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GRAND OPENING RIBBON CUTTING AIKEN TAN


GRAND OPENING RIBBON CUTTING
PLANNED FOR AIKEN TAN
 
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors invite the public to join them for a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting as they welcome Aiken Tan at their new location at 706 Southview Circle in Center. The ribbon cutting will be held Thursday, May 12 at 4:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be served and there will be a door prize drawing for a one week membership.
Aiken Tan is a tanning salon with three tanning rooms and new beds.  They also have tanning lotions and 24 hour access with membership. 
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.
 
 
 
 

 

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CITY OF JOAQUIN CITY COUNSIL MEETING


SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
May 2, 2016
 
The City Council of Joaquin will meet in special session Monday, May 2, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the Joaquin City Offices located at 124 N. Preston.  Order of business as follows.
 
                                                                             
Agenda
 
 
1. Call meeting to order, establish quorum and welcome guest.
2. Discussion & Council action on appoint of new account signatory.
3. Discussion & Council action on TML IEBP Rerate.
4. 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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Shelbyville Students Advance


Shelbyville Students Advance
 
Shelbyville academic UIL students competed at the Region III-AA Spring Academic Meet at Panola College on April 22 and 23.  Students who placed at the Regional Meet include: 
Hannah Nicosia – Ready Writing – 2nd Place
Christian Schilder – Number Sense – 3rd Place
Lindsey Holbrook – Feature Writing – 6th Place
 
Hannah and Christian will represent Shelbyville High School at the State AA Academic Meet in Austin on May 24th.
 
 
 
Lindsey Holbrook, Christian Schilder, Hannah
Nicosia

 

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Timpson Bear Update


Timpson ISD Bear Update
4/29/2016
 
Timpson High School Band Earns UIL Sweepstakes Award - On Wednesday, April 27 the Timpson High School Band performed at the UIL Region 21 Concert and Sightreading Contest held at Troup High School.  The band received a first division rating on their concert performance and in the sight-reading room.  Since the THS Band had also earned a first division at Marching Contest in the fall, they were awarded the coveted UIL Sweepstakes Award.  The band had a wonderful performance on stage and received many great comments from the judges.  Some of those comments were:  “Very nice band sounds!  Rich, well-blended and beautiful!”, “Great dynamic variety on march.  Good tempo and style!”, “Good technicians in this group!”, “Students perform with a mature concept of characteristic tone quality.”, “Good musicianship evident, nicely done!”, “Good, characteristic and mature ensemble sounds.”, “Best blend/tuning of clarinet/sax I have heard on this piece. Kudos!”, “Very tastefully done phrasing.”, “I love the uniforms!”, “It is obvious good things are happening in Timpson!”  The THS Band has had a great year and now it is time for them to celebrate their accomplishments.  The band will travel to Orlando, Florida on Friday, May 13 to spend four days at Disney World and Universal Studios.  On Sunday, May 15 the Timpson Bear Band will lead the nighttime Electrical Parade at Disney’s Magic Kingdom!  The band looks forward to playing Kiefer’s Special and showing the crowd at Disney a true taste of an East Texas military-style marching band!  The band is excited to explore the parks and celebrate their great year!  The THS Band is directed by Rhonda Daniel and Marina McLerran.
 
 
 
Women In Energy - On Wednesday, April 27, fourteen junior and senior girls attended the “Women in Energy” conference hosted by Panola College.  The students attended presentations, visited dorms, the Panola College Energy Lab and participated in a panel discussion.
 
 
 
 

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VFW TO OBSERVE VICTORY IN EUROPE (VE) DAY


VFW TO OBSERVE VICTORY IN EUROPE (VE) DAY
 
Each year the World War II Allies remember May 8th, 1945, the date when they
accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany.  Adolf Hitler
committed suicide during the Battle of Berlin so the surrender of Germany
was authorized by his replacement, President of Germany Karl Donitz.
 
In the United Kingdom more than one million people celebrated in the streets
and in the United States President Harry Truman who turned 61 that day
dedicated the victory to the memory of his predecessor, Franklin D.
Roosevelt.  President Roosevelt had died of a cerebral hemorrhage less than
a month earlier.
 
Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary
will hold an observance to commemorate the 71st Anniversary of VE Day on
Monday, May 9th, 2016 at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the
Historic Shelby County Court House.  The remembrance will begin at 10 am
with the laying of a Memorial Wreath in honor of those who served and those
killed in action in the European Theater during World War II.  Names of
those Shelby County Veterans killed in action will also be read.  The wreath
will remain on display for the day.  As always the public is cordially
invited to remember their fellow Americans.  
 

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CBC Attends Library Book Sale


 

 

 

 

CBC recently attended the Library book sale at the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library.  The library is a historical corner stone of Shelby County.  Founded in 1974 the Library has guided many into the world of reading.  Managing the book sale and the Library is Ms. Sandra Davis Head Librarian, who has worked for the library for over 13 years, has a true passion for books and literacy.  The Library offers reading programs for young children September to May is the preschool story time, which is held on Thursdays at 10:30 am.  The summer program begins in June and is held on Thursdays during the mornings for children 4 -8 years old and during the afternoon for children 8-12.     

 

 

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Chad Lawrence Timpson Middle School Teacher of the Year


 

 

 

 

 

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Timpson Bear Update


Timpson ISD Bear Update
4/28/2016
 
 
 
Early Voting -  Early voting for the trustee election and bond election continues tomorrow April 29, Monday May 2 and ends Tuesday May 3.  Early voting is taking place in the TISD Administration Building Boardroom from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Election day is Saturday May 7 in the Gym Foyer from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
 
TMS Teacher of the Year - Chad Lawrence was selected as the Timpson Middle School. He was honored by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at their annual teacher reception. Attached  is the speech written by TES principal Calvin Smith and given by Special Education Director Dana Evens at the teacher reception. Congratulations Chad and thank you for all you do for our students.
 
TISD Athletic Banquet - Submitted by Beverly Tippett
The Timpson Athletic Banquet will be on Monday, May 9, 2016, at Good Hope Activity Center at 7:00 pm. The tickets will be on sale in the high school office for $15.  The deadline for tickets will be Friday, May 6. Tickets will be $20 on May 9.
 
TES Third Grade News - Submitted by: Brenelsa Williams
Timpson Elementary third graders were given a copy of The Best Dictionary For Students.  This dictionary is one of their most valuable, interesting, and fun learning tools.  It will help them do their very best work in school, and learn many new words to use every day.   A copy of this particular dictionary has been given to third graders at Timpson Elementary for several years.  Thanks to The Dictionary Project for making sure that our third graders have a copy of this dictionary as an essential tool for a quality education.  Learning new words gives you a feeling of satisfaction.  Contact the Dictionary Project at www.thedictionaryproject.com<http://www.thedictionaryproject.com> for more information.
 
 
 
 

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Shelbyville Band makes Sweepstakes!!


 
This year has been another year full of success for the Shelbyville Dragon
Military Marching Band.  The band received its 8th consecutive First
Division rating at UIL Marching Contest, placed 1st at Area Marching
Contest, and finished 4th at the Texas State Marching Contest.  This week
the Dragon  Band received first division ratings from all 6 judges at the
UIL Concert and Sight-Reading contest earning them their 7th consecutive
Sweepstakes award.  The Dragon Band currently holds the longest streak of
first divisions at UIL Marching Contest and Sweepstakes in Class 2A Region
21.   The band will be performing  their Spring Concert on May 10th at
Shelbyville High School.  The Dragon Band will have their final season
culminate with a performance at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.    We are
Dragon Proud!

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Center ISD Transfers


Center ISD is now accepting transfers for the 2016-2017 school year.

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Carter Blood Drive Center Elementary School


I recently covered the Carter Blood Drive at the Center Elementary School, held on Wednesday April 27th, 2016. Check out the video for coverage.  

 

*Warning it shows me getting stuck with a needle*

 

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Tiger Weekly


Tiger Weekly
 
 
 
April 29, 2016-Regional Track in Palestine
 
April 30, 2016- Regional Track in Palestine
 
May 2, 2016-EOC Testing
 
May 3, 2016-Elementary Robotics in Kilgore; EOC Testing
 
May 6, 2016-Kindergarten Field Trip-Ag Day in Center
 
May 7, 2017-Election Day
 
May 9, 2016-STAAR Testing; Willie Velasquez Day
 
May 10, 2016- BETA Induction 6:00 pm; Tiger Gym  reserved for Rodeo Meeting 
 
May 11, 2016-EOC Testing
 
May 12, 2016-State HS Track in Austin; 3rd Graders Field Trip in Rusk-Train Ride; Tiger Doll TryOuts 4:30 pm
 
May 16, 2016-Jr/Sr Field Trip to Holocaust Museum in Dallas
 
May 17, 2016-Elem/MS Awards 9am in SEC; HS Awards Banquet 6:30 pm; Student Physicals
 
May 18, 2016- MS Robotics in Kilgore
 
May 19, 2016-Tiger Fest in SEC 5:30 pm includes  8th Grade Completion Ceremonies & Kindergarten Graduation; HS Robotics in Kilgore
 
May 20, 2016-Early Release; End 6th Grading Period; Scholarship Assembly 9:30 am in SEC
 
 
 
 
 
Roarin’ Band From Tiger Land Earns Sweeps!!!
 
  
 
 
 
Congrats to the Tenaha High School Varsity Band for earning a UIL Concert Sweepstakes at UIL Region 21 Concert & Sight-Reading Contest on Wednesday, April 27, 2016! 
 
The band received a concert sweepstakes by earning a division one superior rating on the concert stage, as well as in the sight-reading room! We are very proud of all of these students as they have certainly matured as musicians this semester!
 
Brian Sours, Director of Music
 
 
 
 
 
Graduation Celebration 2016
 
 
 
Tenaha ISD students mark your calendar and join the graduation party for the 2016 graduates at 6:00 pm, May 21, at the Youth Center. Dress is casual school attire.
 
 
 
We have a few annuals from the years past that we would like for those who missed out or have lost theirs to have.
 
1990; 1992; 1994; 1998; 2000; 2001; 2005-2006; 2006-2007; 2008-2009; 2009-2010; 2010-2011
 
If you would like one of these please contact the administration office at 936-248-5000 ext. 201
 
A small donation would be appreciated and applied to the annual fund but not necessary.

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Center Forestry Team


 
 
 
From Left to Right: Kobe Whisenant, Konner Windham, Nate Morris, Andres
Leon, Lanie Truitt, Kaden LaRock, Dalton Alexander, Zack Fausett
 
 
Yesterday the Center FFA Forestry team competed against 55 other FFA
Chapters from across Texas at the Texas State Woodland/Forestry Clinic. From
these 55 teams 203 FFA members set out to be the best at what they do!
 
Center FFA Team Members Andres Leon, Konner Windham, Dalton Alexander, and
Nate Morris placed 10th out of the 55 teams and individual results are as
follows:
Out of 203 students:
Andres Leon- 18th
Konner Windham- 26th
Dalton Alexander- 38th
Nate Morris- 93rd
 
To be TOP 10 in the state out of OVER 1,500 FFA CHAPTERS is a great
accomplishment! FFA Contests aren't broken down into 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, and 5A
contests. We go in and everyone competes against each other no matter the
size of the school! This makes FFA unique and REALLY challenging at times!
Our Center FFA members are awesome!! GO RIDERS!!
 
Center FFA Team #2: Lanie Truitt, Zack Fausett, Kobe Whisenant, and Kaden
LaRock placed 18th out of the 55 teams present!!
 
Overall, it was a GREAT day! Of course, these hard working kiddos went to
WIN, but most importantly, they gained some awesome knowledge and did an
amazing job! If you see these kiddos, congratulate them on working so hard
through the rain and mud to be so successful!
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Message from the Department of Transportation


LUFKIN - Work is scheduled to begin in coming days on a $3.6 million construction project on FM 1 in Sabine County.
Pinto Construction Company will set barricades early next week that will mark the beginning of work from SH 184 to SS 1. The project is designed to widen the roadway from 22 to 24 feet of paved surface. The work will consist of new base material being added, a prime coat and a surface treatment. The widening and rehabilitation project is set to be completed in about 10 months, weather permitting.
The additional paved surface width will improve safety along FM 1. The Texas Transportation Commission approved the project and bids were received in 2015.
Motorists are urged to stay alert as they travel through the construction area. Be prepared to stop or be delayed as work continues throughout the project. Obey all traffic signs and watch for workers and equipment working near lanes of travel. Remember, traffic fines double when workers are present.

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Timpson Bear Update


Timpson ISD Bear Update
4/27/2016
 
Correction – On Sunday, May 1 the Senior Baccalaureate Service will be at First Baptist Church @ 6:00 p.m. instead of 6:30 p.m. as indicated in Monday’s Bear Update.  (Seniors wear cap and gown)
 
TISD Bond Project Process – Determining the projects to be completed pending passage of the Timpson ISD Facilities Bond election was a lengthy, careful process.  In recent years, the community has voiced to school personnel about concerns/needs of the school district including parent pick-up in front of the elementary school, need for certification classes to make students job ready when graduating from high school, overcrowding in the gym for games, graduation and other special events, and drainage problems..  These concerns voiced by the community and school staff and results from facility assessments the district routinely conducts prompted the Board and district personnel to determine the best way to correct these concerns.  Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) facilities experts were brought into the district to help determine the most pressing needs in the district.  The facility experts developed a list of facility needs based on their findings, the district facility assessments and the needs identified through concerns voiced by community and staff over the past several years.  In the next step of the process, staff representatives from the three campuses, administration, maintenance, cafeteria and transportation met to discuss facility needs and review the TASB facility report.  A survey was next sent to all campus/district personnel to rank/prioritize all facility recommendations in order of greatest need.  Using the prioritized list, cuts were made to the original list of projects submitted by TASB facility experts to determine which were the most critical in order to meet the educational and safety needs of the students.  All facility needs identified by the facility experts would be too expensive so some cuts were necessary.  The projects were then reviewed by the school architect and potential school construction project managers.  With students able to transfer to other school districts, schools need to be inviting and safe to students and be able to meet their academic and extra-curricular needs in order to remain competitive with other schools and be the kind of school parents want their children to attend.
 
Timpson High School Honor Roll - Attached is the Timpson High School fifth six weeks honor roll.
 
 
 

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Shelby County Agriculture Education Day


Shelby County Agriculture Education Day will be held on Friday, May 6th at the Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo Arena from 9:00 a.m. until noon.  This fun, free, hands-on educational event is open to the public and geared towards children PreK – 3rd grades.   Participants will learn about agriculture, food and nutrition, passenger safety, sport fishing, potato planting, and beekeeping, just to name a few.  We have over 30 educational demonstrations scheduled with the Mobile Dairy, Texas Forest Service, Texas Parks & Wildlife, a petting zoo, hay ride, farm implement exhibits, and many more to present.
 
Our goal is to provide the opportunity for Shelby County youth to understand agriculture and how it affects our everyday lives.  Last year we had over 1,000 youth and adults to attend this year.  If you have any questions on this event, contact the Shelby County Extension office at 936-598-7744.
 

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THE ANSWER TO FIRE ANT CONTROL IN YOUR YARD


THE ANSWER TO FIRE ANT CONTROL IN YOUR YARD 
 
 
Treat your yards and neighborhood this spring for fire ant relief this summer and fall.  Fire ants love to nest in home lawns, parks and ornamental turf grass areas. At certain times of the year, freshly worked mounds are noticeable and can be unsightly. During the winter months, there’s very little ant mounding activity and it is easy to forget they are there. 
 
However, after all of the early spring rainfall, fire ant activity has increased.  It is during these times when the ants are very active and can cause more problems especially when everyone wants to be outside after being indoors all winter long.  The last thing you want at your outdoor activity is a colony of angry fire ants ready to take over and turn your happy occasion into a miserable one.  Did you know that the fire ant is a native of Brazil, and was imported from this country through Mobile, Alabama in the 1930’s?
 
Don’t wait until you have serious ant problems. Keep those problems from happening by maintaining a good control program throughout the year.  Fire ants travel from yard to yard (they could care less about property lines) and are easily dispersed due to periodic mating flights.  Did you know that the fire ant queen lives for 2-5 years and can produce up to 800 eggs per day?  Also, remember a high percentage of the mounds in Texas have multiple queens, meaning there is no territorial behavior, resulting in excessive numbers of fire ant mounds per acre or in the homeowners case, per yard!  Because most of our mounds have multiple queens, and may be spread over larger areas than we actually see, just sprinkling a product over the top of the mound may not reduce the entire population.  In areas where fire ants produce more mounds than you care to treat one at a time (usually more than 4 in a normal yard), or where you spend more time and money on insecticides than you would like to, there is an approach that is less labor-intensive, less toxic and more environmentally friendly.  It is called the Two-Step Method, Do-It-Yourself Fire Ant Control method. It is advocated by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. You can obtain a copy of the most recent fire ant management brochure (ENTO-034) by visiting the Texas A&M AgriLife Bookstore and download a copy. http://www.agrilifebookstore.org/Two-Step-Method-and-Other-Approaches-to-Fire-Ant-p/ento-034.htm.
 
The Two-Step Method goes like this:
 
The first step is to make a semi-annual, spring and fall, broadcast application of a fire ant bait insecticide. There are several fire ant baits available for use in urban areas such as hydramethylnon (Amdro), methoprene (Extinguish), hydramethylnon + methoprene (Extinguish Plus or Amdro Yard Treatment), pyriproxifen (Distance or Esteem), and spinosad (Ferti-Loam “Come and Get It” or Payback fire ant bait).  Other products can be found on the official Texas A&M Fire Ant web page, http://fireant.tamu.edu/controlmethods/products/.
Please consult the product label and read thoroughly for the broadcast instructions! 
 
Periodic broadcast applications of fire ant baits provide roughly 90 percent suppression of fire ants when properly applied.  Baits can be broadcast over small to large areas using suitable hand-held, vehicle-mounted or aerial applicators. Apply a fresh bait product, when ants are foraging, to dry ground when no rain is expected for 24 to 48 hours after treatment.  Temperature should be between 65 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit.  Speed and duration of ant suppression differs with the product selected.  For instance, broadcast applications of the hydramethylnon + methoprene fire ant bait provides maximum control two to four after application while methoprene fire ant bait (an insect growth regulator product) provides maximum suppression four to nine months after treatment, depending on environmental conditions.  Rarely are all colonies eliminated following treatment. Bi-annual applications of the bait product keeps pressure on the fire ant population so each subsequent baiting event is much more effective since less ants are present.
           
About one week to 10 days after bait application, apply individual mound treatments to “nuisance” ant colonies, such as those in sensitive or high traffic areas. Otherwise, be patient and wait for the bait treatments to work. Even though some bait products are relatively fast-acting, colonies remaining active after six weeks or so have “escaped” the effects of the bait treatment and should be treated with an individual mound treatment. Ant mound treatment products are available as liquid drenches, injectable aerosols, dusts, or granules that are watered in to the mound. Ants are killed only if the insecticide contacts them, so proper application is essential.  Colonies migrating into treated areas should be treated as needed.  Hundreds of effective individual mound treatment products are available to choose from, and a number of them are considered to be “organic.”  
 
For a two-step program that uses only natural products, broadcast a spinosad bait and then treat mounds with d-limonene or products containing unsynergized pyrethrins or drench with a spinosad liquid product solution.  On small properties where a high degree of control is needed, consider using the “Ant Elimination” method (described in ENTO-034) utilizing a granular fipronil product such as Top Choice®, or Taurus G®.  These are restricted pesticide products and can only be applied by a licensed pesticide applicator. Only one application is allowed per year preferably early spring.
 
None of the methods of fire ant control available today eliminate fire ants forever.  The bait application may be repeated, if environmental conditions are favorable, whenever sufficient re-invasion occurs.  Between these baiting treatments, nuisance mounds should be treated individually. These areas can be re-infested by colonies migrating in from surrounding areas or by newly-mated queens seeking to start new colonies. The rate of re-infestation depends on many factors such as weather, soil type and moisture, but ant populations can be expected to fully recover within 18 months of the last treatment.
 

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Panola Wins


The #19 ranked Panola College Ponies Swept conference opponent Northeast
Texas Community College Eagles last weekend by outscoring NETCC for a
combined 40 runs in three games.  Panola took game one 9-8, game two 18-0,
and game three 13-5.  Panola is now 35-13 on the season and 15-9 in
conference play. Panola currently sits in 2nd place in Region-14 East Zone
Conference play.
 
 
* Game #1 *Pitcher’s had a tough day during the game between Panola and
Northeast, as the two teams put up 17 runs combined in a 9-8 Panola College
win.
 
The teams banged out 19 hits hit’s between them, as well as eight for extra
bases.
 
The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to four lead changes
in the game.
 
Panola finally managed to grab the lead after a strong fifth inning. Panola
scored on an RBI single by Jansen McCurdy (White Oak, TX), bringing home Chad
McKinney (Hughes Spring, TX).
 
 
Miguel Ausua (Penusals, PR) recorded the win for Panola. He tossed 1 2/3
innings of shutout ball. Ausua struck out three, walked two and gave up no
hits.
 
 
McKinney, Landon Marshall (Huntington Beach, CA) and Pierce Hollister
(Dickinson, TX) helped lead Panola. They combined for five hits and six
RBIs.
 
 
Panola jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Logan
Bailey (Hallsville, TX) started the rally for Panola with a single.
Marshall doubled, scoring Austin Sojka (Huntington Beach, CA), Bailey
and Hector
Morales (Royal Palm Beach, FL). Panola added more runs when Marshall scored
on an RBI double by Hollister.
 
 
 
Panola went up for good in the fifth scoring four total runs, which came
home on a two-run double by McKinney.
 
*Game #2*
An exceptional effort by Chad McKinney (Hughes Springs, TX) carried Panola
to an 18-0 win in five innings over Northeast in game two.
 
McKinney blasted two home runs for Panola. McKinney went 3-4 in the game
with five RBIs and three runs scored. McKinney homered in the second and
third innings.
 
The biggest inning for Panola was the second. In the inning Panola scored
11 runs. Panola scored in the second on a two-run home run by Colby Price
(Nederland, TX), a bases loaded walk by Hector Morales (Royal Palm Beach,
FL), a sacrifice fly by Landon Marshall (Huntington Beach, CA), a two-run
single by Pierce Hollister (Dickinson, TX), a three-run home run by
McKinney.
 
Panola hit four home runs in the win. Additional home runs for Panola came
when Morales homered in the first inning and McKinney homered in the second
and third innings.
 
Cayne Ueckert (Jasper, TX) recorded the win for Panola. He tossed 3 2/3
innings of shutout ball. Ueckert struck out two, walked three and gave up
three hits.
 
Panola never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring four runs
on a home run by Morales.
 
*Game #3*
Panola beat Northeast on Sunday 13-5 at Mount Pleasant, TX in eight innings.
 
Panola scored six runs in the fifth on Panola scored in the fifth on an RBI
single by Logan Bailey (Hallsville, TX), a two-run error, and a two-run
home run by Colby Price (Nederland, TX).
 
Austin Sojka (Huntington Beach, CA) had two extra-base hits for Panola. He
doubled in the first and fifth innings and singled in the third and sixth
innings.
 
 
Korey Clark recorded the win for Panola. He allowed one run over two
innings. Clark struck out two, walked none and gave up two hits.
 
 
Price, Chad McKinney (Hughes Springs, TX), Sojka and Bailey helped lead
Panola. They combined for 11 hits and six RBIs.
 
 
The top of the first saw Panola take an early lead, 3-0. Panola’s offense
came out banging as Price singled before Jansen McCurdy (White Oak,
TX) doubled,
bringing home Price. Panola added more runs when McCurdy scored on an RBI
double by Sojka and Sojka scored on a sacrifice fly by Bailey.
 
It didn't take long for Northeast to respond as it scored three runs of its
own in the first. Northeast scored on a three-run home run by Roman.
 
Panola didn't relinquish the lead after scoring one run in the third inning
when it scored on a groundout by Landon Marshall (Huntington Beach, CA).
 
Panola tallied one run in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth. In the
sixth, Panola scored on a sacrifice fly by Marshall, scoring Sojka.
 

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City and School Elections


Early voting started Monday, April 25, 2016 for city and school elections and will end on May 3rd with Election day held on Saturday, May 7th.

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The Women's Reading Club


The Women’s Reading club was founded in 1896 the club meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month 2-3 pm at a different members home. The president is Ms. Don Janene Walker and the Vice President is Debra Chadwick. The club is private and has only 20 members at a time, in addition to associate members.   The Read club is not just to socialize, because the club helps raises money to support the Fanny Booth Memorial Library.  The Women’s Reading Club is a local historical corner stone.  

 

 

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Department of Transportation - Nacogdoches Update


FM1878/Starr Avenue in Nacogdoches will be open to traffic beginning Thursday.
Drewery Construction, contractor for the $1.4 million construction project, upgraded a section of roadway from North Street (BU 59) to Clark Boulevard, widening the roadway from two to four lanes. Six foot sidewalks and ADA curb ramps to accommodate pedestrians were also constructed.
The widened roadway includes four 11-foot lanes with 3-foot shoulders and new traffic signals placed at North Street and Mound Street.
"We are proud to be able to open this busy roadway to traffic again," said Rhonda Oaks, Lufkin District public information officer. "The traveling public will find the wider roadway, shoulders and sidewalks to be great additions and allow for better maneuverability around Stephen F. Austin University."
Starr Avenue was originally expected to be completed by early March, but weather related issues delayed the project's completion. The roadway has been closed since the project began in October, 2015.
Motorists are asked to be alert to the changes in the roadway, the possibility of increased pedestrian traffic and cyclists in the area. Obey all traffic signs and signals.

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Store Robbery In Nacogdoches Criminal Caught by College Cop


In Nacogdoches a man was arrested for robbing a convenience store with a handgun last Monday night.
 
 
 
The man Errick Chandler Matthews, 26, was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery.
 
According to the official police report, policemen responded to a convenience store robbery at 11:37 p.m. on the corner of Austin Street and University Drive. The store clerk said a man came into the store and threatened them with a handgun. The clerk then handed over the money and the criminal made his escape. A SFA police officer later found a man matching the description with the same amount of cash that was stolen on his person.
 

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Joaquin SPORTS UPDATE


 
The Lady Rams playoff series vs. Grapeland will be played as follows: First
Game: Thursday, April 28th, 6:30 pm at Tatum ISD,  Game Two: Saturday,
April 30th, 1:00 pm at Rusk ISD, Game Three will be played immediately
following, if necessary.
 

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ETMC Auxiliary awards nursing scholarships


*ETMC Auxiliary awards nursing scholarships*
 
 
 
The ETMC Carthage Auxiliary awarded four $300 scholarships to Panola
College nursing students on Tuesday, April 26. Recipients include Lora
Gonzalez of Carthage, Meagan Tillman of Beckville, Jacqueline Bridges of
Henderson and Holly Royer of Timpson.
 
 
 
The ETMC Carthage Auxiliary coordinates fundraising activities to support
nursing scholarships, including two jewelry sales events each year.
Auxiliary members volunteer at ETMC Carthage Hospital in a variety of
capacities to support staff and patients.
 
 
 
“Many students in the past two decades have benefited from the generosity
of the ETMC Auxiliary scholarships,” said Dr. Barbara Cordell, Dean of
Nursing and Health Sciences. “We all appreciate the hard work of the ETMC
volunteers to provide this support to our students in nursing at Panola
College.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
From left, Lynn Getsay, ETMC Carthage Auxiliary; Dr. Barbara Cordell, Dean
of Nursing and Health Sciences; Lora Gonzalez of Carthage; Meagan Tillman
of Beckville; Holly Royer of Timpson; Jacqueline Bridges of Henderson, and
Marge Wilkerson, EMTC Carthage Auxiliary.
 

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Ray Wilson District Director Visits Shelby County


Ray Wilson District Director will be in Shelby County this week on Thursday, April 28th for constituent services from 10-12 in the Shelby County Courthouse. For more information please give his office a call at 903-935-1141.

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Joaquin Advances to Regionals' in Track


Joaquin is PROUD to announce that several track athletes advanced to the
Regional Meet, which will be in Palestine on April 29-30.
 
Day'za Lane qualified in all 5 of the events she competes in. What an
accomplishment!!
Long Jump
Triple Jump
100m
200m
400m
 
Derese Cooper -- Shot Put
 Keith Johnson -- 110 High Hurdles
Carlos Galan -- 3200m
Justin Hooper -- Triple Jump and High Jump
Tray Wilkerson, Nathaniel Retamar, Hunter Gates, and Klay Adkison -- 4X100
relay and 4X200 relay
Nathaniel Retamar was the Regional Qualifier for the 20 M and the high jump.

 

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*Center Elementary School Blood Drive*


*Center Elementary School Blood Drive*
April 27, 2016
10:30 - 3:30
In front of CES
 
Anyone donating can select a CES student to designate as a Junior Leader.
Those students will receive a Junior Leader award and a chance for their
class to have a pizza party.

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Shelbyville Dragon Update


The Lady Dragons will play Colmesneil, Thursday April 28 @ 6:00 pm at the
Jasper Softball Complex, Jasper TX

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COMMISSIONERS’ COURT SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS


Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above named Commissioners Court will be held on
Tuesday, the 26th of April, 2016 at 9:00 o’clock A.M. in the Commissioners Court Room at
100 W. Columbia, Room 103, San Augustine, Texas, at which time the following will be discussed and
appropriate action taken; pursuant to B.T.C.A. Government Code Chapter 51, Open Meetings Act,
including all Subchapters and Sections:
NO CELL PHONES, AUDIBLE PAGERS, AND/OR BEEPERS SHALL BE USED WHILE COURT IS IN
SESSION
ï‚· Establish Quorum
ï‚· Invocation
ï‚· Pledge of allegiance to the United States Flag
ï‚· Pledge of allegiance to the Texas Flag
ï‚· CALL TO ORDER – 9:00 a.m.
Comments from the bench
1. Discuss and consider approval of the minutes for the Commissioners Court meeting held
April 12, 2016.
2. PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS/COMMENTS - opportunity for the general public to address the
Court on any matter. The Court may not discuss any presented issue, nor may any action be
taken on any issue at this time. Comments are limited to 3 minutes
3. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Approve travel vouchers – Judge Samye Johnson
4. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Update of meeting with TDEM and FEMA in reference to
the March 2016 Flooding – Pro - Tem Judge Joey Holloway
5. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Update of the Otis Elevator Company estimate for District
Court Chairlift repairs – Pro - Tem Judge Joey Holloway
6. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Overview of major programming efforts for March 2016
County Agent Shane Bridges
7. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Overview of major programming efforts for March 2016 -
County Consumer Science Agent Sandy Jenkins
8. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Proclamation declaring May as Elder Abuse Prevention
Month – Pro - Tem Judge Joey Holloway
EXECUTIVE SESSION (Closed to public)
 

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*Berri O'Neal Announced as Panola College 2016 Alumna of the Year*


 
*Berri O’Neal Announced as Panola College 2016 Alumna of the Year*
 
 
 
The Panola College Alumni Association is proud to announce the selection of
Dr. Berri O’Neal as the 2016 Panola College Alumna of the Year. Dr. O’Neal
will be recognized by Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College at the
spring commencement ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 13, at 7pm in the
Carthage Civic Center.
 
“My memories at Panola College are truly too many to put into words….I’ve
often said that my years as a Panola College student were two of the best
years of my life. They were filled with some of the best times and best
life lessons that have shaped me throughout my life,” states O’Neal.
 
Dr. Berri O’Neal is the Executive Director of Extended University for Texas
A&M University-Commerce. She oversees off-campus locations for the
University, in Downtown Dallas, McKinney, Rockwall, Midlothian, Corsicana
and Mesquite.
 
O’Neal graduated from Panola College in 1995, then transferred to Texas A&M
University-Commerce, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in
Radio/Television, a Master’s degree in Theatre/Management and a Doctorate
of Education in Secondary and Higher Education with a specialization in
Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction. She earned post-doctoral hours in
the field of Management.
 
For two decades, O’Neal has pursued her passion by working in higher
education at Texas A&M University-Commerce and the University of North
Texas in the areas of Student Services, Enrollment Management, Admissions,
Registration and Orientation. She has also taught as an adjunct professor
for the College of Business for Texas A&M University-Commerce. Berri served
as the Executive Director for the state’s oldest Multi-InstitutionTeaching
Center, the Universities Center at Dallas, for 11 years since 2005. O’Neal
has been a consultant to numerous businesses in the region and speaks at
state and national conferences on the topics of hiring, motivating and
empowering effective employees in the workplace. She served as President of
the Chi Omega Commerce Alumnae Chapter for five years and received the Chi
Omega Distinguished Alumnae Award.
 
O’Neal is a member of Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and
Admissions Officers, American Association for University Women, the
Association for Collaborative Leadership, the North Dallas Chamber of
Commerce Education Committee,Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars
and Admissions Officers, Downtown Dallas Inc., Chi Omega National
Fraternity, First Baptist Church – Euless and O.C. Taylor PTA where she
serves as a homeroom mom. In 2011-2012, O’Neal enjoyed a highlight of her
career, by serving as President of TACRAO.
 
“Because I work in higher education, I am often able to recount my
experiences at Panola, and I explain to students how much the first two
years of college can impact their education and their future for the rest
of their lives,” says O’Neal. “Community colleges can be such a remarkable
place for students to make a successful transition between high school and
a university, and I was blessed beyond measure, that mine were two years
filled with experiences, too many to count, that shaped my life and helped
me to become who I am today.”
 
O’Neal is married to Drew Gormley, and they live in Colleyville with their
three children – Addison, a first grader and twins, Reagan and Nolan, who
are in kindergarten.
 
O’Neal comes from a family of Panola College Alumni. Both her mother and
all three of her sisters are Panola College Alumni and her father taught at
Panola College for 36 years. Parents are Bill and Karon O’Neal of Carthage
and Faye and Pat Frasier of Eureka, Texas. Her sisters are Dr. Shellie
O’Neal, Lynn Martinez and Causby Henderson.
 
*Photo: Dr. Berri O’Neal – 2016 Alumna of the Year*

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Timpson Bear Update


Timpson ISD Bear Update
4/25/2016
 
Weekly Calendar of Events –
 
Mon. April 25 – Early Voting Begins for TISD School Trustee and Facilities
---------------- Bond Election in the Administration Building Boardroom at
---------------- 836 Bear Drive - Early Voting is today April 25 – Friday April
---------------- 29 and Monday May 2 – Tuesday May 3 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
 
---------------- TISD Staff Pay Day
 
Tues. April 26 – Baseball vs. Beckville @ Timpson – 6:30 p.m.
 
Wed. April 27 – UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest @ 9:25 a.m. at Troup ISD
 
Thurs. April 28 - 30 – Regional Track Meet in Palestine
 
Fri. April 29 – THS Cheerleader third payment due
-------------- Beta Club trip to Six Flags – Dallas
 
Sun. May 1 – Senior Baccalaureate Service @ First Baptist Church @ 6:30 p.m.
-------------(Seniors wear cap and gown)
 
TES Pre-K Newsletter - Attached is the Timpson Elementary School Pre-K newsletter.
 
 
THS Wins Area Track Meet - Timpson High School boys track team placed first at the Wednesday Area track meet with  116 points. Congratulations to the team and good luck to athletes who will compete in Regionals. Attached are the results from the Area track meet.  See attached Bears and Lady Bears results.
 
 
Timpson Lady Bears Track – The Lady Bears Track team had a very successful Area Track Meet in Beckville. Advancing to the Regional Track Meet in Palestine are: 4x100 relay and 2x200 Relay consisting of Jasmine Rogers, Ana Deleon, Alexus Wallace, and Cedesha Curtis; Cheyanne Porter in the 800m and 1600m Run; Emily Garcia in the High Jump. Congratulations to these young ladies and best of luck at the Regional Meet.  Results are on the Area track meet attachment.
 
 
THS Baseball News - Last Friday April 22, Timpson baseball team defeated Martinsville 11-1.  Blake Johnson pitched a complete game, and Hayden Smith was the leading hitter. Congratulations team!
 
 
Timpson Middle School Honor Roll - Attached is the Timpson Middle School fifth six weeks honor roll.
 
 
The Timpson Athletic Banquet – The Timpson Athletic Banquet will be on Monday, May 9, 2016, at Good Hope Activity Center at 7:00 pm. The tickets will be on sale in the high school office for $15.  The deadline for tickets will be Friday, May 6. Tickets will be $20 on May 9.
 
 
 
 

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Shelbyville I.S.D Accepting Student Transfers


Shelbyville ISD is noew accepting transfer students for the 2016-2017 school year.  For more information concact the Superintendent's Office at 936-598-2641.

 

 

 

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The FEMA/ Commissioners Court Specail Meeting


 

 

The commissioners Court meet on Monday at 9:30 am and approved the purchase of a ½ acre of land of the J. Smith Survey held in trust by Tenaha School District.  Jerry Frye with Fema came and explained that if the Shelby County Commissioners Court approves the National Flood insurance Program people could qualify for affordable flood insurance, in addition monetary aid would be given to Shelby County to repair the roads, and some individual home owner aid would be given out.  The court tabled the motion to vote on the National Flood insurance program, until the next meeting and adjourned.

 

 

 

Jerry Frye - FEMA speaker

 

 

 

large public turn out

 

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Election Early Voting in Timpson


Election Early Voting – Early voting for the trustee election and bond election begins today Monday, April 25 – Friday, April 29 and Monday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 3 in the Boardroom of the Administration Building from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Election day is May 7 in the Gym Foyer from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Timpson Teacher of the Year


 
It is my pleasure on behalf of the Timpson High School Faculty to introduce Ms. 
Kay Dawson.   She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with 
Masters Degree in Education .
 In 1965 she was seeking advice to help her determine what she would do with 
her future.  The advice she was given encouraged her to 1.) Get married 2.) Be a 
teacher or 3.) Be a nurse.  Mrs. Dawson decided to teach, and is still teaching and 
inspiring THS students to learn, take chances and do the very best job they can 
do!  Each day brings a new experience after 42 years of teaching.  When Kay 
started her career as a teacher she said lesson plans were hand written, student 
work was written on the chalkboard, students performed drill and practice 
exercises as a part of daily class work, classrooms were cold in the winter, you 
clean your own classroom and teachers had to hand crank on a mimeograph 
machine to just get a few copies of a worksheet when they were allowed to get 
them.   Today teaching is more exciting than ever and she teaches in a classroom 
that is warm in the winter, cool in the summer, cleaned daily for her, and has 
every possible teaching / learning tool at her fingertips.   She believes that every 
day presents a unique set of learners for her to encourage and inspire.  As a 
teacher she feels that it is her responsibility to foster an environment that 
provides students the tools to grow academically.  Mrs. Dawson has retired twice 
and returned to work in the classroom each time because she believes teaching is 
a lifelong calling.  THS is honored to present Ms. Kay Dawson as our campus 
representative for the Shelby County Teacher of the Year Program.  
 

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Timpson Bear Update


Timpson ISD Bear Update
4/22/2016
 
Bond Facts:  To answer some questions about the landscaping and the Bond budget, the landscaping is in reference to correcting drainage problems in various areas of the district. It is not shrubbery and flowers. It has to do with repairing areas such as in front of the band hall and Science facility where the mud flows over the sidewalk during and after rain and creates muddy and unsafe walking conditions. It has to do with the repair of poor drainage areas like around the track where there is inadequate drainage not allowing us to spend the money to resurface the track because it would only wash away.
   The way the bond works is that up to $9.5 million, the State pays for approximately 43% of the payment. If the district went out for a bond larger than this amount, the state would not send any more money than what we can generate with a bond of $9.5 million. The state would pay about 43% for a facilities bond up to $9.5 million but, we would be receiving less dollars from the state for a lessor bond. This bond is based upon a comprehensive needs assessment and does not address every single need because that would warrant a bond of several more million. TISD has not had a bond election in 30 years and has zero debt at this time.
 
THS Teacher of the Year - Ms. Kay Dawson was selected by the high school staff as the Timpson High School Teacher of the Year. She was also selected as the Shelby County Teacher of the Year. Attached is a photo of Ms. Dawson with the Shelby County Elementary Teacher of the Year Amber Graves and the speech THS Principal Ron Lindgren gave to introduce Ms.  Dawson at the Shelby County Teacher Appreciation reception held Wednesday at the civic center in Center. The TISD staff wishes to express their appreciation to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, the sponsors of the reception and the businesses who donated door prizes for honoring teachers in such a special way.
 
 
 

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The Lily Farm Mini Nursery


Blueberry Bushes at
The Lily Farm Mini Nursery
Mark Carpenter, owner of The Lily Farm, will be set up at the Lily Farm sign on 
Hwy 7 West with 3 gallon, 4 ft. tall blueberry bushes that are loaded with berries
this Saturday, April 23 at 9:00 a.m. The plants are $15.00 each or two for $25.00.
The Lily Farm mini nursery has a variety of plants including Tall Bearded Irises,
Pampas Grass, Privet, Ferns, Gardenias and Nandina.
The mini nursery is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
For more information contact Mark at 936-572-1962,
 

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Center City Council Meeting


AGENDA
The Center City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 5: 00
p. m. in the Council Room at City Hall. The following items are' on the agenda for
appropriate action:
1. Welcome guests and visitors.
II. Approval of Minutes of the Regular Meeting on April 11, 2016.
III. Consider Discussion and Possible Action on the following:
A. Consider all matters incident and related to approving and authorizing publication
of notice of intention to issue certificates of obligation, including the adoption of a
Resolution 2016- 10 pertaining thereto. (Enclosure 1)
B. Resolution 2016- 11 Authorizing Police Grant- Body Cams. (Enclosure 2)
C. Consideration ofExtension ofLawn Maintenance Contract. (Enclosure 3)
IV. Items of Interest from Council and City Manager, and Citizens— No Action Items.
A. Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Banquet — 6: 00 p.m. at Windham Civic
Center.
V. Executive Session
Consider entering executive session for legal consultation with the City Attorney and
discussion of pending litigation, personnel matters and land acquisition with possible
action related thereto upon reconvening in open session in accordance with Local
Government Code Section 551. 071, 551. 072 and 551. 074
V1. Adjournment.

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City of Joaquin Notice


City of Joaquin Notice of the May 7, 2016 General Election
(Aviso De Election Mayo 07, 2016)
 
To the Registered Voters of Joaquin, Texas:
 
(A los votantes registrados de Joaquin Texas):
Notice is hereby given that the polling place listed below will be open from 7:00am to 7:00pm on May 7, 2016, for voting in an Election to elect a (3) Three At-Large City Council members.
 (Notifiques, por la presente, es dado que los centros electorales listaron estará abajo abierto del 7:00 de la mañana a 7:00 de la tarde, en el 07 de mayo de 2016, para votar en una elección para elegir a un alcalde y Ayuntamiento de At-Large tres (3)miembros.
Location(s) of Polling Places (Las unbicaciones de Centros Electorales)
1109 HWY 84E Joaquin , Texas 75954
Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted each weekday at 124 N. Preston Street, Joaquin, Texas 75954 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm; beginning on April 25, 2016 and ending on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. 
(Votación temprana en persona se llevará a cabo cada día laborable en 124 N. Preston Street, Joaquin, Texas 75954 entre las horas de 8:00 y 16:00; comenzando el 25 de abril de 2016 y terminando en martes, 03 de mayo de 2016..)
Extended early voting hours will be held at the same location as follows: (Votar temprano adicional será tenido en la misma ubicación de la siguiente manera:)
April 25, 2016 and April 27, 2016, 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Applications for ballot by mail shall be mailed to: (Las solicitudes para boletas que se votaran en ausencia por correo deberan enviarse a)
Amanda Willey, Early Voting Clerk, 124 N. Preston, P.O. Box 237, Joaquin, Texas 75954
Applications for ballots by mail must be received no later than the close of business on (Las aplicaciones para vataciones por correo deben ser recibidas no luego que el fin del negocio en)
April 26, 2016 
 

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Center Dance Team


 
 
 
 
2016-17 seventh graders who are on CMS Dance Team for upcoming school year:
From Left: Gracie Whisenant, Jakievia Johnson, Emilee Elliot, Paris Bryant,
Abby Sneed, Mia Mahan
 
 
 
 
 
​Picture with 12 girls:
2016-17 eighth graders who are on CMS Dance Team for upcoming school year:
From left:
​Stefany Moreno
Kaitlyn Bailey
Kristen Orsak
Cecily Gibson
Malaney Cooper
Alexandria Patton
Shianne Shofner
Victoria Lee
Deasijah Ikner
Amiyah Williams
Faith Langford
Amari Daniels​

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*Panola College honors 58 Phi Theta Kappa inductees*


 
 
 
 
*Panola College honors 58 Phi Theta Kappa inductees*
 
Panola College recognized 58 students who were inducted into the Pi Beta
Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society in a ceremony at 5:30
p.m., Thursday, April 21. The ceremony was held in the Frances B. Ross
Ballroom of the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center.
 
The Panola Pipers, led by Sandra Bauer, choir director, entertained the
audience with two selections. Amy Denton Calhoun, chemistry professor and a
Pi Beta Alumna, was the guest speaker.
 
Students who qualified for PTK in Fall 2015 include Kaycie Chapman Gros,
Carthage; James Davis, Carthage; Janice Fincher, Gary; Rogelio Gonzalez,
Henderson; Coby Hammons, Carthage; Stephen Heath, Marshall; Chakera
Holcomb, DeBerry; Jessica Horton, Sulphur Springs; David Johnson, Carthage;
Matthew LeTourneau, Beckville; Elena Olvera, Longview; Melanie Pinkston,
Longview; Kyle Walker, Gary; Amber Weatherford, Carthage; Tyra Williams,
Henderson, and Chantel Woodard, Cibolo.
 
Students who qualified for PTK in Spring 2016 are Shelby Allen, Carthage;
Jarid Barton, Timpson; Thomas Bierman, Center; Jonathan Kyle Bryan,
DeBerry; Reiley Cohorst, Beckville; Jayme Cole, Marshall; Lewis Dales,
Shelbyville; Leticia De La Torre, Garrison; Nancy Dominguez-Aldaba,
Carthage; Shelby Dorchester, Marshall; Joshua Edge, Garrison; Cassie
Elizondo, Beckville; Miguel Garcia, Center; Osiel Garcia, Center; Kastley
Greer, Longview; Oscar Guerrero-Rodriguez, Carthage; Morgan Hamilton,
Beckville; Pierce Hollister, Texas City; Chelsea Johnson, Marshall; Vivian
Lugo, Marshall; J'Lene Martinez, Virgin Islands; Morgan Matthews, Joaquin;
Monica Montoya, Timpson, and Martha Moreno, Marshall.
 
Others qualifying in the spring semester include Desiree Nitzschke,
Carthage; Jennifer Olvera, Marshall; Joel Pallares, Center; Tyler Powell,
Silsbee; Daniel Quetzala, Garrison; Christopher Ramirez, Beckville; Joel
Rathbun, Carthage; Vanessa Renteria, Center; Dalton Ridgeway, Henderson;
Nancy Robbins, Bivins; Keandra Roquemore, Henderson; Holly Royer, Timpson;
Sharnice Rusk, Marshall; McCartney Satterwhite, Jacksonville; Sara Sellers,
Marshall; Tonya Smith, Waskom; Jessica Thompson, San Augustine, and Elida
Villarreal, Carthage.
 
Pi Beta Chapter sponsors are Tonya Fotinos and Emily Zabcik. Fotinos is
Department Chair of Mathematics and Science, and a biology professor at
Panola College. Zabcik is a mathematics professor at Panola College.
 

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Shelbyville Dragon Baseball


The Dragons will play Monday, April 25th vs Joaquin, in Shelbyville @ 6:00
pm. *Senior Night will start at 5:30 pm on Monday.

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COMMISSIONERS’ COURT SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS


COMMISSIONERS’ COURT
SPECIAL MEETING
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 April, 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 possible approve sealed bid for .50 acre out of the J. Smith Survey and held in trust by Tenaha School District, Trustee.
 
4. Jerry Frye with FEMA will explain and answer questions regarding the National Flood Insurance Program.
 
5. Discuss and possibly take action on becoming a member of the National Flood Insurance Program.
 
6.   Consider and possibly adopt the Resolution to become a member of the National Insurance Program.
 
7. Adjourn
 
 

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Panola College Job Fair 2016


Panola College Job Fair 2016

 

 

 

I recenlty attened the job fair watch the video for more information.  

 

 

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Obituaries for Friday, April 22


Mangum Funeral Home

Center, TX

 

35 year old Joseph Daniel "Joey" Stringer of Henderson passed away Wednesday the 20th in Henderson. His funeral service will be today, Friday the 22nd, at the Bar None Cowboy Church with Jason Taylor and Rev. Robert Fischer officiating. Internment will follow at Laneville Cemetary. Visitation will be today, Friday the 22nd, at 1pm until the time of the service.

 

Joey Stringer is survived by his wife, Brandy Stringer of Henderson, his mother, Cindy Harris of Greenwood, his father, Jimmy Stringer, 3 sisters, 2 brother-in-laws and grandparents Joe and Winola Ellis.

 

Rosewood Funeral Home

Porter, TX

 

70 year old Brenda Hughes Graham of Shelbyville passed away Wednesday the 20th at Nacogdoches Medical Center. Visitation will be today, Friday the 22nd, from 6-8pm ath Rosewood Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow in Graham Cemetary in Latexo.

 

Brenda Hughes Graham is survived by her son and his wife, Todd and Glendis Graham, her daughter and husband, Traci and Eric Oney of Crosby, 5 grandchildren, her uncle, Monk Peace, and aunt, Barbara Wilson. 

 

Community Funeral Home

Center, TX

 

91 year old Mr. Odell Caraway of Timpson passed away Thursday the 21st at his home. Services are pending

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Shelbyville Band Boosters annual BBQ Chicken Dinner


The Shelbyville Band Boosters will be having their annual BBQ Chicken plate dinner sale on Friday, April 29th, from 10:30 until 1:30pm at the Windham Civic Center.  
The chicken will be cooked by the Shelby County Cookers and plates will also include beans, potato salad, bread and a drink.
Please support the Band and their trip to Disney in May.  
Tickets can be purchased in advance from any band member, band booster member or by stopping by the Band Hall in Shelbyville.  
You can pick up your orders in the back of the Windham Civic Center, or the Band Boosters will deliver orders of 5 or more to your home or business.
Any questions please contact Ethel Jenkins at 936-572-1499
 

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Shelbyville Dragon Track Team Goes to Regional


The following Shelbyville Dragon and Lady Dragon Track teams have qualified
for the Regional Track Meet to be held in Palestine, TX on April 29-30
 
Area Track Results:  Athletes Advancing to Regional Track
 
Katie Casey - Area Champion - Shot Put
Bailey Rabalais - Area Champion - Discus
Jakyra Ross - Area Champion - Long Jump
Kiki Osby - Area Champion - 800 Dash
4x100 Relay - Area Champions - Hannah Hall, Cleosha Jeter, Jakyra Ross,
Jasmine Osby
4x200 Relay - Area Champions - Kiki Osby,  Cleosha Jeter, Jakyra Ross,
Hannah Hall
4x400 Relay - Area Champions - Kiki Osby, Cleosha Jeter, Jakyra Ross, Tori
Babin
Bailey Rabalis - 2nd Place - Shot Put
Cleosha Jeter - 3rd Place - Tripple Jump
Hannah Hall - 2nd Place - 300 Hurdles
Mack Wheeler - 3rd Place - 200 Dash
Ben Swearingen - 4th Place - 400 Dash
4x200 Relay - Bray Thomas, CJ Kirkwood, Mack Wheeler, Jacobi Jackson
 

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Tiger Weekly


Tiger Weekly
 
 
 
April 22, 2016-Baseball vs Mt. Enterprise There 6:30 pm; Cheerleader TryOuts 4 pm; Spring Pictures
 
April 23, 2016-100 Men in Black Program in SEC 3:00 pm; FFA at State
 
April 25, 2016-1st Day Early Voting; Picture Retake
 
April 26, 2016-Baseball in Joaquin 6:30 pm
 
April 27, 2016-HS UIL Concert & Sight Reading in Troup; Women in Energy (11th & 12th Grades)at Panola College
 
April 28, 2016-Spring Concert
 
April 29, 2016-Regional Track in Palestine
 
April 30, 2016- Regional Track in Palestine
 
May 2, 2016-EOC Testing
 
May 3, 2016-Elementary Robotics in Kilgore; EOC Testing; Last Day to Early Vote
 
May 6, 2016-Kindergarten Field Trip-Ag Day in Center
 
May 7, 2017-Election Day
 
May 9, 2016-STAAR Testing; Willie Velasquez Day
 
May 10, 2016- BETA Induction 6:00 pm; Tiger Gym  reserved for Rodeo Meeting 
 
May 11, 2016-EOC Testing
 
May 12, 2016-State HS Track in Austin; 3rd Graders Field Trip in Rusk-Train Ride; Tiger Doll TryOuts 4:30 pm
 
May 16, 2016-Jr/Sr Field Trip to Holocaust Museum in Dallas
 
May 17, 2016-Elem/MS Awards 9am in SEC; HS Awards Banquet 6:30 pm; Student Physicals
 
May 18, 2016- MS Robotics in Kilgore
 
May 19, 2016-Tiger Fest in SEC 5:30 pm includes  8th Grade Completion Ceremonies & Kindergarten Graduation; HS Robotics in Kilgore
 
May 20, 2016-Early Release; End 6th Grading Period; Scholarship Assembly 9:30 am in SEC
 
 
 
 
 
Tenaha ISD Kindergarten students enjoyed a "Build A Bug" lesson which incorporated both math and science TEKS.
 

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Another Joaquin Softball Game Change


 
The JHS Softball game scheduled yesterday vs Gary has been moved to today,
Friday, 04/22 at 5:00 pm in Gary.
 

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Texas Treasure Business Award


San Augustine has two award recipients of the prestigious Texas Historical
Commission Texas Treasure Business Award and they are: 
 
.    San Augustine Motor Company
 
.    San Augustine Tribune 
 
Please come celebrate with the FEATURE FAMILIES, the Fussell and the Hays
family. 
 
12 Noon Saturday, May 7, downtown San Augustine the highlight of the A Texas
Treasure Heritage Festival  (9-5)
 
These two businesses were nominated by Senator Robert Nichols.    
 

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The Center Woman’s Reading Club


The Center Woman’s Reading Club
Meeting of April 7, 2016
 
The Center Woman’s Reading Club met in the Reddit Room at the Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library.  Mrs. Dottie West was the hostess as well as program leader.  President Janene Walker welcomed members.  
 
After a brief business meeting, Dottie West presented the book Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured, by Kathryn Harrison.  It is the story of a peasant teenage girl, with voices in her head and courage in her heart who, 600 years ago, rallied the French army and the people against the English and placed King Charles VII on the throne.
 
Joan was born in 1412, in northeastern France to poor tenant farmers.   At the time of Joan’s birth, France was in the middle of the long-running war with England known as The Hundred Years’ War.  By the early 15th century, northern France was a lawless frontier of marauding armies.   Living in an agricultural community such as where Joan and her family lived, they did not have the protection and defense of those living in the walled cities.  Therefore, armies, both English and French, threatened them, constantly.  
 
Joan’s family was Catholic.  Her mother was especially devout.  Joan learned piety and domestic skills from her mother. Around the age of 12 or 13, Joan apparently began hearing voices and experiencing visions, which she interpreted as signs from God.  At first the visions encouraged her to attend church and lead a pious life.  Over time, they became more vivid and the Saints Michael and Catherine designated her as the savior of France.  The Saints encouraged her to seek an audience with Charles, the heir to the throne, and ask his permission to expel the English and install him as the rightful King.
 
The Saints also instructed her to first meet with a commander and supporter of Charles.  At first the Commander refused to meet her, but after seeing that she was gaining the approval of villagers her gave her a horse and an escort of several soldiers to go meet Charles.   It was suggested that Joan dress more like a soldier and less like a peasant girl when meeting Charles, so Joan, cropped her hair and dressed in men’s clothes for her journey to Charles’ court.
 
At first, Charles did not know what to think of this peasant girl who claimed she would lead him to the throne.  Prominent theologians examined and interrogated her.  They reported that she was very pious and very smart.
 
Finally, Charles gave Joan armor and a horse and allowed her to accompany the army to Orleans, the site of an English siege.  The French troops took control of the English fortifications.   The people of Orleans were so excited to see her, they had to touch her and touch her horse.  And during all the battles, Joan remained devout, attending Mass before or after every battle.
 
Charles was later crowned King of France and Joan was at his side.
 
A year later, Joan was thrown from her horse while in battle and captured by the enemy.  She was tried in an English stronghold by an ecclesiastical court.  King Charles did nothing to obtain her release.  There were many charges against her including, sorcery and horse theft, but she was eventually found guilty of wearing men’s clothes and claiming God had directly contacted her.  She was burned at the stake in the marketplace of Rouen, in 1431.  She was 19 years old.
 
After her death, the Hundred Year War continued for another 22 years.  In 1456, King Charles ordered an investigation into her case that declared Joan of Arc to be officially innocent of all charges and designated as a martyr.  She was canonized as a saint on May 16, 1920, and is the patron saint of France.
 
Mrs. West served delicious refreshments and a time of fellowship followed the program.
 
The Center Woman’s Reading Club will be joining the Carthage Book Club on April 21, 2016.  They will listen to author Gae Lynn Woods speak.  They will meet at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.  Lunch will follow at the Bistro.  This lovely event will take the place of the regularly scheduled April 21st meeting.
 

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Pound Day


FARM POND PROGRAM PLANNED
 
“Good pond management is essential to having a pond that will provide recreation and fish for the pond owner,” stated Lane Dunn, Shelby County Texas A&M AgrilLIFE Extension Agent for agriculture.  To help pond owners become better managers, A&M AgriLIFE Extension will sponsor a Farm Pond Management Seminar on May 10th, 2016 starting at 6:00P.M.
The late afternoon program will focus on topics that include stocking rates, water quality for fish, weed identification and control with chemical and biological methods.    
Ken Hale with Boatcycle out of Henderson will be discussing Weed Identification, Control, Water Quality, Stocking rates and Biological weed control using Tilapia.”  Ken Hale has spoken to producers all over East Texas and has worked with owners of small ponds and large lakes.  We will have a new twist to our annual pond program.  “Working Dogs For Conservation” 
will be demonstrating how they help detect invasive species threatening our land and water resources.  
 
Jheri-Lynn McSwain, CEA-FCS will present “Ways to Prepare Delicious Fish Dishes”.  Individuals may bring pond water samples to be tested for water quality.  Weed samples may also be brought for identification. 
The seminar will be held at the Weldon Boles farm in Center.  Take 96 South for 3 miles toward San Augustine, turn left on CR 1006 (Old City Lake Road).  Turn at brown pipe fence on left.  Please bring lawn chairs.  No registration fee will be charged.
Those who attend will receive 2.0 CEU’s towards the requirements for the private applicators license.  Please R.S.V.P. by May 4, 2016 by contacting the Shelby County Extension office at (936) 598-7744 for meal purposes.  Meal is sponsored by McAdams Propane and will be cooked by Billy Bob and Josh McAdams.
 
 

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Don't Wanna Cook Tonight???


Don't Wanna Cook Tonight???
 
The San Augustine ISD Student Council will be
Hosting a *Chicken Spaghetti *Fundraiser Dinner:
 
(includes homemade cobbler)
 
 
When:  Today, April 21
 
Time:  4:30 - 7:30 pm
 
Where:  High School Cafeteria
 
Price:  $ 8.00/ plate
*TAKE-OUT AVAILABLE*

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Shelbyville Dragon Update


The Lady Dragons will play in Shelbyville  tonight, April 21 @ 7:00 pm vs
West Sabine. Senior night will begin at 6:30 pm
 
The Shelbyville Dragon baseball game vs Mt. Enterprise has been cancelled
for today, April 21

 

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Shelbyville Lady Dragon T-Shirts


 

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Joaquin SPORTS UPDATE


The Joaquin softball game scheduled for today (04/21) is going to be 
 at 5:00 pm in Garry.
 
JHS Baseball Game vs. Beckville will be played tonight (04/21) at 6:30 at
Gary High School.
 

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Timpson Bear Update


Timpson ISD Bear Update
4/20/2016
 
 
The Bond Project Will Benefit High School – Timpson High School which has received 2 renovations over the past few years, would benefit from the TISD bond passage.  Projects that would benefit the high school include:
 
•     A new vocational/technical building that will have two additional classrooms for high school classes and two additional technology classrooms for high school and middle school.  These classes will offer certification classes that will allow students to be certified in various fields/work areas that will make them job ready upon graduation from high school and will allow students to take more college classes reducing college costs for parents, essentially an online college will be created for students.
 
•    The high school restrooms will be upgraded
 
•    The corridors/hallways will be heated and cooled
 
•    Security cameras will be installed to enhance the safety of the students and staff
 
•    New hallway clocks will be installed
 
•    Doors will be installed at the east/west entries improving safety and security
 
•    Landscaping in the front of the building will be completed
 
Early voting for the Timpson ISD facilities bond election begins Monday April 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the TISD boardroom of the administration building located at 836 Bear Drive.

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Joaquin Baseball Change


The JHS Softball game scheduled for today has been moved to tomorrow
(04/21) at 5:00 pm in Joaquin.

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Construction in Lufkin


LUFKIN - What was originally planned as two upcoming weekend closures on Business 59/North Timberland Drive at the A&NR Railroad Bridge has been rescheduled due to inclement weather.
The roadway is scheduled to be closed from Thursday, April 28 through Sunday, May 1 in order for construction crews to place bridge girders. Detour signs will be placed at alternate routes on SH 103 and SL 287.
Austin Bridge and Road Services, contractors for the $11.4 million project, is working to replace the railroad bridge and reconstruct Business 59 beneath the bridge. The roadway was recently opened to limited traffic with a clearance of 17 feet.
Motorists are advised to slow their speed through the area and obey the four-way flashing stop lights near the construction site. The project is expected to be completed in late summer, weather permitting.

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Joaquin School Board Meeting Minutes


Minutes of School Board Meeting
April 18, 2016
 
1  The Joaquin ISD School Board met tonight in regular session at 6:00 p.m. in the Joaquin Boardroom 
with the following members present:  Jay Dee Cockrell, Ronnie Belrose, Tam Hearnsberger, Thomas Harvey, Jimmy Hamilton, and Chrisco Bragg 
 
Board members absent:  Charles Leflett
 
Guest(s) Present: Jeff Cater
 
Joaquin ISD Employee(s) Present:  Phil Worsham, Superintendent; Joel Bumback, Director of Finance; 
Jimmy Jackson, High School Principal; Sherry Scruggs, Elementary Principal;  Bert Coan, Assistant Elementary Principal; Donna Vergo, Human Resources; Steven McCann, Women’s Athletic Director; Wade Lawson, Men’s Athletic Director; Lynn Silvey, Teacher; Mark Bonner, Maintenance Director
     
Jay Dee Cockrell, President, called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
 
2  The invocation was led by Ronnie Belrose, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America 
    by Jimmy Hamilton, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag was led by Chrisco Bragg.
3  Audience Participation – None
4  Report and Information items:
4.1 High School UIL Academic - Lynn Silvey and Athletic Spotlight – Steven McCann and Wade Lawson
4.2 Presentation to Retiring Board Member Charles Leflett
4.3 Review Monthly Financial Reports – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance
4.4 May 7th School Board Election
4.5 TASB Spring Board workshop in Nacogdoches
4.6 Major Summer Repairs – Mark Bonner, Director of Maintenance 
4.7 Correspondence
5  Agenda Items for discussion, consideration, and possible action:
5.1  It was moved by Ronnie Belrose, and Tam Hearnsberger, to approve the previous meetings 
       minutes.  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.
5.2  It was moved by Tam Hearnsberger, and seconded by Ronnie Belrose, to certify Phil Worsham, 
        Superintendent Joaquin ISD as the School District Representative to Regional Advisory Committee.  
        Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.
5.3  It was moved by Jimmy Hamilton, and seconded by Chrisco Bragg, to nominate Phil Worsham, Superintendent 
        of Joaquin ISD to represent Shelby County on the Region VII Executive Committee.     
        Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.
5.4  It was moved by Chrisco Bragg, and seconded by Ronnie Belrose, to approve TASB Update 104  as 
         recommendations per the instruction sheet.  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It      
         carried unanimously.   Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously
5.5  It was moved by Chrisco Bragg, and seconded by Tam Hearnsberger, to approve TASB’s recommendations for 
        local update and policy review on January 19, 2016.  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the 
        motion.  It carried unanimously.
6  The board entered closed session in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government 
    Code Section 551.074 at 6:57 p.m. on April 18, 2016. 
6.1 Resignations, hiring and Contracts – Texas Government Code Section 551.074
    1.  Resignations and Retirements
6.2 Teacher Contracts
7  The board entered open session in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act at 7:43 p.m. on    
    April 18, 2016.  Agenda Items for discussion, consideration, and possible action: 
7.1    It was moved by Ronnie Belrose, and seconded by Tam Hearnsberger, to confirm the resignation of 
         Ashley LuPPlace and Shonda Elliott.    Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.  
7.2    No action taken
8  Jay Dee Cockrell, Board President, asked for items to be placed on the next board agenda.   
Discuss summer repair projects  
Discuss Joaquin’s practice for Dual Credit course and paying for courses
9  Designation of date and time of next meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin ISD 
          May 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.  
 
10  With no further business on the agenda the meeting was adjourned at 7:47 p.m. 
 

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SHELBYVILLE OFFENSIVE SKILLS BASKETBALL CAMP


SHELBYVILLE OFFENSIVE SKILLS
BASKETBALL CAMP
MAY 23,24,25,26
CAMP INFORMATION:
 
Camp will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 p.m.  You may drop your child off by 7:30 AM.
The focus of this camp will be on developing footwork, ball handling, and scoring skills of young athletes. We will also develop their ability to read defense, understand floor spacing, and make appropriate situational decisions. 
Awards will be given for competitive drills and Camp MVP. 
A concession stand will be available for participants to purchase snacks and cold drinks.  You may leave money in an account with the concession manager each morning if you are worried about it being lost. 
All campers registered before May 13th  will be guaranteed a Camp T-Shirt!
 
AGE DIVISIONS:
There are 3 Divisions: 
Division 1 – Grades k-3, Division 2 – Grades 4 – 6, Division 3 – Grades 7 – 9. 
Unfortunately, it is not within guidelines for us to instruct our own athletes over the summer in the upper grade levels.  
CAMP INSTRUCTORS:
Nigel Boyles – Head Girls’ Basketball Coach, Shelbyville, 19 years Head Coaching Experience, 364 Career Wins, 2 Regional Championship Appearances, 4 Regional Tournament Appearances, 12 Play-Off Appearances, 7 District Championships 
David Schmidt – Head Boys Basketball Coach, Shelbyville, 26 years Head Coaching Experience, 480 Career Wins, 20 Play-Off Appearances, 5 District Championships, Director of Don Eddy Basketball 
Camps.
Shakoya Cartwright – Assistant Coach, Shelbyville HS
Joe Boykins – Assistant Coach, Shelbyville HS
 
COST AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
 
The cost is $25 for all entries pre-registered on or before May 22nd. 
The cost is $35 for all entries same day registration.
If you wish to register siblings there is a discount at $40 for 2 campers, $60 for 3 campers, if you have more than that….God love you!  The rest are $5 each! 
Same Day Registration will be allowed the first morning of camp in the Competition gym from 7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
For Questions Contact:
Nigel Boyles – 936-371-9955
nigelb@shelbyville.k12.tx.us
 

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Timpson Bear Update


Timpson ISD Bear Update
4/19/2016
 
 
 
Softball Game Re-scheduled - Today's softball game has been rescheduled due to rain. We will be playing tonight at 7pm in Cushing.  Watch the Bear Updates for any further changes.
 
 
There will be a Disney Trip Band Parent Meeting on Thursday, April 21st at 5:30 p.m. in the Band Hall.
 
TISD Bond Election Financial Facts – The Timpson ISD Facilities Bond Election is May 7th.  The amount of the bond is $9,500,000.00.  This amount maximizes state facilities grant money that is currently available to school districts.  With the state facilities grant the state will pay approximately 43% of the $9,500,000.00 bond.  Timpson ISD has retained the 20% local homestead exemption which deducts 20% of the taxable value off the homestead.  The state homestead exemption has increased from $15,000 to $25,000.  For example, on a $100,000 homestead the local tax exemption would reduce the taxable value to $80,000 and the state exemption would reduce it by $25,000 for a total taxable value of $55,000 instead of $100,000.  Only 3 of the 15 surrounding districts offer the 20% homestead exemption.  Homeowners age 65 and over can apply for a homeowner’s tax freeze for their homestead and up to 5 acres.  This means their homeowner taxes will not increase even if the bond passes unless they make property improvements.  A homeowner whose homestead is valued at $65,000 will pay only a $79 increase in school taxes per year.  Timpson ISD currently has no debt.  The website www.texastransparency.org<http://www.texastransparency.org> has 74 public entities in Texas that are having bond elections in May.  Of the 74 districts only 7 do not have tax supported debt as of 8/31/2014.  Timpson ISD is one of the seven listed that currently has no debt.  If you have questions about the financial aspects of the bond or any other bond related information, please plan to attend the informational meeting scheduled for Monday May 2nd in the Timpson High School Auditorium at 6:00 p.m.
 
THS Girls District Track Meet - Timpson High School girls track team placed third in district. Nine members of the track team will compete in area track meet scheduled for April 20 in Beckville.  See picture of Jasmine Rodgers, Alexis Wallace and Tyciana Earl.
 
Results from the Varsity Girls District Track Meet
* indicates moving on to AREA
Discus -             *Patience Brannan      3rd      84' 7"
                           *Jakaria Deckard          4th      78'  0 1/2"
Triple Jump        Jasmine Rogers          5th      30' 1 3/4"
High Jump        *Emily Garcia               1st        4' 7"
3200 M Run      Linsey Culver              5th      17:33.97
                             Macy Henson             6th     18:26.92
400 M Relay     *Jasmine Rogers, Cedesha Curtis,
                              Alexus Wallace. Ana Deleon   2nd  52.74
800 M Run        *Cheyanne Porter      3rd       2:39.69
800 M Relay      *Alexus Wallace, Cedesha Curtis,
                               Jasmine Rogers, Ana Deleon    2nd   1:49.04
300 M Hurdles    Emily Garcia                5th        55.30
200 M Dash       * Cedesha Curtis          2nd       28.36
1600 M Run      *Cheyanne Porter        1st         6:12.46
                                Emily Garcia               6th         7:02.42
1600 M Relay    *Ana Deleon, Cheyanne Porter,
                                Jasmine Rogers, Alexus Wallace  3rd   4:37.8
 
Timpson High School District Track Results - Timpson High School varsity track team recently competed in the district track meet placing second overall.  See attached photos of Hayden, Jordan and Devonte’.
Varsity Boys District Track Meet Results:
* indicates moving on to AREA
Shot -    *Bryan Torres  1st  45' 3 1/4"
.              *Nictaeo Scourton 2nd  43' 0 1/2"
.              *Jeremy Wagstaff  4th  38' 2"
Discus - *Chandler Burgay  1st      135' 10"
.              *Bryan Torres        3rd      114' 10"
.               Jose Mejia             6th       106' 5"
Long Jump - * Jordan  Osby   2nd    20'  0 3/4"
.                         Chris Piro         5th    19' 3"
Triple Jump - * Jordan Osby       1st  43' 10"
.                     Jon Grogan          6th    38' 2"
400 M Relay *                          1st    43.7
Devonta Thompson, Hayden Smith, Chris Piro, Jordan Osby
800 M Run - *James Moore   2nd    2:13.6
110 M Hurdles - * Cutter Smith      3rd     16.6
100 M Dash -   * Devonta Thompson   1st   11.18
.                        * Jordan Osby              2nd    11.7
.                        * Kendall Davis             3rd      11.8
800 M Relay                                          5th        1:34.9
Jordan Osby, Jaden Johnson, Datrien Bendy, Chris Piro
400 M Dash - * Hayden Smith               1st      51.8
300 M Hurdles - *Cutter Smith               3rd     43.75
.                             Trystan Fisher           7th     47.56
200 M Dash - *Devonta Thompson          1st   22.75
1600 M Relay  *                                         2nd   3:36.1
James Moore, Cutter Smith, Hayden Smith, Jaden Johnson
 
TES First Grade News – Mrs. Archer’s first grade class had 100% of all of her students meet Tier One status on the I-Station assessment.  This means all students in her class are at or above grade level.  Congratulations to Mrs. Archer and her students for this outstanding achievement.
 

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PANOLA COLLEGE OFFERS MOTHER’S DAY GLAM SESSION


 
The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education division is offering
Mother’s Day Glam Session on Saturday, May 7, 2016.  There will be two
sessions this date from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00
p.m.  The cost of each session is $30.00.  Each attendant will receive a
manicure and a hair wash and style.  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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*Juan Garcia Finishes First in Panola College 5K*


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Juan Garcia of Center took first place in the 2016 Panola College 5K Run on
Saturday, April 16. Second place went to Edgar Pineda, followed by Osiel
Garcia in third. The first female runner to cross the finish line was
Regina Massingill. Coming in seventh of all the runners was 13-year-old
Ethan Wolfe, running as part of the Carthage Fire Department team.
 
 
 
Naples said the SGA volunteers worked tirelessly to conduct the event.
Almost 200 people signed up to run or walk in this year’s 5K event, which
benefits Panola College students, faculty, staff, and projects through the
Panola College Foundation.
 
 
 
The Student Government Association, sponsored by Brian Naples, government
professor, organizes the annual event in conjunction with the Foundation.
The officially timed event draws runners from across Texas and Louisiana.
Official timed results are still being tallied and will be sent to Panola
College.
 
 
 
This year, the fourth annual Panola College chili cook-off was held as part
of the activity. Student judges tasted six different chili concoctions, and
determined that the recipe entered by Tim Fotinos was the first place
finisher, followed closely by the entry prepared by Panola College
President, Dr. Greg Powell.
 
 
 
“The SGA has done an excellent job organizing the Panola College 5K
fundraiser over the last six years. The Panola College Foundation
appreciates the students’ hard work and leadership that is reflected in the
funds they raise for the Foundation every year,” said Jessica Pace,
Director of Institutional Advancement. “It is one of several events that
help support the efforts of the Panola College Foundation.”
 
 
 

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Joaquin Game Change


The JHS softball game scheduled for today (April 19th) vs. Gary has been
rescheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, April 20th at 5:00 pm in Joaquin.

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Shelbyville Dragon Game Change - UPDATED


The Dragon baseball game vs Mt. Enterprise has been cancelled for today. It
has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 21 at 4:00 pm in Mt.
Enterprise.
 
The Lady Dragons game vs West Sabine has been cancelled for today, April
19th

 

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Panola College Helps Host Career and Job Fair in Center - April 22


*Panola College Helps Host Career and Job Fair in Center*
 
 
Panola College will be partnering with Work Force Solutions on April 22nd
to host the Career and Job Fair at the John D. Windham Civic Center.  The
event will showcase the opportunities for individuals in Shelby County. The
event is free to the public and will be held from 1pm to 3pm. Panola
College will have all of their technical programs on hand to visit with
you. Come out and see what career opportunities are available for you!

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Timpson Bear Update


Timpson ISD Bear Update
4/18/2016
 
Weekly Calendar of Events –
 
**Please check Bear Updates for possible changes due to weather.
Mon. April 18 – First day of sixth six weeks
--------------------- THS blood drive
 
Tues. April 19 –** Baseball vs. Gary – There @ 6:30 p.m.
--------------------- **Softball vs. Cushing – There @ 5:00 p.m.
--------------------- Grades due
 
Wed. April 20 – **Area track meet in Beckville
--------------------- Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Teacher Reception @ Civic Center in Center @ 4:00 p.m.
 
Thurs. April 21 – 5th six weeks report cards sent home
--------------------- FFA State CDE Tarleton State University @ Stephenville
--------------------- TES data charts due
--------------------- TES tutorial letters sent home
 
Fri. April 22 – TSR Parts I & II due
-------------------- **Baseball vs. Martinsville – There @ 6:30 p.m.
--22nd & 23rd--- UIL Regional academic Meet @ Panola College
 
Sat. April 23---- THS Prom @ SFASU @ 8:00 p.m.
 
TES Pre-K News - Zoie Whitton and Terry Morris recently played for Pre-K.  They played the Mountain Dulcimer.  Some of the songs they played were London Bridge, Mary Had A Little Lamb, and many more.
 
 

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Lasting Impressions Celebrates 20th Anniversary


Lasting Impressions  owner Paula Jones, will be joined by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors on Tuesday, April 19 at 11:00 a.m. The 20th anniversary of the business will be celebrated at 112 Foster Street.
The original business establishment was Lasting Impressions owned by Paula Jones
 and JB Classics owned by Jill Baty as they opened in March 1996 on the Center square
upstairs in the same building that was also occupied by Kerri & Co. The rapid growth
of the business took them to the Payne Building in 1997 and then was followed by
 a purchase from Jill Baty and became known simply as Lasting Impressions.
Business growth continued and land was purchased from F.E. Parker, and with his 
help construction began and in April 2002 Lasting Impressions opened its doors for
the first time at its current site at 112 Foster Street. Business developed yet 
again and Lasting Impressions experienced an expansion in September 2005.
Through the years Lasting Impressions has prided itself and thrived on old fashioned
friendly service. The public is invited to join in the anniversary celebration. 
They can be found on the Chamber's website at www.shelbycountychamber.com, Facebook
or Instagram.
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936)
598-3682 

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Panola Wins


Panola College squared off with Angelina College this past weekend for a
three game series.  Angelina won game one in Lufkin 7-3.  Panola responded
by winning game two 9-8, and game three 9-6 at home in Carthage.  With the
wins Panola now extends there regular season record to 32-12 on the season
and 12-9 in Region-14 East zone conference play.
 
*Game #1*
Colby Price (Nederland, TX) did all he could to give Panola a boost, but it
wasn't enough to get past Angelina, as Panola lost 7-3 on in Lufkin Texas
on Thursday.
 
Price had a busy day at the plate, collecting two extra-base hits. He
homered in the first inning and doubled in the fifth inning.
 
Angelina's lineup had no answer for Christian Cuevas (Bayamon, PR). Cuevas
held Angelina hit-less over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked one
and struck out two.
 
Angelina was sparked by Henshaw and McPherson, who teamed up for four hits
and four RBIs.
 
Cayne Ueckert (Jasper, TX) was charged with the loss. He lasted just two
innings, walked none, struck out two, and allowed three runs.
 
 
The bottom of the first saw Angelina take an early lead, 1-1. Linqua
singled to ignite Angelina's offense. A single by Estrada then moved Linqua
from first to second. Henshaw singled, plating Linqua.
 
Panola pushed across one run in both the third inning and the fifth. In the
third, Panola scored on a solo home run by Jansen McCurdy (White Oak, TX).
 
The lead stayed with Angelina after the third, when it scored two runs on a
two-run single by McPherson.
 
Panola scored one run in the top of the fifth to cut its deficit to one. An
RBI single by Austin Sojka (Huntington Beach, CA) gave life. The Panola
threat came to an end when Holatier finally got Chad McKinney (Hughes
Springs, TX) to fly out.
 
Angelina survived Panola's surge and put up three runs of its own in the
fifth. Angelina scored on a solo home run by Henshaw, a solo home run by
Andrews, and a sacrifice fly by Miranda.
 
 
*Game #2 *With the score tied at eight, Hector Morales (Royal Palm Beach,
FL) came to the plate and singled, scoring Logan Bailey (Hallsville, TX) to
win the game for Panola in the bottom of the seventh.
 
Morales racked up two RBIs on two hits for Panola.
 
Each team blasted the other's pitching, and there were 17 total runs and 19
hits during the game.
 
Miguel Ausua (Penueals, PR) got the win for Panola. He allowed two runs
over one inning. Ausua struck out two, walked one and gave up one hit.
 
Panola was sparked by Morales and Bailey, who teamed up for four hits and
three RBIs.
 
The top of the first saw Angelina take an early lead, 3-0. Angelina's
offense woke up as Estrada singled before Adams singled, bringing home
Estrada and Henshaw. More runs came home for Angelina when McPherson scored
on an RBI single by West.
 
After posting two runs in the third, Angelina again scored two in the
seventh. In the third, Angelina scored on a solo home run by Henshaw.
 
Panola didn't give up the lead after the seventh inning. Additional runs
came from an RBI double by Bailey and an RBI single by Morales.
 
 
*Game #3 *Panola and Angelina volleyed the lead five times in the game
three rubber game on Saturday, but when the dust settled Panola would
finish on top 9-6 to take the series two games to one.
 
Panola finally managed to grab the lead after a strong sixth inning. Panola
went up for good on an RBI single by Logan Bailey (Hallsville, TX),
bringing home Colby Price (Nederland, TX).
 
It was a good day at the plate for Panola's Price. Price went 4-5, drove in
one and scored one run. He doubled in the fourth inning and singled in the
second, sixth, and seventh innings.
 
Christian Cuevas (Bayamon, PR) got the win in relief for Panola. Cuevas
pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed no runs.
 
Angelina jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first. The
Angelina attack began with a single from Bellamy. A single by West then
moved Bellamy from first to second. Angelina pushed more runs across when
Estrada scored on a sacrifice fly by McPherson.
 
Panola scored three runs of its own in the first. Panola scored on an RBI
double by Austin Sojka (Huntington Beach, CA), an error, and an RBI single
by Landon Marshall (Huntington Beach, CA).
 
Panola built upon its lead with two runs in the seventh. A pinch hit single
by Chad McKinney (Hughes Springs, TX) ignited the offense, plating
Marshall. That was followed up by Price's single, bringing home Andrew Pace
(Beaumont, TX).
 

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2016 Pond Day


FARM POND PROGRAM PLANNED
 
“Good pond management is essential to having a pond that will provide recreation and fish for the pond owner,” stated Lane Dunn, Shelby County Texas A&M AgrilLIFE Extension Agent for agriculture.  To help pond owners become better managers, A&M AgriLIFE Extension will sponsor a Farm Pond Management Seminar on May 10th, 2016 starting at 6:00P.M.
The late afternoon program will focus on topics that include stocking rates, water quality for fish, weed identification and control with chemical and biological methods.    
Ken Hale with Boatcycle out of Henderson will be discussing Weed Identification, Control, Water Quality, Stocking rates and Biological weed control using Tilapia”.  Ken Hale has spoken to producers all over East Texas and has worked with owners of small ponds and large lakes.  Jheri-Lynn McSwain, CEA-FCS will present “Ways to Prepare Delicious Fish Dishes”.  Individuals may bring pond water samples to be tested for water quality.  Weed samples may also be brought for identification. 
 
 
 
Pond Day 2016 will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Weldon Boles Farm
 
(96 South for 3 Miles toward San Augustine, Turn Left on CR 1006-Old City Lake Road, Turn at brown pipe fence on left.) Please bring Lawn Chairs 2 CEU (1-General, 1-Integrated Pest)
Ken Hale-with Boatcycle “Weed Control, Water Quality and Stocking Rates”
Jheri-Lynn McSwain-CEA/FCS “Ways to Prepare Delicious Fish Dishes”
Lane Dunn—CEA/Ag/NR “Weed Identification and Testing Water Samples”
Pond owners are encouraged to bring pond water samples to be tested for water
quality. Weed samples may also be brought for identification. There is no
cost for this program, although we ask for you to R.S.V.P. by May 4th with the
Extension Office for meal purposes. 936-598-7744 or 3223.
 

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VFW LOYALTY DAY OBSERVANCE


VFW LOYALTY DAY OBSERVANCE
 
Loyalty Day originally began as "Americanization Day" in 1921 as a counter
to the Communists' May 1 celebration of the Russian Revolution. On May 1,
1930, 10,000 VFW members staged a rally at New York's Union Square to
promote patriotism.   May 1st evolved into Loyalty Day and the first
official observance of the day was in 1959 after the signing of Public Law
85-529 on July 18, 1958.  

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YOUTH ESSAY PROGRAM FOR 2016 - 17


YOUTH ESSAY PROGRAM FOR 2016 - 17
 
 
 
The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Headquarters has just released the
themes for their youth essay programs, Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy.
 
 
 
The Patriot's Pen program gives students an opportunity to write essays
expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme.  For 2016 - 17 this
theme is "The America I Believe In".  This year more than 120,000 students
participated nationwide with the national winner receiving $5,000.  The
competition is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students enrolled in
public, private or parochial schools.  Home-schooled students are also
eligible.  The essay must be 300-400 typewritten words and the student must
write their own essay.  
 
 
 
Since 1947 the Voice of Democracy has been the VFW's premier scholarship
program.  Each year, almost 40,000 high school students compete for more
than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing
and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. This year's theme
is, My Responsibility To America.  It is open to all students in grades 9 -
12 who are enrolled in public, private or parochial schools.  Home-schooled
students are also eligible.  The essay must be between 3 - 5 minutes.
 
 
 
Competition begins at the VFW post level and are due by November 1, 2016.
Schools will be contacted with entry forms at the beginning of the 2016 - 17
school year.  If you would all the information and a head start over the
summer go to www.vfw.org/youth <http://www.vfw.org/youth>  to download the
entry form.  Questions call post quartermaster Larry Hume at 598-2976.
 
 

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ENTRIES NOW BEING TAKEN FOR SHELBY COUNTY SHERIFF POSSE RODEO QUEEN CONTEST


ENTRIES NOW BEING TAKEN FOR SHELBY COUNTY SHERIFF POSSE RODEO QUEEN CONTEST
 
Entries are now being taken for the Queen, Duchess and Princess contest for the Shelby County Sheriff Posse Rodeo slated for June 3 & 4, 2016.  There is an awesome prize package this year including custom saddles and buckles for all three categories, as well as 1st runner-up, horsemanship, photogenic and Miss Congeniality awards.  There are 3 age groups: Queen contestants must be between the ages of 16 and 24; Duchess contestants between 11 and 15, and Princess contestants between 5 and 10 years of age.  Age group will be determined as of May 1.  The contestants will compete in speeches, modeling and interviews, as well as horsemanship competition.  All competition is open to the public except for the personal interview portion.  Entry is open to eligible young ladies who reside in Texas.  Reigning royalty include Queen Morgan Patton of Crowley ; Duchess Cheyanne Barrett (also 2015 Miss Rodeo Texas Princess) of Cleveland; and Princess Gracie Leach of Shelbyville.  These young ladies will be making appearances at local sponsor businesses during rodeo week. A Rodeo Queen clinic will be held Saturday, May 21, from 8:30 to 5:00.  The cost is $100 which includes pageant notebook and lunch. Please register by May 18.
For more information and entry form, contact Ann Blackwell at 936-590-1855 or 936-590-9126 or you can email at tablackwell@yahoo.com or message on FB. Entry deadline is May25, 2016.  
 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 
The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Monday, April 18, 2016
6:00 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Open Forum
4. Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
5. Monthly Reports:
a. City Secretary
b. Utility Billing Manager
c. Public Works Manager
d. Fire Department
6. Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.
7. Discussion & Council Action on Public Safety Committee’s vote on financial agreement.
8. Discussion & Council Action on Economic Development Corp’s Equipment Purchase Vote.
9. Discussion & Council Action on Economic Development Corp’s Financial Incentive Package (Medical Clinic)
10. Adjournment.  
IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held   in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.
 

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CITY OF TENAHA REGULAR SCHEDULED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA


CITY OF TENAHA REGULAR SCHEDULED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
 Monday – April 18, 2016
 
 
If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda that should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.041 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.
 
The City Council of Tenaha will meet in regular session on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 5:15 p.m. at the Tenaha Municipal Building located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas.
 
Order of Business:
 
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Pledge & Prayer
4. Welcome Guests
5. Public Comments
6. Consider Approval for Minutes from March 21, 2016 Regular Scheduled Council Meeting – ACTION
7. Consider approval for March 2016 Financials – ACTION
8. Open Sealed Bids for Marshal’s Office 2007 Dodge Charger - ACTION
9. Discuss and Possibly Take Action For The Purchase of a New Vehicle For The Marshal’s Department – ACTION
10. Approve or Disapprove Sealed Bid Received by Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, LLP for City Property Not Sold at Sheriff’s Sale. - ACTION
11. Discuss and Possibly Take Action on Repairing the Culvert and Road Surface on Booker T. Washington Street OR Permanently Close the Road – ACTION
12. Discuss and Possibly Take Action on Erecting A Service Light Pole to Supply Power to Standpipe for Chemical Injection System – ACTION
13. Discuss and Possibly Take Action on Replacing Light Pole at Ball Park (safety hazard) / Transfer Service From School to City or Disconnect Service – ACTION
14. Discuss and Possibly Take Action on Repairing and Cleaning Fence on Field #1 and Removing Fence on Field #2 – ACTION
15. Discuss and Possibly Take Action on Repairing Fence at Ground Storage – ACTION
16. Discuss and Possibly Take Action – A Mobile Home was Moved In On Houston Street Prior to Filing a Permit and Receiving Approval From City Hall - ACTION
17. Department Head Report 
18. Council Comments
19. Adjourn
 

 

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City Council Meeting Timpson


 
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the governing body of the above named City will be held on the 19th day of April, 2016 at 5:30 pm. at the City Hall, 456 Jacob Street, Timpson, Texas, at which time the following subjects will be considered, to-wit:  
 
1.   Call to Order:  5:30 pm
 
2. Invocation:
 
3. Pledge: United States Pledge, Texas Pledge             
 
4. Chamber of Commerce: Paul Smith, Chamber President
 
5. Council Items: 
 
6. Presentations & Recognition:
     
            a) The City of Timpson would like to present the Shelby County Children’s 
                Advocacy Center with a check in the amount of $568.80 (child safety fee)
     and recognize the Center for their efforts in Child Abuse Prevention through 
   educational programs and events throughout the county. 
 
             b) The Council would like to present Tommy Sparks with a plaque for his 30 years
                 of dedicated service to the City of Timpson.  
                               
7.     Public Comment:  Notify the public of CenterPoint Energy’s 2016 GRIP                 
            Filing for the Beaumont/East Texas Division concerning rate increases.
             
     8.          Department Reports:                            
                  A.    Public Works:  Larry Burns
 
                  B.    Police Department: Kent Graham
 
                  C.   Municipal Court:  Reported for the month of March 2016, 87 Citations,
     106 Violations, 3 Citations to a Minor and 0 Citations to a Juvenile.
   Total amount reported $17,574.97 for the Police Department and Court, 
   the city’s portion a (55% Estimate) $9,666.23.
 
            D.   City Secretary:  Gareth Yoder accepted and signed the mowing contract for
                   2016-17.
 
                   Three bids were submitted to Larry Burns for the fire hydrant audit and they
      are included as an action item on the agenda.
 
E. Reminder that early voting begins on April 25th.
 
 
             
      9.          Consent Agenda:  Items A thru F included under the Consent Agenda require little or no 
       Deliberation by the Council.  Approval of the Consent Agenda authorizes the       
       City Secretary to proceed with the conclusion of each item as reflected in the   
       Minutes of this meeting.
 
A. Consider approval of  the minutes from the Regular Meeting from March 15, 2016  
B.    Consider approval of  Financial Statement for the month ending March, 2016
C.   Consider approval of April Accounts Payable – Unpaid bills for March, 2016
D.   Approval for Timpson ISD and American Legion Post 90 to hold their 
       Annual Memorial Day Event on the Square.       
E.   Approve Resolution 384 (04212016-1) Waiver in Lieu of Taxes for Timpson 
       Housing Authority.
 
 
REGULAR AGENDA ITEMS  (10-14)
 
 
   10.         Discuss and take action: Review bids and select a contractor to perform the Annual
                 Fire Hydrant Audit.
 
   11.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Hire a part time employee to help city workers in 
                 repair of potholes around town.
                 (In the motion, include maximum hours, pay rate and from what account their salary
                  will be charged.)
 
   12.         Discuss and possibly take action:  An Ordinance to amend the 2015-16 Adopted
                 Budget.  (Item 13)
 
   13.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Purchase an asphalt distributor truck to aid in the 
                 repair of potholes, approximately $21,000.00.
                 (In the motion, include what fund(s) will be charged with this purchase and the
                  budget amendment.)
 
   14.         Adjourn: 
 

 

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Tenaha ISD will have a board meeting


Tenaha ISD will have a board meeting on Monday 18th at 5:30 pm.

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*Panola College Students Honored For Academic Excellence*


*Panola College Students Honored For Academic Excellence*
 
Panola College honored 20 students as recipients of the 2016 Academic
Excellence Awards in a ceremony held at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 14, in the
Q.M. Martin Auditorium.
 
Nominated by faculty in various academic disciplines, the students had to
meet rigorous academic and community involvement criteria established by a
faculty committee, chaired by Don Cocklin, professor of psychology.
 
As part of the program, the Panola College Chamber Singers presented “A
Dream Within a Dream,” words by Edgar Allan Poe, music by Ruth Morris Gray.
Sandra Bauer, professor of vocal music, directed the group.
 
Dr. Greg Powell provided brief remarks, praising the students for their
outstanding achievement and wishing them success in their future endeavors.
 
This year’s Academic Award Winners are:
 
*BECKVILLE*
 
Matthew Letourneau, History
 
*CARTHAGE*
 
Chris Barnes, Instrumental Music; Summer Croley, Art; James Davis,
Chemistry;Dusty Garrett, Math;Laura Lindsey, Drama;
 
*CENTER*
 
Brittany Barreraz, Computer Information Technology; Liliana Castaneda,
Office Professional;
 
*DE BERRY*
 
Ryan Dickinson, Criminal Justice;
 
*GARY*
 
Ronna Phillips, Health Information Technology; Kyle Walker, Office
Professional
 
*HARLETON*
 
Kollin Hurt, Accounting
 
*JEFFERSON*
 
Anna Crumbie, Communications
 
*JOAQUIN*
 
Samantha Whitaker, Medical Laboratory Technician
 
*KARNACK*
 
Lauren Latham, Petroleum
 
*MARSHALL*
 
Jessica Long, Medical Assistant; Jessica Porter, Associate Degree Nursing
 
*MT. ENTERPRISE*
 
Laura Fryman, Government; Jenna King, Psychology
 
*PATTONVILLE*
 
Kastley Greer, Occupational Therapy Assistant
 

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The Garrison FFA Alumni will host its 1st Annual BBQ Cook-Off


 The Garrison FFA Alumni will host its 1st Annual BBQ Cook-Off on Friday, April 29-Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Attoyac Arena.
 
On Saturday, April 30, they will also have an auction at 3 p.m. which will include Ag mechanic projects and other various items. There will be something for everyone. BBQ sandwiches, chips and drinks will also be available for purchase on Saturday. They would like to invite you out as we kick-off our first annual cook-off. Entries are due April 22. Your support is greatly appreciated, and this will be our primary fundraiser for the year.
 

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Huxley Helping Hands Food Drive


HUXLEY HELPING HANDS, A LOCAL MISSION GROUP from the Huxley Community IS  HOLDING A FOOD PANTRY FOR THE RESIDENTS OF SHELBY COUNTY. I.D.& PROOF OF RESIDENCEY IS REQUIRED. 
 
ONLY ONE (1) BOX PER HOUSEHOLD 
IT WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY,  APRIL 16 
DATE: APRIL 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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Lasting Impressions celebrates 20 years


Lasting Impressions celebrates 20 years
Lasting Impressions owner, Paula Jones, will be joined by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors on Tuesday, April 19 at 11:00 a.m.  The 20th anniversary of the business will be celebrated at 112 Foster Street.
 
The original business establishment was Lasting Impressions owned by Paula Jones and JB Classics owned by Jill Baty as they opened in March 1996 on the Center square upstairs in the same building that was also occupied by Kerri & Co.  The rapid growth of the business took them to the Payne Building in 1997 and then was followed by a purchase from Jill Baty and became known simply as Lasting Impressions.
 
Business growth continued and land was purchased from F.E. Parker, and with his help construction began and in April 2002 Lasting Impressions opened its doors for the first time at its current site at 112 Foster Street.  Business developed yet again and Lasting Impressions experienced an expansion in September 2005.
 
Through the years Lasting Impressions has prided itself and thrived on old fashioned friendly service.  The public is invited to join in the anniversary celebration. They can be found on the Chamber’s website at www.shelbycountychamber.com, Facebook or Instagram.
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com
 

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Regular Meeting Joaquin Independent School District Board


 
 
Regular Meeting 
Joaquin Independent School District Board
 
Notice is hereby given that on the 18th day of April 2016 the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin School District will hold a regular meeting at 6:00 p.m., at the Administration building, Joaquin, Texas.
The subjects to be discussed are listed on the agenda attached to and made a part of this Notice.  If, during the course of the meeting covered by this Notice, the Board of Trustees should determine that a closed session of the Board of Trustees is required, then such closed session as authorized by the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code, Section 551.001 et seq., Texas Education Code, will be held by the School Board at the date, may conveniently meet in such closed session concerning any and all purposes permitted by the Act, including, but not limited to the following sections and purposes:
 
Texas Government Code Section:
551.071  Private consultation with the board’s attorney.
551.072  Discussing purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property.
551.073  Discussing negotiated contracts for prospective gifts or donations.
551.074  Discussing personnel or to hear complaints against personnel.
551.076  Considering the deployment, specific occasions for, or implementation of, security personnel or devices.
551.082  Considering the discipline of a public school child, or complaint or charge against personnel.
551.083  Considering the standards, guidelines, terms, or conditions the board will follow, or will instruct its representative to follow, in 
consultation with representative of employee groups.
551.084  Excluding witnesses from a hearing.
551.086  Economic development negotiations.
 
Education Code 39.030
39.030  Discuss or adopt individual assessment instruments or assessment instrument items.
 
Should any final action, final decision, or final vote be required in the opinion of the School Board with regard to any matter considered in such closed session, then the final vote shall be either:
(a) in the open meeting covered by the Notice upon the reconvening of the public meeting; or
(b) at a subsequent public meeting of the School Board upon notice thereof; as the School Board shall determine.
 
 
Agenda
1      Roll call, establishment of quorum, call to order
 
2      Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance
 
3      Audience Participation – Please, each participant is requested to limit his/her presentation to three to five minutes
 
4      Report/Information items:
 
4.1 High School UIL Academic and Athletic Spotlight
4.2 Presentation to Retiring Board Member Charles Leflett
4.3 Review Monthly Financial Reports – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance
4.4 May 7th School Board Election
4.5 TASB Spring Board workshop in Nacogdoches
4.6 Major Summer Repairs – Mark Bonner, Director of Maintenance 
4.7 Correspondence
 
5      Agenda Items for consider and possible action:
 
5.1 Minutes from previous month’s meeting
5.2 Certifying School District Representative to Regional Advisory Committee
5.3 Nomination for Region 7 Executive Committee Member
5.4 TASB Update 104
5.5 TASB Local policy updates from Policy Review
 
6      Personnel enter Closed Session:
 
6.1 Resignations, hiring and Contracts – Texas Government Code Section 551.074
1.  Resignations and Retirements
6.2 Teacher Contracts
 
 
7      Return to Open Session – Items for consideration and possible action:
 
7.1 Resignations, hiring and Contracts 
1.  Resignations and Retirements
7.2 Teacher Contracts
 
8      Recommendations for items to be placed on agenda for next meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin ISD 
 
9      Designation of date and time of next meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin ISD – May 16th at 6:00 p.m.
 
10    Adjournment
 
On this 14th day of April 2016, this Notice was mailed to news media that had previously requested such Notice and an original copy was posted on the bulletin board outside the School District Administration Building at 1:00 p.m. on said date.
 
 
 
 
 

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Disaster Assistance Is for Texas Renters


Disaster Assistance Is for Texas Renters, Too
 
AUSTIN, Texas – Renters in Texas counties whose homes and property were damaged by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding may be eligible for federal disaster assistance. Aid is available to residents of Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hood, Jasper, Limestone, Marion, Newton, Orange, Parker, Shelby and Tyler counties.
 
Federal grants can help pay for temporary housing not covered by insurance. These rental grants are initially for two months.
 
Also, the U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest disaster loans to help Texas renters repair or replace disaster-damaged personal property, including automobiles. Loan rates are as low as 1.813 percent; terms can be as long as 30 years and survivors may be eligible for up to $40,000, depending on their losses. 
 
Both renters and homeowners may qualify for grants for other disaster-related necessary expenses and serious needs, such as clothing, child care, room furnishings and appliances, medical and dental costs, vehicles and moving and storage expenses. Eligibility for some grants is determined only after completing and returning an SBA application. There is no requirement to take out a loan should it be approved.
 
The first step is to register with FEMA at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone (voice, 711 or video relay service) at 800-621-3362, TTY 800-462-7585. Toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week and multilingual operators are available.
 
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
 
Disaster loan information and application forms are also available online at http://www.sba.gov/disaster, from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955 or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Meet with an SBA Representative at a Disaster Recovery Center to learn more about disaster loans, the application process, or for help
completing the SBA application. Individuals who are deaf or hardâ€'ofâ€'hearing may call 800-877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
 
For more information on Texas recovery, visit the disaster webpage at fema.gov/disaster/4266, Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion6 and the Texas Division of Emergency Management website, txdps.state.tx.us/dem.
 
Visit fema.gov/texas-disaster-mitigation for publications and reference material on rebuilding and repairing safer and stronger.
 
 

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Cline Family Medicine Presents Teacher Appreciation


 
 
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Teacher Appreciation reception hosted by the Shelby County Chamber and presented by Cline Family Medicine will be held on Wednesday, April 20 at the Windham Civic Center in Center at 4:00 p.m. The reception is held annually to salute and recognize the dedicated administrations and teaching staff of all the Shelby County school districts.  The Chamber of Commerce Education committee will present each school campus Teacher of the Year with a Certificate of Recognition and will announce the Shelby County Teacher of the Year for Elementary and Secondary schools.  This is a time when gratitude and appreciation is expressed to the educators throughout the county.  The Teacher of the Year from the Shelby County School Campuses are:
 
Center Christian Academy – Billie Price
 
F.L. Moffett Primary School – Iva Nell Miller
Center Elementary School – Chelsi White
Center Intermediate School – Patty Davis
Center Middle School – Matt Duvon
Center High School – Jennifer Fausett
 
Excelsior ISD – Barbara Boucher
 
Joaquin Elementary School – Amber Graves
Joaquin Junior High School – April Gates
Joaquin High School – Yesenia Corrales
 
S.W. Carter Elementary – Jennifer Sonmor
Shelbyville Middle School –Erin Alford 
Shelbyville High School – Walt Baty
 
Timpson Elementary – Stephanie Jamar
Timpson Middle School – Chad Lawrence
Timpson High School – Kay Dawson
 
Gold sponsors for the event are Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank. For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or visit us at www.shelbycountychamber.com
 

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Sustainable Soil


City of Center Press Release
FOR IMMEDIAT E RELEASE
CENTER CLOSES ON $200,000 DEAL WITH SUSTAINABLE SOIL SOLUTIONS
Innovative Package Includes Loan/Grant Plus Tax Abatement
CENTER, Texas (April 25, 2016) – The Center Economic Development Corporation recently closed
on an incentive agreement with Yoakum-based Sustainable Soil Solutions, LLC, which plans to
produce an organic fertilizer product.
“We are delighted that Sustainable Soil chose Center over other communities and plans to re-use an existing facility,” said Center Mayor David Chadwick. Sustainable Soil recently purchased the
former Bruce’s Hardwood Flooring plant in Center, which closed in 2009. Following a successful
rezoning effort, Sustainable Soil bought the 38 acre facility from a group of local investors.
“We ultimately chose Center over another city because of the existing building and proximity to our primary feedstock,” explained Dennis Kaspar, President of Sustainable Soil. “Also the City and Economic Development were very welcoming to us and our product.” Sustainable Soil agreed to invest $5 million in facility improvements and equipment and create 22 local jobs.
The Economic Development Corporation paid for an economic analysis by ImpactData Source that showed a $400,000 impact over 10 years. “We used this information to create an innovative assistance package where everybody got what they needed to make this a successful partnership,”Jim Gibson, Center Economic Development Coordinator, reported. “The EDC agreed to a 10 year $200,000 loan/grant combination package where Sustainable Soil will repay the EDC $100,000 over the first five years where all interest is forgiven if job creation and capital investment is proven. If job targets continue to be met over the second five year period, then all principal and interest is forgiven.” Sustainable Soil also agreed to place a 22,000 square foot ancillary building as collateral.
 
The Center EDC also facilitated a property tax abatement agreement between the City of Center (7
years) and Shelby County (3 years).
“This kind of agreement and effort is an example of how we try to do economic development in
Center,” said John Snider, Center Economic Development Board President. “We are very thankful
that Sustainable Soil approached us and that we were able to work out an arrangement for
everyone’s benefit.”
Sustainable Soil Solutions uses locally produced poultry by product in a thermal reaction to create
organic fertilizer.

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Timpson Bear Update


Timpson ISD Bear Update
4/12/2016
 
 
Calendar of Events –
 
Tues. April 12 – TISD Board of Trustees Meeting - 6:30 pm
------------------------ FFA Area IX CDE Sam Houston State University
------------------------ Softball vs. Gary @ Home – 5:00 p.m.
------------------------ Baseball vs. Mt. Enterprise  @ Home (due to Mt. Enterprise field conditions) – 6:30 p.m.
 
Wed. April 13 – TES Benchmark Testing
----13th & 4th------ District Track Meet @ Beckville JVB, VB, VG
 
Thurs. April 14 – TES Benchmark Testing
 
Fri. April 15 – TES Benchmark Testing
---------------------- End of fifth six weeks
---------------------- Softball vs. Joaquin – There @ 5:00 p.m.
---------------------- Baseball vs. Joaquin – Home @ 6:30 p.m.
 
New Elementary Playground -  A new Timpson Elementary  School playground will be built as one of the building projects pending passage of the TISD Facilities Bond election.  Election day is Saturday May 7 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.in the High School Gym Foyer.  Early voting will be Monday April 25 through Tuesday May 3 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the TISD Administration Building at 836 Bear Drive.  The current playground has several concerns that need to be addressed including its location and the fact that there is no covered area and no restrooms available.  The current location of the playground presents several safety issues.  It is located across the street from the elementary building which requires students to cross McLaughlin Street.  It is a busy traffic area throughout the day due often to people coming to the elementary school.  Teachers are watchful and travel with students across the street to the playground because there is almost constant traffic there but it is always a concern when children as young as 4 years old are crossing the street. Sometimes cars do not stop at the sign. Another concern about the current location of the playground is that two sides of the playground do not belong to the school district; therefore, the district cannot always control who would have contact/proximity to the students; McLaughlin street on one side of the playground and private property is on the other side.  This situation does not offer the safety and protection for students that district personnel prefer.  The facilities bond plan is to relocate the elementary playground to the current site of the vocational agriculture building just next to the elementary.  A new vocational/ag building will be built in another area allowing the current site to house the playground.  This site will allow enough space for an outdoor playground as well as renovating the current vocational/agriculture building to be a covered pavilion in the playground.  This will provide opportunities for shelter in bad weather as well as expanding the types of activities students will have access to including an outdoor classroom with hands-on learning that will expand upon skills learned in the classroom.  The new location of the playground will provide a safer environment for students.  The restrooms currently in the vocational agriculture building will be renovated for elementary student use.  Having restrooms available to students while on the playground will also increase safety because currently when a student on the playground needs to go to the restroom the teacher has to take students back to the main building leaving her class to be supervised by the remaining teachers.  The playground is used throughout the school day for recess.  It serves students in grades Pre-K – Fifth grade.  If you have questions about the facilities bond plan, Superintendent Dr. Mid Johnson will have an informational meeting about the facilities plan and bond election on Monday May 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the Timpson High School auditorium.  Everyone is invited to attend.
 
Timpson FFA Competes -  Timpson FFA competed at the Tri-County Soil and Water Conservation District contest on April 6th at Attoyac Farms in Chireno, TX.
Forestry Team placed 2nd and advanced to the Texas FFA State Forestry Contest on April 27th. Team members - Hunter Smith, Cutter Smith, Chandler Burgay and Dustin Pledger
Land Judging placed 3rd - Team Members Tristan Hilburn, Ryan Clay Stamps, Haylon  Powers and Zach Molloy
Forages Team - Trevor Duke and Jeremy Wagstaff
Tractor Drivers -Team Members Isaiah Molloy placed 4th, Chase Clever and Connor Hairgrove
 

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Tenaha ISD Summer Food Program


Tenaha ISD is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:  
 
Tenaha ISD Cafeteria Monday-Thursday May 23rd-June 30th 2016
Breakfast served 7:30a.m.-8:30a.m.
Lunch served 11:30a.m.-12:30p.m.
 

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Center Crime Stoppers


 
On Sunday, March 06th, 2016 Patrol Deputy Bradley Horton took a report from
a Christopher Adams regarding a burglary and theft incident that had
occurred at his property located on County Road 3000 in Joaquin.
 
The unknown suspect(s) illegally appropriated the following property: a
Gravely 50” Zero Turn Mower, a Briggs/Stratton Tiller Engine, a Dewalt
1/2" impact with battery, a handheld grinder, a skilsaw and a China
Cabinet.
 
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 or 936-572-1468
and speak with Lieutenant Investigator DJ Dickerson.
 

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Panola College Digital Community Ranking


Panola College earned a spot in the top 10 ranking of Digital Community
Colleges in the most recent survey and competition. Panola was awarded
ninth place in the small college category of schools with under 5,000
students. Allen West, Panola College Director of Information Technology,
made the announcement on Thursday, April 7.
 
Now in its eleventh year, the Digital Community Colleges Survey analyzes
how community colleges use a range of technologies to improve services to
students, faculty, staff and the community at large.
 
“This year’s survey indicates community colleges are making great strides
in using data to improve decisions, providing professional development to
assist faculty in the use of technology, and creating robust online and
mobile environments for their students,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive
director for the Center for Digital Education. “Congratulations to this
year’s survey winners.”
 
Award winners demonstrated innovative uses of technology, including online
courses and mobile environments, mobile apps, secure platforms and wireless
networks.
 
This year’s Digital Community Colleges Survey also revealed insights about
community colleges’ technology priorities. Colleges surveyed indicated that
mobility devices/app support and website redesign are their top priorities
in the coming year, followed by cyber security tools and testing, network
infrastructure modernization, server consolidation and virtualization, and
disaster recovery/business continuity. The survey also revealed that, 59%
of colleges now offer professional development courses on how to use mobile
apps for instruction; while 93% offer professional development courses on
how to integrate technology into curriculum and instructional practices.
 
All accredited U.S. community colleges are eligible to participate in the
Digital Community Colleges Survey within three classifications based on
enrollment size. CDE thanks last year’s first-place winners who abstained
from participation to contribute as members of the development panel for
this year’s survey: Northern Virginia Community College, Va.; Lord Fairfax
Community College, Va.; and Carl Sandburg College, Ill.
 
The Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory
institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends,
policy and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with
decision support and actionable insight to help effectively incorporate new
technologies in the 21st century. For more information and a complete
listing of colleges that earned distinction, visit the Digital Community
Colleges Survey 2015-2016.

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Shelbyville Dragon Car Warsh


Joe’s Car Spa in Center will be donating to Shelbyville High School Project Graduation. For every car that goes through their automatic car wash on Thursday, April 14, 2016, they will donate $5 to the Project Graduation. Students, Parents, Grandparents, Friends….. Get your car washed at Joe’s Car Spa on Thursday!  A Big Thank You to Joe and Angela Shannon!!

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Shelbyville Dragon One-Act Play


Shelbyville One-Act Play will present "The Shape of the Grave"  Tuesday,
April 12 @ 7:30 pm in the Cafetorium. Admission is $5

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COMMISSIONERS’ COURT SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS


COMMISSIONERS
STANLEY JACKSON, Precinct 1 EDWARD WILSON, Precinct 2
JOEY HOLLOWAY, Precinct 3 DAVID MCEACHERN, Precinct 4
 
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above named Commissioners Court will be held on
Tuesday, the 12th of April, 2016 at 9:00 o’clock A.M. in the Commissioners Court Room at
100 W. Columbia, Room 103, San Augustine, Texas, at which time the following will be discussed
and appropriate action taken; pursuant to B.T.C.A. Government Code Chapter 51, Open Meetings Act,
including all Subchapters and Sections:
NO CELL PHONES, AUDIBLE PAGERS, AND/OR BEEPERS SHALL BE USED WHILE COURT IS IN
SESSION
ï‚· Establish Quorum
ï‚· Invocation
ï‚· Pledge of allegiance to the United States Flag
ï‚· Pledge of allegiance to the Texas Flag
ï‚· CALL TO ORDER – 9:00 a.m.
Comments from the bench
1. Discuss and consider approval of the minutes for the Commissioners Court meeting held
March 22, 2016.
2. PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS/COMMENTS - opportunity for the general public to address the
Court on any matter. The Court may not discuss any presented issue, nor may any action be
taken on any issue at this time. Comments are limited to 3 minutes
3. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Approve travel vouchers – Judge Samye Johnson
4. Discuss and take appropriate action RE: DPS Child Abuse News release and Children’s Service
Building Overview – Judge Samye Johnson
5. Discuss and take appropriate action RE: Children’s Service Building floor and elevation plan –
Goodwin, Lassiter and Strong – Pat Oats, Project Engineer and Roger Sanders, Project Architect
(Ray Vann Associates – Ray Vann, Project Grant Writer is not able to attend court)
6. Discuss and take appropriate action RE: Stephen F. Austin State University Children’s Service
Building Core Team Project overview – Dr. Emmerentie Oliphant, Professor and Director of MSW
School of Social Work
7. Discuss and take appropriate action RE: University of Texas A & M Extension Service Children’s
Service Building Core Team Project overview – Ms. Shelia Lewis – District Extension Administrator
8. Discuss and take appropriate action RE: Children’s Service Building – in-county resources and
participating partners; including CPS, CASA, Children’s Advocacy, DETCOG STAR Program, Next
Step Ministries and United Way
9. Discuss and take appropriate action RE: Children’s Service Building overview - San Augustine ISD,
Broaddus ISD, City of San Augustine and City of Broaddus
10. Discuss and take appropriate action RE: Children’s Service Building overview – SA County CPS
Board
Discuss and consider Monthly Reports:
a) Payroll d) County Clerk’s Report g) Sheriff’s Department Report
b) Bills e) District Clerk’s Report h) Justice of the Peace Report
c) Treasurer Report f) Tax Office Report i) Auditor Report
SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY COMMISSSIONERS COURT MEETING
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11. Discuss and take appropriate action RE: San Augustine County Texas Master Gardner’s –
Children’s Service Building partners – Mike Malone, Master Gardner
12. Discuss and take appropriate action RE: San Augustine County Elected Officials Children’s Service
Building core team – Wesley Hoyt, County Attorney and Pam Smith, County Treasurer
13. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Overview of major programming efforts for March 2016
County Agent Shane Bridges
14. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Overview of major programming efforts for March 2016 -
County Consumer Science Agent Sandy Jenkins
15. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: 2015 routine bridge inspections & general information
about the Federal Bridge Replace program - Texas Dept. of Transportation - Nancy Smith
16. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Historic Book Collection Loan Agreement – County
Attorney Wesley Hoyt
17. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Discuss the San Augustine County N.L. Tindall Building
“1919 Jail Plaque” – San Augustine Garden Club- Betty Olgesbee
18. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Update on County Road damage due to March flooding –
Pct. 1, 2, 3 & 4 County Commissioners
19. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Office of Veteran Administration Position – Judge Samye
Johnson
20. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Overview of the Otis Elevator Company estimate for
District Court Chairlift repairs – Judge Samye Johnson
21. Discuss and take appropriate action Re: Child Protective Service Balloon Release and Pinwheel
Ceremony – Judge Samye Johnson
EXECUTIVE SESSION (Closed to public)
Pursuant to Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code
EXECUTIVE SESSION ITEMS
Note 1 Gov’t Code Ann 551.071, Consultation with Attorney
Note 2 Gov’t Code Ann 551.072, Real Property
Note 3 Gov’t Code Ann 551.074, Personnel Matters
Note 4 Gov’t Code Ann 551.076, Security
Note 5 Gov’t Code Ann 551.087, Economic Development Negotiations
The Commissioners Court will consider the following items in Executive Session. The Commissioners Court may also consider any
other matter posted on the agenda if there are issues that require consideration in Executive Session and the Commissioners Court
announces that the item will be considered during Executive Session.
RESUME OPEN SESSION AND TAKE ANY NECESSARY ACTION RESULTING FROM EXECUTIVE
SESSION DELIBERATIONS.
22. ADJOURNMENT

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LETU STUDENTS TO SPEAK ON RWANDAN GENOCIDE IN CHAPEL 4/11


 
LeTourneau University international students from Rwanda will speak about the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and the post-genocide generation in Rwanda.  Student Tamara Birasi has written a drama that will be presented.  Student Charity Mutesi will speak. At 10:50 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 11, 2016 in the Belcher Center at LeTourneau University 2100 S. Mobberly Ave.
 

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Center City Council Meeting


The Center City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 5: 00

p.m. in the Council Room at City Hall. 

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Food Handler’s Training Course to be Offered


 
A food handler’s course, accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services, is being offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.  Food Safety:  It’s In Your Hands will be offered by the Shelby County Extension Office on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the active Shelby County Courthouse, 2nd floor community room in Center, Texas 75935. 
 
This two-hour course is highly recommended for all food service employees to promote the service of safe food.  The course is a basic overview of food safety practices that are necessary to ensure that safe food is served at your establishment.  Practices discussed include good personal hygiene, cross contamination, and time and temperature abuse.
 
To register for this course, contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent at 936-598-7744 or jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu.  The cost is $25 per person (check or money order) and must be paid in full before the course begins.  The class is taught in English but Spanish handouts are available if requested in advance.  You can also complete your food handler’s card online at www.foodsafetyonline.tamu.edu.
 

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Ace Hardware Customer Celebration and Bob Howard Retirement Party


 

Mr. Bob Howard retirement Party:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Husqvarna Sales Rep.

 

 

Video of an Electric Chainsaw Demo:

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNG_32zFy_E

 

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Commissioners' Court Regular Meeting in Shelby County


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 April, 2016 at 9:30am in the Courtroom of the Shelby Count Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas.

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Getting Disaster Help from SBA


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Texans Advised to Call Insurance Agent and Register with FEMA


In the aftermath of the sever storms, tornadoes, and flooding throughout Texas that began March, 7, the Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA) is advising individuals who experienced damage to their homes to contact both their insurance agent and FEMA.

 

Survivors can register with FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362. The toll free lines are open 7am to 10pm seven days a week. 

 

For more information on Texas recovery, visit the disaster web page at www.fema.gov/disaster/4266

 

Visit www.fema.gov/texas-disaster-mitigation for publications and reference material on rebuilding and repairing safer and stronger.

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Shelbyville ISD Board of Trustees Regular Meeting


A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016, beginning at 6pm in the board room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 343 FM 417 West, Shelbyville, TX.

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SHELBYVILLE ACADEMIC UIL TEAM SWEEPS DISTRICT 22AA


 
 
 
 
SHELBYVILLE ACADEMIC UIL TEAM SWEEPS DISTRICT 22AA
Shelbyville High School competed in the District 22AA Academic UIL Spring Meet held at SFA on March 23rd.  Shelbyville competitors are District Champions, scored points in every academic event and qualified thirty-three students in nineteen events for the Region III – AA Academic UIL Meet. Ty Fox was District 22AA Lincoln Douglas Debate High Point Speaker.  Hannah Nicosia received the plaque for District 22AA High Point Individual by scoring fifty-seven individual points when she placed first in Headline Writing, Ready Writing and Literary Criticism and second in Editorial Writing.
 
District 22AA Schools and Total Points Earned:
 
Shelbyville High School – 675
Joaquin High School – 222
Timpson High School – 219
Beckville High School – 207
Martinsville High School 136
 
Shelbyville students who received medals at the district meet:
 
FIRST PLACE:  
Jake Bragg – Informative Speaking
Ty Fox – Spelling & Vocabulary
Hannah Hall – Poetry Interpretation
Lindsey Holbrook – Feature Writing, News Writing
Vivian Mendoza – Computer Applications
Hannah Nicosia – Copy Editing (Pilot Contest), Headline Writing, Literary Criticism, Ready Writing
Zane Ochoa – Science, Biology (Top Score)
Christian Schilder – Number Sense
Logan Vickers – Persuasive Speaking, Lincoln Douglas Debate
Zane Ochoa, Randall Dusang, Nick Powell, Ty Fox – Computer Science Team
Hannah Nicosia, Perla Caporali, Raylen Black, Angel Hubble – Literary Criticism Team
Christian Schilder, Ty Fox, Kurtrick Allen, Logan Vickers – Number Sense Team
Zane Ochoa, Randall Dusang, Albertini Caporali, Cayden Sparks – Science Team
Jordan Williams, Yancy Flores, Trenton Roland, Tyler Windham – Social Studies Team
Ty Fox, Skylar Sigler, Kalina Bradshaw – Spelling & Vocabulary Team
Journalism Team
Speech Team
 
SECOND PLACE:  
Kaitlin Campbell – Informative Speaking
Perla Caporali – Literary Criticism
Randall Dusang – Current Issues & Events
Ty Fox – Lincoln Douglas Debate
Angel Hubble – Headline Writing
Kiersten Johnson – Persuasive Speaking
Hannah Nicosia – Editorial Writing
Zane Ochoa – Computer Science
Jasmine Osby – Computer Applications
Skylar Sigler – Spelling & Vocabulary
Courtney Bass, Yadira Reyes, Lizbeth Bautista, Vivian Mendoza – Accounting Team
Randall Dusang, Jake Bragg, Kennedey Parker, Trevor Wilburn – Current Issues & Events Team
Mariana Mendoza, Christasha Johnson, Cayden Sparks, Jacobi Jackson – Calculator Applications Team
 
THIRD PLACE:   
Raylen Black - Literary Criticism
Kaitlin Campbell – Poetry Interpretation
Randall Dusang – Computer Science, Science
Kaci Griffin – Persuasive Speaking
Lindsey Holbrook – Editorial Writing
Mariana Mendoza – Calculator Applications
Devenne Smith – Informative Speaking
Madison Taylor – Prose Interpretation
 
FOURTH PLACE:  
Courtney Bass – Accounting
Jake Bragg – Current Issues & Events
Albertini Caporali - Science
Tori Gilchrist – Feature Writing
Lindsey Holbrook – Copy Editing (Pilot Contest)
 Hannah Jamison – Poetry Interpretation
 Nick Powell – Computer Science
 
FIFTH PLACE:   
Lizbeth Bautista – Accounting
Yancy Flores – Feature Writing
Ty Fox – Computer Science
Tori Gilchrist – Ready Writing
Kaci Griffin – Prose Interpretation
Christasha Johnson – Calculator Applications
Yadira Reyes – Accounting
                             
SIXTH PLACE:   
Kurtrick Allen - Mathematics
Yancy Flores – Ready Writing
Matthew Gamble – Computer Applications
Tori Gilchrist – News Writing
 Angel Hubble – Copy Editing (Pilot Contest)
 Kamaryn Smith – Prose Interpretation
 Cayden Sparks – Science, Calculator Applications
 Jordan Williams – Social Studies
                   
Kurtrick Allen, Courtney Bass, Raylen Black, Kalina Bradshaw, Jake Bragg, Kaitlin Campbell, Albertini Caporali, Perla Caporali, Randall Dusang, Yancy Flores, Ty Fox, Tori Gilchrist, Kaci Griffin, Hannah Hall, Lindsey Holbrook, Angel Hubble, Hannah Jamison, Kiersten Johnson, Mariana Mendoza, Vivian Mendoza, Hannah Nicosia, Zane Ochoa, Jasmine Osby, Nick Powell, Trenton Roland, Christian Schilder, Skylar Sigler, Devenne Smith, Cayden Sparks, Madison Taylor, Logan Vickers, Jordan Williams and Tyler Windham will attend the 2016 Region III – AA Academic Regional Spring Meet at Panola College on April 22nd and 23rd.
 
Shelbyville Academic UIL coaches are:  Brooke Harrison (Science), Claire Windham (One Act Play, Ready Writing, Editorial Writing, Headline Writing, Feature Writing, News Writing, Copy Editing), Cole Harrison (Number Sense), Crystal Harrison (Mathematics, Calculator Applications), Emily Sowell (CX Debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate, Informative Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, Literary Criticism), Jeane Taylor (Poetry Interpretation, Prose Interpretation), Mario Osby (Computer Applications), Matthew Gregston (Accounting, Computer Science), Kristie Brown (Spelling & Vocabulary) and Sonya Parker (Social Studies, Current Issues & Events). 
 
“Students who compete in UIL events devote countless hours preparing for UIL academic competition”, said Dr. David Stevens, UIL director of academics.  “Like their athletic counterparts, they practice before, during and after school and attend invitational meets and competitions.  For virtually every school in Texas, it serves as an extension to the regular classroom for highly motivated, intelligent young men and women.”
 
“In its own way, each contest is intended to teach the thinking skills students will need in college and in their careers,” Steven said.  “We have tremendous anecdotal evidence from students who testify to the importance UIL academic contests played in their high school careers.  We also know that employers want workers who can solve problems, speak effectively and write clearly.  Each contest is designed to help students reach those goals.”
 
 

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Lasting Impressions Celebrates 20th Anniversary


 
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will join Paula Jones, Lasting
 Impressions owner,  to  celebrate 20 years of business with an Open House at 112
Foster St. The public is invited to attend and see the anniversary specials showcased
during the celebration.
Lasting Impressions carries a variety of children's clothing items, totes, home 
decor and jewelry.  They welcome bridal, baby shower, and house warming registries.
For more information contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 598.3682 

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Time Change To Talent Show Tryouts


This is Joann Bush, Founder and CEO of The Jon, Macy &
Misty Bush Foundations. We have had such a great
response from the Shelby County Schools for our Talent
Show. Because of all the applications we have received,
we will have to hold the auditions at different times
according to age. The auditions will be Saturday April 9
at the Middle School Auditorium. The times will be as
follows.
Ages 9 thru 13 will be from 10:00am to L2:00pm
Ages 5 thru 8 will be from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Ages 14 thru 18 will be 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Thank you for your great response and good luck to all the
children.
 

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Joaquin Baseball Change


The JHS baseball game originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 12th vs. Gary
has been moved to Saturday, April 9th in Joaquin at 6:00 pm.
 

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Theft at Walmart in Center


On March 17, 2016 three black males entered the Center Texas Wal Mart and
went to the electronics department. The suspects then took an assortment of
items from the electronics department and fled the store without paying for
the items. The three suspects left the store in a light colored four door
car. 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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Shelbyville Dragon Game Change


The Shelbyville Dragons Baseball game scheduled for *Tuesday, April 12 *vs Martinsville, has been moved to *Monday, April* 11 at Shelbyville at 5:00 pm.  

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Farmers Market Opens in Center


The First Day of the Farmers Market

 

5/6/2016

 

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Center Motor Company 65th Anniversary Celebration


 

 

Center Motor Company 65th Anneversary Celebration was held today Thursday April 7th at the new Center Motor Company facality located near Walmart in Center.  Speeches were given followed by a ribbion cutting ceremony.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Videos of the Event Click Here:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atWKEtS2ed0&list=PLRAypkwpmScmHQu528Ui2Q3Z1xdZbQotk&index=1

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Timpson ISD Bear Update 4/6/2016


Timpson ISD Bear Update
4/6/2016
 
 
TISD Bond Informational Meeting - There will be an informational meeting conducted on Thursday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the THS auditorium regarding the upcoming bond election.  Information will be provided regarding the proposed projects.  This is an important meeting that all residents who live in the TISD boundaries are encouraged to attend.  Everyone who is interested in learning about the bond, the impact on tax payers, and the projects, renovations and improvements to be made with the bond money is welcomed to the meeting. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions. Again, the meeting will be Thursday April 7 in the THS auditorium at 6:00 p.m.
 
 
Bond Bits – Timpson ISD will have a bond election May 7, 2016 along with the trustee election.  One of the projects of the bond will be to build a school event center.  The school event center will include a gym with seating for 800 people.  It will also include a UIL one act play compliant stage, all sports locker rooms, a girls’ weight room, a boys’ weight room and four classrooms.   Having locker rooms and weight rooms, and coaches offices in the event center will eliminate the need for the current field house.  It was determined that it would not be cost effective to try to fix all the inadequate space, structural and plumbing problems of the current field house.  Plumbing problems that cause sewage to back and have to be pumped out, no separate weight room for female athletes, wooden lockers that have contributed to staph infections in athletes and inadequate space would cost, according to the school architect, $100,000 or more to correct.  The new event center will address several other problems currently facing the district.  There is not enough practice space for all teams to practice basketball causing the district to have to bus students off campus to area church gyms.  There is not enough seating for spectators who attend basketball games.  Also in the current gym there is not adequate space separating the players from the spectators which is a safety concern.  With the elementary school, middle school and high school all using the current two gyms there is not enough places for all students to have adequate physical education classes  and no place for students to go for physical education when it is raining or other bad weather.  With the new school event center each campus would have its own gym which would not only allow adequate space for teams to practice but would allow students to meet the state required minutes for physical education classes.
The UIL one act play compliant stage will address a long term problem the district has faced in preparing for the UIL one act play competitions.  The one act play students have to go to other schools to practice on their stages.  Also the stage will be visible from the gym floor and spectator seating areas which will create an ideal space for Veterans Day Programs, graduations, awards day and other special school events.  The school event center will be handicap accessible to ensure everyone will be able to attend the events held there.  Currently, the district has only one weight room that must be shared by male and female athletes.  The two weight rooms, one for males and one for females, in the new school event center will allow students more time in the weight room and will have equipment that is designed to maximize workouts for male and female students.  The additional classrooms in the school event center will alleviate the problem the district has faced of not having enough classrooms and be able to expand the number and types of classes currently offered.  If you have questions or would like more information concerning the bond election please attend an informational meeting on April 7 or May 2 in the high school auditorium at 6:00 p.m.
 
New  THS Scholarship Opportunity! - Submitted by: Charlotte Metcalf
The Texas Farm Bureau scholarship application is now available.  Shelby County Farm Bureau will award five $500 scholarships to students who will be graduating from Shelby County schools.  To be eligible, the student must be a child of a Shelby Co. Farm Bureau member, who has current dues paid and has an "active status".  The student must also provide proof of being accepted into a college or technical school.  Please see Mr. Richardson or Mrs. Metcalf for further details.  The completed application must be turned in to the Farm Bureau office by Friday, April 29.
 
 
 

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KATIE MEHNERT TO SPEAK AT PANOLA COLLEGE WOMEN IN ENERGY EVENT


 
Panola College School of Energy will host the third annual Women in Energy
event on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, beginning at 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
The school is proud to announce the keynote speaker, Katie Mehnert, CEO of
Pink Petro™. Named by Bizwomen as the "Pied Piper for Women in Energy",
Katie is the founder and CEO of Pink Petro™, the first and only global
social learning community for women in energy aimed specifically at
disrupting the gender gap including men in the conversation.  Pink Petro
launched a year ago with support from Halliburton, Shell, Jive Software,
and KPMG and is in 22 countries worldwide.  Independent School Districts
who will be attending the event include Beckville, Carthage, Center, Gary,
Joaquin, Marshall, Martinsville, San Augustine, Shelbyville, Tenaha, and
Timpson. The attendees will tour the Panola College campus, receive quick
hands on training in the Petroleum Lab, and will have the opportunity to
visit directly with women working in the oil and gas industry.

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Warner Wilson named Nacogdoches County Ag Educator of the Year


 
 
The best educators are those teachers who not only inform and instruct but also train and equip and inspire, those teachers who leave their students on a different plane of ability or understanding as a result of their instruction. The 2016 recipient of the Nacogdoches County Agriculture Educator of the Year award is just such an individual. 
For almost four decades, Warner Wilson was a respected fixture in the field of vocational agriculture instruction in Nacogdoches County and across Texas. As the second vo-ag teacher ever hired at Chireno High School in the mid-1960s, Warner built the Chireno ISD agriculture department and FFA chapter into a program that gained renown and innumerable awards, particularly for the quality of its livestock showing teams and the outstanding metalworking and farm shop skills gained by the hundreds of students who enrolled in the program throughout his 38-year career. 
The Wilson family has been rooted in the Chireno-area since the early days of Texas’s existence as a state. Warner’s birth in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1943 to W. Percy Wilson, Sr. and Thelma Priester Wilson was the result of his father’s service in the U. S. Navy.  Immediately upon Percy’s discharge from the Navy in 1945, Warner’s family returned to Chireno and the family farm. At 8 years of age, Warner was given an orphaned dairy calf by a friend of the family, and his duty to feed and care for that calf blossomed into a lifelong love for agriculture and animal husbandry. In 1958, he participated in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Calf Scramble and was awarded a certificate to purchase a dairy heifer to be shown at the Livestock Show the following year.  Warner is proud of the fact that all five of his grandsons also were awarded heifers through the HLS&R’s Calf Scramble program.
During his years in high school as a member of Future Farmers of America, Warner’s love for his livestock projects and FFA activities inspired him to make a career of vocational agriculture education. In pursuit of that dream, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Stephen F. Austin State College in 1965 and later earned his Master’s degree in Education from SFA. 
Few people outside the families of high school agriculture teachers understand how much sacrifice is required to perform the job well. Countless after-school hours are required of teachers to effectively train teams of students for myriad leadership and judging contests, to supervise their students’ agricultural projects, to transport and chaperone their participation in district, area, state and national conferences and conventions, and to assist them in applying for awards and scholarships. Warner consistently put his students first, doing all the above and also training them in the classroom and shop so that they would be prepared for prosperous careers and for service to their communities. Many of his former students have excelled in professions from medicine to law to education to skilled trades and have returned to Chireno to express their appreciation for the skills and discipline they learned from Mr. Wilson. 
Warner regularly communicated to his students the essential nature of the agriculture industry, telling them to remember always that, “If you eat, you are involved in agriculture!” Under his tutelage, Chireno FFA students consistently excelled in major competitions throughout the State and beyond. By the time of his retirement in 2003, Warner had witnessed his students win every major heifer show in the State of Texas. 
In addition to his work as an agriculture teacher, Warner also served as the manager for Attoyac Farms for 20 years. In that post, he managed a farm of 1000 acres and a registered Brangus cattle herd of 100 head.  He also was instrumental in constructing a game fence on the family’s property to ensure a quality whitetail deer breeding and herd management program.  
In 1992, Warner was chosen as one of KTRE’s “Nine Who Make a Difference” because of his contributions to the agricultural education of youth. He served on the Nacogdoches County Go Texan committee for 30 years and has served as the mayor of Chireno and as a member of the Chireno city council. He also has served on the Nacogdoches County Exposition Board, the Pineywoods Fair Committee and the Nacogdoches County Steer Show Committee. In 1981, Warner became a licensed Auctioneer, and he has since travelled throughout East Texas conducting youth fair auctions and getting every penny he could for youth projects. He also enjoyed catering his mouth-watering barbeque on his mobile pit built by his agriculture students.     
He has been married to his wife, Betty Tackett Wilson for almost 53 years. Together, they have three children, Lisa Henly, a teacher at San Augustine ISD, Susan Higginbotham, Director of Student Information at Chireno ISD and Stephen Wilson, owner of Express Services in Nacogdoches. He and Betty have six grandchildren who all have followed his example and have been actively involved in agriculture. He looks forward to watching his three great-grandchildren follow his footsteps as well. 
Warner’s legacy as an agriculture educator will continue for decades to come in the lives and careers of the students whom he trained and equipped and inspired. 
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The Nacogdoches County Agriculture Committee will honor Warner Wilson as Agriculture Educator of the Year at the Agriculture Appreciation & Awareness Banquet on Monday, April 11 at the Nacogdoches County Exposition & Civic Center. The award is sponsored by Citizens 1st Bank. Gary and Sue Atkins Agricultural Scholarship Awards will also be presented to Nacogdoches County students
Banquet tables and tickets are available. Contact the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce at 936-560-5533 for details. The event begins at 6  p.m., dinner sponsored by Mast Cattle & Timber Investments begins at 6:30 p.m., and the program with keynote speaker Roy O. Martin III of Roy O. Martin Lumber Company is at 7 p.m. 
 

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Shelbyville Cheerleaders


 

Shelbyville Varsity Cheerleaders

 

 

 

FRONT ROW:
Whittany Payne
Brittany Payne
Kenzie Murray
Laney Vickers
 
MIDDLE ROW 
Markesha Horton
Kaitlin Campbell
Kennedey Parker
Hannah Hall-Captain
Savannah Smith
Kamaryn Smith
 
BACK ROW
Jaiden Rose
Kiersten Johnson
Paige Shedd
Jessye Massey
Harley Hinton
Shelby Jones-MASCOT
 

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Timpson ISD Bear Update


Timpson ISD Bear Update
4/5/2016
 
 
 
TES Second Grade News -  At Timpson Elementary School recently, Mrs. Iles’ second graders participated in Reader’s Theater.  Reader’s Theater is a dramatic presentation of a written work in a script form.  The students read from a script as they learned about the different parts of dialogue and practiced fluency  They were divided into two groups, and each group got to practice their reader’s theater script and perform it in front of the class.  The first group performed Chicken Little and the second group performed Jack and the Beanstalk.  They also made masks and decorated them to wear during their performance.  Attached are photographs of the students.
 
Parent Pick Up – Attached are pictures showing the current congested parent pick area.  See the related story in Wednesday, March 30th Bear Update.
 
THS Baseball News - Submitted by: Coach Billy Bryant
On Friday, April 1, Beckville defeated Timpson 5-3.  Blake Johnson had 2 RBI, and Hunter Smith pitched a complete game.
 
 
THS Band /Booster News - The THS Band Boosters will be setting up a small concession stand for the remaining HOME softball games.  Please support the band by purchasing your refreshments from us.  We will have drinks, chips, and a few other snacks.  As always, thank you for your continued support of the THS BEAR Band.
 
Band Hall Expansion – One of the proposed projects of the Timpson ISD bond election will be to expand and renovate the TISD band hall.  Challenges that the district faces using the current band hall built in 1987 is that it was designed to accommodate approximately 50 students.  There are approximately 70 students in the main band this year with an anticipated increase for next year. Other challenges in the current band hall include lack of space to store instruments, lack of space for each of the two band directors to have a rehearsal space, inadequate number of practice rooms and lack of space for practice sectionals.  Expansion of the band hall will include increasing the number of square feet in the main band hall and creating a concert room which will provide a space for both band teachers to rehearse students and will eliminate the current practice of having to use the gym foyer and other spaces for band rehearsal.  Additional instrument storage will be added to store instruments currently having to be left out in the open band hall.  This will protect the expensive instruments from potential damage and theft.  Additional practice rooms will be added so that students can practice their individual music without disturbing other students in the main band hall.  Timpson ISD and the community take great pride in the band and its winning tradition.  The expansion and renovation to the band hall will ensure that band students now and in the future will have the space needed to continue the band’s outstanding tradition.
 
 
Important Timpson FFA Dates:
 
 
 
April 6th - Soil and Water Conservation District Contest - Attoyac Farms, Chireno, TX -
 
April 12th - Area IX Career Development Event - Huntsville, TX  - State Qualifying Contests
 
April 13th - Area IX Vet Tech Career Development Event - Tarleton State University  - Stephenville, TX State Qualifying Contest
 
April 15th - Area IX Wool Judging Career Development Event - Texas A&M University - State Qualifying Contest
 
April 18th - Pineywoods District Convention - Degree Check, Scholarship Check, Talent and Public Speaking
 
April 21st - State Land and Environmental Natural Resource Career Development Event - Tarleton State University
 
April 23rd - State Horse and Wool Career Development Event - Texas Tech University - Lubbock, TX
 
April 24th - Texas FFA Scholarships are due to Area Coordinator in Huntsville, TX
 
April 25th - Area IX Degree Check and Texas FFA Scholarship Interviews - Region 6 Service Center, Huntsville, TX
 
April 27th - State Forestry Career Development Event - Nacogdoches, TX
 
April 29th - State Ag. Mechanics, Forages and Nursery Landscape Career Development Event - Huntsville, TX
 
April 30th - State Vet/Tech, Livestock and Poultry Judging Career Development Event - Texas A&M University
 
May 2nd & 3rd - Timpson FFA Officer Elections
 
May 10th - Timpson FFA Banquet

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38th Annual Take A Kid Fishing


 
Center Broadcasting Company, Inc., KQBB 100.5 FM, KDET 930AM and  KXXE 92.5 FM, together with the Shelby County Bass Anglers, are proud to announce the kick off of the 38th Annual Take A Kid Fishing Tournament.  They invite all children ages 3 to 15 years old to register for the bream tournament to be held on Saturday, May 7th at Huxley Bay Marina.  Fishing begins at 6am, and all participants must be in the weigh-in line no later than noon.  
This free tournament is sponsored by Center Broadcasting Company and the Shelby County Bass Anglers.  Entry forms can be picked up at the Center Broadcasting studios at 307 San Augustine Street in Center, Huxley Bay Marina, Trail’s End Grocery & RV, First Bank and Trust East Texas in San Augustine, or Hometown Tackle.  Forms can also be downloaded from the cbc-radio.com website.  
 
Participants must be preregistered.  Mailed forms must be postmarked by April 27th  or forms can be delivered to the Center Broadcasting Company office no later than May 2nd.  
 
Trophies will be awarded to each group and prizes will be available for each participant.   For more information, contact the Center Broadcasting offices at 936-598-3304.
 
 

Center Broadcasting Company, Inc.’s & Shelby Co. Bass Anglers

38th Annual “Take a Kid Fishing Bream Tournament”

Saturday, May 7th 2016 @ Huxley Bay Marina

CO-SPONSORED BY SHELBY COUNTY BASS ANGLERS

 

Forms must be turned in at Center Broadcasting * 307 San Augustine St. Center, TX. 75935, Huxley Bay Marina,  Trail’s End Grocery & RV, Hometown Tackle or First Bank and Trust East Texas in San Augustine, by 8:00am on May 2nd, or mailed to Center Broadcasting @ P.O. Box 930 Center TX. 75935, postmarked by April 27, 2016.

 

*PARTICIPANTS MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED TO ENTER TOURNAMENT*

OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM-ADULT SPONSOR SIGNATURE REQUIRED

 

Name of Contestant:_____________________________________Age:_______(Must be 3 yrs. Old)

 

Phone:___________________________________________________________________

 

Printed name of adult sponsor:_______________________________________________

 

Adult Sponsor Signature:___________________________________Date:____________

 

By submitting this entry form, the adult sponsor accepts full responsibility for the safety and welfare of the contestant.  Center Broadcasting Co. Inc, the tournament sponsors, other participants, and those associated with this tournament are hereby released from any liability which may result directly or indirectly, from participating in this tournament.  The above signed also agree to examine any item(s) the child may receive as a prize for safety and to abide by all rules and regulations associated, and to accept the tournament director’s decision as final.

 

 - - - CUT HERE AND KEEP RULES & FORM BELOW---

 

 KEEP THIS BOTTOM PORTION AND BRING TO WEIGH-IN ON MAY 7TH.

TOURNAMENT RULES AND WEIGH-IN FORM

             1.ONLY BREAM, BLUE GILL, AND RED-EARS WILL BE WEIGHED.  2. CONTESTANT MAY ONLY FISH BETWEEN 6AM

AND 12 NOON.  3. ALL CONTESTANTS MUST BE IN THE WEIGH-IN LINE NO LATER THAN 12:00 PM.  4. ONLY FISH

CAUGHT IN TOLEDO BEND BY THE CONTESTANT ON THE DATE OF THE TOURNAMENT MAY BE WEIGHED. 

CONTESTANT MAY PUT IN ANYWHERE ON TOLEDO BEND LAKE, OR FISH FROM THE BANK, BUT THEY MUST

WEIGH IN AT HUXLEY BAY MARINA.  5. CONTESTANT MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.  EACH CONTESTANT

 MAY BE HELPED BY NO MORE THAN ONE ADULT.  AN ADULT MAY HELP MORE THAN ONE CONTESTANT. 

6. TROPHIES WILL BE AWARDED IN EACH GROUP FOR: THE HEAVIEST STRING BY WEIGHT (MAXIMUM OF FIVE FISH), LARGEST SINGLE BREAM BY WEIGHT (FISH MAY BE INCLUDED IN YOUR FIVE FISH), AND THE SMALLEST FISH BY LENGTH.  7. THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR’S DECISIONS WILL BE FINAL IN ALL MATTERS.  8. ALL BOATING

PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR LIFE JACKETS WHILE FISHING.  9. ALL RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE

TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPT. MUST BE FOLLOWED.  10. OPEN TO CHILDREN AGE 3-15 YEARS OF AGE AS OF

 THE TOURNAMENT DATE.

 

PRINTED NAME OF CONTESTANT: ________________________________________ AGE:__________________

 

GROUP 1 IS AGE 3-5;     GROUP 2 AGE 6-10;       GROUP 3 AGE 11-15

 

DO NOT WRITE IN THIS AREA- FOR USE BY TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS ONLY

 

Time Bass Anglers weighed in participant’s fish: _________________________

 

Heaviest stringer by weight:___________­­­­­­­______     Largest single bream by weight:  _________________  Smallest fish by length:__________________

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

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Book Sale Help Needed


The semin- annual library book sale is coming to Center's Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library on Tenaha St., April 26- April 30. 

 

More Donations of gently used books are still needed and may be delivered to the library during regular library hours.

 

Volunteers are also needed to help sort books Wednesday and Saturday Mornings, 10 a.m. - noon, to place books on tables the week of April 19, and to help work the sale April 26-30.

 

For more information or to volunteer call Melba at 936-591-7036 or Amy at 936-657-8529.

 

All proceeds from the book sale go to purchasing new books for the library. 

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month


 

The Shelby County Community Partners will tie a blue ribbon around a tree on the Center city square this Friday April 8th, 2016 across from the Light and Champion News Paper office. The event is to recognize the 90 confirmed victims of abuse i Shelby county during the past year, as well as for the 59 children in foster care and the 1 child who died as a result of abuse.

 

 

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Planed Burn


 

 

 

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Vickers Trial Update


In the recent Vickers trial the jurors recommended three years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison system and $10,000 fine attached to each of her charges. This did not include the count 2, sexual assault - child victim charge in case number 15-CR-19,556 for which Vickers was acquitted by the jury. No fines were attached to counts 4,5, and 6 from each of the consolidated cases to which Vickers pleaded guilty; however, three years confinement was the recommendation of the jury. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Monday, April 11, 2016 at 1:30pm to, according to Shires tie up lose ends, "Even if we sentenced today, Mrs. Vickers would be entitled to an appeal bond based on the fact that she received less than 10 years."

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House Fire In Nacogdoches Results in Death


A house fire took the life of a Nacogdoches man living on County Road 521 early last Sunday April 3rd .
 
Sheriff Jason Bridges said deputies and firefighters recieved the call after 4 a.m. that a trailer house was competely coated in flames.
 
Deputies tried to enter the trailer house, but could not, because of the overwhelming amount of smoke and fire. 
 
After the fire was quenched, firefighters located a man, identified as Jose Alexis Hernandez age 18, deaceased in the bedroom, which was near the kitchen area of the house.
 
Fire marshals came to the conclusion that the fire started with the stovetop. 

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Center ISD is now accepting transfers in grades K-12


 
Center ISD is now accepting transfers in grades K-12 for the 2016-2017 school year.  
 
Forms may be obtained from the Center ISD Administrative Office at 107 PR 605, or visiting the school’s website at www.centerisd.org or calling 598-5642 and the forms can be mailed out to you.
 
The deadline for forms and fees is Monday, August 1, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
 

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*Panola College wins 2 out of 3 vs #19 ranked Navarro College. *


*Panola College wins 2 out of 3 vs #19 ranked Navarro College.  *
 
After days of rain and two cancellations the Panola Ponies and Navarro
Bulldogs finally squared off in their first conference meeting of the
year.  Panola would take game one 13-8.  Navarro would respond by winning
game two 16-8. And Panola would go on the road to beat Navarro in Corsicana
to take the rubber game 8-4 for a dramatic come from behind victory.
 
With the wins Panola extends there regular season record to 26-10 and 8-7
in Region-14 conference play.
 
 
*Game #1*The teams traded runs for most of the contest, leading to three
lead changes in the game.
 
Panola took the lead in the fourth inning and held on for the victory. A
three-run error scored Colby Price (Nederland, TX) and Austin Sojka
(Huntington Beach, CA) gave Panola the lead for good.
 
 
 
Sojka racked up five RBIs on three hits for Panola. He singled in the first
inning, doubled in the fourth inning, and hit a grand slam homer in the
fifth inning.
 
 
 
Tyler Powell (Silsbee, TX) recorded the win for Panola. He allowed two runs
over 2 2/3 innings. He struck out two, walked one and surrendered three
hits.
 
 
 
The bottom of the first saw Panola take an early lead, 2-0. Panola got
things going when Price singled. A single by Sojka then moved Price from
first to second. Logan Bailey (Hallsville, TX) doubled, bringing home
Price. The scoreboard lit up again for Panola when Sojka scored on a
fielder's choice.
 
Navarro had their big inning in the top of the third scoring four runs of
their own.  Panola would quickly respond in the fourth and fifth innings
with a pair of four run rallies.
 
 
 
Navarro never threatened after the fourth inning as Panola pitching shut
down the Bulldog bats only allowing 1 hit the final three frames.
 
 
*Game #2*
 
Eleven hits weren't enough for Panola as it lost a shootout, 16-8 in seven
innings,
 
Logan Bailey (Hallsville, TX) racked up two RBIs on one swing for Panola.
He homered in the sixth inning.
 
 
 
Taylor Tomlin (Center, TX) couldn't get it done on the rubber for Panola,
taking a loss. He lasted just 1 1/3 innings, walked none, struck out none,
and allowed four runs.
 
 
 
Navarro never trailed after scoring eight runs in the second on a fielder's
choice, a sacrifice fly by Channey, and two singles.
 
Two runs in the bottom of the fourth helped Panola close its deficit to
9-6. A two-run single by Chandler Morris (The Woodlands, TX) gave Panola a
little life.  But that would be as close as it would get for Panola.
 
 
 
Navarro piled on six more runs in the top of the fifth. Dejuses kicked
things off with a single, plating Martin.
 
Two runs in the bottom of the sixth helped Panola close its deficit to 16-8.
 
*Game #3*
 
With the score tied at four in the fifth inning, Jordan Gore (Silsbee, TX) came
to the plate and hit into a fielder's choice, bringing home Austin Sojka
(Huntington Beach, CA).
 
Gore racked up two RBIs on one hit for Panola.
 
Jansen McCurdy (White Oak, TX) reached base four times in the game for
Panola. He singled in the first and third innings.
 
 
 
Christian Cuevas (Bayamon, PR) looked sharp on the bump. Cuevas gave up
just three hits, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out two
during his four innings of work in relief collecting his fourth win of the
season.
 
 
 
The bottom of the first saw Navarro take an early lead, 4-0. Martin singled
to ignite Navarro 's offense. More runs came home for Navarro when Martin
scored on an RBI single by Adams, Dejuses scored on an RBI single by
Salazar, and Adams scored on an RBI single by Lewis
 
For the second day in row Panola found themselves down but not out as the
Ponies would put up a 5 run inning in the fifth.
 
Landon Marshall (Huntington Beach, CA) would single followed by Chandler
Morris (The Woodlands, TX) sacrifice bunt.  Chad McKinney (Hughes Springs,
TX) then doubled to followed by Colby Price (Nederland, TX) that scored
one.  McCurdy would get hit by a pitch that lead to Austin Sojka’s
(Huntington Beach, CA) base on ball. Logan Bailey Hallsville, TX) would hit
a missile up the middle scoring two runs.  The inning finally came to an
end when Jordan Gore (Silsbee, TX) drove in Hector Morales (Royal Palm
Beach, FL) capping off a 5 run inning and spelling defeat for Navarro.
 
Panola tacked on another two more runs in the ninth. The inning looked
promising, as Gore tripled, plating Bailey to kick things off. That was
followed up by Morales 's single, scoring Gore.
 

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Panola College Chorale in Concert


Panola College Chorale in Concert
 
The Panola College Choral Department will present a spring concert on
Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Q.M. Martin Auditorium.
 
The Panola College Chorale is under the direction of Mrs. Sandra Bauer and
will be accompanied by Mrs. Ginger Cook.  The concert is free and open to
the public.

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Shelbyville Dragon Band Boosters


Athletic Booster Meeting will be held Monday, April 11 @ 6:00 pm in Elem
Annex Room 133

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Timpson Bear Update


Timpson ISD Bear Update
4/4/2016
 
 
Weekly Calendar of Events –
 
Mon. April 4 – TES staff meeting after school
--------------- TMS 7/8th grade district track meet @ Beckville
 
Tues. April 5 – THS Beta Club meeting in library during lunch
--------------- Softball v. Douglass – Home @ 5:00 p.m.
--------------- Baseball vs. Shelbyville – There @ 6:30 p.m.
 
Wed. April 6 – UIL L-D Debate – First Baptist Church in Center
 
Thurs. April 7 – THS Book Club meeting in library @ lunch
--------------- Track meet in New Summerfield VB/VG
--------------- TISD Bond Informational Meeting @ 6:00 p.m. in auditorium
 
Fri. April 8 – TES I-Station reports sent home
-------------- Teacher self-report Part II and III due
-------------- Softball vs. Alto – There @ 5:00 p.m.
-------------- Baseball vs. Tenaha – Home @ 6:30 p.m.

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Stabbing In Center


 

 

 

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*Center Vocational Nursing Students Assist with the 9th Annual Health & Fitness Fair *


 
 
The Center Vocational Nursing Students assisted with the 9th Annual Health
& Fitness Fair presented by Cline Family Medicine at the Windham Civic
Center in Center, Texas on Thursday, March 31st. The students provided
teaching on Heart Health while collecting blood pressures. The students
also assisted with glucose at cholesterol checks at the Nacogdoches Medical
Center Booth! The students enjoy having an opportunity to promote health
and fitness in Shelby County.

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Ace Hardware Bush Hog Sale and Give Away


Ace Hardware of East Texas on the Loop at Hwy 96 S in Center, invites you to join them Friday, April 8th from 9am-2pm for customer appreciation day. They will have a representative from Husqvarna Outdoor Power, Bush Hog, and more! There will be free hotdogs and drinks from 10am-1pm. PLUS many giveaways 

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Rocking Bar P Rodeo Tour 2016


Center Broadcast Company Recently Attended the Rocking Bar P Rodeo Tour 2016, at Sheriff Posse featuring many famous bull riders and fighters. Dale Pantalion managed the event he has over 11 years of experence in the Rodeo, retired at the age of 42 and has been doing this tour for 4 years, however the last 3 years the tour was under a different name. His father wanted him to do the rodeo instead of football, because football could get him hurt where he could not do the rodeo. This is the 1st year the tour will be held under the name the Rocking Bar P.  There will be 6 shows in total this year.  The tour will return to Center, Texas on July 9th. 

 

For Videos of the Rides Click this Link:  

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvTo3UNSdu0&list=PLRAypkwpmScnKkF9Hr1oP3eV0fjMrrkh5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2016-2017 Joaquin Jr. High Cheerleaders and Mascot


 
2016-2017 Joaquin Jr. High Cheerleaders and Mascot
 
 
Left to Right
Bottom row: Co-Captain - Ebbie McCann, Co-Captain - Chrislyn Pena
2nd row: JJ Bass, Sarah Ewing - Mascot, Addisyn Harvey, Madison Baker
3rd row: Kalie Brooks, Kaylee Oliver, Molleigh Fults, Victoria Byrd, Kaylea
Neal
4th row: Dori Daw
Top row: Jacy Covington, Emma Martin, Brooklinn Penning, Ashleigh McKim
 

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Shred Day April 8th


 
SHRED DAY PRESENTED BY SHELBY SAVINGS BANK
CENTER SQUARE APRIL 8
 
 
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Shelby Beautiful Clean Committee announces “Shred Day”, presented by Shelby Savings Bank, will have a mobile shredding unit available on the Historic Downtown Center Square on Friday, April 8 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Community members are invited to bring documents and paper that need to be shredded. Businesses that wish to bring shred items are limited to ten file boxes of paper.  For larger quantities please contact the Chamber to make arrangements so that it may be accommodated. 
 
 
These services are provided free to the public as a service of the Shelby County Beautiful Clean program of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.  Shred Day is sponsored in part by Farmers State Bank and Town & Country Real Estate.
 
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.
 

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Shelby County Teacher of the Year


 
Cline Family Medicine Presents
Shelby County Teacher of the Year 
Reception April 20
 
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce salutes the accomplishments of the talented teachers throughout the county’s school districts and will be hosting a Teacher Appreciation reception presented by Cline Family Medicine on Wednesday, April 20 at the Windham Civic Center.  
 
All Shelby County school districts choose one teacher from each of their campuses as the Teacher of the Year for that campus.  Each campus teacher and their school is recognized at the reception. This is a time when gratitude and appreciation is expressed to all educators throughout the county.  At the reception the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Education committee will announce the 2016 Shelby County Teacher of the Year for Elementary and Secondary schools.  
 
This event is made possible in part by gold sponsors Farmers State Bank and Shelby Savings Bank.
 
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682 or visit us at www.shelbycountychamber.com
 
 
 

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Panola Health Care Open House


*Health Care Open House introduces second career options *
 
People of all ages, from high school juniors to retirees, attended an Open
House at Panola College on Tuesday, March 29, to learn about health care
career options.
 
The Health Sciences Division of Panola College hosted a “Second Career Open
House” for community members who are interested in finding out more about
options for health careers. Participants toured the Health and Natural
Sciences Building, and visited simulation labs equipped with the latest
medical equipment. Academic and financial advisors were on hand to assist
people with degree plans and to provide information about how to apply and
register for classes.
 
“People sometimes think college is just for young people,” said Dr. Barbara
Cordell, Dean of Health Sciences at Panola College. “We have many students
who fit the non-traditional model of people who are older and who may have
decided to launch a new career, or change from their existing career to the
field of health care.”
 
In fact, medical careers offer higher pay and job security that appeal to
midlife career changers. Careers in health care also offer additional
benefits in terms of job satisfaction and personal fulfillment because of
the mission of helping people, according to Dr. Cordell.
 
A study by Johns Hopkins University revealed that 73 percent of health care
employees across the nation express satisfaction with their jobs, an almost
30 percent increase over other American workers.
 
Denise Welch, Panola College Director of Financial Aid, said determining
financial aid packages available to students must be handled on a
case-by-case basis. Some students may qualify for Pell Grant funding or
other scholarship opportunities. In addition, displaced workers may qualify
for funding through Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and
other types of job-retraining financial aid. The Texas Workforce Commission
(TWC) administers these programs. Interested individuals should visit their
local TWC office, or visit the website at http://www.twc.state.tx.us.
 
The health related programs offered at Panola College include Nursing
leading to LVN and RN, Occupational Therapy Assisting, Emergency Medical
Technician (Basic and Paramedic), Medical Laboratory Technician, Medical
Assistant, and Health Information Technology. Other certificates offered
through Continuing Education include Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Dental
Technician, Massage Therapy, and Certified Nurse Aide.
 
For more information call 903-694-4000.
 

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Vickers Trial Continues Monday April 4th


 

During the trial Dr. Jean Stanley councils says that according to her tests results she is low risk and does not display deviant sexual interest. Steven Shires prosecution attorney asked about the validity of Dr. Stanley’s test, and made note that Dr. Stanley was being paid by Ms. Vickers as of 4/1/2016 Ms. Vickers has paid Dr. Stanley $1,700. Dr. Stanley suggested that because she is a minimum risk candidate that Ms. Vickers undergo cognitive treatment. Cognitive treatment involves changing your way of thinking and runs 18 month to 3 years.  Ms. Vickers husband decided to remain married to his wife and the couple is currently attending Christian counseling.  The trial will continue on Monday April 4th as the jury was unable to come to a decision.   

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Lead Story - Wreck On HWY 96 South Headed Just Outside of Center -


There was severe wreck on HWY 96 South just outside of Center, headed toward San Augustine. A diesel truck was involved; hazmat teams are in the process of cleaning it up and Law enforcement have shut down HWY 96 South. 

 

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Kirk family named Farm Family of the Year


 
 
 
Following in his father’s, John F. Kirk, Jr.’s footsteps, who won the award 40 plus years ago, the John F. Kirk, III family has been named the 2016 Farm Family of the Year by the Nacogdoches Agriculture Committee. 
The eldest of three children, John Kirk grew up on his parent’s John and Elsie Kirk’s dairy farm in eastern Nacogdoches County with a brother, David Kirk and a sister, Carrie Annette Kenner.  Life on the dairy farm was hard work, milking up to three hundred cows twice per day. While attending Nacogdoches High School, John was active in 4-H and FFA. When asked what being in these organizations taught him, he answered “Well, I didn’t like the lesson, but it taught me to work real hard.”   John attended Stephen F. Austin State University and studied Agriculture and in the fall of 1980, just before graduating with a Degree in Animal Science, he accepted a position as the Beef Farm Manager for S.F.A.S.U. This job was the beginning for his new family, as John married his wife of 36 years Cathy Kojis, a Texas City girl, on August 1, 1980. 
In April of 1981, John and Cathy began a new venture. They developed three commercial acre catfish ponds on John’s parent’s property.  Their business, East- Tex Fisheries, sold catfish fingerlings to individuals throughout the County and East Texas areas.  John developed a close relationship with Lone Star Feeds, who worked with him to develop a feed ration specific to grow out the catfish for production.  This led to the first Commercial Catfish business in the area. 
During the spring of 1982, the Kirks purchased a poultry farm and ninety three acres adjacent to the family property. John likes to joke that it was Cathy’s purchase. They grew broilers from 1982 until 2008. According to Cathy, “I had my hands full raising catfish, chickens, cows and kids.”
Early on in 1980, the earliest known artificial insemination business in East Texas started by his dad, John Kirk, Jr. in 1964 and operated by him for over 16 years was passed down to John, III where he expanded that business by signing on as a service representative for American Breeders Service in early fall of 1981.  John’s A. I. sales and service business is alive and well today and holds National Recognition for sales of 150,000 plus units with ABS.  As John puts it, “the business was built one customer at a time, with us learning as much from our customers as they do from us.”   Around that same time, John traded his dairy cow herd to keep it in the family dairy production for the cross bred beef cattle on the dairy.  Realizing the need to produce larger income on limited acreage, John quickly began A. I. breeding registered cattle of higher value.  He bought a small herd of Registered Angus cattle bred to Chianina bulls.  Their offspring were sold as show steers and replacement heifers. 
Learning that the desired characteristics for show steers were constantly changing, the family eventually decided to strictly breed for registered Angus cattle. They received their Registered Angus membership number in 1983 and are ranked as one of the oldest standing Angus herds in East Texas. Today, many registered cattle operations are a hobby for people who have income from other sources.  This is not the case for the Kirk family.  Their cattle operation was built cow by cow and stands alone as an income producing enterprise for the family.   
The small farm has helped raise four successful children, all who have worked on, helped build and know the ins and outs of the farm operation. John and Cathy’s oldest a daughter, Stonie Kirk graduated 2003 from Texas A&M with an Animal Science Degree and works for Texas Farm Credit in Nacogdoches and manages the herd breeding, calving and production records for the farm. They have three sons; John, IV who graduated from Stephen F. Austin 2011 with a degree in Business Administration, married to Charlsey Mackey Kirk and works for the in laws learning the business of M&M Sales in Timpson; Drew married to Emjay Jones Kirk manages all of the daily operations, cattle records and sales for the family farm and C.J. upon graduating from Stephen F. Austin 2012 with a degree in Agricultural Science, has been employed as an engineer for Haliburton and continues to help feed, hay and work the herd in his spare time.
The Kirks have been steadfastly dedicated to agriculture for the past forty years. Their passion to learn new things, improve the Angus breed, and diversify operations has allowed them to grow and become successful agriculturalists in Nacogdoches County.
 John and Cathy give the credit for their success first and foremost to the Big Man Upstairs, the unwavering support of their families and hard work.  It was the family that helped them grow their business and through thoughtful stewardship, they look forward to passing it along to future generations. 
 
 
 
 
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The Nacogdoches County Agriculture Committee will honor the Kirk Family as Farm Family of the Year at the Agriculture Appreciation & Awareness Banquet on Monday, April 11 at the Nacogdoches County Exposition & Civic Center. The award is sponsored by TIPTON Ford Lincoln. Gary and Sue Atkins Agricultural Scholarship Awards will also be presented to Nacogdoches County students
Banquet tables and tickets are available. Contact the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce at 936-560-5533 for details. The event begins at 6  p.m., dinner sponsored by Mast Cattle & Timber Investments begins at 6:30 p.m., and the program with keynote speaker Roy O. Martin III of Roy O. Martin Lumber Company is at 7 p.m. 
 
 

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Tiger Weekly


Tiger Weekly
 
March 31, 2016- EOC Testing; HS Track in Cushing 3:30 pm
 
April 1, 2016-Baseball Opening Ceremonies for  Cole DePriest Memorial Field  4:00 pm; Sports Pictures 8 am
 
April 2, 2016-FFA @ Texas A & M in College Station
 
April 4, 2016- STAAR /EOC; District JH Track in Beckville; HS & MS Band practice 4 pm-6 pm
 
April 5, 2016- Baseball vs Gary Home 4:30 pm
 
April 6, 2016- End 5th Grading Period; FFA in Waco
 
April 7, 2016-HS Track in Garrison 3:30 pm; Teacher In-Service/Student Holiday
 
April 8, 2016-Bad Weather Day/Holiday; Baseball in Timpson 6:30 pm; FFA in San Angelo
 
April 9, 2016-JR/SR Prom “Old Hollywood”; POW Recognition Day; Prom Pictures
 
April 11, 2016-Beginning 6th Grading Period; HS & MS Band Practice 4 pm – 6 pm; Student Immunizations
 
April 12, 2016- 7th Grade UIL Concert & Sight Reading in Carthage (13th also); Baseball vs Beckville Home @ 4:30 pm; FFA @ Sam Houston in Huntsville
 
April 13, 2016-District Track in Beckville; Elementary/Kinder/Class/Grads Gown Photos; FFA @ Tarleton University Stephenville
 
April 15, 2016-FFA @ Texas A&M in College Station (16th Also); Baseball vs Shelbyville Home 6:30 pm

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VFW Recycling Project


Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary
would like to remind citizens of their ongoing recycling program.  Laser and
inkjet print cartridges along with cell phones can be dropped off at Chief
Imaging, 614 Tenaha St., Center, Monday - Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.  Let's save
the environment for future generations.
 
 
Pictured is Post Quartermaster Larry Hume preparing to send off 21 laser
cartridges, 110 inkjet cartridges and 12 cell phones donated by Shelby
County Citizens.
 
 

 

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