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Wreck on US 69


On January 29th at about 6:17 AM, Lufkin DPS Communications received a report of a two vehicle crash on US 69 approximately one and a half miles South of FM 1270 in Angelina County. The preliminary crash investigation indicates a pickup was traveling northbound on US 69 when it crossed over into the southbound lane and struck a truck tractor semi-trailer head-on. After the crash the truck tractor semitrailer caught fire and burned in the northbound lane of US 69. No driver information is available at this time. TxDOT has been notified for traffic control until the scene is cleared. At this time both lanes of US 69 are closed and traffic is being diverted. Motorists are urged to use alternate routes of travel.

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Inferno Erupts in Center


A gas line was cut by workers on Rigs Street on Thursday, January 28, 2016. The Center Fire Department arrived on the scene at 11 a.m., just as a pole was catching on fire. Workers attempted to contain the fire until the Firemen arrived. The firemen quickly extinguished the fire. While the fire fighter worked to put out the fire Police barricade the road. When Centerpoint Energy arrived on site the firemen where able to fully extinguish the flames, and returned to the station when their assistance was no longer necessary.  It is unclear when the repairs will be completed.  

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Dresses for Dreams


 
Dresses for Dreams the Eta Rho Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi is accepting lightly used prom dresses, formals, ball gowns and cocktail dresses for its Dresses for Dreams event, which is 5:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the Community House on San Augustine Street in Center.  Tickets can be purchased from any Eta Rho member for $25 each or 5 for $100. For every five dresses a person donates, they will receive one ticket. The drawing is at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 4. 

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Timpson Bear Update


Blood Drive - According to Nurse Brittany Kimbro, the Timpson High School blood drive collected 31 units of blood on 01/21/2016.   We appreciate the students and staff who donated blood and helped with this important cause.
 
Pastries With Parents - Timpson Elementary School had its Pre-K-2 Pastries With Parents Tuesday January 26.  Over 45 parents were in  attendance to enjoy breakfast with their children and staff. Thursday January 28 will be Pastries With Parents for grades 3-5 from 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
 
Beta Club LoveGrams – Beta Club members are selling LoveGrams.

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Project Cinderella


Project Cinderella helps youth from foster care attend prom in style.
 
 
TYLER, TX -Francine and Shelby, two young women from foster care, reminisce fondly about the days leading up to prom last year, and how Project Cinderella gave them an unforgettable experience. When they came to pick out their prom dresses from BCFS Health and Human Services, the girls moved excitedly through the garment racks, running their hands across all the glittery ball gowns and elegant dresses, searching for the perfect one.
"I can choose any dress?" asked Shelby. "This is so amazing and fantastic - and fun! I love BCFS!"  Francine, too, was ecstatic about her prom look. "I didn't think I could look this beautiful for a prom I didn't think I was going to have," she said.
 
Project Cinderella is an initiative of BCFS Health and Human Services that helps youth from foster care attend prom in style by providing new or gently used formal attire for the young men and women, as well as professional hair and makeup sessions for the ladies. Every year, people from across Tyler donate gently used dresses, shoes, jewelry, and tuxedos, or make a monetary contribution so a student can shop for their own prom attire.
Donations are currently being accepted and can be dropped off at the BCFS Health and Human Services Transition Center at 1012 Meadow Lane in Tyler, or at the Administrative Offices of Texas Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS) at 302 E. Reich Road. To make a donation online, visit www.DiscoverBCFS.net/Tyler.
 
In Tyler, most youth in foster care (like Francine and Shelby) are in nontraditional environments like group homes, charter schools, or GED programs where prom isn't typically on the agenda. So every spring, BCFS hosts a prom for youth from foster care, in partnership with DFPS, so these young men and women don't miss out on the "exciting, coming-of-age, American tradition of prom," according to BCFS Director Carla McCalope.
 
"Project Cinderella and the prom event make a significant impact on the way our youth feel about themselves," says McCalope. "Most of them have experienced abuse or neglect in the past, so we take every opportunity to show them they are loved, and boost their self-confidence. The community has stepped in to help our youth the past four years, and we hope this will be our biggest year yet!"
 
BCFS Health and Human Services helps Tyler youth from the foster care system, as well as other young adults facing homelessness, poverty, and other challenges. The center is a "one-stop shop" that provides counseling, case management, and assistance with education, employment, housing location and medical care.
 
For more information or to make a monetary donation to Project Cinderella, visit DiscoverBCFS.net/Tyler<http://www.discoverbcfs.net/tyler> or call (903) 526-0882.

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THE PINES THEATER HOSTING OSCAR NIGHT PARTY


East Texas movie lovers can celebrate awards season with a star turn at Oscar Night at The Pines, Sunday, Feb. 28.
 
"We have a wonderful venue in The Pines, and what better way to show it off than with a party celebrating the movies!" said Tara Watson-Watkins, executive director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau and artistic director for The Pines. "Movie lovers can wear their favorite fancy outfits and come for a great party, and we'll watch the awards together on the big screen!"
 
Attendees will walk the red carpet, complete with paparazzi photographers, upon arrival from 6 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and the ticket price covers hors d’oeuvres and glass of champagne. A cash bar will be available.
 
"This is our second year to celebrate the Academy Awards at The Pines and once again this will be an unforgettable night," Watson-Watkins said. "It's always nice to have an excuse to dress to the nines. Everyone will get the opportunity to be a star on the red carpet, and then we'll go inside and cheer for the real stars. Seating is limited and tickets will go quickly, so if you want to celebrate your favorite movies in our beautiful, historic theater, you should get yours as soon as possible."
Food will be provided by Brookshire Brothers. Tickets are available at the Lufkin CVB, 1615 Chestnut, or by calling 936-633-0359.

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Tiger Weekly


 
Enrollment:573
 
January 28, 2016- Girls Soccer Jacksonville Invitational There; JH BB vs Timpson Home 4:30pm
 
January 29, 2016-JVB/JVG/VB/VG vs Joaquin Home 4:30 pm; Tiger Café’ Open 5:00 pm
 
January 30, 2016- Girls Soccer Jacksonville Invitational There
 
February 1, 2016- JH BB vs Gary There 4:30 pm; Soccer in Carlisle 5:15 pm
 
February 2, 2016- JVB/JVG/VB/VG vs Shelbyville There 4:30 pm
 
February 4, 2016-Boys Soccer in Crocket
 
February 5, 2016-Girls Soccer vs Waskom Home 5:15 pm; JVB/JVG/VB/VG vs Martinsville Home 4:30 pm; Tiger Café’ Open 5:00 pm
 
February 6, 2016-HS UIL SOLO and Ensemble
 
February 8, 2016-Boys Soccer in Mineola 7:00 pm
 
February 9  2016-SHAC Meeting; Girls Soccer in Center 5:00 pm; JVB/JVG/VB/VG vs Beckville There 4:30 pm; Letter Jackets with Balfour
 
February 10, 2016-TMEA
 
February 11, 2016-Early Release; TMEA; Boys Soccer-Alumni Home; End 4th Grading Period
 
February 12, 2016-Student Holiday/Teacher In-Service; Girls Soccer-Liberty Eylau in Texarkana 5:30 pm; JVB/VB vs Joaquin There 6:00 pm
 
February 13, 2016-Soccer in Texarkana 12 Noon
 
February 15, 2016-Beginning 5th Grading Period; Soccer in New Summerfield 5:15 pm
 
 
2016 Seniors are selling chances for this beautiful queen quilt donated by Ms. Chamberlain! $2 or 3 for $5... 
 
Don't miss out! Ticket sales @ home basketball games/ or tell a Senior!

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Powder Puff Football


Thursday night Feb 4 CHS will host the 47th
Annual Powderpuff Classic at Roughrider Stadium.  The
annual flag football game featuring the Purple
Senior & Freshmen Gridiron Gladiators v the Gold
Junior & Sophomore Team  will cost $3 for
adults and $2 for students.  Proceeds benefit the
Center senior class.
 
In addition to the game, the evening features the
lovely Powderpuff Cheerleaders, the talented Powderpuff
Chaparrals, and the CHS Fightin' Powderpuff Band and
twirling line.  At halftime, we will meet the
Powderpuff Duchesses and crown the 2016 Powderpuff
Queen.
 
The concession stand will be open, proceeds
benefitting the CHS Band Boosters and junior
class.
 
Historically the game is nearly even with the
Purple Seniors and Freshmen winning 25, the Gold Juniors and
Sophomores winning 20, and the teams tying two contests in
the 1970s.
 
"It's exciting being a part of Powderpuff
history," senior coach Dacorey Mcgee said. 
"We all appreciate Mr. Watlington making up all the
historical facts that no one can remember."
The gate will open at 5:30 and kick-off will be at
6:30.

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Panola Ponies Win


Late surge propels Panola men past Tyler JC, 74-63

 
Carthage, Texas – The Panola College men’s basketball team defeated Tyler
Junior College here Wednesday night, 74-63. With the win, the Ponies
elevate their record to 17-5 and 8-3 in Region 14 play. “Again, our guys
gave tremendous effort the second half of the ball game.” Head Coach Grant
McMillan said. “Tyler was unbelievably long and our guys had to make some
adjustments on the offensive end.” He stated.
 
 
Trading baskets early in the ball game, Tyler eventually took a nine point lead late in the first half. Panola closed the gap to six points, trailing 34-28 at intermission. Again, both teams traded baskets the first six minutes of the second half before the Ponies tied the ball game at 51 with 9:08 remaining in the second half. A steady offensive attack found Panola
gain a 14 point lead before winning by the final tally.
 
 
Leading the way offensively for Panola was Charles Tucker (Lansing,
Michigan) with 19 points, 10 of those coming from the free throw line. He
also dished out 10 assists. Chan Williams-Bey (Hartford, Connecticut)
scored in double figures adding 14 points. Also scoring in double figures
was Tyonte Robertson (Cincinnati, Ohio) with 10. Tope Arikawe (Nigeria)
swatted a season-high six blocks and Devyn Wilson (Brooklyn, New York)
forced three steals in the victory. As a team, Panola held Tyler to 29
second half points and shot 80 percent from the free throw line.
 
 
Panola will next be in action this upcoming Saturday, January 30th when
they hit the road to take on Navarro College. Tip-off is set for 4:00 PM in
Corsicana, Texas.
 
 
Pictures:
 
 
Terry Holt (Nashville, Tennessee) with the drive in the first half.
 
-- 
Adam Blaylock
Panola College
Men's Basketball Assistant
 
Cell - 402-841-6646
 

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Panola Fillies Lose


Even though Fillies Laura Chavez scored 20 points, Panola College fell to Tyler Junior College 94-90. Fillies closed the gap going into the fourth quarter being down two 69-67, but Tyler Junior College kept the lead and got the victory. Both teams were relentless on the court, with Panola College racking up 30 fouls while Tyler Junior College picked up 26.
Chavez paved the way for Panola College, making 67% (2-for-3) of shots attempted while also sinking 100% (15-for-15) of free throws attempted.
 
Amanda Cruz also reached double digits, scoring 14 points for Panola College (5-for-8), 5 assist and 3 steals. Kia Fisker (16 points) and J'Lene Martinez (10 points) each contributed multiple three-pointers. Also chipping in for the Fillies were R'Trevia Randolph (7 points),Charlynn Perry (6 points), Kabreshia Orange and Genesis Rivera (5 points apiece),Raemeisha Claxton (4 points, 5 rebounds), and Teanna Frances Henderson (3 points).
Fillies will take action again Saturday, January 30th at AJ Gymnasium against San Jacinto-North at 2:00pm. 
 
 
--
Ashleigh Franklin
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Panola College
1109 West Panola
Carthage, TX 75633
903.693.1102 (Office)
afranklin@panola.edu 

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Lunch Box Lecture


 
*Panola College to Host Lunchbox Lecture and Gallery Exhibit*
 
*The Importance of Nutrition and Exercise as We Age*
 
 
 
 
Panola College’s M.P. Baker Library will host *The Importance of Nutrition
and Exercise as We Age *with special speaker John Solan on Tuesday,
February 9, 2016 in the Murphy-Payne Community Rooms of the Library. Dr.
Solan earned his PhD in clinical psychology from Northwestern University in
Illinois. He is also a certified nutritional specialist, certified personal
fitness trainer, certified first aid responder, balance and stability
instructor, and senior fitness trainer. He will share his personal
experiences in the fitness and wellness industry with a special emphasis on
the role nutrition plays in quality of life. The lecture is free and open
to the public beginning at 12:15pm and lasting approximately 30 minutes.
Lunch will be provided for the first 50 attendees arriving.
 
 
 
In conjunction with the lecture, “Healthy Hearts are Happy Hearts” will be
on exhibit in the Fay Allison Gallery from February 1st – 29th.This locally
created exhibit focuses on the variety of diet and exercise programs
available for society and statistics from assorted health agencies about
the importance of both. The display will also feature popular apps and
other resources for assistance with improving health. The exhibit is also
free to the community. For additional information please call 903-693-2091
or email cferguson@panola.edu.
 
-- 
Donna Yates
Panola College
1109 W. Panola
Carthage, TX  75633
903-693-2029
 

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A Message From TX DOT


On average, Texas drivers in five of the state’s largest
metropolitan areas each are losing about 52 hours and $1,200* annually due
to traffic congestion. Upon approval by the Texas Transportation
Commission, the Texas Department of Transportation plans to improve drive
times and reduce costs to Texas drivers through a $1.3 billion effort
focused on delivering projects at an accelerated pace that addresses
gridlock in some of the state’s most congested areas.

“The major metro areas of Texas – Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston
and San Antonio – represent more than two-thirds of the state’s
population and 97 percent of the state’s most congested roads,” said
Texas Transportation Commissioner J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., who was appointed by
the commission to lead this statewide effort. “These areas see some of
the worst congestion in the nation. We’ve just completed a listening tour
in these major areas and have gathered valuable local input from
transportation leaders regarding their priorities and where we can quickly
address some needs. This is the initial phase of a new statewide plan to
address congestion.”

If adopted by the commission, these metro area projects[3] will begin
construction to enhance existing efforts and address gridlock on the state
highway system. The projects, which add up to more than 42 miles, include
interchanges, flyovers and congestion relief efforts at some of the
state’s worst chokepoints. They will be funded using $1.3 billion made
available through ending the use of diversions of highway money by other
agencies.

“I recently directed TxDOT to work with transportation planners and local
communities across the state to reduce congestion, and today’s proposal
is a significant first step in doing just that,” said Gov. Greg Abbott.
“Texans are tired of sitting in traffic and have voted to make a historic
investment in our state’s transportation infrastructure. I want to thank
the Texas Transportation Commission for rapidly responding with a
thoughtful approach that identifies and addresses some of the state’s
most congested chokepoints.”

 “I am grateful to Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Speaker Joe Straus
and the Texas Legislature for making the diversion funds available for
highway projects,” said Commissioner Bugg. “TxDOT is focusing on using
this funding to provide Texas drivers relief in an expedited manner. By
making these improvements on an accelerated schedule, TxDOT will save $457
million versus building those roads in future years.”

“For years we’ve been committed to addressing congestion, and this year
we’re getting a jump start on that part of our core mission,” said
TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “As the severity of congestion in
the Lone Star State continues to grow, we are committed to delivering
projects many Texans need and deserve to reduce the amount of time they
spend in traffic.”

Today’s announcement is the result of a several month effort led
by Commissioner Bugg to gain valuable insights from transportation leaders
and elected officials in the state’s five major metropolitan areas. That
listening tour and collaborative efforts with Metropolitan Planning
Organizations and TxDOT districts shaped this initiative and projects being
unveiled today. The listening tour was just the beginning, and the
conversation will continue as TxDOT focuses on this important challenge for
Texas.

The Texas Transportation Commission also will consider another $800 million
in additional funding for connectivity and safety, maintenance, repairs to
the energy sector and border infrastructure funding. The commission is
expected to vote on all these projects when it considers the quarterly
Unified Transportation Plan at February’s commission meeting.

For more information, contact TxDOT Media Relations at
MediaRelations@txdot.gov or (512) 463-8700.

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Texas Transportation Commission Minute Order


In Lufkin a Texas Transportation Commission Minute Order has been issued establishing a lower speed limit on a portion of State Highway 87 in Shelby County. The speed limit change is a result of a recent traffic and engineering speed study conducted on the roadway and will allow for a safer traffic flow and provide for better maneuverability through the area. The speed limit on SH 87 will be reduced from 70 miles per hour to 60 miles per hour from the end of the Center High School Speed Limit Zone to 2,500 feet west of the Christian Academy School Zone along SH 87. Motorists are advised to be alert to the changing speed limit and abide by all traffic control devices and signage. The lower speed limit will take effect once signs are installed. For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.

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Crash in Nacogdoches Co.


On 1/27/16 at about 6:42 AM, Nacogdoches County DPS Troopers responded to
the scene of a one vehicle crash involving a truck tractor semi-trailer on US 59 just
South of CR 179 in Nacogdoches County. The preliminary crash investigation
indicates, a 2012 International truck was traveling southbound on US 59 when it
left the roadway to the right. After leaving the roadway the truck drove into a creek
and struck the creek bank causing it to lose a load of pipe onto US 59. The driver
of the truck was identified as David Wayne Fleming (47), from St. Francis
Arkansas. Fleming was transported by a medical helicopter to Good Shepherd
Medical Center in Longview for treatment. The crash remains under investigation.
No additional information is available at this time.

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CHS Agribusiness Metal Art


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VFW Memorial Service


 

 

The Vietnam War Memorial was held today at 10.am. Even on this chilly morning citizens gatherd to honor those fallen. Lary Hume Post Quater Master of the Center VFW hall officated the service.

 

 

The service opened with a heart felt prayer, followed by the wreath laying.

 

 

Services concluded with taps and a closing speech.

 

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Boil Water Notice for San Augustine Update


Boil Water Notice is no longer in effect for the N.E.W water supply in San Augustine.  However there is now a Boil Water Notice in effect for the San Augustine Rural water supply system, for customers South of San Augustine on or near FM 2213.

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Remember to Register to Vote


Secretary Cascos reminds voters of Feb. 1 Registration Deadline
voters must register by February 1 for March 1 Primary Election
 
AUSTIN, TX – Today, Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos reminded Texans that February 1 is the deadline to register in time for the March 1 Primary Election.
 
“I encourage all qualified Texans who aren’t already registered or who need to update their registrations to do so before the February 1 deadline,” said Secretary Cascos. “This primary election will help decide which candidates will be on the ballot in November.”
 
Texans can register to vote in several ways including downloading a mail-in application at VoteTexas.gov. Applications must be postmarked February 1 or earlier to meet the deadline. Eligible voters may also apply in person at their county voter registrar’s office. 
 
Texans can check their registration status through VoteTexas.gov and even make updates online if they are not changing their county of registration. The 30-day deadline also applies to registration updates such as changing your address.
 
Texans do not select a party when registering. Qualified voters are free to vote in either the Republican or Democratic Primary, but not both. This includes the primary runoff election.
 
Early voting begins February 16 and continues through February 26. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is February 19. 
 
Photo ID is currently required for voting in person. The seven forms of approved photo ID are:
•Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
•Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
•Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
•Texas handgun license issued by DPS
•United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
•United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
•United States passport
 
With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented at the polling place.
 

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CMS Yearbook


CMS Yearbook Staff is working hard on our 2016 #cmsridernation edition.
Yearbooks are on sale and the cost is $30.   Ads are almost sold out, with
only 3 pages left.  We will create a memory page for a student, or a
commercial ad.  Please email gladys.andrews@centerisd.org, or call CMS
office 936.598.5619.

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Update: UIL Winners for CMS -2015-2016


UIL Results for CMS -2015-2016
 
Meets were held in Carthage (January 12) and Rusk (January 15)
 
 
 
TEAM AWARDS:
 
        6th Grade Mathematics – 3rd
 
        6th Grade Dictionary – 3rd
 
        6TH Grade Spelling – 3rd
 
        6th Grade Music Memory – 3rd
 
        6th Grade Art – 2nd
 
        6th Grade Calculator – 3rd
 
        7th Grade Spelling – 1st
 
        7th Grade Number Sense – 3rd
 
        7th Grade Dictionary – 3rd
 
        8th Grade Dictionary – 3rd
 
        8th Grade Listening – 2nd
 
        8th Grade Science – 1st
 
        8th Grade Calculator – 3rd
 
           8th Grade Spelling – 2nd
 
 
 
Caroline Scull - 3rd Modern Oratory
 
Skyler Causey - 2nd Oral Reading; 6th Calculator
 
Jasmine Cook - 4th Oral Reading
 
Ian Williams - 2nd Impromptu Speaking; 5th dictionary
 
Wyatt Stone - 4th Impromptu Speaking; 5th Number Sense
 
Katelyn Duvon - 6th Impromptu Speaking
 
Jack Callen Watlington - 1st Impromptu Speaking; 4th Editorial Writing
 
Chandler Jones - 3rd Spelling
 
Renat Malone - 4th Spelling
 
Kris Windham - 3rd Spelling
 
Nan Cii - 5th Spelling
 
Angie Morales - 6th Spelling
 
Raquel Rafael - 1st Spelling; 3rd Listening; 2nd Dictionary
 
Lance Holloway - 5th Mathematics; 1st Maps, Graphs, Charts
 
Zac Carlton - 6th Number Sense
 
Devon Scruggs - 4th Number Sense
 
Kristen Orsak - 6th Dictionary; 1st Editorial Writing
 
Tyler Allen - 2nd Maps, Graphs, Charts
 
Ben Galindo - 4th Maps, Graphs, Charts; 1st Social Studies
 
Ashton McGhen - 3rd Science 2
 
Makayla Mayo - 5th Science 2
 
Aracely Perez Gonzalez - 1st Music Memory
 
Mia Mahan – 5th Art
 
Angel Garcia -         3rd Art
 
Eh Doh Soe – 6th Art
 
Tatum Mettauer – 5th Calculator
 
Taylor Burch – 6th Calculator
 
Dean Lester – 2nd Social Studies
 
Daylon Fountain – 6th Chess
 
Ally Stuever – 1st Editorial Writing
 
Avery Snell – 6th Editorial Writing
 
Brooklyn Bridges – 4th Editorial Writing
 
Ella Shires – 3rd Editorial Writing
 
Kamryn Holt – 2nd Editorial Writing
 
Reanna Arndt – 4th Editorial Writing
 
Dulce Chavez – 2nd Ready Writing

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Timpson Hires New Athletic Director


 
Timpson ISD Board of Trustees hired Kerry Therwhanger as the district’s athletic director and head football coach at a special called board meeting Thursday January 21, 2016.
 
Coach Therwhanger comes from Lovelady ISD where he has coached for the past 15 years and served as athletic director/head football and track coach since 2003.  After becoming the AD, Lovelady has gone to the playoffs in football 10 out of the past 11 years.  In 2005, Lovelady won the district championship to earn a place in the play-offs for only the second time in school history.  Under Therwhanger’s leadership Lovelady football teams achieved:
2015 – Football District Champions, State Semi-Finalist 14-1
2014 – Football Area Finalist 9-3
2013 – Football Regional Finalist
2012 – Football Bi-District Finalist
2011 – Football District Champions, State Quarterfinalist 11-2
2010 – Football District Champions, Area Finalist
2009 – Football District Champions, Regional Finalist 12-1
2007 – Football Area Finalist
2006 – Football State Semi Finalist 12-3
 
Coach Therwhanger’s head coaching record is 102 wins – 51 losses.
 
Also as athletic director at Lovelady, Coach Therwhanger’s athletic program achieved:
22 District Champions
21 other play off teams
Among the 40+ play off appearances the Lovelady teams had multiple bi-district and area champions
5 regional finalists, 2 state semi-finalists
2 regional championships in track and field and numerous regional and state qualifiers and state champions
 
Before going to Lovelady, Coach Therwhanger coached and taught in 2A Haskell CISD, 1A Perrin-Whitt CISD, 4-A Mineral Wells ISD and 1A Megargel ISD.   Coach Therwhanger was chosen through the Old Coach network as the High School 2A Division 1 Coach of the Year.  
 
Coach Therwhanger has 30 years of experience in education as a coach, athletic director and teacher.  He has experience in many different sports at all levels from 1st to 12th grade and has coached with both male and female athletes. 
 
Athletic Director Therwhanger has the ability to work well with others and a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of our young people and create success in every program.
 
Coach Therwhanger graduated from Angelo State University with a Bachelor of Science degree.  He is certified to teach physical education and history.  While attending Angelo State he was named NCAA Division II Track & Field All American 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986.  He was also NCAA Division II National Champion in 1985 and 1986.
 
Timpson ISD Superintendent Dr. Mid Johnson said “Coach Therwhanger is a great fit for Timpson ISD because he has experience and the ability to motivate athletes, experience leading all athletic teams and a strong desire to build a winning program”. Athletic Director Therwhanger will start work in Timpson February 8.  He and his wife Darlene have two children: a son Taylor, who plays football for East Texas Baptist University and a daughter, Kiera, who is a senior in high school.   On behalf of the Timpson ISD staff and the community, welcome to Timpson Coach Therwhanger. 
 

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Parent-Student Meeting at Center High School


Parents and guardians of members of the Center High School Class of 2016 are invited to attend a senior/parent meeting scheduled for Monday, Feb. 1st in the high school cafetorium.  The meeting will begin at 5:45 p.m. and attendees will be given information on senior spring events as well as financial aid information.  Information has been mailed home to all seniors students and parents. Attendance is highly encouraged!  Do not miss this important meeting!!! For information contact Alease Copelin at Center High School.

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Notice for Timpson


 

 

THE CITY DUMPSTER WILL BE HERE ON FEBRUARY 6, 2016 BESIDE CITY HALL ON RAILROAD AVENUE AT 7:30 AM

 

 

 

 

 

NO OIL

 

NO FREON

 

NO PAINT

 

NO BATTERIES

 

NO TIRES

 

NO REFRIGERATORS

 

NO COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

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Texas Lotto Winner


A Lotto Texas® jackpot winning ticket worth $20.25 million was sold in Bedford for the
drawing held Saturday, Jan. 23. The Quick Pick matched all six of the numbers drawn (9-19-28-41-45-51). Since the cash value option was selected at the time of purchase, the winner will receive $14,579,482.62.
 
“Congratulations to the winner, and we look forward to meeting them at Texas Lottery Headquarters,”said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. “We want to remind players today to check their numbers and if you have the winning ticket, sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place until you are able to come to Austin and claim the prize.” For selling the jackpot winning ticket, Murphy’s USA #7160 located at 2104 Bedford Road in Bedford is eligible for a retailer bonus of $205,129.28. The Lotto Texas jackpot started at $5 million on Oct. 17, 2015, and was the result of 28 drawings with no jackpot winner. The claimant has 180 days from the draw date to claim the prize. Lotto Texas is played by picking six numbers from one to 54 and offers multi-million dollar jackpots. Drawings are every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:12 p.m. CT. For $1 more per play, a player canselect the Extra! add-on feature and win up to $10,000 more on non-jackpot prizes.
 
 

 

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VIETNAM PEACE ACCORD OF 1973 OBSERVANCE


The Paris Peace Accord ending the Vietnam War was signed on January 27,
1973, and was followed by the withdrawal of the remaining American troops.
The terms of the accords called for a complete ceasefire in South Vietnam,
allowed North Vietnamese forces to retain the territory they had captured,
release of US prisoners of war, and called for both sides to find a
political solution to the conflict. As an enticement to South Vietnam,
President Nixon offered US airpower to enforce the peace terms (this was
stopped in December 1974 when Congress cut off all military aid to South
Vietnam).
 
More than 58,000 Americans gave their lives in the Vietnam War and there are
still 1,637 missing in action.
 
In observance of the 43rd Anniversary Shelby County Memorial Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will host a Memorial Observance for
those who served in the Vietnam War.  A wreath laying will take place at
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at the Veterans Memorial on the
grounds of the Historic Shelby County Courthouse.
 
The names of nine Shelby County Veterans who were killed in action during
the Vietnam War will be read.  They are:  Ted W. Adams, William L. "Shorty"
Andrews, Jimmy Barnett, Mac Curtis Buckley, Larry Byford, Ray Chatelain,
Jr., William H. Eaden, Jerry Lynn Hughes, and Taylor D. Johnson.
 
As always the public is cordially invited.

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Center High Year Books


 
The Center High School yearbook staff is selling yearbooks from 2002-2016. Please email sydney.brookshire@centerisd.org to claim your copy today!  Prices are as follows:
 
2002 $10.00
2004 $10.00
2005 $10.00
2007 $10.00
2008 $25.00
2009 $25.00
 
 
 

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Construction Continues in Lufkin


In Lufkin Construction and maintenance work continues this week throughout the nine county Lufkin District with closures and detours scheduled in several areas.
Construction crews in Angelina County are working on the intersection of Spence Street and SL 287 where permanent concrete barriers are being set on SL 287 in the eastbound main lanes near the west end of the project.
 
The BU 59 closure at the A&NR Railroad Bridge will continue as contractors begin to dismantle the old railroad bridge. Tracks are being set for a temporary bridge and storm sewer pipe and excavation work continues in the northbound main lane. BU 59 should reopen to limited traffic by early March, weather permitting.
Angelina County Maintenance crews will continue to rehabilitate the entry/exit ramps that will require the closure on Monday of the entry/exit ramps at FM 325/Lufkin Avenue near Lufkin High School. Work should be complete by 5 p.m., weather permitting. Motorists are urged to take the entry/exit ramps at FM 841/Ford Chapel Road.
Other construction and maintenance work planned for the coming week include:
 
ANGELINA COUNTY
FM 706: Contractors will safety treat fixed objects from SH 103 West to US 69 North. This work includes cutting and restoring pavement to install new cross culverts. Lane closures are expected throughout the week in this area.
SH 7: Maintenance crews will work to level the roadway in various places.
 
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY
US 59/SL 224: Contractors will continue working through the project with storm sewer being placed along US 59 in advance of the widening at Spradley Street. Utility crews will also work throughout the project to relocate utilities.
SL 224: Contractors are working on guard rail and culverts at various locations from SH 7 East to US 259.
FM 1878: Road excavation continues and the subgrade and pavement is being constructed from North Street to Clark Boulevard.
FM 1275: Maintenance crews will be leveling road base near University Drive and working on road shoulders from SL 224 to the end of the pavement.
 
POLK COUNTY
US 190: Construction crews will begin to set barriers ahead of beginning work to construct passing lanes.
FM 1988: Columns will be set along with abutments for the bridge replacement at Long King Creek. Bridge replacements will also continue on Hubert Cemetery Road at Dickens Branch, on Kelly Road at Menard Creek and on Soda Loop  East at Bluff Creek.
 
HOUSTON COUNTY
SH 21: Construction crews will continue to work on two projects from FM 1280 in Austonio to SH 7 near Crockett that will extend drainage structures in preparation for reconstructing and widening the pavement.
 
SH 7: Contractors are working to add a passing lane west of the city of Kennard. Work to extend drainage structures is ongoing in preparation for the pavement widening.
SH 7 East: Maintenance crews will be repairing road base.
SH 19 South: Base work and repair on roadway.
CR 3480: The road will be closed to prepare for the demolition of the off-system bridge replacement. The road will remain closed until the new bridge is constructed.
FM 2967: Maintenance crews will be repairing road base.
SAN JACINTO COUNTY
 
SH 150: Work is scheduled to repair potholes and base failures.
FM 224: Maintenance crews will work on drainage issues at various locations.
FM 980: Maintenance crews will clean and replace delineators at various locations.
FM 1514, FM 3128 and FM 946 North: Maintenance crews will repair potholes and base failures.
Various locations: Maintenance crews will repair, clean and straighten signs, delineators and mailboxes in various locations.
 
TRINITY COUNTY
US 287: Contractors will continue to rehabilitate pavement through the City of Groveton and utilities are being relocated.
SH 19: Maintenance crews will be rehabilitating ditches.
FM 3453: Crews will work to level shoulders and rehabilitate ditches.
 
SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY
US 96: Traffic has been shifted and barriers placed as contractors continue to work on the new bridge at Ayish Bayou.
FM 95: Maintenance crews will be repairing road base.
FM 1277: Ditch rehabilitation and road base repairs.
FM 705: Crews will safety treat fixed objects from SH 147 to the end of the pavement.
 
Various locations: Construction crews will work to construct ADA compliant ramps at various locations within the City of San Augustine.
 
SHELBY COUNTY
US 84: Construction crews continue to work on the TX/LA bridge at the Sabine River as the demolition of the old bridge begins. Traffic has been shifted to the newly constructed eastbound bridge.
FM 139: Crews will safety treat cross drainage structures and guardrails.
CR 4323: Bridge approach work at Flat Fork Creek and Mill Creek and relief structures near Tenaha will continue.
Various locations: Construction crews are preparing to begin work on constructing ADA compliant ramps at various locations within the City of Center.
For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.

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Shelby County Commissioners Court


Shelby County Commissioners’ Court that met on January 25 approved the following: Texas State firework sales for Texas holidays.  The process of the court going paperless which cost $18,476 and tabled the motion on chicken litter disposal plans to covert chicken litter into fertilizer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Boil Water Notice for San Augustine


Public boil water notice in effect for San Augustine, if you are a customer of the N.E.W Water Supply and are on the South or West side of San Augustine you are in the Boil Water Area.  

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Sheriff Arbuckle's Desoto Parish Training Facility


                                                                                                                                        

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Recently CBC visited Sheriff Arbuckle’s Desoto Parish Training Facility located between Longstreet and Mansfield, LA.  The training camp began in 1988 as nothing more than a firing range and slowly improved over the years.  The latest renovation, a $1.2 million health and fitness center directed to lower health insurance cost, was added in 2011.  The Facility houses the department’s vehicles, firing ranges, offices, health and fitness center, crime simulator, showers, large cafeteria and a conference room.  Sgt. Dusty Herring and Deputy Mike Armstrong together direct the facility that employees 102 full-time and 25 part-time staff members.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sgt. Herring, with over 20 years experience, serves as the Fire Arms instructor and Swat Team Instructor. The facility also offers military physical training, tactics, and weight lifting.    Not only does the Desoto Parish swat team train here monthly, but other police departments such as Sabine, Mansfield, Many and Shreveport use the facility, as well.  Sgt. Herring’s swat team members have trained with the U.S Army Special Forces, The Russian Spetsnaz and the Los Angeles PD Swat team. Some of Desoto Parish Swat team also trained with Paul Haul of Nacogdoches, who is widely known as a master fire-arms instructor for the military, police and civilian marksman.   
 
The training camp doubles as a community event facility for 4 H shooting and youth shooting council. Free hand gun training and self defense classes are offered for women in the spring and summer.    When needed, the facility serves as a storm shelter and can house up to a hundred individuals.
 
With all the facility offers, probably the most important is the domestic disturbance training. It is vitally important for all officers in uniform to understand the complexity of domestic disturbances.  In real life, simple motions (such as reaching for a wallet) look the same as reaching for a gun, especially in poor lighting.  Negative media reporting on police officers in the heat of the moment and split-second decisions dictates the need for state of the art training to prepare for such situations.  Cutting edge technology for these circumstances is available, called a crime simulator.  A crime simulator trains officers in a variety of real-life scenarios but in a controlled environment.  It gives training officers some understanding of how possible situations can develop and forces them to work though these situations, teaching them how to diffuse tension and offering solutions before these situations are experienced in the field.  Examples of scenarios could be: a young sister and brother playing with a gun and the sister accidentally shoots the brother, a gun-suicide attempt at a high school basket ball game or an abusive husband armed with a shot gun in a confrontation with his wife. Receiving training that will better prepare them for these situations gives both the officer and the public an advantage in future conflicts.
 
                                   

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City Council Meeting Tonight


The Center City Council will meet in regular session on Moday, january 25, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Room at City Hall. 

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Strong second half lifts Panola men past Kilgore, 70-57.


 
 
Kilgore, Texas – The Panola College men’s basketball team defeated Kilgore
College here this afternoon, 70-57. With the victory, Panola raises their
record to 16-5 and 7-3 in Region 14 play. “We put together one of the best
half’s of basketball all year.” Head Coach Grant McMillan said. “The first
half we probably tried to do a little too much. We found a way to speed
Kilgore up and get defensive stops in the second half.” He added.
 
 
A back and forth first half found the Ponies trailing 33-31 at halftime.
Kilgore scored the first point in the second half before Panola went on a
13-1 run to take a ten point lead. Panola eventually increased their lead
to 17 points midway through the second half before taking the 13 point
victory.
 
 
Leading the way offensively for the Ponies was Jonathan Wiley (Houston,
Texas) and Charles Tucker (Lansing, Michigan) who tallied 14 points each.
Wiley grabbed 10 rebounds while Tucker dished out nine assists in the win.
Chan Williams-Bey (Harford, Connecticut) and Devyn Wilson (Brooklyn, New
York) used hot shooting from the three point line on their way to scoring
12 points apiece. As a team, Panola held Kilgore to just 24 second half
points and shot 52 percent from the field for the game.
 
 
Panola will next be in action this upcoming Wednesday, January 27th when
they Host Tyler Junior College. Tip-off is set for 7:30 PM at Arthur
Johnson Gymnasium on the campus of Panola College in Carthage, Texas.
 
 

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Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce


 
 
2016 Membership Banquet report: 
 
Timpson Area Chamber of Commerce membership drive banquet was a large
success with many attending. Guest speaker, Charlie Dromgoole, addressed the
group saying that it was up to the Chamber of Commerce to help Timpson grow
and encouraged everyone in the room to pull together using everyone's many
talents to improve our community. We had business owners, individuals and
interested members in attendance, including representatives from our Shelby
County Chamber. United Way representative for our area Gary Lee Ashcraft
attended, giving us an update on how we could help our local community by
working with United Way. Of course, we welcomed everyone to join our Chamber
and speak up with new and great ideas. Speaker of the evening Charlie
Dromgoole showed his gratitude to
<https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008959685409> Yac Timpson
(Timpson Youth Advisory Committee) telling them that they are the future of
our town and should be proud for all they have already accomplished for the
community. We invite everyone interested in our meetings to join us every
3rd Thursday at 5:00 held in the Timpson Library. Also recognized in
attendance were local candidates for office(s)
<https://www.facebook.com/adam.renfro.9> Adam Renfro, Mike Parker, and
<https://www.facebook.com/LeAnnKay> LeAnn Kay Rafferty. Attending for her
2nd year, from Congressman Louie Gohmert's Office, was Melinda Kartye and
her husband. Charlie Dromgoole is the CEO of the Lake Houston Area Chamber
of Commerce.

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“APRIL FLOWERS ARE COMING YOUR WAY”!


 
 
THE SAN AUGUSTINE GARDEN CLUB IS HOSTING THE 3rd  ANNUAL GALA GARDEN FAIR AT THE MUSEUM THEATER IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN SAN AUGUSTINE, FRIDAY, APRIL 8TH, 9AM-6PM AND SATURDAY, THE 9Th , 9AM-3PM.  EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS/SPEAKERS, EXHIBITORS, GARDEN AND HOME THEMED MERCHANDISE FOR YOUR LANDSCAPING AND ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS, BEDDING PLANTS/VEGGIES AND A  MASTER GARDNER ON SITE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND DISPENSE VALUABLE INFO AND TIPS.  DELECTABLE HOMEMADE FOODS OFFERED IN A CHARMING TEA ROOM SETTING.  TICKETS ARE $5.00 AT THE DOOR.  VENDOR SPACES ARE LIMITED SO ACT FAST.  CONTACT JANICE MOORE AT 936-675-1072 FOR MORE INFO AND TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE.       

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JOAQUIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING


JOAQUIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING
January 25, 2016
 
The Joaquin Economic Development Corporation will meet in regular session Monday January 25, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at the Joaquin City Office located at 124 N. Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
          
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
 
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest  
2. Board approval of the previous month’s minutes.
3. Board approval of bills paid and to be paid.
4. Review of financial standing of JED  Corporation
5. Adjourn.
 
IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held   in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.
 

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On Going Construction On The Logansport Bridge


Construction on the Logansport Bridge.  The new bridge is open while the old one is being reconstructed.

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Food Handler's Training Course to be Offered


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Shelbyville Athletic Booster Club to Meet


Shelbyville Athletic Booster Club will meet on Feb. 2 @ 6:00 pm in the
Middle School. They will be electing new officers.

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Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 25th day of January


 
 
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 25th day of January, 2016 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 possibly take action on Tax Abatement  Agreement with Sustainable Soil Solutions, LLC.
 
4. To approve and renew Investment Policy.
 
5. To discuss and approve to pay for Court Technology to meet the Efile mandate.
 
6. Appoint an elected official to the DETCOG board.
 
7. Discuss and possibly approve FY2016 Interlocal Cooperation Act Contract between UTMB and Shelby County.
 
8. Discuss Lease on the JP and Constable, Precinct 2 office building between Farmers State Bank and Shelby County which will extend automatically until February 1, 2017.
 
9. Approve the Order authorizing Texas Independence Day Fireworks Sales.
 
10. Adjourn.

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Joaquin vs Timpson Basketball Game Location Change


The Joaquin JV/V RAMS vs TIMPSON basketball games to be played tonight at
Timpson will be played at Joaquin ISD instead.  Games will begin as
scheduled at 4:30 at Joaquin ISD!

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Texas School Choice Week


Governor Greg Abbott proclaims Texas School Choice Week January 24-30,2016 more than 2,000 supporters plan to celebrate in Austin.  Students, parents, teachers, and community leaders from across the Lone Star State will head to the Capital to celebrate opportunity in education on Friday, January 29.  The event, which will take place at 11 a.m. on the South Capital Steps, will feature student performances and school choice success stories from parents, students and educators from every educational option available in Texas - traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, private schools, and home education.

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Non Lethal Shooting In Lufkin


Man pleads guilty to shooting a postal worker in Lufkin with a bb gun.

 

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Construction In Lufkin


Construction is scheduled to begin in coming days on US 190 in Polk County that will add passing lanes, drainage structures and metal beam guard fencing.
Smith & Co., contractors for the project that totals $13.9 million, will begin setting signs and barricades next week for the work that is scheduled to be completed in about 15 months, weather permitting.
Construction of the passing lanes will consist of 6.2 miles from the city of Onalaska to FM 2457 and an additional 15.7 miles where drainage structures and metal guard fencing will be added and safety treated. The work will extend on US 190 from the San Jacinto County line to US 59.
During construction, motorists could experience delays and lane closures. Motorists should be prepared to obey all signage and flaggers warning of slower or halted traffic and workers and equipment in the area. Remember, traffic fines double through construction zones 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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1-21-2015 Severe weather development


The NWS has issued several advisories  that includes our area as they are beginning to see severe weather development. NE Jasper and Newton counties are under a Tornado Warning as is NW Tyler and NW Jasper Counties. This rapid development is being seen as the cold front approaches these areas. high winds, hail, some heavy rain, and isolated tornadoes is anticipated. Movement is to the North and Northeast. The line of showers is developing from West of Houston to Shreveport. We are in the severe weather and tornado watch area until 7:00pm tonight.
 Please stay tuned to your favorite Weather source as this event continues to develop. Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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San Augustine Main Street--- A Texas Treasure Heritage Festival


We are so excited to let the community know that there will be another
heritage festival!    It will be complete with car show, presentations,
entertainment, food, vendors, demonstrations,  arts and crafts, and more
food!    Please call 936-275-3172 or 936-201-9798 if  you would like to help
with the May 7 activities.   We want you to come and have a great time
visiting friends and family.   Hope to see you there!   
 
Event:    Second Annual A Texas Treasure Heritage Festival
 
Who:      Everyone is invited!   
 
What:     Celebrating Texas history
 
When:    Saturday, May 7, 2016
 
Where:   historic downtown San Augustine 
 
Time:      9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
 
 
 
 Special Recognition and Festival Dedication to 
 
 Recipients of the Texas Treasure Business Award
 
The award will be presented by dignitaries at a ceremony at the Main Stage

 

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Shelby County Sheriffs Working Several Burglaries and Thefts


Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell reports that the Shelby County Sheriff's Department have been actively working several burglaries and thefts. One of the thefts reported occurred on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 in which Sergeant Derek Barbee took a report  from a Michael Smith who advised that two chainsaws had been stolen from his vehicle located on County Road 3760. During the course of the investigation, it was found that a Tevin Garrett and a Jeremy Edwards had sold the chainsaws to two individuals and both chainsaws were recovered. Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson drew up affidavits and warrants for Tevin Garrett and Jeremy Edwards and both were arrested for Burglary of a Vehicle, Misdemeanor A.
 
     On Friday, January 15, 2016 Deputy Peter Davis met with complainant Garland White at his residence located on FM 139 and Mr. White reported that his Husqvarna weedeater had been stolen. During the course of the investigation, Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson located the weedeater in Nacogdoches County and found that the weedeater had been sold by a Tevin Garrett. A warrant was issued for Tevin Garrett for the charge of Theft of Property>=$100<$750, Misdemeanor B.
 
* Attached photographs are of the two chainsaws recovered, a photograph of Mr. White receiving his Husqvarna trimmer/weedeater as well as booking photos of Garrett and Edwards.

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Tiger Weekly


Tenaha Elementary UIL Listening Skills Team 2nd Place overall
 
 
 
Paola Perez, Emily Chambliss, Jose Sandoval 
 
 
 
Tenaha Elementary UIL Music Memory Team 3rd place overall
 
 
 
Michael Santanna, Misael Hernandez, Leonardo Martinez
 
 
 
Tenaha Elementary UIL Winners
 
 
 
Jose Sandoval - 1st Place Listening Skills
 
Alex Tyner - 5th Place Ready Writing
 
Destiny Cotten - 4th Place Oral Reading
 
Kim Cave - 3rd Place Maps, Graphs & Charts
 
                  5th Place Dictionary Skills
 
Misael Hernandez - 4th Place Music Memory
 
Leonardo Martinez - 4th  Place Music Memory
 
Kamran Barber - 5th Place Oral Reading 
 
 
 
Elementary Robotics - Students who placed in their division
 
 
 
Leonard Martinez, Alex Tyner, Kim Cave 

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1-21-2016 NWS Weather Briefing


The front that passed our area yesterday had begun movement back to the North and Northeast this morning, but has now stalled on a line from Lufkin to Shreveport. With the really cold air moving down, there is the potential for a collision with the warm air and creating more of the T-storms that we saw earlier this morning. Most of the activity will move to the North and East and clear out by late this evening. Some wrap around could occur through tomorrow morning.
The really cold(low 30's) and windy conditions(15-25 mph with higher gusts) will arrive late this evening as expected.  Our ground temps are in the 52 degree range so any wrap around moisture that falls will not accumulate as frozen precipitation. 
However, in Northeast Texas, North of IH 20 & IH30 there could be some issues for frozen stuff on bridges, overpasses, grassy, and muddy areas through tomorrow morning. Be advised if you are traveling toward NE Texas, SE OK, North La, and Arkansas you could experience the above mentioned weather. 
If you are traveling into Central and South Louisiana today and tomorrow there is an advisory for heavy rain in T-storms, large hail, high winds, and some isolated tornadoes as shown in the graphical picture below of the target areas for the severe weather.
 
The good news is that it will clear out and our temps will return to the more normal 60's for our highs and 30's for lows.  Chances for rain does look to show back up on Monday and Tuesday of next week....then clearing and dry conditions once again for the balance of the work week. Tom JohnsonKTXSANAU6

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Come Meet the Panola County Republican Candidates


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Three Indicted in East Texas/West LA Federal Kidnapping Conspiracy


U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today the indictment of three individuals charged in a kidnapping conspiracy in the Eastern District of Texas.
 
        Cory Carnell Mitchell, 27, of Tenaha, Texas; Gary Eugene Cutright, 21, of Zwolle, LA; and Quannell Newton, 35, of Many, LA, were named in the three count indictment charging them with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, kidnapping and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.  The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury late Jan. 20, 2016.
 
        According to the indictment, in early December 2015, Mitchell, Cutright, and Newton conspired to kidnap an individual and transport the victim from Louisiana to Carthage, Texas.  The victim was shot twice during the kidnapping, but survived.
 
If convicted, the defendants each face up to life in federal prison for the kidnapping and a minimum of 10 years for the firearms violation.
 
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Texas Department of Public Safety - Criminal Investigation Division. The U.S. Marshals Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Lufkin Police Department, Nacogdoches Police Department, Center Police Department, Carthage Police Department, DeSoto Parrish Sheriff's Department, Sabine Parrish Sheriff's Department and the Panola County Sheriff's Department assisted in the execution of the arrest warrants.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul A. Hable.
 
A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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100th Birthday Celebration: Golda Punkoney


Holiday Nursing Center is pleased to announce they will host a 100th Birthday Party for resident Golda Punkoney on Thursday, January 28th at 2:30 p.m. Friends and well-wishers are invited to join the festivities and help Miss Golda celebrate a century of life. Holiday Nursing Center is located at 280 Moffett Drive in Center.  

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Nacogdoches.org has new look, mobile friendly


 
NACOGDOCHES - The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce website is updated for 2016 with a theme inspired by the Lanana Creek Trail.  
 
"We're blazing a new trail for Nacogdoches with a fresh, new web design," said Michele Peck, Point A Media. "Function is improved, too, with a mobile-optimized upgrade that will make accessing the information as easy on any smart phone and tablet as with a desktop or laptop computer."
 
Go to nacogdoches.org and find contact and map information for businesses in the Membership Directory, event dates and locations listed on the calendar, timely news in Hot News and more.
 
The site also displays significant logos that help define Nacogdoches such as the City's Tricentennial logo, Tree City USA and Go Texan Certified Retirement Community logo as well as Texas Film Friendly Community, Shop Nac First and the logo for 100 Best Communities for Young People.
 
"The site is typically updated every business day. View photos from ribbon cuttings, Alive After Five and other Chamber events," Peck said. "It is the 'go to' source that everyone should use." 
 

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BEAUMONT, Texas a Man Sent to Jail For Life


BEAUMONT, Texas -  A 45-year-old Galveston, Texas man has been sentenced to Life in federal prison for child exploitation violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.
 
Jose Stephen Gracia pleaded guilty on July 27, 2015 to production of child pornography and was sentenced to Life in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.
 
According to information presented in court, on Apr. 2, 2015, federal agents executed a search warrant at Gracia's residence in Galveston based on information that child pornography was being distributed from that location.  During the search, investigators located a digital memory card in a locked safe that contained videos of Gracia and his victims.  In these videos, Gracia, a registered sex offender, was engaged in sexual activity with the children.  Further investigation revealed the videos were originally produced in Jefferson County, Texas.  Gracia was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 7, 2015.
 
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.<http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov.>

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PANOLA COLLEGE OFFERS FIRST AID/CPR CLASS


The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education division is offering
a First Aid/CPR class on Saturday, February 27, 2016, from 9am – 5pm. The
cost of the class is $65.00 and 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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PANOLA COLLEGE OFFERS YOGA CLASSES


The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education division is offering
yoga classes January 26– March 24, 2016.  The class will meet Tuesday and
Thursday from 6:30am to 7:30am.  The cost of the class is $50.00 and
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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CAMPAIGN SIGNS MUST FOLLOW STATE GUIDELINES


As candidates prepare for the upcoming 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.
"We have had some inquiries about where political signs are allowed to be placed and I want to remind everyone that TxDOT has specific guidelines," said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. "We see more signs during election time and we tend to forget that if a political sign is placed on or within the right of way, maintenance crews will remove it without notice. So it is important to review the guidelines prior to posting the 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.
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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Riders of the Week: January 19-22


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Timpson: Bear Update


Thurs. Jan. 21 – Report cards sent home
-------------------- Elementary tutorial letters sent home
-------------------- THS Blood Drive
---21st & 23rd --- Joaquin Boys JV Basketball Tournament
 
Fri. Jan. 22 – Basketball JVG/JVB/VG/VB vs. Joaquin – Home @ 4:30 p.m.
 
Sat. Jan. 23 – Basketball Jr. High Girls Tournament @ Cushing
 
Margo Hooper Named to SFASU President’s List – Former Timpson High School student Margo Hooper was named to  the President’s List at Stephen F. Austin State University.  She has a 4.0 grade average and is in the Honors Program.  Congratulations Margo and thank you for representing your hometown and high school so well!
 
TES Newsletter – See the attached information.
 
Pre-K News - Carol Rhodes from Our Town Times came to visit and told the Timpson Elementary School Pre-K about the newspaper.
 
Jeremy Bowley came and sang to Timpson Elementary School Pre-K classes. Last week, Pre-K learned about different jobs in the community.  One of those jobs that the Pre-K classes came up with was a singer.  Jeremy Bowley has tried out for American Idol for the show’s last season.  Jeremy also has a son that is in Pre-K.  He was so excited about his daddy coming to class to sing.  We appreciate Jeremy taking time out of his busy schedule to come and sing to our classes.  Thank you so much.
 
THS FFA News - Timpson High School Ag students are excited about the CNC cutting table that Ag teacher Ty Cauthen is teaching them to use. Attached are photos of students and the cutting table along with some of the products they have made. Students will begin this week working on projects for people in the community.

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CITY OF TENAHA REGULAR SCHEDULED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA


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A Little Madness and a Lot of Fun at Panola College


Venture down the Rabbit Hole with the Panola College Foundation and their
Premier Event Sponsor, Corgan Associates, Inc., to a Wonderland evening of
fun and fantasy. Panola College Foundation invites you to their 2nd annual
gala, a *Mad Hatter Tea Party*, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2016
in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom at Panola College.The gala is a key
fundraiser to assist the Panola College Foundation in providing student
scholarships, faculty and staff grants and other educational projects.
 
The Panola College Foundation raises money each year to provide support for
many students who need financial assistance to pursue their career goals.
Whether through equipment donations, capital construction, educational
projects, or student scholarships, the Foundation works to ensure donors
that their contributions towards the Foundation are good investments.
 
Guests at the Mad Hatter Tea Party are encouraged to put on their best
dress with their fanciest hat (or in themed costume) and enjoy an evening
of entertainment while raising money for the Panola College Foundation. The
highlights of Wonderland will include live entertainment by jazz band,
Swinghouse, and our ever popular casino games with raffle and door prizes.
A sneak peek at the raffle prizes include a $200 VISA gift card, a YETI
Roadie Cooler and more exciting items.
 
There will also be a silent auction that has received some great donations
already, such as a $500 gift card to Kiepersol Estates, 4 tickets to a
Dallas Mavericks game, autographed memorabilia from the Texas Rangers,
dinner and a night stay donated by Margaritaville Resort Casino, and a
night at the House of Seasons Bed and Breakfast in Jefferson just to name a
few. Heavy hor d'oeuvres will be served and a caricature artist will be on
hand to create one of a kind memories from your trip down the rabbit hole
and lots more whimsical excitement. Plus, enjoy photo opportunities with
characters from Alice in Wonderland taken by photographer, Somer Page of
Somer Page Studios.
 
Sponsors of the event include Corgan Associates, Inc., First State Bank,
Hunt Construction, Lewis H. Pool Foundation, Carthage Title Company,
Farmers State Bank, Hal’s AC & Electrical, Brookshire Brothers, General
Shelters, Tyson Foods, Smith Energy Services, XTO Energy, City of Carthage,
and Ace Hardware.

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Gospel Concert In Lufkin


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Shooting in Neuville


On Tuesday, January 19 at 6:13 p.m., the Shelby County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call in reference to a shooting incident that occurred on FM 417 West in Center. Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell, deputies and investigators responded along with officers from Center Police Department.
Upon arrival it was found that an altercation had occurred and one subject identified as Joshua Kellum had been critically shot. Kellum was transported by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Room where he was pronounced dead. The other individual involved also received injuries during the altercation and was treated at the Nacogdoches Medical Center - Center Emergency Room.
This case is being investigated by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office investigators.

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Come and Get A Plate


All you Can Eat Breakfast Fundraiser will be held on Saturday February 6th, 8:00 am – 11:00 am on Loop 500, Haley Dr., Center Texas.  For more information contact Brandi Emanis at 936-598-7768.

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Mansfiled: Armed Robbery at Verizon Wireless Leads to Lockdown at School


The Mansfield Middle School was placed on lock down immediately following an
armed robbery at Verizon Wireless due to the location of the crime in
proximity to the school.  The exterior of the school will remain on lock
down for the remainder of the day, however the students on the interior of
the school are no longer on lock down.  Concerned parents should know that
children were not in immediate danger and again the school was placed on
lock down following coordination between the agencies involved in the search
and the school staff and administration.  Please feel free to share this
status to update parents of children that may be attending the school.

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2016 Joaquin Powerlifting Schedule


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UPDATE: News Bandits Caught


On Friday January 8th 2016 Center Police Department Officers took a theft
report from the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel. They reported that three
newspaper machines were stolen from three locations Brookshire Brother,
Tec-Co Gas Station and H&S Foods all in the City of Center. Later in the day
I, Detective Stroud was advised by Percent 2 Constable Jamie Hagler that
someone had stolen the newspaper stand from Shelbyville Grocery that belongs
to the Light and Champion.  On the same day I was advised that two newspaper
stands was stolen out of the City of San Augustine that belonged to the San
Augustine Tribune.  
 
 Constable Jamie Hagler received a tip from an informant identifying one of
the suspects as Tevin Garrett a 23 year old man of Center, Texas.  Constable
Jamie Hagler and I drove to the suspects address and was unable to locate
the suspect but found evidence from thefts. Judge Anderson issued an arrest
warrant for Theft on Garrett and he was located and arrested later in the
day. Upon speaking with Garrett he confessed and identified the other
Suspect as Jeremy Edwards a 35 year old Center man from Center and took
Myself, Constable Jamie Hagler, Shelby County Sheriff Investigators
Dickerson and Windham to two locations where they dumped the six newspaper
stands. One location was in a water filled creek off of FM 138 and the other
was off the new over pass located on the new loop 500.   Investigators were
able to recover four of the machines off of FM 138 late Thursday night with
Sheriff's Deputy Adam Renfo winching them out of the creek water.
Investigators then went to suspect Jeremy Edwards residence where
Investigator Dickerson arrested Edwards for an FTA warrant out of Desoto
Parrish. Upon interviewing Edwards he confessed to the thefts and was
arrested for a theft warrant issued by Judge Anderson related to this case.
On Friday January 15th 2016 Shelby County Sheriffs Investigator s Windham
and Dickerson recovered the remaining two Machines from under the over pass
on the new loop 500.

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Double Liberty


Liberty Tax Service
Opens Office in San Augustine
Liberty Tax Service owner, Doug Gay, is opening a second office in San Augustine.
Doug and the San Augustine Chamber invite everyone to come to a ribbon cutting on
Tuesday, January 19 at 11:00 a.m. The office is located at 112 S. Montgomery in 
San Augustine. Homemade treats will be served.
Doug's office in Center is located at 1123 Tenaha St. and both offices are getting
ready for the approaching tax season.
For more information please contact Doug at 936-288-5043 or the Shelby County Chamber
of Commerce at 936-598-3682.

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$20.4 Million Bridge


LUFKIN - A $20.4 million construction project in Shelby County is marking its half-way point as traffic is shifted onto the newly constructed US 84 eastbound bridge over the Sabine River at the Louisiana State Line.
The existing US 84 bridge will be closed in the coming week as contractors shift traffic to the newly constructed eastbound bridge and plans proceed to demolish and build a new westbound bridge. James Construction Group, contractor for the project, will redirect traffic to the eastbound bridge where it will remain in a two-way traffic pattern until the completion of the newly constructed westbound bridge and approaches.  Once completed, two new bridges will replace the original bridge connecting Texas and Louisiana at the Sabine River. The project is scheduled to be completed in the Fall, weather permitting.
Motorists are advised to remain alert to signage indicating the traffic pattern change and should slow down and be aware of workers and equipment through the area. Remember, traffic fines double when workers are present in a work zone.
For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.

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Crash in Polk County


On 1/14/16 at about 5:48 pm, Polk County DPS Troopers were notified of a two vehicle crash on US 190, approximately two miles East of Livingston in Polk County. The preliminary crash investigation indicates a 2014 Mazda passenger car was traveling westbound on US 190 when it reportedly took evasive action to the left to avoid striking a vehicle that was backing out of a driveway. The Mazda subsequently drove into the eastbound lanes where it struck a 2009 Toyota passenger car and then overturned. The driver of the vehicle that was backing out of the driveway left the scene of the crash and has not been identified or located. The driver of the Mazda was identified as Dawn Diane Poirier (30), from Livingston, TX. Dawn Poirier was transported to CHI St. Luke’s hospital in Livingston where she was pronounced deceased at 6:15 pm. Two passengers with Dawn Poirier were identified as Maddalynne Poirier (7), and Knighton Poirier (age unknown); both were transported to Hermann Hospital in Houston for treatment. The driver of the Toyota was identified as Tracy Nettles (51), also from Livingston, TX. Nettles was also transported to Hermann Hospital in Houston. The only description of the vehicle that left the scene at this time is that it is a white pickup. If anyone has any information about the vehicle or the driver please contact the Polk County DPS office at 936-327-6858. This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time. 

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A Message for Green Thumbs


If you would like to become a Master Gardener, call Mike Malone at 936 275-8350 or email him at mm2147@Yahoo.com. Other SACMG board members are Linda Goller, Bill Goller, Sharon Stoneham, and Doniece Smith. A special registration for this 2016 Master Gardner certification will be held in the San Augustine County Commissioner Court room on the 21st at 5-6 PM. Classes begin in mid February.

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50 Years Goes by Fast


Gerrie Forbis Day of LeTourneau University is having a celebration, honoring her 50 years of service. It will be held on Friday, January 15, 2016 at 10:50 - 11:30 a.m. in the Belcher Center at LETU campus in Longview.  Gerrie Forbis, 79, began working as an executive secretary for LeTourneau University in January 17, 1966, when the school was still LeTourneau College.  She was the executive assistant to then-president Richard LeTourneau, son of the university's founders. "Miss Gerrie," as she is known on campus, has made history for faithfully serving the university for fifty years, and she has no plans to retire.  A cancer survivor, Miss Gerrie encourages others and has been a godsend to countless students, faculty and staff over the years.  She and her husband, Jim, own an accounting firm in Longview, and neither have plans to retire.

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Jefferson County Man Arrested for Killing Whooping Cranes


 

BEAUMONT, Texas - An 18-year-old Beaumont, Texas man has been arrested for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.
 
Trey Joseph Frederick was arrested today pursuant to a criminal complaint issued by the U.S. District Court charging him with violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  Frederick appeared in federal court this afternoon on the charges.
 
According to information presented in court, on Jan. 11, 2016, a Texas Game Warden received two calls reporting two whooping cranes had been shot on Blair Road in Jefferson County.  Further investigation revealed the defendant had been seen in the area with a hunting rifle and had claimed to be hunting geese.  Federal agents contacted Frederick at his home on LaBelle Road where he admitted to killing the cranes.  Whooping cranes are migratory birds and are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act making it unlawful to capture, kill, or attempt to capture or kill in the United States.
 
If convicted, Frederick faces up six months in federal prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

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No Pain No Gain!


936 Crossfit held their ribbon cutting event on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at their new location at 139 Catco Drive in Center. The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors helped to introduce Grant Belrose, 936 Crossfit Owner, to visitors attending the ribbon cutting event.  "The biggest question I get is, 'what is crossfit?' and 'what do we do?' and really the best way to answer that is to get in here and try," said Belrose. "What we define crossfit as, we have three big bullet points of crossfit and that's functional movement, constantly varied and high intensity. The type of workout is different in that it doesn't rely on machines for the most part instead it is more about body motion.

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Canceled Jury


The jury that has been summoned for Monday, January 25, 2016 for the 273rd District Court Honorable Charles R. Mitchell, Presiding, has been cancelled 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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Fire in Huxley


Firemen with the Huxley Volunteer Fire Department (VFD), Shelbyville VFD, and Center Fire Department responded to a house fire on FM 3184 Sunday, January 10, 2016 at around 4pm to find the home engulfed in flames. The firemen worked to extinguish the fire at the residence of Bill Faust; however, the home could not be saved and the house was a total loss.

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Fire In Center


The Center FD responded to a house fire on Thomas Street at the residence of Connie Sanders on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 5:54pm. When the firemen arrived, smoke was emanating from the home and was carrying down the street. Fire was located in the kitchen and the firemen were able to extinguish the flames. Considerable damage was incurred within the kitchen as a result of the fire. A search was conducted throughout the home for more flames. A fan was used to ventilate the smoke from the house, while the firemen continued their search. No other part of the house was determined to be on fire. The majority of the house received smoke damage, while the flame damage was contained to the west side of the house where the kitchen was located. The cause was undetermined at the time of the fire.

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Huxley Helping Hands


Huxley helping hands, a local mission group from the Huxley Community, are holding a food panty for the residents of Shelby County.  Identification and proof of residency is required.  Only one box per household will be given.

 

Date: January 16, 2016

Time: Sign-In Starts @ 9:00 AM until food is gone

Location: Hillcrest Baptist Church

901 Southview Circle

Center Texas

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Martin Luther King Day Celebration


Monday, January 18, 2016

 

Inviting all churches, civic groups, etc. to participate in the parade which will begin at 4 p.m on the downtown Center Square.

 

Essay Contest: In an essay or poem, write about how we as a society, or you as an individual, can work to “burst bubbles” of ignorance that divide groups of people from one another.

 

Division: Elementary, Middle School, and High School

 

Winner will receive $25.00

 

Please mail, fax, or email your Submitted work by

Wednesday, January 15, 2016 to:

 

MLK Commemorative Essay Contest

Attn: Joyce Johnson

JoyceJohnson2009@hotmail.com

P.O Box 1033, Center, TX 75935

Phone: 936-591-8332 ; 936-590-8576 Fax: 936-598-6653

 

There will be a program to follow and the Special guest speaker will be David Chadwick, Mayor of Center, TX.

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All-Region Concert


The following students will be performing in the All-Region Band on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at Chapel Hill High School:

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Center ISD Board Of Trustees Meeting


A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held January 14, 2016, beginning at 6:00 PM
in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.
The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below.
Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice.
1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum
2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3. Public Comments/Audience Participation
4. Recognition of School Board
5. Presentation of the Annual Audit Report
6. Consent Agenda
6. 1. Minutes
6. 2. Investment Report
6. 3. Tax Office Report
6. 4. Monthly Financial Report
6. 5. Overnight Student Activity Trips
6. 6. Budget Amendments
7. Consideration to Approve E-Rate Bids
8. Annual Report of Trustee Continuing Education Hours
9. Discussion of Procedures for Vacated Trustee Seat
10. Closed Session
10. 1. District Employees and Officers: Texas Gov't Code 551.074
10. 1. 1. Employment of Personnel
10. 1. 2. Resignation/Retirement of Personnel
10. 1. 3. Extended Emergency Sick Leave
10. 1. 4. Superintendent Evaluation
11. Open Session
11. 1. District Employees and Officers: Texas Gov't Code 551.074
11. 1. 1. Employment of Personnel
11. 1. 2. Resignation/Retirement of Personnel
11. 1. 3. Extended Emergency Sick Leave
11. 1. 4. Superintendent Evaluation
12. Adjournment 

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The Board of Trustees Center ISD Notice of Regular Meeting


January 14, 2016 6:00 PM A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held January 14, 2016, beginning at 6:00 PM in the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.

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DPS Trooper Captures Subject Wanted for Attempted Murder


 
LUFKIN, TX - A Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper arrested an attempted murder suspect wanted out of Louisiana on Tuesday.
 
At approximately 8:30 p.m., Angelina County DPS Communications was contacted by the U.S. Marshals Service in an attempt to locate a Cadillac Escalade driven by a suspect wanted by the Bossier City Police Department in Louisiana.  An Angelina County Trooper located and safely stopped the suspect's vehicle on northbound U.S. 59 after the suspect initially attempted to evade law enforcement in a motor vehicle.
 
The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody without incident and identified as Marcus Rashad Thomas, 38. Thomas was transported to CHI St. Luke's Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained prior to his arrest. Thomas was then transported to and booked into the Angelina County Jail.
 
For additional information related to the case, please see the following press release from the Bossier Police Department:
http://www.bossiercity.org/news/MAN-ARRESTED-FOR-VIOLENT-ASSAULT---January-12-2016-1236/.

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Thieves Steal News Paper Machines


Sometime between Friday, January 8, 2016 and Saturday, January 9, 2016, unknown suspects went to Brookshire Brothers, H&S Foods, and Tec Co Gas Station located in Center, Texas.  There they took 3 Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel news paper machines, one from each location.  They then went to Shelbyville Log Cabin Store and took a Light and Champion newspaper Machine from that location. Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

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Bugulary in Tenaha


On Sunday, January 10, 2016 at approximately 11:35pm, an unknown suspect burglarized a building located on County Road 4620 in Tenaha, Texas. The unknown suspect illegally appropriated the following property: a Briggs & Stratton HP Electric 15 HP / 8000 Watt Red/Black Generator, a Craftsman 16 inch chainsaw (black), a Husqvarna 18 inch chainsaw (orange/yellow). Surveillance video footage was captured of the suspect stealing the property. Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system. If a caller does not wish to remain anonymous or receive a reward, they may call the Shelby County Sheriff's Department at 936-598-5600 and speak with Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson at 936-572-1468.

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Supply And Demand Fever


CONSUMERS CHEER, BUT IS THERE DANGER ON THE HORIZON?
 
WHAT IS OPEC'S ROLE?
 
INSTANT FOSSIL FUEL EXPERT: Dan Perkins, is a Registered Investment Adviser with over 40 years of investments experience investing in all asset classes all over the world. Energy has been a core investment for Mr. Perkins and his clients for the last 25 years. His energy experience includes direct ownership oil, natural gas wells and drillers, pipeline companies, and royalty trusts along with Master Limited Partnership. In recent years he has invested in Compressed Natural Gas conversion of trucking and public transportation fleets away from diesel fuel.
 
 
"A brutal new year selloff in oil markets deepened on Monday, with prices plunging more than 6 percent to new 12-year lows as further ructions in the Chinese stock market threatened to knock crude into the $20s.
 
On Monday, China's blue-chip stocks fell by another 5 percent and overnight interest rates for the yuan outside of China soared to nearly 40 percent, their highest since the launch of the offshore market.
 
Morgan Stanley warned that a further devaluation of the yuan could send oil prices spiraling lower still, extending the year's nearly 15 percent slide.
 
While China's ructions are spooking traders over the outlook for demand from the world's No. 2 consumer, drillers in the United States say they are focused are keeping their wells running as long as possible, despite the slump, executives told a Goldman Sachs conference last week.
 
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude settled at $31.41 a barrel, down $1.75, or 5.28, having early fallen to $31.88, an intraday low going back to December 2003.
 
Brent crude futures were down by $1.99 at $31.56 a barrel, after falling to the lowest level since April 2004.
 
The markets are positioned in a way where "traders are afraid to be long," said Clayton Vernon, a trader and economist with Aquivia LLC in New Jersey. "The firm push for normalization with Iran has taken the last shred of geopolitical risk out of traders' minds."
 
 
 
BIO: Author and master storyteller Dan Perkins presents the first book in his trilogy about terrorism against the United States. The first in the series, The Brotherhood of the Red Nile, A Terrorist Perspective, has propelled him to national acclaim with interviews on radio, television and in-print. With the second installment, The Brotherhood of the Red Nile, America Rebuilds, we get a closer look into the mind of an ingenious writer. Picking up where book one ends, book two delivers more intrigue and mystery while striking terror in the hearts of readers as we ask the question: How in the world can we stop this from happening? 
 
 
TWITTER: @dansbeak

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Sandi Patty Opens Dress Rehersal To Public


 
The Pines Theater 2016 season continues Thursday, February 11, when
acclaimed Contemporary Christian singer Sandi Patty kicks off her year-long
farewell tour, "World Vision Presents Sandi Patty's Forever Grateful Tour,"
with a sold-out performance in downtown Lufkin. Special guests Veritas will
open.
 
Because the Thursday night show is sold out, The Pines has partnered with
Patty to open up her dress rehearsal to the public on Wednesday, February
10. Patty's dress rehearsal begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $35 for floor
seats and $30 for balcony seats. Call 936-633-0349 today to purchase tickets
or go to www.visitlufkin.com. <http://www.visitlufkin.com/> 
 
"This one truly will be a night to remember," said Tara Watson-Watkins,
executive director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau and artistic
director for The Pines. "Sandi Patty is one of the most beloved singers of
all time, and she's chosen to begin the final tour of her career here in
Lufkin. This is an event you absolutely don't want to miss."
 
Over the course of her illustrious career, Patty has won five GrammyR
awards, four Billboard Music Awards and 40 Dove Awards, and she was inducted
into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004. She has released more than 30
albums, including her latest, "Everlasting," and she has three platinum
records, five gold records and eleven million units sold. 
 
Sandi was introduced to the world when she performed The Star Spangled
Banner during the rededication of the Statue of Liberty in 1986. Virtually
overnight she became one of the country's best-loved performers. She has
performed her version of the national anthem at "A Capitol Fourth" with the
National Symphony, the Indianapolis 500, the Dedication of Camp David
Chapel, and ABC's Fourth of July Special.
 
While her thirty-year career is heavily rooted in the gospel music industry,
Patty has performed with symphonies across the country, including the New
York Pops, Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Dallas Symphony, Baltimore
Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Oklahoma City Philharmonic. She also
headlined the title role in sold out performances of the musical "Hello,
Dolly!" with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, co-starring Tony Award
winner Gary Beach in January 2012.
 
The Pines Theater's 2016 season continues March 8 with The Music City
Hit-Makers, a group of elite Nashville songwriters who perform and share the
stories behind some of the biggest hits they've penned for today's most iconic
country stars.

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Holiday Nursing Home Welcomes New Owners and Administrator


 
Oasis Healthcare Partners is pleased to announce it has acquired local healthcare icon Holiday Nursing Center. Holiday is part of a three-facility addition to the Oasis Healthcare Partners portfolio, establishing them as a significant healthcare provider in North and East Texas. Company COO Jeremy Jones stated, “As a lifelong resident of East Texas I understand the needs of our communities. Holiday Nursing Center met our high standards in providing outstanding care and we are pleased to have them as part of the Oasis team.”
The new Administrator of Holiday Nursing Center is Marthen Lumingkewas who comes to Shelby County after many years experience in the Austin, Texas area. Marthen and his family look forward to moving to beautiful East Texas.  “We want to be involved in the community. We look forward to meeting people and raising our children here,” he said.
Long known for compassionate care and professionalism, Holiday Nursing Center will also be known for its modern, home-like atmosphere as it is soon to undergo a lovely facility transformation. Based in Plano, Texas, Oasis has made a name for itself by renovating and modernizing existing care centers in keeping with its slogan, “For A Lifestyle You Deserve.”
 

 

Residents and Staff of Holiday Nursing Center welcome new Administrator, Marthen Lumingkewas (front left).
 

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Shelby County Bee Keepers Meeting


The Shelby County Beekeepers Club will meet on Thursday, January 28th at the active Shelby County courthouse, 2nd floor meeting room at 11:30 a.m.  James Dotson will present a program on “The Art of Meade Making” and Mike Bordelon will explain making cream honey.  Suggestions will also be given for what to do for the bees in the winter in our area.  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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Joaquin VFD Political Rally


The Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a hamburger supper and political rally on Saturday, February 27th. The event will be held at the Joaquin ISD Cafeteria. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., hamburger plates will be served for $7.00, including chips and a soft drink. At 6:00 p.m., each candidate running for political office in this year's election will be given five minutes to speak, after which they will get to auction off a cake or pie provided by the JVFD Ladies Auxiliary. This will be a great opportunity for residents of the Joaquin area to hear where the candidates stand on the issues, while enjoying some good food and supporting their local fire department.

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Firework Sales Approved for 3 Extra Holidays


Fireworks will be allowed to be sold during Texas holidays this year. Fireworks are able to be sold for New Years and 4th of July, and now are able to be sold for Texas Independence Day, San Jacinto Day, and Memorial Day. The dates of those holidays are March 2, April 21, and May 30th, as well as July 4th and December 31st. This decision was approved by the Shelby County Commissioners Court on Monday Morning.

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Community Garden Approved


During the Commissioner’s Court meeting on Monday morning, Lane Dunn and Jheri-Lynn McSwain discussed creating a Community Garden on the Rodeo Grounds. The garden would be maintained by volunteers and inmate trustees. The garden would primarily focus on helping the elderly in the community receive fresh, healthy food. The produce would be delivered by the Shelby County Outreach Ministries Meals on Wheels program as well as through the Senior Nutrition Sites. After hearing the plan for the Garden, The Commissioner’s Court decided to approve the idea. 

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Forage Seminar


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Tiger Weekly


January 11, 2016JVB/VB vs Waskom-Home 5:00 pm; Soccer vs Crockett Home 5:15 pm
 
January 12, 2016-JVG/VG vs Joaquin There 5:00 pm
 
January 14, 2016-ELA Benchmark (Reading); JH BB vs Mt Enterprise There 4:30 pm;
 Soccer vs Liberty Eylau in Texarkana 5:15 pm
 
January 15, 2016- JVB/JVG/VB/VG vs Shelbyville-Home 4:30 pm; Tiger Café’ Open 5:00 pm
 
January 16, 2016-HS/MS Regional Band Clinic-Chapel Hill; JH Boys & Girls 7th & 8th Tournament Home 8:00 am
 
January 18, 2017- Holiday (MLK Jr Day)
 
January 19, 2016-Confederate Heroes Day; JVB/JVG/VB/VG vs Martinsville There 4:30 pm; 
Soccer vs Carthage There 5:15 pm
 
January 20, 2016-1st Day to File for Place on the General Election
 
January 21, 2016-JH BB vs Joaquin Home 4:30 pm; Soccer Tournament in Waskom
 
January 22, 2016-JVB/JVG/VB/VG vs Beckville Home 4:30 pm; Tiger Café’ Open 5:00 pm;
Soccer Tournament in Waskom
 
January 23, 2016-JH Boys BB Tatum Tournament- There 12 Noon; 
Soccer Tournament in Waskom
 
January 25, 2016-Soccer vs New Summerfield Home 5:15 pm
 
January 26, 2016-JVB/JVG/VB/VG vs Timpson Home 4:30 pm; Tiger Café’ Open 5:00 pm
 

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Center ISD Board Of Trustees Meeting


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San Augustine County Commissioner's Court


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Men's Basketball Panola Vs. Lee


The Panola men’s basketball team went on the road to defeat Lee College, 78-63 on Saturday night. With the victory, Panola’s record is raised to 14-4 and 5-2 in Region XIV play. “We knew that coming down here to Lee was going to be an extremely hard place to play.” Head Coach Grant McMillan stated. “Our guys never went away from our game plan and executed on both ends the entire 40 minute ball game.” He added.
 
After a Lee basket tied the ball game at 2-2 with just under 19:00 minutes to play in the first half, Panola never trailed the rest of the way. A low scoring first half saw the Ponies take a 34-28 lead into the locker room. Panola went on a 8-0 run midway through the second half to take their largest lead 58-40 with 10:33 to play. Lee cut the lead to nine points with 1:53 left but never got any closer.
 
Panola was led by four separate double-digit scorers. Tyonte Robertson (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the way scoring 20 points, 16 of those coming in the first half. Charles Tucker (Lansing, Michigan) made nine free throws in route to 14 points. Devin Wilson (Brooklyn, New York) and Terry Holt (Nashville, Tennessee) netted 12 and 11 points, respectively. Jonathan Wiley (Houston, Texas) was one point way from recording a double-double as he finished the game with nine points and 10 rebounds. Panola went 10-18 from the three point line. As a team Panola assisted on 22 shots and chased down 31 rebounds.
 
Panola will next be in action this upcoming Wednesday, January 13th as the head to Athens, Texas to take on Trinity Valley Community College. Tip-off is set for 7:00 PM on the campus of Trinity Valley.
 

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Joaquin Rams January 8th Results


On Friday night, the Joaquin Rams dropped a tough loss to a very good Jefferson Bulldog squad, losing at the buzzer 59-57 at Joaquin ISD Gym. The Joaquin Lady Rams went on the road to Martinsville, and picked up a huge district opening win against the Lady Pirates, by a final score of 37-31. Hana Bonner led the way with 14 points, Katelyn Martinez scored 9, and Destiny Copper added 5.

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Construction Plans for Highway 59


Construction of a new railroad bridge at Business 59 North in Lufkin will require the roadway to continue to be closed to traffic, but officials are hoping to open it to limited traffic by March 1.

The A&NR Railroad underpass/bridge will remain closed as Austin Bridge and Road, contractors for the project; continue to work toward laying temporary tracks for necessary railroad operations. The old bridge will be removed in coming weeks and a full width of roadway will be constructed prior to opening the roadway to partial traffic. A permanent bridge will then be built. The $11.3 million project is scheduled to be completed in late 2016.

Construction on SL 287/US 59 will also continue as Webber, contractors for the $52 million project, work to complete approaches for the two newly constructed U-turn bridges. Eastbound main lane pavement is being set and construction of the frontage road is on-going. Landscape irrigation will be set in coming days, with the estimated completion date for the project set for March.

Other construction and maintenance work planned for the coming week include:

ANGELINA COUNTY

US 59/FM2021: Workers will be installing the concrete median barrier and traffic will be shifted to its permanent configuration. Minor curb and island installation will also be completed.

FM 706: Contractors will safety treat fixed objects from SH 103 West to US 69 North. This work includes cutting and restoring pavement to install new cross culverts. Lane closures are expected throughout the week in this area.

US 59 South: Maintenance crews will work to straighten barrier walls that will require the northbound and southbound connectors to be closed to traffic part of the week.

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY

US 59/SL 224: Contractors will continue removal of the cloverleaf and work on the new westbound exit ramp. Storm sewer is being placed along US 59 in advance of the widening at Spradley Street. Utility crews also continue to relocate through the project.

SL 224: Contractors are working on guard rail and culverts at various locations from SH 7 East to US 259.

FM 1878: Road excavation will continue as construction of the subgrade and pavement begins from North Street to Clark Boulevard.

FM 1648: Maintenance crews will be leveling road base.

POLK COUNTY

US 287: Construction crews will begin striping the newly constructed left and right turn lanes.

FM 1988: Columns will be set along with abutments for the bridge replacement at Long King Creek. Bridge replacements will also continue on Hubert Cemetery Road at Dickens Branch, on Kelly Road at Menard Creek and on Soda Loop  East at Bluff Creek.

Various locations: Maintenance crews will work to patrol and repair potholes, pick up litter and perform ditch work as needed.

HOUSTON COUNTY

SH 21: Two construction projects continue from FM 1280 in Austonio to SH 7 near Crockett that will extend drainage structures in preparation for reconstructing and widening the pavement.

SH 7: Contractors continue to work to add a passing lane west of the city of Kennard. Work to extend drainage structures is ongoing in preparation for the pavement widening.

FM 2967: Road base work will be done from FM 132 to SH 21 West.

SH 7 East: Road base work will be done at various locations.

SH 19 South: Maintenance crews will work on road base at various locations from Loop 304 to the city of Lovelady.

SAN JACINTO COUNTY

US 59/FM 2914: Workers will continue to haul embankment at the overpass and install retaining walls.

FM 224: Maintenance crews will work on drainage issues at various locations.

FM 980: Maintenance crews will clean and replace delineators at various locations.

TRINITY COUNTY

US 287: Contractors will begin to rehabilitate the pavement through the city of Groveton. Drainage structures will be set as work begins.

SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY

US 96: Traffic has been shifted and barriers placed as contractors continue to work on the new bridge at Ayish Bayou.

FM 705: Crews will safety treat fixed objects from SH 147 to the end of the pavement.

SHELBY COUNTY

US 84: Construction crews continue to work on the TX/LA bridge at the Sabine River. The eastbound bridge deck is complete and railing is being constructed. Traffic will be shifted in coming days as the demolition of the old bridge begins.

FM 139: Crews will safety treat cross drainage structures and guardrails.

CR 4323: Bridge approaches at Flat Fork Creek and Mill Creek and relief structures near Tenaha will continue.

SABINE

FM 1: Maintenance crews will work on leveling up roadway in various locations.

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Tenaha ISD Board Meeting


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Joaquin ISD Board Meeting


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Road Closures Scheduled For Highway 59


Road closures are scheduled in Lufkin at US 59 South and SL 287 next Wednesday and Thursday as maintenance crews work near the northbound and southbound direct connectors.
On Wednesday, Jan. 13, the southbound direct connector from SL 287 to US 59/South First Street will be closed as barrier walls are straightened. Both northbound and southbound inside lanes of US 59 will also be closed near Walmart.
On Thursday, Jan. 14, the northbound direct connector will be closed as barrier walls are straightened. The inside lane of the northbound feeder road near the Texas Forest Service will also be closed. The roadwork is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
"This maintenance work is scheduled during hours that we hope will impact drivers the least," said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. "This is a high traffic area for vehicles and large trucks and we are urging motorists to slow down, be alert to slowing traffic and plan for possible delays these two days."
Motorists are urged to stay cautious and obey all signage. Orange cones, barrels or barriers warn of lane closures, workers and possible traffic pattern changes in the area.

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Shelby County Commissioner's Court Meeting


Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing Body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 11th day of January, 2016 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 the minutes of the December 14th, 2015, Regular Meeting, and the December 28, 2015, Special Meeting of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court.
 
2. Approve and pay monthly expenses.
 
3. Approve Officers’ Reports.
 
4. Public Comments on Agenda items.
 
5. Presentation by Jheri-Lynn McSwain and Lane Dunn regarding the Demonstration and Community Garden Project.
 
6. Discuss and possibly approve County Extension Demonstration and Community Gardens Project.
 
7. Discuss and take action to approve the Order of the Commissioners Court of Shelby County Designating Areas Essential For The Operations of The Courts.
 
8. Discuss and possibly take action on Personnel Policy concerning Hours worked and Overtime pay. Specifically addressing County Approved Holidays.
 
9. Discuss and possibly approve an Order for to Sale Fireworks as authorized under Section 2154.202 (g) and (h), Texas Occupations Code and Section 352.051 (b) (1) and (d), Local Government Code.
 
10. Adjourn.

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Timpson City Council Meeting


Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the governing body of Timpson will be held on the 12th day of January 2016 at 5:30 pm. at the City Hall, 456 Jacob Street, Timpson.

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One Vehicle Crash Leaves 1 Dead


On Thursday, January 7, 2016 at approximately 12:27 am, Polk County DPS responded to and investigated a one vehicle crash on FM 2457 approximately 6 miles west of Livingston in Polk County. The preliminary investigation indicates that a 1995 Chevrolet pickup was traveling westbound on FM 2457 at an unsafe speed when it left the roadway to the left, struck a culvert and overturned. One of the occupants in the vehicle was identified as Wendy Renee Banks (44), from Conroe, TX. Banks was pronounced deceased at the scene. A second occupant in the vehicle was located at his residence and was identified as Edward Allen Dobson (53), from Livingston, TX. Dobson was transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital in Livingston for treatment. DPS investigators continue to investigate this crash to determine which individual was operating the vehicle at the time of the crash. No additional information is available at this time. 

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Tiger Weekly


January 7, 2016-JHBB vs Beckville-There 4:30 pm; Soccer vs Liberty Eylau (Home) 5:15 pm

 

January 8, 2016-JVB/VB vs White Oak-Home 6:00 pm; JVG/VG vs Timpson (There) 6:00 pm

 

January 9, 2016-HS Area Band Tryouts in Chapel Hill

 

January 11, 2016JVB/VB vs Waskom-Home 6:00 pm; Soccer vs Crockett (Home) 5:15 pm

 

January 12, 2016-JVG/VG vs Joaquin (There) 6:00 pm

 

January 14, 2016-ELA Benchmark (Reading); JH BB vs Mt Enterprise (There) 4:30 pm;

Soccer vs Liberty Eylau (in Texarkana) 5:15 pm

 

January 15, 2016- JVB/JVG/VB/VG vs Shelbyville-(Home) 4:30 pm; Tiger Café’ Open 5:00 pm

 

January 16, 2016-HS/MS Regional Band Clinic-Chapel Hill; JH Boys & Girls 7th & 8th Tournament (Home) 8:00 am

 

January 18, 2017- Holiday (MLK Jr Day)

 

January 19, 2016-Confederate Heroes Day; JVB/JVG/VB/VG vs Martinsville (There) 4:30 pm;

Soccer vs Carthage (There) 5:15 pm

 

January 20, 2016-1st Day to File for Place on the General Election

 

January 21, 2016-JH BB vs Joaquin (Home) 4:30 pm

 

January 22, 2016-JVB/JVG/VB/VG vs Beckville (Home) 4:30 pm; Tiger Café’ Open 5:00 pm

 

January 23, 2016-JH Boys BB Tatum Tournament- (There) 12 Noon

 

January 25, 2016-Soccer vs New Summerfield (Home) 5:15 pm

 

January 26, 2016-JVB/JVG/VB/VG vs Timpson (Home) 4:30 pm; Tiger Café’ Open 5:00 pm

 

 

The 4th Grading Period began Tuesday when all our student’s returned. Report card will be sent home today.

 

Over the Holiday

 

Tenaha Holiday Hoops Enshrines 1st Class for Hall of Fame

 

Over the last seven Christmas vacations, Tenaha ISD has been the home to one of the richest basketball tournament fields in Texas.  Thousands of fans have enjoyed state tournament caliber basketball over the years where amazing teams, players, and coaches have thrilled crowds with intense competition and quality of play.  This year, 38 teams came to Deep East Texas to compete for the coveted Crystal Cup Trophy given to the tournament champion.  17 of the 38 competing teams entered the tournament recognized by the polls as state ranked in both the girls and boys divisions. 

 

For five of those seven years, a mainstay of the championship trophy presentation has been the Kountze Lions.  Holiday Hoops tournament directors were proud to enshrine Lions Head Coach Duane Joubert into the inaugural class of inductees.  Since the tournament’s inception in 2009, Joubert’s Lions have appeared in five tournament finals and won each of those.  They also have a Runner Up and 5th place trophy under his watch.

The Lions have wowed Special Events Center crowds with their high intensity and pace of play as well as their amazing effort and will to compete.  Each are traits that can be attributed to their Head Coach and Tenaha Holiday Hoops Hall of Fame inductee, Duane Joubert. 

 

Joining Coach Joubert in the 1st Hall of Fame Inductee Class are two amazing High School Basketball players and athletes.  Kountze’s Grayland Arnold leaves Holiday Hoops as a four-time All-Tournament selection and one time MVP.  Over his Holiday Hoops career, the Lions’ guard has led the Lions to two tournament Championships and has wowed crowds with his athleticism and court vision.  Arnold is committed to play football at Baylor University after graduation. 

 

 Rounding out the induction class is two-time tourney MVP, four time All Tournament selection, and crowd favorite… the incomparable Lanie Roberts of Lipan.  Known best at Holiday Hoops for hustle, amazing shot making, and the incessant baritone announcement of “Laaanie Roberts” on the public address, Lanie’s performances have catapulted Holiday Hoops into the stratosphere of the state’s best girls tournament field.  With Roberts on the floor, the Lady Indians played in four straight tournament championship games, winning two.  Lanie will attend Tarleton State University on a basketball scholarship after graduation.  

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Plan For Remainder of Football Season


The Texas Department of Transportation’s statewide “Plan While You Can” campaign is reminding football fans to make a sober ride part of their game-watching plans for the upcoming playoffs and the big game. The campaign runs through Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016.  

“As many Texans will be watching football playoffs leading up to the big game, we strongly urge drivers to plan for  a sober ride to attend watch parties,” said Carol Rawson, TxDOT Traffic Operations Division Director. “Crashes caused by drinking and driving are 100 percent preventable. Before you drink, make a game plan to get home safely. It’s a decision that could save a life.”

During the 2014 football season (Sept. 4, 2014 - Feb. 1, 2015), there were 10,676 alcohol-related traffic crashes in Texas. Those crashes resulted in 492 fatalities – an increase of 7 percent over the previous year.

Central to the “Plan While You Can” football campaign is a multi-city tour featuring an interactive dodgeball game that uses custom gaming technology to replicate the effects of alcohol on a person’s reflexes. As participants play, virtual drinks are added and the players’ on-screen avatars become less able to dodge incoming “footballs.” The game demonstrates how even one drink can slow reaction times. The tour visits Wingstop restaurants in Austin (1/11), San Marcos (1/16), Dallas-Fort Worth (1/17), Houston (1/24) and San Antonio (2/7).

Additionally, TxDOT is hosting an online contest on its Twitter and Instagram social media accounts for a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards donated by Wingstop. Participants can enter the contest by creating a tweet or post using the hashtag #PlanWhileYouCan. To learn more about the contest, follow TxDOT on its social media accounts.

Drivers under the influence of alcohol can face up to $17,000 in fines, legal fees, impoundment and other costs. As always, TxDOT strongly encourages everyone to plan for a sober ride before going out. Visit SoberRides.org to find alternatives to drinking and driving, such as:

Calling a taxi or using a transportation app on your smartphone.

Using mass transit.

Asking a sober friend or family member for a ride home.

Spending the night.

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Fillies Beat Jacksonville College


Panola College beat Jacksonville College 63-59 on Wednesday night with the help of Charlynn Perry, who was the Fillies leading scorer with 16 points. Fillies locked in the win in the fourth quarter on a three-pointer from Perry. Even though Jacksonville College outplayed the Fillies in the first half of the game, Panola College came back with excellent second half play. The Fillies had a late run scoring a game-high 23 points in the final quarter on the strength of a 18-3 run.Perry having a stand out second half, was 63% (5-for-8) of shots attempted as well as 50% (3-for-6) of threes attempted and going (3-for-4) from the free throw line. Also two other Fillies scored in double double digit points for Panola College. Kia Fisker scored 14 points with 9 rebounds and Amanda Cruz had 11 points. Other Fillies who chipped in  were Teanna Frances Henderson and Raemeisha Claxton (6 points apiece) ,R'Trevia Randolph (5 points), J'Lene Martinez (3 points) and Laura Chavez (2 points). The Fillies look to play again Saturday, January 9 at 2:00 pm against Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, TX.
 

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Desoto Parish Directed Patrol Unit Arrests


Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle would like to announce the arrest of multiple individuals by the DeSoto Parish Directed Patrol Unit over the few weeks.
 
On December 28, 2015, a driver, identified as Horatio Richardson (B/M - DOB: 04/24/1980) of Mansfield, LA, was stopped for various traffic offenses in Mansfield, LA.  Richardson was removed from the vehicle and began reaching in one of his pants pockets.  He failed to follow deputies' orders to remove his hands from his pockets.  Deputies removed Richardson's hands for safety reasons at which time numerous pills fell into the ground.  After being handcuffed, the subject advised deputies the pills were Ecstasy.  He was placed under arrest for his traffic violations and Possession of Schedule I "Ecstasy."  He was booked into DeSoto Parish Detention Center.
 
(Horatio Richardson)
 
On December 31, 2015, directed patrol initiated a traffic stop in Mansfield, LA that resulted in an arrest of a wanted individual from Caddo Parish for a narcotics violation.  Deputies located Davon Abijah Emmonie Price (B/M - DOB: 07-08-1995) of Mansfield, LA and placed him under arrest after verifying the warrant through Caddo Parish.  He was booked into DeSoto Parish Detention Center.
 
(Abijah Emmonie Price)
 
On December 31, 2015, directed patrol initiated a traffic stop on Highway 175 South near Binning Road.  Upon contact with the driver, deputies smelled what they believed to be burnt marijuana.  The deputies asked the driver, identified as Alfred Wallis Henderson (B/M - DOB: 08/10/1969) of Pleasant Hill, LA, to exit the vehicle.  A pat down was conducted and deputies recovered a methamphetamine pipe and bag of marijuana from Henderson's person.  Henderson consented to a search of the vehicle which had three children ranging in age from 6 to 13 years old inside.  Deputies located a backpack in the trunk containing a scale, rolling papers, suspected marijuana, suspected methamphetamine, numerous rounds of ammo, and a handgun.  Deputies questioned Henderson about the handgun, which he stated belonged to him.  It was found that the serial numbers had been removed from the firearm.  Henderson was arrested for Possession of Schedule I Marijuana, Possession of Schedule II Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia,Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of CDS, Illegal use of CDS in the Presence of Persons Under 17 Years Old, and Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Serial Numbers.  He was booked into DeSoto Parish Detention Center.
 
(Alfred Wallis Henderson)

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Tenaha ISD Recognizes School Board Throughout January


January 2016 is School Board Recognition Month, and Tenaha ISD joins other districts across the state as they honor the countless contributions of these locally elected advocates for public education.

 

“Serving on a local school board is no easy task, particularly in today’s climate of rapid change and financial uncertainties. These men and women are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for our public schools. They tackle a difficult job and shoulder enormous responsibilities. Overall, they represent you and take their leadership roles seriously by attending lengthy meetings; broadening their knowledge at conferences and seminars; and talking about the schools with business leaders, parents, and neighbors,” said Scott Tyner, Tenaha Superintendent of Schools.

 

“Too often we neglect to recognize the dedication of these local citizens who work without pay. So each year the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) encourages communities to show appreciation to these individuals for their unfailing commitment to the success of all students. The staff and students of our district applaud our board members for their vision and voice to help shape a better tomorrow,” Tyner stated.

“Our children benefit every day from the hard work and long hours contributed by our trustees. Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, this board is responsible for an annual budget of $ 6 million, 572 students, 90 employees, and one campus servicing PK-12. Please take a moment and tell school board members ‘thanks for caring about our children and giving so much to our community.’ Let them know we support them and that their dedicated service is recognized and truly appreciated,” Tyner said.

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Dreeka Water Boil Notice Lifted


The boil water notice has been lifted for the Dreeka community. This is for those customers who live on FM 2427 and were out of water on the 28th and 29th of December.

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Timpson ISD Bear Update


Tues. Jan. 5 – Beta Club Meeting in Library @ Lunch
- Lady Bear Basketball JV/VG vs. Waskom – Away @ 5:00 p.m.
- Bear Basketball vs.  Harleton JVB/VB – Home @ 5:00 p.m.
 
Thurs. Jan. 7 – THS Book Club Meeting in Library @ Lunch
- TES 4th Grade Mock Writing Test
- TES I-Station Result Sent Home
- MS Basketball vs. Mt. Enterprise – Home - 7G/7B/8G/8B @ 4:30 p.m.
 
Fri. Jan. 8 -   Bear Basketball vs. Big Sandy JVB/VB – Home @ 4:00 p.m.
- Lady Bear Basketball vs. Tenaha -  Home @ 6:00 p.m.
 
Say Thanks to Our School Board Members! -  January 2016 is School Board Recognition Month, and Timpson ISD joins other districts across the state as they honor the countless contributions of these locally elected advocates for education.  “Serving on a local school board is no easy task, particularly in today’s climate of rapid change and financial uncertainties.  These men and women are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for our public schools.  They tackle a difficult job and shoulder enormous responsibilities.  Overall, they represent you and take their leadership roles seriously by attending lengthy meetings; broadening their knowledge at conferences and seminars; and talking about the schools with business leaders, parents, and neighbors.” Said Dr. Mid Johnson, Timpson ISD Superintendent.  “Too often we neglect to recognize the dedication of these local citizens who work without pay. So each year the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) encourages communities to show appreciation to these individuals for their unfailing commitment to the success of all students.  The staff and students of our district applaud our board members for their vision and voice to help shape a better tomorrow”, he said.  The trustees serving Timpson ISD are:  George Duke – President, Derek Pierce - Vice President, Joyce Wolfe - Secretary, Stephen Burgay – Member, Dannie Hunt – Member, Carlos Johnson – Member, Jim Rader – Member.  “Our children benefit every day from the hard work and long hours contributed by our trustees.  Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, this board is responsible for an annual budget of $7.5 million, 627 students, 111 employees, and 3 campuses.  Please take a moment and tell school board members “thanks for caring about our children and giving so much to our community.  Let them know we support them and that their dedicated service is recognized and truly appreciated,”  he said.

Mamie Clifton and Kimberly Lewis competed in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition held at SFA (Pictured Below). It was sponsored by Congressman Louie Gohmert.

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Shelby County Friday Night Basketball Schedule


Joaquin Girls vs. Martinsville (Away) @ 5
 
Shelbyville Girls vs. Beckville (Away) @ 4
Shelbyville Boys vs. San Augustine (Away) @ 5
 
Tenaha Boys vs. White Oak (Home) @ 6
Tenaha Girls vs. Timpson (Away) @ 6
 
Timpson Boy vs. Big Sandy (Home) @ 6:30
 
Center Girls vs. Tatum (Home) @ 5
Center Boys vs. Huntington (Home) @ 5 (Listen to the game live on 100.5 FM KQBB)
 

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Update: Shelby County Sheriff's Office Seeks Whereabouts of Joshua Douglas Prewitt


UPDATE: Joshua Douglas Prewitt was arrested at Nu-Way convenience store in Joaquin this evening at approximately 7:02 pm.

 
Original: Center Crime Stoppers is seeking information on the whereabouts of Joshua Douglas Prewitt, 21, of Center who has an active felony warrant. Mr. Prewitt is described as being a white male, 6'1” tall, and weighing 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
 
 Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.
 
If a caller does not wish to remain anonymous or receive a reward, they may call the Shelby County Sheriff's Department at 936-598-5600 and speak with Sergeant Investigator DJ Dickerson at 936.572.1468 or Investigator Kevin W. Windham at 936.572.1972.
 
If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting escape or warns Mr. Prewitt of impending discovery or apprehension will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Felony 3 offense.
 

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Teenager Involved In Crash; All Parties Transported To Hospital


On 1/5/16 at approximately 8:27 am, Angelina County DPS Troopers responded to and investigated a two vehicle crash on SH 94 in Trinity County just north of FM 357. The preliminary crash investigation indicates a 2013 Dodge passenger car, driven by Loran Rhodes (18), from Apple Springs, TX was traveling westbound on SH 94. Rhodes reportedly drove off the right side of the roadway, corrected back to the left and drove into the eastbound lane where she was struck by a 1997 GMC Suburban. Rhodes and the driver of the GMC were transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital in Lufkin by ambulance for treatment. A passenger also traveling in the GMC was transported to a Conroe Hospital by medical helicopter for treatment. The identities of the driver and passenger in the GMC are not available at this time pending notification of their next of kin that they were involved in a crash. This crash remains under investigation and no additional information is available at this time

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Shelbyville Basketball Game Cancellation


The Shelbyville Varsity Boys Basketball game for January 5, 2016, has been cancelled. Meanwhile, The Shelbyville Lady Dragons will be playing a Home game versus LSMSA starting at 6 on January 5, 2016.

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East Texas Awards & Engraving Under New Management


The new sign on the front of East Texas Awards & Engraving, on the west side of Center's Historic Square, is the first visual indication that the store is under new management. Its new owner/manager, Betsy Swanzy, continues engraving services and products without interruption to its many customers. There you will find items to recognize achievement, personalized gifts for all occasions, and shipping services through UPS and Fedex. They will soon be posting announcements and promotions regarding enhanced services and weekly specials of personalized gifts and in-stock items at discounted prices.

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Man Arrested After Police Officer Smells Odor Coming From Truck


On 1/2/16 at approximately 9 pm, Angelina County DPS stopped a 1995 Ford truck on SH 94 in Angelina County for speeding. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Paul Edward Murphy (34), from Lufkin, TX. A strong odor of marijuana could be detected from inside the vehicle and a search was conducted. A search of Murphy and his vehicle revealed multiple controlled substances in various locations. Murphy was taken into custody and charged with two counts of
Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3 (Class A. Misd), two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 (F) and Possession of Marijuana (SJF). Murphy also had an arrest warrant issued by the Lufkin Police Department for Fail to Comply with Registration Requirements as well as traffic warrants. Murphy was transported to the Angelina County Jail.
 

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Woman Convicted of DWI with Child


On 12/31/15 at approximately 10:44 pm, Angelina County DPS stopped a 1996 Volvo passenger car traveling eastbound on SH 103 West in Angelina County. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Willie Mae Rodriguez (34), from Lubbock, TX. Rodriguez was determined to be intoxicated after the completion of the field sobriety tests and was subsequently taken into custody for Driving While Intoxicated w/Child passenger due to having her 10 year old son in the vehicle. While at the scene the child passenger informed the Trooper that Rodriguez had stopped and let his brother out of the vehicle on the side of the road somewhere prior to Rodriguez being stopped. The Trooper notified Lufkin DPS Communications of the situation and additional officers immediately responded to the area to search for the second child. While attempting to locate the child, the Houston County Sheriff’s Office notified Lufkin DPS that the child had been safely located in Houston County near Kennard. The second child was a 12 year old male. Rodriguez was transported to a Lufkin hospital where a search warrant for a blood sample was obtained and then transported to the Angelina County Jail and charged with DWI w/Child Passenger (SJF). Rodriguez also faces additional charges out of Houston County as well
 

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