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Center Boys Baseball Interview


 

 

 

The Center Boys Baseball team is going to the World Series in Laurel Mississippi.  They will being having a road block fund raiser on the Center City Square tommorrow 10-1 and then 3-6pm.  

 

 

 

( left to right Jase Bird, Collin Jones, and Jasson Mitchell)

 

 

 

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Center Substitute Orientation


 

Center ISD will be holding their annual Substitute Orientation on Wednesday,
August 3rd from 8 AM to 12 Noon at the High School Library. All district
substitutes are required to attend to be ready for the upcoming school
year. For more information or questions please contact Holly Mikesh, HR
Officer, at 936-598-5642.

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sassy red’s bakery and Margaret’s Lamb & Lion Bookstore RELOCATION ribbon cutting


 

 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors invite the public to join them at a relocation ribbon cutting for Sassy Red’s Inc., on Thursday, August 11 at 2:00 p.m. at their new location at 1000 Tenaha Street in Center.  Refreshments will be served.

Sassy Red’s Bakery has relocated and merged with Margaret’s Lamb and Lion Bookstore to become Sassy Red’s Inc.  They offer daily confections as well as special order items, Christian books, Bibles, music, and gifts.

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

 

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Li Rider Punt


 

Girls and Boys from kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to the
second annual Punt, Pass and Kick camp at 6 p.m. on August 11 at the
Roughrider Stadium.
 
The Varsity Football Team and coaching staff will work with participants on
throwing, kicking, catching, agility drills and more.
 
The camp is FREE and sponsored by the Center Athletic Boosters
 
Please see the attached flyer for more details.
 
*Questions? Call Athletic Secretary, Stephanie Bowman at 936/598-6173 ext
2231*

 

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*Panola College men's basketball announces their 2016 recruiting class*


 

*Panola College men's basketball announces their 2016 recruiting class*
 
Carthage, TX - Panola College head men’s basketball coach Grant McMillan
has announced their 2016 recruiting class. This past year the Panola men
won the most games in school history registering 24 wins. Last year’s squad
made it to the Region 14 Conference Championship Game and featured four
division-one signees. The Ponies will return four players off of last
year’s squad. Tyonte Robertson (Cincinnati, OH) Devyn Wilson (Brooklyn, NY)
Tope Arikawe (Nigeria) and Chan Williams-Bey (Hartford, Connecticut) all
made multiple starts last year. Panola finished the season 24-9 and spent
one week in the NJCAA national poll.
 
“We identified high character kids who had the same vision of our program
as our staff does. All eight of our new players bring something different
to the table. With the addition of several transfers we immediately gain
valuable experience. This league is one of the top leagues in the country
and our guys know that they must raise their expectations every day.”
Stated McMillan. “I wish it was August 22nd already, I am beyond excited to
get rolling.” He added.
 
This will be McMillan’s second year at the helm of the men’s basketball
year. He is assistant by second year assistant Adam Blaylock and new
assistant Justin Green.
 
 
 
Keith Hayes – 5’11” – Little Rock, Arkansas – SO
 
This past year he played in 26 games for Lowell making three starts. He
netted a career high 20 points against LIU-Brooklyn. KJ scored in double
digits on six separate occasions while averaging 6.6 points a game. One of
the best players to come out of Little Rock, KJ as a three time all-state
recipient at McClellan high school. KJ was a state champion as well as the
5A player of the year
 
 
 
TJ Killings – 5’11” – Bridgeport, Connecticut – FR
 
TJ was named an All-Stater in Connecticut during his senior year at Harding
High School in Bridgeton, Connecticut. He averaged over 18 points a game
his senior year. This past season he played for Believe Prep in Rock Hill,
South Carolina. Killings had a ‘Killer’ season as he was named one of the
top combo guards in the country.
 
 
 
Eric McGill – 6’3” – Memphis, Tennessee – SO
 
Eric played his freshman year at Southeast Missouri State. This past year
he played in 27 games for SEMO making 13 starts. He netted a career high 20
points against Murray State. Eric scored in double digits on seven separate
occasions while averaging 7.0 points a game. Known as one of the top
scorers in Memphis, he starred at Bartlett High School. He was a two time
all-state and all-district player while averaging 20 points a game in high
school.
 
Marlon Taylor – 6’6” – Mt. Vernan, New York – FR
 
Marlon just finished up a prep year at Forest Trail Academy in
Kernersville, North Carolina. Marlon starred for Mt. Vernon High school
where he led his team to the New York Section 1 Class AA state championship
and 19-4 record. He was named to the All-tournament team as well as
tournament MVP. His senior year he averaged 14 points and 9 rebounds a game.
 
 
 
KJ Byers – 6’7” – Charlotte, North Caroline – SO
 
KJ played his freshman season at Iowa Western Community College. This past
season he averaged 3.7 points per game while shooting 40 percent from the
three point line. While attending Charlotte’s Phillip O Berry High School,
KJ averaged a double-double for the season averaging 16 ppg while grabbing
10 boards a contest. Those numbers earned him all conference honors for
head coach Maurice Jones’ Cardinals.
 
Joel Tshimianga Muamba – 6’8” – Montreal, Canada – SO
 
Joel played his freshman year at Northwest Wyoming College. As a freshman
he averaged 13.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He had a career high 27
points against Little Big Horn College. While in high school he starred for
Thetford Academy. North Pole Hoops has him ranked as the 35th best Canadian
player for the class of 2015.
 
Bryson Lockley – 6’8” – Houston, Texas – RFR
 
Bryson just finished up his freshman year at Santa Clara where he
redshirted this year. Lockley starred at Cy Fair High School where he
averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds a game his senior year. He was a four
time academic all-conference recipient. Bryson has made appearances on the
Guy Lewis Top 50 player in Texas list on multiple occasions.
 
Pernell Adgei – 6’7” – Dumfries, Virginia – SO
 
Pernell played his freshman year for Loyola-Chicago in the Missouri Valley
conference. He appeared in nine games and made one start. Scored 11 points
and chased down 13 rebounds last season. Prior to college he did a prep
year at the prestigious Fishbourne Military Academy. While in high school
he starred at John Paul the Great High School where he was honored as part
of the DMV Elite All-Northern Virginia Team.
 

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AgriLife Extension and Chamber of Commerce Health Care Committee to Kick-Off Worksite Wellness with Shelby County Fit Challenge


 

 AgriLife Extension and Chamber of Commerce Health Care Committee to Kick-Off Worksite Wellness with Shelby County Fit Challenge 
 
On Monday, August 1st, The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Shelby County office and Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Health Care Committee will kick-off an individual and worksite wellness challenge for the county.  The eight-week challenge,  called Shelby County Fit begins on September 10th with a free 5K Fun Run or Walk with electronic devices or cell phone apps.  
Dust off those walking shoes and join in as we “Walk Across Texas!” Recruit a team of up to eight people or sign up as a solo walker and compete with other teams and individuals to see who can walk the most miles over eight weeks from September 10 – November 4, 2016.   The goal is to walk at least 900 miles either as a team or individual (the distance from Center to El Paso) in eight weeks.  You can walk around the park, your neighborhood, at the gym, wherever your feet will take you to meet the goal.  That’s only a little over 16 miles per week or 2.5 miles per day per eight-member team!
Entry fee is a minimum of five cans or other non-perishable food per person to be given to the Shelby County Outreach Ministries food pantry.  The event is open to the public, both adult and youth.  Eight-member team captains will be given a free “Keep Calm and Walk On, Walk Across Shelby County” t-shirt.  Additional t-shirts can be purchased by team members for $12 each.  
To register your team or as an individual walker stop by the Extension office, 200 San Augustine Street (active courthouse annex building, directly across from The Pizzeria), Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to pick-up your enrollment packet.  Deadline to register is Friday, August 26th.  So, form a team of 8, choose your team captain, register your team beginning August 1st, order your shirt and walk on, Shelby County!
Participants will be able to check how their team is doing compared to other teams on the Walk Across Texas website.  To be eligible for prizes, participants must submit verification of physical activity or miles walked on a weekly basis through use of an electronic device or smart phone activity app.
The competition will begin on Saturday, September 10th with an optional, free 5K Fun Run and Walk.  The Don’t Give Up Now event is scheduled on Saturday, October 8th in conjunction with the East Texas Poultry Festival CASA 5K Chicken Fun Run/Walk.  We will wrap up the 8-week program on Thursday, November 4th with a celebration event, prizes for the team that walks the most miles, the individual that walks the most miles, the most unique team name, and door prize drawings for all participants that complete the event. 
Shelby County Fit Walk Across Texas, sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is a fun, flexible, and FREE way to encourage people to exercise.  For more information, call Jheri-Lynn McSwain, CEA-FCS at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Shelby County at 936-598-7744 or email at jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu.
 

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Joaquin Football Schedule


 

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Book Signing in San Augustine


 

Author Valerie Kimes Book Signing Event
 
WHEN: 2016-08-09
 
TIME: 2 pm – 4 pm
 
WHERE: Imogene's Cafe & Home Bake Goods, 129 E Columbia St, San Augustine, TX 75972
 
WHAT: Kimes, a resident of San Augustine, TX, will be available to sign copies of her book, So You Want to Live In the Country Do You?
 
I opened the gate to the pasture and let Ms. Russell, my Jack Russell Terrier, out. As I turned around, I spotted something very strange. Something with a white mouth was staring at me, and its mouth was wide open! My brain knew right away what it was, the infamous water moccasin! My body froze! I didn't panic, after all I knew this day was coming. I could feel it in my bones. Now what?

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Center Volleyball Schedule


 

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2016 Center High School Football Program Student Tributes


 

2016 Center High School Football Program Student Tributes 
 
Dear Parent/Guardians,
The Athletic Department is teaming up with Txtreme Promotions to produce our 2016 Football Program. Please show your support for our athletes and other student groups by purchasing a personal ad for your student.
The following are the sizes and prices at discounted rates:
100% of your student ad $ will go directly to the CISD Athletic Booster Club.
1/8 page - $50.00 ½ page - $150.00
¼ page - $100.00 Full Page - $200.00
 
 Txtreme will design your student ad free of charge if you need assistance.
 You will need to email the pictures and text you would like in the ad.
 We will design the ad and email the ad proof to you for your approval.
 All ads are full color.
 
The deadline for Txtreme to help with the designing of your student ad is July 15, 2016.
If you design your own student ad, Txtreme will accept your ad until August 1, 2016.
Please email your information to: txtreme@txtreme.com or feel free to call, 281-852-5955 ext. 105
Phillis will be happy to assist you with any questions you might have.
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO:
CENTER ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB
Please mail payments to:
Center High School Athletic Department
658 Roughrider Drive
Center, TX 75935
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
 

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2016 CENTER ROUGHRIDER FOOTBALL RESERVED SEAT TICKET SALES


 

 
2016 
CENTER ROUGHRIDER FOOTBALL 
RESERVED SEAT TICKET SALES
 
 Annual Season Ticketholders may purchase their tickets
Monday, August 1st thru Friday, August 12th 
8:00 am - 12:30 pm. OR 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm. 
 All remaining Reserved Seat Tickets will be available for purchase beginning the Monday, August 15, 2016
8:00 am - 12:30 pm OR 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm.
 Tickets will be sold @ Center High School in the Roughrider Athletic Office.
 Season Ticket Cost - $25.00
 
Any questions, contact Stephanie Bowman, 
Athletic Office Administrator @ 936 – 598 - 6173
 

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HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE


 

HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE
Being offered by Shelby County Game Warden Anthony King and Center FFA
 
DATE: Saturday, August 27th
TIME: 9am-2pm
LOCATION: Center High School Library & Cafeteria (signs will lead you to parking lot)
TO PRE-REGISTER: Please e-mail jessica.shadix@centerisd.org with your name, age, and phone number
Course Fee: $20-cash only ($15 for course, $5 for meal)
Bring with you: snacks, drinks, and all online printed quizzes. 
Meal will be provided by: Jason Pyles with Good Times Smoke House
Special Guest: Kirk Sanford with Dependable Arms will present Firearm Safety
 
 
Every hunter (including out-of-state hunters) born on or after Sept. 2, 1971, must successfully complete a Hunter Education Training Course. Minimum age of certification is 9 years of age.
If you were born on or after September 2, 1971 and you are:
under 9 years of age, you must be accompanied.
age 9 through 16, you must successfully complete a hunter education course, or you must be accompanied.
age 17 and over, you must successfully complete a hunter education course
 
Course Details:
Online Course + Field Course – is ideal for adult hunters who have been shooting and/or hunting for a number of years or an older youth who has an adult hunting/shooting mentor. The online course may be challenging for some youth without adult assistance. ALL YOUTH 12 AND UNDER MUST HAVE AN ADULT ACCOMPANY THEM TO THIS COURSE.
 
PART 1: Online Process:
Go to: tpwd.texas.gov
Click one of the Online Coursework options: (3 options)
Click: Start the course Now >>
Study the Online Course web pages. 
At the end of each page, click through to the next page. Take the quizzes at the end of each chapter and immediately print out the results before continuing. 
Use a current Outdoor Annual (available wherever hunting licenses are sold) or refer to the digital Outdoor Annual to complete the Texas Regulations quiz.
PART 2: Attend and pass the Field Course. 
Please take the printed results of your quizzes with you to your testing site to show that you took and passed the online course.
If you have any questions or need help with any portion of this class, please feel free to contact me!
 
Jessica Shadix
Center High School Agriscience Teacher/Center FFA Advisor
jessica.shadix@centerisd.org
 

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Local Veteran going to be on TV


 

Mr. A. J. Procell of Joaquin was interviewed by Channel 3 News from
Shreveport yesterday.  Mr. Procell is a World War II Navy Veteran who served
aboard the USS North Carolina and was in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945 and
witnessed the signing of the formal Japanese surrender.
 
His interview is scheduled to air Sunday evening, July 31st on the 9 and 10
o'clock news.  Be sure to watch or record.
 

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Changes to DETCOG meeting schedule change


 

*DETCOG to Hold Public Hearings in Center on Transit Needs*
 
 
 
*            Jasper, Texas –* The Deep East Texas Council of Governments
(DETCOG) will be holding a series of public hearings to gather input on the
region’s transit needs.  Anyone interested in commenting on specific
transit needs in their community, and transit providers, should attend or
submit written comments.
 
            The first public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, August 3,
2016 at 10 a.m. in the conference room of the* First United Methodist
Church, *located at 211 Porter Street in Center, Texas 75935.
 
            The second public hearing will be held later that same day on
Tuesday, August 3, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in the *True Vine Baptist Church*, 302
Ironosa Rd, San Augustine, TX 75972.
 
            The third public hearing is scheduled later that afternoon on
Tuesday, August 3, 2016 at 4 p.m. in the meeting room at *Independence
Manor, *located at 836 Ridgeview Drive in Nacogdoches, Texas 75961.
 
            In addition to written and oral comments taken at the public
hearings, written comments may be sent to Bob Bashaw, DETCOG Regional
Planner, at the DETCOG office at 210 Premier Drive, Jasper, Texas 75951.
Those comments must be received before 5 p.m. Friday, August 12, 2016.
 
            Information and comments gathered at the hearings and submitted
in writing will be used in developing a proposed transit plan for the 12
county DETCOG Region.  Those counties are: Angelina, Houston, Jasper,
Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby,
Trinity and Tyler.
 
            The Deep East Texas Council of Governments will provide for
reasonable accommodations for persons attending Deep East Texas Council of
Governments functions. Requests from persons needing special accommodations
should be received by Deep East Texas Council of Governments staff 24-hours
prior to the function. The public hearing will be conducted in English and
requests for language interpreters or other special communication needs
should be made at least 48 hours prior to a function.  Please call (409)
384-5704 for assistance.
 
For additional information about the hearings you may also contact Bob
Bashaw at the Deep East Texas Council of Governments at (409) 384-5704 ext
5302 or bob.bashaw@detcog.org .
 
 
 
 
 
For more information contact: Bob Bashaw, DETCOG Regional Planner
 
                                                  Phone (409) 384-5704 ext
5302
 
                                                  Fax (409) 384-5390
 

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Minutes of Special School Board Meeting


 

Minutes of Special School Board Meeting
July 25, 2016
 
 
 
1  The Joaquin ISD School Board met tonight in special session at 6:00 p.m. in the Joaquin Boardroom 
with the following members present:  Chrisco Bragg, Ronnie Belrose, Thomas Harvey,  Tam Hearnsberger and Jimmy Hamilton (Present video call)
 
§551.127-A governmental body may use a video conference call to hold an open or closed meeting and a member or employee of a governmental body may participate remotely in a meeting of the governmental entity by means of a video conference call if that participation complies with the requirements and provisions of this section.
 
 
Board members absent: Bill Mason, Jr. and Jeff Cater
 
Guest(s) Present:  Colleen Doggett, East Texas Press
 
Joaquin ISD Employee(s) Present:  Phil Worsham, Superintendent; Joel Bumback, Director of Finance
 
     Chrisco Bragg, President, called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
 
2  The invocation was led by Chrisco Bragg, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America 
    by Thomas Harvey, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag was led by Ronnie Belrose.
 
3  Agenda Items for discussion, consideration, and possible action:
 
3.1  It was moved by Ronnie Belrose, and seconded by Tam Hearnsberger, to approve the minutes from 
       previous meeting.  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.
 
3.2  It was moved by Tam Hearnsberger, and seconded by Ronnie Belrose, that, due to the final certified 
       property values being more than the certified preliminary estimates, we lower the Interest & Sinking tax 
       rate by $0.0309 and the adoption of a tax rate per hundred dollars valuation of  $1.17 for Maintenance and 
       Operations (M&O), of $0.5573 for Interest and Sinking (I&S), for a total rate of $1.7273, and furthermore, 
       that if a majority of voters approve the $1.7273 total tax rate in a tax ratification election, in order to 
       reduce the I&S tax rate by $0.13, that we adopt  a tax rate of $1.17 for Maintenance and Operations, of 
       $0.4273 for Interest and Sinking, for a total rate of $1.5973.  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the 
       motion.  The vote was 5 for and 0 against with 2 board members absent.  Motion carried.
 
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The next regular meeting for the Board of Trustees of Joaquin ISD is August 15th, 6:00 p.m.
 
 
With no further business on the agenda the meeting was adjourned at 6:08 p.m. 
 
 
 
 

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*DETCOG to Hold Public Hearings in Center on Transit Needs*


 

*DETCOG to Hold Public Hearings in Center on Transit Needs*
 
 
 
*            Jasper, Texas –* The Deep East Texas Council of Governments
(DETCOG) will be holding a series of public hearings to gather input on the
region’s transit needs.  Anyone interested in commenting on specific
transit needs in their community, and transit providers, should attend or
submit written comments.
 
            The first public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, August 9,
2016 at 10 a.m. in the conference room of the* First United Methodist
Church, *located at 211 Porter Street in Center, Texas 75935.
 
            The second public hearing will be held later that same day on
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in the *True Vine Baptist Church*, 302
Ironosa Rd, San Augustine, TX 75972.
 
            The third public hearing is scheduled later that afternoon on
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 4 p.m. in the meeting room at *Independence
Manor, *located at 836 Ridgeview Drive in Nacogdoches, Texas 75961.
 
            In addition to written and oral comments taken at the public
hearings, written comments may be sent to Bob Bashaw, DETCOG Regional
Planner, at the DETCOG office at 210 Premier Drive, Jasper, Texas 75951.
Those comments must be received before 5 p.m. Friday, August 12, 2016.
 
            Information and comments gathered at the hearings and submitted
in writing will be used in developing a proposed transit plan for the 12
county DETCOG Region.  Those counties are: Angelina, Houston, Jasper,
Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby,
Trinity and Tyler.
 
            The Deep East Texas Council of Governments will provide for
reasonable accommodations for persons attending Deep East Texas Council of
Governments functions. Requests from persons needing special accommodations
should be received by Deep East Texas Council of Governments staff 24-hours
prior to the function. The public hearing will be conducted in English and
requests for language interpreters or other special communication needs
should be made at least 48 hours prior to a function.  Please call (409)
384-5704 for assistance.
 
For additional information about the hearings you may also contact Bob
Bashaw at the Deep East Texas Council of Governments at (409) 384-5704 ext
5302 or bob.bashaw@detcog.org .
 

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*DETCOG to Hold Public Hearings in San Augustine on Transit Needs*


 

 
*DETCOG to Hold Public Hearings in San Augustine on Transit Needs*
 
 
 
*            Jasper, Texas –* The Deep East Texas Council of Governments
(DETCOG) will be holding a series of public hearings to gather input on the
region’s transit needs.  Anyone interested in commenting on specific
transit needs in their community, and transit providers, should attend or
submit written comments.
 
            The first public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, August 9,
2016 at 10 a.m. in the conference room of the* First United Methodist
Church, *located at 211 Porter Street in Center, Texas 75935.
 
            The second public hearing will be held later that same day on
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in the *True Vine Baptist Church*, 302
Ironosa Rd, San Augustine, TX 75972.
 
            The third public hearing is scheduled later that afternoon on
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 4 p.m. in the meeting room at *Independence
Manor, *located at 836 Ridgeview Drive in Nacogdoches, Texas 75961.
 
            In addition to written and oral comments taken at the public
hearings, written comments may be sent to Bob Bashaw, DETCOG Regional
Planner, at the DETCOG office at 210 Premier Drive, Jasper, Texas 75951.
Those comments must be received before 5 p.m. Friday, August 12, 2016.
 
            Information and comments gathered at the hearings and submitted
in writing will be used in developing a proposed transit plan for the 12
county DETCOG Region.  Those counties are: Angelina, Houston, Jasper,
Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby,
Trinity and Tyler.
 
            The Deep East Texas Council of Governments will provide for
reasonable accommodations for persons attending Deep East Texas Council of
Governments functions. Requests from persons needing special accommodations
should be received by Deep East Texas Council of Governments staff 24-hours
prior to the function. The public hearing will be conducted in English and
requests for language interpreters or other special communication needs
should be made at least 48 hours prior to a function.  Please call (409)
384-5704 for assistance.
 
For additional information about the hearings you may also contact Bob
Bashaw at the Deep East Texas Council of Governments at (409) 384-5704 ext
5302 or bob.bashaw@detcog.org .
 

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TRASH AND RECYCLE DUMPSTERS IN SAN AUGUSTINE


 

TRASH AND RECYCLE DUMPSTERS IN SAN AUGUSTINE

 

 

THERE WILL BE A TRASH DUMPSTER
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2016
BESIDE CITY HALL ON RR STREET
 7 AM UNTIL FULL 
NO OIL
NO FREON
NO PAINT
NO BATTERIES
NO TIRES
NO REFRIGERATORS
NO COMPUTER EQUIPMENT
NO DUMPING OUTSIDE THE DUMPSTER
 
THE RECYCLE DUMPSTER WILL BE HERE
 AUGUST 6TH - AUGUST 12TH
IT WILL BE LOCATED DOWNTOWN IN FRONT OF THE GAZEBO
 
 

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COMMISSIONERS’ COURT SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS


 

 
 
COMMISSIONERS’ COURT
SPECIAL MEETING
SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS
 
 
Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 25th day of July, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
 
 
1. Approve and pay monthly expenses.
 
2. Public Comments on Agenda items.
 
3. Consider and possibly approve Precinct 3, Road and Bridge, to repay $200,000 to General Fund and adjust budgets accordingly.
 
4. Consider and possibly approve 2 line item transfers in County Clerk budget.
 
5.   Discuss and possibly approve Resolution in Support of the U.S. Highway 96 Expansion Coalition.
 
6. Julianna Gonzales to request help maintaining Private Road 106 in Tenaha.
 
7. Sherry Riley to give a report on business at the Veterans’ Service Office and the Historic Courthouse.
 
8. Discuss and possibly take action to retain or remove local optional fees for Chapter 502 of the Transportation Code for the Calendar year 2017.
 
9. Tax Assessor-Collector Continuing Education Transcript to be presented to the Court for evidence of compliance with Texas Property Tax Code Sec 6:231(d).  No action needed.
 
10. Debora Riley to discuss and possibly take action to end or renew contract with Computer Information Concepts.
 
11. Consider adopting the Declaration of Disaster and Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning.
 
12. Consider and approve the renewal of the group health plan for the 2017 Plan Year.
 
13.   Adjourn
 

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Center City Council Meeting


 

The Center City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 5: 00 p.m.
in the City Hall Council Room at 617 Tenaha Street. The following items are on the agenda
for appropriate action:
I. Welcome guests and visitors.
II. Approval of Minutes of the Regular Meeting on July 11, 2016.
III. Consider Discussion and Possible Action on the following:
A. Resolution 2016- 19— Adopting Shelby County Hazard Mitigation Plan.
B. Resolution 2016-20— Approve Final Payment Pinkston Generator Project.
C. Resolution 2016-21 — Center Police Department National Incident Based
Reporting System( NIBRS) Grant.
D. Award Grant Management Contract for 2016 HOME Grant.
E. Republic Services Inc. Consumer Price Index Rate Adjustment.
F. Appointments:
1. Planning& Zoning Commission.
2. Zoning Board ofAdjustments.
G. Authorize Police Department Special Projects.
1. K9 Unit.
H. Preliminary Budget Discussion.
IV. Items of Interest from Council and City Manager, and Citizens—No Action Items.
V. Executive Session
Consider entering executive session for legal consultation with the City Attorney and
discussion of pending litigation, personnel matters and land acquisition with possible
action related thereto upon reconvening in open session in accordance with Local
Government Code Section 551. 071, 551. 072 and 551. 074
VI. Adjournment

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VFW looking for relatives of a veteran


 

The local VFW is looking for a relative of WW II and Korean War Veteran Willie Edward
Windham.  Mr. Windham has been missing in action in Korea since August 12,
1950.  With our upcoming program on Wednesday, July 27th  commemorating the
63rd Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice will honor his service and
sacrifice.  They would like to make a presentation to any relative of his.
Contact me at 598-2976 or chief@chiefimaging.com
<mailto:chief@chiefimaging.com> .
 
 
 
 
 
Larry Hume
 
VFW Post 8904 Quartermaster
 
CMSgt, USAF (Retired)
 
Vietnam Veteran 1966 - 1967
 

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Panola College Named "Great College to Work For" 5th Year in a Row by The Chronicle of Higher Education


 

*Panola College Named "Great College to Work For" 5th Year in a Row by The

Chronicle of Higher Education *
 
Panola College was once again named a great college to work for, according
to a new survey by *The* *Chronicle of Higher Education*, a top trade
publication for colleges and universities. This is Panola College’s fifth
consecutive year to receive this outstanding award. The results in *The
Chronicle’s* ninth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a
survey of 46,000 employees of 281 colleges and universities. Panola College
was among only 25 two-year institutions in the nation that applied for the
program and achieved “Great College to Work For” recognition.
 
According to the *Chronicle’s* criteria, Panola College won honors in 10 of
the 11 two-year college categories studied. These included:
 
   - Collaborative Governance
   - Compensation & Benefits
   - Confidence in Senior Leadership
   - Facilities, Workspace & Security
   - Job Satisfaction
   - Professional/Career Development Programs
   - Respect and Appreciation
   - Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship
   - Teaching Environment
   - Work/Life Balance
 
As a result of achieving recognition in so many different areas, Panola
College was also listed on the *Chronicle’s *“Honor Roll” as a stand out
college in its size category.
 
“Panola College is extremely pleased to be recognized by *The Chronicle of
Higher Education* as one of only 12 community colleges in the nation to be
named to the 2016 Honor Roll as a Great College to Work For, said Dr. Greg
Powell, President of Panola College. “I think that this award speaks highly
of our Board of Trustees, the faculty, staff, and administration that this
is the fifth consecutive year to receive this national recognition.”
 
The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an
institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies, and
a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support
staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received
recognition was the employee feedback.
 
To administer the survey and analyze the results, *The Chronicle* worked
with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has
conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of
thousands of employees nationwide.
 
“Nine years in, The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For program is well
known as a mark of a college or university that puts thought and effort
into serving the needs of its faculty and staff,” said Liz McMillen, editor
of *The Chronicle*. “The colleges and universities that make the list are
highly rated by their employees for creating great working environments, an
important achievement that helps them recruit top academic and
administrative talent.”
 
“It’s easier to be a great workplace during good times, but it’s when times
are tough that the commitment to workplace quality really gets tested,”
said Richard K. Boyer, principal and managing partner, ModernThink LLC.
“And those institutions that measure up during times of economic hardship
reinforce their already strong cultures and put even more distance between
them and their peer institutions for whom they compete for talent.”
Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected
workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to
view all the results of the survey, visit *The Chronicle’s* Web site at
http://chronicle.com/AW16.

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Junk in the Trunk Trade's Day


 

It's a Back to School Season Junk in the Trunk Trade's Day Event!!
Antiques, arts and crafts, and other vendors are encouraged to come!  We
welcome you to participate or just shop!    Rent a space for  $5.00 and sell
items out of your car.   Come on up,  grab breakfast at one of the downtown
food vendors and enjoy the Back to School Season with friends, family, and
new acquaintances in downtown San Augustine!   The event is in downtown San
Augustine around the courthouse square.   It takes place on Saturday August
6 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  
 
 
 
  
 
Call Tracy @ 936-201-9798 for more information.

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Joaquin School Board Meeting


 

Special Meeting of the Joaquin Independent School District Board
 
 
Notice is hereby given that on the 25th day of July 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  An executive session will be held for the purpose of having private consultation with the Board’s attorney 
when the governmental body seeks the advice of its attorney about pending or contemplated litigation or a settlement 
offer, or on a matter in which the duty of counsel to his client, under the Code of Professional Responsibility of the 
State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with the Act.
§551.072  Deliberation of 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.
§551.073 Deliberation of a negotiated contract for a prospective gift or donation to the governmental body 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  Deliberate the appointment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or 
employee; or to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee.
§551.076 Deliberate the deployment, or specific occasions for implementation, of security personnel or devices.
§551.082 Deliberate a case involving the discipline of public school child or complaint or charge brought against an 
employee of the School District by another employee and the complaint or charge directly results in a need for a hearing.
§551.0821 Deliberate a matter regarding a student or students where personally identifiable information about students 
will necessarily be revealed by the deliberation.
§551.083  Deliberate the standards, guidelines, terms or conditions the board will follow, or instruct its representatives to 
follow, in a consultation with a representative of an employee group.
§551.084  Exclusion of witness from hearing.
§551.127  A governmental body may use a video conference call to hold an open or closed meeting and a member or 
employee of a governmental body may participate remotely in a meeting of the governmental entity by means of a video 
conference call if that participation complies with the requirements and provisions of this section.
§551.129 A governmental body may use a telephone conference call, videoconference call, or communications 
over the Internet to conduct a public consultation with its attorney in an open meeting of the governmental body or a private consultation with its attorney in a closed meeting of the governmental body.
 
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 ATTACHED
 
 
JULY 25, 2016 AGENDA
 
 
 
1     Roll call, establishment of quorum, call to order – Joaquin ISD may have one member via 
       video conference call – Texas Government Code Section 551.127 (See Attached Code)
 
2     Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance
  
3     Agenda Items for consideration and possible action:
3.1 Minutes from previous month’s meeting
3.2 Consider Lowering 2016 Interest & Sinking Tax Rate
 
4     Adjournment
 

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Tiger Weekly


 

Tiger Weekly
 
 
 
Summer Hours - 7:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Thursday. (The Week of Monday, July 25th, the Administration Office will be closed for maintenance) 
 
 
 
It is that time of year again, Tenaha Tiger Hall of Honor !!!
 
2016 Induction Year
 
 
 
Inductees:  Four Categories
 
A.     Alumni
 
B.     Athletes
 
C.     Educators
 
D.     Supporters
 
 
 
Inductees may be nominated five years after graduation or have given five years of service to Tenaha ISD.
 
 
 
Class of 2016:  1-2 Honorees nominated by at least 3 TISD Alumni as chosen by the Hall of Honor Committee and approved by the Tenaha Independent School District’s Board of Trustees.
 
 
 
Selection Committee:  Five person committee (2 rotating board members with annual terms and 3 resident Alumni Members) The 2016 members are Brenda Farmer, Carolyn Scull, Bo Morris, Mike Ogden, and David Fallin.
 
 
 
The 12th annual induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the TISD Cafetorium.  
 
All inductees will be introduced to the community during the pre-game ceremony prior to the homecoming game between the Tenaha Tigers and the Grapeland Sandies at a time yet to be determined. 
 
          
 
Timeline:
 
 
 
July 5, 2016                   Nomination forms available (In the Admin Office or on Website)
 
August 12, 2016            Deadline for submitting nominations to Tenaha ISD
 
August 16, 2016            Selections announced
 
October 22, 2016           Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony 
 
                                      Tenaha Tigers vs. Grapeland Sandies 
 
 
 
Nominations to the Hall of Honor must be made by former Tenaha High School Alumni.
 
 
 
We have a few annuals from the years past that we would like for those who missed out or have lost theirs to have.
 
1990; 1992; 1994; 1998; 2000; 2001; 2005-2006; 2006-2007; 2008-2009; 2009-2010; 2010-2011
 
If you would like one of these please contact the administration office at 936-248-5000 ext. 201
 
A small donation would be appreciated and applied to the annual fund but not necessary. Thanks, Ms. Lucas
 
 
 
 
 
Tenaha Youth Center-(936) 332-3581
 

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Hastings is Closing


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Tenaha Notice of School District Regular 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, August 1, 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. Public Comment
3. Reports from the Administrators (a.) Scott Tyner, Superintendent (b.) Judy Monroe, 6-12 Principal, Linda Jacobs, EE-5 Principal (1.) District STAAR/EOC Results
(c.) Craig Horn, Athletic Director
4. District Investment Reports
5. Consider for Approval Renewing the Contract for Audit by Goff & Herrington, P.C.
6. Consider for Approval the 2016 Certified Tax Appraisal Values
7. Consider for Approval the Annual Tax Collections Report
8. Consider for Approval the Anticipated Tax Collection Rate for 2016
9. Consider for Approval the Excess Debt Collection for 2015
10. Consider for Approval the 2015-2016 Certified Delinquent Tax Roll
11. Consider for Approval to Reschedule August 15, 2016 Regular Board Meeting Until August 22, 2016
12. Consider for Approval the Proposed 2016 School Tax Rate
13. Consider for Approval Calling a Public Hearing to Discuss the 2016-2017  School District’s Budget and the 2016 Proposed Tax Rate ( Indebtness & Service; Maintenance & Operation)  for August 22, 2016 at 5:15 pm
14. Consider for Approval 2016 – 2017  Fuel, Bread, Milk, Produce, Snacks, and Cafeteria Food and Non-  Food Item Bid Awards
15. Consider for Approval the Minutes of Previous Meeting(s)
16. Consider for Approval the 2016-2017 Student Handbook
17. Consider for Approval the 2016-2017 Student Code of Conduct
18. Consider for Approval the SHAC Committee Members
19. School Board Workshop: Review and Propose 2016-2017 Board Goals
20. District Employees and Officers
(a.) Employment, Resignations, New Hire, and/or Discipline
(b.) Benefits Conversion Addendum to Superintendent’s Contract
21. Comments by Board Members
22. 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, Texas Gov’t Code, Chapter 551, Subchapters D and E.
This notice posted at 1:30 p.m. July 21, 2016.
 
 
Scott Tyner, Superintendent of Schools
 

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Joaquin ISD 2016-2017 Substitute Training and Orientation


 

Joaquin ISD 2016-2017 Substitute Training and Orientation
 
Substitute Training and Orientation has been set for August 4th, 2016 at
1:00 p.m. for anyone interested in a substitute position at Joaquin ISD.
The training will be held at the back of the high school in the Annex
building.   Please complete an online application before the orientation if
you have not already done so by going to our website www.joaquinisd.net,
employment opportunities, and following the instructions to create an
account and apply for the job.
If you have any questions please contact Donna Vergo, dvergo@joaquinisd.net
or (936)269-3128 ext. 225
 

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President/CEO named for Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce


 

 

 
 
NACOGDOCHES, TX – The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce board of directors announced C. Wayne Mitchell, IOM, as the organization's President/CEO. 
 
"The Chamber CEO Search committee reviewed over 40 applications to fill the position," Chairman Rusty Rust said. "I am pleased we were able to attract Wayne for the position. He brings a vast knowledge of the operations of Chambers of Commerce and leadership skills that I believe will be a great addition to our Chamber and to Nacogdoches County."
 
Mitchell comes from Augusta, Maine, where he served as President and CEO of ProdComm, a company he founded in 1991. ProdComm provided management and consulting services to Chambers and associations nation-wide. He is a motivational speaker, has facilitated hundreds of strategic planning sessions and authored more than 50 educational programs for the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute Program including the "The Chamber Professional."
 
"I had the honor of serving as President and CEO of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce in Augusta from 1984 through '89," Mitchell said. "During my time there we were successful in doubling the Chamber membership, adding many new programs including the Kennebec Leadership Program, and many new services to benefit the membership."
 
Mitchell is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Organizational Management, and he served on the institute faculty for 22 years. "During that time I had the opportunity to provide education programs to thousands of Chamber CEOs and staff across the country," he said. "I have conducted hundreds of strategic planning sessions for Chambers and associations, and I have a sense of awareness of the challenges that these organizations face today."
 
Mitchell and wife Bonnie will relocate to Nacogdoches as soon as possible, and he expects to begin working full-time with the Nacogdoches County Chamber by Aug. 15. 
 
Bill Teague, the Chamber’s Interim President/CEO since Oct. 1, 2015 said, “The Search Committee has been diligent, and I look forward to helping a smooth transition for the Chamber. Wayne’s a highly qualified Chamber Executive and we’re glad to have him and his wife here.”
 

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Book Signing


 

Book Signing with Ms. Mary Hellen Brown at Nettie's Nook and Sandwhich Shop. 

 

 

(Ms. Nettie on the Left, Ms. Brown on the Right)

 

 

 

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Police are Thankful for Donations


 

 

 

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40th EAST TEXAS POULTRY FESTIVAL SEEKS ARTS & CRAFTS VENDORS


 

Planning is underway for the 40th East Texas Poultry Festival presented by Farmers State Bank, which will take place October 6-8 on the historic downtown Center square, with co-chairmen, Jim Sawyer and Josh Payne, leading the steering committee. According to Polly McKissick Montemayor, Arts and Crafts Committee Chair, vendor applications are being accepted at the Shelby County Chamber office until Friday, August 12.  To receive an application and a copy of the guidelines call the Chamber office or go online at www.shelbycountychamber.com. Gold Sponsors for the Festival are City of Center and Tyson Foods.
 
The fee for the rental of a 10' x 10' booth is $125.  Each booth includes a canopy and an electrical outlet.  Booths must be manned continuously during the hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. all three days of the festival.  First time exhibitors are asked to send three color photographs showing merchandise that will be in the booth.  The Arts & Crafts committee will select the vendors based on the type and quality of merchandise and notify them of their selection on Wednesday, August 17.
For an application to be received by mail or electronically or questions, call Shelby County Chamber of Commerce 936-598-3682 or email info@shelbycountychamber.com.
 

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Car Wreck in Angelina


 

Angelina County, TX- On July 19, 2016, at approximately 11a.m., Angelina
County DPS troopers responded to and investigated a crash involving multiple
vehicles on SH 103 West at Joshua Lane.
The preliminary crash investigation indicates a 2013 Ford passenger car was
stopped on SH 103 waiting to turn left onto Joshua Lane when it was struck from
behind by a 2006 Dodge pick-up towing a livestock trailer. After the initial
collision, both vehicles crossed the eastbound lanes of SH 103 into oncoming
traffic. The Dodge truck and trailer were then struck by an eastbound 2003 Mack
dump truck. As a result of this impact, a tire from the Dodge’s trailer broke away
and struck a 2011 Chevrolet truck.
The driver of the Ford passenger car was identified as Ashli Baldridge, 32, from
Lufkin. Baldridge and her small child were transported to CHI St. Luke’s in Lufkin
for possible treatment for her child. The driver of the Mack truck was identified as
Elizabeth Albro, 51, from Livingston. Albro was also transported to CHI St.
Luke’s for possible treatment. The driver of the Dodge pickup was identified as
Cody Lane Wright, 21, from Lufkin. Wright was transporting a horse that did not
survive the crash. The driver of the Chevrolet that was struck by the trailer tire was
identified as Eric Brevard, 34, from Lufkin. Neither Wright nor Brevard were
reported as being injured.
 

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Joaquin School Board Meeting Minutes


 

 
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
 
THE JOAQUIN SCHOOL BOARD CONDUCTED A PUBLIC MEETING AT 5:30 P.M. ON MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016 IN THE BOARDROOM AT THE JOAQUIN ISD ADMINISTRATION BUILDING.  THE PURPOSE OF THIS MEETING WAS TO DISCUSS THE PROPOSED TAX RATE FOR 2016.  
Present at the hearing was Mrs. Billie Jean Kay, Chrisco Bragg, Tam Hearnsberger, Thomas Harvey, Jeff Cater, Bill Mason, Jr., Joel Bumback, Donna Vergo, Phil Worsham, Jimmy Jackson
 
Minutes of School Board Meeting
July 18, 2016
 
1  The Joaquin ISD School Board met tonight in regular session at 6:00 p.m. in the Joaquin Boardroom 
with the following members present:  Chrisco Bragg, Tam Hearnsberger, Ronnie Belrose, Thomas Harvey, Jeff Cater, Bill Mason, Jr., and Jimmy Hamilton
 
Board members absent: 
 
Guest(s) Present: None
 
Joaquin ISD Employee(s) Present:  Phil Worsham, Superintendent; Joel Bumback, Director of Finance; Jimmy Jackson, High School Principal; Terri Gray, Jr. High Principal; Donna Vergo, Human Resources
 
     Chrisco Bragg, President, called the meeting to order at 6:11 p.m.
 
2  The invocation was led by Ronnie Belrose, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America 
    by Chrisco Bragg, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag was led by Tam Hearnsberger.
 
3  Audience Participation – Those signed up and participating were:  None
 
4  Report and Information items:
4.1 Review Monthly Financial Reports – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance
4.2 SHAC Report – Jennifer McCann, Administrative Assistant
4.3 Review Handbooks – Employee & Student – Principals and Donna Vergo, Human Resources
4.4 TASB Update 105 vantage points
4.5 Correspondence
 
5  Agenda Items for discussion, consideration, and possible action:
5.1  It was moved by Tam Hearnsberger, and seconded by Jeff Cater, to approve minutes from previous 
month’s meeting.  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.
5.2  It was moved by Tam Hearnsberger, and seconded by Ronnie Belrose, to approve the District Code-Of-
Conduct for 2016-2017 School Year (See Attachment).  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the 
motion.  It carried unanimously.
5.3  It was moved by Bill Mason, Jr., and seconded by Thomas Harvey, to approve the 2016-17 Compensation 
Plan.  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion (See Attachment).  It carried unanimously. 
5.4  It was moved by Ronnie Belrose, and seconded by Bill Mason, Jr., the adoption of a tax rate per hundred 
dollars valuation of  $1.17 for Maintenance and Operations (M&O), of $0.5882 for Interest and Sinking (I&S), for a total rate of $1.7582, and furthermore, that if a majority of voters approve the $1.7582 total tax rate in a tax ratification election, in order to reduce the I&S tax rate by $0.13, it is moved to adopt a tax rate of $1.17 for Maintenance and Operations, of $0.4582 for Interest and Sinking, for a total rate of $1.6282.  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.
5.5  It was moved by Jimmy Hamilton, and seconded by Bill Mason, Jr., to adopt Order for Tax Ratification 
Election – Tuesday, August 30, 2016 (See Attachment).  Following discussion, a vote was taken on 
the motion.  It carried unanimously.
 
 
6  The board entered closed session in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government 
    Code Section §551.074 and §551.127 at 7:09 p.m. on July 18, 2016. 
 
6.1 Resignations, hiring and Contracts–Texas Government Code Section 551.074 and 551.127 
(See Attached Code)
 
6.1.1  Resignations
6.1.2  Teacher positions
 
7  The board entered open session in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act at 8:18 p.m. on  July 18, 
    2016.  Agenda Items for discussion, consideration, and possible action: 
 
7.1 Resignations, hiring and Contracts 
     
7.1.1  It was moved by Bill Mason, Jr., and seconded by Tam Hearnsberger, to accept the letter of 
resignation from Lynn Parrish and the letter of retirement from Selisha Cockrell.  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried  unanimously.
      7.1.2  It was moved by Jeff Cater, and seconded by Ronnie Belrose, to approve  
the recommendation of the Superintendent to hire Duston Brown on a one year probationary contracts subject to assignment upon being released from his present contract.  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.
7.1.3  No action taken on authorizing Superintendent to hire teachers necessary before school begins
 
8  Chrisco Bragg, Board President, asked for items to be placed on the next board agenda.  
Personnel
 
9  Designation of date and time of next meeting of the meeting (s) of the Board of Trustees of the 
Joaquin ISD – Regular Monthly - August 15th, 6:00 p.m.
                         Special Meeting – August 29th, 5:30 p.m. 
 
10  With no further business on the agenda the meeting was adjourned at 8:22 p.m. 
 
 

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Book Signing


 

Mary Helen Brown will be at Nettie's Nook & Sammich Shop for her  "Headed for Home" book signing, Wednesday, July 20th from 3 p.m.  - 6 p.m. The lunch special that day will be "Dirt Dobber Dogs" and for desert a  Pear Salad (those who have read the book will understand the pear salad  dessert!).
Lunch hours in the Sammich Shop, located at 109  Shelbyville St. on the downtown square, is 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Book signing will commence at 3 p.m. but Mary Helen may be here earlier than that.We  look forward to having everyone come to visit with Mary Helen,  purchase a copy of her book or bring the copy they've already purchased  for Mary Helen to sign 
and make "personal."

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Flags at Half Staff


 

The President of the United States has issued a proclamation ordering the
flag of the United States continue to be displayed at half-staff from now
until sunset on Friday, July 22, 2016 as a mark of respect for the victims
of the attack on police officers perpetrated on Sunday, July 17, 2016, in
Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
 

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2016 Comal County Shotgun Invitational


 

              2016 Comal County Shotgun Invitational
 
 
The 16th annual Comal county shotgun invitational was held at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio July 16-17.  
 
This shoot had over 350 kids from across Texas participating and is known as the State Warm up shoot.  
Shelby County was represented by four 4h shooters.   Hagan Craig, Lance Holloway, Colton Gutermuth & Logan Holloway.  
 
Results are as follows;
 
Junior division:
Hagan Craig placed 5th in Skeet & 5th in Whizbang.  
 
Intermediate division:  
Lance Holloway placed 5th in Whizbang. 
 
Senior 1 Division:  
Logan Holloway placed 1st in sporting clays 
High Point Overall (HOA) in the Senior I Category was Logan Holloway.
 
 
We would like to say Congratulations on a job well done representing Shelby County.
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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KOREAN WAR ARMISTICE 63nd ANNIVERSARY


 

HEROES REMEMBERED
KOREAN WAR ARMISTICE 63nd ANNIVERSARY
 
On June 25, 1950, the North Korean Army began an offensive to invade South
Korea that resulted in the capture of the republic's capital, Seoul, within
four days. The United States, the United Kingdom and other members of the
United Nations moved to actively defend South Korea - an effort that would
last until July 27, 1953, when negotiations concluded and fighting finally
ended.
 
To commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who served in the Korean
War, Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the
Ladies Auxiliary will host a Wreath Laying at the Veterans Memorial on the
grounds of the Historic Courthouse in Center on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
at 10:00 a.m.  The names of Shelby County Veterans killed in action/missing
in action during the Korean War will also be read.  All Korean War Veterans
and the public are cordially invited.  
 
If you can attend the program and are a Korean War Veteran or the relative
of a Korean War Veteran who has passed, VFW Post 8904 would like to
recognize and present you with a certificate of service.   Call Post
Quartermaster Larry Hume at 598-2976 or email
<mailto:chief@chiefimaging.com> chief@chiefimaging.com with the veteran's
name and who will be attending for the presentation.

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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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Flags at Half Staff


 

The President of the United States has issued a proclamation ordering the
flag of the United States to be displayed at half-staff from now until
sunset on July 19, 2016.   Remember to lower all flags that are being flown
with the US Flag as no flag should be higher.  Flags that cannot be lowered
can have a black cord or ribbon tied to the top of the staff to show
respect.

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Food Handler’s Training Course to be Offered


 

The “Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER)” was revised, updated and was effective October 11, 2015.  A major change in the revision now requires ALL food employees to complete an accredited food handlers training program within 60 days of employment, effective September 16, 2016.  
 
A food handler’s course, accredited by the Texas Department of State Health Services, is being offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.  Food Safety:  It’s In Your Hands will be offered by the Shelby County Extension Office on Thursday, August 25, 2016, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the active Shelby County Courthouse, 2nd floor community room in Center, Texas 75935. 
 
This two-hour course is highly recommended for all food service employees to promote the service of safe food.  The course is a basic overview of food safety practices that are necessary to ensure that safe food is served at your establishment.  Practices discussed include good personal hygiene, cross contamination, and time and temperature abuse.
 
To register for this course, contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent at 936-598-7744 or jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu.  The cost is $25 per person (check or money order) and must be paid in full before the course begins.  The class is taught in English but Spanish handouts are available if requested in advance.  You can also complete your food handler’s card online at www.foodsafetyonline.tamu.edu.
 

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CITY OF JOAQUIN CITY COUNSIL MEETING


 

 
The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Monday, July 18, 2016
                         6:30 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
1. Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
2. Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Open Forum
4. Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
5. Monthly Reports:
a. City Secretary
b. Utility Billing Manager
c. Public Works Manager
d. Fire Department
6. Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.
7. Discussion & Council Action on Logansport Water Contract
8. Discussion & Council Action on Electing new Mayor Pro Tem
9. Discussion & Council Action on payment for Fire Department Pump Testing (ISO rating)
10. Discussion & Council Action on purchasing roof for Joaquin Farmer’s Market with Hotel/Motel Tax Funds.
11. Executive Session- Personnel
a. Water Operator employee review.
12. Adjournment.  
IF during the course of the of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda should be held   in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance With the Texas Open Meetings Act, Governmental Code Section 551 and Texas Revised Civil Statutes.
 

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City of Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

CITY OF TENAHA REGULAR CALLED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
July 18, 2016
 
If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda that should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section and Texas Revised Civil Statues.
 
The City Council of Tenaha will meet in regular session on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 5:15 p.m. at the Tenaha Municipal Building located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas.
 
Order of Business:
 
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Pledge and Prayer
4. Welcome Guests / Public Comments
5. Consider Approval for June 20, 2016 Regular Scheduled Council Meeting – ACTION
6. Consider Approval for June Financials – ACTION
7. Consider Approval for Amended Minutes from 7/20/2015 Council Meeting – ACTION
8. BSNF Street Closure Payment Update
9. Review and Consider Approval Of Received Engineering Request For Qualification Packets for 2016 TxCDBG Street Grant– ACTION
10. Review and Consider Approval Of Received Administrative Services Request for Proposal Packets for 2016 TxCDBG Street Grant– ACTION
11. Consider Approval of New City Council Meeting Time – ACTION
12. Closed Session Section 551.074 – (Personnel Matters) – 
a. Review New Compensation Package for City Secretary - Sheryl R. Clark 
b. Discuss/Review New Job Title and Compensation Package for Matt Barton as Director of Public Works.
c. Review Employment Applications Received for Potential New Hire.
13. Return to Open Session
14. Approve New Compensation Package for Sheryl R. Clark.  - ACTION
15. Approve Matt Barton as Director of Public Works and Approve New Compensation Package. - ACTION
16. Department Head Report 
17. Council Comments
18. Adjourn
 

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City of Timpson City Council Meeting


 
Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the governing body of the above named City will be held on the 19th day of July, 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:
 
2. Invocation:
 
3. Pledge: United States Pledge, Texas Pledge             
 
4. Chamber of Commerce:  Chamber of Commerce, presented by Paul Smith.
Thanks to everyone who made Frontier Days 2016 a huge success.
 
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:  Charlotte Broadway will be celebrating a 
birthday on August 12th.
 
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 June 2016, there were 30 citations
                    issued,  35 violations, 3 to juveniles and 2 to minors.  Total amount reported
                    $12,568.81 the City’s portion a 55% estimate of $6,912.85.
 
            D.   City Secretary:  Leslie Leathers reporting that the annual Back to School Event
            will be on August 11th from 4:30-7:00 pm at the Community Building in SoSo Park.
            Kids (accompanied by an adult) will receive a backpack and school supplies.  If you
            would like to donate any supplies please contact Leslie at City Hall.
 
            On August 6th there will be a trash dumpster on RR Ave beside City Hall.  It will
            be available from 7am until it reaches capacity, so come early.  There will also be a                        
            recycle dumpster from August 6-12th located by the gazebo on the square.             
                       
     9.           Consent Agenda:  Items included under the Consent Agenda require little or no 
       Deliberation by the Council.  Approval of the Consent Agenda authorizes the       
       City Secretary to proceed with the conclusion of each item as reflected in the   
       Minutes of this meeting.
 
A.  Consider approval of the minutes of the regular meeting held on June 21st, 2016  
B.  Consider approval of the minutes of the special meeting held on July 5th, 2016
C.  Consider approval of the EDC minutes of the regular meeting held on July 5th, 2016
D.  Consider approval of Financial Statement for the month of June, 2016
E.  Consider approval of Accounts Payable – Unpaid bills for June, 2016 
F.  Consider approval of the TVFD officers/members to purchase a truck for the
  purpose of fighting brush/grass fires from San Augustine Motors based on their bids
  submitted as required.  Copy of bids on file at City Hall and TVFD.  Purchase price
  will be paid in full from TVFD funds.  (The purchase of a new truck was approved
  by Council at the July 5th Special Meeting.)
 
REGULAR AGENDA ITEMS  (10 –13)
 
      10.          Discuss and possibly take action:  Set a date to adopt the preliminary Budget for                                                  
                     Water/Sewer and Electric Departments for 2016-2017. (Deadline for the proposed
                     budgets must be filed with the Municipal Clerk, Leslie Leathers at least 30 days
                     PRIOR to adopting the City Tax Rate and 2016-17 Final Budget and 15 days
                     PRIOR to the Public Hearing on City Budget.)
 
      11.           Discuss and possibly take action:  Resolution of Authority to add City Secretary, 
                     Leslie Leathers to the Volunteer Fire Department Accounts (VFD Now 4636114 
                     and Checking 463221) at Austin Bank.
 
      12.          Discuss and possibly take action:  Consider/approve going through procurement 
                     for administrative services for the FY 2017-2018 CDBG cycle and set a rating
                     committee.
 
      13.         Adjourn:
 

 

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Center ISD School Supplies 4th and 5th grades


 

The 10" binder mentioned on the previous supply list for 4th and 5th grades
was a mistake.  Please see the attached lists for the correction.  Students
will need to purchase a 1.5 inch binder for the 2016-17 school year.

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Joaquin ISD Athletic Department


 

Joaquin ISD Athletic Department is offering physicals for all student
athletes grades 6-12 who did not receive one when they were offered in the
spring.  They will be held on Wednesday, July 20th at 1:00 p.m. in the New
HS Gym.  There is not a fee for the physical, but please bring your
insurance card.
 
High School football practice will begin Monday August 1st.  Athletes need
to report at 4:00 p.m.to the field house.
 

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Joaquin School Board Meeting


 

 
 
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
 
THE JOAQUIN SCHOOL BOARD WILL HOLD A PUBLIC MEETING AT 5:30 P.M. ON MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016 IN THE BOARDROOM AT THE JOAQUIN ISD ADMINISTRATION BUILDING.  THE PURPOSE OF THIS MEETING IS TO DISCUSS THE PROPOSED TAX RATE FOR 2016.  PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE DISCUSSION IS INVITED.
 
 
Regular Meeting of the Joaquin Independent School District Board
 
Notice is hereby given that on the 18st day of July 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  An executive session will be held for the purpose of having private consultation with the Board’s attorney 
when the governmental body seeks the advice of its attorney about pending or contemplated litigation or a settlement 
offer, or on a matter in which the duty of counsel to his client, under the Code of Professional Responsibility of the 
State Bar of Texas clearly conflicts with the Act.
§551.072  Deliberation of 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.
§551.073 Deliberation of a negotiated contract for a prospective gift or donation to the governmental body 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  Deliberate the appointment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or 
employee; or to hear a complaint or charge against an officer or employee.
§551.076 Deliberate the deployment, or specific occasions for implementation, of security personnel or devices.
§551.082 Deliberate a case involving the discipline of public school child or complaint or charge brought against an 
employee of the School District by another employee and the complaint or charge directly results in a need for a hearing.
§551.0821 Deliberate a matter regarding a student or students where personally identifiable information about students 
will necessarily be revealed by the deliberation.
§551.083  Deliberate the standards, guidelines, terms or conditions the board will follow, or instruct its representatives to 
follow, in a consultation with a representative of an employee group.
§551.084  Exclusion of witness from hearing.
§551.127  A governmental body may use a video conference call to hold an open or closed meeting and a member or 
employee of a governmental body may participate remotely in a meeting of the governmental entity by means of a video 
conference call if that participation complies with the requirements and provisions of this section.
§551.129 A governmental body may use a telephone conference call, videoconference call, or communications 
over the Internet to conduct a public consultation with its attorney in an open meeting of the governmental body or a private consultation with its attorney in a closed meeting of the governmental body.
 
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 ATTACHED
AGENDA FOR JULY 18, 2016
 
 
1. Roll call, establishment of quorum, call to order Joaquin ISD shall have one member via video conference call – Texas Government Code Section 551.127 (See Attached Code)
 
2. Invocation and Pledges of Allegiance
 
3. Audience Participation – In accordance with Joaquin ISD Policy BED Local no presentation shall exceed five 
minutes.  Delegations of more than five persons shall appoint one person to present their views before the Board.
 
4. Report/Information items:
 
4.1 Review Monthly Financial Reports – Joel Bumback, Director of Finance
4.2 SHAC Report – Jennifer McCann, Administrative Assistant
4.3 Review Handbooks – Employee & Student – Principals and Donna Vergo, Human Resources
4.4 TASB Update 105 vantage points
4.5 Correspondence
 
5. Agenda Items for consideration and possible action:
 
5.1 Minutes from previous month’s meeting
5.2         District Code-Of-Conduct for 2016-2017 School Year
5.3 2015-16 Compensation Plan
5.4 Adopt Ordinance to set tax rate for 2016
5.5 Adopt Order for Tax Ratification Election – Tuesday, August 30, 2016
 
6. Enter Closed Session
 
6.1 Resignations, hiring and Contracts–Texas Government Code Section 551.074 and 551.129 (See Attached Code)         6.1.1  Resignations
        6.1.2  Teacher positions
 
7. Return to Open Session - Agenda Items for consideration and possible action:
 
7.1 Resignations, hiring and Contracts 
        7.1.1  Resignations
        7.1.2  Teacher positions
  7.1.3  Authorize Superintendent to hire teachers necessary before school begins
   
8. Recommendations for items to be placed on agenda for next Board meeting
 
9. Designation of date and time of next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the 
Joaquin ISD – August 15th at 6:00 p.m.
 
10. Adjournment
 
On this 18th day of July 2014, 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
July 18, 2014
 

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Shelbyville Fish Camp


 

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, August 04, 2016.  This is the date for 
FISH Camp(freshmen orientation) .  All Shelbyville High School incoming freshmen
and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend this orientation.  The orientation
will begin at 12:00 p.m. in the Shelbyville Cafetorium and should conclude at approximately 2:00 p.m.  
 
Information regarding graduation requirements for 2016-2017 incoming freshmen, the high school athletic program, and other high school activities available will be discussed.  Lunch will be served and a tour of the high school campus will be given.
 
 Please make plans for you and your child to attend FISH Camp!
 

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Backpack Drive


 

Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center want the public to donate back packs with school supplies or $25 to help provide children with back packs and get ready for school.  Call them at 590-9864 

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Center ISD Two a Day Practices


 

*Two – a – day Practices*
 
*High School Football & Volleyball*
 
*Grades: Incoming 9 - 12*
 
*August 1st, 2016*
 
*TIME: Morning (TBA)*
 
 
*RIDER “Saddle Up” FOOTBALL CAMP *
Date: July 25-27
Time: 8:00am-10:00am
Age: Incoming 9th graders (2016-2017 Freshmen)
Cost: $30
Location: Roughrider Stadium
 
The camp will give these young men a great jump on fundamentals, teamwork,
and Roughrider Football for the upcoming season, as well as, expectations
of our Program.
 
Send registration to and make checks payable to: Roughrider Athletics Attn:
Barry Bowman 550 Roughrider Drive Center, Texas 75935
 
Contact Coach Bowman for questions at 936-598-6173 ext.2206
 
REGISTRATION FORMS CAN BE PICK UP AT THE ATHLETIC OFFICE LOCATED AT THE
HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS OR DOWNLOADED FROM THE CISD WEBSITE.
 
 
 
*ROUGHRIDER FOOTBALL CAMP:*
 
Date: July 21 & July 22
 
Time: 8:00am-10:00am
 
Age: Incoming 7th and 8th graders
 
Cost: $25
 
Location: Roughrider Stadium
 
The camp will give these young men a great jump on fundamentals, teamwork,
and
Roughrider Football for the upcoming season.
 
Send registration to and make checks payable to:
Roughrider Athletics
Attn: Barry Bowman
550 Roughrider Drive
Center, Texas 75935
 
Contact Coach Bowman for questions at 936-598-6173 ext.2206
*T-SHIRTS WILL BE GIVEN TO EACH PARTICIPANT*
**If you register after July 14th --- register at camp**
 
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Ribbon Cutting At Chicken Express


 

 

 

 

 

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Flags Return to Full Mast


 

Flags should return to full mast as of this morning.

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Summer Lawn Care


 
There are several competing concepts to “care for the environment” while keeping your yard and landscape looking great.  Below I’ll lay out some practices that benefit our environment, saves you time, and keeps money in your pocket all while helping your lawn look good.  
Most people like a beautiful, green lawn and often use more fertilizer and water than necessary.
 
More mowing, extra back-breaking work in bagging grass clippings, and higher water bills often result.  It is a two-step plan that involves not bagging your lawn clippings and watering just once (if possible) each week.  Between March and September, the volume of residential solid waste increases 20 to 50 % due to grass clippings.  During the spring and summer months, grass clippings put extra work on the garbage collection system and use up valuable landfill space.
First, don’t bag up your grass clippings.  By leaving then on the lawn, you won’t have to stop every 10 minutes to empty your mower bag.  Homeowners following this “Don’t Bag It” lawn care plan report they mow their lawns in 38% less time than when they bagged the grass clippings. 
By leaving the clippings on the lawn, you will allow them to work their way back into the soil, recycling itself.  Just imagine a free fertility product that was slow release over the complete growing season and provided all the nutrients your lawn needs.  Indeed, this comes from the lawn clippings.  
 
Grass clippings left on your lawn don’t contribute to thatch, but return valuable nutrients to the soil.  They contain about 4 % nitrogen, 0.5 %phosphorus and about 2 % potassium, as well as all the necessary minor elements plants need. If you want to go the extra mile, you could bag up some of your grass clippings to make an excellent compost for gardens.  Compost use is the best way to improve garden soil because it returns nutrients to the soil and improves the soils physical characteristics.  The second step is changing your watering regimen.  The best time to water is early morning so less water is lost to evaporation.  The worst time to water is in the evening because the lawn stays wet all night.  This mimics the time of day when the lawn is naturally wet from the dew each morning.  Watering at night keeps the leaves wet for a much, much longer time frame and absolutely begs for disease to take your lawn.
 
Water is a needed component for a great lawn.  During the driest period of summer, our lawns usually require about 1 inch of water every 5 to 6 days.   If an irrigation system runs for 15 minutes every other day, you are shortchanging your lawn and not getting the most out of your water bill as well as the investment in the sprinkler system.  Furthermore, lawns watered too frequently tend to develop shallow root systems which make them more susceptible to grub damage.
 
If possible, apply about an inch of water to your lawn all on one day each week.  This will soak the soil far deeper than the same total amount spread out over three applications in a week.  If water runs off the lawn before 1 inch is applied, turn the sprinkler off, let the water soak in for about an hour, and then continue to water later the same morning.  
 
I challenge you to take this approach with your lawn and see if you have a healthier, lower cost lawn with fewer problems. 
 

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Center ISD Board Meeting Minutes


 

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, July 11, 2016 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Center Independent School District Administration Board Room located at located at 107 Private Road 605 in Center, Texas  75935.
 
1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum
 
James Greer called the meeting to order at 6:03 p.m. and declared a quorum.
 
Present: James Greer; John Henry Holloway; Sharon Nelson; Traci Willoughby; Rayford Copelin, Deputy Superintendent; Tammy Lemoine, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction; Betty McDaniel, Director of Finance and James Hockenberry, Superintendent
 
Absent: Daphne LaRock and Dan Wilkins
 
Visitors: Jimmie Johnston, Southwest Foodservice Excellence and Lindsey Tipton, Southwest Foodservice Excellence
 
2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
 
John Henry Holloway gave the invocation and Traci Willoughby led the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
3. Public Comments/Audience Participation
 
None
 
4. Budget Workshop
 
Betty McDaniel conducted the budget workshop with members of the Board revealing more detailed information in the 2016-2017 budget.
 
5. Consent Agenda
 
A motion was made by Sharon Nelson, seconded by Traci Willoughby to approve the consent agenda consisting of the minutes from the regular meeting on June 16, 2016, the June Investment Report (2015-2016), the Tax Collection Report (June 2016), the Financial Reports (June 2016) and highlighting new procedures to approve payments over $50,000.
 
The motion carried 4-0.
 
 
6. Construction Projects Update
 
An update on the construction projects was provided to the Board noting the Center Middle School Field House and Weight Room are completed.  The progress on the tennis courts and agriculture building were discussed.  Dr. Hockenberry encouraged the Board to visit the construction sites.
 
7. Consider Awarding Transportation Fuel Proposals for 2016-2017 School Year
 
Administration received one bid for transportation fuel for 2016-2017 from R&D Distributing, LTD. 
 
A motion was made by Traci Willoughby, seconded by John Henry Holloway to award the transportation fuel for the 2016-2017 school year to R&D Distributing, LTD. 
 
The motion carried 4-0.
 
8. Consideration and Approval to Renew Workers Compensation Policy
 
Deep East Texas Self Insurance Fund has proposed a three (3) year policy (ending June 2019) for workers compensation coverage with no increase in premium 
 
A motion was made by Sharon Nelson, seconded by John Henry Holloway to review the workers compensation policy with Deep East Texas Self Insurance Fund for three (3) years (ending June 2019).
 
The motion carried 4-0.
 
9. Preliminary STAAR Results
 
Dr. Lemoine shared the preliminary STAAR results for the 2015-2016 school year as well as information from TEA regarding the State’s accountability ratings release schedule.  
 
10. Closed Session
 
The Board did not enter into closed session.
 
11. Open Session
 
11.1 District Employees and Officers:  Texas Government Code §551.071, §551.074 and §551.129
 
11.1.1 A motion was made by John Henry Holloway, seconded by Sharon Nelson to accept the following employment report by Superintendent Hockenberry. 
 
Ian Angelo, Teacher/Coach – Center Middle School
Kristine Brown, Teacher – AEP
Lynnette Cortinas, Teacher – Center Middle School
Barry Ford, Teacher/Coach – Center Middle School
Paige Grogan, Instructional Aide – Center Intermediate School
William Hudspeth, ISS Aide – Center Middle School
Paula Keese, Special Education Teacher – Center Intermediate School
Justin Manton, Teacher/Coach – Center Middle School
Lauren Mathieu, Special Education Resource Aide, Center Middle School
Lynn Parrish, Teacher – Center Middle School
Josephine Sutis, Special Education Resource Aide, Center High School
Shedrick Sparks, Police Officer
Amiee Vaughn, RN – Center High School
Michele Whiddon, Teacher – Center High School
 
The motion carried 4-0.
 
11.1.2 A motion was made by John Henry Holloway, seconded by Sharon Nelson to accept the following resignations/retirements as recommended by Superintendent Hockenberry. 
 
Julie Goodwin, CIS Teacher – Resignation
Sarah Martin, CMS Teacher – Resignation
Laura Oates, CMS Special Education Teacher – Resignation
Roque Palomino, CHS Teacher/Coach – Resignation
Heather Williamson, CMS Teacher – Resignation
 
The motion carried 4-0.
 
11.1.3 There were no extended emergency sick leaves to be considered by the Board. 
 
12. Adjournment
 
A motion was made by Traci Willoughby, seconded by James Greer to adjourn the meeting at 7:16 p.m.
 
The motion carried 4-0.
 

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Notice of School District Regular Meeting Reschedule


 

Board of Trustees – Tenaha Independent School District

Notice is hereby given that The Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Tenaha Independent School District Scheduled for Monday, July 18, 2016 beginning at 5:30 p. m. in the Boardroom of the Administration office located at 138 College Street, Tenaha, Texas 75974 is RESCHEDULED to August 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm in the Boardroom of the Administration Office.
 

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Center Police Department is Selling T-Shirts


 

 

 

 

Contact them for t-shirts at: 936-598-2788

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Joaquin High School Registration Dates


 

Joaquin High School Registration Dates and times

 

 
 
*August 17 -  10 a.m - 12 noon   Jr. High (grades 6-8)*
 
 
*                    1:30 - 3:30 pm       Seniors*
 
*August 18 -   9 - 11 am             Juniors*
 
 
*                    1 - 3   pm            Sophomores*
 
*August 19 -    9 - 11 am            Freshman*
 
 

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Shelby County Fatal Car Wreck


 
Shelby County, Texas- July 11 at approximately 8 p.m., Shelby County DPS
troopers responded to and investigated a one vehicle fatality crash on SH 147 about
five miles south of Shelbyville.
 
The preliminary crash investigation indicates a 2002 Kia Optima was traveling
eastbound on SH 147 when the vehicle left the roadway to the left and struck a tree
and flipped, subsequently ejecting the driver.
 
The driver of the vehicle was identified as 49 year-old Carrie Lynn Moore from
Center, TX. Moore was reported as not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash
and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Marla Denby.
This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at
this time.

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Center School Board Meeting


 

The Board of Trustees
Center ISD
Notice of Regular Meeting
July 11, 2016
6:00 PM
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Center ISD will be held July 11, 2016, beginning at 6:00 PM in
the Center Independent School District Administration Boardroom 107 PR 605 Center, TX 75935.
The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below.
Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice.
1. Call Meeting to Order and Establish a Quorum
2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3. Public Comments/Audience Participation
4. Budget Workshop
5. Consent Agenda
5. 1. Minutes
5. 2. Investment Report
5. 3. Tax Office Report
5. 4. Monthly Financial Report
5. 5. Payment Approval
5. 6. Overnight Student Activity Trips
5. 7. Budget Amendments
6. Construction Projects Update
7. Consider Awarding Transportation Fuel Proposals for 2016-2017 School Year
8. Consideration and Approval to Renew Workers Compensation Policy
9. Preliminary STAAR Results
10. Closed Session
10. 1. District Employees and Officers: Texas Gov't Code 551.074
10. 1. 1. Employment of Personnel
10. 1. 2. Resignation/Retirement of Personnel
10. 1. 3. Extended Emergency Sick Leave
11. Open Session
11. 1. District Employees and Officers: Texas Gov't Code 551.074
11. 1. 1. Employment of Personnel
11. 1. 2. Resignation/Retirement of Personnel
11. 1. 3. Extended Emergency Sick Leave
12. 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)]
 

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“AN AMERICAN MAIN STREET”


 
YOU’RE INVITED
 
“AN AMERICAN MAIN STREET”
Join Us in honoring all First Responders, followed by a good old 
American Barbecue and live Patriotic Music
Celebrating the Freedoms We Have-Remembering How We Got and Keep Them
BACKING THE BLUE (let them know with your presence – so important in these times!)
Courthouse Square, Historic Downtown San Augustine, TX 
Patriots’ Day, Sunday, September 11, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
 
Featuring
Ceremonial Recognition to Support & Thank
First Responders/EMT/Fire/Law Enforcement/Game Wardens/Volunteers County Wide
VFW & American Legion Posts
Remembrance of 9-11 victims and those fallen since (moment of silence, Taps) 
 
 
 
Barbecue/cold drinks/homemade desserts and Melodies on Main Street Concert
Local Artists perform a range of American patriotic/traditional music 
 
 
Free to the public - bring the whole Family!
 
Closing Ceremony
Closing remarks, benediction and
Flag-waving closing ceremony with “Proud to be an American”
 
 
 
 
 
Presented by
City of San Augustine Main Street Program
Co-Sponsored by
San Augustine County
San Augustine County Chamber of Commerce
 

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Plans for the US 59 Diboll Relief Route


 

LUFKIN - Plans for the US 59 Diboll Relief Route are progressing with recent approvals of the design schematic and the environmental re-evaluation. TxDOT anticipates beginning right-of-way acquisitions by fall which will total more than 60 parcels of land.
The Diboll Relief Route will improve mobility on US 59 and provide system connectivity for future designation as Interstate 69 (I-69). Prior to right-of-way acquisitions, appraisals and title searches will be completed. Those tasks are already underway.
Only funding for right-of-way acquisitions and design have been approved. There is currently no funding designated for construction. The Diboll Relief Route was identified as a top priority for I-69 development in Angelina County by the citizen-led I-69 Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties Committee.
The environmental process and schematic were first approved in 1999, but designs did not meet current Interstate design standards; therefore, TxDOT in recent years has revised the schematic and prepared the environmental re-evaluation which was presented at an Open House held in Diboll on Jan. 22, 2015.
"With the comments we received from the public at that Open House last year, TxDOT made further revisions to the schematic," said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. "Some of those changes included lengthening several ramps to provide access to landlocked parcels, reconfiguring the south interchange to a more conventional diamond interchange and FM 2108 was extended to the Old Diboll Highway. These changes were approved in June and now right-of-way acquisitions can begin."
Until funding for construction of the Diboll Relief Route is approved, TxDOT will continue to work to develop a long-term strategy to identify funding. These could include federal, state and local resources. TxDOT remains committed to advancing I-69 through Texas, including Angelina County.
 
For more information, contact:
 
Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.OaksDonaldson@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.
 

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Huxley Helping Hands Food Pantry


 

HUXLEY HELPING HANDS

 

HUXLEY HELPING HANDS, A LOCAL MISSION GROUP FROM THE HUXLEY COMMUNITY, ARE HOLDING A FOOD PANTRY FOR THE RESIDENTS OF SHELBY COUNTY. I.D. & PROOF OF RESIDENCEY IS REQUIRED. ONLY ONE (1) BOX PER HOUSEHOLD 

IT WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY 
 
DATE: JULY 16, 2016
 
TIME: SIGN-IN STARTS @ 9:00 AM UNTIL FOOD IS GONE
 
LOCATION: HILLCREST BAPTIST CHURCH
901 SOUTHVIEW CIRCLE 
CENTER TEXAS 
 

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Tenaha ISD Hires New Assistant Band Director


 

 

 

Tenaha ISD recently hired Shannon Landrum as Assistant Band Director.   Mrs. Landrum is a highly qualified band director with a Masters Degree, and 7 years of teaching experience.    Tenaha Director of Bands, Brian Sours, describes the recent hire. “When we realized we would have an opening this year, we sought to find the most qualified assistant band director we could.”  Sours continued “We were specifically searching for an experienced woodwind specialist to complement our current band staff, but also someone that brought the type of experience and pedagogy needed to take our band program to the next level.  We felt that Mrs. Landrum fit the bill in every category.”   Sours ended by saying “In the end, it is always our goal in Tenaha to find the most competent music educators we can to teach our band students.”  Mrs. Landrum will begin teaching Tenaha students during summer band camp which begins on July 25th.  Below is a short bio and picture of Mrs. Landrum.
 
Shannon Landrum is a 2009 Music Education Graduate of the University of Texas- Arlington.  At UTA, she performed with the marching and concert band, was the clarinet section leader, and chapter president of the band-affiliated sorority Tau Beta Sigma.  Shannon is originally from Shawnee, Oklahoma and graduated from Prague High School where she was a three-time small school all-state student. 
Mrs. Landrum recently received her Masters Degree in Education Administration from Lamar University and her band was awarded Sweepstakes in 2015.  Shannon spent several years as an Assistant Band Director in Beaumont, Texas.  While teaching in Beaumont, she was also a Curriculum Writer, a member of the District Education Improvement Committee, and a mentor teacher. She was also a member of the Calvary Baptist Church Orchestra where she met her husband Chris.  Mrs. Landrum is entering her eighth year of teaching and looking forward to becoming a Tenaha Tiger. 
 

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Center City Council Meeting


 

The Center City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 5: 00 p.m.
in the City Hall Council Room at 617 Tenaha Street. The following items are on the agenda
for appropriate action:
I. Welcome guests and visitors.
II. Approval of Minutes of the Regular Meeting on June 27, 2016.
III. Consider Discussion and Possible Action on the following:
A. Resolution 2016- 18— Council Member Jim Forbes.
B. Resolution 2016- 16 Ordering Election. (Enc 1)
C. Resolution 2016- 17 Adopt 2017 Budget Calendar. (Enc 2)
D. Appointments:
1. Planning& Zoning Commission. (Enc 3)
2. Zoning Board ofAdjustments. ( Enc 4)
E. Authorize Police Department Special Projects.
1. Site Improvements. (Enc 5)
2. K9 Unit. (Enc 6)
F. Approve Deep East Texas Council Of Governments Dues. (Enc 7)
IV. Items ofInterest from Council and City Manager, and Citizens—No Action Items.
V. Executive Session
1. Appointments.
Consider entering executive session for legal consultation with the City Attorney and
discussion of pending litigation, personnel matters and land acquisition with possible
action related thereto upon reconvening in open session in accordance with Local
Government Code Section 551. 071, 551. 072 and 551. 074
VI. Adjournment.

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COMMISSIONERS’ COURT SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS


                                                                                                                                                 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 11th day of July, 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 June 13, 2016 Regular Meeting and the June 27, 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. Stephen Arline to address the Court and request larger culverts, repair to existing culverts and road repair on CR 4671.
 
6. Discuss and possibly take action on tabled item regarding Land’s End Subdivision roads.
 
7. Discuss and consider reappointing Mr. John Howard for another term as a member of the Board of Trustees of Burke Center representing Shelby County.
 
8. Kelle Odom to present to the Court the services and qualifications of GrantWorks, Inc.
 
9. Discuss and consider adopting Policies for Deceased Paupers in Shelby County.
 
10. Open bids for the 2001 Dodge pickup and the 2008 Mac Truck owned by Precinct 2.
 
11. Review and possibly approve bond prepared by Farmers Insurance for Constable, Precinct 5.
 
12. Daniel O’Rear to recognize grant income and propose amending the Juvenile Probation budget.
 
13. Debra Riley to request approval for new hire.
 
14. Consider and possibly approve tabled request from Stephen Shires to rent office space in the Courthouse Annex until December 31, 2016.
 
15.   Adjourn
 
 
 
 

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Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Dallas, Texas


 

The President of the United States has issued a proclamation ordering the

flag of the United States to be displayed at half-staff from now until
sunset on July 12, 2016.   Remember to lower all flags that are being flown
with the US Flag as no flag should be higher.  Flags that cannot be lowered
can have a black cord or ribbon tied to the top of the staff to show
respect.
 
 
 
See the proclamation here:
 

 

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Interview with the 2016 National Watermelon Queen & Whatamelon Festival - Video News


 

 

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What-A-Melon Festival 5K and Watermelon Queen


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DRINKING AND DRIVING WITH A CHILD


 

Angelina County, TX- July 5 at approximately 7 p.m., Angelina County DPS conducted a traffic stop on a 1984 Jeep on SH 103 west for a traffic violation. The driver was identified as Robert Wayne Adams, 35, from Pollok, TX. The trooper reportedly observed multiple signs of intoxication. Adams performed poorly on the standardized field sobriety tests and was taken into custody for Driving While Intoxicated with Child Passenger due to having a five year old unrestrained child in the vehicle at the time of the stop. The child was released to family member. Adams was transported to the Angelina County Jail and charged with DWI w/Child and released to the jail.

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40th East Texas Poultry Festival seeks Quilters, Canners and Photographers


 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Poultry Festival steering committee announces that plans are underway for the 40th East Texas Poultry Festival, presented by Farmers State Bank, is slated for October 6, 7 & 8.  The festival features several events that showcase artistic talent.

 
The 11th Annual Quilt Show, sponsored by Scull Timber, held in the Historic Courthouse and the 2nd Annual Can-A-Rama held in the First Ladies In Texas Building on the downtown square Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  The open photography show, sponsored by Vieux Carre’ Photography, will be held at Dr. Randy Collard’s Vision Source next to the RIO Theatre from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m all three days.
 
The Chamber’s steering committee ask that local and area talent begin preparing for these events so that Shelby County talent can be recognized.  Please visit the Chamber website, www.shelbycountychamber.com, for a complete list of the rules and regulations for each event along with entry forms.
 
For more information please contact the Chamber at 936-598-3682 or email at info@shelbycountychamber.com  
 

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2016


 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2016
 
 
"NOAH'S ARK: Working Toward God's Promises"
 
Toledo Bend Baptist Church and Shelbyville United Methodist Church are excited about VBS this year!
 
Join us Friday through Saturday, July 15 - 17 at Toledo Bend Baptist Church in Huxley for this incredible event.
 
Completed Pre-K through completed 7th grade.
 
Music, games, snacks, worship, Bible stories, arts & crafts, petting zoo, and MORE!
 
Registration forms will be available at each church and at the Registration night of July 8 at Toledo Bend Baptist Church.
We will be showing the movie "Evan Almighty" and offering movie snacks this night starting around 6:30pm.
 
Our schedule will be:
Friday, July 8: Registration & Movie night
Friday, July 15: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, July 16: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday, July 17: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Copyright © 2016 Shelbyville United Methodist Church, All rights reserved. 
Thank you for receiving church emails to keep up with prayers, events, and activities. 
 
Our mailing address is: 
Shelbyville United Methodist Church
252 FM 417 West
PO Box 306
Shelbyville, TX 75973
 

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Break in at Adams Electric


 
On Monday July 4, 2016 at approximately 9:55pm an unknown black male went to
Adams Electric located at 502 Rail Road. There the suspect cut the lock from
the gate gaining entrance in to the back lot. The suspect then pried open
the back doors and entered the building. The suspect disabled one inside
surveillance camera but failed to locate other cameras in the building. The
suspect then took an assortment of tools, jugs of Freon used for air
condition units and then fled out the same way he entered.  The Center
Police Department Detectives Division is asking for the public to review the
still shots from the surveillance camera to see if they could identify the
suspect. Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for
information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call
Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at
www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All
calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid
on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.

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PANOLA COLLEGE OFFERS CDL TRAINING


 

The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education division is offering

CDL training in partnership with Lufkin Truck Driving Academy.  The
training program is from July 11 – August 5, 2016, and will meet Monday
through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Shelby College Center.  The
cost of the class is $4,300.00 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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“An American Main Street” in San Augustine


 
The City of San Augustine Main Street Program and its co-sponsors will again host “An American Main Street” on Sunday, Sept. 11th on the square in downtown San Augustine.  The event will recognize and honor all area First Responders, Law Enforcement, Military Service Organizations, Emergency and Volunteer agencies county wide.  The free to the public event will include Patriotic Music and a good ole American barbecue!  The time is set for 2 to 4 PM so as not to interfere with church attendance.  So mark your calendars and plan to be there to express your appreciation and cheer on our responders. 

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Frontier Days


 

 

 

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2016 What-A-Melon Festival Schedule of Events


 

 
Wednesday, July 6th
The Shelby County Ministers' Fellowship has organized a night of fellowship and praise with gospel music on the stage starting at 6pm until the festival closes at 10pm. Performances to enjoy are Jeff and Norine Spring; Christina Smith; Bro. Alvin Davis and Open Door Church; Rev. Robert Gipson and Mt. Zion C.M.E. Church; Rev. Karen Jones and First United Methodist Church; Leigh Porterfield; Patti Pustka and First Baptist Church; and Bishop W.C. Martin and Bennett Chapel Church.
5:00pm - Opening Ceremony (Official Watermelon Cutting)5:00pm - Rides Open and Vendors Open ($20 Arm Bands, 5:30pm to 10:30pm)6:00pm - Shelby County Ministers' Fellowship has the stage until 10pm, Gospel music, Praise, and Worship10:00pm - Festival Closes
 
Thursday, July 7th
5:00pm - Rides Open and Vendors Open ($20 Arm Bands, 5:30pm to 10:30pm)5:00pm - WAM Largest Watermelon Weigh-In (Top 3 will be on display remainder of festival)7:00pm to 10pm - Pine Hill Review featuring the Pack of Strays10:00pm - Festival Closes
 
Friday, July 8th
5:00pm - Rides Open and Vendors Open ($20 Arm Bands, 5:30pm to 10:30pm)5:30pm - Sign up for Pet Show (No farm animals, pets only)6:00pm - WAM Pet Show7:00pm - Strong Trimph Church7:30pm - Prince of Peace Church8:30pm - East Texas Community Choir (till 9:30pm)10:00pm - Festival Closes
 
Saturday, July 9th
Carla Lynn Penney, of Vienna, Georgia, was crowned the 2016 National Watermelon Queen during the annual National Watermelon convention in New Orleans, Louisiana in February. Carla will represent the National Watermelon Association at the 2016 Shelby County What-A-Melon Festival.  She will be attending all of the Saturday events, beginning with the What-A-Melon Crawl 5K! Her trip to the East Texas What-A-Melon Festival is sponsored by Wiggins Farms.
 
 
7:00am - WAM Fun Run7:30am - WAM 5K Run/Walk10:00am - WAM Pageant3:00pm - Rides Open and Vendors Open ($20 Arm Bands, 5:30pm to 10:30pm)3:00pm - Car Show in FBC parking lot4-5 pm - Seed Spitting Contest and Speed Eating Contest5:00pm - Watermelon Decorating Competition Judging begins7:30pm - Haley Hass10:00pm - Festival Shuts Down
Arm bands will be available for each night of the festival for the rides and are $20 for 5:30pm to 10:30pm. Admission buttons are good for entry to the festival all four days. Adult buttons are $5 each. Children five and under get in free. Thanks you for your help publicizing the What-A-Melon Festival. The festival is run by the Center Rotary Club and funds raised are donated back to the community during the year.
 

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Car Wreck


 

Shelby County, TX- On July 1at approximately 5:20 a.m., Shelby County DPS
troopers responded to and investigated a two vehicle crash on FM 138, west of
Center. The preliminary crash investigation indicates a 2009 Jeep was traveling
eastbound on FM 138 when it crossed over into the westbound lane and struck a
2012 Dodge pickup. The driver of the Jeep reportedly fled the scene of the crash
and was later located and identified as Robert Lynn Gordon, 34, from Gary, TX.
Gordon was traveling with two passengers, one of which was transported to
Nacogdoches Medical Center in Center for possible treatment. The driver of the
Dodge was identified as Charles Harris, 59, from Center, TX. Harris was also
taken to Nacogdoches Medical Center in Center by private vehicle with unknown
injuries. As a result of the crash Gordon was charged with wrong side road-not
passing, fail to maintain financial responsibility and accident involving damage.
This crash remains under investigation. 

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Joaquin FFA Fundraiser


 

Come help the Joaquin FFA travel to the Texas FFA State Convention in
Dallas, TX and help in the community service effort to provide backpacks
and school supplies to our host city.  The event will be held at First
Baptist Church Haslam from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 8th. 50% of
the proceeds will be used for the Texas FFA Backpack Initiative, with the
other 50% to be used to sponsor our trip to Convention.  For $10 you will
receive a Brisket Sandwich, Chips, Dessert, and Drink. We are taking
pre-orders till Noon on Monday which can be made through our Joaquin FFA
Facebook page or FFA Officers.
 
 

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Timpson City Council Meeting


 

Notice is hereby given that a Special meeting of the governing body of the above named City will be held on the 5th day of July 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. Discuss and possibly take action:  The Council will consider approving the EDC’s 
Bid appointment for the 2016 Street Project.  This includes the repaving of one 
block of Todd, Bremond and Timpson Streets from US 59 to the concrete on Railroad Ave.
  
2. Discuss and possibly take action:  The Council will consider accepting the 
appointment of Debra Smith as EDC Treasurer.
This will be depending on the EDC’s earlier decision.
 
3.     Discuss and possibly take action:  The Council will consider closing the Special Police Account that was approved and opened by the previous Council.
 
4.     Discuss and possibly take action:  The Council will consider approving the EDC
spending $1,000.00 (as budgeted) on entertainment during Frontier Days as allowed
by 4B tax.
 
5. Discuss and possibly take action:  The Council will consider the purchase of a new
phone system for the city office.
 
6. Discuss and take action:  Accept the resignation of Robert Hairgrove as a paid
police officer and change his status to a RESERVE OFFICER for the City of Timpson Police Department effective June30, 2016.  The Council agrees to pay Robert Hairgrove, on or before July 8, 2016, for any hours owed to him for on duty hours or on call hours through June 30, 2016.  Additionally unpaid Vacation hours that are “available for pay” as per the City’s Vacation Policy will be paid to Officer Hairgrove with his final check.  The City of Timpson does not pay for any Sick Time that was not used during the year.
 
7.     Adjourn:
 
 

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Austin Finance holds Relocation Ribbon Cutting


 

Austin Finance was welcomed to their new location at 854 Hurst Street, Suite 110,

in Center by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and community members
on June 9. Pam Phelps, Executive Director, of the Chamber of Commerce welcomed everyone for
 attending and congratulated them on being a community partner and chamber member.
She then introduced  Greg Wilson, President of Austin Finance. "We have been in business for 20 years this year so we are celebrating our anniversary. We've been in Center I believe for eleven years," expressed Wilson. "We love this community; we know a lot of people here. You guys have been fantastic to us and we greatly appreciate it." He introduced the team members: Mike Flood, Regional Manager; Savannah Gerrard, Branch Supervisor; Cindy Sowell, Manager; Debra Espinoza,
Assistant Manager; and Ashley Rooks, Account Manager. For more information contact them at 936-598-6501.

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City of Center to Host State Baseball Tournaments


 
The City of Center invite the public to attend the opening ceremonies of the Texas Youth Regional Tournaments beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1 at the Center Youth Baseball Complex located on Roughrider Dr. Activities for the evening events include games, food and fireworks.
For more information contact the City's Recreation Director, Jason Mitchell, at 

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