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Shelby County Golf Classic


 

Hey, Golfers, have you been itchin' to hit the links?  Well, HURRY and get registered for the Shelby County Golf Classic presented by Shelby Savings Bank, to be held at the Center Country Club next Monday, June 5th.  They have just a few spots left and payment is due today, May 31st - don't worry though, they can take your card over the phone!  Click here for details and link to registration form, or call the Shelby Chamber at (936) 598-3682, or Lorei at (936) 591-2030 with questions.
 
 

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$422.1 Million Approved for Statewide Construction


 

LUFKIN - The Texas Transportation Commission on Thursday approved more than $422.1 million in new construction projects statewide, including $2.1 million for the nine-county Lufkin District.
A multi-county project was approved for $831,249 that was designed to enhance safety and will include texturing the shoulders and centerlines of several roadways. Stripe-A-Zone, Inc., Grand Prairie, will serve as contractor. Locations in this project include:
 
  *   Shelby County: SH 7 from just east of SL 500 to just west of US 84; US 96 from just west of FM 2669 to just west of FM 2428; US 96 from just north of SL 500 to the San Augustine County line; US 84 from just west of FM 2669 to just west of FM 2428.
 
 
 
  *   San Jacinto County: SH 150 from SH 7 to US 59 South; US 190 from the Cherokee County line to just northwest of SH 103; US 190 from the Walker County line to 2.4 miles northeast of FM 980; FM 2025 from the Walker County line to 2.4 miles northeast of FM 98; SH 150 to the Liberty County line; SH 150 from the Walker County line to just northeast of FM 2025.
 
 
 
  *   Nacogdoches County: SL 224 from just east of SH 147 to the Jasper County line; SL 224 from SH 7 to US 59 South; SH 21 from FM 225 to just west of US 59; SH 21 from just north of SL 500 to the San Augustine County line.
 
 
 
  *   Angelina County: SH 63 from SH 7 to just west of SL 287; SH 103 from FM 225 to just west of US 59; SH 63 from just east of SH 147 to the Jasper County line; US 69 from 1.1 miles southeast of US 59 to just west of FM 1475; US 69 from the Cherokee County line to just northwest of SH 103; US 69 from 1.1 miles southeast of US 59 to just west of FM 1475; SH 103 from SH 7 to just west of SL 287.
 
 
 
  *   Polk County: SH 146 from 2 miles north of FM 1988 to the Liberty County line.
 
 
A $671,325 construction project was approved for Shelby County that includes the replacement of bridges and approaches at a tributary of Blackwater Creek on CR 4789 and at Risinger Creek on CR 4620. Drewery Construction, Nacogdoches, will serve as contractor for the project.
A $568,648 construction project was approved for Polk County that will include safety treating fixed objects on FM 1316 from SH 146 to 2.1 miles east of SH 146. The project will also include safety upgrades on FM 3126 from FM 2457 to FM 350. AR Brothers Construction Services, San Augustine, will serve as contractor.
 
A $44,900 construction project was approved in Nacogdoches County to add a flashing beacon on SH 7 at FM 2782. Ludco Inc., Nacogdoches, will serve as contractor for the project.
These projects are designed to enhance safety. As work begins, motorists are urged to stay alert and reduce speed through work areas. Be prepared for delays and obey all traffic control devices. Remember, traffic fines double when workers are present.
 
For more information, contact
 
Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.OaksDonaldson@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.
 
 
 
 

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Congressman Louie Gohmert is coming to Timpson


 

The Timpson ISD Collegiate Center/Stem Academy is proud to announce that United States Congressman Louie Gohmert is coming to Timpson.  The Honorable Mr. Gohmert will be here June 1st in the High School Auditorium @ 3:00.  The purpose of this visit is to inform the Congressman of the progressive approach our school district is taking towards education.  Timpson ISD is aligned with the directives of Governor Abbott and Higher Education Commissioner Paredes and we hope to continue receiving support from Congressman Gohmert.  Please come out and meet the Congressman and support our Collegiate Center/Stem Academy efforts.
 
 
 

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D-Day Memorial


 
 
On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of
heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of
Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a
crusade in which "we will accept nothing less than full victory." More than
5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day's
end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. The D-Day cost
was high -more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded -- but more
than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler.
 
Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary
will lay a memorial wreath in remembrance of the 73rd Anniversary of D-Day
on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the
Historic Shelby County Courthouse in Center.  The program will begin at 10
am and as always the public is cordially invited to attend.  

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Broiler Show Orders Being Taken


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Texas Railroad Commission Update


 

 
AUSTIN - Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick today thanked the 85th Texas Legislature for recognizing the important role the Railroad Commission of Texas  (RRC) plays in keeping the state's citizens and natural resources safe. The Legislature's FY 2018-2019 budget includes increased funding for the RRC to strengthen the agency's inspection and enforcement capabilities, as well as increase transparency for the public.
 
"During this time of incredible growth within the Texas oil and gas industry, it is critical that the Railroad Commission has the funds necessary to continue to regulate such a dynamic and foundational segment of our state's economy," Craddick said.
 
"Oil and gas production generates billions of dollars in revenue for the state, providing funding for critical services in our communities and opportunities supporting our state's bright future," Craddick said. "Our state's energy success is driven not only by Texas' vast mineral wealth, but by the regulatory leadership of the Railroad Commission. We at the Commission are proud of the work we do to ensure the protection of all Texans and our environment while allowing the energy industry to safely innovate and thrive."
 
Senate Bill 1 appropriates approximately $256.1 million for the biennium, including
an increase of 7 FTEs. The funding includes the following items, with a focus on additional staff inspectors and IT program upgrades:
 
* $5.9 million increase for pipeline safety inspection;
* $3 million and 7 FTEs for IT modernization projects related to inspection and enforcement tracking and reporting;
 
* $40.7 million increase for oil and gas well plugging and remediation activities;
* $39.6 million for operational stability.  Senate Bill 1 is currently pending the Governor's signature into law.

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Boil Water Notice Lifted for Joaquin


 

On May 22, 2017 due to a positive coli-form sample, our public water system The City of Joaquin (2100010)  as precautionary measure issued a Boil Water Notice (BWN) to inform our customers that due to the presence of contaminants or an interruption in service, water from our system must be boiled prior to consumption.
 
Our system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore adequate pressure, disinfectant levels, and/or bacteriological quality and has provided TCEQ with testing results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling as of May 30, 2017.
 
If you have questions, contact Stacy Cranford at 903-692-4313, Perry Pugh at 936-572-8226 or the City of Joaquin at 936-269-3021.
 
 

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XI Alpha Delta Rho Donates to the Rainbow Room


 

 

 

 

 

 

The XI Alpha Delta Rho Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi recently donated to The
Rainbow Room for their supply closet.
 
The sorority presented the check to Mrs. Alice Pate, pictured with Sorority
members: Alison Scull, Anna Stuever, Denise Merriman, and Jennifer Jones.
Beta Sigma Phi is primarily a social and cultural organization that
incorporates service as part of its activities. The motto for Beta Sigma Phi
is Life, Learning and Friendship. We are proud to be able to donate funds to
local child-serving organizations to assist with their unique programs and
services.
 

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Congratulations To Area Valedictorians & Salutatorians


Center High School

     Valedictorian:  Karen Salazar   Salutatorian:  Aslin Lucio

 

Garrison High School

     Valedictorian:  Madison Malott  Salutatorian:  Asha Fuller

 

Joaquin High School

     Valedictorian:  Madolyn Covington    Salutatorian:  Regan Hovey

 

Logansport High School

     Valedictorian:  Maddison "Faith" McFadden    Salutatorian:  Ronni Ward

 

San Augustine High School

     Valedictorian:  Rebecca Landaverde    Salutatorian:  LaErica Pickens

 

Shelbyville High School

     Valedictorian:  Mariana Mendoza    Salutatorian:  Hanna Nicole Nicosia

 

Tenaha High School

     Valedictorian:  Bianca Ramires    Salutatorian:  Daniela Leos

 

Timpson High School

     Valedictorian:  Hortencia Jimenez   Salutatorian:  Cutter Smith

 

The following businesses have sponsored radio salutes to the graduates:

 

Austin Bank, Garrison Branch  - Garrison

Austin Bank, Timpson Branch  -  Timpson

Campbell Portable Buildings  -  Center

Shook's Auto & Diesel Repair - Joaquin & Logansport

 

 

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Summer Revival


 

Lydia Missionary Baptist Church 
Invites You To Our Summer Revival 
 
Sunday June 4,11am & 6pm 
June 5-7 
 
6pm nightly 
 
Special music by 
Bro. Josh Adams & Family 
Special speaker 
Bro. Josh Adams 
 
Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?  
 
Psalms 85:6 
Address: 
14998 FM 139 
Shelbyville, TX 75973 

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Revival at the Lone Cedar Baptist Church


 

Revival Lone Cedar Missionary Baptist from now until June 2nd at 7 pm each evening.

 

 

 Evangelist

 

Bro. John Raines

 

 

Music

 

Bro. Jay Pollan

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DETEC Reports Power Outages


 

 

As of 4 PM yesterday, DETEC reported approximately 1,050 meters remaining without power. Crews continue to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible. 

 

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Boil Water Notice Lifted for Paxton Water Supply


 

Boil Water Notice lifted for Paxton Water.

 

 

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San Augustine Commissioners Court Meetings Today


 

 

The San Augustine Commissioners Court will have 2 meeting today one at 1 pm and another at 2 pm. Click below for the agendas.

 

 

Meeting 1

 

http://cbc-radio.com/assets/uploads/05-30-2017%20Special%20Agenda%20-%20Storage%20Space.pdf

 

 

Meeting 2

 

http://cbc-radio.com/assets/uploads/05-30-2017%20Special%20Agenda%20-%201716SNAUG-bid%20open%20Airport.pdf

 

 

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The Royal Kingdom Pageant and Style Show


 

The Royal Kingdom Pageant and Style Show was recently held on May 6th, 2017 by Strong Triumph Church and was truly a success!!! We were able to raise a lot of money for our youth department. We thank everyone for their participation! We couldn't have done it without God and great people like you!!! The winners are as follows:
 
Girls 0-2: Queen Ryannah Taylor
Boys 0-2: King Carson Garrett and Prince Ja'Mauri Cartwright
Girls 3-5: Queen LaDiamond Robinson
Girls 6-9: Queen Jaleah Allen, Princesses (tie) Antiyah Giles and Na'Khyia Bennett, and 1st Runner-up Ja'Rhianna Cartwright
Boys 6-9: King Colton Jenkins
Girls 10-12: Queen Tay-una Allen
Boys 10-12: King Franydric Buckley
 
 

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Sheriff's Office Seeks Help Related to a Theft


 

 

 

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information in regards to a recent theft which occurred sometime during the night of May 24th, 2017 into the early morning hours of May 25th.
 
Suspect(s) entered onto the complainant's property located on Highway 96 South and stole a 2016 EZ-GO battery operated golf cart. 
 
Center Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information. Anyone who has information regarding this crime should call Center Crime Stoppers at 936-598-SAFE (7233) or submit a tip online at www.centercrimestoppers.com. Remember you don't have to give your name. All calls and cash rewards are completely anonymous. Rewards will only be paid on tips submitted through the Center Crime Stoppers system.
 
If a caller does not wish to remain anonymous or receive a reward, they may contact Chief Deputy DJ Dickerson at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office 936-598-5600 or on his cell at 936-572-1468
 
 
 

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Weather Update


 

 

 

 

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Lunch Fundraiser Today on Center Square


 

 

 

 

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MANSFIELD STATE HISTORIC SITE HOSTS APPARITIONS: CITY OF MANSFIELD WALKING TOUR


 

 
 
Mansfield State Historic Site staff, in collaboration with the De Soto Parish Tourism Bureau, will offer a walking tour of downtown Mansfield on Saturday, June 17. Time, progress, and neglect has been the death of many historic structures in downtown Mansfield. Though gone, their roles in Mansfield’s history still linger like a spirit. The tour will focus on a few buildings and sites that had a great impact on Mansfield’s antebellum, Civil War era, and recent past. Gripping stories of Mansfield’s history will help preserve these historic places to take on a modern role, instead of being lost forever. So come celebrate Great Outdoors Month by taking part in this tour.
 
Those attending the program will meet at Mansfield State Historic Site by 10:30 a.m. then follow the Park Ranger to the designated parking area in town. This is a weather-permitting outdoor program which involves walking on concrete and pavement; dress appropriately for the weather and terrain.
 
Mansfield State Historic Site is located on State Highway 175, three miles south of Mansfield.  Program admission is $5 per person, ages 12 and under are free. General park admission is $4.00 per person ages 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are admitted free.  For more information, call 318.872.1474 or 888.677.6267, or visit www.LaStateParks.com.
 
 
 
 
 

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MANSFIELD STATE HISTORIC SITE HOSTS TOM SAWYER DAYS: COMMUNITY PICNIC


 

 
Look back to the days of the community outing, blankets on the ground, and games for everyone to play, as Mansfield State Historic Site hosts a Community Picnic Day from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 3. In conjunction with American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day and Great Outdoors Month, park staff and volunteers will present visitors with examples of what was commonly seen at a Victorian era picnic, and encourage visitors to take part in period games such as Town Ball. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunch and make a day of it at the park!  So come enjoy the games, walking trails, and family time!
 
In case of inclement weather or poor ground conditions the event will be cancelled; make sure to contact the park for the latest information.  
 
Mansfield State Historic Site is located on State Highway 175, three miles south of Mansfield.   Park admission is $4.00 per person age 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are free.  For more information, call 318.872.1474or 888.677.6267, or visit www.LaStateParks.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Governor Abbott To Sign Bill Reducing Handgun License Fees


 

 
 
AUSTIN - Governor Abbot will sign Senate Bill 16 (SB16), which reduces the fee for a handgun license in Texas. The signing will take place in Austin, Texas, on Friday, May 26th.
 
 

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DeSoto Parish Seeking assistance in identifying suspect


 

 

 

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FOOD RECALL!!!


 

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2017– Armour Eckrich Meats, LLC, a Junction City, Kan. establishment, is recalling approximately 90,978 pounds of ready-to-eat sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
 
 
The food service fully-cooked pork, turkey and beef breakfast sausage items were produced and packaged from April 26 through April 28, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:
 
      
 
8,769 cases of 16.6 oz. vacuumed packages containing “ECKRICH SMOK-Y CHEDDAR BREAKFAST SAUSAGE, NATURALLY HARDWOOD SMOKED” on the label, case code/ UPC number “27815 17984,” and a Use By date of “08/17/17.”
 
 
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 3JC” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distribution centers in Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
 
                                 
The problem was discovered on May 15, 2017 when Armour Eckrich Meats, Inc. was notified by another FSIS-regulated establishment that pieces of metal were embedded in a fully cooked sausage product produced by Armour Eckrich Meats, Inc. 
 
 
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  
 
 
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
 
 
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify theircustomers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
 
 
Consumers with questions about the recall can call 1 (877) 933-4625. Media with questions about the recall can contact Kassi Belz, vice president of public relations for the Dalton Agency, at (904) 398-5222.
 
 
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
 
 

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TxDOT Update


 

LUFKIN – A pre-construction meeting held Wednesday in the Lufkin Area Office signaled the beginning of a new construction project on US 59 North in Angelina County.
 
Barricades will be set next week for the project area on US 59, beginning just north of FM 2021 in Redland to the Angelina River Bridge. Moore Brothers Construction Company, Lufkin, will serve as contractor for the $2.9 million project to resurface the roadway. Work includes removing the existing surface, and then placing a layer of hot mix asphalt for leveling, a sealcoat application and the final riding surface layer designed to reduce water spray and noise.
 
Work on this project should begin by June 5 and last up to six months, weather permitting. As this project begins, motorists are urged to reduce speed, obey all traffic control devices, stay alert and prepare for delays through the work area. Remember, traffic fines double when workers are present.
 
For more information about this and other construction projects or closures statewide, visit drivetexas.org. For more information about this project, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or call (936)633-4395.
 
 

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JUNE LUNCH & LEARN COMES EARLY TO MISSION DOLORES


 

 
 
SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas —  Grab your lunch and a friend and head down to Mission Dolores State Historic Site on Friday, June 9th at 12:00 p.m. for the monthly “Lunch and Learn” program! 
 
The program, “Sawmill History” will provide an overview of logging and sawmill operations in East Texas, as well as a glimpse of life in a sawmill town. The guest speaker for this program is Kaitlin Wieseman, the Education Coordinator for the Texas Forestry Museum. Ms. Wieseman earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Master of Arts in History with an emphasis in Public History from Stephen F. Austin State University. A Victoria, Texas native, Ms. Wieseman currently resides in Nacogdoches. 
 
As part of the tricentennial celebration commemorating the establishment of Mission Dolores in San Augustine, Mission Dolores State Historic Site will hold similar lunchtime programs once a month throughout 2017, covering a variety of topics related to East Texas history. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
Admission is free and the program will run from 12:00–1:00 p.m. Mission Dolores State Historic Site is currently open Tuesday through Sunday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, please call 936-275-3815.
 
 
 
 
 

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4-H Shooters


 

 

 

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DPS Update on Bus Wreck Outside of Timpson


 

The Wreck Happened yesterday "5/24/17" this is just the offical press release from the DPS

 

SHELBY COUNTY –Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers are
investigating this morning on US 59 a three vehicle injury crash involving a school
bus.
 
The preliminary crash information indicates at approximately 7:30 a.m., a Timpson
ISD school bus was stopped loading students about four miles north of Timpson -
with flashing red lights activated - in the northbound lane on US 59 when it was
struck from behind. A 1995 Mack dump truck sideswiped a 2010 Kenworth truck
tractor that was stopped for the school bus, then struck the back left of the school
bus.
 
At this time, preliminary reports indicate five children have been transported to a
local hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries.
The driver of the dump truck is identified as Benjamin Salazar, 55, of Wells, TX.
He was not reportedly injured.
 
The driver of the school bus is identified as Sabra Sessions, 28, of Nacogdoches,
TX. Sessions was transported to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital with unknown
injuries.
 
The driver of the Kenworth truck tractor is identified as Abel Longoria III, 41, of
Brownsville, TX. Longoria was not reportedly injured in the crash.
 
This investigation remains ongoing. No additional information is available at this
time.
 
 
 

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Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday


This weekend you can buy certain ENERGY STAR® energy-efficient products tax-free during the annual Texas ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday. There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can buy, and you do not need to give the seller an exemption certificate to buy items tax free.

This year’s tax-free ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday begins Saturday, May 27, and goes through midnight on Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day). read more

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Dixie League Baseball


 

Center will be hosting the Dixie League Baseball Tournaments beginning on June 9 through July 18.  The Chamber will be providing information for the packets that will be mailed the Coaches and teams.  Jason Mitchell, City of Center, would like to request items for the goodie bags  that are given to the players when they arrive.  Some samples of items are bubble gum, individually wrapped candies, beef jerky and chips.  They will be putting together around 700 bags to hand out.  If you would like to donate items you can drop them off  at the Chamber on or before Thursday, June 1.
 
 

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Jenny Fancher Retirement Party - Photos


 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce invites the community to a retirement reception for Jenny Fancher on Thursday, May 25.  Fancher has been a member of the Chamber team for 12 years and has been  an instrumental part of many Chamber events and activities. Chamber  members, ambassadors, and the community are invited to stop by and visit  from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to offer well wishes, appreciation for service to  the chamber, and retirement congratulations.  Refreshments willbe served.
 
The Chamber wishes everyone a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend.  The Chamber will be closed on Friday, May 26 and Monday, May 29 in observance of the holiday.  For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or
info@shelbycountychamber.com [mailto:info@shelbycountychamber.com]
 
 
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Rep. Chris Paddie Capitol Update


 

 
We are down to just a handful of days left in the 85th Legislative Session.  The House and Senate are both working feverishly to wrap up the many issues that are left to be resolved.
 
Last week, the House passed several sunset bills, including the Department of Transportation, the Board of Dental Examiners, the State Bar, and the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.  Each state agency is subject to the sunset review process every twelve years.  A sunset review involves a top-to-bottom review of the functions of the agency, with the Sunset Committee and Commission staff working throughout the interim to make recommendations to the next legislature on if the agency should be continued, and, if so, what changes need to be made to ensure that the agency is operating as efficiently as possible to achieve its mission.  This is a valuable process that helps to make  certain that our agencies are being as responsive as possible and serving their intended purpose.
 
The House also passed SB 12, which will provide funds for law enforcement agencies to purchase bulletproof vests that will protect our officers from rifle rounds.  Unfortunately, the urgent need for these vests was highlighted by murder of 5 Dallas Police officers last July.  On that tragic evening, the gunman was using a high-powered rifle, for which the officers' body armor was not sufficient.  I am proud to have voted for this legislation and hope that we can provide protection for our law enforcement officers.
 
While I usually discuss what the House accomplishes each week, I am proud to say that last week, the Senate passed HB 100, which is my bill that provides a statewide regulatory framework for transportation networking companies like Uber and Lyft.  With sensible statewide regulation, instead of having different regulations each time you cross a city limit, we will be able to spur innovation and grow our transportation options across the state and not just in the metroplexes.  
 
The House also passed SB 42, the Judge Julie Kocurek Judicial and Courthouse Security Act.  Judge Kocurek is a judge in Austin who was ambushed in an assassination attempt last year.  Thankfully, Judge Kocurek survived her attack and has returned to the bench.  SB 42 will serve to strengthen security at our courthouses and for our judges as they encounter dangerous individuals on a constant basis.  We must work to protect our public servants as they uphold our laws.
 
As we go through the final weeks of session, or if you have issues that I can assist you with at any time, please make sure to reach out to me at 512-463-0556 or district9.paddie@house.texas.gov.
 
 
 

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Timpson Bus involved in Wreck


 

 
A Timpson ISD school bus was hit by another vehicle this morning.  Students and driver were examined at a medical facility and were released.  Thank you to the first responders and law enforcement.
 
 

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Produce Drop this Morning in Center


 

 

 

 

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Grant Belrose Competes in Cross Fit Competition in San Antonio


 

 

 

 

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Vehicle Fire Near County Road 3122


 

 

 

 

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Updated Vehicle Wreck Near Bobo


 

 
About 6:30 a.m this morning a wreck occurred outside of Timpson on U.S 59 North in Bobo.  The driver of a dump truck was passing a 18 wheeler when he stuck the rear end of a school bus. The 18-wheeler was undamaged. The driver of the dump truck received minor facial injuries and was not hospitalized.  The driver of the school bus and several children were taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries and have since been released.  No major injuries or fatalities occurred.  The Timpson VFD and other emergency personnel quickly responded the road was blockaded but the scene has been mostly cleared. Traffic has resumed and emergency personnel are awaiting hazmat to clean up fluids leaked from the wreck.  
 
 
 
 

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Center Nutrition Grand Opening


 

 

 

 

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12 Year - Old Pianist will be on TV Show


 

Antonio "Nio" Ajero, a 12-year-old pianist from Nacogdoches, Texas, who performed before a live audience on the LeTourneau University Belcher Center stage for an upcoming episode of From the Top, will be featured when the show airs nationally at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3 on Red River Radio.
 
From the Top is the hit NPR radio program featuring America's best young classical musicians and hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O'Riley. The radio show also is available for streaming and podcast at fromthetop.org.
 
Nio is in the seventh grade at Mike Moses Middle School. He currently studies in the Music Preparatory Division of Stephen F. Austin State University with Linda Parr. His favorite musical experience was when he won the 2017 Baylor/Waco Solo Piano Competition. Outside of music, Nio enjoys Taekwondo, MathCounts, and cooking. On the broadcast, Nio performs Caprice à la Scarlatti in G major, Op. 14, No. 3 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski.
 
Also included: Quartet Diamant from Chicago, Illinois featuring Masha Lakisova (15), violin, Rebecca Moy (16), violin, Natalie Clarke (17), viola, and Adam Lee (16), cello performing: I. Allegro violento ed agitato from String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20, by Alberto Ginastera; Olivia Elerson, flute, 16, from Waxahachie, Texas performing: III. Allegro scherzando from the Sonata for Flute and Piano by Otar Taktakishvili with Christopher O'Riley, piano; David Caplan, cello, 17, from Skokie, Illinois performing: Élégie, Op.24 by Gabriel Fauré with Christopher O'Riley, piano; and Sena Cho, violin, 14, from Irvine, California performing: I. Allegro molto ed appassionato from Sonata No. 3, Op.45 for Violin and Piano by Edvard Grieg and Tango (Por Una Cabeza) by Carlos Gardel, arr. John Williams, with Christopher O'Riley, piano.
 
Olivia Elerson, Adam Lee, and David Caplan will also receive From the Top's Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in conjunction with their performances on the show. The $10,000 Award is given to deserving young musicians to help further their musical studies.
 
LeTourneau University's Belcher Center opened in the Fall of 2007 as the premier performance center for the city of Longview, Texas, and surrounding communities. Designed by professionals in architecture and theater design with world-class acoustics and staging, the 2,000-seat center features 1,400 seats on the ground level and another 600 seats in two, opera-style balconies. Belcher Center chapel services held three times per week during the fall and spring semesters provide LETU students incredible Christian speakers and music groups. Chapels are open to the public and a schedule can be found on the LeTourneau University Web site at www.letu.edu<http://www.letu.edu>.
 
LeTourneau University is the premier Christian polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU's residential campus in Longview, Texas, and in hybrid and fully online options at centers in Dallas and Houston.

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The Deadly Tick


 

Coming This Summer: More Ticks and a Deadly New Tick-Borne Disease
People need to be extra cautious when outdoors, with more of the critters after a mild 
 
 
THURSDAY, May 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have a double-shot of bad news about ticks: There's a new, and potentially fatal, tick-borne illness called Powassan, and this summer looks like it might be one of the worst on record for an increase in the tick population.
"Tick-borne diseases are on the rise, and prevention should be on everyone's mind, particularly during the spring and summer, and early fall when ticks are most active," said Rebecca Eisen. She is a research biologist in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's division of vector-borne diseases. 
 
Laura Goodman, a senior research associate in population medicine and diagnostic sciences at Cornell University, concurred. "It's going to be a bad season," she said.
Approximately 75 cases of Powassan disease were reported in the United States over the past 10 years. Most cases have occurred in the Northeast and Great Lakes region, according to the CDC.
 
Powassan is a virus that can be transmitted through a tick bite. Although rare, Powassan has been spreading, and more cases are likely this year, Goodman said. 
Signs and symptoms of Powassan can include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures and memory loss. Long-term neurological damage also may occur, according to the CDC.
 
There's currently no specific treatment for the disease. People with severe Powassan often need to be hospitalized to receive respiratory support, intravenous fluids or medications to reduce swelling in the brain. 
 
If inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) occurs, the fatality rate is approximately 10 percent, the CDC warns.
 
There's no vaccine to prevent Powassan. The best prevention is avoiding ticks.
And that may be harder to do this year, experts at Cornell University explained. Because of a milder winter in the Northeast, a dramatic increase in the tick population is expected in that region and possibly across the northern United States.
Eisen said that "the ability of ticks to survive and reproduce also is influenced by temperature and precipitation. Other factors include, but are not limited to, availability of hosts and suitable habitat, such as wooded or brushy vegetation." 
 
Ticks that can transmit illnesses have expanded their geographic range and are now being found in places they weren't seen 20 years ago, she noted. 
Reforestation and increased deer populations are contributing to the expanding tick distribution, Eisen said. 
 
Ticks carry not only bacterial diseases such as Lyme, but also viral illnesses like Powassan and parasitic diseases like babesiosis. 
 
Since the late 1990s, the number of reported cases of Lyme disease in the United States has tripled, and the number of counties in the Northeast and upper Midwest that are considered high-risk for Lyme disease has increased by more than 300 percent, Eisen said. 
In 2015, about 30,000 cases of Lyme disease were reported in Americans, but the number was likely much higher, according to the CDC. 
 
To protect yourself from a tick-borne infection, the CDC recommends: 
Learning which tick-borne diseases are common in your area.
Avoiding places with thick vegetation, high grass and leaf litter. 
Walking in the center of trails when hiking.
Using repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET on exposed skin for protection that lasts several hours. 
 
Using products that contain permethrin to treat clothing and gear -- such as boots, pants, socks and tents -- or wearing clothing pre-treated with permethrin.
Bathing or showering as soon as possible after potential exposure, to wash off ticks before they bite.
 
Removing all attached ticks as soon as possible. 
Treating dogs with products that kill and/or repel ticks. 
Examining gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats and day packs.
Drying clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors. If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed. If the clothes require washing first, hot water is recommended. 
If the clothes can't be washed in hot water, tumble dry on low heat for 90 minutes or high heat for 60 minutes. The clothes should be warm and completely dry.
"It's especially important to take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones, including pets, from ticks during this season, as well as any time during the warmer months when you're outside," Eisen said. 
 
SOURCES: Rebecca Eisen, Ph.D., research biologist, division of vector-borne diseases, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Laura Goodman, Ph.D., senior research associate, population medicine & diagnostic sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
 

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Taking Care of Weeds in Farm Ponds


 

 
 
I’ve said many times here and to folks across the county that I get more questions specifically about pond management than any other topic.  Indeed, a staple of east Texas land owners is the farm pond.  
 
Ponds can serve many purposes. Well-managed ponds can provide irrigation, an easily-accessible water source for livestock and can be tremendous wildlife habitat. Primarily, many ponds are used for recreational activities such as boating, swimming and most often, fishing.  
And when you break up the pond questions into categories, getting rid of excess vegetation is at the top of that list.  
 
Before we start, please understand that some vegetation is good and even needed in most ponds.  Vegetation provides cover and helps add oxygen.   Interestingly, too much vegetation can lead to problems as well.  
 
There are four kinds of aquatic vegetation: submersed (completely underwater), immersed (with dry vegetative matter existing above the surface), floating vegetation, and algae.  In local terms, these pond weeds are either all below the water, above the water, float on top, or pond scum. 
 
There are two commonly used types of control – plant-eating fish or herbicides.  The two types of fish that can be used to control pond weeds: grass carp and tilapia.  
Grass carp are state restricted fish requiring a permit from the Texas Parks and Wildlife.  Grass carp do an excellent job of consuming weeds such as elodea, hydrilla, naiads, pondweed, chara, and parrotfeather.  You can request an application for a grass carp permit by calling your local Texas Parks and Wildlife office.  
 
Tilapia is a tropical, freshwater fish that are excellent at controlling algae, mosquito fern, bladder wort, duck weed, and water meal.  Tilapia are not restricted but, due to their tropical nature, die off during the winter in un-heated water and need to be thought of as an annual biological treatment.  In ponds large enough to include bass, the tilapia help fatten up bass for the winter months as tilapia get sluggish in cooling water. 
My most recent calls have been about filamentous algae.  We’ve got lots of not-so-flattering colloquial names such as “slime” and “pond scum”.  Filamentous algae is the slimy material you have to remove from the fish hook each time.
 
Controlling this algae can be done fairly easily with the above mentioned tilapia and with several available products that contain copper.  Copper products including copper sulfate, bluestone, Cutrine, Komeen, and many others. 
 
I mention algae not only because those are the most recent questions, but because it is common, easy to control and can cause problems most quickly.  
Herbicides approved for use in ponds will not kill fish.  However, when something is killed and begins to rot, the decomposition process consumes oxygen.  A dead squirrel on the side of the road may not cause any serious lack of oxygen, but a pond full of decomposing vegetation certainly can result in a fish die-off from lack of oxygen.  
 
A possible solution to the oxygen depletion problem and subsequent die-off of fish is to treat no more than a third of the pond at a time so that fish have oxygen available.  
Let if be said, there are products commonly used in ponds that have no business there.  If the label does not state that it can be used in a pond with specific instructions on how to apply it, then it is not legal to use in a pond.  
 
With the bevy of products available, there is not enough room in this article to cover them all.  Contact the Extension office for exactly which products to use with your circumstance.
 
 
 
 

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Help Keep Your Child Safe - Don't Move Your Child to a Seat Belt Too Soon


 

 
 
Unfortunately, seat belts do not come in one-size-fits-all. In fact, the seat belt that is designed to save an adult’s life in a crash does not fit a young child. And, the poor fit of the seat belt can actually cause serious injuries or even death during a crash. Many parents are under the impression that a child can be moved to the vehicle seat belt system when they have outgrown the weight limits of their child safety seat. Most conventional forward-facing child safety seats have a 5-point harness system that can be used until at least 40 pounds. However, most children weigh 40 pounds long before they are tall enough to fit in the vehicle lap/shoulder belt. 
 
Children do not fit well in the vehicle lap/shoulder belts that were designed for adults who are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. Instead of fitting properly over the lower hips, the lap belt rides over the soft tissues of the abdomen and can cause severe injury or death. The shoulder portion of the belt hits the child’s neck or face instead of lying flat across the chest. This causes many children to place the shoulder belt behind their back, leaving them with no upper body protection. A booster seat ‘boosts’ the child up so the lap/shoulder belt will fit correctly and provide protection in a crash.
 
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent, Jheri-Lynn McSwain, Shelby County, reminds parents that correctly using a booster seat can protect a child from being thrown around the vehicle or being totally ejected in a crash. In a crash, children who are incorrectly restrained by a lap/shoulder belt are likely to sustain serious injuries to internal organs, as well as the head and spinal cord. In fact, these abdominal and spinal injuries are medically referred to as “Seat Belt Syndrome.”  
 
 
 
Motor vehicle crashes continue to be one of the leading causes of death and injury for children 14 and under. Car seats, including boosters, have been proven to be effective in preventing injuries and deaths and studies show that booster seats can reduce the risk of injury by 59 percent. But children in this age group are the least likely to be properly restrained. Surveys conducted during 2016 by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute found that only 31.8% of 5-9 year olds in Texas were correctly restrained. In Texas, fatalities in the 5-9 year old age group are nearly twice as high as the national rate.
 
The law in Texas requires children under 8 years old, unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches, to be in a child restraint system according to the manufacturer’s instructions. According to the law, an 8 year old can legally ride in the seat belt, but only a small percentage of 8 year olds are 4 feet 9 inches tall. While not every child who is 4 feet 9 inches will fit the seat belt — due to some children being longer in the torso and some children having longer legs — the average child reaches 4 feet 9 inches at age 11! Best practice is to keep the child in a booster seat until the lap/shoulder belts fits, which is usually sometime between ages 8-12.
 
The injury rate and high costs associated with medical care and lost productivity for families is huge. Booster seats are an affordable solution for protecting children in the 4 to 8-plus age group. The cost of booster seats is low; generally between $15 to $40 for a basic booster seat.  Researchers estimate that a $30 booster seat generates nearly $2,000 in benefit to society from reduced health-care expenses. Booster seats offer a low-cost solution to a high-cost problem.
 
When is your child ready for the seat belt?
 
Take the Five Step Test
 
1. Does the child sit all the way back against the auto seat?
2. Do the child’s knees bend comfortably at the edge of the vehicle?
3. Does the belt cross the shoulder between the neck and arm?
4. Is the lap belt as low as possible, touching the thighs?
5. Can the child stay seated like this for the whole trip?
 
If you answered ‘no’ to any of these questions, your child needs a booster seat to make both
the shoulder belt and the lap belt fit right for the best crash protection. Your child will be more comfortable, too!
 
Appointments for booster seat fittings are available each Friday, beginning June 2, 2017, through the Shelby County Extension office.  Call Daphne Lovell at 936-598-7744 to schedule your appointment for a free child safety seat inspection, or visit http://buckleup.tamu.edu to find a certified child passenger safety technician in your area.
 

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Pastor and Wife Service


 

 
The Bennett Chapel Baptist Church will belebrate their Anniversary Services for Bishop W.C. & Lady Donna Martin on May 28th at 3:00 p.m.
 

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Annual Usher Day Program


 

 
The Pastor and members of Jersualem C.M.E Church cordially invite you to their Annual Usher Day Program on Sunday, May 28th at 2:30 p.m.
 
 

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Sweet Union Missionary Baptist Choir Anniversary


 

Sweet Union Missionary Baptist Church of Garrison invites everyone to their choir anniversary.  The service will be held on Sunday, May 28th at 3:00 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 

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Judge Eaves Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 will be Retiring


 

 

 

 

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Red Hill Lake Recreation Area opens for the season


 

 
 
Red Hill Lake Recreation Area will be open Thursday, May 25 through Oct. 1 for the summer season.  
 
The delayed opening of Red Hill Lake Recreation Area is a result of vandalism to the electric hookups in January.  As a result of the vandalism, electricity will not be available at campsites, according to Kimpton Cooper, Sabine National Forest Ranger.
 
“If anyone has information related to this crime, please call our office at 409-625-1940,” Cooper said.
 
 

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Sons of Confederate Veterans Meeting


 

"Monday, May 29, 2017 - The Capt. Jesse Amason Camp # 282 Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their regular monthly meeting May 29, 2017 at the Las Margaritas Restaurant, 110 Nacogdoches St., Center at 6:30 PM.  Come join us as we honor our Confederate Ancestors!  
 
 
 

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FLAGS AT HALF STAFF IN HONOR OF MEMORIAL DAY


 

 
Memorial Day is Monday, May 29th, 2017.  United States Flags should be flown
at half-staff from sunrise until noon.  All banks, schools, businesses and
government offices that fly a flag that can be lowered are asked to please
do so in honor of those Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  All
other flags flying with the US Flag should also be lowered.
 
If you fly a flag that can't be lowered you can still show respect for the
day by tying a black cord or ribbon to the top of the flag pole.  It too
should be removed at noon.
 
If you have no one to lower your flag at sunrise it is permissible to lower
it the night before so it will be in place at sunrise.
 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

 
The City Council of Joaquin will meet in special session Thursday, May 25, 2017
 at 2:30 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
Council will hold a closed Executive Session Meeting-Personnel Matters (551.074).
Water Worker- Personnel Review & Possible Promotion.
Public Works Worker- Personnel Review & Possible Promotion.
Discussion and Council Action on possible addition of part–time Public Works & Administrative staff.
Adjournment.  
 
 

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Joaquin Boil Water Notice


 

 
The City of Joaquin has a boil water notice.
 
 

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Panola College Foundation Receives $10,000


 

 
 
On Monday, May 22, 2017, Harley Wilson, Nat Lankford, and Charlotte Woods
presented the Panola College Foundation with a check for $10,000 towards
the Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship.
 
Charlie Woods graduated from Carthage High School in 1972.  He attended
Panola College before entering a Ranch Management Program at Texas
Christian University. Following graduation Charlie worked most of his life
in the oilfield.
 
Charlie was an avid fisherman. His love of the sport began at an early age
when he fished with his “Papaw” Spurlock. Charlie fished the FLW Wal-Mart
Bass Fishing League where he won first place in one of the tournaments on
the Texas Tournament Trail. He also took first place in the Texas Oilman’s
Tournament and the Louisiana Oilman’s Tournament. He and Harley Wilson also
won a boat at the Toledo Bend Classic tournament. Charlie was also a member
of the Carthage Bass Fishing League. He particularly loved the fishing
trips with his friends to Lake Falcon in South Texas on the Texas – Mexico
border. His plans were to eventually travel to Brazil to fish for Peacock
Bass.
 
The Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship was established five years ago by
his friends and family to help sophomore students enrolling in Panola
College’s petroleum technology program. Scholarship funds are raised
through the annual Charlie Woods Memorial Fishing Tournament held on Toledo
Bend each May.
 
 
 
 
*Photo: (L to R) Nat Lankford and Harley Wilson with a check for the
Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship to the Panola College Foundation. *

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Grace Manor Receives a Donation


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The XI Alpha Delta Rho Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi recently donated to Grace
Manor.
 
The sorority presented a check to staff members Sunshine Haley, Courtney
Brittain, and Malinda Johnson, pictured with Sorority members: Anna Stuever,
Jennifer Jones and Denise Merriman.
 
Beta Sigma Phi is primarily a social and cultural organization that
incorporates service as part of its activities. The motto for Beta Sigma Phi
is Life, Learning and Friendship. We are proud to be able to donate funds to
local child-serving organizations to assist with their unique programs and
services.
 
 
 
 

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Relay for Life


 

Relay for life and the Survivor Luncheon will be held at the Windham Civic Center on June 3rd.
 
Luncheon Starts at 12:00 p.m.
 
Relay Opening Ceremony Starts at 2:15 p.m.  
 
 

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The Work of Mr. Charles Hughes


 

 

 

 

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Men's and Women's Day Program


 

Mt. Gillion Missionary Baptist Church
Hwy 87 North
Center, TX 75935
Rev. R. L. Cotton, Pastor
 
 
You’re invited to attend our
Men and Women Day Program
Sunday, June 11, 2017
3:00 p.m.
 
O Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name; make known his deeds among the people.
Psalm 105:1
 
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Psalm 133:1
 
Guest Speaker
Rev. Joseph Hall Sr., 
Pastor of
Benford Chapel Baptist Church
126 Martin Luther King Street
Tenaha, TX 75974
 
 

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DeSoto Parish Officer Retires


 
Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle would like to congratulate a retiree and thank him
for his service to DeSoto Parish.  Donnie Barber officially retired
following a 29 year career with DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office.  We would
like to wish him a happy retirement. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
L-R: Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle, Donnie Barber
 

 

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Center City Council Meeting


 

The City of Center will have a meeting tonight at 11:00 p.m.  

 

Agenda:

 

http://cbc-radio.com/assets/uploads/05-22-2017%20Workshop%20Packet_Optimized%20(2).pdf

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

 
If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda that should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.
 
The City Council of Tenaha will meet in regular session on Monday – May 22, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. at the Tenaha Municipal Building located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas.
 
CITY OF TENAHA REGULAR CALLED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA 
May 22, 2017
 
If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda that should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.
 
The City Council of Tenaha will meet in regular session on Monday – May 22, 2017 at 5:15 p.m. at the Tenaha Municipal Building located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas.
 
Order of Business:
 
Call to Order & Roll Call
 
Pledge and Prayer
Welcome Guests/Public Comments
Consider Approval for Minutes from April 24, 2017 Regular Scheduled Council Meeting; May 4, 2017 Special Called Council Meeting; May 15, 2017 Special Called Council Meeting  – ACTION
Consider Approval for April 2017 Financials – ACTION
Award Contractor for City of Tenaha TxCDBG #7216441 Streets & Drainage Improvements –
 
ACTION
 
Re-Visit Marshal’s Office Policies and Consider Approval – ACTION
Racial Profiling Policy
Internal Review Policy
Storage of Police Unit Video
Discuss Water Aeration System Needs and Requirements; Consider Approval to Advertise for Bid - Water Aeration System – ACTION
Discuss and Consider Approval to Advertise for Bid - Cleaning of the Water Ground Storage Tank -
 
ACTION
 
Re-Visit, Discuss and Consider Approval or Disapproval for Tabled Agenda Item #5 from 5/4/2017 Special Called Meeting To Approve Funding Equipment for the Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department –
 
ACTION
 
Department Head Reports
Council Comments
Adjourn
 

 

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Shelby County Commissioners Court Meeting Today


 

The Shelby County Commissioner's Court will have a meeting this moring at 9:30 a.m. among other items on the agenda they will be discussing the retirement of Judge Maxie Eaves as Justice of the Peace Precinct 1. 

 

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San Augustine Memorial Day Program


 
The San Augustine County Memorial Day Observance will be held at the Museum Theater on Monday, May 29.  Starts at 11 a.m.  
 
 

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Shelby County Children's Advocacy Center Encourages Awareness


 

 
 
May 19, 2017 - Teachers and other school professionals serve as an important
first line of defense in the battle against child abuse. In our state,
educators remain the largest professional group to report suspected child
abuse and neglect. This time of year, children eagerly prepare for summer
vacation, summer camps, trips to the pool, family vacations, and also
decreased amounts of adult supervision. Children's Advocacy CentersT of
Texas, Inc. (CACTX) encourages Texans to be active in child abuse
prevention, through personal awareness of the signs and symptoms of child
abuse, and we ask all adults to immediately report suspicions of abuse or
neglect to Child Protective Services or local law enforcement.
 
 
 
"Education is key to child abuse prevention. Talk to the children in your
life about body safety, appropriate boundaries, and the difference between
good secrets and bad secrets. Discuss internet safety and the dangers about
sharing too much information on social media. Open communication allows
children to feel more comfortable in asking questions and divulging
information," said Joy Rauls, Executive Director of Children's Advocacy
Centers of Texas, Inc.  "If your child is attending a summer camp, program
or summer child care, familiarize yourself with the program's policies.
Consider inquiring about the adult-to-child ratio, screening procedures for
new and existing employees and visitors, and rules about one-on-one
interaction."
 
 
 
Be aware of the signs and symptoms of child abuse. Some children may not
exhibit changes in behavior, however common signs may include:
 
 
 
*        Unexplained injuries
*        Changes in behavior
*        Regression to earlier behaviors
*        Fear of going home
*        Changes in eating or sleeping habits
*        Lack of personal care or hygiene
*        Risk-taking behaviors
*        Inappropriate sexual behaviors
 
 
 
You can make a difference in the life of a child.  If you suspect that a
child may be the victim of abuse or neglect, please contact Child Protective
Service's Statewide Intake at (800)252-5400 or file a report at
www.txabusehotline.org <http://www.txabusehotline.org> .  If a child is in
immediate danger, please contact 911.
 

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Piney Woods Photographic Society Meeting


 

Monthly meeting Saturday 5/20, 9-12 pm. First united Methodist church on porter st,, Center Tx. Monthly challenge features "pastels" visitors are welcome. For more information contact Billie Jones 936-591-2426 or pineywoodsphoto.com
 
 
 

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Rep. Chris Paddie Capitol Update


 
 
In the final weeks of each session, the House of Representatives operates under deadlines that guide the wrap up of a regular session  This week marks the deadline for House bills to be debated in the House.  With the House ending in a little less than three weeks, we are definitely in crunch time.
 
Last week, the House continued efforts to reform our foster care system.  Over the past years, we have seen a growing crisis in the child protective services, ultimately resulting in the tragic death of the children in the foster care system.  One of the most important things that we are doing this session is to reform the foster care system to make certain that the most vulnerable among us are being cared for.
 
Last week, I was pleased to pass SB 1289, which gives a preference for American made steel and iron in taxpayer funded infrastructure projects.  This bill has provisions to make certain that taxpayers get the best possible value for money spent on iron and steel but also makes certain that our tax dollars are not funding Chinese and Indian steel that is being produced in violation of international trade  agreements.  I am proud to author is legislation to provide a level playing field for Texan and American steel producers.
 
The House also took up important legislation to reform the Houston and Dallas municipal, fire, and police pension systems.  While some outside of Houston and Dallas question the importance of shoring up these pension systems, it is important to appreciate that we are still at a point in time where we can fix these systems without the state having to step in fiscally.  If we had not passed these reforms, it would be very likely that the state would have had to step in and shore up these funds with state tax dollars.
 
One of the bills that I signed onto this week was HB 1911, the constitutional carry bill.  You may have heard or seen misleading information regarding my stance on HB 1911, but I want to make it clear once and for all:  I have always supported and fought to defend the expansion of our 2nd Amendment rights and will continue to do so as long as you continue to trust me to be your State Representative.  
 
If you ever hear a third party make allegations about where I do or do not stand on an issue, I would encourage you to contact me directly regarding my positions.  If you have any issue that is important to you or an issue that you would like more information about, you can reach me at 512-463-0556 or district9.paddie@house.texas.gov.
 

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Timpson Memorial Day Program


 

Timpson Memorial Day Program – Timpson American Legion Post 90 and Timpson ISD will present a Memorial Day program to remember those military men and women who sacrificed their lives in service to our country.  The program will be Monday, May 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. held at the Timpson Plaza.  Servicemen from Timpson who were killed while serving their country will have their names read aloud in tribute to their sacrifice.  Gold Star families will be recognized by Post 90 1st Vice Commander James Cope.  Commander Penhallegon will be the speaker.  Taps will be played at the end of the program.  Everyone is invited to attend this program as a way to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

 

 

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Post Office Food Drive Results


 

The Center Post Office would like to thank everyone that contributed to the National Association Of Letter Carriers Annual Food Drive conducted on May 13th. The food drive collected over 2000 pounds of food to be distributed to needy families in our community. Your concern shown for those less fortunate in our community by your donations is greatly appreciated! 
 
The Post Office has two (2) new stamps that are available for sale. We have a stamps that depict a "wedding boutonniere" which would be great for wedding invitations and special occasions. We also have a new "Henry David  Thoreau" stamp for sale as well. Also remember that we offer "Stamps By Fax". You can fax your stamp order to the Post Office at (936) 591-0544, and we will make every effort to deliver your stamps to your place of business or home within an hour.
 
 
 

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New Life Church Fundraiser


 

 

 

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FREE Walk and Talk 8-week Nutrition and Fitness Program


 
Everyone starts the year out with new fitness and nutrition goals, but by the middle of the year we lose sight of those goals.  Do you still want to exercise and eat better?  Well here is your opportunity to continue working towards the goal of eating better and exercising.  To help you continue to work towards your lifestyle changes, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is launching Walk and Talk, an 8-week program that encourages exercise and healthy eating.
The program consists of weekly nutrition tips on how to eat more fruits and vegetables to help participants move toward a healthier weight and includes a weekly weight check-in, weekly challenge to “stay the course,” healthy recipes and tips, exercise resources, and a weight-loss planner. Weekly door prizes and incentives will be given to class participants.
The series will kick off at 6:00 p.m.  June 12, 2017 at the Extension office at 266 Nacogdoches Street in Center Texas with a nutrition tip followed by a walking fitness component.  We will meet weekly at various places to walk.  Walk and Talk is a great FREE program to do with a friend or family member. It’s always easier to reach your goals when you have additional support.  All course materials will be provided by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Shelby County office.  
 
Pre-registration is available from June 5 thru June 8, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon at the new Extension office at 266 Nacogdoches Street in Center, Texas.  For more information, visit or contact our office at (936) 598-7744.
 
If you have any questions about this program, please contact Jheri-Lynn McSwain, County Extension Agent – Family & Consumer Sciences or Feleshia Thompson Better Living for Texans, Extension Assistant at (936) 598-7744 or jlmcswain@ag.tamu.edu or Feleshia.thompson@ag.tamu.edu or follow us on Facebook Shelby County Extension Service FCS.
 
Educational programs of the Texas A&M 
 
AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Co
 
 
 

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Shelbyville Antiques and Vintage Mayfair Canceled


 

 
 
Out of respect to families, Shelbyville school district and all involved with recent events, the Shelbyville Lions Club is canceling the Antiques and Vintage Mayfair, originally scheduled for Saturday May 20, 2017.  The Shelbyville Lions Club extends condolences and prayers to our community.  We apologize for any inconvenience to those who planned to attend the event.
 
 

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Letter From Shelbyville Superintendent


 
Dear Shelbyville ISD’s Learning Community:
 
It is with great sorrow that I report to you that yesterday afternoon there was a bus accident that resulted in the death of one of our precious children.  All of the students involved in the accident were evaluated at the scene by first responders.  Some students were released directly to their parents.   Others were transported by ambulance to area medical facilities for more in-depth diagnosis and treatment.  Thankfully, all of the students who were taken to local medical facilities were treated yesterday evening and released to return home.  
 
Words cannot express the pain and grief all of Shelbyville ISD’s learning community share in this tragedy.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of all involved.  Since the accident is still under investigation, I will not share specific details at this time.  Nonetheless, I do want to request that we all strive to respect the feelings and privacy of our students and their families as they cope with yesterday’s tragedy.      
 
Additional counselors are available at the school to provide support to any students or staff members who need assistance.  Since children react to emotional events differently, it is important that teachers and parents work together to continue to assess the needs of our students and respond to those needs. Please let your child's teacher or principal know if you have a particular concern, or if you think your child needs some extra attention and support.  
 
Shelbyville ISD would like to express its gratitude to all of the first responders, medical personnel, parents, students, friends, and community members who provided their extraordinary assistance to our students and bus driver yesterday.  Also, thanks to the surrounding school districts who called and offered Shelbyville ISD their support.  The response to the accident and its aftermath was swift and diligent.  We are truly blessed to be surrounded by countless individuals who offer unconditional love and support to Shelbyville’s learning community.  As this school year draws to an end, Shelbyville ISD will continue to work with all of you to provide a positive and safe learning environment for all of our students.  Thank you.
 
Respectfully yours,
 
Ray West
Superintendent
 

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Updated on Wreck in Lout Town


 
As a result of the crash involving the Shelbyville ISD school bus, Victor Lee, 13,
of Shelbyville, was pronounced deceased yesterday at a Nacogdoches Hospital.
The driver of the 1997 Dodge truck has been identified as Courtland Vaughn, 20,
from Shelbyville, TX. Vaughn was not reportedly injured as a result of the crash.
Marla Denby, 53, of Shelbyville was identified as the driver of the school bus and
was treated at a local hospital for her injuries.
 
Several other students involved in the crash were transported to area hospitals.
This investigation remains ongoing.
 
(please note the corrected age)
 
LUFKIN – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers are investigating
this evening a fatal two-vehicle school bus crash on FM 139 at County Route 2552.
At approximately 4 p.m., a Shelbyville Independent School District bus was
turning right from FM 139 onto CR 2552 to travel south when it was struck from
behind by a 1997 Dodge pickup. The collision caused the school bus to turnover,
resulting in the death of an 13 year-old boy and injuring several students.
This investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes
available. 

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2017 Poultry Festival 4-H 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 will be perfect you.   
Showing Broilers through 4-H can lead to many rewards that can include an increased appreciation of the poultry industry, leadership skills, and 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 31st and are payable by check or money order only.   Tentative date for pick-up of show chickens is the week of August 21, 2017.
 
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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Highway Department News


 

LUFKIN - A pre-construction meeting was held in Lufkin last week signaling the beginning of a new construction project in Trinity County.  Barricades will be set next week and construction is scheduled to begin by the end of the month on a section of US 287 extending from SH 94 to Harrison Avenue in Groveton. A.L. Helmcamp, Buffalo, TX, will serve as contractor for the $1.8 million project that is designed to reconstruct existing pavement.
 
As this project progresses, motorists are asked to stay alert to moving equipment and workers through the area. Obey all traffic control devices and prepare for intermittent daily lane closures through the project. Traffic fines double when workers are present.
 
For a complete list of statewide projects and road closures, visit drivetexas.org. For more information about this project and others through the nine-county Lufkin District, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov<mailto:Rhonda.OaksDonaldson@txdot.gov> or (936) 633-4395.
 
 
 

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Frontier Days


 

 
TIMPSON'S ANNUAL FRONTIER DAYS will celebrate our 55th year with 4 days of
events. 
 
Thursday, June 29th with the opening of the Carnival downtown and the Gospel
Singing at the First Baptist Church, located at 715 N 2nd Str. The Gospel Singing will
start at 7pm with The Calvary Boys, Grounded, Broken Vessels and The Calvary
Boys Trio. 
 
FRIDAY June 30th, the carnival continues, there will be entertainment on the
downtown streets & stage beginning at 6 pm. Look for our own, Curtis Daniel to be taking
the stage and singing both Friday and Saturday! Main stage event will be
Country music by Broken Vessels. 
 
SATURDAY July 1st, will be a full day of events! The fun will begin with the
parade at 10AM. Immediately following the parade will be our opening
ceremony, the announcement of the 2017 Cowboy(s) of the Year for Timpson and
our surrounding towns, the antique car show, and the pet show. There will be
entertainment all day long including clowns, a greased pig catching, peach
cobbler contest, sexy legs competition and of course the carnival with food
vendors open throughout the day and into the night. The downtown plaza will
also be host to vendors with food, toys, what-nots, and raffles during all 3
days. Our very own Tracy Broadway will MC Saturdays events starting with the
Parade. Timpson Twirlers and Cheerleaders will perform at 6PM. Please make
sure you attend our famous cake auction before the entertainment Saturday
evening. Immediately following the cake auction Leavin Sundown will take the
stage for the street dance after you enjoy a little Curtis Daniel Country. 
 
SUNDAY EVENING July 2nd,  the public is invited to join us for a Church
Service under the tent, complete with gospel music beginning at 6pm! Bring
your lawn chair. Bother Dee from First Baptist Church will bring the message
with several other community churches leading worship and singing.

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Buddy Poppy Day


 

 
Since 1922, the Buddy Poppy has been an integral part of the VFW community.  As VFW's official memorial flower, the Poppy represents the blood shed by American service members and it reiterates that the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Auxiliary will never forget their sacrifices.
 
Shelby County Memorial VFW Post 8904 and the Auxiliary will be distributing Buddy Poppies this Saturday, May 20th at Walmart on Hurst Street from 9 am to 3 pm.  Donations go to meet unexpected needs of Shelby County Veterans.  Be sure to get yours.
 
 

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The Sheriff's Office Thanks Everyone who helped with the Appreciation Lunch


 

 

 

 

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Portacool Park Grand Opening in Center, Texas


 
After months of work and dedication, the vision for Portacool Park is a reality. The park will officially open Saturday, June 17, 2017, during a celebration planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring fun for the entire family. 
 
“At Portacool, we are proud to call Center our home,” said Ben Wulf, CEO of Portacool, LLC, the naming sponsor of the park and funding partner. “This project has been possible in part because of all of our hardworking employees, both past and present. We are excited and honored to be able to give back to the city and community that has provided us a platform to become a globally recognized company.”
 
Portacool Park is the culmination of more than a year of project planning and coordination of funding from Portacool, LLC, a grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife, the City of Center and the Street Improvements for Economic Development. The renovated park facilities include a quarter-mile walking trail, restroom facilities, azalea garden, covered pavilion/basketball court, a multi-purpose soccer/football field that will accommodate CISD athletics and, of course, specially designed cool zones featuring Portacool evaporative coolers.  
 
“With common vision, cooperation and community partners such as Portacool, it is amazing what can be accomplished,” Chad Nehring, City Manager, said. “We are so pleased with the results of these efforts and cannot wait for everyone to come out and enjoy this asset to our community.” 
 
Please plan to join Portacool employees and City representatives during the opening event on June 17 as they welcome you to the newly renovated and expanded park. Hot dogs, popcorn and more will be available to the public. 
 
 

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Hawthorne Missionary Baptist Church Fundraiser


 

The Hawthorne Missionary Baptist Church will have a fundraiser on the Center Square on May 25th at 10:30 a.m. 936-591-5283.  $7 for brisket sandwhiches. 

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Revival Services at the Rocky Mt. Baptist Church


 

Homecoming/Revival Service Sunday July 9th @ 2:30 p.m.

 

Revival Service July 10-12th at 7:30 p.m.  Minister Tory Barnes will bring the messages.  

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The James/Antioch Community Center


 

 
The James/Antioch Community Center will hold it's May meeting on Saturday the 20th.  This month will be election of officers.  After the meeting there will be a potluck supper.  For more information call 591-1562.
 
 

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School Bus Wreck Near Lout Town - UPDATE


UPDATE FROM DPS

** Updated Information **

As a result of the crash involving the Shelbyville ISD school bus, Victor Lee, 13, of Shelbyville, was pronounced deceased yesterday at a Nacogdoches Hospital.

 

The driver of the 1997 Dodge truck has been identified as Courtland Vaughn, 20, from Shelbyville, TX. Vaughn was not reportedly injured as a result of the crash.

Marla Denby, 53, of Shelbyville was identified as the driver of the school bus and was treated at a local hospital for her injuries.

Several other students involved in the crash were transported to area hospitals. This investigation remains ongoing. (please note the corrected age)

 

LUFKIN – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers are investigating this evening a fatal two-vehicle school bus crash on FM 139 at County Route 2552.
 
At approximately 4 p.m., a Shelbyville Independent School District bus was turning right from FM 139 onto CR 2552 to travel south when it was struck from behind by a 1997 Dodge pickup. The collision caused the school bus to turnover, resulting in the death of an 11 year-old boy and injuring several students.
 

 

This investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available.
 
 
Earlier today at approximately 4:00 p.m. a two vehicle wreck occurred on FM 139 near Lout Town Grocery involving a white Truck and a Shelbvyille ISD School bus. According to Texas DPS Troopers Jones and Hallenbeck a truck being driven by Chase Vaughn hit the the Shelbyville School Bus being driven by Marla Denby and ejected one of the passengers from the school bus. The Shelby County Sheriff Office, Center Fire Department, Shelbyville Fire Department, and Texas DPS Troopers all responded to the scene, along with EMS. Those injured where transported to medical facilities. Williams Wrecker Service helped to clean up the area and hauled away the vehicles.
 

 

 

 

 

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Graduation Dates


 

 

 

 

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Flags at Half-Staff


 

Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered that the Texas and U.S. flags be flown at half-staff Monday, May 15, in honor of Peace Officer Memorial Day. Flags will return to full-staff on Tuesday, May 16.

 

 

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Texas Blueberry Festival


 

The 28th annual Texas Blueberry Festival, a day-long celebration of the annual blueberry harvest, will take place June 10 in downtown Nacogdoches.
 
The festival will begin at 8 a.m. and will include arts and crafts vendors, tasty treats, shows, activities and more.
 
 

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GRAND OPENING RIBBON CUTTING PLANNED FOR CENTER NUTRITION


 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors invite the public to join them for a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting for Center Nutrition, on Tuesday, May 23 at 11:00 a.m.  It will be held at their location at 500 Hurst Street in Center.
 
Center Nutrition owners, Roberto and Carolina Diaz, offer fitness assessments, nutrition shakes and various other nutrition products.  For more information on their services and products, they may be contacted at 936-657-9110.
 
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.
 
 

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Chamber of Commerce Congratulates Junior Chamber Graduating Seniors


 

 
The  Shelby County Chamber of Commerce would like to take this opportunity  to congratulate
the Class of 2017 graduating seniors that were in the  Junior Chamber of Commerce
and Young Ambassador program.
 
The  2016-2017 JCC program was comprised of 347 members with 64 seniors.  The Chamber
thanks all the JCC students in helping with  Chamber  and Community events around
the county.
 
The Chamber sends best wishes to each Senior and knows that their futures will be
bright.
 
 
Class of 2017:
 
Center Christian Academy
Brynna Birdwell
Adarsh Tailor
 
Center High School
Ruth Gutierrez
Diana Solis
Kenia Palacios
Troiesha Winn
Ruth Sanchez
Haley Price
Hugo Carrosco Bohorquez
Madeline Myers
Prisilla Ramos
Jaqueline Alejaldre
Monica Olalde
Nyisha McColister
Jesse Burns
Casey Sneed
Kailey Agnew
Shakira Johnson
Elisabet Guerrero
Maricruz Gonzalez
Dulce Gonzalez
Jennifer Alvarado
Edith Gonzalez
Veronica Vazquez
Karen Salazar
Jazmin Uriostegui
Aslin Lucio
Zack Fausett
Kimberly Rodriguez
Maria Gamez
Whitlee Reed
Mariela Varela
Nate Morris
MeKayla Hubbard
Alysha Zmorre
Madison Agnew
Sydney Denney
Konner Windham
 
Shelbyville High School
Jacob Bragg
Jessica Garrett
Hannah Hall
Kaitlin Campbell
Kennedy Parker
Mariana Mendoza
Bailey Rabalais
Kamaryn Smith
Perla Coporali
Elijah Johnson
 
Timpson High School
Darian Hutto
Cutter Smith
Holly Hughes
Tykuirra Bryant
Aislynn Kimnzey
Jeremy Wagstaff
 
Tenaha High School
Daniela Leos
Katelyn Kellar
Brooke McClure
Bianca Ramirez
Kaleb Wyatt
 
Joaquin High School
Maci McDaniel
Madolyn Covington
Dalayna Daw
Justin Hooper
Nate Belrose
 
 

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Red Cross Volunteer Recruitment Meeting


 

Anyone interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer is cordially invited to attend a meeting conducted by the American Red Cross on Thursday May 18th at 5:30 PM.  The meeting will be held at the Shelby County Courthouse, 2nd Floor Community Room at 200 San Augustine St. in Center.
 
For more information you can contact Scott Brawley with the Red Cross at 936-634-6013.
 
 
 

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Weather Update


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning today, each day by mid afternoon will see our Southerly Gulf
winds pick up to 10-15 mph. The only exception is Saturday when it will
turn to a strong Northerly wind with the passage of a cold front and the
beginning of a rainy few days into mid week next week. Only slightly cooler
temps during the rainy period.
 
We could see some popup showers with the heating of the day with several
upper level disturbances passing through our Deep East Texas area.....not
high chances, but our temps, humidity, and Gulf breezes could generate some
moisture during this period as our temps will be in the mid 80's and lows
dropping only in the the upper 60's and low 70's at night. We will see
partly cloudy skies mixed with Sunshine until Friday. Rain with a mix of
T-storms Saturday thru Wednesday of next week but only about an inch of
rain total. most of the rain will be to our South  and North once again.
Thursday's NWS conference call should shed more light on what will occur as
we get closer to the T-storm & rain forecast period.
 

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Pond Day 2017


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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

 
The City of Tenaha will have a City Council Meeting at the Tenaha Municipal Building located at 238 N. George Bowers Drive, Tenaha, Texas.
 
 

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Joaquin City Council Meeting


 

The City Council of Joaquin will meet in regular session Tuesday, May 16, 2017
6:30 p.m. at The Joaquin City Hall located at 124 North Preston, Joaquin, Texas.
 
ORDER OF BUSINESS
 
Call to order, establish quorum & welcome guest.
 
Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Mayor’s Remarks.
 
Discussion & Council Action on approval of Canvas of Votes of May 6, 2017 General Election.
 
Swearing in of New Mayor and Councilmembers.
 
Open Forum.
 
 
Council approval of the previous month’s minutes.
 
Discussion & Council Action on Payment of Bills.
Discussion & Council Action on election of New Mayor Pro-tem
Discussion & Council Action removal of former Mayor and Councilmember’s from City Accounts.  
Discussion & Council Action addition of New Mayor Pro-tem to City Accounts.
Discussion & Council Action of renewal of Certificate of Deposit with Texas Bank and with revision and update of Current City Secretary & Mayor.
 
Executive Session-Consultation with Attorney for the City-Legal Advice.
Adjournment.
 
 
 
 

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MEMORIAL DAY 2017


 

Shelby County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary invite
the public to their annual Memorial Day Program to be held at in the
Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church, 211 Porter Street,
Center, Texas.  The program will begin at 11:00 a.m.  The 192 names of
Shelby County military killed in action/missing in action from the Civil War
to today's war on terror will be read.  While the names are being read, the
public is invited to help decorate the Memorial Wreath.
 
The playing of Taps will close the program.  Please make plans to join us.
Bring your family as this is an excellent opportunity to educate our youth
about the sacrifices of many.
 
Call Post QM Larry Hume for information or questions, 598-2976.
 
 

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Charles Hughes and His Work to Be Subject of May TAGHS Meeting


 

 
Charles Hughes's shoe shop was a fixture in Timpson for many years. A
Timpson native, Mr. Hughes spent most of his life here doing what he loved
best: working with leather. He would half sole and heel your Thom McAn
shoes or Tony Llama boots, even re-build your saddle, but his real love was
creating hand-tooled leather goods. His skill was widely respected and
admired. Though he closed his shop over ten years ago and he, himself, died
in 2009, Mr. Hughes lives on through his surviving work. The Timpson Area
Genealogical and Heritage Society invites the public to remember Mr. Hughes
at their May meeting next Wednesday and view examples of his work which
will be on display.
 
 
TAGHS meets at 2PM on third Wednesday of each month in the Timpson Public
Library on the corner of Austin and Bremond Streets in downtown Timpson.
The public is always welcome.

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Take A Kid Fishing Pictures


 

PICTURES:

 

 

 

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Shelby County Bass Angler Casting Contest Winners


 

AGE GROUP 3 - 5: 

 

 

 

AGE GROUP 6 - 10:

 

 

 

AGE GROUP 11 - 15:

 

 

 

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Take A Kid Fishing Bream Tournament Winners


 

AGE GROUP 3 - 5:

 

 

 

 

AGE GROUP 6 - 10:

 

 

 

AGE GROUP 11 - 15:

 

 

 

Overall Winner:

 

 

 

Kenneth Fulsom Gift Card Winners:

 

 

 

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Land, Water & Wealth


Texas A&M Agrilife Extension will presents:  Land, Water & Wealth:  Legal Symposium For East Texas Agriculture.  May 19, 2017 at the Angelina County Extension Office located at 2201 S. Medford Drive in Lufkin.  RSVP by May 12th.  936.634.6414

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Crafts For Christ


 

"Patroon Baptist Church's monthly Crafts for Christ event will be held Saturday, May 20 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. This month all proceeds will benefit the church camp fund. We will be painting a beach themed canvas with scripture. Remember, canvases can be customized any way you wish. The cost is $25 for ages 13 and up and $10 for ages 4 through 12 and will cover supplies and refreshments. The event is held in the fellowship hall located at 310 FM 2261 in Shelbyville. Please RSVP no later than Wednesday, May 17, to Kim Adams at (936) 488-9181 to reserve your spot. Seating is limited. Also, like us on Facebook to see future events."

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MANSFIELD STATE HISTORIC SITE HOSTS POLIGNAC'S BRIGADE LIVING HISTORY


 

 
During the weekend of May 19 – 21, Mansfield State Historic will host a series of living history programs on the original ground where General Polignac’s charge hit the Union center during the 1864 battle of Mansfield. 
 
Multiple living history programs will be presented at the site, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday and Sunday. On Saturday, the camps will be open to the public from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and at 2 p.m. there will be a firing demonstration to interpret the events that made General Polignac tell his troops that they were making “a hell of a noise!” 
 
Visit www.facebook.com/MansfieldSHS for a detailed list of events and times.
 
Mansfield State Historic Site is located on State Highway 175, three miles south of Mansfield.  Admission is $4.00 per person ages 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are admitted free.  For more information, call 318.872.1474 or 888.677.6267, or visit www.LaStateParks.com.
 
 

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San Augustine Fundraiser


 

 
The San Augustine Main Street Program will have a fundraiser tomorrow to raise money for their Home Comings and Sugar Plumbs Parade.
 
It will take place from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the downtown courthouse in San Augustine.
 
 
 

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Radio News 5-11-17 Gas Leak in Center


 

 

 

 

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FARM POND PROGRAM PLANNED


 

 
 
“Good pond management is essential to having a pond that will provide recreation and fish for the pond owner,” stated Lane Dunn, Shelby County Texas A&M AgrilLIFE Extension Agent for agriculture.  To help pond owners become better managers, A&M AgriLIFE Extension will sponsor a Farm Pond Management Seminar on May 16th, 2017 with registration starting at 5:30pm.  The late afternoon program will focus on topics that include stocking rates, water quality for fish, weed identification and control with chemical and biological methods.    
 
Ken Hale with Boatcycle out of Henderson will be discussing Weed Identification, Control, Water Quality, Stocking rates and Biological weed control using Tilapia.”  Ken Hale has spoken to producers all over East Texas and has worked with owners of small ponds and large lakes.  This is an excellent time for individuals to bring pond water samples to test for water quality.  Weed samples may also be brought for identification and management options.
 
The seminar will be held at the Weldon Boles farm in Center.  Take 96 South for 3 miles toward San Augustine, turn left on CR 1006 (Old City Lake Road).  Turn at brown pipe fence on left.  Please bring lawn chairs.  No registration fee will be charged.  
 
Those who attend will receive 2.0 CEU’s towards the requirements for the private applicators license.  Please R.S.V.P. by May 8, 2017 by contacting the Shelby County Extension office at (936) 598-7744 for meal purposes.  Meal is sponsored by McAdams Propane and will be cooked by Billy Bob and Josh McAdams.
 
 
 

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Mason Degree Rescheduled


 

 
The Entered Apprentice Mason Degree set for tonight at Sam Samford Lodge has been rescheduled for next Thursday Night, May 18.  Sandwiches at 6:30 with the degree following.  You are still welcome to attend tonight for fellowship and study at 6:30.
 
 

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Rep. Chris Paddie Capitol Update


 
Last week was a big one in the Texas House with the House addressing issues ranging from education and testing reform to tort reform and pension system reform.
 
This past week, the House debated and passed HB 1774, which will serve to help stem the lawsuit abuses that we see in the wake of large scale hail storms.  These often frivolous claims clog our courts with unnecessary cases that could be settled between the parties and drives up the cost of insurance for all Texans.  The Senate has passed legislation similar to HB 1774 and I look forward to moving this measure to the governor for his signature.
 
The House also passed SJR 2, which calls for a Constitutional convention.  With the passage of SJR 2, Texas will join several other states in calling for a Constitutional convention with the aim of reigning in the runaway federal government.  We also passed SB 21 which would dictate the qualifications and duties of Texas' delegates should a Constitutional convention be called.  
 
The House also passed HB 1449, which would prevent cities from implementing linkage fees.  While you may not have heard of linkage fees, they are being implanted in liberal cities, ironically as a way to pay for affordable housing.  Linkage fees are a tax, based on the square footage of new or remodeled construction.  Los Angeles has a linkage fee of $12 per square foot on new residential construction.  Seattle has enacted linkage fees as high as $17.50.  While linkage fees are not widespread in their current use, it is best to prevent these "affordability taxes" than to have to end them once you are already paying them.
 
Last week, the House also passed HB 22 which reforms our school rating system and HB 515 which reforms our testing system.  HB 22 reforms the controversial A-F rating system that has created confusion for our schools.  HB 22 would simplify the rating system and would limit the disproportionate impact that high stakes testing had in the previous system.  
 
With regards to high stakes testing, which is bemoaned by parents, students and teachers alike, HB 515 takes Texas to the federally required level of testing, removing several unnecessary and time consuming tests for our schools.  This should allow our teachers to teach and our students to learn instead of having to spend excessive amounts of time preparing for tests.
 
These issues are just a few of the many that are being considered in the final weeks of the legislative session.  It is great to hear from so many of you, either supporting or opposing all kinds of legislation.  It is with your input that I am able to best represent you as we finish the 85th Legislative session.  I would also encourage you to contact me if you are receiving suspect information from outside groups.  If there is an issue that you want to make me aware of, please contact me at 512-463-0556 or district9.paddie@house.texas.gov.
 

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Weather Update


 

Friday clearing late, but little Sunday due to the lingering clouds.
 
Saturday thru next Thursday....lots of Sunshine, clear skies and warmer
temperatures...upper 80's for highs and upper 60's for lows with no rain.
Just alternating S then N winds at 15 mph toward the latter part of next
week.

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Food Pantry


 

 
 
 
HUXLEY HELPING HANDS, A LOCAL MISSION GROUP FROM THE HUXLEY COMMUNITY, ARE HOLDING A FOOD PANTRY FOR THE RESIDENTS OF SHELBY COUNTY.  IT WILL BE HELD THE SECOND SATURDAY OF MAy 2017. I.D. & PROOF OF RESIDENCE IS REQUIRED
* ONLY (1) BOX PER HOUSEHOLD
 
DATE: May 13,2017
 
TIME: 9:00 A.M.- UNTIL FOOD IS GONE
 
LOCATION: HILLCREST BAPTIST CHURCH
901 SOUTHVIEW CIRCLE, CENTER TEXAS
 
 
 
 

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Entered Apprentice Degree


 

Sam Samford Lodge, 149, will confer an Entered Apprentice Degree, Thursday evening, May 11th. Sandwiches will be served at 6:30 and the degree will follow.

 

 

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SCO Investigates Death of a Joaquin Man


 

Deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to East Saddle Street in Joaquin Tuesday evening in reference to several men being trapped in a hole.
 
Once on scene Deputy Cody Muse observed a large hole on the east side of Saddle Street that appeared to be man-made. Deputy Muse was informed that two Joaquin city employees and an on-looker were trapped inside the hole and emergency response personnel were working to remove the individuals.
 
Deputy Muse was informed by the contractor working on the scene that prior to Muses’ arrival, the contractor along with two city employees were working to clasp sewer pipes together when the east wall of the hole collapsed. The contractor was able to escape the hole leaving the two city employees trapped. An on looker attempting to offer help jumped inside the hole and the west side of the hole collapsed.
 
Rescue personnel were able to free the city workers but the on looker did not survive. He was later identified as Patrick Parks, 52, of Joaquin.
 
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department and the Logansport Fire Department for their assistance with the rescue and recovery.
 
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office extends prayers for the Parks family.
 

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Gas Leak in Center - UPDATED


 

 
 
 
 
 
At 11:44 a.m. today the Center Fire Department responded to a gas leak at the Southwood Apartments in Center.  Some contractors were building a new fence and hit the gas line busting it. The Center Fire Department secured the area until everything was safe and the gas company fixed the line.  The Fire department left the scene and returned to the station by 12:45 p.m.
 
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Nikki Ellington Benefit Program


 

A Benefit Program for Nikki Ellington will be held on Saturday, May 13th at 6 p.m. at the Bright Morning Star Baptist Church.
 
 

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Cook Book Fundraiser - UPDATE


 

Cook Books for sale for $20.00 to help finish building the First Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ in the Fulsom Community.  For More information call 936-572-0405.

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Joaquin Public Notice to Boil Water


 

 
 
Due to a loss of system pressure which cause pressure  to fall below 25 pounds, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has required our water system City of Joaquin/2100010 to notify customers  living along Saddle Street in Joaquin, Texas of the need to boil their water prior to consumption.
 
To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking, and making ice should be boiled and cooled prior to use. The water should be brought to a vigorous, rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water or obtain water from some other suitable source.
 
When it is no longer necessary to boil the water, the water system officials will notify you that the water is safe for consumption. Instructions to discontinue boiling will be issued in the same manner as this notice.
 
If you have questions concerning this matter, you may contact Stacy Cranford at (903) 692-4313, Perry Pugh at (936) 572-8226, or the City Office at (936) 269-3021. 
 
 

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Relay for Life


 

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life Event is this Friday, May 12 in downtown San Augustine from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. around the courthouse square!
 
 

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Ground Collapse Leads to a Fatality - UPDATE


 

Several Joaquin City workers were repairing an underground sewer line when the sides of the hole they were working in collapsed, yesterday evening.  The man who died was a bystander, who's brother was one of the ones trapped. He was trying to help the other two when a second collapse occurred. One of the city workers was freed after about 30 minutes of work by members of the Joaquin Fire Department. He was not injured. Desoto Fire District #1 responded with their special rescue team and rescued the second worker, who was then airlifted to University Health in Shreveport.

 

They then recovered the body of the bystander, who was taken to Community Funeral Home in Center.  According to the Funeral Home the man's name is Patrick Park 52 of Joaquin.  The incident is still under investigation. The Joaquin Fire Department would like to ask the community to pray for the family of the victims.

 

 

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Radio News 5-10-17


 

 

 

 

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Joaquin VFD Honors Graduates


Three years ago, the Joaquin Volunteer Fire Department created a Junior Firefighter Program as a way to get more young people involved in serving their community. The program has been a huge success, and on Monday night, eight of the first members were honored as they prepare for their high school graduation.

 

Firefighters Zachary Bates, Lucas Brazzell, Sunshine Carroll, Ronny Godinez, Hunter Holt, and Levi Manali were among the first recruits to the program, which allows youngsters to enroll at age 16 to begin training. At age 18, they are eligible to transition to the department's active membership roster. The six firefighters mentioned, along with Brock Pugh, who joined the department at age 18, are set to graduate from Joaquin High School later this month.

 

In recognition of their accomplishment, the graduates were presented with a gift by Fire Chief Perry Pugh, who made the following statement: "I've been here over 40 years, and I can't remember us ever having this many graduates in a year. It's good to see our department growing with young people." The graduates were then treated to a BBQ dinner by the other members. The JVFD is actively recruiting new recruits to the Junior Firefighter Program. If you are at least 16 years old and are interested, contact Asst. Chief Jeremy Boyett, Training Officer Stephen Ewing, or Secretary/ Treasurer Rusty Wilson.

 

 

 

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This Week at the Fannie Brown Booth Library


 

This Week at the Fannie Brown Booth Library:
 
Thurs., May 11th, 10:30 a.m. - Preschool Story Time Thurs., May 11th, 2:00 p.m. - Color Me Calm Also, schedules for the Summer Reading Program are available at the Library.
 
 
 

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Joaquin Builders Awards


 

 
Joaquin Builders Awards at the Mason Lodge this Saturday May 13th at 6:30 p.m. the meeting is open to the public and there will be food served.
 
 
 

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FEDERAL PROGRAMS MEETING


 
Joaquin ISD plans to participate in the following Federal Programs during
the 2017-2018 school year:  Title I-Part A, Title I-Part C Migrant, Title
II-Part A, Title III-Part A- LEP, Title IV, Part A, Carl D. Perkin – Title
I, Part C and IDEA-B.  Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Principals, Other
School Personnel, Parents, Community Members and Business Representatives
are invited to the 2017-2018 Consolidated Application meeting on Monday,
May 15, 2017 at 5:00p.m. in the Administration Building Board Room.  The
focus of the meeting will include planning the 2017-2018 program activities
and gathering input for the preparation of the application for funding.
 During the meeting, staff will present parents with a draft of a Title I,
Part A -Parental Involvement Policy and School/Parent Compact/Pledge.  We
are requesting input for these documents to ensure that Parental
Involvement in JISD is exemplary.
 
 
 
Private schools (including home schools) have an opportunity to participate
in the 2017-2018 federally funded programs conducted by Joaquin ISD.  If
your school or facility is interested in participating in any of the above
programs, please contact Kathy Carrington, Special Education Director, at
269-3128 ext. 237 by June 30, 2017.  Any schools receiving these services
must comply with federal program requirements.
 
 
 

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May Fair


 

The Shelbyville May Fair will be held on May 20th.  For more information click the link below:

 

http://cbc-radio.com/assets/uploads/Shelbyville_Lions_PRESS_2017_mayfair_final.pdf

 

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Cook Book Fundraiser


 

 
Fulsom Chapel is having a cook book fundraiser they are selling books for $20 a piece to raise money to fix the church.  For more information call 936-572-0405. 
 
 

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Conference 2017


 
The House of Refuge Apostolic Ministries Presents Conference 2017  
 
May 17-19 a t 7:30 p.m. nightly.
 
This years theme: The Lord Our Banner
 

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Logansport Bridge Ribbon Cutting Photos


 

 

 

The Texas Department of Transportation hosted a ribbon cutting for the Logansport River Bridge. The event had a good turn out.

 

 

 

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Radio News 5-9-17


 

 

 

 

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Blue Grass Kick Off to Blueberry Festival


 

The Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Tipton Ford continues Saturday with a full day of activities in downtown Nacogdoches, including a Blueberry pancake breakfast, competitions and more live entertainment. For more information, visit TexasBlueberryFestival.com or call 936-560-5533.

 

 

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Click it or Ticket Campaign 15th Anniversary


 

AUSTIN - This month marks the 15th anniversary of the "Click It or Ticket" campaign urging Texans to buckle up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that since its inception 15 years ago, our life-saving campaign has resulted in 5,068 fewer traffic fatalities. However, from 2015 to 2016, deaths among people not wearing seat belts increased 9 percent.
 
"Wearing a seat belt is the single most important step you can take to protect yourself in a crash, and in Texas it's the law," said Texas Department of Transportation Executive Director James Bass. "People make a lot of excuses for not buckling up, but those excuses will not save your life or prevent you from getting a ticket. The fact is, it only takes a few seconds to buckle up and it could mean the difference between life and death."
 
According to NHTSA, since its inception 15 years ago, the Texas "Click It or Ticket" campaign has not only saved thousands of lives but also prevented more than 86,000 serious injuries and saved Texas more than $19.3 billion in related economic costs. When the "Click It or Ticket" campaign launched in 2002, only 76 percent of Texans used their seat belts. Today, nearly 92 percent buckle up, but 8 percent still don't and the number of people who don't buckle up doubles to 16 percent at night.
 
In 2016, 994 people died because they weren't wearing seat belts - an increase of 9 percent over the 908 unbelted fatalities recorded in 2015.  Wearing a seat belt helps keep occupants from being ejected in a crash and increases the chances of surviving by 45 percent in a car, and up to 60 percent in a truck. In Texas, the law requires everyone in a vehicle to buckle up or face fines and court costs up to $200. Children younger than 8 years must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they're taller than 4 feet 9 inches. If they aren't properly restrained, the driver faces fines up to $250 plus court costs.
 
Along with TxDOT's annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign<http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/media-center/psas/seat-belts/clickit.html> effort, police departments in Texas and across the nation will step up their enforcement efforts from May 22 to June 4.
 
To learn more about "Click It or Ticket," visit texasclickitorticket.com<http://texasclickitorticket.com/>.

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2017 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 31st and are payable by check or money order only.   Tentative date for pick-up of show chickens is the week of August 21, 2017.
 
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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Pond Day


 

Pound Day 2017 is going to be held on May 16th at the Weldon Boles Farm.  For more information call 936-598-7744 or click the links below.

 

 

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http://cbc-radio.com/assets/uploads/2017%20Pond%20Day%20News%20Release.pdf

 

 

 

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http://cbc-radio.com/assets/uploads/2017%20Pond%20Day%20Flyer%202.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

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Fatal Crash on Highway 7


 

On May 7, at approximately 6:40 p.m., Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers (DPS) responded to and investigated a one vehicle fatality crash on SH 7 about three miles West of Center.  The preliminary crash investigation indicates a 2010 Mercury passenger car was traveling East on SH 7. The vehicle reportedly drove off the roadway to the left and struck a tree on the driver side of the vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle was identified as Jessica Sigler, 20, from Center, TX.  Sigler was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash by Justice of the Peace Marla Denby at 7:28 p.m. A 15 month old passenger with Sigler was transported to a Center Hospital and listed in stable condition.
 
 

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GOLDEN HARVEST MINISTRIES CLUB MEETING


 
The Golden Harvest Ministries Club will meet Monday May 15th,. 2017  in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church at 11:30 AM.   The program will be presented by Maggie Casto and Gail Sholar of the William Carroll Crawford Chapter of Daughters of the Republic of Texas.   Assisted by Gene Casto and Nolan Sholar they will present "The Traveling Trunk", a look into daily life during the days of the Republic.
 
Visitors are always welcome to join us for a delicious covered dish luncheon, a good program and time of fellowship.
 
 
 

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San Augustine Commissioners Court Meeting


 

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the above named Commissioners Court will be held on
Tuesday, the 9th day of May 2017 at 9:00 o’clock A.M. 
 
Agenda:
 

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Tenaha Election Results


 

 

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Agriculture Day 2017


 

 

 

 

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Center City Council Meeting


 

The Center City Council will meet in Regular Session on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 5: 00 p.m. in the
Council Room at City Hall. 
 
For the Agenda Click Below:
 
 
 
 

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Texas Fallen Heroes Youth Fishing Championship


 
TEXAS FALLEN HEROES YOUTH FISHING 
CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE HELD ON LAKE SAM RAYBURN
 
 
JUNE 2-4, 2017
 
 
For More Information Click Here:
 
 
 

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Commissioners' Court Meeting


 

                                                                                                                                          
Notice is hereby given that a Regular meeting of the Governing body of the Shelby County Commissioners’ Court will be held on the 8th day of May, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the Courtroom of the Shelby County Courthouse at 200 San Augustine Street, Center, Shelby County, Texas to deliberate and consider action on the following items:
 
 
 
1. Approve the minutes of the April 10, 2017 Regular Meeting, and the April 24th, 2017 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. Axley & Rode, LLP to present Annual Financial Audit Report for Shelby County, Fiscal   Year 2016.
 
6. Discuss and possibly approve Pct 1 to enter into a gravel contract with Red River   Nacogdoches  LLP and to prepay $10,000.
 
7. Discuss and possibly approve County Treasurer to hire replacement for Barbara Walton. Replacement will start May 22nd.
 
8. Discuss and possibly approve contract for Juvenile Detention Services with Angelina County.
 
9. Kevin Bowden to address the court regarding CR 4314.
 
10. Discuss and possibly amend the Personal Policy by adding Travel and Local   Transportation Expense. 
 
11. Accept a donation of body cams for the 5 constables from Gibson Energy totaling   $1670.01.
 
12. Adjourn.
 
 
 

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Wreck on 87 Pictures


 

 

 

 

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NFL player Reginald Davis visits Tenaha ISD


 

Tenaha Alumni and new NFL player Reginald Davis paying a visit to the old stomping grounds before heading to camp with the Atlanta Falcons.

 

 

 

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Agriculture Day 2017


 

Agriculture  Day 2017 will be held today at the Shelby County Rodeo Arena. 

 

 

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RIBBON CUTTING EVENT PLANNED FOR US 84 SABINE RIVER BRIDGE


 

On Monday May 8th TxDOT will have a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Logansport Bridge 10:30 am Official photo at the westbound bridge, Logansport side. At 11 am there will be a program and reception at the DeSoto Parish Library, 203 LA 5, Logansport, LA
 
This historic event will be celebrated by both Texas and Louisiana. Join us along with TxDOT and LaDOTD officials, elected officials and many citizens and business owners in the cities of Logansport, LA and Joaquin, TX to share and celebrate the completion of these twin bridges.
 
Speakers will be TxDOT Lufkin District Engineer Cheryl Flood, TxDOT Commissioner Jeff Austin III and LaDOTD Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson.
 
 

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Shelby County Historical Society Meeting


 

The Shelby County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting May 16, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Shelby County Museum on Pecan Street. Our speaker this month will be either Mr. Sam Wheeler or Mr. Mike Brister. He will speak to us about a program they have for the Center Athletic Department called Uncommon. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

 

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Weather Update


 

Well, maybe not today due to all the wind gusts exceeding 22 mph, but this
evening will see it drop to more tolerable levels.  Tomorrow...Sunny,
slightly warmer, but the wind will return before diminishing for the rest
of the week. After that....nothing but blue skies, bright sun, slight
breezes, and nothing but beautiful weather here in Deep East Texas after
tomorrow.
 
We begin a warming trend to more normal mid 80's during the daytime and
lows in the mid 60's during the evening hours all the way through the
middle of next week.... when another cold front makes its way toward us
with cloudy skies by Wednesday afternoon and rain late in the day and
continuing on through next Thursday.....mostly light stuff for us.
 
​Attached below is the forecast from the NWS briefing​:
 
 
 

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MANSFIELD STATE HISTORIC SITE HOSTS OUR BURIED PAST: MANSFIELD CITY CEMETERY WALKING TOUR


 

 
 
In observance of Memorial Day, Mansfield State Historic Site staff will conduct a short walking tour of the Mansfield City Cemetery on at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday May 27. The tour will focus on the section of the cemetery known as the “Confederate Rest,” and also will address how Union and Confederate soldiers came to be buried there. Also included in the tour will be the stories of a few notable persons in Mansfield’s and Louisiana’s history.
 
Those attending the program will meet at Mansfield State Historic Site by 10:30 a.m. then follow the Park Ranger to the designated parking area in town. This is a weather-permitting outdoor program involving a walk through uneven ground in the cemetery; dress appropriately for the weather and terrain. Please bring water as there will not be access to public drinking fountains.
 
Mansfield State Historic Site is located on State Highway 175, three miles south of Mansfield.  Program admission is $5 per person, ages 12 and under are free. General park admission is $4.00 per person ages 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are admitted free.  For more information, call 318.872.1474 or 888.677.6267, or visit www.LaStateParks.com.
 
LouisianaTravel.com
 
 

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MANSFIELD STATE HISTORIC SITE HOSTS POLIGNAC'S BRIGADE LIVING HISTORY


 

 
During the weekend of May 19 – 21, Mansfield State Historic will host a series of living history programs on the original ground where General Polignac’s charge hit the Union center during the 1864 battle of Mansfield. 
 
Multiple living history programs will be presented at the site, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday and Sunday. On Saturday, the camps will be open to the public from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and at 2 p.m. there will be a firing demonstration to interpret the events that made General Polignac tell his troops that they were making “a hell of a noise!” 
 
Visit www.facebook.com/MansfieldSHS for a detailed list of events and times.
 
Mansfield State Historic Site is located on State Highway 175, three miles south of Mansfield.  Admission is $4.00 per person ages 13-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are admitted free.  For more information, call 318.872.1474 or 888.677.6267, or visit www.LaStateParks.com.
 
LouisianaTravel.com
 

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MANSFIELD STATE HISTORIC SITE HOSTS TOURISM WEEK MANSFIELD BATTLEFIELD TOURS


 

 
In recognition of National Tourism Week, Mansfield State Historic Site – in collaboration with the De Soto Parish Tourism Bureau – will offer special battlefield tours as well as rifle firing demonstrations Sunday, May 7 and Wednesday – Friday, May 10 – 12.
 
Battlefield tours will occur at 11 a.m., rifle firing demonstrations at 2 p.m., and living history camp open from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day. Come tour the battlefield and see how the soldiers lived and fought during the Civil War! Share your Tourism Week experiences in DeSoto Parish your friends by using the hashtags #DeSotoTourism or #MansfieldSHS.
 
Mansfield State Historic Site is located on State Highway 175, three miles south of Mansfield.  Admission is $4.00 per person ages 13-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are admitted free. For more information, call 318.872.1474 or 888.677.6267, or visit www.LaStateParks.com.
 
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The Walk for Riley Jane


 

 

 

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River City Festival in Logansport


 

 

 

 

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Strong School Reunion Class of 1957


 

The Strong High School Reunion of the class of 1957 will be held this Saturday, May 6th at T & R Steaks and More in Center at 11:30 a.m. 

 

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Handler of the Month: Chris Knowlton


 

 
 
 
 
Sergeant Knowlton grew up in Minnesota, coping with a a mother addicted to narcotics and alcohol. One day, a local officer who had heard of the Chris’ home-issues, offered him his personal phone number with a promise “if you ever need me, call me”. Knowlton found himself dialing the his number shortly after, when he found his mother over dosing on heroin. As promised, the officer personally came out and removed him from the dangerous environment and sought a safe haven for the young boy — eventually being placed in the hands of family in Texas. With this new beginning and new found hope, Chris Knowlton embarked on a journey to “impact someone the way [he] was impacted”, that is by becoming a police officer.
 
Chris has worked hard at Center Texas Police Department, serving as a patrol officer, narcotics detective, and newly appointed Sergeant. Accompanying these achievements, in 2016, he was gifted K9 Elliot by The  Reel ‘Em In Foundation, founded by Minnesota Viking player Brian Robison. Chris felt an extra special connection towards this gifting, given his Minnesota upbringing, saying “I was raised loving the Minnesota Vikings, and here I was given a K9 by a Viking player himself. It doesn’t seem like a stretch to me, it just shows that everything happens for a reason. This was a true blessing.”
 
Since their union, K9 Elliot and Sergeant Knowlton have made a significant impact on their community. “Center has a larger crime rate in narcotics coupled by a low income rate, so there is a high need for a narcotics dog in our area. Word on the street about [K9] Elliot spread quickly, because he had to be deployed multiple times within the first couple of days of being on duty.”
 
Not only have the pair successfully tackled crime in Center, but they have also managed to break barriers with the community’s youth. “At a young age, these kids are raised to not trust us. But when your walking around with a dog, these children stop and like to ask questions about the K9. [K9] Elliot has helped to knock down these perceived barriers and allow me to start building relationships with this next generation.”
 
In the words of Sergeant Chris Knowlton, K9 Elliot is a hero, peace-maker, and his “best friend”. From their first encounter, Houston K9 Academy trainers Jazz and Jason said that they had never seen a canine bond as quickly as K9 Elliot did with Knowlton. “I never expected to fall in love with a K9 the way I have with Elliot. He’s my best friend, there’s no doubt”.
 
“I owe so much to K9s4COPs for everything they have done for me, and for connecting me to the Brian Robison Reel ‘Em In Foundation. Everything happens for a reason, and this whole process has just been a huge blessing for me.”
 
THANK YOU SERGEANT CHRIS KNOWLTON!
 
 
 
 
 
Brian Robison’s Reel ‘Em In Fishing Tournament Donates ALL Proceeds to K9s4COPs!
 
 
 
 
Pictured: Deputy Ted Dahlin, Sergeant Chris Knowlton with K9 Elliot, and DE Minnesota Viking’s player Brian Robison
 
 
We are incredibly grateful partner with the Brian Robison Reel ’em In Foundation fishing tournament! We enjoyed coming out to demonstrate what our K9s do best and partake in the festivities.
 
A huge thank you to Brian and Jayme Robison for putting on such an amazing event and contributing so much to K9s4COPs!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Baccalureate Service at Timpson First Baptist Church


 

The First Baptist Church of Timpson will be host a Baccalureate service this coming Sunday May 7th, at 6:00 p.m for all the graduating Timpson Highschool Seniors.  

 

 

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http://cbc-radio.com/assets/uploads/2017%20Announcement%20(1).pdf

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Gmail Users Beware of the Email Worm


 

Google has recently had a wide range phishing message  hit their gmail service.  A worm will arrive as a google document sent from a trusted contact.  If the email is opened the worm then sends itself to all your contacts on your gmail. 
 
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Chris Watlington Talk Show Now on Sound Cloud


 

 

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Governor Abbott Participates In Conference Call On Zika Virus


 

 
AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today participated in a conference call on Zika virus response and prevention efforts in Texas and across the United States. The call was hosted by the White House and featured Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Acting CDC Director Anne Schucat, and Dr. Anthony Fauci from the National Institute of Health. 
 
 
 
"With the height of mosquito season around the corner, Texas will continue to take action to promote awareness and prevention measures of Zika virus," said Governor Abbott. "The state of Texas has already been at the forefront of developing and implementing the strongest possible Zika response plan, and we will continue to work with our local and federal partners to ensure communities have the knowledge and tools they need to combat the Zika virus."
 
 
 
Governor Abbott and Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt will host a roundtable to discuss Texas Zika response plan with local leaders and health officials on Friday, May 5th, in Brownsville, TX. Further details on the roundtable will be forthcoming. 
 
 

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Sen. Cruz Addresses the Independent Bankers Association of Texas


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community banks play a critical role in Texas' economic engine
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today addressed members of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas. There, he participated in a Q&A session with attendees, and discussed his efforts to create more good-paying jobs and expand opportunity for Texans throughout the state.
 
"It is an honor to meet with members of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas," Sen. Cruz said. "Since 1974, you have been fighting for Texas communities with your stewardship of community banks throughout our state, and playing a critical role in Texas' economic engine by providing loans for a majority of small businesses.
 
Cruz continued: "Small businesses create two thirds of all new jobs, and my number-one priority in the Senate is jobs and economic growth. If we can end burdensome regulations from Dodd-Frank and the CFPB, and simplify the tax code, we can make it easier for Texas businesses to grow and prosper, and expand opportunities for hardworking Texans across our great state."
 
 
 
 

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Frozen Dinner Recall


 
WASHINGTON, May 3, 2017 – Blount Fine Foods, Corp., a McKinney, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 8,685 pounds of Beef Chile Colorado frozen meals due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products are mislabeled as Beef Chile Colorado, but the packaged product contains cheese enchiladas with milk as an ingredient. Milk is a known allergen and is not declared on the product label.  
 
The frozen Beef Chile Colorado products were produced on Nov. 23, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: 
       
10-oz¬¬. retail cartons containing “SAFFRON ROAD BEEF CHILE COLORADO WITH MESQUITE BLACK BLEANS & GARLIC RICE” with “Best By” dates of “05/23/18 AP.” 
 
The products subject to recall do not bear an establishment number on the packaging because the company was producing a U.S. Food and Drug Administration product. These items were shipped to distribution centers located in Pennsylvania and Texas.
                                  
The problem was discovered after the firm received a consumer complaint. 
 
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  
 
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
 
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls. 
 

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Generations Concrete Ribbon Cutting


 
 
The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors invite the public to join them for a new member ribbon cutting for Generations Concrete, on Tuesday, May 9 at 4:00 p.m.  The Chamber will host the ribbon cutting at the Chamber office on the downtown square.
 
Generations Concrete owners, Leslie and Pamela Hicks, can assist with home improvement ideas such as house slabs, sidewalks, patios, storage buildings and more.  For more information on other projects, they may be contacted at 936-556-5193.
 
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or info@shelbycountychamber.com.
 

 

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Recycle Day


 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Shelby Beautiful Clean committee has set the date for the Recycle/Disposal Day, Saturday, May 6, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  The Chamber will have two dumpsters on the downtown square to accept items for recycle and disposal.  Items will be accepted until the dumpsters are full.  
 
Some of the items that will be accepted are televisions, computers and monitors, printers, typewriters, telephones, pagers, cable wires, power cords, power strips and small appliances such as toaster ovens, crock pots and toasters.  If you are disposing computers be sure to wipe or remove the hard drives.  All items brought on recycle/disposal day will be taken to a land fill.  Items that will not be accepted include large appliances, furniture, tires, oil, items with Freon or any liquids or household garbage.  
 
Gold sponsors for the event are Russell’s Carpet One and The Light and Champion.
For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682, info@shelbycountychamber.com.  
 

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4-H Sewing & Quilting Day Camps to be Offered


 

 

 

 

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3 Vehicle Wreck on Highway 7 - UPDATED


 

 

 

 

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Weather Update


 

*Special Statement*
*Issued: 7:55 AM CDT May. 3, 2017 – National Weather Service*
 
*... Significant weather advisory for southeastern Angelina...
SanAugustine and northwestern Sabine counties until 900 am CDT... At
755 am CDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm 12miles
north of Ebenezer, moving northeast at 25 mph.Dime size hail and winds
in excess of 40 mph will be possible withthis storm.Locations impacted
include... San Augustine, Macune, Bland Lake, Rosevine, Broaddus,
Bronson andchinaquapin.Precautionary/preparedness actions... This
storm may intensify, so be certain to monitor local radiostations and
available television stations for additional informationand possible
warnings from the National Weather Service.*
 
 
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​It looks like most of the severe activity is moving into Louisiana, BUT
with the disturbed atmosphere it could chance in minutes notice.​
 
 
 
 
 

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First Sunday at the First Baptist Church


 

 

First Baptist Church, 117 Cora Street, Center, Texas located across from the historic courthouse, invites our community to an evening of gospel music and a fellowship supper this Sunday, May 7th at 6:00 p.m..  It's called "First Sunday @ First" and will feature music in contemporary, traditional, and bluegrass styles - music by children, youth, and adults - music by choirs, praise bands, and soloists . . . music for every taste.   And speaking of tastes - the worship concert will be followed by a time of sweet fellowship and lots of good food.  Come and be our guest - It's "First Sunday @ First”! 

 

 

 

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Sen. Cruz: Texas Proudly Stands With Israel


 

Sen. Cruz: Texas Proudly Stands With Israel Commends Governor Abbott and Texas legislature for enacting anti-BDS legislation into law
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement after Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed anti-BDS legislation into law:
 
"On a momentous day in which we joined our close ally Israel in celebrating its 69th Independence Day, I am deeply proud that the state of Texas adopted legislation to combat the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Texas has sent a powerful message that it stands with Israel and will not do business with or invest certain public funds in companies that participate in this discriminatory economic campaign that intentionally seeks to delegitimize and destroy the Jewish State. This bill strengthens an already steadfast Texas-Israel relationship - anchored by shared values and exemplified through a robust economic and military partnership.  I commend Governor Greg Abbott for signing this anti-BDS bill into law and Representative Phil King and Senator Brandon Creighton for their steadfast leadership in sponsoring this measure."
 
 

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State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $2.44 Billion in April


 

(AUSTIN)  *Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said today that state sales tax revenue totaled $2.44 billion in April, 2.5 percent more than in April 2016.
 
The modest growth in state sales tax revenue reflects increased business spending in some sectors, Hegar said. While net collections from oil and gas companies remain depressed, receipts from the manufacturing and wholesale trade sectors were up markedly. The results of consumer spending appear mixed, with increased tax collections from restaurants but a slight decrease in retail trade.
 
Total sales tax revenue for the three months ending in April 2017 was up by 3.3 percent compared with the same period a year ago. Sales tax revenue is the largest source of state funding for the state budget, accounting for 58 percent of all tax collections in fiscal 2016. Motor vehicle sales and rental taxes, motor fuel taxes and oil and natural gas production taxes are also large revenue sources for the state. 
 
In April 2017, Texas collected the following revenue from those taxes:
 
 
  * motor vehicle sales and rental taxes  $222 million, down 11.2 percent from April 2016;* 
  * motor fuel taxes  $316.1 million, up 4.4 percent from April 2016; and 
  * oil and natural gas production taxes  $285.1 million, up 93.9 percent from April 2016. The            increase is due in part to refunds provided to natural gas severance taxpayers in April 2016,          which resulted in artificially low tax collections during that period. 
 
*Each spring, counties retain 5 percent of the motor vehicle sales and use taxes collected the previous fiscal year by the county as a commission. This takes place mostly in April, but in some cases, may continue through May and June. The large drop in year-over-year motor vehicles sales and use tax collections is due to more counties retaining that commission in April 2017 as opposed to last year. Collections are expected to return to their projected levels once counties have completed retaining their commissions from fiscal 2016.

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Bird Watching and Crafts at Mission Dolores


 

 
SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas — Head down to Mission Dolores State Historic Site on Saturday, June 3rd for a morning of birdwatching and crafting activities!
 
From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., children will have the opportunity to observe some of the diverse bird species that inhabit East Texas. After an intro to bird watching along our nature trail, kids can construct their own bird houses and feeders from recyclables to attract birds to watch in their own backyards.  
 
“The priests that established Mission Dolores followed the teachings of St. Francis, who was known for his dutiful care and observations of even the smallest animals,” said Brooke Bonorden, site educator/interpreter at Mission Dolores State Historic Site. “At this program, we will follow in his footsteps, observing the birds of Mission Dolores and helping care for them by building feeders and houses.” 
 
Mission Dolores was a Spanish mission built in 1721 in what is now San Augustine County, just 20 miles west of the Texas-Louisiana border. The site tells an important history about the Native American experience with Texas’ earliest European settlers. Visitors can explore the site’s history at the museum, where interpretive displays tell the story of Mission Dolores. The property also has a campground, picnic area, and group pavilions.
 
This program is designed for children ages 12 and under. Admission is free and the program will run from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Mission Dolores State Historic Site is currently open Tuesday through Sunday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, please call 936-275-3815.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Blount Chapel Baptist Church Choir Day


 

Blount Chapel Baptist Church of Center will have their annual Choir Day on May 7 at 3:00 p.m.

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St. Theresa Welcomes Father Nelson


 

 
The St. Theresa Catholic Church will have a Mass on Friday May 5th at 6:00 p.m. to welcome Father Nelson.  Following Mass there will be a covered dish dinner.  All are encouraged to attend.
 
 

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Jackson Cemetery Homecoming


 

 
The Jackson Cemetery Homecoming will be held on Sunday May 21st at the Jackson Missionary Baptist Church at 10:45 a.m.
 
 
 

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New Hope C.M.E Church Anniversary


 

 
New Hope C.M.E church will have their church anniversary celebrating 163 on May 21st at 3:00 pm.  The Guest Speaker will be Rev. Marilyn L. Briggs, Pastor of St. Paul C.M.E Church of Nacogdoches, Texas.
 

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Weather Update


 

A threat of heavy rain, along with an increased threat of severe thunderstorms, is expected on Wednesday. While the main threat of heavy rain and severe weather is expected south of Interstate 20, a few strong storms may occur north of the interstate as well.   While a few storms may become strong by mid morning, mainly across the East Texas Lakes and Toledo Bend area, the bulk of the adverse weather can be expected in the afternoon hour. A few storms may linger into the early evening across mainly north central Louisiana, the threat will rapidly diminish by later in the evening.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Shelbyville Band Wins Sweepstakes 8 times in a row


 

 

 

 

 

 

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VFW TO OBSERVE VICTORY IN EUROPE (VE) DAY


 

 
Each year the World War II Allies remember May 8th, 1945, the date when they
accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany.  Adolf Hitler
committed suicide during the Battle of Berlin so the surrender of Germany
was authorized by his replacement, President of Germany Karl Donitz.
 
In the United Kingdom more than one million people celebrated in the streets
and in the United States President Harry Truman who turned 61 that day
dedicated the victory to the memory of his predecessor, Franklin D.
Roosevelt.  President Roosevelt had died of a cerebral hemorrhage less than
a month earlier.
 
Shelby County Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary
will hold an observance to commemorate the 72nd Anniversary of VE Day on
Monday, May 8th, 2017 at the Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the
Historic Shelby County Court House.  The remembrance will begin at 10 am
with the laying of a Memorial Wreath in honor of those who served and those
killed in action in the European Theater during World War II.  Names of
those Shelby County Veterans killed in Europe will also be read.  The wreath
will remain on display for the day.  As always the public is cordially
invited to remember their fellow Americans.
 
 
 

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Red Cross 100 Year Anniversary


 

Please, if anyone or businesses could make a donation to the Red Cross or would like to donate some items for silent auction it would be highly appreciated. San Augustine, Shelby and Sabine Counties division would like to have some things to contribute to the Major Fund Raiser that is going on which is part of the May 20th Masquerade Gala.  Our area is in need of funds to continue the mission of the Red Cross.  Please contact Tressie Simon, 713-502-5544 for further details.

 

 

 

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San Augustine Chamber Host's Writers


 

The San Augustine Chamber of Commerce will be hosting 14 Travel Writers for lunch this Friday in conjunction with Sale on the Trail, who will be touring the mission and other local points of interest as they travel the Trail from Nacogdoches to Natchitoches.

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Weather Update


 

The current forecasts are that we will have another round of some storms
much like what we had on Saturday except that we may get more rain here in
San Augustine and over portions of Deep East Texas, and several days of
cooler temperatures over the next 5-7 days.
 
 
   - Starting mid afternoon on *Tuesday* we will see the winds and moisture
   return from the South. Our temps will be in the upper 80's....AND....
   - By 7:00 am on *Wednesday* we should see the rain and some T-storms
   kick off.  90-100% chances. 1-2 inches under the T-storms. our high will be
   73 with a low of 51 very cool degrees. 15 to 20 degrees cooler! AGAIN!!
   - *Thursda*y will be clear and cool 75/50 with very strong gusty winds
   from the North.
   - *Friday* will be clear and 79/59. winds diminish.
   - *Saturday through Monday *will be clear and remaining in the low 80's
   and upper 50's at night. We can expect the very light winds to prevail. All
   in all, a very nice weekend.
 
 
​The lightning and power fluctuations from 6 weeks or so ago took out my
computer that tracks my weather station and logs the pertinent data. Had to
have my ​Windows 10 reloaded thanks to Microsoft's inability to reboot my
system without errors or locking up. I am back in operation even though
limping along. I am slowly attempting to reload all my files from a back
up. I have not replaced my web cam so that is why some of you have
mentioned you can no longer view my view on our entry windmill and flowers.
 
*here is what I do know.*
 
   - We have a big shortfall in rain here in San Augustine.  My rain
   measurements using both manual and electronic monitoring shows in the range
   of 10.83 inches for the year.
   -  2.03 for the month of April.
   - My March total is not accurate as it is using an old glass rain
   gauge.  I calculated it with my manual readings at right at 2 inches total
   for the month.
 
 
 

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Tenaha City Council Meeting


 

 
CITY OF TENAHA SPECIAL CALLED COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA 
May 4, 2017
 
If during the course of the meeting, any discussion of items on the Agenda that should be held in executive or closed session, the Council will convene in executive or closed session, in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Government Code Section 551.101 and Texas Revised Civil Statues.
 
The City Council of Tenaha will meet in a special called session on Thursday – May 4, 2017 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 & Roll Call
 
2. Pledge and Prayer
 
3. Welcome Guests/Public Comments
 
4. Review and Discuss General Fund and Water Fund Budgets For Council to Determine Available Funding
 
5. Re-visit the April 24, 2017 Regular Scheduled Council Meeting Tabled Agenda Item #7 To Purchase Equipment for the Tenaha Volunteer Fire Department and Make Motion to Approve Funding - ACTION
 
6. Re-visit the April 24, 2017 Regular Scheduled Council Meeting Tabled Agenda Item #8 To Purchase A Dumpster for the Waste Water Treatment Plant and Make Motion to Approve Funding - ACTION
 
7. Council Comments
 
8. Adjourn
 

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Happenings in San Augustine


 

 

May 5th & 6th. Ready to "shop 'til you drop"? The eighth annual El Camino
Real Sale on the Trail takes place the first Friday & Saturday in May along
144 miles of the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas. Follow the trail
through the Caddo region which stretches from LA Hwy 6 in Natchitoches to TX
Hwy 21 into Alto, TX. Homeowners and business owners will hold yard sales,
flea markets, festivals, trade shows and sidewalk sales. 
 
 
 
In downtown San Augustine we will have the first Saturday --- Main Street
Junk in the Trunk Trades Day with free vendor spaces in celebration of the
Sale on the Trail!    This downtown event will be from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. If
you would like to join us please call 936-201-9798.   
 
 

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First Responders Appreciation Lunch Slated for May 19


 

 
Center Independent School District and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will host an Appreciation Lunch for First Responders, presented by McAdams Propane, throughout Shelby County on Friday, May 19 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Center ISD bus barn located on Loop 500.
 
First responders including police officers, department of public safety officers, constables, Sheriff Deputies, firemen, medics, Game Wardens and law enforcement officials will be honored guests. 
Public servants and peace officers carry a responsibility for maintaining order, enforcing the law and protecting the lives and property of our citizens.   Often, service involves personal sacrifices and even personal danger.  The appreciation lunch recognizes the contribution law enforcement makes to the community. Gold sponsors for the event are Specter, Inc., Sassy Red’s and Spartan Structures. 
 

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Just For You Ribbion Cutting


 

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors joined with Saundra Christopher,
owner of Just For You, on Thursday, April 27  for a new member ribbon cutting. The
Chamber will hosted the event at the Chamber office on the downtown square.
Just For You is a catering and event planning business that can cater small or large
events.

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Terry Johnson Retirement Party


 

San Augustine Motor Company invites you to come to a retirement reception
for Terry Johnson 
 
When:    Tuesday, May 2 @ 11 a.m. 
 
Where:   202 East Columbia Street 
 
Refreshments will be served.

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Land, Water & Wealth


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FARM POND PROGRAM PLANNED


 

 
“Good pond management is essential to having a pond that will provide recreation and fish for the pond owner,” stated Lane Dunn, Shelby County Texas A&M AgrilLIFE Extension Agent for agriculture.  To help pond owners become better managers, A&M AgriLIFE Extension will sponsor a Farm Pond Management Seminar on May 16th, 2017 with registration starting at 5:30pm.  The late afternoon program will focus on topics that include stocking rates, water quality for fish, weed identification and control with chemical and biological methods.    
 
Ken Hale with Boatcycle out of Henderson will be discussing Weed Identification, Control, Water Quality, Stocking rates and Biological weed control using Tilapia.”  Ken Hale has spoken to producers all over East Texas and has worked with owners of small ponds and large lakes.  This is an excellent time for individuals to bring pond water samples to test for water quality.  Weed samples may also be brought for identification and management options.
 
The seminar will be held at the Weldon Boles farm in Center.  Take 96 South for 3 miles toward San Augustine, turn left on CR 1006 (Old City Lake Road).  Turn at brown pipe fence on left.  Please bring lawn chairs.  No registration fee will be charged.  
 
Those who attend will receive 2.0 CEU’s towards the requirements for the private applicators license.  Please R.S.V.P. by May 8, 2017 by contacting the Shelby County Extension office at (936) 598-7744 for meal purposes.  Meal is sponsored by McAdams Propane and will be cooked by Billy Bob and Josh McAdams.
 
 
For the Flyer Click Here:
 
 
 

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Shelby County National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Status Upgraded


 

 
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). NFIP works closely with many private insurance agencies to offer flood insurance to homeowners, renters, and business owners. To qualify for flood insurance these individuals must live in a community that has joined NFIP. Shelby County has been participating in the NFIP since June 28, 2016 and the status was referred to as an “emergency” participant.  As an emergency NFIP participant, Shelby County citizens were able to purchase flood insurance with coverage not to exceed $35,000.
 
Shelby County Judge, Allison Harbison has been notified by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that Shelby County has now been upgraded to “regular” NFIP status effective June 1, 2017. This will allow residents to purchase flood insurance coverage in excess of $35,000.00.
 
If you are having problems purchasing flood insurance or have flood insurance questions you may call FEMA at 940-895-5594 and ask to speak to an insurance representative. 

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DeSoto Parish Wanted Person


 

DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers Felon of the Week Program is asking for the
public's help in locating/identifying suspect(s) wanted from DeSoto Parish
Area.
 
Iesha Y. Williams of Mansfield, LA. Williams is wanted for Theft of Goods.
Williams is described as a female, black, weighing 205 lbs., and is 39 years
of age.
 
DeSoto Parish Crime Stoppers is offering a reward up to $1,000.00 for
information that results in the suspect's arrest. Anyone with information is
asked to call the Crime Stoppers line at 1-800-505-STOP (7867) or the DeSoto
Parish Sheriff's Office at (318) 872-3956 and ask to speak with Capt. James
Clements. All calls are confidential.
 

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