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Timpson All-Region/Area Band Students




On Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8, members of the Timpson Band traveled to Carthage and Henderson and auditioned for the ATSSB (Association of Texas Small School Bands) Middle School and High School All-Region Bands. 





The Timpson students that earned chairs or alternate positions in the bands are pictured (L to R):  


Fabian Martinez ~ Junior Tuba, 1st Chair HS Concert Band- AREA*
Milca De La Cruz ~ 8th Grade Trumpet, 16th Chair
Alyssa Parks ~ Sophomore Alto Clarinet, 1st Chair HS Symphonic Band- AREA*
Isabella Galaviz ~ 8th Grade Clarinet, 22nd Chair
Star McClure ~ 8th Grade Clarinet, 1st alternate
Kiera Curtis ~ 8th Grade Clarinet, 3rd alternate
Gracie Wagnon ~ Freshman Trumpet, 10th Chair HS Concert Band
Kaitlyn Crockett ~ 8th Grade French Horn, 4th Chair
Rebekah Parks ~ Senior Flute, 3rd Chair HS Symphonic Band- AREA*
Bella Alford ~ 7th Grade Clarinet, 8th Chair
Devin Kimzey ~ Senior Trombone, 8th Chair HS Concert Band
Jayden Windham ~ 8th Grade Tuba, 2nd Chair
(Jayden also ranked 16th in the HS tuba auditions)
Corey Branton ~ Junior Euphonium, 2nd Chair HS Concert Band- AREA*
Pedro Garcia ~ 8th Grade Tuba, 6th Chair



*2nd picture (L to R) Fabian Martinez, Alyssa Parks, Rebekah Parks, and Corey Branton ranked high enough in their sections to qualify the Area competition.  On January 12 they will go to Chapel Hill and audition for the ATSSB All-State Band.  Congratulations to all of these fine Timpson Band students.   We are VERY proud of all of our Bear Band students that auditioned!






Joaquin School Board Meeting Minutes



1  The Joaquin ISD School Board met tonight in regular session at 6:00 p.m. in the Joaquin Boardroom with the following members Present: Tam Hearnsberger, Bill Mason, Jr., Brandon Neal, Jeff Cater, and Thomas Harvey


Board members absent: Ronnie Belrose and Chrisco Bragg 


Guest(s) Present: 


Joaquin ISD Employee(s) Present:  Phil Worsham, Superintendent; Joel Bumback, Director of Finance, Sherry Scruggs, Elementary Principal & Districtwide Curriculum; Kathy Carrington, Special Education Director;  April Gates, Teacher


Tam Hearnsberger, Secretary, called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.


2  The invocation was led by Phil Worsham, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America by Bill Mason, Jr., and the 

    Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas Flag was led by Jeff Cater.


3  Audience Participation – Those signed up and participating were: None


4  Report and Information items:

4.1 Jr. High and Elementary UIL Academic Contest Report

4.2 Review Monthly Financial and Quarterly Investment Report

4.3 Hand out Superintendent’s Evaluation Form

4.4 Employee Incentives Report

4.5 Correspondence


5  Agenda Items for discussion, consideration, and possible action:

5.1 It was moved by Bill Mason, Jr., and seconded by Jeff Cater, to approve minutes (attached).  

      Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion. It carried unanimously.

5.2 It was moved by Brandon Neal, and seconded by Thomas Harvey, to approve the Board Operating Procedures.

Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.

5.3 It was moved by Brandon Neal, and seconded by Bill Mason, Jr., to authorize the Superintendent to act on behalf of Joaquin ISD in executing the lease agreement with Aethon United BR, LP (attached).  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.

5.4 It was moved by Jeff Cater, and seconded by Bill Mason, Jr., to approve amendments to the 2018-19 budget (attached).  Following discussion, a vote was taken on the motion.  It carried unanimously.


8  Tam Hearnsberger, Board Secretary, ask for items to be placed on the next board agenda.  

None noted at this time


9  Designation of date and time of next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin ISD – 

Monday, January 21, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. 



10  With no further business on the agenda the meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m. 






Area students explore STEM disciplines at SFA



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Area middle and high school students spent the fall semester at Stephen F. Austin State University engaging in exploration of science, technology, engineering and math.


SFA students and faculty members worked with the students as they completed a series of STEM-related events and activities organized by the STEM Research and Learning Center.


“These outreach events provide public, private and home-schooled students the opportunity to come to campus, work with SFA faculty and staff, and experience hands-on activities not available on many school campuses,” said Adrienne Aul, STEM Research and Learning Center programs coordinator.


To learn more about iSTEM or other STEM Research and Learning Center events, visit, or call (936) 468-5814.






Shelbyville Band Booster Meeting



There will be a Shelbyville Band Booster Meeting this Thursday, December 20th, in the Band Hall at 6 PM.  Everyone is invited to attend. 



Joaquin Band Christmas Concert



The Joaquin Band Program and myself would like to invite the district and community to come out this Thursday, the 20th, 6:00 pm to hear some sounds of the season as we present our annual Christmas Concert in the JHS Gymnasium! The concert will include performances from both our 6th Grade Beginner band and our 7th-12th grade JH/HS composite band. 


Please consider coming out and supporting our students. 


Thank you and Merry Christmas!


Submitted by: Jacob Laster, Band Director, Joaquin ISD



Shelbyville Band Seniors Perform at Holiday






Dragon Senior Band members performed for Holiday Nursing home residents during their “Christmas on the Go” program.


Students sought out to bring holiday cheer around the town by performing Christmas music. If you see the band out and about, roll down your window and listen to holiday favorites.



Dragon Band Seniors are: Kurtrick Allen, Alexis Berry, Mattison Clay, Samantha Ferrebee, Jacobi Jackson, Kelsey Jones, H’Leighen McClelland, Jasmine Osby, John Quintero, Jaiden Rose, and Trevor Wilburn






Joaquin ISD School Board Meeting



Notice is hereby given that on the 17th day of December 2018 the Board of Trustees of the Joaquin School District will hold a regular meeting at 6:00 p.m., at the Administration building, Joaquin, Texas.



Tenaha Holiday Hoops  a 10 year Marvel


It is back!!! For the last nine Christmas and New Year’s seasons, Tenaha Holiday Hoops has been the center for excitement, entertainment, and great food in Shelby and Panola County.  This year marks the 10th Annual edition of what is widely recognized as the state’s premier small classification invitational basketball tournament.

What began with just 24 participants in 2008 has now grown to 42 of the state’s premier boys and girls Class A, 2A, and 3A programs.  This year’s field boasts five participants from last year’s State Tournament in San Antonio including two State Champions in their respective classes (Lipan boys and Martins Mill girls).  With over 80% of a field considered to be contenders for the playoffs and the regional tournament level, this year’s event is sure to leave fans on the edge of their seats with great hoops action.  

Seventy-five games over three days in five great venues.  Action begins Thursday morning, December 27th, at 8:30.  Venues for this event are the SEC at Tenaha High School, Tiger Gym, Tenaha, Panola Johnson Gymnasium, Carthage, Timpson High School Gym, Timpson, and Joaquin High School Gym in Joaquin.  Go to and click on the Holiday Hoops tab to find out game times and locations.  

Don’t forget the star attraction every year also, The Tiger Café!!! Located at the Tenaha High School Cafetorium will be open daily for lunch and dinner.  The lunch rush will begin at 11am and will close at 2:30pm.  Lunch choices daily will be Cajun Fried Catfish, Hamburgers, and Chicken Strips including French Fries plus Iced Tea for only $8.00. The dinner run will begin at 4:30pm and end at 8:30pm.  The menu will include all the traditional Holiday Hoop cuisine including your choice of Cajun Fried Catfish, Chicken Fried Steak, Quesadillas with a Baked Potato or French Fries, Cole Slaw or Salad, plus Iced Tea for $9.00 for dinner. Saturday night Fried Shrimp will be added to the dinner menu.  There will also be a full concession stand in the SEC, opens daily at 10am.  So be sure to pass on the same ol’, same ol’ and enjoy the best restaurant dining in three counties right here in Tenaha over the weekend.  

Make plans to check out the action this year.  It’s going to simply be, Marvelous!!!!!!





Soccer Support T-Shirts: Orders due December 13

Center ISD Soccer T-SHIRT deadline is December 20th and they are $15.00 each.





Panola College hosts 82nd Commencement




Panola College graduates participated in commencement ceremonies at 5 and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Arthur Johnson Gymnasium on the Carthage campus.


During the fall semester, 251 students completed the requirements for associate degrees or certificates of completion, and 150 graduates participated in December commencement exercises, according to Jeremy Dorman, Registrar.


Students have completed associate of arts, associate of arts in teaching, associate of science, associate of applied science – associate degree nursing, clinical-medical laboratory technician, computer information technology, electrical and instrumentation technology, general business, health information technology, medical assisting, natural gas compression, office professional, and petroleum technology.


Students earned certificates of completion in administrative assistant; basic welding; cosmetology operator; digital media design and development; emergency medical technician; general business; general office; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; intermediate welding; medical assisting; medical coding technician; microcomputer support specialist; natural gas compression 1; PC technical support; petroleum technology; residential and commercial electrician, and vocational nursing.


The commencement program included a welcome by Dr. Gregory Powell, Panola College president; presentation of the graduating class by Don Clinton, vice president of student success; singing of the Alma Mater by the Panola College Chorale; invocation by Earnest Spencer, professor, School of Energy; certification of graduates by Dr. Billy Adams, vice president of instruction; conferring of degrees by Dr. Powell; and reading of graduates by Dr. Kathy Watlington, professor of foreign language.


Health Science graduates were pinned by Sharon Peace, instructor, vocational nursing; Kim Bishop, instructor, medical technologies; and JoEllen Russell, professor and director of medical lab technician.






SFA planetarium to offer new shows



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s planetarium in the Cole STEM Building will begin offering new shows Dec. 15, providing audiences with additional opportunities for scientific discovery.


With public shows every Saturday and group shows available throughout the week upon reservation, the planetarium provides a wide range of subjects sure to interest any visitor. New shows will be offered Dec. 15 through Jan. 26, with a break Dec. 23 through Jan. 6 for the holidays.


Presented at 3 p.m., “The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket” is geared toward children ages 5 to 8 but is open to all ages. Tickets are $3.


“In this adventure-packed journey through the solar system, you will experience flying through the rings of Saturn, a lightning storm on Jupiter and a landing on the dwarf planet Pluto,” said Ed Michaels, planetarium director. “This is a great children’s show that explores the spectacular worlds of our solar system.”


Two additional shows will be offered. “The Secrets of Gravity – In the Footsteps of Albert Einstein” lets audiences travel space and time while uncovering the secrets of gravity and will be presented at 4:30 p.m. “Dark Universe,” a show examining deep space, dark matter and dark energy, will be presented at 7 p.m.


Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children, students, and faculty and staff with ID and will be available for purchase at the planetarium box office 30 minutes before each show.


To learn more about the shows offered, view the schedule or make a reservation, visit


Cutline: Visitors to the SFA planetarium in the Cole STEM Building now have more opportunities for scientific discovery with the addition of two new planetarium shows, starting Dec. 15. Public shows are offered every Saturday with group shows available throughout the week upon reservation.



Cole Art Center announces holiday hours



NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, Stephen F. Austin State University’s historic downtown gallery, will be open during regular gallery hours for most of the holiday season.

Regular hours are from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Additionally, the art center will be closed Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and Dec. 26. The gallery will be open regular hours Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 27 through 30, which is the last day for both current art shows. The gallery will be closed after Dec. 30 through Jan. 23 while new exhibitions, including “Caddo Contemporary: Present and Relevant,” are installed. The shows open on Jan. 24. Also opening that day is an exhibition of photographs by Frank Dituri.

Exhibitions currently showing feature artwork by Kymia Nawabi and the SFA School of Art’s biennial exhibition of jewelry and metalwork.

“Kymia Nawabi: Not for Long, My Forlorn” features a series of large-scale drawings that “acted as meditations on life and death channeled through ravenous, otherworldly beings and animals that inhabit a purgatory-like space,” according to the artist.

Works selected for inclusion in the 10th annual Art Metals/Jewelry Competition and Exhibition can be seen in the upstairs Reavley Gallery.

A vintage Christmas display, which features antique ornaments, decorations, dolls and toys of bygone eras. shows through Dec. 30.

The exhibitions are free and open to the public and are sponsored in part by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, William Arscott, Nacogdoches Junior Forum and The Flower Shop. The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For additional information, call (936) 468-1131.



Timpson Bear Update


Upcoming Events –


Mon. Dec. 17 – MS OAP performs at 9:00 a.m. in the HS Auditorium

----------------------- JH Basketball @ San Augustine


Tues. Dec. 18 -  Jr/Sr Job Fair 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Event Center

----------------------- JVG/JVB/VG/VB Basketball – Here - vs. Martinsville @ Here


Thurs. Dec. 20 – Christmas Band Concert – 9:00 a.m. @ Event Center


Fri. Dec. 21 – Elementary program in HS Auditorium @ 10:00 a.m.

-------------------- Early Release @ 1:00 p.m.

-------------------- JVG/JVB/VG/VB Basketball vs. Tenaha – Here @ 4:30 p.m.


Counselor’s Corner - Timpson High School will host a job fair including mock interviews this Tuesday, December 18th.  All juniors and seniors will have opportunities to visit with representatives from various companies including Spirit Outfitters, Eastman Chemical Company, Texan Credit, Port-a-Cool, General Shelters, Cobb, Tyson, Texas State Bank, Smith's Sawmill Service, Garrison Nursing Home, and many others.  If your business would like to participate, please contact Mrs. Behrens or Mrs. Metcalf at Timpson High School.  


STEM NEWS - Timpson Ag Welders and Sponsor Robert Harrison attended trailer build off in Lindale. Students were given the ultimate STEM project when they were presented a pile of metal and a prototype trailer to view, and ask to replicate the prototype. Students were given 6 hours to complete their trailer build. The students from Timpson were near completion with their trailer. 





SFA Events



SFA to screen ‘Dealt’
The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of the documentary “Dealt” at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Winner of the SXSW Audience Award for Documentary Feature, “Dealt” is the inspiring story of 62-year-old Richard Turner, who is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians, yet he is completely blind.


The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

Brad Meyer recital
Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at Stephen F. Austin State University, will perform works by Christopher Deane, Kevin Bobo, Alejandro Viñao and others in a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Cole concert Hall on the SFA campus.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit

Caddo Nation artwork exhibited
The exhibition “Caddo Contemporary: Present and Relevant” will show Jan. 24 through March 24 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. 
Featuring ceramics, paintings, beadwork, stonework and drawings, the exhibition is a collaborative presentation of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and Art Galleries and the Caddo Mound Historic Site in Alto. An opening reception with the artists in attendance is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. 


SFA’s historic downtown art gallery, Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For additional information, call (936) 468-1131.

Frank Dituri photography exhibition
The color photography of Frank Dituri will be exhibited Jan. 24 through March 24 in the Reavely Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, Stephen F. Austin State University’s historic downtown art gallery.

“Frank Dituri: Il Sacro.” (The Sacred) features photos Dituri, who teaches photography at the LABA Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, took in Italy over the past few years.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.


Duo Karudan recital

The Friends of Music Concert Series at Stephen F. Austin State University will present Duo Karudan in a faculty-guest recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.


Duo Karudan includes Christoper Ayer, professor of clarinet in the SFA School of Music, and his wife, Kae Hosoda-Ayer, who is associate professor of piano at Baylor University. They will perform five pieces for clarinet and piano, all written by Canadian composers. 

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit


U.S. Army Woodwind Quintet

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music and its Friends of Music Concert Series will present the U.S. Army School of Music Woodwind Quintet in a recital at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA.


The program features “Summertime” by George Gershwin; Libertango” by Astor Piazzolla; and “Quintet” by Carl Nielsen, among other works.


Admission is free. For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit

Danny Chapa recital
The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present a faculty recital featuring Dr. Daniel Chapa, instructor of low brass at SFA, along with collaborative pianist Hyun Ji Oh at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.               

A feature of the Friends of Music Concert Series, the tuba and euphonium recital will include works by Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn and Philip Sparke, among others.


 Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit



SFA students invited to participate in international competition



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Students from Stephen F. Austin State University interested in effecting positive economic and social change have an opportunity to make a difference by participating in the on-campus round of the Hult Prize, a global competition with a $1 million prize.


Working in conjunction with the United Nations, the competition aims to fund projects that change lives, encouraging students to find solutions to a social challenge selected each year by former President Bill Clinton. This year’s theme, “For Us, By Us, Youth Unemployment,” prompts students to pitch start-ups with the goal of creating jobs for youths.


Sabina Adhikari, Hult Prize campus director and sophomore computer science major of Kathmandu, Nepal, decided to organize the event because it exposes students to important issues and encourages creative problem-solving, she said.


“Students will get an opportunity to experience the business world, the service world and, most importantly, the real world,” Adhikari said.


The event will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 26 in the McGee Business Building, Room 161, and is open to students of any major and classification. Students are required to form teams of three or four to participate and will present their start-ups to a panel of faculty members. Teams are encouraged to present a PowerPoint with their ideas, strategies and overall vision.


The winning team will advance to the regional finals and compete for a chance to become one of the six teams presenting at the global final in New York City, hosted by the U.N.


“The Hult Prize is, perhaps, the most significant prize a college student could win,” said Dr. Paul Henley, event judge and assistant director of the Office of Student Learning and Institutional Assessment. “It’s the primary venue for a bright, thoughtful, innovative group of students to change the world with their ideas.”


For more information, contact Adhikari at



Excelsior ISD perfect attendance and honor roll



Excelsior 2nd six weeks Perfect Attendance


Deuce Anderson, Korbin Bortz, Santiago Chable-Jimenez, Jake Lovell, Lex Warr-Burcham, Cannon Welch, Cody Berg, Lillian Brown, Catalina Escobedo, Wyatt Foster, Kynlee Griggs, Brandon Escobedo, Justin Miles, Brilyn Williams, Hennessy Anderson, Lance Brown, Jaxen Mahan, Marissa Miles, Melanie Miles, Zachery Stotts, Mikayla Anderson, Kaleb Bentley, Devin Warren, Jackson Welch, Jakeb Williams, Moses Crawford, Gracie Gillis, Emily Leach, Jaquelyn Miles, Blake Warren, Katelyn Bentley, Stephen Bentley, Anthone Davis-Katan, Zane Griffith, Victoria King, Brian McDonald, Larkin Sears, Dallas Whiteside, Jaxon Williams, Leah Fountain, Evea Glasson, Joanie McDonald, Ethan Miles, Rylan Chandler, Jada Jacobs, Breia Lout, Jamie Stotts, Dean Walker, Dane Walker



Excelsior’s A Honor Roll

1st grade – Lillian Brown, Wyatt Foster, Drake Geuin, Kynlee Griggs, Allen Whitton      
2nd grade – CJ Clark
3rd grade – Lance Brown, Jaxen Mahan, Brooklynn Scates
4th grade – Mikayla Anderson
5th grade – Emily Leach, Kingston Menzies, Jaquelyn Miles, Kaycee Vaughn
6th grade – Kyra Huskey
7th grade – Leah Fountain, Evea Glasson, Joanie McDonald, Ethan Miles
8th grade – Rylan Chandler, Dane Walker



Excelsior’s A/B Honor Roll


1st grade – Ella Aguillard
2nd grade – Brandon Escobedo, Wyatt Lewis, Justin Miles, Brilyn Williams
3rd grade – Hennessy Anderson, Lexi Clark, Caidence Kelley
4th grade – Karson Adkinson, Kaleb Bentley, Ileigha Burcham, Lillian Etheridge, Isabella Gima,
 Jocelyn Stewart, Devin Warren, Jackson Welch, Jakeb Williams
5th grade – Cody Adkinson, Emily Alvy, Moses Crawford, Ayden Eaves, Gracie Gillis, Toni Lovell,
 Celeste Rivera-Diaz, Bryson Stewart
6th grade – Katelyn Bentley, Stephen Bentley, Victoria King, Brian McDonald, Abbie Smith
7th grade – Kolton Adkinson, Lisseth Arias, Gabriel Bentley, Kailee  Cameron
8th grade – Abraham Diaz-Gonzalez, Jada Jacobs, Breia Lout, Jamie Stotts



Ponies Ground the Seahawks



After a back and forth affair, Panola was able to pull away with a 79-71 victory over Lamar State Port Arthur. The Ponies led 33-31 at halftime. Lamar State came out hot in the 2nd half and were able to build a 69-61 lead with 5:16 left in the game. It was all Ponies from there on out. An 18-2 run to finish the game, pushed the Ponies to 10-3 overall and 1-1 in Region XIV play.


Tylan Dean led the Ponies with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Lenell Henry had another double double effort with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Tariq Simmons added 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Kamari Brown came off the bench to add 10 points, 7 rebounds, and a game-winning steal and assist with just over a minute to play.


The Ponies now have the rest of December idle, and will return to the court on January 1st at 7 p.m. in a nonconference matchup.





Shelbyville ISD Board Agenda





A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, December 10, 2018, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 5322 St. Hwy 87 S, Shelbyville, Texas.

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time. 


1.Call to order
2.Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3.Open forum
4.Consent agenda 
a.Minutes of the November 12, 2018 meeting of the board
b.Monthly financial reports
5.Consider for approval
a.Independent Financial Audit Report for 2017-18
b.Resolution—Investment Policy Annual Review
c.Lease of Mineral Rights
6.Principal’s Reports
a.Campus events
b.Recognition of Staff and/or Students
7.Superintendent’s Reports
a.Academic UIL District Meet
b.Christmas Open House
c.Board Appreciation Month (January)
d.Articles of Interest
e.General Updates
8.Executive Session
c.Real Property
9. Adjournment





Senior SFA human development and family studies student recognized with national award



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Jaycie Case, a senior human development and family studies major at Stephen F. Austin State University, was recently recognized by the National Council on Family Relations for her “exceptional accomplishments and involvement in scholarship, leadership and community service in family science,” according to the NCFR.


Dr. Jennifer Newquist, assistant professor in SFA’s School of Human Sciences, nominated Case for the NCFR Honors Student Recognition, which is a national award.


“I nominated Jaycie because of her dedication to the field of family science through her academic work, and leadership as president and public relations/membership officer for the Jacks Council on Family Relations,” Newquist said. “She has completed several community service hours related to family science with the JCFR, as well as her sorority. She has been a major asset to this organization.”


An Aledo native, Case has been a member of SFA’s JCFR since 2016, which is the local chapter of the NCFR.


“When Dr. Newquist nominated me for this award, I was truly honored,” Case said. “She is one of the inspirations for my career choice to become a college professor, and knowing that she believes in me enough to nominate me means the world.”


JCFR is a student organization focused on building networks and helping families within the community. It is part of the School of Human Sciences. Each semester, organization members host various outreach programs. During her tenure, Case has helped with Thanksgiving Homebound, a food drive for families during the holiday; Family Fun Day events; diaper drives; and nursing home outreach.


“Ever since joining JCFR, I have always loved being a part of the community outreach we do,” Case said.


Case is scheduled to graduate this fall with honors and begin her graduate studies at SFA in the spring.






Timpson Bear Update






SFA School of Art to host Graphic Design Portfolio Night




NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art will host a Graphic Design Portfolio Night from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Graphic Design Room B121 and front gallery in the art building on Wilson Drive.

The event will feature two SFA art alumni who will discuss their successful careers following graduation.

Guest speakers are Amanda Buckley, principal and CMO for Omniplan in Dallas, and Andrei Bucur, project manager and designer for Dodd Creative Group, also in Dallas.

Buckley’s job is to build brands that communicate the values of holistic design in retail, mixed-use and urban planning. Bucur, a former manager of SFA’s Graphic Shop, coordinates and manages brands into successful signage programs at Dodd Creative Group.

The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

For additional information, call the School of Art office at (936) 468-4804.




Excelsior ISD Fine Arts Program








SFA education students bring history to life with 3D printing



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — History can seem like a difficult subject to learn, but Stephen F. Austin State University secondary education students and staff members in the Center for Regional Heritage Research and Steen Library are using 3D printing to help bring history to life.


During the fall semester, students in a sociocultural and historic perspectives in American education course taught by Dr. Amber Wagnon, SFA assistant professor of secondary education and educational leadership, collaborated with staff members from the CRHR and Steen Library to print in 3D bowls from the Caddo Native American tribe and handles from a cannon recovered from wreckage of the La Belle ship of French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, the Sieur de La Salle.


Drs. Robert Selden, research associate, and Mark Barringer, director of college research and associate professor in history, helped with the project. Selden discussed the 3D-printing process with the students who then printed other items.


“At SFA, 3D printing is a relatively new tool and is an asset we have on our campus,” Wagnon said. “It’s important for our teacher candidates to think about meaningful ways to utilize technology in the classroom. Teaching is a field in which collaboration is important, and I was excited the students were able to work collaboratively with other groups.”


After learning the 3D-printing process, education students created lesson plans, which they taught at Woden High School. SFA interdisciplinary studies sophomore Julisa Valdez of Houston said this project taught her patience and how to be flexible in the classroom.


“We had a lot of technology problems at first, which was frustrating, but it happens to teachers every day, so the best you can do is be flexible and patient,” Valdez said. “Prior to this collaboration, I had only worked with kids in elementary or early middle school, but working with high school students had a different atmosphere. Students were ready to learn and asked a lot of great questions. This experience has made me realize what I could do to become a better teacher.”


Not only did this project introduce students to new technology, but it also brought them into the field where they gained experience with classroom management, learning theories, diversity, planning and teaching.


“I believe we learn through doing. My students want to be educators, and I want to give them the opportunity to start that journey as early as possible,” Wagnon said. “I wanted them to have the opportunity to utilize and practice the theoretical tools we spent the semester examining.”


For more information about SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education, visit


Cutline: Stephen F. Austin State University education students collaborated with staff members from the Center for Regional Heritage Research and Steen Library to print historical artifacts in 3D. Students utilized these artifacts to build lesson plans and teach at Woden High School.





Six singers selected to All-State Choir











Six Panola College students auditioned and were selected to perform with the 2019 Texas Two-Year College All State Choir.


“I am so proud of these fine singers,” said Sandra Bauer, director of vocal music at Panola College. “They worked hard to prepare for the audition, and I’m thrilled that they were selected for this honor.”


The students include Aaron Tello, Center, Bass 2; Kacia Johnson, Tatum, Alto 2; Loren Caserta, Beckville, Soprano 2; Nichole Painter, Marshall, Soprano 1; Sydnee Taylor, Carthage, Alto 1, and Hunter Moon, Beckville, Tenor 1.


The students will join other college singers from across Texas at the 2019 TMEA Clinic and Convention, February 13-16, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

Bauer is serving as president of the Texas Two-Year College Choral Directors Association for 2018-2019. “It’s quite an accomplishment to be selected as All-State Choir members. At this event in February, my students will have the opportunity to meet other college musicians and learn from some of the best in the State.”



From left, Aaron Tello, Center, Bass 2, Kacia Johnson, Tatum, Alto 2; Loren Caserta, Beckville, Soprano 2; Nichole Painter, Marshall, Soprano 1; Sydnee Taylor, Carthage, Alto 1, and Hunter Moon, Beckville, Tenor 1, were selected to the All-State Choir.



SFA alumnus selects Christmas tree for City of Houston





NACOGDOCHES, Texas — As a final countdown commenced, attendees at Houston’s 99th annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree-Lighting Ceremony at City Hall turned their attention to the event’s centerpiece — a 65-foot-tall white fir tree located in Hermann Square. Although not cloaked in purple lights and Lumberjack regalia, the Christmas tree standing in the heart of Texas’ largest city holds a distinct connection to Stephen F. Austin State University.


Earlier this year, Nacogdoches native and SFA forestry alumnus David Robinson traveled to Southwest Oregon to hand select the towering tree destined to become the cornerstone of Houston’s holiday celebrations. 


“It was an honor, and I hope I get to do it again,” said Robinson, field supervisor of urban forestry for the City of Houston. “I got to see a part of the country I’ve never seen before, and it’s just amazing.”


The tree, harvested from private timberland near Medford, Oregon, is one of many large conifers from the region that will be transported across the country and displayed in large city centers.


Robinson said the City of Houston has a relationship with an individual based in the Pacific Northwest who collaborates with industrial timber companies and private landowners to locate potential large-scale Christmas trees. 


“The trees are marked with GPS coordinates, and he returns during the next five to six years to fertilize and shape the tree,” Robinson said. “Once ready, the trees are marketed to cities like Houston, shopping malls or anyone in the market for a big Christmas tree.”



While much of the initial correspondence regarding desired tree specifications, such as height, is conducted through phone or email, Robinson said it is necessary to see the tree in person to make the final decision.  


“We check things that don’t translate well through email and pictures, such as tree quality and different kinds of potential hazards,” Robinson said.


Following final selection, the tree is felled and transported via helicopter from the forest to a landing site, where it is placed on a flatbed truck for transport.


Robinson explained that after it arrived in Houston, the tree was trimmed and placed in a 5-foot-deep culvert buried in the ground. Due to the sheer size of the tree, guide wires are used, and the culvert is filled with gravel to stabilize it.


“Despite the size, aftercare is not too dissimilar from the way in which families care for their own live Christmas trees at home,” Robinson said.


While aftercare may be similar, decorating a tree that size reaches a whole new level of Christmas spirit.


According to Stella Pereira, office manager for the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, more than 3,000 individual LED lights adorn the tree.  


Although the final honor of lighting the tree went to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Robinson said his own family has a tradition of selecting and decorating a tree to look forward to. He added his family’s Christmas tree will, of course, be a live tree.


Cutline: Stephen F. Austin State University forestry alumnus David Robinson had the honor of selecting the official Christmas tree for the City of Houston. The tree, a 65-foot white fir harvested from private timberland near Medford, Oregon, was lit during Houston’s 99th annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree-Lighting Ceremony at City Hall on Dec. 3. Pictured, Robinson, field supervisor of urban forestry for the City of Houston, stands with the tree prior to felling.





LETU to Host A Christmas Carol Sing on Dec 23 in Speer Chapel



(Longview, Texas)— LeTourneau University will host a free, hour-long ‘Christmas Carol Sing’ for the public to participate in at 3:30 p.m. on the Sunday before Christmas on Dec. 23 in the historic Speer Chapel on the LETU campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Avenue in Longview. Singing will be led by Fine Arts Director and Associate Professor of Music Dr. Jim Taylor.   


“When we held our Hymn Sing at the end of September, we discovered a strong desire for folks to join again at Christmas time to sing carols together,” Taylor said.  “In our churches during a given Advent season, we often only get to sing a few Christmas carols.  This event is a time when we can relax and enjoy these songs of the season.”


Song sheets will be provided, and requests can be made. Taylor, who is widely known in our area for singing and playing guitar, will also perform a few Christmas solos made popular by artists such as by James Taylor, Chris Rice, and others.


“By December 23, all the school concerts and church cantatas are done, distant family members may be in town, and it is a time you want to get together for family fun and closeness,” Taylor said.  “Why not spend an hour on a Sunday afternoon singing carols and then go home to your home fire and hot chocolate?”


LeTourneau University is the 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, hybrid options at centers in the Dallas and Houston areas and fully online programs. For additional information, visit







Panola College/Shelby College Center is offering Zumba ® Gold.  This class takes the Zumba formula and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the older participant.  The class will meet Monday and Wednesday:  January 7 – February 13, from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm,  at the Shelby College Center. The cost of the class is $50.00 and pre-registration is required.  For more information and to register, contact Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email:






Panola College/Shelby College Center is offering Beginning Yoga classes.  The class will meet Monday and Wednesday: January 7 – February 13, from 5:05 pm – 6:05 pm, at the Shelby College Center. The cost of the class is $50.00 and pre-registration is required.  For more information, contact Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email


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Dragon Varsity Boys Basketball Game



The Dragons will play tonight, Dec. 4 @ 6:00 pm in Martin Mills-Varsity boys only.






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The Tenaha Tiger's Quarterfinal matchup originally set for this Friday HAS BEEN CHANGED!  The Tigers will take on the San Augustine Wolves this Thursday, December 6th at 7 p.m. at Nacogdoches High School. The Tigers will be the Visitors.  Tickets will be sold at the gate; Adults $7.00 and Students $5.00.  There will be a Pep Rally Thursday in the SEC at 2:30 p.m.  Come out and support the Tigers!!!!!!





Joaquin Girls Basketball Schedule Change for 12/04 - No JV Game



There will only be a JHS varsity girls basketball game tonight vs Martinsville. Game time is scheduled for 5:00 pm at Martinsville.


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Timpson Bear Update



Dec. 3 –Jr. High Girls/Boys Basketball vs. Tenaha @ Tenaha – 4:30pm


Dec. 4 – Lady Bear Basketball vs. Woden – Here – JVG/VG  - 5:00 pm in Event Center

---------Varsity Bear Basketball vs. Slocum immediately after Lady Bears Game in Event Center

---------JV Bear Basketball vs. Slocum @ 5:00 p.m. in Bear Drive Gym


FFA News –  According to Miss Margo Hooper, on Saturday, December 1st Timpson FFA Members April Ramsey (11th grade) and Avery Metcalf (3rd Grade) competed at the Martins Mill Livestock Show and the Morris County Livestock Show. April had a 1st in class with her Simmental Heifer, 2nd in class with her ARB Heifer, and was then named Grand Champion Simmental Heifer. Avery won PeeWee Showmanship, had 1st in her class, and was then named Reserve Champion Goat. We are beyond proud of these two young ladies and all their hard work so far this show season!


Volleyball News – See the following Volleyball awards:


TGCA (Texas Girls’ Coaches Association) All State

Kamryn Courtney – Jr.

Brylee Behrens – Jr.


TGCA All Star game played in Fort Worth this summer

Kamryn Courtney – Jr.


All District Awards –


Co-Offensive MVP – Kamryn Courtney – Jr.


Newcomer of the Year – Da’Mya Collins – Soph.


1st Team – Brylee Behrens – Jr., Sara Duke – Sr., Harlie Ware – Soph.


2nd Team – Emily Garcia – Sr.


Honorable Mention – Sadie Ramsey – Jr.


Academic All District – Nataley Smith – Soph., Brylee Behrens – Jr., Kamryn Courtney – Jr., Sadie Ramsey – Jr., Kaleigh Timmons – Jr., Sara Duke – Sr., Emily Garcia – Sr. Madelyn Ramsey – Sr.


Counselor’s Corner - The East Texas Antique Tractor Club scholarship is now available.  Applicants may major in any field of study at a university, college or technical school.  Students may pick up applications in Mrs. Metcalf's office, or download them from counselor link on the Timpson ISD website.  The deadline for submission is March 11th.


High School 2nd Six Weeks Honor Roll – See attached.   



Dr. Treba Marsh to offer SFA commencement address








NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Dr. Treba Marsh, Stephen F. Austin State University professor emeritus of accounting, will offer the commencement address during the university’s two fall graduation ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 15.


Marsh served SFA from 1991 through 2018 in various roles, including as the interim director and director of the Schlief School of Accountancy and as the Temple Inland Endowed Professor. Her close relationship with SFA accounting alumni and accounting firm partners has resulted in the contribution of thousands of scholarship dollars for accounting students, as well as a growing number of internship placements and job offers.


Dr. Kelly Noe, associate professor and director of SFA’s Schlief School of Accountancy, said Marsh has been a major influence within the Rusche College of Business and the Schlief School of Accountancy.


“Dr. Marsh not only changed my life, but also changed the lives of many students. She was like my work mom,” Noe said. “She was and still is an amazing mentor, and her work in the Schlief School of Accountancy has helped make our program what it is today.”


Marsh is a two-time SFA alumna, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and a Master of Business Administration in management. She received her doctoral degree from Louisiana Tech University.


She has served as president of the Southwest Region of the American Accounting Association, Chapter Advocate for the Southwest Region of Beta Alpha Psi, chair of the Texas Society of Public Accountants Educators’ Conference, Historian of the Federation of Business Disciplines, and in other positions with national and regional organizations. 


“Dr. Marsh has had a profound impact on students. There are many certified public accountants out there today because Dr. Marsh identified their potential and gave them guidance to change their career path for the better,” Noe said. “She was the most student-friendly professor I know. She always did what was the best for students. Nobody will be able to fill her shoes.”


Marsh was named an outstanding accounting educator by the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Southwestern American Accounting Association, and she was awarded outstanding faculty advisor for Beta Alpha Psi numerous times. She received the 2013 National Author Award from the Association of Government Accountants.


Marsh has published more than 70 research papers and presented at professional meetings, including the American Accounting Association, Decision Science Institute, Clute Institute, and other regional and national conferences. 


SFA’s fall commencement ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Johnson Coliseum with candidates from the James I. Perkins College of Education and the College of Fine Arts. Candidates from the colleges of business, liberal and applied arts, forestry and agriculture, and sciences and mathematics will participate in a 2 p.m. ceremony.


Approximately 1,070 degrees are expected to be awarded, including 864 bachelor’s, 200 master’s and six doctoral degrees. Almost 270 students are expected to graduate with honors, including 87 cum laude, 74 magna cum laude, 103 summa cum laude and 60 university scholars.


Cutline: Dr. Treba Marsh, Stephen F. Austin State University professor emeritus of accounting, will offer the commencement address during the university’s two fall graduation ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 15.




SFA Gala to honor outstanding faculty members



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Two outstanding Stephen F. Austin State University faculty members will be honored during the 30th annual SFA Gala Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.


Faculty achievement awards presented during the Gala recognize innovation and excellence in teaching and research. Dr. Sheryll Jerez, associate professor of environmental science in the

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, is the recipient of the 2018 Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching. Dr. Kevin W. Stafford, associate professor in SFA’s Department of Geology in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, is the recipient of the 2018 Faculty Achievement Award for Research.


Dr. Sheryll Jerez


Jerez received her doctoral degree in agricultural engineering in 2007 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and began teaching at SFA as an assistant professor of environmental science. She was awarded Faculty Mentor of the Year in 2014, the Kenneth Watterston Teaching Excellence Award in 2016 and was a finalist for the SFASU Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching in 2016 and 2017.


“SFA’s environmental science program is rated among the top 50 in the nation,” said Dr. Hans Williams, dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. “Our philosophy is to produce graduates who are problem-solvers. Dr. Jerez’s quality teaching and breadth of course offerings are solid contributors to the success of our program.”

In her courses, Jerez designs and implements student projects based on real-world environmental issues that are presented during the Undergraduate Research Conference at SFA and at professional meetings throughout the United States.


One student shared the following about Jerez in a course evaluation, “Dr. Jerez was by far the most prepared, organized, knowledgeable and enthusiastic professor. She is excellent in sharing her knowledge and helping her students understand the principles.”


According to colleague Dr. David Kulhavy, Laurence C. Walker Distinguished Professor, Jerez’s ability to translate the academic material into everyday life prepares the students she mentors for the rigorous environmental science profession.


“Dr. Jerez is known as ‘the professor with the cool toys’ because she uses them not only for demonstrations but also, and more importantly, to help her students understand science,” Kulhavy said. “Students leave her courses with the skills they will use in their careers.”


Jerez is an effective researcher, as well, conducting externally funded research on improving air quality in the poultry industry. Much of her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, she has supervised dozens of Master of Science thesis projects, including several completed by university scholars, and she has served on numerous graduate committees. In 2016, one of her graduate students received the Best Graduate Student Presentation Award at the SFA Bright Ideas Conference.


“Dr. Jerez is extremely active in professional societies, especially the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, where she served in many capacities, including associate editor and reviewer for publications,” said Dr. Kenneth W. Farrish, director of SFA’s Division of Environmental Science.


“I firmly believe her contributions to SFA’s environmental science program have been major factors in achieving the great reputation our programs have with employers, which has led to a nearly 100-percent employment rate for our graduates,” Farrish said.


Colleagues recognize her as one of the most innovative faculty members in the college.


“Dr. Jerez is constantly staying ahead of industry changes and improving the environmental science program curriculum to stay current and relevant in this rapidly evolving field,” said Dr. Matthew McBroom, associate dean and professor of forestry. “She effectively trains her students both academically and professionally. Her remarkable enthusiasm, diligence and pursuit of academic excellence have helped to grow SFA’s environmental science program to national recognition.”


Dr. Kevin W. Stafford


Stafford began teaching geology at SFA in 2008, after receiving his doctoral degree from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. According to Dr. Wesley Brown, chair of SFA’s Department of Geology, Stafford is recognized as the foremost authority on evaporite karst hydrogeology within West Texas and Eastern New Mexico, and he is one of the lead authorities on hypogene karst development within the Western hemisphere.


“Dr. Stafford is routinely invited to prepare scholarly papers and book chapters related to these topics at both the national and international levels. He also is often requested to give presentations at regional, national and international meetings,” Brown said.


Stafford is an accomplished researcher with approximately 66 publications and 114 conference abstracts. He has advised 17 thesis students through their respective research experiences to completion. Stafford has been the recipient of 14 research grant awards totaling approximately $950,000.


Currently, Stafford is working with the Texas Department of Transportation on a new grant proposal that is expected to total between $850,000 and $1.4 million in additional funding.


Furthermore, Stafford has authored 20 and co-authored 13 peer-reviewed scholarly journals and book chapters. He has written one book on karst resources of Central Texas and edited three additional books related to karst hydrogeology. He also has authored or co-authored more than 50 conference presentations while affiliated with SFA and four technical reports. In the past academic year alone, Stafford was senior author on five peer-reviewed articles and senior editor for a scholarly book titled “Hypogene Karst of Texas,” which was published by the Texas Speleological Survey.


“Dr. Stafford masterfully combines his broad-based understanding of geology with his research interests, engaging students in the discipline and supporting their research interests while maintaining a stellar research agenda himself,” said Dr. Kimberly Childs, dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics at SFA. “He has been an important catalyst and defining voice within the Department of Geology and the College of Sciences and Mathematics in the area of research. He consistently maintains strong ethical standards.”


Stafford shares his love for research with his students, pushing them to stretch and advance beyond what they thought they could. He has effectively mentored his students by encouraging them to be lead author on his publications and presentations.


“Dr. Stafford is convinced that his reputation as an educator-researcher is enhanced when his students are able to not only get the job done in the field but also are able to analyze and write these results for technical audiences,” said McBroom, who has worked alongside Stafford on numerous research projects and graduate student theses.


“His excellence in research is demonstrated by the fact that he was awarded SFA’s Senior Faculty Research Distinguished Grant Award in 2017 in addition to the Silver Level Distinguished Grant Award that same year. He also has been recognized outside SFA by the National Cave and Karst Research Institute with a Meritorious Service Award in 2011,” McBroom said.


The Gala cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Hot Sauce of Austin, featuring music from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, and ranging from pop and rock to rhythm and blues.


Tickets are $175 for orchestra seating and $125 for ballroom seating. Proceeds from the Gala help build a permanent endowment created by the SFASU Foundation to honor faculty member achievement. For more information or to purchase tickets, call April Smith, associate director of development, at (936) 468-5406.





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Rockin’ Axes concert

The Rockin’ Axes at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a concert of rock subgenres ranging from classic rock to metal when the student ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. 

An ensemble within the Sound Recording Technology program in the SFA School of Music, the Rockin’ Axes will perform works by The Strokes, White Stripes, Fit for a King, The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Beatles and a protest song by Rage Against the Machine, which contains some explicit lyrics. 


The concert is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Admission is free. For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit


Bissen-Oh faculty recital


The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present a faculty saxophone and piano recital at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in Cole concert Hall on the SFA campus.


Nicholas Bissen, adjunct professor of saxophone, and Hyun Ji Ho, collaborative pianist, will present the program “La Vie Antérieure,” which is also the title of a work on the program.

The concert is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Admission is free. For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit



SFA presents Dailey & Vincent


The College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University will present Dailey & Vincent’s brand new holiday concert, “A Springer Mountain Farms Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

With five Grammy awards between them, this bluegrass duo is nationally known from their series on RFD-TV and their PBS special. This University Series performance is sponsored by part by Commercial Bank of Texas. 


Single event ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $12.50 for SFA faculty and staff and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3. For more information, visit, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.



Red Dirt Storytelling


Another installment of the popular “Red Dirt Memories: Storytelling with Jerry Permenter” is planned for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.


Permenter’s newly published book, “Red Dirt Memories,” will be available for purchase. Books are $20 each; cash or check only will be accepted.


The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-6557.







Dailey & Vincent to perform holiday concert at SFA





NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The award-winning multi-Grammy nominated duo Dailey & Vincent will ring in the holiday season with “A Springer Mountain Farms Christmas” performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

The performance, sponsored in part by Commercial Bank of Texas, is a presentation of the College of Fine Arts and the University Series.

Dailey & Vincent are celebrating early this year as their first-ever Christmas record, “Dailey & Vincent: The Sounds of Christmas” debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Holiday Albums chart, landing right behind Michael Bublé and Pentatonix as the only country, bluegrass and gospel act in the top 10. The critically acclaimed project, released through BMG, also landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart.

“What a thrill it is to have these national superstars and local favorites back for the first time since Christmas 2012, just as they’re releasing their very first holiday album,” said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series. “Dailey & Vincent have chosen SFA as one of only 15 locations in the country where they’re touring in support of this exciting new recording.”

Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent and their world-class band take their blend of American music across the globe and to iconic venues such as The Ryman Auditorium and Carnegie Hall. They are Grand Ole Opry members, five-time Grammy award winners individually, three-time Grammy award nominees collectively, four-time Dove Award winners, and winners of 35 IBMA awards altogether (including three IBMA Entertainer of the Year Awards and three Vocal Group of the Year Awards).

Their music, mixing bluegrass with traditional country and gospel, can be heard on their nationally broadcast television series, “The Dailey & Vincent Show” on RFD-TV. Their concoction of instinctive vocal blends, with Dailey’s tenor complemented by Vincent’s reedy harmonies, has gained them well-deserved praise for their own distinctive style and worldwide recognition as American Music gold.

“The Sounds of Christmas” experience is more than just an album release as momentum continues throughout the holiday season with a nationally broadcast television Christmas concert special, four all-new Christmas episodes of “The Dailey & Vincent Show” on RFD-TV and the 15-city “Springer Mountain Farms Christmas” tour.

“Jamie and Darrin are so popular in East Texas that we’ve already sold out our orchestra-level seating,” said Shattuck, “but personally I prefer our balcony level anyway, and fortunately we’ve got quite a few excellent seats still available up there.”

Prior to the performance, local bluegrass fan Scott Waller will present an informative talk at 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium, which is inside the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to meet the performers and to honor the corporate sponsor.

Single event ticket prices for the University Series are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3.

On the night of the concert, the College of Fine Arts will assist the Nacogdoches County Christmas Coalition’s toy drive by collecting new, unwrapped toys to help local children in need have a brighter holiday season. A collection box will be located in the Turner Auditorium lobby.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, stop by the Fine Arts Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

Cutline: Presented by the College of Fine Arts and sponsored by Commercial Bank of Texas, bluegrass sensations Dailey & Vincent will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.








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Angelina College Surgical Tech Pinning Ceremony Set for Dec. 13




LUFKIN, TEXAS, Dec. 3, 2018 – Graduates of Angelina College's surgical technology program will receive their pins Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. in Hudgins Hall. 

Lufkin graduates are Laura Dean, Dalia "Vanessa" Garcia, Jessica Madera, Cindy Peters, Zuri Rojo, Rebecca Sorrells Orta and Jenifer Dougherty.

Other graduates are Janay Castillo of Lumberton, Contonia Coleman of Hemphill, Riley Mitchell of Center, and Connie Robertson of Nacogdoches.

Stefanie Vaughn, program director, said, "This class has worked tirelessly to complete 624 clinical hours in less than a year. They made it though and are ready to join the workforce and a begin a new chapter in their lives."   

Vaughn said that few people realize exactly what surgical technologists do. "They are an integral part of the surgical team and yet they are the faceless team member that not many patients will ever remember or know that they were there, not to mention the important role they play."  
Surgical technologists are members of operating room teams and work under the supervision of the surgeon. Before an operation, they prepare sterile surgical instruments, equipment and supplies. They assemble the sterile equipment and ensure it is all working properly.

During the surgical procedure, the surgical technologist passes instruments and needed supplies to the surgeon and receive tissue specimens. They ensure that there are no breaks in sterile technique so that the patient does not acquire an infection.

The surgical technologist program runs from January to December, prospective students must meet prerequisites or be in process of taking them, to apply. For more information about this program at Angelina College, contact Stefanie Vaughn at






SFA Gardens' Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature JC Raulston Arboretum Director Mark Weathington



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University's SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St.


Mark Weathington, director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, will present, "Beyond Tire Planters: Gardening in the South."


Weathington is passionate in his work to connect people with plants. His latest book, "Gardening in the South: The Complete Homeowner's Guide," takes his common sense approach — and a bit of humor — and makes gardening accessible for any level of gardener.


He travels extensively searching for new plants to diversify the American landscape and lectures on a variety of topics in horticulture to further the JC Raulston Arboretum's vision of "Planning and Planting a Better World." His explorations and speaking engagements have taken him to China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Ecuador, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand and throughout the U.S.


Weathington has revised and updated the "Propagation Guide for Woody Plants at the JC Raulston Arboretum" and has been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Carolina Gardener, American Nurseryman, VA Gardener and HortScience magazines, as well as The Mid-Altlantic Gardener's Book of Lists.


He previously served as director of horticulture and facilities at the Norfolk Botanical Garden and as horticulturist for the Atlanta Botanical Garden. He currently lives and gardens in Raleigh, North Carolina, the city of oaks, with his wife and two boxers.


The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month and includes a rare-plant raffle after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series fund are always appreciated.


Parking is available at the PNPC and Raguet Elementary School, located at 2428 Raguet St.


For more information, call (936) 468-4129, or email





UIL Meet



Each year Tenaha ISD students prepare for the annual UIL Academic Competition.  Over 70 students participate in a variety of contest such as Dictionary Skills, Math, Spelling, Maps and Graphs, Listening and many more.  Teachers have already begun team selections and practices.  
This year's competition will take place on December 11th and 13th at Joaquin ISD.  Students from Joaquin, Timpson, Garrison, and Tenaha will be competing for  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals.  Schools earn points for placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in various competitions.  The points are cumulative and at the end of the competitions the points are tallied, and the school with the most points wins the Academic UIL competition.  
Participating in the Academic UIL provides an opportunity for our students to explore academic strengths that may help them in the future.  "This contest gives our students a chance to compete against other students in academics.  These students are pushing themselves to learn more and to be the best," stated Brenda Farmer, Assistant Principal of Tenaha ISD.  Good luck to all the students competing in this year's UIL competition.






Ponies Subjugate DFW Prep



After a tough 85-75 loss to Jacksonville College to open Region XIV play, the Ponies returned back to the friendly confines of the AJ Gymnasium, racing to a 99-52 win over DFW Prep in a non conference tuneup. The Ponies jumped to an early lead and were up 52-30 at half. The lead continued to grow until the final buzzer sounded. 


The Ponies were lead by Franklyn Penn with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Lenell Henry added a double double with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Josh Williams, Tariq Simmons, and Kamari Brown all chipped in double figure scoring efforts with 13, 12, and 10 respectively. 


The Ponies return to the hardwood on Wednesday night at AJ Gym on the campus of Panola College facing region XIV foe Lamar State-Port Arthur. Tip is at 7 p.m.



Fillies Open Conference with a Win



Brenham, TX- The Fillies opened up conference play today with a 69-54 win against Blinn. 


Panola would jump out to a 25-0 lead & not look back. Tight defense early would lead to multiple transition baskets in favor of the Fillies. The Buccaneers would not go away easy. They would outscore the Fillies 26-13 in the second period leading into the breakdown 41-29. 


At the start of the second half the Fillies would jump out to a blistering start again. A triple in the corner by freshmen Jolicia Williams and three transitions lay ups my Daryna Barchrova would help the balloon to 26. The Fillies would close the game and secure the win. 


Barchova lead the Fillies posting a double-double with 16 points & 10 rebounds. Williams would come off the bench & pour in 14. Maryia Adashchyk posted a game high 11 boards. 


They Fillies return to AJ Gym Wednesday, December 5th, to take on Kilgore College at 5:30 p.m. 





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