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Shelbyville Football Playoff Shirts


Shelbyville Athletic Booster Club is taking orders for Football Playoff T-shirts, Long Sleeve T-shirts and Hoodies. Please go to www.shelbyville.k12.tx.us (-the school website) for order form or stop by
any campus office. Order forms and money are due by Nov. 3.

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Tenaha Tigers Friday, Oct. 30th Schedule Change


Tigers vs Overton Time Change: October 30, 2015- There 6:30 pm

 

Due to Friday’s game time change (Kick off now at 6:30) the Pep Rally will now be a Pep Rally Parade at 2:30.  The Pep Rally Parade will begin in the Elementary halls and end in Main Street Cafeteria area.

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Santa’s Christmas Parade Committee


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Santa’s Christmas Parade Committee announces the 2015 parade will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The theme for the parade this year is Christmas Movies and Songs and presented by Shelby Savings Bank.

 

Categories for the 2015 Christmas Movies and Songs themed parade will include Individuals, Schools, Businesses, Churches and Civic Organizations.  Judges will award cash prizes to the top three places in each category, First $100, Second $50 and Third $25 and the Overall Best in Show Float will receive $250 cash prize.

 

According to Christmas Parade chairman, Dr. Charles Collard, the committee cordially invites schools, churches and non-profit organizations to register for free vendor booth space during the parade.  The number of vendor booth spaces is limited and applications are currently being accepted and must be returned to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office by the deadline on Monday, November 23, 2015.  Vendor booth acceptance letters will be mailed to the organization upon application approval.

 

Parade float entry registration is free and completed applications must be returned to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office by the entry deadline on Monday, November 23, 2015.

 

Both Vendor Booth Space and Parade Float applications with entry rules are now available at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office located at 100 Courthouse Square, A-101 on the historic downtown Center square or online at www.shelbycountychamber.com. 

In keeping with the established holiday tradition, this year’s parade guarantees a time of grand celebration with fun and excitement for everyone. The parade will feature a special Grand Marshal, sponsored by Farmers State Bank, holiday floats, marching bands, and of course, Santa Claus.

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.  For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email info@shelbycountychamber.com or visit www.shelbycountychamber.com.

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Tiger Weekly


October 29, 2015- JH/JV vs Overton Home 5:00 pm

October 30, 2015-Tigers vs Overton There 6:30 pm; Pep Rally in Tiger Gym
2:55-3:20 pm

October 31, 2015-Cheer Camp in Tiger Gym 9-12; Set your clocks back 1 Hr
after Midnight

November 2, 2015-HS Robotics at Region VII; FFA LDE Judging Contest at SFA

November 3, 2015-FFA District Development Event; Father of Texas Day- SFA
Birthday

November 5, 2015-JH@ Mt. Enterprise 5:00 pm

November 6, 2015- Tigers vs Mt. Enterprise 7:30 Home; End 2nd Grading
Period; Texas Arbor Day

November 9, 2015-Student Holiday/Teacher In-Service

November 10, 2015-Beginning 3rd Grading Period

November 11, 2015- Veteran's Day in Cafetorium 9:30 am

November 12, 2015-Blood Drive 8-2; JH BB vs Beckville Home

November 16, 2015-JH BB vs Mt. Enterprise Home

November 19, 2015- MS Robotics at Region VII

November 20, 2015-Fall Picture Retake

November 21, 2015-Texas Adoption Day

November 23, 2015-Student Holiday/Teacher In-Service; JH BB vs West Sabine
Home

November 24-27, 2015-Thanksgiving Holiday

November 30, 2015- JH BB vs Joaquin There

December 1, 2015- JVB/VB vs Laneville Home

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Update: Janell Grum Family Crisis Center Ribbon Ceremony


The Shelby County Chamber Ambassadors took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Janell Grum Family Crisis Center Thursday Morning. The family crisis center deals with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. They cover 9 counties including Shelby county. Their main location is in Lufkin. 

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Wanted: Norman Louis Wood


The Shelby County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) is seeking the whereabouts of Norman Louis Wood. Wood is described as a white male, 5'9, 160 pounds, 47 years of age with brown hair and green eyes. His last know location of residence was the area of Highway 84 in Joaquin. Wood is wanted by the SCSO for failure to register as a sex offender. Anyone with information regarding his location is asked to contact SCSO Investigator Kevin Windham at (936) 598-5601.

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Thursday And Friday Shelby County Games


Thursday Night Football:

 

Center 7th and 8th grade vs. Pleasant Grove (Home) @ 4:30

Center Freshman vs Pleasant Grove (away) @ 5:00

Center JV vs Pleasant Grove (away) @ 7:00

 

Timpson JH @ Maud (5:30)

 

Joaquin JH @ Cushing (5:00)

Joaquin JV @ Cushing (6:00)

 

San Augustine JH @ Shelbyville (5:00)

San Augustine JV @ Shelbyville (7:00)

 

 

Friday Night Varsity Football:

 

Pleasant Grove @ Center (7:00)

 

Cushing @ Joaquin (7:30)

 

Tenaha @ Overton (7:30)

 

Shelbyville @ San Augustine (7:30)

 

Maud @ Timpson (7:30)

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Shelbyville Dragon Military Marching Band Going To Area


The 2015 marching season has proven to be another successful one for the Shelbyville Dragon Military Marching Band.  On October 17th, the Dragon Band earned 1st Division ratings from all three judges at the UIL Region 21 Marching Contest.  The 1st Division designation earned the band the opportunity to compete at the Area C Marching Contest, originally scheduled to be held at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches.  However, inclement weather forced the Area marching contest to be moved to the Indoor Facility at Carthage High School on October 24th.  The Dragon Band placed 1st for conference 2A bands at the Area C competition and qualified for the UIL State Marching Contest in San Antonio, Texas.  This marked the third consecutive time the Dragon Band won the Area contest and advanced to State.  The State Marching Contest alternates every other year between UIL conferences.  This year, bands from conferences 2A, 3A, and 5A will compete with the Conference 2A contest being held Monday, November 2nd, at the Alamodome.  The Shelbyville Dragon Military Marching Band (SDM2B) will march at 8:12 a.m., with hopes of improving on their 4th Place finish at State in 2013.  Carlisle High School and Clarksville High School are the other Conference 2A band representing East Texas at State.  Director of Bands for SDM2B is Shaka Hawkins, and Assistant Band Director is Melissa Morton.  Good luck at State Dragon Band…Dragon Pride!

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Update: Christian Fellowship 29th Annual Hallelujah Night


Hallelujah Night is a community event for all ages. This year’s theme is FEAR NOT.  The night of excitement will be on Saturday, October 31 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.at Center Christian Fellowship. It is a Christian alternative to what the world calls “Halloween”. It’s free, free, free Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the food, fun, and fellowship. Every child that comes will win lots of candy and prizes by playing the various games we have to offer.

 

This night of excitement will take place at Center Christian Fellowship located at 2471 U.S. Highway 96 North in Center, Texas. We would love for you to come. There will be a gator train ride, hayride, obstacle course, slides, bungee run, face painting, cake walk, pumpkin pop, photo booth and much more. There will be fried Oreos, hot dogs, popcorn and more. Come on out and join the fun!

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Joaquin 2015-16 Basketball Schedule


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Panola College November Lunchbox Lecture


Panola College Science: Then & Now will be the November Lunchbox Lecture hosted by the M.P. Baker Library of Panola College. The lecture will be held Tuesday, November 10th from 12:00 -1:00 PM in the Murphy-Payne community Room of the Library. With the recent grand opening of the College’s Health & Natural Sciences Building came the move from the Monk Science Building and subsequent discovery of many historical artifacts associated with the natural science department. Amy Calhoun and Becky Gullette, professors in the Panola College Science Department will be the featured speakers. They will share information about the resources, tools, and technology associated with the historical and present day instructional practices in the natural sciences classes.  Accompanying the lecture will be a three-week exhibit in the Fay Allison Gallery displaying the instructional tools and resources that have been used throughout the time of the College’s science department.  The lecture and exhibit are both free and open to the community. A light lunch will be served for the first 50 in attendance. For more information contact Cristie Ferguson, Director of Library Services at 903-693-2091 or cferguson@panola.edu

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Auto Pedestrian Crash In Angelina County


On Friday October 23rd at approximately 9:45 PM, Angelina County DPS Troopers

responded to a report of an auto pedestrian crash on US 69 just north of Lufkin.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates that a 2013 Toyota Tacoma was

traveling southbound on US 69 when it struck a pedestrian that was in the

roadway. The driver of the Toyota was identified as Johnny Manuel Chappa (42),

from Garland, TX. The pedestrian was identified as Barbara Ann Massey (56),

from Lufkin, TX. Chappa was not reported as being injured in the crash. Massey

was transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital by Lufkin EMS for treatment of her

injuries. This crash remains under investigation. 

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Head-On Collision In Angelina County


On 10/26/15 at about 12:56 PM, Angelina County DPS Troopers responded to and

investigated a two vehicle head-on crash on SH 103 east, approximately 4 miles

east of Lufkin. The preliminary crash investigation indicates that a 2005 Dodge

passenger car was traveling westbound on SH 103 when the driver attempted to

pass another westbound vehicle and subsequently struck an eastbound Jeep

Wrangler head-on. The driver of the Dodge was identified as Carl Hammerly (49),

from Broaddus, TX. Hammerly was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice

of the Peace Billy Ball. The driver of the Jeep was identified as Sarah Melinda

Ryan (68), and her passenger, James Harvey Ryan (70) both of Etoile, Texas. Mr.

and Mrs. Ryan were both transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital in Lufkin where

they both succumbed to their injuries. This crash remains under investigation. No

additional information is available at this time.

 

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Wreck near intersection of US 59 and FM 2782


On 10/26/15 at approximately 8:25 AM, Nacogdoches County DPS troopers responded to a two vehicle crash on US 59 near the intersection of FM 2782, involving two commercial vehicles. The preliminary crash investigation indicates that a 2007 Kenworth truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling southbound on US 59 in the outside lane. A 2016 International truck tractor semi-trailer was also traveling southbound on US 59 in the inside lane. The driver of the 2007 Kenworth reportedly failed to drive in a single lane and struck the back axle of the 2016 International causing it to enter the center median where it overturned. The driver of the Kenworth was identified as Jeffrey Chapman (49), from Pattonville, TX. The driver of the International was identified as Ronald Lietch (64) from Northport Alabama. No injuries were reported as a result of this crash. TxDOT officials provided traffic control, while a hazmat crew responded to the scene to remove diesel that spilled from the International truck tractors fuel tank. This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.

 

Story Submitted by: David Henry

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San Augustine Trunk or Treat


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Obituary: Frank Lawrence Anderson Jr.


Frank Lawrence Anderson Jr., 67, of Bryan, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2015, at his residence.

 

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 29, 2015, at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Shelby County with Rev. Karen Jones officiating.

 

Mr. Anderson was born March 24, 1948, to Frank Anderson and Dorothy Childs Anderson.

 

He is survived by extended family and friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Edna Faye Anderson, and his parents, Frank Anderson and Dorothy Childs Anderson.

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Obituary: Danny Lynne 'Dan-o' Johnson


Danny Lynne “Dan-o” Johnson, 56, of Center, passed away Sunday, October 25, 2015, at his residence.

 

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 27, 2015, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home.

 

Mr. Johnson was born July 29, 1959, in Orange, to Jo Dan Johnson and Rita “Labou” Johnson.  He loved riding motorcycles and helping others in need.  He was an avid outdoorsman.

 

He is survived by

Wife: Sissy Jaimes of Center

 

Daughter: Birgina Patena and Jeff Blanca of Douglas

 

Son: Angle Patena of Oklahoma

 

Brother: James Johnson and wife, Cynthia, of Center

 

Sister: Angela Daniel and Judd Picqu of Georgia

 

Nephew: Joe Dan Johnson and wife, Jalyn, of Gary

 

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

 

Preceded in death by

Parents: Jo Dan Johnson and Rita “Labou” Johnson

Sister: Shannon Johnson

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Timpson Veterans Day Program


The American Legion Post 90 and Timpson ISD will host a Veterans Day program Wednesday November 11 at 10:00 a.m. in the Timpson High School gym. Each veteran will be recognized individually. All veterans are invited to a part of this program and all who wish to honor our veterans for their service to our country are invited to attend. Veterans are asked to be in the gym foyer between 9:30 and 9:45 so staff may get your information in order to recognize you during the program. A lunch provided by the high school staff will be served for veterans and their spouses following the program.

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Update: County Burn Bans Lifted


The San Augustine office of Emergency Management has been advised by the Texas Forest Service that recent precipitation has alleviated the circumstances present in the unincorporated areas of the county that would create a public safety hazard therefor responsible outdoor burning may resume. It is hereby ordered by the County Judge of San Augustine County that the order prohibiting outdoor burning in San Augustine County be lifted beginning at 8:30 AM on October 26, 2015.

 

Update: The Shelby County burn ban has now been lifted. 

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Update: Excelsior ISD Closed


Excelsior ISD is closed today, Monday, October 26th, due lack of power in the area brought on by the storms.

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Wreck at intersection of HWY 59 & HWY 84


The intersection of Highway 59 and Highway 84 in Timpson was the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Friday, October 23. A GMC pickup truck driven by Debbie Hamilton, 25, of Jacksonville was traveling east on U.S. Highway 84 when she stopped at the intersection with U.S. Highway 59. The GMC pulled out into U.S. 59 and failed to yield to a Ford F-250 driven by Jeffery Fanguy, 48, of Timpson who was traveling south on U.S. 59 causing the Ford to collide with the GMC. Fanguy was not reported at the scene to have been injured. Luman, Hamilton and three other occupants from within the GMC, a 4-month-old, an 18-month-old, and 7-year-old were all transported to a hospital in Nacogdoches for treatment. 

 

Story Given by: Kent Graham

 

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Shady Oaks Convenience Store Raid


On Thursday, October 22 at approximately 5:00 am, Center PD lead by Detective David Haley with the assistance of Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy Bradly Horton served a search warrant at the Shady Oaks Convenient Store along with 12 arrest warrants. The Center PD opened an active investigation approximately 2 months ago into illegal gambling at Shady Oaks Convenience Store. This investigation led to twelve arrest warrants and a search warrant for the store. The 5am raid lead to the arrest of three of the store’s owners.

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Jury Cancellation


The jury that has been summoned for Monday, October 26, 2015 for the 273rd district court honorable Charles R. Mitchell, presiding has been canceled due to the 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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Shelbyville Marching Band Update


The Shelbyville Dragon Military Marching Band participated this past

weekend in the Region 21 UIL Marching Contest.  The band was one of 3 bands

in class 2A to receive a first division rating in their class.  This was

the 7th consecutive year that the Dragon Band has earned a first division

at marching contest, and that is the longest current streak in class 2A in

Region 21.  Because the band earned a first division they have advanced to

march at the Area Marching Contest with the chance to earn a spot at the

Texas State Marching Contest in San Antonio, TX. WE are Dragon Proud!

 

Update: The area contest is this Saturday October 24th at the campus of Carthage High School. 

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Holiday Nursing Center Fall Festival


Holiday Nursing Center residents, staff and guests enjoyed a Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off on Tuesday, October 20. A hayride was a treat for young and old alike. The cook-off competition was stiff with many pots of delicious chili entered. Winners of the competition were Leigh Porterfield, first place; Pam Vance, second place; and Irada Oates, third place.

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TxDOT Warns About Posting Signs On Public Land


As candidates prepare for the Nov. 3 elections, the Texas Department of Transportation is reminding them and their supporters that the law dictates where campaign signs can be placed along Texas roadways.
During campaign season, the Texas landscape is dotted with political signs. Posting signage on public lands is illegal. TxDOT is urging candidates, constituents and supporters to remember:

  *   It is illegal to place any signs on or within the right of way. This includes posting signs on trees, telephone poles, traffic signs and other objects on the right of way.
  *   Campaign signs along Texas roads can be placed on private property with the owner's permission.
Signs must be made of lightweight material and be no larger than 50 square feet.
  *   Campaign signs may be posted as early as 90 days before an election (no earlier) and must be removed within 10 days after the election.
  *   Before placing a sign inside of incorporated city limits, check with the city for applicable ordinances.
  *   If a sign is placed in the right of way or is posing a traffic hazard, it will be removed without prior notice. All costs associated with sign removal will be paid by the sign owner.
Signs placed on private property that can be seen from the roadway must display certain language from Section 255.007 of the Texas Election Code. That specific language and other requirements can be found athttp://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/EL/htm/EL.255.htm.
For answers regarding signage, visit txdot.gov or contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov>or (936) 633-4395.

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Timpson ISD Bear Update


Pep Rally – The Timpson High School pep rally will be Friday October 23 at 2:45 p.m. in the old gym.

THS Volleyball Time Change - Due to officials the Timpson High School  volleyball game on Friday in Shelbyville will not begin until 5pm.
TISD Site Evacuation Drill – Timpson ISD will conduct a site evacuation drill on Thursday November 5 at 10:00 a.m.  All staff and students will board school buses which will carry them briefly off campus and then return.  The purpose of this drill is to practice and prepare staff and students to leave the district site for any reason that staying on site would be dangerous.  In the case of a real site evacuation, students and staff would be bused to the First Baptist Church in Timpson.  Also in a real site evacuation parents will be notified through Bear Updates, radio announcements and phone calls.
Veterans’ Day Program – American Legion Post 90 and Timpson ISD will have a Veterans Day program Wednesday November 11 at 10:00 a.m. in the high school gym.  All veterans and those who want to honor them for their military service are invited to attend.  Veterans and their spouses will be escorted into the program and individually recognized.  Veterans are asked to meet in the gym foyer so that staff may get information concerning your service that will be included in the Veteran recognition.
Timpson High School Band Earns First Division at UIL Marching Contest!!! - On Saturday, October 17, the Timpson High School Band earned a first division rating at the UIL Region 21 Marching Contest at SFA.  This year is an “advancing year” for class 2A, so the first division rating enabled the band to advance to the Area round.  The UIL Area C Marching Contest will be held this Saturday, October 24 at Homer Bryce Stadium on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.  The THS Band will perform at 7:15pm.  The top three bands in class 2A will advance to the UIL State Marching Band Contest at the Alamodome in San Antonio on November 2.  The students are very excited about the opportunity to compete at the next level!  The following are some of the judges’ comments from Saturday’s contest:  “Nice brass sounds!”  “Good balance and blend throughout show.” “Many fine players.” “Nice percussion.” “Excellent drill design!”  “Great marching!”  “Nice job today, band!  Keep up the fine work!”  The band’s director, Rhonda Daniel, said “This band has put in many hours rehearsing since August 3 and I couldn’t be more proud of what they’ve accomplished.  We have great parents that understand what it takes to have a successful band, as well as an outstanding booster club.  We couldn’t have an award-winning band without them!   Our band has a rich history and it is great to be able to continue traditions and make the people of Timpson proud of their band.”  The band has three seniors this year:  MaKayla Baker, flute and majorette, Anna Cuevas, clarinet, and Bethany Lindgren, alto saxophone and head majorette.  The band’s drum major is sophomore percussionist, Blake Johnson.  The band is directed by Rhonda Daniel and Marina Doss.



THS Twirler News - The Timpson High School twirlers competed in solo and ensemble contest Wednesday October 21 in Lufkin. Twirlers who made a first division on their solos and are going to State Solo and Ensemble in May are:


Cassidy Clifton

Aislynn Kimzey

Bethany Lindgren

Jacey Mullins

Maria Palacios

 


Congratulations twirlers and good luck at State!

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Commissioners Court Shelby County, Texas


Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 26th day of October, 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.

 

3.                  Discuss and Approve the Road Closure Requests from TxDOT for:

 

A.     CR 3564 at Hilliard Creek, Shelby County, CSJ: 0911-39-051.

B.      CR 3455 at Spinney Creek, Shelby County, CSJ: 0911-39-052.

C.      CR 3455 at Shoat Creek, Shelby County, CSJ: 0911-39-053.

D.     CR 4256 at Tributary of Flat Fork Creek, Shelby County, CSJ: 0911-39-054.

E.      CR 4916 at Flat Fork Creek, Shelby County, CSJ: 0911-39-055.

F.       CR 4670 at McFadden Creek, Shelby County, CSJ: 0911-39-056.

 

4.                  Approve the Agreements from TxDOT to Contribute Right of Way Funds for:

 

A.   CSJ No. 0123-08-013, FM 415 @ Bear Creek, Shelby County.

 

5.                  Approve the purchase for a Recorder from VistaCOM for the Sheriff’s Department upon the payment of $15,000.00 from DETCOG.

 

6.                  Approve the Resolution to nominate Robin Connell and Mac Warren to the Appraisal District Board of Directors.

 

7.                  Discuss and possibly take action to lift burn ban.

 

8.                  Consider the bids on janitorial services.

 

9.                  Adopt the 2016 Shelby County Resolution for Indigent Defense Grant Program.

 

10.              Adjourn.

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Chicken Spaghetti Fundraiser


Center Christian Academy is having a Chicken Spaghetti Fundraiser. It will be on Friday, October 30, at Center Christian Academy. Orders may be picked up between 10:30 - 12:30 OR they will deliver orders on of 5 or more. Lunch will include homemade chicken spaghetti, green beans, garlic bread and homemade dessert for $6.00. 

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Obituary: James Templin


James H. Templin, 83, of Houston formerly of Tenaha, passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at his residence.

 

Services will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha. Visitation will be prior to service on Saturday beginning at 10.

 

He was born May 17, 1932 in Shelby County to James Hubbard Templin and Reba “Della” Templin. He served in the US Army and the US Navy.

 

He is preceded in death by his Parents, James and Della Templin, Wife, Annie Marie (Brennon) Templin, Son, James Hubbard Templin, III and Sister, Betty.

 

He is survived by:

Companion:

Alice Taylor of Houston

Children:

Eddie Gurka & wife, Melanie of Arkansas

Rebecca Butcher & husband, David of Houston

Carlene Garrick & husband, Lynn of Montgomery

Patricia Gurka

Numerous Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren

Brothers:

John Templin & wife, Margaret of DeQuincy, LA

Dan Templin & wife, Loyce of Hallsville

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Obituary: Sally Smith


Sally Jo Philbrick Smith, 75, of Center, went to her heavenly home on Thursday, October 22, 2015.

 

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 23, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 24, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Center with Rev. Russ Atwood and Rev. Lee Dickson officiating.  Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 25, 2015, at Sibley Cemetery in Florien, Louisiana.

 

Mrs. Smith was born July 26, 1940, in Dallas, to Charles Baxter Philbrick and Thelma Jewel Cunningham Philbrick. She graduated from Sunset high school in Dallas Texas, class of 1958.  She received an undergraduate degree in education from Howard Payne University and a graduate degree in Special Education from Stephen F. Austin State University.  She was a homemaker, mother and teacher. 

 

She was active in ministries to the hearing impaired early in her life, even interpreting at a Billy Graham crusade in Dallas.  She was a gifted teacher of God’s word, teaching: Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Backyard Bible Clubs, Student ministry, The Esther class at First Baptist Center, and several years of Lay Renewals, Prayer Life, Master Life, Joy Seekers conferences, studies by Beth Moore and Experiencing God (for which she served in the pilot program during the writing of the original workbook).

 

Her life’s mission was to share Jesus with others and teach them how to know God intimately.  This took her on mission trips to Korea, Russia, Ukraine, Switzerland, Sweden, Honduras, Mexico and all over the United States.  Everywhere she went became a mission field. Even while in the hospital she would tell everyone she met about the Jesus who kept her smiling through the worst of circumstances.  Even  in her illness she continued sharing Christ through a series of devotional books she wrote (entitled “Come Alone with Me”) recounting the activity of God in her life.  In 2011 she began packing Samaritan’s Purse Christmas boxes for children in the 3rd world.  She purchased the toys and goodies that would fill the boxes throughout the year, writing a personal note to each child and praying over each box.  That first year she packed 20 boxes…The following year 61…then 503, 1250 and despite a late start and an early finish, she put together 630 boxes this year. 

To the very end she never stopped working to build the Kingdom of God.    

 

She is survived by

Husband of 53 years: Rev. Carl Smith of Center

 

Children:

Matthew Coleman Smith and wife, Brandi, of Wylie

Carla Jo Smith Denney and husband, Kurt, of Center

Jonathan Charles Smith of Atlanta, Georgia

 

Grandchildren:

Hannah Marie Chase

Samuel Shelton Chase

Sibley Jo Smith

Elizabeth Jewel Smith

Sydney Faith Denney

Corey Wayne Denney

 

Sisters:

Nancy Joy Philbrick Sague of Hawkins

Carol Lee Philbrick of Carrollton

 

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

 

Preceded in death by

Parents: Charles Baxter Philbrick and Thelma Jewel Cunningham Philbrick

Sister: Doris Mae Philbrick Green

Brother-in-law: Kent Sague

Maternal Grandparents: Walter Woods and Carmen Mae Cunningham Woods

Paternal Grandparents: Alfonzo Glover Philbrick and Willie Mae Baxter Philbrick

Nephew and Niece: Mark and Linda Givens

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, c/o First Baptist Church, 117 Cora Street, Center, Texas 75935 or a charity of your choice.

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Tenaha ISD Update


Tiger Weekly

 

October 22, 2015- JH/JV @ Timpson 5:00 pm: Progress Reports

 

October 23, 2015-Tigers vs Timpson 7:30 pm Home(Pink Out Game); Cross

Country Invitational in Zavalla; 6th Grade Field Trip to Angelina College

 

October 26, 2015- Region CC Meet at Sam Houston State

 

October 27, 2015- Tiger Parent Academy w/Tiger Café Open

 

October 28, 2015-FFA District Wildlife Competition; 3rd Grade Field Trip to

SFA Planetarium

 

October 29, 2015- JH/JV vs Overton Home 5:00 pm

 

October 30, 2015-Tigers vs Overton There 7:30 pm

 

October 31, 2015-Cheer Camp in Tiger Gym 9-12

 

November 2, 2015-State Marching Contest at Alamodome in San Antonio

 

November 3, 2015-FFA District Development Event

 

November 5, 2015-JH@ Mt. Enterprise 5:00 pm

 

November 6, 2015- Tigers vs Mt. Enterprise 7:30 Home; End 2nd Grading Period

 

November 7, 2015-Cross Country State Meet in Round Rock

 

November 9, 2015-Student Holiday/Teacher In-Service

 

November 10, 2015-Beginning 3rd Grading Period

 

November 11, 2015- Veteran’s Day

 

November 20, 2015-Fall Picture Retake

 

November 23, 2015-Student Holiday/Teacher In-Service

 

November 24-27, 2015-Thanksgiving Holiday

 

 

Community

 

 

Tenaha Youth Center-(936) 332-3581

 

TYC will host 5th quarter after the Tenaha vs Timpson contest on Friday,

October 23, 2015.

 

 

Something New!!!!!

 

On Tuesday, October 27 TISD will be hosting the first ever Tenaha Parent

Academy.  All parents, supporters, and interested guests are invited to come

the TISD cafetorium for a 90 minute informational symposium about the inner

workings of Public Education.  Also, there will be a Tiger Café with Catfish

baskets available for guests to enjoy.

 

Session topics of interest that patrons can attend include details about

Discipline Management and Expectations, Graduation requirements, state law,

and College preparation, and Extra-Curriculars 101.  Visitors will also

receive sample questions from the State Mandated STAAR and End of Course

exams to get a view of what students are required to learn.  And, finally,

parents will have the opportunity to meet face to face with teachers about

their student’s needs.  Stay tuned to the Tiger Alert, the Website, and the

Tiger Weekly for more details.

 

5:30-6:15                    Breakout Session I

 

·         STAAR testing requirements, Graduation, HB 5 and TISD’s

Multidisciplinary Endorsements –Room 18

 

·         Extracurricular 101-Room 17

 

·         Discipline and Behavior-The inner workings of how administration

handles incidents-Library

 

 

6:25-7:10    Breakout Session II

 

·         STAAR testing requirements, Graduation, HB 5 and TISD’s

Multidisciplinary Endorsements-Room 18

 

·         Extracurricular 101-Room 17

 

·         Discipline and Behavior-The inner workings of how administration

handles incidents-Library

 

 

(If you do not wish to attend a Breakout session, teachers will be available

in their rooms for a meet and greet.)

 

 

 

7:20-7:50                Parent Teacher Connection

 

Teachers will conduct a general session in their rooms regarding their

subject area.

 

 

****Just a reminder: The Tiger Café will be open on Tuesday, October 27th

from 4:30 pm until 6 pm in conjunction with our Tiger Parent Academy.  We

will be serving a Catfish or Chicken Strip Baskets with our world famous

tartar sauce.  Tea will also be provided!  Baskets will sell for $8 and all

proceeds will go to the Senior Class of 2016!!!!

 

Why cook Tuesday night?  Come by the Tenaha Café for a to-go plate even if

you are not attending the Parent Academy.  Last chance for catfish until

Holiday Hoops!

 

 

Elementary News

     

 

Tenaha Elementary had our fifth Elementary Parent Night for 4th and 5th

grades on Thursday, October 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm.  We had 21 students

represented out of 54 total students in fourth grade and 7 students out of

35 total students in fifth grade.  Teachers discussed standards based report

cards, portfolios, homework procedures, curriculum expectations for the

year, STAAR testing requirements and ways that parents can help their

children at home.  We were very pleased with the turn out and would like to

say thanks to all who were in attendance!! A special thanks goes out to Ms.

Dominique Roland who provided child care for ALL of our Parent Nights as

well as Mr. Jose Leos and his daughter Cinthya Leos for translating!!

 

 

6th and 8th Graders Participation in the World Education Games

 

 

Tuesday, in our time zone, Tenaha ISD 6th and 8th graders joined students

all over the world to participate in World Math Day, World Literacy Day, and

World Science Day competitions. Students signed into their topic choice on

the three sites and began completing their 20 games in each event. “We're

now halfway through the World Education Games (WEG) “live” period. So far

over 3 MILLION individual challenges have taken place across the event,

world-wide,” stated Tenaha’s 6th and 8th grade Math teacher, Teresa Wiist.

 

Wednesday was forecast to be the biggest and busiest day yet, with millions

of students expected to log in and participate. So far, almost 100 MILLION

UNICEF points have been earned by students - a huge amount at this stage of

the competition. This means that students around the world have worked to

contribute over 75 Schools-in-a-Box so far. For every 5000 UNICEF points

earned by students during the World Education Games, 3P Learning will donate

$1 towards supported education projects. The more points earned by our

students during this live competition, the more students we can support in

struggling countries worldwide. Students at Tenaha are doing their part to

add hundreds of points during the three day event.

 

 

Only points from students first 20 games for each competition (math,

literacy, and science) will be counted towards their WEG score. Each

competition has pre-set gaming levels. Students can play at any level, but

compete at specific levels to earn WEG points. This makes the competition

fair for students of all ages.  The final results for Tenaha students will

be reported after the games have finished. Students can continue to use

their log-in information after the live games have finished.  This will help

students to master math, literacy, and science skills.

 

 

2nd Grade Field Trip

 

On Friday, October 16th the 2nd grade classes from Tenaha Elementary

traveled to the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. Students

enjoyed the production of Fly Guy and Other Stories presented by Theatre

works USA. After the play, the students enjoyed their lunch and the

beautiful weather at Maroney Park. Everyone was well behaved and had a

wonderful time. 2nd Grade teachers are Mrs. Nina Vick and Mrs. Stacie Barr.

We would like to say thank you to our bus driver and chaperones Mr. David

Sims, Mrs. Pat Sims, and Mrs. Jessi Webb.

 

 

Community

 

East Texas Half Marathon benefiting the Nacogdoches Memorial Foundation:

Sunday, November 15, 2015 at the Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital 6:30 am –

12:00 pm. Volunteers are needed to assist with various areas. For more

information visit: http://www.easttexashalf.com/

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Weather Forecast (10/22-10/31)


- Thur - 82/69 Overcast, only a 15% chance of rain, predominant winds from S SSE with lots more Gulf moisture

   - Fri -83/69 clouds become more dense, humidity increases to 90% with a 21-30% chance of occasional light drizzle

   - Sat - 75/65, humidity 95%, 11:00AM 20% chance for more of the occasional drizzle, 1-2PM 59% chance for an increase in the occasional light shower activity with only a .02 amount of rain, chances increase to 94% between 3-6pm for more frequent showers and light drizzle, but with only .02"-.06", 6-8PM..heavy rain with accumulations of 1.37 inches in T-storms with the training of the rain over our area.

   - Sun - Cooler 69/62, heavy, persistent rain of 1.68" total.

   - Mon - 70/62, light rain with .35" total for the day.

   - Tues - 73/61 with light rain totalling .16".

   - Wed - 77/50, with clearing skies dropping our lows

   - Thur-Fri - upper 60's and 40's. Light jackets/sweaters

   - Sat - another front brings rain back into the forecast at 60% and up to 1/3 of an inch.

   - Much can change to the forecast as there is a convergence of several weather events

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Thursday and Friday Shelby county Football


Thursday Night Football:

Timpson JH vs. Tenaha JH (@ Timpson) 5:00

Timpson JV vs. Tenaha JV (@ Timpson) 6:00

San Augustine JH vs. Joaquin JH (@ San Augustine) 5:00

San Augustine JV vs. Joaquin JV (@ San Augustine) 6:00

 

Center Varsity vs. Atlanta (@ Atlanta) was moved to Thursday Night due to expected storms in North Tx from Fri-Sun. The game will start at 7.

 

Friday Night

San Augustine vs. Joaquin (@ Joaquin) 7:30

Timpson vs. Tenaha (@ Tenaha) 7:30

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Janell Grum Family Crisis Center Ribbon Ceremony


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors invite the public to join them at a new member ribbon cutting for the Janell Grum Family Crisis Center of East Texas on Thursday, October 29 at 10:00 a.m. The Family Crisis Center is located at 616 Tenaha Street in Center. The Family Crisis Center of East Texas provides support and services to:  Angelina County, Nacogdoches County, Sabine County, San Augustine County, and Shelby County.

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Annual Huxley VFD Fall Festival


The Annual Huxley Volunteer Fire Department Fall Festival is this Saturday at the Huxley Fire Station. They will have their famous BBQ Chicken dinners, Chili, kid games, and fun for all. This is a fall celebration for friends in Huxley & supporters all over Shelby County.

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Annual Chicken Dressing Dinner


Newburn Chapter No. 1135 Order of the Eastern Star’s 27th Annual Chicken Dressing Dinner will be this Friday from 11a-2p.  The Dinner will be held at The First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall located at 217 Cora St in Center. $6 donation for a plate to Dine In or Carry Out. 

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The Panola College Paramedic Program


Panola College student Sarah Botkin hobbled on crutches into her EMT class on October 13, the victim of a head-on collision the evening before.  She had been driving home to Nacogdoches on Highway 315 when her car was struck head-on by a speeding vehicle that was attempting to pass two 18-wheelers on a hilly curve. The crash demolished both vehicles, but no one was seriously injured.

 

For Botkin and the other students in the Panola College EMT class this wreck on a remote stretch of rural highway, at least 45 minutes away from the nearest hospital, illustrates the important role played by EMT personnel.

 

“I didn’t have to ride in an ambulance that night, but it was good to know trained emergency responders were there in case someone had been seriously hurt,” she said.

 

Instructor Ronnie Morton has a long career in emergency response, working as a paramedic in Marshall before joining the faculty at Panola College. With the move into the new Health and Natural Sciences Building in the fall semester, the EMT program has expanded to include the newest technology and equipment available.

 

“We have an ambulance simulator that is fully outfitted with the same equipment you would find on a real unit,” he said. “It comes with four corner-mounted video cameras that allow me to stand in the classroom and watch my students work on the mannequin inside the unit.”

 

The visual feed from the video cameras shows up on a wall-mounted television screen so that students in the classroom can see and experience the action inside the unit.

 

The Panola College Paramedic Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.  Students in the program start out with courses to allow them to become Emergency Medical Technicians. Through continued study and education, they may decide to obtain a Paramedic certification.

 

After completing the coursework and a required exam from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, students are able to work as EMTs in fire departments, private emergency medical services, hospitals, and ambulance companies.

 

The average pay for an EMT is $14.91 per hour, or $31,020 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job outlook projects 23 percent growth for EMTs and paramedics, a rate much faster than average.

 

EMTs and paramedics respond to 911 calls for emergency medical assistance, and are often called upon to perform CPR, treat wounds, assess patients’ conditions, and determine a course of treatment. The Panola College EMT coursework trains students in the use of all equipment inside an ambulance, from backboards and neck braces to oxygen and other medical devices. Some EMTs work as part of medical helicopter flight crews, transporting critically injured patients to a hospital from the scene of an accident or other emergency situation.

 

EMT-Basic is the entry level position for someone completing the coursework. Students who continue with their education may obtain certification as an Advanced EMT, and ultimately, may become a certified Paramedic.

 

“Paramedics can provide more advanced care than EMTs,” Morton explained. “Paramedics may give medications orally and intravenously, and they can interpret EKGs, intubate patients, and use other more complex monitors and equipment.”

 

EMTs and Paramedics work in high-stress situations, but they save lives every day, Morton added.

 

“By using the ambulance simulator and going through the coursework, my students gain the confidence they need to perform in life or death situations,” he said.

 

Students currently enrolled in the EMT class come from diverse backgrounds and locations. Kaleb Jones of Carthage helped out in emergency response before signing up for the EMT class. “I just like helping people,” he said. Harold Faucett, IV, of Woodlawn near Marshall currently works as a volunteer fire fighter, and decided to pursue a career in emergency medical services. Joshua Serrano of Elysian Fields is known as “Doc” to his fellow classmates because he is taking pre-med courses along with his EMT class.

 

Registration for Panola College spring 2016 semester opens on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Students interested in the EMT program must have completed a high school diploma or GED, or be a senior currently enrolled in high school. Students must also have CPR certification from an approved American Heart Association trainer. The CPR certification is available at Panola College.

 

For more information about the program, contact Kelley Hammond at Panola College, 903-694-4524, or email khammond@panola.edu. Information is also available on the Panola College website at http://www.panola.edu/programs/health-sciences/emt/index.html.

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Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting


Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Running M Feed, Seed & Tack as one

of our newest Chamber members. They are located at 186 US HWY 84 West in the

old Texaco station on corner of Hwy 84. Shelby Tullos will be operating this

and welcomes everyone to come by and see her new store. Shelby looks forward

to supplying Timpson and the area community for their feed supply and barn

needs. Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to come join us for The

Grand opening ribbon cutting Friday October 30th at 3pm.

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Minutes of School Board Meeting


1  The Joaquin ISD School Board met in regular session the Joaquin Boardroom with the following members

    present: Jay Dee Cockrell (had to leave at 7:37 p.m.), Ronnie Belrose (arrived at 6:09 p.m.), Thomas Harvey, Chrisco Bragg (arrived 6:09 and Tam Hearnsberger

 

Board members absent:  Charles Leflett and Jimmy Hamilton

 

Guest(s) Present:  None 

 

Joaquin ISD Employee(s) Present:  Phil Worsham, Superintendent; Joel Bumback, Director of Finance; Terri Gray, Jr. High Principal;  Sherry Scruggs, Elementary Principal; Bert Coan, Assistant Elementary Principal & Districtwide Truancy; Jimmy Jackson, High School Principal/Transportation Director; Kathy Carrington, Special Education Director

  

Jay Dee Cockrell, President, called the meeting to order at 6:09 p.m.

 

2  The invocation was led by Jay Dee Cockrell, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America by Tam Hearnsberger, and the

    Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag was led by Ronnie Belrose.

 

3  Audience Participation – Those signed up and participating were:  None

 

4  Report and Information items:

 

4.1  Director of Finance Reports – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance

4.1.1        Monthly Financial Report

4.2  Delinquent Property Tax Report-Linebarger-Goggan-Blair & Sampson, LLP – John Manuel & Richard King

4.3  Principal’s Reports

4.3.1      Student Handbook – Cell Phone usage – Jimmy Jackson, Terri Gray and Sherry Scruggs

4.3.2      AEP Policies & Procedures – Jimmy Jackson and Terri Gray

4.4  TASB Update 103 Vantage Points

4.5  TASB Legal Seminar – Nacogdoches, November 19, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. SFASU-Twilight Ballroom

4.6  Correspondence

 

5  Agenda Items for discussion, consideration, and possible action:

 

5.1           It was moved by Tam Hearnsberger, and seconded by Chrisco Bragg, to approve minutes from previous meeting. 

                Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.

 

5.2           It was moved by Tam Hearnsberger, and seconded by Chrisco Bragg, to approve Shelby County Appraisal District

appointment of James Allen Cockrell as Joaquin ISD’s representative to Shelby County Appraisal District

Board of Directors.  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously. 

 

                5.3           It was moved by Chrisco Bragg, and seconded by Thomas Harvey, to approve class size waiver to TEA.  Following

discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.

 

6    Jay Dee Cockrell, Board President, ask for items to be placed on the next board agenda.  None at this time

 

7   Designation of date and time of next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin ISD –

Monday, November 16th, 2015, at 6:00 p.m.

 

8   With no further business on the agenda the meeting was adjourn at 7:43 p.m. 

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Mt. Horeb Baptist Church 107th Anniversary


On behalf of Pastor George Cartwright and the Members of the Mt. Horeb Baptist Church of the Bland Lake Community, I would like to invite you to our 107th Church Anniversary to be held Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the Mt. Horeb Baptist Church. Our Guests for the evening will be Rev. Anthony Jackson and the Mt. Dena Baptist Church. Please come and help us left up the name of the Lord. 

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James Templin


Services are pending at Mangum funeral home for mr. James templin, age 83, who passed away on Wednesday, October 21, in Houston, Texas.

Additional service information & survivors will be announced at a later time.

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Center Varsity Football Game Change


Due to excessive rain and potential severe weather forecasted in the NE Texas area for Friday and Saturdaythe Varsity football game will be moved to Thursday October 22nd at 7PM in Atlanta.

 

As a result of this schedule change all subvarsity games (7th/8th/9th/JV) will be cancelled for this week. Please note the start time thursday is 30 min earlier than the Friday start time. We apologize for any inconvienence.

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Timpson ISD Bear Update


Cross Country Team To Compete in Regionals - Timpson High School district champions varsity cross country team will compete in the regional competition Monday October 26 at 1:30 p.m. at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. Congratulations to the cross country team for winning district and good luck at regionals. Team members who will be competing are:  Cheyanne Porter, Emily Garcia, Molly Sanford, Macey  Hanson, Sara Duke, Cedesha Curtis and Ana DeLeon.

 

THS Pep Rally - The Timpson High School pep rally will be Friday Oct. 23 at 2:30 in the old gym. Please come out to cheer on the Bears as they prepare for the game Friday night against the Tenaha Tigers. The game will be played in Tenaha with a 7:30 start time. Go Bears!

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Panola College Offers Beginning Computers


The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education office is offering a Beginning Computer class on Saturday, November 7, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The class will be held in the Merle Glass building on the Carthage campus.  The cost of the class is $50.00 and preregistration is required. For more information, contact the Continuing Education office at 903-693-2067 or email ce@panola.edu.

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Shelbyville Dragons Support For Cam'ron Matthews Family


Shelbyville Dragon fans are encouraged to join Texas high school football fans across the state in wearing  black and gold on Friday, Oct. 23 at the Dragons vs Beckville football game.

Alto High School football player, Cam’Ron Matthews passed away after last Friday night’s  game.

We would like to encourage our fans to wear black & gold to show support for the Alto community and the Matthews family.

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Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting


Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Running M Feed, Seed & Tack as one

of our newest Chamber members. They are located at 186 US HWY 84 West in the

old Texaco station on corner of Hwy 84. Shelby Tullos will be operating this

and welcomes everyone to come by and see her new store. Shelby looks forward

to supplying Timpson and the area community for their feed supply and barn

needs. Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to come join us for The

Grand opening ribbon cutting Friday October 30th at 3pm.

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First Christian Church in Timpson Celebrates 130 Years


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Shelbyville Dragon Cross Country


Both the boys and girls Cross Country teams advanced past District to

compete at Regionals.

 

In the girls division, Kiki Osby won the Individual Gold Medal, Jakyra Ross

won the Individual Silver Medal, and Brittney Risinger, Jasmine Osby, and

Maryanna Mendoza made up the rest of the Lady Dragon team who finished in

team competition as District Runner Up.

 

For the boys, H'leighen McClelland finished 5th overall, JJ Boykins

finished 8th over all, and Ryan Bailey, Jeorge Hernandez,  AB Gonzales &

Kurtrick Allen made up the rest of the Dragon team who finished in team

competition as District Runner Up.

 

The Regional Meet will be held at Kate Barr-Ross Park in Huntsville Texas

on Monday, October 26th.  The girls will run at 1:30 and the boys at 2:00.

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Truck Fire at Tractor Supply


The Tractor Supply parking lot on Tenaha Street in Center was the scene of a truck fire on Monday, October 19 at 10am. When firemen arrived, the front end of a Ford F-150 was engulfed in flames. The firemen were able to extinguish the fire and prevent the entire truck from going up in flames. The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

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18 Wheeler Overturned on Hwy 59


Emergency personnel was dispatched to a crash at the U.S. Highway 59 ramp in Tenaha on Monday, October 19, 2015. At 4:40pm an 18 wheeler hauling a trailer filled with rolls of newsprint paper was attempting to enter the overpass from Highway 59 South to 59 North. As the truck entered the overpass, the load shifted and the tractor-trailer overturned. No injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

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East Liberty Community House Fire


The Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department and Center Fire Department responded to a house fire on Monday morning in East Liberty Community. When the departments arrived at the house owned by Percy Ratcliff, the house was already burned to the ground and appeared to have been burning for a long time. The cause of the fire was not able to be determined at the scene.

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Obituary: Inez Neilson Davis


Watson & Sons Funeral Home presents:

 

Inez Neilson Davis, 89, of Center, Texas passed away on October 17, 2015 in Carthage, Texas.

 

Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Center, Texas on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm with Reverend Karen Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Center, Texas. Visitation will be on Monday, October 19, 2015 at Watson and Sons Funeral Home from 5-7 pm.

 

Inez was born in McKinney, Texas to the late H.H. Neilson, Sr. and Mavet Thomas Neilson on February 20, 1926. She graduated from McKinney High School in 1943 and from Southern Methodist University in 1946 with degrees in Spanish and Psychology. She was also an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.

 

Inez put her servant’s heart into practice from a very young age, and she would continue to use her God-given gifts and time to the benefit of others her entire life. She used her love of singing and dancing to help plan events and dances for returning soldiers through the U.S.O. in McKinnney following World War II.

 

It was a blind date, arranged by her SMU roommate, which introduced Inez to her own soldier, W.I. Davis, Jr. She and W.I. were engaged to be married in 1946, with their wedding the following year on April 5 in McKinney, Texas. Upon marriage, the couple moved to Center, Texas to start their life together, putting down roots that would spread all across East Texas.

 

Throughout her life, Inez lent her support to the First United Methodist Church of Center. There, she used her musical talents as a member and director of the Center First United Methodist Church Choir. She recognized the importance of practicing a strong faith, becoming an active member of the United Methodist Women. Along with Doris Parker and other members, she initiated a local nursing home ministry that continues to this day, hosting monthly birthday celebrations for the residents.

 

Inez and W.I. knew the value of a Christian household, and wanted to help provide an opportunity for the same Christian home environment to Texas orphans and foster children as they gave their own family. Together, Inez and W.I. supported the Methodist Children’s Home, regularly participating in Wrangler meetings for the Boys’ Ranch.

 

To say that Inez enjoyed fellowship with her family and community would be an understatement. She had an indescribable way of making everyone she met feel comfortable, welcomed, loved, and like an immediate addition to her family. She exuded grace, selflessness, hospitality, and impeccable southern charm to all she met. Inez possessed incredible wisdom, which she earned through an earnest and disciplined study of God’s word. Instead of using wise words, more often than not she led by example. She showed her faith through her actions, her warm smile that extended through her clear blue eyes, and her unwavering presence at all of her church ministries. The love that the Lord poured out on her she gave unselfishly to each person she encountered.

Inez shared her musical talents with the Center Music Study Club, and was a life member of the National Federation of Music Study Clubs. Inez enjoyed regularly attending state and national music club conventions.

She was a charter member of the Eta Rho chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority in Center.

 

Mindful of the family legacy passed on to her, Inez joined the Nacogdoches chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She went on to leave her legacy to younger generations who look up to her, family and community alike.

Inez learned early on one of life’s most important lessons. Her life was not without illness, sorrow, or challenges, but when these trials came she did not hesitate to trust in God’s strong foundation. She continued to get up, get dressed, sing God’s praises, and greet everyone with her warm, gracious smile; a smile from the heart, and from her solid faith in God that is forever imprinted in all of our hearts.

 

Inez is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Neilson and Diana Ashby Davis; daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia Davis Griffin and Guy Griffin; grandson, Patrick Griffin and wife, Kasey; granddaughter, Kelly Griffin Wahl and husband, Wesley; grandchildren, Shannon Grammer and Larry Shoults; great-grandsons, Justin and Jason Bobbitt, numerous other relatives, and a host of friends.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.I. Davis, Jr. and brother, Horace Neilson, Jr.

 

A heartfelt thanks to Marie Small, LaKendra Barnes, the caregivers of Always There Home Care, and Marion Place for their loving care of our mother.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the Methodist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 5010, Waco, Texas 76708 or First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter Street, Center, Texas 75935.

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Timpson ISD Bear Update


Lady Bear Volleyball/Cross Country News - The Lady Bear Volleyball Team defeated Overton on Tuesday night in four games 25-20; 25-22; 18-25; 25-19. Congrats to the Lady Bears.  Playoff and t-shirt information will be coming soon. Pictured after the win in Overton are: Ana DeLeon, Kim Lewis, Molly Sanford, Holly Hughes, Moesha Kegglar, Jasmine Rogers, Cedesha Curtis, Sara Duke, and Hope Milford.

 

Timpson J.H. Girls Cross Country District Champs

                The Timpson JH Cross Country Team competed in New Summerfield on Wednesday and crushed the competition. The girls had their best performance of the year and came home as the District Champions! The Lady Bears finished with five runners in the top 10 with Erica Renick 10th, Ashton Harris 8th, Jaycee Campbell 3rd, Harlie Ware 2nd, and the individual District Champion was Sadie Ramsey 1st. Also on the JH XC team is Mckenzie Wynn and Alexis Miller. Congrats to these young ladies on a very successful Cross Country Season! Also Competing at the District Meet as individuals were: Claire Johnson, Da’Maya Collins, A.J. Johnson, Tahlia Wallace, Kaleigh Timmons, T.J. Dickey, Sanaa Curtis, and McKenzie Raines. Congrats to all of the athletes. We are proud of all of you.

 

                The Varsity HS Cross Country Team also competed in New Summerfield on Wednesday and finished third overall as a team! This qualifies them for regionals  to be held in Huntsville on October 26th! Cheyanne Porter also finished 5th overall in the meet. On the XC Team are  Cheyanne Porter, Emily Garcia, Ana DeLeon, Molly Sanford, Cedesha Curtis, Macey Hanson, and Sara Duke. More info about the Regional Meet and Regional Qualifier T-shirts will be posted as soon as possible.

                The athletes competing on the JV Level at the District meet were Ja’Karia Deckard, Tori Addison, and Rebecca Mathis. All three placed in the top 10 and received medals.

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Joaquin ISD Cross Country District Meet Scores


The JISD cross country team participated at the District Meet in New

Summerfield on Wednesday, October 14th.  Carlos Galan and Day'za Lane, both

members of the High School team, advanced to the Regional Meet.  Carlos

placed 3rd and Day'za placed 6th. They will compete at the Regional Meet in

Huntsville on October 26th.

Lorenzo Lane and Connor Bragg, both of the Joaquin JH Cross Country team,

also placed at the District Meet.  Lorenzo finished 2nd and Connor finished

3rd in the JH Boys Division.  Congratulations to these athletes.  Go RAMS!

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Jury Cancellation


The jury that has been summoned for Monday, October 19, 2015 for the 273rd District Court Honorable Charles R. Mitchell, Presiding has been cancelled due to the scheduled cases being resolved or passed.

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


CITY OF TENAHA REGULAR CALLED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA – October 19, 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, October 19, 2015 at 5:15 p.m. at the Tenaha Municipal Building located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas.

 

Order of Business:

 

1.      Call to Order

2.      Roll Call

3.      Pledge & Prayer

4.      Welcome Guests

5.      Public Comments

6.      Approve Previous Meeting Minutes – ACTION

7.      Approve September Financial Statements - ACTION

8.      Recommendation of New Council Member to Fill Vacant Council Seat - ACTION

9.      Approval/Disapproval of Norman White CPA Audit Engagement Letter FYE 9/30/2015 - ACTION

10.  Weekly Personnel Meetings – ACTION

11.  Discuss/Review TML Insurance Coverage (Water/Wastewater) - ACTION

12.  Discuss Christmas Festivities for City Personnel – ACTION

13.  Discuss Utilizing the City Office To Better Serve the Community – ACTION

14.  Purchase of 3” Bulk Sales Meter & RPZ – ACTION

15.  Pending Pilgrim’s Pride Construction Quote - ACTION

16.  Closed Session – Personnel Matters Section 551.074 – Stacy Cranford (Employee Handbook Sections 2, 3 and 4)

17.  Return to Open Session - ACTION

18.  Department Head Report

19.  Council Comments

20.  Adjourn

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Shelby County Zombie Walk


Starting at 8 pm October 31st Saturday Halloween night Timpson Citizens invite you to join them for a Halloween Zombie Walk starting from the downtown plaza. Dress as Zombies on Halloween night and join us for a Walking dead experience. We will walk around the square walk down the road between Volunteer Ambulance Service and downtown building. We will walk down that road then turn around and walk back to the square. We have over $300 of

prize money donated already and expect more before the walk. Prize money will be split as follows. 50 percent for Best Dressed and acting Zombie, 30 percent for second best and 20 percent of the split to go to 3rd place. Our goal is to have the largest Zombie Walk in Shelby County. Contact Paul Smith for more details if needed. 936-554-4557  

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Veterans Day Dinner and Flag of Honor


Panola College is pleased to announce the *Third Annual Panola College

Veterans Day Dinner*.  The dinner will be held on Veterans Day, Wednesday,

November 11th, at 6 pm in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom of the Charles C.

Matthews Foundation Student Center.

 

The Panola College Green Jackets, an honorary student organization,

established this annual dinner to serve the many men and women of East

Texas who have devoutly served us in our nation’s armed forces.  Panola

College is proud to be the alma mater to hundreds of veterans over the last

seven decades.  It is our goal to deepen our ties with our military

brethren whenever and wherever we can.

 

The dinner, which is free to all area veterans, will feature an Italian

cuisine, the Presentation of our Nation’s Colors, a special guest speaker,

the reading of patriotic poems, and the anthems of the armed forces.

 

All veterans are invited to bring one guest.  The doors will open at 5:30

pm.  Seating for the dinner is limited.  Please RSVP to Ruth Brooks at

903-693-1183 to reserve your spot.

 

This year in conjunction with the Veterans Day Dinner, the Panola College

Green Jackets will be offering the community a chance to purchase a three

by five feet flag mounted on a six-foot pole for $30 in honor or memorial

of a veteran. The flags will have a sign with their name, branch of

service, and personal message from donor. The Flags will be displayed at

Panola College in the front lawn from November 4 through November 13. All

proceeds are used to fund the Veterans Day Dinner, raising funds for Green

Jackets to travel to Washington D.C. and part of the proceeds are donated

to the Wounded Warrior project.

 

If you would like to honor a veteran or anyone currently serving our

country by purchasing a Flag of Honor, please contact Jackie Sanders at

903-693-2017 or stop by the Health and Natural Sciences building to pick up

a brochure. Flags will be available until October 30th.

 

Let's show our community how proud we are of our service men and women and

fill the front lawn of Panola College with American flags!

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Timpson City Council Meeting


Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the governing body of the above named City will be held on the 20th day of October, 2015 at 5:30 pm at the City Hall, 456 Jacob Street, Timpson, Texas, at which time the following subjects will be considered, to-wit: 

 

1.         Call to Order:

 

2.      Invocation:

 

3.                      Pledge: United States Pledge, Texas Pledge            

 

4.      Chamber of Commerce:  Chamber of Commerce, presented by Paul Smith.

       Timpson Ministerial Alliance and the Timpson Chamber of Commerce is

       sponsoring a “TRUNK OR TREAT” event on the Downtown Plaza at 6:00 on

       Saturday, October 31st.  Bring your little Ghosts and Goblins to the Downtown Fall

       Festival and let them fill their bags with treats and enjoy the festivities.

     

5.                      Council Items:

     

6.                      Presentations & Recognition:  Matthew Owens has received his Class D Water

      Treatment Operator License.   Robert Hairgrove will celebrate his 5th year with the

      Timpson Police Department on November 1st.

 

             The City of Timpson would like to present the Shelby County Children’s

             Advocacy Center with a check in the amount of $628.93 (child safety fee)

               and recognize the Center for their efforts in Child Abuse Prevention through

               educational programs and events throughout the county.  Robin Connell will

               be in attendance to accept the donation.

                 

     7.          Citizens Input: 

                   

     8.          Department Reports:

                             

                  A.    Public Works Report:  Larry Burns

 

                  B.    Police Department Report: Kent Graham

 

                  C.    Municipal Court Report:  For the month of September 2015, there were 47

                  citations issued,  56 violations, 0 to juveniles and 2 to minors.  Total amount

                  reported $14,316.99 the City’s portion a 55% estimate of $7,874.34.

 

            D.   City Secretary:  Leslie Leathers reporting Woodlawn Cemetery mapping is

            complete.

            

            Notice of burn ban effective 8/12/15 for all of Shelby County by the Commissioners

            Court.  Effective 90 days from the date of adoption of the order, unless

            the restrictions are terminated earlier based on a determination made by the Texas

            Forest Service or the court.

 

            Judge James Bogue, will be attending the Regional Judges Seminar,

            October 28-30, 2015 in Tyler. 

 

     9.           Consent Agenda:  Items included under the Consent Agenda require little or no

       Deliberation by the Council.  Approval of the Consent Agenda authorizes the      

       City Secretary to proceed with the conclusion of each item as reflected in the  

       Minutes of this meeting.

 

A.     Consider approval of the minutes of the regular meeting held on September 15, 2015

B.      Consider approval of Financial Statement for the month of September, 2015

C.     Consider approval of Accounts Payable – Unpaid bills for September, 2015

D.     Consider approval of the EDC minutes of the meeting held on October 13, 2015,

 including the EDC Street Improvements and the hiring of Good-Lasiter to prepare

 estimates for those projects.

E.      Consider approval of city employee pay rates for 2015-16.

F.      Consider approval of allowing the Gazebo Area to be used for a wedding on Dec 19.

 

 

                                      REGULAR AGENDA ITEMS  (10 –18)

 

                                     

      10.        Discuss and possibly take action:  Set “Call Out” Pay for the Police Department

                  Effective immediately; the first call out will be Saturday, Sept 19th (12 hrs) and

                  Sunday, Sept 20th (12 hrs).  The 2015-2016 proposed rate in the budget is $100 per

                  weekend for the person who is on call, that is a rate of $4.16 per hour for that

                  officer.  There is no additional pay for being called out while on call.  The Council

                  will decide whether to increase pay by $25.00 for each, Easter Sunday, Christmas

                  Eve and Christmas Day, if those holidays fall during an on call day.

                   

     11.        Discuss and possibly take action:  Amending the handbook in order that the “On

                  Call” officer be allowed to take the patrol car to his home at the end of the day,

                  immediately preceding his on call shift.  The current schedule will require the officer

                  to take the car home on Saturday morning at the end of the 12 hr Friday PM shift.

                  The car will remain with the officer on call until he returns to duty for the Saturday

                  PM shift. When the officer gets off at 8am on Monday morning, the car will remain

                  with the regular M-F patrol officers “in town” and not be taken home again until the

                  weekend.  The City Attorney has stated that “response times” may be included in the

                  handbook but should be reasonable and not set in miles but minutes.  The State Law

                  provides that employees may have to be able to respond to Civil Emergencies within

                  certain time frames.  Having reasonable response times for officers that are “on call”

                  should be considered for everyone’s safety.

 

     12.        Discuss and possibly take action:  Amend the handbook with regard to paying

                  Police Officers, time and one half for time worked in excess of 84 hours in a 7 day

                  Period, there will be no more overtime pay.  The three officers will be paid on Friday

                  Every two weeks and Chief Graham will continue to be paid weekly 40 hrs.

 

     13.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Change current vacation policy-all officers earn

                  120 hours of vacation annually.  They are currently required to take off 1/3 of those

                  hours with pay and are allowed to take the other 2/3 without taking time off.

 

     14.         Discuss and possibly take action:  The Council will discuss securing the Financial

                   Auditing Services of Frank Campos for the FY ending 9/30/15.

                   In the event these services are NOT accepted, Item 15 will need to be discussed.

 

     15.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Advertise for bids for the financial audit of a

                   Governmental agency with Grants totaling LESS THAN $500,000  *Requires a

                   Single Audit compliant with Federal OMB A-133.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

     16.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Raise in pay for Matthew Owens from $13.50

                   to $14.50 since he has received his Class D Water Treatment Operator License.

 

     17.        Discuss and possibly take action:  Hiring a part-time office worker at City Hall

                  2 days a week (16 hrs) @ $9.00/hr.

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Timpson ISD Bear Update


Lady Bear Basketball Schedule 

 

Date                     Opponent                                Place           Teams                            Time

Nov. 3                  Mt. Enterprise/Neches(S)       TBA           JVG/VG                          TBA

Nov. 10                All Saints-Tyler                       HOME       JVG/VG                           5:00

Nov. 12-14           Chireno Tournament             AWAY       JVG                                   TBA

Nov. 13                Mount Enterprise                    AWAY       JVG/VG                         10:00

Nov. 19-21           Cushing Tournament             AWAY       JVG/VG                           TBA

Nov. 23                Union Hill                               HOME       JV/VG                             10:30

Dec. 1                   Pineywoods                            HOME       VG/VB                           4:30

Dec. 3-5                West Sabine Tournament      AWAY       VG/VB                           TBA

Dec. 8                   Latexo                                     AWAY       JVG/VG                         4:00

Dec. 10-12            Gary Tournament                  AWAY       VG                                  TBA

Dec. 15                 Alto                                          AWAY       JVG/VG                        5:00

Dec. 18                 Overton                                   HOME       JVG/JVB/VG/VB         4:00

Jan. 5                   Waskom                                 AWAY       JV/VG                            5:00

Jan. 8                 Tenaha*                                 HOME       JVG/VG                            4:30

Jan. 12                 Shelbyville*                             AWAY       JVG/VG                       4:30

Jan. 15                 Martinsville*                           HOME       JVG/JVB/VG/VB          4:30

Jan. 19                 Beckville*                                AWAY       JVG/JVB/VG/VB         4:30

Jan. 21-23           Joaquin Tournament             AWAY       JVG/JVB                         TBA

Jan.22                  Joaquin*                                 HOME       JVG/JVB/VG/VB          4:30

Jan. 26                 Tenaha*                                  AWAY       JVG/JVB/VG/VB          4:30

Jan. 29                 Shelbyville*                             HOME       JVG/JVB/VG/VB         4:30

Feb. 2                   Martinsville*                           AWAY       JVG/JVB/VG/VB          4:30

Feb. 5                   Beckville*^                              HOME       JVG/JVB/VG/VB         4:30

Feb. 9                   Joaquin*                                 AWAY       JVG/JVB/VG/VB          4:30

 

 

 

 

Pep Rally- The Timpson High School pep rally this week will be Friday, October 16 at the football stadium at 2:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to the pep rally to cheer for the Varsity Bears who will play Overton at home at 7:30 p.m. in the second district game of the season.  Congratulations to the Varsity Bears who defeated Mt. Enterprise in last week‘s first district game by a score of 42-14.

 

THS Youth Advisory Council – The Timpson High School Youth Advisory Council is a group of students dedicated to three core values:  community service, personal responsibility and setting a good example for others to follow.  YAC founder and advisor Mr. Vernett Richardson began with less than 10 students in the Youth Advisory Council and has grown it to over a 100 student membership.  YAC members volunteer and help organize a number of school and community events including the Veterans and Memorial Day programs, Frontier Days and school events.  To develop personal responsibility YAC members are expected to always show respect to others, set goals and develop plans to achieve their goals and understand and accept responsibility for their words and actions.  YAC members also are charged with setting a good example for others to follow by maintaining good order and discipline, respecting authority at all times and learning good character traits and apply them to life situations.  Mr. Richardson meets with the YAC members regularly to help them develop and practice these core values.  YAC members also have the opportunity to become leaders with the council organization.  They are required to apply for these leadership positions.  He hopes these important skills will not only help students during their school years but will be life skills they can use to become successful contributing adults.

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Timpson Trunk or Treat


Timpson Ministerial Alliance & The Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a "TRUNK or TREAT" event on the Downtown Plaza. Trunk or Treat starts at 6:00 pm Saturday, October 31st. Prizes for the Best 2 costumes are $25 each and Best decorated Trunk or Vehicle is $50. (Prize money donated by Mayor Debra Smith). Bring your little Ghosts & Goblins to Downtown Fall Festival and let them fill their bags with treats and enjoy the festivities. To participate in giving out treats, contact the Timpson Ministerial Alliance at (936) 254-2220. Participants will have to be on the square with their trunk backed up to the downtown curb near the gazebo before 6 pm. Street may be blocked off so be on time. All candy must be individually wrapped.

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Shelby County 4-H Student Awarded District Level Gold Star


Megan has been an active member of 4-H for the past 8 years, and she is a sophomore at Center High School.  She has participated in many projects during her 4-H years such as the Livestock Project, Photography, Livestock Judging and Food and Fashion.  Her favorite project would be showing livestock.  Megan has shown chickens in the Poultry Festival since she was 8yrs old.  She has also shown heifers, swine and steers at our county show as well as the major shows in Houston, San Antonio and Fort Worth.  Megan was extremely fortunate to get picked to attend the Texas A&M Livestock Ambassador Short Course in College Station this summer.  After passing a lengthy test, submitting an essay and video, she is now officially a Livestock Ambassador.  She will spend the next four years advocating and promoting agriculture wherever she can.  After high school, Megan plans to attend college and major in an agriculture field.  Megan is the daughter of Lane and Katie Dunn of Center.

Miss Megan Dunn of Center and a Shelby County 4-H member was awarded the District 5 Gold Star at a banquet on October 13, 2015 at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.  The Gold Star award is the highest award given by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to a youth and is based on the 4-H member’s project, leadership and citizenship/community service participation on the county level.  

 

 

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Nacogdoches County Fourth Friday Luncheon


The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday Luncheon presented by Nacogdoches I.S.D. is noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 23 at Austin Hall, 4603 North St.

 

Dr. Mary Nelle Brunson, SFA Associate Provost, will share information about the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Strategic Plan "60x30 TX." The purpose is that by 2030, at least 60% of Texans ages 25-34 will have a certificate or degree. 

 

Dr. Brunson joined the SFA faculty in 1993 and has served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Graduate School, Assistant Department Chair of Elementary Education, Campus Academic Leader of the NISD/SFASU Charter School and Associate professor of Elementary Education in Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining the SFA faculty, she taught kindergarten in Texas public schools and served as an early childhood consultant.

 

As associate provost, Dr. Brunson provides leadership in the areas of curriculum development, general education, new program development, program review, regional and specialized external accreditation and all graduate school operations. In addition, she leads the student success initiative at SFA that is focused on transforming the advising experience for students to provide clear pathways and support to graduation.  

 

The luncheon serves as the Chamber’s monthly membership meeting. Reservations are required by noon, Wednesday Oct. 21, and lunch is $16 at the door.

 

Find the event registration form and a secure “pay online” option posted in Hot News at nacogdoches.org.

 

All attendees will be entered in a $50 cash drawing sponsored by Commercial Bank of Texas, and every Chamber member is entered in a $250 drawing sponsored by Axley & Rode, LLP, but you must be present to win.    

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Tiger Weekly


Tiger Weekly

 

October 17, 2015-UIL Region 21 Marching Contest at SFA 11:30 am

October 19, 2015-4th Grade Field Trip to Sam Houston in Huntsville; Happy

     Bear in Elem Computer Lab

October 21, 2015- Cross Country District Meet; PK-1 Fire Safety

October 22, 2015- JH/JV @ Timpson 5:00 pm

October 23, 2015-Tigers vs Timpson 7:30 pm Home(Pink Out Game); Cross

     Country Invitational in Zavalla; 6th Grade Field Trip to Angelina College

October 24, 2015-Area Marching Contest at SFA8:15 am

October 26, 2015- Region CC Meet at Sam Houston State

October 27, 2015- Tiger Parent Academy w/Tiger Café Open

October 28, 2015-FFA District Wildlife Competition

October 29, 2015- JH/JV vs Overton Home 5:00 pm

October 30, 2015-Tigers vs Overton There 7:30 pm

October 31, 2015-Cross Country in Humble

November 2, 2015-State Marching Contest at Alamodome in San Antonio

November 3, 2015-FFA District Development Event

November 5, 2015-JH@ Mt. Enterprise 5:00 pm

November 6, 2015- Tigers vs Mt. Enterprise 7:30 Home; End 2nd Grading Period

November 7, 2015-Cross Country State Meet in Round Rock

November 9, 2015-Student Holiday/Teacher In-Service

 

History Made by Tiger Runners

 

Tenaha Sweeps Varsity Titles at District

 

Yesterday in New Summerfield, Coach Lauri Sisk and the Tenaha High School

and Junior High Cross Country teams competed in the District 22-2A District

Meet.  The day and the course would be painted maroon as Tenaha won three

out of the four district team titles that were up for grabs.  For the first

time ever, Tenaha is home to the Varsity Boys and Girls District Cross

Country Champions.  Also, the Tenaha Junior High Boys team ran their way to

the Junior High Championship as well. 

 

Congratulations to Coach Sisk and all the runners who have logged the many

tough and hot miles in the early morning and afternoon.  Next up for Tiger

XC is the Regional Meet at Sam Houston State on Saturday, October 31 for a

chance to advance to State!

 

 Tigers Cap Festive Homecoming Day with 47-13 District Win

 

After slugging through the brutal non-district slate, Coach Craig Horn and

the Tenaha Tigers began the 2nd season by opening up District 11-2A play

against the previously 4-1 Maud Cardinals.  After giving up an early score

to the Cardinals, the young Tigers found that “old Tiger swagger” and put

together a barrage of big plays, big hits, and fast play.  After taking a

20-6 lead into halftime, Tenaha exploded for two big TD passes in the 3rd

quarter and two additional long runs to cap off a successful district

opening 47-13 win in front of a large, happy, and excited Tenaha Homecoming

crowd.  At 1-0, the Tigers are off this week to prepare for Shelby County

rival Timpson.  Next Friday’s game at Tiger Stadium will begin at 7:30 PM

and will no doubt have large implications in the District Championship race.

 

The Best Homecoming Tradition in Texas

                                    

Beautiful weather, great floats, big crowds, happy faces, great kids, one

train, and a Tiger win is the best way to describe another great Homecoming

week in Tenaha.  This year’s edition certainly did not disappoint.  In fact,

the Tenaha Homecoming reputation even lured a writer from the Dallas Morning

News who is writing a book about Texas Football Traditions to include the

Tenaha Homecoming among those he writes about. 

 

Congratulations to Rebekkah Bridges, this year’s Homecoming Queen as well as

Jakedrick Roundtree, this year’s king.  Also, thank you to all who

contributed to making the Tenaha Homecoming what it is.  A special thanks to

Mrs. Jernigan and the Tiger Booster Club for putting on the Hamburger Lunch.

It was great to see so many happy faces in Tenaha!!

 

Saturday Marks the Beginning of the State Contest Quest

 

This Saturday, the Sweepstakes acclaimed Roarin’ Band from Tigerland will

set out to accomplish the unthinkable.  That is to attempt to qualify for

the State Marching Contest in just the second year of transitioning from

military to corps style  marching.  Second year director Brian Sours says

“It’s the toughest Region in the state” remarking about the quality of depth

of the Tigers competition.  Top notch bands from Shelbyville, Carlisle,

Beckville, Timpson, and San Augustine will compete among others to make 1st

Division this Saturday at Stephen F. Austin for the right to advance to Area

competition next week (also at SFA).  Awaiting the qualifiers from this

Saturday are Clarksville and Union Grove who boasts the top bands from the

Northern part of the Area.  It won’t be easy, but Mr. Sours expects the

Tiger band “to give it its best shot.”

 

Tenaha will perform at 11:30 AM Saturday just ahead of the San Augustine

Band.  

 

Something New!!!!!

 

On Tuesday, October 27 TISD will be hosting the first ever Tenaha Parent

Academy.  All parents, supporters, and interested guests are invited to come

the TISD cafetorium for a 90 minute informational symposium about the inner

workings of Public Education.  Also, there will be a Tiger Café with Catfish

baskets available for guests to enjoy.  Session topics of interest that

patrons can attend include details about Discipline Management and

Expectations, Graduation requirements, state law, and College preparation,

and Extra-Curriculars 101.  Visitors will also receive sample questions from

the State Mandated STAAR and End of Course exams to get a view of what

students are required to learn.  And, finally, parents will have the

opportunity to meet face to face with teachers about their student’s needs.

Stay tuned to the Tiger Alert, the Website, and the Tiger Weekly for more

details. 

 

TENAHA ISD CHILD FIND

 

Tenaha ISD offers comprehensive special education services to eligible

students ages 3 through 21.  Children from birth to age 3 with disabilities

will be referred to the appropriate Early Childhood Intervention service.

All referrals are considered confidential, and services are provided at no

cost.  The parent or legal guardian retains the right to refuse services and

are provided other procedural safeguards under federal and state law. 

 

Public school services include screening in areas of suspected disabilities,

such as vision, hearing, motor skills, speech, language, and general

development.  Evaluations in the school are provided in several areas of

suspected disabilities including learning disabilities, speech and language

development, physical impairments, vision or hearing problems, intellectual

disability, emotional disturbances, autism/pervasive development disorders,

health impairments or traumatic brain injuries.

 

A free, appropriate, public education with a full continuum of services is

available.  If you suspect your child or another child has a disability or

for more information concerning eligibility criteria and referral

procedures, contact Terry Bowlin, Director of Special Services at Tenaha ISD

at (936) 248-5000 ext. 503

 

Elementary News

 

Tenaha Elementary had our fifth Elementary Parent Night for Prek 4 Tuesday,

October 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm.  We had 12 students represented out of 29 total

students in the Prek 4 Program.  Teachers discussed standards based report

cards, portfolios, take home folder procedures, student expectations for the

year and ways that parents can help their children at home.  We were very

pleased with the turn out and would like to say thanks to all who were in

attendance!!

 

Tenaha Elementary had our fourth Elementary Parent Night for Third grade on

Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm.  We had 27 students represented out of

46 total students in third grade.  Teachers discussed standards based report

cards, portfolios, homework procedures, curriculum expectations for the year

and ways that parents can help their children at home.  We were very pleased

with the turn out and would like to say thanks to all who were in

attendance!! 

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3rd Annual Taste of the Holidays


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors are hosting the 3rd Annual Taste of the Holidays sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank, an eclectic culinary sampling and dining experience, on Friday, November 6 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the John D. Windham Civic Center in conjunction with the annual Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Market.

 

Space is limited and advance tickets are $25 per person, which will cover both admission costs to the Taste of the Holidays and the Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Market.  Tickets go on sale Monday, October 19 through Monday, November 2 and can be purchased at Sombreros, Gatherings, Masterson Insurance, Shelby County Today, the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office or from any Chamber Ambassador.     

 

Those showcased in the exclusive Taste of the Holidays include local chamber member restaurants, caterers, florists and other specialty businesses, including Endless Possibilities, Sombreros,  Brookshire Brothers, Huxley Bay Marina, TR’s Steaks & More, Pineywoods Beverage, The Reserve, American Grill, Century Shoppe,  Margarita’s, Hughes Florist, Watson-Tucker Florist and Center Floral and MW Rentals.   

 

The William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas is hosting the Pinecone and Mistletoe Christmas Market Shopping Extravaganza with over 40 vendor booths showcasing Christmas décor and holiday artisan gifts on Friday, November 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 7 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the John Dean Windham Civic Center. 

 

The mission statement of 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.  For additional information, please call 936.598.3682, email info@shelbycountychamber.com or visit www.shelbycountychamber.com.

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Food Bank Haslem 1st Baptist Church


Haslem 1st Baptist church will have a food bank on Wednesday, October 21st at 9:00 AM. 1 box per household and you must have ID and proof of residency.

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Huxley Helping Hands


Huxley Helping Hands, a local mission group from the Huxley Community, is holding a food pantry for the residents of Shelby County. Identification and proof of residency will be required. Only 1 Box per household will be given.

 

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015

 

Sign is starts at: 9:00 AM and will continue until food is gone

 

Location: Hillcrest Baptist Church

                        901 Southview Circle, Center, Tx

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Food Bank in Timpson


There will be a food bank at the 1st Baptist Church in Timpson at 9:00 AM on Friday, October 16th. 1 box per household and you must have ID and proof of residency.

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Panola College Hosting Local Author Event


M.P. Baker Library to Host Local Author Event

 

The M.P. Baker Library of Panola College will be co-hosting a local author showcase with the Sammy Brown Public Library on Thursday, October 22nd from 12:00 – 2:00 PM in the Murphy-Payne Community Room at Panola College.  Eleven East Texas area authors will be on hand to sell and sign copies of their various works.  The event is free and a light lunch will be available for those attending. Authors include Bobbie Shafer, Cathy R. Myers, Edward Hancock, Gae-Lynn Woods, Gina Smith & Elvis, Janet Shrewsbury, Phylis Caskey, Linda Yezak, Liz Talley, Lynn Hobbs, and Patty Wiseman. Several genres will be represented including children’s books, suspense and mystery, romance, and Christian fiction.  Make plans to stop by and do some early Christmas shopping while getting to know some of your own East Texas authors. 

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Joaquin ISD October Board Agenda


J.I.S.D. OCTOBER BOARD AGENDA

 

1.       Roll call, establishment of quorum, call to order – Joaquin ISD could have members via video conference call – Texas Government Code Section 551.127

 

2.      Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance

 

3.      Audience Participation – In accordance with Joaquin ISD Policy BED Local no presentation shall exceed five

minutes.  Delegations of more than five persons shall appoint one person to present their views before the Board.

 

4.      Report/Information items:

 

4.1  Director of Finance Reports – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance

4.1.1           Monthly Financial Report

 

4.2  Delinquent Property Tax Report-Linebarger-Goggan-Blair & Sampson, LLP

 

4.3  Principal’s Reports

4.3.1      Student Handbook – Cell Phone usage – Jimmy Jackson, Terri Gray and Sherry Scruggs

4.3.2      AEP Policies & Procedures – Jimmy Jackson and Terri Gray

 

4.4  TASB Update 103 Vantage Points

 

4.5  TASB Legal Seminar – Nacogdoches, November 19, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. SFASU-Twilight Ballroom

 

4.6  Correspondence

 

5.      Agenda Items for consideration and possible action:

 

5.1        Minutes from previous month’s meeting

           

5.2        Shelby County Appraisal District resolution to appoint Joaquin ISD’s representative to Shelby County

                          Appraisal District Board of Directors

 

            5.3        Class size waiver to TEA

 

6.      Recommendations for items to be placed on agenda for next Board meeting

 

7.      Designation of date and time of next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the

Joaquin ISD – November 16, 2015, at 6:00 p.m.

 

8.      Adjournment

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Women Helping Women Event Reminder


 

 

 

 

The Friend to Friend program is going to be held at the Community House Rock Building on Saturday.  Deadline to sign up is Friday, October 16, 2015 by Noon. Must call us (Jheri-Lynn or Daphne) at 936-598-7744 to RSVP.

 

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3 Injured in Car Wreck on Hwy 96


Highway 96 South was the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, three miles south of Center. It was reported that a man had been ejected from one vehicle. The vehicle was located off the roadway and the man was lying at the edge of a wooded area. First responders quickly went to the aid of the man and others from the same vehicle. At 12:51pm, Parker Baker, of Nacogdoches was driving a black Ford F-150 truck north on Highway 96 and was stopped to make a left turn into XTO Energy. A grey Ford F-150 driven by Vernon Bailey, 49, with passengers Trevon Bailey, 24, and Carrie Bailey, 76, were also traveling north behind Baker. Vernon Bailey attempted to slow down and struck the rear of Baker truck, causing major damage to both vehicles. The truck Bailey was driving veered off the roadway to the right, struck a guardrail, and flipped before coming to rest upright and facing the roadway. Carrie and Trevon Bailey were transported to the hospital. Carrie Bailey was later flown to a hospital in Tyler and has since been released. Vernon Bailey was taken by helicopter to LSU hospital for treatment of his injuries. Trevon Bailey has also been released from the hospital. Baker was not reported to have received any injuries.

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House Fire in South Shelbyville Area


A house fire south of Shelbyville was reported on Sunday, October 11. When the firemen arrived at 3:25pm, the house was fully in flames. The two Shelbyville Volunteer firemen who arrived on scene did their best to clear the flames and save some of the house. The house belonged to Melissa Nichols Olsen and Thomas Spears. Neighbor, Bradley Greer, assisted the firemen in fighting the fire. The Huxley Volunteer Fire Department arrived and provided much needed assistance. However, the fire had already overtaken the majority of the home.

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Shelby County Bee Keepers Meeting


Shelby County Beekeepers Club to Meet

 

The Shelby County Beekeepers Club will meet Wednesday, October 21st at the active Shelby County courthouse, 2nd floor meeting room from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.   This month’s topic will include summer hive management, bee and wasp identification and testing moisture levels in honey.  Mike Bordelon, who owns and operates Bordelon Bees Heavenly Honey Apiary on Toledo Bend Lake at Huxley, Texas, will discuss Basic Beekeeping for Beginners, and experienced beekeepers will conduct a round-table discussion and answer questions from the audience.  Bring a lunch and meet beekeepers from the East Texas area.  Remember: Honey bees are a gardener's best friend; they pollinate fruit trees, vegetables and other garden plants plus provide a valuable product. . . HONEY! 

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Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Lufkin


On 10/14/15 at about 7:38 AM, Lufkin DPS Communications received a report of

a two vehicle crash on FM 328 near Knightwood Rd in Angelina County. The

preliminary crash investigation indicates that a 2001 Chevrolet pickup, driven by

Steven Edwin Phillips (61), from Huntington, TX was traveling westbound FM

328 delivering newspapers. Phillips reportedly drove over onto the eastbound

shoulder to make a newspaper delivery when an eastbound 2010 Harley Davidson

motorcycle struck the front of Phillips’ vehicle. The driver of the motorcycle was

identified as William Eugene Bertram (41), also from Huntington, TX. Bertram

was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and was pronounced deceased at

the scene at 8:20 AM, by Justice of the Peace Pat Grubbs. The crash remains under

investigation. No additional information is available at this time.

 

 

Source: Texas Highway Patrol 

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Bank Robbery in Nacogdoches


About a half hour after a man allegedly robbed the Texas Bank branch at 500 North Street in Nacogdoches, Tuesday afternoon, Sgt. Cameron Nichols with the San Augustine Police Department spotted the suspect’s vehicle on State Highway 21, pulled him over, and made the arrest. According to a press release, Nacogdoches PD received a robbery alarm from the Texas Bank at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday. The suspect left the bank on foot and was described as a white man in his late 30s or early 40s. Nacogdoches PD contacted area police departments about the bank robbery. The identity of the suspect is not being released at this time, due to the fact that formal charges have not been filed. The case is being turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

 

Source: ABC 9 KTRE

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Panola College Ribbon Ceremony


Monday, October 12 at 1:30pm Panola College hosted a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center. Members of the Panola College Board of Trustees, the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Board of Trustees, Panola County Chamber of Commerce, faculty, staff, students and community members were all present for the event. Dr. Greg Powell, Panola College President, thanked several people for their contribution toward the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center including the Panola College Board of Trustees for their guidance and the Charles C. Matthews Foundation for their generous support. After the ribbon was cut, participants toured the new building and then proceeded to the Frances B. Ross Ballroom, where the Panola College Jazz Band and Panola Pipers entertained the guests while they enjoyed light refreshments.

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Timpson ISD Bear Update


Congratulations to Bethany Lindgren who was elected as the 2015 Timpson High School Homecoming Queen. Bethany, a senior, was crowned at the pre-game Homecoming Court presentation at the Homecoming game.

 

Timpson Elementary School Pre-K has been talking about being healthy.  We discussed ways to be healthy like exercise, washing hands, and eating healthy.  On Monday, October 12, 2015, the elementary cafeteria staff fixed both Ms. Penny's and Mrs. Stefanie's Pre-K classes two trays of fruit.  They fixed a total of 4 trays with all kinds of fruit like: kiwi's, grapes, mango's, cantaloupes, and blackberries.  Both classes really enjoyed the fruit. A big thanks goes to Mrs. Maggie, Mrs. Margaret, and Mrs. Zuvona for helping teach students how to eat healthy.

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Car Accident on HWY 96 S


A two-vehicle crash happened on Southbound Highway 96 at 11:25am on Sunday, October 11. Gary Belrose was driving his black Ford Ranger northbound on Highway 96. Belrose stated he felt like he blacked out, he crossed the road into oncoming traffic and struck James Lumen’s red Chevrolet pickup truck head on. James Lumen, his passenger James Halbert, and Gary Belrose were all transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Gary Belrose was issued a citation for driving on the wrong side of the roadway in a no passing zone.

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Panola Rodeo Standings


Panola College rodeo made a short trip this weekend to Pittsburg, Texas for the 3rd Southern Region rodeo. Canadian native bareback rider, Bailey Plaisier, increased his position in the standings with a 71 point ride. The score was strong enough to win 5th place at NETCC, and move Plaisier to number 9 in the Regional standings.

 

Laramie Johnson started the year with a victory and has not let up since. A time of 2.3 seconds in the breakaway event was fast enough for second place at the rodeo, but more importantly moves her to the number one spot in the Southern Region.

 

R.D. Carter, and partner Zach Moore, had a fast run in the team roping with a time of 6.9 seconds. The time was fast enough to win the 8th spot at the rodeo and give them points towards regional standings.

 

Bull rider, Gannon Ivy, has his eyes on the number one spot this season and a chance at a national title. He is now sitting in the number 3 position in the overall standings.

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Friday Night Shelby County HS Games


Friday Night HS Football Game Schedule:

 

 

Center vs Tatum 7:30 (home)

 

Joaquin vs West Sabine 7:30 (away)

 

Timpson vs Overton 7:30 (home)

 

 

 

Don Wall's Game of the Week:

 

Shelbyville vs Cushing 7:30 (home) (Pack The Place In Pink! Wear Pink to support The Fight Against Breast Cancer!)

 

Don Wall's game of the week will play on Friday with pregame coverage starting at 7:20 and kick off at 7:30 and can be listened to online at cbc-radio.com or on 100.5 FM KQBB

 

Update: Tenaha will not be playing this Friday Night.

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Thursday Night Shelby County Games


Thursday October 15, 2015 Schedule:

 

 

-Shelbyville 7th and 8th grade vs Cushing at 5 (away)

 

-Center 7th and 8th grade vs Tatum beginning at 4:30 (home)

 

-Center freshman vs Tatum at 5 (away)

 

-Center JV game vs Tatum starting at 7 (away)

 

-Joaquin Junior High vs West Sabine at 5 (home)

 

-Joaquin JV will play after the Junior High at 6 (home)

 

-Tenaha Junior High vs Garrison at 4:30 (away)

 

-San Augustine Junior High vs Beckville at 5 (away) 

 

-San Augustine JV vs Beckville following the Junior High game (away)

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Area Wide Prayer Meeting


Date: Sunday, October 25th

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Center Square

Worship Leader: GREG GOBER

Guest Speaker: RICK GAGE (Founder of GO TELL Ministries)

 

This is a public invitation to take part in this event! 

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Car Accident on FM 139


Texas Department of Public Safety and The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to the scene of the crash where it was reported a vehicle had rolled over and the driver was trapped within. 26 year old Lauren Richards, of Center, was traveling southbound on FM 139 at an unsafe speed when she hit a curve and flipped her car. Joaquin firemen used the Jaws of Life to help pull Lauren from the car following which a landing zone was established at the Joaquin baseball fields. Richards was then transported by helicopter to LSU Hospital in Shreveport.

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Update: Happenings at Shelbyville Hill Fest


Original Story:

The plans for the 4th annual Happenings at Shelbyville Hill Fest on Saturday, October 17 have been finalized. The festival will be from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. This is an admission-free, family-friendly event held in downtown Shelbyville hosted by the Shelbyville Lions Club and will include games, a pumpkin patch, and a children’s activity area. The festival will also include a cake walk, various raffles, food booths, and a pumpkin painting contest.

 

Update:

After a conversation with one of the Shelbyville Lions Club members, we found out more information as to what to expect at this year's festival! Prepare yourself for music from local bands: The Blue Birds (Blues/Jazz) and The Blake Brothers (Blue Grass).

 

Get your taste bud's ready for: Smoked Turkey, Fried Fish, Funnel Cakes, Baked Potatoes, Frito Pie, Homemade Icecream, and a few other choices that are sure to get your stomach growling! 

 

As far as entertainment goes, children will be able to enjoy a children's activity area as well as games for the children. For adults, there will be tournaments for washers and 42 with a chance at a cash prize! Enjoy a classic cake walk as well as a "guess the pumpkin weight" competition and a pet parade. For car enthusiasts, Shelby County Cruisers will be making an appearance with a few of their best classic cars!

 

The pumpkin patch is open to take pictures in before the festival takes place! 

 

We Hope to see you there!

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Local State Trooper Receives Award


Local State Trooper Dustin Ramos received an award this weekend at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association. Trooper Ramos was awarded the 2015 Trooper of the Year. Congratulations Trooper Ramos and Thank you for your dedication and sacrifice, not only to our community, but to the great state of Texas!

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Timpson ISD Bear Update


Tues. Oct. 13 – Board Meeting in Administration Office @ 6:30 p.m.

-Flu Shots for students/staff

-FFA county goat/lamb validation – Center Ag Building – 4:00 – 6:00 pm

-High School Volleyball vs. Overton – There – 4:30 p.m.

 

Wed. Oct. 14 – PSAT/MNSQT for Juniors

 

Thurs. Oct. 15 – FFA State Fair Santa Gertrudis Show – Dallas

-Middle School Football – There @ 5:30 p.m.

 

Fri. Oct. 16 – Varsity Bear Football vs. Overton – Here @ 7:30 p.m.

-Elementary night @ Football Game

-Volleyball vs. Beckville – There – 4:30 p.m.

-Pink Out Night @ Football Game

 

Sat. Oct. 17 – UIL Band Marching Contest @ SFASU Football Field - 10:00 a.m.

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Obituary: Ricky C. Davis


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

 

Mr. Ricky C. Davis, age 50, of San Augustine, Texas.  Mr. Davis passed away Monday, October 5, 2015 at his residence in San Augustine, Texas. 

 

Funeral Service

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

1:00 p.m.

True Vine Baptist Church

Interment: St. Luke Cemetery

Rev. S. J. Clark, Officiating

 

Visitation

 

Monday, October 12, 2015

12:30 P.M. UNTIL 6:30 P.M.

Garner & Son Chapel

 

Survivors

 

1 Son                         Yvenske’ Rushing of San Augustine, Texas

Mother                        Mattie Ruth Davis of San Augustine, Texas

2 Brothers                Ronald Davis (Patricia) of San Augustine, Texas

                                    Kennith Davis (Gaylon) of Dallas, Texas

 

2 Sisters                       Jessica Roberts of San Augustine, Texas

                                    Stephenie Green of Houston, Texas

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Obituary: Wanda Forbis


Watson & Sons announces services for:

 

Wanda Forbis, 86, of Lufkin, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at her residence.

 

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 12, 2015, at Short Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Charles Williams officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, beginning at 12:00 noon.

 

Ms. Forbis was born April 7, 1929, in Shelby County, to Harvey Hughes and Willie Mae Collins Hughes.  She was a fabulous seamstress, able to sew just about anything.  Ms. Forbis was a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church.

 

She is survived by

Daughter: Sharron Parrozzo of Lufkin

 

Grandchildren:

Nova S. Casterlin and husband, James, of Minnesota

Dan and David Parrozzo of Tyler

 

Special Cousin: Juanell Lawson of Center

 

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

 

Special Friends:

Larry Townsend of Huntington

Michael Williams of Lufkin

 

Preceded in death by

Husband: Raymond Maurice Forbis

Parents: Harvey Hughes and Willie Mae Collins Hughes

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Obituary: Eldon David Thorndyke


Watson & Sons announces services for:

 

Eldon David Thorndyke, 71, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, October 8, 2015, in Center.

 

Mr. Thorndyke’s wishes were to be cremated and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

Mr. Thorndyke was born December 12, 1943, in Saybrook, Illinois, to Ralph V. Thorndyke and Ethel Wright Thorndyke. 

 

He is survived by

Children:

Alana Bundrant and husband, William, of Nacogdoches

Sarah Thorndyke of Gibson City, Illinois

Misty Galyon of Iowa

Tracie Thorndyke of Joaquin

 

Granddaughters:

Laura Casey and husband, Jammie, of Patroon

Amanda Akridge and husband, J.C., of Center

Rachel Andrews of Nacogdoches

 

Brothers:

Merlin Thorndyke

Lloyd Thorndyke and wife, Minnie

Butch Thorndyke and wife, Minnie

 

Sister: Darlene Maxwell

 

Great Grandchildren:

Katie Casey

Hunter Casey

Lauren Akridge

Wyatt Akridge

Jaidyn Akridge

Raylee Akridge

 

Honorable Son: Russell Andrews

 

Special thanks to Jackie Fountain and also to the staff of Holiday Nursing Home and Heart to Heart Hospice.

 

Preceded in death by

Mother: Ethel Wright Koerner

Father: Ralph Thorndyke

Brother: Norman Thorndyke

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Excelsior PTO Halloween Carnival


The Excelsior PTO Halloween Carnival will be held Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 6-9pm in the school gym. This is the school’s biggest fund raiser and all are invited to attend. There will be a raffle for all different kinds of prizes (donated by people and businesses of the community), games, food, a costume contest, cake walk, and so much more!

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Center Garden Club 60th Anniversary


Center Garden Club’s 60th Anniversary Celebration will be on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. The celebration will be held at the Community House located at 420 San Augustine Street in Center, Tx. The celebration will start at 3:00p and last until 6:00p. They will be displaying past programs related to nature and how we must protect our earth. They will illustrate some of the focal points that have been presented to the Garden Club Members. A video of the club's history will be shown based on a variety of historical memories from in 1955 to present day. This is an open invitation to the public to join the Center Garden Club as they celebrate their 60th Anniversary.

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Huxley Water Safe To Drink


The Huxley area boil water notice for Huxley has been lifted. Center Broadcasting Company received a call on Saturday evening informing us that water is now safe for consumption and no longer needs to be boiled. The water boil notice took place last week as a result of a main water line leak.

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Joaquin City Counsel Meeting


The Joaquin City Council will meet in special session on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 5 P.M. at the Joaquin City Office located at 124 N. Preston in Joaquin.

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Timpson and Tenaha Firefighters Team Up


The Timpson Volunteer Fire Department and Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department responded to a hay fire call at 11:30am on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the property of Louis S. Jones Jr. two miles from Timpson on FM 947. When the firemen arrived, roughly 40 hay bales were in flames. It was reported the owner had been cutting metal with a torch when the fire started.

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Tenaha House Fire


The Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department received a call for a house fire on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 9:32am on at the home of Stella Baker. When the firemen arrived, they were informed a stove within the home had caught on fire. The firemen drug the stove from the house and put the fire out, preventing the house from catching flames. They left the scene at 10:12am.

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Obituary: John Wayne Armstreet


WATSON & SONS FUNERAL HOME

PO BOX 232/1554 SH 7 EAST

CENTER, TEXAS 75935

PHONE: 936-598-4331        FAX: 936-591-9944

www.watsonandsonsfh.com

 

NEWS RELEASE: October 9, 2015

DECEASED NAME FOR NEWS: John Wayne Armstreet

 

John Wayne Armstreet, 56, of Houston, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2015, in Houston.

 

Funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, October 10, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center with Bro. David Long officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center. Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

 

Mr. Armstreet was born August 18, 1959, in Houston, to Waymon E. Armstreet and Margret Gordon Armstreet.  He was a member of Melrose Baptist Church.

 

He is survived by

Mother: Margret June Gordon Armstreet of Houston

 

Father: Waymon Armstreet of Houston

 

Aunt: Vivian Raymond of Shelbyville

 

Numerous cousins

 

Special friends:

Jackie Huery

Patsy Lowe

Lynn and Christine Raymond

 

Preceded in death by

Grandparents: John E. Gordon and Gladys Lurlene Swan Gordon; Wayne and Exa Armstreet

 

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

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10-09-2015 AM Weather update


A low pressure system has developed to our north in Ok and across Arkansas.  it appears to be sagging to the South and creating some light showers on the front and back side of it. The question is will the tail end of it reach us before it moves East?  Our winds will continue out of the North - NNE and the air behind the front will cool us into the more normal mid 80's for highs.  Another front is expected during the first part of the week that does give us a 20-25% chance for at least enough rain to wet the roadways. 
Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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Pending Services: John Armstreet


John Armstreet, of Houston, passed away October 7, 2015, in Houston.
 
Funeral services are pending at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

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Pending services: Earline Crawford


Earline Crawford, 99, of Center, passed away Thursday, October 8, 2015.
 
Funeral services are pending at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.

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Obituary: Malcolm Weaver


Malcolm Weaver, 97, of Center, passed away Thursday, October 8, 2015, in Center.
 
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, October 11, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 12, 2015, at First Christian Church in Center with Bro. Aubie McSwain officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Center.

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San Augustine Drug Company is honoring the 25th Sassafras


San Augustine Drug Company,  104 E. Columbia Street will be open on
Saturday, October 24th and will be serving free coffee and / or grapefruit
hi-balls at their old fashion soda fountain!   This is a tribute to the 25th
Annual San Augustine County Sassafras Festival!          
 
Haley Furniture, located at 111 W. Main is  celebrating the 25th Annual
Sassafras Festival by having a 25% off sale on all lamps.   The sale starts
now and ends on October 24.    Hurry in for the best selection!   A new
shipment has arrived.     
 
Ayish Bayou Mercantile—Gifts and Shipping in downtown San Augustine is
celebrating the 25th Annual Sassafras Festival with a drawing to take place
at close of business October 24 @ 2 p.m.    Go by starting now to put your
name in  for the drawing.   The prize is a “THANK YOU FOR SAN AUGUSTINE”
GIFT BASKET VALUED AT $125.00.   The store is next door to Grace Church and
Imogene’s Café at 125 E. Columbia Street in downtown San Augustine.  
 
Mills Hardware, 134 W. Columbia St. is located downtown on the corner of
Columbia and Broadway and across from the courthouse.   They are celebrating
the upcoming 25th Annual Chamber Sassafras Festival by selling 25 cent hot
dogs on this Saturday October 10 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. !    The Sassafras
Festival is coming October 23-24 in downtown San Augustine!         
 
BestWitch Decorative Arts, located in Bogard's Emporium, downtown San
Augustine, will celebrate the 25th year of the Chamber of Commerce's annual
Sassafras Festival.  Beginning Friday, Oct. 23rd at Noon and ending with the
close of the Festival on Saturday, Oct. 24th, the first 25 folks to purchase
any item  valued at $5.00 or more from BestWitch Decorative Arts will pick
one free "gift bag of goodies" to go with the purchase.
 
Texas Bank and Trust, 102 W. Columbia is celebrating the upcoming 25th San
Augustine County Chamber of Commerce Sassafras Festival.   The festival is
October 23-24 in downtown San Augustine.   The bank will be having a drawing
for a $25.00 gift certificate!   
 
Go by the bank and submit your name for the drawing to be held next Friday,
October 9 at 3 p.m. 

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Shelbyville, Joaquin & Center 4-H Meeting Scheduled for October 27, 2015


There will be a combined 4-H monthly meeting for the month of October.  All three clubs, Center, Joaquin, and Shelbyville will have their meeting on October 27, 2015 at the First Baptist Church, Felllowship Hall at 6:00PM in Center Texas.
 
We will be having a guest speaker at this meeting.  Please make every effort to attend this meeting.  We think that it will be a very informative meeting.

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Arrest Report 10-8-15


Brent Denby- 22- Center- Public Intoxication

 

Maranda Whitton- 20- Shelbyville- Assault Causing Bodily Injury

 

San Augustine County

 

Christopher Holman- Criminal Trespass 

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Obituary: Wanda Forbis


WATSON & SONS FUNERAL HOME

PO BOX 232/1554 SH 7 EAST

CENTER, TEXAS 75935

PHONE: 936-598-4331        FAX: 936-591-9944

www.watsonandsonsfh.com

 

NEWS RELEASE: October 8, 2015

DECEASED NAME FOR NEWS: Wanda Forbis

 

Wanda Forbis, 86, of Lufkin, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at her residence.

 

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 12, 2015, at Short Cemetery in Shelby County with Bro. Charles Williams officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home, beginning at 12:00 noon.

 

Ms. Forbis was born April 7, 1929, in Shelby County, to Harvey Hughes and Willie Mae Collins Hughes.  She was a fabulous seamstress, able to sew just about anything.  Ms. Forbis was a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church.

 

She is survived by

Daughter: Sharron Parrozzo of Lufkin

 

Grandchildren:

Nova S. Casterlin and husband, James, of Minnesota

Dan and David Parrozzo of Tyler

 

Special Cousin: Juanell Lawson of Center

 

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

 

Special Friends:

Larry Townsend of Huntington

Michael Williams of Lufkin

 

Preceded in death by

Husband: Raymond Maurice Forbis

Parents: Harvey Hughes and Willie Mae Collins Hughes

 

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

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Center ISD Notice of Regular Meeting


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Tenaha ISD Homecoming is Here!!


Homecoming is Here!!

Nothing brings out Tiger Pride like our Annual Homecoming!!! The Tigers will take on Maud at 6:00 PM in the District 11-2A opening game.  The Annual Downtown Parade will begin at 2:00 PM sharp (Note the time a little later out of respect for the King Nursery 100th Anniversary celebration earlier in the day).  This year’s theme is “Protect Our House” paying homage to first responders, military servicemen and women, police officers, and the fire department.  This year’s Grand Marshall is Jackie Kirkwood who is a long time Tenaha resident, Tiger supporter, and has served many roles as a “Protector” of our house as an officer and a member of the National Reserve.  Pre-game activities and the crowning of this year’s Homecoming Queen will take place at 5:30 in Tiger Stadium.  See you all there!!!

Something New!!!!!

On Tuesday, October 27 TISD will be hosting the first ever Tenaha Parent Academy.  All parents, supporters, and interested guests are invited to come the TISD cafetorium for a 90 minute informational symposium about the inner workings of Public Education.  Also, there will be a Tiger Café with Catfish baskets available for guests to enjoy.  Session topics of interest that patrons can attend include details about Discipline Management and Expectations, Graduation requirements, state law, and College preparation, and Extra-Curriculars 101.  Visitors will also receive sample questions from the State Mandated STAAR and End of Course exams to get a view of what students are required to learn.  And, finally, parents will have the opportunity to meet face to face with teachers about their student’s needs.  Stay tuned to the Tiger Alert, the Website, and the Tiger Weekly for more details.  

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Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce offers Business Boot Camp


Start, grow a successful business

Chamber offers business boot camp

 

NACOGDOCHES – The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce will host a Business Boot Camp made up of two separate workshops from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Oct. 19 and 20. The workshops will be held at the Nacogdoches County Chamber, 2516 North St.

 

"The Business Boot Camp sessions can take your business to a new level of growth and profit," said Grady Cashion, chamber vice chair of Business Development. "Both sessions can be inspirational toward identifying intense and effective tools for success."

 

Session one, held on Oct. 19, will focus on legal and accounting topics "Organizing to Make a Profit." Presenters include: Russell R. Smith, Attorney, Fairchild, Price, Haley, & Smith, LLP and Polly Etta Sunda, CPA, Axley & Rode, LLP.

 

Session two, held on Oct. 20, will focus on advertising, marketing and social media topics "Finding Prospects and Reaching Customers." Presenters include: Chris Hancock, Allyson Hancock and Lance Kitchen, Hancock Advertising Agency.

 

“We look forward to being part of Business Boot Camp," said Chris Hancock, president of Hancock Advertising. "Allyson, Lance and I will focus on identifying and understanding the customer, developing the message, recognizing the strengths and weakness of available media, growing your brand and developing a marketing budget. We will also candidly answer questions based on our experiences with clients large and small, local and national.”

 

A light dinner will be served at the beginning of each session. For Nacogdoches chamber members, cost is $20 per session, or $35 for both sessions. For non-members cost is $30 per session, or $55 for both sessions. Contact the chamber at 936-560-5533 to register.

 

The Business Boot Camp is sponsored by Nacogdoches Economic Development Corp.

 

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Obituary: Mr. Ricky C. Davis


Percy Garner and Son Mortuary

P. O. Box 491 -  304 Ironosa Rd.                  San Augustine, Texas 75972

Phone# 936-275-2511   FAX# 936-2753481

 

 

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

 

Mr. Ricky C. Davis, age 50, of San Augustine, Texas.  Mr. Davis passed away Monday, October 5, 2015 at his residence in San Augustine, Texas. 

 

Funeral Service

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

1:00 p.m.

True Vine Baptist Church

Interment: St. Luke Cemetery

Rev. S. J. Clark, Officiating

 

Visitation

 

Monday, October 12, 2015

12:30 P.M. UNTIL 6:30 P.M.

Garner & Son Chapel

 

Survivors

 

We will have the savivors to you by Friday.

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Panola College Teaching New Health Coding System


Check your health insurance statements and explanation of benefits
carefully for the next few months, advises Jo Ellen Russell, Program
Director and Professor of Health Information Technology at Panola College.
 
On October 1, hospitals and doctors made the transition to a new and far
more complex coding system to describe health insurance claims and other
electronic health transactions. The new government-mandated “ICD-10-CM”
codes number more than 69,000 different descriptions, up from 14,000 used
by the previous system, which had been in use since 1979.
 
ICD-10 stands for International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision.
The new system was delayed for two years, but went into effect this month
as required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
 
Russell said the new system is designed to help improve recordkeeping, and
provide better tools for measuring and evaluating patients and their
conditions. The transition to the new system could create problems,
however, as the healthcare community adapts to the multitude of different
numbers assigned to conditions and diseases.
 
“We have been preparing for this for the past couple of years,” Russell
says. “Panola College Health Information Technology students are already
learning the new codes so they will be ready to go to work in healthcare
settings once they complete their associate degree or certificate.”
 
Professor Lynn Davis is an officially trained ICD-10 Ambassador, certified
through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), a
designation that means she is knowledgeable and can legally train others in
the new coding process.
 
In late October or early November, Davis will offer an ICD-10 Continuing
Education Course in which students may earn the 10 CE hours required for
all coding certified professionals. Interested students may contact the
Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education Department at
903-693-2067 or visit online at http://www.panola.edu/wkfc-cont-ed/.
 
Delays in processing of claims, along with potential coding errors are two
areas of concern in the coming weeks with the new system, according to
Russell. She encourages people to carefully review any correspondence from
their healthcare providers during the transition period.
 
The Health Information Technology program at Panola College offers an
Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology, a two-year
program that combines clinical knowledge and information management skills.
Students may choose to earn a Medical Coding Technician certificate, which
is a shorter program that trains students to review and analyze health
records to identify relevant diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement, to
assess clinical care and to support research.
 
Students who complete the HIT program at Panola College may pursue careers
in healthcare facilities, consulting firms, government agencies, insurance
companies, pharmaceutical companies and other healthcare vendors and
providers.
 
“Health Information Management programs incorporate the disciplines of
medicine, management, finance, information technology and law into one
curriculum,” Russell explains. “Because of this unique mixture, graduates
can choose from a variety of work settings across an array of healthcare
environments.”
 
Panola’s program, which includes both online and face-to-face classes, is
fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics
and Information Management Education. Students who complete the associate
degree at Panola may choose to transfer to a university to pursue a
bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management.
 
In September*, Forbes Magazine *ranked Health Technology as the most
profitable industry for 2015, with a 21 percent net profit margin,
according to Factset, a financial research tool. People who work in HIT can
earn from $35 to $70 thousand annually, depending on their earned
credentials and work location. A salary survey conducted by the AHIMA
revealed that the overall 2012-year ending average salary across all AHIMA
survey respondents came in at approximately $65,963, more than a 10 percent
increase from the 2010 average.
 
HIT graduates are eligible to earn additional certificates including
Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and Certified Coding
Associate (CCA) from the American Health Information Association, as well
as Certified Professional Coder (CPC) from the American Academy of
Professional Coders.
 
The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that for 2012 the median pay for
medical records and health information technicians was $34,160 per year, or
$16.42 per hour. The job outlook for 2012-2022 predicts 22 percent growth
in the industry, a rate much faster than average.
 
“Health Information Technology is such a rewarding career for someone who
is motivated and eager for the challenge that it brings,” Davis says.
 
Russell’s department includes instructors Davis and Kimberly Bishop, along
with department secretary Kelley Hammond. To find out more about HITT at
Panola College, go to the webpage at
http://www.panola.edu/programs/health-sciences/hit/index.html or call Davis
at 903-693-1116.
 
Professor Lynn Davis assists student Carolyn Johnson of Marshall.
 
Professor Lynn Davis explains the new codes to students, from left, Cody
Muse of Marshall, Kelli Head of Gary, and Tirena Mosley of Marshall.
 
Professor Lynn Davis works with students, from left, Ronna Phillips of
Gary, Amber Akin of Henderson, and Chelsey Smith of DeBerry.

 

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Timpson ISD Bear Update - Homecoming Court 2015-2016


Homecoming Court – 2015-2016
Duchesses – Attached is a photo of this year’s homecoming duchesses.  One of these young ladies will be crowned Homecoming Queen 2015-2016 at the pre-game ceremony Friday night prior to our football game against Mt. Enterprise.  The pre-game ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m.  The duchesses are as follows:
Freshman - Hope Milford**Sophomore - Ashlyn Broadway**Junior - Kimberly Lewis**Senior – Bethany Lindgren
Sweethearts – See the attached photo of the Sweethearts who will be recognized at the pre-game ceremony Friday night.  They are as follows:
First Row - Left to Right:
 Kristyn Rader- Band Sweetheart
Kiasmin Page- Beta Sweetheart
Kara Thorne- Cheer Sweetheart
MaKayla Baker- FCA Sweetheart
Vanesa Pacheco- FCCLA Sweetheart
Second Row – Left to Right:
Amanda Yates- FFA Sweetheart
Macey Hanson- Football Sweetheart
Ana De’Leon- International Sweetheart
Cadey Belrose- JCC Sweetheart
Maria Palacios- Twirler Sweetheart
Third Row – Left to Right:
Molly Sanford- Volleyball Sweetheart
Hannah Wolf- Youth Advisory Council Sweetheart
Darian Hutto- Yearbook Sweetheart

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Shop Downtown San Augustine


Mills Hardware, 134 W. Columbia St. is located downtown on the corner of
Columbia and Broadway and across from the courthouse.   They are celebrating
the upcoming 25th Annual Chamber Sassafras Festival by selling 25 cent hot
dogs on this Saturday October 10 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. !    The Sassafras
Festival is coming October 23-24 in downtown San Augustine!         
 
BestWitch Decorative Arts, located in Bogard's Emporium, downtown San
Augustine, will celebrate the 25th year of the Chamber of Commerce's annual
Sassafras Festival.  Beginning Friday, Oct. 23rd at Noon and ending with the
close of the Festival on Saturday, Oct. 24th, the first 25 folks to purchase
any item  valued at $5.00 or more from BestWitch Decorative Arts will pick
one free "gift bag of goodies" to go with the purchase.
 
Texas Bank and Trust, 102 W. Columbia is celebrating the upcoming 25th San
Augustine County Chamber of Commerce Sassafras Festival.   The festival is
October 23-24 in downtown San Augustine.   The bank will be having a drawing
for a $25.00 gift certificate!   
 
Go by the bank and submit your name for the drawing to be held next Friday,
October 9 at 3 p.m. 

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PANOLA COLLEGE OFFERS EKG TECHNICIAN CLASS


The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education division is offering
an EKG Technician class on Monday, October 19, 2015.  The class will meet
Mondays and Thursdays until December 10, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:30
p.m. in the Merle Glass building on the Carthage Campus. The cost of the
program is $999.00 and preregistration is required.  For more information,
contact the Continuing Education office at 903-693-2067 or email
ce@panola.edu.
 

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PANOLA COLLEGE TO HOST YOUTH BASKETBALL SKILLS CAMP


The Panola College men’s basketball team will be hosting a youth fall
skills camp. The camp will begin at 9:00 AM on Saturday, October 17th and
conclude at noon that day. Camp curriculum will consist of ball handling,
shooting, position work, and overall athleticism. Boys and girls between
grades 4th through 9th are welcome to attend. The camp will be held in the
new Charles C. Matthews student center on the campus of Panola College. The
camp will cost $40 and no pre-registration is required. At the conclusion
of camp the Panola College men’s basketball team will autograph a team
picture for each camper. If you have any questions feel free to reach Coach
Adam Blaylock at 903-693-1147 or by email at ablaylock@panola.edu

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Obituary: Mary Edith Foster


WATSON & SONS FUNERAL HOME

PO BOX 232/1554 SH 7 EAST

CENTER, TEXAS 75935

PHONE: 936-598-4331        FAX: 936-591-9944

www.watsonandsonsfh.com

 

NEWS RELEASE: October 6, 2015

DECEASED NAME FOR NEWS: Mary Edith Foster

 

Mary Edith Foster, 78, of Van, passed away Monday, October 5, 2015, in Tyler.

 

Graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Friday, October 9, 2015, at New Hope Cemetery in Shelby County, with Bro. Jim Pickens officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the graveside service at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

 

Ms. Foster was born December 13, 1936, in Center, to Babe Harris and Paula Satterwhite Harris. She loved gardening, cooking and horseracing. Ms. Foster was proud to say that she was an Apache Belle at Tyler Junior College. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Center.

 

She is survived by

Son: Davis Foster and wife, Debbie, of Van

 

Daughter: Catherine Hitt and husband, Dwayne, of Fort Worth

 

Grandsons:

Trey Foster

Cory Foster

Bryan Foster

 

Preceded in death by

Daughter: Caren Foster Butler

Parents: Babe Harris and Paula Satterwhite Harris

Brothers: Jimmy Harris, George Harris

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 211 North Porter, Center, Texas 75935.

 

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

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Center Crime Stoppers is seeking information


Center Crime Stoppers is seeking information of the whereabouts of Dustin Bryan Estes and Linda Ann Parent. Their last known location was Tenaha, Texas.

 

Estes is a white male, 28, with light brown hair and brown eyes. He is 6 foot-tall and weighs approximately 150. He has a skull and wings tattoo on his upper left arm.

Parent is a white female, 24, with red hair and blue eyes. She is 5’1 and weight approximately 105 pounds. She has a cross tattoo on her left leg and a heart on her back with the name David.

Estes is wanted for active warrants including: evading arrest with a motor vehicle (F4); evading arrest or detention (M-A); criminal mischief (M-B); burglary of a building (F4); burglary of a building (F4); theft of copper (state jail felony).

 

Parent is wanted for active warrants including: burglary of a building (F4); evading arrest or detention (M-A); and burglary of a building (F4).

 

Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone with information regarding this crime should contact Center Crime Stoppers at (936) 598-SAFE (7223) or you may submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. You don’t have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

 

If anyone is found to be hindering apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest, effecting escape or warns Estes and/or Parent of impending discovery or apprehension will be arrested and charged in accordance with Penal Code Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a third-degree felony. 

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Obit: Laura (Nell) Phillips


GARRISON FUNERAL HOME

P.O. Box 747   886 North Hwy 59

Garrison, Texas 75936

 

Phone 936-347-2260  Fax 936-347-2280

 

 

 

October 6, 2015

 

Obit: Laura (Nell) Phillips

 

Nell was born October 20, 1937 in Garrison, Texas to Hollis Jopling and Mary (McFadden) Jopling, she passed away October 6, 2015 in Garrison, Texas having reach the age of 77 years.

 

 Service will be 2:00 o’clock, Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Garrison, Texas. Visitation will be before service time 12:00 pm-2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church. There will be a private burial following the service.

 

 Survivors are:

Son:  Danny Phillips and wife Belinda of Garrison, Texas

Daughter: Debbie Mosher and husband Roger of Nacogdoches, Texas.

Grandchildren:  Carla Moreax

                             Jason Stewart and wife Jaclyn

                              Blake Phillips and wife Kasey

                              Danielle Phillips

 

7 Great Grandchildren

 

Preceded in death by husband: Jerry Phillips

                                     Parents: Hollis and Mary (McFadden) Jopling

 

The family would like to give special thanks to Hospice nurse, Dayla Simms, Hospice Aid, Daisy and Johnnie Jopling, Kelly Graves, Barbara McDonald and Ruby Colle.

 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society

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Panola College Rodeo Team


  The Panola college rodeo team traveled to Uvalde, Texas this weekend for the 2nd Southern Region rodeo. The women’s team continued their hot streak by finishing 2nd overall. The men’s team struggled a little bit, but was able to put enough points on the board to stay in the top 5 of the men’s team in the Southern Region.

   Bailey Plaisier made a bareback ride good enough to finish in 6th place, and get some team points on the board for Panola College. The Canadian bareback rider is a single event cowboy attending his first year at Panola College.

   Breakaway roping is a very fast and competitive event. Two sophomore girls showed their skills this weekend by winning points in Uvalde. Nicole Reeves and Sarah Anne Broussard, who are both Louisiana cowgirls, where on top of their game.  Nicole posted a 2.1 second run winning first and second, while Broussard posted a 2.5 second run for 5th place finish.

Taylor Gooch helped the women’s team with an 8.5 second goat tying run, which landed her in the 7th hole. Taylor is a sophomore and is working on her degree in Petroleum Technologies.

The Johnson Twins strike pay dirt again in the team roping. Laramie and Colton Johnson were able to post a time of 7.4 seconds, to win 4th in their event.  The brother and sister team are tied for 2nd and 3rd in the overall Southern Region standings.

The most dangerous event in rodeo by far is the bull riding. Braden Richardson captured the victory with a 70 point ride. Braden won a healthy pay check, as he was the only bull rider to qualify with an 8 second ride.

The Women’s team finds themselves in the in the number 1 overall position in the Southern Region, while the Men’s team hangs tight to the 4th spot. The top two teams in the region, both men and women, move onto the CNFR, held at Casper, WY this July.   

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


With the fall season almost upon us, it is important to remember that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Today, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death among North American women, according to Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent in Shelby County. Unfortunately, many women with breast cancer do not even know that they have cancer until it is in its advanced stages. It is estimated that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and 1 in 30 women will die of the disease, Smith says.

 

So what can we do to decrease our risk of dying of breast cancer? Early detection via health screenings, such as mammography, is an important step. Screening examinations can detect breast cancers early, before symptoms occur, which may make it easier to treat the disease. Screening involves getting mammograms, clinical breast exams, and self breast exams, which are optional. There are many factors in predicting the chances of survival of a woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer, but finding the cancer as early as possible greatly improves the likelihood that treatment will be effective.

 

When should women starting screening for breast cancer? If you are over 40 years old, you need a mammogram every year, according to Courtney Schoessow, Health Program Specialist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast that usually involves two views, or pictures, of each breast. Mammograms help find lumps or growths that are too small for you or your health care provider to feel when conducting an exam. Additionally, women who are younger than 40 and have had breast cancer or breast problems or have a family history of breast cancer need a mammogram once a year.

 

A clinical breast examination is an examination of your breasts by a health professional, such as a doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse, or doctor’s assistant. This exam is also known as a CBE. Clinical breast exams should be part of a periodic health exam, at least every three years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women 40 and over. During your CBE, your health care provider may tell you how to perform a breast self-exam, or BSE. By regularly performing BSEs, you will learn how your breasts normally feel, and you will be able to report any changes in your breasts to your health professional as soon as you find them. Finding a breast change does not mean that there is a cancer. You may choose not to do BSEs, or you can just do them occasionally.

 

Some women choose not to get mammograms because of the cost.  Beginning in 2011, the Affordable Care Act required that all new health insurance plans fully cover screening mammograms without any out-of-pocket expenses for the patient.  This is also required of Medicare.  For uninsured women and those not eligible for Medicare, resources are available for which these women may qualify.  To help women learn about these resources and how to access them, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Shelby County will be conducting a Friend to Friend event on Saturday, October 17th.  Sharon Nelson, MS, RN, FNC-P, will be at the event to provide information about both breast and cervical cancers.  In addition to the speaker, there will be discussion on the obstacles that prevent women from getting mammograms and pap tests.  Nacogdoches Medical Center will be present conducting free health screenings and participants will have an opportunity to schedule a screening mammogram.  Lunch will be provided at no charge, door prizes and goodie bags will be available.  Help will be provided to direct women who qualify to financial resources that will cover the cost of a screening mammogram.  To learn more about the Friend to Friend event, contact the Shelby County AgriLife Extension office at 936-598-7744.

 

In addition, East Texas Medical Center will be on the square at the Historic Shelby County Courthouse with their Mobile Mammogram Unit on Tuesday, November 3rd providing mammograms for women with or without insurance.  To schedule an appointment for a mammogram, call the Extension office at 936-598-7744 and speak to Daphne or Jheri-Lynn.

Remember: The most important screening tools we have are mammograms and clinical breast exams. To reduce your risks of dying from breast cancer, you need to follow the guidelines on when to get them. Taking charge of your health now can lead to a healthier tomorrow. Start by getting screened this month in recognition of the upcoming National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  

 

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Arrest Report 10-5-15


Calvin Patterson- 31- Killeen- Violation of Parole OC: POCS

 

James Matlock- 66- Timpson- DWI 3rd

 

Curtis Brandon Fountain- 24- Nacogdoches- DWI with Child less than 15

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Center PD Seeking Information


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Shelby County 2015 4-H & FFA Broiler Show & Auction


     The 2015 East Texas Poultry Festival broiler sale brought over $113,098 with the grand champion pen of broilers selling for $8,000.00.

 

     97 Shelby County 4-H and FFA youth exhibited at this year's show, with 50 pens of broilers making the sale.  We would like to give special thanks to the Judge Alisa Zulkowski for taking the time to come judge the show.  Ms. Zulkowski spoke to several of the exhibitors and gave them several tips of how to grow an outstanding Broiler.

 

The Results of the show are as follows:

 

     Aaron Gilchrist of Shelbyville 4-H sold his grand champion pen of broilers to Farmers State Bank for $8,000.00.

 

Lance Holloway of Center 4-H won reserve champion honors with his pen of broilers, which sold to McAdams Propane for $4,000.

 

     Other county 4-H and FFA members selling their pens and buyers were:

 

3.  Justin Hooper, Joaquin FFA; Shelby Savings Bank, Hunter Buildings,     General Shelters, Ray Jones Chevrolet; $1,750.00

  

4.    Lane Loggins, Shelbyville 4-H; Shelby County Farm Bureau; $1,500.00

 

   5.  Emilee Elliott, Center 4-H; Borders Poultry; $3,250.00

 

6.  Chance Shuemaker, Joaquin FFA; Cornerstone Construction; $2,250.00

 

7.  Deakon Kay, Shelbyville 4-H; Automotive Collision Specialist; $2,250.00

 

8.  Caleb McDonald, Center FFA; Sandhill Foundation and Granny Borders; $3,999.00

  

   9.  Levi Birdwell, Center 4-H; Wiggins Farms; $1,750.00

 

  10. Logan Holloway, Center 4-H; Borders Poultry/Heritage Land Bank; $2,750.00

 

  11. Colby Lout, Center 4-H; R&D Distributing; $2,500.00

 

 

12. Chandler Pritchett, Joaquin FFA; LOS-O’Rears; $1,250.00

 

13. Brynna Birdwell, Wiggins Farms/Balcony; $2,000.00

 

  14. Mason Barbee, Shelbyville 4-H; East Texas Poultry/Ace Hardware of East Texas; $2,750.00

 

15. Anna Holland, Tenaha FFA; Shelby Savings Bank, Nacogdoches Bottling Co., Ray Jones Chevrolet, General Shelters, Hunter Buildings; $2,000.00

 

16. Autumn Webb, Joaquin FFA; Citizens Bank, Center Tire, Mettauer Law Firm, Few Ready Mix, Payne’s Community News, Payne’s Rentals, Ward Animal Clinic, Light & Champion Newspaper, Greer Charolais, Roscoe McSwain Commissioner, Precinct 1; $1,500.00

 

  17. McKenzie Burgay, Timpson FFA; Cobb Vantress; $2,700.00

 

18. Brayden Britt, Center 4-H; 4-C Electric, Center Glass; $1,750.00

 

19. Madelynn Hutchins, Joaquin FFA; Hutchins Oilfield Services; $2,750.00

 

20. Kensleigh Loftin, Joaquin FFA; K&L Contractors, JML Enterprises, Ultra, Klein Brothers Rodeo, EXCO, Automotive Collision Specialist, Common Disposal $1,500.00

 

21. Kaden LaRock, Center FFA; Fish & Still, Inc., Atwood (Buddy) & Paula Kay, Smith Sawmill Service, Shelby Veterinary Service, Hudson Auto Parts, McDonald & Sons Hardware; $1,500.00

 

  22. Michelle Gomez, Center 4-H; Texas Quick Care; $1,400.00

 

  23. Hagan Craig, Center 4-H; Venado Creek; $2,600.00

  24. Kadence Polley, Center 4-H; MDD Enterprises; $1,700.00

 

  25. Tanner Doggett, Joaquin FFA; Shelby Savings Bank, Hunter Buildings, General Shelters, Nacogdoches Bottling Company, Ray Jones Chevrolet; $1,900.00

 

  26. Bethany Lindgren, Timpson FFA; Cobb Vantress; $1,400.00

 

  27. Abi Hooper, Joaquin FFA; Texas State Bank; $1,700.00

 

28. Camryn Crouch, Center 4-H; East Texas Poultry/Ace Hardware of East Texas; $2,600.00

 

29. Chandler Burgay, Timpson FFA; Tyson-Carthage; $2,500.00

 

30. Trista Britt, Center 4-H; Hawkeye Hunting Club; $1,400.00

 

31. Katie Hamilton, Joaquin FFA; Shelby County Farm Bureau; $1,800.00

 

 

32. Tyce Scarber, Center 4-H; East Texas Poultry/Ace Hardware of East Texas; $2,900.00

 

33. Amanda Yates, Timpson FFA; Cobb Vantress; $1,700.00

 

34.  Clayton Hinton, Shelbyville 4-H;  First Financial Bank; $2,200.00

 

35. Alec Dykes, Center 4-H; Shelby Savings Bank, Hunter Buildings, Nacogdoches Bottling Company, Ray Jones Chevrolet, General Shelters; $1,600.00

36. Wesley Wages, Center 4-H; Link Charolais; $1,500.00

 

37. Clarissa Menefee, Center 4-H; Tyson-Carthage; $1,900.00

 

38. Lauren Neal, Joaquin FFA; Cornerstone Construction; $1,700.00

 

  39. Dustin Weir, Joaquin FFA; Sabine State Bank, Judge Charles Mitchell,

John  Black Insurance, Dairy Queen, Bounds Insurance, Dean’s Hardware, Worsham’s Grocery, Steel Building Supply, Elliott Waldron Title Co., Fairchild Law Office, County Judge Allison Harbison; $1,500.00

 

40.  Ruben Soto, Center FFA; Triple J Feed; $1,500.00

41.  Ryker Tomlin, Center 4-H; Venado Creek; $2,200.00

42.  Collyn Grammer, Center 4-H; Spartan Structures; $2,000.00

43.  McKenna Williams, Center 4-H; Wiggins Farms/Balcony; $2,300.00

44.  Maddox Hutchins, Joaquin FFA; Joaquin FFA; $2,600.00

45.  Clay Snider, Center FFA; Shelby Savings Bank, Hunter Buildings, Nacogdoches Bottling Co., General Shelters, Ray Jones Chevrolet; $1,500.00

 

46.   Dawson Kay, Shelbyville 4-H; Auto Collision Specialist, Inc.; 1,800.00

47.  Tucker Scarber, Center 4-H; McAdams Propane; $3,999.00

48.  Klay Atkison; Joaquin FFA; Shelby Savings Bank, Hunter Buildings, General Shelters, Nacogdoches Bottling Company, Ray Jones Chevrolet; $2,000.00

 

49.  Rebekah Bridges, Tenaha FFA; Sandhill Foundation; $3,300.00

50.  Aspen Pritchett; Joaquin FFA; Shelby Savings Bank, Hunter Buildings, General Shelters, Ray Jones Chevrolet, Nacogdoches Bottling Co.;  $2,200.00

 

Aaron Gilchrist, a senior at Shelbyville High School, will be awarded a $500 scholarship from Shelby Savings Bank for being the highest placing senior with his pen of broilers at Shelbyville’s awards ceremony. 

Thanks go to Boles Feed for the purchase of the wing bands and the wing-banding for the broilers.

 

 

Also contributing to the sale were:  Farmers State Bank, McAdams Propane, Shelby Savings Bank, Hunter Buildings, General Shelters, Ray Jones Chevrolet, Nacogdoches Bottling Co., Shelby County Farm Bureau, Borders Poultry, Cornerstone Construction, Automotive Collision Specialist, Sandhill Foundation, Granny Borders, Wiggins Farms,  Heritage Land Bank, R&D Distributing, Balcony, 4-C Electric, Hutchins Oilfield Services, Texas Quick Care, Venado Creek, MDD Enterprises, Texas State Bank, Hawkeye Hunting Club, First Financial Bank, East Texas Poultry, Ace Hardware, Deep East Texas Electric Coop,  Center Glass, Triple “J” Feed, K&L Contractors, JML Management, Ultra, Klein Brothers Rodeo, Heritage Land Bank,   Citizens Bank/Center, Heritage Land Bank, Sabine State Bank, Tyson-Carthage, KUUL Pads, Cobb Vantress, Timberlake Farms, Spartan Structures, LOS, Common Disposal, Shelby Veterinary Services, Center Tire, Fish & Still Equipment, Odessa Link, Link Charolais, Atwood & Paula Kay, MDD Enterprises, Few Ready Mix, Mettauer Law Firm, Judge Charles Mitchell, Light & Champion Newspaper, Steel Building Supply, Worsham Grocery, Dean’s Hardware, Campbell Portable Buildings, John Black Insurance, Ward Animal Clinic, Monco Motor Co., Fairchild Law office, Elliott Waldron Title Co., Ihlo Sales & Imports, Wright, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Wayne Christian Financial, Greer Charolais, Dairy Queen, Bounds Insurance, Payne’s Rental, McDonald & Sons Hardware, Payne’s Community News, Hudson Auto Parts, Shoope Insurance, Mack O’Rear Real Estate, Shelbyville Grocery, Dance Furniture, Wheeler Law Office, Keith Oswalt Logging, County Judge Allison Harbison, Automotive Collison Specialist, EXCO, Roscoe McSwain-Commissioner Precinct 1, and Smith Sawmill Services.  

We would like to take this time to say “thank you” from the Shelby County 4-H and FFA members, and the Broiler Show Committee to Contributors for their generous contributions and to the many volunteers that help make the annual “Broiler Show” the great event that it is every year!

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR


The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office started our jail tour program in 2014 for students in the 8th grade and up. The purpose of our program is to give students a glimpse of what life is like behind bars. It has been our effort to show students what their lives can be like if they choose to make bad decisions and live a life of crime. Students have the opportunity to listen to inmates talk about their lives and ask questions. We have seen firsthand the impact the inmates have made on the students.

 

Since starting our program, four of the six school districts in Shelby County have brought their students through our doors: Shelbyville, Tenaha, Timpson and Excelsior. The officers and administration of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office would like to take this opportunity to extend our deepest thanks for allowing our office the opportunity to reach out to the youth of Shelby County. We appreciate the teachers, administrators and officers of these districts who see the importance of this opportunity. We know the effort each of you put forth into arranging times to tour the facility and we are grateful.

 

Our goal from the start was to reach at least one student from each tour and make a change in their life. We feel that one student we reach has the ability to go forward and set a positive example for other students.

 

To schedule a tour for your campus or to set up a one-on-one tour, please contact jail administrator William Cox at 936-598-5601.

Again, we thank you. Without the participation from our districts, the tours would not be successful.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sheriff Willis Blackwell

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The 25th Sassafras Festival!


BestWitch Decorative Arts, located in Bogard's Emporium, downtown San Augustine, will celebrate the 25th year of the Chamber of Commerce's annual Sassafras Festival.  Beginning Friday, Oct. 23rd at Noon and ending with the close of the Festival on Saturday, Oct. 24th, the first 25 folks to purchase any item  valued at $5.00 or more from BestWitch Decorative Arts will pick one free "gift bag of goodies" to go with the purchase.
 
Texas Bank and Trust, 102 W. Columbia is celebrating the upcoming 25th San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce Sassafras Festival.   The festival is October 23-24 in downtown San Augustine.   The bank will be having a drawing for a $25.00 gift certificate!   Go by the bank and submit your name for the drawing to be held next Friday, October 9 at 3 p.m.    Tracy Cox Main Street Manager City of San Augustine100 W. Columbia St. Rm. 301 BSan Augustine, Texas   75972936-201-9798sanaugustinemainstreet@gmail.com Texas Main Street CityJunk in the Trunk  --November 7

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Flag Half-Staff Alert


Per the Presidential Proclamation, the Flag of the United States is to be at
half-staff now until sunset October 6, 2015, as a mark of respect for the
victims of gun violence perpetrated on October 1, 2015, in Roseburg, Oregon.
 
If you would like to view the proclamation, please click on the following:
 
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/02/presidential-proclama
tion-honoring-victims-tragedy-roseburg-oregon
 

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SCBA Calcutta Auction


The Shelby County Bass Anglers will end up the 2015 season with the Norris Askew Classic on Oct 10th-11th. Nineteen teams will be fishing for the prestigious title after competing Saturday on Lake Sam Rayburn and Sunday on Lake Toledo Bend. A pre-tournament meeting will be held Tuesday Oct 6th at 7pm at the residence of David and Angela Koonce. A Calcutta auction will be held and all nineteen qualifying teams will be sold to the highest bidder. This auction is open to the public and anyone interested in attending the meeting and placing bids. Visit www.shelbycountybassanglers.com<http://www.shelbycountybassanglers.com> for more details about the club.

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Arrest Report: Gina Graves Furra


Gina Graves Furra, 37, of Center was arrested July 21, 2015 after allegedly stealing checks from the home of her grandparents, George and Geneva Burns.

On July 16 Furra reportedly attempted to purchase a vehicle from Melton’s Car Center in Center using a check from Capital One Bank for $12,000. An employee called Capital One and it was revealed the check Furra tried to use was invalid. Furra advised the employee she would return to purchase the vehicle.

The arrest affidavit states Geneva Burns told Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) investigators she was in the back room of the house hanging up clothes when she heard Furra in her house talking on the phone. Burns stated by the time she made it to the living room she could see Furra out the window of the house in a vehicle with a male passenger. Burns said she looked at her desk where two checkbooks were and discovered a check was missing from their farm account and two checks were missing from their personal account. Burns stated that no one had permission to take any of the checks. 

During the course of the investigation, SCSO Investigator Kevin Windham contacted Farmers State Bank in Center in reference to the checks Furra passed on the Burns bank accounts. The bank confirmed that on July 15 a check in the amount of $12, 297.67 was issued to Melton’s Car Center with a reported forged signature of Geneva Burns. Furra also issued a check from her account on July 15 to George Burns in the amount of $12,297.67. The investigation revealed after failing to purchase a vehicle with the check from Capital one, Furra traveled to her grandparent’s residence and returned with a stolen check and paid for a car with it. Melton’s Car Center contacted Geneva Burns and found that the check was not legitimate and began looking for the car Furra purchased.

SCSO Sergeant Investigator D.J. Dickerson met with Furra (who was already an inmate at the SCSO on unrelated charges) on July 23 and she confessed to traveling to her grandparents’ home and taking the checks without permission. Furra told Dickerson everything had been returned to the rightful owners, including the vehicle.

Furra was charged with burglary of a habitation – felony three. Her bond was set at $15,000. She posted bond and was released August 7.

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Arrest Report: Deron Vodre Bowlds


Deron Vodre Bowlds, 22, of Logansport, Louisiana was arrested July 7, 2015 after allegedly kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Lee Barber, causing seriously bodily injury, stemming from an incident that occurred June 29, 2015.

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports Tuesday, June 30, 2015 patrol sergeant Derek Barbee met with Barber at the Nacogdoches Medical Center, Center Emergency Center. Barber advised Barbee she had been assaulted by Bowlds in Joaquin and then taken into Logansport, Louisiana.

According to the report, Barber told officials she saw Bowlds walking past Brookshire’s in Joaquin around 10:30 p.m. on June 29. Barber stated she stopped and picked up Bowlds and was going to drop him off at Nu-Way in Joaquin. Barber said Bowlds went into Nu-Way, made a purchase, returned to the car and told Barber to drive down the road so the two could talk for a few minutes. Barber said the two traveled down the road beside the store and talked.

Barber stated in the report after driving for a few minutes, Bowlds told her to take him back to the store and drop him off. Barber said as she turned the card and headed towards to the store, Bowlds allegedly punched her in the back of the head and told her to drive to Logansport, Louisiana. Barber told officials that as she approached Nu-Way, she drove her car into the parking lot without hitting the brakes and the car came to rest in a ditch in front of the store. Barber said Bowls continued hitting her.

The report states Barber began honking the horn of the car and screaming. Barber advised that Bowlds bit her in an attempt to keep her quiet. Barber then told officials that Bowlds began to choke her where she couldn’t breathe and he took full control of the car. Barber said Bowlds climbed into the driver’s seat, sat on top of her and drove the car to Logansport, Louisiana and parked it in the woods.

Barber told officials once they arrived at Bowlds home, he snuck her inside the house without anyone seeing her and made her talk to him. Barber advised that Bowlds fell asleep after daylight (June 30) and she was able to escape from the house and ran to her car. Barber then traveled to the emergency room and contacted law enforcement.

Surveillance footage was obtained from Nu-Way in Joaquin which verified what Barber reported to officials. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) also received a call at 11:03 p.m. June 29 from a caller who advised that a gold Pontiac Bonneville left Nu-Way in Joaquin at a high rate of speed and was driving out of control. The caller also indicated she heard a lady screaming inside the vehicle.

Bowlds was charged with aggravated kidnapping – felony 1. He remains at the SCSO on a $6,000 bond.

This case was under the investigation of SCSO Investigator Kevin Windham.

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Shelby County Bass Anglers Raffle Winners


The Shelby County Bass Anglers would like to thank all the people that contributed to the club’s annual fundraiser by purchasing raffle tickets. This was a very good fundraising event and the SCBA will put these funds back into our community by presenting scholarships to local deserving students. The following were winners:
 
Keith Orear                         Ruger .308 w/scope
Josh McAdams                  Henry Golden Boy .22
Jake Mathews                   Weboost Cell Booster
Tommy Land                      Mossberg ATR 7mm/08
Cam Copelin                       Barnett Crossbow
Veronica White                 Grizzley 45qt cooler
Roy Blackshear                  Ruger 10/22
Summer Koltonski           Lew’s Rod and Reel Combo
Joe Whittlesey                  Wildgame Innovations Game Cam
Preston Whitney              Ameristep Pop Up Blind

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2015 National 4-H Week


Join over 591,000 young people in Texas in celebrating the many years of accomplishment and service the 4-H organization has provided during National 4-H Week slated for October 4-10, 2015.
 
Did you know that 4-H is the nation’s largest youth organization? Worldwide, there are over 6 million youth who participate. 4-H is in all 254 Texas counties, in all 50 states and in more than 80 countries. Over 591,000 of Texas young people are involved in 4-H. All you have to do is look at your local level to find young people taking the lead in addressing today’s challenges. In Texas, 4-H is a part of The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, a part of the Texas A&M University System. 4-H takes research-based information from the nation’s land-grant universities to youth in urban, small-town and rural communities. In Texas, 4-H is headquartered on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.

Using the four-leaf clover for its emblem, each leaf carries an H. The four H's on the four-leaf clover stand for head, heart, hands and health. 4-H follows the philosophy of learning by doing. Youth develop life skills through hands-on projects that range from citizenship to expressive arts, communication to foods and nutrition, and leadership to science and technology. 4-H is for youth in grades 3 through 12. Youth can belong to 4-H individually or as members of clubs and groups. They can make new friends, visit new places, go on trips, attend workshops and conferences, host meetings and help their communities. 4-H is where young people explore, learn and discover in a safe environment. In 4-H, youth find their true passions, gain confidence and give back to their community. Celebrate 4-H as youth step up and take responsibility for their future and ours.

 

A National Positive Youth Development study shows that 4-Hers are nearly 5 times more likely to graduate from college, 4 times more likely to actively contribute to their community. 4-H members are also 3 times more likely to be physically active than non-4-H members and 2 times more likely to pursue a career in science, engineering or computers.

 

The 4-H program in Texas also is led by 29,996 volunteer 4-H leaders that serve and devote their time and talents to the youth of Texas!  

 

Thanks for all you do to support and promote 4-H! For more information on the Texas 4-H program and how you can become involved at the local level, call the Shelby County Extension office at 936-598-7744.

 

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 A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status.

The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating

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Alcohol and Drug Detoxification Program Now Available in East Texas


Colin Rowan, Burke, 512-799-6400, Media@myburke.org

 

 

Alcohol and Drug Detoxification Program Now Available in East Texas

Collaborative Effort Between Burke & Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas Fills Critical Service Gap

 

 

(Lufkin, Texas – October 5, 2015) A new short-term medical detoxification program for people addicted to alcohol, prescription medication and/or illegal drugs is now available in Lufkin. This voluntary, in-patient program provides medical safeguards to individuals undergoing symptoms of withdrawal.

The program is a partnership between Burke and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas (ADAC) and will serve individuals Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity or Tyler counties. Staffed with physicians, nurses, ADAC counselors and other healthcare professionals, the program will help individuals overcome their chemical dependency in a safe and supportive environment.

The program will be housed at Burke’s Mental Health Emergency Center in Lufkin. Initial screening and intake will be managed by ADAC.

"The East Texas community has been without a detoxification program for many years,” said Jake Squiers, chief operating officer at Burke. “This program provides a reliable, local option for people as they are stabilized from substance dependency."

Having local service options is important. First, it removes the hardship of traveling out of town for treatment, increasing the odds that those in need will seek help. Further, it leverages the service organizations already in place.

“ADAC is involved from the initial screening and assessment, through the detoxification program and the transition to ongoing outpatient treatment,” said Phyllis Grandgeorge, executive director of ADAC. “This affords continuity of care that previously was not possible.”

The program will manage up to four patients at a time, and Burke estimates that each patient stay will last between three to seven days.

For more information or to begin an initial screening for the program, call ADAC at 936.634.5753 or 800.445.8562.

 

Burke

Burke provides award-winning mental health and developmental disability services across a twelve county region of East Texas. Learn more at myburke.org.

 

ADAC

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Deep East Texas' provides a quality treatment program that focuses on the recovery and maintenance from abuse/addiction of mind altering chemicals. Learn more at adacdet.org.

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Sassafras Art Exhibit is seeking entries


EXHIBIT YOUR ARTWORK

 

The San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce invites artists to submit two or three dimensional artworks to be exhibited during the 25th Annual Sassafras Festival, Saturday, October 24, 2015.  The mixed media exhibition, together with the Photography Contest submissions, will be housed inside the historic Courthouse on the square in downtown San Augustine.  Subject matter and media are open; however, the Chamber and event organizers reserve the right to reject any works that are deemed inappropriate for this family event.

 

The Chamber will take all precautions to protect work submitted for this exhibit; however, the artist assumes all risks for any damage or loss.  The works should be “stabilized” (i.e., framed, matted or mounted on matte board, as applicable, etc.).  All work submitted must be the original work of the artist.  Be sure that your name and contact info accompany each piece and, if applicable, the title of the work.

 

All works should be mailed or delivered (between 9 AM and 4 PM) to the Chamber office at 611 W. Columbia St., San Augustine, TX 75972 no later than Wednesday, October 20.   Works are to be picked up at the Chamber office beginning Tuesday, Oct. 27 thru Friday, Oct. 30.

 

For questions or additional information, contact Glenda Harrison, bestwitch@aol.com, cell ph. 936-596-8411 or Tasha Byrd, San Augustine Co. Chamber of Commerce, 936-275-3610.  

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OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM MARKS 14 YEARS


Fourteen years ago America launched its counterattack against terrorism,
hammering terrorist targets in Afghanistan and ushering in Operation
Enduring Freedom and the global war on terror.
 
To remember the service and sacrifice of Afghanistan Veterans Shelby County
Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will hold a
remembrance program at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Historic
Courthouse in Center, this Friday, October 9, 2015 at 10:30 am.  A special
invitation is extended to all Afghanistan Veterans and the public.
Questions please call Larry Hume, 598-2976.

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Obituary: Roxy L. Anderson


WATSON & SONS FUNERAL HOME

PO BOX 232/1554 SH 7 EAST

CENTER, TEXAS 75935

PHONE: 936-598-4331        FAX: 936-591-9944

www.watsonandsonsfh.com

 

NEWS RELEASE: October 3 , 2015

DECEASED NAME FOR NEWS: Roxy L. Anderson

 

Roxy L. Anderson, 82, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, October 2, 2015, in Center.

 

A graveside memorial service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on October 27, 2015 at Strong Cemetery.

 

Mrs. Anderson was born August 2, 1933, in Jasper County, Illinois, to Herman Forthman and Roxy Clagg Forthoman. During her life she worked as a waitress and housewife.

 

He is survived by

Husband:

Allen Anderson of Shelbyville, Texas

 

Daughter:

Virginia Anderson of Effingham, Illinois

 

Son:

Wesley Anderson of Naperville, Illinois

 

Grandchildren:

Ashley Ford

Cory Anderson

Ryan Anderson

Nick Anderson

Jackie Anderson

 

4 Great Grandchildren

 

Preceded in death by her Parents

 

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

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Arrest Report 10/2-10/4


Venus Creed- 38- Orange- DWI 3rd or more

 

Jami Horn- 29- Gary- DWI, Panola County Warrant- FTA OC: Theft of Property

 

Justin Nutter- 18- Shelbyville- Possession of Marijuana

 

Benjamin Howell- 31- Houston- Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Dangerous Drug

 

Jerry Smelley- 54- Timpson- Assault Family Violence

 

Juan Flores- 24- Tenaha- DWI

 

San Augustine County

 

Brandon Oshields- Delivery of Controlled Substance

 

 

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Obituary: Edsel Lee Warr


Mangum Funeral Home

P.O. Box 2043

Center, Texas 75935

(936) 598-3341

Obituary Notice:

Edsel Lee Warr

 

Edsel Lee Warr, 80, of Center, passed away October 1, 2015 at his residence.

 

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 4, 2015 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Hollis Bass officiating. Burial will follow at Ramah Cemetery in Tenaha with military honors given Fort Hood Honor Guards. Visitation will be Saturday evening from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Mangum Funeral Home.

 

He was born September 10, 1935 in Shelby County to Von and Mecie (Lucas) Warr. He retired from Tyson Foods after 40 years of service. He served in the US Army. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

 

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Von and Mecie Warr, Brothers, Zelmo, Elroy & James Warr and Sister, Mae.

 

He is survived by:

Wife:

Jo Warr of Center

Daughter:

Janette Malecha & Todd of Gary

Daughter & Son-in-law:
Julie & Chuck Greear of Tenaha

Step Daughter:

Dawn & David Pickerel of Keithville, LA

Step Son:

Mike & D.D. DuBose of Joaquin

Step Daughter:

Debbie Bishop of Tenaha

Grandchildren:
Hayden Greear & wife, Stacie of Joaquin

Haley Greear of Tenaha

Marisa, Alyssa & Jazz Malecha of Gary

Melissa McLeod & husband, Jonathan of Shreveport, LA

Michaela Pickerel of Keithville, LA

David DuBose of Shreveport, LA

Zakkery DuBose & wife, Jennie of Dallas

Shane Shriver & wife, Heather of Center

Macy Fitzgerald of Tenaha

Great Grandchildren:

Gunner, Layne, A.J., Chase, Saraya, Logan & Kutter

Brothers:

Harold Warr & wife, Maudia of Center

Loyd Warr & wife, Diane of Wichita Falls

Sister:

Wynell Brown of Lufkin

Sisters-in-law & Brothers-in-law:
Peggy Maxey of Zwolle, LA

Winnie Preston & husband, John of Center

Trudie Willis & husband, Thomas of Diana

Roseann Rideout & husband, David of Nacogdoches

Nora Lou Robinson & husband, Wade of Joaquin

Ruby Everitt of Center

Pallbearers:

Johnny Roy Mosby, Kevin Jones, Marlin Jones,

Ronny Perry, Tommy Lowery & Greg Hubbard

Honorary Pallbearers:

Rogers Yarborough & Ray Jones

 

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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Obituary: Bob Dean


WATSON & SONS FUNERAL HOME

PO BOX 232/1554 SH 7 EAST

CENTER, TEXAS 75935

PHONE: 936-598-4331        FAX: 936-591-9944

www.watsonandsonsfh.com

 

NEWS RELEASE: October 2, 2015

DECEASED NAME FOR NEWS: Bob Dean

 

Bob Dean, 80, of Mont Belvieu, formerly of Huxley, passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2015.

 

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 2, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating.  Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelby County.

 

Mr. Dean was born October 3, 1934, in Shelby County, to S.L. Dean and Essie May Tindol Dean. He was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed gardening. He was of the Protestant faith.

 

He is survived by

Wife: Barbara Eppes Dean of Mont Belvieu

 

Children:

Bobby Hugh Dean Jr. and wife, Brenda, of Center

Tommy Dean and wife, Zettie, of Center

Vickie Smith and husband, Sammy, of Hardin

 

Sister-in-law: Laretta Dean of Shelbyville

 

Sisters:

Mary Jo Phillips of Huxley

Barbara Jean Ross of Center

 

Grandchildren:

Bobby Hunter Dean

Brandy Dean

Dr. Carmon Roberts and husband, Darren

Jeff Smith and wife, Ashley

Kristi Mullins and husband, Jake

 

Great Grandchildren:

Case Ryan Roberts

David Warthen

Landon Smith

Justin Smith

Cheyenne Mullins

Baby Mullins on the way

 

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends

 

Preceded in death by

Parents: S.L. Dean and Essie Mae Tindol Dean

Brother: Bib Dean

Brothers-in-law:

Dan Phillips

Billy Don Ross

 

Pallbearers will be Sammy Furlow, Keith Evers, Randy Joe Dean, Bobby Hunter Dean, Jeff Smith, Jake Mullins, Sammy Smith and Eric Lane.

 

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

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The 25th Sassafras Festival!


BestWitch Decorative Arts, located in Bogard's Emporium, downtown San Augustine, will celebrate the 25th year of the Chamber of Commerce's annual Sassafras Festival.  Beginning Friday, Oct. 23rd at Noon and ending with the close of the Festival on Saturday, Oct. 24th, the first 25 folks to purchase any item  valued at $5.00 or more from BestWitch Decorative Arts will pick one free "gift bag of goodies" to go with the purchase.
 
Texas Bank and Trust, 102 W. Columbia is celebrating the upcoming 25th San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce Sassafras Festival.   The festival is October 23-24 in downtown San Augustine.   The bank will be having a drawing for a $25.00 gift certificate!   
 
Go by the bank and submit your name for the drawing to be held next Friday, October 9 at 3 p.m.

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TRAFFIC PATTERN TO CHANGE AT NACOGDOCHES LOOP


LUFKIN -Traffic patterns are expected to change in Nacogdoches County in the coming week as contractors prepare to redirect northbound motorists exiting US 59 onto SL 224 westbound. Webber LLC, contractor for the $5.9 million project, will close the existing cloverleaf entry ramp to motorists exiting US 59 onto SL 224 west or continuing northbound on US 59. Motorists wishing to continue on US 59 northbound or travel on the west loop will need to utilize the left two lanes and turn left under the existing US 59/SL 224 bridge and enter the loop using the newly reconstructed westbound entrance ramp. Motorists can expect lighted message boards warning of the switch and law enforcement officers will be monitoring traffic. The project is designed to reconfigure the intersection, improve traffic signals and add a left and right turn lane. The finished project will provide for better maneuverability, address congestion, maintain a safe system and provide a smoother traffic flow. As construction continues on US 59 and SL 224, motorists are advised to stay alert to workers and heavy equipment throughout the construction projects. Remember traffic fines double when workers are present. For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.

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PANOLA COLLEGE OFFERS A FREE RESUME WRITING CLASS


The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education division is offering a free Resume Writing class on Thursday, October 29, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The class will be held in the Merle Glass building on the Carthage campus.  Pre-registration is required.  For more information, contact the Continuing Education office at 903-693-2067 or email ce@panola.edu.

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Celebrate The 25th Sassafras Festival! Texas Bank and Trust starting today


Texas Bank and Trust, 102 W. Columbia is celebrating the upcoming 25th San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce Sassafras Festival.   The festival is October 23-24 in downtown San Augustine.   The bank will be having a drawing for a $25.00 gift certificate!   
 
Go by the bank and submit your name for the drawing to be held next Friday, October 9 at 3 p.m.

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Fillies Take Down TVCC in Straight Sets


Wednesday night Fillies Volleyball traveled to Athens, TX and defeated the Trinity Valley Lady Cardinals (25-20, 25-17, 25-20) to close out round one of Region XIV-North play. The Fillies are now the 11th-ranked team in the country, 19-4 overall, 2-2 in conference play, and tied for second place.
 
Throughout conference Panola has been led offensively by a duo of freshmen right sides, Sharon Tukuaoga with 46 kills and Rachel Henderson with 30 kills and 12.5 blocks. Freshmen outsides Ana Oliveira and Victoria Santos have used their versatility to impact heavily, combining for 40 kills and 69 digs. Libero Morgan Currie has stepped up defensively picking up 60 digs over the course of 4 matches. The setting combination of Adriana Skipper and Sierra Moses once again proved successful with Moses dishing out 78 assists and Skipper adding 68 of her own.
 
Panola will return to action tomorrow at the TJC Invitational against Seward at 2 pm and New Mexico Military Institute at 4 pm.

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Come and Go Open House and One Year Anniversary Birthday Bash


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Athletic Booster Meeting


Shelbyville Athletic Booster meeting will be held Tuesday October 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the S.W. Carter Elementary- Annex Building Room 133.

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First Baptist Church: Senior Adult-Led Fall Revival


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Deron Vodre Bowlds Arrest


Deron Vodre Bowlds, 22, of Logansport, Louisiana was arrested July 7, 2015 after allegedly kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Lee Barber, causing seriously bodily injury, stemming from an incident that occurred June 29, 2015.

 

Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports Tuesday, June 30, 2015 patrol sergeant Derek Barbee met with Barber at the Nacogdoches Medical Center, Center Emergency Center. Barber advised Barbee she had been assaulted by Bowlds in Joaquin and then taken into Logansport, Louisiana.

 

According to the report, Barber told officials she saw Bowlds walking past Brookshire’s in Joaquin around 10:30 p.m. on June 29. Barber stated she stopped and picked up Bowlds and was going to drop him off at Nu-Way in Joaquin. Barber said Bowlds went into Nu-Way, made a purchase, returned to the car and told Barber to drive down the road so the two could talk for a few minutes. Barber said the two traveled down the road beside the store and talked.

 

Barber stated in the report after driving for a few minutes, Bowlds told her to take him back to the store and drop him off. Barber said as she turned the card and headed towards to the store, Bowlds allegedly punched her in the back of the head and told her to drive to Logansport, Louisiana. Barber told officials that as she approached Nu-Way, she drove her car into the parking lot without hitting the brakes and the car came to rest in a ditch in front of the store. Barber said Bowls continued hitting her.

 

The report states Barber began honking the horn of the car and screaming. Barber advised that Bowlds bit her in an attempt to keep her quiet. Barber then told officials that Bowlds began to choke her where she couldn’t breathe and he took full control of the car. Barber said Bowlds climbed into the driver’s seat, sat on top of her and drove the car to Logansport, Louisiana and parked it in the woods.

 

Barber told officials once they arrived at Bowlds home, he snuck her inside the house without anyone seeing her and made her talk to him. Barber advised that Bowlds fell asleep after daylight (June 30) and she was able to escape from the house and ran to her car. Barber then traveled to the emergency room and contacted law enforcement.

 

Surveillance footage was obtained from Nu-Way in Joaquin which verified what Barber reported to officials. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) also received at 11:03 p.m. June 29 from a caller who advised that a gold Pontiac Bonneville left Nu-Way in Joaquin at a high rate of speed and was driving out of control. The caller also indicated she heard a lady screaming inside the vehicle.

 

Bowlds was charged with aggravated kidnapping – felony 1. He remains at the SCSO on a $6,000 bond.

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CAMPAIGN SIGNS MUST FOLLOW STATE GUIDELINES


LUFKIN -As candidates prepare for the Nov. 3 elections, the Texas Department of Transportation is reminding them and their supporters that the law dictates where campaign signs can be placed along Texas roadways.
During campaign season, the Texas landscape is dotted with political signs. Posting signage on public lands is illegal. TxDOT is urging candidates, constituents and supporters to remember:

  *   It is illegal to place any signs on or within the right of way. This includes posting signs on trees, telephone poles, traffic signs and other objects on the right of way.
  *   Campaign signs along Texas roads can be placed on private property with the owner's permission.
Signs must be made of lightweight material and be no larger than 50 square feet.
  *   Campaign signs may be posted as early as 90 days before an election (no earlier) and must be removed within 10 days after the election.
  *   Before placing a sign inside of incorporated city limits, check with the city for applicable ordinances.
  *   If a sign is placed in the right of way or is posing a traffic hazard, it will be removed without prior notice. All costs associated with sign removal will be paid by the sign owner.
Signs placed on private property that can be seen from the roadway must display certain language found in Section 255.007 of the Texas Election Code. That specific language and other requirements can be found at http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/EL/htm/EL.255.htm.
For answers regarding signage, visit txdot.gov or contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.

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Obituary: Mrs. Flora Mae Cartwright


HICKS MORTUARY

 

Funeral services for Mrs. Flora Mae Cartwright (56), of Center, Texas will be Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 11:00am at the Bright Morning Star Baptist Church (623 MLK Drive, Center, Texas).  Rev. Charlvin Doty of the Kingdom Christin Center of Jacksonville, Texas will be officiating.

Mrs. Cartwright’s survivors are:

Sons:      Jasper Pettigrew of Center, Texas

                 Ala Cartwright of Center, Texas

 James Cartwright of Nacogdoches, Texas

Willie Earl (Nenita) Cartwright of Jacksonville, Texas

 

 Daughters:    Pam Pettigrew of Center, Texas,

                         Alice Cartwright, Henderson of Jacksonville, Texas

                         Peggie Cartwright of Jacksonville, Texas

                         Linda K. Cartwright of Jacksonville, Texas

                         Loretta (Charlvin) Doty of Pflugerville, Texas

 

A Very Special Grandson:  DeShon Pettigrew

 

Mother:  Gloria Pettigrew of Center, Texas

 

Brother:  Johnny Pettigrew of Center, Texas

 

Sisters:  Ernestine Pettigrew of Houston, Texas

                Ann Marie Pettigrew

 

Aunt:     Margie Bennett

                Mozelle Smith

 

Visitation on October 2, 2015 at Hicks Chapel from 12:00 noon to 6:00pm

 

Final Placement Britton Creek Cemetery in Shelbyville, Texas (East Hamilton Community)

 

Repass Bright Morning Star Baptist Church

 

Services entrusted to Hicks Mortuary in Center, Texas 

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Obituary: Bob Dean


Bob Dean, 80, formerly of Huxley, passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2015.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 2, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center.  Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Interment will follow at Rather Cemetery in Shelbyville.

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Chamber - East Texas Poultry festival


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Bear Update 9/30/2015


TJH Pep Rally - The Timpson Junior High pep rally will be Thursday Oct.1 at 2:00 in the old gym.  Please join us to cheer on the Bears!

THS Pep Rally - The Timpson High School pep rally will be Friday Oct. 2 at 2:00 in the high school auditorium. Join us to cheer on the varsity Bears!

TJH Spirit Day Winners:

Decades Day:  Sanaa Curtis and Chelsea Franks

Twins Day: Celine and Ashanti, Jake and Blaze

The JV football game has be cancelled for this week. We had 18 players according to the athletic director. Injuries to 3 backfield players leaving us no one to fill these spots and the ineligibility of 2 more players for this week leaves us with 13. We have new injuries to varsity as well and need some of these 13 for help with special teams and perhaps on defense this Friday at the varsity game.

 

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Logansport LA Aggressive Kidnapping


Deron Vodre Bowlds, 22, of Logansport, Louisiana was arrested July 7, 2015 after allegedly kidnapping
 
his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Lee Barber, causing seriously bodily injury, stemming from an incident that 
 
occurred June 29, 2015.
 
Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports Tuesday, June 30, 2015 patrol sergeant Derek Barbee met 
 
with Barber at the Nacogdoches Medical Center, Center Emergency Center. Barber advised Barbee she 
 
had been assaulted by Bowlds in Joaquin and then taken into Logansport, Louisiana. 
 
According to the report, Barber told officials she saw Bowlds walking past Brookshire’s in Joaquin 
 
around 10:30 p.m. on June 29. Barber stated she stopped and picked up Bowlds and was going to drop 
 
him off at Nu-Way in Joaquin. Barber said Bowlds went into Nu-Way, made a purchase, returned to the 
 
car and told Barber to drive down the road so the two could talk for a few minutes. Barber said the two 
 
traveled down the road beside the store and talked. 
 
Barber stated in the report after driving for a few minutes, Bowlds told her to take him back to the store 
 
and drop him off. Barber said as she turned the card and headed towards to the store, Bowlds allegedly 
 
punched her in the back of the head and told her to drive to Logansport, Louisiana. Barber told officials 
 
that as she approached Nu-Way, she drove her car into the parking lot without hitting the brakes and 
 
the car came to rest in a ditch in front of the store. Barber said Bowls continued hitting her. 
 
The report states Barber began honking the horn of the car and screaming. Barber advised that Bowlds 
 
bit her in an attempt to keep her quiet. Barber then told officials that Bowlds began to choke her where 
 
she couldn’t breathe and he took full control of the car. Barber said Bowlds climbed into the driver’s 
 
seat, sat on top of her and drove the car to Logansport, Louisiana and parked it in the woods.
 
Barber told officials once they arrived at Bowlds home, he snuck her inside the house without anyone 
 
seeing her and made her talk to him. Barber advised that Bowlds fell asleep after daylight (June 30) and 
 
she was able to escape from the house and ran to her car. Barber then traveled to the emergency room 
 
and contacted law enforcement.
 
Surveillance footage was obtained from Nu-Way in Joaquin which verified what Barber reported to 
 
officials. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) also received at 11:03 p.m. June 29 from a caller who 
 
advised that a gold Pontiac Bonneville left Nu-Way in Joaquin at a high rate of speed and was driving out 
 
of control. The caller also indicated she heard a lady screaming inside the vehicle.
 
Bowlds was charged with aggravated kidnapping – felony 1. He remains at the SCSO on a $6,000 bond.

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Arrest Report 9-30-15


Travis Patton- 24- Center- Violation of Probation OC: Assault, Burg of Vehicle, theft of firearm,

 

Christopher Hornback- 39- Center- FTA OC: DWI

 

Hakeem Kevon Nash- 25- Nacogdoches- Tampering/Fabricating Evidence

 

Daniel Eaves- 30- Center- Burg of building

 

Timothy Johnson- 33- Center- Possession of Synthetic Drug- Drug Free Zone

 

Shaddrick McCollister- 31- Center- Criminal Mischief  

 

Marcus Tolbert- 36- Nacogdoches-  Possession of Marijuana 

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