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DETEC


 
As of 7 AM, Sunday 29th Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 700 meters without power.
 
Sabine County - 375
San Augustine - 25
Nacogdoches - 300
Shelby, Panola, Newton & Jasper - 0
 
DETEC crews will continue to work until all power is restored.  Thank you for your patience as we work to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.
 
Above all, we want to ask you to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES.  Consider them all to be live and dangerous.  Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines and outages.
 
Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. serves some 40,000 meters in eight counties of Deep East Texas, including Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Panola, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine and Shelby.
 

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CITY OF TENAHA CALLED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA


 
CITY OF TENAHA CALLED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA  
Thursday - June 2, 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 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.
 
Order of Business:
 
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Pledge &Prayer
4. Present & Review Engagement Letter From Karczewski/Bradshaw L.L.P. Attorneys and Counselors At Law - ACTION
5. Closed Session per Section 551.0725 – Deliberation Regarding Contract Being Negotiated
6. Return to Open Session  - Present Recommendation from Closed Session - ACTION
7. Department Head Report 
8. Council Comments
9. Adjourn
 

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Chamber's Golf Classic


 
Chamber's Inaugural Golf Classic
 
Slated for June 6, 2016 Tee off is at 12:30 for more information or to register call the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at 936-598-3682
 
 

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Power Outages


 
As of 10 AM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 7600 meters without power.
 
Panola County: 20
Shelby County: 1000
Nacogdoches County: 1500
San Augustine County: 1500
Sabine County: 3400
Jasper County: 20
Newton County: 230
 
DETEC and contract crews are working to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.
 
Above all, we want to ask you to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES.  Consider them all to be live and dangerous.  Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines and outages.
 
Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. serves some 40,000 meters in eight counties of Deep East Texas, including Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Panola, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine and Shelby.
 

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Flash Flooding


 
Flash Flooding Swamps Texas; Water Rescues Prompted From Up to 17 Inches of Rain; More Severe Storms Ahead
   May 27, 2016Flash flooding from what in some areas has been a record calendar-day rain event swamped parts of Texas Thursday into Friday, as the threat of more severe thunderstorms looms again Friday.Emergency crews in Bastrop County, Texas, were "overwhelmed with water rescues and other emergency calls" overnight Thursday night, according to a National Weather Service civil emergency message.
 
Storm Total Rainfall and Flood ReportsAt least one home was flooded in nearby Caldwell County, Texas, necessitating a rescue. High water rescues were also ongoing early Friday near Buda, Texas.Some of the worst flooding was between College Station and Houston.Brenham, Texas, picked up a whopping 16.62 inches of rain Thursday alone, smashing the previous single wettest calendar-day record of 10.38 inches set on October 17, 1994. Incredibly, Thursday alone also topped the previous record for the entire month of May (15.09 inches set just last year) and would also be the fourth wettest month, there. Records date to 1897.Also, Austin-Bergstrom Airport picked up 8.79 inches Thursday, the second wetttest calendar-day rain at that site dating to 1942. The wettest day at that particular site was just about seven months ago, when a deluge of 12.49 inches on October 30prompted the airport tower to close.Flash flooding will continue to be a threat in parts of Texas 
Severe Weather Forecast
Friday   
   - Severe thunderstorms may still be rather numerous from parts of southern South Dakota and southern Minnesota to central and East Texas.
   - Threats: Flash flooding, damaging wind gusts, large hail and a few tornadoes.
   - Cities: Dallas | Austin | Houston

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SCAM ALERT!!!


 
Eastex Telephone is aware of a variety of scams where our customers have
been contacted with  the caller demanding payment immediately, usually by
requesting a credit card or bank account information.  Eastex does not
call our customers demanding payment on their account.  Any contact
regarding payment is by Postal Mail.  Eastex believes a customer should
never give personal information to anyone who calls the customer.  Only
provide personal information when you originate the call.  Exercise
extreme caution if you  return  a phone call to an automated message, 
these can be scams as well, sometimes causing extra long distance charges
on your telephone bill.  Always be aware and alert when you receive a
suspicious call.  And remember you can always call your local Eastex
Telephone office for more information. 

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Shelbyville Dragon Scholarship Recipients


 
Class of 2016 Shelbyville Dragons 
 
Christasha N. Johnson
 
 
University of Texas – Tyler Achievement 
  Scholarship
Shelby County University of Texas System 
Shelby County Area Go Texans
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
Shelbyville Alumni
Deep East Texas Electric Co-op, Inc. 
Eastex Telephone Co-op, Inc. Scholarship
SHS Student Council 
 
 
 
 
 
Jessica Ann Hemphill 
 
 
 
Stephen F. Austin Academic Excellence
Oates Brother’s Scholarship – SFA
SHS Band Boosters
Shelby County Bass Anglers 
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
Deep East Texas Electric Co-op, Inc. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Randall Dean Dusang
 
 
 
 
 
Shelby County Aggie Moms
Texas A&M Regents Scholarship
Bone Hill Foundation
Shelby County Area Go Texans
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
Shelbyville Lions Club
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wade Holden Baty
 
 
 
Shelby County Aggies Moms
Buddy Metcalf Memorial
Bone Hill Foundation
Shelby County Bass Anglers
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
Shelbyville Athletic Boosters Club
Toletha Furlow Memorial
Deep East Texas Electric Co-op, Inc.
Shelby Savings Bank
SHS Student Council
 
 
 
 
John Ryan Alvis
 
 
Stephen F. Austin Academic Excellence
Bone Hill Foundation
Shelby County Area Go Texans
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
 
 
 
 
Cleosha Toyanna Nicole Jeter
 
 
 
Jerry Dickinson Memorial
Bone Hill Foundation 
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
Toletha Furlow Memorial
Deep East Texas Electric Co-op, Inc.
Daughters of the Republic of Texas 
  William Carroll Crawford Chapter
 
 
 
 
Devenne Janaye Smith
 
 
Texas Farm Bureau
SHS Band Boosters
Bone Hill Foundation
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
Toletha Furlow Memorial
Shelbyville Lions Club
Deep East Texas Electric Co-op, Inc. 
SHS Student Council
 
 
 
 
Octavian Sae’von Burrell
 
 
 
Bethel University Academic and Athletic 
   Scholarships
Shelby County Bass Anglers 
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
Shelbyville Athletic Boosters Club
Deep East Texas Electric Co-op, Inc. 
 
 
 
 
Ty Alexander Miller
 
 
Shelby County University of Texas System
Bone Hill Foundation
Shelby County Bass Anglers 
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
 
 
 
 
Lindsey Taylor Holbrook
 
 
 
Panola College Leadership
SHS Band Boosters
Bone Hill Foundation
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
Cecily Memorial 
Cathy Fields Memorial
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aaron Scott Gilchrist
 
 
 
Panola College - W.I and Inez Davis
    Scholarship
Texas Farm Bureau
Bone Hill Foundation
Shelby County Bass Anglers
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
Shelbyville Athletic Boosters Club
Shelbyville Lions Club
Shelby Saving Bank
Cathy Fields Memorial 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WyTavia JanTrell Jones
 
 
 
SHS Band Boosters
Bone Hill Foundation
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
Triumph The Church & Kingdom of God in 
   Christ 
 
 
Anthony Zane Ochoa
 
 
 
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
 
 
 
 
Marrissa Shalai Roberts
 
 
 
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
Shelbyville County Attorney – Gary Rholes
Shon Lout & J.H. Lout Memorial 
 
 
 
 
Randi Brianna Alvis
 
 
 
 
 
Jacob Eli Ard
 
 
 
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
 
 
 
 
Brady Nichols Bailey
 
 
 
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
Shelby County Cruisers 
 
 
 
 
 
Wesley Dalton Berry
 
 
Sam Houston Masonic Lodge #32
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
Cecily Memorial 
 
 
 
Belinda Nicole Bohannon
 
 
Panola College Bone Hill
Shelby County Bass Anglers
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
Shelbyville Athletic Boosters Club
Toletha Furlow Memorial 
 
 
 
Malakia LaQuresha Bolton
 
 
 
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
 
 
 
Jeremy DeShannon Boykins
 
 
 
Panola College Bone Hill
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
 
 
 
 
 
Jeron Bernard Boykins
 
 
 
 
A.T. Cartwright Memorial
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
 
 
Ida Rene Bragg
 
 
 
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
 
 
 
 
 
LaTreyvion Markist Cartwright
 
 
 
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
 
 
 
Stephanie LaShun Cartwright
 
 
 
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
 
 
 
Victor Cole Cooper
 
 
 
 
Skylar Jo Daniels
 
 
 
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
 
 
 
 
RuthAnna Blaire Deal
 
 
Shelby County Bass Anglers
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
Shelbyville Athletic Boosters Club
Shon Lout & J.H. Lout Memorial
SHS Student Council 
 
 
 
Tamia Chateria Douglas
 
 
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
 
 
 
Delaney Nicole Emanis
 
Panola College - Lewis H. Pool Foundation  
   Scholarship
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
 
 
 
Sierra DelRae Faust
 
 
Panola College Leadership
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
Cathy Fields Memorial 
 
 
 
 
Wyatt Paul Ferrebee
 
 
 
Panola College Leadership 
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
 
 
 
 
 
Timothy Yancey Flores
 
 
Del and Lamar Yarborough Endowed      
    Scholarship – Panola College 
Panola College – Drama Scholarship
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
 
 
 
Jayne Makayla Fuller
 
 
Panola College – Drama Scholarship 
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
 
 
 
Justice Carl Hathorn
 
 
 
Fisher of Men Scholarship
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
 
 
 
 
Jacob Len Jackson
 
 
 
 
 
 
Panola College Leadership
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
 
 
 
 
 
Lane Wesley Jackson
 
 
Shelby County Bass Anglers
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
Shon Lout & J.H. Lout Memorial
Shelby Savings Bank
 
 
 
Jabria Rakel Jenkins
 
 
Heritage Achievement Foundation
SHS Band Boosters
Bone Hill Foundation
Shelby County Bass Anglers
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
 
 
 
RiHeam LaVell Jenkins
 
 
 
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
 
 
James Royce Jones
 
 
Panola College – XTO Energy Inc. Scholarship
Sam Houston Masonic Lodge #32
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
 
 
Ja’Tarious DaQuan Land
 
 
 
 
 
Kal Leland Metcalf
 
 
 
 
 
Buddy Metcalf Memorial
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
Fred & Reba McLeod Memorial 
 
 
 
Matthew Benton Michon
 
 
 
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
 
 
Ashlyn Cheyanne Perez
 
 
 
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
 
 
Brooklyn Nicole Porter
 
 
 
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
 
 
 
 
Molly Brianne Runnels
 
 
Panola College Leadership
Panola College – Chevron Scholarship
Dayna Howard Memorial 
Shelby County Bass Anglers
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
 
 
 
 
Christian Isaiah Thomas Stanberry
 
 
Panola College Bone Hill Scholarship
Panola College – Chevron Scholarship
Shelby County Bass Anglers
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
Deep East Texas Electric Co-op, Inc. 
 
 
 
 
Javis Cornell Thompson
 
 
 
 
 
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
 
 
Stefon Tyrique Thompson
 
 
 
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
 
 
Tyler Nicklaus Trimble
 
 
 
H.H. & Mavet Neilson Memorial
 
 
Kenton Keith Vaughn
 
 
 
 
Jake Dale Wagstaff
 
 
 
 
Briana Michelle Waller
 
 
 
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
 
 
Nikyus Tramane Williams
 
 
 
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial
 
 
Samuel Laurie Windham
 
 
U.S. Army
Farmers State Bank 
W.I. Davis, Sr. & Eula Davis Memorial 
 

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Timpson Bear Update


 
Timpson ISD Bear Update
5/26/2016
 
Don’t forget – Middle School Graduation is tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the THS Gym.  High School Graduation is tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. in the THS Gym. Congratulations Graduates!!!
 
 
2016 Yearbooks - There are some copies of the Timpson ISD 2016 yearbook left to reserve. Tomorrow, Friday, May 27 is the last day to order. You can pick up an order form from the high school or order online at www.jostensyearbooks.com<http://www.jostensyearbooks.com>
 
TES Pre-K Newsletter- Attached is the Timpson Elementary School newsletter. This is the last one for the school year. Thank you to Ms. Penny Ramsey for sending these out to keep our pre-k parents informed about what their child is learning in pre-k.
 
Timpson Memorial Day Celebration - American Legion Post 90, Timpson ISD, and the City of Timpson will sponsor a Veterans Day program at the gazebo on the Timpson square Monday may 30 at 10:00 a.m. Military servicemen from Timpson who were killed in duty to their country will be named and Gold Star families will be recognized. In addition the presentation of colors,
 FCCLA News - Timpson High School FCCLA went to Lufkin to eat at Ralph and Kacoos to have their awards presentation. Attached are photos and a description of the awards presented. FCCLA is sponsored by Mrs. Danielle Smith.
 
 
TISD Cafeteria News - Attached is a letter to parents containing information about the school cafeterias.
 
 Shelby County Poultry Festival Broiler Show News - It is that time of year again!  If your child is interested in showing  broilers for the Shelby County Poultry Festival please let either Mr. Cauthen or Mrs. Powers know as soon as possible.  Also, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us!
 
Entry Fee $30 for 30 birds.
 
Please return entry form with entry fee to the Timpson ISD agricultural science building or administration office.
Attached is information on Broiler Show Rules and a Broiler Show entry forms.
 

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Escaped Convict - UPDATE


UPDATE He was captured later on Wednesday, May 25

 

At approximately 6:08 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, Giovani Angel, an inside trustee at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office escaped while putting trash out. Angel was in jail on city charges of arson and burglary of a building.

 

He is described as a 19 year-old Hispanic male, medium build, 5’10 inches tall, 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has a mowhawk haircut.

Angel was last seen in the area of Pine Street wearing all black clothing and carrying a black backpack. His last known address was on Park Street in Center.

If anyone has information on the location Angel or sees him, please call the SCSO at 936-598-5601 or the Center PD at 936-598-2788.

 

 

 

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Miracle Treat Day Fundraiser


 
Children Medical Hospital is having a fundraiser on June 30th.  The hospital is partnering with Dairy Queen for miracle treat day the profit for every blizzard purchased on that day.  Mr. Bobby Cox Program Manager for the Children’s Miracle Network is heading up the event.  He has been with the charity for 2 ½ years and has been involved in charity work for over 30 years.  100 percent of the money goes to helping the local hospital in Shreveport, LA.  The hospital helped over 60,000 children last year alone.  
 
 
 Mason Bonnette & Bob Cox (From Left to Right)
 
One of these children is Mason Bonnette who suffers from HSAN a nerve disease that affects both his brain and muscles.  Mason, was born on July 12, 2007 weighing 6 lbs 11 ounces. At first his family thought he was a healthy baby boy, but we would soon learn otherwise. Mason symptoms began to appear shortly after birth and continued to develop as time went on. At two months, Mason was diagnosed with pyloric stenosis, which required his first surgery. Two months after that, his family learned that Mason had blocked tear ducts and would require another surgery to remove the blockage. As Mason’s feeding difficulties continued the doctors performed multiple test trying to find an answer for his constant vomiting, and his doctors then decided Mason would benefit from another combination of surgeries. After even more surgeries and treatments, the answer came for his parents. At two years old, Mason was diagnosed with Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy (degenerative dysautonomia).
 
To date, Mason has experienced multiple hospitalizations, procedures and surgeries. His journey has included visiting four (4) Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, as well as other hospitals. Currently, Mason utilizes three Children’s Miracle Network Member Hospitals for his medical care CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier (Shreveport, LA), St. Francis Hospital (Tulsa, OK), and Texas Children’s Hospital (Houston, TX). According to Mason’s mom, “Throughout our visits to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals we have found not only amazing medical professionals, but friends. Our doctors, nurses, therapists, and child life specialists have been there to support us during the rough times and rejoice with us during the good times.” Mason’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospital recently taught him to ride a bicycle unassisted, for the very first time.  He is now their international ambassador/ kid coach for biking. 
 
For More Information goto their Website at: 
 

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First Responders Luncheon


 

The First Responders luncheon was held today at the Windham Civic Center.

 

 

 

 

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Shelby County Election Results


 
DEMOCRAT
 
Railroad Commissioner
Cody Garrett - Early 23 | Precinct Election Day 5 | Total 28
Grady Yarbrough - Early 17 | Precinct Election Day 10 | Total 27
 
REPUBLICAN
 
Railroad Commissioner
Gary Gates - Early 139 | Precinct Election Day 230 | Total 852
Wayne Christian - Early 582 | Precinct Election Day 1,013 | Total 1,595
 
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 2
Ray Wheless - Early 281 | Precinct Election Day 571 | Total 852
Mary Lou Keel - Early 267 | Precinct Election Day 430 | Total 697
 
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 5
Scott Walker - Early 401 | Precinct Election Day 754 | Total 1,155
Brent Webster - Early 145 | Precinct Election Day 244 | Total 389
 
Member, State Board of Education, District 9
Keven M. Ellis - Early 283 | Precinct Election Day 586 | Total 869
Mary Lou Bruner - Early 287 | Precinct Election Day 456 | Total 743
 
District Judge, 123rd Judical District
SHELBY COUNTY
Mike Parker - Early 164 | Precinct Election Day 265 | Total 429
Leann Kay Rafferty - Early 569 | Precinct Election Day 992 | Total 1,561
PANOLA COUNTY
Mike Parker - Early 744 | Precinct  Election Day 788 | Total 1,532
Leann Kay Rafferty - Early 303 | Precinct Election Day 421 | Total 724
SHELBY & PANOLA (Totals)
Mike Parker - 1961
Leann Kay Rafferty - 2,285
 
Constable, Precinct No. 3
Roy Cheatwood - Early 124 | Precinct Election Day 315 | Total 439
Scott Burkhalter - Early 80 | Precinct Election Day 206 | Total 286

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Panola College President and Dean's List


 
PANOLA COLLEGE ANNOUNCES PRESIDENT’S LIST
 
Panola College is proud to announce the names of those students named to the President’s List for the spring 2016 semester. To qualify a student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours with a grade point average between 3.8 and 4.0. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.
 
LOUISIANA 
Many:
Nicholas Pearson
 
Mooringsport: 
Patricia Yarbrough
 
NEW MEXICO
Mesilla Park:
Leiyona Young
 
TEXAS
Beaumont: 
Andrew Pace
 
Beckville: 
Jase Dixon
Cassie Elizondo
Morgan Hamilton
Matthew LeTourneau
Kade Lindsay
Kelby Maines
Kimberly Mcguire
Christopher Ramirez
Tracy White
Braden Wise
 
Carthage:
Christopher Barnes
Christopher Caudle
Summer Croley
Nancy Dominguez-Aldaba
Oscar Guerrero Rodriguez
James Mcdaniel
Tucker Merritt
William Metcalf
Madison Mize
Jorge Rodriguez
Tina Sandidge
Lacey Scott
Callie Smith
Elida Villarreal
Carly Watson
Madison Youngblood
 
Center:
Brittany Barreraz
Jaekrystal Bell
Thomas Bierman
Luke Burns
Liliana Castaneda
Nakristianna Crawford
Kevin Fenton
Miguel Garcia
Xochil Gonzalez
Abigail Mckenney
Felipe Montanez
Vanessa Renteria
Salvador Santana
Whitney Sims
Tristan Smith
Marissa Tomlin
 
Chireno:
Priscilla Covarrubias
 
Cibolo: 
Chantel Woodard
 
Deberry:
Chelsey Smith
 
Diana: 
Donni Tomerlin
 
Eustace: 
Katherine Baze
Garrison: 
Leticia De La Torre
 
Gary:
Destiney Caskey
Shelby Martin
Ronna Phillips
 
Hallsville:
Bailey Logan
 
Harleton: 
Kollin Hurt
 
Henderson:
Pedro Aguilar
Alaina Christian
Ashley Christian
Garret Hope
Isaiah Key
Emily Ortiz
Allyssa Woods
 
Huntington: 
Keelan Moses
 
Jacksonville:
Juan Jimenez
 
Jefferson:
Anna Crumbie
Koreyton Evans
Stephanie Henson
 
Joaquin: 
Jennifer Chearwood
James Smith
 
Longbranch: 
Gregory Stapleton
 
Longview: 
Kastley Greer
Lufkin: 
Deidre Merritt
Sara Trahan
 
 
Marshall: 
Shelby Dorchester
Chelsea Johnson
Latoya Johnson
Troy Jones
Vivian Lugo
Martha Moreno
Jennifer Olvera
Lahoma Pipkins
Sharnice Rusk
 
Milam: 
Amie Forehand
 
Nacogdoches: 
Jaramie Martin
Dillon Reynolds
 
Nederland:
Korey Clark
Colby Price
 
Pineland:
Martha Brown
 
Ravenna: 
Kyle Wallace
 
 San Augustine: 
Celene Garcia
Darlene Hollis-Davis
 
Shelbyville: 
Paige Broeckelman
Lewis Dales
Tori Faust
 
Tenaha: 
Joshua Hickman
Patricia Peavy
Anna Williamson
 
Timpson: 
Monica Montoya
Marissa Thompson
 
Waskom: 
Tonya Smith
 
BRAZIL: Victoria Baptista Santos
 
DENMARK: Kia Fisker
 
PANOLA COLLEGE ANNOUNCES DEAN’S LIST
 
Panola College is proud to announce the names of those students named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2016 semester. To qualify a student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours with a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.79. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.
 
 
LOUISIANA
Haughton:
Cindy Loyd
 
Many:
Ashley Mitchell
 
Shreveport:
Brynne Raymond
 
TEXAS 
 
Beckville:
Erica Allums
Kinley Blair
Reiley Cohorst
Kylee Vance
 
Big Sandy: 
Maryann Phillips
 
Bronson: 
Talina Bobbitt
 
Carthage:
Jessica Alexander
ShelbyAllen
BraulioBarron
Sarah Benton
Savannah Chapman
Jessica Clakley
Kimberly Cooper
Taylor Edwards
Yolanda Graves
AnaGuerrero Rodriguez
Coby Hammons
Devin Hurst
Kaitlyn Isbell
Nicole Lawhorn
Melissa Mcknight
Sherrie Mims
Shelby Pitre
Takyra Simpson
Magdalene Yoerger
 
Center:
Joanna Aaron
Collin Davis
Riley Foehner
Osiel Garcia
Lorena Gonsalez
Alanea Hooper
Gabriela Landin
Diana Perez
Patti Ratcliff
Thomas Ray
Justin Renfro
Isaac Shofner
Taylor Tomlin
Whitnee Tomlin
Jacob Wheeler
Ashley Wilson
 
Chireno:
Stephen Dicks
Belinda Hamby
 
Conroe:
Briana Jones
 
Garrison:
Yesenia Castillo
Toby Delgado
Chance Lunsford
Kirsten Mayfield
UriasQuetzala
 
Gary:
Cameron Coligan
Dana McDaniel
 
Henderson: 
Rachel Bridges
 
Houston:
Ericka McBurney
 
Hughes Springs:
Chad McKinney
 
Jacksonville:
McCartney Satterwhite
 
Jefferson:
Wendy Herigon
 
Joaquin:
Marzaveon Cooper
Shannon Creech
Morgan Matthews
 
Karnack:
Elizabeth Myers
Kristye Wall
 
Kilgore: 
Morgan Presley
 
Laneville:
Melisa Cunningham
 
LongBranch:
Macie Innerarity
 
Longview:
Colton Brasher
 
Marshall:
Robin Bates
Daniel Benitez
Devin Fugler
Emily Glawson
Lindsey Hill
Summer Hutto
Maria Noyola
Sara Sellers
Kirstie Stewart
Sierra Tijerina
Ebonie Williams
Ethan Yates
 
Mount Enterprise:
Jenna King
 
Nacogdoches:
Miriam Maxie
Veronica Tipps
 
Ore City
Destiney Miller
 
San Augustine:
Angelia Pitts
 
Shelbyville: 
David Bragg
Michael Elliott
Amy Permenter
Bethany Sonmor
 
Silsbee:
Katelyn Halvorson
Tyler Powell
 
Teague
Caleb Wilson
 
Tenaha
Mirtha Caporali
William Lauxman
 
Timpson
Ryan Battles
Derek Pierce
Holly Royer
 
Waskom
Trevor Deal
Keelie Graff
Loren Hughes
Tristen Moore
Ben Wise
Crystal Zepher
 
NIGERIA
Emeahu Mitchell
 
 
 
 

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Joaquin School Board Meeting Minutes


Minutes of School Board Meeting
May 23, 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:  Ronnie Belrose, Tam Hearnsberger, Thomas Harvey, Chrisco Bragg, Bill Mason, Jr., Jeff Cater and Jimmy Hamilton
 
Board members absent:  None
 
Guest(s) Present:  Colleen Doggett – East Texas Press
 
Joaquin ISD Employee(s) Present:  Phil Worsham, Superintendent; Joel Bumback, Director of Finance; Sherry Scruggs, Elementary Principal; Jimmy Jackson, High School Principal, Mark Bonner, Director of Maintenance; Bert Coan, Elementary Assistant Principal; Terri Gray, Jr. High Principal; 
     
Tam Hearnsberger, Vice-President, called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
 
2  Invocation by:   Chrisco Bragg
    Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America by:   Thomas Harvey
    Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag by:  Ronnie Belrose
 
3  Reorganize the Joaquin ISD Board Officers:
 
3A  Board President
        The floor was open for Board President Nominations.  Chrisco Bragg and Ronnie Belrose were 
        nominated.  No other nominations were made, nominations were closed.  A vote was taken and the  
        results were 5 for Chrisco Bragg  and 1 for Ronnie Belrose with Ronnie Belrose abstaining.  
        Chrisco Bragg is the Board President
3B  Board Vice President
        The floor was open for Vice President Nominations.  Ronnie Belrose was nominated.  
        No other nominations were made, nominations were closed.  A vote was taken and the results 
        were unanimous for Ronnie Belrose.
3C Board Secretary
       The floor was open for Secretary Nominations.  Tam Hearnsberger was nominated.  
       No other nominations were made, nominations were closed.  A vote was taken and the results 
        were unanimous for Tam Hearnsberger.
 
4  Audience Participation – Those signed up and participating were:  None
 
5  Report and Information items:
 
5.1 Review Monthly Financial Reports – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance
5.2 Dual Credit Courses offered at Joaquin ISD
5.3 2016 Preliminary Property Values and Tax Ratification Election
5.4 Student Transfer report 
5.5 FFA local policy on Student Welfare Wellness and Health Services
5.6 Calendar of activities
5.7 Correspondence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6  Agenda Items for discussion, consideration, and possible action:
 
6.1  It was moved by Tam Hearnsberger, and Bill Mason, Jr., to approve the previous meetings 
       minutes.  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.
 
6.2  It was moved by Bill Mason, Jr., and seconded by Tam Hearnsberger, to approve the 16-17 school calendar (attached).  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.
 
6.3  It was moved by Jimmy Hamilton, and seconded by Jeff Cater, to approve the budget amendments and projects over $50,000.00 (attached).  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.
 
6.4  It was moved by Jimmy Hamilton, and seconded by Tam Hearnsberger, to approve the calendar for 2016 Tax Rate Adoption & Budget Planning Calendar (attached).  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.
 
7  The board entered closed session in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government 
    Code Section 551.074 at 7:33 p.m. on May 23, 2016. 
 
7.1  §551.072   Deliberation regarding real property.  A governmental body may conduct a closed meeting to 
                       deliberate the purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property if deliberation in an open 
                       meeting would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in 
                       negotiations with a third person.
                     §551.074   Appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public 
                                      officer or employee or to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee 
7.1.1  Discussing purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property – Texas Government Code Section 
         §551.072 
7.1.2  Staff reassignment and duties – Texas Government Code Section §551.074
 
8  The board entered open session in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act at 8:58 p.m. on    
    May 23, 2016.  Agenda Items for discussion, consideration, and possible action: 
 
8.1 It was moved by Tam Hearnsberger, and seconded by Bill Mason, Jr., to accept the confirm the 
resignation of Christie Penning.  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried 
unanimously. 
8.2 No action taken 
 
9  Chrisco Bragg, Board President, asked for items to be placed on the next board agenda.  
Dual Credit policy, Sale of property, Garza County fund request, Personnel 
 
10  Designation of date and time of next meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin ISD 
          – June 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.  
 
11  With no further business on the agenda the meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m. 
 
 
 
 
 

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Teacher Service Awards


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Center Crime Stoppers


 
Center Crime Stoppers is seeking information on the location of a Ladaryl
D. Burns and a Gershunna K. Savore. Burns is wanted for Felony 2 Fraudulent
Use or Possession of Identifying Information, Burglary of a Habitation,
Felony 2, Credit Card/ Debit Card Abuse Felony 3. Burns is described as a
black male, 5'11" tall and weighing 200 lbs. Burns is 39 years of age.
Savore is wanted for Felony 2 Fraudulent Use of Possession of Identifying
Information, Burglary of a Habitation, Felony 2. Savore is described as a
black female, 5'2" tall and weighing 150lbs. Savore is 31 years of age.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 DJ Dickerson.
 
 
 
If anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or
concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or
effecting escape or warns Burns and/or Savore of impending discovery or
apprehension will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05
Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, a Felony offense.
 
 
 

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Shelbyville Dragon Band at Disney World


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2016 Poultry Festival 4-H/FFA Show Broiler Orders Taken


 
Are you a youth in grades 3rd through 12th and interested in showing chickens at the upcoming East Texas Poultry Festival?  The Shelby County 4-H Poultry project offers many activities to youth of all ages. Activities that youth can engage in include poultry production of all types, preparing foods using poultry products and public presentations that utilize information learned from the many areas within the poultry program. Youths can compete in activities at the county, district, state and national levels of competition. Rewards include an increased appreciation of the influence of the poultry industry on our lives and recognition in the form of awards, prizes, trips, and even collegiate scholarships.
Sound interesting?  If so, now is the time to place your order for chicks for the Shelby County Broiler Show.  A pen of 30 chicks are ordered and purchased for $30.   Show rules and paperwork may be picked-up at the Extension office at 200 San Augustine Street, #7 (Shelby County Courthouse Annex Building).  All orders are due no later than July 27th and are payable by check or money order only.   Tentative date for pick-up of show chickens is the week of August 22, 2016.
 
If you have questions about participating in the 4-H Poultry project or learning what is involved in showing and raising chickens as a 4-H member, give Lane Dunn, Shelby County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources a call at 936-598-7744 or email at jldunn@ag.tamu.edu.
 

 

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Center ISD and Shelby County Chamber Salute First Responders


 
Center ISD and The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce salute first responders Wednesday, May 25 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Windham Civic Center.
First Responders including police officers, department of public  safety officers,
constables, Sheriff Deputies, firemen, medics, Game  Wardens and law enforcement
 officials will be honored guests.

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Christopher "Beau Buster" Byrnes signs for LaTournea University


Christopher "Beau Buster" Byrnes signed a letter of intent to LaTourneau University to play golf for the 2016-2017 school year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Railroad Commission Chairman David Porter: Partners in Protecting Texans and Our Economy


 
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The Railroad Commission of Texas is the state's chief energy regulatory agency. 
Chairman Porter was elected statewide to serve the people of Texas in 2010 and was
unanimously elected by his fellow Commissioners to serve as Chairman in June 2015.
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AUSTIN-There are few industries in Texas as dynamic and essential to our state's
 economy and our way of life as the energy industry. Despite recent economic challenges,
the energy industry in Texas employs tens of thousands of people in virtually every
corner of the state, providing jobs and income to countless families. And more and
more, as the industry changes and innovates, drilling rigs and fracking operations
that once only dotted the vast horizons of Texas are now sharing space with communities
and neighborhoods.
That's where the Railroad Commission of Texas comes in. It's our job to make sure
the energy industry is doing its job in compliance with hundreds of state and federal
safety regulations. In fact, Texas has some of themostpragmatic regulations in the
entire country. These regulations include laws that require wells to be constructed
with multiple layers of steel and concrete to permanently protect groundwater. But
we can't do it alone.  That's why experts from the Commission visited Kilgore recently,
to meet with local officials representing 14 East Texas communities ranging from
 Mineola to Carthage to Palestine to discuss how we can work together to ensure 
the safe, responsible production of our state's abundant energy resources.
To be successful, we must work in partnership with agencies at every level of the
regulatory process. Local officials and regulatory bodies are among our most important
partners. While the Commission has sole jurisdiction over subsurface (underground)
operations, municipal governments have the authority to address certain above ground
activity.   Examples of these activities are fire and emergency response, traffic,
lights, noise or reasonable set back requirements. In regulating the operations 
of oil and gas producers, our mission is the same as many local communities; protect
the public and our natural resources, while ensuring the industry can contribute
 to our local and state economies through job creation and revenue generation. Because
many of these state and local regulations can impact each other, it's vital the 
Commission and local governments work closely together to enforce the rules in a
 fair and consistent manner.
The Commission has been regulating the oil and gas industry in Texas for nearly 
100 years and is deep with staff knowledge and experience in energy exploration.
 We can, and do, provide local agencies with expert resources on issues of public
safety with regard to oil and gas activity in their area. Often this is expertise
municipalities simply don't have access to, or do not need on a regular basis, but
can be extremely valuable in decision-making.
Local governments with oil and gas activity in their communities can help keep the
Commission up to date on industry activities in their communities, provide information
when necessary on how operators are complying with the law, and quickly report those
who are not in compliance to the Commission for possible enforcement actions.
This is why the Commission makes it a priority to visit with leaders and regulators
from cities around Kilgore. We want to make sure local communities like Tyler, Gilmer,
Marshall and Athens know the resources and expertise we have available to assist
 them, and what our policies, procedures and capabilities cover. Texans living in
these communities are constituents of both their local municipality and the Railroad
Commission, and we share a responsibility to ensure safe and effective regulatory
practices. Strong and open communication between the Commission and our local partners
will help improve everyone's understanding of their role in regulating this important
industry, and help Texas remain a global leader in energy production.
 
Texas Railroad Commission Chairman David Porter was elected statewide by the people
of Texas to serve as a member of the Commission in November 2010. A Certified Public
Accountant and successful small business owner, Chairman Porter has worked with 
oil and gas producers for nearly three decades providing strategic financial advice
and tax counsel. He is the senior member of the Commission with a proven record 
of principle-driven, free market conservative leadership.

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Panola Offers Classes


 
*PANOLA COLLEGE OFFERS AROMATHERAPY*
 
 
 
The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education division is offering
Aromatherapy on Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. –
4:00 p.m., on the Stephen F. Austin campus in Nacogdoches.  The cost of the
class is $375.00 and pre-registration is required.  For more information,
contact the Continuing Education office at 903-693-2067 or email
ce@panola.edu.
 
 
 
*PANOLA COLLEGE OFFERS INTRODUCTION TO AERIAL YOGA*
 
The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education division is offering
Introduction to Aerial Yoga classes June 7 - June 29, 2016 on the Carthage
campus.  The class will meet Monday and Wednesday from 4:00 pm to 5:00pm.
The cost of the class is $75.00 and pre-registration is required.  For more
information, contact the Continuing Education office at 903-693-2067 or
email ce@panola.edu.
 

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Panola College Releases Spring 2016 Graduate List


 
*Panola College Releases Spring 2016 Graduate List*
 
On May 13, 2016, Panola College announced that 333 candidates qualified for
graduation this semester. Students receiving multiple degrees or
certificates include one for Associate of Arts, five for Associates of Arts
in Teaching, 62 for Associate of Science, 78 for Associate of Applied
Science, and 170 Certificates.
 
 
*LOUISIANA*
 
*Bossier City: *Jonathan Meyer, Regan Osbon
 
*Keithville:* James Busher, Spencer Rolland
 
*Many: *Nicholas Pearson
 
*Rodessa: *Ladonna Severin
 
*Shreveport: *Jasmine Casey, Emily Hamm, Lauren Shepherd
 
*TEXAS*
 
*Austin: *Sierra Moses
 
*Beaumont: *Willette Samuel
 
*Beckville:*T'ouja Adams, Savana Allen, Michael Burran, Jase Dixon, Dillon
Etheredge, Charlotte Fannin, Annette Fite, Brandy Fountain, Matthew
LeTourneau, Javon Lewis, Kade Lindsay, Caleb Ninemire, Cameron Ross, Jason
Travis, Thomas Woods
 
*Bloomburg: *Corbin Houck
 
*Bronson: *Lance Johnson
 
*Carthage: *Braulio Barron, Chandler Brooks, Madison Brown, Mary Chance,
Jessica Cole, Terrence Cole, Sierra Collins, James Davis, Kelley Edwards,
Kelwin Edwards, Taylor Edwards, Dennis Golden, Amber Goodwin, Ana Guerrero
Rodriguez, Coby Hammons, Elzie Hicks, Shawn Horn, Dillon Husar, Roberto
Jimenez,  Cody Jones, Kendra Lewis, Kristen Liedtke, Allie Mallard, Brett
May, James McDaniel, Darren Melton, Abigael Misoi, Stephanie Page, Delisha
Parker, Jesse Rodriguez, Jorge Rodriguez, Shirley Rougely, Ismael Saucedo,
Karlee Simpson, Nicole Smalley, Carlie Smith, Samuel Watson, Casey Webb,
Cassidi Whitaker
 
*Center: *Deanna                Askew-Lemon, Brittany
Barreraz, Luke Burns, April Calhoun, Nelly Carrasco Bohorqu, Liliana
Castaneda, Kais Cooper, Karen Esparza, Kevin Fenton, Jack Ford, Osiel
Garcia, Jacob Jackson, Jaxon Lucas, Ross Mahan, Curtis McKenney, Joel
Pallares, Patti Ratcliff, Ricardo Sanchez, Auna Shofner, Isaac Shofner,
Caley Turner, Kearri Walker, Jacob Wheeler
 
*Chireno: *Stephen Dicks
 
*Cibolo:* Chantel Woodard
 
*Deberry: *Emillee Giddens, Samantha Goebel, Chelsey Smith
 
*Diana: *Casandra Davis
 
*Eustace: *Katherine Baze
 
*Garrison: *Karla Avila, TobyDelgado, JesseGarcia
 
*Gary: *Alicia Ayers, Randall Jackson, Ronna Phillips, Chelsea Salas,
Hannah Smith, Ashley White
 
*Gilmer: *Krista Wakefield
 
*Grand Prairie: *Adriana Skipper
 
*Hallsville: *Ryan Shelton, Cynthia Smith
 
*Henderson:* Pedro Aguilar, Amber Brown, Sarahi Contreras, Angelica
Hernandez, Janey Holland, Adine Manon, Angela                 Marsh,
Courtney Prior, Ryan Weaver, Doris Williams
 
*Houston:* Jonathan Wiley
 
*Hughes Springs:* Chad McKinney
 
*Jefferson: *Hugh Clements, Sydney Corpier, Schkoreya  Evans, Wendy
Herigon, Michaela Quinn, Terri Rodriguez
 
*Joaquin: *Hunter Belrose, Kyle Chambliss, Marzaveon Cooper, Shannon
Creech, Lacey Griffin, Stephanie Haltom, Tyler Maloy, Michael Rogers,
Ashley Weir, Kevin Whitaker, Samantha Whitaker, Crystal Whitton, Tristan
Wilkerson
 
*Karnack: *Kelvin Jackson
 
*Laneville: *Melisa Cunningham
 
*Longbranch: *Victoria Yule
 
*Longview: *Kimberly Brown, Melanie De La Roca, Amber Dixon, Khaliah Ford,
Quincy Jenkins, McKensie Piar, Ladajaha Richardson, Latasha Thompson,
Standrick Tyiska, Wendy Womack
 
*Lufkin: *Sara Gunter, HeatherStaley, Perla Williams, Cody Wright
 
*Marshall: *Lola Boren, Athalia Branch, Brittney Brown,  Jayme Cole,
Brandon Fouch, Alexi              Hawkins, Lindsey Hill, Ja'lea Holland,
Shene Johnson, Charlene Jones, Kaylee Kirkland, Caleb Lejune, Jessica Long,
Vivian Lugo, Tirena Mosley, Jennifer Olvera, Lahoma Pipkins, Jessica
Porter, Jesus Rodriguez, Sharnice Rusk, Claribel Sanchez, LindaTamplin, Eva
Torres, Lachristal Vance, Mary Welch, Celia Zamora
 
*Mount Enterprise: *Gavin Davis, Matthew Howard
 
*Nacogdoches: *Paulina Chavez, Collin Gore, Rekesha Leonard, Samantha
Mesora, Veronica Tipps, Tanis Todd
 
*Nederland:* Kendal Savarino
 
*Orange: *Caleb Cogbill, Dalton McClelland
 
*Palestine: *Blake Hensley
 
*Pineland: *Ty Fore
 
*Ravenna:* Kyle Wallace
 
*Red Oak: *R’Trevia Randolph
 
*San Antonio: *Laraysha Hall
 
*Shelbyville: *Brady Bailey, David Bragg, Joel Dales, Lewis Dales, Savannah
Green, Claire Jenkins, James Jones, Lakwuaneshia McClelland, Jessica
Randall, Sierra Redmond, Bethany Sonmor
 
*Silsbee: *Jordan Gore
 
*Tenaha:  *James Hairgrove, William Lauxman, Patricia Peavy, Taylor Reeves,
Gavin Williamson
 
*Timpson: *RyanBattles, Morgan Hudson, Isaiah Molloy, Taylor Morris,
Vernett Richardson, Wendy Wallace
 
*Waskom: *Lisa Robbins, Terri Trost, Ben Wise
 
*White Oak:* Jansen McCurdy
 

 

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Timpson ISD Bear Update


 
Timpson ISD Bear Update
5/23/2016
 
 
 
Weekly Calendar of Events –
 
Mon. May 23 – Spring Band Concert & Banquet @ 6:00 p.m. in THS Auditorium
 
Wed. May 25 – Beta trip to Six Flags leaving at 6:00 a.m.
--------------------- Staff Pay Day
 
Thurs. May 26 – Seniors walk through TES @ 9:30 a.m. – Wear Cap and Gown
--------------------- Report cards sent home
--------------------- Senior breakfast @ 10:00 a.m. in high school workroom
--------------------- End of sixth six weeks
--------------------- Last day of school – early dismissal @ 12:30 p.m.
--------------------- 8th grade graduation @ 7:00 p.m. in THS gym
 
Fri. May 27 – THS Graduation @ 8:00 p.m. in the THS gym – Seniors will meet in band hall at 7:15 p.m. wearing cap/gown
--------------------- Staff workday – Staff lunch @ 11:30 a.m. in TES cafeteria
 
2016 THS Favorites – Attached are Mr. and Miss THS, Chandler Burgay and Bethany Lindgren.  More favorites pictures to come.
 
THS  Athletic Banquet - The Timpson Athletic Booster Club sponsored its annual Timpson High School Athletic Banquet on May 9 at the Good Hope Baptist Church gym. The Mama Bears did a wonderful job decorating the tables and walls. All members of athletic  teams were recognized. Attached is a list of the teams. Everyone who helped make this event so special for our deserving athletes is appreciated. A special appreciation goes to Beverly Tippett and C. T. Simpson who work hard each year to make this event special for our athletes.
 
FFA Banquet – The Timpson ISD FFA banquet was held May 10 in the TES cafeteria.  Parents, FFA members, school staff and FFA supporters enjoyed a great meal provided by parents of the FFA officers.  Attached is a list of the awards presented during the banquet.  The 2016-17 FFA officers were installed.
 

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Texas A&M Forest Service Confirms Emerald Ash Borer Found in Texas


 
May 23, 2016—COLLEGE STATION, Texas—The invasive emerald ash borer (EAB) beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees across the U.S. has been detected in Texas. State and federal agencies are preparing people and communities with information, education and preventative measures to fight the pest.
 
  
 
Earlier this month, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS)—agencies leading the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) EAB survey in the state—trapped four adult beetles in Harrison County just south of Karnack, Texas. Although the ash trees in the immediate vicinity of the trap did not exhibit symptoms of the pest, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) laboratory confirmed the specimens were emerald ash borers. Efforts are underway to identify any infested trees.
 
  
 
Texas has anticipated the arrival of the EAB and has strategically placed beetle detection traps across the state for the past four years in an effort to provide an early warning if and when the invasive pest arrived.
 
  
 
“Early detection of this destructive pest minimizes its spread and enables us to effectively work with those affected by providing information and science-based solutions to potential attacks,” said Texas A&M Forest Service Forest Health Coordinator Shane Harrington. “TFS is working with other state and federal agencies to ensure that the general public, home- and landowners know fact from fiction and what to look for when monitoring for EAB.”
 
  
 
The EAB is a destructive, non‐native, wood‐boring pest of ash trees and poses a significant threat to urban, suburban and rural forests, killing both stressed and healthy ash trees. The trees typically die two or three years after becoming infested. Native to Asia, the EAB was first discovered in southeast Michigan in 2002. Since then, infestations of this invasive pest have been found in 26 states and have killed tens of millions of ash trees.
 
  
 
In the United States, there are 16 ash species susceptible to attack—Texas is home to seven of these species. Ash trees make up less than 5 percent of rural Texas forestlands but comprise a large population of the state’s urban forests. Texas A&M Forest Service is working with APHIS, the Texas Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Forest Service, among other state and federal agencies, to implement a response plan.
 
  
 
The statewide plan includes monitoring beetle movement, conducting educational campaigns, providing technical assistance in prevention, preparation and recovery, and working with regulatory agencies in considering and establishing quarantines in affected counties.
 
  
 
“The Texas Department of Agriculture, through our biosecurity program, is committed to defending Texans from invasive species like the EAB, which have the power to decimate our crops and landscapes,” Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said. “Working together with Texas A&M Forest Service and our federal counterparts, we will implement a comprehensive response plan to tackle this threat to all Texans.”
 
  
 
Texas A&M Forest Service is also working with the state’s forest industry, rural landowners, urban communities and homeowners on detecting possible infestation and taking measures to slow the movement of the beetle. Measures of control include protecting ash trees through the use of insecticide tree injections and soil drenching and bolstering the urban forests with other tree species not susceptible to the emerald ash borer.
 
  
 
“Proper planning can reduce the impact of EAB in our communities,” said Texas A&M Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator Paul Johnson. “Removal of poor quality ash, planting trees that aren’t susceptible to EAB, and protecting high value ash by treating them will help us weather this attack. Work with a forester or an ISA-certified arborist to help you assess your EAB risk and care for your trees.”
 
  
 
To learn more about EAB, please visit www.emeraldashborer.info and https://tfsweb.tamu.edu/eab/ Download the fact sheet and check out photos on Flickr.

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Timpson Memorial Day Program


 
American Legion Post 90 and Timpson ISD will sponsor a Memorial Day program at the gazebo on the Timpson square Monday May 30 at 10:00 a.m. Military servicemen from Timpson who were killed in duty to their country will be named and Gold Star families will be recognized. In addition the presentation of colors, speeches and playing of TAPS will be part of this program. Please join us for this important  program that recognizes, remembers and shows appreciation  to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our county.
Timpson Independent School District

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Cuttin Up with Ron Barber Shop has opened back up


 
Cuttin Up with Ron Barber Shop has opened back up. 
 
Please note the part-time hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - 8am until 1pm
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday - 8am until 11am
 
Cuttin Up with Ron Barber Shop is located just off the square at 209 STE B, Nacogdoches Street, Center, Texas. Call 936-598-7132.

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Center High School Scholarship Awards â€" Class of 2016


Center High School Scholarship Awards – Class of 2016
 
US Military
 
Army – Juan Apolonio, Rachel Lawson, Marquis Lovell
Navy – Jessica Hale, Joel Valerio-Rodriguez
 
General Scholarships
 
Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative
Emily Campbell, Zoey Stuever, Macy Mayo, Victoria DuVon, Brylee Hendricks, Jaime Cervantes, Delaina Truitt, Lilah Fuller, Zack Ritter
 
Center Police Dept. Ladies Auxiliary – Taylor Morris, Tyler Morris
 
Center High School Band Boosters – Johan Gonzalez, Sarai Ramos, Christopher Luna, Zoey Stuever, Amanda Nachman, Julie Hernandez, Robert “Bo” Mooney, JoAnna Waller, Jaime Cervantes, Esmeralda Acosta, Daniela Garcia, Julie Garcia, Tony Garcia, Stephanie Presa, Mallory Sims, Alexis Salas
 
CISD Employees – Victoria DuVon, Chloe Gipson, Johan Gonzalez, Brittany Lawrence, Brian Mendoza, Malory Nehring, Daniel Stanford, Wil Tomlin, JoAnna Waller;  Non-CHS Recipients:  T.C. Bryant, James Grant Rice, Hannah Wolf
 
Citizen’s Bank – Kori Bailey, Chris “Bo Buster”Byrnes, Esmeralda Jaimes, Lilah Fuller, Jasa Rodgers
 
Shelby County Attorney – Martiza Cadena
 
Texas City Management Association: 2016 Tom Muehlenbeck Scholar: Malory Nehring
 
Daughters of the Republic of Texas: William Carroll Crawford Chpt. – Kori Bailey
 
Dixie Youth Baseball – National Award: Julian Jimenez; State Award: Marco Gutierrez
 
Shelby County Farm Bureau – Ivan Luna, Zoey Stuever
 
Farmers State Bank:  Chloe Gipson
 
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Area Go Texan – Malory Nehring
 
Shelby County Friends of Go Texan: Esmeralda Acosta, Brianna Cox, Victoria DuVon, Chloe Gipson, Johan Gonzalez, Brylee Hendricks, Julian Jimenez, Allison Langford, Brittany Lawrence, Andres Leon, Santiago Leon, Sara Lindsey, Macy Mayo, Parrish Miller, Amanda Nachman,  Sarai Ramos, Zack Ritter, Zoey Stuever, Emmalee Tomaszewski,  JoAnna Waller, Tony Garcia, Julie Garcia, Robert “Bo” Mooney
 
Mu Alpha Theta: Joel Rodriguez, Jaime Cervantes, Chloe Gipson
 
Center Garden Club – Gabriela Castaneda
 
Woodman Lodge #250 -  Victoria DuVon, Robert “Bo” Mooney, Payton McSwain
 
Camp Huawni- Deja Goodwin, Brittany Lawrence
 
East Texas Antique Tractor – Brittany Lawrence
 
General Shelters – Stephanie Campos, Diana Espinoza, Juan Garcia, Holden Massey, Bryan Lopez, Stephanie Presa
 
Jackson Missionary Baptist Church – Parrish Miller
 
Nacogdoches Medical Center – Zoey Stuever
 
Shelby Co. Chamber of Commerce Poultry Festival Pageant – Zoey Stuever, Macy Mayo
Rotary Club of Center – Malory Nehring
 
Sam Samford Lodge #149 – Lorenzo Angel, Brittany Lawrence
 
Shelby County Bass Anglers – Tynequa McGee, Brett Clark, Abbey Eddins, Michel Robleo, Sarai Ramos, Victoria DuVon, Gabriela Castaneda, Amber Bryce, Juan Garcia
 
Shelby County Cruisers – Daniel Rodriguez
 
TR’s Steaks ‘N More – Karla Contreras
 
Shelby Savings Bank – Johan Gonzalez,  James Liker, Macy Mayo
 
Xi Epsilon Rho – Macy Mayo
 
Memorials
 
Dayna Howard Memorial – Mallory Sims
Darren Wilson Memorial Golf – Chris “Bo Buster” Byrnes, Zack Ritter
Jackie & Reba Watlington Theater – Emmalee Tomaszewski
Steve Webb Memorial – Isaac Shofner
Eta Rho-Ginny Mallory Wright – Abbey Eddins, Zoey Stuever
 
 
 
 
College/Universities/Affiliates
 
Aggie Moms Club – Karina Garcia, Brylee Hendricks, Julian Jimenez, Andres Leon, Macy Mayo, Malory Nehring
 
Baylor University Provost Gold – Chloe Gipson
 
East Texas Baptist Dean’s – Arnol Escobedo
 
Panola College
 Leadership – Kori Bailey, Joel Bender, Addison Brown, Angeles Camacho, Noemi Guerrrero, Tynequa McGee, Robert “Bo” Mooney, Michel Robledo, Zara Sloan
 Presidential – Holden Massey, Brittany Lawrence, Santiago Leon, Pablo Valdez
 Endowed:
Addison Brown – Kenneth & Suzy Cantwell Endowed
Isaac Shofner – Shirley Heron Pennington Memorial 
James Sigler – XTO Energy, Inc. Scholarship
William Tomlin – XTO Energy, Inc. Scholarship
 Band: Esmeralda Acosta, Julie Hernandez, Mallory Sims, Whitney Thomas, Alexis Salas, Delaina Truitt, LaChina Williams
 Bonehill – Taylor Morris, Tyler Morris, Merari Gonzalez
 Theater – Amanda Nachman, Chris “Bo Buster” Byrnes
 
Stephen F. Austin State University
 Academic Excellence
Malory Nehring, Julie Garcia, Emily Campbell, Victoria DuVon, Julian Jimenez, Tony Garcia, Sarai Ramos, Santiago Leon
 Alumni
Oates Brothers:  Amber Bryce, Sarai Ramos
Homer Bryce: Amber Bryce, Victoria DuVon, Zack Ritter
Texas A & M University Regents – Julian Jimenez
University of North Texas Excellence III – Johan Gonzalez
Shelby Co. Chpt. Texas Ex Students Assoc – Julie Garcia, Santiago Leon, Zoey Stuever
 
Foundations
 
Bone Hill Foundation
Brylee Hendricks, Victoria DuVon, Brianna Cox, Merari Gonzalez, Macy Mayo, Sarai Ramos, Tony Garcia, Emily Campbell, Amanda Nachman, Parrish Miller, Stephanie Chaidez, Sara Lindsey, Esmeralda Acosta, Gabriela Castaneda, Zack Ritter, Abbey Eddins, Joel Valerio-Rodriguez, Emmalee Tomaszewski, Whitney Thomas, Andres Leon, Joanna Waller, Jaime Cervantes, Juan Garcia, Delaina Truitt, Christopher Luna, Allison Langford, Christopher Byrnes, Brett Clark, Mayra Hernandez, Daniela Garcia, Esmeralda Jaimes, Deja Goodwin, Stephanie Presa, Lorenzo Angel, Rosalva Huerta, Ivan Luna, Julie Hernandez, Tiffany Griffin, Jamya Gaddis, DaCorey McGee
 
Heritage Achievement Foundation
Johan Gonzalez, Julian Jimenez, Sarai Ramos, Zoey Stuever
 
Sand Hill Foundation, LLC
Brylee Hendricks, Jasa Rodgers
 
Roughrider Foundation
 
In memory of Norris Askew – Colton Ethridge
In memory of Mitchell Bailey – Kasen Lucas
In memory of Pam Baldwin – Abbey Eddins
In memory of Bo Barbe – Jonathan Brent Hudspeth 
In memory of Brent Barr – Jacob Wheeler
In memory of Gene Biddle – Jacqueline Alvarado
In memory of Earl Biggers – Tiffany Adams
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Boles – Kamisha Evans
In memory of Gene Borders – Jasa Rodgers
In memory of Carolyn Irish Bourque – Malory Nehring
In memory of Billy G. Bridges, Sr. – Ally Hughes
In memory of Lewis and Johnnie Ruth Brown – DaCorey McGee
In honor of Bruce Triangle Pacific & Shelby Regional Hospital – Bryan Lopez
In memory of Homer Bryce – Amber Bryce
In memory of Pat Buddin – Zoey Stuever
In memory of Stanley Burgay – Daniel Stanford
In memory of Cody Daniel Bush – Matthew Chandler
In memory of Jon, Misty and Macy Bush– Brittany Lawrence
In memory of Mac and Mattie Lou Bussey – Brianna Cox
In memory of Morris Cammack – Estefania Echeverria
In honor of James and Mona Campbell – Juan Garcia
In honor of Center Youth Baseball – Hunter Wigington
In memory of Andrew “Andy” Chance – Nykevia Jones
In memory of Leo Childs – Joel Bender
In honor of the CHS Band 80th Anniversary – Chris Luna
In honor of the CHS Band Boosters Scholarship 2016 – LaChina Williams
In honor of the Class of 1940 – Lorenzo Angel
In honor of the Class of 1941 – Addison Brown
In honor of the Class of 1956 – Kori Bailey
In honor of the Class of 1957 – Marissa Birdwell
In honor of the Class of 1977 – Maritza Cadena
In honor of the Class of 1981 – Parrish Miller
In memory of Rayford and Margaret Copelin – Victoria DuVon
In memory of Jason Covington – Marco Gutierrez
In memory of Gail Cuculic and honor of Janie Cuculic – Angeles Camacho
In honor of The Cuculic Kids – Lilah Fuller
In memory of Gail Cuculic – Jaime Cervantes
In memory of Gail and Toopie Cuculic – Arnol Escobedo
In memory of Carlton and Hulon Dance – Julie Garcia
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. W.I. Davis, Sr. – Karla Contreras
In honor of the CHS DECA Club – Jasmin Rojas
In memory of Mattie Dellinger – Angela Escobedo
In memory of Clint Donnan and Clay Donnan – Holden Massey
In honor of Gerald Fagan – Sara Lindsey
In honor of Farmers State Bank – Brylee Hendricks
In memory of Danny Clint Fenton – Robert “Bo” Mooney
In memory of Tolbert Foster – Jamya Gaddis
In memory of Carlos Fox, in honor of Kathy Fox and in memory of Ted Fox- Megan                              Handy
In memory of Mallory Franks – Stephanie Chaidez
In memory of Jamie Campbell Gamble – Merari Gonzalez
In honor of General Shelters – Stephanie Presa
In honor of Doice Grant – Amanda Nachman
In honor of James and Becky Greer – Bret Clark
In honor of John Griffin – Deja Goodwin
In honor of Hallmark/Center Fixture Operations – Sarai Ramos
In memory of Inez Alford Harper and James E. Harper – Maria Garcia
In memory of Bridges and Maggie Harris – Damaris Mendoza
In memory of John Alvis Howard  - Dioney Garcia
In memory of James R. Innes – Keenen Griffith
In memory of Becky  (Yarborough) Jeans – Wil Tomlin
In memory of Mitchell Jetton (Lions Club) – Tiffany Griffin
In memory of Mitchell Jetton (Family) – LaMarcus Goodwin
In memory of Virginia Jetton – Allison Langford
In honor of James “Jim” Jones – Esmeralda Acosta
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Jones – Noemi Guerrero
In honor of Ray Jones Chevrolet/Center Motor Company – Daniel Rodriguez
In honor of Bruce Koonce – Elizabeth Hernandez
In memory of Bobby Lee – James Avery Liker
In memory of Gilbert Link – Taylor Morris
In honor the Center Noon Lions Club – Mayra Hernandez
In honor of William “Bill” Lloyd – Jamisha Hubbard
In memory of Gregory Mack Luman – Tyler Morris
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Massey – Tameria Johnson
In memory of Dr. Victor and Wava Mathews – Alexis Salas
In memory of Byron McDaniel – Julie Hernandez
In memory of James Roscoe and Evie Lee McSwain – Payton McSwain
In memory of Richard Menefee – Rosalva Huerta
In memory of Melvin M. Miller – Macy Mayo
In honor of F. L. Moffett Primary School – Hsi Paw
In memory of F. L. Moffett – Zamira Martinez
In memory of Clyde Monroe – Jakala Pilot
In honor of McNeil Moore and  memory of Bonnie Moore – Chloe Gipson
In memory of Luke “Jack” Motley, Jr. – Julian Jimenez
In honor of Nacogdoches Coca Cola Bottling Plant – Andres Leon
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Neilson, Sr. – Charmaine Polley
In memory of Aileen and Forney Parker – Isidro Lopez
In memory of F.E. Parker – Mu Mu
In memory of Vance Payne – Whitney Thomas
In honor of Pilgrims Pride – Zack Ritter
In memory of Bob and Mildred Pinkston – Bertha Morales
In memory of Bobby Pinkston – Tynequa McGee
In memory of Catherine Pinkston – Juana Sanchez
In memory of Mann Pinkston – Tyrone Roland
In memory of Army Spc. Larry E. Polley, Jr. – Marquis Lovell
In honor of Port-A-Cool – Jihadrick McCollister
In honor of the Pride of Shelby County – JoAnna Waller
In memory of Walter Rainbolt, Jr. – Lorena Huichapa
In memory of Minnie Jewel Thomas Rogers – Emmalee Tomaszewski
In honor of the Center Rotary Club – Santiago Leon
In memory of C.P. (Prentice) and Daliah Sanders – Delaina Truitt
In memory of Ken Sanders – Tony Garcia
In memory C. Ray Scurlock – Tha Paw
In memory of John Tom Scurlock – Francisco Rios
In memory of Mr. and Mrs. C.P. Scurlock – Adrian Rubio
In honor of Shelby Savings Bank – Ivan Luna
In memory of Jermichael Rashard Smith – Michael Williams
In memory of David Specter – Esmeralda Jaimes
In honor of the Shelby County Sportsman’s Committee – Isaac Shofner
In memory of Dean Stewart – Johan Gonzalez
In memory of Rena and Julian Taylor – Emily Campbell
In memory of Davis Kain Tillotson – Chris “Bo Buster” Byrnes
In honor of Tyson Foods, Inc. – Daniela Garcia
In memory of Kathryn Vaughn – Zara Sloan
In memory of Delores Walker – Michel Robledo
In honor of Cecil W. and Virginia Lampley Watlington – Pablo Valdez
In memory of Clint Weaver – James Sigler
In memory of Martin Weaver – Olivia Williams
In memory of Darren Wilson – Dustin Bennett
In memory of Roy and Wilma Woolley – Gabriela Castandeda 
In honor of Fred Wulf – Joel Rodriguez
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2016 Walker County Whizbang


 
                       2016 Walker County Whizbang
 
It was another great weekend for the Shelby County 4h Shooters.  Representing the 4h shooters were Colby Lout, Tucker Scarber, Dawson McFadden, Lance Holloway, Colton Gutermuth and Logan Holloway.  The Walker County whizbang was held Saturday, May 21st at Creekwood Shooting Sports range in Conroe. We would like to say Congratulations on a job well done representing.
 
Shelby County.  Results are as follows;  
Intermediate Novice Division
Sporting Clays- Dawson McFadden 1st place
Whizbang- Dawson McFadden 2nd place
Team Novice Sporting Clays- Dawson McFaddin and his father, Neal McFadden 2nd place
Junior Division
Tucker Scarber- 4th place skeet, 4th place whizbang, 5th place sporting clays
Intermediate Division
Skeet- Lance Holloway 1st, Colton Gutermuth 2nd
Sporting Clays- Colton Gutermuth 2nd
Whizbang- Lance Holloway 5th,    
Senior I Division: Pictured Back Row:  Dawson McFaddin , Colton
Whizbang:  Logan Holloway 6th Gutermuth, Logan Holloway, Front Row:  Lance Holloway, Tucker Scarber, and Colby Lout
If you have any questions or would like more information regarding 4-H, please give us a call at 936-598-7744.
 

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COMMISSIONERS’ COURT SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS


 

 

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Riders of The Week May 16 - 20


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General Shelters Celebration Day Video


 

 

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General Shelters Celebrates its 75,000th Building


 

 

Last Friday Center Radio attended General Shelters Celebration day. They built their 75,000th building.  General Shelters was founded in 1973 by Mr. James Campbell and has remained family owned for over 43 years.  General Shelters does business in over 4 states and offers a wide variety of products: Green Houses, offices, Guard Houses, Steel Buildings, kennels, houses, horse barns, and decks just to name a few.  They also provide building materials to the poultry industry.  General Shelters is truly a corner stone for the community. 

 

 

 

Mr. James Campbell - Founder ( In the Center)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mess Family purchased the building

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen

 

 

 

Bed Room

 

 

 

Bed Room

 

 

Kitchen

 

 

Master Bed Room

 

 

General Shelters has a large selection of different buildings:

 

 

 

 

Green House

 

 

Green House - Interior

 

 

Dog Kennel

 

 

Another Lovely Home

 

 

Living Room

 

 

This One has a Loft

 

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Center Middle School Annual Awards Day


 
Center Middle School will have its annual Awards Day Friday, May 20, 2016.
The schedule is as follows:
6th Grade - 8:15 - 9:15
7th Grade - 9:30 - 10:30
8th Grade - 10:45 - 11:45
 
Lunch will begin at the following times:
6th Grade 11:05
7th Grade 11:30
8th Grade 12:00
 
Students will be released to go home three hours early at 12:23.
 

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Panola Classes


*PANOLA COLLEGE OFFERS DENTAL ASSISTING PROGRAM*
 
The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education division is offering
a Dental Assisting program June 3 – August 19, 2016, on the Carthage
campus.  The cost of the program is $1,799 and pre-registration is
required.  For more information, contact the Continuing Education office at
903-693-2067 or email ce@panola.edu.
 
 
*PANOLA COLLEGE OFFERS PARAPROFESSIONAL ONLINE CLASS*
 
 
 
The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education division is offering
a Paraprofessional Online class beginning on Monday, June 6, 2016 - July 1,
2016 .  The cost of the class is $250.00 and preregistration is required.
For more information, contact the Continuing Education office at
903-693-2067 or emailce@panola.edu.
 

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Rodeo Postponed


 
Shelby County Sheriff’s Posse has announced that the 2016 SCSP Rodeo, due to unforeseen circumstances, is being postponed this year.  However, the SCSP Queen, Duchess and Princess contest will be held as originally slated for Saturday, June 4, 2016.  The Queen coronation will be held in conjunction with the dress rehearsals of the Drill Teams on Saturday night, June 4 at the SCSP Rodeo Arena.  The Rustlers will ride at 6:00pm.  The coronation of the Rodeo Queen, Duchess and Princess will be at 6:45pm and the Roughrider drill performance at 7:15pm.  The 63rd annual SCSP Rodeo will return to Shelby County next year more action packed than ever.  The public is encouraged to come out on June 4 to the SCSP Rodeo arena to support the drill teams and the Queen contestants!
 

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Joaquin School Board Meeting


 
Regular Meeting
 Joaquin Independent School District Board
 
Notice is hereby given that on the 23rd day of May 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      Reorganize the Board – Election of:
a.  President
b. Vice – President
c.  Secretary
4      Audience Participation – Please, each participant is requested to limit his/her presentation to three to five minutes
5      Report/Information items:
5.1 Review Monthly Financial Reports – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance
5.2 Dual Credit Courses offered at Joaquin ISD
5.3 2016 Preliminary Property Values and Tax Ratification Election
5.4 Student Transfer report 
5.5 FFA local policy on Student Welfare Wellness and Health Services
5.5 Calendar of activities
5.6 Correspondence
6      Agenda Items for consider and possible action:
6.1 Minutes from previous month’s meetings
6.2 2016-2017 School Calendar
6.3 Budget amendments and projects over $50,000.00
6.4 Calendar for 2016 Tax Rate Adoption & Budget Planning
7      Enter Closed Session: – Texas Government Code Section 
7.1           §551.072   Deliberation regarding real property.  A governmental body may conduct a closed meeting to deliberate the purchase, 
  exchange, lease, or value of real property if deliberation in an open meeting would have a detrimental effect on the    
  position of the governmental body in negotiations with a third person.
                §551.074   Appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee or 
                                 to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee 
    7.1.1  Discussing purchase, exchange, lease, or value of real property – Texas Government Code Section §551.072 
    7.1.2  Staff reassignment and duties – Texas Government Code Section §551.074
8      Return to Open Session – Items for consideration and possible action:
8.1 Resignation and/or Retirement
8.2 Hiring of Teacher(s) and or Teacher-Coach(s) 
9     Recommendations for items to be placed on agenda for next meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin ISD 
10   Designation of date and time of next meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin ISD – June 20th at 6:00 p.m.
11   Adjournment
 
On this 19th day of May 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.
 
 
Phil Worsham, Superintendent
May 19, 2016
 

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36th **Medina Lake Cajun Festival*


36th **Medina Lake Cajun Festival*
 
 
 
The 36th annual Medina Lake Cajun Festival brings the music, food and
culture of Louisiana to the Texas Hill Country. It features topnotch
Louisiana Cajun and Zydeco music, the best homemade Cajun food this side of
Louisiana, and the “Great Gumbo Cook-off.”    The festival also features
Kiolbassa Provision Company sausage.
 
 
 
The festival is Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.  Admission
is $10; children 10 and under are free.  The event is held at the Lakehills
Civic Center in Lakehills, Texas, 30 miles northwest of San Antonio.  For
more information visit www.cajunfestival-medinalake.com or call 830-751-3130
or e-mail cutaway12@att.net

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LETU ENGINEERING STUDENTS COMPLETE PROJECT FOR CCI GROUP


 
LETU ENGINEERING STUDENTS COMPLETE PROJECT FOR CCI GROUP
 
(Longview, Texas) - A team of LeTourneau University electrical, computer and mechanical engineering students have recently completed a year-long corporate-sponsored project to design an automated security system for CCI Group's new wall-mounted computer workstation.
Students working on the Electronic Access Computer Station (EACS) senior design team project had a unique opportunity to put their education to work as they gained hands-on experience outside the classroom, under the direction of LETU engineering professor Dr. Joonwan Kim.
As an industry partner, CCI Group gained the time and abilities of LETU engineering students for one school year, along with final results of the project, as well as potential future employees with meaningful experience.
In medical facilities, offices, and retail spaces throughout the U.S.A., CCI Group provides exceptional quality plastic laminate casework, stainless steel casework, and solid surface countertops. Since 1982, CCI has been a preferred design and manufacturing firm for architectural casework, retail fixtures, and computer stations, handling projects at each stage including planning, design, development, value engineering, quality manufacturing, and professional installation.
LETU students gained exposure to real-world applications of their engineering education that expands the classroom experience, as well as industry contacts and a unique, hands-on experience.
LETU's School of Engineering has been working with partners in industry like CCI Group for senior design projects for years. Other successful past senior design projects have been conducted for other industry partners such as Rockwell Collins, STEMCO, General Dynamics and Flanders, Inc.
 "LeTourneau University welcomes the opportunity to serve our industry partners in projects like this.  These kinds of senior design team projects enable our students to apply the exceptional engineering education they receive at LeTourneau, enabling them to use their creativity and ingenuity to solve real-world problems under the oversight of our experienced faculty members," said LETU Dean of the College of Engineering, Business and Technology Dr. Ron Delap.  "Companies interested in being industry partners with LETU engineering student design teams can contact the School of Engineering at (903) 233-3910."
CCI Group's Director of Manufacturing Technology Jeremy Whitehurst said working with the LETU students was a worthwhile venture for CCI Group as well as for the students.
"At CCI Group, we are proud to build collaborative relationships with teams such as the LeTourneau University students who share our commitment to excellence," Whitehurst said. "Inspiring students to display the best of their creativity and ingenuity while impacting the real life marketplace exemplifies the best of what CCI Group is about. We enjoyed working with the team and accomplished our goals together. I think we all celebrated the end result with great satisfaction."
LeTourneau University is an interdenominational university where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU's residential campus in Longview, Texas, and in hybrid and fully online options at centers in Dallas and Houston.
For additional information, visit www.letu.edu<http://www.letu.edu>.

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Ray Neil’s Auto Sales Welcomes U-Haul Products to Its Lot


 
SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas (May 18, 2016) — U-Haul Company of Texas is pleased to announce that Ray Neil’s Auto Sales has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the San Augustine community.
Ray Neil’s Auto Sales at 695 El Camino Crossing S. will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pick-up for boxes.
Hours of operation for U-Haul rentals are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling (936) 679-7067 or visiting https://www.uhaul.com/Locations/Truck-Rentals-near-San-Augustine-TX-75972/041630/ today.
Ray Neil’s Auto Sales owner Ray Neil McEachern is proud to team with the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage to better meet the demands of San Augustine County.
U-Haul and Ray Neil’s Auto Sales are striving to benefit the environment through sustainability initiatives. Truck sharingâ„  is a core U-Haul sustainability business practice that allows individuals to access a fleet of trucks that is larger than what they could access on an individual basis.
Every U-Haul truck placed in a community helps keep 19 personally owned large-capacity vehicles, pickups, SUVs and vans off the road. Fewer vehicles means less traffic congestion, less pollution, less fuel burned and cleaner air.
Ray Neil’s Auto Sales is a great place to become U-Haul Famous®. Take your picture in front of a U-Haul product, send it in and your face could land on the side of a U-Haul truck. Upload your photo through Instagram using #uhaulfamous, or go to www.uhaulfamous.com to submit photos and learn more.
 
 
 
 
Contact: 
Heather McCoskey, External Communications Intern
Jeff Lockridge, External Communications
E-mail: jeff_lockridge@uhaul.com
Phone: 602-760-4941
Website: uhaul.com
 

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Timpson Bear Update


Timpson ISD Bear Update
5/18/2016
 
 
THS Awards Program – Timpson High School held its annual Academic Awards Program on May 12 in the high school auditorium.  Principal Ron Lindgren served as program emcee.  Attached are  awards that were presented with more to come in tomorrow’s Bear Update.
 
Summer Feeding Program – Free breakfast and lunch will be offered to all students who are enrolled in school including persons enrolled in a school program for the mentally or physically disabled and persons under 21 years old enrolled in a  RCCI.  The Timpson ISD summer feeding program will be May 31 – June 30 on Monday – Thursday.  Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  All meals will be served in the Timpson Elementary School cafeteria.
 
TES Air U Trip - On Friday, May 13th Timpson Elementary third and fourth graders were treated to an incentive trip to Air U in Longview, TX. During the last six weeks the third and fourth grade students were given the opportunity to earn this exciting trip. The students were encouraged to put forth effort daily, learn and use strategies on a daily basis, and exhibit good conduct. Students who fulfilled these requirements were fully prepared to take the STAAR test and earned the privilege of going to Air U.  The owner of Air U complimented our students by informing us that our students were the most well behaved group he had ever encountered during orientation. The students were polite, attentive and respectful. We are very proud of our third and fourth grade students and what they have accomplished this year.
 
THS Cheer Mini Camp - The Timpson Varsity Cheerleaders will be having a MINI CHEERLEADING CAMP for ages PreK-4 – 5th grade.  This camp will be Saturday, June 25th from 9:00-12:00 at the Timpson High School Gym.  Camp participants will learn basic cheer moves, a dance, and have a lot of fun!  Campers will perform during Frontier Days and be invited to cheer during a home varsity game.   Registration will be $25 and includes a t-shirt.  Forms will be going home with elementary students this week.  For more information contact 936-554-2060 or 936-556-1005.

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Library Memorial Day Displays


 
Cassey Fowler who is the Library Assistant at the Fannie Brown Booth Library
here in Center has set up a couple of Memorial Day displays for kids and
adults.  She is continuously adding items so if you have something to share
contact her.  VFW Post 8904 donated some flags for the kids, Buddy Poppies
and brochures about our Flag.  Library Director Sandra Davis invites
everyone to come out and support Cassey's endeavor.  
 

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Cline Family Medicine Hosts Retirement Reception for Suzanne Middlebrook


 
Cline Family Medicine will be hosting a retirement reception for Suzanne Middlebrook
on Tuesday, May 24 at 630 Hurst St. at 4:30 p.m. They invite the public to attend
and wish her the best and thank her for her service to Shelby County. Suzanne has
been a Physician Assistant (PA) in Shelby County for 25 years and joined Cline Family
Medicine in 2014.
Dr. Mark Cline stated, "I am so thankful for the opportunity to have worked with
 Suzanne during the last two years.  Her compassion and dedication have been invaluable
to our patients.  Suzanne has serviced the community for over 25 years and will 
be greatly missed."
Cline Family Medicine was established in Center in December 2012.  The clinic serves
pediatrics through geriatrics.  Open Monday through Friday for all types of physicals,
well child exams and immunizations, minor injuries, complete primary care services
and allergy testing with immunotherapy.   Dr. Cline also has admitting privileges
with Nacogdoches Medical Center.  Laura Briggs, ACNP-BC and Erin Sommerlate, PA-C
additionally care for patients in the Center clinic along with Dr. Cline.

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LuLus Accessories Grand Opening


 
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors invite the public to join them
 at a new member ribbon cutting for LuLus Accessories, on Thursday, May 19 at 11:00
a.m. LuLus is located at 516 Shelbyville Street in Center and is owned by Maria 
Medrano. Refreshments will be served.
LuLus has a selection of dresses, boots, kids clothing and shoes, and a variety 
of accessories for every occasion.

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75,000 Building Celebration at General Shelters


 
General Shelters of Texas, LTD. Reaches New Milescelebrating a new milestone for the Center Plant with an open house on May 20 at 10:30 a.m. at 1639 Hwy 87 N. The company's 75,000th building was recently constructed with Serial # 75000 and will be on display and open to the public for viewing. Plant tours will also be scheduled that day for viewing the manufacturing facilities. Unlike the 50,000th building produced in December 2004 (less than 12 years ago), a 14' X 20' storage building, the 75,000th is a new floor plan for 2016. This 1,152 square foot cabin has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, central air/heat, on demand hot water, GE stainless kitchen appliances, washer/dryer and vaulted ceilings.

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Message From VFW


 
Past District 19 Commander Gailon Fletcher of Nacogdoches VFW Post 3893
installed the officers of Shelby County Memorial VFW Post 8904 at the post
meeting on Monday, May 16th, 2016.
 
 
 
Officers for the year July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 are:  Post Commander,
Gene Hutto; Sr. Vice, Newton Johnson, Jr.; Jr. Vice, Mike Langford;
Quartermaster/Adjutant, Larry Hume; Chaplain, Addie Boyd; Trustee/Service
Officer, John Piersol; Surgeon, Dr. Robert Hughes; Judge Advocate, Bruce
Emory; Trustees Bill Gray and Richard Lundie.

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Rough Rider Foot Ball Camp


 
Rider "Saddle Up" Football Camp will be held July 25-27 from 8-10 a.m. The
camp is available to incoming (2016-2017) freshmen.  The cost is $30, and
participants will receive a t-shirt.
 
 

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Crash in Polk County


 
Polk County, TX - On Tuesday May 17, at approximately 10:15 a.m., Polk County
DPS troopers responded to and investigated a two vehicle crash on US 59 just
south of Livingston. The preliminary crash investigation indicates a 2004 Toyota
pickup was traveling northbound on US 59 when the vehicle drove off the left edge
of the roadway then overcorrected to the right, then back to the left where the
vehicle entered the grass median, overturned and slid into the southbound lanes of
US 59 where it was struck by a 2010 Nissan Altima. The driver of the Toyota pick
was identified as McKenna Veal, 20, from Cleveland, TX. The driver of the Nissan
was identified as Tonya Brister, 50, from Onalaska, TX. Brister was pronounced
deceased at the scene by a Polk County Justice of the Peace. Veal was reportedly
not injured as a result of the crash. This crash remains under investigation. No
additional information is available at this time.
 

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Boil Water Notice For Paxton Water


 

There is a boil water notice in effect for Paxton Water Supply, for those who were out of water yester day on FM 139 south of county road 3360.

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Joaquin SPORTS UPDATE


*JHS Softball Regional Semifinal Playoff Series vs. Harleton:*
 
Game 1: Friday, May 20th at 8:00 pm, Game 2: Saturday, 2:00 pm, Game 3:
following game two if necessary.  All games will be played at Texas A&M
Commerce.

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Panola College Foundation Receives $10,000


Panola College Foundation Receives $10,000 
 
Towards the Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship
 
 
On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, Harley Wilson and Nat Lankford presented Dr. Greg
Powell, President of Panola College, and the Panola College Foundation with
a check for $10,000 towards the Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship.
 
Charlie was an avid fisherman. His love of the sport began at an early age
when he fished with his “Papaw” Spurlock.Charlie fished the FLW Wal-Mart
Bass Fishing League where he won first place in one of the tournaments on
the Texas Tournament Trail. He also took first place in the Texas Oilman’s
Tournament and the Louisiana Oilman’s Tournament. He and Harley Wilson also
won a boat at the Toledo Bend Classic tournament. Charlie was also a member
of the Carthage Bass Fishing League. He particularly loved the fishing
trips with his friends to Lake Falcon in South Texas on the Texas – Mexico
border. His plans were to eventually travel to Brazil to fish for Peacock
Bass.
 
The Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship was established four years ago by
his friends and family to help sophomore students enrolling in Panola
College’s petroleum technology program.Scholarship funds are raised through
the annual Charlie Woods Memorial Fishing Tournament held on Toledo Bend
each May.
 
 
 
Photo: (L to R) Nat Lankford and Harley Wilson present Greg Powell with a
check for the Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship to the Panola College
Foundation. *

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ETCOG Happenings


Career Exploration & Discovery Event Held in Henderson
Medicare Symposium Next Month
ETCOG Reports $36.4M in Benefits to Region
Volunteer Ombudsman Training
25th Annual REACH Conference Set
Mobile Workforce Unit
 
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CAREER EXPLORATION & DISCOVERY EVENT HELD IN HENDERSON
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Students across Panola and Rusk Counties had the opportunity to explore career paths
in a hands-on way at last month's Dream Expo hosted by ETCOG and Workforce Solutions
East Texas Board staff. The event was created in mind with the House Bill 5 changes
requiring students to choose from five career endorsements: Science, Technology,
 Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Business & Industry, Public Service, Arts & Humanities,
and Multi-Disciplinary Studies.
Students must now choose a career endorsement during their eighth grade year. What
a daunting task! To assist with this change, the Dream Expo gave eighth grade students
from Panola and Rusk counties a chance to explore each of the different endorsements,
speak to people who actually perform the jobs, and get some hands-on experience 
with job related equipment.
To get students excited and allow them to dream and discover, the Dream Expo also
had booth participation from a wide array of agencies including, but not limited
 to: public service organizations, business and industry representatives, oil and
gas representatives and continuing education agencies in various fields of study,
including Panola College and Texas State Technical College.
Participating ISDs included: Beckville, Carlisle, Gary, Henderson, Laneville, Leverett's
Chapel, Mt. Enterprise, Overton, Tatum and West Rusk.
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MEDICARE SYMPOSIUM NEXT MONTH!
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ETCOG REPORTS $36.4M IN BENEFITS TO REGION IN 2015
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ETCOG Members will soon receive their FY 2015 Benefits Report in the mail. Aside
 from state and  federal funding, ETCOG receives annual dues from its membership
 made up of East Texas counties, cities, school districts and special purpose districts.
Last year, ETCOG collected $186,722 in member dues. The FY 2015 report shows a record
of $194.11 return on investment of every $1 received from member dues, estimating
a total of $36.4M in benefits to the East Texas region.

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Early Voting Starts For Run off Elections


 

Early voting opened yesterday for the run off elections, voting day will be May 21.  So far at the time of this article 134 people voted, and 94 voted on the first day. 

 

 

 

Justin Mott - Get out and go vote!

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San Augustine Heritage Festival Photos


 

 

Cemetary Tour with Betty Oglesbee, chair and SFASU Theater Department 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Officers For the VFW


 
At their monthly meeting on Monday, May 16th the Auxiliary to Shelby County
Memorial VFW Post 8904 installed their new officers for the coming year July
1, 2016 - June 30, 2017.  
 
 
 
Pictured are:  left to right: Trustee Paul Risinger, Chaplain Becky Yates,
President Sandy Risinger, Senior Vice Mary Fausett, Junior Vice Shannon
Guynes, Guard Joy Hutto. Photo by Treasurer Theresa Hume.
 

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JHS Baseball Regional Quarterfinal Playoff Series vs. Lovelady:


 
 
*JHS Baseball Regional Quarterfinal Playoff Series vs. Lovelady:*
Game 1: Friday, May 20th at 1:00 pm in Jasper, Game 2: Saturday, May 21st at
 2:00 pm in Lufkin (Frank Morris Park), Game 3: 30 minutes following game 2
if necessary
 
*JHS Softball Regional Semifinal Playoff Series vs. Harleton:*
Game 1: Thursday, May 19th at 6:00 pm, Game 2: Friday, May 20th at 8:00 pm,
Game 3: Saturday, May 21st at 2:00 pm if necessary - All games will be
played at Tatum ISD.
 
JISD will have a student holiday on Friday, May 20th.  Staff will report as
usual.  Additionally, Monday, May 23rd is a weather day (student and staff
holiday) on the calendar.  We hope you have a great extended weekend.
 

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Solo and Ensemble contest


This past weekend on Saturday May 14th students from the Shelbyville Dragon Band middle school program competed at Solo and Ensemble contest held at Carthage High School.  At the end of the contest a new record of 43  medals earned was set by students who received First Division ratings.  The students that earned First Division medals are as follow:
 
 
Flute
Kiana Benett
Azshalia Cartwright
Cali Randall
Kathy Luna
 
Clarinet
Naomi Caporali
Kendall Florence
Makayja Horton
Lexi Fleming 
Aubrey Dow
 
Bass Clarinet
Lyla Turner
 
Alto Saxophone
Kurjuan Allen
Shiloh Amburn
Myla Wagstaff
Laka Sanders
Rachel Powell
Savannah Spann
 
French Horn
Sydney Edgar
 
 
 
Trumpet
Kate Lawson
Brenda Bautista
Neena Smith
Kayla White
Maisey Swindle
Mallory Permenter
Ashley Harkness
Kirsti Jernigan
 
Euphonium
Dawson Jackson
Ethan Wood
JaKory Stanley
Jimmy Jimenez
JaKaitlon Bolton
 
Tuba
Tijah Jackson
Eli Taylor
Adrian Ruiz
 
Percussion
Neera Smith
Jaelyn Crawford
Logan Williams
Levi Dramberger
Trey Smith
 

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Timpson Bear Update


Timpson ISD Bear Update
5/16/2016
 
 
 
Weekly Calendar of Events –
 
Mon. May 16 – TES Kindergarten graduation – 6:00 p.m. in THS Auditorium
 
Tues. May 17 – TES Field Day
---------------------  TES Benchmark Testing
 
Wed. May 18 – TES Benchmark Testing
 
Thurs. May 19 – TES Benchmark Testing
-------------------- FFA Area IX Convention at SFASU Ballroom
-------------------- TMS Awards Ceremony @ 10:00 a.m. in THS Gym
------------------- Anti-bullying Program @ 2:00 p.m. Grades 3-8 in THS Gym
----------------- THS Senior Scholarship night in THS Auditorium @ 6:00 pm
 
Fri. May 20 – THS Senior Celebration in THS Auditorium @ 6:00 p.m.
 
State Track Meet Results – Timpson High School athletes competed this past weekend in Austin at the state track meet.
 
•      Devonta Thompson placed third in 100M race
 
•      Hayden Smith placed seventh in 400M race
 
•      Chandler Burgay placed eighth in discus throw
 
•      Nictaeo Scourton placed 8th in shot put
 
Earning a place to compete in State is an honor these athletes worked hard to achieve.  Thank you to all these students for representing TISD at the state level of competition.
 
THS Senior Scholarship Program - The Timpson High School scholarship program will be Thursday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  Presenters are asked to arrive at the high school library at 5:30 for a reception and to receive any needed materials.  Please contact Charlotte Metcalf, high school counselor or Vernett Richardson, Go Center Director, if you have any questions or would like to present a scholarship; either may be reached at (936) 254-3125.
 
TES Pre-K Newsletter - Attached is a copy of the Timpson Elementary School Pre-K newsletter.
 
2016 THS Football Program Ads - The Timpson Varsity Cheerleaders are selling 2016-2017 THS Football Program Ads.  You may contact Gina Duke or Jerrie Strahan for more information.  You may also pick up a form in the High School or Middle School Office.  See attached form for contact information.  Deadline is June 17th.
 
 

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Shelbyville Dragon Scholarship Awards


Scholarship Awards will be held May 17, 2016 @ 1:30 pm at the Shelbyville
Cafetorium.

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*Three Ponies Sign with D1 University Basketball Teams*


*Three Ponies Sign with D1 University Basketball Teams*
 
 
Three Panola College Ponies basketball players have signed to play with D1
schools. Charles “Cha Cha” Tucker, Jr., will attend Sacred Heart University
in Connecticut. He was first team All-Region and first team All-Conference
in Region XIV play.
 
Johnathan Wiley will play for Southern Illinois University. He earned
honorable mention honors in All-Region Conference.
 
Joseph “Jo Jo” Anderson, who came to Panola mid-season, will play for
Northern Arizona University, and will have four complete years of
eligibility.
 
“It speaks volumes for our program to have four Division One players in one
year,” said Grant McMillan, Head Basketball Coach. “It is our job to
prepare our student athletes for the highest level, and I know that these
three will have an impact at each of their programs next year on and off
the floor. I think that we could possibly have a fifth later on in the
summer sign with a D-1 school.”
 
McMillan said the signings will help with recruiting. “This will help us to
continue to grow the Panola College Brand. I cannot thank these young men
enough for their trust and support in us. Two of them won a lot of
ballgames, and helped lay the foundation for this program. It is the most
rewarding part of this job to see our student athletes move on. Their
careers will serve as an example for our freshman and future players.”
 

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Dragon Track Team


 
Congratulations to the Shelbyville Lady Dragons!  Great Job at the State
Track Meet in Austin on May 12-14, 2016.
 
Keanna Osby - State Champion - 800 meter dash
Keanna Osby, Hannah Hall, Cleosha Jeter, Jakyra Ross - Silver Medalist -
4x400 Relay
Keanna Osby, Hannah Hall, Cleosha Jeter, Jakyra Ross - 4th Place - 4x200
Relay
Bailey Rabalais - 8th Place - Discus

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BCFS Health and Human Services-Tyler Honors 2016 Graduates


 
BCFS Health and Human Services-Tyler Honors 2016 Graduates
 
TYLER - BCFS Health and Human Services-Tyler is partnering with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to celebrate local youth in foster care who have graduated in 2016.
 
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 6:30 p.m.
Lago del Pino Restaurant
14706 County Rd 1134 - Tyler, TX 75709
 
The event will feature a keynote address from Pastor Brandon Hall of St. Louis Missionary Baptist Church, followed by a formal proclamation from Tyler City Councilman Darryl Bowdre. Each graduate will receive certificates of congratulations from Texas State Senator Robert Nichols and Texas Governor Gregg Abbott.
 
"Graduation is an important milestone for anyone, but especially noteworthy for the young adults we work with daily in foster care," says BCFS Program Director Carla McCalope. "Through all the stressors of being a teenager, and handling all the obstacles that life can throw at you, these youth stayed in school and graduated. It's certainly a momentous occasion in their lives!"
 
The event includes dinner for graduates and their guests, courtesy of Randall and Donna Brooks' Lago del Pino Restaurant, and gift presentations, courtesy of Kohl's and Dillard's, that will include luggage sets and electronics. Project Linus, a national organization that provides handmade blankets to youth in need, will gift blankets to the graduates. Novedades Luly will donate floral arrangements for the graduation ceremony and dinner.
 
"We are recognizing the hard work of 33 graduates," explains McCalope. "Thirty-two are graduating high school, and one earned an associate degree in kinesiology from Tyler Junior College."
 
Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas Women's University and Tyler Junior College are just some of the destinations for the graduates.
 
BCFS-Tyler serves youth in and aging out of foster care, as well as other young adults facing challenges like homelessness, poverty, or those recovering from physical and emotional abuse. The center is a "one-stop shop" that provides counseling, case management, and assistance with education, employment, housing location and medical care.

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Reminder From the VFW


 
As we approach Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th, 2016 this reminder:  The US
Flag and any other flags flying with it should be lowered to half-staff at
sunrise and be raised at noon on Memorial Day.  If you have no one to lower
your flag at sunrise it is better to have it lowered the night before than
not at all.  In any case all flags should be raised at noon.
 
 
 
If you have a United States Flag that cannot be lowered, respect for the day
can still be shown by tying a black ribbon or cord at the top of the staff.
It should also be removed at noon.
 

 

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2016 District 5 Shelby County 4-H Round-up and Food & Nutrition Contests Official Results


 
2016 District 5 Shelby County 4-H Round-up and 
Food & Nutrition Contests Official Results
 
The District Five 4-H Round-up and Food & Nutrition contests were held on April 29-30, 2016 at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches.  We had a record number of 4-H’ers enter in the virtual fishing tournament, photography, food show, food challenge and taxidermy contests.
 
A special thank you to all our 4-H parent volunteers for making this an exceptional experience for the youth of Shelby County.  A special thank you to following project leaders:   Ms. Tasha Jones - photography, Ms. Shannon Menefee - food and nutrition, Ms. Anna Stuever - fashion, and Ms. Sheryl McGown – taxidermy, Mr. & Mrs. John Henry Holloway – shooting sports..
 
 
FOOD SHOW AND FOOD CHALLENGE RESULTS
 
Food Show
1st - Junior Division - Dairy – Alyssa Cummings
8th - Junior Division – Fruits and Grains – Maggie Turk 
7th - Intermediate Division - Protein – Emilee Elliott
 
Food Challenge
2nd - Mixed Team – Clarissa Menefee, Hannah Menefee, Maggie Turk and Alyssa Cummings
 
 
 
 
 
VIRTUAL FISHING TOURNAMENT RESULTS
 
Five individual fishing events were conducted during 2015-2016 with 4-H’ers placing as follows:
 
Event 1 Event 2 Event 3 Event 4 Event 5
1st – Jaxon Brittain 1st – Jaxon Brittain 1st – Jaxon Brittain 1st – Collin Lloyd 1st – Collin Lloyd 
2nd – Seth Shamblin 2nd – Seth Shamblin 2nd – Seth Shamblin 2nd – Jaxon Brittain 2nd – Seth Shamblin
3rd – Collin Lloyd 3rd – Collin Lloyd 3rd – Seth Shamblin 3rd – Jaxon Brittain
 
Overall Tournament Results
 
1st – Jaxon Brittain - Angler of the Tournament 
2nd – Collin Lloyd
3rd – Seth Shamblin 
6th – Lily Martin
14th – Corbin Arwine 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TAXIDERMY RESULTS 
 
This was the first year Shelby County 4-H’ers participated in the Taxidermy project, and we had over 20 entries in the District 5 Roundup contest.  Place in the following categories were:
 
Junior Taxidermy Only
Collin Lloyd-1st place
Connor Scates- 3rd place
 
Junior Taxidermy & Habitat
Chloe Musico-1st place
Collin Lloyd-2nd place
Connor Scates – 3rd place
 
 
 
Intermediate Taxidermy Only
Mathew Borders-2nd place
Tyler Allen-3rd place
Mason Barbee-4th place
Clayton Hinton-5th place
Intermediate Taxidermy & Habitat
Tyler Allen – 2nd place
Mason Barbee-3rd place
Mathew Borders-4th place
Levi Birdwell-5th place
Clayton Hinton-6th place
 
 
PHOTOGRAPHY RESULTS
 
Junior Division
 
1st in Animals – Domestic – Michelle Gomez
2nd in Animals – Wildlife – Lily Martin
2nd in People – Michelle Gomez
3rd in Dominant Color – Michelle Gomez
2nd in Plants – Lily Martin
3rd in Plants – Michele Gomez
1st in Food – Lily Martin
 
 
SHOTGUN GAMES RESULTS
The annual District 5 shotgun games were held at the Pines Gun Club in Lufkin on May 7, 2016.  Shooters competed in 5 events including skeet, trap, 5 stand, sporting clays and tower.  Results are as follows:
Junior Novice (1st year 3rd-5th grade)
Colby Lout- 1st skeet, 1st tower, 2nd trap and HOA Jr. Novice
 
Intermediate Novice (1st year 6th-8th grade)
Dawson McFadden- 1st skeet, 1st trap, 2nd tower and 
HOA Int. Novice & HOA overall novice
 
Juniors
Tucker Scarber- 2nd skeet, 2nd trap, 4th tower, 3rd 5 stand and 2nd sporting clays
Hagan Craig-4th skeet, 5th trap, 3rd tower, 4th 5 stand and 5th Sporting Clays
 
 
 
 
 
 
Intermediates
Aiden Arwine- 3rd trap
Lance Holloway-2nd skeet, 2nd trap, 3rd tower, 1st 5 stand and 3rd Sporting Clays
Colton Gutermuth-3rd skeet, 1st trap, 1st tower, 4th 5 stand, 1st sporting clays and HOA Intermediate
 
Senior I
Logan Holloway-1st skeet, 3rd trap, 1st tower, 3rd 5 stand, 1st sporting clays (50/50) and Senior I HOA
We would like to congratulate all our Shelby County 4-H’ers on their contest achievements.
 
If you would like information on this program or participating in other Shelby County 4-H projects, please contact county Extension agents Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Family and Consumer Sciences at jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu or Lane Dunn, Agriculture and Natural Resources at jldunn@ag.tamu.edu or by phone at 936-598-7744.
 
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Educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to
race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status.  The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.
 

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Help the Police


 
This bracelet was left at a local burglary in Center Texas. Center Police
Detectives is seeking information about the red and black rubber bracelet
with the writing "What kinda junkie are you?"" Social Junkie" . if you have
seen anyone with a Bracelet Center crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward
of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest if the suspects.
Anyone who has information regarding this crimes should call (936) 598-SAFE
(7233) or submit a web tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com . Tipsters
don't have to give their names. All calls and cash rewards are completely
anonymous. However rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the
Center Crime Stoppers system.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Help the Police


 
This bracelet was left at a local burglary in Center Texas. Center Police
Detectives is seeking information about the red and black rubber bracelet
with the writing "What kinda junkie are you?"" Social Junkie" . if you have
seen anyone with a Bracelet Center crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward
of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest if the suspects.
Anyone who has information regarding this crimes should call (936) 598-SAFE
(7233) or submit a web tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com . Tipsters
don't have to give their names. All calls and cash rewards are completely
anonymous. However rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the
Center Crime Stoppers system.
 
 
 
 

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Timpson City Council


 
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the governing body of the above named City will be held on the 17th day of May, 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:  Mayor Pro Tem Ronnie Wolfe
 
2. Invocation:
 
3. Pledge: United States Pledge, Texas Pledge:  Honor the Texas Flag.  I pledge allegiance     
        to thee, Texas, one state, under God, one, and indivisible.  
                             
4. Chamber of Commerce:  Marilyn Corder; Frontier Days
 
 
5. Council Items:  Reports by the members of the City Council on matters not on the
             agenda will be made at this time.  A total, not to exceed 10 minutes will be devoted 
             to these reports.
 
 
6. Presentations & Recognition:  On 5/20/16 Kent Graham will celebrate 6 years with
      the Timpson Police Department.
 
7. Citizens Input:  This time is provided for members of the public to address the City
             Council on items that appear within the Consent and Action Items or a matter not
             listed on the agenda.  Each speaker is limited to 3 minutes.  A Citizens Input Form
             may be filled out and filed with the City Secretary prior to the meeting.
                            
 
     8.          Department Reports:
                             
            A.    Public Works Report:  Larry Burns
 
            B.    Police Department Report: Kent Graham
 
            C.    Municipal Court Report:  For the month of April 2016, there were 46 citations
                    issued,  67 violations, 0 to juveniles and 2 to minors.  Total amount reported
                    $13,781.67 the city’s portion $7,579.92.
 
      D.   City Secretary: We will be setting dates to work with each department on their
upcoming budgets (10/1/16 – 9/30/2017).  If Council members want to attend these
             meetings we need to set specific times on the Budget Workshop dates.
 
 
     9.           Election Items:  
 
            A.   Canvass General Election May 7, 2016
         
            B.    Resolution 05-17-2016, an Order declaring the canvassing of the City of Timpson
General Election, May 7, 2016.
 
            C.    Issue Certificates of Election for Mayor Debra Smith, Council Member
                    Yvonne Ramsey and Council Member Al Skinner.  The City Secretary will issue
                    a certificate of election to each newly elected candidate and each candidate will
                    sign a Statement of Elected/Appointed Officer (Article XVI, section 1B of the 
                    Texas Constitution).
 
            D.    Issue Oaths of Office for Mayor Debra Smith, Council Member Yvonne Ramsey
                    and Council Member Al Skinner by Judge James Bogue.
 
       E.    Elect Mayor Pro-Tem to perform the mayor’s duties during the mayor’s incapacity
              or absence.  The mayor pro-tem is selected by majority vote of the council from
              among its own membership.  The mayor pro-tem’s term is for one year.  The mayor
              pro-tem retains the right to vote on all matters before the council (and not just to 
              break a tie) while performing the duties of mayor (Local Government Code Section
              22.037 and 23.027).   
 
     10.         Executive Session pursuant to Section 551.071 Government Code – Consultation
                   with Attorney; Closed Meeting:  Discuss current City contracts.
 
     11.         Reconvene in Open Session:      
 
     12.         Consent Agenda:  Items included under the Consent Agenda require little or no 
       Deliberation by the Council.  Approval of the Consent Agenda authorizes the       
       City Secretary to proceed with the conclusion of each item as reflected in the   
       Minutes of this meeting.
 
A.  Consider approval of the minutes of the regular meeting held on April 19th, 2016  
B.  Consider approval of Financial Statement for the month of April, 2016
C.  Consider approval of Accounts Payable – Unpaid bills for April, 2016   
 
 
 
REGULAR AGENDA ITEMS  (13 –16) 
                   
      13.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Resolution of Authority for all Austin and
Texas State Bank Accounts, adding Debra Smith, Mayor to noted accounts.  Also,
any other signatures as needed.     
 
      14.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Repair to several fire hydrants.  12 hydrants
                    need top jobs, this will take care of those that need preventative maintenance.
                    Also, an installation at Fourth St and Garrison to replace a leaking hydrant. The
                    proposals from Hydra Tec Services are included in your packets.
 
      15.         Discuss and possibly take action:  Supplemental Agreement for License Audit
                    No. S051272 covering underground 8 inch encased sanitary sewer on Railroad
                    Property at Mile Post 166.44.  Payment, in the amount of $1,505.00 is due and
 
   
      16.        Adjourn:
 

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Minutes of Regular Meeting Center ISD


 
Minutes of Regular Meeting
 
The Board of Trustees
Center ISD
 
 
A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center Independent School District (CISD) was held on Thursday, May 12, 2016 beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Center High School Library located at 658 Roughrider Drive Center, Texas  75935.
 
1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum
 
James Greer called the meeting to order at 12:00 p.m. and declared a quorum.
 
Present: James Greer; John Henry Holloway; Daphne LaRock; Sharon Nelson; Traci Willoughby; Dan Wilkins; Rayford Copelin, Deputy Superintendent; Tammy Lemoine, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction; Betty McDaniel, Director of Finance and James Hockenberry, Superintendent
 
Absent: None
 
Visitors: Tina Byrnes, Southwest Foodservice Excellence; Colleen Doggett, East Texas Press; Matt Gregory, CHS Principal;  Jimmie Johnston, Southwest Foodservice Excellence; Robbie Kerr, Center Garden Club; Shirley Owens, Center Garden Club;  Steve Synder, Light and Champion; and numerous Center High School students and CHS staff
 
2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
 
Mike Elder gave the invocation and Kim Rodriguez led the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
3. Public Comments/Audience Participation
 
Representatives from the Center Garden Club, Robbie Kerr and Shirley Owens, presented several CHS students awards from the Texas Garden Club District III High School Speech Contest, National Garden Club District III High School Essay Contest, Texas Garden Club State Speech Contest, National Garden Club State High School Essay Award and the South Central Region High School Essay.
 
4. Recognition of Center High School Extracurricular Accomplishments
 
Matt Gregory introduced the sponsors and coaches as they presented the CHS students and their achievements beyond District competition.  All girls and boys varsity sports advanced beyond District.  The accomplishment is a historical achievement for Center High School.  The programs recognized:  UIL Academics, Agriculture Advocacy, Forestry, FFA, Veterinary Medicine, Band, Baseball, Basketball (boys and girls), Golf (boys and girls), Powerlifting, Softball, Track and Tennis.
 
 
5. Consent Agenda
 
A motion was made by Sharon Nelson, seconded by Daphne LaRock to approve the consent agenda consisting of the minutes from the regular meeting on April 14, 2016, the April Investment Report (2015-2016), the Tax Collection Report (April 2016), the Financial Reports (April 2016) and the overnight student activity trips.
 
The motion carried 6-0.
 
A motion was made by Sharon Nelson, seconded by Traci Willoughby to approve the budget amendment in the amount of $5,500.00 to assist the CMS Beta Club national qualifiers with their travel expenses for the Beta Club National Contest.
 
The motion carried 6-0.
 
6. Consideration and Approval of TASB Update 104
 
A motion was made by John Henry Holloway, seconded by Daphne LaRock to approve the TASB Policy Update 104 as presented.  
 
The motion carried 6-0.
 
7. Distribute Revised LOCAL Polices
 
The Board received a copy of the revised LOCAL policies (FFA – Wellness Policy and GKD – Community Relations – Use of Non-School Facilities).
 
8. Discussion of 2016-2017 Compensation and Benefits
 
The Board continued their discussion of 2016-2017 compensation and benefits.  Administration has received new information, which will assist the District to project the revenue for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.
 
Dan Wilkins left at 12:55 p.m. 
 
9. Update on Construction Project
 
An update on the current construction projects was presented.  The construction on the new tennis court facility and agriculture science building is expected in the next few days.  The Middle School projects are near final.
 
10. Consideration and Approval to Delegate Contractual Authority to the Superintendent until September 1, 2016
 
A motion was made by Traci Willoughby, seconded by Daphne LaRock to delegate contractual authority to Superintendent Hockenberry until September 1, 2016. 
 
The motion carried 5-0.
 
11. Consideration and Approval to Change the July Regular Meeting Date
 
The Board discussed to change the regular July Board meeting (July 14, 2016) to Monday, July 11, 2016 or Tuesday, July 12, 2016.  
 
12. Closed Session
 
James Greer called for a closed session at 1:09 p.m. under Texas Government Code §551.071, §551.074 and §551.129 for consideration of employment of contracted personnel, terminate probationary contracts, contract renewals for Administrators, teachers and certified support staff, resignation/retirement and extended emergency sick leave.
 
13. Open Session
 
The Board returned into open session at 1:17 p.m.  No action was taken in closed session. 
 
13.1 District Employees and Officers:  Texas Government Code §551.071, §551.074 and §551.129
 
13.1.1 A motion was made by Sharon Nelson, seconded by Traci Willoughby to approve the employment of contracted personnel as submitted by Superintendent Hockenberry. 
 
Billy Adair, CTE Information Technology Teacher/Coach - Center High School 
Jennifer Bartlett, Teacher - Center Elementary School 
Elizabeth Bennett, Teacher - Center Elementary School 
Laura Campbell, Teacher – Center Elementary School
Joann Fuller, Kindergarten Teacher - F.L. Moffett Primary School 
Astin Greer, Social Studies Composite Teacher/Coach - Center High School Kimberly Hearn, Reading Specialist - Center Elementary School 
Burval Holt, II, Building Trades Teacher – Center High School
Inez Hughes, Bilingual/ESL Coordinator - Administration
Stan McGarvey, Social Studies Teacher/Coach – Center High School
Kellie Pierce, Teacher – Center Intermediate School
Chris Randolph, Teacher/Coach, Center High School
Karan Stewart, Teacher - Center Elementary School
 
The motion carried 5-0.
 
13.1.2 A motion was made by Sharon Nelson, seconded by Traci Willoughby to accept the resignations/retirements as recommended by Superintendent Hockenberry. 
 
Clara Dergin, CIS Instructional Aide – retirement
Toni Ford, CMS Teacher – retirement
Gay Wilburn, Cafeteria – resignation
Mendi Cooper, CES – Sp Ed Teacher - resignation
Archie Haddox, CHS – Teacher – resignation
Pamela McCowan, Custodian – resignation 
Richard Meeks, CHS Teacher/Coach – resignation
Daniel Mitchell, Teacher/Coach – resignation
Cherry Murphree, CHS Digital/Online Coordinator – resignation
Teresa Powell, CMS Assistant Band Director - resignation
 
The motion carried 5-0.
 
13.1.3 There were no extended emergency sick leaves to be considered by the Board. 
 
14. Adjournment
 
A motion was made by John Henry Holloway, seconded by Sharon Nelson to adjourn the meeting at 1:19 p.m.
 
The motion carried 5-0.
 

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Minutes of Special School Board Meeting


 
Minutes of Special School Board Meeting
May 12, 2016
 
The Joaquin ISD School Board met in special session at noon in the Joaquin Boardroom with the following members present: Tam Hearnsberger and Thomas Harvey
Members absent: Chrisco Bragg, Ronnie Belrose, Jimmy Hamilton 
Guest(s) Present: Harold Irish
School Employee(s) Present:  Phil Worsham, Superintendent
 
1 Tam Hearnsberger, Vice President, called the meeting to order at 12:00 noon.
 
2  Tam Hearnsberger, Vice President called for the canvassing of the Board election held on May 7, 2016.  
(Election Code 67.003, 67004(a), Board Policy BBB (Legal))
 
Mr. Harold Irish, Joaquin ISD Election Judge, was asked to conduct the canvassing of the votes from the May 7th school board election.  He gave the following report.
 
Total votes cased at Huxley -- – Joaquin -- – Early -- – Total ---
 
                                                         Early         Joaquin        Huxley          Total
Bill Mason received                     84 105 38 227
Jay Dee Cockrell received 56 62 8 126
Susan Savitsky McCann received 12 8 0 20
Jeff Cater received   42 85 30 157
 
The top two were Bill Mason and Jeff Cater.  They shall serve three-year term expiring in May of 2019.
 
Total votes cast:
Early (includes mail & provisional) 103
Joaquin 142
Huxley  38
Total 283
 
Motion by Thomas Harvey, and seconded by Tam Hearnsberger, to accept the report presented by Mr. Harold Irish, Election Judge on canvassed votes and declare the results to be official.  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.
 
Swearing in of new board members will be conducted prior to the next board meeting.
 
3  With no further business on the agenda the meeting was adjourn. 
 
 
 

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Tiger Weekly


 
Tiger Weekly
 
May 13, 2016-Elementary Program “Big Daddy YumYum” 
 
May 16, 2016-SHAC Meeting; Regular Board Meeting 5:30 pm
 
May 17, 2016-Elem/MS Awards 9am in SEC; HS Awards Banquet 6:30 pm
 
May 18, 2016- MS Robotics in Kilgore; Elementary Field Day; HS ELA Department will Host a Play “I Don’t Want to Talk About it” in the Café at 9:30 am and 2:30 pm
 
May 19, 2016-Tiger Fest in SEC 6:00 pm includes  8th Grade Completion Ceremonies & Kindergarten Graduation; Tiger Café’ opens at 5:00 pm; HS Robotics in Kilgore
 
May 20, 2016-Early Release-11:30 am; End 6th Grading Period; Scholarship Assembly 9:30 am in Café’; 6th Grade Band in Canton; Boo the Bully in Elementary Gym (K-5)
 
May 23, 2016-Teaher In-Service Begins; Summer Nutrition Program Begins (Breakfast 7:30 am/ Lunch 11:30 am-Served Monday – Thursday)
 
May 26, 2016-Early Release-12:30 pm; HS Graduation 7 pm in SEC; Graduation Pics
 
May 30, 2016-Memorial Day Holiday; Band Solo and Ensemble in Austin
 
 
 
Summer Hours will start on June 3rd,2016-August 3rd,2016: Hours of operation will be 7:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Thursday.
 
 
 
Graduation Celebration 2016
 
Tenaha ISD seniors mark your calendar and join the graduation party at 6:00 pm, May 21, at the Youth Center. Dress is casual school attire.
 
 
 
Tenaha Elementary students in PK - 5th grades participated in the Tree House Bully Program presented by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council (ADAC).  Students were encouraged to say no to drugs and discussed how to handle bullies throughout life.
 
 
 
         
 
 
 
Tenaha Elementary 3rd grade students enjoyed a field trip on Thursday, May 12th to the Texas State Railroad in Rusk, Texas.
 
 
 
 
 
Elementary kindergarten students had a special visitor last week and boy did they enjoy it!!
 

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CITY OF TENAHA REGULAR CALLED COUNCIL MEETING


 
CITY OF TENAHA REGULAR CALLED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA 
May 16, 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 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.
 
The City Council of Tenaha will meet in regular session on Monday - May, 16, 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 and Prayer
4. Welcome Guests
5. Canvass The Vote – ACTION
6. Administer The Oath of Office to Newly Elected Mayor and Council Members – ACTION
7. Public Comments
8. Consider Approval for Minutes from April 18, 2016 Regular Scheduled Council Meeting – ACTION
9. Consider Approval for April 2016 Financials – ACTION
10. Resolution to Authorize Change of Signatures On All City Accounts At The First National Bank of Hugh Springs - ACTION
11. Open and Approve Sealed Bids for Marshal’s Office 2007 Dodge Charger – ACTION
12. Revisit and Possibly Take Action – Financing Marshal’s Office New Vehicle – ACTION
13. Review Invoices and Change Accounts Payable Process to Vendors – ACTION
14. Set Working Session Date in June to Revisit And Revise Employee Handbook - ACTION
15. Department Head Report 
16. Council Comments
17. Adjourn
 

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Trailer Fire in Joaquin


 

Mr. Ricky Plunkett Trailer home burnt down recently on Tuesday May 10th at 806 County Road 3605, near Joaquin.  The fire started in the living room area, most likely the fire started due to electrical problems. Donations are being taken in to help Mr. Plunkett purchase a new home.  

 

If you wish to donate please call:  936-234-3005, or 903-754-8734

 

 

 

 

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CITY OF JOAQUIN REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING


CITY OF JOAQUIN 
REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING
AGENDA 
May 16, 2016
 
The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Monday, May 16, 2016
                         6:00 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
1. Swearing in of Elected Council Members
2. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
3. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
4. Open Forum
5. Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
6. Monthly Reports:
a. City Secretary
b. Utility Billing Manager
c. Public Works Manager
d. Fire Department
7. Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.
8. Discussion & Council Action on altering  Monthly Regular Scheduled Meeting Day
9. Adjournment.  
IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held   in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.
 
Posted by Amanda Willey on May 13, 2016 at  9:33 a.m.
 
The following were notified
 
Light & Champion, Shelby County Today, Center Broadcasting
 
 
 
 

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Tenaha High School ELA Production


The Tenaha High School ELA department will be hosting a play on May 18th in the High School Cafetorium. There will be two performances of I Don't Want To Talk About It. This play focuses on bullying and its adverse effects. Performance times will be 9:30am and 2:30 pm. Parents and community members are invited to attend.

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Notice of Tenaha ISD Regular Board Meeting


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The Eleventh Annual Relay for Life of Shelby County, Cancer Awareness Day


 

From left (standing) Stacy O'Rear, Shirley Brittain, and Kelli Talbert (seated) Allison Harbison

 


Relay for Life is the signature activity of the American Cancer Society and celebrates cancer survivors and caregivers, remembers loved ones lost to the disease, and empowers individuals and communities to fight back against cancer; this year the Relay for Life of Shelby County celebrates a decade of fighting against cancer and we have raised over $800,000 dollars which supports the American Cancer Society's mission of saving lives and creating a world with less cancer. Relay for Life, while raising much needed money for cancer reseach, also continues to fight for lifesaving laws to increase the federal research funding, reduce tobacco use, raise the awareness of cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and patient support. We here in Shelby County are fortunate to have dedicated and compassionate citizens who are willing to work and support the American Cancer Society in their fight; Therefore, be it resolved, that I, Allison, Harbison, County Judge of Shelby County, Texas recognize all the many volunteers and participants from area families, corporations, churches, and civic groups and does hereby proclaim May 13, 2016 as "The Eleventh Annual Relay for Life of Shelby County, Cancer Awareness Day."

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Timpson Bear Update


Timpson ISD Bear Update
5/12/2016
 
 
Pre-K & Kindergarten Roundup  - See the attached information for dates and times.
 
TISD Band Trip - The Timpson High School band will leave for its trip to Florida Friday May 13. Attached is an agenda of the trip. Head Band Director Rhonda Daniel would like to thank the school district, parents and community who made this trip possible for the band.
 
THS Teacher Uses  New Approach to Enhance Learning –
Timpson High School science teacher Mrs. Jourden recently conducted a comprehensive review of learning skills with her biology classes.  Students worked with a partner using hands on materials to determine mastery of learning objectives.  The stations included cells, cellular processes, DNA and RNA genetics, biochemistry, systems, balance and environment.  Students have developed individual journals this year that allow them to make notes, recorded course related information that helps them review skills taught in the classroom.  Mrs. Jourden’s hands-on approach has enhanced student learning and provides a method for students to be active partners in their learning.  Using these methods has also proven to help students better retain and apply the information they have learned.
 
Pre-K News - Submitted by:  Penny Ramsey
On Tuesday, Timpson Elementary School Pre-K went on their field trip to Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin.  We rode the train, had a picnic lunch inside the zoo, and saw lions, bobcats, giraffe, turtles, bats, snakes, and lots more animals.  We had so much fun!!!
 
THS Female Athlete of the Year – Timpson ISD girls athletic coordinator Josh Jourden announced at the Timpson Athletic Banquet that Jasmine Rogers, a sophomore, was selected as the 2015-2016 female athlete of the year.  This year Jasmine received honorable mention in volleyball, served as cheerleader, received honorable mention in basketball, was a regional qualifier in track and received honorable mention in softball.  Coach Jourden said that athletic ability, participation in multiple sports, character and conduct of students all were considered in choosing the female athlete of the year who serves as a role model to other students.
 
Bear of the Year - Bobby Stilley received the Bear of the Year award at the recent Timpson ISD Athletic banquet.  Attached is a photo.
 

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Joaquin SPORTS UPDATE


 
*NFHS Network to Webcast UIL Track & Field State Championships*
 
The NFHS Network will provide live webcasts of the 2016 UIL Track & Field
State Championships on May 13-14 from Mike A. Myers Stadium at the
University of Texas at Austin.

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Madison County Whizbang 2016


Madison County Whizbang 2016
 
The Madison County Whizbang was held on April 30th for juniors and intermediates.  On Sunday, May 1st the senior I and senior II’s competed.
Shelby county 4h shooters had five kids participate in the shoot.  Participating on Saturday were Colby Lout, Hagan Craig, Lance Holloway and Colton Gutermuth.  On Sunday, Logan Holloway participated.  Results are as follows;
 Intermediate Whizbang; Colton Gutermuth 3rd, Lance Holloway 6th
Intermediate Skeet; Lance Holloway 6th                                                    
Intermediate Trap; Lance Holloway 5th
Senior I Skeet; Logan Holloway 2nd (scored a 50/50)
Senior I Trap; Logan Hollloway 2nd
 

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Sheriff's Office Seeking


 
The Shelby County Sheriff’s office is seeking the
whereabouts of a black, 2000 4-runner, license plate GDW4907.
 
This is a possible medical emergency……If you happen to
see this vehicle, call 911 or the Shelby County Sheriff’s office at 598-5601.

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Tenaha Board of Trustees Meeting


Notice of School District Regular Meeting
Board of Trustees – Tenaha Independent School District
 
Notice is hereby given that a Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Tenaha Independent School District will be held on Monday, May 16, 2016, beginning at 5:30 p. m., in the Boardroom of the Administration office located at 138 College Street, Tenaha, Texas 75974.
 
The Subjects to be discussed or considered, or upon which any formal action may be taken are as follows: 
(Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on the meeting notice.)
 
1. Call to Order
2. Student Recognition
3. Public Comment
4. Reports from the Administrators
(a.) Linda Jacob, EE-5 Principal
(b.) Judy Monroe, 6-12 Principal
(c.) Craig Horn, Athletic Director
(d.) Scott Tyner, Superintendent
5. Canvass of School Board of Trustee Vote presented by Ron Barker, Election Judge
6. Consider for Approval the Recipient for the Martindale Scholarship
7. Consider for Approval 2015-2016 Budget Amendments
8. Hall of Honor New Member Selection 
9. District Employees and Officers Texas Gov’t Code § 551.074 “Executive Session” (a.)  Employment, Resignations, New Hire, and/or Discipline
10. Comments by Board Members
11. Adjournment
 

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Riders of The Week May 9 - 13


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Ribbon Cutting LuLu's Accessories


 
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors invite the public to join them at a new member ribbon cutting for LuLu’s Accessories, on Thursday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m.  LuLu’s is located at 516 Shelbyville Street in Center and is owned by Maria Medrano.  Refreshments will be served. LuLu’s has a selection of dresses, boots, kids clothing and shoes, and a variety of accessories for every occasion. For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.
 

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Timpson Bear Update


Timpson ISD Bear Update
5/11/2016
 
Timpson ISD Athletic Booster Club Honors Memory of Stanley Burgay –
 
The Timpson ISD Athletic Booster Club honored the memory of Stanley Burgay at its recent TISD Athletic Banquet.  Constable Burgay was a THS graduate and long-time supporter of Timpson youth.  Athletic Booster Club President C.T. Simpson presented the Burgay family a plaque in memory of Constable Burgay.   Attached is the memorium speech given in his memory at the banquet.
 
Stilley Selected as Bear of the Year – At the recent Timpson Athletic Banquet, Mike Smith announced Bobby Stilley is the 2015-2016 Bear of the Year recipient.  The Bear of the year is awarded each year to a person who demonstrates loyal support of the  TISD athletes and the school’s athletic program.  Mr. Smith said that if you attend any TISD athletic event you will see Bobby Stilley on the sidelines supporting the team.  As a THS graduate, Mr. Stilley is a true lifetime Timpson Bear and is a dedicated Bear fan, always willing to help, encourage and support the athletes and other youth of the Timpson community.  Congratulations Mr. Stilley!
 
THS Female Athlete of the Year – Timpson ISD girls athletic coordinator Josh Jourden announced at the Timpson Athletic Banquet that Jasmine Jordon, a senior, was selected as the 2015-2016 female athlete of the year.  This year Jasmine received honorable mention in volleyball, served as cheerleader, received honorable mention in basketball, was a regional qualifier in track and received honorable mention in softball.
 
THS Male Athlete of the Year – Timpson ISD Athletic Director Kerry Therwhanger announced at the Timpson Athletic Banquet that Chandler Burgay was selected as the 2015-2016 male athlete of the year.  This year Chandler is a senior and was selected to the first team offense in football, received honorable mention in basketball, and is a state qualifier in track.  Coach Therwhanger said the selection process for male athlete of the year not only includes the number of sports the student participated in but also his involvement in school activities, his character and his ability to serve as a role model to other students is an important consideration.  Congratulations Chandler!
 
Athletic Banqquet
 
 
 
 
 
Honoring Stanley Burgay
 
 
If Stanley Burgay would tell us all just one thing, it would be to honor God, love your family and help your neighbor because that’s what life is about, said his son Stephen, about his Dad, Stanley.
All of us who had the privilege to call Stanley husband, grandfather, friend, father, brother, or law man know not only would he have said this but what Stephen said about his Dad is the best description of how Stanley led his life.  
Tonight the Timpson Athletic Booster Club wants to honor and remember Stanley for what he did best – be a role model to all and especially the youth about how we should conduct our own lives and how we should treat others.  He did not focus on his own needs but instead focused on the needs of others.  He had that special God given talent of inspiring motivating, encouraging others and he never left your presence without making you smile and feel better about yourself.  He was a hero to all those who know him but he seemed to have a real soft spot in his heart for young people.  As a former Timpson High School student, athlete and graduate himself, he remained a Timpson Bear his entire life, always willing to help our youth in anyway whether it was serving as Captain of the Timpson High School Association Fishing Club, helping with a meal for the athletes, being the first law enforcement official on campus when there was a need or standing on the sidelines encouraging but never criticizing the players and coaches.    
We all know Stanley had a love for fishing but he had a much greater love for people and his Lord and his Savior Jesus Christ.  When I read Matthew 4:19 “And Jesus said to them, follow me and I will make you fishers of men,”  I would think that was Stanley Burgay’s real calling – to be the kind of man by thought, word and deed that not only allowed him to live a Christian life but would inspire others to want to be like him and follow Jesus to live a life of faith.  Stanley truly was a fisher of men. 
We can perhaps best honor this great man – this hero to all that knew him- by following his actions and doing for others as he did for us.  By serving others as he served us we will keep his spirit alive.  At this time will all of you please stand in honor and memory of Stanley Burgay – our hero – as a plaque is presented to his family.
 

 

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UPDATE Thefts in Desoto


 
Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle wanted to update the public about the progress of
the investigation into the vehicle burglaries.  This morning, May 11, 2016,
suspect Remington J Halley (B/M - DOB: 02/20/1993) turned himself in to the
DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office.  He was booked into DeSoto Parish Detention
Center on one (1) count of Resisting an Officer and eight (8) counts of
Simple Burglary.  We are still actively searching for Troy Lee Washington
(B/M - DOB: 06/25/1995) and Demarco Diamante Sean Green (B/M - DOB:
06/06/1995).  We ask that anyone with information related to their
whereabouts to contact our office at 318-872-3956.
 
 
Troy Lee Washington (B/M - DOB: 06/25/1995)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Demarco Diamante Sean Green (B/M - DOB: 06/06/1995)
 
 
 

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Memorial Day VFW


 
MEMORIAL DAY 2016
 
Shelby County Memorial VFW Post 8904 & the Auxiliary will hold their annual
Memorial Day Program on Monday, May 30th, 2016 at 11 am in Fellowship Hall
of the First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter Street, Center, Texas.
 
Names of all Shelby County Veterans killed in action from the Civil War to
today's War on Terror will be read.    The memorial wreath will be decorated
by those in attendance as the names are read.  
 
The playing of Taps will close the program.  Please make plans to join us.
Bring your family as this is an excellent opportunity to educate our youth
about the sacrifices of many.
 
Call Post QM Larry Hume for information or questions, 598-2976.
 
 

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Center HS Homecoming


The Center HS Alumni Association announces 2016 Homecoming dates as follows:
 
CHS Homecoming Pep Rally – Friday, September 16 at 3 pm in the CHS Gym.
CHS Homecoming Game – Friday, September 16 at 7:30 pm vs. Diboll at Roughrider Stadium.
CHS Alumni Association Meeting – Saturday, September 17 at the Community House. Please note the location change! Doors open at 9. Meeting begins at 10 am. CHS Hall of Honor award will be presented during the meeting.
CHS Homecoming Parade – Saturday, September 17 at 4 pm on the Downtown Center Square (Participants line up behind Farmer’s State Bank).

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Shellbyville Scholarship Awards Night


 
The Shelbyville High School Class of 2016 Scholarship awards will be held
May 17, 2016 @ 1:30 pm in the Shelbyville Cafetorium.

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Center School Board Meeting


 
The Board of Trustees
Center ISD
Notice of Regular Meeting
May 12, 2016
12:00 PM
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held May 12, 2016, beginning at 12:00 PM in
the Center High School 658 Roughrider Drive Center, Texas 75935 .
The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below.
Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice.
1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum
2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3. Public Comments/Audience Participation
4. Recognition of the Center High School Extracurricular Accomplishments
5. Consent Agenda
5. 1. Minutes
5. 2. Investment Report
5. 3. Tax Office Report
5. 4. Monthly Financial Report
5. 5. Overnight Student Activity Trips
5. 6. Budget Amendments
6. Consideration and Approval of TASB Update 104
6. 1. EEH (Local) - Instruction Arrangements - Homebound Instruction
6. 2. FB (Local) - Equal Educational Opportunity
6. 3. FB (Exhibit) - Equal Education Opportunity
6. 4. FD (Local) - Admissions
6. 5. FEB (Local) - Attendance - Attendance Accounting
6. 6. FFH (Local) - Student Welfare - Freedom From Discrimination, Harassment, and
Retaliation
6. 7. FFH (Exhibit) - Student Welfare - Freedom From Discrimination, Harassment, and
Retaliation
7. Distribute Revised LOCAL Policies
8. Discussion of 2016-2017 Compensation and Benefits
9. Update on Construction Projects
10. Consideration and Approval to Delegate Contractual Authority to the Superintendent until
September 1, 2016
11. Consideration and Approval to Change the July Regular Meeting Date
12. Open Session
12. 1. District Employees and Officers: Texas Gov't Code 551.074
12. 1. 1. Employment of Personnel
12. 1. 2. Resignation/Retirement of Personnel
12. 1. 3. Extended Emergency Sick Leave
13. Closed Session
13. 1. District Employees and Officers: Texas Gov't Code 551.074
13. 1. 1. Employment of Personnel
13. 1. 2. Resignation/Retirement of Personnel
13. 1. 3. Extended Emergency Sick Leave
14. Adjournment
If, during the course of the meeting, discussion of any item on the agenda should be held in a closed meeting, the Board will conduct a
closed meeting in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code, Chapter 551, Subchapters D and E or Texas
Government Code section 418.183(f). Before any closed meeting is convened, the presiding officer will publicly identify the section or
sections of the Act authorizing the closed meeting. All final votes, actions, or decisions will be taken in open meeting. [See
BEC(LEGAL)]
The notice for this meeting was posted in compliance with the Texas Open Meeting Act on:
May 9, 2016 11:30 a.m.
______________________ ______________________
Superintendent, Center ISD Board President, Center ISD

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Center Middle School Annual Awards Day


 
Center Middle School will have its annual Awards Day Friday, May 20, 2016.
The schedule is as follows:
6th Grade - 8:15 - 9:15
7th Grade - 9:30 - 10:30
8th Grade - 10:45 - 11:45
 
Lunch will begin at the following times:
6th Grade 11:05
7th Grade 11:30
8th Grade 12:00
 
Students will be released to go home three hours early at 12:23.

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Chamber's Inaugural Golf Classic


Chamber's Inaugural Golf Classic
Seeks Golf Teams
 
The Chamber's Inaugural Golf Classic, presented by Shelby Savings Bank 
is an excellent opportunity to network and fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere with
fellow Chamber members and potential business associates. The event allows Chamber
members a fun day of networking, business development and golf. The outing is a 
way to market your business or organization as well as treat a client or potential
client or customer to a great day of golf. The June 6 tournament will take place
 at the Center Country Club. It will be a shotgun start with a four-person scramble
format. Lunch and beverages will be provided.
 
Supporting sponsors of the event are Gold sponsors Texas Quick Care 
For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 

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Railroad Commission - Drilling Permits


 
The Railroad Commission of Texas (Commission) issued a total of 683 original 
drilling permits in April 2016 compared to 848 in April 2015. The April total included 
473 permits to drill new oil or gas wells, 12 to re-enter plugged well bores and 198 
for re-completions of existing well bores. The breakdown of well types for those permits 
issued April 2016 included 209 oil, 36 gas, 403 oil or gas, 25 injection, zero service 
and 10 other permits.
 
In April 2016, Commission staff processed 873 oil, 120 gas, 49 injection and five other 
completions compared to 1,867 oil, 314 gas, 125 injection and one other completions in 
April 2015. Total well completions for 2016 year to date are 4,499 down from 8,253 
recorded during the same period in 2015. 
 
According to Baker Hughes Inc., the Texas rig count as of May 6 was 188, representing 
about 45 percent of all active rigs in the United States. 
 
For additional drilling permit and completion statistics, visit the Commission&#x2019;s 
website at 
http://www.rrc.texas.gov/oil-gas/research-and-statistics/well-information/  
under "Monthly Drilling, completion and Plugging Summaries".
 
TABLE 1 &#x2013; APRIL 2016 TEXAS OIL AND GAS DRILLING PERMITS AND COMPLETIONS BY RAILROAD 
COMMISSION OF TEXAS DISTRICT*
 
DISTRICT        PERMITS TO DRILL 
                 OIL/GAS HOLES        OIL COMPLETIONS        GAS COMPLETIONS
(1) SAN ANTONIO AREA        77             93                   15
(2) REFUGIO AREA        75            150                   15
(3) SOUTHEAST TEXAS        21             42                   19
(4) DEEP SOUTH TEXAS        18              3                   11
(5) EAST CENTRAL TX        5              3                    1
(6) EAST TEXAS                17             12                   21
(7B) WEST CENTRAL TX        29             24                    2
(7C) SAN ANGELO AREA        35             55                    8
(8) MIDLAND               269            402                    9
(8A) LUBBOCK AREA      101             31                    0
(9) NORTH TEXAS                25             37                    7
(10) PANHANDLE                11             21                   12
 
*A district map is available on the Railroad Commission of Texas website at 
http://www.rrc.texas.gov/media/21430/districts_color_8x11.pdf. 

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Center Crime Stoppers Theft


 
Center Police Detectives is seeking information in regards to two
residential burglaries in Center Texas. On Friday April 22 2016 between the
hours of 8:00am and 11am unknown suspect(s) went to two residences One
residence located on Pine Street the other located on Lane Street. The
suspect(s) entered through the back window took an assortment of jewelry, a
safe, cash expensive purses and a variety of other items. After leaving the
residences in total disarray the suspects exited through the front door.
Center crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for
information that leads to the arrest if the suspects. Anyone who has
information regarding this crimes should call (936) 598-SAFE (7233) or
submit a web tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com . Tipsters don't have
to give their names. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous.
However rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime
Stoppers system.

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Shelbyville Athletic School Banquet


The Shelbyville Athletic School Banquet will be held on May 17th at 6:00 pm, $6.00 entry, $6.00 for dinner. Athletes eat for free, pay at the door.

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High Roller Joins American Angus Association


 
High Roller Whitetails, Center, Texas, is a new member of the American Angus Association(r), reports Allen Moczygemba, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Mo.
 
The American Angus Association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on over 18 million registered Angus.
 
The Association records ancestral information and keeps production records and genomic data on individual animals to develop industry-leading selection tools for its members. The programs and services of the Association and its entities - Angus Genetics Inc., Angus Productions Inc., Certified Angus Beef LLC and the Angus Foundation - help members to advance the beef cattle business by selecting the best animals for their herds and marketing quality genetics for the beef cattle industry and quality beef for consumers.
 

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Timpson Bear Update


 
Timpson ISD Bear Update
5/9/2016
 
Calendar of Events –
 
Tues. May 10 – English III – STAAR Assessment
------------------------ FFA Banquet – Elementary Cafeteria – 7:00 pm
------------------------ Progress Reports
------------------------ STAAR Reading Test Grades 3, 4, 6, 7
------------------------ STAAR Reading Retest 5, 8
 
Wed. May 11 – Algebra II – STAAR Assessment
----------------------- FCCLA Awards and Luncheon
----------------------- STAAR Science Test Grades 5, 8
 
Thurs. May 12 – Timpson High School Awards Program H.S. Auditorium 10:00 am
------------------------ Timpson Elementary School Awards Program HS Gym - 6:00 pm
12th-14th ---------- State Track Meet – Austin
------------------------ STAAR Social Studies Test Grade 8
------------------------ THS Superlative Photos 8:00 am
 
Fri. May 13th – 18th – Band Trip to Disney World
-----------------------  All Make Up Sessions for STAAR Assessments
13th & 14th----  State Track Meet
Timpson Independent School District

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Joaquin School Board Meeting Time Change


 
Joaquin ISD's Regular May Board meeting will be moved from Monday, May 16th
to Monday, May 23rd due to conflicts.

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City Council Ruling


 
After executive session last night, Council voted to authorize the Mayor to
take action on acquisition of property near Center Municipal Airport.  The vote passed with no opposition.

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Center Scholarship Night


 
The decision was made today to move the CHS scholarship program to the high school gymnasium rather than the cafetorium.   Presenters will still meet in the high school library by 5:30 p.m.
 

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Car Burglaries Desoto Parish


Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle
 
DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office
 
Patrol / Criminal Investigations Division
 
 
 
Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle would like to notify the public of an ongoing
investigation into multiple car burglaries that occurred this morning in
Stonewall, LA. At about 4:27 a.m., DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office received a
phone call from a citizen in the 200 block of Leigh Lane in Stonewall, LA.
The caller advised he saw 3 subjects looking around houses. He yelled at
them and they ran off. Deputies responded to the location and arrived in the
area at about 4:31 a.m. to find a vehicle, identified as a white 1995 Volvo
4 door car, leaving the area of North DeSoto Estates. Deputies noticed the
vehicle had an out of state tag and followed it before initiating a traffic
stop in the area of Highway 171 and the Shell Station in Stonewall, LA. The
vehicle pulled into a residence at which time the occupants exited the
vehicle and ran from the deputy. A perimeter was established and K9 was
called to search for the suspects. K9 responded and at about 6:50 a.m. was
able to locate a subject hiding in the woods in the area of Old Jefferson
Road. The suspect was taken into custody and was identified as Quantavious
Rashard Green (B/M - DOB: 02/01/1995) of Shreveport, LA. Quantavious Green
was also identified as the owner of the vehicle left abandoned following the
traffic stop. Quantavious Green was treated on the scene for injuries from
the dog bite and transported to DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office for
questioning. A second K9 responded to the location and the perimeter was
maintained while the search ensued. A lock down was initiated at North
DeSoto Schools and the Salem Day Care Center for a brief period during the
search. Investigators were able to identify the three suspects that fled
from the vehicle and were not apprehended. They have been identified as Troy
Lee Washington (B/M - DOB: 06/25/1995), Remington J Halley (B/M - DOB:
02/20/1993), and Demarco Diamante Sean Green (B/M - DOB: 06/06/1995), all of
Shreveport, LA. Investigators were able to confirm at least eight (8)
vehicular burglaries and recovered some property from the vehicle that was
abandoned following the execution of a search warrant. Arrest warrants have
been issued for all three outstanding suspects on one (1) count of Resisting
an Officer and eight (8) counts of Simple Burglary. This investigation is
on-going and more counts may be pending. Anyone with more information, or
who knows the location of any of the three suspects, is asked to contact
DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office at 318-872-3956.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This Week In Center


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Theft at Walmart in Center


 
 
 
 
 
On March 30, 2016 Center Police Department was dispatched to a Theft at the
Center Walmart on Hurst St. It was reported to officers that several black
females along with several children had committed a theft inside the store.
The adults loaded items inside plastic containers and attempted to leave the
store with the stolen merchandise. All of the suspects including the
children left in a Blue Dodge Durango which is seen in the above photo.
 
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
<http://www.centercrimestoppers.com> www.centercrimestoppers.com (
<http://www.centercrimestoppers.com> http://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
Center Crime Stoppers system.
 

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Joaquin SPORTS UPDATE


Game 1 - Thursday, May 12th at 7:00 pm
Game 2 - Friday, May 13th at 7:00
Game 3 if needed- Saturday, 11:30 am
All Games at Gary ISD

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TAKE A KID FISHING slide show


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ETCOG Meeting


East Texas Council of Governments
ETCOG Executive Committee
Thursday, May 12, 2016
12:00 Noon
3800 Stone Road
Kilgore, TX 75662
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
AGENDA
1.        Call to Order - Chair, Judge Robert Johnston
2.        Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3.        Introductions - David Cleveland, Executive Director
4.        Roll Call - Glenda Fort, Executive Assistant
5.        Public Comments
6.        Executive Director's Report - David Cleveland
*        Agenda Overview
*        Advisory Committee Appreciation Day & Executive Committee Meeting
*        Regional Housing Strategic Plan Update
*        Smith County Transit Action Team update
*        ETCOG Brochure
7.   Action Items
A.  Consent Agenda - Chair, Judge Robert Johnston
The Consent Agenda is considered to be self explanatory and will be enacted with
 one motion.  There will not be separate discussion of these items.  However, any
Consent Agenda item may be removed for individual consideration pursuant to a request
by an Executive Committee member.
*        Executive Committee Meeting minutes of April 7, 2016 (Enclosure #1)
Resolution
2016-04 ETCOG Regional Reverse Notification System (Code Red):  (Enclosure # 2)
B.        Consider appointments and reappointments to ETCOG Advisory Committees: David 
Cleveland, Executive Director and Division Directors (PowerPoint Presentation)
C.        Consider approval of Additional GeoComm Mapping Cleanup:  Stephanie Heffner, 
Director of Public Safety (Enclosure #3)
D.        Consider approval of a 9-1-1 Addressing Exceptions Policy:  Stephanie Heffner,
Director of Public Safety (Enclosure #4)
E.        Consider approval of FY 17 Criminal Justice Grant Priority Recommendations for
JJDP,JAG,VAWA and VOCA:  Stephanie Heffner, Director of Public Safety (Enclosure
 #5)
F.        Consider authorization of renewal of contracts for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity
Act (WIOA) Youth Stand Alone Projects with East Texas Literacy Council, D.O.R.S.
 Community Services, Inc. and Goodwill Industries of East Texas Inc.:  Doug Shryock,
Director of Workforce & Economic Development (Enclosure #6)
G.        Consider approval of proposal to Transfer Longview Workforce Center Operations:
 Wendi Horst, Director of Operations (Enclosure #7)
8.        Adjourn

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Joaquin School Board Meeting


NOTICE Special Meeting Of 
 
Joaquin Independent School District Board
 
Notice is hereby given that on the 12th day of May 2016, the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin School District will hold a special meeting at 12 Noon, at the Joaquin ISD Administration building Board room, 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 and 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 
(Two members constitutes a quorum, Election Code 67.003, 67004(a), Board Policy BBB (Legal))
2. Canvass votes from the May 7th School Board Election
3. Adjournment
 
 
On this 9th day of May 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 Noon on said date.
 
 

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Joaquin SPORTS UPDATE


Joaquin Lady Rams vs Slocum
Playoff Series
First Game - Thursday at 6:00
Game Two: Friday at 5:00 pm with game 3 to follow if needed
All at Nacogdoches High School.
 

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The Shelby County Commissioners Court


The Shelby County Commissioners court passed the fema bill making the total number of counties in Texas not registered with FEMA 6.  

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Take A Kid Fishing Video


 

 

 

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LETU COMMENCEMENT MAKES HISTORY WITH FIRST NURSING GRADS


LETU COMMENCEMENT MAKES HISTORY WITH FIRST NURSING GRADS
 
WHAT
 
LeTourneau University Spring 2016 graduation ceremonies.
 
 
WHEN
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016 - two services:
 
10:30 a.m.
174 graduates in the Schools of Aviation, Arts & Sciences, Education, Nursing, Psychology, Counseling, Theology.
 
2 p.m.
235 graduates in the Schools of Engineering, Business and Technology
 
 
WHERE
 
Belcher Center, on the LETU campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave., Longview, Texas
 
 
WHO
 
LETU's very first nursing graduates (Hannah Campbell and Abbey May) will make school history as the school's first graduates with BSN degrees.
 
Keynote speaker is Edmund C. Moy, formerly the 38th director of U.S. Mint (2006-2011), appointed by President George W. Bush.Moy is a public servant, senior executive, commentator, author, and director at publicly and privately held companies. He has been featured on CBS's 60 Minutes, PBS' Jim Lehrer News Hour, and appears regularly on CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business Channel, MSNBC and Bloomberg TV on issues of currency.  He is often quoted in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Fortune, Dow Jones, and Reuters. He is a regular contributor to Newsmax.
 

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Center Scholarship Night


Center High School will host its annual scholarship awards program on Tuesday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school cafetorium.  Seniors scheduled to receive a scholarship award have been notified and parents, family and friends are invited to attend the program.A reminder for all scholarship presenters:  You are to be in the high school library no later than 5:30 p.m.  If you have a question, please contact the CHS Career Center at 598-6173.
 

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Take A Kid Fishing Tournament Winners


The Winners for the 38th annual Take A kid Fishing Tournament are as follows:

 

 

Ages 3-5

 

 

 

Largest Fish

 

 

Blake Koltonski

 

 

 

Smallest Fish by Length

 

Scarlett Gibbs

 

 

 

Heaviest String

 

Noah Neel

 

 

 

Ages 6-10

 

 

 

Largest Single Bream & Heaviest String

 

Allie Jones -Left

 

 

 

Smallest Fish by Length

 

Taylor Buckley- Right

 

 

Ages 11-15

 

 

Largest Single Bream & Heaviest String

 

Levi Porter - Left  

 

 

Smallest Fish By Weight 

 

Deavin Pitts - Right

 

Overall Winner ( Largest Single Bream)

 

 

Blake Koltonski 

 

 

Heaviest Overall

 

Allie Jones 

 

 

Casting Contest

 

 

Ages 3-5

 

 

1st Place

 

 

 

2nd Place

 

 

 

Ages 5-10

 

 

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place

 

 

 

Ages 11-15

 

 

 

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place

 

 

 

Shelby County Bass Anglers

 

 

 

Trails End

 

 

 

 

Consesion Stand

 

 

 

The Stationmobile

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Farmers Market Opens in Center


 

Farmers Market Now Open in Center

 

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AG DAY 2016 at Sheriff's Posse Rodeo Arena


 
AG DAY 2016 HUGE TURN OUT
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Agriculture Education Day 2016 Held today at Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo Arena was a huge success with over 1,000 children in attendance.  It featured a wide variety of events such as: roping, FFA demonstrations, The Forest Service, indoor fishing, a petting zoo, a long horn cow, the community garden, bee keeping, and hay rides all to help educate our youth about agriculture.  The Event was led by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service members Lane Dunn and Jheri-Lynn McSwain.  Mr. Dunn has worked for the AgriLife Program for over 13 years, before which he was an ag teacher at Center High School for 10 years, so it is safe to say he has agriculture in his veins.  Ms. McSwain has been with the service for over 3 years.  They would like people to know that their goal is to help East Texans learn and grow in agriculture both in business, pleasure, and their personal lives.
 
 
 
 
Lane Dunn and Jheri-Lynn McSwain
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Long Horn Bull
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Forest Service
 
Britney Compton, Del Birdwell, Tommy Williams, George Burnett
 
 
 
 
FFA
 
Alli-Joe Baldwin and Konher Windham
 
 
 
 
FFA
 
Madelynn Hutchins and Carsen Vickers
 
 
 
Community Garden
 
Cherry Jones
 
 
 
 
Bee Keepers
 
James Dotson and Mike Boderland (Teaching Kids about bees)

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Shelby County Commissioners' Court


 
 
                                                                                                                                                 COMMISSIONERS’ COURT
REGULAR MEETING
SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS
 
 
Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 9th day of May, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
 
 
1. Approve the minutes of the April 11, 2016 Regular Meeting and the April 25, 2016 Special Meeting of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court.
 
2. Approve and pay the monthly expenses.
 
3. Approve Officers’ Reports.
 
4. Public Comments on Agenda items.
 
5. T.C. Hughes to address the Court regarding the road leading into his property on County Road 4428.
 
6. Sheriff Blackwell to discuss and possibly approve moving the existing jailboard and monitors into an adjacent office from dispatch to have jailers operate same.
 
7. Sheriff Blackwell to discuss and possibly approve permission to accept bid from Lunabite to build and install a Sheriff’s Office website.
 
8. Proclamation declaring May as Elder Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.
 
9. Discuss and possibly take action on appointing a Constable in Precinct 5.
 
10. Discuss and possibly take action on becoming a member of the National Flood Insurance Program.
 
11. Consider and possibly adopt the Resolution to become a member of the National Insurance Program.
 
12. Adjourn
 
 
 
 

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Center Middle School Twirlers for 2016-2017 School Year


 
 
 
 
*Front-Alyssa White, Allison Stuever, Sarah Scull, Nicole Aguilar*
 
*Back – Oderay Figuroa, Maria Alvarado, Jackie Gonzalez, Kayden Davis,
Rebekah McGhen, Abby Cooper*
 

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Crime Stoppers Report


 
UPDATE: The (2) suspects depicted in the photographs were found to be juveniles. The juvenile suspects came to the Sheriff's Department last night with their legal guardians to meet with me regarding the cases filed.
 
      Thanks for your assistance in this endeavor! ~ dj
 
 
On Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 Patrol Deputy Adam Renfro took a report from a Danny Gage with Tenaska Operations regarding a criminal trespass and a criminal mischief incident that had occurred at the company's property located on County Road 3524 in Joaquin.
 
The unknown suspects illegally entered the property by cutting a fence line that enclosed the critical infrastructure site. Surveillance video footage captured the suspects. If you recognize the suspects in the photographs taken from the surveillance video footage, please contact Center Crime Stoppers.
 
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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A Texas Treasure Heritage Festival


 
It will be a fun day this Saturday on the square at the A Texas
Treasure Heritage Festival!   Our this year's event chair is Linda Goller.
Heritage demonstrations will be located on Harrison Street.   Besides all
the special treasures inside our downtown stores there will be both food and
art and craft vendors waiting to serve you!   Here are more activities that
are on tap!   
 
 
 
 
 
.         Cemetery Tours   10:30-11:30 and 12:30-1:30   Betty Oglesbee,
chair  and SFASU Theater Department
 
.         "ART: Texas Heritage Style" Exhibit housed inside the Courthouse,
Glenda Harrison, chair
 
.         The Great San Augustine Treasure Hunt Sign ups for kids ages 8-17
at the pavilion at 1-1:30 Brittney Ford, chair 
 
.         Antique and Muscle Car Show Billy Johnson and Brittney Ford,
chairs  (it will be full of cars on Broadway Street!)
 
.         Texas Treasure Business Awards Presentations at noon at the
Pavilion with reception to follow down at the old Stripling Drug Store   
 
.         Quilt Exhibit in the JP Mathews building, Connie Owens, chair  
 
.         Genealogy Tracing Your Family History in front at the JPMathews
building and Mathews Medical, Connie Owens chair
 
.         East Texas Book Authors inside the Texas Star Retail Store
 
.         Free Grapefruit Highballs all day Saturday at San Augustine Drug
Company
 
.         Double EE Boot and Saddle Repair will have heritage photographs a
must see 
 
.         The Fat Cow will be serving food inside and outside! 
 
.         Pinto Bean Cooking Contest in the Gazebo    Elsie Chase, chair 
 
.         SFASU and City of San Augustine Oral History Kiosk in the
commissioners court room San Augustine County Courthouse 
 
.         And more that was probably left out!
 
 
 
The square will be blocked off to thru traffic.   Parking on Saturday is
generously available at the Church of Christ parking lot behind the Post
Office,  Compass Bank parking lot,  Tiller and Tiller lot  (and behind
storage buildings)  on Broadway,  Blount property at the intersection of
Broadway and Main.    
 

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Lasting Impressions Celebrates 20th Anniversary


 
Lasting Impressions
Celebrates 20th Anniversary
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors joined Paula Jones, owner of Lasting
Impressions,  to  celebrate 20 years of business with an Open House at 112 Foster
St.
 
Paula Jones & Pam Phelps
 
Pam Phelps, Executive Director of the Chamber, welcomed everyone to the open house
and stated that she remembered when the building was just a thought and Foster St.
had nothing on the new street.  She congratulated Paula on the growth her business
has experienced and she has since had an expansion to the original build.  The public
along with friends and family were treated to refreshments and received a 20% discount
on selected 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.

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Parmer Pools joins Chamber


 
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, family and friends, and community
members attended the new member ribbon cutting for Parmer Pools with owner Dirk 
Parmer.
Andy Foster, Ambassador vice-president, welcomed everyone, "I want to thank everyone
for attending the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting today. On behalf
of the Chamber Ambassadors and Directors, congratulations to you and your staff 
for joining the chamber and opening your doors to the community." Foster ended saying,
"We are here to serve you and help you promote your business and get the word out
and send customers your way."

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Tiger Weekly


 
Tiger Weekly
 
 
 
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; EOC Retest 
 
May 11, 2016-EOC Testing
 
May 12, 2016- 3rd Graders Field Trip in Rusk-Train Ride; Tiger Doll TryOuts 4:30 pm
 
May 16, 2016-SHAC Meeting
 
May 17, 2016-Elem/MS Awards 9am in SEC; HS Awards Banquet 6:30 pm; Student Physicals
 
May 18, 2016- MS Robotics in Kilgore; Elementary Field Day
 
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; 6th Grade Band in Canton
 
May 23, 2016-Teaher In-Service Begins
 
May 26, 2016- HS Graduation 7pm in SEC; Graduation Pics
 
May 30, 2016-Memorial Day Holiday
 

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Timpson ISD Bear Update


Timpson ISD Bear Update
5/5/2016
 
Team Isaiah Shirts  Submitted by: Brittany Kimbro
Here is the front and back of the shirts for Isaiah. For those of you that are not aware, Isaiah attends kindergarten here at Timpson. His mother is Shakera Eaden, graduated in 2009 from THS. He is currently in ICU at Children's Hospital in Dallas. We are selling t-shirts to show our support and help with medical expenses. Orders are due Friday by 3pm.  Keep him in your prayers. Thanks!
 
THS Fishing Association - Out of over 400 teams in the South East Texas High School Fishing Association, the Timpson High School team of Chandler Burgay and Hunter Smith rank fifth. They will compete in a fishing tournament at Sam Rayburn Lake this Sunday May 8. Good luck team.
 
TES Pre-K News - Submitted by Penny Ramsey
Ms. Penny's Pre-K class has been talking about living and non-living items.  We also have been talking about growing seeds, planting seeds, what plants need to grow and how they grow.  We've also been talking about parts of plants.  When we first started talking about this, we planted a sweet potato to see if it would grow.  After several weeks, it has started growing.  It has roots, stems and leaves.  Ms. Penny's class enjoys watching it grow. In the picture with the sweet potato is Joleigh Jourden, Kooper Welch, and Logan Renick.
 
 National Day of Prayer - Timpson FCA president Chandler Burgay led a large group of students in prayer for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday May 5th.
 
 

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Tenaha Staff Luncheon and Award Ceremony


 

A luncheon to recognize, honor, and award teachers of the Tenaha ISD school system.  In addition, former teachers and administrators, who have been employed by the Tenaha ISD schools, will be returning to be presenters.  This luncheon will also allow the Tenaha community to say “thanks” to the 80+ employees for a job well done. The Award and Appreciation Luncheon, will be held in the school cafetorium on Friday, May 27th at 12:15 pm. 

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Neuville Baptist Church Youth Group Garage Sale


Neuville Baptist Church Youth Group will be having a huge garage sale Friday & Saturday May 6 & 7th.  Directions are:   From Center go @ 8 1/2 miles on Hwy. 96 south, turn left on FM 2140, go straight  2 miles & the sale is on the right. The sale will be inside the fellowship hall.  Come rain or shine.  We will have lots of clothes(all sizes, men, women, boys, girls and infant), toys, dishes, linens, pictures, house hold items of all kinds, lots of misc.
 

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Shelbyville ISD Board Meeting


A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyvill Independent School District will be held on  Tuesday, May 10, beginning at 12:00 noon, in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 343 FM 417 West, Shelbyville, Texas.  

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Jury Cancellation


Jury Cancelled for Monday May 9th, 2016 for the 273rd District Court Honorable Judge Charles  R Mithcell Presiding has been cancelled due the scheduled cases being resolved or passed. Anyone receiving a summons for that day is released from jury service until they receive a future summons.  

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County Road 3267 Currently Out


County Road 3267 has been washed out due to high water at the Flat Fork Creek Bottom. The road is closed and barricaded, do not go around the barriers as you may become suberged.

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SAVE TEXAS HISTORY


 

 

Our history is in danger. Watch this important message from Commissioner Bush to learn how you can help save Texas history. 

 

 

http://http://www.glo.texas.gov/save-texas-history/donate/index.html

 

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Panola College Honors Retirees


 
Panola College Honors Retirees
 
On Wednesday, May 4, 2016 Panola College held a retirement ceremony to
honor three longtime employees Mr. Ernie Davis, Mrs. Kathy Pate, and Mrs.
Shirley Ingram. Together these retirees accumulated 81 years of experience.
Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College, presented each retiree with a
token of appreciation and thanked them for their many years of dedicated
service.
 
 
"Ernie Davis honored for 12 years of service with Panola College"
 
 
 
 
"Kathy Pate honored for 32 years of service with Panola College"
 
 
"Shirley Ingram honored for 37 years of service with Panola College"
 

 

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State awards $580,000 grant to Panola College Nursing Program


State awards $580,000 grant to Panola College Nursing Program
 
 
 
 
 
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board awarded a $580,000 grant to
the Panola College Associate Degree Nursing program as part of a statewide
program to alleviate a shortage of nurses in the future. The 84th Texas
Legislature appropriated funds for the Professional Nursing Shortage
Reduction Program as a means to assist nursing programs in filling the
future need for registered nurses in the state’s workforce.
 
 
 
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 16 percent growth in the job market
for registered nurses, but demand is outpacing supply. The new Health &
Natural Sciences Building has allowed Panola College to offer
state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and clinical settings.
 
 
 
The demanding curriculum for nursing requires an incredible commitment of
time and resources. Financial constraints coupled with family
responsibilities often make it difficult for students to complete the
two-year course of study. The new grant will offer Panola College
opportunities to identify areas of concern that may be contributing to
students’ lack of persistence in completing the ADN degree.
 
 
 
“We will use the funds to help students stay in the program through
multiple retention activities,” says Dr. Barbara Cordell, Dean of Nursing
and Health Sciences. “Some students need academic assistance to improve
their grades, but others need guidance with finding childcare or budgeting
living expenses so they will have more time to study.”
 
 
 
Dr. Cordell said the college will spend the grant funds in a targeted
approach designed to double the graduation numbers in the ADN program
within the next two years. When that goal is met, the grant will continue
to provide funding for an additional two years.
 
 

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Riders of The Week May 2-6


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Riders of The Week April 25-29


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Sabine Ranger District Burn Nottice - TODAY ONLY


Sabine Ranger District Burn Nottice - TODAY ONLY
 
For today only Officials with the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, Sabine National Forest, have advised a prescribed burn located in Boles Field Area.  
 
For more information please call (409)-625-1940.
 

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Timpson Bear Update


Timpson ISD Bear Update
5/4/2016
 
 
Bond Election Information – If the TISD bond passes, one of the projects is a new Vocational/Technical Education building with four classrooms.  The district will be able to offer more certification classes that will allow students to be job ready upon high school graduation and prepared to enter the job market.  Courses that could be offered that would lead to certification are General Office, Marketable Skills, Microsoft Office, Medic First Aid CPR/AED Compliance, Petroleum Technology I. Petroleum Technology II, Residential/Commercial Electrician, Welding-Basic, and Welding-Intermediate, Microcomputer Software Operator, Microcomputer Support Specialist, Digital Media Design and Development, Personal Computer Technical Support, Heating and Air Conditioning and Natural Gas Compression.  The certification can involve taking up to seven courses.  The classroom portion of the classes can be taken online in the technology classroom located in the vocational/technical building.  The technology classroom will also allow more students to take concurrent college level classes earning both high school and college credit at the same time.  High School students can earn up to 48 college credit hours and earn an associate’s degree while still in high school.  Presently those taking college credit classes online are in the high school library which prevents access for other students needing to use the library.  The technology center would also provide students who would like to take classes that the district cannot provide because there are not enough students to justify making a class for or the district does not have a teacher certified to teach the class the students want to take, the student can take the class online using the Texas Virtual School Network.  The TVSN offers classes taught by teachers in other school districts to be accessed by students over the computer in their home districts.  The technology classroom will also allow students to take courses they failed or did not have the opportunity to take because they moved to Timpson from another school district.  This allows students who pass the course to graduate within four years of entering high school with their class.  Remediation and enrichment classes will also be available to students who need extra help.  The technology classroom makes learning more accessible and will provide educational opportunities TISD students have not had access to in the past.
 
THS Athletes Qualify For State Track Meet - At the recent regional track meet in Palestine four students qualified to attend the state track meet in Austin that is scheduled for May 13.  The students who qualified are:
Chandler Burgay- Discus (placed 2nd)
Nicteo Scourton- Shot Put (placed 2nd)
Devonta Thompson- 100 m dash (placed 2nd)
Hayden Smith- 400 m dash (placed 1st)
   Good luck to these students and thank you to all track athletes for representing Timpson High School so well at Regionals!
 
 State Track Meet Schedule - This is the schedule for Timpson High School track team who qualified to compete in the state track meet showing the event, day and time of each competition in which they will compete. Coach Daniel coaches Chandler, Coach Flournoy coaches Nicteo and Coach Therwhanger coaches Devonta and Hayden. Good luck at State!
 
Chandler Burgay    Discus      throws Friday, May 13th,  12:00p.m.
 
Nicteo Scourton  Shot Put     throws Friday, May 13th, 6:00 p.m.
 
Devonta Thompson  100m    runs Saturday, May 14th, 7:05 p.m.
 
Hayden Smith       400m          runs Saturday, May 14th, 7:45 p.m.

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Shelbyville TABC Boys All State Class 2A


Congratulations goes out to Jeron Boykins for being named to the TABC 2A
BOYS ALL STATE BASKETBALL TEAM.
 

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Carroll Chapel CME to Host Family and Friends Day


The Pastor and Members of Carroll Chapel CME Church in Shelbyville would like to invite you to our Family and Friend Day on May 15th at 3:00 PM. Our guest speaker will be Elder Archie Thompson of the Triumph, the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ in Shelbyville.  Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy this special day.

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SFA Alumni Perform ' An American Requiem'


NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Three alumni of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will return to their alma mater to perform in the annual choral masterworks series concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.
 
Under the direction of Dr. Tim King, director of choral studies at SFA, the A Cappella Choir, Choral Union, Women’s Chorus and the Orchestra of the Pines will perform “An American Requiem” by Richard Danielpour. Guest soloists will be SFA alumni Erin Roth, mezzo-soprano; Dr. Richard Novak, tenor; and Casey Jones Parrish, baritone.
 
Roth’s career as a lyric mezzo-soprano has advanced with performances at Opéra Louisiane, Des Moines Metro Opera and the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, singing roles that include Pitti-Sing in W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's “The Mikado,” Meg Page in Giuseppe Verdi's “Falstaff,” Siébel in Charles Gounod’s “Faust,” and Prince Orlofsky in Johann Strauss' “Die Fledermaus.” She has performed as a featured soloist in many works, including George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah,” Verdi’s Requiem, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem, Felix Mendelssohn's “Elijah” and, most recently, Vivaldi's “Gloria.” She was a grant recipient in the Fielder Grant competition and a national finalist in the American Prize competition, as well as the Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year, where she received the Audience Choice Award. Roth recently performed in the inaugural season of the Dallas Choral Festival, singing Ludwig van Beethoven's “Missa Solemnis” with a professional chorus of 100 singers from across the nation. She now lives in Plano with her husband, Chad, and currently serves as the alto section leader and soloist-in-residence with the Sanctuary Choir at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas. She regularly performs as a soloist and chorister with the Highland Park Chorale, a professional choral group. She most recently joined the Orpheus Chamber Singers, Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier chamber ensemble, where she was a soloist in Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem. She earned a master’s degree in vocal performance at SFA in 2007 and was a student of Nita Hudson.
 
Novak has established a national reputation as a professional tenor and voice teacher. He has performed with Washington Concert Opera, Opera Carolina, San Antonio Opera, Opera Piccola, Annapolis Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, The Living Opera, Wagner Society of Washington, San Antonio Symphony, San Antonio Chamber Choir, San Antonio Choral Society, Chautauqua Symphony, Prince William Symphony, the Monroe Symphony, the Conservatorio di Musica Agostino Steffani in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy, and the Institute of Culture in Culiacán and Mazatlán, Mexico. Among Novak’s operatic credits are Rodolfo, Pinkerton, Alfredo, Don José, Nemorino, Ernesto, Werther, Eisenstein, Tamino, Lippo, Roméo, and Tybalt. In 2005 and 2006, Novak won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Tulsa District. He is also a former winner of the Texoma NATS Singer of the Year award. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in vocal performance from SFA, and a doctoral degree in vocal performance from the University of North Texas. He is the music director at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in New Braunfels where he is also choir director and music teacher. He is an adjunct voice instructor at the University of the Incarnate Word and is founder/artistic director of the Saints Peter & Paul Young Artist Recital Series, which presents young artists with performance opportunities and financial support for furthering musical pursuits. He resides in New Braunfels with his wife, Laura, and three children.
 
Parrish is a native of Livingston and has lived in Houston since July of 2015. After graduating from SFA in 2014, he served as assistant choir director under the leadership of Dr. Tod Fish at Coronado High School in Lubbock. Later, Parrish moved to Houston with his fiancé where he now serves as assistant choir director at Cook Middle School in Cy-Fair ISD. He is a member of the Houston Men’s Choir along with other SFA alumni Jake Taylor, Clint Jordan and Brian Miller. Parrish is a staff singer at the United Methodist Church-Downtown Houston under the direction of SFA alumnus Dr. Terry Morris. During his years at SFA, Parrish had the opportunity to perform a variety of opera roles, including Olin Blitch from Carlisle Floyd’s “Susannah,” Marco from BedÅ™ich Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride,” and Germont from Verdi’s “La Traviata.” He has traveled to several European countries performing a wide variety of choral works with King and the SFA A Cappella Choir. In 2011, he had the opportunity to perform the baritone solo from Velio Tormis’ “Raua Needmine” at the TMEA convention in San Antonio with the A Cappella Choir. Parrish earned both a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance in 2012 and master’s degree in choral conducting in 2014 at SFA under the mentorship of King and Hudson.
 
Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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Deweyville Day at Patricia Huffman Smith Columbia Museum


In March, the community and residents of Deweyville suffered greatly due to the heavy flooding. The elementary school, in particular, was heavily damaged and the students were unable to return to school for several weeks after the water receded.
 
On May 12, 2016, the Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Columbia Museum will be hosting the 4th graders from Deweyville I.S.D. to a fun filled day at the museum for their field trip. We have several activities planned for the children to keep them entertained throughout the day. Mr. Todd Hellner, an engineer from NASA, will be the guest speaker at this event. Subway in Hemphill will provide their snacks and their lunch will also be provided. We want these children to experience the compassion of giving back or paying it forward when someone is in need.
 
The Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Columbia Museum offers educational programs benefitting children of all ages in our area in the hope of building the next GREATEST GENERATION.
 
We are so excited about their visit and look forward to being able to give back to our community.
 
If you would like to donate your time that day to help or become a volunteer, please call our museum at 409-787-4827.

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Tenaha Students Participate in Kilgore Robotics Program


 

 

 

May 4, 2016 - Tenaha Elementary Robotics Team participated in a robotics celebration Tuesday, May 3, 2016 in Kilgore, TX. The team received the "Peer Choice" award for their project!.  Thanks to Mrs. Stacie Barr and Mrs. Cindy Hughes for all of their hard work with this great group of students.

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Texas Department of Transportation


LUFKIN - The annual Texas Department of Transportation safety campaign "Click It or Ticket" has begun and the Lufkin District will be is reminding motorists that seat belts save lives.
The Lufkin District "Click It or Ticket" event is scheduled at 1 p.m. May 20 at the Livingston Municipal Library, 707 N. Tyler St, Livingston, TX 77351. The free event will be part of the "Spring Into Summer" Health Fair in Polk County. TxDOT crash dummies will be on hand and law enforcement representatives will speak about the importance of seatbelts. The public is invited to attend.
 
Last year in Texas, 2,370 vehicle crashes involving unrestrained occupants resulted in 889 fatalities and 1,854 serious injuries. In the nine county Lufkin District in 2015, there were 66 motor vehicle traffic crashes in which unrestrained occupants sustained fatal or serious injuries.
Wearing a seat belt helps keep occupants from being ejected in a crash and increases the chances of surviving by 45 percent. In pickup trucks, that number jumps to 60 percent.
"With Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season approaching, we're urging people to buckle their seat belts every time they get in their vehicle," said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. "Every person in a vehicle - front seat or back seat - needs to buckle up. Not only is it the law, but seat belts save lives."
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that since its inception, the "Click It or Ticket" campaign in Texas has resulted in 4,687 fewer traffic fatalities while preventing 79,578 serious injuries. When the "Click It or Ticket" campaign launched in 2002, only 76 percent of Texans used their seat belts. Today, 9 out of 10 Texans buckle up.
Along with TxDOT's annual, statewide "Click It or Ticket" campaign and awareness tour, police departments across the nation will step up enforcement efforts from May 23 - June 5. In Texas, the law requires everyone in a vehicle to buckle up or face fines and court costs up to $200. Children younger than 8 years old must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they're taller than 4 feet 9 inches.

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Texas Treasure Business Award Ceremony


Texas Treasure Business Award Ceremony
 
Will be held at 100 W. Columbia St. Stripling Pavilion on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from noon until 1 p.m.  
 
Agenda:
 
12:00 Welcome:    Mayor Leroy Hughes and County Judge Samye Johnson
 
12:05 About the Texas Treasure Business Award:   Main Street Advisory Board, Glenda Harrison, Robert Fitzpatrick, Marshall McMillan   
Announcement of Award Recipients:   Linda Goller and Brittney Ford  
Friends of the Community :   Alan Wade, Charles Sharp, David Wade     
 
12:20 Presentation of Awards and Photos with each Business:                                                           Mayor Hughes, County Judge Johnson, Main Street Chair Marshall McMillan    
 
12:25   Closing Remarks:  Tracy Cox, Main Street Manager   
                                Reception to follow in Stripling Drug Store,   107 E. Columbia St. 
 

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LETU MAY 7 COMMENCEMENT TO FEATURE EDMUND C. MOY


LeTourneau University will host two commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 7, in the S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center at the Longview campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave.
The first ceremony is at 10:30 a.m. for graduates from LeTourneau University's School of Aviation and Aeronautical Science, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the School of Nursing, Psychology, Counseling and the School of Theology and Vocation, totaling 174 graduates.
The second ceremony is at 2 p.m. for graduates of LeTourneau University's School of Business and Technology and the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology, totaling 235 graduates.
Keynote speaker for both commencements will be businessman and former director of the United States Mint Edmund C. Moy.  He was sworn in as the 38th director of the United States Mint in September 2006 having been appointed by George W. Bush and resigned January of 2011 during the Barack H. Obama administration to take a job in the private sector. As director, Moy was in charge of the world's largest organization that manufacturer coins and medals.  For example, in fiscal year 2005, the U.S. Mint manufactured over 15 billion coins, generating revenue of $1.77 billion and contributing $775 million in earnings to the U.S. Treasury.  In fiscal year 2006, the Mint produced 16.2 billion coins, contributing another $750 million to the Treasury.
Moy served as special assistant to President George W. Bush as a trusted adviser in selection of presidential appointments, recommending candidates for political appointments in the areas of Health and Human Services, Education, Labor, Agriculture, Energy, Interior and Environmental Protection Agency. He also was responsible for political appointment in independent agencies including the Social Security Administration, National Endowment for the Arts, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, National Mediation Board and Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Moy also served President Bush in the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security following 9/11, and was responsible for staffing high-ranking positions in the U.S. Department of Justice and Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Prior to his public service in the White House and Mint, Moy worked with venture capital firms and entrepreneurs and served on the boards of several companies and nonprofit organizations.
He was a Bush political appointee from 1989 to 1993 at the federal Health Care Financing Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and from 1979 to 1989 worked with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin as a sales and marketing executive.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Moy triple majored in economics, international relations and political science.
 

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Tornado Causes Damage in San Augustine County


A meteorologist with the National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado struck the Anthony Harbor neighborhood in San Augustine County last Saturday.

 

 

 

 

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High Way 7 Road Destruction


High way 7 between Center and Nacogdoches has been seriously damaged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the caution cones are there for a reason.

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Ducks Unlimited Huxley Fun Day


Ducks Unlimited Huxley Fun Day 
 
Shelby County Ducks Unlimited has its 14th annual Huxley Fun Day starting at 5:30 pm on May 26 at Robinson Lodge, 376 Toledo Lodge Road. Ticket prices are $50 single, $75 couple, and $30 Green wing. Contact Wil Blackshear at 936-488-0512 or wilblackshear@yahoo.com, or Yazoo Thomas at 936-368-7263 or ythomas@ducks.org for more information. 
 

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Church Rodeo


 
 
San Augustine Cowboy Church has its fourth annual King of Cowboys rodeo at 5 pm on Saturday May 21th at the San Augustine County Fairgrounds. 
 

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Jackson Cemetery Homecoming


 
The homecoming is at 10:50 am on Sunday, May 15. Message is by Bro. David Long with cemetery report and dinner afterward. For those unable to attend donations can be mailed to Jackson Cemetery Fund, PO Box 15, Joaquin, TX 75935.
 

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Sardis Cemetery Fish fry


Sardis Cemetery Fish fry
 
The annual Sardis Cemetery meeting and fish fry starts at 11 am of Saturday May 7th.  Catfish plates with trimmings will be $8. Cookbooks will also be on sale. The annual meeting with gospel singing as well follows. Donation for cemetery maintenance will be accepted.  They can also be mailed to Sardis Cemetery, 6034 FM 414, Center, TX 75935.  
 

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Timpson Sports Update


State Track Meet Schedule
 
This is the schedule for Timpson High School track team who qualified to compete in the state track meet showing the event, day and time of each competition in which they will compete. Coach Daniel coaches Chandler, Coach Flournoy coaches Nicteo and Coach Therwhanger coaches Devonta and Hayden. Good luck at State!
 
 
 
Chandler Burgay    Discus      throws Friday, May 13th,  12:00p.m.
 
 
 
 
Nicteo Scourton  Shot Put     throws Friday, May 13th, 6:00 p.m.
 
 
 
Devonta Thompson  100m    runs Saturday, May 14th, 7:05 p.m.
 
 
Hayden Smith       400m          runs Saturday, May 14th, 7:45 p.m.

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Panola Wins


Panola College sweeps Paris Junior College three games to none over
the weekend.
 
Panola’s pitching and offense were outstanding on the weekend.  Panola’s
offense scored 29 runs in three games while Panola’s pitching allowed only
5 runs to cross the plate in the series.  Panola is now 38-13 on the season
and 18-9 in conference play.
 
Panola will wrap up conference play this weekend vs #18 Navarro College.
Game one is scheduled for 3pm in Carthage, Game two and three are scheduled
for Saturday in Corsicana for a double header starting at 2pm.
 
 
*Game #1 *A five-run explosion in the fourth inning carried Panola to an
8-0 win in seven innings over Paris in Carthage, TX on Thursday.
 
*Hector Morales (Royal Palm Beach, FL)* racked up five RBIs on four hits
for Panola. He singled in the third inning, tripled in the fourth inning,
and doubled in the second and sixth innings.
 
 
*Cayne Ueckert (Jasper, TX)* three strikeouts helped Panola to the victory.
Panola's pitcher tossed five innings of shutout ball and allowed only four
hits.
 
The game's last lead went to Panola College Spring 2016 thanks to a second
inning rally that saw one run cross the plate on an RBI single by *Pierce
Hollister (Dickinson, TX).*
 
 
 
*Game #2*
 
Panola beat Paris 10-0 in five innings in game two on Sunday in Paris Texas
after a seven-run explosion in the second inning.
 
Panola scored in the second on an RBI single by *Chad McKinney (Hughes
Springs, TX),* a two-run double by *Jansen McCurdy (White Oak, TX),* a
two-run single by *Austin Sojka (Huntington Beach, CA),* an RBI single
by *Logan
Bailey (Hallsville, TX),* and a passed ball.
 
 
Sojka racked up four RBIs on two hits for Panola.
 
Paris' lineup had no answer for Bailey. Paris managed just one hit off of
Bailey, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out eight during
his five innings of work.
 
Panola built upon its lead with three runs in the third. An error
scored *Chandler
Morris (The Woodlands, TX)* for the inning's first run. That was followed
up by Sojka's triple, bringing home McKinney and McCurdy.
 
 
 
 
*Game #3 *A awesome effort by *Colby Price (Nederland, TX)* spurred Panola
to an 11-5 win over Paris in game three on Sunday in Paris, TX.
 
Price blasted two home runs for Panola. Price went 3-5 in the game with two
RBIs and four runs scored. Price homered in the first and third innings.
 
The offense exploded for the Panola in the fourth. In the inning Panola
scored seven runs. Panola scored in the fourth on an error, an RBI single by
 *Jansen McCurdy (White Oak, TX)*, an RBI single by *Hector Morales (Royal
Palm Beach, FL),* a bases loaded walk by *Landon Marshall (Huntington
Beach, CA),* and a three-run triple by *Pierce Hollister (Dickinson, TX).*
 
Panola hit three home runs in the win. Home runs for Panola came when Price
homered in the first and third innings and McCurdy homered in the eighth
inning.
 
*Miguel Ausua** (Penueals, PR)* got it done on the mound on the way to a
win. He allowed two runs over four innings. Ausua struck out three, walked
none and gave up three hits.
 
 
Panola went up for good in the first, scoring one run on a solo home run by
Price.

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Pound Day 2016


 
 
“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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Disaster Unemployment Aid Amended to add 4 more Counties


Disaster Unemployment Aid Amended to add 4 more Counties
 
Workers affected in April storms may now apply for assistance
AUSTIN – Victims affected by the April 17-24 storms of severe weather, including destructive flooding, may now apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) in four counties as a result of Amendment No. 1 to the Presidential Disaster Declaration (FEMA 4269-DR). Workers who lost their jobs and self-employed individuals who have been unable to work due to storms in Austin, Colorado, Waller and Wharton counties may apply for DUA. Applications for DUA for these four counties must be submitted by June 2, 2016.
Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) website contains more information about Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Individual Assistance provides affected residents and businesses access to federal disaster aid programs including unemployment benefits for self-employed individuals or workers who temporarily lost their jobs because of the disaster.
Individuals affected by the severe storms in these counties can apply for benefits online through Unemployment Benefit Services or by calling a TWC Tele-Center, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at
800-939-6631. Individuals should specify that their applications are related to the damage caused by severe storms and flooding in one of the counties listed in the disaster declaration. In these designated areas, affected individuals can find the nearest FEMA DRC by entering their zip code in the Disaster Recovery Center Locator.
Applications for DUA filed after the June deadline will be considered untimely, unless the individual provides good cause for applying late.
DUA, which is unemployment insurance benefits made available especially for victims of disaster, is available to individuals who: 
•        Have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits from any state, or do not qualify for unemployment benefits
•        Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment in the disaster area 
•        Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster
•        Establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income
•        Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster
•        Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of household
To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be mailed or faxed within 21 days from the day the DUA application is filed. Required documentation includes Social Security number, a copy of the most recent federal income tax form or check stubs, or documentation to support that affected individuals were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred
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Send documentation to: Texas Workforce Commission, UI Support Services Department, Attn: DUA, 
101 E. 15th St., Room 354, Austin, TX, 78778-0001, or fax it to 512-936-3250.
Job seekers may visit or contact Texas Workforce Solutions offices for access to job-search resources, job postings and training programs, as well as assistance with exploring career options, resume and application preparation, career development and more. Customers may also connect with potential employers through TWC’s online job-search website at WorkinTexas.com.

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2016 Agriculture Education Day Coming Soon


2016 Agriculture Education Day Scheduled
 
The 2016 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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State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $2.4 Billion in April


State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $2.4 Billion in April
 
(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said today that state sales tax revenue in April totaled $2.38 billion, up 3 percent compared to April 2015.
 
“Growth in sales tax revenue was led by remittances from the retail trade and construction sectors,” Hegar said. “As expected, receipts from oil and gas-related sectors continued to fall due to the ongoing decline in drilling activity.”
 
Total sales tax revenue for the three months ending in April 2016 is down 0.8 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Sales tax revenue is the largest source of state funding for the state budget, accounting for 56 percent of all tax collections. Motor vehicle sales and rental taxes, motor fuel taxes and oil and natural gas production taxes also are large revenue sources for the state.
 
In April 2016, Texas collected the following revenue from those taxes: 
 
motor vehicle sales and rental taxes — $250 million, down 31.9 percent from April 2015;*
motor fuel taxes — $302.9 million, up 3.2 percent from April 2015; and
oil and natural gas production taxes — $147 million, down 36.1 percent from April 2015.
 For details on all monthly collections, visit the Comptroller’s Monthly State Revenue Watch.
 
*State motor vehicle sales taxes are remitted to county tax assessor-collectors who in turn remit them to the state. To cover the costs of collecting these taxes, counties are permitted to retain 5 percent of the preceding year’s collections. This tax retention occurs during one month each year and results in lower-than-usual state revenues for the month in which counties retain their 5 percent. Counties retained that amount in April this year, but did so in May last year. This resulted in a sharp drop in April 2016 collections compared to April 2015; whereas May 2016 is anticipated to show a large gain compared to May 2015.

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San Augustine, Texas Weather Summary for April 2016


San Augustine, Texas Weather Summary for April 2016
 
 
The following San Augustine, Texas, Weather Summary is provided to you by Tom Johnson and taken from his weather station site that feeds both the National Weather Service (MD5632) & the Weather Underground (KTXSANAU6). You can view the location as it now has a webcam operational.  
 
April 2016 - Temperatures
- The 28th was the warmest daytime reading at 88.4 degrees @3:43pm. 
- The coolest/High temp day was 66.3 degrees on the 3rd @10:30pm.
- The warmest evening came in at 70.8 degrees on the 25th @11:59pm.
- The coolest evening temp was 36.9 on the 3rd @6:36am.
 
           April 2016 - Rain
- In the rain department, we closed out April above normal by .28 inches with 4.25 inches of rainfall.
- The month had 15 days with at least .01 of an inch
- The month had 14 days with at least .10 of an inch
- There was 1 day with 1 inch or more of rainfall.
- The 20th was the wettest day with 1.89 inches of rain
- April’s 4.25 inches places us above normal for Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/ in 2016. 
- The 38 year annual average after last year is 50.87 inches a year.  We are at 20.19” or…. +2.89” for 2016 at this point in the year.
- Norman Neel in the North part of SA County put 6.64 inches in his rain bucket with 2.71 coming with this last event. His neighbor to his North recorded ¾” hail stones.
-KTXBROAD2 reported 7.66 inches of rain for the month of April.
-I will send our other updates as I get them from our rain gauge folks.
 
 
 
April 2016 - Wind 
- April’s 30 days rather calm wind speeds hourly average was .6 MPH.
- During the month we had 27 of those days with gusts exceeding 10 MPH. Most associated with cold fronts. Three of those days had 20+ mph gusts.
- A total of 15 days of wind from E/N/NNE & 15 days of wind from the S/SW which is our normal wind direction during the month of April.
- We had one gust of 24 MPH from the NE on the 30th at 12:42 AM.
 
 
April 2016 - Pollen
- The pollen rebirth was comprised of Cedar, Juniper, grasses, weeds, all of our tree varieties, and all the rainy, warm weather brought back our old standby…mold in Extreme levels…..11,000 parts per million…Whew!
- We are already at a 10.2 out of 12 index level.  This was due to the rain and a rather warm mean temperature of 67.6 degrees for April. 
 
- The pollen is continuing to cause respiratory issues at high rates here in San Augustine County. When mowing and trimming use eye and respiratory masks to reduce inflammation.
 
 
April 2016 - Other
- Mosquitoes’ are out in force due to standing water from all the rain and flooding. Take precautions to protect you, your family, and pets.  I have been using an alternative to using sprays with “DEET”. The brand is SAWYER and it contains no DEET, but rather Picaridin at 20%. It is known to have less side effects than DEET and seems to work well for me.
 
- The Spring Storm Season will still be with us during the Month of May…do you have your contingency plans in place with your family and friends?
 
 
 
REMEMBER: “We should always be prepared for the worst, but expect the best”.  
 
  Also, Hurricane season begins June 1st and runs through the month of November.  The 2016 season is anticipated to be a more active year in the Atlantic due to El Nino winding down and La Nina beginning to reform. I will have more on this next month as the hurricane season gets into full swing.
 

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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 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.
 

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Joaquin SPORTS UPDATE


JHS Rams vs. Chireno Bi-District Playoff Game Series will be played as
follows: Game 1 - Friday, May 6th, 5:00 pm, Game 2 - Friday, May 6, 7:00
pm, Game 3 to be played on Saturday at 11:00 am, if necessary. All games
will be played at West Sabine ISD.
 
The Joaquin Lady Rams vs. Chireno Area Playoff Game will be held on Friday,
May 6th, 6:00 pm at West Sabine High School.

 

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Joe's Car Spa Charity


Need a Car Wash?  Joe’s Car Spa will be donating $5 per car to Shelbyville High School Project Graduation for every car that comes through their automatic car wash on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.  Students, Teachers, Parents, Grandparents, and Friends, get out and get your car washed and support Shelbyville High School Seniors!  Big thanks to Joe’s Car Spa!

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Timpson Bear Update


Timpson ISD Bear Update
5/2/2016
 
Weekly Calendar of Events –
 
Mon. May 2 – TISD Early Voting for Trustee Election and Facilities
--------------------- Bond Election from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the TISD
--------------------- Administration Building Boardroom
 
Tues. May 3 – Last day to Early Vote 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
-------------------- Algebra I EOC/STAAR A
 
Wed. May 4 – Biology EOC/STAAR A
 
Thurs. May 5 – U.S. History EOC/STAAR A
--------------------- THS Book Club Meeting in Library @ Lunch
 
Fri. May 6 – Senior Excursion
------------------ End of third week of 6th six weeks
 
Sat. May 7 – TISD Trustee Election and Facilities Bond Election in THS  ----------------- Gym Foyer – 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
 
Spring Basketball League - The Timpson Junior High  Lady Bears have been competing in the Cushing basketball spring league. They are working hard and improving their sportsmanship, team work, and basketball skills. Proud of these Lady Bears!!! Last game will be Thursday May 5th<https://webmail.timpsonisd.com/owa/UrlBlockedError.aspx> in Cushing.

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Shelbyville Lady Dragons Regional Champions!


Shelbyville Lady Dragons Regional Champions!
 
 
Girls 2A Region III Track and Field Champions
 
State Qualifiers...
Bailey Rabalais 2nd in Discus
Keana Osby 1st in 800
4x200 Relay 1st, Hannah Hall, Kyra Ross, Keanna Osby, Cleosha Jeter
4x400 Relay 1st, Hannah Hall, Kyra Ross, Keanna Osby, Cleosha Jeter

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Hawthrone Missionary Baptist Church BBQ Plate Lunch Sale


Hawthrone Missionary Baptist Church BBQ Sandwhich plate lunches for sale on the square on May 6th $7 each.

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Boil Water Notice Lifted for Shelbyville


The Boil Water Notice is no longer in effect for Shelbyville.

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