Melody, of Shelbyville

Tinka Saintignan and husband, Mark, of Nacogdoches

 

Great Grandchildren:

Kasey Giancaspro and husband, Joe, of Connecticut

Randy Vaughn and wife, Alicia, of Shelbyville

Corey Vaughn of Connecticut

Ryon Vaughn and wife, Rachel of Nacogdoches

Dexter Vaughn of Shelbyville

Jessie Saintignan of Nacogdoches

Austin Vaughn of Shelbyville

Lillie Saintignan of Nacogdoches

 

Step Great Grandchildren:

Corey Ivey and wife, Megan, of San Augustine

Carrie Speed and husband, John, of Pollok

 

Great Great Grandchild: Tori Lynn Giancaspro of Connecticut

 

Sister: Willie Mae Snider of Houston

 

Brothers:

Frank Chambliss and wife, Janette, of Houston

Jim Chambliss and wife, Faye, of Houston

 

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

 

Preceded in death by

Husband: Denver Goings

Parents: Frank Chambliss and Eva Bonner Chambliss

Brothers: Steve Chambliss, “Popeye” Chambliss, Hobert Chambliss

 

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

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Weather Update @ 1:30 p.m. Wednesday


We have reached the Summer weather doldrums and the rest of this week and next will be no exception. The mornings will begin in the very pleasant low to mid 70's.  Reach low to mid 90's by noon and the heat of the day and the humidity will allow stray showers and T-storms to begin my mid afternoon. When you hear the ROAR, it's time to go INDOORS!  This is Lightning Awareness Week.

 

Mold and other pollens are rebounding, but overall the Air Quality Index shows we are in the good zone here in Deep East Texas and across almost all of the State. 

 

Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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UPDATE: Individual identified in fall accident at Huxley Bay


Center Broadcasting has been able to get the identity of the individual who fell from a roof at Huxley Bay Wednesday morning.

 

Our source says 37-year old Jason Williford of Shelbyville, a private contractor was working on the roof of a residence at Pretty Point on Toledo Bend around 9 a.m. when he fell some 12 feet onto a deck below.

 

Williford was taken by ACE EMS to the Huxley Fire Dept. where he was flown by Life Air Rescue to Good Shepherd in Longview where he was able to move his extremities.

 

His condition is not known.

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Updated Funeral Notice: Tommy Lloyd Bailey


Tommy Lloyd Bailey, 51, of Broaddus, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 in Lufkin.

 

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Glenn Middleton officiating.  Interment will follow at Sardis Cemetery in the Sardis Community of Shelby County.

 

Mr. Bailey was born October 15, 1963 in California to Billy Bailey and Margaret Busby Bailey.  He was a member of Madison Masonic Lodge #126 in Orange, Powelltown Volunteer Fire Department in Broaddus where he served as fire chief, and Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church in Broaddus, where he served as a Deacon. Mr. Bailey was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He was a very generous man, a leader in his community, a hero to many and a friend to all.

 

He is survived by

Wife: Bambi Bailey of Broaddus

 

Sons:

Scott Bailey and wife, Tina, of Broaddus

Derik Lanicek of Anderson

Rusty Lanicek and wife, Laila, of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina

James Bailey and wife, Charnea, of Batson

Josh Bailey and wife, Megan, of Silsbee

 

Daughter: Samantha Cardenas and husband, Estefano, of Orange

 

Grandchildren:

Cheyanne

Cailey

Skylar

Christopher

Jacey

Scarlett

Jayden

Elaina

Damion

Tommy

Kirstyn

Joshua

Ayden

Avaleigh

 

Mother: Margaret Balli and husband, Amado, of Alabama

 

Brothers & Sisters:

Dusty Fenner

Danny Bailey

Tina Sample

Tony Bailey and wife, Debbie

Sarah Bergeven and husband, Noel

Nora Gore and husband, Bubba

Ken Brand and wife, Terisa

Trish Jowell and husband, Kent

JR Balli

Bell Mach

Albert Balli

Anthony Balli

Adam Balli

 

Father-in-law, whom he referred to as “Dad”: Sam Porter

 

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

 

Preceded in death by

Grandchild: Hailey May Bailey

Father: Billy Bailey

Sister: B J Bailey

Sister-in-law: Teresa Brand

Brothers-in-law: Butch Fenner, Darryl Porter

Mother-in-law: Sandra Porter

Niece: Heather Wilson

 

Pallbearers will be Scott Bailey, Derik Lanicek, Rusty Lanicek, James Bailey, Josh Bailey and Estefano Cardenas.

 

The family would like to extend a special thanks to everyone who has shown such amazing care and compassion to them during this difficult time.

 

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

 

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Campbell's "Texas Football" has spoken, area is full of talented teams


Dave Campbell’s Texas Football on stands

 

The long-time gridiron magazine, “Dave Campbell’s Texas Football” hit the newsstands this week, and the “bible” of Texas football has several local teams making runs at the playoffs.

 

In Dist. 6-4A DII, the Center Roughriders under new head coach Barry Bowman are hoping to better the magazine’s choice which has the team picked No. 5 in a 6-team district. The Riders attempt to turn things around this season after going winless a year ago.

 

Dist. 6-4A D II prediction

 

1.    Gladewater

2.    Tatum

3.    Atlanta

4.    Pleasant Grove

5.    Center

6.    Spring Hill

 

In Dist. 10-2A DI, Campbell has the Shelbyville Dragons No. 2 behind a loaded West Sabine squad, while the Joaquin Rams are No. 3, and the San Augustine Wolves No. 4. Shelbyville running back Octavian Burrell has been tabbed the preseason district offensive MVP. There’s a lot of talent in this district. With new head coaches, Joaquin and San Augustine are going to make it interesting.

 

Dist. 10-2A DI prediction

 

1.    West Sabine

2.    Shelbyville

3.    Joaquin

4.    San Augustine

5.    Beckville

6.    Cushing

 

Meanwhile in Dist. 11-2A DII, the Tenaha Tigers, with new head coach Craig Horn, are to repeat as district champions after ending as regional finalist last season. Tenaha is picked to be region champs as well. Tiger Wide receiver Colton Goeke is the preseason offensive MVP. The Timpson Bears are No. 2, and according to Campbell, are one of five dark horses in Class 2A to possibly make a run for a state championship after losing in the bi-district round a year ago. Timpson lineback Hunter Smith is the preseason MVP.

 

Dist. 11-2A DII prediction

 

1.    Tenaha

2.    Timpson

3.    Overton

4.    Maud

5.    Mount Enterprise

6.    Fruitvale

 

Dist. 11-3A DII prediction

 

1.    Newton

2.    Crockett

3.    Corrigan-Camden

4.    Garrison

5.    Deweyville

6.    Hemphill

 

Dist. 9-4A DI prediction

 

1.    Carthage

2.    Henderson

3.    Chapel Hill

4.    Kilgore

5.    Palestine

6.    Brownsboro

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East Texas Stampede 14U softball girls headed to World Series, taking donations for trip


The 14U East Texas Stampede softball team is going to the World Series in Branson July 19, and they are taking monetary donations to help with travel expenses in front of the Center Wal-Mart today, Wednesday until 5 p.m. The team is comprised of girls from Shelby, Nacogdoches and Angelina Counties. Pictured braving the sun and heat this morning were team members (left) Shelby Brookshire and Skylar Smith, both of Nacogdoches. If you'd like to help, you can contact Coach Jamey Brookshire, 936-615-1818. Good Luck, Stampede! Center Broadcasting Co. Photo

 

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Shelby Savings Bank names new loan officers


Rick Campbell, Shelby Savings Bank board chairman, is pleased to announce Camille Stanfield as a new loan officer at the bank's Center branch and Zach Noble as a new loan officer at the bank's San Augustine branch.

 

"We are excited about adding Mrs. Stanfield and Mr. Noble to the Shelby Savings Bank family," Campbell said. "They both have strong connections to East Texas, and they each bring strong experience and unique perspectives to their new positions. We expect great things out of them, and we look forward to watching them grow in their careers."

 

Stanfield has more than three years’ experience as a certified public account and a Master of Professional Accountancy degree, as well as a bachelor's degree in business administration. She is a member of the East Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas State Board of Certified Public Accountants. She is married to Scott Stanfield, and the couple attend Word of Faith Outreach Center in Joaquin.

 

Noble worked for Enterprise Holdings for three years before joining Shelby Saving Bank. He has a bachelor's degree in agribusiness from Sam Houston State University. He is a member of the San Augustine chapter of Ducks Unlimited and attends San Augustine Cowboy Church. His grandmother, Jeanette Davidson, is a member of the Shelby Savings Bank advisory board for San Augustine.

 

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.

 

Camille Stanfield                        Zach Noble

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Individual falls from roof at Huxley Bay residence, Life Air Rescue called to transport


Emergency personnel have responded to Huxley Bay where an unidentified individual has reportedly fallen some 12 feet off a roof after 9 a.m. 

 

Center Broadcasting has been informed the incident occurred at a residence. The hurt party was taken by ACE EMS to the Huxley Fire Dept. where fireman set up a landing zone to be transported by Life Air Rescue.

 

No other information is available at this time.

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Slight chance of afternoon showers, thunderstorms, sunny & hot


Today: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 102. South wind around 5 mph.
 
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, low around 74. 
 
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny,  high near 93. 
 
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 74. 
 
Friday: Partly sunny, high near 92. 
 
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 75.
 
Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 87.
 
Saturday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70.
 
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.
 
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 68.
 
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.
 
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 71.
 
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

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Local Sports Round Up 06/24/15


In sports,

 

Joaquin all-star team advances to state tourney

The 8U Joaquin Ram All-Star team won the District. 2 Championship in Huntington June 22 to advance to the State Tournament will begin in Center on July 4. The Ram went undefeated, coming from behind in two games, 7-0 and 10-3. They beat Huntington, 16-11 in the championship game. Team members are: Conrad Shahan, Evan Miller, Keaton Cason, Jake Neal, Bryce Roberts. Back row left to right – Ashton Sims, Duncan McCann, Jackson Griffin, Tucker Gamble, Karson Rogers. Coaches: Brandon Neal, Steven McCann, Blake Gamble, Kade Rogers.

 

Tenaha’s Caraway signs with Tyler Jr. College

Tenaha’s Cobe Caraway signed a college letter of intent to play football for the Tyler Junior College Apaches during a ceremony Monday. Caraway said TJC plans to utilize him to replace one of the players they’ll be losing next year. Earlier this month Caraway was named Offensive MVP of the Chick-fil-A Heart of a Champion Bowl all-star football game in Longview. He had two touchdowns of more than 70 yards during the contest, including the game winner as time expired. Caraway rushed for 2,458 yards for the Tenaha Tigers last season.

 

Center Lady Rider Athletic camps set

The Center Lady Roughrider Athletic Program is hosting a Volleyball Camp on July 6th-9th from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Center High School Gym. It is for Incoming 5th graders through 9th graders. The cost will be $20 for individuals or $35 for two children families. Pre-registration is from now until June 29th.

 

The Center Lady Roughrider Athletic Program is hosting a Basketball Camp on July 27th-30th from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Center High School Gym. It is for Incoming 5th graders through 9th graders. The cost will be $20 for individuals or $35 for two children families. Pre-registration is from now until July 20th.

 

For more information on either camp, contact Coach Dana Irvin or Mrs. Sherry Turner at 936-598-6173 ext. 2231.

 

Timpson Frontier Day Washer Board Tournament

A Washer Board tournament will be among the activities at the annual Timpson Frontier Days on Saturday, July 4. The tourney is for two-person teams, consisting of any age and gender. It’s a double-elimination style bracket and will start at 11 a.m. in downtown Timpson. Cost is $10 per team with 80 percent payout to first-place, 20 percent to second place. Pre-registration is required no later than 5 p.m. July 1. There will be NO registration allowed the day of the tournament. For more on the Timpson Frontier Day Washer Board Tournament, contact Tracy Rucker at 936-615-5360. Registration forms are also available on the Timpson Frontier Day Facebook page. Registration form and fee can also be taken to the Timpson Public Library by July 1.

 

What-A-Melon 5K/Walk set for July 11

Center Rotary Club is gearing up for their annual What-A-Melon 5K/ Walk event which will be held on Saturday, July 11th. Each year, Center Rotary Club donates a major portion of the events funds to a local non-profit organization. This year’s funds will go towards the Shelby County Outreach Ministries. Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate in this fun family event. The event will be held at the Center Square. The fun run will begin at 7:00AM and the 5K at 7:30AM. Both events are for people of all ages. You can walk or run either event. Strollers are acceptable. T-shirts will be available for the first 150 participants. Packet pickup will be held at All Hours Fitness on Friday, July 10 from 5PM – 6:30PM and Saturday, July 11 from 6AM-6:45AM. Registrations are available at Shelby Savings Bank, All Hours Fitness and Shelby County Outreach Ministries. Registration is also available (and preferred) online at www.onestoprace.com. To be a sponsor for the event or any other general event questions, please call Anna Lee at 598-5688 or email at alee@shelbysavingsbank.com.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 06/23/15--06/24/15


Arrest Report

06/23/15—06/24/15

 

Shelby County:

 

James Everett Johnson, 50, Center, Burglary of a Building

 

Gregory Paul Frazier, 37, Center, Violation of Probation, Original Charge: Driving While Intoxicated

 

Arthur Johnson, 31, Tenaha, Possession of Marijuana

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

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

 

 

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San Augustine County Commissioners say flooding has cost over $3.5 million so far


All four commissioner precincts in San Augustine County continue to experience roadway flooding or severe damage from the continual rains experienced this Spring and early Summer.

 

During commissioners' court meeting Tuesday, the elected officials told of the issues they're going through that have cost more than $3.5 million so far.

 

A disaster declaration was issued by the court and application submitted for funding several weeks ago to hopefully assist with culvert and work material.

 

San Augustine County Judge Samye Johnson says the flooding has been substantial. 

 

"This has been a struggle for our commissioners and residents," Judge Johnson said.

 

"Commissioners have been working hard to make sure everyone can get to their homes. Some of the work they're doing, it rains more and they have to go back to redo. We (county) have to say we're proud of the work they're doing."

 

 

Judge Johnson said no resident in the county unable to leave or get to their home because of road conditions. Townsend Park was closed last weekend due to high water and could be shut-down for two months as Lake Sam Rayburn nears a record level.

 

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners accepted the resignation of Pct. 1 Constable Shannon Brezeal, who's leaving office to attend the DPS academy. No action was taken on a replacement. However, a candidate was present at the meeting. Current Shelby County Court Bailiff and retired Center Police Chief Walter Shofner, who resides in San Augustine County has applied for the constable's job.

 

San Augustine County Commissioners also approved Marsh Waterproofing of Vidor to begin work on replacement of the roof on the 1919 Jail as the restoration projects gets underway. The work is at no costs to the county as the San Augustine Garden Club is heading up the effort and fundraising.

 

It was reported there's $124,000 that has been contributed to the jail restoration fund. There's also a GoFundMe account established to assist.

 

 

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Center City Council approves resolution to participate in funding for airport improvements


The City of Center Council has given approval of a resolution that will commit the city to a 10 percent local match for preliminary engineering and design fees for facility lighting and electrical system repairs at Center Municipal Airport.

 

The city's match is $16,500, and according to City Manager Chad Nehring, the city has been attempting to get these repairs done at the airport for some five years.

 

Also at Monday night's council meeting, renewal of employee health insurance coverage was approved through the Texas Municipal League.

 

Nehring told council the group portion is experiencing a 12 percent increase in premiums. He added staff has explored options including alterations to plan benefits and other potential providers.

 

The Shelby County Appraisal District Fiscal Year 2015 Budget was presented at the meeting and showed a substantial increase in the annual amount for funding from the city.

 

Nehring said increases are primarily for employee benefits and property mapping/reappraisal. City of Center's portion of the 2016 proposed appraisal district budget is $36,000, or some 5 percent of the district's $724,000 budget.

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Summertime Reminder: Don't Leave Kids in Cars


AUSTIN, Texas - As summer temperatures rise, so does the potential for heatstroke deaths in children.

 

The Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding Texans that every year, children die after being left in a vehicle unattended.

 

DPS Sgt. Jason Reyes says everyone has a role to play in preventing heatstroke, and he urges anyone who sees a child alone in a car to dial 911.

 

"Every year, children are dying because of the heat that's inside of a vehicle and so, that's why we want to remind all of our citizens of Texas to take every precaution to prevent these deaths," he says.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, temperatures inside a car can rise more than 20 degrees in only 10 minutes - and even with an outside temperature of 60 degrees, the temperature inside a car can reach 110.

 

Reyes adds leaving windows partially rolled down doesn't help, and young children are particularly at risk since their bodies heat up faster than do adults'.

 

Reyes points out that parents busy running errands sometimes forget that children are with them.

 

He says it helps to establish reminders, such as leaving a purse or cell phone near the child's car seat, to ensure you always check the back seat of a vehicle before walking away.

 

"I've even heard somebody, a young woman who actually takes her shoe off, and puts that in the back seat," he relates. "Because when she opens the door to go somewhere, she's obviously not going to walk away with only one shoe. So that reminds her that, 'You know what, I've got that shoe in the back seat, but also I have my child back there as well.'"

 

One-third of all heatstroke deaths occur when a child climbs into a parked car unnoticed. And since children like to play in cars, Reyes advises parents to keep vehicles locked, and make sure the keys are out of reach when not being used.

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Texas Country Music Hall of Fame to hosts John Ritter Tribute Show Friday night


The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage will host its John Ritter Tribute Show on Friday, June 26.

 

Grammy Award winner Linda Davis will offer her Stage Presence 101 class to anyone wanting to help take their performance to the next level.

 

There's two sessions on Friday evening, and anyone interested can sign up by contacting the Panola County Chamber of Commerce, or Googling Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Cost is $100 per person/per class.

 

The John Ritter Tribute Showcase auditions and "Evening in the Road" will be Saturday, June 27. Auditions begin at 9 a.m. at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Thirty people will be chosen to go to the finals in August in Carthage.

 

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame's annual Induction Ceremony is Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Carthage Civic Center. Tickets are $60 per person.

 

Beaumont native, Tracy Byrd will perform and be inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

 

Other performers at the ceremony will be The Second Generation Group, consisting of sons and daughters of popular Country Music superstars.

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Funeral Notices: 06/24/15


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 51-year old Tommy Lloyd Bailey of Broaddus. He passed away Sunday in Lufkin. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Watson & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Watson & Sons Chapel, with interment at Sardis Cemetery, Shelby County.

 

Watson & Sons Funeral Home along with Shaffer Funeral Home/Sherwood Way in San Angelo announces graveside service for 86-year old Jennie Louise Hall of San Angelo will be held at 4 p.m. this afternoon at Corinth Cemetery, Timpson. 

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces service for 91-year old Mr. Bernard LeRoy Woods of San Augustine. Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the San Augustine County Cowboy Church, with interment in the Liberty Hill Cemetery in San Augustine County. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wyman Roberts Funeral Home. He was a retired banker and rancher.

 

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TxDOT preparing to lower speed limits on portion of US 59 in Nacogdoches County


LUFKIN - The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is preparing to post new lower speed limit signs this week on a portion of US 59 in Nacogdoches County. The change becomes effective once signs are posted.

The speed limit will be reduced from 75 miles per hour to 65 miles per hour on US 59 from one-half mile north of US 259 to the Nacogdoches City Limit. Other areas of US 59 will remain at the posted limits.

The change comes after a recent speed zone study of the roadway and will help improve safety through the area.

Motorists are advised to abide by the posted speed limit as well as other traffic control devices on this and all roadways. Remember to drive to conditions and watch for posted signs signaling speed changes, work areas and other important information.

Motorists are also advised to be prepared to reduce speed accordingly to account for fog, rain, or other inclement weather conditions that might impact driving conditions.

Road conditions and traffic updates available on Facebook or Twitter.

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Funeral Notice: Tommy Lloyd Bailey


Tommy Lloyd Bailey, 51, of Broaddus, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 in Lufkin.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2015 at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Glenn Middleton officiating.  Interment will follow at Sardis Cemetery in the Sardis Community of Shelby County.

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Tenaha's Cobe Caraway signs national letter of intent with Tyler Jr. College


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Tenaha Tiger Daily 06/23/15


Summer has arrived. 

Tenaha ISD will operate on a summer schedule;

Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm.


Hall of Honor Info:

The 11th annual induction ceremony will take place on Friday, September 18,
2015 at the TISD Cafetorium.  All inductees will be introduced to the
community during a pre-game ceremony prior to the game between the Tenaha
Tigers and the White Oak Roughnecks at a time yet to be determined. 
          

Timeline:

 

June 18, 2015                Nomination forms available

August 3, 2015              Deadline for submitting nominations to Tenaha
ISD

August 17, 2015            Selections announced

September 18, 2015       Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony 

                                      Tenaha Tigers vs. White Oak Roughnecks


 

Nominations to the Hall of Honor must be made by former Tenaha High School
Alumni. Form attached.

 
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.


Tenaha Varsity Cheerleaders Football Program Ad

The Tenaha Cheerleaders are taking orders for the upcoming football season.

If you are interested in placing an ad, please contact Amy Collins at
collinsamy@tenahaisd.com or place an order with your favorite cheerleader.

Please state name, address, City, State, and Zip for your order.

Prices are as follows:

¼ Page-$65.00

½ Page-$100

Full Page-$200

Inside Back Cover-$250

All ads are full color. The deadline to order is July 1st, 2015.

 

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Truck-train collision investigated on Bland Lake Road in San Augustine County, driver receives minor injuries early Tuesday


DPS is investigating a truck-train collision that occured in San Augustine County early Tuesday morning.
 
According to DPS Corporal Jimmy Faulkner an empty salt-water disposal truck, (a 2004 Kenworth tractor) belonging to MKO Trucking in Shelbyville, and driven by 25-year old Leon Hardaway of Center was headed west on FM 1279, the Bland Lake Road, and the driver reports the brakes failed to operate resulting in the tractor-trailer striking the moving train just before 3 a.m.
 
Corporal Faulkner said the train, operated by Timber Rock, never knew the incident occurred, with the engineer continuing northward. He said he was able to track the train down to Tenaha.
 
Hardaway was taken by San Augustine County EMS to CHI-San Augustine for minor injuries, treated and released.
 
Corporal Faulkner cited Hardaway for failure to stop for a train, saying skid marks left on the roadway proved the brakes were working properly.
 
He noted his investigation continues.
 

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8U Joaquin Rams All-Stars win district championship,will play at state tournament in Center


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Sunny, heat index near 104, slight chance of showers, thunderstorms


Today: A 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, high near 94. Heat index values as high as 104. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph.
 
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, low around 75. 
 
Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, high near 94. Heat index values as high as 102. 
 
Wednesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, low around 74. 
 
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, high near 92. 
 
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 75.
 
Friday: Mostly sunny, high near 92.
 
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 75.
 
Saturday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 90.
 
Saturday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 72.
 
Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 89.
 
Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, low around 71.
 
Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, high near 92.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 06/22/15--06/23/15


Arrest Report

06/22/15—06/23/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Kim Hutto, 45, Joaquin, Warrant-Theft by Check

 

Johnathan Truman Polley, 27, Center, Warrant-Assault-Family Violence

 

Carrie Moore, 49, Center, Public Intoxication

 

Lilah Fuller, 17, Center, Theft

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hudson hit with $1 million civil suit after alleged assault on SFA employee


A Center native and Nacogdoches businessman that’s been involved in a whirl-wind of legal issues in the past year has had a $1 million civil suit filed against him by an SFA employee.

 

The Daily Sentinel is reporting 60-year old Willie Hudson allegedly assaulted and injured 54-year old Mark Porter more than a year ago near Cole Art Center in downtown Nacogdoches.

 

Court records show the jury trial in that case is scheduled for today in the 145th Judicial District Court, where Porter also filed his civil suit against Hudson and Hudson Acquisitions Inc.

 

Hudson was released from the Nacogdoches County jail last week after Judge Ed Klein reduced his six-month sentence to 130 days.

 

Porter is the technical director for the SFA School of Theatre.

 

Hudson on Thursday filed Chapter 13 bankruptcy and a day later, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in federal court. In the latter, he included his businesses Nacogdoches Hardware and Rental and Mineral Wells Hardware and Rental.

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Joaquin City Council increases water fees in hopes of stopping enormous utility losses


The Joaquin City Council has voted to raise the monthly in-city water fee by $10 in hopes of stopping up to some $400,000 a year in losses the utility has been experiencing.

 

City Secretary Amanda Willey tells us customers will see the minimum increase from $17 to $27 a month take effect in 60 days from last Friday.

 

At the same time, Joaquin City Water customers will have the minimum gallon useage decrease from 2,000 to 1,000 gallons a month.

 

Ms. Willey says the city has needed to increase fees to make the system more supportive and stop the losses since a feasibility study was done by the state in 2010. She adds hopefully the water rate increase will help offset the tremendous amount of money that has been spent on the water system. The costs steem from installation of a reverse Osmosis treatment facility and the everyday expenses the utility generates.

 

It's hoped those funds will now go for street repair and other improvements in the City of Joaquin.

 

Ms. Willey said nothing has been done to increase sewage rates, but that could be in the future.

 

By the way, the Boil Water Notice issued last Friday for the Joaquin & Haslam Water Supply has been lifted, as of Monday afternoon.

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Tenaha mother pleads guilty, gets five years for daughter's murder, to testify against husband


The Tenaha mother that was indicted earlier this year for capital murder of her 6-month old daughter pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Judge Charles Mitchell’s 273rd District courtroom last Friday.

 

Court records indicate 25-year old Angela Marie Moore received five-years in prison. As part of her deal, she has agreed to testify against her husband, 28-year old William Moore when he goes on trial for capital murder.

 

The duo was arrested for the death of 6-month-old Ariana Moore who died at Center Emergency Department after being transported from a mobile home park on County Road 4356 on Feb. 16.

 

Angela Moore is awaiting transfer to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, while William Moore remains in the Shelby County Jail.

 

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FSA conducting public meetings to discuss election/nomination process this week


Nacogdoches-Angelina-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby Farm Service Agency will conduct public meetings this week to discuss the County Committee election/nomination process and other FSA assistance programs as well as FSA farm loan programs. Agency representatives will be available to answer any questions regarding all programs available to producers. The meetings will be held on the following dates at the listed places:

 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 10-11 a.m. at Dean's Hardware in Joaquin

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 2-3 p.m. at the Nacogdoches County Courthouse

Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the NRCS Office in San Augustine

Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. at Bear's Country Diner in Broaddus

 

For more information about the County Committees or the Farm Loan Programs, call 936-564-5891 ext. 2.

 

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San Augustine County Commissioners' Court meeting this morning


The San Augustine County Commissioners’ Court will meet at 9 a.m. this morning and among the agenda items for discussion and possible action will be accepting a letter of resignation from Constable Pct. 1 Shannon Brazeal and discuss options for appointment of position. Brazeal has been accepted into the DPS academy.

 

In addition, commissioners will discuss pro-rated salary and expenses for the court coordinator of the First Judicial District for 2015 Budget Year; also, pro-rated health and life insurance for district judges and assistants.

 

The court is expected to take action on the Marsh waterproofing contract for the 1919 Jail renovation; and consider e-file payment card processing participating agreement with Tyler Technology for the district clerk.

 

San Augustine County Commissioners will discuss and take action on FEMA coordination for safety project, and 2016 proposed budget for San Augustine CAD.

 

Reports will be given by Emergency Management Coordinator Robert Cartwright, Disaster Declaration from Judge Samye Johnson, and update on the Veteran House Bill from Veteran Service Officer Sherry Riley.

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San Augustine City Council has called meeting today


The San Augustine City Council will have a called meeting at 5 p.m. this afternoon and the only agenda item will be to interview city manager applicants.

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San Augustine ISD Trustees to meet this evening


The San Augustine ISD Board of Trustees will have a regular meeting at 6 p.m. tonight.

 

Among the agenda items for discussion and possible action is the 2015-16 Student Handbook, revisions to the Band and Athletic Handbooks, use of school facilities, stipends and a new high school intercom system.

 

Among the executive session agenda is employment of an elementary principal, resignations and employment of teachers.

 

In the superintendent's report, Dr. Virginia Liepman will discuss the Budget.

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"Business After Hours" being held at Shelby Savings Bank, downtown this afternoon


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors along with Shelby Savings Bank will host a Business After Hours event for Chamber members from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today, Tuesday at the main branch located at 111 Selma St.

 

Shelby Savings encourages wearing bright colors for a luau theme and refreshments will be served. Chamber members are asked to bring their business cards to exchange and be eligible for door prizes.

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Center ISD's Book Mobile on the streets today


Center ISD's Book Mobile will be back out on the street today.

 

The Book Mobile locations and times are as follows: Union Acres (9-9:30am), Pecan Grove (9:45-10:15am), Hidden Creek Trailer Park (10:20-10:50am), Burmese Apt. on Shelbyville Street (10:55-11:25am), Holly Creek on San Augustine Street (11:35-12:05pm), Arcadia Road (12:10-12:40pm).

 

The Book Mobile will come every Tuesday through July so children can continue their summer reading and be ready for a successful school year in the fall. They check out a book on Tuesday and return it the next Tuesday so they are ready to check out again!

 

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ETPOA to hosts blood drive in Center June 29


The East Texas Peace Officers Association will hold its 64th annual Training Conference in Center June 28-30 at the Windham Civic Center. As part of the event a blood drive will be held, Monday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Windham Civic Center. All donors receive a $5 Starbucks card. For more information contact Walter Shofner at 591-6050.

 

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Funeral Notices: 06/23/15


Watson & Sons Funeral Home along with Shaffer Funeral Home/Sherwood Way in San Angelo announces graveside service for 86-year old Jennie Louise Hall of San Angelo will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Corinth Cemetery, Timpson. He passed away last Thursday in San Angelo. Among Jennie Louise Hall's survivors is her husband, Robert Freeman of San Angleo; daughters, Virginia Willis of Silsbee, Nita Tucker  and Betty Fullerton, both of Conway, AR and Brenda Henley of Alaska; brothers, E.F. Hudgins of Votaw and Frank Hudgins of Palestine; and sisters, Clara Middleton, Margie Star and Barbara Coggin, all of San Antonio. 

 

Mangum Funeral Home announces graveside service for 34-year old Vainey Valdez of Center. She passed away Saturday at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Among Vainey Valdez survivors is her husband, Luis Valdez of Center; sons, Kylan & Korey Dustin Valdez; father & mother, Tomas F. Aguilar & Luz Carmen Aguilar; sisters & brothers, Jorge Armando Aguilar, Leidy Aguilar, Yuliana Aguilar, Sabdiel Aguilar and Britliana Aguilar.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces service for 91-year old Mr. Bernard LeRoy Woods of San Augustine. He passed away Monday in Nacogdoches. He was a retired banker and rancher. Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the San Augustine County Cowboy Church, with interment in the Liberty Hill Cemetery in San Augustine County. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wyman Roberts Funeral Home. Among Bernard LeRoy Woods’ survivors is a daughter, Berry Lynn Woods Lenox and husband, “Scooter” Joe of Georgetown; and son, Don & Ruth Ann Woods of Texarkana, AR. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the San Augustine County Cowboy Church.

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FSA County Committee nomination period continues


 

 

(NACOGDOCHES/Texas), June 22, 2015 –Nacogdoches-Angelina-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Lance Jacobs, announced that county committee election nominations began on June 15, 2015. Farmers, ranchers and landowners are encouraged to nominate candidates to serve on their local FSA county committee by the August 3, 2015 deadline. 

 

Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues. County committees are comprised of three to 11 members.

 

"County Committees are unique to FSA and are instrumental in all aspects of federal farm program implementation at the local level," said Jacobs.

 

Producers may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Organizations that represent minority and women farmers and ranchers may also nominate candidates. Nominees must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area (LAA) in which the person is a candidate. To become a nominee, eligible individuals must sign form FSA-669A. The form and more information about county committee elections are available online at:  www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

 

"It is important that county committees are comprised of members who fairly represent the diverse demographics of production agriculture for their community," said Jacobs. "All producers, including women, minority and beginning farmers and ranchers are encouraged to participate in the nomination and election process."

 

Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on August 3, 2015.

 

FSA will mail ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 9, 2015. The ballots are due back in the local county office by mail or in person no later than Dec. 7, 2015. All newly elected county committee members and alternates will take office January 1, 2016. 

 

For more information about county committees, please contact the Nacogdoches-Angelina-Trinity-San Augustine-Shelby County FSA office at 936

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Funeral Notice: Mr. Bernard LeRoy Woods


Obituary of Bernard Woods

Mr. Bernard LeRoy Woods, age 91, longtime resident of San Augustine, passed from this life Monday morning, June 22, 2015, in Nacogdoches.

 

Bernard was born to Inez (Robinson) Woods and G.D. Woods on July 16, 1927, in San Augustine County, Texas. He served in the United States Navy during W.W. II, and was a retired Banker and Rancher. He thoroughly loved participating and being involved with young people in 4-H, and Rodeo. He was active in the San Augustine Cowboy Church, where along with his recently deceased wife of 69 years, Wilma (Berry) Woods were members.

 

He is survived by his daughter, Berry Lynn Woods Lenox and her husband, "Scooter" Joe of Georgetown; son, Don Woods and his wife, Ruth Ann of Texarkana, Arkansas; His beloved grandchildren, Misty Lynn Hoyt Marek; Casey Leigh Meddeaux and husband Scott; Justin Woods and wife Tera and Joey Lenox and wife Chelsea; Great-grandchildren, Mayce Marek; Anna Woods; Stella Maddeaux and Judah Freeman Woods.

 

He is preceded in death his wife of 69 years, Wilma (Berry) Woods.

 

Funeral Services will be Friday, June 26, 2015, 11:00 a.m. in the San Augustine County Cowboy Church with Bro. Jim Moss, Charles Sharp and Charles Boyette officiating. Interment will be in the Liberty Hill Cemetery in San Augustine County, Texas. Visitation will be Thursday evening, June 25, 2015, from the hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 West Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas 75972. Pallbearers are Steve Sublett, Joe Sublett, Phil Sublett, Edward McEachern, David McEachern, Billy Archer, David Davidson, Charles Donald Boyette, Dan Fussell and Jason Hines.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the San Augustine County Cowboy Church.

- See more at: http://www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/814/Bernard_LeRoy_Woods/obituary.html#tribute-start
Mr. Bernard LeRoy Woods, age 91, longtime resident of San Augustine, passed from this life Monday morning, June 22, 2015, in Nacogdoches.
 
Bernard was born to Inez (Robinson) Woods and G.D. Woods on July 16, 1927, in San Augustine County, Texas. He served in the United States Navy during W.W. II, and was a retired Banker and Rancher. He thoroughly loved participating and being involved with young people in 4-H, and Rodeo. He was active in the San Augustine Cowboy Church, where along with his recently deceased wife of 69 years, Wilma (Berry) Woods were members.
 
He is survived by his daughter, Berry Lynn Woods Lenox and her husband, "Scooter" Joe of Georgetown; son, Don Woods and his wife, Ruth Ann of Texarkana, Arkansas; His beloved grandchildren, Misty Lynn Hoyt Marek; Casey Leigh Meddeaux and husband Scott; Justin Woods and wife Tera and Joey Lenox and wife Chelsea; Great-grandchildren, Mayce Marek; Anna Woods; Stella Maddeaux and Judah Freeman Woods.
 
He is preceded in death his wife of 69 years, Wilma (Berry) Woods.
 
Funeral Services will be Friday, June 26, 2015, 11:00 a.m. in the San Augustine County Cowboy Church with Bro. Jim Moss, Charles Sharp and Charles Boyette officiating. Interment will be in the Liberty Hill Cemetery in San Augustine County, Texas. Visitation will be Thursday evening, June 25, 2015, from the hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wyman Roberts Funeral Home, 316 West Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas 75972. Pallbearers are Steve Sublett, Joe Sublett, Phil Sublett, Edward McEachern, David McEachern, Billy Archer, David Davidson, Charles Donald Boyette, Dan Fussell and Jason Hines.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the San Augustine County Cowboy Church.
 
Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine

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Weather Update @ 3:15 a.m. Tuesday


Late afternoon pop up T-storms of short duration are possible with the heating of the day, but no real rain in the forecast until late in the day on Wednesday with a 50% chance of 1/10 of an inch?.... Then...nothing in the way of forecast rain until mid afternoon on Saturday with one of those Summer pop ups with maybe 1/3 to 1/2 inch if you are directly under the T-storm.  Isolated and widely scattered. After all it is the Summer Solstice. 


Please Remember, if you can hear the thunder...there is most likely lightning. And lightning can strike up to 15 miles away from the storm! 


Tuesday the 30th and Wednesday the 1st also have better chances for  just a little more moisture....maybe 1/2 inch. In between...Summer temps in low 90s due to the wet ground, but the humidity will make it feel much warmer. Not bad for almost July, huh? There is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Just remember, When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors. Too many people wait far too long to get to a safe place when thunderstorms approach. Unfortunately, these delayed actions lead to many of the lightning deaths and injuries in the United States.   

Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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Graveside Service Notice: Vianey Valdez


Vianey Valdez, 34, of Center, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015 at East Texas Medical Center, Tyler, Texas.

 

Graveside Service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Oaklawn Memorial Park with Pastor Valencia officiating. Visitation will begin Monday evening at 5:00 p.m. at the Templo Principe de Paz.

 

She was born January 28, 1981 in Mexico to Tomas F. Aguilar and Luz Carmen Aguilar. She was a member of the Templo Principe de Paz.

 

She is survived by:

Husband:

Luis Valdez of Center

Sons:
Kylan and Korey Dustin Valdez

Father & Mother:

Tomas F. Aguilar & Luz Carmen Aguilar

Sisters & Brothers:
Jorge Armando Aguilar

Leidy Aguilar

Yuliana Aguilar

Sabdiel Aguilar

Britliana Aguilar

 

 

 

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

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Powell celebrates 15 Years at Panola College


On June 19, Panola College Board of Trustees, employees, and members of the community celebrated President Dr. Gregory S. Powell’s fifteen years as the college’s leader. At the event, Mr. William Goolsby, Chair of the Panola College Board of Trustees, presented Powell with a service award to commemorate his fifteen years. Mr. Goolsby thanked Dr. Powell for his
dedication and commitment to excellence, which has been instrumental to the continued growth of the college.

Under Powell’s executive stewardship, Panola College has seen the expansion and addition of several buildings on campus including the M.P. Baker Library, four student apartments – J.C. Phillips Hall, Buchanan Hall, Charles Hughes Hall and Bill O’Neal Hall, the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center, and the Health and Natural Sciences Building.The
college has increased student enrollment from 1,400 to over 2,700 students. The college is consistently ranked among the nation’s top ten digital colleges and in 2012, 2013 and 2014 was named to the Honor Roll (one of only twelve community colleges in the United States) as a Great College to Work For by the *Chronicle of Higher Education*.

Powell earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stephen F. Austin State University and an M.A. in Political Science from Texas State University.  He earned his Doctorate from Texas A&M – Commerce.  Texas A&M – Commerce has twice honored Dr. Powell.  In 2006, he was recognized as an Ambassador for the College of Education and in 2007 he received an award for outstanding alumnus. Stephen F. Austin State University honored Powell as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2013. In addition to his presidential
oversight of Panola College, he has also served on several regional and state college boards.

Bill O’Neal, State Historian (right), congratulates

Dr. Greg Powell on his 15 years at Panola College

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Timpson High Cheerleaders take title as Camp Champions, second in others


The Timpson Varsity Cheerleaders recently attended UCA Cheer Camp at Great Wolf Lodge.  The girls received Superior Ribbons each night at evaluation.  They also came home as the Camp Champions in Cheer, and were 2nd in both Extreme Routine and Game Day Competitions.  Kara Thorne, Cadey Belrose, Molly Sanford, Jasmine Rogers, and Becca Mathis were chosen as All- Americans. The THS sponsors are Gina Duke and Nicole Amos.

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Boil Water Notice lifted in Joaquin & Haslam


The Boil Water Notice issued last Friday for Joaquin & Haslam has been lifted.

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Arrest of Nacogdoches trio clears Haley Furniture burglary, lock cut at Perry Chevy


The arrest of a Nacogdoches County man last Thursday has solved the recent burglary of Haley Furniture in San Augustine and others in surrounding counties.
 
According to the San Augustine Police Dept., 25-year old Trevor Glenn Fuller admitted to breaking in Haley Furniture and Mike Perry Chevrolet on June 14 and taking two 55-inch LED TV's and some $2,500 in cash. Nothing was taken from Perry Chevrolet, just a lock cut on the air compressor shed.
 
Also arrested were Fuller's roommates, 44-year old Ronnie Lyles and 38-year old Christopher Patterson.
 
Both TVs were recovered, one at Fuller's apartment and another in a storage locker in Nacogdoches, and have been brought back to San Augustine for evidence.
 
As for the cash, Fuller had $290 in his wallet and had given $1,500 to a bail bond company and $600 to Lyles.
 
Fuller was apprehended during a warrant service last week.
 
The arrest of the trio clears some nine burglaries in San Augustine, Nacogdoches and Angelina Counties.
 

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Graveside Service Notice: Jennie Louise Hall


Jennie Louise Hall, 86, died June 18, 2015.  

 

Graveside services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at Corinth Cemetery, Timpson. 

         

She is survived by her husband, Robert Freeman of San Angelo; daughters, Virginia Willis of Silsbee, TX, Nita Tucker of Conway, AR, Brenda Henley of Fairbanks, AK and Betty Fullerton of Conway, AR; brothers, E.F. Hudgins of Votaw, TX and Frank Hudgins of Palastine, TX; sisters, Clara Middleton and Margie Star and Barbara Coggin of San Antonio.

 

Arrangements are by Shaffer Funeral Home/Sherwood Way in San Angelo.

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Shelby County unemployment up slightly in May as compared to April, San Augustine County down some


Texas Workforce Commission released the May unemployment rates last Friday and the state gained over 256,000 jobs in the last year, and saw a slight rise in the jobless numbers, now at 4.3 percent.
 
Texas continues to trend well below the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.5 percent.
 
Shelby County's May rate is 4.9 percent, up slightly from 4.5 percent in April. Althought the rate has inched up a bit, it's still below that of the same time in 2014 when it was 5.7 percent.
 
The TWC says Shelby County has a labor force of 11,713, with 569 looking for work.
 
In San Augustine County, the May unemployment is 8.6 percent, down from 9 percent last month, and over half a percent less than May 2014's 9.3 percent.
 
San Augustine County has a labor force of 2,790, with 241 unemployed.
 
In neighboring counties, May 2015 unemployment: Nacogdoches 4.6 percent, Angelina 5.5 percent, Panola 4.5 percent, and Sabine County 8.7 percent.
 

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Shelby County Bass Anglers converge on Huxley Bay for June tournament, Pinkston is big winner


The Shelby County Bass Anglers visited Huxley Bay on Lake Toledo Bend last weekend after Tropical Storm Bill dumped another heavy rain on the impoundment that was already above pool level. Even with the fresh, muddy water arriving, the anglers seemed to figure out what the fish wanted and most teams showed up to the scales with their 5 fish limit of bass.


Ryan Pinkston, no stranger to winning on T Bend, once again captured first place with a heavy sack of Toledo bass weighing 24.48lbs. He also had the overall big bass of 9.09lbs anchoring his winning sack.

 

David Koonce and Brandon Wells were blessed with an awesome day of fishing and came in second place with 20.80lbs. They also had a 8.37lb lunker taking second overall big bass.

 

In addition, the team Hunter Hendricks and Zac Clark finished with a limit of bass tipping the scales at 21.20, but a penalty for a perished fish knocked them back to 20.70lbs therefore capturing the third place check.

 

Rounding out the money was the fourth place team of David Cartwright and Justin Brinson with a nice limit of bass weighing 17.07lbs.


The next pre-tournament meeting will be July 14th at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 7pm, with the July event at Cassells Boykins on Sam Rayburn. Please visit our website for more details about our club @www.shelbycountybassanglers.com<http://www.shelbycountybassanglers.com>

 

 

Ryan Pinkston with his first place stringer

big bass 

                                           

Brandon Wells and David Koonce with second

place finish and second overall big bass.

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Planning for a Fall vegetable gardening


If you are frustrated with your spring garden and have missed the produce that you’ve come to love and appreciate, we may need to drop back, punt, and plan for a fall garden.  It is a commonly overlooked fact by gardeners that there are indeed two times to have a vegetable garden each year: spring and fall. 

 

Yes, the fall vegetable garden is just as much a possibility as a spring one, just different.  It will be different in a number of ways.

 

Establishing a fall garden is different as you have to work in the heat up-front.  This will be to your advantage as warm soils help germinate vegetable plants much sooner than cooler spring soil temperatures. 

 

Watering is also approached with a different mind-set.  Water will be crucial to establishing the summer growing vegetables.  Germinated seeds in July and August will need uniform moisture and plenty of it.  Mulching, a practice not often done for spring gardens will really help here.  Just a light layer of mulch will greatly aid in keeping moisture in the soil next to the developing roots.

 

Pest control for fall gardens will be less.  Insect problems that are commonly experienced in the spring will be reduced.  Disease issues that arise from cool, moist environments when plants are young will also be diminished. 

 

The biggest proponents of fall vegetable gardens will always brag on the harvest.  Harvested produce in autumn, in milder weather, are reported to taste better.   The time spent harvesting, choosing which tomato or what size cucumber to pick, is obviously more comfortably done in the cooler fall months as well. 

 

Of great importance is your planning.  Most vegetables traditionally grown in the spring/summer have a hard deadline when fall gardening.  They must beat the frost.  Now the average first frost for this area is mid- November.  The key word is average. 

 

Sometimes it may be near Christmas, and other times it will be prior to Halloween. 

So when choosing what and when to plant, keep in mind how long it takes each vegetable to reach harvest stage.  Southern peas (purple hulls, zipper creams, etc.) normally take about 60 days.  Counting backwards from a mid-October harvest puts the planting at mid-August at the latest.  To get pumpkins for Halloween you need plant 90 to 100 days before you want it on display.  90 days before mid-October is mid-July.

 

Late fall plantings of most greens will handle frosts just fine, perhaps even benefit.  Collards grow best in cool weather and can stand temperatures of 20 degrees or less in some cases.  They taste sweeter after a light frost.

 

If you just can’t wait for fall, then go ahead and plant okra and southern peas.  These two vegetables do just fine in our summer conditions. 

 

The bottom line is that here in east Texas our spring and fall gardening seasons are typically sandwiched between a mild winter and hot droughty summer conditions that cause many crops to stop production. Variety selection and proper planting time are critical to success.

 

Lane Dunn is the County Extension Agent for agriculture and natural resources for Shelby County. His email address is jldunn@ag.tamu.edu. 

Educational programs of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.

 

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Orders being taken for 4H/FFA Poultry Festival Broiler Show


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Shelby County Chamber Ambassadors to hold ribbon cutting at Center Floral with new owner, July 1


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will host a ribbon cutting at Center Floral with new owner, Elizabeth Pinkston, on Wednesday, July 1 at 10:00 a.m. Center Floral is located at 333 Tenaha Street in Center.

 

In addition to beautiful flowers and plants, Center Floral offers a variety of unique personal and gift items.  Wedding shower and house warming selections are welcome.

 

The public is invited to attend.  

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Shelby County Commissioners agree to move forward with public official liability insurance coverage, purchase of backhoe for Pct. 3


The Shelby County Commissioners' Court has agreed to move forward with the yearly renewal application for liability coverage for public official and law enforcement through the Texas Association of Counties, as decided at Monday's meeting. 
 
The item had been tabled a couple of weeks ago as questions arose to the coverage it provided to the district attorney and district judges and whether it had ever been used, and was it worth keeping.
 
County Auditor Clint Porterfield advised the court that after speaking with District Attorney Kenneth Florence, it was felt the coverage should be included as part of the renewal.
 
"The Cost is $580 a year with up to a $1 million in coverage. He (Florence) felt it was beneficial to leave in case needed especially with today's legal scrunity environment, according to Porterfield.

"I believe it was a very good decision by the court to leave that endorsement."
 
In addition Porterfield said the county has been fortunate that this particular line item insurance coverage has gone down in costs, as compared to automobile insurance. He added the county's under budget, saying the Texas Association of Counties does a good job in reviewing the criteria for making applications for insurance. 
 
Shelby County Commissioners also approved the following items of business at Monday's meeting:
 
* The purchase of a rubber tire backhoe from Buyboard for Pct. 3 for just under $100,000 to be paid from the precint's Road & Bridge Fund.
 
* The annual data use agreement between Computer Information Concepts and Shelby County Tax Assessor for $4,680 which is budgeted.
 
* The bid for $595 per ton for road oil from Bryan & Bryan Asphalt of Henderson. Which is below the $615 a ton a year ago.

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"An American Main Street" event to honor San Augustine County first responders 9-11


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Shelbyville Dragon 2015 Football schedule


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City of Center Economic Development Corp. Board to meet Wednesday


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Timpson Frontier Days celebration set for July 2-5; Carnival armbands, gospel concert tickets on sale


 

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Should be sunny this week, highs in low to mid 90s


Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 93. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Tonight: Partly cloudy, low around 75. 
 
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, high near 94. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
 
Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, low around 75. 
 
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, high near 94. 
 
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 74.
 
Thursday: Mostly sunny, high near 92.
 
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 74.
 
Friday: Mostly sunny, high near 92.
 
Friday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 74.
 
Saturday: Mostly sunny, high near 92.
 
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 74.
 
Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, high near 90.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 06/19/15--06/22/15


Arrest Report

06/19/15—06/22/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Penny Cravey, 50, Shelbyville, Public Intoxication

 

Jonathan Bearden, 21, Timpson, Public Intoxication

 

Nathan Boyter, 19, Keithville, La., Driving While Intoxicated

 

Doyle Johnson, 32, Timpson, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

 

San Augustine County:

 

Tevin Ryan, 24, Nacogdoches, Motion to Revoke Probation, Resisting Arrest

 

Joshua D. Amburn, 29, San Augustine, Driving While Intoxicated-Time Service

 

Jacob Brevell, 29, Lufkin, Assault-Family Violence

 

Tammy Jean Faver, 38, San Augustine, Motion to Revoke Probation, Orange County Warrant-Possession of a Controlled Substance

 

Richard Doyen, 48, San Augustine, Public Intoxication

 

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

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Tenaha City Marshal looking for individuals involved in discharging guns at city park Sunday night


The Tenaha City Marshals’ office is looking for the suspects involved in discharging several gunshots last night at the city’s baseball park as children and adults were in the vicinity.

 

Around 9 p.m. Deputy City Marshal Darren Gray radioed the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office of the incident and said witnesses report shots were fired and two cars left the scene enroute on Hwy 96 South toward Center.

 

Law enforcement is looking for a gray Chrysler 300 and green Buick, reportedly to be involved in discharging the gunshots.

 

Tenaha Mayor Orinthia Johnson is asking anyone with information to call or stop by the city marshals’ office.

 

There were no reported injuries during the incident.

 

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Shooting suspect remains behind bars, no motive given


The man arrested for shooting into a vehicle last week in Center remains in the Shelby County Jail with total bond of $150,000.

 

Sheriff Willis Blackwell says 33-year old Marcus Hill of Shelbyville was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Felony 1, and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Felony 2. He was arraigned Friday morning by JP Pct. 1 Maxie Eaves.

 

Hill was driving on Hwy. 96 North Thursday morning around 11:30 a.m. when for unknown reason came up alongside another vehicle and shot into it with a shotgun loaded with bird shot, injuring the driver and his teenage son, a passenger in the front.

 

They were treated at ETCM in Carthage before being transferred to Tyler. They are both reported to be OK.

 

Investigators located Hill Thursday evening and made the arrest. No motive has been given for the incident.

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Shelbyville man life-flighted following two-vehicle accident Saturday morning


A Shelbyville man was life-flighted to a Shreveport hospital following a two-vehicle accident in Huxley just before 9 a.m. Saturday morning.

 

DPS reports 63-year old Curtis Cooper was driving a trike motorcycle behind a Toyota Tacoma pickup, driven by 44-year old Max Robertson of Center on FM 2694, near the intersection with FM 3172, when Robertson attempted to make a u-turn at the bottom of a hill and Cooper was unable to stop in time, striking the pickup.

 

Cooper was thrown from the bike.

 

He was transported from the scene by ACE EMS to the Huxley Fire Dept. and life-flighted to a Shreveport hospital. Curtis Cooper’s condition is not known at this time.

 

DPS Trooper Anthony Lacount says Robertson was cited for turning when unsafe, he was not injured.

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court to hold meeting this morning


Shelby County Commissioners' Court has a special meeting at 9:30 a.m. this morning and among the agenda items for discussion and possible action includes the purchase of a rubber tire backhoe for Pct. 3 from the Buyboard; yearly renewal application for insurance coverage through the Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool for general liability, public official liability, law enforcement liability and crime coverage. This item was tabled from the meeting two weeks ago so as to get input from concerning district court.

 

Commissioners will also consider the data use agreement between Computer Information Concepts and Shelby County Tax Assessor.

 

In addition, the court will accept or reject bids for road oil.

 

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Tenaha ISD Trustees expected to adopt 2015-16 Budget, Tax Rate at today's meeting


The Tenaha ISD Board of Trustees will have a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. today and among the agenda items will be approval of the Hall of Honor Induction Rule; contract with Wells Nelson & Associates Financial Advisors to refinance bonds; and renewing contract for the 2014-15 school audit.

 

The Tenaha ISD Trustees are also expected to adopt the 2015-16 Budget at the meeting. At 5 p.m. Tenaha ISD will have a public meeting to discuss the district's federal programs, the parental involvement handbook and the student/parent school compact. That will be followed by a public hearing at 5:15 p.m. to discuss the 2015-16 school district budget and proposed 2015 tax rate.

 

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Center City Council to meet this afternoon


The Center City Council will have a regular meeting at 5 p.m. today.

 

Before then, council will meet at 4:30 p.m. for a special workshop pertaining to preliminary budget discussion.

 

During the regular meeting, the governing body will discuss and possible take action on a resolution for airport capital improvements; street closure request for the What-A-Melon 5K Run/Walk by the Center Rotary Club; an inter-local agreement with Texas Municipal League Multi-State Intergovernmental Employee Benefits Pool, the annual renewal of employee health insurance, and Shelby County Appraisal District Board FY 2015 Budget.

 

 

 

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Boil Water Notice continues for several systems


We have four water systems that have issued Boil Water notices

 

The City of Joaquin and Haslam Community issued a boil notice Friday morning

 

The Paxton Water Supply issued a boil notice for the Joaquin area Thursday

 

The Sand Hills Water Supply issued a boil notice for customers without water Thursday

 

You will be notified when it’s safe to consume water by these systems.

We’ll also be posting updates on the Center Broadcasting Co. website, Facebook page and on air.

 

 

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Funeral Notices: 06/22/15


Watson & Sons Funeral Home announces service for 81-year old Jack Evert Bush of Tenaha. He passed away Friday in Carthage. Service will be at noon today at Ramah Baptist Church in Tenaha, with interment at Ramah Cemetery. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service He was retired from the Texas Department of Transportation where he worked as an engineer. Among Jack Evert Bush’s survivors is his wife, Emma Loyce Harrison Bush of Tenaha; and son-in-law, Jerry Bowden of Crosby.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine was in charge of service Sunday for 93-year old Mrs. Arlene Elizabeth “Pat” Horne Rahar. She passed away Friday in Beaumont. Service was held at Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with burial in the McMahan’s Chapel Cemetery in Sabine County.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces service for 86-year old Mr. Johnny Lee Morris of Center. He passed away Thursday at Holiday Nursing Home in Center. Service will be at 10 a.m. this morning at Triumph Church in Center, with interment at Westview Cemetery in Center. Among Johnny Lee Morris' survivors are daughters, Doris & Charles Netherly of Center, Vivian & Jessie Watts of Center, Jena Williams of Humble and Tammy & Ben Small of Center; son, Robert & Alise Moore; sister, LaTina Morris Foster of California; and brother, Don Morris of Oregon.

 

 

 

 

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DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office involved in pursuit on I49


Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle would like to inform the public of a pursuit which involved DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office on Interstate 49 on June 21, 2015 at about 10:10 a.m. 

 

The pursuit was initiated in Natchitoches Parish by the Sheriff's Office around the 154 mile marker in reference to a BOLO (be on the lookout) given by the Louisiana State Police about a possible drunk driver. 

 

The pursuit continued north on Interstate 49 and entered DeSoto Parish.  Deputies with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office deployed a tire deflation device, commonly known as a spike strip, at about the 172 mile maker in an effort to disable the vehicle and end the pursuit.  The vehicle
was successfully spiked and exited the highway before hitting a tree. 

 

The driver sustained injuries, which appear at this time to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and was transported by EMS to an area hospital. 

 

Detectives with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office were called to the scene and ultimately requested the assistance of Louisiana State Police Investigators.


This investigation is currently on-going.

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Funeral Notice: Mr. Johnny Lee Morris


Community Funeral Home of Center announces service for 86-year old Johnny Lee Morris of Center. He passed away Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Holiday Nursing Home in Center.
 
Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 22, 2015 at Triumph Church in Center, with interment at Westview Cemetery in Center. Bishop Howard Cloudy to officiate. 
 
A wake will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Community Funeral Home Chapel in Center. 
 
Among Johnny Lee Morris' survivors are daughters, Doris & Charles Netherly of Center, Vivian & Jessie Watts of Center, Jena Williams of Humble and Tammy & Ben Small of Center; son, Robert & Alise Moore; sister, LaTina Morris Foster of California; brother, Don Morris of Oregon; and 27 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren & 2 great-great grandchildren.
 

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Center Middle School Beta Club headed to national convention


In February, the Center Middle School Beta Club attended the State Beta Club Convention where they competed in many different areas ranging from arts and crafts to academics. Several CMS Beta Club members qualified to compete at the National level on June 25th-29th in Nashville, TN.

While at Nationals, the students will have the opportunity of competing with students from around the country.  They will also be visiting many attractions in Tennessee. Some of the sites on their
itinerary include Graceland, the National Civil Rights Museum, Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The CMS Beta Club Members and Sponsors are so excited to have his opportunity for the second year in a row. They would like to thank the Center ISD Board of Trustees for helping with travel expenses, Covington Lumber Company for donating supplies for the Living Literature set, Robbie Sullivan for assisting with Uhaul rental, and Matt Haddox, Terry Scull and Rickey Andrews for construction of the Living Literature set.

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Negotiation leads to man giving self up after ordeal at Center motel, ID'ed as law officer


There were some tense moments at a Center motel Thursday night.

 

Center Police report that a very emotionally unstable white male refused to leave his room at Best Western, and was threatening to harm himself and others.

 

According to a Center Police Department press release, officer Steve Thornburg successfully talked the man out of the room after a lengthy negotiation.

 

He was escorted from the property by Center PD and taken to the police department where he was evaluated by mental healthcare professionals, and released without charges to responsible authorities.

 

There were no injuries during the ordeal and guests of the motel were safely assembled.

 

Center Broadcasting has been able to confirm the individual was a law enforcement officer from Polk County.

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Townsend Park on Lake Sam Rayburn closed TFN due to high water


This is to let everyone know that Townsend Park has been closed until further notice due to high water levels of Lake Sam Rayburn.  This is an indefinite closure. 

Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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Funeral Notice: Mrs. Arlene Elizabeth "Pat" Horne Rahar


Mrs. Arlene Elizabeth "Pat" Horne Rahar, age 93, passed from this life June 19, 2015, in Beaumont, Texas. She was born October 29, 1921, in Sabine County, Texas to the late Robert Henry and Willie Allie (Watkins) Horne.
 
Mrs. Rahar was of the Methodist faith. She was a homemaker.
 
She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack Rahar; sister, Pauline Oliver; and brother, C.B. Horne.
 
A visitation will be held Saturday, June 20, 2015, 3:00 til 8:00 p.m., at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine. Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 21, 2015, 3:00 p.m., in Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, San Augustine. Burial will follow in the McMahan Chapel Cemetery in Sabine County, Texas.
- See more at: http://www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/813/Arlene_Elizabeth_Rahar/obituary.html#tribute-start

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


Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above named Commissioners Court will be held on Tuesday, the 23rd day of June, 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 June 9, 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. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Except letter of resignation from Precinct 1 Constable and discuss options for appointment of open position. – Judge Johnson

 

6. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Pro-rated salary and expenses for the Court Coordinator of the First Judicial District for 2015 Budget Year. – Judge Johnson

 

7. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Pro-rated health and life insurance for District Judges and Assistants. - Judge Johnson

 

8. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: 1919 Jail Renovation – Marsh Waterproofing Roof Contract. - Judge Johnson

 

9. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: District Clerk-Tyler Technology E-File payment card processing Participation Agreement. – District Clerk Steptoe

 

10. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: FEMA Coordination for Safety Project. – Judge Johnson 11. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: 2016 Proposed Budget for San Augustine CAD. – Judge Johnson

 

12. Report Re: Emergency Management update. – EMC Cartwright

 

13. Report Re: Disaster Declaration update. – Judge Johnson

 

14. Report Re: Veteran HB update. – Veteran Service Officer Riley

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San Augustine City Council to have called meeting Tuesday


The City of San Augustine City Council will meet for a called meeting on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers located at 301 South Harrison Street, San Augustine, Texas.

 

 

 

                                                            _________________________________

                                                            Cinda Garner – City Secretary

 

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:

                June 19, 2015          at__4:00 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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Funeral Notice: Jack Evert Bush


Jack Evert Bush, 81, of Tenaha, passed away Friday, June 19, 2015 in Carthage.

 

Funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon, Monday, June 22, 2015 at Ramah Baptist Church in Tenaha with Bro. Keith Keele officiating.  Interment will follow at Ramah Cemetery.  A visitation will be held one hour prior to service time.

 

Mr. Bush was born November 17, 1933 in Tenaha to Evert William Bush and Bertie Lee Davis Bush.  He retired from the Texas Department of Transportation, where he worked as an engineer.  Mr. Bush was of the Baptist faith.

 

He is survived by

Wife: Emma Loyce Harrison Bush of Tenaha

 

Granddaughters:

Andrea Prichard and husband, Johnny, of Huffman

Marsha Bowden of Houston

Tammy Bowden of Crosby

 

Great Grandchildren:

Ashlyn Prichard of Huffman

Emily Prichard of Huffman

 

Son-in-law: Jerry Bowden of Crosby

 

Numerous cousins, other relatives and a host of friends

 

Preceded in death by

Daughter: Susan Bowden

Parents: Evert William Bush and Bertie Lee Davis Bush

Brother: Roy Bush

In-laws: Doyle and Era Harrison

Sisters-in-law: Sarah Smith, Louise Melton

 

“And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.” –John 16:22

 

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

 

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DeSoto Pairsh Sheriff's Office Deputy of the Quarter Awards presented


DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle is pleased to announce the deputy of the quarter award for the 1st quarter of 2015.  He wants to point out that these awards are to recognize deputies for their outstanding performance both on and off the job.  Presented with awards for this quarter are the following deputies:

Deputy Andre Goodwin (Civil)

Cpl. Curtis Jones (Corrections)

Sgt. Garland Hensley (Criminal)

 
Pictured left to right: Deputy Andre Goodwin, Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle, Sgt. Garland Hensley, Cpl. Curtis Jones

 

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Sheriff's office issues press release regarding shooting incident Thursday


Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that on 6/18/2015 Shelby County Sheriff's Office arrested Marcus Hill 33 year old black male of Shelbyville for one charge of aggravated assault with deadly weapon F-1 and aggravated assault with deadly weapon F-2. JP 1 Maxi Eaves set bonds at $75,000 for each charge.

This was stemming from an investigation from earlier that day where an unknown black male driving a vehicle had shot into another vehicle injuring two people.

 

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Shelby County Chamber's Business After Hours @ Shelby Savings Bank to have luau theme Tuesday


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors along with Shelby Savings Bank will host a Business After Hours event for Chamber members on Tuesday, June 23 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the main branch located at 111 Selma St.

 

Shelby Savings encourages wearing bright colors for a luau theme and refreshments will be served. Employees will also be on hand to demonstrate the new deposit ATM, help with mobile deposit and downloading the bank app. 

 

Chamber members are asked to bring their business cards to exchange and be eligible for door prizes.

 

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Center City Council to have Budget Workshop Monday (agenda)


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Center City Council to hold regular meeting Monday (agenda)


 

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Timpson Bears' 2015 Football schedules


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Shelby County Commissioners' Court to hold meeting Monday (agenda)


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 22nd day of June, 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.         Discuss and possibly take action to purchase a rubber tire backhoe               from Buyboard for Precinct 3.

 

4.         Discuss and take action on Shelby County yearly Renewal                             Application for Insurance Coverage through the Texas Association               of Counties Risk Management Pool for the following coverage;                       General Liability, Public Official Liability, Law Enforcement Liability                 and Crime Coverage.

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5.         Discuss and Approve Data Use Agreement Between Computer                     Information Concepts, Inc. and Shelby County Tax Assessor.

 

                        6.         Accept or Reject bids for road oil.

                       

7.         Adjourn.

 

           

             

             

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Graveside Service Notice: Gladys O. Hardy


Taylor Funeral Home announces graveside services for Gladys O. Hardy, 90, of Nacogdoches will be heldon Friday, June 19, 2015, at 4:00 PM at Sunset Memorial Park with Ozay Ford officiating.  Mrs. Hardy passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2015, in Nacogdoches.  She was born on April 15, 1925.  

 

Services under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

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Haslam Community issues Boil Water Notice


Public Notice to Boil Water

Due to pressure loss, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required our water system Haslam Community (2100034) to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption.

 

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling 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 water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.

 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Haslam Community Water or Randall Lout at 936-269-3021 or 936-590-1599.

 

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City of Joaquin issues Boil Water Notice


Public Notice to Boil Water

Due to pressure loss, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required our water system The City of Joaquin (2100010) to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption.

 

To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling 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 water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.

 

If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact The City of Joaquin or Randall Lout  at 936-269-3021 or 936-590-1599.

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San Augustine ISD Board of Trustees to have meeting June 23 (agenda)


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Weather Update @ 6:30 a.m. Friday


With the dry lines seen on this map, the stalled front to our North, and the moist air still moving toward us from the South Texas area, I do suspect we will get one more round of showers and T-storms by mid afternoon. Then a drying trend will set up until mid week. Forecasts vary from 1/10th inch to 1/4 inch. It will be a keep your rain gear handy and your mud boots on while you are cleaning up lind of day. 
Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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Tropical Depression Bill dumps over 7 inches of rain on Center, almost 50 inches has fallen so far in 2015


Center’s Official Weather Observer Jim Forbes tells Center Broadcasting the two-day Tropical Depression Bill rain total in Center was 7.11 inches, which brings the June rainfall total to 8.82 inches. The June monthly average is 5.30 inches.

 

Forbes says year-to-date he’s recorded 49.74 inches of rain in Center, and the yearly average total rainfall is 54.20 inches.

 

He added if we receive just the average monthly rainfall through the remainder of 2015, we’ll break a 58-year old record of 72.79 inches set in 1957.

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Bassmaster says Toledo Bend is No. 1 in the country


Officials with Bassmaster say Toledo Bend Reservoir is the top bass fishing lake in the country, according to the professional bass fishing organization.

 

Lake Sam Rayburn comes in at number five this year.

 

The 185,000-acre Toledo Bend has never fallen below No. 15 in the rankings, and according to Bassmaster Magazine Editor James Hall, the border lake between May 2014 and April 2015, had 79 bass over 10 pounds certified. Plus, he said it typically takes more than 25 pounds to win a one-day event.

 

Last year's No. 1 fishery, Lake Michigan's Sturgeon Bay dropped to No. 2, and the top lake in 2013, Michigan's Lake St. Clair took No. 3. Ranking just above Sam Rayburn at No. 4 was California Delta.

 

Texas earns bragging rights with the most lakes ranked within Bassmaster’s 100 Best with a total of nine lakes.

 

Link to Bassmaster’s 100 Best Bass Lakes List

http://www.bassmaster.com/slideshow/bassmasters-best-bass-lakes-2015

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It's Friday!!! Partly sunny, chance of showers today, dry, warmer weather on the way


Today: A 40 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 91. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
Tonight: Partly cloudy, low around 74. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
Saturday: Partly sunny, high near 92. Southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 74.
 
Sunday: Partly sunny, high near 93. 
 
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 73.
 
Monday: Mostly sunny, high near 94.
 
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 73.
 
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, high near 94.
 
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 73.
 
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and hot, high near 95.
 
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 73.
 
Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, high near 92.

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Local Sports Round up 06/19/15; Darren Wilson Golf Classic set for Saturday


In sports,

 

23rd annual Darren Wilson Golf Classic set for June 20

The 23rd annual Darren Wilson Golf Classic will be held tomorrow, Saturday, June 20th at the Center Country Club. The Classic will be played in a 6 person scramble format. The cost will be $80 per golfer which will include golf gift bag, lunch, greens fee and fellowship. Rental fee for carts is not included in the sign-up fee. You can sign up in the pro shop or on the window of the 19th hole. Prizes will be given for 1st and 2nd gross and handicap scores. There will also be a silent auction held with lots of great prizes.

 

Center Lady Rider Athletic camps set

The Center Lady Roughrider Athletic Program is hosting a Volleyball Camp on July 6th-9th from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Center High School Gym. It is for Incoming 5th graders through 9th graders. The cost will be $20 for individuals or $35 for two children families. Pre-registration is from now until June 29th.

The Center Lady Roughrider Athletic Program is hosting a Basketball Camp on July 27th-30th from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Center High School Gym. It is for Incoming 5th graders through 9th graders. The cost will be $20 for individuals or $35 for two children families. Pre-registration is from now until July 20th.

For more information on either camp, contact Coach Dana Irvin or Mrs. Sherry Turner at 936-598-6173 ext. 2231.

 

Timpson Frontier Day Washer Board Tournament

A Washer Board tournament will be among the activities at the annual Timpson Frontier Days on Saturday, July 4. The tourney is for two-person teams, consisting of any age and gender. It’s a double-elimination style bracket and will start at 11 a.m. in downtown Timpson. Cost is $10 per team with 80 percent payout to first-place, 20 percent to second place. Pre-registration is required no later than 5 p.m. July 1. There will be NO registration allowed the day of the tournament. For more on the Timpson Frontier Day Washer Board Tournament, contact Tracy Rucker at 936-615-5360. Registration forms are also available on the Timpson Frontier Day Facebook page. Registration form and fee can also be taken to the Timpson Public Library by July 1.

 

What-A-Melon 5K/Walk set for July 11

Center Rotary Club is gearing up for their annual What-A-Melon 5K/ Walk event which will be held on Saturday, July 11th. Each year, Center Rotary Club donates a major portion of the events funds to a local non-profit organization. This year’s funds will go towards the Shelby County Outreach Ministries. Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate in this fun family event. The event will be held at the Center Square. The fun run will begin at 7:00AM and the 5K at 7:30AM. Both events are for people of all ages. You can walk or run either event. Strollers are acceptable. T-shirts will be available for the first 150 participants. Packet pickup will be held at All Hours Fitness on Friday, July 10 from 5PM – 6:30PM and Saturday, July 11 from 6AM-6:45AM. Registrations are available at Shelby Savings Bank, All Hours Fitness and Shelby County Outreach Ministries. Registration is also available (and preferred) online at www.onestoprace.com. To be a sponsor for the event or any other general event questions, please call Anna Lee at 598-5688 or email at alee@shelbysavingsbank.com.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 06/18/15--06/19/15


Arrest Report

06/18/15—06/19/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Marcus Hill, 33, Shelbyville, 2 charges-Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

 

Jared Harding, 26, San Augustine, Criminal Trespass

 

Terrell Lashawn Lewis, 29, Nacogdoches, Prohibited Weapon, Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving & Possession of Marijuana

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

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

 

 

 

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Shelbyville man arrested for Hwy. 96 shooting incident Thursday


A Shelbyville man has been arrested and charged in a shooting incident that occurred late Thursday morning on US 96 North of Center.

 

Shelby County Jail records indicate 33-year old Marcus Hill was taken into custody last night and booked on two charges of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

 

Hill reportedly drove up beside another vehicle, about two miles out of Center around 11:30 a.m., and shot into the vehicle, striking the driver and passenger.

 

Sheriff Willis Blackwell told Center Broadcasting Thursday a black male driving a small white 4-door sedan pulled up alongside a Chevy Surburban and shot into the driver's side with a shotgun loaded with bird shot, striking the driver, a 40-year old man from Burleson, Texas in the arm and head, and also a front-seat passenger, the man's 17-year old son, who was hit in the face.

 

The injured were taken by ACE EMS to ETMC-Carthage for treatment, stabilized and then transferred to ETMC-Tyler.

 

Sheriff Blackwell said two other children, a 12-year old male and 7-year old female, traveling in the back seat, were uninjured. They were picked up by a relative Thursday afternoon.

 

The family had been to visit their grandmother in Hemphill and were enroute back home when the incident took place, the sheriff said.

 

Sheriff Blackwell reports the occupants said they did nothing to provoke the shooting. He said the suspect slowed down, they went around, and that's when the suspect sped up, got up next to their vehicle and fired a shot.

 

No other details are available on the apprehension of Marcus Hill after a day-long investigation.

 

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Newton County pastor charged with murder of nephew


A Newton County pastor had been officially charged with the murder of his nephew.

 

66-year old Luther Jones is accused of killing 34-year old Curtis Paul Jones in July of 2013 at the Belgrade Baptist Church, southeast of Newton.

 

A family member says the shooting was the result of a long-time family feud. The victim had been shot numerous times.

 

The trial was to have started July 13 in Newton County, but a continuance is expected.

 

District Judge Craig Mixon is to preside.

 

If Jones is found guilty at trial, he faces 5-99 years in state prison, and a fine up to $10,000.00.

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Financial assistance available if you experienced storm damage, must apply


We remind you about financial assistance that is available if you suffered spring storm damage from May 4 to June 3. If you had damage to your personal or business property, you may be eligible for financial assistance in repairing and/or replacing it.

 

Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison says if you were impacted by flooding, downed trees or any other damage during that period, you need to come by her office on the second floor of the courthouse and get an application. She says the Texas Department of Agriculture is offering grants for Agriculture Relief for agriculture expenses related to the disaster during that month-long period.

 

You can find additional information at texasagriculture.gov. The information is under the STAR Fund program.

 

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Joaquin City Council to have special meeting this evening


The Joaquin City Council will have a special meeting at 6 p.m. this evening and the only item on the agenda will be discussion and action on utility rate increase.

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Timpson "Food for Thought" pantry meeting scheduled for noon today


The Timpson mobile food pantry will transition to a local food pantry in July.

 

Mayor Debra Smith says a meeting will be held at noon, today, Friday June 19 at First Baptist Church to hopefully garner support and volunteers for the food pantry program in Timpson.

 

The First Baptist Church in Timpson will be the new location for the monthly service beginning July.

 

Mayor Smith invites everyone interested in sponsoring, donating and/or volunteering with the Timpson Food for Thought "food pantry" to attend the meeting.

 

She notes the Timpson mobile food pantry has served on average 135 families a month over two years. Families come from Timpson, Garrison, Center, Gary, Tenaha and surrounding communities.

 

Timpson Food for Thought will continue to operate the Senior Box Program monthly.

 

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Timpson Frontier Days celebration set for July 2-5; Carnival armbands, gospel concert tickets on sale


The Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its annual Frontier Days celebration next month.

 

Activities kick off with the Sonny Tippett Memorial Gospel Singing on Thursday, July 2 and ends with the Community Wide Church Service on Sunday evening, July 5.

 

Frontier Days will have carnival rides, midway, arts & crafts and food booths all three days.

 

The laser light show returns and a street dance July 4 with Texas Country Music Superstar Charlie Robison.

 

Carnival armbands are on sale at Timpson Public Library from 9 to 5, Monday thru Friday. Cost is $15 per ticket, pre-sale and $18 at the carnival. Armband all-u-can ride is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day. Tickets are good for one day only, either pn Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

 

Also, tickets for the gospel signing are on sale at Timpson Public Library, King’s Nursery in Tenaha or from Marilyn Corder. Pre-sale is $8 or $10 at the door.

 

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Business after Hours event to be held at Shelby Savings Bank June 23


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors along with Shelby Savings Bank will welcome chamber members to a Business after Hours event from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 23 at the main branch located at 111 Selma Street in Center.

 

Refreshments will be served and chamber members are asked to bring their business cards to exchange and be eligible for door prizes.

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Funeral Notices: 06/19/15


Starr Funeral Home in Hemphill announces service for 13-day old Wesley Ryder Griffin of the Gravel Hill community near Hemphill. Service will be at 11 a.m. this morning at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in the Gravel Hill Community, with burial at Gravel Hill Cemetery.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces service for 96-year old Mrs. Etta Mae White of the East Liberty Community. Service will be at 1 p.m. today at Triumph Church, with interment at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville. 

 

Hicks Mortuary of Center announces service for Master Sergeant Dwynne Dale Gray of Center. Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ in Center, with military burial to follow at Westview Cemetery in Center. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Hicks Chapel. 

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Sand Hills Water Supply issues Boil Water Notice


Due to a water line break, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required our water System, Sand Hills Water Supply, to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption. This notice is only for the customers that were out of water on, June 18th, 2015.

 

​To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling 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 water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.

 

If you have any questions concerning this matter, you may contacy Randall Lout at 936-590-1599 

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Ribbon cutting held for grand opening of Check Point/McDonalds in San Augustine Thursday


 

The San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting Thursday afternoon for the grand opening of the new Denny Oil Company Check Point/McDonalds in San Augustine. The chamber, city and community turned out to welcome the store. (Top picture) Rory Messick, McDonalds owner/operator does the honors to officially open the restaurant. After the cutting, Messick presented the Boys & Girls Club of Deep East Texas in San Augustine with a check for $1,000. (Bottom picture) Denny Oil Company President Dick Rudisill (center, white shirt) was on hand with civic and community leaders to open the convenience store side of the new Check Point/McDonalds. Rudisill presented a $500 check to the San Augustine Vol. Fire Dept. during the event. The store is 24-hours, while McDonalds has operating hours at this time. Center Broadcasting Co. photos by Tracy Broadway

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Tenaha Tiger Daily 06/18/15


Summer has arrived. 

Tenaha ISD will operate on a summer schedule;

Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm.

 

 Tenaha Tiger Hall of Honor 2015 Induction Year is HERE!!!

 

Inductees:  Four Categories

A.     Alumni

B.     Athletes

C.     Educators

D.     Supporters

 

Inductees may be nominated five years after graduation or have given five
years of service to Tenaha ISD.

 

Class of 2015:  1-2 members as chosen by committee and approved by the
Tenaha Independent School District’s Board of Trustees

 

Selection Committee:  Five person committee

 

The 11th annual induction ceremony will take place on Friday, September 18,
2015 at the TISD Cafetorium.  All inductees will be introduced to the
community during a pre-game ceremony prior to the game between the Tenaha
Tigers and the White Oak Roughnecks at a time yet to be determined. 

          

Timeline:

 

June 18, 2015                Nomination forms available

August 3, 2015              Deadline for submitting nominations to Tenaha
ISD

August 17, 2015            Selections announced

September 18, 2015       Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony 

                                      Tenaha Tigers vs. White Oak Roughnecks


 

Nominations to the Hall of Honor must be made by former Tenaha High School
Alumni. Form attached.

 

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.

 

 

Tenaha Varsity Cheerleaders Football Program Ad

The Tenaha Cheerleaders are taking orders for the upcoming football season.

If you are interested in placing an ad, please contact Amy Collins at
collinsamy@tenahaisd.com or place an order with your favorite cheerleader.

Please state name, address, City, State, and Zip for your order.

Prices are as follows:

¼ Page-$65.00

½ Page-$100

Full Page-$200

Inside Back Cover-$250

All ads are full color. The deadline to order is July 1st, 2015.

 

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TxDOT crews busy cleaning up after remnants of "Bill" come through Deep East Texas


LUFKIN - The remnants of Tropical Storm Bill made its way through the Lufkin District Thursday with several of the district's nine counties reporting trees down and flooded roadways that had motorists looking for alternate routes of travel.

Maintenance crews were busy Wednesday night and into Thursday monitoring rising water and removing debris and fallen trees. Some roads were closed and barriers set to turn motorists around while others roads were reduced to a single lane of travel.

"Roadways began flooding and several creeks began to overflow in the pre-dawn hours Thursday causing some roads to be flooded through most the day," said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. "Our crews responded to many flooded areas and monitored them until the water receded. Some road surfaces were damaged and repairs will begin on those as weather allows."

Live updates of road conditions are available anytime at drivetexas.org and on Twitter @TxDOTLufkin.

Motorists are advised to remain alert to quickly rising water over roadways during inclement weather. Roads that were affected due to high water Thursday included:

Angelina County: US 69 South, FM 324, FM 2497, FM 1819, FM 3150, FM 841, FM 1819 and FM 1818.

Trinity County: SH 94, FM 2501, FM 1280, FM 358, FM 356 and FM 2262.

Nacogdoches County: Powers Street, Pearl Street, FM 225, FM 226, FM 1638, SH 21 and FM 95.

Shelby County: US 84, US 96, SH 87, Loop 500, SH 7 and FM 947, FM 139 and FM 414.

Houston County: US 287 South and SH 19 South and FM 2781.

San Augustine County: FM 354.

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Family traveling through Center fired upon by man with shotgun, search underway


The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting incident that occurred latE Thursday morning on US 96 North of Center when an unknown driver shot into a vehicle, striking the driver and passenger. 
 
Sheriff Willis Blackwell tells Center Broadcasting a black male driving a small white 4-door sedan pulled up along side a Chevy Surburban and shot into the driver's side with a shotgun loaded with bird shot, striking the driver, a 40-year old man from Burleson, Texas  in the arm and head, and also a front-seat passenger, the man's 17-year old son, who was hit in the face. 
 
The injured were taken by ACE EMS to ETMC-Carthage for treatment. Their condition's not known.
 
Sheriff Blackwell said two other children, a 12-year old male and 7-year old female, travelling in the back seat, and were uninjured. 
 
The incident took place some two miles from Center on US 96 north around 11:30 a.m.
 
The family had been to visit their grandmother in Hemphill and were enroute back home when the incident took place, the sheriff said.
 
Authorities are looking for the suspect, who was wearing a do-rag. 
 
Sheriff Blackwell reports the occupants said they did nothing to provoke the shooting. The report the suspect slowed down, they went around, and that's when the suspect sped up along side the vehicle and fired a shot.
 
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. 936-598-5600.
 

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Paxton Water Supply issues Boil Notice


Due to a water main break, the TCEQ has required Paxton Water Supply to notify customers of the need to boil their water prior to consumption. This for customers in the Joaquin area that were without water June 18.

When it's no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system offcial will notify you that the water is safe for consumption.

For questions concerning this matter, you may contact Vince DiVerdi at 936-590-9177.

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Tenaha ISD to hold public meeting, hearing Monday (agendas)


 

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Tenaha ISD Board of Trustees to meet Monday (agenda)


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Governor Abbott Signs Resolution Posthumously Awarding Chris Kyle The Texas Legislative Medal Of Honor


AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today signed House Concurrent Resolution 85 (Wray, R-Waxahachie; Birdwell, R-Granbury) to posthumously award the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle, a native Texan and Navy SEAL who served four tours in Iraq and is recognized as the most lethal sniper in United States military history. During the legislative session, Governor Abbott also dedicated a portion of Highway 287 in Midlothian, TX as "Chris Kyle Memorial Highway" and proclaimed February 2nd to be "Chris Kyle Day" in the State of Texas.

"Since its inception, the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor has been awarded to those in the State of Texas who have demonstrated extraordinary heroism as a member of state or federal military forces, and there is no one more deserving of this year's award than Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle," said Governor Abbott. "Kyle is one of the legions of valiant warriors who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and served our great nation with unrivaled honor, bravery and heroism. For his remarkable valiancy, it is my honor to posthumously award the 2015 Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle."

To view the resolution, click here<http://www.gov.texas.gov/files/press-office/HCR85_06182015.pdf>.

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Weather Update @ 10:45 a.m.


- Bill is now a Tropical Depression. and has almost become stationary over OKC to Tulsa area and will continue to draw moisture and create T-storms and heavy rain across East Texas. Accompanying these will be gusty winds, small hail, and lightning. They will cause fla   
sh flooding as they are of short duration and heavy downpours with 2-3 inch additional rain anticipated today....mostly North and East of us thru 7pm today.   
- Bill is trapped between 2 HIGH pressure systems on either side and a large convective storm area to Bills North West coming from Canada.  This is causing a continuous flow of moisture at all levels of the atmosphere to form rain opportunities as the flow makes its way to the NE from South Texas.
Corp of Eng feel they can hold flood levels with the controls they have in place with water releases from lakes and rivers. Small streams and storm drains are a problem with all the debris clogging their flow.   

   - additional 2-3 inches is expected

 

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Flooding has prompted evacuations in Nacogdoches


The following was taken from The Daily Sentinel website:

 

As of 10:15 am the following streets are closed due to high water:

West College from Pearl to the creek

Pearl Street from Main Street to Powers

Ellington Street from Pearl to the creek

West California from Pearl Street to the creek

South Pecan from Cox to the City Garage

South Fredonia from Magnolia Street to the Creek

West Hospital from North Street to Pearl Street

Powers Street from Pearl to Old Tyler

Press Road from Lake Street to Hunter Road

The public is advised not to travel in these areas. Never cross or move a barricade. Do not drive into high water. Turn around-don’t drown.

Voluntary evacuations are being conducted along the Banita Creek in apartment complexes west of Pearl Street. Also South Fredonia in the Magnolia Street area, South Pecan and South Church areas.

 

From TxDOT: High water is threatening areas of downtown Nacogdoches at Banita Creek and on FM 225 near Moral Creek, west of Loop 224.

Sealcoating in sections of FM 95 between SH 21 and Blackjack has washed off road due high water.

 

From Sgt. Greg Sowell at the Nacogdoches Police Department:

The city of Nacogdoches is currently experiencing flooding along the Banita Creek.

 

Apartment complexes located near the creek west of Pearl are currently being notified to evacuate by members of the Nacogdoches Fire and Police Departments.

 

Pearl Street from Powers Street to West Main is closed due to high water.

Also closed is Powers Street from Pearl to Old Tyler Road.

 

The public is advised to avoid these areas, as the situation could change quickly. Never drive through high water, turn around-don’t drown!

 

The Nacogdoches Recreation Center at 1112 North Street has been opened as an emergency shelter for those displaced due to this flooding event.

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Vegetable and fruit fallout from rains


It’s becoming more and more obvious that the deluge of rains we received just weeks ago and now this drenching from tropical storm Bill has negatively affected local gardens and orchards.  The excessive moisture has caused a number of problems.

 

The most common “too much water” related problem I’ve heard of in the vegetable gardens is fruit simply rotting away.  The water-logged soils have caused a number of vegetable diseases to run rampant. While there are a few products on the market to control fungus in the vegetable garden, extremely infected plants should be pulled up and discarded so that it won’t infect other plants.

 

In some extreme gardening examples, the prized topsoil has simply been washed away and deposited on the nearby lawn, ditch, or roadway.

 

Fruit trees have shown effects in two ways: reduced fruiting and death.  If a fruit tree experiences a significant rainfall event over the course of its blooming, many of those blooms simply do not get pollinated.  I once spoke to a commercial peach grower from Tyler that was lamenting the loss of his entire peach crop. 

 

He and I had the conversation in early April about his projected loss, long before any fruit would be ready for harvest. He explained that the peak week of blooms on his varieties of peaches never has a sunny day for the pollinators to do their best work.  Indeed later that year, his otherwise healthy looking peach orchard had very few fruit to harvest.

 

Others from around Shelby County have been calling me over the past couple of weeks complaining about how their fruit trees (peaches, plums and a pear tree specifically) have simply died.

 

Now we all know that most every fruit tree needs well drained soil.  But if you have the kind of weather that we’ve had, you take away the opportunity for those tree’s roots to breath!  Indeed, roots need air to survive.  The only exception that I can think of is Mayhaws, which as we all know, do exceedingly well in the sloughs and soggy, bottomland soils. 

 

If your peach tree up and died this spring, I’m betting it suffered from a water-logged soil.  While much of the topsoil is good to very good around the county, we do have clay subsoil. 

 

While that has been described by some as a good trait (holding water nearer the root zone), there can clearly be too much water held above it. 

 

Educational programs of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.

 

Lane Dunn is the County Extension Agent for agriculture and natural resources for Shelby County. His email address is jldunn@ag.tamu.edu.

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Storms building in the area, another round of heavy rain expected


Large complex of storms building in our area and spreading to what will include our area with some of the heavier rainfall.  It is moving NE very quickly and will not linger over us, still any rain can cause flash flooding over already saturated areas 
Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

 

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Heavy rains miss San Augustine, area rainfall amounts


We (San Augustine) were fortunate the really heavy rain missed us last night as the bands moved to our north and west.  LOTS of streams, rivers and lakes are rising to the levels of 2 weeks ago.  Some are over topping and evacuations in downstream areas are being anticipated.

 

As you can see another band is moving toward the North East from Huntsville, Lufkin on over already drenched areas. This will just miss us with the heavy stuff, but we will see some rain and local flash flooding. Clearing later today. 


I will give another update after the NWS 10 am advisory.
This graphic shows 9am rain fall totals... 
Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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Heavy rains cause driving issues, 24-hour amount tops old June record


Torrential rains pelted Center and portions of Shelby County early this morning in association with the remnants of what was TS Bill.
 
Jim Forbes is reporting 6.54 inches at 7 a.m. in the past 24-hours in Center. A NEW RECORD 24-HOUR RAINFALL FOR JUNE IN CENTER, BESTING THE OLD RECORD BY TWO INCHES.
 
Several roadways in Center were affected:
 
Police scanner traffic AROUND 3 A.M. REPORTED a motorist is stranded on Hwy. 96 south in Center, just beyond the South Traffic Circle. They were led to safety by CENTER PD AND Center Fire Dept.
 
Center Firemen HAD shut-down US 96 in the area at Hillcrest Baptist Church AREA, but have re-opened THE ROADWAY as of 6:30 a.m.
 
Also, Arcadia Road, FM 138 inside the Center City Limits is reporting high water and WAS shut-down until water resides. ARCADIA ROAD HAS RE-OPENED.
 
CITY OF CENTER IS REPORTING CRAWFORD STREET AT BRIDGE GOING TO ELLINGTON ST IS CLOSED DUE TO ASPHALT BEING BROKEN UP.
 
TXDOT SAYS THERE'S ALSO REPORTS OF WATER OVER THE ROAD ON HWY. 7 EAST OF CENTER, FM 947 NEAR TENAHA, SH 87 TOWARD SHELBYVILLE AND FM 414.
 
Sheriff Willis Blackwell says to drive with caution on all major roadways, farm-to-market and county roads.
 
Roadways that typically flood during heavy rain events are and could be experiencing flooding.
 
If you don't have to be out, don't until the rains lets up and the water rescinds.
 
Remember, Don't drown, turn around!
 
Below photo, FM 414 as motorist drive slowly through the flood roadway Thursday morning.
 

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Shelbyville ISD Summer School cancelled today


Shelbyville ISD is cancelling Summer School classes today dues to weather
conditions.

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NEW RECORD 24-HOUR RAINFALL IN CENTER FOR JUNE


 
 
Official weather observer Jim Forbes reports 6.54 inches of rain as of 7 a.m. in the past 24-hours. This breaks the previous record of 4.54 inches on June 25, 1999.
 
Forbes says the June total rainfall record in Center is 10.19 inches in 2002.
 
Terry Carriker on Tenaha Street in Center reported 6.68 inches in 24-hours this morning.

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FLASH FLOOD WARNING UNTIL 12:30 P.M.


BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
628 AM CDT THU JUN 18 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SHREVEPORT HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
  SOUTHEASTERN RUSK COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN TEXAS...
  NACOGDOCHES COUNTY IN EASTERN TEXAS...
  SHELBY COUNTY IN EASTERN TEXAS...
  ANGELINA COUNTY IN EASTERN TEXAS...
  PANOLA COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN TEXAS...

* UNTIL 1230 PM CDT THURSDAY

* AT 627 AM CDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE
  WARNED AREA. UP TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN HAVE ALREADY FALLEN. FLASH
  FLOODING IS EXPECTED.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...
  LUFKIN...NACOGDOCHES...CARTHAGE...CENTER...DIBOLL...HUDSON...
  HUNTINGTON...LOGANSPORT...TENAHA...TIMPSON...GARRISON...
  BECKVILLE...JOAQUIN...DOUGLASS...PATROON...DEBERRY...PINEHILL...
  MELROSE...TRAWICK AND NEUVILLE.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES  ARE POSSIBLE IN THE
WARNED AREA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND NOW. ACT QUICKLY TO PROTECT YOUR LIFE.

TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS. MOST FLOOD
DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES.

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Funeral Notice: MSGT Dwynne Dale Gray


MSGT Dwynne Dale Gray (60) of Center, Texas died Saturday, June 13, 2015 at his residence. 

 

Funeral services will be Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God In Christ, 908 Daniels Street, Center, Texas 75935, at 2:00pm.  Elder Datron Dock will be officiating. 

 

Dwynne Dale Gray was proceeded in death by his parents Irene Dock and Jessie Gray, Jr and his brother Michael Dock.

 

Mr. Gray’s survivors are:

Wife:  Jennifer Gray of the Philippines

Son:  Steven Gray of Ft. Worth, Texas

Daughter:  Ashley Gray of San Francisco, California

Brothers:  Johnny (Nancy) Gray of Center, Texas & Daryl Gray of Tyler

Sisters:  Romona (Arnet) Boyd & Felicia (Marlon) Cloudy of Center, Texas

Grandchildren:  Kevin and Chad Gray

 

Visitation will Friday, June 19, 2015 at Hicks Chapel from the hours of 6pm-8pm

Military Burial Westview Cemetery in Center, Texas

 

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary, 804 Martin Luther King Drive, Center, Texas 75935

 

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More heavy rain possible this morning, chances decrease this afternoon


FLASH FLOOD WARNING UNTIL 5 A.M.
FLASH FLOOD WATCH UNTIL 7 P.M.
Today: A 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms to continue through early morning. Some of the storms will continue to produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, high near 88. South wind 10 to 15 mph. 
 
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, low around 74. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
 
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 89. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, low around 74. 
 
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 92. 
 
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 74.
 
Sunday: Partly sunny, high near 92.
 
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, low around 74.
 
Monday: Mostly sunny, high near 94.
 
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
 
Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.
 
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.
 
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 06/17/15--06/18/15


Arrest Report

06/17/15—06/18/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Justin Darrell Shofner, 22, Shelbyville, Warrant-Assault Causing Bodily Injury

 

Cedric Colston, 42, Nacogdoches, Warrant-Criminal Non-Support

 

Shane King, 45, Waskom, Violation of Probation, Original Charge: Assault, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia & Tampering with Evidence

 

Shaylon George, 27, Joaquin, Possession of a Controlled Substance

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

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

 

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Center Workforce Solutions office re-locates for now due to infestation


In case you have a need to go to the Shelby County Workforce Center be advised the long-time location has temporarily re-located to a meeting room at Best Western, just across Hwy. 87 behind KFC/Taco Bell, according to a sign posted on the front door at the Wulf Center.

 

That same sign says the office is closed due to health reasons until further notice.

 

The regional Workforce office in Lufkin tells Center Broadcasting the move-out in May was prompted by an insect infestation and is being addressed by the owner of the property, Fred Wulf.

 

TWC administration says they have plans to re-locate back to the Wulf Center once the issue is cleared. If not, they say they will seek another location.

 

None of the other neighboring businesses at the location are reporting issues.

 

An effort to contact Fred Wulf has been unsuccessful.

 

 

 

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Dual-language programs wanted at CISD, health advisory committee has active year


At the Center ISD Board of Trustees' meeting Tuesday night, Superintendent Dr. James Hockenberry distributed the results of House Bill 5 Community Engagement Results.

 

He said a diverse group of parents and faculty on each campus provided some great ideas as they considered ways to expand on H.B. 5, which is aimed at improving public school education by expanding curriculum options as they prepare for college or enter the workforce, reducing standardized testing, so teachers are forced to "teach to the test", and enhancing school accountability.

 

He noted a growing desire for dual-language programs at Center ISD, not only English as a second language, but Spanish to all. Hockenberry said we're at a point where all students need to know both English and Spanish. The results are forwarded to the state.

 

Center ISD Administrative Assistant Joyce Permenter also gave the School Health Advisory Committee Report, which she heads up, and advised trustees the group was very active in 2014-15, conducting events such as mobile mammograms, bullying education, drunk driving awareness, including "Sean Speaks" recently where over 600 high-school age students attended from Shelby County, and training of epi-pen administering, saying the pens have been added campuses.

 

Ms. Permenter said goals for the new school year will be focusing on parental participation, hand-washing techniques and CPR training.

 

The health advisory committee is required by the state.

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Nacogdoches City Council says "YES" to microbrewery locating downtown


The Nacogdoches City Council has said "yes" to a specific use permit for a proposed microbrewery, just off downtown Nacogdoches.

 

By a 4-1 vote Paul Murray was given permission to construct the facility on North Mound Street and the company will be called Fredonia Brewery.

 

Voting against the issue was Councilman Roy Boldon who said his concern was mixing the brewery with Live Oak Baptist Church on East Hospital Street.

 

Murray says the brewery will have a tap room, with sales and tours during community events in the downtown area.

 

There are also plans to make the site available for parties, wedding receptions and club meetings, and the facility is expected to be open in a year.

 

 

 

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Texas Forestry Association executive says industry has bright future


The executive director of the Texas Forestry Association, Ronald Hufford was guest of the San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce at its monthly luncheon Tuesday, giving the membership a historic overview of the non-profit organization that has served as a "Voice of forestry in Texas" for over 100 years.

 

Hufford says challenges face the industry, but believes the future is bright for forestry in Texas.

 

"It's changing all the time with ownership and other challenges," Hufferd said. "With a growing population there's a large demand here and abroad for wood products. New industries looking to east Texas for wood pallets and other businesses. We've had a strong industry. Hope the next 100 years of the TFA the future directors will see a bright future as well"

 

Ron Hufford has served as TFA executive director for over 32 years. He says the Lufkin-based organization represents 2,400 tree farms in 44 counties that covers 1-million timber acres.

 

A branch of the Texas Forestry Association, the Texas Logging Council will have its state meeting in Center, July 10-11. You can get registration information at texasforestry.org.

 

 

 

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Ribbon cutting set for new Denny Oil Check-Point/McDonalds in San Augustine @ 4 p.m. today


The San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce is having a ribbon cutting for the new Denny Oil Check-Point convenience store and McDonalds at 4 p.m. this afternoon.

 

The facility is located on US 96, just north of the former traffic circle in San Augustine.

 

The co-brand opened for business last week to a tremendous response.

 

 

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Texas Country Music Hall of Fame to hosts John Ritter Tribute Show June 26


The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage will host its John Ritter Tribute Show on Friday, June 26.

 

Grammy Award winner Linda Davis will offer her Stage Presence 101 class to anyone wanting to help take their performance to the next level. There's two sessions on Friday evening, and anyone interested can sign up by contacting the Panola County Chamber of Commerce, or Googling Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Cost is $100 per person/per class.

 

The John Ritter Tribute Showcase auditions and "Evening in the Road" will be Saturday, June 27. Auditions begin at 9 a.m. at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

 

Thirty people will be chosen to go to the finals in August in Carthage.

 

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame's annual Induction Ceremony is Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Carthage Civic Center. Tickets are $60 per person.

 

Beaumont native, Tracy Byrd will perform and be inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.

 

Other performers at the ceremony will be The Second Generation Group, consisting of sons and daughters of popular Country Music superstars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Entries being accepted for Largest Watermelon Contest for annual What-A-Melon Festival


Attention watermelon growers: It's time to enter your best into the Largest Watermelon Contest! The weigh-in will be held on the last day of the festival, Saturday, July 11th.

 

The deadline for entry into the biggest event of the festival is Friday, July 3rd.

 

Entry forms can be obtained at Brookshire Brothers Grocery and Boles Feed. All completed forms will need to be returned by the deadline date. Entry forms can be mailed to: Chandra Atholi, 301 Wulf Creek Drive, Center, Texas 75935 or faxed to (936) 591-8884.

 

Entry forms can also be hand delivered to Brookshire Brothers on Hurst Street in Center.

 

Watermelons MUST be grown in SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS, and be attached to the vine when judges assign numbers. It is the responsibility of each contestant to make sure that the entry form is received by the July 3 deadline.

 

An official with the festival will contact the contestant on the entry form to set up a time to mark and record your entry in the contest.

 

 

 

 

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Funeral Notices: 06/18/15


Starr Funeral Home in Hemphill announces service for 13-day old Wesley Ryder Griffin of the Gravel Hill community near Hemphill. He passed away Monday at his home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening at Starr Funeral Home. Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in the Gravel Hill Community, with burial at Gravel Hill Cemetery. Among Wesley Ryder Griffin's survivors are parents, Wesley & Shelby Impson Griffin; grandparents, Angeloa Whitton of Joaquin, Donald & Kellie Griffin of Pineland, Veronia & Kevin White of the Grave Hill Community, and Kevin & Debbie Impson of Hemphill; great-grandparents, Jenny & Donny Impson of Hemphill, Wanda Sowell of Jasper, James "Bat" Sowell of San Augustine, Carrie Jane Griffin of San Augustine, Ray & Eileen Griffin of San Augustine, David Whitton of Joaquin and Kathleen White of Gravel Hill; and great-great-grandmother, Melba Rich of Hemphill.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces service for 96-year old Mrs. Etta Mae White of the East Liberty Community. Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Triumph Church, with interment at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville. Wake will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Community Funeral Home in Center.

 

 

 

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Roadways flooding in area for very heavy rain, Flash Flood Warning til 5 a.m.


The torrential rains this morning have resulted in several roadways being reported flooded.

Police scanner traffic is saying a motorist is stranded on Hwy. 96 south in Center, just beyond the South Traffic Circle. TxDOT crews have also been called to shut-down US 96 in the area at Hillcrest Baptist Church.

 

Flooding is also reported on several county roads and the sheriff's office is saying Hwy. 87 South, near Loop 500 is reporing high water.

 

If you don't have to be out, don't until the rains subside and the water rescinds.

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REMINDER: FLASH FLOOD WARNING UNTIL 5 A.M.


FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
200 AM CDT THU JUN 18 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SHREVEPORT HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
  NACOGDOCHES COUNTY IN EASTERN TEXAS...
  SHELBY COUNTY IN EASTERN TEXAS...
  ANGELINA COUNTY IN EASTERN TEXAS...
  SABINE COUNTY IN EASTERN TEXAS...
  SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY IN EASTERN TEXAS...

* UNTIL 500 AM CDT

* AT 156 AM CDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE
  WARNED AREA. UP TO ONE INCH OF RAIN HAS ALREADY FALLEN. FLASH
  FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN AS THIS HAS FALLEN OVER AN AREA THAT
  HAD FROM 2 TO 3 INCHES RECENTLY. RAINFALL WILL TRAIN OVER THE
  AREA.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...
  LUFKIN...NACOGDOCHES...CENTER...DIBOLL...MILAM...HUDSON...
  HUNTINGTON...SAN AUGUSTINE...LOGANSPORT...HEMPHILL...TENAHA...
  TIMPSON...GARRISON...PINELAND...JOAQUIN...DOUGLASS...ROSEVINE...
  PATROON...MELROSE AND TRAWICK.

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF ONE TO TWO INCHES WILL BE
POSSIBLE ARE POSSIBLE IN THE WARNED AREA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE
DANGERS OF FLOODING.

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Former Shelby County Hospital CFO Sentenced in EHR Incentive Case




TYLER, Texas - The former Chief Financial Officer of Shelby Regional Medical Center has been sentenced to federal prison in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Joe White, 68, of Cameron, Texas, pleaded guilty on Nov. 12, 2014 to making a false statement and was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael Schneider.  White was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $4,483,089.09 to Medicare's Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.

 According to information presented in court, White was the Chief Financial Officer for Shelby Regional Medical Center in Center, Texas, in addition to other hospitals owned and operated by Dr. Tariq Mahmood.  White oversaw the implementation of electronic health records for the hospital and was responsible for attesting to the meaningful use of electronic health records in order to qualify to receive incentive payments under Medicare's EHR Incentive Program.  On Nov. 20, 2012, White knowingly made a false statement to Medicare falsely representing that the hospital was a meaningful user of electronic health records, when the hospital did not meet the meaningful use requirements.  As a result, Shelby Regional Medical Center received $785,655.00 from Medicare.  In total, hospitals owned by Mahmood were paid over $16 million under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.  White was indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 22, 2014.

"The granting of EHR funds to individual and institutional providers was intended to modernize medical record storage and access.  Unfortunately, there are individuals and institutions like Mr. White and his hospital whose only intent for EHR funds was to enrich themselves," said Mike Fields, Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas region's HHS - Office of Inspector General.

"I agree with SAC Fields," said U.S. Attorney Bales.  "The EHR Incentive Program was designed to enhance the delivery of excellent medical care to all Americans and especially for those citizens who live in underserved, rural areas like Shelby County.  There is no doubt that Mr. White understood that purpose and yet, he intentionally decided to steal taxpayer monies and in the process, undermine and abuse this important program."

 This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG), the Texas Office of the Attorney General - Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (OAG-MFCU), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth C. McGurk and Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel C. Kummerfeld.

Any individuals with knowledge of these or other health care fraud violations are encouraged to contact the Department of Health and Human Services' fraud hotline at 1-800-HHS-TIPS (447-8477).

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FL Moffett PreK Round Up to be held July 13th & 14th


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Weather Update @ 1:30 p.m. Wednesday


A large band of showers and thunderstorms from Lufkin to Toledo Bend...then northward through western Louisiana...northeast Texas...southeast Oklahoma and nearing southern Arkansas. These storms are moving to the north at 30 mph. Rainfall amounts are approaching over one inch an hour and these storms are repeatedly moving over the same areas. Dangerous lightning is possible with strong gusty winds as these storms continue over the area.

Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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Huxley Bay Marina planning 4th of July Celebration


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Joaquin ISD Board of Trustees unofficial minutes from June 15


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Focus on Texas Way healthcare coverage at Nacogdoches County Chamber meeting, June 26


NACOGDOCHES, TX – Attend the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Fourth

Friday Luncheon presented by Urgent Doc - Urgent Care Clinic, noon to 1 p.m., Friday, June 26 at Austin Hall, 4603 North St.

Speakers Kinnie Douglas Reina, MPH, CHES,  Director of Community Health at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, and Clay Farell, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer at Nacogdoches Medical Center, will present "Nacogdoches Healthcare Update:  Exploring Alternatives for Healthcare Coverage" at the meeting.

"Texas is opposed to taking federal funds for Medicaid expansion to the uninsured," Farell said. "But momentum may be shifting towards a bi-partisan 'Texas Way' that everyone can support."

The information to be presented is vital for all local businesses.

"Those who attend this luncheon will become familiar with the issues that the underinsured population faces, the current healthcare environment and future plans for improved access to care," Douglas Reina said.

As Director for the Community Health Education Department at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital, Douglas Reina's duties include conducting health education events and addressing community health needs in Nacogdoches County. She currently serves on several local collaborative groups including the Nacogdoches Advisory Board for the Rural East Texas Health Network; and facilitates strategic planning with the Healthy Nacogdoches Coalition. She received her Bachelor degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and has a Master of Public Health from University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Her prior public health experience includes working with the Piney Woods Area Health Education Center and the Texas Department of
State Health Services.

Farell joined Nacogdoches Medical Center in March 2010 as Director of Business Development. In June 2013 he was appointed as C.O.O.  Prior to moving to Nacogdoches, Farell worked at the Tenet home office in corporate business development. He previously served as a Captain in the United States Air Force. Farell received an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS from the United States Air Force Academy, and he is a
Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The luncheon serves as the Chamber’s monthly membership meeting. Attend and stay on top of what is going on at the Chamber and around town. Lunch is $16 and reservations are required by noon, Wednesday, June 24. Find the secure “pay online and register” option in Hot News at www.nacogdoches.org or call 936-560-5533.

Event Gold sponsors are Accolade Hospice and Advantage Plus Healthcare.

Bring a business card for a chance to win $50 sponsored by Commercial Bank of Texas and all Chamber members are entered in a $250 drawing sponsored by Axley & Rode, LLP.

Kinnie Douglas Reina

Clay Farell

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Center ISD Board of Trustees' unofficial meeting minutes 06/16/15


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Shelby County DU says, "THANKS" to sponsors & others for making annual Greenwing event a success


Shelby County Ducks Unlimited wishes to thank the following individuals & businesses for their support during the annual Green Wing event held on June 6

 

Weldon Boles

Rick Campbell

Shelby Savings Bank

Bob Reeves

Few Ready Mix

Home Town Marine

Shelbyville Veterinary Associates-Dr. Mark Jousan

Ihlo Sales

Automotive Collision Specialist

Ace Hardware

Mike Hudman, Black Water Retrievers

Center High School Fishing Team

Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Warden Nathan Skeen

Collin Matthews

Center Broadcasting Co.

Shelby County Today

The Light & Champion

Cam Copelin

McAdams Propane

Matt Rafferty

Hughes Florist

Snider’s Paint & Body

Lucas Farms

And a special THANKS for the parents and grandparents for bringing their kids out!

 

-The Shelby County DU Committee

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Precipitation start times estimates


Below is the anticipated timeline for our rain start times in the blue colors.  As the storm begins to bend more toward the North East, we will be in the outer moisture bands.  Lots of available moisture at all levels from the Gulf to well North of usint o OKLA, LZ,Ark and North and East all the way to the East Coast. As the day heats, we can expect to hear thunder,  see dangerous lightning, and flash flooding.....STAY SAFE!!!  
Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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Weather Update @ 6:30 a.m. Wednesday


Nowcast | as of 6:30 am CDT on June 17, 2015 a large band of showers and isolated thunderstorms extends from near Sulphur Springs...to Mineola...Lindale and Tyler... to Reklaw...Wells and Lufkin. Movement is to the north...northwest near 30 mph as the remnants of Bill continues to lift into Dallas and Fort Worth.

 

This band is training activity along the Highway 69 corridor. Rainfall amounts may approach an inch or two over the next couple of hours. Be cautious during this mornings commute and if water covers the Road...especially if it is moving water...turn around don't drown.

 

In addition...dangerous lightning is possible along with the heavy rain which may gust the winds to near 40 mph. Seek shelter is thunder roars. 
Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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Rain chances remain high as "Bill" tracks north, sun returns by Friday


Today: A 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, high near 87. South wind 10 to 15 mph.

 

Tonight: A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, low around 75. South wind around 10 mph.

 

Thursday: A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, high near 88. South wind 10 to 15 mph.

 

Thursday Night: A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 74.

 

Friday: A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 89.

 

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74.

 

Saturday: A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, high near 92.

 

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

 

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 92.

 

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

 

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.

 

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

 

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

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Local Sports Update 06/17/15; Wiggins, Clark crowned anglers of the year


In sports,

 

The South East Texas High School Fishing circuit announced year end standings for the region at the championship pre-tournament meeting last Friday night in Brookeland and Shelby County Jr. Bass Anglers Jared Wiggins and Brett Clark of Center were crowned Anglers of the Year and received over $4,000 in scholarships, plus other monies during the season. Their fathers, Darren Wiggins and Scooter Clark were also recognized for being their Boat Captains for the year. Also recognized for finishing in the top ten in standings were the team of James Marshall and Chandler Burgay of Timpson.

 

The South East Texas Regional Championship was also held at Umphrey's Pavillion on Sam Rayburn last weekend. The two-day event brought in 266 teams of anglers from area schools that qualified to fish for the grand prize of $10,000 in scholarship monies. A total of $110,000 of scholarships and prizes were given out over the weekend to these anglers. The team of Wiggins and  Clark continued their dream season with a 6th place finish in the Championship racking up another $3000 in scholarship monies, plus prizes for capturing the second place overall big bass of the event weighing 8.24lbs!  Shelby County Jr. Bass Anglers' Lynn and Diana Stanford club advisors. Anyone interested in joining this fishing club is urged to contact Lynn Stanford or any one of the Shelby County Bass Anglers' members.

 

Shelby Count 4-H Shooters participate in Whiz-bang

The Freestone County Whiz-bang was held at Caney Creek Lodge on Saturday, June 13th.  Shelby County 4-H shooters  had eight kids participating; Seth Shamblin, Tucker Scarber, Hagan Craig, Konner Windham, Nic Lambert, Colton Gutermuth, Lance Holloway and Logan Holloway.  The shoot had two events which included a one hundred bird sporting clays course and a fifty bird whiz-bang.  The places were decided by the total of both events. Junior Division: Seth Shamblin 5th place, Intermediate Division: Logan Holloway 4th. Congratulations to Nic Lambert and Konner Windham for winning Briley gift cards in the drawing.

 

23rd annual Darren Wilson Golf Classic set for June 20

The 23rd annual Darren Wilson Golf Classic will be held this Saturday, June 20th at the Center Country Club. The Classic will be played in a 6 person scramble format. The cost will be $80 per golfer which will include golf gift bag, lunch, greens fee and fellowship. Rental fee for carts is not included in the sign-up fee. You can sign up in the pro shop or on the window of the 19th hole. Prizes will be given for 1st and 2nd gross and handicap scores. There will also be a silent auctions held with lots of great prizes. If you wish to be a Hole Sponsor or donate a gift for the silent auction, contact Larry Horn (936)590-2965, Glenn Cordray (936)572-4908 or Jo Pro (936)598-5513.

 

Center Lady Rider Athletic camps set

The Center Lady Roughrider Athletic Program is hosting a Volleyball Camp on July 6th-9th from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Center High School Gym. It is for Incoming 5th graders through 9th graders. The cost will be $20 for individuals or $35 for two children families. Pre-registration is from now until June 29th.

The Center Lady Roughrider Athletic Program is hosting a Basketball Camp on July 27th-30th from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Center High School Gym. It is for Incoming 5th graders through 9th graders. The cost will be $20 for individuals or $35 for two children families. Pre-registration is from now until July 20th.

For more information on either camp, contact Coach Dana Irvin or Mrs. Sherry Turner at 936-598-6173 ext. 2231.

 

Timpson Frontier Day Washer Board Tournament

A Washer Board tournament will be among the activities at the annual Timpson Frontier Days on Saturday, July 4. The tourney is for two-person teams, consisting of any age and gender. It’s a double-elimination style bracket and will start at 11 a.m. in downtown Timpson. Cost is $10 per team with 80 percent payout to first-place, 20 percent to second place. Pre-registration is required no later than 5 p.m. July 1. There will be NO registration allowed the day of the tournament. For more on the Timpson Frontier Day Washer Board Tournament, contact Tracy Rucker at 936-615-5360. Registration forms are also available on the Timpson Frontier Day Facebook page. Registration form and fee can also be taken to the Timpson Public Library by July 1.

 

What-A-Melon 5K/Walk set for July 11

Center Rotary Club is gearing up for their annual What-A-Melon 5K/ Walk event which will be held on Saturday, July 11th. Each year, Center Rotary Club donates a major portion of the events funds to a local non-profit organization. This year’s funds will go towards the Shelby County Outreach Ministries. Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate in this fun family event. The event will be held at the Center Square. The fun run will begin at 7:00AM and the 5K at 7:30AM. Both events are for people of all ages. You can walk or run either event. Strollers are acceptable. T-shirts will be available for the first 150 participants. Packet pickup will be held at All Hours Fitness on Friday, July 10 from 5PM – 6:30PM and Saturday, July 11 from 6AM-6:45AM. Registrations are available at Shelby Savings Bank, All Hours Fitness and Shelby County Outreach Ministries. Registration is also available (and preferred) online at www.onestoprace.com. To be a sponsor for the event or any other general event questions, please call Anna Lee at 598-5688 or email at alee@shelbysavingsbank.com.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 06/16/15--06/17/15


Arrest Report

06/16/15—06/17/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Jeanese Fenley, 34, Timpson, Warrant-Theft by Check

 

Stephen Henry Hagler, 48, Center, Aggravated Assault-Family Violence Causing Serious Bodily Injury

 

Jarvis Taylor, 26, Shelbyville, Delivery of a Controlled Substance ini a Drug Free Zone & Deliver of a Controlled Substance

 

Marcus Roberts, 44, Center, Two charges-Deliver of a Controlled Substance

 

Tyler Martin, 19, Center, Warrant-Burglary of a Vehicle

 

San Augustine County:

 

James Mosley, 37, Nacogdoches, Motion for Adjudication of Guilty, Theft by Check -5 times

 

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

 

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Center ISD Trustees hire new elementary principal, receive facilities' renovation update


Center Elementary School has a new principal as Shelly Norvell was named to the position at last night’s Center ISD Board of Trustee meeting.

 

Ms. Norvell has been in education 16 years, most recently serving as a principal at Kennard Elementary for a year. She said 15 years were in the Nacogdoches ISD. She resides with her family in Nacogdoches.

 

Superintendent Dr. James Hockenberry presented the board with a facilities’ update on the proposed renovations of the Malone Drive campuses. Architect and engineer sketches were viewed by trustees, with a tentative timeline to go out for proposals late next week.

 

He said bids should come in time for the July meeting, at which time the board will review and decide where and how and what work is to be done, including costs associated with the projects.

 

Some of the top items on the list include air condition in the middle and intermediate school gyms, bleachers and work on the middle school gym floor, which Hockenberry said was in good shape.

 

In addition, work in the locker rooms, tearing down some temporary walls, and making the restrooms ADA compliant.

 

Hockenberry added scoreboards for the gyms have been ordered, including a new one at Roughrider Stadium that should be up in time for football season.

 

Work on the field house locker room at the stadium is also included on the list of renovations.

 

Center ISD Trustees also approved:

 

·       Distribution of TASB Policy Update 102

·       Authorize administration to solicit proposals for transportation fuel for the 2015-16             school year

·       The 2015-16 Concussion Management Team and Protocols

·       A revise to the EIC (local) Academic Achievement Policy-Class Ranking

·       Revise FFA (Local) Wellness Policy to include installation of healthy vending machines

·       The 2015-16 Broadcast Agreement with Center Broadcasting Co.

 

 

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Timpson city leaders continue squabble over possible police department RIF


Two members of the Timpson City Council walked out of last night’s meeting, reportedly at the advice of their legal counsel.

 

Our Town Times newspaper is reporting online that Mayor Debra Smith and Councilman Kyle Allen removed themselves when talk resumed on the possible reduction in the city’s police force.

 

The article says Councilman Ronnie Wolfe, who has led the charge to see a reduction in officers, responded to Texas Municipal Police Association Lead Field Representative Noel Johnson, who was said to be involved in open records requests and investigation into the possible RIF. The two reportedly had a heated exchange over the issue.

 

The meeting agenda included possible action on designating a separate checking account for the police department.

 

Wolfe told the audience the PD’s expenses come from the General Fund, and separating would allow for improved checks and balances. Wolfe says the city is losing over $150,000 annually with five officers. No action was taken on that item since it was not known if the meeting could continue with only three council members remaining.

 

Mayor Smith advised online later that a quorum was present after she and Allen left the meeting.

 

 

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Former Joaquin councilwoman, Gilliam appointed to fill vacant position on governing body, utility rate increase is likely


The City of Joaquin Public Safety Corporation at their meeting Monday agreed to cash-in a $50,000 CD to go toward helping to pay-off the volunteer fire department's pumper truck.

 

According to City Secretary Amanda Willey there's still around $50,000 balance left on the vehicle. The CD contains monies collected through the $3 voluntary monthly utility billing fund.

 

At the regular council meeting, former Councilwoman LeeVern Stotts Gilliam was appointed to fill Mayor Bill Baker's spot on the city council. Ms. Gilliam lost her original position on the council in May.

 

Ms. Willey advised no action was taken on increasing utility rates, so as to give time in preparing a per-customer analysis. She added a special meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Friday to review those numbers and possible take action to go forward with raising rates.

 

Wayne Swan of the Paxton/Jackson Water Supply, which is furnished water by the City of Joaquin, was advised by council that the system would be given a 60-day notice before they would see a rate increase.

 

In other business, Dub Alford's request for meter removal is to be put on the next meeting's agenda, and Doug Shook was told the city would speak to the engineer in regards to possibly raising the man-hole covers on the new drainage construction project.

 

 

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Tenaha City Council elects new councilwoman Harris as mayor pro tem


The Tenaha City Council elected new Councilwoman Natalie Harris as Mayor Pro Tem at their meeting Monday.

 

Ms. Harris was elected to the council in May.

 

According to City Secretary Sheryl Clark, council also set up a reimbursement plan for the $16,900 loaned to the Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department from the Tax Account to go toward repairs on the pumper truck. Monthly payment is $250 for 5-years, or could be paid-off at anytime.

 

Tenaha Council also decided to go with local financial institution, First National Bank of Hughes Springs to finance the purchase of the John Deere mowing equipment for some $32,000.

 

Ms. Clark said Utility Superintendent Stacy Cranford advised that Matt Barton has obtained his Class D water license and would be going for further training.

 

In addition, bidding on the installation of a six-inch water main is to start soon, and Ms. Clark noted that Cranford encouraged citizens to thank TxDOT for helping to clean out stopped up gutters after a request was made.

 

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Suspects sought in break-in of downtown San Augustine business Sunday


The San Augustine Police Department is investigating the burglary of a downtown business, and attempted break-in at another that occurred late Sunday afternoon.

 

Entry was gained to Haley Furniture through a back door and suspects removed some $3,100 cash, two flat screen TVs and a washing machine.

 

Next door at Mike Perry Chevrolet a pad-lock was cut to a storage shed, but no reported missing items.

 

The TVs were described as two 55-inch DSI Smart TVs.

 

A description of the suspect’s vehicle was taken from a nearby surveillance. The video also indicates there were several individuals involved in the burglary.

 

San Augustine Chief of Police Gary Fountain tells us there are no known suspects in the incident.

 

If you have any information, you’re asked to contact the San Augustine Police Department.

 

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Applications continue to be taken for home repairs at Shelby County Outreach Ministries


Patsy Carl at Shelby County Outreach Ministries says they have exceeded the 15 original applications for the United Methodist ARMY's visit to Center July 20-24, but encourages those needing home repair to continue stopping by to make application.

 

She said each applicant will need to qualify; therefore a list will be needed.

 

She says no plumbing or electrical work can be done and the property owner must be the person making application and show proof of ownership.

 

Client referral forms can be filled out at Helping Hands Outreach Center at 930 Shelbyville Street in Center.

 

For further information contact Patsy Carl at 936-598-4990.

 

Members of the United Methodist Action Reachout Mission by Youth - or the UM ARMY - spend a week in a community doing home repairs for area elderly and disabled people.

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Funeral Notices: 06/17/15


Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 89-year old Dana Elizabeth (Cole) Lightsey of Center. Service will be at 3 p.m. this afternoon at First Baptist Church in Center, with graveside service at 10 a.m. Thursday at Madisonville City Cemetery in Madisonville. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until service time today at First Baptist Church. She worked for Dad & Lads in Center for many years.

 

Garrison Funeral Home announces service for 70-year old John Carroll Elliott of Pearland. Service will be at 9 a.m. this morning at Garrison Funeral Home, with burial at Caledonia Cemetery, Rusk County.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces service for 96-year old Mrs. Etta Mae White of the East Liberty Community. Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Triumph Church, with interment at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville. Wake will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Community Funeral Home in Center. 

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Weather Update @ 4:15 p.m. Tuesday; Watches & Warnings issued by NWS


Current watches and warnings overlay with County details.
 Below: Without watches and warnings showing Tropical Storm Bill and probable track. slowed Northward movement to 9 MPH still at 50 MPH winds and copious amounts of rain.

 

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Joaquin City Council to have special called meeting Friday to consider utility rate increase


CITY OF JOAQUIN

SPECIAL SCHEDULED MEETING

                                                                     AGENDA

June 19, 2015

 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in special session Friday, June 19, 2015 6:00 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

1.Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.

2.Discussion & Action Utility Rate Increase.

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 on June 16, 2015 at 3:44 p.m.

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CISD Summer School Meal schedule clarification



*Center ISD June Summer School Meal Schedule*
 

June 3-25 @CMS Breakfast 7:30-8 and Lunch 10:30-11

June 8-11 @FLM Breakfast 7:45-8:30 and Lunch 11:15-12

June 15-July2 @CHS --sack breakfast and lunches will be brought over for June
15-23 Breakfast 7:45-8:30 and Lunch 11:15-12

July 6-30 @CES and FLM Breakfast 7:30-8:30 and Lunch 10:45-12


Heather Brink

Associate Director of Dining @ Center ISD
Southwest Foodservice Excellence

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Shelby County 4-H Shooters


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South East Texas High School Fishing


The South East Texas High School Fishing circuit announced year end standings for the region last Friday night at Brookeland High School at the Championship pre-tournament meeting.  The newly formed Shelby County Jr. Bass Anglers made an awesome showing in their first year of participating in the events. Jared Wiggins and Brett Clark were crowned Anglers of the Year for the and received over $4000 in scholarships for this accomplishment! In addition, the team won other scholarship monies throughout the tournament season. This is the pinnacle award of High School fishing and these boys worked extremely hard to accomplish this feat! Their fathers, Darren Wiggins and Scooter Clark, were also recognized for being their boat captains for the year. Also being recognized finishing in the top ten for standings were the team of James Marshall and Chandler Burgay with their impressive tenth place finish. Shelby County also had several other teams that finished high in the standings, and congratulations go out to all that participated and represented our communities.

 

The South East Texas Regional Championship was also held this past weekend at Umphrey’s Pavillion on Sam Rayburn. This was a two day event and 266 teams of anglers from area schools qualified to fish for the grand prize of $10,000 in scholarship monies. A total of $110,000 of scholarships and prizes were given out over the weekend to these anglers. This is a testament that high school fishing is the fastest growing sport for these youngsters. In addition, the collegiate level of bass fishing has grown over the past few years and colleges are giving 4 year scholarships to anglers to compete for their schools.

Jared Wiggins and Brett Clark continued their dream season with a 6th place finish in the Championship racking up another $3000 in scholarship monies, plus prizes for capturing the second place overall big bass of the event weighing 8.24lbs!  Congratulations to these boys and every team that qualified for the Championship. On behalf of the Shelby County Bass Anglers, and the Shelby County Jr. Bass Anglers, we would like to thank Lynn and Diana Stanford for taking on the task of being the club Advisors for these kids and making it a success for the club, as well as the kids fishing. Anyone interested in joining this fishing club is urged to contact Lynn Stanford or any one of the Shelby County Bass Anglers’ members. Great Season!

 

Pic One- Pictured are (left to right) Lynn Stanford –SCJBA Advisor, James Marshall, Chandler Burgay- Tenth place AOY, Scooter Clark- Boat Captain, Brett Clark and Jared Wiggins-SETX Anglers of the Year, Diana Stanford- SCJBA Advisor

 

Pic Two- Brett Clark and Jared Wiggins with a Day One Championship Total of 21.11 lbs including Brett’s 8.24lb lunker.

 

Pic Three- Jared Wiggins and Brett Clark with their Day Two catch, along with their biggest fan, Brandt Wells.

 

Credit to - Jason Wells

 

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Texas Purple Hull Pea Festival set for June 27


For a second year, the Texas Purple Hull Pea Festival offers a day of family-friendly fun in the Deep East Texas Piney woods of Newton County’s Shankleville Community (www.shankleville.org).   

 

As with last year, the 2015 festival will feature lots of food vendors, including fried chicken, fried catfish, barbecue and (of course) purple hull peas.  Vendors offering crafts, fresh produce and community information will also be on hand.

Live music will be provided by the *Night Owls *out of Beaumont, and a special appearance by the *Purple Hull Pea Festival Band* with members hailing from Newton County, Houston and the D-FW area.

Festival goers can also take advantage of walking tours of the historic Shankleville Community, which is featured in the Texas Historical Commission’s “African Americans in Texas” mobile tour and print travel guide. (Download the mobile tour app at www.AfricanAmericansinTexas.com)

The Festival Symposium is back too, with Hoover Alexander of the award-winning Hoover’s Cooking (www.hooverscooking.com) restaurant in Austin kicking things off with a cooking demonstration.  Then, Nola McKey, former editor of *Texas Highways Magazine* will discuss her upcoming book, *From Teacakes to Tamales: Third Generation Texas Recipes*. 

 

Finally, Andrea Roberts of the Texas Freedom Colonies Project (
www.facebook.com/TheTexasFreedomColoniesProject) will facilitate a discussion focused on collecting, recording and preserving community histories – both oral and built.  The Texas Historical Commission will support the discussion, offering insight and materials for planning and implementing preservation projects, and John Crain of the Summerlee Foundation (www.summerlee.org) will provide tips for securing funding.

The Texas Purple Hull Pea Festival is organized by the Shankleville Historical Society, Inc., with financial and volunteer support from Newton County, the Deep East Texas Council of Governments, the Office of State Representative James White, the Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc.
and the Texas Historical Commission Preservation Trust Fund.

The festival will be at the A. T. and Addie Odom Homestead in the Shankleville Community on Saturday, June 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Shankleville is located between Texas Highways 63 and 87 on FM 1415 near Burkeville, Texas. For additional information, contact Lareatha Clay – 214-914-8137; lhclay@prm-od.com

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Weather Update @ 7:45 a.m. Tuesday


Tropical Storm Bill is off the coast by about 50 miles. It is coming inland further West of Houston than previously thought it would make land. Winds are currently fluctuating between 60 and 65 miles per hour with movement to the North at 13 MPH. Below are a series of graphics depicting the movement and effects of the storm over the next 5 days. Lots of rain thru Thursday.  The movement will take it more over Dallas and exacerbate the flooding in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas and on up through the mid section of the US including Chicago and other areas that flooded just yesterday. 

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Tropical Storm Bill nears landfall; Dangerous flood threat looms



(The Weather Channel)

Tropical Storm Bill is headed toward a landfall this morning along the Texas coast
and is poised to deliver more torrential rain and flash flooding to flood-weary 
parts of the South.

Before that happens, Bill's wind field is already triggering coastal flooding in
 Texas. Highway 87 was closed early Tuesday morning from Gilchrist to highway 124
on the east edge of the Bolivar Peninsula due to debris on the road.

Galveston County emergency management reported yards were flooded in parts of Hitchcock
and Bayou Vista, across the bay from Galveston Island.

The peak storm surge will occur as the center moves inland this morning, coinciding
with an early morning high tide along the Upper Texas and southwest Louisiana coasts.

Winds were already gusting over 50 mph on offshore oil rigs. Tropical storm-force
winds will spread ashore this morning as the center moves inland.

Expect the highest gusts, over 50 mph in a few spots, to occur, primarily to the
 east of the center from Matagorda Bay to Galveston and areas near Galveston Bay.
Some trees, tree limbs may be downed and a some power outages are possible in these
areas.

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FLASH FLOOD WATCH ISSUED THRU WEDNESDAY, UPWARDS TO 8 INCHES OF RAIN POSSIBLE


FLASH FLOOD WATCH THRU WEDNESDAY

 

Today: A 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall, high near 87. East wind 10 to 15 mph.

 

Tonight: A 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall, low around 75. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

 

Wednesday: A 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall, high near 88. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

 

Wednesday Night: A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 75.

 

Thursday: A 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 88.

 

Thursday Night: A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 74.

 

Friday: A 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89.

 

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73.

 

Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91.

 

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

 

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 92.

 

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

 

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. 

 

 

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 06/15/15--06/16/15


Arrest Report

06/12/15—06/15/15

Shelby County:

 

Lah Hay, 20, Center, Panola County Warrant-Driving While Intoxicated

 

Eddie Chisenhall, III, 34, Center, Possession of a Controlled Substance

 

Justin Taylor, 21, Center, Driving While Intoxicated

 

San Augustine County: No Arrest Reported

 

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

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DETCOG reports regional sales tax allocations set record high


Jasper, Texas – Although not continuing to be as strong as the 11% first quarter increase, the 12-county Deep East Texas Council of Governments region’s sales tax allocations have set a new record high for the first half of 2015.
 
“The loss of jobs in the region related to the drop in the price of oil and the drop in exports caused by the strong dollar had us concerned,” said DETCOG Executive Director Walter Diggles.
 
“However, strong housing markets in Houston and Dallas have increased the demand for building materials produced in the region. Now 11 of our 12 counties have been declared eligible to receive federal disaster funds to repair infrastructure which was damaged by the floods. This should take any slack out of the regional job market and keep consumer confidence high in Deep East Texas.”
 
The $ 22,701,583 in sales tax allocations reported in the DETCOG “snapshot” report of 17 key cities and counties in the region is the highest amount reported for the first 6 months of the year in the 8 year history of the report. It translates into taxable sales of $908,063,338 which is an increase of $53,756,105 over the same period in 2014.
 
The sales tax allocations, as reported by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, are comprised of the cities and county’s part of the state’s 8.25% sales tax. Local entities; cities, counties, hospital and special districts within a county can claim up to a total of 2.5% of that levy. The state’s local allocations come from sales tax remitted by businesses, either quarterly or monthly, with a two month delay to allow for complete reporting and calculation of the local allocations.
 
The Deep East Texas Council of Governments region includes the counties of Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity and Tyler. Its members include local governments, school districts, water districts, non-profit organizations and the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas.

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Construction of Loop 500 expansion continues in Center, expected completion late Summer


TxDOT is telling Center Broadcasting the Loop 500 expansion project from US 96 to SH 7 East is now 90 percent complete.

 

The James Construction Group began construction on the little more than $16 million project in late 2012.

 

TxDOT Public Information Officer Rhonda Oaks says work continues on placing top soil where seeding will be done, followed by striping the just over 3-mile section. Ms. Oaks says stop signs will also be set in the near future at FM 699 and FM 2468 within the loop project.

 

She reminds motorist the new construction section is not open to traffic and the "Road Closed" signs remain in place at all access points.

 

The Loop 500 addition is scheduled to be complete in late summer and will offer a safer mode of transportation in and around Center.

 

As for another construction project in the area, Ms. Oaks says beams are being hung on the US 84/Texas-Louisiana eastbound bridge at Logansport and weather permitting, should be complete this week. She also noted work on the eastbound drainage features at the intersection at LA 5 and utility relocations will continue.

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Center ISD Board of Trustees to meet this evening


The Center ISD Board of Trustees will have a regular meeting at 6 p.m. this evening. Among the agenda items for consideration and possible approval will be authorizing administration to solicit proposals for transportation fuel and the concussion management team and protocols for the 2015-16 school year.

 

Board will also receive an update on facilities projects, the 2014-15 School Health Advisory Committee Report, distribution of Texas Association of School Board Policy Update 102, and consider a revise to the EIC (local) Academic Achievement Policy for class ranking and the FFA (local) Wellness Policy.

 

In addition, trustees will consider the 2015-16 broadcast agreement with Center Broadcasting.

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San Augustine City Council has meeting this afternoon


The San Augustine City Council will have a regular meeting at 5 p.m. this afternoon and among the agenda items for discussion and possible action will be Chris Anding on proposed water and wastewater improvements and projects and the council is expected to go into executive session to interview applicants for the city manager's position.

 

 

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Timpson City Council to meet this evening


The Timpson City Council has a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. today and among the agenda items for discussion and possible action will be designating a separate checking account for the police department and a termite job at the community building in SoSo Park.

 

In addition, recognition will be given to employee Larry Burns on 21 years with the City of Timpson and during citizen’s input, business owner Tony Smith and Noel Johnson are schedule to speak on the possible reduction in force of the police department.

 

On the consent agenda items, the council will consider waiving the 30 ft. spacing for mobile homes at an established mobile home park owned by Al & Debbie Skinner.

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Funeral Notices: 06/16/15


Mangum Funeral Home announces service for 89-year old Dana Elizabeth (Cole) Lightsey of Center. She passed away Sunday at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. Service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Center, with graveside service at 10 a.m. Thursday at Madisonville City Cemetery in Madisonville. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until service time at First Baptist Church. She worked for Dad & Lads in Center for many years. Among Dana Elizabeth (Cole) Lightsey’s survivors is a son, Mike & Mary Ann Lightsey of Crockett; daughter, Patricia Alford of Tyler; and sisters-in-laws, Ann Cole of Plano and Ann Lightsey of Lufkin.

 

Garrison Funeral Home announces service for 70-year old John Carroll Elliott of Pearland. He passed away Monday in Pearland. Service will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Garrison Funeral Home, with burial at Caledonia Cemetery, Rusk County. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening at Garrison Funeral Home. Among John Carroll Elliott’s survivors is his wife, Annie Elizabeth Elliott of Pearland; sons, Michael Douglass & Michele Elliott of Alvin, Mary & Dee Elliott of Garrison and Richie Reading of Pearland; daughter, Karen & Keith Davis of Weatherford; sister, Lee Ruth & Doyle Weldon; and brother, Joe & Liz Elliott.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces service for 96-year old Mrs. Etta Mae White of the East Liberty Community. She passed away Friday at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Triumph Church, with interment at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville. Wake will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Community Funeral Home in Center. Among Etta Mae White’s survivors are daughters, Mae Ella & Willie Earl Moore of Center, Rose & Jessie McDaniel of Mansfield and Mae Alice & Charles Ray Walker of Center; a son Charles Ester & Nita White of Center.

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Weather Update @ 3 a.m. Tuesday; Tropical Bill forms


That is a question I have had ask of me and I thought it was a great question since this is the start of hurricane season. INVEST 91L, has just hit Tropical Storm status and is named...BILL. Landfall 8 am this morning!!! 


INVEST... is an international designation meaning a disturbed area over water that has a water temp of 80 degrees or higher to a depth of about 150 feet that meets certain criteria that bears watching closely or "investigation". Hence...the acronym..INVEST.


Each geographic region around the world carries a basin designation. I think there are 7, but will have to look it up.Those I do remember are:Atlantic/Gulf = LEast Pacific = EWest Pacific = WIndian Ocean = BSouth Pacific = PSouth East Indian = S


So, the numbers associated with the INVEST start at 90 and go to 99 before starting over at 90. NOT likely to have 10 in a basin in a season. I do not have an answer for why not start at...01???
In the case of 91L in the Gulf...it is an Atlantic basin INVEST..."L".... 91 ...or second of the current hurricane season...remember a couple of weeks ago the Invest 90L off the East coast?  She became a named Tropical Storm... ANA. 


91L, has just hit Tropical Storm status and is named...BILL.  Bill is slated to make landfall around 8AM Tuesday morning.  Bill is currently moving NW at about 17 MPH with winds of about 50 MPH. 


The forecast....
   
   - The center of Bill is expected to make landfall in the warning area along the Texas coast Tuesday morning and move inland over South-Central Texas Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night.   

   - Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts.   

   - Some slight strengthening is possible before landfall. Bill is forecast to begin Weakening after the center moves inland on Tuesday, and Bill is expected to weaken to a tropical depression Tuesday night.   

   - Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km) from the center.   

   - The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb.   

Hazards affecting land----------------------rainfall:  Bill is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches over Eastern Texas and Eastern Oklahoma and 2 to 4 inches over Western Louisiana and Western Arkansas, with possibleisolated maximum amounts of 12 inches in eastern Texas.Wind:  tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area tonight.
INVEST GRAPHIC TROPICAL STORM BILL
Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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Funeral Notice: John Carroll Elliott


Deceased Name: John Carroll Elliott

 

John Carroll Elliott was born July 19, 1944 in Timpson, Texas to John Sebern and Tommie (King) Elliott. He entered into rest on June 15, 2015 in Pearland, Texas

 

Service will be Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 9:00 am at the Garrison Funeral Home, Garrison, Texas. Burial will be at the Caledonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 16, 2015 5:00 to 8:00 at Garrison Funeral Home in Garrison, Texas.

 

Survivors:

Wife:  Annie Elizabeth Elliott of Pearland, Texas

Sons:  Michael Douglas Elliott and wife Michele of Alvin, Texas

           Marty Elliott and wife Dee of Garrison, Texas

            Richie Reading of Pearland, Texas

Daughter: Karen Davis and husband Keith of Weatherford, Texas

 

Grandchildren: Pamela Townsley, Jenniffer Elliott, Courtney Elliott, Candice Elliott, John Michael Elliott, Ashley Cif, Christy Blaylock Cheyanne Davis,

Sister: Lee Ruth Weldon and husband Doyle

Brother: Joe Elliott and wife Liz

 

Several Great Grandchildren

Host of other relatives and friends

 

Garrison Funeral Home in charge of service.

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Short term forecast @ 4:30 p.m.


A LINE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE MOVING TO THE NORTHWEST
AT 20 MPH OVER PARTS DEEP EAST TEXAS AND CENTRAL LOUISIANA. HEAVY
RAINFALL AND DANGEROUS CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING WILL BE POSSIBLE
AS THESE STORMS MOVE INTO THE AREA. RAINFALL AMOUNTS WILL RANGE
FROM A QUARTER OF AN INCH...UPWARDS TO NEARLY ONE INCH.

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DPS reminds Texans about dangers of leaving children in vehicles



AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding Texans that as summer temperatures increase, so do does the potential for vehicular heatstroke deaths in children. Every year, children die from heatstroke after being left in a vehicle or entering a vehicle unnoticed. 

“Children should never be left unattended in a vehicle regardless of the weather; however especially in warmer temperatures, the likelihood of serious injury or death increases exponentially when a child – or anyone – remains in a hot vehicle for too long,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “DPS urges parents, caretakers and the public to do their part to prevent vehicular heatstroke by never leaving a child inside a vehicle without an adult present, and by notifying emergency personnel if they see a child alone in a car.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, temperatures inside a car can rise more than 20 degrees in only 10 minutes; and even with an outside temperature of 60 degrees, the temperature inside a car can reach 110 degrees. Leaving windows partially rolled down does not help. In addition, young children are particularly at risk since their bodies heat up faster than an adult.

DPS offers the following tips for preventing vehicular heatstroke deaths and injuries:

•        Always check the back seats of your vehicle before walking away.
•        Establish reminders that help ensure you remove children from the vehicle. For example: leave your bag, lunch or cell phone in the back seat with the child’s car seat. 
•        Call 9-1-1 if you see a child alone in a car, and emergency personnel will instruct you what to do next. 
•        If a child goes missing, open the doors and trunks to every vehicle in the area. One-third of all of the deaths occur when a child accesses a parked car unnoticed. 
•        Teach children not to play in vehicles and make sure to place the keys out of reach when not being used.

For more information, visit www.safercar.gov/parents/index.htm.

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Weather Update @ 3:30 p.m. Monday


As of 3:18 PM we are getting the outer band of Invest 91L.  This imagery will give you a current status of the effect on Texas and us with the current severe weather ...flood watches and warnings. 
Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

 

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Governor Abbott announces activation of State Operations Center as Tropical System approaches Texas



AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott has announced an elevated activation of the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) as a tropical system is expected to impact parts of Texas this week. Governor Abbott has also approved that use of state resources that have been staged for rapid deployment as needed to assist local officials during this significant weather event. Texans are also encouraged to prepare for severe weather in their area.
"As this tropical system develops, the state stands ready to provide support to communities as needed, and we urge Texans to closely monitor the changing weather conditions in their area and heed warnings from local and state officials," said Governor Abbott. "Any additional rainfall will exacerbate already saturated grounds, which could quickly lead to dangerous flash flooding and extended river flooding."
Current forecasts indicate the projected path of this tropical system is expected to begin impacting the Texas coast as early as Monday evening. Associated with this tropical system, there is the possibility of significant rainfall, flash flooding, large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes through at least Thursday. In preparation, the SOC - in coordination with the Texas Emergency Management Council - will continue to monitor weather conditions and coordinate with the National Weather Service, as well as coordinate state resources and assistance to local jurisdictions as needed.
Texans are encouraged to follow these weather safety tips:

 *   Assemble an emergency kit that includes essential documents, supplies and provisions; plan how all family members and pets will respond in case of evacuation.
 *   Consider any special needs for individuals with disabilities or the elderly.
 *   When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors. If you are outdoors, seek shelter in a home or large building.
 *   Avoid areas already flooded and avoid any fast-flowing water; keep in mind that flood dangers are even harder to recognize at night.
 *   Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains or other areas - never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways - and always observe road barricades placed for your protection.
 *   Remember that dangerous waters can seem deceptively calm, and if you encounter flooding, move to higher ground.
 *   Monitor weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather.
 *   Always heed warnings and instructions provided by local officials and emergency management personnel.
For more information on preparing for tropical weather, please visit: http://texasprepares.org/
For additional safety tips related to tornadoes, thunderstorms and flooding, see:http://dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/weather_aware_severe.htm.
The following state agencies and organizations are standing by to assist: Texas Department of Public Safety; Texas Parks & Wildlife Department; Texas Military Forces; Texas Task Force 1; Texas Department of Transportation; Public Utility Commission of Texas; Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; Civil Air Patrol; Texas Department of Criminal Justice; Texas Health and Human Services Commission; Texas Animal Health Commission; Texas 2-1-1; Texas Department of State Health Services; and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters.

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Funeral Notice: Dana Elizabeth (Cole) Lightsey


Dana Elizabeth (Cole) Lightsey, 89, of Center, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2015 at East Texas Medical Center, Tyler, Texas.

 

Services will be 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Center with Bro. Carl Smith and Bro. Michael Hale officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. until service time at First Baptist Church. Graveside Service will be 10am Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Madisonville City Cemetery in Madisonville, Texas.

 

She was born August 12, 1925 in Mecca, Texas to Daniel Webster Cole and Annie Elizabeth (Lang) Cole. She and her family moved to Center in February 1957. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Center since 1957 where she was active in the choir. She worked for Dad & Lads in Center for many years.

 

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Dan & Annie Cole, Husband, John W. Lightsey, Sister, Blanche Fannin, Brothers, A.D. “Buck” Cole and Boyce Gene Cole & Son-in-law, Royce Alford.

 

She is survived by:

Son & Daughter-in-law:

Mike & Mary Ann Lightsey of Crockett

Daughter:

Patricia Alford of Tyler

Grandchildren:

Shane Lightsey & wife, Cindy of Pennington

Jason Lightsey of Huntsville

Amanda Murphy & husband, Matt of Wylie

Lori Smith of Trinity

Allison Cunningham & husband, Jason of Coral Springs, FL

Great Grandchildren:

Megan Lightsey, Ashley Lightsey, Haley Beth Lightsey,

Cole & Sadie Murphy, Hunter Smith,

Adiah & Ava Cunningham

Great Great Grandchildren:

Paisley & Alex

Sister-in-laws:

Ann Cole of Plano

Ann Lightsey of Lufkin

 

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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2015 What-A-Melon Run 5K & Walk to be held July 11



Center Rotary Club is gearing up for their annual What-A-Melon 5K/ Walk event which will be held on Saturday, July 11th. Each year, Center Rotary Club donates a major portion of the events funds to a local non-profit organization. This year’s funds will go towards the Shelby County Outreach Ministries.

Shelby County Outreach Ministries opened their doors in 1996 & incorporated in 1997. The idea & desire to start Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc. (SCOM) began with a free community Thanksgiving Day dinner in 1991. Since their inception they have gone through many changes. Currently they have 5 programs under our umbrella: Helping Hands Outreach , Shelby County Senior Nutrition Site, Meals on Wheels and Unique Boutique. The mission of SCOM is to help the hurting and feed the hungry. SCOM partner with local churches to help people during their time of need. SCOM also partners with DETCOG’s Area Agency on Aging, Churches, local businesses, civic organizations, and others to raise resources to help individuals to help themselves.

In previous years, Center Rotary Club has donated the 5K funds to: Shelby County Child Advocacy Center, Shelby County Scouting (Boys and Girls) and Center Girls Softball Association.

We want to encourage everyone in the county, to come out and participate in this fun family event. The event will be held at the Center Square. The fun run will begin at 7:00AM and the 5K at 7:30AM. Both events are for people of all ages. You can walk or run either event. Strollers are acceptable. T-shirts will be available for the first 150 participants. Packet pickup will be held at All Hours Fitness on Friday, July 10 from 5PM – 6:30PM and Saturday, July 11 from 6AM-6:45AM.

Registrations are available at Shelby Savings Bank, All Hours Fitness and Shelby County Outreach Ministries. Registration is also available (and preferred) online at www.onestoprace.com[1]. To be a sponsor for the event or any other general event questions, please call Anna Lee at 598-5688 or email at alee@shelbysavingsbank.com.
 

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26th annual What-A-Melon Festival brings Summer fun downtown


The 26th Annual What-A-Melon Festival is coming to downtown Center on July 9th, 10th, and 11th. The three day event will feature carnival rides, vendor booths, a pet show, a pageant, 5K What-A-Melon Crawl, live entertainment, and lots of great fun!

A full slate of activities are planned for this year’s event. The festival starts Thursday, July 9th with gates opening at 5pm. Enjoy carnival rides, a variety of vendors, and live music under the big tent. Thursday night's entertainment includes a line up of great gospel music!

The fun continues Friday with rides starting at 3pm. A crowd favorite, the What-A-Melon Pet Show, will be held Friday, July 10th under the big tent followed by more live entertainment. Registration for the pet show starts at 5:30pm with the show at 6pm. Bring your favorite pet to the stage in their cutest watermelon attire. No farm animals, pets only.

Come downtown early Saturday, July 11th with the 4th Annual 5K What-A-Melon Crawl starting at 7am. Each year proceeds from the 5K benefit a local group or organization and this year proceeds will benefit Shelby County Outreach Ministries. The 5K has helped in the past the Shelby County Children's
Advocacy Center, the Center Softball Association, and Shelby County
Scouting.

You won’t want to miss the festival's Watermelon Seed Spitting and Speed Eating contests which are held Saturday, July 11th under the big tent at 4pm. Don't leave after the seed spitting and speed eating because the 'biggest' event of the festival starts at 5pm when weighing in of Shelby County's biggest watermelons begins. Find out who wins the honor of growing Shelby County's Largest Watermelon and big money!

The cutest watermelon attire will take the stage at 6pm Saturday during the Annual What-A-Melon Pageant! Girls 0-15 years and boys 0-5 years compete in their favorite watermelon or summer attire. Following the pageant, live entertainment once again takes the stage.

A full slate of activities are planned for this year’s event and you won’t want to miss it. What-A-Melon Festival entry buttons will be available at the festival entry gates on Thursday evening. Buttons are $4 and are good for entry to the festival for all three days. Children five and under get in free.

Craft and merchandise vendor spaces are still available. Email whatamelonfestival@gmail.com for more information or to request a vendor
application.

The What-A-Melon Festival is sponsored by the Center Rotary Club.
 

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What-A-Melon Festival Largest Watermelon Contest deadline is July 3



Attention watermelon growers: It's time to enter your best into the Largest Watermelon Contest! The weigh-in will be held on the last day of the festival, Saturday, July 11th. The deadline for entry into the biggest event of the festival is Friday, July 3rd.

Entry forms can be obtained at Brookshire Brothers Grocery and Boles Feed. All completed forms will need to be returned by the deadline date. Entry forms can be mailed to: Chandra Atholi, 301 Wulf Creek Drive, Center, Texas 75935 or faxed to (936) 591-8884. Entry forms can also be hand delivered to Brookshire Brothers on Hurst Street in Center.

Watermelons MUST be grown in SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS, and be attached to the
vine when judges assign numbers. It is the responsibility of each contestant to make sure that the entry form is received by the July 3, 2015 deadline. An official with the festival will contact the contestant on the entry form to set up a time to mark and record your entry in the contest.

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Motorist should be alert to potential flooding with tropical storm approaching


LUFKIN  - A weak low pressure area is expected to reach the Texas coast on Tuesday with heavy rain likely over much of the nine-county TxDOT Lufkin District that could cause localized flooding on some roadways.

The storm, referred to as Invest 91-L by the National Hurricane Center, is poised to deliver torrential rain and possible flash flooding this week over much of the gulf coast and could move through the deep East Texas area or possibly east into Louisiana Tuesday and Wednesday.

If this occurs, motorists should be alert to low-lying areas that are prone to fast-rising flood waters near rivers, creeks and/or over roadways. TxDOT will provide up-to-the-minute transportation news and local information for the Lufkin District throughout the rain event.

"We will continue to use Twitter feeds and Facebook to deliver storm information and road or lane closures due to heavy rainfall," said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. "TxDOT offers current roadway conditions as far as closures, construction or flooded areas for the entire state anytime on drivetexas.org. We hope everyone will stay informed if they must drive during this weather event."

TxDOT reminds motorists that flooding is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in Texas. As little as six inches of water can float some vehicles. If you encounter a flooded road "Turn Around, Don't Drown" and remember:


  *   Never walk, swim or drive through swift water.
  *   Stay informed about weather conditions.
  *   If your vehicle stalls in water, leave it and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
  *   Do not move barriers blocking a low-water crossing. Penalties range from $200 to $1,000.
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Road conditions and traffic updates available on Facebook.com/txdot<http://www.facebook.com/txdot> orTwitter.com/TxDOTLufkin<https://twitter.com/TxDOTLufkin>.

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Weather Update @ 1 p.m. Monday


Invest 91L is expected to become Tropical Storm "BILL" before it makes landfall. It is becoming more organized and beginning to spin and generate more T-storms that are an indication of strengthening. The winds are consistently near the 40 MPH TS status. Landfall tonight or early tomorrow morning.


The jet stream currently dips down and flows North over New Mexico and will funnel the rainfall all the way to the East Coast. There is a HIGH pressure system sitting over Miss, Ala, Georgia that is holding this weather from moving East for at least the next 4-5 days as there is no LOW  or cold front to steer it particularly this time of year when those high pressure domes settle in..  The outer bands around the High to our East is where the T-storms and rain will continue to form. Major flooding is anticipated from the Gulf Coast up into the Central Plains to Chicago as this trains over already saturated ground. The moisture in the ground will allow the T-storms to continue to fire up even after the storm gets over land due to the available moisture.


The outer bands on the North East side are already being sent outward and are rapidly reaching into the Louisiana and Texas Coastal Land areas. The midpoint of storm will be along I-35 corridor. If the current trend continues, the East side of the storm will see the heaviest rainfall....a significant amount will fall in Deep East Texas and our area could see 2-5 inches through Thursday. Winds of 30+ miles per hour should be expected, especially in the Primary T-storm locals. Hopefully the storm will move to the North and out of Texas faster than the current speed(NNW at 15 MPH). Location 200+ miles SSW of Corpus.  If the track is more along the West of I 35, then all the flooding and heaviest activity will focus on the Trinity river, Texoma, red river, and already flooded OKLA and North. 

 

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2015 4-H Round-up Photography Contest


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Tenaha Tiger Daily 06/15/15


Mark your calendars!  Tenaha Tiger Hall of Honor 2015 Induction Year is
HERE!!!
 

Inductees:  Four Categories

A.     Alumni

B.     Athletes

C.     Educators

D.     Supporters

 
Inductees may be nominated five years after graduation or have given five
years of service to Tenaha ISD.
 

Class of 2015:  1-2 members as chosen by committee and approved by the
Tenaha Independent School District’s Board of Trustees

Selection Committee:  Five person committee

The 11th annual induction ceremony will take place on Friday, September 18,
2015 at the TISD Cafetorium.  All inductees will be introduced to the
community during a pre-game ceremony prior to the game between the Tenaha
Tigers and the White Oak Roughnecks at a time yet to be determined. 


Timeline:

June 18, 2015                Nomination forms available

August 3, 2015              Deadline for submitting nominations to Tenaha
ISD

August 17, 2015            Selections announced

September 18, 2015       Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony 

                                      Tenaha Tigers vs. White Oak Roughnecks


 

Nominations to the Hall of Honor must be made by former Tenaha High School
Alumni.

 
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.


Tenaha Varsity Cheerleaders Football Program Ad

The Tenaha Cheerleaders are taking orders for the upcoming football season.

If you are interested in placing an ad, please contact Amy Collins at
collinsamy@tenahaisd.com or place an order with your favorite cheerleader.

Please state name, address, City, State, and Zip for your order.

Prices are as follows:

¼ Page-$65.00

½ Page-$100

Full Page-$200

Inside Back Cover-$250

All ads are full color. The deadline to order is July 1st, 2015.
 

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San Augustine City Council to have called meeting today


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City of San Augustine to have regular meeting Tuesday (agenda)


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Tenaha ISD announces administration additions


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Weather Update @ 9:30 a.m.


The NWS is expected to hold an emergency contingency call this morning to provide more information and concerns with this possible weather.
The first graphic is a satellite view of Invest 91L in the Gulf. 
Expected path from multiple sources. South, Central, andNorth Texas are currently in the bull's eye.

Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

 

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Timpson City Council to meet Tuesday evening (agenda)


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Rain chances good for most of the week


Today: A 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, high near 90. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

 

Tonight: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, low around 74. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

 

Tuesday: A 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, high near 85. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

 

Tuesday Night: A 50 percent chance of rain, low 74.

 

Wednesday: An 80 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 83.

 

Wednesday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 73.

 

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high near 87.

 

Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, low around 73.

 

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 73.

 

Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92.

 

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74.

 

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 93.

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Local Sports Round Up 06/15/15; Tenaha's Caraway takes Offensive MVP at Heart of Champion Bowl


In sports,

 

Tenaha’s Caraway named Offensive MVP of all-star game

Recent Tenaha graduate Cobe Caraway had 151 yards on 10 carries and rushed for two touchdowns, and was named the Offensive MVP of the Chick-fil-A Heart of a Champion Bowl played at Longview’s Lobo Stadium Saturday. Caraway helped lead the Blue squad to a 17-10 win over the Red in the annual game. Caraway broke a 10-10 tie with a 70-yard TD run with 30-seconds left to play. He also had an 81-yard TD run just before half. The game brings together talent from all over East Texas and is put together by the Northeast Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

 

UIL State Baseball Championships

Class 2A championship: Flatonia 4, Crawford 3

Class 3A championship: West 4, Bishop 3

Class 4A championship: Argyle 7, West Orange-Stark 3

Class 5A championship: Prosper 8, Georgetown 0

Class 6A championship: Houston Cypress Ranch 3, Arlington Martin 0

 

23rd annual Darren Wilson Golf Classic set for June 20

The 23rd annual Darren Wilson Golf Classic will be held this Saturday, June 20th at the Center Country Club. The Classic will be played in a 6 person scramble format. The cost will be $80 per golfer which will include golf gift bag, lunch, greens fee and fellowship. Rental fee for carts is not included in the sign-up fee. You can sign up in the pro shop or on the window of the 19th hole. Prizes will be given for 1st and 2nd gross and handicap scores. There will also be a silent auctions held with lots of great prizes. If you wish to be a Hole Sponsor or donate a gift for the silent auction, contact Larry Horn (936)590-2965, Glenn Cordray (936)572-4908 or Jo Pro (936)598-5513.

 

Center Lady Rider Athletic camps set

The Center Lady Roughrider Athletic Program is hosting a Volleyball Camp on July 6th-9th from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Center High School Gym. It is for Incoming 5th graders through 9th graders. The cost will be $20 for individuals or $35 for two children families. Pre-registration is from now until June 29th.

 

The Center Lady Roughrider Athletic Program is hosting a Basketball Camp on July 27th-30th from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Center High School Gym. It is for Incoming 5th graders through 9th graders. The cost will be $20 for individuals or $35 for two children families. Pre-registration is from now until July 20th.

 

For more information on either camp, contact Coach Dana Irvin or Mrs. Sherry Turner at 936-598-6173 ext. 2231.

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Washer Board Tournament added to Timpson Frontier Day events, register by July 1


A Washer Board tournament will be among the activities at the annual Timpson Frontier Days on Saturday, July 4.

 

The tourney is for two-person teams, consisting of any age and gender. It’s a double-elimination style bracket and will start at 11 a.m. in downtown Timpson. Cost is $10 per team with 80 percent payout to first-place, 20 percent to second place.

 

Pre-registration is required no later than 5 p.m. July 1. There will be NO registration allowed the day of the tournament.

 

For more on the Timpson Frontier Day Washer Board Tournament, contact Tracy Rucker at 936-615-5360.

 

Registration forms are also available on the Timpson Frontier Day Facebook page. Registration form and fee can also be taken to the Timpson Public Library by July 1.

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Arrest Report: Shelby & San Augustine County 06/12/15--06/15/15


Arrest Report

06/12/15—06/15/15

 

Shelby County:

 

Brent H. Denby, 21, Center, Warrant-Theft

 

Tom Paul Chandler, II, 23, Center, Violation of Probation, Original Charge: Driving While Intoxicated with Open Container-2nd Offense

 

Bryce Baldwin, 21, Center, Driving While Intoxicated

 

Joe Parks, Jr. II, 30, Tenaha, Burglary of a Habitation

 

San Augustine County:

 

Terry L. Hargrove, 25, Reeves, Tx., Evading Arrest/Detention with a Vehicle

 

Joshua D. Amburn, 29, San Augustine, Driving While Intoxicated-Time Service

 

Kenneth Brown, 40, Jasper, Warrants-Failure to Appear, Original Charge: Theft by Check, Assault-Family Violence and Speeding

 

Cody DeWayne Bass, 25, Lufkin, Indecency with a Child

 

Michael Smith, 37, Center, Parole Violation, Original Charge: Possession of a Controlled Substance

 

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

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No tornado reported after possible sighting by motorist Friday


Our very unstable weather produced what was believed to be a possible funnel cloud sited by a motorist along US 59 between Timpson and Garrison around 4 p.m. Friday.

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Dept. notified Center Broadcasting that a tornado was spotted near the Shelby and Rusk/Nacogdoches County line.

 

After law enforcement checked the area and had no reports of confirmed damage, we were told by a Garrison-based storm spotter that there was no tornado it just appeared that way to the motorist.

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Center ISD Board of Trustees to hold meeting Tuesday evening


The Center ISD Board of Trustees will have a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

 

Among the agenda items for consideration and possible approval will be authorizing administration to solicit proposals for transportation fuel and the concussion management team and protocols for the 2015-16 school year.

 

Board will also receive an update on facilities projects, the 2014-15 School Health Advisory Committee Report, distribution of Texas Association of School Board Policy Update 102, and consider a revise to the EIC (local) Academic Achievement Policy for class ranking and the FFA (local) Wellness Policy.

 

In addition, trustees will consider the 2015-16 broadcast agreement with Center Broadcasting.

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Tenaha City Council meets today


The Tenaha City Council meets at 5:15 p.m. this afternoon and among the agenda items will be the election of a mayor pro tem, establish a process/timeline for fire department reimbursement to city for fire truck repairs and re-visiting the financing choices for mowing equipment purchase. 

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Joaquin City Council to meet this evening


The Joaquin City Council will have a regular meeting at 6 p.m. tonight and among the agenda items will be the appointment to fill the vacant city council seat of Mayor Bill Baker, discussion on Dub Alford meter removal and hearing concerns from Doug Shook about drainage issues and agenda construction.

 

In addition, council will take action to remove former Mayor Mike Wood and former City Secretary Donna Marshall-Fitzgerald from the Improvement of Sewer Plant Stand Pipe Project & Wastewater Plant Load and add Mayor Bill Baker and City Secretary Amanda Willey.

 

Joaquin Council is scheduled to hear from Wayne Swan concerning the Paxton/Jackson Water Supply, possible action on utility rate increase and increasing the limit on the Visa card, apply for a new corporate card and Exxon gas card.

 

The council meeting will be preceded by the Joaquin Economic Development Corporation meeting at 5 p.m. and the Joaquin Public Safety Corporation meeting at 5:30 p.m. Among the agenda items on the Public Safety Corporation is the expenditure of extra funds on fire department expenses.

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Out-of-town billboard advertising request denied by Center City Council


A billboard advertising funding request made by Wulf Center Trades Day and Antique Mall to the City of Center Hotel/Motel Advisory Board was denied at last week’s Center City Council meeting when a second to a motion to grant the monies was not received.

 

The request of $10, 700 for 12 months was to erect billboards out-of-town in Nacogdoches and Carthage.

 

According to City Manager Chad Nehring the Hotel/Motel Board recommended a budget amendment to fund the request, saying there was sufficient fund balance within the Trust Fund for amendment. He added the one-year commitment would be in next year’s budget and modification was done to promote local hotels and highlight only the Trade Days event.

 

The request to the Hotel/Motel Advisory Board was made by Fred Wulf and Catherine Livingston.

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Joaquin ISD Board to meet this evening


The Joaquin ISD Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. this evening and among their agenda items for consideration will be 2014-15 budget amendments, Texas Association of School Board Update 102, a change in date and time for regular monthly board meeting, authority to employ and dismiss non-contractual employees on an at-will basis, the internal auditor and legal services for the district.

 

In Closed session, trustees will discuss resignations and teacher, band director and counselor positions. If any action is taken, it would be done so in open session.     

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Funeal Notices: 06/15/15


Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces service for 99-year old Hallie Pearce of San Augustine. She passed away last Wednesday in Round Rock. Service will be at 11 a.m. this morning at First United Methodist Church in San Augustine, with interment in the Liberty Hill Cemetery, San Augustine County. Among Hallie Pearce’s survivors are daughters, Sarah Mathews of Jasper and Carey & Bob Densmore of Round Rock; and brother, Donald & Hazel Stallings of Nacogdoches. Memorial contributions may be made to the San Augustine First Methodist Church and the Mission Program of the Church.

 

Wyman Roberts Funeral Home in San Augustine announces service for 94-year old Mrs. Katherine Birdwell Walker of San Augustine. She passed away Friday in San Augustine. Service will be at 3 p.m. today at Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with interment at Macune Cemetery, San Augustine County. Among Katherine Birdwell Walker’s survivors are daughters, Linda & Marvin Best of Hudson; Kathryn & Jerry Skinner of Weatherford and Charlotte & James Mancil of San Augustine.

 

Garrison Funeral Home announces a memorial service was held Sunday for 66-year old Charles Hubert (Charlie) Crownover of Garrison. He passed away last Wednesday in Leon County. Memorial service was held at the Attoyac Arena in Garrison. Among Charlie Crownover’s survivors is his wife, Fran Crownover of Garrison; sons Charles Christopher & Amy Crownover of Greenwood, TX and Robert & Deanna Reynolds of Lindale; daughters, Kimberly Dawn James of Alaska, Leasa & Darrell Lunsford of Garrison and Dina Reynolds of Longview. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the East Texas Angel Network in Longview in memory of Charlie Crownover.

 

Garrison Funeral Home was in charge of service Sunday for 91-year old Ella Margaret Cornelius Simms of Garrison. She passed away Friday in Garrison. Service was held at Garrison First United Methodist Church. Among Ella Margaret Cornelius Simms’ survivors are daughters, Lillian & Rusty Cook and Linda & Gus Irwin, all of Garrison; and sister, Sue and Joe Nix of Santo. Memorials may be sent to Garrison Methodist Church, Lufkin State School, or the charity of your choice.

 

Community Funeral Home of Center announces pending service for 96-year old Mrs. Etta White of the East Liberty Community. She passed away Friday at Nacogdoches Medical Center.

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Joaquin Vol. Fire Dept. announces winners of recent drawings


The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department held a drawing for their Father's Day raffle on Saturday, June 13th. The raffle winners are as follows: 


58-piece tool set from Wilson Supply: Nick Ham of Joaquin

 
7 1/2 gallon propane tank (filled) from Haslam Sales: Richard Strickland of Haughton, Louisiana 

 

Two-piece tool chest from ACE Hardware: Daniel Loftin of Joaquin 
 

Four-door window tint from Ultra-Shade Plus: Buren Lowe of Joaquin 
 

250 Amp battery charger from NAPA in Center: Mickey Shull of Center 


4000 Watt generator from Dean's Hardware: Stew Lowe of Joaquin

 
Handmade hunting knife by Webb and Michael Bates: Theresa Dickerson of Joaquin

 
The raffle was a huge success, and the JVFD would once again like to thank all of the sponsors who donated items, as well as everyone who purchased tickets. 

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Weather Update @ 9:15 a.m. Sunday; Unsettled pattern beginning today, with mix of fronts & tropical things forming


Similar to this time yesterday...another convective complex is moving eastward across southern OK/North Texas while scattered showers/thunderstorms move northward on the northwest coast of the Gulf. The OK/Texas complex should weaken later this morning before it reaches our area. However...scattered convection should redevelop along a residual outflow boundary from southeast OK southward into deep East Texas.

 

Convective coverage should be greater than Saturday as a broad upper trough moves into the plains and provides some enhanced lift. In fact...the additional vertical ascent has already resulted in scattered showers from Toledo Bend northward into SW Arkansas for much of the night.

 

Showers/thunderstorms should gradually diminish and decrease in coverage after sunset.

 

A similar scenario should unfold for Monday but daytime convective coverage should once again be greater as a deep plume of moisture streams into the area ahead of a tropical low in the Gulf of mx. 

 

Speaking of the tropical low currently known as invest al91...this is where the forecast becomes increasingly complex. Almost all of the models have now picked up on this tropical low...currently over the Yucatan Peninsula...and track it into the northwest Gulf and bring it onshore the southeast Texas coast before lifting it north and northeastward over East Texas and into southeast OK/western Arkansas through Thursday.

 

Timing differences are still quite significant. The NAM is currently the fastest model placing the low into southeast OK by Tuesday evening. The 00z Canadian is around 12z Wednesday...the 00z GFS around Thursday morning and the 00z European model (ecmwf) by early Thursday afternoon. NHC is also maintaining a 50 percent chance for tropical cyclone development with this system over the next 48 hours. 


Despite the timing differences...it is becoming increasingly likely that another heavy rain event is in store across southeast OK/SW Arkansas/East Texas during the Tuesday-Thursday time frame. 3 to 4 inches of rainfall...with locally higher amounts...will be possible during this time period. Higher rainfall totals will also be possible depending on the strength and exact track of the low. This could certainly lead to new and/or additional flooding on area rivers and lakes. Persons with interests along the rivers and lakes are urged to keep updated with the later forecasts. 

 

The low should gradually weaken after it moves onshore and be picked up by the prevailing westerlies and lift into the middle MS valley by the end of the week bringing most of our rain chances to an end. Rain chances beyond next Friday will likely be limited to isolated to scattered diurnal convection. 

 

Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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Funeral Notice: Hallie Pearce


Hallie Pearce, 99, of San Augustine, Texas, departed for her Heavenly home June 10, 2015, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Carey and Bob Densmore, of Round Rock, Texas.
 
She was born on October 10, 1915 in Mineola, Texas and lacked 4 months celebrating her 100th birthday. She was named for her father, Hal. The enclosure of the hymn, "Beautiful Isle" was remembered being sung by her mother Mildred Ella each morning as she prepared the morning meal.
 
At an early age the family moved to San Augustine, Texas, where she was educated in the San Augustine schools. Marrying R.A. Pearce in 1934 their first home was the PINK LADY now the home of the San Augustine Garden Club, their daughter Sarah was born in this home.
 
She was a devoted wife and mother, a role model for her children and grandchildren always showering them with love, and enjoying family occasions together. The love for her Lord was always evident in her service to her church and friends, she was a caring, giving person and it was her delight to meet new friends when associated with Clark, Downs and Company.
 
She was one of the first members and president of the WSCS "Women's Society of Christian Service", held membership in the San Augustine Garden Club, Thursday Bible Club, and the San Augustine Study Club.
 
She and Mary E. Saunders were Kindergarten Sunday School Teachers in the forties. She was a leader with the Junior Sunday School Class, which was her son James' group. Her special Blessing was serving on the Missions Board organized in 1963 and participating in Faith Promise Program.
 
She is survived by her daughters Sarah Mathews of Jasper, Texas; Carey Densmore and husband Bob of Round Rock, Texas; brother Donald Stallings and her dear sister-in-law Hazel Stallings of Nacogdoches, Texas; grandchildren, L.L. Mathews Jr. and wife Alison, Larry Pearce Mathews and wife Judy, Joseph Reese Mathews, Lydia Mathis and husband Jay Mathis, Robert Densmore and wife Alison, Andrew Densmore, Robert Andrew Pearce IV and wife Renelle, and Kelly Hess and husband Mark; four nephews and four nieces; great-grandchildren, Caroline Mathews, Taylor Mathews and wife Lindsey, Daniel Mathews, Samuel Mathews, Andrew Mathews, Jarrod Mathis, Lawrie Mathis Bomar and husband Jonathan, Harriet Pearce, Anne Pearce, Sam Hess and Olivia Hess.
 
She is preceded in death by her husband R.A. Pearce Jr.; sons, Robert Andrew Pearce III, and James Franklin Pearce; infant daughter Betty, and son-in-law L.L. "Boo" Mathews. Her parents, Hal Driscoll and Mildred Ella Stallings; sisters, Geneva Stephens and Christine Calcote; brothers, W.D. Stallings and J.C. Stallings.
 
A gathering of her friends and family will be from 3 to 5 o'clock June 14, 2015 at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home. Her service will be Monday June 15 at 11:00 at First United Methodist Church in San Augustine, Texas, with Rev. Martin Doran and Pastor Jay Mathis officiating. Interment will follow in the Liberty Hill Cemetery in San Augustine County, Texas.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the San Augustine First Methodist Church and the Mission Program of the Church.
 
- See more at: http://www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/812/Hallie_Pearce/obituary.html#sthash.9wa8zo46.dKqtXIWd.dpuf

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TxDOT project updates week of 06/15/15


LUFKIN - Seal coating season is in full swing at TxDOT and as weather permits, motorists will likely encounter a work crew in all nine counties of the Lufkin District.

Seal coats, which are also called chip seals, are a combination of rock and asphalt and are applied to existing pavements. The applications will extend the life of the pavement as well as improve traction.

The process is a relatively low-cost maintenance measure and will usually last for about five years. TxDOT rotates roads around the five-year interval to help preserve the pavement structures. This week, barricades will be set at various locations for seal coating projects to begin. In other areas, the projects have already begun and motorists will continue to see work crews working to complete the process.

Lufkin District work crews are also busy safety treating objects along several roadways. Lufkin Area Engineer Jesse Sisco explained why the process is important.

"Many of our projects involve us analyzing the roadside for potential hazards such as fixed objects and safety treating each hazard to make potential off-road accidents less severe," Sisco said. "This may involve extending a drainage headwall a safer distance from the pavement or adding concrete safety slopes to driveway culverts."

Motorists are advised to pay attention and remain alert through all project construction and areas undergoing maintenance. Expect alternating lane closures and slower traffic throughout projects and be prepared to stop or remain at a slower speed as vehicles maneuver through the lanes of traffic. Obey all road signs and drive carefully as crews are working close to moving traffic.

Project updates for the week of June 15-19 include:

 

SHELBY COUNTY:
US 84/Texas-Louisiana bridge: Beams are being hung with the Eastbound bridge beams set to be completed this week. Work on eastbound drainage features at the intersection at LA 5 and utility relocations will also continue.
Loop 500: From US 96 to SH 7 top soil is being placed where seeding will be done, followed by striping the project. Stop signs will also be set in the near future at FM 699 and FM 2468 within the loop project. The newly constructed section of the loop is not open to traffic and the "Road Closed" signs remain in place at all access points.
FM 139: Structure and driveway work to continue as well as safety treating fixed objects along roadway.

SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY:
SH 21/US 96: Work continues on drainage structures, concrete curb and gutter, traffic signal foundations and placing hot mix for widening. Temporary shoring near a box culvert just south of the intersection will also be installed.

ANGELINA COUNTY:
US 59/Loop 287: Concrete paving along the westbound frontage road as crews work toward completion of the westbound and eastbound Loop 287 main lanes beneath the United Pacific Railroad Overpass. Paving at the intersection of Business 59 toward Ellen Trout Zoo is scheduled to begin soon as weather permits. Landscape work continues through the project area as soil and seeding rehabilitation continue.
Business 59: The Angelina and Neches River Railroad bridge replacement project continues with lane closures expected throughout the week. Southbound traffic will be diverted into the northbound lanes of traffic as crews set pilings and prepare the bridge for removal.
US 59/FM 2021: Establishing vegetation and completing concrete paving.
FM 58: Road repairs in various areas along the roadway.
Various locations: Ditch work and rehabilitation to continue.
Various locations: Herbicide treatments.
Various locations: Pothole patching and pavement rehabilitation.

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY:
US 59: Striping work will begin once sealcoating is completed in various sections.
US 59: Installations of raised medians on the westbound entrance ramp and concrete work at the retaining wall at the southbound exit ramp. A new pavement structure will be built behind the traffic barrier on the westbound entrance ramp.
Loop 224: Placing top soil and seeding around the project area.
Loop 224: Work on various cross drainage structures is scheduled to be completed as well as driveway pipes and restoration throughout project.
SH 21: Work is set to begin completing the widening project from FM 226 to FM 3276.
FM 3314: Completing the final surface paving with striping to begin in the near future. New signs and mailboxes are scheduled to be set.

POLK COUNTY:
US 59: Begin placing final surface on southbound lanes from Moscow through Leggett.
US 59: Patching base failures at various locations.
US 287: Pouring concrete headwalls and wingwalls on cross structures and safety treating fixed objects.
SH 146: Striping with alternating lane closures throughout project area.
Various locations: Maintenance crews will be sweeping bridges, repairing signs and filling potholes.

SAN JACINTO COUNTY:
US 59 at FM 2914 overpass: Hauling and placing embankment. Crews will be bracing bridge beams and setting forms in preparation for setting bridge deck panels.
US 59: Milling and inlaying pavement.
FM 946: Pouring concrete headwalls and wingwalls on cross structures.
Various locations: Setting barricades for sealcoating projects.
Various locations: Rehabilitating ditches.

SABINE COUNTY:
FM 1: Work will continue to install a flashing beacon at the railroad underpass.
FM 1: Installation of driveway culverts.
FM 1751: Cross drainage structures being replaced and repaired.
FM 1592: Safety treating fixed objects along the roadway.
FM 3184: Safety treating fixed objects along the roadway.
FM 2261: Safety treating fixed objects along the roadway.

HOUSTON COUNTY:
US 287: Safety treating fixed objects along the roadway south of Loop 304.
SH 7: Rehabilitating the roadway and adding passing lanes west of Kennard.
FM 132: Completion of road repairs.
FM 2967: Continued road repairs.
FM 3151: Continued road repairs.
FM 2915: Road rehabilitation and repairs.

TRINITY COUNTY:
SH 94: Safety treating fixed objects alongside the roadway.
SH 19: Road repairs in the southbound lane from the Lovelady city limits south to the Trinity County line.
FM 3317: Level-up road surface.

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Weather Update @ 8:30 a.m. Saturday


Showers and possible thunderstorms will continue to develop and move to the north at around 35 mph over the next few hours. Stronger storms could produce brief but heavy rainfall...dangerous lightning...and gusty winds.

 

Rainfall amounts will vary from a trace...to several hundredths of an inch...or more in isolated locations. Main activity is south if i20...from near Lufkin...to Toledo Bend...to Florien...and Colfax.

 

Rain is forecast for the next several days due to the disturbances in the Gulf and the cold front that has stalled as expected over the Panhandle of Texas and Oklahoma.
 Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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Funeral Notice: Mrs. Katherine Birdwell Walker


Mrs. Katherine (Birdwell) Walker, age 94, of San Augustine, passed from this life on Friday morning, June 12, 2015, in San Augustine.

 

Katherine was born to Frances (Murray) Birdwell and Patrick Henry Birdwell on June 26, 1920, in San Augustine County, Texas. She was a loving Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, Cousin and fiend. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

 

Those who are left to cherish her memory include, Her loving daughters, Linda Best and her husband, Marvin of Hudson; Kathryn Skinner and her husband, Jerry of Weatherford and Charlotte Mancil and her husband, James of San Augustine; Her beloved grandchildren, Cheri; Mark; Rushia; Britain; Starla; April; Brad; Blake and all their spouses; 17 great-grandchildren; Brother, Murry Birdwell of San Augustine, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives, and friends.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Frances and Patrick Birdwell; Her loving husband, Billy Walker, her beloved grandson, Jason Gandy; great-grandchild, Haley Evans, and all her siblings.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, June 15, 2015, in the Wyman Roberts Memorial Chapel, with Bro. Leo Wright officiating. Interment will be in the Macune Cemetery in San Augustine County, Texas. Visitation will be Sunday evening, June 14, 2015, from the hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wyman Robert Funeral Home, 316 West Columbia Street, San Augustine, Texas 75972.

 

- See more at: http://www.wymanrobertsfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/811/Katherine__Walker/obituary.html#sthash.560AOiJ8.Exj7F62f.dpuf

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Tenaha City Council to meet Monday afternoon (agenda)


CITY OF TENAHA REGULAR CALLED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA – June 15, 2015

 

 

If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda that 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, Government Code Section and Texas Revised Civil Statues.

 

The City Council of Tenaha will meet in regular session on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 5:15 p.m., in the Tenaha Municipal Building located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas.

 

Order of Business:

 

1.      Call to Order

2.      Roll Call

3.      Prayer

4.      Welcome Guests

5.      Public Comments

6.      Elect Mayor Pro Tem – ACTION

7.      Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – ACTION

8.      Approve May Financial Statements – ACTION

9.      Establish Process/Timeline for Fire Department Reimbursement to City for Fire Truck Repairs – ACTION

10.  Re-Visit Financing Choices for Mowing Equipment Purchase – ACTION

11.  Department Head Report

12.  Council Comments

13.  Adjourn

 

 

 

 

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Assistance available to those impacted by flooding, downed trees, property damage, applications being taken


If you have been impacted by flooding, downed trees, or any other property damage between the dates of May 4, 2015 and June 3, 2015 you may be eligible for assistance in repairing and/or replacing your property.  You can pick up an application at the County Judge’s office on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse located at 200 San Augustine Street in Center.  This applies to your individual property and/or business property. 

 

The Texas Department of Agriculture is offering grants for Agriculture Relief for agricultures expenses related to the disaster during this time also.  Application to apply for Agriculture Relief application can also be picked up at the County Judge’s office.  You can find additional information at www.texasagriculture.gov .  The information is under the STAR Fund program.